The People of Penn State

The People of Penn State

On each episode of The People of Penn State podcast you can expect to hear the voices of Penn Staters talking about what they are passionate about, and you can expect to feel the pride and the power of the Penn State network.

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May 11, 2022 40 min

Looking to become an entrepreneur or just simply interested in entrepreneurship? Listen to today's episode of The People of Penn State! 

Marc Kramer '91, President of The Best Business Minds  and host of a podcast of the same name joins the show to discuss his early days as an entrepreneur, founding the country's first organized investor angel network in 1989, his work through Penn State's Technology Development Cent...

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Brandon Carter's passion is Shakespeare. His mission is to “Break the Legacy” of what Shakespeare roles look and sound like, especially at an epicenter of culture surrounding Shakespeare and his early modern contemporaries.

He is the Artistic Director of the American Shakespeare Center. Located in the  Shenandoah Valley, Virginia’s premiere classical theatre is at once intimate in scale and epic in imagination— creating vital, s...

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On today's episode of The People of Penn State, Attorney at Law and accomplished author David Savitz '65 joins the show.

David chatted with us about his role in the highly publicized Ross Carlson Case; the impact of mental health in the criminal justice system; his work with The Kempe Foundation, which invests in the people and programs that build better futures for children; his fondest experiences as a Penn Stater; and ot...

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Through her podcast 'Nobody Told Me!' Laura Owens '13 has made it her mission to empower listeners as they follow their passion and tap into their own unique potential. The show is one of the top .5% podcasts in the world in the category of self-help/entrepreneurship.

Laura is also a passionate public speaker who fearlessly advocates to eliminate the stigma facing domestic violence victims.

Laura was kind enough to join...

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We don't advise you listen to this episode of The People of Penn State on a hungry stomach! We're joined by Kristina Mazza '02, the owner of Hoagies & Hops restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana!

 With bread coming from South Jersey, meat, pickles and chips coming from Philly and the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, through Hoagies & Hops, Kristina hopes to give Indy a taste of what Southeast PA comfort food is...

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Marnie Schneider '90 as taken her experiences attending Penn State Football and Philadelphia Eagles games, and turned them into a highly successful series of children's books called "Gameday In The USA."

This series includes 8 books that focus on a city and its football team, including the Eagles and the Steelers. It follows lovable characters, Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog, and the rich history and culture of...

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The  J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company was the brainchild of Penn State alumni James P. Jimirro and Robert W. Schneider. The company presents professional revivals of  worthy Broadway musicals; in doing so it provides an opportunity for patrons to re-visit these shows and, in some cases, experience them for  the first time. The Company chooses shows that it deems deserving of  continued exposure.  The company, as part of its cas...

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January 26, 2022 32 min

The NYC Hope Gala is a 100% volunteer-led annual gala and year-round fundraising organization established to support the fundraising efforts of Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). Since 2008, The Hope Gala has raised over $1.5 million towards the mission of conquering childhood cancer.

In episode 10 of The People of Penn State, Co-Executive Directors of The Hope Gala, Sara Leary Swanson '14 and Ema Gaubaite '10 discussed the o...

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Brian Anthony Davis '18 is an Educator Activist and Inspirational Speaker, and he joined us for a great conversation on The People of Penn State.

He joined Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford '20g to talk about the special relationship that he has with Penn State President Eric Barron, being able to speak at multiple TED Talk events, and his experiences as the Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion at a high school in ...

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If alumnus Ryan K. Brown, Jr. '13, '21g, were to ever write a book, it'd be titled "Staying Busy."

Since graduating from the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in 2013, Ryan has served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant, co-founded his own Trinidadian Hot Pepper Sauce company, joined the Military Leadership Development Program at Johnson and Johnson, became a member of Alumni Council, earned his ...

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December 16, 2021 34 min

Professional Track Sprint Cyclist Mandy Marquardt '14 joins The People of Penn State to give us an inside look at her journey to competing for the USA Cycling National Team.

Diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at 16, Mandy has overcome challenges associated with the disease to become a 22-time U.S. National Champion, U.S. National Record holder, and Olympic hopeful. Currently pursuing her MBA with Penn State’s Smeal College of Busin...

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December 8, 2021 43 min

In today's episode of The People of Penn State podcast, we hear from Mike Karns '11. Mike is a Tony Award-winning theater producer, and the founder and CEO of Marathon Digital, the first social media agency representing prominent influencers and revolutionary brands on Broadway and beyond.

Mike's current clients include the Broadway hit "Hamilton," "Ain't Too Proud" and "Hadestown," During his...

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December 1, 2021 53 min

The People of Penn State is back from our "bye week" over the Thanksgiving holiday, and we've got another great conversation for you to listen to!

In this week's episode, we're joined by Paula Trimble '98! Paula is the Policy Chief and Small Business Programs Director at the Space Development Agency in the U.S. Department of Defense. Now two years old, the Space Development Agency (SDA) is building a space-b...

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November 18, 2021 44 min

In Episode Four of The People of Penn State, we chat with John Amaechi OBE! John is a respected organizational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, sought after public speaker, executive coach and Founder of APS Intelligence. John joined us to discuss his new book, "The Promises of Giants," which takes a thought-provoking look at the role of leaders and leadership in society.

Get more information on "The Pr...

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November 10, 2021 39 min

Daniel Berlin '92 has never let his vision loss affect the life he wanted to live. Dan is co-founder and former CEO of Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company, and the co-founder and president of Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which empowers young people with vision loss to thrive.

Dan has traveled the world as an endurance athlete and advocate for the blind. In Episode Three of the show, Dan joined ...

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November 2, 2021 29 min

In Episode Two of The People of Penn State. we're joined by US Air Force First Lieutenant, NFL Cheerleader and Entrepreneur, Haley McClain Hill '18!

Haley joined us to share her Penn State story, her experiences serving our country in the Air Force, life as an NFL cheerleader, her new clothing line, and much more.

Follow Haley on Instagram: @iam_halymarie and @torch_byhaleymarie.
Learn more about the Penn State Alum...

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October 19, 2021 29 min

The inaugural episode of The People of Penn State is here! In our very first episode, host Paul Clifford '20g is joined by Penn State alumnus and Paralympian Jake Schrom '11.

Schrom graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in landscape contracting and now works professionally in landscape design and sales for his family’s company.  Jake is the President of the Penn State Mont Alto Alumni Society and an Alumni Coun...

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The People of Penn State, a podcast from the Penn State Alumni Association, will share the stories of Penn Staters doing inspiring or impactful things across the world. Hosted by Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford '20g, each episode will feature a Penn Stater discussing their Penn State journey and what they are passionate about. Here's a quick intro on what you can expect. 

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