Episode 77 – Jason Kadlitz – Building Community in a Barber Shop

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Jason Kadlitz dropped an engineering career to become a barber, morphing his engineering skills and creative passion into vintage precision haircutting. As he built a one-of-a-kind business, he drew upon personal values to create a culture of kindness. 

Jason has created in the Berkley Chop Shop a retro-style clubhouse of community and fellowship where everyone matters. Jason joins Lynne Golodner on this episode of the Make Meaning podcast to share what inspired him to find a new path, create a welcoming space, and encourage his children to be who they’re meant to be, the way his own father supported him. 

Where are you on your path to purpose? Is a deep-down passion inspiring you to take a leap? Maybe you’ve made a switch already and you’re finding new meaning in your work. Share your story with us here.

In this episode, Jason and Lynne discuss:

  • Refocusing passions to find a new purpose
  • Special people who inspire and support a life change
  • The vision behind the Berkley Chop Shop 
  • Building a culture of kindness
  • Raising kids to be who they’re meant to be

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Lynne interviews Sibrina Collins, Executive Director of the Marburger STEM Center at Lawrence Tech University, about the need for girls, women and people of color in STEM fields, how STEM relates to everyday life, and why the Black Panther movie and classic Frankenstein novel are really STEM stories. Tune in next week to learn more!