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Explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management, and policy development. It's a candid conversation with veterans of the economic development profession along with inspiring interviews of today's thought leaders.
 
Join host Lo VonRumpf, stylist to the stars and everyone's dream BFF, as he explores whatever's on his mind - relationships, dating, sex, fashion, and everything in-between. Every Thursday, Lo sits down with a celebrity guest or an awesome human being to share something old, learn something new, or just spill the tea on the hot mess express. Kings and Kweens, grab a beverage and sit down with everyone's favorite fashion-forward friend as he takes over the mic. Cover artwork by Terry Wong - a ...
 
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Lo has found his reincarnation mammal match in functional medicine doctor, Dr. Will Cole, who is joining him on the mic in this episode to talk all about how we can become our healthiest, happiest selves! Dr. Will Cole believes that we function best when we honor ourselves, our bodies, and most importantly, are informed when it comes to what we put…
 
Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization. In this episode, Dennis asks Jeff to take a look back at the formation of IEDC. They talk leadership, board dynamics, disaster recovery and more. You won't want to miss this show. More about the International E…
 
It’s a soLo mission today on The Lo Life as Lo sits down on the mic to share an update on his life, reveal a newly reintroduced celebrity crush, and answer all the Lo Lifer questions related to fashion. First and foremost, we need to update our beloved listeners: Lo is NOT in a mental institution or rehab, he just had to take a second away from soc…
 
We have all heard of the Great Resignation, but what does that phrase really mean? Is it possible for employers to respond with the Great Pivot? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident workforce expert Mark Perna to discuss the year ahead and answer the question: where have all the people gone? Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events:…
 
Today’s guest had never experienced an orgasm and she started a podcast to talk about her journey to get to the big O, so naturally, she’s not holding back on this week’s sex-filled episode of The Lo Life! Remy Kassimir, stand-up comedian and host of How Cum, joins Lo on the mic to get into everything from first orgasms to cancel culture in 2022. L…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews Garrett Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Woodstock, IL. Garrett is a self-proclaimed data nerd, and they talk incentives, demographics, economic development plans and recovery act funds. As we know, billions in ARPA funds will be flowing to local governments. How should communities and adjace…
 
What are the tricks to leading a professional association as a volunteer board member? In this episode, Jason interviews Karl Franzen and Agnes Masnik who both serve as the Illinois representatives on the Mid-America EDC board of directors. They discuss board dynamics, volunteer leadership, staying relevant, and so much more - recorded on site at t…
 
What is the value in attending an economic development conference? That depends on how you decide to work it. There can be far more to a conference than simply attending the sessions and taking a few notes. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 great ways to maximize your time at an industry conference. This week's episode sponsored by Converge…
 
If you could simplify the tagline for your community's improvement strategy, it could be this: have more cool shit. That's the message from John Hall, President/CEO of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. It doesn't have to be complicated. In this episode, Jason caught up with John at the Mid-America EDC conference. As communities, we must be…
 
This is a very special holiday edition the Lo Lifer’s won’t want to miss! Lo is back at the kitchen table to talk with his mama, aka The Queen. Together, they muse over all things Christmas, including traditions that have been in their family for decades. As all the Lo Lifers know, Lo loves Christmas, and every year he celebrates with family tradit…
 
J-LO (aka Jason and Lo) are back for part 2 and are one episode closer to having the J-LO reality show the world needs. The bromance continues as Lo and Jason dive into the importance of emotional security with your partner. Jason opens up about a previous relationship and the hard lesson he learned. The chemistry and hilarious banter between Jason…
 
In this episode, Lenora Fisher, Director of Business Attraction at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council joins Jason live at the Mid-America EDC conference to talk all things related to regional business attraction strategies. They talk property inventory, debate whether or not the term 'Shovel-Ready' is outdated, and discuss some unique …
 
Lo is joined by author, financial expert, investor, and fellow podcast host Jason Tartick. The bestie bromance between Lo and Jason is back in full swing coming to you live from Nashville, Tennessee. With Jason and Kaitlyn’s wedding approaching, the two discuss what kind of gifts are appropriate, how much you should be spending as a guest, and reve…
 
Let's get real for just a minute. Solving workforce challenges is a bit like herding cats, isn't it? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to offer tips and tricks to get education, business, and economic development to all speak the same language. Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events: EDUCATION WITH PURPOSE: CA…
 
With Thanksgiving in the past and stretchy pants in our future, there is no time like the present to welcome registered dietician, intuitive eating enthusiast, beautiful (new) mama, and Kansas City Kween, Shanna Hutcheson, to the podcast. After experiencing disordered eating throughout high school and college, Shanna got tired both physically and e…
 
Happy Thanksgiving, Lo Lifers! We are grateful to spend this holiday with you. Lo is back with actor, writer, activist, and Lo Life favorite, Elliot Knight. On today’s episode, Lo and Elliot are cooking up a storm for this very special Thanksgiving edition episode. The chemistry is unmatched between Elliot and Lo as they discuss their favorite Than…
 
In this episode, Jason chats with Rick Kiernan with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions about the scope and variety of fundraising campaigns that can occur in a community. As an EDO, should you be concerned about being involved in multiple fundraising efforts? If you raise money for a new community building, will that dry up dollars for economic develop…
 
In this fiery episode, the tables are turned as Lo saddles up in the hot seat for a burning round of Rapid Fire questions. Lo’s off the wall and unexpected responses do not disappoint as he is joined by actor, writer, activist, and fan fave Elliot Knight. Lo Lifers get a glimpse into the magical world of El-Lo as they unveil celebrity crushes, bing…
 
The queens behind DayLuna Human Design have pulled up to the manifestation station to explain what human design is all about and how understanding your energy type can enhance your life. Lo discovers he is an uncommon energy type in the world of Human Design; a rare unicorn who is in the right business according to his bodygraph and birth chart. Th…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews economic development magnate Janet Ady with Ady Advantage. Jason brought Janet on the show to talk about the upcoming Mid-America EDC conference in Chicago (along with the generous scholarship program) but the discussion quickly took a left turn when she began talking about economic development strategies that will…
 
The hot mess metaphysical express is back for Part 2 with psychic medium Chris Medina, and Lo is giving you a front-row seat to his live psychic reading! What the two uncover will send chills down your spine while still warming your heart. Slowly but surely, the layers of Lo’s onion are peeled back as they uncover some significant factors in Lo’s l…
 
In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 ways your organization should consider engaging in legislative advocacy. In addition, they offer 3 do's and 3 don'ts should your organization launch a new advocacy program. Don't forget to register for the Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference in Downtown Chicago the first week in December: https://www…
 
In this episode, Dean Dziedzic, board president of the Mid-America Economic Development Council, joins Jason to give a preview of the upcoming Competitiveness Conference held in Downtown Chicago December 1-3. This year's event boasts a new format, a variety of relevant information, the ability to connect with site selectors, and more. In addition, …
 
With Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos quickly approaching, what better way to celebrate this haunted season than with an episode about the metaphysical and spiritual world. Renowned psychic medium, Chris Medina, joins Lo to discuss his journey of discovering and accepting his abilities to speak to spirit guides and channel the other side. He has ha…
 
On today’s show, Lo explores his curiosity about nutrition and wellness. He has questions and his guest Dr. Matthew Nagra has the answers! Together, they're breaking down nutritional info so it’s easy to digest. Is plant-based really the answer? What oils are the most beneficial for health? Is margarine bad for you? Do microwaves REALLY give off ra…
 
Can you imagine being married to an economic developer? The erratic hours, the public persona, and the mental bandwidth required by the job can take a toll on family life. In this episode, Jason encourages those in the field of economic and community development to take a moment to appreciate the support of their spouse. This week's episode sponsor…
 
The Hot Mess Express has landed with a very special solo episode to celebrate the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month. Lo is mixing up the perfect cocktail with a dash of serotonin, a splash of oxytocin, and just the right amount of ASMR. It’s all about the tapas on this week’s episode as Lo highlights some of his favorite influential Hispanic ar…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel, President of TIP Strategies and former IEDC Chair, joins Dennis again to finish part two of this series on wealth inequality. Two guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis are back: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Dire…
 
The Queen is back in all her glory and cooking up a storm from the Hispanic Heritage Month Headquarters — aka Lo’s parent's house. The Lo Lifers requested a good old-fashioned Q&A, so to meet your request, the duo created a podcast safe space filled with love and advice from the heart. Today’s episode serves up an appetizer platter with all sorts o…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel joins Dennis to interview two very special guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Director, Community-Based Policy and Analysis at the Institute for Economic Equity Two key topics for…
 
The Queen reigns supreme! The most highly requested and highest downloaded guest is back by popular demand to join The Lo Life just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Lo’s Mama, the Hispanic Queen herself, is back on the mic and bringing all kinds of seasoned advice about living authentically and finding joy in your career. The Queen…
 
In this episode, Mark Perna - speaker, author, Forbes Contributor, and international expert on all things workforce is back. This time, he is here to provide some insight on Millennials and Gen Z and help us connect the dots to why they can be the solution for today's workforce crisis. Show Links: Education with Purpose: Call to Action Event Connec…
 
All aboard the Carnival Cruise! Captain Lo VonRumpf would like to welcome you to a Mexican voyage just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. Lo is offering a free ticket to paradise to highlight the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Latino & Hispanic communities. First stop is Corpus Christi, Texas to learn more about Selena’s background…
 
The Lo Lifers are in for a guilt-free treat as health coach, Canadian mermaid, and self-love kween Erin Treloar joins Lo to drop knowledge and tools to help navigate the world of filters, photoshop, and unrealistic beauty standards. After her own personal struggle with an eating disorder, anxiety, and negative body image, Erin set out to improve he…
 
Words matter. The phrases you choose to speak, write, or text can have an profound impact on the receiver of those messages. In this episode, Dennis shares a recent experience where things got personal. He was the receiver of poorly-chosen words that will very likely have lasting effects on a professional relationship. Choose your words wisely, fol…
 
Get ready to have your mind blown and your heart warmed as modern mystical witch, Aliza Kelly, joins Lo for an intro crash course on astrology, manifestation, and contemporary spirituality. This bestselling author, podcast host, and renowned celebrity astrologer blends her love of pop culture with her passion for the sky and is about to release her…
 
Jason has long been an advocate of chambers of commerce and economic development groups merging into a single organization. However, a recent impromptu conversation has posed a really good argument for keeping them separate - the ability to pay attention to the small mom and pop business. Tune in to this episode as Dennis and Jason share the merits…
 
The Lo Life is serving up a piece of delicious, all-American pie as reality TV heartthrob Blake Horstmann pulls up a seat to chat about life after The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise. From being cast as America’s sweetheart to ending up as America’s villain, the journey for Blake has been a mental health rollercoaster leading him into some ve…
 
It's no secret that Dennis is a movie buff. Although many of us have stories fit for tv, Marvel has not yet dedicated a series to the local economic developer. So until Hollywood releases a film where the local economic developer is the hero, this eclectic list of 11 movies about founders, entrepreneurs, documentaries, and large companies will have…
 
Orange County’s finest pop culture enthusiasts, Lauren and Chanler Bledsoe, are here for some head-turning, jaw-dropping unpopular opinions. These two fashion kweens don’t shy away from controversy and are stirring up The Lo Life pot with their thoughts on dating, social media etiquette, and cringe-worthy shirtless selfies. The Lo Lifers showed up …
 
Do you need to expand your creativity? In this episode, Jason explores his love/hate relationship with ideas and shares a tool he recently discovered (thanks to James Altucher) to help the brain be more creative: idea lists. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of creating a list of ideas (that's exactly what Jason used to do!) tune in to learn ab…
 
Lo is joined by globally recognized millennial money and career expert, Tori Dunlap, to break down the money stigma wall and get people talking more freely about something keeping 74% of Americans up at night — their finances. Tori began her now 7-figure business, Her First 100k, as a side hustle with the intention of teaching women to embrace thei…
 
Sometimes, bad things happen in your community. As an economic development professional in the field, it is easy to get down when a project goes south, an employer closes their doors, or a community endeavor fails. What you have to remember is this: Control What You Can Control What is within your power? In this episode, Jason and Dennis discuss th…
 
How to initiate sex with your partner after you have been rejected, increasing your libido, the perils of porn addiction, the ground rules for an open relationship, and the best techniques for a gold standard blow job is just the metaphorical tip of this highly requested sex episode. Licensed sex psychotherapist Vanessa Marin returns to answer more…
 
Recruiting and training talent consumes time and resources. Why would any leader invest in talent knowing that, someday, the talent may walk out the door? In this episode, Dennis interviews Dan Culhane, President & CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. Dan has a history of identifying talent and then nurturing and developing members of his team. Som…
 
Lo is joined by licensed sex psychotherapist, writer, and fellow podcast host Vanessa Marin. Vanessa has been helping people to orgasm and have extraordinary sex for over 15 years, making this two-part episode a true eye-opener as they tackle the below-the-belt questions you’ve always wondered about. The Lo Lifers delivered once again, submitting t…
 
In this episode, Forbes contributor Mark Perna is back to discuss the current state of the US workforce and what the economic development community can do about it. This show is also your invitation to join Mark on the upcoming 2021 Education with Purpose: Call to Action live virtual event on October 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST. Register Here To thrive…
 
Lo is coming in hot from The Lo Life studio dripping in face serums with a full glass of wine and candid answers to some burning questions submitted by the Lo Lifers. Lo is offering up his best advice as he tackles topics from making new friends, cutting toxic ones, being betrayed by a long-term partner, dating after a pandemic, and his go-to daily…
 
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