Make Meaning Podcast Episodes

Episode 33 – Rachel Lutz – Transcending Transactions

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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Episode 32 – Lynne Golodner – A Poet’s Legacy: Lynne Golodner remembers Mary Oliver

This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Lynne pays homage to Mary Oliver, an American poet who has had a significant impact on her life. Oliver does a beautiful job capturing the profound in the quiet occurrences of nature and finding meaning with her observations of the natural world. As a visionary, she received the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Lannan Literary Award for lifetime achievement. Mary Oliver found her escape in two places: writing and nature. She found beauty in the simple, everyday life around her. She could take the smallest moment – first snow – and not […]

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Episode 30 – Kelli Dobner – The Power of Culture

This week’s Make Meaning guest, Kelli Dobner, Chief Advancement Officer at Samaritas, talks about culture, community, and connection to a higher purpose, and how she successfully rallies some 2,000 employees around a cause and a vision. It has something to do with taking chances and dressing up like a rock – you have to be all in, if you want everyone else to be! Ms. Dobner joined Samaritas in 2017, bringing a proud history of creating “a culture of ambassadorship.” She has built a career on the principles of communication, community-building and concern for the greater good. In 2018, she was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine’s Notable Women […]

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Episode 29 – Cindy Eggleton – Brilliant Detroit

Cindy Eggleton is CEO of Brilliant Detroit, a program dedicated to building school readiness and success for families with young children. The organization started with one house and has expanded to seven houses, serving more than 800 families in the city of Detroit.  Cindy is an admirable leader, most recently recognized as a Crain’s Notable Woman in Nonprofits, one of Skillman’s 50 Detroiters Making a Difference, the Stevie’s Woman of the Year Nonprofit and also Authority Health’s Best of the Healthnet – all in 2018.

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Episode 28 – Lionel Bradford – The Greening of Detroit

Lionel Bradford is president and executive director of The Greening of Detroit, a nonprofit devoted to creating sustainable growth for a healthy, urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training and job opportunities.   Lionel has a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began his career as a forestry technician with the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico. 

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Episode 27 – Rev. Faith Fowler – Advancing Justice

Rev. Faith Fowler is both the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, a nonprofit agency that provides food, housing, medical/mental health and employment programs for people living in areas of concentrated poverty. She has held these positions since 1994.  In addition to her work at Cass, Rev. Fowler has served as a board member of the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, an advisory board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and a board member and trustee on the General Board of Church and Society.  In 2014, Rev. Fowler founded Cass Community Publishing […]

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

Episode 26 – Jarret Schlaff – Profit + Wellbeing

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 25 – Crosby Noricks – Perfect PR Moments

Crosby Noricks is the founder of PR Couture, the industry-leading platform for fashion and lifestyle communicators, as well as a brand strategist and business coach. Known as “the fashion publicists’ most powerful accessory” by The San Diego Union-Tribune, Noricks was named one of the top 50 game-changers in PR by PR News, and as a top marketing innovator by iMediaConnection.  Over the last decade, Noricks has served as de facto mentor to hundreds of PR and marketing practitioners through her accessibility, thought leadership, expansive network and programs like her signature PRISM course,  a global educational workshop and self-enrichment series for aspiring professionals.  Her successful marketing track record includes spearheading […]

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Episode 24 – Stephen Payne – Inner Voice

Stephen Payne, also known as Farmer Steve, is the resident farmer and garden teacher at Sacramento Waldorf School in Sacramento, California. He has a degree in Business Marketing from Central Connecticut University and 10 years of experience in organic farming, and another five years of experience as a market garden business owner. Stephen came to SacWaldorf in 2001, where he lives on the property, manages the farm, and teaches children of all ages and grades in a hands-on curriculum on the three-and-a-half acre farm that is part of the campus. In an era where children are becoming less and less […]

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Episode 23 – Rev. Josephine Robertson – Crazy Whole Life

Joining us on the Make Meaning Podcast is Rev. Josephine Robertson! The Rev. Josephine Robertson grew up as a Episcopalian (a geeky and liberal sort of Christian who likes incense and big old churches but also science and Star Trek), and spent time at monasteries way before it was cool. Her spiritual mentors have been Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, and Pagan and they’ve each had valuable truths to share. Rev. Josephine has a BS from Western Michigan University, a Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest, and an ever-expanding collection of books. She was ordained as a priest […]

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Episode 22 – Kacee Must – We Are Not Alone

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 […]

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