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Through connecting with and highlighting changemakers, self-starters, and those who are disrupting the status quo, Jodi Grinwald’s ‘Today is the Day Changemakers’ channel will provide content that will connect listeners to real stories, from real people who are making a real difference in their corner of the world. These intimate interviews with inspiring and relatable guests will act as an opportunity for you to peer inside the minds of the latest gamechangers and creators. Changemakers believe in the greater good. They identify a specific issue or challenge and give themselves permission to do what is needed. Learn more about their tenacity, determination, motivation, and their innate ability to move past the challenges even when it is not easy. Every Wednesday a new interview will be released. Remember....Today is the day! You cannot go back to yesterday and you do not yet own tomorrow! Please follow on social media @todayisthedayliveit or email jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com.

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Through connecting with and highlighting changemakers, self-starters, and those who are disrupting the status quo, Jodi Grinwald’s ‘Today is the Day Changemakers’ channel will provide content that will connect listeners to real stories, from real people who are making a real difference in their corner of the world. These intimate interviews with inspiring and relatable guests will act as an opportunity for you to peer inside the minds of the latest gamechangers and creators. Changemakers believe in the greater good. They identify a specific issue or challenge and give themselves permission to do what is needed. Learn more about their tenacity, determination, motivation, and their innate ability to move past the challenges even when it is not easy. Every Wednesday a new interview will be released. Remember....Today is the day! You cannot go back to yesterday and you do not yet own tomorrow! Please follow on social media @todayisthedayliveit or email jodi@todayisthedayliveit.com.

    The Arc of Transformation with Floyd Jones

    The Arc of Transformation with Floyd Jones

    Welcome to the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast! 

    I am thrilled to welcome Floyd Jones onto this week’s episode, an activist, grassroots organizer, business coach, and outstanding human being. Floyd is the director of community and partnerships at Givebutter, the world’s first completely free end to end fundraising platform powering over 700 million in donations per year. In this position, he works in sponsoring, campaigning, and events. He has raised over 20 million for grassroots organizations and spoken at conferences across the country. Givebutter has gotten a huge amount of support and attention, being featured by ESPN, Afrotech, Linkedin, Variety magazine, and sponsored by Nike, Whole Foods, Visa, NBA2K and more. Floyd also has founded BackBlack, a collaborative campaign which has raised over 1.3 million for 770 black-led profits. He also works as a business coach for nonprofits and purpose-driven companies. Floyd is an extraordinarily dynamic human with amazing energy and a unique outlook on the world. 

    Floyd discusses his formative years, involving his relationship with the arts as well as first experiences with entrepreneurship, starting with his family’s work in Sierra Leone. He explains that this viewpoint taught him that “you can do well and do good”. His father’s work inspired Floyd’s current passions for social justice and business, showing him that you can prosper while simultaneously making a positive impact on your community. Especially while working in the business world, Floyd recommends finding an artistic outlet, his being music, that will “always welcome you”. Floyd achieves an impressive balance of providing for the community and maintaining successful organizations, a feat accomplished through his ability to skillfully merge the entrepreneurial and nonprofit worlds in a way that benefits all. 
    You can support BackBlack at backblackmovement.org, and get involved with Givebutter at givebutter.com. Floyd is an upbeat, upstanding, spirit and serves as a model for us all with his character, skill, and tireless work ethic. 

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    Have a great week everyone!

    • 42 min
    Sustainable Spirit: Balancing Renewable Resources & Inner Energy

    Sustainable Spirit: Balancing Renewable Resources & Inner Energy

    I am so excited to once again welcome the wonderful John Belizaire onto this week's episode. John is the CEO of Soluna Computing, which involves crypto currency, AI, and machine learning powered by renewable energy. John has an impressive background as a successful CEO, architect, and author.

    John’s mission at Soluna is “to make renewable energy a primary source of energy in the world”. Soluna goes to great lengths to make sure renewable energy is used to its fullest capacity,  building specialized data centers to ensure all of the energy is put to use. In John’s first episode, he detailed his hopes for this process at Soluna and we are proud to join him in admiring how far he has come! John Belezaire is doing commendable work to ensure a brighter future for us all through use of renewable energy and embracing the versatility of technology. 
    To purchase John's new book: Keep Pushin': CEO Insights to Guide Your Journey to Mastery Read John's CEO Playbook BlogVisit Soluna's website Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Today is the Day Live It. You can also stream this episode on all streaming sites. 

    • 45 min
    Food Bank Fab Five Feeding NJ

    Food Bank Fab Five Feeding NJ

    Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. I am so excited to be back interviewing the changemakers, inspirers, and those disrupting the status quo. 

    This week I am excited to introduce the fantastic fab five food bank CEO's of New Jersey. These individuals, Fred Wasiak, Elizabeth McCarthy, Bernie Flynn, Triada Stampas, and Mark Valli are working together to feed New Jersey through each of their amazing organizations. Each of these incredible changemakers have found themselves working in public service, whether they knew from the start that they wished to pursue the nonprofit path or found it along the way, they have all come together with a common goal: to help the people of New Jersey. 

    Fred Wasiak is the CEO and president of the Food Bank of South Jersey, serving 4 counties from urban, to suburban, to rural. Founded in 1985, the Food Bank of South Jersey focuses on health, nutrition, education, and awareness. Fred emphasizes that “the root cause is not hunger, it is poverty” when discussing ways to address the problem of food insecurity at its source. 

    Elizabeth McCarthy, president and CEO of Community Food Bank of New Jersey shares a common goal as her recent focus has been job training programs to help people get on their feet. CFBNJ started with a woman named Kathleen DiChiara handing out meals out of her station wagon and now 49 years later they provide 90 million meals annually. Elizabeth describes her perspective as “food is medicine”, aiming to get heart healthy meals to those in need. 

    Bernie Flynn is the full-time volunteer CEO of Mercer Street Friends, providing food bank services since 1958, focusing on family and education in Mercer County. He highlights the food banks’ partnership with the state as “providing tremendous support” throughout their public service endeavors. 

    Triada Stampas is the CEO and president of Fulfill, a food bank serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties which sends 14 million meals to a network of 300 people. Fulfill began as a food bank 40 years ago and has now included toy and clothing drives as well to address larger issues within the population. Triada firmly believes, “it is a blessing to get help when you need it and it is a blessing to give help when others need it, that’s something that binds us as humans”. 

    Mark Valli is the CEO of Norwescap, serving over 30,000 low-income families in the northwest corner of New Jersey. Founded in 1965, Norwescap started as a community action organization and has grown its role to include a food bank. He describes his work as, “a system to help government and private resources get channeled to people who need them”.  

    By forming a coalition and meeting regularly to collaborate, these five food bankers of New Jersey have formed a strong group within the state to ensure impactful, judgment free, lasting aid to those in need. It is as Fred says, “when five food bankers of New Jersey get together, good things happen”.  

    If you would like to help this cause, we encourage you to take advantage of the abundant volunteer opportunities provided by their organizations or make a monetary donation to help them to continue to serve nutritious food. You can also visit their websites, foodbanksj.org, cfbnj.org, mercerstreetfriends.org, fulfillnj.org, and norwescap.org to learn more about their work. 

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    Have a great week everyone!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Our Actions Have An Impact On Others

    Our Actions Have An Impact On Others

    Hello everyone! 

    Welcome to our last episode of 2023. 

    This week I am introducing the outstanding Orville Morales onto the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast. Orville has had 20 years experience working in activism and education, serving as campaign manager for the public goods project as well as working at Montclair State University as an adjunct professor. These experiences led him to open Morales and Associates, an organization meant to drive people-focused decision making in different organizations, with its slogan being “power to people”. 
    Orville Morales’s life began in a state of dual immigration, as he spent some of his childhood in New Jersey and some in the Dominican Republic. During this time, he struggled with identity, he felt stuck in between two worlds and eventually he came out creating his own definition of his identity rather than simply accepting what others told him he was. 
    His mission over the last 20 years has been to inspire people to realize that they matter. Morales “decided to become an educator to moderate discussions of others and create a runway for people to prepare themselves to get involved” with impacting government, becoming activists, advocating for change. This includes people who align with any and all backgrounds, political statuses, and beliefs. Within his experience, he has come across those who refuse to accept certain ways of being or ideas. On addressing those who are deemed closed minded, Orville states, “we have to be willing to accept human paradox”. He recommends giving those who disagree with you “grace” when entering a difficult conversation. 
    Through his work at Morales and Associates, Orville aims to “help people get involved in the decision making, not just the reactions to the decisions” Morales references the heated political climate during covid as an example of what he works to prevent, seeking to direct individuals away from heated debates amongst each other and towards organizing in an attempt to enact lasting change. He lives by the idea, “voices should be felt rather than just heard”. 
    However, Orville admits to the fact that his line of work can easily lead to burnout, and explains how he avoids this by training nonprofit leaders. By pouring his wisdom into others, he avoids burnout and creates a collaborative mission to “work with institutions to change them, not necessarily wait for the institutions to change”. Morales has seen hope more than anything throughout his years working in his practice. He has witnessed people of all ages be able to “envision a brighter future” through collaborating with organizations addressing health, housing, and food insecurity. Orville Morales can be found and contacted through his website, moralesandassociates.com, or on linkedin under his name. He recommends people to definitely get involved and engaged in the work of being a changemaker and he has proven through his excellent achievements that it is in fact a fulfilling and necessary position. 
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    Have a great week everyone!

    Jodi

    Note: Views expressed by the guest are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.

    • 50 min
    You Deserve the Best Life You Can Live with Ryan Charterina

    You Deserve the Best Life You Can Live with Ryan Charterina

    I am excited to introduce the incredible Ryan Charterina onto the Today is the Day Changemakers podcast for this week's episode. Ryan is the owner of the EOS- entrepreneurial operating system franchise here in New Jersey. 

    Coming from a blue- collar family, Ryan Charterina is no stranger to the work ethic needed to make it in the rigorous working world. Having this mentality instilled in him from a young age, he was able to pursue mechanical engineering at Stevens University. While getting his degree, he participated in a work-study program, an opportunity which he highly recommends as it was a great way to get real experience while still in school. 

    Out of school he was able to acquire a technical sales role, combining his passion for conversing with people and engineering, which exposed him to the realm of business. 

    Ryan Charterina attributes his success to his team’s amazing startup mentality. They were very hard working, honest with themselves, and adopted a collaborative mindset, working only within the interest of the company as a whole. EOS works with leadership teams of businesses to instill discipline and accountability as well as organization. 

    As someone in a leadership role himself, Ryan stresses the importance of transparency, in life and in business, as he strives to destigmatize the idea that saying “I don’t know” is a sign of weakness. He lives by the idea that open mindedness and being growth-oriented is the most important aspect of a business. 

    Ryan stresses the importance of finding your passion. Towards this goal, he recommends spending time each day reflecting on what makes you happy, putting away a sum of money each month to allow yourself to take the risk to pursue it, and stresses the importance of working in your passion to maintain a work/life balance. He says, “You deserve the best life you can live.” 

    You can find Ryan on EOSWorldWide.com as well as LinkedIn and Instagram!

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    • 45 min
    Emerging Changemaker - Running a People Business with Veronica Maoli

    Emerging Changemaker - Running a People Business with Veronica Maoli

    It is with great pleasure that I introduce the wonderful Veronica Maoli to end the brief hiatus within the Changemakers Podcast. Veronica is an Entrepreneur - Real Estate and Automotive Industry and Dealer Principal for Celebrity Ford of Toms River.

    Growing up in Morris County, NJ, Veronica at a young age struggled with being bullied and had to deal with high school cliques. She always found herself wanting to surround herself with new people to learn from them. She began ballroom dancing at age 12 which helped her grow her confidence and focus on herself and her own personal growth. Her advice to those who similarly suffered from bullying in or out of school is, “you have to be okay with someone disliking you, the best thing that you can do is become comfortable and confident in who you are”. 
    Veronica Maoli began her girlboss journey majoring in entrepreneurship at High Point University. It was there that she created a philosophy that would later become the backbone of Celebrity Ford, “every single employee is in it as a team”. She watched her dad grow his businesses, at first shying away from getting involved in the family business because she felt it confined her to one path. Veronica wanted to find her own way, and as a result she entered the realm of real estate, founding the Maoli Group. Eventually after exposure to the car business from her father, she was inspired by his work and took part in the family business. 
    Veronica is an outstanding human who is unapologetically herself and a model of leadership within the business world and beyond. She exudes confidence and grace and her work ethic is beyond inspirational. As a woman entrepreneur and owner of multiple successful businesses within New Jersey, Veronica Maoli is a guiding light to all.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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I love this show, Jodi and her guests. Great insights about how to actually live out massive change. Bravo!

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Valuable Information for all!

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Jodi for Changemakers. I found her to be extremely professional in her interview as well as posting to many social media sources. This is such a great podcast and channel because it offers such valuable information for all those that want to make a change in their life or for those that have changed their life and inspire others! Give her a listen and a shout out

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