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Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for monthly broadcasts that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings. Programs cover American folk icons, emerging artists who are continuing and transforming musical traditions ar ...
 
Refreshing conversations with inspiring people. Welcome to the Begin the Begin Podcast. I'm Jeff Hilimire, a husband, father, entrepreneur, and author. I created this podcast to talk to people that inspire me, either because they've accomplished great things or done a lot of good in the world - or more likely, a combination of both. My goal is to learn people's origin stories, really dig into what makes them tick, and understand their secrets to success.
 
Josh will interview amazing people from all walks of life. No topic is off limits. As a custom knife maker Josh will use his connections and expertise to talk to some of the best knife makers and collectors in the world. In addition to the knife world Josh will be seeking out motivational, inspirational, and accomplished people from all walks of life. Our world is filled with people who have accomplished amazing feats. Current and former military members, business professionals, athletes, an ...
 
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Exclusive interview with DJ Jazzy Jeff on how he met Will Smith and they formed Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. Jazzy Jeff answers questions from fans around the world. He speaks on their early hits like Girls Aint Nothin But Trouble and Parents Just Dont Understand.We hear how they became worldwide rap superstars. Hear an amazing insight from Jeff in…
 
On this episode, my guest is Nina Smith, a self proclaimed “communications mercenary”. She’s the former traveling press secretary and advisor to Pete Buttigieg, and she spends most of her time helping candidates, brands, and organizations tell their story in the media. We talk about her journey, of course the work she did with Pete (I’m a HUGE fan)…
 
On this episode, I talk with Nathan Stuck, who some consider to be "Mr. B Corp Georgia". We talk about, what else, B corporations, and we also dig into conscious capitalism, how ROI fits into the decision, and what it takes for a company truly to be a force for good in this world. Keep up with Nathan: www.linkedin.com/nathanastuck Consider becoming…
 
On this episode, I brought David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village, Pardot, Atlanta Ventures) back on to talk about the characteristics that the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders have. We’ve both built businesses and invested in others, and I thought it would be a fun conversation to discuss the qualities that are somewhat non-negotiable in th…
 
On this episode, I have the great pleasure to speak with Jay Jackson, CEO of RYSE Interactive and RYSE Creative Village (and a board member of one of my nonprofits, Ripples of Hope!). We talk about where his inspiration to help others comes from, how a passion for constantly learning and a focus on humbleness has led him to success, and his MASSIVE…
 
This isn't your typical political conversation! Steve Daines is one of Montana's two United States Senate representatives. Instead of diving into more politics in this episode Josh and Steve talk about hunting, public, lands, and grizzly bears. It's refreshing to hear that we do actually have representatives in Washington that actually hunt, fish, …
 
On this episode, I catch up with my friend, Eileen Lee, one of the co-founders of The Lola. The Lola’s mission is to bring womxn together as allies and accomplices to tell their stories, raise their voices and dismantle a system that doesn’t serve them. We talk about her journey toward entrepreneurship, where the inspiration to start The Lola came …
 
On this episode, I had the great pleasure to talk with Teresa Baker, founder of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge and the African American Nature & Parks Experience. She was recommended by a previous podcast guest, Patagonia’s Whitney Clapper (you should check that episode out if you haven’t) who described Teresa as a visionary for what life could b…
 
Geoff Feder is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums. He has a special ability to be unique and find interesting and different ways to set his art apart from others. Geoff is incredibly talented with a hammer in his hand. In addition to sculpture and blacksmithing Geoff has become well recognized in the culinary industry. If you follow him on …
 
“When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, 'When there are nine,' people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg On this episode, I have the great pleasure of talking with Bhavana Smith, founder of the amazing organization, Until …
 
On this episode, I chat with Rodney Bullard, the Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. We talk about his journey, including the impact that his 1st-grade teacher - Ms. Adams - had on his life (and somehow we never knew we went to rival high schools in Atlanta!), how he ended up at Chick-fil-A, and of course, his terrific book, Heroes Wa…
 
This podcast is by far the most intense and incredible that I've recorded to date. I had no idea about Mike's story when we sat down, but I quickly realized Mike's life has been incredible. Mike Clancy served as a Force Recon Marine for 8 years and GRS (global response staff) for 4 years. He did 13 total tours in Iraq and Afghanistan including the …
 
Bert Sorin has quickly become known throughout the strength and conditioning world and the hunting community as a respected leader. As a four time All American Hammer Thrower Bert gained respect in the athletic community as a force to be reckoned with. Bert even competed in the Olympic Trials twice narrowly missing the games. After the trials he tr…
 
On this episode, I had the great pleasure to talk with my good friend, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim. Qaadirah is currently the Chief Equity Officer, City of Atlanta, and was the CEO of the Future Foundation for 15 years prior to taking her role with the city. We talk about where her resilience comes from, the need to disrupt stagnation in order to achieve …
 
On this episode, I have the extreme pleasure of having Mita Mallick on the show. Mita is the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta, and has worked at some of the world’s largest and most respected companies, including J&J, Pfizer, and Unilever. Mita is one of those people that infects you with her passion and joy for the work she’s doing. …
 
On this episode, I have the great pleasure of chatting with Bethaney Wilkinson, founder and CEO of The Diversity Gap Podcast and Academy. I first met Bethaney by attending one of her workshops, and her passion and innovative views on racial equity, privilege, and bridging the diversity gap was incredibly inspiring to me, and I knew I had to have he…
 
My guest on this episode is Sharon Harris, Global Chief Marketing Officer of Jellyfish. We talk about her career journey, working at some of the largest companies in the world, to the great work she and her team are doing at Jellyfish, and how hard women in the workforce have been hit by the pandemic, or what she calls a “She-cession”. Don’t forget…
 
In this short solo podcast Josh talks about one of the overlooked aspects of building a business. The how to instruction is great. But how do you get that instruction? How do you get the information you need? Is it all online videos? There is no measure for how important personal face to face relationship building is when building your business. Ho…
 
On this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with Jenn Graham, Founder & CEO of Civic Dinners. Civiv Dinners bring people together virtually or in person for structured conversations on the critical issues of our time. Jenn started the organization in 2016, and we talk about her journey, including the first time we met at Souper Jenny’s in At…
 
Francesa Ritchie has become one of the best sheath makers in the world. In addition to sheaths Francesca and her husband Zach have quickly grown their company into a highly successful leather goods business. Her career started as a young girl under the eye of her Master Bladesmith father Aaron Wilburn. She quickly grew out from under her fathers sh…
 
On this very special episode of the podcast, I talk with the founder of one of Dragon Army’s favorite partners, Passport Atlanta. And not only do Andre Dickens and I chat, but a Georgia Tech intern helping Passport Atlanta, Seanna Walker, also joins us! We talk about the inspiration for the organization, how it will help the lives of young people l…
 
On this episode, I talk with my friend and Leadership Atlanta classmate, Atlanta City Council member, Amir Farokhi. I spend the first half of the interview digging into Amir’s journey that led him to eventually run for public office. We then spend the rest of the interview talking about what makes Atlanta so great, and what the city must do to reac…
 
Master Bladesmith Harvey Dean is one of the living legends of bladesmithing today. Harvey is known for his ability to make masterpiece bowies followed up my the most detailed incredible folders. Harvey also makes amazing damascus steel. When he pairs that with his engraving, gold inlay, and attention to detail the results are stunning. Harvey is al…
 
On this episode, I chat with Bobby Norwood (Director - Debt & Equity Capital Markets, JLL) about the 'hard reset' he decided to implement in his life. Don’t forget to subscribe! About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 + The A Pledge …
 
On this episode, I’m joined by my friend, Alex Gonzalez, who interviews me about 48in48, an organization I co-founded in 2015. We talk about how the company began, the amazing growth its had in the last 6 years (including the struggles and triumphs that the company experienced in 2020), and the bright future we have ahead. Don’t forget to subscribe…
 
"Die with more memories than dreams." Montanan Jeff Shapiro lives life to the fullest. As a competitive paraglider Jeff has seen more places on earth than most of us ever will. Jeff is the guy who doesn't just dream of things to do. He thinks of them and then does it! Besides paragliding around the world Jeff also is an accomplished rock climber, b…
 
On this episode, I chat with one of my favorite Atlanta leaders, Nate Hybl. Nate is the founder and CEO of Gusto, a fast-casual restaurant that is a favorite in my household. We talk about Nate’s journey, from playing quarterback in the NFL, to putting everything on the line to create a purposeful culinary business.Try Gusto! - https://www.whatsyou…
 
On this episode, I had the great opportunity to chat with Anne Kaiser, quite simply an Atlanta legend. Anne is currently Vice President, Community & Economic Development at Georgia Power, and we talk about her journey, where her purpose has led her, and the difficulties women leaders face in corporate America.Don’t forget to subscribe!About me:Sign…
 
On this episode, I have the great pleasure to speak with Whitney Clapper, Senior Global Environmental Activism Marketing Manager at Patagonia. Patagonia, like Ben & Jerry’s, is one of my favorite brands in the world because they truly believe that business should be a force for good.We talk about her journey, from being an athlete that never quits,…
 
Sean DeGrey is the owner of the Total Archery Challenge. He and his wife Monica put on a phenomenal event where the love of archery, family, fitness, and industry brands come together in a unique way. Whether you are an avid bowhunter, competitive shooter, or brand new shooter this event is for you. Each Total Archery event is held in a unique sett…
 
Laura Zerra talks about her life and some of the incredible things she's seen and done. Laura is an inspiration for people who decide to take the path less traveled. She's lived the "unconventional" life doing things her way. Thought the last decade Laura has stacked one adventure up against another. She's a risk taker, adventurer, and survivalist.…
 
On this episode, I had the chance to talk to an incredible entrepreneur, Caroline Boudreaux. Rarely do you meet someone who has such an epic journey as Caroline. The work her company, Miracle Foundation, is doing to help empower orphans and vulnerable children around the globe to reach their full potential, is so inspiring. And she has one of the m…
 
On this episode, Bem Joiner, founder of Atlanta Influences Everything, joins Darryl Cobbin and me as we dive deep into the Atlanta Influences Everything brand, his personal purpose and journey, and why Atlanta has so much potential… if we can come together around common interests. Support Atlanta Influences Everything: - https://aie.life/ - https:/…
 
On this episode, I chat with my friend, Penny Collins, President & CEO at Women in Technology, or WIT. We talk about her journey into entrepreneurship, where her passion to help others comes from, and the incredible work she is doing with WIT to empower girls and women to excel in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math from the classr…
 
On this episode, I have the great pleasure to be joined by Kyle Stapleton to interview Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, founder and CEO of Atlanta Village Market. We talk about how her purpose to be intentional with her life has guided her journey, and the incredible work she is doing to help empower African American entrepreneurs through education, purpose-d…
 
Jack Carr is widely known as one of todays prominent authors. However Jack's path to becoming an author is different than most. Jack was a Navy SEAL serving in the middle east conflicts among other missions throughout his career. As a young man Jack loved to read and always knew he wanted to be a SEAL and an author. This April 13th Jack's newest bo…
 
On this episode of the SpunMafia series, Raghu Kakarala joins me as we catch up with Bruce Eatroff, Managing Director, Star Mountain Capital, whose company acquired Spunlogic in 2008. We talk about our first meeting with Bruce during the sale process, differences in the industry between then and now, current obstacles in the private capital markets…
 
My guest on this episode is Medina Jett, the CEO of Jett Speaks. We talk about her journey from corporate america to “serial entrepreneur”, as well as the important work she is doing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Check out Jett Speaks: https://www.jettspeaks.com/ Don’t forget to subscribe! About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CE…
 
In this solo episode Josh discusses the importance of surrounding yourself with people who inspire you and push you to succeed. After coming off an event in South Carolina Josh talks about how to put yourself in a position to be motivated and improve yourself no matter what industry you are in. As an American your opportunities to achieve greatness…
 
On this episode, Darryl Cobbin joins me as we sit down with Terence Lester to talk about Love Beyond Walls, his organization that helps advocate for those experiencing poverty and homelessness, and the incredible and improbable year that he had in 2020. Check out Love Beyond Walls: https://www.lovebeyondwalls.org/ Check out Love Sinks In: https://w…
 
In this episode Joe Maynard, talks about his Army career, flying the baddest chopper on earth, depression, and knives. Joe openly talks about the struggles of adjusting to civilian life and how important it is for people to reach out for help. Aside from his accomplished service to our nation Joe talks about how he found knife making through Laura …
 
My guest on this episode is Darryl Cobbin (or “DC”), founder of Brand Positioning Doctors, and co-founder of The A-Pledge. We talk about his origins in the corporate world, the risky switch to entrepreneurship, and the ups and downs that come with that journey. Check out Brand Positioning Doctors : https://www.brandpositioningdoctors.com/ Don’t for…
 
My guest on this episode is Helene Lollis, President and CEO of Pathbuilders. We talk about where her passion for helping came from, the extraordinary journey she's been on since she bought Pathbuilders, and the unique challenges that women leaders face in business. Check out Pathbuilders: https://www.pathbuilders.com/ Don’t forget to subscribe! Ab…
 
On this episode, I talk with Paul Snyder, Executive Vice President Stewardship at Tillamook Creamery. We talk about where his caring spirit started, early conversations about race and how that shaped his life as an ally, and his view on companies that work to make the world a better place. Don’t forget to subscribe! Learn more about Tillamook: http…
 
In this podcast you will be inspired by a man, who at 73 years of age, lives life with incredible passion and purpose. Even though Steve is a knife maker this episode is worth listening to no matter where your interests lie. His infectious laugh, energy, and attitude make him an inspiration for all. Steve is most known for the being the father and …
 
On this episode, Alex Gonzalez joins me as we talk with Jay Bailey, CEO of H.J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We talk about his amazing journey, what inspires him to give back, and how he tries to affect change around him. Don't miss Jay Bailey's episode on Disruptor Studio! https://disruptorstudio.show/episode/jay-bailey/ Fol…
 
On this episode of the SpunMafia series, the gang talks with Donovan Panone, one of the earliest and most important leaders to work at Spunlogic and a true partner in our journey. We talk about the early, early days, including our name change (from NBN Designs), how we got our first big win, Donovan's "Jerry Maguire" moment that allowed us to find …
 
On this episode, I talk to my good friend Alex Gonzalez about his TEDx talk from February 2020, titled Innovation DNA Defined. I’ve always wanted to do a TED talk, so I used this opportunity to understand how it came about, what the preparation was like, and what it felt like to be on that stage. We also dive into the topic itself, talking about co…
 
On this episode, I talk with Maggie Jones Patton , co-founder of the organic children’s food company. Bitsy's, and easily one of my favorite leaders. We get into why she took the leap into entrepreneurship, juggling being a parent and running a business, how even during hard times Bitsy's works to help others, and her big plans for 2021. Check out …
 
In this episode Laura Zerra, Brandon Lilly, and Brandon Horoho join me for a late night B.S. session in the knife shop. After a couple days of forging in the shop, eating great food, and talking about ways we as a group can help people we sat down to share our week with you all. They may have been some whiskey involved or a little Baileys in our co…
 
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