Episode 33 – Mom Power with Eryn Vargo

On this episode, we talk with Eryn Vargo founder of Moms Give Back, Shop with a Purpose, and Baby OK on the power of moms in the world.  As an amazing woman, mother of four children, wife, and social entrepreneur she is kicking butt in social impact with her three companies all working to improve the lives of others.  Eryn lives by the Gandhi quote Be The Change You Wish To See In The World; and thus, asked herself “How can I be the change” – Eryn Vargo

Biography of Eryn Vargo

Wife, Social Mompreneur & Catalyst for Change
As a social entrepreneur, Eryn is using her empowerment marketing platform to push purpose forward and to broaden further her social goals associated with the volunteer sector in areas of poverty alleviation, health and wellness, child safety and community development. Eryn can support the operational costs of the Diaper Bank of Central Florida and fund the development of Baby OK through Moms Give Back, her marketing & consulting business and her #ShopWithPurpose Market. So when you work with Eryn or shop with Eryn, you are Using Business As A Force For Good too!

Links

Giving Tuesday Information: https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Change Maker at  Moms Give Back: www.momsgiveback.com

Founder of The Diaper Bank of Central Florida::diaperbankofcentralflorida.org)

Creator of Baby OK: mybabyok.info

Sign up to be a beta tester for Baby OK: www.mybabyok.info/beta

Contacts

Email: Eryn@momsgiveback.com

Get Social: FB @momsgiveback;  IG @moms.give.back; PIN @momsgiveback

 

Episode 32 – Developing Young Leaders Through Scouting with Autumn Herod

On today’s episode, we speak with Scout Master Autumn Herod on the leadership development scouting provides to young boys and girls.  Autumn has been a scoutmaster with the Girls Scouts of America and currently the Boy Scouts of America as she raises her two stepdaughters and son.  Autumn is particularly excited about her upcoming female scout troop which will be aligned with a boy scout troop in February 2019.  She sees a tremendous benefit of the Boy Scouts of America becoming even more inclusive and increasing the number of females involved in scouting.  This February 2019 the 108-year-old organization Boy Scouts of America will officially become Scouting BSA to reflect the almost 60,000 young women’s inclusion in the organization.

     

Biography of Autumn Herod

Native Floridian that grew up in Jacksonville. A Jacksonville Jaguar fan from the day they announced adding the team, Autumn pursued becoming a member of the ROAR and cheered while attending college at the University of North Florida.  She has a dual degree in Business Management and Transportation and Logistics and has transitioned from business operations to creating software solutions. Currently, Autumn works on projects for Disney Cruise Lines as a business analyst. She has 3 children (2 stepdaughters, 1 son) and has volunteered as both girl scout and cub scout leader. Autumn is moving up to a Scout troop in February and starting a girl troop in the Orlando area. She has a passion for helping and teaching youth to make an impact in their communities and the world.

Links

Contact Autumn at autumnjscouts@gmail.com

Scouting for America: https://www.scouting.org/ 

 

Episode 31 – Social Entrepreneurship as a Pathway to Happiness with Mohit Mukherjee

In this episode, we explore social entrepreneurship and social impact work as a pathway to finding true happiness with Mohit Mukherjee Founding Director of the Center for Executive Education at the United Nations Mandated University of Peace in Costa Rica.  Mohit shares how growing up in the streets of Paris and Calcutta left an indelible mark on his worldview and instilled a desire to create more social justice.  His work up to this point in his life has taken on many different paths and chapters if you will but his mission has been to build transformational learning experiences that combine heart and head to help people develop the skills and mindset to flourish in a rapidly changing world.

Biography of Mohit Mukherjee

Mohit is founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace (UPEACE), headquartered in Costa Rica. In this role, he has developed and taught over 50 seminars in eight countries on themes ranging from ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change’ to ‘Designing Your Life’.

Prior to this role, he served as VP of Programs at Watson U and Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. He also spent four years at A.T. Kearney management consultants. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mohit was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently lives in Florida, spending a week per month in Costa Rica.

Links

Diploma in Social Innovation: http://centre.upeace.org/programs/onlinecourses/diploma-in-social-innovation/

VIA Strengths Finder Free Test: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register

Martin E.P. Seligman’s Book Flourish: https://www.amazon.com/Flourish-Visionary-Understanding-Happiness-Well-being-ebook/dp/B0043RSK9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504551464&sr=1-1&keywords=flourish+by+martin+seligman

Big Talk at Ashoka U on Well-being and SE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWsHd6Kvgk&index=20&list=PL4c_sUqnnlfFHCTqFBwMVc38djirImAM7

Earth Charter Initiative: http://earthcharter.org/

Episode 30 – Finding Your Purpose with Student Guests

Purpose is a difficult concept to articulate for most people let alone follow towards a career or vocation.  On this episode, Jerrid explores what it takes to pursue one’s purpose with student guests Ryan, John, and Ian.  The Valencia College students, participated in the live radio podcast, while their classmates tuned in to the broadcast live from the classroom via Facebook Live. Students also enjoyed communicating during the program through Facebook’s chat feature, engaging in witty, fun and informative banter.

Links

Live in-studio video of the episode on Facebook Video: https://www.facebook.com/Valenciacollegeradio/videos/273609083259748/

Episode 29 – The Change Maker Journey with Mentor Dida Part 2

In this episode, Mentor Dida of the International organization Ashoka explains how he and others developed the Change Maker Journey template that is utilized around North America in the K-12 Education system by Ashoka to create change makers.

Biography of Mentor Dida

I’m a people person who always gets excited about new ideas and possibilities to design meaningful solutions to advance humanity. Advancing humanity is dear to my heart because after having lived through the 1999 Kosovo war, I realized that the real problems were not the people who caused the problems, but those who did not do anything about them. I’m a firm believer that all of our problems are just opportunities that we have not designed the right solutions yet; what we need is some more empathy, sophisticated teamwork, collaborative leadership, and changemaking.

During high school, I found a deep appreciation for physics. It is a science that aims to make things simple and explain why things happen the way they do. That was the reason why I chose to study engineering, and I ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Alternative Energy Technologies from Arizona State University (ASU).

While I was an engineering student, I had a realization that moved me profoundly and was the reason why I chose to dedicate my time on advancing humanity. That moment triggered an inner drive in me to take many leadership roles including co-founding 5 student organization, leading a university initiative, serving as a student senator, and co-founding two non-profit organizations. I continued to pursue a graduate degree in Global Technology and Entrepreneurship at ASU. My graduate thesis was studying the human-centered design approach to problem-solving; where I got to explore ways people come up with powerful ideas. ASU provided incredible recognitions including Valedictorian, Graduate Commencement Student Speaker, the prestigious Pitchfork Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader, Lean Six Sigma Black, and Green Belt, and more.

All of this led me to Ashoka, the world’s pioneer network of system-changing social entrepreneurs, and its mission to catalyze a future in which everyone has the necessary tools and knowledge to drive change for the good of all.

LInks

www.ashoka.org

www.asu.edu

https://changemaker.asu.edu/front

Episode 28 – The Change Maker Journey with Mentor Dida Part 1

In the next two episodes, we learn about the Change Maker Journey with Mentor Dida of the International organization Ashoka.  Mentor shares his personal journey through growing up in a war zone to his transformation into a change maker and then to a change leader. In this episode specifically, Mentor shares his own change maker journey.

Biography of Mentor Dida

I’m a people person who always gets excited about new ideas and possibilities to design meaningful solutions to advance humanity. Advancing humanity is dear to my heart because after having lived through the 1999 Kosovo war, I realized that the real problems were not the people who caused the problems, but those who did not do anything about them. I’m a firm believer that all of our problems are just opportunities that we have not designed the right solutions yet; what we need is some more empathy, sophisticated teamwork, collaborative leadership, and changemaking.

During high school, I found a deep appreciation for physics. It is a science that aims to make things simple and explain why things happen the way they do. That was the reason why I chose to study engineering, and I ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Alternative Energy Technologies from Arizona State University (ASU).

While I was an engineering student, I had a realization that moved me profoundly and was the reason why I chose to dedicate my time on advancing humanity. That moment triggered an inner drive in me to take many leadership roles including co-founding 5 student organization, leading a university initiative, serving as a student senator, and co-founding two non-profit organizations. I continued to pursue a graduate degree in Global Technology and Entrepreneurship at ASU. My graduate thesis was studying the human-centered design approach to problem-solving; where I got to explore ways people come up with powerful ideas. ASU provided incredible recognitions including Valedictorian, Graduate Commencement Student Speaker, the prestigious Pitchfork Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader, Lean Six Sigma Black, and Green Belt, and more.

All of this led me to Ashoka, the world’s pioneer network of system-changing social entrepreneurs, and its mission to catalyze a future in which everyone has the necessary tools and knowledge to drive change for the good of all.

LInks

www.ashoka.org

www.asu.edu

https://changemaker.asu.edu/front

Episode 27 – Strategies For Change Making with Josephine Balzac

In this episode, we explore some interesting courses called Strategies for Change Making, Be The Change, and Intrapreneurship taught by Josephine Balzac of Rollins College.  In these courses, students learn the necessary skills to bring about lasting change in their communities.  We also dive into Josephine’s own journey into change making and how she approaches her work as an attorney, professor, and activist.

Biography of Josephine Balzac

Josephine M. Balzac is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Entrepreneurship. Professor Balzac is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She focuses on environmental law and was the President of the Law Office of Josephine Balzac, P.A. from April 2014 to June 2018. In 2017, Ms. Balzac was appointed to serve on the City of Orlando, Mayor’s Green Works Task Force. She also serves her community as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for IDEAS For Us, the Board of Directors of ACLU Central Florida, the Legal Advisory Board of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, and the Public Interest and Law School Liaison Committees of the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar.

In October 2017, she was recognized by U.S. Representative Darren Soto as a community leader as a part of Hispanic Heritage month. While at Rollins College her greatest honor is receiving two teaching awards, a Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty Award and the Walter E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award. She also received the 2017-2018 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Faculty Fellowship. She holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Florida A&M University College of Law where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She received her Masters of Law (LL.M.) in International Environmental Law at The George Washington University Law School. While attending GWU Law, she served as a Randolph C. Shaw Research Fellow for the Associate Dean of Environmental Studies and interned at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Balzac is actively involved in the local community, frequently educating and advocating as an avid speaker on environmental laws, sustainable development, climate change, human rights, food, and social justice issues.

 

Links

Josephine Balzac: Instagram: @josiebgreen, Facebook: Josephine Balzac, Twitter: @josiebgreen

Ideas for Us: www.ideasforus.org

Ashoka U: www.ashokau.org

Rollins College Social Entrepreneurship Program: www.rollins.edu/social-entrepreneurship

Human Centered Design: www.designkit.org/human-centered-design

Episode 26 – Building Community With Micki Meyer

In this episode, we dive into what it means to be in community with others and how to foster community in your world with Micki Meyer of Rollins College.  Micki shares her journey to community building from her early days in Orlando and her almost 20 years at Rollins College.  Learn what Micki says are the three building blocks of community and how self-discovery and mindfulness are essential elements of a happy life.

Biography of Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Community at Rollins College.

Micki Meyer serves as the Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Community at Rollins College. She holds an Endowed Chair position funded by the DHL and RNR Foundations to build capacity around engaged scholarship, high impact learning, and student engagement. Micki oversees areas of campus that work directly with leadership education, social innovation & entrepreneurship, civic engagement, service-learning, diversity and inclusion, student involvement, and college access.

Over the past 19 years, Micki has worked closely with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to make purposeful connections between campus and community that make meaning of a liberal education in the 21st Century. Micki serves as a Certified Scholar for Florida Campus Compact and as an Engaged Scholar for New Perspectives in Higher Education with Campus Compact. Also, Micki has been active with Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Network.

Micki has been the recipient of honors and recognition for her work within communities. This year she received the Robert D. Bradshaw Small Colleges Student Advocate Award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators for her demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of small colleges and her work “above and beyond the call of duty.” Also, Micki has been honored with the Thomas E. Gamble Service Legacy Award and Community Engagement Educator Award for Independent Colleges and Universities from Florida Campus Compact. In 2017 Micki was named a Winter Park Influential by Winter Park Magazine and one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 by the Orlando Business Journal.

Throughout her career, Micki has been engaged throughout Winter Park and Orlando and currently serves as a board member for the Downtown Orlando YMCA, Healthy Central Florida Winter Park, and is active with the Audubon Park School. She is a graduate of the Leadership Orlando and Leadership Winter Park. Micki received her Bachelor of Science in Human Communications and Media Management from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (OH).

Links

www.rollins.edu

www. mindful.org

Episode 25 – Productivity with Business Strategist Deana Kalakay

The ever elusive concept of productivity is explored with Workflow Management Strategist and Productivity Coach Deana Kalakay on this episode.  Deana has been helping professionals and businesses build confidence and take action using the science of consistency and workflow mastery.  Her clients overcome chaos and inconsistency by getting organized, becoming confident and taking the massive action required to meet and exceed their objectives.  To learn more go to her website at https://www.bepowerfullyproductive.com/