“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.
COVID, Cohorts, and Kids
Wrapping up the series, Pivot Through the Pandemic, Deb engages in another enlightening conversation with Dr. Julie Riess, a long-time friend and Co-Founder of Day One Early Learning Community. The new organization focuses on raising the standard of training for preschool teachers to improve the early learning experience, increase professional salary levels appropriately, and provide a curriculum for preschoolers that involves playful learning. Dr. Riess’s passion for education shines through as she reveals the challenges of running the inaugural program year in the midst of a pandemic as well as shares her vision to continue investing in the next generation of learners.
Women Touched By Addiction
In this special episode, Deb sits down in-person with Yolanda Maness, an alum and now Associate Clinical Director of Mending Hearts, a Nashville-based social impact organization that has helped over 4,000 women over the past 18 years move from detox to independent living in a continuum care program bringing hope and healing to women recovering from addiction. Join Deb as she listens to Yolanda openly share about her addiction recovery story as well as shed light on their upcoming national awareness day: Women Touched By Addiction July 23. #WTDA celebrates all the women touched by this disease: those in recovery or their Mom addict, a sister, their wife, you get the idea. Yolanda invites everyone to join in and help Mending Hearts celebrate all of these courageous women.
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. David also talks about how the post COVID structural changes now present in the financial world will affect access to equitable practices especially with the expanding use of digital banking.
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."