Michael Eger is running for West Springfield city council, representing District One. He wants to make the city better by listening. He has a vision that includes infrastructure, safety, and enhancing municipal services. Michael joined Thom to discuss his additional focus on business and keeping West Springfield an affordable place to live. Get out the Vote on November 7th; to find your polling place, please visit- Where to Vote
Gene Allen Miller, Adjunct Professor for Brandeis International Business School joined me to discuss, her MBA leadership course. Gene was recently appointed by Governor Baker to the board of Commonwealth Corp, and she serves as a Director of the Planning Office of Urban Affairs. Her course teaches students to lead and serve through a one-year class curriculum that includes a non-voting one-year board fellow role in the community. Learn how this innovative class is bridging the gap between service and leadership.
Gina DiStefano Fernandez, owner of GDF Coaching, LLC and Crystal Childs Gryszkiewicz, owner of Splash Marketing and Creative joined me to discuss the EMBEE Marketing and Business Summit. The conference takes place October 17, 2017 at the MassMutual Center, and caters to local professionals looking to learn more about marketing and increasing business. It will feature learning tracks with experts leading discussions on a variety of topics impacting business growth. The keynote speaker for the inaugural summit will be 2017 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Kara Wolters. To learn more, listen to our interview and visit embeesummit.com to register.
Michael Chunyk joined me to discuss Post-Traumatic Stress
Bonnie Katusich, Director of Operations at Willie Ross School for the Deaf, joined me on to discuss the organization’s goal of providing intellectual, social, and emotional growth for those they serve. The Willie Ross School provides deaf and hard-of-hearing students access to comprehensive, evidence-based education and support services in the classroom and in the greater community. We discuss nonprofit infrastructure, outreach, and driving your Mission home! Of course, we chat up the great work going on over at Willie Ross as well.
You can tell when someone LOVES what they do, and it is evident Suzanne McElroy is passionate about her business. Suzanne opened the Springfield, MA branch of Home Instead Senior Care after spending several years caring for her grandmother and great-aunt, and realizing in-home senior care services was, indeed, a calling for her. Suzanne discusses how she came to the realization she wanted to build her own business, and why she chose the franchise model.
Evan Choquette and his cofounders are like most contemporary entrepreneurs – they had an idea, slapped together a prototype, and made a run at bringing it to market. What’s different is their approach. They have come from Western New England University and ran the gauntlet of 3Day Startup, went through the Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator program, and showcased their product on Kickstarter. Now, they are in talks to have the AnyCafé Travel Brewer® on store shelves late 2017 / early 2018. We discuss went into making their idea a reality.
Ellen Moorhouse is the Program Manager for The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts; responsible for implementing and coordinating all aspects of the Fund's grant and leadership programs, including the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), and other initiatives that promote the strengths of women and girls. Ellen joined me to discuss the Fund’s move to Downtown Springfield, and its programs, including the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) Springfield Partnership, a national, multi-sector, three-year pilot program focused on driving long-term prosperity for young women in the city of Springfield.
A long, long time ago in a career far, far away, your friendly neighborhood Thomfox was a part of the nonprofit world. It’s there I meet Paul Bailey, the Executive Director of Springfield Partners for Community Action. Springfield Partners for Community Action is the federally designated Community Action Agency helping families break the cycle of poverty. Paul shares how they accomplish this through education, and by offering programs to help people build assets, obtain affordable childcare, get free home weatherization, obtain college degrees and tax filing services, and much more. Listen to learn all about Springfield Partners for Community Action.
Serial entrepreneur (and awesome dude) Bill Kenney joined The Engine to discuss his ventures, Test My Pitch and MEET. Test My Pitch is a community of entrepreneurs and business professionals who create, share, and offer feedback on each other’s idea pitches and self-introductions (I’m a big fan of the platform). His second business is MEET, which helps high-growth companies enter new markets, drive return-on-investment, and scale quickly through trade shows – very cool concept. So, pour yourself a beverage and enjoy our interview.