Creators and Guests

Anthony Shop
Host
Anthony Shop
Anthony Shop believes in the power of people-centered branding and marketing to create a bright future. He chairs the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. Anthony also is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Social Driver, a digital services firm that helps companies and non-profits establish winning strategies with social media, websites, creative, and advertising. An enthusiastic presenter and teacher, he has led executive-level training for Amazon, PepsiCo, NASA, The British Embassy and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He has been recognized as an “OUTstanding LGBT Role Model” by The Financial Times, “40 Under 40” by The Washington Business Journal, and Business Leader of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. A former newspaper reporter, Anthony was the first new media professional elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He currently serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Washington and LearnServe International. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer.
Appears in 59 episodes
Anne Rancourt
Guest
Anne Rancourt
Anne Rancourt is the Communications Director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, otherwise known as NIDA, where she oversees communication of the world's largest investment in research on drugs and addiction.
Appears in 1 episode
Anthony Woods
Guest
Anthony Woods
Anthony Woods is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. After serving two tours of duty in Iraq and earning a Bronze Star, Anthony was discharged from the US Army under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy. Through his work and the work of many dedicated others, that law, which barred members of the LGBTQ community from serving openly in themilitary, was repealed and Anthony was able to rejoin the US Army.
Appears in 1 episode
Ati Williams
Guest
Ati Williams
Co-Host of Hack My Home on Netflix. Principal at Honeycomb Residential, a remodeling company that functions as both designer and general contractor to help clients create a comfortable, personal, and functional home or business, to nurture their own unique “honeycomb”; Ati is also the Principal Broker at DC Home Buzz.
Appears in 1 episode
Bill Furlong
Guest
Bill Furlong
Bill Furlong is the CEO and Co-Founder of SquareStack and the Author of Appify Your Business, which helps small and mid-sized businesses find and employ cloud tech solutions to improve the way they work. Bill has been at the forefront of B2B marketing for decades. He was the Managing Director and Publisher of B2B Magazine and then went on to successfully launch multiple startups, including Bizo, which LinkedIn acquired.
Appears in 1 episode
Bruce Mehlman
Guest
Bruce Mehlman
Bruce Mehlman is the Founding Partner of Mehlman Consulting and a renowned lobbyist. The quarterly infographic analyses that Bruce shares for free are packed with high-level insights that aren’t found anywhere else.
Appears in 1 episode
Chiquisha Robinson
Guest
Chiquisha Robinson
Chiquisha Robinson is a career public defender with nearly two decades as a top attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a Deputy Chief for the Prisoner and Reentry Legal Services Program in the Community Defender Division, she manages a team of attorneys to support and advance the rights of incarcerated adults and those living with a criminal record. To further help her most important stakeholders, Chiquisha authored the DC Reentry Navigator, a 900-page comprehensive compilation of expert knowledge and reentry resources for people arrested, charged, tried, and/or convicted under District of Columbia law. She is also an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University.
Appears in 1 episode
Chris Ullman
Guest
Chris Ullman
Chris Ullman is the Founder and President of Ullman Communications, LLC. Chris is also the author of two books, Find Your Whistle and his newest publication, Four Billionaires and a Parking Attendant.
Appears in 1 episode
Danica Roem
Guest
Danica Roem
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates and currently a candidate for the Virginia State Senate. Danica is most well known as the United States’ first openly transgender state legislator. She is also a heavy metal vocalist, award-winning journalist, and author of the bestselling Burn The Page.
Appears in 2 episodes
Daniel Buezo
Guest
Daniel Buezo
Daniel Buezo is the Founder and CEO of Kids of Immigrants, a Los Angeles-based, purpose-driven streetwear brand. Alongside Co-Founder Weleh Dennis, Daniel has collaborated with top brands and celebrities such as Apple, Nike, Vans, and Bad Bunny, among many others.
Appears in 1 episode
Dean Fealk
Guest
Dean Fealk
Dean Fealk is the Co-Managing Partner of DLA Piper, founding member of the Halifax International Security Forum, Co-Founder of Transatlantic West, and Co-author of the Wall Street Journal Best-selling book Impact the World, a motivational guide to becoming a superpowered individual committed to improving your community―and the world―through your values and actions.
Appears in 1 episode
Dr. Gail Ayala Taylor
Guest
Dr. Gail Ayala Taylor
Dr. Gail Ayala Taylor is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Dr. Taylor is also the Founder of RISE Career Launch and CEO of Ayala Halloran Taylor Group, LLC. She founded RISE Career Launch after years of witnessing extremely talented women and individuals from underrepresented groups struggle in their transition from college to career.
Appears in 1 episode
Dr. Monica Goldson
Guest
Dr. Monica Goldson
CEO of the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, one of the largest school districts in the nation. Dr. Goldson is a longtime educator and leader that has been recognized time and time again for her commitment to bettering her community.
Appears in 1 episode
Emma Wade-Smith
Guest
Emma Wade-Smith
His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America and Consul General in New York representing the United Kingdom.
Appears in 1 episode
Frances Reimers
Guest
Frances Reimers
Frances Reimers is the Founder and CEO of Firestarter Communications LLC and is a personal branding expert. Frances has helped some of the country’s leading high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, coaches, and sports executives develop, manage, enhance, and protect their brands. Among those that Frances has helped are the Denver Nuggets, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Commanders, San Francisco 49ers.
Appears in 1 episode
Ghida Dagher
Guest
Ghida Dagher
Ghida Dagher, President and CEO of New American Leaders, leads the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering immigrants, refugees, and their allies. Their mission is to provide the necessary tools for these individuals to realize their full potential and contribute to a more inclusive democracy. Whether through running for and holding elected office or engaging in civic action, Ghida and her team amplify immigrant voices, bringing them to the forefront of American politics.
Appears in 1 episode
Gina Schaefer
Guest
Gina Schaefer
Gina Schaefer is the Co-Owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, Board Member at CCA Global Partners, and the Author of Recovery Hardware, a book about Schaefer's path to building a business that revitalized her neglected urban community and provided opportunities for everyone to thrive, no matter their past. While expanding to 13 hardware stores in the Washington, D.C. Gina established a culture of acceptance, respect, and community.
Appears in 1 episode
Jason Trimiew
Guest
Jason Trimiew
Jason Trimiew is the Director of Global Supplier Diversity at Meta. Under his leadership, Meta became a leader and innovator in supplier diversity. They have spent more than $10 billion cumulatively with US companies certified as minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ, or disabled-owned. Prior to joining Meta, Jason designed and delivered the community impact initiatives for Super Bowl 50, resulting in more than $20 million in grants for Bay Area nonprofits and contracts for local, diverse-owned businesses.
Appears in 1 episode
Jean-Claude Brizard
Guest
Jean-Claude Brizard
Jean-Claude Brizard is the President and CEO at Digital Promise, a non-partisan non-profit organization focused on shaping the future of education and advancing equitable education systems by bridging solutions across research, practice, and technology. Jean-Claude was recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a member of the 2023 Great Immigrants, Great Americans class.
Appears in 1 episode
Jennifer Sirangelo
Guest
Jennifer Sirangelo
Jennifer Sirangelo is the President & CEO of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, which mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. She is the recipient of the Gold Stevie® Female Executive of the Year Award for women in business and was named to Fast Company’s annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She is a member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women and the Forbes Nonprofit Council. Additionally, Jennifer serves as a Council Chair for the America 250 Foundation and is a Farm Foundation Round Table Fellow.
Appears in 1 episode
Jess Banks
Guest
Jess Banks
Co-Host of Hack My Home on Netflix. CEO and Founder of RockPaperRobot, a kinetic furniture company that transforms traditionally static furniture into interactive objects.
Appears in 1 episode
Ju’Riese Colón
Guest
Ju’Riese Colón
Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the nation’s only independent nonprofit committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and misconduct. Before her Center tenure, Ju’Riese served as National Vice President of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, developing and leading the child safety policies and initiatives for over 1,100 U.S. Boys & Girls Clubs organizations and nearly 4,300 Boys & Girls Club locations. Prior to that, Ju’Riese served as Executive Director of Prevention & Outreach for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Appears in 1 episode
Katie Harbath
Guest
Katie Harbath
Katie Harbath is the Founder and CEO of AnchorChange, a civic tech strategies firm focused on developing solutions at the intersection of technology, policy, and business, focusing on global issues related to democracy, elections, and civic engagement online. She is also the writer of a popular Substack (AnchorChange), along with her work as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, Senior Advisor for Technology and Democracy at the International Republican Institute, Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and more.
Appears in 1 episode
Lia Haberman
Guest
Lia Haberman
Lia Haberman is a digital marketing expert, strategist, and speaker who is best known for her popular newsletter, In Case You Missed It. She has amassed nearly 20,000 subscribers across Substack and LinkedIn by sharing industry trends and insights in an easily digestible and entertaining format. Lia is also a lecturer for UCLA Extension's leadership management communications programs and corporate education courses.
Appears in 1 episode
Lisa Thurau
Guest
Lisa Thurau
Lisa Thurau is the Executive Director of Strategies for Youth. Lisa founded the nonprofit in 2009 aimed at improving police-youth interactions and reducing the disproportionate impact on minority youth. The organization provides its training, outreach programs, and policy reviews in 25 states, guiding law enforcement in their interactions with youth.
Appears in 1 episode
Luke Frazier
Guest
Luke Frazier
Founder and Music Director of The American Pops Orchestra. Luke is committed to creating opportunities for the next generation of music makers and lovers through touring live shows, assisting underserved schools, and providing free children's programming.
Appears in 1 episode
Matthew Algeo
Guest
Matthew Algeo
Matthew Algeo is the Author of When Harry Met Pablo, along with six other books, including Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, named one of the best books of 2009 by the Washington Post.
Appears in 1 episode
Michael Ricci
Guest
Michael Ricci
Michael Ricci is a Partner at Seven Letter, a leading strategic communications firm. Prior to his current role, Michael was a long-time leadership aide on Capitol Hill with senior communications roles in the speakerships of both John Boehner and Paul Ryan.
Appears in 1 episode
Nedra Dickson
Guest
Nedra Dickson
Managing Director and Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead at Accenture. Nedra is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council).
Appears in 1 episode
Patrick Sallee
Guest
Patrick Sallee
Patrick Sallee, is the President and CEO of Vibrant Health KC and the author of The Solitary CEO. In his book, Patrick generously shares stories that require immense vulnerability and humility, as well as the lessons he's learned and applied in his personal and professional life along with his road to sobriety.
Appears in 1 episode
Peggy Rajski
Guest
Peggy Rajski
Oscar-winning filmmaker and the Founder of The Trevor Project, the first 24/7 suicide prevention service dedicated to LGBTQ young people. Peggy is a venerated supporter of the LGBTQ community and was recognized as a Live-Action Icon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. In addition to producing award-winning films, she has taught at New York University and served as the Dean of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.
Appears in 1 episode
Reverend Darrell Goodwin
Guest
Reverend Darrell Goodwin
Reverend Darrell Goodwin serves as the first Executive Conference Minister of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is the first openly LGBTQ Black person to serve as an Executive Conference Minister in the UCC. He is a member of the United Church of Christ Board, the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, and the Global Ministries Board.
Appears in 1 episode
Robert Krueger
Producer
Robert Krueger
Robert is an Executive Director for The Communications Board, an organization with the mission of providing high-quality professional development for every communicator in every location. He is also the Global Lead for Partnership Communications at Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm. Prior to his current role, he performed executive and CEO communications for Gensler, and was the senior director of public relations and social media at the Urban Land Institute. He obtained an MA in Communications and an MA in History from George Mason University. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, Robert has taught communications at universities including George Mason University, West Virginia University, and the University of Florida. Robert currently serves as Immediate-Past President for the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) -- the nonprofit’s largest chapter.
Appears in 59 episodes
Rob Sand
Guest
Rob Sand
State Auditor of Iowa and the author of The Winning Ticket. Rob is the only elected Democrat in state or federal office in Iowa.
Appears in 1 episode
Sharon McBride
Guest
Sharon McBride
Global Head of Mobilization at DoorDash. Sharon is a pioneer in the field of public affairs and grassroots mobilization, both in the United States and around the globe. She believes fervently in giving people a voice in government, and throughout her career, she's advocated for workers and small businesses, helping them connect with policymakers.
Appears in 1 episode
Stacey Hanke
Guest
Stacey Hanke
Stacey Hanke is a renowned orator, speaking coach, and Owner of Stacey Hanke, Inc. Stacey is also the Author of two books, Influence Redefined and Yes You Can!: Everything You Need From A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. Stacey helps leaders become more effective communicators, build trust, and drive engagement.
Appears in 1 episode