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Metro EDGE Presents: EDGE of Greatness

Metro EDGE Presents: EDGE of Greatness

By Metro EDGE

What makes a person great in their professional and personal life? How does one become a cultural leader creating the future today and building others to create the future tomorrow? Join your hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England as they sit down for conversations with some of Sacramento's most engaging professionals on how they got to where they are and what you can do to live beyond the EDGE of Greatness.
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20. Recipe for Success with Chris Barnum-Dann
20. Recipe for Success with Chris Barnum-Dann
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Chris Barnum-Dann, chef and owner of Localis. A 2022 Michelin Star recipient, Chris, a native of Forrest Hill, CA, has been leading the charge in Sacramento fine dining. Hear how he got where he is today and learn about his amazing work ethic, his approach to being a fine dining chef, and his love of supporting Sacramento. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics included in this episode: Localis  Forrest Hill, CA Kru Michelin Guide Gratitude Success is shared Timothy Keller  Nabeel Qureshi Binchoyaki  A huge thank you to our sponsors and partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley’s, and Metro EDGE.
55:40
January 25, 2023
19. Behind the Mic with Scott Moak
19. Behind the Mic with Scott Moak
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Scott Moak, or as some of you may know him, Announcer Scott. Since 2002, Scott has been the Public Address Announcer for the Sacramento Kings - having spoken (loudly) in front of nearly 4.5 million people. But that just scratches the surface of what he does… Scott is also a Vice President at Sacramento Republic FC, co-host of a popular entertainment and lifestyle TV show on Fox40, co-owner of a boutique consultancy, and most importantly - dad of two! Hear how, and more importantly why, Scott literally does it all. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics included in this episode: Sacramento Children’s Home Child Abuse Prevention Council Mutual Assistance Network Lilliput Family Services Gary Gelfand, Fox 40 Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson, Brad Miller Ella Dining Room Harlan Coben The Breakaway Podcast Nelson Mandela - “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” A huge thank you to our sponsors and partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley’s, and Metro EDGE. 
49:13
January 10, 2023
18. Origin Story with John Bissell
18. Origin Story with John Bissell
On this episode, Josh and Sarah sit down with John Bissell, co-founder and co-CEO of Origin Materials. Origin is a materials technology company that is carbon negative, based in West Sacramento, with a mission to transition the world to sustainable materials. John grew up in Sacramento, went to Rio Americano High School and later studied at UC Davis. Find out how he’s raised over half a billion dollars and why he credits a lot of his success to finding the most talented individuals to surround himself with. 
46:40
November 29, 2022
17. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work with Rene Jacques and Cam Villa
17. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work with Rene Jacques and Cam Villa
On this episode, Josh and Sarah sit down with Rene Jacques and Cam Villa, co-owners of Golden Bay Mortgage, a mortgage brokerage firm based in Sacramento. Since 2015, they have built an impressive team of 25 to help individuals create the best home buying experience possible. A lot has changed in the last 12 months for home buyers. Hear their perspectives on the current market, along with how they’ve been so successful at growing their business.
41:48
November 18, 2022
16. 24 Years to Success with Jerry Uhland
16. 24 Years to Success with Jerry Uhland
In March of 2021, host Josh Albert and co-host Michael Valania sat down with Jerry Uhland. Jerry has been involved in the California rice industry for over 40 years and for the past 24 years has been the driving force behind the CalPlant project. Today he is the CEO at CalPlant, Home of Eureka MDF, a company that recycles rice straw into MDF boards, a widely used building material. Among many other things, Jerry is a driving force in sustainability, an active environmentalist, and someone we can all learn from.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
43:49
October 25, 2022
15. D-E-Ideas with Theodros Gashaw
15. D-E-Ideas with Theodros Gashaw
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Theodros Gashaw, the Founder and one half of the Gashaw Group. The Gashaw Group is a consulting firm in Sacramento that provides training on race, structural change, and community advocacy to diverse audiences. The son of Ethiopian Political refugees, Theodros’s story is one we can all learn from.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
48:60
October 04, 2022
14. Small City, Huge Impact with Christopher Cabaldon
14. Small City, Huge Impact with Christopher Cabaldon
Host Sarah England sits down with Christopher Cabaldon, former Mayor of Sacramento, a position he held for two decades. Christopher’s groundbreaking initiatives on urban farms, universal preschool, and college and paid career pathway internships have landed him on national and international stages. Find out how he put West Sacramento on the map and all the lessons learned along the way.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
52:59
September 20, 2022
13. The Art and Science of Consulting with Sylvia Doane Stephenson
13. The Art and Science of Consulting with Sylvia Doane Stephenson
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Managing Director at Slalom Consulting, Sylvia Doane Stephenson. At Slalom, she leads the Business Advisory Services capability and functions as a trusted partner to clients across industries that include healthcare, technology, life science, retail, and financial services. Passionate about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Sylvia sponsors employee resource groups that include: the Women’s Leadership Network, Prism (supporting the LGBTQ+ community), and .Org (driving community impact). Hear how Sylvia's openness and human-centric nature landed her where she is today and the passions that keep her going.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  Topics covered in this episode:  Sylvia Doane Stephenson on LinkedIn Slalom Consulting  Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan  Allora  Positivity, Collaboration, Flexibility, Growth mindset, Urgency
38:40
September 07, 2022
12. Don't Skip Leg Day with Bryan Washington
12. Don't Skip Leg Day with Bryan Washington
On this episode of EDGE of Greatness, hosts Josh and Sarah sit down with Bryan Washington, aka Abs, owner of The Academy in Downtown Sacramento. Find out not only the unexpected story of his nickname, but also hear how he strarted one of Sacramento's most successful spaces. Parenthood, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and more. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics covered in this episode: Bryan Washington Instagram: @theabs1er The Academy Instagram: @theacademytpc The Academy website: https://www.theacademyfitness.com/ Tiger DRiP Espresso  James Baldwin, author  Aoli Bodega From Slavery to Freedom by John Hope Franklin A huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener, and Metro Edge.
50:42
August 23, 2022
11. Big Returns: DiverseCity Ventures with Mariah Lichtenstern
11. Big Returns: DiverseCity Ventures with Mariah Lichtenstern
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Mariah Lichtenstern, founding partner of DiverseCity Ventures. A graduate of Berkeley, USC, and UCLA, Mariah surrounds herself with everything start ups and diversity. Too many to list, Mariah serves on 2 boards, advises on several initiatives, and has been recognized for her work by Forbes, Crunchbase, inPitchbook, and Business Insider. But you can find her at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and venture capital. This episode is your reminder that you can find alignment in your personal and professional values.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  Topics covered in this episode:  Mariah Lichtenstern LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariahlichtenstern/  DiverseCity Ventures - https://www.diversecityv.com/ Book, mastery - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastery_(book) National VC University program - https://nvca.org/event/vc-university/ The growth factory - https://growthfactory.us/ Black Star Fund - https://blackstar.fund/ Stealth mode (and other networking groups) Taro’s - https://mikunisushi.com/locations/arden-fair/ Comstock’s magazine - https://www.comstocksmag.com/ Maya Angelou - https://www.mayaangelou.com/ A huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener, and Metro Edge. 
39:15
August 09, 2022
10. More Than Soccer with Todd Dunivant
10. More Than Soccer with Todd Dunivant
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert sit down with General Manager and President of the Sacramento Republic FC, Todd Dunivant, a few days before the club's most historic match, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semi-Final. Todd shares what it means to win on and off the field, what's ahead for Republic FC, and just how well Todd knows David Beckham…  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  Topics Included In This Episode: Todd Dunivant Sacramento Republic FC Kevin Nagle Dante’s Inferno Republic FC Prepares New Vision for Downtown Stadium to Ignite a New Era of Development in Sacramento Tickets Sold Out for Republic FC’s July 27 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Match vs. Sporting Kansas City Republic FC Returns to Folsom State Prison After Two-Year Hiatus 11 Sacramento Players Earn Invite to June YNT Regional ID Center A huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener, and Metro Edge.
36:48
July 26, 2022
9. People First Leadership with Jamie Von Sossan
9. People First Leadership with Jamie Von Sossan
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert talk with Jamie Von Sossan, CEO, President, and Managing Partner of 3fold Communications. They discuss how Jamie navigated her first year as CEO during the pandemic, how she utilizes 3fold's "hungry, human, and humble" guiding principles to lead one of Sacramento's top strategic marketing firms, and more.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  Topics covered in this episode: 3fold Communications Website LinkedIn Jamie Von Sossan Linkedin 3fold Communications Instagram: @3foldcomm Reuben Sandwich Origins 3fold’s 3 Core Values: Hungry. Humble. Human. Harvard Business Review: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief Sacramento River Cats Sacramento Mountain Lions Sac Biz Journal: 2021 Most Admired CEO: Jamie Von Sossan with 3fold Communications Canon The Fountainhead A huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener, and Metro Edge.
35:49
June 28, 2022
8. On The EDGE with Metro EDGE: Taylor Toledo and Jordan Brown
8. On The EDGE with Metro EDGE: Taylor Toledo and Jordan Brown
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with fellow EDGE leaders Taylor Toledo and Jordan Brown. This episode is your reminder to slow down, find yourself, and live for that person. Hear how Taylor and Jordan have grown their careers in Sacramento and grown in their leadership with Metro EDGE. Consider this your push to sit down, to slow down, and to be intentional. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics covered in this episode:  Metro EDGE  Untamed by Glennon Doyle The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle Jesuit High School  3fold Communications  Majka Pizzeria  Alaro Craft Brewery  5 Minute Journal App  LinkedIn: Jordan Brown  LinkedIn: Taylor Toledo 
24:38
June 14, 2022
7. Drinking Outside The Box with Kevin Luther
7. Drinking Outside The Box with Kevin Luther
Hosts Josh Albert and Sarah England sit down with Kevin Luther, winemaker and founder of Lucid Wines. Hear how Kevin is pushing the boundaries of wine making, while making delicious insanely bottles. Lucid Wines has quickly become one of the most welcoming, unique, diverse, and downright fun spots in downtown Sacramento. In this episode, you'll learn that some of the best things happen outside the box. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics covered in this episode: The Legend of Zelda UC Davis - Viticulture Sonoma State - Wine Business Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET)  Blood Oak Winery, Sonoma Lucid Wines South Sacramento Lovely Day, Bill Withers Sac High Oak Park, Sacramento  Lucid Wines at virtual tasting  20 mile march  Localis  The Cat Empire  Brother Ali  Mate
30:18
June 01, 2022
6. Happiness with Dr. Meliksah Demir
6. Happiness with Dr. Meliksah Demir
Host Josh Albert and guest host Jordan Brown have a happy and fascinating conversation with Dr. Meliksah Demir, a researcher and professor with almost two decades of research experience on happiness, and who is currently the Rekhi Singh Endowed Professor in Happiness at Sacramento State University. The three delve into the specifics of which habits and behaviors can drive happiness, the benefits of happiness for an individual, why happiness is a necessity, and more. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  Topics covered in this episode: Happiest Foods Study World Happiness Report Finland and Denmark are the happiest countries in the world Mindful.org  Character Strengths and Virtues Explanation and Quiz Happiness is contagious Happy people (and even orangutans) live longer Martin Seligman The Disoriented by Amin Maalouf Antalya, Turkey
34:13
May 17, 2022
5. Dive In, Gluten Free with Danny Turner
5. Dive In, Gluten Free with Danny Turner
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert chat with Danny Turner, co-owner of Pushkin’s Bakery, Sibling Restaurant, and Babes Ice Cream & Donuts. They discuss Danny and his wife, Olga’s, entrepreneurial success story of establishing a family of go-to spots for gluten and dairy free treats in and around Sacramento, as well as the lessons they learned along the way.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics included in this episode:  Pushkin’s Bakery Instagram  Sibling by Pushkin Instagram  Babes Ice Cream & Donuts  Pushkin's Bakery Website  Sibling by Pushkin's Website  Babes Ice Cream & Donuts  Alexander Pushkin  Sushi Ran  There is No Planet B  Sigur Ros - Svefn-g-englar
33:37
May 03, 2022
4. Stay For The Experience with Ryan Royster
4. Stay For The Experience with Ryan Royster
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert sit down with entrepreneur and creative jack of all trades Ryan Royster, who is Co-Founder & CEO of Last Supper Society. Last Supper Society is a culinary collective and tastemakers community based in Sacramento that designs food experiences that challenge you to reimagine how we break bread together. In this episode Ryan discusses the importance of honest self-expression, his thoughts on building and maintaining an authentic brand, and Last Supper Society’s unique approach to making fine dining experiences more approachable and fun.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics Included In This Episode: Last Supper Society Website  Last Supper Society Instagram  Last Supper Society LinkedIn The Cook In on Youtube  Kodaiko Ramen & Bar Lisa Elias, Live Artist  Cannon South  Kru  Tiger 100 Black Women  Prince  The Academy  Casino Mine Ranch  Text Last Supper Society at 916-249-3192 A huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener, and Metro Edge
35:55
April 19, 2022
3. Authenticity Isn't A Brand with A La Mode
3. Authenticity Isn't A Brand with A La Mode
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert have a conversation with A La Mode, reigning Miss Gay Sacramento 2021, and producer and host of multiple shows throughout Northern California. Their discussion covers a range of topics including Ms. Mode’s origin story, her challenges balancing private and professional life, and insights about brand-building and authenticity.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics Covered in this Episode:  A La Mode's Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter and LinkedIn Pink Wednesday's at Revival at the Sawyer  Ink Eats and Drinks  Bingo at Pizzasaurus Rex A La Mode Merch FTLP at Badlands 916 Ink Ink TV Pride Episode ft. Jay and A La Mode Sacramento LGBT Community Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine  90.3 KDVS  A huge Thank You to our sponsors and partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley's, our Technical
19:44
March 28, 2022
2. Women Who Mean Business with Elena and Michelle Katnik
2. Women Who Mean Business with Elena and Michelle Katnik
Hosts Sarah England and Josh Albert sit down with Elena and Michelle Katnik, sisters and co-owners of Sacramento’s TEAMride Indoor Cycling Studios. In this conversation we discuss Elena and Michelle’s journey at TEAMride, including its opening as a family business in 2012, the challenges of operating a small business during the pandemic, and their mission to create a unique environment for their riders that goes beyond fitness.  Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.  Topics Covered in the Episode:  Team Ride Indoor Cycling Studios  Michelle Katnik  Elena Katnik  Team Ride From Home  A Little Bit of Fun  Pushkin’s Bakery  Zocalo  Moxie Restaurant  Levels by Acivii  Sirius XM Chill Station  A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners: UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Raley’s, our Technical Producer, Bob Stobener and Metro Edge 
21:32
March 15, 2022
1. Purpose-Driven Leadership with Jen Warner
1. Purpose-Driven Leadership with Jen Warner
Our 2021 hosts, Michael Valania and Josh Albert, sit down with Jen Warner, formerly Chief Administrative Officer of Raley’s. Now, Jen is the sitting President of the Raley's Operating Company. In this episode we discuss details of her path to becoming the leader she is today. From decisions early in her life that make her seem fearless to how her heroes helped her overcome adversity to forging new paths at iconic, established companies, you don’t want to miss this interview! See Topics Covered in the Episode below for more information. Please rate, subscribe, and share this podcast with everyone you know. We can be found on Anchor where you can find links to most major podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Topics Covered in the Episode:  Raley's 2020 Impact Report Announcement of the First Raley's Impact Report Triple Bottom Line Raley’s 8th Ranked Among Supermarket Chains in National Survey Raley's Ranking in Nationwide Supermarket Size Jen’s Past Experience Columbia Sportswear A Little Bit of Fun SacYard Community Tap House Ro Sham Beaux Lee Ann Womak - "I Hope You Dance" The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson Portland Brunch Queues
50:14
March 08, 2022
COMING March 2021 - Metro EDGE Presents: EDGE of Greatness
COMING March 2021 - Metro EDGE Presents: EDGE of Greatness
We know starting a podcast is soooo 2020. But hey, we had to come up with something to alleviate Zoom fatigue and make us think we're being magically whisked away while we're all staying at home. THAT'S RIGHT! Your favorite Sacramento Young Professional's group, Metro EDGE is getting into the podcast game. Hosts Michael Valania, Josh Albert, and guests will take you on a journey like no other. Hear our guest tell tales of leadership, innovation and bucking of the system to create the professionals you see today. First episode coming soon with monthly adventures to follow.
00:52
February 27, 2021