Education

On Pivotal Moments & Career Realities: Dr. Sibrina Collins, STEM enthusiast

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Dr. Sibrina Collins has always been an impressive scientist and educator. But it was a disappointment on her career journey that led her to discover and embrace her purpose. After a heartbreaking denial of tenure, Dr. Collins shifted focus, thanks to the support and encouragement of her informal board of advisors – a group of other strong women scientists who would not put up with a pity party. Their rallying forced Dr. Collins to realize her true purpose: making STEM relatable, interesting and accessible to women and people of color. “And so it occurred to me that in my next […]

Education

Is Work-Life Balance A Myth?

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At Make Meaning, we strive to find purpose in work and help others do the same. We learn through Lynne Golodner’s interviews with inspiring people on the Make Meaning Podcast, and helping our clients at Your People LLC market with mission and purpose.

Ironically, the more meaning we find in our work, the more it grows, sometimes at the expense of personal goals and dreams. Responsibilities increase. Deadlines mount. Distractions multiply. Scope bleeds. Personal goals are pushed off and postponed. Which makes us wonder: Is Balance a Myth?

Relationships

Leaving A Legacy with Merle Saferstein

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What does it mean to leave a legacy? When we are gone, how will we be remembered, and by whom? Merle Saferstein, the 61st guest on the Make Meaning Podcast, helps people create their life legacies through poignant workshops. These are some of the questions she routinely asks in her “Living and Leaving Your Legacy®” Class. She helps students with ethical wills, loving legacy letters, journals, memoirs, autobiographies, scrapbooks, and so much more. “When people think about legacy, they think about the financial piece,” Merle told Lynne Golodner on the Make Meaning Podcast. “For example, how much money they’re going to leave.

Meaning

How A Big Life Change Sent Ken Budd On A Journey To Find Purpose

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Is There Enough Time For Every Journey? 650,000 hours. That’s the average length of a human life span and the title of a website and newsletter launched by author, columnist, former AARP editor, and guest on the 56th Episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Ken Budd. Lynne knew Ken from her journalism days, as an editor at AARP for whom she wrote several articles. They stayed connected for years on social media, and when Ken launched his newsletter titled 650,000 Hours, Lynne invited him on the show to learn more about this purpose-driven endeavor.

Education

Nature Is Essential To Learning: A Conversation with Stephen Payne

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Your People created a Waldorf Marketing Immersion Course to teach Waldorf/Steiner school personnel how to market their schools to grow enrollment. There are two offered in 2021, with the first beginning January 11, 2021. Click here to register. Education must be more than just learning in the head, according to Stephen Payne. As a guest on the 24th episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, he sat down to speak with Lynne Golodner about the importance of nature and education. We also need to focus on “the ability to do,” says the resident farmer and garden teacher at Sacramento Waldorf School.

Purpose

Is 2020 the Year of Perfect Vision?

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The Same Feelings from 2008 Resurface in 2020 – How to Move Forward with Meaning. While the economic recession of 2008 and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis have very different origins, the consequences are extremely similar. Loss of jobs, loss of livelihoods and loss of certainty. Lynne Golodner remembers this feeling well. Lynne became a single mother of three young children at the onset of one of the worst financial crises in modern history, generating extreme uncertainty and unbridled fear. It’s exactly how many millennials and Gen Z-ers feel today.

Entrepreneurship

Paul Saginaw’s 5 Important Questions To Ask to Start A Meaningful Business

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Is there a blueprint for meaningful success? Not exactly. Successful entrepreneurs like Lynne Golodner, the founder of Your People and host of the Make Meaning Podcast, and Paul Saginaw, the co-founder of Zingerman’s, did not follow a specific path to get to where they are today. However, both faced tough decisions and asked some important questions before even beginning their entrepreneurial journeys. If you want to create a successful and meaningful business, take some time to find answers to these questions… 1. What are you going to do, and why do you want to do it?

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The Importance Of Telling Your Story: A Conversation with Barbara Jones

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There is power in your voice. There is meaning in your story. This is something that Barbara Jones understands. As Executive Editor at Henry Holt Publishers in New York and a decades-long friend and mentor to Lynne Golodner, Barbara has infused her professional career with meaning and purpose by sharing one story at a time. This line of work is “inherently meaningful,” Barbara said, as a guest on the second ever episode of the Make Meaning Podcast. A Story Can Change The World Stories can transcend time, space and emotion. They can help us learn fundamental truths about ourselves and […]

Leadership

Paul Saginaw On The Power Of Mentorship

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This week, Paul Saginaw opens Saginaw’s, a food venture in Las Vegas that has long been a dream of his. In honor of this momentous occasion, we launch the Make Meaning blog by sharing the story of one of the people who inspired the podcast, and one of our very first guests: Paul Saginaw. Listen to the original interview here. When Lynne Golodner invited Paul Saginaw to be one of her first guests on the Make Meaning Podcast, she did it for three reasons: She has long admired his unique entrepreneurial vision for business.