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The Charlotte Ledger Podcast The Charlotte Ledger

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We talk with Charlotte leaders about important and interesting issues, with an eye toward making you smarter, telling you things you don’t know and introducing you to people with insights about trends in Charlotte.

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    Empowering nonprofits through technology, with Kim Lanphear and Arno Czerveny

    Empowering nonprofits through technology, with Kim Lanphear and Arno Czerveny

    Running a nonprofit is tough. But it’s even tougher without the right technology.
    That’s the challenge that Charlotte-based Apparo — which itself is a nonprofit — is trying to help solve. Apparo plays a vital role in Charlotte’s nonprofit community, by giving charities access to technology solutions and other resources to help their organizations run smoother and smarter.
    Kimberly Lanphear serves as CEO of Apparo, and Arno Czerveny — who is the head of investment banking, research, government, and institutional banking and sales technology at Wells Fargo — has volunteered with Apparo since 2019.
    On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Lanphear and Czerveny talk about the challenges they see nonprofits face, and describe the changes that can happen when they have access to technology and other resources that they sorely need.
    Lanphear also shares her journey transitioning from the for-profit world to leading Apparo. Czerveny, who was a recipient of the Blue Diamond Award hosted by Apparo, brings his insights into how technology leaders can contribute to supporting area nonprofits.
    In this episode, hosted by Ledger managing editor Cristina Bolling, Lanphear and Czerveny also discuss Apparo's mission and role in helping non-profits deliver services more effectively and efficiently through technology other resources; the diverse needs of non-profits in terms of technology and business support; the importance of skilled volunteering in addressing non-profits' technology challenges; and the significance of the Blue Diamond Awards in recognizing organizations and individuals leveraging technology for social good, and how to nominate candidates or apply for the awards.
    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Banks.
    Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by Apparo, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that supports other nonprofits through technology and business process improvement. As a community connector, Apparo now hosts the Blue Diamond Awards, Charlotte's prestigious award series that recognizes organizations and individuals innovatively using tech to better achieve their mission or business goals.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com.


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    • 25 min
    Transforming workplace culture for parents, with Sarah Olin and Elena Arecco Bridgmon of LUMO

    Transforming workplace culture for parents, with Sarah Olin and Elena Arecco Bridgmon of LUMO

    Balancing work and family life can be a challenge for workers and companies. On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Sarah Olin and Elena Arecco Bridgmon discuss their experiences building support systems for working parents and helping companies foster a culture that values and accommodates employees’ family responsibilities. 
    They founded Charlotte-based LUMO, which offers coaching and training programs. It originated from their personal experiences as working mothers and corporate professionals.
    On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Sarah and Elena sit down with Ledger managing editor Cristina Bolling to discuss why emotional intelligence and empathetic leadership are important for effective support — and why companies should invest in employees with families.
    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Banks.
    Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com.


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    • 33 min
    Building Town Brewing Co., with George Sistrunk

    Building Town Brewing Co., with George Sistrunk

    George Sistrunk was a Charlotte lawyer who enjoyed home brewing. But about 15 years ago, he and three lawyer friends decided to take beer-making to the next level and had the idea of turning their garage hobby into a brewery. That’s the origin of Town Brewing Co., a brewery in Charlotte’ Wesley Heights neighborhood.
    In this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Sistrunk talks with host Steve Dunn about making beer and turning it into a business — as well as the parallels to his legal career as a partner at Hamilton Stevens Steele + Martin. Sistrunk was a recipient of The Ledger’s 40 Over 40 Award in 2020. The awards celebrate often unheralded people over the age of 40 who are making important contributions to Charlotte.
    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Banks.
    Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com. This episode is part of a series in which we interview winners of The Charlotte Ledger 40 Over 40 Awards, which honor people aged 40+ who are making our community a better place. Find out information about those awards at Ledger40Over40.com.


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    • 29 min
    How Charlotte should grow, with Shannon Binns of Sustain Charlotte

    How Charlotte should grow, with Shannon Binns of Sustain Charlotte

    Charlotte is a fast-growing city. And it's also one of the lowest-density major cities in the U.S. What are the implications of that? And what moves should Charlotte make to accommodate all these newcomers?
    In this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, we talk with Shannon Binns, executive director of Sustain Charlotte. It's a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for sustainable development and urban issues in the Charlotte region. Binns founded the nonprofit in 2010 with a focus on equitable growth, transportation diversity and community livability.
    He and Ledger editor Tony Mecia discuss the city's transit plan, Charlotte's historic reliance on cars, changes in local land-use planning and more.
    Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.
    The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com.


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    • 32 min
    Supporting Charlotte's Eastern European community, with Aleksandra Degernes

    Supporting Charlotte's Eastern European community, with Aleksandra Degernes

    Aleksandra Degernes is the visionary founder of the Eastern European Business Network in Charlotte. Originally from Russia, Alexandra immigrated to the United States in 2013 and quickly recognized the need to unite and empower Eastern European professionals and entrepreneurs in her new community.
    With a background in event production and a passion for fostering connections, Alexandra has led the Eastern European Business Network in providing invaluable resources, networking opportunities and advocacy for its members.
    On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Degernes discusses Charlotte’s growing Eastern European community, her personal journey of immigration to the United States and settling in Charlotte, and what it’s like being a Russian-American in the current geopolitical climate.
    On May 30, 2024, The Eastern European Business Network is holding its first major event, called "The Power of Networking." You can find out more about the organization at eebn.org.
    Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.
    This episode was hosted by Ledger executive editor Tony Mecia.
    The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com.


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    • 26 min
    How Wegmans chose Charlotte — and what to expect

    How Wegmans chose Charlotte — and what to expect

    Wegmans recently gave Charlotte some long-awaited news: that it’s opening its first store in the Charlotte region in 2026 in Ballantyne. But how did it choose the location? What can shoppers expect? And why is there such interest in a grocery store?
    In this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, The Ledger’s Cristina Bolling takes a closer look in a conversation with Hallie Johnston, Wegmans' North Carolina district manager. They discuss the store's features, why Ballantyne is a good fit and if Wegmans has plans to open more Charlotte locations in the future.
    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Banks.
    For more information about The Charlotte Ledger, or to sign up for our newsletters, visit TheCharlotteLedger.com.


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    • 7 min

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