A bi-weekly podcast from Dirigo Collective sharing the stories of people interrupting the status quo and breaking new ground in their field. Renegades & Mavericks features interviews with professionals from a wide spectrum of industries, passions, and talents that are making their mark by doing things differently.
Jazz drummer and clinician Jonathan Barber has been helping students approach jazz and playing styles around the world, teaching them applicable skills that they can put into practice in their careers, regardless of age or level.
It’s his resume that backs up his ability to preach what he practices. Barber was voted #1 Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer magazine, played back-to-back sold out concerts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring Erykah Badu, and is the drummer for legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, a 20-time Grammy award winning artist and composer.
All of this by the age of 30.
Barber shares his story of his father’s influence growing up, his new education program 4ward Motion and also the importance that faith has played in his life as an educator and musician.
Kevin Oates | Host & Orchestra Educator
Season 02 of Renegades & Mavericks is back in session. This season is all about education and what better way to kick off the premiere episode with my story as the host and as an educator.
From growing up in a family of educators to teaching public school, I have experienced the spectrum of education and eager to share stories of those who broke the status quo in the field of education.
Kendra Bostick of Kikori
Kendra Bostick & co-founder Bryn Lottig started Kikori with the mission to create a tool which aligns experiential education activities with teaching and social emotional standards, which educators can use to meet their students' unique needs and transform their classroom.
Additionally this is not just for teachers to share and develop lesson plans and communities, but for parents as well to assist at home with their children's learning.
Learn all about their journey as educators of launching the Kikori app, and what is ahead for the company as it grows and works to serve even more students & teachers.
Available for download on iOS and Android.
Katie Sagan & Shirlee Spitzer of VaynerMedia
Katie Sagan and Shirlee Spitzer are all about people at VaynerMedia. Katie Sagan is the Vice President of People & Experience Team at VaynerMedia and Shirlee Spitzer is the Director of Human Resources.
Faizan Bhatty of Halo Cars
Founded in 2018 by Faizan Bhatty and his co-founders, Halo Cars developed hyper-targeted advertising on smart screens that sit on top of ride share cars and taxis. This advertising not only allowed for personalized, local advertising to where your car is driving, but additionally became a safe resource for finding your rides hare car by displaying the license-plate number on top of the car so it can be found more easily and reliably. Additionally, through this smart-screen advertising, Halo Cars is able to provide additional income for ride share drivers, giving them a sustainable wage.
Ahead is the story of how Halo Cars went from an idea at Wharton School of Business to being acquired by Lyft in 2019.
For our listeners, the thoughts and opinions of Faizan Bhatty do not reflect those of Halo Cars, but of his personal journey to where he is today.
Paige Roth of REVERB
REVERB is a nonprofit organization that partners with major artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Billie Eillish, Guster, Barenaked Ladies and more to promote environmental activism at concerts & events, but more so how they can take that knowledge and bring that home, helping spread awareness of how we can collectively save our planet.
Something For Everyone
Wow! I’m loving the range of stories! JeanMarie hiking the Sierra Nevada had me on the edge of my seat, and hearing how Kate from Bixby & Co. has scaled her business and pro tips to doing it was really inspiring and helpful. Can’t wait to hear which maverick is sharing their story next!
Listening to ‘How I Built This’ on NPR has always been fun and inspiring for me, but it’s hearing from those who have already found their success. To hear Hugh from Ugly Drinks talk about the day-to-day he is still hustling through, I’m reminded that there are a load of inspiring people out there who are still building the dream, instead of just living it.