Connecting A Better World

Connecting A Better World

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This show takes time to pause life to focus on social good, social entrepreneurship, and social impact. There are enough people tearing each other down and apart in relationships, business, and all over the world. It is time to STOP. Shift the focus…


048: Empowering Coaches and Athletes to Change the World Through The Gospel
Oct 16 • 27 min
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport…
047: Empowering Today’s Girls to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders
Oct 2 • 37 min
Mothers and Daughters Serving Communities Together. The National Charity League is for mothers and their daughters, grades 7–12, to participate in a program that fosters the mother-daughter relationship through community service, leadership development,…
046: Because EVERYONE Matters
Sep 18 • 41 min
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. He is a regular contributor…
045: Providing Opportunities and Support for Disadvantaged Youth, Teens, and Adults with Dantiel Daniels
Sep 4 • 40 min
“We were homeless, but not hopeless.” Dantiel Daniels, former Colorado State men’s basketball player and professional player in Finland, Uruguay, and China is now an inspirational athletic coach. He takes time to share with me about his story growing up…
044: Transforming Victimized Youth into Leaders Through Public Speaking
Aug 14 • 52 min
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 her story as an abused child…
043: Helping People Help Others with CareZare
Jul 24 • 36 min
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 dementia triggered an…
042: Providing Access for Survivors with Face Forward International
Jul 10 • 47 min
Warning: The following contains discussions and images of domestic and sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised. “Take the first step. Even if it is a baby step. Find something that you connect with and just give what you can.” ~ Charmi Gosalia.…
041: A Message of Courage and Grit with Lance Allred, the First Deaf Basketball Player in NBA History
Jun 26 • 71 min
In this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips spends time talking with Lance Allred, the first deaf player in NBA history, international and online keynote speaker, TedX speaker, leadership consultant, visionary, motivator, and best-selling author. Lance was born…
040: Inspiration through Action and Adversity with Derrick Coleman, Jr., Super Bowl Champion and the First Legally Deaf Offensive Player in the NFL
Jun 12 • 84 min
In this episode, our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, spends time with her friend and mission buddy, Derrick Coleman, Jr, Super Bowl Champion and the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. When they first met serving with the Starkey Hearing…
039: Providing Safety for Victims with Alternatives to Violence
May 29 • 54 min
This episode contains discussion of domestic violence which may be disturbing for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. Home is not safe for everyone. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience domestic violence. In this episode, Dr. Natalie…
038: No Child is Forgotten with Realities For Children
May 15 • 59 min
“What are the most important words a kid can say? There are no words, but there are ACTIONS.” ~ Craig Secher No Child Should Be Forgotten. On this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips chats with Craig Secher, Founder and Executive Director of Realities For…
037: Finding Help to Build Your Non-Profit Organization
May 1 • 31 min
“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 consulting…
036: Providing Opportunities for Social Justice in Guatemala with Brent Bromstrup and Top of the Lake Coffee
Apr 17 • 44 min
Great Coffee. Greater Good. On this episode, we chat with Brent Bromstrup and follow his journey that began in 2013 to bring awareness of the social injustice and pay of coffee growers in Guatemala. Through his friendship, service in the community, and…
035: Raising Social Awareness Through Performance Art with Jessica Starr and MusEffect
Apr 3 • 35 min
“Take a step back to look in and then take that ONE step forward.” – Jessica Starr On this episode, we chat with Jessica Starr, founder of MusEffect, a non-profit organization dedicated to raise social awareness through performance art. Jessica shares her…
034: A Mission to Cure Blindness with Two Blind Brothers
Mar 20 • 46 min
“Your disability does not preclude you from anything. In fact, your biggest challenge is your BEST empowerment!” – Bryan Manning On this episode, we spend time talking with Bradford and Bryan Manning, two brothers on a mission to cure blindness. At a…
033: Providing Basic Necessities with the Grace Upon Grace Project
Mar 6 • 37 min
“1 in 8 women struggle to buy period products in the United States alone; this is called period poverty.” On this episode, we chat with Emily Jorgensen, as she shares her own, vulnerable story paired with her giving heart that led her to create the Grace…
032: Ordinary Nurses Serving Malnourished Infants in Guatemala
Feb 21 • 34 min
On this episode, we chat with Jeff and Karlie Ruiter, Founders of Ordinary Nurses. Jeff and Karlie founded the non-profit organization to bring health and hope to the starving babies of rural Guatemala. With infant mortality high and accounting for 25% of…
031: Fighting Human Trafficking with Rescue 1 Global
Feb 7 • 51 min
“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 industry. It has…
030: From Coaching Athletes to Creating Environments for Father Figures
Jan 21 • 23 min
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 other…
029: Uniting Community Through The Arts
Jan 7 • 53 min
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 Jill” made quick…
028: Santa Cops of Larimer County
Dec 23, 2019 • 27 min
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 Police…
027: Mike O’Donnell of Colorado Lending Source
Dec 10, 2019 • 53 min
“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,…
026: G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice with Sosamma Samuel-Burnett
Nov 19, 2019 • 30 min
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+ years of…
025: Alessandra Desiderio
Nov 6, 2019 • 45 min
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…
024: High Performance Dance Theatre
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
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…
023: House of Neighborly Service
Oct 8, 2019 • 54 min
“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 HouleThe House of Neighborly Service is a faith based and…
022: Engineering Brightness
Sep 24, 2019 • 41 min
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 problem of…
021: Clara Gonzales Santillan
Sep 10, 2019 • 33 min
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…
020: Emily Letran
Aug 27, 2019 • 49 min
“I grew up seeing images of war. I grew up in an environment knowing how it feels to not have enough.” ~ Dr.Emily LetranJoin our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, as she talks with refugee, wife, mother of three, dentist, business owner, high performance coach,…
019: Rich Cruse
Aug 13, 2019 • 52 min
“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 living…
018: God’s Garage
Jul 30, 2019 • 28 min
“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 “holistic”…
017: Discover Pathwaze
Jul 16, 2019 • 41 min
“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 well as…
016: Dr. Amit Gosalia
Jul 2, 2019 • 37 min
“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 GosaliaMany people know Dr. Amit Gosalia for his passion and rallying behind his profession to…
015: Yee Campbell of Young Men’s Service League Fort Collins
Jun 18, 2019 • 36 min
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 vision to…
014: Justin Osmond
Jun 4, 2019 • 34 min
“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…
013: Markiss Stone
May 21, 2019 • 28 min
“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 longer a…
012: Dr. Judy Huch
May 7, 2019 • 35 min
“I do not want to give a hand out, but want to give a HAND UP.” – Dr. Judy HuchHow 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 as her…
011: The OtterCares Foundation
Apr 23, 2019 • 41 min
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, classrooms…
010: Junior League of Fort Collins
Apr 9, 2019 • 34 min
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…
009: Hearts Connected 4 Humanity
Mar 19, 2019 • 22 min
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 Dickerson,…
008: Cherie Mathews
Mar 5, 2019 • 59 min
“Open your mind to innovative thinking in everything you do.” ~ Cherie MathewsFrom 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 through her…
007: Feeding Our Community Ourselves with FoCo Cafe
Feb 19, 2019 • 33 min
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 to…
006: Regeanie Corona of Advancing the Seed
Feb 5, 2019 • 51 min
“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 financial…
005: Christ Clinic Fort Collins
Jan 22, 2019 • 28 min
“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.The…
004: Jason McCullough
Jan 8, 2019 • 32 min
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 his own…
003: Courtney Santana
Dec 18, 2018 • 39 min
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 other…
002: Patti Smith
Dec 4, 2018 • 28 min
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 the…
001: Suzanne Miller
Nov 21, 2018 • 26 min
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 model or…