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Innovation City is a podcast featuring the innovators, disruptors and creators behind the innovation movement. Imagine a place where you can break through the status quo of business as usual and realize your life's purpose. A place where you can have an impact and shape the future. This place exists in cities across the world. In this innovation podcast we introduce you to the disruptors, innovators, and creators behind the movement.
 
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“You have to trust yourself.... Trust your intuition. Perhaps you’re wrong, perhaps you’re right. But I think that you will never regret having listened to your intuition and gone for it, even when you’re wrong.” - Gabriela Sabate Today’s guest is Gabriela Sabate, Founder & CEO of Health Semantics, which combines digital health and remote monitorin…
 
“We believe that the more that people activate their power, the more that we’re all better off. And if we can activate that power toward new systems (education, economic, health and justice systems), we can really create a world where everyone’s thriving.” – Charli Cooksey Today’s guest is Charli Cooksey, the Founder & CEO of WEPOWER, a social star…
 
“I want people to back away from, ‘Okay well this is the way it’s always been done,’ to ‘We know that the initial thesis was flawed in that it was using a flawed theory,’ i.e structural racism and everything that goes along with that.” – Marvin Wilmoth Today’s guest is Marvin Wilmoth, Managing Principal & Co-founder at Generation Development Group,…
 
“There’s so many days that can just roll on, with the work, with the day to day toiling. But the real thing is pushing yourself.” - Christian Ethridge Today’s guest is Christian Ethridge, Chef and Owner at Taco Circus. Taco Circus is a “fundamental taqueria” in St. Louis, serving up authentic Austin-style Mexican street food. Christian worked his w…
 
“It goes back to my childhood. It goes back to the definition of gratitude. And that’s been I would say the motivating factor that made a difference in what I could have been and where I am today.” -– Galina Russell Today’s guest is Galina Russell, Managing Director of REEF Technology and COO of REEF Energy Division, a tech startup transforming und…
 
“The need to seem perfect. The need to always have to be winning or be successful to be valuable, to be seen, to be important. None of that really matters.” - Danie Spikes Today’s guest is Danie Spikes, CEO of Beloved, Inc., a fragrance house and body care brand she leads with her husband, Stephen. Danie is a relationship coach, public speaker, and…
 
Something that’s very important to us at JOCON is to make sure that our lineup definitely reflects the community that supports us. - J.J. Jones Today’s guest is J.J. Jones, Managing Partner & Chief Creative Officer at JOCON Media, which currently produces 10 podcasts. J.J. has traveled the world, and his love of business, innovation, and artistry a…
 
“I know all across the country and neighborhoods, communities, they’re suffering through food apartheid. And my goal is so that we don’t have to talk about that word anymore.” - Tyrean Lewis Today’s guest is Tyrean Lewis, Founder & CEO of Heru Urban Farming, which aims to provide underserved communities with fresh, local produce, and put an end to …
 
It is clear through the years that inclusion and diversity drive innovation. The more diverse views you have, that’s better for everyone. - Laura Maydón Today’s guest is business leader, investor and advisor, Laura Maydón, former Managing Director and CEO of Endeavor’s first U.S. affiliate, Endeavor Miami. Laura is currently an advisory board membe…
 
“We all have the ability to transform our lives. We all have the ability to do and be and have the things that we want.” - Marianna Lopez Today’s guest is Marianna Lopez, Founder of Wander Not Lost. Marianna is a Catalyst, Healer and Life Coach, and she brings heart and soul to everything she creates. Her services offer a space for others to discov…
 
“If you can get a book in the hand of a kid, that’s phenomenal. If you can get a book in a kid’s hand, and they get to meet that author, and they get to hear about the book and they get to hear about the process, odds of them picking up that book up and reading it are just tenfold.” – Holland Saltsman Today’s guest is Holland Saltsman, Owner at The…
 
If I can come and leave the world a little better than I left it, than when I was here, then my job is done. - T. Moore Today’s guest is T. Moore, Creative Director at Doer House. Doer House is a brick-and-mortar concept and retail space for Black creatives. T. Moore is an entrepreneur and artist, who specializes in experiential design. In this epi…
 
“Don’t just play the game, change it.” - Khalia Collier Today’s guest is Khalia Collier, Owner & General Manager of the St. Louis Surge, the first women’s sustainable basketball franchise in the Gateway City. Khalia was born and raised in St. Louis, and has turned her lifelong love of the game of basketball into an entrepreneurial journey. In this …
 
“There’s a lot of responsibility around algorithms and we’re just scratching the surface because we are learning.” - Demian Bellumio Today’s guest is Demian Bellumio, Vice President of Augmented Intelligence at NEORIS, which is creating disruptive solutions to enable the world’s leading enterprises in transforming their data into a strategic, actio…
 
“I think that’s what it’s really about, for innovators, entrepreneurs: Utilize the opportunities that you’re given. Don’t sit there and complain about, ‘Oh, I didn’t get this enough…’” - Michelle McLean Today’s guest is Michelle McClean, Founder and President at Africa’s Finest Safaris. Africa’s Finest Safaris is a tourism marketing company offerin…
 
“It’s really about allowing the culture that exists to remain.” - Derek Fleming Today’s guest is Derek Fleming, managing partner at MSDG, LLC. MSDG is responsible for such community projects as the multi-layered entertainment venue, Red Rooster Overtown. Derek is a real estate developer with a specific focus on hospitality, and he’s known for bridg…
 
“I just have a belief that there’s always something that we can do. Most of the time when we fail it’s because we give up. We give up way too soon.” - Ernisha Randolph Today’s guest is Ernisha Randolph, owner and CEO of Sweet Butter Hospitality Group, a firm that manages a number of culinary brands and experiences including, among others, a caterin…
 
“If you’re creating something and there’s no conflict, you’re doing it wrong.” - Riyaad Seecharan Today’s guest is Riyaad Seecharan, CEO at Tesser Health, which manages prescription healthcare drugs for companies, to help reduce the cost of medications for employees. Riyaad is an entrepreneur with 20 + years of leadership and product development ex…
 
“I imagine a place where, if you are working, it's not unreasonable to expect that if you have family you could buy a house to build wealth. We have to have ways to improve ourselves.” – Annie Lord Today’s guest is Annie Lord, Executive Director of Miami Homes For All. Miami Homes For All has worked to end and prevent homelessness in Miami-Dade Cou…
 
“You feel like there’s no limits when you see other people doing it [following their dreams] and it’s like, “Yeah, I can do this too.”” – Enoch Showunmi Today’s guest is Enoch Showunmi, Founder of Global Soccer Pathways. Global Soccer Pathways is a resource for players to get education, elite training, and mindset training. Enoch is a former profes…
 
"I believe I can always do something better than the way I am doing it." – Brooke Meek Today’s guest is Brooke Meek, Founder of PLNK Fitness. Her love of fitness and "Big Hairy Audacious Goals" inspired her to turn an innovative design into a full-fledged business. Her studio focuses on a piece of workout equipment called the Megaformer. A need to …
 
“Sometimes what you feel in your gut is what you ignore all the time. You just go from what you’ve learned and what you’ve had programmed in your mind...rather than “what is my heart saying?”” – Pascal Beauboeuf Today’s guest is Pascal Beauboeuf, Executive Producer and Host of The Pascal Show. Beauboeuf has always had a passion for conversation. Pe…
 
"It's a matter of bringing out the best of who our clients are and putting the right words around it." – Mich Hancock Today's guest is Mich Hancock, Founder & CEO of 100th Monkey. Mich started 100th Monkey when she recognized a real need to help older internet users and business owners get acquainted with social media platforms. She was inspired by…
 
"Venture capital and funding is definitely a game of relationships." — Austin Woods Today’s guest is Austin Woods, Analyst at Lewis and Clark Ventures. Early into his career, Austin knew he wanted to leave behind academia to pursue a less conventional life as a venture analyst. He made the segue with a desire to build business models that would hel…
 
"Come with an idea! Come with a collaborative spirit! Come with a bias for action!" - Yvena Atkins Today’s guest is Yvena Atkins, Strategy Manager for Accenture. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations. Yvena is the kind of th…
 
"If you are curious about things, you are going to learn more, dig more, and figure out ways to make things better" - Tricia Zimmer Ferguson Today’s guest is Tricia Zimmer Ferguson, owner of Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company. Coming from a third generation entrepreneurial family, Tricia says running a business is in her DNA. Ferguson says she didn't …
 
"I feel most alive when I'm solving problems." - David Lekach Today’s guest is serial entrepreneur, David Lekach. Lekach inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from his father who is the founder of the well known fragrance company Perfumania. Lekach lives to solve problems and create businesses admitting he has few interests outside the world of star…
 
"My purpose is to be a better person every day that I wake up." - Kenneth "ToJo Bigg Dawg" Gibson Today’s guest is Kenneth "ToJo Bigg Dawg" Gibson, CEO of Bigg Dawg Entertainment. Gibson is from St. Louis and his hometown connections helped him see the opportunities needed to start his business. He built his business plans while serving an 8 year i…
 
"What matters is how we can help each other." - Alexandra Fuente Today’s guest is Alexandra Fuente, Founder and CEO at Woxer. Woxer is an apparel company that designs boxer briefs for women. The company is still in its infancy and has already enjoyed rapid growth and expansion. Fuente is driven to make a superior product that is sensible and sustai…
 
“Digital inclusion and access to devices or wireless, at this point, is a necessity." - Giovanni Castro Today’s guest is Giovanni Castro, State and Local Government Manager at Verizon. Verizon is working to improve digital inclusion in Miami and South Florida by working in collaboration with local government and nonprofits to provide improved wirel…
 
"We are not here to see through people, we are here to see people through." - Uhriel Bedoya Today’s guest is Uhriel Bedoya, Florida General Manager at Lime. Lime is a micro-mobility company that is changing how we move in cities. With over a million rides, Lime is one of the first and leading scooter start-ups. In this episode, Tyler and Leigh-Ann …
 
Today’s guest is Rebecca Danta, Managing Director at Miami Angels. Miami Angels is the largest and most active angel network in Florida, which funds Seed and Series A technology companies with early traction across various sectors. At Miami Angels, Rebecca has helped deploy over $4.5 million into 18 deals while building a sustainable, independent b…
 
“Procedures change, principles don’t.” - Jayson Wells Today’s guest is Jayson Wells, Experience Teller, Author, and Enhancement Coach. Jayson is a former professional basketball player who now travels around the country developing extraordinary winners so they can go inspire and motivate the world. He is the author of “The Things We Know, But Do No…
 
A good team member is not going to join an idea that doesn’t have traction. A good idea solves everything. - Jimmy Hendricks Today’s guest is Jimmy Hendricks, General Manager of Lee Labs and Founder of Agency Maestro. Lee Labs is the technology venture group of Lee Enterprises. Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news, information and ad…
 
“Inclusion allows people to not only be at the table, but to play a role and feel like they are a part of the ecosystem.” - Leigh-Ann Buchanan Welcome to Season 3 of Innovation City, a podcast featuring innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world. Today’s guest is Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Executive Direc…
 
Today’s episode is the last of several highlight shows where we took a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Our last featured guest of this series is Anastasia Mikhalochkina, Founder at Lean Orb. Anastasia is an advocate for sustainability in South Florida. Lean Orb offers food service packaging made from plant…
 
Today’s episode is the fourteenth of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guest is Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, CEO at WatchMojo. WatchMojo is one of the largest YouTube channels in the world when measured by all-time views (13 Billion) and subscribers (2…
 
Today’s episode is the thirteenth of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guest is Samuel Achilefu, PhD, the Director of the Optical Radiology Laboratory at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Achilefu is a professor of Radiology, Biom…
 
Today’s episode is the twelfth of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guests are Freddy Sidi, President and CEO of Chargello and Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, M.P.H., Ph.D., the Vice President of Operations and Strategy at Health Foundation of South Flo…
 
Today’s episode is the eleventh of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guests are Ben Mizes, CEO and Co-Founder of Clever Real Estate and Miriam Dorsett, Connection Doctor at Chibur. Ben is a serial entrepreneur with experience in business developm…
 
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