In this Good Eye BLOGcast, I muse on the advancement of A.I. and its effect on people and industries that, historically, have been the exclusive domain of humans. As a voiceover artist, whoddathunk that computers would one day be gunning for my job. But I’m convinced that you need to face these advancements head-on. Lean into what makes us human. What other choice do we have?
Our conversation ranges from coming to terms with the person in the mirror, old leadership styles versus new, leading by dealing with people as the individuals they are and following your passions as the best means of becoming successful.
Bryan and Aaron share their experiences and what brought them to this point including Bryan literally facing death more than once. And we talk about some of the speakers and what you can expect at Leadercast RVA.
Greg Hofbauer of Hofbauer Consulting helps businesses and nonprofits overcome tech challenges thereby helping them reach customers and supporters which leads to growth. These days he’s leaning more into the nonprofit side of things which is where our conversation leads.
Melinda (Mindy) Conklin has worked in the health and wellness industry for 30 years. She has a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Human Development and a master’s degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Melinda lost her young husband to colorectal cancer in 2011. After her loss, she left her career as a mental health clinician and she founded Hitting Cancer Below the Belt – a Richmond, Virgina based nonprofit organization dedicated to colon health and colorectal cancer prevention.
Melinda’s personal and professional experience in the field of mental, emotional, and physical wellness has prepared her to identify community needs and has produced a strong skill set which encompasses the ability to create and bridge resources which positively impacts community health. Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) began serving the Richmond community in 2013 and continues to expand its messages and services across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Laurel Marr’s website states that the term “doula” is a Greek word that means “a woman who serves”. While traditionally associated with childbirth, a doula is also someone who assists in a variety of ways with the end-of-life process, supporting the patient, family, caregivers and loved ones. In this conversation we discuss when it might be a good idea to enlist the services of a doula, when it might not be and some of the things we might not consider with which a doula could help. Learn more about Laurel and doula care on her website at www.lmdoulacare.com
Today’s episode is a recap of the 3rd Annual Go Forward Together Ride. It was recorded at Final Gravity Brewing, the start/finish line for the ride and site of the after party. The after party actually became the main event as we had to cancel the ride due to remnants of Hurricane Ian rolling in and a state of emergency having been declared. Safety is always the #1 priority. Participating in the discussion are :
-Andrea Starr – Executive Director of the Forward Foundation
-Dan Cherkis – Forward Foundation cyclist advisory board and ride leader of the Carytown Bicycles Saturday morning group ride
-Tim Mullins – Market Manager Atlantic, Specialized Owned Retail
-Bryan Oprel – General Manager Carytown Bicycle Co., Specialized Owned Retail
-and me, Jay Smack – Forward Foundation cyclist advisory board and host and producer of the Good Eye Podcast.
Susanna Calvert is the founder of the Foundation for Family and Community Healing. Their mission is to “empower us all to create healthy, positive, rewarding relationships woth ourselves, each other, Earth, and the loving force greater than ourselves”. What started as something Susanna began in 2018 following several tragic life events now reaches internationally helping people “change their behavior, and change their world.”
Register for the ride, or just come out to Final Gravity Brewing in Lakeside on Saturday, Oct.1. Riders will start getting back to Final Gravity about 11am after the ride. There will be an after event with food and fun for everyone.
Jonah Holland was struck and killed by a drunk driver last Saturday, August 13 while cycling along Osbourne Turnpike near Richmond. She was cycling with Natalie Rainer who was also struck and remains hospitalized. Jonah was an avid cyclist and swimmer and a member of numerous community organizations as is Natalie.
At the time of release of this podcast there are several ways to help. A “Take Them A Meal” page has been set up for Jonah’s family, but states that the schedule is full. You can contact the organizer for other ways to help.
Henry Katinda is a Ugandan Educator, Tourism Entrepreneur and Humanitarian. He is the Founder of Empathy Children Initiative, Uganda. It’s a charitable nonprofit helping vulnerable children in Uganda access education and other basic needs. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Henjo African Safaris, a Safari company that organizes Adventures, Vacations, Study excursions and Safaris to Uganda and Rwanda.