Dream Nation is a multi-media company consisting of a Creative Agency + Podcast. Amplifying diversity, social impact, & women empowerment. Working with non-profits, startups, & Fortune 500 companies. Visitwww.dreamnation.io/creativeagency
The monthly podcast by Yulia features interviews with Entrepreneurs & Creatives. By exploring the idea of living your dream, the show guides listeners on the path to actualizing their true potential. Topics focus on diversity, women empowerment, social impact, STE(A)M, funding, and music. Live your best life while helping to make the world a better place.
Savannah Em is a MMA Fighter. What makes her unique is not the fact that she's won her first two fights through knockouts. Or that her first One Championship fight was won in 81 seconds. It's the fact that this quite, shy, Illustrator can get in the ring and perform like a true warrior. Savannah is cute and deadly at the same time. Kinda like her "savage buddha" illustration. On the show we talk about her training routine, using viking music as motivation, and how she went from markers to MMA. She is also the girlfriend of Daniele Bolelli who was on the podcast earlier this year. As soon as I learned about Savannah, I knew I had to make the podcast a family affair. Daniele encouraged Savannah to take up martial arts since he's big into them as well. Now Savannah Em is a new face in the MMA. The two are literally a power couple. Expect more great fights from this champion.
On the show Masha talks about high risks, investing, and PR. This podcast is about storytelling. We talk about the power of the story when it comes to companies. Our conversation also covers tech and education. Masha discussed LVL5's tech for self driving cars and how the Piper Computer kit is great for helping kids learn programming. Masha also talks about offering value when it comes to fundraising. We spoke about how to make technology safe and how it helps us live as global citizens and stay in touch. On the show Masha shares details about how her company, Day One Ventures was inspired by Jeff Bezos and his approach to work. Our favorite topics of manifesting, love, dreams, and the purity of your intentions were an inspiring way to close the show.
Rafael is a Brooklynite who works really hard to make the borough a great place to live, work, and grow for all. If you’ve recently been dancing in an NYC bar, it’s all thanks to Rafael’s work. He is responsible for writing a bill repealing the notorious NYC Cabaret Law from 1926 that prohibited dancing in bars. We caught up to talk about his recent bill to ban plastic straws in NYC. On the show Espinal talks plastic pollution and how it affects our waterways, the environment, nutrition in Brooklyn's food deserts, high Asthma rates in many Brooklyn neighborhoods that correlate with high vehicle traffic areas, the L Train Shutdown and how it relates to climate change, and also a new bill that he's working on that gives New Yorkers the right to disconnect after work.
As the Chief Heart Officer at Vayner Media, Claude Silver is Gary V’s right hand woman. At the company she oversees 750 people and anything and everything that has to do with people. Her role is to infuse the agency with empathy.
On the show we talk about scaling companies, leadership, building company culture, spreading love, creating influence, and how to create more opportunities for women and diversity groups in advertising. We get a bit meta during the podcast and talk about energy and how to help people move from passion to purpose.
Prior to joining Vayner, Claude held senior leadership posts at both J. Walter Thompson and Publicis in each firm’s London office. In both positions, she steered development of brand strategies, agency partnerships, product teams, media, sales, and internal management.
Photo courtesy of Vayner Media
Hawk Newsome is the President of Black Matter of the greater NY area. He is an activist, working at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement.
Hawk has a passion for law, attending the prestigious Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. and completing his Jurist Doctorate at Touro Law School in Long Island, NY.
Throughout his life Hawk has engaged in protests and activities to combat injustice. Over the past few years, he has worked tirelessly leading protests and seeking justice for the families of those slain by police officers.
Hawk also founded the Bronx Sharks, an athletic club that has sent numerous risk youths to college on scholarship.
Most recently Hawk created controversy by speaking at a Trump rally. Resulting in mixed reactions from both sides. On this episode we talked a lot about love and dreams.
Photo is by Leo Hornak for the BBC.
Daniele is an author, college professor, historian, martial artist, and host of the “History on Fire” podcast. As a huge history fan, I love Daniele’s show since it’s mostly about heroes, warriors, and leadership. Our conversation is focused on how we can become the best versions of ourselves. We talk about how to live a heroic life, bravery, wisdom, passion, discuss larger than life characters (like Crazy Horse, Jack Johnson, and the Pirate Queen) and more. This podcast is about overcoming adversity. As a historian we also touched upon how women have been left out of the pages of history books. In the words of Crazy Horse "Hokahey." Enjoy the podcast.
This episode is all about gender fluidity, love, fundraising, and overcoming fear. Andrea Berry launched a new website called Fluidity.Love - a company distributing narratives for people who like her, are gender fluid.
You might know Berry as the former chief technical officer of Huffington Post. After HuffPo sold to AOL in 2011, Berry went on to found RebelMouse. A platform helping media companies and brands reach their target communities through social media. They’ve raised over $23 million from investors.
Previously he built Avaaz.org and before that was CTO of CharterMac a real estate finance company that was market cap 4.5 billion at the time.
Paul was VP, Internet for Palo Alto Software where he built bplans.com and the ecommerce business of paloalto.com. Most importantly, Paul was a co founder of thedogisland.com.
We also filmed this interview through Facebook Live. You can watch it at http://bit.ly/2jwerfD
Pauline Black is an author, actress, and lead singer of 2 Tone Ska revival band The Selecter from Coventry, England. The racially diverse band led by a female singer originally formed in 1979 and have been creating conscious music ever since. Pauline talks about the business of running a band, gender and race politics, and the music of the spheres. We talk about 2Tone culture, racial unity, how people can come together through music. We also talk about their new album Daylight. The name refers to the sun rising and chasing away the dark, it also refers to the fact that sun will always rise. Even if we blow ourselves up in a nuclear apocalypse. The sun will rise.
Heather Fink is a Director with a comedy background which she honed performing standup, sketch, and improv. She went through the NYU Grad Film Program and in 2016 participated in the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program.
Heather currently pays the bills as a Sound Person, most recently working on Marvel’s Daredevil and Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down. Heather just completed post-production on her first feature film as writer/director. It's called "Inside You."
Heather also recently directed the indie TV pilot Urban Teach Now for writer/producers SJ & Ginny, which was an official selection at the NYTV Fest and ITV Fest in October 2016.
On this episode we talk women, diversity, film making, comedy, feminism, crowdfunding, sound design. Fink also gives great advice when it comes to distributing and funding films.
*On the episode when Heather mentions Megan Ellison, she means Oracle instead of Microsoft.
Steff Bane Carey is the Group Creative Director for Tribal Worldwide North America, and the driving force behind award-winning work for companies like Nestlé, Phillips, J & J. Steff is a Life Liaison, Purveyor of Fine Random Thought, and giver of useful advice you may never need. She's one of the funniest writers I know, as well as a published author of "I'll Miss you too" a book for parents and children going off to college. Her twitter is @Baneiac and she's one of my favorite people to follow. We talk about studying abroad, how to write a book, how to balance work and kids, how to create strong campaigns, and how to improve your own writing.
Erin Schrode is a citizen activist/environmentalist. Only 25 years old, she recently ran for Congress in California's District 2. This young leader is frequently tapped as an expert for and featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, Seventeen, Forbes, Glamour, and various multimedia outlets. We catch up in a lovely secret garden in NYC to talk women, diversity, and fundraising.
Taylor is the Chief Executive Artist of Little Hippie. A fun collection of clothing for the whole entire family. She's an entrepreneur, an artist, an adventurer, and a super creative woman. She's also an illustrator whose work has been licensed by the Grateful Dead since 2004. We sit down and talk about being what it's like to run a creative business.
Esther Ku is a comedian who's known as the "Asian Sarah Silverman." We did this podcast after she performed a sold out show at The Apollo Theatre. You've seen her on Last Comic Standing, MTVs Girl Code, Wilding Out. She also does Voice Overs for Family Guy. We talk about dreams, growing up with immigrant parents, and how Ku wants to lead a sexual revolution.
We talk about the difference between "urban" and "suburban" comics. How Ku was almost consumed by a religious cult (she was saved by a tie-dye shirt). Aaaand how men never buy enough groceries.
Check out Esther's podcast "Ku and the Gang." Check it out!
Henrik Werdelin enjoys turning nothing into something and working with good people.
He’s Co.founder of BarkBox and angel/advisor in other startups via venture development firm Prehype where he's Managing Partner.
Prior to these adventures, Henrik was the Entrepreneur in Residence with Index Ventures. Before Index, he was running product development for MTV International. Henrik spearheaded the development of MTV’s award winning innovative digital products. Including tv formats, broadband channels, and mobile games.
He is Danish and lives in the US. Fast Company recently named him amongst “The Top 100 most Creative”.
Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant, founder, and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Business Insider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin.
She is the founder of Make Love Not Porn. Which is described as Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference. We talk about advertising, fundraising, women, sex, and more. She is currently raising funds on ifundwomen to build out MakeLoveNotPorn.tv – a crowdsourced, user-generated video-sharing platform that showcases #realworldsex.
Ben runs SeeClickFix.com which is based in New Haven, CT. A communications platform that lets you report neighborhood issues and see them get fixed. The service makes communities better through transparency, collaboration, and cooperation. Connecting citizens to their local governments.
In this episode we talk about how people can use technology to become more human. The difference between "Gentrification" and "Rejuvenation" when it comes to rebuilding cities. How relationships are similar to startups and what it takes to save abandoned towns.
I giggle a lot. We talk a lot about Pokemon Go, especially it's positive effects on communities. We even tie in quantum theory with in-app gamification. Figuring out that gamification leads to time acceleration both in apps and in real life.
To gamify the podcast, count all the times I say "That's amazing."
Alison Taffel Rabinowitz began her career developing promotional efforts, integrated marketing partnerships and branded content strategies for brands such as Inc., Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, Food and Wine and MTV. Alison was on the Founding Team of Open Me, a greeting card startup in partnership with Threadless. Open Me was acquired by Rowl in April 2015.
Today, Alison consults for startups and publishing companies, while running the Finishing Co where she teaches people how to be the Beyoncé of their careers. She mentors ambitious females throughout the country and loves helping both young and experienced women advance their careers and live their happiest life.
On this podcast we talked about negotiations. Alison shared her advice on how to negotiate a raise, even a severance package, your phone bill, and anything else in your life.
Israel Horovitz is a playwright, director, screenwriter, and actor. He is the most produced American playwright in French Theatre history.
Israel has written over 70 plays which have been performed all over the world. In between writing plays, he teaches a masters class in screenwriting at Colombia University and a bilingual screenwriting workshop at La Femis, Frances national film school. Israel also teaches a playwriting master class at University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Israel is the Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage Company and the New York Playwrights Lab. You might also know him as the father of Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys.
Jasmine Trabelsi is the Founder of Brand + Culture. A consultancy for startups looking for help with their User Experience and Digital Marketing. Jasmine started her career as a designer in magazine publishing and fashion advertising before moving to San Francisco in early 2000's. In SF she became a part of the tech scene that was creating the social media platforms of Twitter and Flicker. Already a Facebook user, her expertise for guiding brands with their social media profiles lead to her becoming the voice of Frye Boots and Food.com - a division of the Food Network.
Let’s go back. I know Jasmine from college when we first created an arts magazine called Artsymag.com. An art publication and platform promoting women artists and writers.
This podcast talks about how while studying at UMass Amherst we created our first tech platform. Artsy went on to be a hit in the art world. It paved the way for women artists and platforms like Artsy.net.
We were the first. This is our story.
Jamal Hodge is a filmmaker, writer, director, producer. On the show today we talk about pain, identity, hope, and power. In his films Hodge strives to use darkness to show light in order to show the full breadth of humanity.
Jamal's mission is to create genre films with characters of color in leading roles. He enjoys tackling social taboos. His history of mentoring youth in underprivileged communities speaks to his depth of character & his work abroad sheds light on his ability to cross barriers and explore issues that have long remained undiscovered.
His films have been featured in Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Big Apple Film Festival, NYC Horror Festival, Black Star Film Festival, Baltimore Urban World Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and many others.
Outside of the film festival circuit, Hodge has done local & international commercials. Jamal's worked on HBO and Discovery content as an editor, and on the Emmy award winning 'Bullets in the hood' as a cinematographer.
Ingrid LaFleur is a dedicated arts advocate who is currently running for Mayor of Detroit. She is not on the ballot so if you are voting in Detroit, write her name in.
Ingrid is focused on bringing humanity back to politics. It is up to Artists to imagine new ways to rebuild cities. Her platform focuses on creating access to clean water, and eliminating poverty.
LaFleur is a member of the Detroit Culture Council, guest curator at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and founder of Afrotopia — an Afro-futurist art and film program. In Pittsburg, she helped establish the residency at the Andy Warhol Museum.
Betty Halbreich runs Solutions by Betty at Bergdorf Goodman. A Personal Shopping service that finds solutions for your wardrobe, and your life. Betty has kept New Yorkers stylish for forty-one years. She is honest, funny, and has impeccable taste. In her bright office overlooking Central Park, Betty helps people develop personal style and confidence. We talk about everything under the sun. From how she moved to NY after WW2, to tripping over Oscar de la Renta gowns, how one can walk off loneliness in New York, to how the role of women has changed over the last 50 years.
Kash Sree is a Creative Director in Advertising, on the copy side. He has worked on four continents and one sub continent. You've definitely seen a few of his commercials, too many to name here. Most notably the Tiger Woods hacky sack spot. You can easily google his work so I won't go into it here since it will take up the entire page. He also picked up a Cannes Grand Prix and an Emmy for his work on the Nike “Play” and “Move” campaigns. Kash is known for being able to tap into the human experience when it comes to telling brand stories. We talk about diversity, brands, truth, religion, and dreams. On the show we talk about what makes for great agencies., how to create more diversity in advertising, and Kash shares his advice on being fearlessly creative. This episode is really meta and filled with deep discussions.
Mr. Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. NORML stands for The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. On the podcast we talk Cannabis legalization, Hugh Hefner, incarceration of African American Men, and Cannabis vs Pharma and Alcohol.
This podcast answers questions people might have about Cannabis legalization. We explore everything from Social Impact to the tax boost for the economy.
Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Mr. Stroup founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.
Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers & artists, and for several years served as executive director of the NACDL.
Osh is the Founder and Executive Director of Broadway for All. Their mission is to transform the American stage and screen to reflect the diversity of America. Training young artists from all income levels and all ethnic backgrounds in a world-class conservatory—led by professionals from Broadway, television, and film industries. In order to shape a new generation of artists, leaders, and advocates who are impassioned to create inclusive work for all.
Osh is a city guy—born in Detroit, lived in Chicago most of his life, moved to Harlem for many years, and even spent a few months in Moscow. Osh owes much of his success to the Chicago public school system. He is grateful for the late, Former First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, founder of Gallery 37, an arts program which provided him his first city-job as an actor, singer, and writer. Osh holds a BA in Theatre and English and a BS in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago and an MFA in Acting from the grad acting program wi
Steph Koyfman is the CEO/Founder of The Daily Hunch. An astrology platform that delivers personalized horoscopes in a daily, weekly, or monthly email. What makes this platform disruptive for the world of Astrology, is that it's subscription based. Steph developed a platform that uses a custom algorithm to create meaningful insights, tailored to your personal birth details and transits.
Catherine Popper is an American bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her work with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jack White (White Stripes), and Billie Joel Armstrong (Green Day). Popper is a member of an all-female trio called Puss n Boots (an alt country band) with Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson.
On the show we talk about how to make it as a (female) musician, how being musically diverse can inspire you, mosh pits, realities of tour life, the institutional bias that musicians face, advice for keeping bands and startups together by creating harmony, and our shared love of Sting.
Ariele Rosch founded Pro Mama with Jessica Gaffney. Their mission is to connect Mamas to job opportunities that appeal to every aspect of their lives.
Before launching Pro Mama, Ariele worked as an Art Director in the fast-paced world of advertising. After having her child, she realized that Mamas need work options so they can have it all. What ever "having it all" may mean to each Mama. All Mamas are different and the concept for Pro Mama was born.
On the podcast we talk about how to launch an MVP, how Mamas need flexible work options, how Mamas can advocate for themselves at work, how companies can help their employees develop empathy at work, and how advertising makes you resilient.