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“Listeners should expect refreshing and new voices from me. The plan is to put Africa on the map.” - Whitney Ogutu In the middle of July, we announced that we were searching for a new podcast correspondent to help us expand the stories we tell. We had an incredible response to the program–117 applications! We decided in the end to bring on not just…
 
Hear from Nathan Allan, co-owner of Swantown In & Spa. "The Swantown Inn & Spa, an Olympia Bed and Breakfast, is an 1887 Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian Mansion listed on both the city and state historical registers. Although historic it features modern amenities such as room controlled heat and air conditioning, tesla and electric car charging, and …
 
"I kept doing events after that first one. I guess that became my community. Even now saying it out loud, it is very strange. I never thought I could be someone that would be a part of like creating a community.” - Jodianne Beckford Jodianne created Noire Girls Plant, “from a dark place of feeling numb.” At a low point, she found plants were giving…
 
“Community doesn't require that you have the same opinions. It just requires that you share a passion.” - Marjorie Anderson In the middle of July, we announced that we were searching for a new podcast correspondent to help us expand the stories we tell. We had an incredible response to the program–117 applications! We decided in the end to bring on…
 
Hear from Quyen Huynh, co-owner of Song River Monroe. "Song River started as a vision of owner Quyen Huynh, who saw a way to transform this beautiful space and bring more vibrancy to the community of downtown Monroe. With the hope to build on and build up other women entrepreneurs, Quyen works with exceptional women to create a foundation for Song …
 
“There's strategic value in giving up some control when you're a leader at a company and you want new ideas to emerge.” - Steve Garguilo Early in his career, Steve did the (seemingly) impossible—he led a grassroots transformation of the culture of Johnson & Johnson, the fifth largest company in the world. Frustrated by the pace and challenges of bi…
 
The Dinner Party is a worldwide community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a loved one. “We know what it’s like to lose someone and we aren’t afraid to talk about it,” their website states. Before the pandemic more than 400 Dinner Party tables were regularly meeting in nearly 100 cities around the world. Carla and Lenn…
 
“If there's drama in your life, you don't want to talk about it. It’s hush, hush. But that's not the way you heal. It's been detrimental to our communities. So when people–especially a lot of black women—saw that representation on camera it just touched them in a way that just exploded.” - Kibi Anderson Many of us may know “Red Table Talk” as the T…
 
Hear from Carey Rayburn, bandleader of Good Co Music. "Seattle six-piece Good Co is the United States' first live Electro Swing Band. That new old sound, Electro Swing combines the era of illicit booze, jitterbugging flappers, and underground speakeasies with the funky beats and the electric sound of today's dance music. At Good Co performances it'…
 
Hear from Jay Curry, owner of DJ Jay Curry. "I'm a Seattle based Mobile DJ and this is my passion. I'm super thankful to finally share it with you all. I played my first wedding in 2013 and have since DJed and Emceed 20+ school dances, a handful of corporate events, and roughly 50 weddings all over the Puget Sound area. What I bring to the table is…
 
“You don't have to have any talent. You just have to come out. I design things that would work for someone who was a lawyer or a school teacher.” - Charlie Todd In August 2001, Charlie Todd moved to New York City with an interest in acting and comedy. He didn’t have immediate access to a stage, so he started creating in public spaces by staging und…
 
Hear from Kevin Mikolajczak, co-owner of Bellevue Lighting. “With our combined design experience, we can do just about anything to fit your needs with extensive offerings in lighting, audio, video, and special effects. With years of experience in designing for events, performances, conferences, videos, and social gatherings, we can tackle any type …
 
“I'm fairly introverted which I find a lot of people are surprised by given the number of events that I've run over the years. I don't actually like attending events where I don't have a fairly structured role to play. I think to some extent being the organizer of the event gave me a role and job responsibilities. It helped me as an introvert feel …
 
Hear from Rich Kaalaas, owner of Rein Fire Ranch. "Nestled within the serene Sugarloaf Mountain Valley, and only 45 minutes from downtown Seattle and Tacoma, Rein Fire Ranch is a uniquely beautiful wedding and special event center. Whether you are looking to stage your own event, or a full service team to do it for you, at Rein Fire Ranch we strive…
 
“We need people to see the power they have in themselves to make a very small change that can compound over time.” - Nate Nichols Nate Nichols and Steffi Behringer are life and business partners and the founders of Allyship & Action. The Allyship & Action Summits took the advertising community by storm these past few months. Like many others, their…
 
Hear from Kelsey Knutson of Gather + Grow. “You love your business but you’re struggling to catch a breath. I remember those days. Hustling multiple jobs, working late hours, and praying I'd have enough for rent. I’m here to tell you that you deserve better. So here’s your life raft, catch your breath because we’re going on a new adventure. And thi…
 
“We really lean all the way in for our community so they can feel that they're working with somebody and not working for us.” - Jonathan Carey Atlas Obscura is one of the few community-driven travel platforms. The site focuses on the hard-to-find wonders and oddities of the world, from a church with Frederic Chopin’s heart in Poland to an abandoned…
 
Hear from Cydney and Jason of Lavender Bouquet Photography. "As wedding photographers, we are not just capturing portraits–we are also photojournalists, commercial photographers, product photographers, stress relievers, candid-moment-capture and sometimes a wedding day coordinator: as wedding photographers, we are a lot of things. We are required t…
 
“Community means there's a reason why these people are here, irrespective of the platform.” - Nadia Eghbal If you haven’t heard of Substack, you will soon. The company is just three years old and growing quickly. The co-founders came together to see if they could solve a problem: helping writers earn a living directly from their readers. When reade…
 
Hear from Greg Lowder, owner of Affairs to Remember. "I believe celebrations are all about love, laughter, and dancing, and it’s my passion to ensure your party is memorable from beginning to end. Collaborating with you, I carefully prepare for every detail and seamless transition, and together we create an incredible playlist that will keep your p…
 
“We know that there is a tomorrow and we want to be able to prepare our girls and our community for what that tomorrow looks like. Not only prepare them for it, but make sure that they have a hand in building it. ” - Isis Miller Throughout her biotech engineering career, Kimberly Bryant was often the only black female in the room. Kimberly’s experi…
 
Hear from Cory Besmer, owner of Soul Original Media. “I’ve been filming weddings since 2013. I love being able to capture people's biggest day of their lives for them to relive over and over again. I am also firm believer that businesses should be creating an incredibly engaging and exciting experience for their target audience. I help accomplish t…
 
“Community is not transactional by nature. Humans seek to connect on a deeper level. They're looking for validation or for support or for something bigger than themselves. Now that community is such a buzzword. Everyone wants it and they want it quickly. We have more levers than ever, and they work. But when you growth hack with incentives, what yo…
 
Hear from Grace MacLeod, wedding officiant. “My wish is to support you in being truly prepared and present for this most important step you are taking in celebrating your love for one another and committing to your lives together. I offer pre marriage counseling to give you the core skills for a conscious relationship and to help you live your love…
 
“When you work in community, you get to be the person who thinks about the customer all day long, who thinks about people, who thinks about how they connect.” - Cindy Au Cindy Au set out for a career in academia but soon found herself as employee #9 at Kickstarter. Back then, the community team would review and help write each project submitted to …
 
Today is a double trouble, two for the price of one kind of day, as we catch up with both Anne Timss AND Kat St. John! These Seattle makeup experts share some funny stories, talk about their years-long friendship, how challenging it was for them to “break into” the Seattle makeup industry and how/why they are trying to change that for other emergin…
 
“Ask your community: What they want to see out of the company to make them feel supported? I don't do anything until I talk to the community or reach out to them or say, ‘What do you want to see next? And then I make that a part of my plan.’” - Shana Sumers HER Social App is the largest social community and dating app for LGBTQ+ womxn and queer peo…
 
Hear from Mason Joel of Mason Joel Photography. “I try not to take myself too seriously when I am working. Part of my job is keeping the mood light and enjoyable. If it's your wedding day, I am going to be your guy to get stuff done when it needs to get done. You need me to wrangle grandma and grandpa to see the cake cutting? I'll do it. Need some …
 
“When you learn in community, your brain grows so much faster than it would on its own.” - Berna Anat Berna brings hype to an otherwise “hella male, hella stale, and hella pale” financial space. She creates videos, writing, and hosts talks that encourage, support and celebrate those of us who struggle with personal finances. This work is personal f…
 
In this behind-the-scenes interview, Dee Reddy of Intercom asks Bailey why the team at People & Company focuses on communities and how the teams has shifted coaching organizations to harness the power of community in a time of pandemic. You can tune into the original episode on Intercom's website. Some key insights that Intercom noted: There’s a lo…
 
Hear from Amy Soper and Bronwen Houck. Our first DOUBLE guest episode of the podcast features two best friends who love taking photos of all sorts of amazing wedding couples whether they are working together or on their own. Check out the video version of this podcast (https://youtu.be/OD6YevGck70) for even MORE laughs with these two lovelies, this…
 
“Hi, Bree, it’s Mariah. Mariah Carey...Please tell the fans thank you.” In 1999, 16-year-old Bree Nguyen was hired by her idol, Mariah Carey, to do something urgent: get Mariah on Total Request Live (TRL). Why hire a 16-year-old fan? Bree figured out one thing that music executives were unclear how to venture into: internet fandom. If you’ve read o…
 
Hear from Courtney and Lisa of the Five2Five. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Buckley community! This is such a beautiful area with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with such amazing clients, vendors and community members as we host special gatherings and celebrations here at The Five2Five. We loo…
 
“We lack language for describing the ache when we crave for companionate emotional connection, for that friend bond. Whether it's an ache for a single close friend or a group of friends. I gave it is ‘platonic longing.’” - Kat Vellos Kat Vellos is a user experience designer who uses her trade to help people connect authentically. After moving to th…
 
Hear from Jan Fernandez, co-owner of Party on the Rocks. “Party on the Rocks event staffing and bartending service is Puget Sound’s answer to all your party help needs! Our trained and insured staff can help with engagement parties, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, and anything in between! We’re there to help with event set up, be an extra …
 
“Every party needs a host. Every team needs a coach. It's no different online than it is in our real world communities.” - Lindsay Russell At Facebook, Lindsay Russell was a part of the team that used data to identify, validate and supercharge the company’s biggest community building investments to date. In their research on what makes a Facebook g…
 
Hear from Camille Robinson, owner of Robinson Creative House. “Robinson Creative House is a boutique, custom design studio specializing in stationery, lettering and branding. Our passion is working with clients to create a beautiful “first glance” into their special occasion, elevate their brand collateral or create that unique, one-of-a kind piece…
 
“It's important that people realize that extraordinary women are not just the heroes of the past, but they are around us every day today. They are already part of our communities. We just need to look a little deeper and more carefully, but they are already there.” - Elena Favilli Elena Favilli found herself at the center of an all too familiar sto…
 
Hear from Danielle Nichole, owner of Events by Danielle Nichole. “Hello, my name is Danielle Nichole after roughly 10 years of doing Wedding and Event Photography I decided to follow my dream and get back into planning weddings and events. Before I started as a Wedding and Event Photographer I was known to my friends and family as the event planner…
 
“I think that there's just some stubborn part of me that wants benevolence towards strangers to be more accepted and widespread. That's my underlying mission.” - Ivan Cash Ivan Cash is an interactive artist and filmmaker whose work celebrates and inspires connections among strangers. He has received high accolades for his work (Forbes 30 Under 30, …
 
Hear from Chanelle Carlin, wedding officiant. “Your wedding is all about YOU. Chanelle officiates weddings all over the Pacific Northwest in the United States, though will happily travel where ever her couple would like to be married. Most, though not all, of the weddings have been outdoors, it is the Pacific Northwest, after all. Chanelle is an or…
 
“Every piece that's knit is 20 to 30 hours of somebody thinking about climate. And then every person who sees that piece thinks about it and hopefully talks about it...It's activism, but sort of a cozy activism, a “craftivism,” that's not too threatening to people and permeates conversations and dialogue about climate change.” - Justin Connelly and…
 
Hear from Kimberly Morrill, owner of Your Perfect Bridesmaid. “We are Your Perfect Bridesmaid, a team of Wedding Planners and Day-of-Coordinators based in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. We have been helping couples like you plan their weddings for the past 12 years. We know how important your wedding day is to you and your family, and wh…
 
“Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother: We need to talk.You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.” - Letters for Black Lives In 2016, Philando Castile, a 32-year-…
 
Hear from Nigel Lindsey, owner of Revolution by the Barrel. “We are cocktail party professionals creating personalized cocktails that perfectly accompany any event. We work with our clients to create one-of-a-kind cocktail menus specialized for your guests.” www.bestmadeweddingvideos.comBy Reid Johnson
 
“If you're going to lead an organization, it's likely that more of your time and energy is going into building an engine and less of your time and energy is going into facilitating connection between people. It's really important for community leaders to recognize if they want to lead an organization or if they want to facilitate connection.” -- An…
 
Hear from Stephanie Clarke, owner of Chloe Clarke, The Art of Paper. “Chloe Clarke is a boutique design and letterpress studio that specializes in artisan event stationery. We strive to create works of art that reflect your love story and define your vision for your wedding day in a sophisticated and intentional manner. Exquisitely handcrafted, Chl…
 
“It's not that introverts don't want to talk to people. They really value quality conversation over talking to big quantities of people. [Silent Book Clubs] appeal because you can get that little bit of conversation about something that you're interested in. You don't have to come up with small talk. That appeals to the type of person that apprecia…
 
Hear from Craig Slater, owner of Bugsie Productions. “An award winning DJ company that cares about our clients and has a reputation for excellence. Bugsie Productions will immerse your guests in beautiful music, controlled clear sound, tasteful guest interactions, and pack the dance floor with the ease and professionalism that only comes from exper…
 
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