Connecting A Better World Episode Archive

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Exploitation

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Exploitation

Nov 13, 2020 Season 1, Episode 50

Empowering Survivors to be Changemakers

Rewriting the Story of Education

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Rewriting the Story of Education

Oct 30, 2020 Season 1, Episode 49

Leveling the playing field for students experiencing poverty and homelessness

Empowering Coaches and Athletes to Change the World Through The Gospel

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Empowering Coaches and Athletes to Change the World Through The Gospel

Oct 16, 2020 Season 1, Episode 48

Touching millions of lives … one heart at a time.

Empowering Today’s Girls to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Empowering Today’s Girls to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders

Oct 2, 2020 Season 1, Episode 47

Mothers and daughters serving communities together

Because EVERYONE Matters

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Because EVERYONE Matters

Sep 18, 2020 Season 1, Episode 46

Aspiration. Inspiration. Discipline. 

Dan Pelino is the co-founder of Everyone Matters, Inc, a social impact enterprise dedicated to ensuring that everyone has equal access to citizen-based services, healthcare, and education.&...

Providing Opportunities and Support for Disadvantaged Youth, Teens, and Adults with Dantiel Daniels

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Providing Opportunities and Support for Disadvantaged Youth, Teens, and Adults with Dantiel Daniels

Sep 4, 2020 Season 1, Episode 45

“We were homeless, but not hopeless.”

Transforming Victimized Youth into Leaders Through Public Speaking

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Transforming Victimized Youth into Leaders Through Public Speaking

Aug 14, 2020 Season 1, Episode 44

Warning: The following contains discussions of sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

On this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips chats with Jackie Bailey, founder and director of the Speak Feed Lead Project.  Jackie shares he...

Helping People Help Others with CareZare

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Helping People Help Others with CareZare

Jul 24, 2020 Season 1, Episode 43

On this episode, our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, spends time with Logan Wells, Co-Founder and CareChief of CareZare.  Watching his parents and aunt take on the monumental task of caring for his grandmother after she was diagnosed with dementi...

Providing Access for Survivors with Face Forward International

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Providing Access for Survivors with Face Forward International

Jul 10, 2020 Season 1, Episode 42

“Take the first step. Even if it is a baby step. Find something that you connect with and just give what you can.”

A Message of Courage and Grit with Lance Allred, the First Deaf Basketball Player in NBA History

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A Message of Courage and Grit with Lance Allred, the First Deaf Basketball Player in NBA History

Jun 26, 2020 Season 1, Episode 41

"Perseverance is the ability to adapt."

Inspiration through Action and Adversity with Derrick Coleman, Jr., Super Bowl Champion and the First Legally Deaf Offensive Player in the NFL

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Inspiration through Action and Adversity with Derrick Coleman, Jr., Super Bowl Champion and the First Legally Deaf Offensive Player in the NFL

Jun 12, 2020 Season 1, Episode 40

Derrick Coleman and the Derrick L Coleman Jr. No Excuse Foundation

Providing Safety for Victims with Alternatives to Violence

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Providing Safety for Victims with Alternatives to Violence

May 29, 2020 Episode 39

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience domestic violence. On this episode, we talk with one of the people on the front lines who's standing up for victims.

No Child is Forgotten with Realities for Children

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No Child is Forgotten with Realities for Children

May 15, 2020 Season 2, Episode 38

Dr. Natalie Phillips chats with Craig Secher, Founder and Executive Director of Realities For Children.

Finding Help to Build Your Non-Profit Organization

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Finding Help to Build Your Non-Profit Organization

May 1, 2020 Season 1, Episode 37

"Start with a connection first. My contacts in my phone are both my friends and those I do business with." ~ Alex Koenigsberg

On this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips chats with Alex Koenigsberg, President and Founder of Arula, Inc, providing consul...

Providing Opportunities for Social Justice in Guatemala with Brent Bromstrup and Top of the Lake Coffee

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Providing Opportunities for Social Justice in Guatemala with Brent Bromstrup and Top of the Lake Coffee

Apr 17, 2020 Season 1, Episode 36

Great Coffee. Greater Good.

Raising Social Awareness Through Performance Art with Jessica Starr and MusEffect

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Raising Social Awareness Through Performance Art with Jessica Starr and MusEffect

Apr 3, 2020 Season 1, Episode 35

On this episode, we chat with Jessica Starr, founder of MusEffect, a non-profit organization dedicated to raise social awareness through performance art.

A Mission to Cure Blindness with Two Blind Brothers

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A Mission to Cure Blindness with Two Blind Brothers

Mar 20, 2020 Season 1, Episode 34

“Your disability does not preclude you from anything. In fact, your biggest challenge is your BEST empowerment!”

Providing Basic Necessities with the Grace Upon Grace Project

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Providing Basic Necessities with the Grace Upon Grace Project

Mar 6, 2020 Season 1, Episode 33

“1 in 8 women struggle to buy period products in the United States alone; this is called period poverty.”

Ordinary Nurses Serving Malnourished Infants in Guatemala

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Ordinary Nurses Serving Malnourished Infants in Guatemala

Feb 21, 2020 Episode 32

Bringing health and hope to the starving babies of rural Guatemala.

Fighting Human Trafficking with Rescue 1 Global

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Fighting Human Trafficking with Rescue 1 Global

Feb 7, 2020 Episode 31

“The world of human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking, is not a new thing but the world of anti-trafficking is.” ~ Lacy Tolar. 

Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, trailing the drug indus...

From Coaching Athletes to Creating Environments for Father Figures

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From Coaching Athletes to Creating Environments for Father Figures

Jan 21, 2020 Episode 30

On this episode, we chat with Jason Phillips, husband to our OWN host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, father of two, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University, and Founder of DAWGS, a non-profit organization that provides dads, and ...

Uniting Community Through The Arts

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Uniting Community Through The Arts

Jan 7, 2020 Episode 29

On this episode, we have A LOT of fun talking (and even singing!) as we spend time with Jill Van Orden, founder of Arts Reach Center and Jalyn Webb, owner and director of The Academy by Divabee. 

After moving to Fort Collins in 1999, “Miss J...

Santa Cops of Larimer County

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Santa Cops of Larimer County

Dec 23, 2019 Episode 28

On this episode, we talk with Executive Board Members, Lindsay Panyko (Secretary) and Paul Dirkes (Vice President) of the Santa Cops of Larimer County.  Santa Cops is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from Fort Collins P...

Mike O'Donnell of Colorado Lending Source

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Mike O'Donnell of Colorado Lending Source

Dec 10, 2019 Episode 27

“There are approximately 18,000 small business started every year in Colorado; 500 in Fort Collins. It is important to understand that it goes both ways…although there were about 270,000 jobs started in 2019, there were also 220,000 lost jobs – so...

G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice with Sosamma Samuel-Burnett

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G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice with Sosamma Samuel-Burnett

Nov 19, 2019 Episode 26

Sosamma Samuel-Burnett, J.D, is Founder and President of G.L.O.B.A.L Justice, an international non-profit organization founded in 2014 that informs, impacts, and inspires the generations to learn, lead, and do justice together.  With 30+ year...

Alessandra Desiderio

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Alessandra Desiderio

Nov 6, 2019 Episode 25

Alessandra (Aley) Desiderio is a serial entrepreneur and mom who has fought to overcome homelessness, cancer, the loss of her daughter, domestic violence, and divorce. She has dedicated her life to making an impact in the areas of family issues and...

High Performance Dance Theatre

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High Performance Dance Theatre

Oct 22, 2019 Episode 24

High Performance Dance Theatre is an innovative, alternative style, dance company that enhances Northern Colorado's cultural community. As a nonprofit educational organization, their mission is to combine dance and modern technology to provide high...

House of Neighborly Service

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House of Neighborly Service

Oct 8, 2019 Episode 23

“It’s not just the homeless person on the corner...it’s sometimes your neighbor. It could be a job loss, sickness that causes them to have an interruption in their financial situation - Cherri Houle The House of Neighborly Service is a faith based...

Engineering Brightness

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Engineering Brightness

Sep 24, 2019 Episode 22

Engineering Brightness is a FREE after-school program, started by Tracey Winey and John Howe. With volunteers, they continue to provide an environment for kids to build and work collaboratively to solve problems in order to eradicate a global...

Clara Gonzales Santillan

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Clara Gonzales Santillan

Sep 10, 2019 Episode 21

As a business owner and massage therapist, Clara Gonzales Santillan volunteers her time as she continues to follow her heart and uses the passion and skills of her hands providing massages to help support many non-profit organizations and their...

Emily Letran

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Emily Letran

Aug 27, 2019 Episode 20

“I grew up seeing images of war. I grew up in an environment knowing how it feels to not have enough.” ~ Dr.Emily Letran Join our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, as she talks with refugee, wife, mother of three, dentist, business owner, high...

Rich Cruse

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Rich Cruse

Aug 13, 2019 Episode 19

“I’m just a guy…it doesn’t take much time or effort…it’s worth it for me to do this because I SEE how grateful people are and what a difference it makes.” Join Dr. Natalie Phillips as she spends time with Rich Cruse, an award-winning photographer...

God's Garage

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God's Garage

Jul 30, 2019 Episode 18

“I felt like God said...What’s in your hand to do? How can you help people? Getting a car is a big deal - it’s independence and freedom...but the skill sets that we get to impart on these ladies buoys them beyond what a car can do. We have a...

Discover Pathwaze

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Discover Pathwaze

Jul 16, 2019 Episode 17

“We need to start [the conversation] as early as freshmen and sophomores. This group of the next generation coming up…is struggling with what they want to do, what direction they want to take, what education or career path would work for them as...

Dr. Amit Gosalia

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Dr. Amit Gosalia

Jul 2, 2019 Episode 16

“You can do all these great things but at the end of the day, it may not mean anything if you have not done anything positive for the community.” ~ Dr. Amit Gosalia Many people know Dr. Amit Gosalia for his passion and rallying behind his...

Yee Campbell of Young Men's Service League Fort Collins

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Yee Campbell of Young Men's Service League Fort Collins

Jun 18, 2019 Episode 15

Come listen as we chat with Yee Campbell, Founder of the Young Men’s Service League - Fort Collins Chapter. Listen to the story of how Yee brought the first chapter in Colorado to life from an incredible national non-profit organization and her...

Justin Osmond

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Justin Osmond

Jun 4, 2019 Episode 14

“I remember my mom would always read me the book about the ‘Little Engine that Could’ climbing up that mountain...and I found out later why...she KNEW that like many other deaf children out there, we would have our own mountains to climb and our own...

Markiss Stone

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Markiss Stone

May 21, 2019 Episode 13

“Lead with your heart and be genuine and unapologetically YOU.” “It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I read her biography and saw that everything she did was to serve others – it’s IN my DNA! My definition of success has changed…it is no...

Dr. Judy Huch

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Dr. Judy Huch

May 7, 2019 Episode 12

“I do not want to give a hand out, but want to give a HAND UP.” – Dr. Judy Huch How do you give back to the community while running a private practice AND serve your own staff? Discover Dr. Judy Huch’s take on providing the gift of hearing as well...

The OtterCares Foundation

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The OtterCares Foundation

Apr 23, 2019 Episode 11

The OtterCares Foundation is an organization that was founded by Nancy Richardson to invest in the education and to empower youth to create lasting change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Since 2009, the foundation has equipped kids,...

Junior League of Fort Collins

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Junior League of Fort Collins

Apr 9, 2019 Episode 10

The Junior League of Fort Collins is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and identifying needs within the community to create projects to impact those needs through collaborations and partnerships. In this episode, Amanda...

Hearts Connected 4 Humanity

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Hearts Connected 4 Humanity

Mar 19, 2019 Episode 9

Do you know when your heart may be touched where you can no longer ignore the strong pull and drive to give back and help others? It can be ANYWHERE. ANYTIME. “It all started with a home visit.” ~ Regina Dickerson. Join us as we talk with Regina...

Cherie Mathews

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Cherie Mathews

Mar 5, 2019 Episode 8

“Open your mind to innovative thinking in everything you do.” ~ Cherie Mathews From computer engineer to PE teacher, to becoming an entrepreneur and business owner, Cherie Mathews teaches you how to look at the world through a different lens...

Feeding Our Community Ourselves with FoCo Cafe

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Feeding Our Community Ourselves with FoCo Cafe

Feb 19, 2019 Episode 7

Did you know the FoCo (Feeding Our Community Ourselves) Café is NOT only a restaurant where you can enjoy a nutritious and delicious meal with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, but also provides food to anyone regardless of their ability...

Regeanie Corona of Advancing the Seed

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Regeanie Corona of Advancing the Seed

Feb 5, 2019 Episode 6

“THAT is transformation because you know you have changed a person’s life." Regeanie Corona is Founder & CEO of Advancing the Seed, a non-profit organization to help youth find their path to prosperity through entrepreneurial education aimed at...

Christ Clinic Fort Collins

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Christ Clinic Fort Collins

Jan 22, 2019 Episode 5

“There is a connection between physical and spiritual health and in addition to the physical care, we want to be able to provide the spiritual care to those who desire it.” ~ Dr. Rich Simmons, Medical Director, and Kathy Simmons, Clinic Director....

Jason McCullough

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Jason McCullough

Jan 8, 2019 Episode 4

Every day, a child is lost to the streets. In this episode, we meet college student Jason McCullough, talk about his journey in philanthropy dating back to when he began serving with his family in non-profit organizations at age 5. Jason created...

Courtney Santana

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Courtney Santana

Dec 18, 2018 Episode 3

In this episode, we meet musician, vocalist, actress, new author, and community volunteer and activist, Courtney Santana. As a survivor of domestic violence and abuse, Courtney takes her experience and gives back in order to ensure opportunities for...

Patti Smith

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Patti Smith

Dec 4, 2018 Episode 2

Who are the women in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood…in your neighborhood… Whether you have grown up living in Fort Collins, have lived here for 10 years, or have just moved to town, have you ever wondered just WHO had a part in changing...

Suzanne Miller

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Suzanne Miller

Nov 20, 2018 Episode 1

Kindness inspires. Each one of us sharing one simple act of kindness; imagine the difference we could make in this world. Is there a reason why you give back? Was it a life event that propelled you into this new trajectory? Many of us had a role...