Make Meaning Podcast Episodes
Category: Entrepreneurship

Episode 53 – RERUN: Just Be Nice with Paul Saginaw

In honor of International Podcast Day, we are highlighting one of our first episodes of the MakeMeaning podcast, featuring Zingerman’s co-founder, Paul Saginaw. In this conversation, Lynne and Paul talk about his journey of building and running a successful business.

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Episode 52 – Journey to the Self with Stacy Dockins

The road to finding one’s purpose can take many turns, often with a destination not yet determined. Knowing when to pause, breathe, and listen to the “heart tugs” is how Stacy Dockins, yoga trainer/instructor, author and co-founder of the Yoga Project, has found meaning and fulfillment. Stacy is this week’s guest on the Make Meaning podcast, and she talks with Lynne about the power of mindfulness, running a successful business with a spouse, meeting the evolving needs of the yoga industry, and sharing her expertise in her new book. Listen here: What excites you, lights a spark, tugs at your heart? How have you responded to it? What has your path to […]

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Episode 49 – Saving The Bees

What do bees have to do with business? Strength in diversity. Efficiency and productivity from cooperation. Working together for the good of the whole. Concepts that we value in the business world are absolutely crucial to the survival of a honeybee colony. What’s more, honeybees are helping revitalize Detroit neighborhoods by “turning blight into gold.”  And if that isn’t compelling enough, the fate of honeybees directly relates to the fate of humans on this planet. That’s a pretty important reason to ensure their survival. On this double episode of the Make Meaning podcast, Lynne speaks with honeybee expert Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, President of Bee Informed Partnership and Associate Professor at University […]

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Episode 42 – Building Detroit with April Jones Boyle

April Jones Boyle of Build Institute has had a vision for our beloved city of Detroit for a long time. A vision of what it could be and what it can be, and she won’t just sit on the sidelines and hope someone will make it happen. She’s taking action, empowering entrepreneurs, and building Detroit from within. Her conversation with Lynne, who is a celebrated entrepreneur in her own right, on this episode of theMake Meaning podcast looks at how to empower entrepreneurs so they empower Detroit – building neighborhoods, creating jobs. Check it out: Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Do you have a […]

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Episode 35 – Purposeful Third Spaces with Lyndsay Edmonds

This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Lyndsay Edmonds, founder and owner of Harless and Hugh Coffee and the Public House, both in Bay City Michigan, talks about what it means to create “third spaces” for people to gather. Inspired by time spent in Southeast Asia, Lyndsay has developed an appreciation for people, their differences and similarities, and the community spots that cultivate connections through conversations. “I specialize in giving people spaces to be themselves,” says Lyndsay. “It’s mainly done through conversation – just being really open and listening to the community and what they think and need.” Learn more about how Lyndsay makes meaning through these purposeful third […]

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Episode 33 – Transcending Transactions with Rachel Lutz

What do public radio, the Clinton Administration, and clothing stores have in common? How does a person who hates shopping and dislikes the fashion industry become the owner of four successful retail clothing and accessory shops? Most of all, what is the key to pursuing purpose and making a difference through connections and relationships? Find out on this episode of Make Meaning when Lynne Golodner interviews Rachel Lutz, a Detroit entrepreneur, business owner and community ambassador whose “secret sauce” transcends transaction by creating an experience for, and by building relationships with, every person who enters her stores. What’s the secret to customer retention and long-lasting loyalty? What keeps them coming back again and […]

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Make Meaning Podcast - Episode 26 - Profit + Wellbeing with Jarret Schlaff

Episode 26 – Profit + Wellbeing with Jarret Schlaff

Jarret Alan Schlaff is cultivator, engineer, and organizer (CEO) of Pingree Detroit, a worker-owned, community-based manufacturing company co-founded in January 2015. In Pingree’s Detroit workshop, Detroiters and U.S. veterans are paid a living wage to handcraft bags, urban utility boots, and accessories using luxury-grade leather upcycled from the American auto industry.   Listen to Jarret Schlaff on the Make Meaning podcast with Lynne Golodner About Jarret, CEO Pingree Detroit Jarret Schlaff lives on Detroit’s eastside in the Charlevoix Villages community and is committed to fostering neighborhood resilience and developing opportunities for sustainable, community driven job creation accessible to all.   Since 2007,  he has launched four separate nonprofit projects and […]

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Episode 21 – All About Pie with Brenda Meller

For the past ten years, Brenda Meller has been embracing social media to help propel her personal and professional efforts and now through Meller Marketing, she helps people and businesses with marketing and social media, specializing in LinkedIn. She first realized the power of social media when making a career change using LinkedIn at the height of Michigan’s downturn in 2008. She started sharing her knowledge of social media through workshops, webinars, presentations, and via blogs. In 2017, her side hustle led to her dream job with the launch of Meller Marketing. Brenda’s approach has always been to present information […]

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Episode 14 – An Artful Path with Heather Leavitt

Heather’s love for cake design stemmed from her education in art, a passion for food, and a childlike refusal to believe that there was nothing she couldn’t create. While attending the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Heather Leavitt packed up her paint brushes and headed to Florence to let Italian masters teach her how to be an artist. Instead, she found herself more interested in the perfect foam atop a cappuccino. When she returned back to the states, she decided to turn her focus to food and is now the owner and cake designer of Sweet Heather […]

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Episode 6 – Protecting The Great Lakes with Jackson Riegler

Through Jackson Riegler’s teenage years, the threat of permanent damage to the Great Lakes ecosystem developed into a deeper issue than ever before. With risks of Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes, Line 5 Pipeline under the straits of Mackinac, and Trump’s proposed budget cuts towards Great Lakes funding, Jackson became more knowledgeable of these endangering factors and wanted to make a difference. In 2017, High School junior Jackson Riegler was inspired to raise awareness of the dangers to The Great Lakes and in response, he founded Oshki, a Michigan-based apparel company delivering local, long lasting comfortable clothing. 5% of the […]

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Episode 5 – The Spirited Entrepreneur with Mike Forsyth

Partner and Founder of Detroit City Distillery Mike Forsyth meets Lynne at Podcast Detroit and jumps in for a deep dive on his career as a small business owner in the spirits industry, including how his upbringing lead him to become an entrepreneur. Mike tells Lynne why many distilleries don’t make their own spirits, and shares how he takes a lot of pride in making products using locally sourced ingredients. He wants to celebrate Detroit, its history, and carry on the legacy and standards of American craftsmanship that Detroit has set. Detroit City Distillery creates small batch artisanal whiskey, gin […]

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