Category Archives: Oklahoma City

Ed Shadid – OKC Council Member

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First Elected to his Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council seat in 2011, Dr. Ed Shadid has been a proponent of open government and citizen engagement. Here he talks about the critical intersection that the people of Oklahoma City are in as we enter summer with a presidential election in November.

Courtney Martin – Community Catalyst

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It was hardly a thought process for Courtney. She came home to help with the family business when one of her parents was ill. And now she has become a part of their business. She also is a catalyst for starting Debate Night OKC for black young adults in Oklahoma City.

Laura Massenat – Midtown Entrepreneur

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For Laura Massenat, life is a flow of seeing opportunities and saying “yes.” She co-owns the ever-popular Elemental Coffee in Midtown. She just completed a four year term on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board. She was one of the founders of the popular H&8th Monthly Food truck festival. Among her many decisions, she tells about one in particular, though, that set the course for the rest of her life.

Erin Cooper – Designer, Muralist

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The public knows Erin Cooper as one of the artists who produced a large mural on Western at NW 37th Street. But business owners also know her and her husband as Cooper House Creative, a web design company. Erin’s most important decision came in her teenage years.

Daniel Wade – Hope-filled engineer, inventor

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His journey as an engineer and bold inventor today began with Daniel’s basic decision of philosophy when he was much younger. It led him to a an unexpectedly fulfilling life today that could help save the environment and us.

Mickey Dollens – Teacher Turned Candidate

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Even before he found out that his job had been cut for next year, OkC Public Schools high school teacher Mickey Dollens had started knocking doors in House District 93 to run for that seat. Now, he is even more motivated to get into Oklahoma’s highly-dysfunctional legislature to make a difference.

Brian Bergman – The H&8th Guy

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In an earlier interview Brian did such a good job of reflecting on H&8th Night Market’s successful run until it ended, we decided to cut those out and make a separate episode. These are especially poignant now that the H&8th idea is being blended into a new event: TenaCity.

Elizabeth Ramirez – Marketing Connection to Hispanic culture

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Maybe once upon a time in Oklahoma City advertisers could use poorly-translated commercials directed at Hispanics. But not any more.

Liz grew up in the big middle of the heavily Hispanic culture of the south side of the city. Now she helps market goods in an authentic, effective way to that population. How did she decide to take the risk of leaving a secure job to launch her own marketing enterprise?

Judith Huerta – Hispanic Community Advocate

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It takes unique people to connect two cultures with two languages. Judith Huerta is such a person.

She does that working for Oklahoma City Public Schools and volunteering for several advocacy organizations in OKC and nation-wide.

In this episode we hear about Judith’s most important decision that brought her to a life of advocacy and activism.

Andrew Gipson – Game Ringmaster

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Live action gaming of the sort that involves groups working together to solve a puzzle has been gaining in popularity over the last several years. And Andrew Gipson’s own development of that type of game is based upon a group escaping from a locked room using props and a series of clues in a limited length of time.  It has become increasingly more popular in Oklahoma, so much so that now there are several locations throughout the state.

When I ask Andrew about the most important decision that he has made, the answer leads to an interesting set of revelations about how that decision has informed his success in this business so far.

Camal Pennington – Community Organizer – Candidate

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Camal Pennington is knocking a lot of doors lately. It’s because he is running in a primary race within the Democratic Party for the Oklahoma House District 97 seat on the east side of Oklahoma City. And he is running against another native of the east side who also has deep roots, and is well-known in the community.

In this episode, he closes out a long day of first working for the American Federation of Teachers as a field rep, and then knocking doors in the evening until it was dark. We talk about a key decision that could have thrown him into deep ruin, but instead became the foundation for most of his accomplishments today.

Sheri Guyse – Life Coach

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After going through several crises, and now raising two children, Sheri has experience and wisdom that she wants to share with others. And so, she is a life coach.

In this episode we explore what she considers to be the most important decision she ever made. It seems to have led her through many turns to her career now as a multi-faceted life coach, helping people with a multitude of their own intersections.

Brian Bergman – Organizer, Thinker, Dad

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The first time I met Brian I had the impression that he could make just about anything happen. So it was no surprise when I later found out that he was the one heading up what seemed in my imagination to be one of the hardest organizing tasks around.

But in this episode we find that there is far more to Brian than someone who organizes festivals and events. We will hear a little about what his company does, and a lot more about his life as a fully engaged dad to two young boys.

We will also hear some of his philosophy of that drives the whys and hows of his life and work.

Jill Castilla – A Unique Journey to Bank CEO

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Starting her banking career in 1998 is where Jill Castilla started on the intense journey to eventually becoming the CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond.

Engaging in a laborious turnaround process for Citizens Bank of Edmond a few years ago and succeeding involved a host of daily decisions. No doubt many were critical and had much to do with the eventual recovery of the bank. What could have been a bank failure, is a success today. Continue reading Jill Castilla – A Unique Journey to Bank CEO

Richard McKown – Developer

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In the last episode, part 1 of this interview, we explored the creative art of Richard McKown and what kinds of concepts and processes went into that.

This episode is the other part of that conversation where I asked Richard to talk about his concepts of using art as a part of the public designs of his housing projects. Continue reading Richard McKown – Developer

Richard McKown – Artist

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Richard McKown is known for his involvement in prominent housing, and now office development, projects around the Oklahoma City Metro area.

But less known are his talents as an artist. Continue reading Richard McKown – Artist

Tierney Tinnin – Advocate for Oklahoma City Public Schools

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I first met Tierney Tinnin when I started covering the OKCPS Board of Education beat for Red Dirt Report.

Even though I knew her TV news work from living in the OKC market most of my life, I had never actually met her in person or had an opportunity to watch her work as a public relations professional in the role of Director of Media Relations for the district. Continue reading Tierney Tinnin – Advocate for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Paula Sophia – Identity and Community Policing

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I first met Paula Sophia when she was a police officer riding a bike patrol in the Bricktown entertainment district in downtown Oklahoma City.

She and her partner frequented the same coffee shop that I did where she was engaging and friendly to anyone she met. The close contact of a bike patrol suited her style of policing very well. Continue reading Paula Sophia – Identity and Community Policing

Veronica Laizure – Civil Rights Attorney

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Veronica Laizure is a busy person these days.

With the recent inflammatory Republican presidential candidate remarks flying, Veronica finds herself battling Islamophobia and hate speech on a daily basis.

She is an attorney, and the Civil Rights Director for CAIR-OK, or, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Oklahoma Chapter. Continue reading Veronica Laizure – Civil Rights Attorney

Angela Clark Little – Education Activist

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Angela Clark Little is an unlikely, but high-profile education activist in Oklahoma.

She has started numerous Facebook groups for that cause. One of them, Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education, has over 5,100 members now and is growing daily. Continue reading Angela Clark Little – Education Activist

Jonathan Dodson – Community Developer

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Jonathan Dodson’s comments in this interview cover the many intersections that he has encountered in his adult life, many of them as he engaged in community development in Oklahoma City where he and his wife are raising a family.

Continue reading Jonathan Dodson – Community Developer

Cyndi Munson – New Oklahoma Representative

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This interview reveals some of the deeper personal aspects of Cyndi Munson and her life that will help you understand how it came about that she won the recent special election for Oklahoma House District 85.

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Sandino Thompson – Son of Oklahoma City

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Sandino Thompson has become better known to a wider public in Oklahoma City recently as one of the voices for a new concept for redevelopment with a “MAPS 4”. His passion for this new intersection in the life of OKC comes from the many important intersections in his own life, many of which happened right in this city.

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