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Jeremy Nixon on Harriet Tubman.
Jeremy Nixon on challenges African Americans face in the workplace.
Jeremy Nixon on being a black man in corporate America.
Jeremy Nixon on sharing a Thanksgiving meal with his professor.
Maria Ortega on her son being bullied and fighting hate with love.
Maria Ortega on coping through her brother's passing and using it to fuel her goals.
Maria Ortega on reminding us it's okay to be where you're at.
Maria Ortega on her daily exercise of hope.
Maria Ortega on using tenacity to get the job she needed.
Judge Rene Cruz on developing a law practice and changing the narrative to increase Hispanic representation in the judiciary.
Judge Rene Cruz on being the best candidate for the job.
Judge Rene Cruz on building camaraderie with fellow judges.
Judge Rene Cruz on increasing representation and diversity in the judiciary.
Judge Rene Cruz on being the message he teaches his kids.
Ivory Lofton on loving ourselves and our neighbors.
Ivory Lofton on understanding others.
Ivory Lofton on the best advice to people.
Ivory Lofton on losing his mom, his job, his house and recognizing his rapping ability.
Ivory Lofton on working with rapper Twista.
Ivory Lofton on ignoring our superpowers amidst others.
Ivory Lofton on insecurity, jealousy and not wanting to be part of other people's pain.
Rapper Ivory Lofton on feeling like a failure after being kicked out of college and facing the consequences of his decisions.
When you look in the mirror do you look yourself in the eyes or do you avert your gaze?
Who am I to open my own beer place?
Carolene Meli on lessons learned from leading a team through a translator.
Carolene Meli on the the common need for human connection.
Carolene Meli on intuition and solo traveling.
Carolene Meli on bringing back the magic of experiences.
Carolene Meli on leading teams with Cirque Du Soleil.
Jennifer Del Giudice on energy and being in tune with our bodies.
Jennifer Del Giudice on her desire to get back into the workforce.
Jennifer Del Giudice on stopping the chatter in your brain.
Jennifer Del Giudice on being open enough to receive.
Jennifer Del Giudice on the marketing challenge for small businesses.
Jennifer Del Giudice on being mindful about the products we use during our daily routines.
Health and fitness owner Ron Anderson on pushing through derailments for his dream as an entrepreneur.
Health and fitness owner Ron Anderson on his mission to run business better.
Health and fitness Ron Anderson on what inspires him to keep going and learning by doing.
Health and fitness owner Ron Anderson on facing the reality of divorce and what caused him to make the difficult decision to leave.
Health and fitness owner Ron Anderson on the sacrifice of success and doing whatever it takes.
Health and fitness owner Ron Anderson on the pivotal person who influenced his trajectory at North Central College.
Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Allen on the early passing of her mom and chasing after her dreams now!
Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Allen on being a polish immigrant and appreciating different cultures.
Dorothy Allen on becoming a Nurse Practitioner after being inspired by the way they cared for her mother.
Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Allen on being tough enough to work on the oncology floor after losing her mom to cancer and facing her emotions of grief in order to help others.
Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Allen on feeling alone and finding relief with others who've experienced similar situations.
Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Allen on receiving and administering the
Tim Dauber on leadership, marriage and family. It's a great reminder to focus on what matters and staying within the constraints of life.
Tim Dauber on generational expectations from his grandfather.
VP of Operations, Tim Dauber, on life, fears and being at peace.
Tim Dauber on embracing the okay in marriage.
Tim Dauber on leading with ADHD.
Tim Dauber on listening and why it's essential for leaders.
Mayor Richard C. Irvin on being a terrible high schooler, the teacher that believed in him and his rise to becoming Aurora’s first African-American mayor in over 180 years.
Mayor Richard Irvin on growing up in low-income housing and turning to gangs for acceptance.
Mayor Richard Irvin on achieving his dream, what worries him the most, and what he wants his kids to know.
Mayor Richard Irvin on vaccine equity and the need to share vaccine awareness and access to African-American and Latino communities.
Mayor Richard Irvin on leading through crisis in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting, the pandemic, and civil unrest.
Mayor Richard Irvin on empowering local communities.
Mayor Richard Irvin on economic development, education and public safety.
John Laesch on why he's running for mayor and the cycle of poverty and success.
From West Africa to Aurora, John’s background and how Aurora became his home.
John Laesch on valuing democracy and growing up in a country without it.
John Laesch on making Aurora, IL a greener city and his plan to create jobs and address crime and poverty.
John Laesch on the importance of living wages, creating jobs and targeted training.
Alderman Judd Lofchie on lessons learned from previous campaign runs and why he's running for mayor.
Real estate broker Judd Lofchie's tips for building wealth with real estate.
Rotary club’s four-way test of guiding principles for any decision.
Alderman Judd Lofchie on compassion and prioritizing people first.
Alderman Judd Lofchie on his passion for public service and being a giver type of person.
Lesson from a mom in Ecuador.
Not wanting to give up a suitable partner.
Making a heartfelt request to God.
Visiting a treasure mine in Kosovo.
Feeling devalued and giving back.
On making sense of past dreams and scripture verses.
The helpers in our lives and finding your own strength.
Feeling invisible growing up in a family of nine.
Facing the reality of an abusive relationship.
Early red flags of an abusive relationship and and how it progresses.
Finding Jesus in a time of need.
Engineering coach Michael Migliacio on instilling the value of attitude in his son.
Engineering coach Michael Migliacio on lessons he learned visiting Japan.
Engineering coach Michael Migliacio on what he worries about most.
Engineering coach Michael Migliacio on the importance of being kind.
Research director Ozzie Meza on being board-ready and how to get on path.
Executive research director Ozzie Meza on the need for more Latinos to advance to the board room.
Research director Ozzie Meza on sharing board aspirations with your network.
Executive research director Ozzie Meza on his background as a librarian and becoming an executive board connector.
Serial entrepreneur Perla Tamez on delegating tasks and letting go of control.
Serial entrepreneur Perla Tamez on her golden rule for entrepreneurs.
Serial entrepreneur Perla Tamez on the lessons she keeps close to her heart and the importance of investing in people.
Serial entrepreneur Perla Tamez on making her first million dollars.
Serial entrepreneur Perla Tamez on kindness and lending hands.
Sam Nunez's advice for youth looking to get involved in politics.
Sam Nunez on the importance of local government elections.
Sam Nunez on the sign he received that reassured his decision to run for local government elections.
Sam Nunez on the role of local government.
Sam Nunez on the impact of a local mentorship program.