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Fabi Preslar | A Sparkling LIfe - Ep. 32

Fabi Preslar helps clients share their stories. She is president of SPARK Publications, a custom-publishing firm that specializes in designing magazines, books and other print and digital publications. She is also publisher of b2bTRIBE, a magazine for engaged and diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fabi has received several awards, including the 2017 NAWBO-Charlotte’s Women Business Owner of the Year, recognition as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte region by...


Robert Bush | Culture for All - Ep. 31

Robert Bush is president of the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region's lead resource hub and cultural advocate. Robert serves as the chief strategic and executive officer of the organization and lead representative of the ASC to the broader community. Prior to joining the ASC, Robert served as president of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and president of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, as Director of Development with the Mint Museum of Art, and as...


Philip Blumenthal | Family Legacy - Ep. 30

Philip Blumenthal is chairman and director of the Blumenthal Foundation, a family foundation established by I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal and Herman and Anita Blumenthal, that supports projects of significance in Charlotte and North Carolina. Philip is also director of Wildacres Retreat, a conference center located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. A lifelong philanthropist, Philip is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Order of the Long Leaf...


Tiffany Capers | Black Lives Matter - Ep. 29

Tiffany Capers is an advocate for equity and possibility. She is Managing Director for Growth, Development and Partnership for Teach for America Charlotte. She also helps lead and co-facilitate Black Lives Matter Charlotte, which seeks to raise awareness and develop actions to address racial/ethnic disparities. Tiffany previously served as Vice President of Community Programs & Civic Leadership Initiatives at the Foundation For The Carolinas. She is a visual artist and contributing...


Angela Gala | Mindful Meditation - Ep. 28

Angela Gala takes the stress out of life. She is co-founder and executive director of Youth Meditation, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving students, teachers and parents tools to manage anxiety and emotions. She is also founder and principal of Rogers and Gala Creative Partners, an event planning firm. She has planned hundreds of events, has been featured on The Today Show, and has been quoted extensively on event planning in media throughout North America. She previously worked...


Tom Gabbard | Show Business - Ep. 27

Tom Gabbard is president and CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Blumenthal manages six performance stages and hosts over a 1000 performances annually. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League and a Tony Award voter. He is a recipient of the Samuel J. L'Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management. Tom serves as President of the Independent Presenters Network, a consortium of 40 leading touring Broadway in North...


Dianne Chipps Bailey | Doing Well and Good - Ep. 26

Dianne Chipps Bailey is an attorney who helps non-profit organizations create a better world. She leads the non-profit and foundations practice group for Robinson Bradshaw, a full service law firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dianne speaks nationally and is an expert witness on non-profit, corporate governance and tax/regulatory issues. She has served on many non-profit boards and is particularly engaged in women's philanthropic giving. Dianne is a recipient of multiple awards,...


Manoj Kesavan | Making Things Happen - Ep. 25

Manoj Kesavan is a cultural catalyst and creative instigator. He is co-founder of Que-OS, a non-profit collective of creative professionals who plan and activate spaces for community and cultural engagement. Que-OS is the organizational enterprise behind BOOM Charlotte, an artist-led, annual, three-day fringe festival showcasing contemporary and experimental performance and visual art. Manoj is also the founder of Point 8 Forum, a gathering of artists, architects and designers who explore...


Lee Keesler | Community Steward - Ep. 24

Lenoir 'Lee' Keesler is president and CEO of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America's leading urban public library systems. Lee provides overall strategic vision, direction and leadership for the organization and oversight of enterprise administration and Library Foundation activities. He also serves as relationship manager for the Library-Mecklenburg County partnership. Prior to joining the Library, Lee served as president and CEO of the Arts & Science Council of...


Phillip Larrimore | Out of the Mist - Ep. 23

Phillip Larrimore is a visual artist who explores that which is between painting and sculpture and realism and abstraction. His most recent work is creating multi-layered paintings on aluminum screens that he shapes into various forms. His paintings have been shown at many exhibits, including at The Gaston County Museum and CPCC Sensoria. Phillip is also an essayist, an art critic and a poet. He has written extensively for Charlotte Viewpoint and the Charlotte Observer on literature,...


Suzanne Fetscher | Art Inspired - Ep. 22

Suzanne Fetscher creates spaces for artists to change the world. For 18 years, she served as the founding president of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, a contemporary art and artist-in-residency center, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to her appointment, she served as Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She spent several post-graduate years teaching design and drawing, serving as adjunct instructor at Rollins College and at...


Carol Hardison | Ministry of Grace - Ep. 21

Carol Hardison saves lives. She is president and CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. She has received many awards for her leadership and work against poverty and on behalf of economic justice, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Keeper of the Dream Award, the Charlotte Woman of the Year Award, and the Leadership Charlotte Schley Lyons Award. Before...


Charles Thomas | A More Beautiful World - Ep. 20

Charles Thomas is creating a more beautiful and connected world. He is a program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He invests foundation funds in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of the city of Charlotte - one of the cities where the Knight brothers once published a newspaper. Charles is the former founding executive director of Queen City Forward, a hub for social entrepreneurs. His work included launching the organization and building programs to support...


Amy Chiou | Social Venture Evangelist - Ep. 19

Amy Chiou cultivates the virtues of democracy. She has been a staff volunteer on dozens of electoral campaigns at all levels of political engagement. She is former deputy director of the convention complex for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is the founder of #WTFwevote, a non-partisan organization that seeks to 'increase the number of people who care enough to take action' in the political process. Amy is also executive director of Queen City Forward, a...


Deborah Bosley | Plain Language - Ep. 18

Deborah Bosley brings clarity to complex information. She is a plain language expert who re-envisions language so that readers might better understand and respond. She is owner and principal of The Plain Language Group, a consultancy that helps businesses improve internal and external communication. Her work includes developing and designing documents to meet plain language regulatory requirements, helping clients communicate more effectively, and serving as an expert witness on plain...


Renee Stout | Conjure Woman - Ep. 17

Renee Stout is a visual artist who explores the mystical and rhythmic planes of existence. Her assemblages combine painting, sculpture, found objects, vintage photographs, ancient symbols, herbs and potions, and remnants of stories and letters. Her mixed-media, multi-sensory installations delve into spiritualism, soothsaying, magic and spells. She creates fictional narratives with imaginary characters derived from alter egos that trace her personal history and address contemporary issues...


Mike Watson | Heart-Centric Leadership - Ep. 16

Mike Watson is an artist, educator, adviser and convener of people and ideas. He is a fashion designer and visual merchandiser. He teaches students about fashion design and fashion marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. He is the founder of Heartful Apparel, a fashion brand that supports reshaping lives for the better. Mike is also a leadership consultant. He is the founder of Heart-Centric Leadership, a personal development...


Kelly Chopus | Reformer Prophet - Ep. 15

Kelly Chopus is an instigator of connection and change. She is CEO of the Robins Foundation, a family foundation that seeks to lead transformational change for children and families in greater Richmond, Virginia. Kelly has had an extensive career in philanthropy, community engagement, corporate communications, community building and professional and amateur sports management. She previously served as Director of Community Relations for the Goodrich Corporation and directed operations for...


Karen Geiger | Leaders at Work - Ep. 14

Karen Geiger develops leaders for the 21st century workplace. She is a leadership and organizational development advisor and executive coach. Over a 25 year career as owner of Karen Geiger & Associates, Karen has helped corporate and non-profit clients diagnose and adapt to rapidly changing workplace issues and challenges. Along with her client service work, she has had a rich career as an academic: she served as associate dean and director of the Executive Leadership Institute at Queens...


Matt Olin | Creative Mornings - Ep. 13

Matt Olin creates moments of human brilliance. He is the owner of Matt Olin Creative, a copywriting, branding and creative consultancy. He is the host of CreativeMornings Charlotte, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. He is also co-host of Queen City Quiz Show, a series of live games shows designed to help neighborhoods and communities shape the future of the city. Over a 20-year career in theater production in New York and Charlotte, Matt developed and produced over 60...


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