Forward with NACCE

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By: National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

Tune into Forward with NACCE: Inspiring Entrepreneurial Action with host Dr. Rebecca Corbin, NACCE President & CEO. Sharing the stories and lessons of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders who uplift their communities, we deliver episodes designed to inspire, empower action, and heal vulnerable communities through community colleges. This podcast invites you into our world, where we view challenges and failures as opportunities. Join us as we work toward a more equitable and prosperous future. #NACCEPodcast | #ForwardwithNACCE

Turning Passion into Profit: Amanda Cheney's Success with Amanda's Best Friend
Last Wednesday at 4:00 AM

In this episode, Amanda Cheney shares her story of transitioning from a path in veterinary medicine to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Amanda's passion for animals and helping people shines through as she recounts her childhood love for animals and her desire to pursue a career focused on their well-being. However, life took an unexpected turn when her parents were diagnosed with cancer, altering her trajectory and prompting her to explore other avenues. Despite challenges and major shifts in her academic and professional journey, Amanda's determination and resilience allowed her to find her true calling.

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Disrupting the Agricultural Industry with Voice Recognition Technology, with Matthew Rooda
05/24/2023

In this episode, Dr. Corbin's talking with Matthew Rooda, an entrepreneur with a passion for agriculture and healthcare. Matthew shares his inspiring journey of developing groundbreaking technology to address the issue of pig mortalities on farms. Through extensive experimentation and problem-solving, Matthew and his team created a voice recognition system and a behavioral tracking wearable that could save newborn piglets from harm. Learn about the challenges faced during the prototyping phase, including recording piglet vocalizations, developing distinguishing algorithms, and finding a reliable adhesive for the wearable device.  Discover how Matthew's background in agriculture, coupled with his experience in healthcare, l...


Preparing Students for the Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Insights from Dr. Morna Foy, President of the Wisconsin Technical College System
05/17/2023

In this episode, Dr. Corbin welcomes Dr. Morna Foy, the president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, to discuss the changing landscape of higher education. Dr. Foy shares her non-traditional path to becoming a higher education leader and highlights the unique aspects of technical colleges in Wisconsin. They explore the importance of technical education in addressing workforce challenges and providing skills to meet employer demands and how the Wisconsin Technical College System focuses on education for work by offering programs based on demonstrated needs and job openings in the area. She emphasizes the commitment of technical colleges to help...


How to Pursue Your Passion Without Quitting Your Day Job, with Alex DeNoble
05/10/2023

In this episode, Dr. Corbin is joined by Dr. Alex DeNoble, an author, distinguished professor, and expert in nonprofit entrepreneurship. Dr. DeNoble shares his personal story of growing up on the East Coast and eventually moving to the West Coast to pursue a career in higher education and entrepreneurship. He also talks about his extensive travels around the world, which have given him unique insights into entrepreneurship in different cultures. Dr. DeNoble's most recent book, The Entrepreneur Within, focuses on helping people with an entrepreneurial spirit experience the joys of entrepreneurship without quitting their day jobs. In this conversation...


Innovative Approaches to Higher Education: How Entrepreneurial Thinking is Revolutionizing Community Colleges, with Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy
04/26/2023

In this episode,  Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy, the regional director for business and entrepreneurship for the Inland Empire Desert Region in Southern California, talks about how community colleges can keep up with the constantly changing technology and labor market, and how partnerships with industries can provide real-time information about their needs instead of using outdated labor market information. Hear Lisa's experience in teaching business management classes and starting a medical device company with her father, which gave her a taste of entrepreneurship, the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, and the need for community colleges to come together collaboratively to c...


Exploring Rural Community Multidisciplinary Storytelling with Natalie Hodge of Rudy's Girl Media
04/19/2023

This week, Dr. Corbin is talking with Natalie Hodge, founder and owner of Rudy's Girl Media, a multimedia content development company. Natalie talks about her journey in the multimedia field and how her passion for working behind the camera grew while she was living in Los Angeles and working in independent film and television production. She later landed back in her hometown, Martinsville, V.A., and was able to bring some of the things she learned in larger markets to her rural community. Natalie also shares how she has been able to employ people who have come through Patrick...


The Importance of Purpose and Network for Impactful Change, with Ranjith Abraham
04/12/2023

In this episode, Ranjith Abraham shares his insight on leadership and community colleges. As a believer in living a purposeful life, he emphasizes the importance of having a heart to serve people and putting people first, which distinguishes leadership from management. He discusses how his gifts of music and inspiring people enable him to benefit others and his connection to entrepreneur Sam Thayanaigam, who started a successful business called Parts Life. Ranjith explains the impact of community colleges on immigrants, who find comfort in them and build a strong foundation before transitioning to university. Tune in for insightful and...


Be Yourself: The Power of Authenticity with CJ Scarlet
04/05/2023

In this episode on embracing one's identity and living authentically, Dr. Corbin is talking with CJ Scarlet, the Vice President of Harmony: NC LGBT+ Allied Chamber of Commerce. Hear about the importance of authenticity and how it can help you achieve your full potential from CJ's personal journey to advocacy work, and explore how the power of being true to oneself can create a supportive community for all. 

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Creating Leaders While Fighting Food Insecurity, with Nourish International's Tanesha Cameron-Cole
03/29/2023

More than 34 million people in the U.S. are food insecure, and Tanesha Cameron-Cole is a leader working to change that. In this episode, the Executive Director of Nourish International, a nonprofit organization fighting food insecurity, shares her personal experience with community-based work and how it led her to Nourish International. Hear her discuss the impact of food insecurity on communities in the US, particularly school students, and how Nourish International is making its impact while also providing leadership development opportunities for college students. Plus, Tanesha explains how the "secret sauce" of Nourish International's program helps students develop skills...


Learning, luck and opportunity: Creating careers in entertainment, with Larry Butler
03/22/2023

Did It Music's Larry Butler grew up playing music in Centerville, Ohio, and he eventually outgrew it, too.  After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his music career, he turned his band into a successful business and found his success in managing others' careers. In sharing his career journey through the music industry, Larry explains the importance of learning your craft, making mistakes out of the spotlight before going into the big city and how lessons from music can be applied to any career.

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Empowering Underrepresented Groups in Tech and DEI in Business, with Pam Bingham
03/15/2023

In this episode, Pam Bingham, senior program manager at Intuit, shares her passion for personal finance and how important it is for individuals to have basic personal finance skills. Intuit is making DEI a major strategy in everything they do, and Pam shares her work in DEI in tech, including leading an apprenticeship program for underrepresented groups in technology and driving the Girls with Code summer immersion program. Hear how customers look for Intuit to mirror them in some ways, and how they are working to ensure that they embody the belonging piece of DEI in everything they do, f...


Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship with Cynthia Wheaton
03/08/2023

Cynthia Wheaton is an entrepreneur, writer and speaker, and she was inspired to pursue her own business ventures by her father's entrepreneurial spirit. In this episode,  learn about the importance of having a business plan and considering all contingencies before taking financial and time risks, the power of an entrepreneurial mindset and the importance of having co-collaborators who bring different skills and perspectives to a business partnership.

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Empowering Small Businesses: The Role of Community Colleges and CDFIs
03/01/2023

This week, Dr. Corbin is joined by Russ Seagle, the executive director of the Sequoia Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that supports small businesses. As an outsider in school, Russ was always thinking of ways to make money and start businesses. After a few failed attempts, he found success with a side hustle that eventually turned into a full-time business. His wife suggested that he apply for the small business center director job at the local community college, where he worked for 12 years, helping hundreds of small businesses avoid the same mistakes he made. Eventually, he ended...


Creating Impactful Partnerships for Economic Development with the Venn Collaborative's Jim Woodell
02/22/2023

In this episode, Dr. Corbin's talking with Dr. Jim Woodell, founder and CEO of Venn Collaborative, about his career journey and entrepreneurial experiences. Woodell shares his background in academic technology and distance learning and his discovery of how colleges and universities drive community and economic transformation. He also discusses his decision to earn a PhD at the age of 40 and his work at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Woodell talks about his entrepreneurial journey, starting with his consulting work on online professional development for teachers and then founding Venn Collaborative with family and friends. He shares...


Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders through Experiential Learning with Nick Bayer, Founder and CEO of Saxbys
02/15/2023

Happy National Entrepreneurship Week! To celebrate, Dr. Corbin's talking with Nick Bayer, founder and CEO of Saxbys, a Philadelphia-based coffee company that serves as an experiential learning platform. In this episode, Bayer shares his story of inspiration and growth and how his experience as a first-generation college student led him to create a company that empowers the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs through experiential learning. Hear about his journey as an entrepreneur, his desire to blur the line between his personal and professional pursuits, the importance of impacting other people's lives and the value that comes from doing...


Unlock Your Creative Potential with Sonia Rodriguez Thorn: Why the Pandemic Forced Us to Reimagine
02/08/2023

When the pandemic forced Sonia Rodriguez Thorn, a first-generation American and long-time college employee, to break out of her comfort zone, she found the strength and creativity to innovate and thrive. In this episode, learn how Sonia used her background in resilience and persistence to become a leader in innovation, how she leveraged the power of direct selling during the pandemic to help people fill their needs and the strategies Sonia developed to navigate the college system and help others successfully do the same.

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Disability Inclusion: Advocating for diverse and equitable entrepreneurship, with Alexandra Ingersoll
02/01/2023

Alexandra Ingersoll is a consultant and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, focusing on disability, and her unique journey of growing up globally to becoming a successful day trader to her career as a disability champion influences her approach to entrepreneurship. In this episode, hear Alexandra's inspiring story and learn about her work in the disability community and the importance of being pleasantly persistent.

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Closing the Gap: Connecting Communities through Digital Equity with Gerry Hayes and Matt Bauer
01/25/2023

How do we bridge the digital divide? That's the question we're exploring in this episode with Gerry Hayes and Matt Bauer. Gerry is the president and founder of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that works to bridge the technical divide and promote entrepreneurship and job creation, and Matt is the lead of connected communities for the organization and they discuss the challenges and solutions they have encountered while working to bridge the social digital divide and how they have adapted during the pandemic. They also focus on the importance of upskilling and reskilling to...


Cooking up Success: Julian Jacobs' Story of Entrepreneurship in the Culinary Industry
01/18/2023

Julian Jacobs built his career in the culinary industry with the skills and entrepreneurial mindset he cultivated at Wake Tech's culinary school. In this episode, he discusses the wide range of career opportunities available in the culinary field and how those who leave it can still use the skills they learned in the kitchen to be successful in other ventures. Join us as we dive into Julian's story and learn more about the entrepreneurial opportunities available in the culinary industry.

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Trailblazing in Tech: A Conversation with Donna Dubinsky and Jessica Nicholson on Workforce Development and the CHIPS Act
01/11/2023

In this episode, Donna Dubinsky and Jessica Nicholson share their work on the CHIPS Act and efforts to promote workforce development in the United States. Dubinsky, a business school graduate and pioneer in the tech industry, shares her experience founding companies and her current role in implementing the CHIPS program at the request of the Secretary of Commerce. Nicholson, a 20-year veteran of the federal government, talks about her background in economic data and her focus on career pathways and skills as part of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Tune in to learn more about these important initiatives...


Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks: Entrepreneurship Lessons with Dan Jackson & Nataliia Berezhna, PMP
01/04/2023

You never know who you'll meet or the potential impact unless you open the door to opportunity. Today, host Dr. Rebecca Corbin is joined by experiential educator and entrepreneur Dan Jackson who uses entrepreneurship to help high school students solve for the world's enduring problems, creating value for others. Also joining the conversation is NACCE Podcast Producer Nataliia Berezhna sharing the story of her move from Ukraine and how entrepreneurial mindset has influenced her life. Together, they explore how entrepreneurial mindset can propel you forward.

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How Career and Technical Education (CTE) improves academic and career outcomes, with Amy Loyd
12/21/2022

As the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Amy Loyd is helping to improve and provide prospective students access to technical education, adult education, community college and correctional education. In this episode, learn why CTE is the first choice for students to both acquire and apply knowledge and develop high quality connections to in-demand, high-growth careers of today and of the future.

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Lifelong learning at your local community college library, with Wake Tech. Librarian Katy Hoffler
12/14/2022

Community college libraries are more than just a place for students to check out books or study. At Wake Technical Community College specifically, they're a place for students to find assistance in searching for research materials, private spaces to attend virtual job interviews and get guidance on how to best budget their time while studying for finals—and that's just one day for librarian Katy Hoffler. In this episode, learn about what else students can gain by visiting their community college libraries.

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The uniquely human skills employers need, with Skillsline's Chris Mackey and Courtney Reilly
12/07/2022

"Soft" skills like communication, teamwork and problem-solving are essential for workforce success, and, with increasing automation in many fields, they're more valuable than ever. In this episode, learn why Chris Mackey and Courtney Reilly founded Skillsline, which provides a foundational understanding of those human skills organizations, community colleges and their students require.

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Co-Creating the Future of Community Colleges, with Joe April
11/23/2022

In this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to NACCE Fellow, Joe April who shares his passion for community colleges and how they are helping students and communities everywhere imagine and build a brighter and more inclusive future.

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, with Appteon's Debby Hopkins
11/16/2022

Apprenticeships help businesses and employers to develop their own workforce and talent pipeline and mentor employees through on the job instruction. While apprenticeships are common with trade professions and professions that require a license—such as plumbers, electricians and beauticians—the Dept. of Labor's 2015 investment in apprenticeship programs is expanding the fields in which the opportunity is available. As Appteon's Director of Workforce Initiatives, Debby Hopkins supports the U.S. Department of Labor's initiatives to strengthen the nation's talent pipeline by expanding inclusive registered apprenticeship strategies. 

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Bringing STEM opportunities to underrepresented students, with NASA's Torry Johnson
11/09/2022

Torry Johnson's high school was right down the street from the Goddard Space Flight Center, and, for years, he wondered what went on behind the gates. Fast forward, and Torry's using his passion of working with students and their families as the national program manager for NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). In this episode, hear how he's focused on minority serving institutions—which are, overwhelmingly, community college or two-year institutions—by providing access to STEM programs that are out of this world.

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Special Education and Individualized Education Programs, with advocate Alex J Bergman
11/02/2022

Everyone learns differently, and some learners have additional challenges in the classroom that can be alleviated by clear communication between teachers, parents and students. A former teacher, Alex J Bergman is on an entrepreneurial journey as a special education advocate and Master IEP Coach that helps families develop collaborative partnerships with their child's school team. In this episode, learn more about different differing abilities and how they can be addressed in the classroom and lead to student success.

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Entrepreneurship-led economic development in higher education, with Rob Williams
10/26/2022

Rob Williams has spent the last 18 years working in entrepreneurship-led economic development, focusing on higher education institutions. Whether main street entrepreneurs, micro-enterprise entrepreneurs or high tech, high growth entrepreneurs, Rob says that innovation and economic development is beneficial for every community. In this episode, learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem and how community college students can enter, access and empower it.

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Writing with the entrepreneurial mindset, with Dr. Angela Long
10/19/2022

Dr. Angela Long is the Chief Engagement Officer at Tallahassee Community College, and her mission each day is to tell the story of TCC and its students. This mission involved writing, editing and publishing  the book Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways for Success for Minority Impoverished Student Populations. In this episode, learn about the book authoring process and how telling these stories help create equitable and impactful educational experiences.

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How community colleges can help expand the pipeline of workers in construction, with Brian Turmail
10/12/2022

A career in construction can be very financially rewarding, but many are hesitant to enter the career that doesn't require a college degree. This has led to a shortage of workers, and solving this shortage requires some entrepreneurial thinking. In this episode, Associated General Contractors of America's Brian Turmail provides a look at some of the model community college programs around the nation that encourage students to choose a career in construction and achieve their education goals, too.

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Creating effective online learning, with Southern New Hampshire University's Dr. Clare Greenlaw and Dr. Kim Blanchette
10/04/2022

Southern New Hampshire University was an early adopter of online learning, and SNHU's Dr. Clare Greenlaw and Dr. Kim Blanchette have helped grow the university's online programs for over 10 years. In this episode, learn how they reengineered learning  to ensure a consistent, successful experience for all students that want to learn, anywhere.

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Going Global on Entrepreneurial Journey with President Stephen Spinelli Jr.
09/28/2022

Last year, President Stephen Spinelli Jr. and host Dr. Rebecca Corbin discussed entrepreneurial leadership and mindset in times of change in a special 25th edition anniversary of #MakingOurWayForward. In this episode, learn how growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Massachusetts shaped President Spinelli’s thoughts on immigration and community, how entrepreneurial leaders can impact systems and build equity, and how the Entrepreneurial Leadership Village at Babson College unites people around the world as they come together to learn, collaborate, and take action.

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Part 2: Funding innovation at community colleges, with Lisa Dietlin & Marcy Euler
09/21/2022

Last week, we talked with philanthropic advisor Lisa Dietlin and Pima Community College Foundation President Marcy Euler about how they're working to make community colleges centers of excellence. In this second part of the conversation, we'll be talking more specifically about the relationships, processes and funding required to innovate institutions.

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Part 1: Making community colleges centers of excellence, with Lisa Dietlin & Marcy Euler
09/14/2022

Lisa Dietlin and Marcy Euler know that these schools are essential for creating skilled workers in our world. As President of Pima Community College Foundation, Marcy leads faculty and staff in cultivating those skills and, as a philanthropic advisor, Lisa ensures schools have the funding they need to do that. In part one of their conversation, learn more about Marcy and Lisa and why they are so passionate about their work.

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Thinking outside of the box, with The Produce Box's Courtney Tellefsen
09/07/2022

Courtney Tellefsen  and her friends bought a few shares of a local farm back in 2008, and, while they loved the fresh produce they received, no one wanted to go and pick it up. In this episode, hear how that problem led The Produce Box to grow into a successful produce delivery business.

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The art of entrepreneurship, with Susie deVille
08/31/2022

Sometimes you have to get creative to be an entrepreneur. In this episode, hear Susie deVille, founder of The Innovation and Creativity Institute, teach you how to tap into your creativity and elevate your entrepreneurial experience.

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Buying a Franchise: A Winning Path to Entrepreneurship with Low Risk and High Return, with Steve Wright
08/24/2022

Steve Wright is a no cost matchmaker. By matching franchise opportunities with the passions and interests of people, he ensures potential business owners are set up for success. In this episode, hear what buying a franchise can do on your path to entrepreneurship.

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Empowering Future Success with Critical Personal Finance Skills and an Entrepreneurial Mindset with Dave Zasada, Intuit
08/17/2022

The Forward with NACCE podcast debuted in February of 2021 has reached listeners in over 700 American cities and 50 countries around the world, and this episode has the most downloads of all time! This week, enjoy this November 2021 podcast with guest David Zasada, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Intuit.

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Transformation - from Trial to Expansion - with Phil Weilerstein, Chip Weismiller, and Stuart Weismiller
08/10/2022

This episode features an inspiring discussion hosted during NACCE's inaugural Future Building Summit, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, an integral part of our 2021 Annual Conference, where we convened innovative thinkers and doers from higher education, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, public officials, and policymakers to chart a course for unified economic recovery and equity that leverages a dynamic community college ecosystem.

In this episode, we dive into "TRANSFORMATION" – the sixth chapter of IMPACT ED: How Community College Entrepreneurship Creates Equity & Prosperity, NACCE's roadmap for building a more inclusive and equitable economy for a future that is unknown. Together with NACCE Pr...