Natasha Guynes understands all too well the inspirational power of a story. For years, she hid her own, fearful it would destroy the successful career she had built on Capitol Hill. This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Natasha talks with Lynne Golodner about her journey through homelessness and addiction, how supportive mentors helped her break down walls of shame and isolation, and how she helps vulnerable young women do the same. Bravely sharing her story gave Natasha the confidence to create HER Resiliency Center. She finds meaning by using her past to help others build futures. Hear Natasha’s story […]
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 […]
We love entrepreneurs who carefully craft their brand story and create visual components to inspire. Julie Silver, founder and president of Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, is a great example of this. She’s our guest on this week’s Make Meaning podcast, sharing stories about how her brand evolved over time, how she dared to make a career pivot to follow her heart and soul, and how she has built a thriving, connected team. Listen here: About Julie Silver: Julie Silver, MSW, R. Ac. is president and founder of Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Inc. Julie is a […]
In this episode of Make Meaning, Lynne Golodner interviews Jacqueline Drake, a former healthcare worker who combined her passion for fine arts with her knowledge of intuitive and meditative healing to open a healing art gallery in Franklin, Michigan.
At first glance, Kacee Must’s Citizen Yoga empire looks like a typical yoga company. But look deeper and you see its focus is building community and connection as a way to prevent suicide. Kacee became an entrepreneur to honor the memory of her sister, Miya, who ended her own life in 2007. By providing a space where people feel included, welcome, and accepted, Kacee’s built a spiritual company. In this week’s Make Meaning podcast, Lynne Golodner talks with Kacee about her journey, our shared journey, and what the future holds. About Kacee Grounded in Vedic Philosophy, Kacee Must teaches alignment-based […]
Amy Haimerl is the founder of the Shady Ladies Literary Society, an event series that pairs up emerging women writers, scientists, chefs and bartenders for unforgettable evenings. Amy is also a professor of journalism at Michigan State University and author of Detroit Hustle, a memoir about rehabbing an historic home in Detroit. Amy joins Lynne on the Make Meaning Podcast to tell us about teaching journalism today, in this era of media mistrust and “fake news.” She also chats about her memoir and where the idea came from and why the Shady Ladies programs is so important.
Burners Without Borders Detroit provides people experiencing homelessness supplies to survive the cold. This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Lynne Golodner chats with Doxie Kaltz, lead community organizer for BWB Detroit. Hear Doxie building community and seeing the humanity in everyone.
Sherrie Singer is a full time community leader and volunteer. She is the president and co-founder of THREAD…Connecting Jewish Women, a non-profit organization with its mission to educate, engage and inspire Jewish women in the metro Detroit community. Sherrie joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast and discusses how Thread has grown, why she believes that every person has a sense of wanting to help others, and what she would tell others who feel they don’t know their passion or their purpose. Sherrie serves on several boards including the Board of Governors of Federation of Metro Detroit, the Executive Board […]
LaTonia Walker is a lifelong resident of Detroit, MI. She is a Social Worker and Life Coach to women living in poverty and experiencing homelessness at a Detroit Shelter. She is also the founder and CEO of The Ladies League of Detroit, a women’s group for middle ground women that focuses on professional and personal development, empowerment, and networking. LaTonia joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast to tell us about the women she serves, what inspired her to create this organization, and why it is important to connect people in both her personal life and professional sphere. Learn more […]
Anni Keane-Riley has over 10 years of experience working with professionals and families throughout the United States. She has worked primarily in training, social service support and advocacy roles, engaging people who work in and around the Child Welfare Industry: youth, prospective adoptive parents, social workers, and policymakers. Anni joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast to discuss what it means to be the director of the Nobody Ages Out Youth Movement at You Gotta Believe! in New York. She shares how she came into this position, how she was in foster care herself, and her experiences that shaped her […]
Katie Brown helps businesses of all sizes, from family-owned companies to multi-state corporations. She travels to their locations and evaluates any challenges and shows organizations how to avoid problems before they occur. Katie is principal at Madden Hauser, specializing in employment law. She joins Lynne on the Make Meaning Podcast to discuss how she got into law, how she prioritizes her personal life with her professional life, and who she admires most and why. Learn more about Maddin Hauser at www.maddinhauser.com
For the Make Meaning podcast Episode #2, Barbara Jones is the Executive Editor at Henry Holt publishers in New York. Barbara joins Lynne Golodner on the Make Meaning podcast as a great mentor, friend, and inspiration. Together, they speak about how Barbara’s career has taken her through magazines and publishing houses, telling powerful stories, in hopes the reader comes out with a better understanding of the experience themselves. Barbara was a magazine editor for more than 20 years before switching to books. She shares her insights on how the publishing industry is doing today and what the future holds for […]