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 […]
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.
DCFC (Detroit City Football Club) was founded with the motto “Passion for our city, passion for the game.” David Dwaihy, one of five founders, joins Lynne Golodner on the Make Meaning podcast to talk about the Detroit-proud soccer club, how he gains a sense of purpose building community around soccer in Detroit, and what its like balancing his roles of math teacher, soccer player, entrepreneur and dad.
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 […]
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 […]
In 1999, Allen Einstein developed Project 2000, an self-contained program for at-risk 8th grade boys. After he retired from teaching, he utilized his knowledge and experience in the field of educational consulting to launch The Einstein Educational Ecosystem (recently renamed and rebranded as The Einstein Method), a nonprofit focused on helping teachers succeed. Allen joins Lynne on the Make Meaning podcast to share how is passion is aimed to educating children to be creative, contributing, achievement-oriented adults who give back to society. Through The Einstein Method, Allen and his team bring no-cost training to teachers throughout southeast Michigan. His seminars […]
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 […]
For the Make Meaning Podcast Episode #3, Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s joins Lynne in-studio to tell the story behind Zingerman’s and how they built a community of business from scratch. Beyond the two co-founders of Zingermans, there are now 17 managing partners and over 750 employees. Paul believes that he has been successful in spite of the fact that he has limited natural talent and abilities because he has always thought that the only real limits are those of vision. In this episode, Paul shares three tips on how to build business and why it’s important to him to “be […]
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 […]
Lynne Golodner interviews her father Norman Cohn, retired CEO of Norco Alloys