Wilkes-Barre Connect

Wilkes-Barre Connect

A series that brings in local entrepreneurs, council leaders, young professionals, and students who are leaving their mark on Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Episodes

December 7, 2023 36 mins

On this episode of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast Zubeen Saeed and Susan Magnotta lead a discussion on workforce development and education in Northeast Pennsylvania. The conversation includes local professionals and covers career exploration, pathways to education, and opportunities to get students exposed to different careers at an early age.

 

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Junior Achievement is focusing on career exploration and workforce deve...

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On this episode of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast, we hear from Maryanne Velez from the United NEPA Alliance and Vivian Williams from the Scranton Area Community Foundation.  They discuss data on rising rents and the lack of affordable housing options. We also hear from college students and young professionals discussing concerns about remaining in the area after graduation.

Solutions, such as community needs for living wages, wr...

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On this episode of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast, we hear from Dave Pedri and Maggie Martinelli from the Luzerne Foundation and the Scranton Area Foundations, respectively. This conversation is a live panel discussion from the 2023 Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference. Maggie and Dave share how each foundation can work with individuals or nonprofits looking to do good in the community, but coming up against roadblocks. 

We also learn...

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On this episode of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast, we sit with Kendra Vogue, chair of Luzerne County Council, and Max Conway, mayor of Dunmore Borough, and learn about how they got their start in politics and what barriers young professionals may face here in Northeast PA. Both encourage listeners to reach out to local leaders with their ideas and offer ways to get involved through various boards and committees.

  We also discuss...

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On this episode of the Wilkes-Barre Connect podcast we sit down with Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti about the city of Scranton and their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Mayor Cognetti discusses how she has worked to increase representation in city leadership and hiring through merit-based practices. She also walks through some of the challenges of implementing DEI initiatives in a politically polarized environment and the ...

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Join the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber as we talk to our 2020 Charitable Organization of the Year Award recipient,  Osterhout Free Library, about the great work the do for our community. 

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Join the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber as we talk to our 2020 Diversity Champion Business of the Year Award recipient,  PNC Bank, about their diversity, equity, and inclusion work

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Cassandra, the executive director of America250PA, discusses the goal and purpose of the project. Cassandra also talks about the "meeting in a basement in Wilkes-Barre" that sparked the Direct Effect Challenge with state universities and the US Postal Service. 

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Victoria and Heather talk with us about innovation and the United States Postal Service. Recently, the USPS has taken on the goal of reaching and impacting the next generation and make sure direct mail is included in marketing efforts, not just digital avenues. This includes direct effect challenges like the one wrapping up at the conference. 

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This episode focuses on the Pitch participants that presented during the conference. StudioBE, SchoooldxFrugal Athlete, and American Paper Bag all talk about their story and beginnings, passions, and the impact their product or service has.  

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Elyse Wilson speaks with us about the Westmoreland Club's newest initiative "501(c) Free" that will serve as a fundraising competition for nonprofits in Luzerne County. Those interested should follow-up at elyseidewilson@gmail.com

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We sit down with Mike and Rich from North Slope brewery to discuss their story and brewing process. 

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Dr. Dale, the Senior Officer for MIT Solve’s Sustainability pillar, speaks us with us about the fact that there are plenty of problems and causes that need solving around us. He talks with us about not just looking at how tech can help these problems but also building an impact model that will work the community to learn about the real issues that need tackling. 

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Ced Funches, CEO at Schooold, talks with us about moving beyond just creating a product but creating something that has an impact on others and truly helps to move them forward. Ced also discusses Schooold and how our education system is dropping the ball on preparing students for real life. 

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November 19, 2019 46 mins
We sit down with Kevin Jones, CEO of VizVibe, a transmedia storytelling company that is bringing a digitally layered approach to the educational experience. He also shares his journey through the world of media, and teaches us to always roll with the punches in the creative industry. 
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Check out episode 10 of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast with guests Wendy Lindars and Keith Stevenson. Wendy and Keith share their long history they have with each other and explain their journey from working in the Print Industry to transitioning into the digital dominated world we live in today.

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Dan Kimbrough, founder of Park Multimedia and Kutztown Student, Julia Priest are guest on episode 9. Julia shares her experience as an intern for Park Multimedia and what she learned so far in video and audio production industry. Dan gives insight on his career switch from formal educator to story teller. We get some tips on starting your very own podcast as well as hear some of Dan's most memorable moments.

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In episode eight of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast, we chat with CEO of ENX2 Marketing, Nicole Farber. Nicole shares her mentors and supporters that helped drive the growth of ENX2 and the culture she has created within the business. We also sit down with Senior Paid Search Specialist at ENX2 Marketing, Robyn Snyder, who explains her role at ENX2 and the importance of a positive work environment. 

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In episode seven of the Wilkes-Barre Connect Podcast, we have the pleasure of chatting with Helen Lavelle of Lavelle Strategy Group. Helen describes her passion for the arts and how that passion has helped fuel the Recovery Bank in Scranton for recovering addicts. We hear how strong of an advocate Helen is for the opioid epidemic in NEPA and what programs she stands behind that are helping individuals and families affected by the c...

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In episode six, we chat with Gerard Durling, the founder of Coal Creative and Independent Wrestling TV, Kathryn Bondi, Graphic Designer at Posture as well as President of the Board at AAF, and Tim Ooms, a Wilkes University MBA candidate. Gerard talks with us about his venture in Independent Wrestling that led to Independent Wrestling TV. Kathryn explains her role in the creative world here in NEPA and where she gets her inspir...
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