Emily Barany has a great story to tell about how ThomasFireHelp.org began. It was the day after the Thomas Fire burned to the outskirts of downtown Ventura.
Seth Streeter is a community organizer and CEO of Mission Wealth. Over the past two years, he has led the creation of a significant new effort in Santa Barbara called Sustainable Future. His Advisory Council of 24 civic leaders reads like a local Who’s Who.
Robin Elander is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration. Recently she sat down with Mark and Patrick to talk about the upcoming 3-day festival and the workshop that runs for two months leading up to the big weekend. This year’s celebration is June 22-24 in downtown Santa Barbara, ending up at Alameda Park for a well-attended parade after-party. We talked with Robin about the challenges of running such a creative endeavor and what it was like behind the scenes.
Sabith Khan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Management at California Lutheran University. He’s passionately interested in what drives us to give our hard-earned money to good causes and how this affects civil society, religion, and politics.
Narelle Wickham is a forensic mental health clinician, here visiting Santa Barbara for the summer from Canberra, Australia. This conversation opened up a window into why mental illness is such a driving factor in school violence and how educators can be taught to recognize early warning signs.
Professor Bruce Gillies, PsyD, teaches at the School of Management, California Lutheran University. He came on the show to tell us about his new book, The 21st Century Career Search Program. He discusses how the first 90 days on the job is crucial to make sure there’s a cultural fit for the employee and the workplace.
Laura Azzalina Rigali is a bundle of energy, and it must be fun to be one of her students. She is an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University, in the School of Management and in a professional capacity she runs a vibrant consultancy called Illuminate CFO.
Aaron Pick, the Chief Operating Officer of award-winning Allen Construction, in Santa Barbara, had an engaging conversation with us, covering areas from LEED construction, the rebuilding of Montecito to his winding journey to Santa Barbara.
John Silva is the President and Senior Creative Director of DuPuis Group, based in Ventura, California. They work on branding, innovation and have created several ventures in conjunction with their clients’ brands. John is a veteran with 25 years experience of creative problem-solving. We learned some key aspects of how he approaches problems. Specifically using brand values to connect trends and culture to business goals and strategy.
We had an excellent, wide-ranging conversation with Phillipa Bisou Della Vina, President of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN). She’s been deeply involved in this underserved community for the past several years and helped us better appreciate their challenges.