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Making It Work Radio
38 minutes | Nov 1, 2017
Ep40-Making It Work with Money
Co-Producers Akeisha Johnson & Allegra Bandy bring forth a new era in the MIW podcast, discussing how they are making it work in the SF Bay Area, their views on money matters, and special events in the area.
0 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
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22 minutes | Aug 29, 2015
#39 MIW Henrik Meng - Social Media Marketing Strategist & Media Maker
The Bay Area has the largest population of Chinese Americans outside of New York City with the US. SF’s Chinatown is a featured tourist attraction which is the oldest and the largest outside of Asia, and is home to internationally renown restaurants and shops. This is one of the reasons why our guest, Henrik Meng feels at home in the Bay. With Akeisha Johnson, your host, this episode of Making it Work Henrik will share what he thinks makes the Bay a special place.
23 minutes | Aug 23, 2015
#38 MIW Nenna Joiner - Author and Small Business Owner
According to Market Watch.com the sales of sex toys was over $15 billion dollars worldwide in 2014. This is partially attributed the popularity of the “Fifty Shades” book series and kinky sex becoming mainstream. Our guest Nenna Joiner of Feelmore 510, Oakland knows a lot about sex toys and will chat with us about how she got into that business, and what keeps it all afloat. With Akeisha Johnson, life coach and your show host, this is Making it Work Radio!
26 minutes | Aug 16, 2015
#37 MIW Jakada Imani - Director of the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation
The Bay Area continues to be the most diverse place to live in the US. Vallejo ranks as the most ethnically diverse followed by Oakland according to KQED.com. Fremont, Sunnydale, and San Jose is where people are heard speaking a variety of languages from Spanish to Tagalog. This is one of the many reasons why the The Bay Area is such a transformative community. With Akeisha Johnson, your host, this episode of Making it Work we will chat with spiritual leader Jakada Imani about the importance of the Bay Area’s diverse community.
22 minutes | Aug 9, 2015
#36 MIW-S3-The Kids on MIW
There are different names for the young people who were born after the year 2000. Some call this group Generation Z others refer to them as the iGeneration. What’s certain is that these young people have a lot to say! With show host, Akeisha Johnson, this episode of Making It Work will chat with three young Bay Area residents, Hali, Juliana, and Ruby, about what they think Making It Work all means!
24 minutes | Aug 4, 2015
#35 MIW Jill Eickmann - Improv Director, Teacher & Improvisor
The ability to develop stories has been integral for businesses, especially with brand creation, to get products into consumer hands. An important aspect of brand building is having all team members on the same page. The practice of “yes-and” in playing improv games facilitates fun and team communication in effective ways which has made improv training in demand for Fortune 500 companies. This is what our guest, Jill Eickmann, knows and does as founder and instructor for Leela-SF Improv Training Center. This episode of Making it Work, Jill will share how improv has become her life’s work and how she wants to expand her impact on the Bay Area community.
21 minutes | Jul 27, 2015
#34 MIW James Gayles - Professional Visual Artist and Musician
Co-working spaces are believed to have started in San Francisco around 2005 with internet entreprenuers and freelance workers wanting to find alternatives to working in coffeeshops and cafes while being connected to their communities. The Bay Area currently has over 160 options for coworking spaces which have now expanded into many industries including visual arts. Oakstop is one of the least expensive co-working places in The Bay AND where you will find our guest painter James Gayles. With show host Akeisha Johnson, on this episode of Making It Work, we will interview this self-taught artist about his professional journey and what keeps him as a Bay Area resident!
23 minutes | Jul 20, 2015
#33 MIW Lisa Chacon - Co-Founder at Impact Hub Oakland
The definitions for what social justice means is vast and wide. If one were to research the topic a variety of definitions would be found. What is universal about social justice is that it’s goal is to create institutions where diversity is valued and opportunities for personal development are available. This is certainly what Impact Hub Oakland has created and what our guest Lisa Chacon is committed to. With Akeisha Johnson, life coach and your show host, this episode of Making it Work, we will chat with one of the co-founders of this innovative work space about how she thrives in The Bay while making a difference.
24 minutes | Jul 13, 2015
#32 MIW Bekka Fink - Rockstar Organizer and Performing Artist
The ancient Chinese practice of feng-shui has become popular in recent years as a decoration and organizational tool for spaces. The goal of modern feng-shui is to situate human environments with good qi - or life force - to create balance for human living. This ancient method is similar to what Rockstar Organizer Bekka Fink uses to declutter spaces for her clients. With Akeisha Johnson, your host, this episode of Making it Work Bekka will share her journey on how she became the dynamo she is today.
22 minutes | Jul 6, 2015
#31 MIW Eric Drake - Small Business Owner & Inter-Galactic Consciousness Explorer
The saxophone, invented by Belgian musician Adolphe Sax, is considered to be a newer type of musical instrument which was first seen in 1841. Sax had learned how to make instruments from his father and created the saxophone because he wanted to improve the tone of the bass clarinet. This kind of musical engineering and curiosity is what led our guest Erik Drake to become a saxophone repairman. With Akeisha Johnson, your show host, this episode of Making It Work, we will chat with this small business owner of Saxology and Saxcraft about how he stays afloat and interesting as a Bay Area resident!
27 minutes | Jun 29, 2015
#30 MIW - Gina Garro - Elementary School Teacher and Amateur Artist
The Ryan Act of 1970 eliminated arts training from elementary school pedagogy. It wasn’t until 2004 that teachers were again required to have arts training in order to be elementary school educators and to be considered a “highly qualified teacher”. This fact makes the efforts of our guest, Gina Garro, all the more impressive. With Akeisha Johnson, life coach and your show host, this episode of Making it Work, we will chat with this third grade teacher and amateur artist about how she is keeping Common Core in public schools interesting and relevant.
20 minutes | Jun 22, 2015
#29 MIW - Sandor Moss - Latin & Jazz Drummer
Carnival - held during Memorial Weekend in the Mission district of San Francisco is one of the most anticipated events in The Bay. It is a time where the diversity and flavor of the area is exhibited and celebrated in the streets. It is also where you can see the best local latin musicians and dancers here AND where you can find our guest, percussionist Sandor Moss. With Akeisha Johnson, your host, on this episode of Making it Work, Sandor will share his experiences of being a working musician within The Bay.
24 minutes | Jun 16, 2015
#28 MIW Susan Mernit - Executive Director of Hack the Hood
The landscape of journalism has had a major change from print to digital media within the past 20 years. The shift happened in the 1990’s as major publications began using the web to deliver their stories and regular people began to share their perspectives through web logs which are now known as blogs. This is how our guest, Susan Mernit, dipped her toes into the tech world and hasn’t looked back since. With Akeisha Johnson, your show host, this episode of Making It Work we will chat with this change maker about her latest organization, Hack the Hood, and how they are making a major difference here in The Bay!
22 minutes | Apr 20, 2015
#27 MIW Mindy Aronoff - Director of Training at BAVC
The power of technology and has certainly changed the workplace. From telecommuting to smartphones, the landscape of employment is a whole new ballgame. So much so that according to an Intuit study, by the year 2020 freelancers will make up 40 percent of the US workforce. With Akeisha Johnson, life coach and your show host, on this episode we will chat with Mindy Aronoff, Bay Area Video Coalition’s Director of Training about how she is impacting the local workforce while Making it Work.
24 minutes | Apr 13, 2015
#26 MIW Tigre Bailando - Multi-Disciplinary Performance Artist and Jewelry Designer
Many Bay Areans have attended First Friday’s in Oakland to see what’s new and hot in the local art scene. Yet, some may not know about Third Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm which is another great opportunity to check out art while eating yummy food. This is one of the many places you can find our guest Tigre Bailando. With Akeisha Johnson, your host, this episode of Making it Work, Tigre will share about his art and what he is creating, while living in The Bay.
20 minutes | Apr 7, 2015
#25 MIW Amanda Harrinauth - Holy Names Undergraduate Student
Last May, San Francisco’s school board made a major decision. Special education students now attend any school while being taught in standard classes along with standard students, instead of being designated to specific schools and classrooms. These students now will have special education teachers to assist them individually along with their classroom instructor. With Akeisha Johnson, your show host on this episode of Making It Work, we will chat with undergraduate student Amanda Harrinauth about her experiences with special education and living in the Bay!
20 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
#24 MIW Duncan Ley - Small Business Owner and SF Resident
When it comes to going out, SF is the place to be. According to a recent Trulia census, The City ranks number one for restaurants per capita and number eight for bars among major US cities. This is part of the reason why our guest Duncan Ley saw so much opportunity in operating bars in the city by the bay. With Akeisha Johnson, life coach and your show host, this episode Duncan will chat about his experiences as a small business owner and how he is Making it Work.
27 minutes | Mar 24, 2015
#23 MIW Christian Calinsky - Body Piercer and Homeless Youth Advocate
Body modification is an ancient practice within societies throughout the world and include: tattooing, lip and ear stretching, and scarification among other things. These procedures are done for a variety of reasons from increasing dowry value to establishing high social status and tribe affiliation. Our guest Christian Calinsky, co-founder of the non-profit Taking It To The Streets uses body modification as a vehicle for self-expression and connection to marginalized communities. I’m Akeisha Johnson, your show host, and on this episode of Making it Work Christian will share his journey from being a homeless youth to becoming a catalyst for change in the SF’s Upper Haight.
26 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
#22 MIW Tom Buchanan - Victorian Home Contractor & Remodeler
SF’s Victorian homes are typically referred to as “painted ladies” due to the houses being painted four or more exterior colors. What many don’t know is that term was originated from a book published in 1978 by authors Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. On this episode, we will chat with contractor and home remodeler Tom Buchanan about his love of Victorian homes and how he started Hammerhouse Construction while Making It Work!
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