Today is the Day Changemakers

Jodi

Through connecting with and highlighting changemakers, self-starters, and those who are disrupting the status quo, Jodi Grinwald’s ‘Today is the Day Changemakers’ channel will provide content that will connect listeners to real stories, from real people who are making a real difference in their corner of the world. These intimate interviews with inspiring and relatable guests will act as an opportunity for you to peer inside the minds of the latest gamechangers and creators. Changemakers believe in the greater good. They identify a specific issue or challenge and give themselves permission to do what is needed. Learn more about their tenacity, determination, motivation, and their innate ability to move past the challenges even when it is not easy. Every Wednesday a new interview will be released. Remember....Today is the day! You cannot go back to yesterday and you do not yet own tomorrow! Please follow on social media @todayisthedayliveit or email jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com.

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'The Third Act' with Holly Powell
2d ago
'The Third Act' with Holly Powell
Welcome to season 2, episode 41 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Holly Powell. Holly is an Emmy Award winning Casting Director, best-selling author, Co-founder, Beyond Ranch Foundation, Founding Member, She Angels Foundation. In this episode Holly shares about becoming a sought-after Casting Director. She casted for movies of the week, pilots, mini-series', and feature films like About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe. She won a Casting Director Emmy Award with Randy Stone for The Incident, which was a movie of the week. That was only the second year that there was a Casting Director category. Holly moved on from working for a studio and traveled across the country teaching her audition workshops through Holly Powell Studios. Her best-selling book, The Audition Bible: Secrets Every Actor Needs to Know is required reading in several colleges, universities, and drama schools. During the 2020 pandemic, Holly authored/co-edited, Mavis' Kitchen: A Southern Cooking Lifestyle. This book is a love letter to her mother, Mavis. The book is a combination of cookbook, memoir, and history.  As Holly says, she is now in her Third Act and continues to search for ways to improve the lives of fellow humans on our shared planet. Holly is the Co-Founder and Board Member of Beyond Ranch Foundation. Their mission is to build low-cost inclusive communities across the world for adults living with severe autism.  She also serves as a Founding Member of the She Angels Foundation.Listen in to hear the footprint that Holly is creating now that she wants to leave behind. Next week's episode is all about Young Professional Women who are making a difference in their corner of the world and beyond. They are all finalists for the Athena Leadership Award through the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in New Jersey that has the license to give out with this prestigious award.  The Young Professional finalists are: Devin Carrick – Older Girl Program Specialist for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey ShoreDawn Doherty – Executive Director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen SuicideRachel Mitzelman – Paramedic and Field Training Office for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas HealthStephanie Toal  – Marketing & Communications Coordinator for OceanFirst FoundationPlease subscribe, like, share, review and download the podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'The Third Act' with Holly Powell
2d ago
'The Third Act' with Holly Powell
Welcome to season 2, episode 41 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Holly Powell. Holly is an Emmy Award winning Casting Director, best-selling author, Co-founder, Beyond Ranch Foundation, Founding Member, She Angels Foundation. In this episode Holly shares about becoming a sought-after Casting Director. She casted for movies of the week, pilots, mini-series', and feature films like About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe. She won a Casting Director Emmy Award with Randy Stone for The Incident, which was a movie of the week. That was only the second year that there was a Casting Director category. Holly moved on from working for a studio and traveled across the country teaching her audition workshops through Holly Powell Studios. Her best-selling book, The Audition Bible: Secrets Every Actor Needs to Know is required reading in several colleges, universities, and drama schools. During the 2020 pandemic, Holly authored/co-edited, Mavis' Kitchen: A Southern Cooking Lifestyle. This book is a love letter to her mother, Mavis. The book is a combination of cookbook, memoir, and history.  As Holly says, she is now in her Third Act and continues to search for ways to improve the lives of fellow humans on our shared planet. Holly is the Co-Founder and Board Member of Beyond Ranch Foundation. Their mission is to build low-cost inclusive communities across the world for adults living with severe autism.  She also serves as a Founding Member of the She Angels Foundation.Listen in to hear the footprint that Holly is creating now that she wants to leave behind. Next week's episode is all about Young Professional Women who are making a difference in their corner of the world and beyond. They are all finalists for the Athena Leadership Award through the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in New Jersey that has the license to give out with this prestigious award.  The Young Professional finalists are: Devin Carrick – Older Girl Program Specialist for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey ShoreDawn Doherty – Executive Director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen SuicideRachel Mitzelman – Paramedic and Field Training Office for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas HealthStephanie Toal  – Marketing & Communications Coordinator for OceanFirst FoundationPlease subscribe, like, share, review and download the podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Global Fight Against Period Poverty' with Shaan Keegan
Sep 21 2022
'Global Fight Against Period Poverty' with Shaan Keegan
Welcome to season 2, episode 40 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Shaan Keegan, Director and Founder of Sisterhood SA. She is Zooming in all the way from South Africa for this episode. Shaan shares about an issue many are not talking about. You cannot stop biology whether you are rich or living in poverty. Many women in South Africa and beyond struggle to get the necessary sanitary products they need for their monthly period. These products can be quite costly. Shaan created a kit that is distributed to those in poverty-stricken areas. It provides underwear, pads of different sizes, and the soap to rewash them. Unfortunately, disposable products are very costly. Shaan also created an educational program that she shares in schools and in the community that speaks to how both girl's and boys' bodies change during puberty, transmittable diseases, and overall health. Listen in to hear the footprint that Shaan is creating now that she wants to leave behind.Next week, my guest is Holly Powell. Holly is an Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of 25 years. She authored/co-edited, Mavis' Kitchen: A Southern Cooking Lifestyle in honor of her mom. It is part cookbook, memoir and shares a lot about the history of the time her mom grew up. Holly is the Co-Founder and Board member of Beyond Ranch Foundation and serves on the She Angels Foundation Board as Vice President, Chair of the Grant Committee, & Founding Member. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Empowering Women in Uganda' with Namusaazi Christine (Tinah)
Sep 14 2022
'Empowering Women in Uganda' with Namusaazi Christine (Tinah)
Welcome to season 2, episode 39 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Namusaazi Christine (Tinah). Tinah is the Founder of She Unit Uganda. Tinah grew up in poverty. She speaks to the fact that she went days with no food. Her mom had nine children with no stable income. She knew that if her mom had a decent job, life would have been easier for all of them. After graduating with her certificate in cosmetology because someone sponsored her, Tinah decided that she needed to give back. She Unit Uganda was born to provide skills to women, so that they could create a stable income for their families. She Unit Uganda reaches out to young women, 15-30 years of age who did not get a chance to go to school or have dropped out of school and are living in absolute poverty. The organization provides all training for free.  The students are trained in hairdressing, makeup artistry, pedicure and manicure. Beauticians can easily find work in Uganda if they are properly trained.These students are also provided training in the making of liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner through outreach programs and the beneficiaries are able to engage in entrepreneurship by selling the products they make.In a period of three years, She Unit Uganda has reached out to more than 300 young women. After going through trainings students get certified and they can go on to be gainfully employed. The beneficiaries work in beauty salons, from home or engage in mobile salons.By empowering young women, She Unit Uganda and Tinah has changed not only these individuals lives, but also the lives of their entire families. Listen in to hear the footprint that Tinah is creating now that she wants to leave behind. Next week my guest is Shaan Keegan, Managing Director and Founder, Sisterhood SA. We talk about the importance of addressing a critical hygiene need for girls and women living in poverty. Listen in next week to hear the incredible work this organization is doing in South Africa and beyond. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Creating Connections & Adding Value' with Sally Glick
Sep 7 2022
'Creating Connections & Adding Value' with Sally Glick
Welcome to season 2, episode 38 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.This week my guest is Sally Glick, Principal & Chief Growth Strategist for SobelCo.  In that role she is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s branding, marketing communications and functions as an ambassador to the community, driving their business development strategies. Sally is deeply involved in the community, serving on several nonprofit and business boards and committees. For more information on SobelCo go to start the interview with Sally sharing about how her father who was an accountant let her help him in his office at a very young age. After college her father said to her that he had time to serve more clients, but not time to find them. The rest is history. Sally became the face of his organization and then moved on to take the skills she learned to other organizations. She is a master connector and networker with a heart that just wants to help people reach their goals.  Listening to her speak about her dad and the gift he gave her is just so heartwarming.  Our conversation includes how non-profits and for-profits can work better together, the importance of having mentors throughout your life, and Sally's career trajectory. She has proudly earned recognition as one of the ROI-NJ Women of Influence in 2022 and Power 50 in the 2021 NJBIZ Accounting list as well as recognition as one of the top women on the 2021 ROI-NJ list. She is a member of the NJ Ad Club Hall of Fame, Marketing Association Hall of Fame, and NJ Business Hall of Fame, while also receiving Commerce and Industry Association’s Chairman’s Outstanding Leadership Award. One of her greatest achievements was being honored with the NJBIZ with Lifetime Achievement Award, and NJ BIA’s NJ Inspiration Awards recognizing women for their leadership, innovation, philanthropy and dedication to the advancement of others.From the Boy Scouts to Tri-County Scholarship and from William Paterson University to Partners for Women and Justice, she has been honored and recognized for her contributions and leadership in the state. Listen in to hear the footprint that Sally is creating now that she wants to leave behind. Next week my guest is Namusaazi Christine, Founder of She Unit Uganda, a community-based organization that empowers young-marginalized women in Uganda. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Advocating for a Healthy Lifestyle' with Irakli Kakauridze
Aug 30 2022
'Advocating for a Healthy Lifestyle' with Irakli Kakauridze
Welcome to season 2, episode 37 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Irakli Kakauridze, Tobacco Programs Supervisor for Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ. During this episode Irakli shares about his family coming to the U.S. from the country of Georgia. We discuss why he decided to go into public health and advocacy. He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Health Sciences program with a concentration in health management and administration. In his current role he manages youth prevention programs and leads a network of coordinated activities to decrease youth access to tobacco products, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and to help those who smoke or vape stop.  Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ has many important resources and programs that are free to residents of NJ. If you are outside of the state and need support reach out and ask for recommendations. For a complete list of all the programs that are offered go to Home | Tobacco Free NJ. Here are just a few resources for those who need support:Text vapefreenj to 88709 for an easy to use and anonymous support systemNJ Quitline is free, confidential, and multilingual: 1-866-NJ-STOPSIrakli shares a quote he had heard Kobe Bryant say on an interview about not negotiating with yourself when it comes to staying disciplined to reach your goals. This is a very important message and part of the interview! Listen in to hear the footprint that Irakli is creating now that he wants to leave behind. Next week my guest is Sally Glick, Principal and Chief Growth Strategist, SobelCo. Sally is a master connector and has been networking since working for her dad in Chicago many years ago.  She works with many not-for-profits in her role with SobelCo and is called on to speak at many events. She is all about adding value where she goes shares that the more that you give, the more you get by pure chance. It isn't about coming from ego. It is about coming from a place of kindness. Being kind to others has a ripple effect and makes you an everyday changemaker.Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Advocating for the Visionaries' with Lisa Manyoky & Mark Iorio
Aug 24 2022
'Advocating for the Visionaries' with Lisa Manyoky & Mark Iorio
Welcome to season 2, episode 36 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guests are Lisa Manyoky, Founder of Presence Intelligence® and Mark Iorio, Managing Partner, BCAT Partners and President, The Mega Group. Together, they are co-hosts along with Al Cini of The Advocates on RVN Television.I so enjoy talking to fellow Coaches who care deeply about helping people learn, grow and thrive. We talk about everything from fearless entrepreneurship to the importance of working with like-minded people who truly can help finish our sentences. This was a fun episode as Mark was on his way to vacation when we recorded this episode. If you listen in via the YouTube channel you will see that he was in his car when this was recorded.Presence Intelligence® is a movement that helps people become comfortably authentic so they can attract people and opportunities that feel good and do them good. Lisa is known for her intuitive understanding of people and communication dynamics. She is known as a "words maestro”.BCAT Partners and The Mega Group focus on the alignment of an organization’s people and their purpose. The Brand and Culture Alignment Toolkit (BCAT) was designed to bring teams into alignment around their collective purpose and inspire each member to become the best version of themselves, in support of the people and communities they serve.Listen in to hear about the footprint they are both creating now that they want to leave behind. Next week my guest is Irakli (Eric) Kakauridze, Tobacco Programs Supervisor, Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ. We talk about the importance of educating our youth about the dangers of smoking and vaping. Eric shares about programs that are available to help with smoking cessation that are free in New Jersey and some other resources that are available outside of the state. This is an important episode for those who may be dealing with this type of addiction and for parents who are concerned about what to do if their child is smoking or vaping. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Redefining Stakeholder Engagement' with H.G. Chissell
Aug 16 2022
'Redefining Stakeholder Engagement' with H.G. Chissell
Welcome to season 2, episode. 35 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is H.G. Chissell, Founder & Ceo of Advanced Energy Group. AEG works with multiple city governments, utilities, regulators, two national energy labs and over 50 organizations to overcome critical obstacles preventing systemic change on energy and equity that affects over 75 million people.  AEG provides guided collaboration for leaders and organizations to win at what matters most. For more information about AEG go to: the interview H.G. shares:Why he uses his initials instead of his full name.Losing his mother at an early age and how that affected him.The importance of being at stake for something so much so that you allow it to be your north star. That you would be irresponsible if you didn’t follow your heart.His career trajectory and how it went from washing dogs to now working with stakeholders nationally and internationally.Stakeholder engagement and bringing leaders together to collaborate and do something that is so meaningful and has a positive impact on so many.  He has recently worked with the Norwegian Consulate, Innovation Norway and Business Sweden just to name a few organizations that he is helping outside of the U.S. The process that AEG initiates through their year-long programming. From discussions on infrastructure, transportation, construction, along with climate change, and so much more, AEG facilitates stakeholder engagement challenges that result in helping the masses. Listen in to hear H.G.’s answer on the footprint he is creating now that he wants to leave behind. Next week my guests are Lisa Manyoky, Founder of Presence Intelligence & Mark Iorio, Honorary Commander Emeritus – 514th Air Mobiliy Wing, Managing Partner – BCAT Partners, and President – The Mega Group. Both Lisa and Mark are co-hosts of The Advocates on RVN Television. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'I Don't Know & Oreos' with Nancy Romanyshyn and co-host Scott Chesney
Aug 9 2022
'I Don't Know & Oreos' with Nancy Romanyshyn and co-host Scott Chesney
Welcome to season 2, episode 34 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. In this episode I am joined by my special guest co-host Scott Chesney, Scott is known as the Commander in Change. He is a world-renowned motivational speaker and Life Coach. Together, we interview Nancy Romanyshyn. Nancy is the Director of Pay Strategy & Partner Success at Syndio. Nancy and Scott have been friends for quite some time and that is definitely apparent as we get into the interview. We talk about the importance of finding your sphere of influence that not only becomes your cheerleader, but also will call you out when needed. The art of listening comes up as so many times we are trapped within our own thoughts and what we want to say. We learn best when we are practicing active listening. Nancy talks about being in self-evaluation mode as she was not feeling 100% fulfilled in her long-standing career and felt the need for a change. That change came by her taking a leap of faith to an organization that crafted a position just for her. Listen in to hear how this all came about. Working at Syndio is not just a career change for Nancy. The work she is doing, the people she is working with, and the way she shines when she talks about it showcases that is is a calling for her. We talk about her role at Syndio and how she is helping companies embed workplace equity into their core business so they can achieve enduring success. Terms like pay equity and opportunity equity are just a few that are discussed.We come to a point in the interview where you can truly see how fun the friendship is between Nancy and Scott. They have a little feud about.... Oreos. Are they black or brown? Inquiring minds want to know. Nancy and Scott are counting on our audience to help with this answer. Please share your thoughts either as a comment on the Today is the Day Changemakers YouTube Channel or email jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com. Let's have some fun with this! Listen in to hear the footprint that Nancy is creating now that she wants to leave behind. I pose the same question to Scott. Next week my guest is H.G. Chissell, Founder & Ceo, Advanced Energy Group.  AEG is a competitive stakeholder mobilization platform for leaders and organizations committed to systemic change on climate, health and equity at the city and regional level.  We talk about H.G.'s career evolution and so much more. Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!Jodi
'Discovering Your True Beauty' with Holly Fulger
Aug 3 2022
'Discovering Your True Beauty' with Holly Fulger
Welcome to season 2, episode 33 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Holly Fulger. Holly is an actress, writer, producer and founder, True Beauty Discovery.She began her acting career at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, where she interned with Tom Hanks, with whom she has remained close friends. She moved to Los Angeles after living in Chicago for some time to work on television and film, Holly is best known for her roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie series, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, as Aunt Judy, and as Holly in the sitcom, Ellen. Being in the spotlight, Holly has experienced the good, the bad, and the misguided aspects of beauty in our culture. Unfortunately, as a young girl she dealt with bullying and shares more about her experience in this episode. Through wearing thick rimmed glasses, she watched as the world did not seem so kind during some of her teen years. Holly shares here that acting allowed her to express and access parts of herself that she couldn't do in the real world. Listen in to hear what she would tell that little girl now. She has written numerous articles on beauty and an article she wrote for iCNN caught the attention of a CNN producer who interviewed Holly and seven other women on their perception of beauty.  She says that the most interesting part of this was listening to other women's stories and hearing how difficult it was for women to really say what is beautiful about themselves. So began her exploration into true beauty, creating the web series, Speaking of Beauty, and then The Hollywood Beauty Detective. In 2019, she founded the nonprofit, True Beauty Discovery. The mission is about empowering girls and women to understand that it is their individuality that makes them beautiful and powerful. Listen in to hear the incredible footprint that Holly would like to leave behind. On the next episode I am joined by one of my recurring co-hosts, Scott Chesney. Scott is known as the Commander in Change and is a sought-after world-renowned motivational speaker and Life Coach. Together, we interview his good friend, Nancy Romanyshyn. Nancy is the Director of Pay Strategy and Partner Success at Syndio. We talk about the important work that Nancy is doing to help companies embed workplace equity into their core business so that they can achieve enduring success. We also have some fun talking about Oreos. The question remains, are they brown or black? Scott and Nancy have some fun with this. Email your opinion to jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com.  Please subscribe, like, share, review and download this podcast!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
'Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable' with Heather Mistretta
Jul 27 2022
'Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable' with Heather Mistretta
Welcome to season 2, episode 32 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.This week my guest is Heather Mistretta, Founder & President, Pressing Releases and President WAGE International (Women & Girls Education International). Heather has more than 30 years of professional writing and editing experience as well as extensive experience in all aspects of communications including website content creation, planning, media relations, video scripting, white papers, marketing and non-profit development and leadership. In her 30 years as a professional writer, she has launched a newsletter, managed a team of journalists, written for the worldwide news service, Reuter, where she also helped to create the electricity reporting desk; acted as editor for an alumni magazine.In 2013, Heather became the co-founder of WAGE International (Women & Girls Education International), where she also serves as President. Despite many struggles and milestones of success, worldwide, one billion women continue to face violence. Education is key to empowering communities, and particularly girls and women, to overcome violence. Women and Girls Education (WAGE) International is a New Jersey-based group that works with local and global organizations through the community networking to raise awareness, support, and develop educational resources for empowerment.For more information about Heather's work go to For more information about WAGE International visit At 38:10 of the interview, Heather shares a personal story. She speaks to what it was like having to deal with a marriage that came to an end because of addiction.  Listen in to hear more about her determination, resilience, and the footprint she wants to leave behind. Next week my guest is Holly Fulger. Holly is an actress, writer, and producer. She is also the founder of the not-for-profit, True Beauty Discovery. You will learn more about her time as an actress and what she is doing now to help young girls understand the meaning of true beauty. To learn more visit: Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Review and Download!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
'Cultivate Your Leadership Garden' with Melissa Prashad
Jul 17 2022
'Cultivate Your Leadership Garden' with Melissa Prashad
Welcome to season 2, episode 31 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.This week my guest is Melissa Prashad, Community Manager, Community & Business Development for JP Morgan Chase & Co. In her role she builds and nurtures relationships with key community leaders, nonprofit partners and small businesses at the neighborhood level.She is working to help advance racial equity by supporting Black and Latinx communities with tools and resources to help them improve their financial well-being. Melissa shares that she was in a challenging marriage and is now a single parent to a young son. She is parenting, while going back to school for her master's degree and working part-time. Many times, on this podcast we discuss mentorship. Here, Melissa talks about the mentors she has had along the way and also the importance of nurturing your leadership garden. She names some of the people that are in hers and she hopes that as she grows in her career if not already, that she is someone that is in other people's garden's as well. She really wants to help make a difference in her corner of the world and beyond. Listen in to hear the footprint that Melissa is creating now that she wants to leave behind.Next week my guest is Heather Mistretta. Heather is Founder & President, Pressing Releases & President, WAGE (Women & Girls' Education) International. We talk about her passion for sharing other people's stories and about the work she is doing through WAGE to help empower woman and girls through education overcome violence both here in the U.S. and in other countries.Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Review and Download!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
'Free & Whole' with Mariama Bah
Jul 13 2022
'Free & Whole' with Mariama Bah
Welcome to season 2, episode 30 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Mariama Bah. Mariama has her master's degree in Global Public Health Nutrition. She is an entrepreneur and the author of 'Free and Whole: My Journey Towards Education and Freedom as a Fulani and Muslim Girl.'Mariama was born in Spurloop, Wilberforce, Freetown, Sierra Leone. She was born into the Fulani Tribes and lived between Sierra Leone and Guinea. She now lives in the U.S. in New Jersey.  She has fond memories of visiting her grandmother in Guinea, but there was also trauma that she experienced there as well. The Fulani Tribes value more tradition and faith than female rights and education. In her culture the traditions included arranged marriage at a very young age. Her father wanted her to marry at the age of 11 or 12. From fighting to get an education in a culture that values religion over education, manipulated and suffered into circumcision (please note that there is some very personal content in this part of the podcast), choosing not to accept an arranged marriage, and marrying for love. Mariama was able to move out of Sierra Leone to the United States. Listen in to hear how she was able to accomplish this. Mariama shares her determination to carve her own path and create the life that she believes she deserves.She hopes to inspire girls around the world who are on their own paths towards education and independence. Mariama says that this book is for all the women, girls, and others who are trapped by customs, tradition, and religion to encourage and enable them to achieve their dreams. Listen in to hear more about the footprint Mariama is creating now that she wants to leave behind. You can follow Mariama @bariameaga on Instagram.  Click to purchase Mariama's bookNext week my guest is Melissa Prashad, Community Manager, Community & Business Development, JPMorgan Chase & Co. We talk about her journey as a single Mom going for her master's degree while working in the banking industry. We discuss her community work and the importance of cultivating what she calls her leadership garden.  Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Review and Download!YouTube: Is the DayWebsite: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
Part 2 'Through the Darkness: A Stage Light' with Kim Berrios Lin & Coley Campany
Jul 7 2022
Part 2 'Through the Darkness: A Stage Light' with Kim Berrios Lin & Coley Campany
Welcome to season 2 and part 2 of episode 29 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.This week my guests are Kim Berrios Lin and Coley Campany. It is important to note that we are talking about some very top-of-mind topics that also may have some trigger points for some who listen. This podcast episode was recorded just days before the Roe vs. Wade decision was overturned. This is a very personal topic for Coley as she shares her personal story in part 1 of this two-part episode. In part one we also discuss the topic of eating disorders and Kim's personal journey.In this episode we hear more about the road to stage and screen for both Kim and Coley.Kim Berrios Lin is an actor, producer, writer & advocate.  You can catch her in HBO Max's ‘Pretty Little Liars’ airing July 28th in a recurring role. Other credits include 'Better Nate Than Ever’ (Disney plus), ‘Pose’ (FX), ‘New Amsterdam’ (NBC), ‘Almost Family’ (Fox), ‘Bull’ (CBS), and ’The Politician’ (Netflix). Her Acting passion projects include: A Love fest of a comedic series currently making a festival tour called ‘Supermodel Twinning’, playing Karula in ‘Karula’s Dream Show Live’, and performing in ‘Still Birth’: a play about pregnancy loss.Kim is the founder of the award winning, socially conscious indie production company ‘And She Flew®’, co-founder of the social justice theatre org ‘Colors of Community’, is on the Advisory Committee for ‘Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids’. Follow Kim on Instagram @kimrioslin.Coley Campany is a writer, director, actress, producer, and advocate. Coley connected with the Labyrinth Theater Intensive Ensemble, where she began her path as a writer and visual storyteller. It's also where she met Kim! She co-wrote a play in 2016 called Still, Birth. a play about pregnancy loss that combines stories of various ways pregnancies end. Coley includes her own story of having two late-term abortions in the play. She continues to tell her story to spread awareness for women's reproductive rights. Several sketches were created during the pandemic, including Supermodel Twinning with Kim Berrios Lin. This year, Coley finished a passion project that is now making the festival circuit called A Skosh Askew, a two-women filmed sketch series. Coley can be seen on screen in 'Candy' on Hulu and 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye,'  'The First Lady', 'Watchmen', and the upcoming season of 'Heels and Mike'. Follow Coley on Instagram @coleycampany.Listen in to hear the incredible footprint that these two Changemakers are creating now that they want to leave behind. Next week my guest is Mariama Bah. She has a focus on Global Public Health Nutrition and is the author of the book, Free and Whole: My Journey Towards Education and Freedom as a Fulani and Muslim Girl. Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Review and Download!YouTube: Is the Day Website: Facebook: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.org Facebook: Instagram: To sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
'Through the Darkness: A Stage Light' with Kim Berrios Lin & Coley Campany
Jul 6 2022
'Through the Darkness: A Stage Light' with Kim Berrios Lin & Coley Campany
Welcome to season 2, episode 29 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This is a special two-part episode. This week my guests are Kim Berrios Lin and Coley Campany. It is important to note that we are talking about some very top-of-mind topics that also may have some trigger points for some who listen. This podcast episode was recorded just days before the Roe vs. Wade decision was overturned. This is a very personal topic for Coley as she shares about having four miscarriages and the traumatic story behind having two late-term abortions. These experiences changed Coley's life in many ways.  Kim shares about being a somewhat a depressed child and living with an eating disorder from the age of 11 to age 32. She shares her personal experience in order to help others.Coley and Kim are friends or as they call themselves 'Soul Sisters'.Kim Berrios Lin is an actor, producer, writer & advocate.  You can catch her in HBO Max's ‘Pretty Little Liars’ airing July 28th in a recurring role. Other credits include 'Better Nate Than Ever’ (Disney plus), ‘Pose’ (FX), ‘New Amsterdam’ (NBC), ‘Almost Family’ (Fox), ‘Bull’ (CBS), and ’The Politician’ (Netflix). Her Acting passion projects include: A Love fest of a comedic series currently making a festival tour called ‘Supermodel Twinning’, playing Karula in ‘Karula’s Dream Show Live’, and performing in ‘Still Birth’: a play about pregnancy loss.Kim is the founder of the award winning, socially conscious indie production company ‘And She Flew®’, co-founder of the social justice theatre org ‘Colors of Community’, is on the Advisory Committee for ‘Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids’.  As a writer, her poem “I am We’ was recently published in Yellow Arrow’s Journal ‘Renascence.’ Kim is also the soon to be proud patent owner of a product she invented called Yogisaver®.Follow Kim on Instagram @kimrioslin.Coley Campany is a writer, director, actress, producer, and advocate. Coley began her artistic career as a professional ballet dancer in Memphis, TN. Coley connected with the Labyrinth Theater Intensive Ensemble, where she began her path as a writer and visual storyteller. It's also where she met Kim! She co-wrote a play in 2016 called Still, Birth. a play about pregnancy loss that combines stories of various ways pregnancies end. Coley includes her own story of having two late-term abortions in the play. She continues to tell her story to spread awareness for women's reproductive rights. Several sketches were created during the pandemic, including Supermodel Twinning with Kim Berrios Lin. This year, Coley finished a passion project that is now making the festival circuit called A Skosh Askew, a two-women filmed sketch series. Coley can be seen on screen in 'Candy' on Hulu and  'The Eyes of Tammy Faye,'  'The First Lady', 'Watchmen', and the upcoming season of 'Heels and Mike'. Follow Coley on Instagram @coleycampany.Listen in to hear the incredible footprint that these two Changemakers are creating now that they want to leave behind. Stay tuned for part 2 of this episode coming soon. Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Review and Download!YouTube: Is the Day Website:  Facebook: Applaud Our Kids FoundationWebsite: www.applaudourkids.org Facebook:  Instagram:  To sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comHave a great week everyone!
'Not-for-Profits Need to Own Their Power' with Vu Le
Jun 29 2022
'Not-for-Profits Need to Own Their Power' with Vu Le
Welcome to season 2, episode 28 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Vu Le, author of the blog www.NonprofitAF.com and sought-after speaker. Not knowing that not-for-profit work was going to be his calling, he received a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work. After working as the ED of RVC, a non-profit in Seattle, Vu now travels across the country sharing his insight and speaks to how the not-for-profit sector really needs to own its incredible power. We have an honest conversation about how sometimes funders have an unrealistic view of how the sector works. People who work for not-for-profits need to make a salary, yet in many cases admin costs cannot be written into grants. Vu uses a great analogy here about a fire hose and water. He teaches me a new word that was taught to him – bizsplaining. Shares his rule of thirds when it comes to not-for-profit boards. We talk neurodiversity, judgement, and creating happy and healthy working environments within in a sector that is continuously stressed and looked at through a microscope. A sector that is more than just needed, it is necessary! So, why is a unicorn potentially the mascot of the non-profit sector? Vu mentions that maybe it should be a platypus instead. Listen in to hear the footprint that Vu is creating now that he wants to leave behind. Next week my guests are Coley Campany and Kim Berrios Lin. Both Coley and Kim are in the entertainment industry. We take some time here to discuss the importance of women’s rights as Coley has a very personal story to share. Another topic that we touch on is how predominate eating disorders can be in the entertainment industry. Please Subscribe, Like, Share and Download!YouTubeStreamWebsite: Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: Learn more about the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation. Jodi is the CEO and Co-founder of this important for-impact organization. Website: www.applaudourkids.org Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram:  To sign-up for our mailing list, schedule a conversation with Jodi, or ask a Changemaker a question: jodi@todayisthedayliveit.comDisclaimer: The views expressed by all Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast guests are their own. Their appearance on the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast does not imply any endorsement of them or any entity that they represent.Have a great week everyone!
'We Need to Be Awake' with Charlene Gorzela
Jun 22 2022
'We Need to Be Awake' with Charlene Gorzela
Welcome to season 2, episode 27 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Charlene Gorzela. Charlene spent 26 years as the CEO of a successful Professional Staffing Services firm in Chicago. She left that chapter of her life behind and is focused now on being a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist, host of the Grief Recovery Now Podcast, positive intelligence and reinvention. We discuss her journey of recovery after losing her dad, dealing with addiction early on in her life, the importance of being awake and how her path now is being that welcoming spirit to help people on their course of reinvention. Next week my guest is Vu Le. Vu writes the blog NonprofitAF.com. Vu is a founding board member of Community-Centric Fundraising, a movement that aims to ground fundraising practices in racial equity and social justice. He is a speaker and brings up topics that not-for-profit professionals want to discuss, but not many openly talk about. Interested in attending the 2nd Annual Today is the Day Changemakers Forum on 3/23/23? Go to to sign up to receive information as it becomes available. Please take a moment to subscribe to the Today is the Day Changemakers YouTube Channel, stream this podcast on all streaming sites at Like, comment, review and share to help our guests be heard. Don’t forget to like us on FB and Instagram at Today is the Day Live it. Today is the Day LLC provides coaching and consulting services. Please go to to learn more about how we can help you and your business connect, grow, and thrive.Have a great week everyone!
'You Define Your Own Success' with Hugo Balta
Jun 15 2022
'You Define Your Own Success' with Hugo Balta
Welcome to season 2, episode 26 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. This week my guest is Hugo Balta, an experienced award-winning, broadcast & digital media news executive directing growth and innovation in several divisions and businesses in the U.S. and Latin America.Hugo’s nearly 30-years of experience include leadership roles with storied news networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and Telemundo.Hugo is the owner/publisher of the Latino News Network (LNN) – the only English language news and information outlet focused on serving Hispanics-Latinos in New England. LNN also amplifies the work of others in elevating the visibility and voices of a community often absent in newsrooms and news coverage.Hugo is also a writer and associate editor for The Chicago Reporter producing stories focused on covering race, ethnicity, and culture in the third largest market in the U.S.In addition to being an accomplished journalist, Hugo is the only president to serve two terms in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ (NAHJ) history. In 2016, he was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame, and as part of his acceptance founded the Hortencia Zavala Scholarship – a not-for-profit to help students with the high cost of education. Hugo was born in Patterson, NJ and is the proud son of Peruvian immigrants. He shares that growing up he felt like a child of two worlds, as he had the responsibility at a young age of bridging the language barrier between his parents and the outside world. There were many times in his career that Hugo could have chosen to blend in, have a big title, and hefty paycheck, but that would have caused him to have to stray from his beliefs and convictions. When those situations would arise, he would think about what his mom had to go through working in a sweatshop or that he never saw his dad much as he worked 2-3 jobs 7 days a week. His parents worked hard to be able to provide Hugo with the incredible opportunities that he has been able to leverage.From messaging around never giving up or compromising your beliefs to don’t listen to all the noise, Hugo has so much insight to offer. Next week my guest is Charlene Gorzela, Podcast Host, Grief Recovery Now and Grief Recovery Method Specialist.  After 26 years as the CEO of a successful Professional Staffing Services firm in the city of Chicago, she knew that the next chapter would be another important one for her.  She has always had the passion in the human potential movement and knew that this next chapter in her life would be something unprecedented and extraordinary.   What happened was something that even in her wildest dreams, she would not even have guessed that she would be doing.  Please take a moment to write a review when streaming. Also, please subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Comments and subscribers matter and help our episodes to be heard. Listening to others brings support, ideas, and ongoing connection. Also, please follow us on social media @todayisthedayliveit on Instagram and Today is the Day Live It on Facebook. Coming soon a new Changemakers Connective that will give listeners the opportunity to network and connect with Changemaker guests from around the world. Go to to learn more. Thank you for listening and supporting the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. Have a great week everyone!
'Becoming the Great Ancestor Our Future Needs' with Dr. Christine Thorpe
Jun 8 2022
'Becoming the Great Ancestor Our Future Needs' with Dr. Christine Thorpe
Welcome to season 2, episode 25.This week my guest is Dr. Christine Thorpe, Dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. She is also the managing partner of Stronger Tomorrow LLC, a workplace wellness company that serves to influence and reshape wellness in organizations through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Follow on Instagram @strongertomorrowwellness.Christine is also the Co-Director of Navigating Health Services (NHS) an organization that represents a movement to transform the health sector and to positively impact the lives of the medically underserved in Jamaica and across the Caribbean region through education, advocacy and support. Christine is the author of Living Beyond the Façade: Inside the Health and Wealth Practices of Americans of African Descent.  Follow on Instagram @livingbeyondthefacade.Christine wears so many hats yet balances them in such an incredible way. We talk about so many important and extremely relevant topics during this episode like as long as we have breath and strength in our body, we have so much to offer others. The trauma we have experienced over the last few years and the burn out being oh so real. We also discuss that although companies have committed to EDI work – as they are talking more about the work and have put money behind it, many may not necessarily know how to create actual cultural shift. With the help and support of her organization Stronger Tomorrow LLC she is helping organizations understand the steps needed to create that shift.Listen in to the end of the podcast as Christine shares about the footprint that she is creating now that she wants to leave behind. Next week my guest is Hugo Balta an entrepreneurial journalist. He is the owner/publisher of the Latino News Network (LNN) – the only English language news and information outlet focused on serving Hispanics-Latinos in New England. LNN also amplifies the work of others in elevating the visibility and voices of a community often absent in newsrooms and news coverage.  We talk about many topics including what it is like to navigate between two worlds. Hugo's parents immigrated from Peru and Hugo was born in Paterson, NJ.  Hugo talks about not always making what would be the popular choice. He believes in the importance of defining your own success. Please take a moment to subscribe to the Today is the Day Changemakers YouTube Channel and share a comment. Your comments matter! You can also download this podcast on Apple and Google podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Pandora and many other streaming sites. Please take a moment to write a review that will help my guests be heard. The best gift you can give someone is your time and I so appreciate yours.  As a Certified Professional Coach and consultant, I focus on how connection is at the core of all that we are and all that we do. From how we connect to ourselves, our goals to our careers and family.  Reach out to me directly at jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com. Also don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @todayisthedayliveit and Facebook at Today is the Day Live It. Coming soon a new Changemakers Connective. Go to to learn more. Thank you for supporting the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. Have a great week everyone!
'From Moppin' Floors to CEO' with Dennis Miller
Jun 1 2022
'From Moppin' Floors to CEO' with Dennis Miller
Welcome to season 2, episode 24.This week my guest is Dennis Miller, Founder and Chairman of DCM Associates, Inc. Dennis is a nationally recognized expert in non-profit executive search as well as board and leadership performance coaching. Dennis is the former president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center and Foundation. His reputation as a respected healthcare executive resulted in numerous honors. Dennis has a passion for helping the not-for-profit sector. In his words, "not-for-profit organizations are the glue that keeps the community going". An expert in board governance, leadership development, philanthropy and succession planning, he is a sought-after motivational speaker and retreat facilitator.Dennis grew up in Jersey City, NJ. In his childhood he experienced trauma from living with a father that was both emotionally and physically abusive. Dennis used humor as a coping mechanism. At 20 years old he admitted himself to a psychiatric hospital due to feeling depressed and in need of support. A priest became a source of support an encouragement when Dennis left the facility. He finally experienced what it was like to have someone believe in him. With his incredible spirit intact and the motivation to create a life he would be proud of, he went to college and started taking steps towards his incredible career path.At the age of 50 Dennis was seeing a therapist, but felt ashamed that he needed the support from outside resources. He mentions during the interview that he felt that he was a successful professional to the outside world, but emotionally he was still feeling childlike. The therapist said something eye-opening, "it is ok to need me". At the age of 65 Dennis decided it was time to share his story. He wrote the book, 'Moppin' Floors to CEO: From Hopeless and Failure to Happiness and Success'. Dennis is also author of the book Moppin' Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness and Failure to Happiness and Success.  Check out Dennis' TED Talk. Next week my guest is Dr. Christine Thorpe, Dean, Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University Managing Partner, Stronger Tomorrow, LLC. We talk about many topics including how to become a good ancestor. Dr. Thorpe is also author of the book, Living Beyond the Façade: Inside the Health and Wealth Practices of Successful Americans of African Descent.Join Today is the Day's International Changemakers Connective Movement for an opportunity to meet Changemaker guests, bonus podcast episodes, mentorship, master classes, a ticket to the yearly International Changemakers Forum, Coaching opportunities, and more. Help us share this episode. Please subscribe to the Today is the Day Changemakers YouTube Channel and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or anywhere that you listen.Today is the Day creates customized solutions that help clients both professionally and personally.  Tell your story in a new way, disrupt what may not be working,  level up communication and connections so that your organization has a successful and financially sustainable tomorrow.  Jodi is sought after consultant, coach and speaker. For more information about any of the above visit a great week!
'From Unpaid Intern to President of Joe Gibbs Racing' with guest Dave Alpern & co-host, M. Quentin Williams
May 24 2022
'From Unpaid Intern to President of Joe Gibbs Racing' with guest Dave Alpern & co-host, M. Quentin Williams
Welcome to season 2, episode 23. This week I am joined by my special guest cohost M. Quentin Williams, Founder and CEO of Dedication to Community. Together we interview Dave Alpern, President, Joe Gibbs Racing. Dave was born in Frankfurt Germany, the son of a high-ranking CIA official. When arriving in the states at two years old his family landed in Northern VA. His plans to pursue an MBA were put on hold when he was offered an unpaid internship at the then startup NASCAR team owned by Coach Gibbs. We talk about when the who you are working for is greater than what you are doing. Dave has since held every position in the company’s front office. As one of the longest tenured executives in the sport, Dave has worked with senior executives and Ceo's of many of the country’s largest companies. He has been to the white House multiple times after winning NASCAR championships.Dave is also the author of the book Taking the lead: winning business principles that fuel Joe Gibbs Racing. In this interview Dave touches on many lessons learned along the way. He shares a bit about dealing with Tourette syndrome. We also discuss how he always remembers how it all started, as an intern working out of a closet as an office without even an outlet for a light or a phone. Listen in to hear how Dave went from unpaid intern to t-shirt guy to President of Joe Gibbs Racing.Next week my guest is Dennis Miller, Founder and Chairman of DCM Associates, Inc. He is a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit leadership executive search, and a board and leadership performance coach. He wrote the book the book 'Moppin Floors to CEO'. That was Dennis' journey. Listen in to hear more about his incredible story. Join Today is the Day's International Changemakers Connective Movement for an opportunity to meet Changemaker guests, bonus podcast episodes, mentorship, master classes, a ticket to the yearly International Changemakers Forum, Coaching opportunities, and more. Join like-minded everyday changemakers from around the world for the new International Changemakers Connective, for more information - us share this episode. Please subscribe to the Today is the Day Changemakers YouTube Channel and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or anywhere that you listen.Today is the Day creates customized solutions that help clients both professionally and personally.  Tell your story in a new way, disrupt what may not be working,  level up communication and connections so that your organization has a successful and financially sustainable tomorrow.  Jodi is sought after consultant, coach and speaker. For more information visit a great week!