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What is a Maven? A maven is an expert, sometimes a self-proclaimed one. We catch up with experts or "mavens" in their industries who do what they are passionate about, bring the hustle and light up an extraordinary spark in our world. Sometimes we eat, sometimes we drink, sometimes we do it outside, sometimes from a noisy expo hall, sometimes there is glitter, sometimes there is popcorn and sometimes we dance. But every time we talk about life and biz. We catch mavens wherever they are in the world, cause they simply do it better.

Mavens Do It Better Heather Newman

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    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

What is a Maven? A maven is an expert, sometimes a self-proclaimed one. We catch up with experts or "mavens" in their industries who do what they are passionate about, bring the hustle and light up an extraordinary spark in our world. Sometimes we eat, sometimes we drink, sometimes we do it outside, sometimes from a noisy expo hall, sometimes there is glitter, sometimes there is popcorn and sometimes we dance. But every time we talk about life and biz. We catch mavens wherever they are in the world, cause they simply do it better.

    Tony Fitzpatrick - Art Maven

    Tony Fitzpatrick - Art Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Tony Fitzpatrick, Chicago-based artist, podcast host, writer, and quarantine puzzle maker. 

    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "I started a puzzle company since I no longer had an income." - The pandemic has hit artists hard and Tony is no exception. How he started a puzzle company recreating his art to help people pass the time.
    "The best assets we have are each other." - How the art community has been impacted by SIP orders, including Tony's gallery The Dime, and how the community has come together to support one another.
    "My work struck a certain nerve." - Tony looks back at his career and how it has evolved and continues to do so with a little inspiration from collaborating with his kids.
    "Why don't you do this art thing for a hobby?" - How advice from his dad inspired Tony to go all in as an artist.

    • 41 min
    Laura Ann Masura - Food Maven

    Laura Ann Masura - Food Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Laura Ann Masura, founder of Laura Ann's Jams. 

    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "I obsessively had to can everything." - How Laura's midwest upbringing and California's perpetual fresh fruits inspired Laura to begin making jams.
    "I basically opened up for an article." - After receiving the Best of LA award for her jams, Laura turned her jam making passion into an online store and wholesale business.
    "I wouldn't sell anything I wouldn't eat myself." - From ingredient sourcing to family memories, what inspires Laura's jam creations.
    "I wouldn't be here right now if it wasn't for that." - A serious motorcycle accident spurred Laura's community to put on a benefit concert which sparked her to live and act with gratitude.

    • 46 min
    Dave Banks - Photography Maven

    Dave Banks - Photography Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Dave Banks, award winning documentary film-maker, writer, and photojournalist. 
    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "I knew the struggles." - Growing up with a single working mother inspired Dave to get involved with the Women's Movement and how he uses his connections to amplify the message.
    "Life in the City of Angels" - Dave's passion for sharing stories with his work and the books he is working on.
    "Nobody really knew what dyslexia was." - How Dave's struggle with dyslexia as a young man and an understanding teacher led him to photography and documentary filmmaking.
    "There's this world over here that they're not talking about or discussing." - Dave's observations as a freelance photo journalist at Standing Rock and the Middle East on how the mainstream news media is failing to deliver real news.
    "I kinda fell into it." - How Dave's work on the Wide World of Sports at ABC led him to work as a freelancer in the Middle East and his experience with PTSD.

    • 47 min
    Chevonna Gaylor - Mental Health Maven

    Chevonna Gaylor - Mental Health Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Chevonna Gaylor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Mental Health Expert.
    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "The world is rocking. We have to be intentional to make sure we don't fall." - Chevonna shares her experience as a therapist and an ER psychiatric liaison during a global pandemic and a global awakening.
    "People with the most hurt were led to me." - Chevonna's passion to be of service and the importance of self-care.
    "Not everybody is meant to be in every season of your life." - A discussion about understanding Love Language and Love Cups and how they can be used to better your interpersonal relationships.
    "I was absolutely determined to change that." - Chevonna's experience as a Black woman working in a field built on the theories of white males and how she uses her experience of the world to educate and open pathways for understanding and change.
    "What you feed will grow." - How hope and the belief that restoration is possible helps spark Chevonna and seats her in who she is now.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Kristin Juel Music Maven

    Kristin Juel Music Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Krisitin Juel, founder of Juel Concepts, an incubator and music marketing/management firm for emerging artists. 

    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "Revealing something unique and unexpected." - Kristin's journey from the advertising world to starting up Juel Concepts, an incubator and music marketing/management firm.
    "You can call it hustle, I call it proactive." - Kristin's approach to doing business and moving the needle for her clients.
    "We all need to be a litmus test for what feels right." - Taking an authenticity focused approach to building brands for musicians.
    "Understanding music and tech and where the brand fits." - How the pandemic has effected the music industry and using this time to deconstruct and reconstruct and building the Uncut Juels community.
    "Why didn't someone give this to me earlier?" - How the book The Great Work of Your Life sparked Kristin to pursue her passion.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chandra Purnell Bond - Entrepreneur Maven

    Chandra Purnell Bond - Entrepreneur Maven

    In this episode Heather interviews Chandra Purnell Bond award-winning facilitator, counselor, leader, business owner, and music maven. 
    Tune-in to hear their conversation on:
    "I want you to be the first." - Chandra's family legacy of firsts and how that inspired her in her many careers.
    "I didn't want to take money from people who didn't have it." - The many twists and turns of Chandra's career journey (addiction counselor, stockbroker, non-profit organizer, Certified Learning and Performance Professional, music and entertainment consultant).
    "How do we move forward as a country?" - Chandra shares her and her family's experiences with racism, privilege, law enforcement, and her thoughts on how education, empathy, and unity will move us forward.
    "When I feel the world I have to shut down." - How Chandra (aka MC Chela) uses poetry and spoken word performance to relax, reset, process, and grow.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

heddanewman ,

Happy Host and Thank Yous

I am honored that our Mavens Do It Better guests share their stories of origin, personal brand, marketing, technology and that special spark that has led them to be the experts and people they are today. I couldn’t be more proud of our podcast production team. A big thank you to all of our listeners, guests and fans. We appreciate your reviews and feedback. (Your humble host, Heather Newman) and yes I gave us five stars. :)

ruth666 ,

Always something new and informative!

Heather is just an amazing interviewer. She manages to find a wide range of guests from all fields, so the episodes are all different and all great. I learn at least one really cool new thing every time I listen.

majorslab ,

Very inspiring

Inspiring to hear the life/career paths of the diverse guests on the show. Proves there is no one way and makes you want to get out there and pursue you.

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