“In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education." - Holly Near
The power of storytelling to inspire and advise those seeking counsel and answers is well known. 3 a.m. provides those stories through conversations Deb Macfarlan Enright holds with passion-filled purpose-driven people from around the world who are determined to disrupt the status quo to improve the world.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, 3 a.m. is the time in a person’s daily cycle when the body intersects the work of detoxification, rest, recovery, and planning. The Macfarlan Group's 3 a.m. podcast captures those early morning moments of thinking and planning when these driven leaders awake to wonder what dreams to go after, what next steps to take, and how to fix something gone awry. Their stories will help all those who aspire to change the world.
People Over Profit: The Value of COVID
Deb engages in an eye-opening conversation with David Bunch, retiring President and CEO of FedChoice Federal Credit Union, about how his leadership responsibilities shifted in response to the pandemic. David describes how the core values of the credit union supplied the roadmap for meeting the needs of his employees and their multigenerational constituent membership. He shares how "care and communication" served as the watchwords for the pandemic pivots made to attend to his clients and his team.
Community + Texting = A College Degree
Deb speaks with Scott Campbell, Co-Founder of Persist Nashville, to learn how his organization served even more students during the pandemic. Scott's unflappable dedication to his work and the design of mission delivery to support Nashville's high school put Persist Nashville at the front of the class pivoting through the pandemic.
Saving Local Businesses and Changing Lives
As part of The Macfarlan Group's new series, Pivot Through the Pandemic, Deb is joined by Damon Johnson, Director of Community Relations at Oakland, California's Oakstop Alliance, to discuss how they successfully pivoted from a location-based business plan to an organization with a brand new resource portfolio delivering culturally competent business expertise, funding, and technical support to local businesses in need of guidance through the new post-pandemic economic paradigm.
I Won't Forgive. Just Make it Right.
Deb and Paula Madison, media mogul (including NBC worldwide corporate executive) enjoy an inspired conversation about creating "belonging" on your terms, eradicating notions of diversity and inclusion for fair representation, and ending the expectation of forgiveness to move forward: in Paula's words. "Just make it right. And that, in itself, demands so much from all of us."
You Hired Me. Now Include Me.
Joshua Mundy, Co-Founder of Pivot Technology School in Nashville, joins Deb to talk about how the technology industry offers one of the most equitable career options for people of color. He cautions that once hired, these employees can feel marginalized causing attrition and stunted career growth. Mundy challenges the tech industry to change their thinking about hiring people of color from the act of hiring to the act of creating a workplace where everyone can bring their best selves to work and thrive.
Deb Gets Called Out
Deb shares an extraordinary conversation with Reverend Stephen Handy, lead pastor at Nashville's McKendree United Methodist Church, who walks her through the danger of doing this work and finding comfort. According to Handy, "Comfort is seductive." He cautions Deb it's more than a conversation, more than good intent that will build bridges to change. Deb admits to feeling indicted, but enlightened as Reverend Handy offers ways to become true deconstructors of systemic racism or in his words, abolitionists.