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Make + Create Ep. 5 - Tasty Treats and Running Lean with Red Velvet NYC

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By Make + Create | Jennifer Lezan
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Make+Create Ep. 11: Meet Aditi Shekar of Zeta
I’m your host Jen Veguilla- Lezan and I am back this week with an interview featuring Aditi Shekar – the founder behind finance tech start up – Zeta. Aditi is truly an international woman who has lived all over the world growing up as her mother worked for the UN. While it may come as a surprise – moving to the US for college at NC Chapel Hill it was a culture shock. Her mother left her with one piece of important advice as she left her for her freshman year – she told her Aditi, you can’t get a credit card! While it may seem odd, she realized she didn’t know much about credit and while her and her mother had discussed money, sheb didn’t really have a good concept of things like credit. Living on her own, though, gave her a crash course on the concepts of finance, budgeting and eventually investing and she became obsessed. After spending years working with young professionals, she was surprised at the lack of financial support they had access to. Moreover, she was frustrated by her own experience in trying to merge her finances with her significant other. To solve both these problems, Aditi launched Zeta. throughout the episode we talk about her journey from working at a start up to launching her own. She shares a candid recap of the journey, the realities of funding and building out a company from concept to final product. We get into the details of Zeta, how it helps people manage their finance, the concepts of social entrepreneurship and what her goals are for the coming years. If you are someone interested in tech startups or finance or just want some good insider information on how you can manage your own financials, then this is the episode for you. If you like what I am doing and want to support, take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast. Any pledge amount can help me with the admin side to keep creating the content on this show.
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October 21, 2018
Make+Create Ep. 10 - Meet Susan Griffin-Black CEO of EO Products
Welcome back to Make + Create – the podcast dedicated to empowerment in the creative and business space. For this last season, I’ve been focusing on women who are doing things differently and aren’t afraid to take risks. Women who are unabashedly themselves, and who are open to sharing the good, bad and ugly parts of running their own business. This episode I speak with Susan Griffin-Black – the CEO of EO Products. If you are someone who cares about what is in your home and bath products, then you’ve likely used EO. If you like what I am doing and want to support, take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast. Any pledge amount can help me with the admin side to keep creating the content on this show.
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October 1, 2018
Make+Create Ep. 9 - Talking Magick with the Conjure Queen
This week is a continuation of exploring careers and journeys that are outside of the norm and that have a spiritual vibe to them. This week, I talk with the conjure queen herself. She’s made quite the name for herself on Youtube with her channel dedicated to sharing and teaching the mysteries of the occult and helping her viewers to elevate their minds. Conjure Queen is a Spiritual Adviser, Motivational Speaker, Teacher, Holistic Healer, and Mentor. Viewers tune into her channel to develop their spiritual consciousness, get an eye opening perspective on latest trending news, and to hear the inspirational gems that the queen drops. If you like what I am doing and want to support, take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast. Any pledge amount can help me with the admin side to keep creating the content on this show.
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September 10, 2018
Make+Create Ep. 8: Meet The Chicago Pattern Maker
I’m your host Jen Veguilla- Lezan and I am back this week an interview featuring a local Chicagoan who has truly shown that you can make a career work for you, wherever you are if you have the passion and drive to pursue it. I interview Xochil Herrera Scheer about her journey in the Fashion industry here in Chicago. She provides professional pattern making and fashion design services to businesses and individuals in the Chicago area, and remotely to clients throughout the US. Xochil's journey highlights how small indie manufacturers and production focused companies are helping change industry norms. If you like what I am doing and want to support, take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast. Any pledge amount can help me with the admin side to keep creating the content on this show.
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August 26, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 7 - Meet the Body Astrologer
I am back this week with a fun, interesting and different interview. I had the opportunity to talk with Claire Gallagher – the Body Astrologer. If you haven’t heard of Claire, I’m surprised, but you will be in for a treat. As many of you who have followed along – you know I have a penchant for all things mystical, magical and cosmos related – I’m a latina woman who comes from healer ancestors and I am still working to find my own healing path. I am a firm believer in energy work and I think Astrology is an incredibly under rated and under utilized tool and so does Claire! So, it was such a fun opportunity to learn about how she uses it in her business and get a better insight about how she applies it to her daily life. On top of all of that I am inspired by women entrepreneurs who are doing things on their own terms and not letting societal norms get in the way of their success. If you like what I am doing and want to support, visit: patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast.
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August 9, 2018
Make + Create Ep.6 - Launching A Beauty Line with Factory Glam
Welcome back to Make + Create. I’m your host Jen Veguilla- Lezan and I am back this week with another insightful and inspiring interview. I spoke with Tyzza Macias a few months back about her journey launching her indie cosmetics brand: Factory Glam alongside her cofounders Eva and Natasha. Tyzza’s career as a beauty professional and entrepreneur began after graduating cosmetology beauty school in 2007. She continued her beauty career as a makeup artist, brand ambassador, product educator and developer for the beauty industry. After years of working with corporate brands, she knew she was meant to do something even bigger. Her experiences provided her with the knowledge to create something on her own with a team and the mission to share the excitement regarding Factory Glam beauty products and her company and brand culture. If you like what I am doing and want to support, take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast!
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July 27, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 5 - Tasty Treats and Running Lean with Red Velvet NYC
For this recent episode, I had the opportunity to talk with Agathe - the founder of Red Velvet NYC. Red Velvet is a company that creates dessert kits that make baking gourmet desserts foolproof. The brand launched in 2015 delivering kits with everything needed to bake cakes, tarts, cupcakes and more right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Agathe shares her journey on how she bootstrapped the company and grew it to now expand into shelf-stable kits sold at gourmet markets and further develop the online side of the business. She’s working to not only make an impact on the business world, but the brand also believes that giving back is an important part of the value they bring to the world through charities such as Bright Pink, a nonprofit, working to save womens lives from breats and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. If you want to support the podcast - check out: https://www.patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast
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July 6, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 4: Vintage as Storytelling with STORE
Hello Listeners! Welcome back to Make + Create. I’m your host Jen Veguilla- Lezan and this week I had the opportunity to talk with the duo behind Store - Revolving Curation. It’s the latest indie shop concept in Chicago and the brand showcases how fashion forward vintage and thrift clothing can be and why it’s becoming so important in the fight against the world of fast fashion that continues to leave a negative impact on our environment. I hope you are enjoying the show and if you feel so inclined, take some time to subscribe to us on iTunes, AnchorFM via your RSS feed or any podcast listener you utilize. You can find a new episode live every other Friday! If you like what I am doing and would like to support, please take a moment to check out the show’s patreon page at patreon.com/makeandcreatepodcast . Any pledge amount can help me with the admin side to keep creating the content on this show and there are some great perks that go with each level.
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June 22, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 3 - The Journey with Soothi
Hello Listeners - Welcome back to Make + Create! The podcast that introduces you to individuals pursuing the path less traveled when it comes to creative pursuits, careers and life. This space houses inspiration to keep you motivated and will hopefully empower you while on your own journey! I’m your host Jen Veguilla-Lezan and this week I had the opportunity to talk with the Kritikka – the founder of Soothi – a line of beautifully curated, socially conscious journals for the art of work. At Soothi, journals aren’t just where they work, but also why they work. Krittika launched the brand after she found her that journey in the corporate world was unfulfilling and not leading her in the direction she wanted to take her life. While she credits her experience in the traditional 9-5 world with helping her build the skills necessary to run her business, she didn’t find her calling in a corporate job. Krittika shares some great insights on her journey of creative entrepreneurship this week.
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June 8, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 2- Shaking up the Beauty Industry with Beautylynk
Hello listeners! Welcome back to Make + Create. The podcast that introduces you to individuals pursuing the path less traveled when it comes to creative pursuits, careers and life. This space houses inspiration to keep you motivated and will hopefully empower you while on your own journey! I’m your host Jen Lezan and this week I had the opportunity to talk with the founder of Beauty Lynk – Rica Elysee- Beautylynk is the latest in on demand mobile beauty services that cater to a diverse population including people of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Rica is legit taking the beauty industry by the horns and shaking things up. I talked with Rica about her journey leading into launching Beauty Lynk and what she is doing to innovate within the industry. She highlights that although adding a tech aspect through her app, her innovations go much deeper – focusing on ways to help the beauty industry offer services for people of all backgrounds, cultures and specifically abilities.
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May 25, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Episode 1: Interview with Leftover Cuties
Hey there Halfstackers! Happy tuesday to all of you - Jen Lezan here, Editor-in-chief of Halfstack and I am so excited to share with you our latest endeavor! Halfstack Highlights is a new edition to the Halfstack repertoire. We will be showcasing some of our best interviews in podcast/blogcast form - you'll also get to put a voice to many of the writers you read every day! First up is my
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May 18, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 43: Meet Driftseed.org
Hey everyone! Jenny here – I am really excited to bring this newest episode of Halfstack Highlights to you all. In this most recent interview, I speak with the founders of Driftseed.org and the masterminds behind an amazing documentary called: Little Stones. Meena Singh and Sophia Kruz are seriously two badass and inspiring women creating change and inspiring women worldwide through their story
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May 18, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 47: Meet Felena Hanson of Hera Hub
Women have had a long and arduous battle for rights and equality. Whether it be the right to have their voices heard in a vote or the ability to make an impact in the workforce, women have made it a point to establish they are a force to be reckoned with. In today's day and age, the idea of a single income household has become a distant memory. In most household's both individuals tend to be in
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May 18, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 61 - Kaben Clauson of AOP
Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I speak with Kaben Clauson the founder of the Chicago based startup behind the Anonymous Opinions app – which can be found in the app store under AOP. The AOP app is all about sharing your thoughts and opinions anonymously. The
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May 18, 2018
Make + Create Ep. 1 - How Fashion 88 is Supporting Indie Designers
Hello listeners! Jen Lezan here and I am the host of the Make and Create Podcast. You may remember me from the Halfstack Highlights podcast and from my past work at Halfstack Magazine. As you may have heard the team and I retired the brand early this month after 6 amazing years. It can be a daunting thing stopping something that you’ve put so much of your creative life force into, but I am a
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May 16, 2018
Halfstack Highlights - Ep. 62: Brooklyn-Based Kiirstin Marilyn Sets Her Own Boundaries
Like most creatives, Kiirstin Marilyn has had her ups and downs.  It is how the Brooklyn-based songwriter/musician/actress responds to life’s obstacles that makes her special.  Kiirstin demonstrates the grit and persistence that a creative needs if she plans to succeed pursuing her dream. Kiirstin was excited to be signed to a small independent record label for the release of her EP,
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 65 - Meet Prianka Dhir of Beyond the Booth
Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, welcome back to all of you who have subscribed to the series and for those of you who are new here - I am the Editor in Chief of a Chicago based digital magazine called Halfstack Magazine and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am really excited to share this week’s episode
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 66 - Acting in a Magical World - Brittany Curran of SyFy's The Magicians
Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, welcome back to all of you who have subscribed to the series and for those of you who are new here - I am the Editor in Chief of a Chicago based digital magazine called Halfstack Magazine and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. This weeks episode is a fun one! I had the
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 64: Meet Designer Phoebe Chen of NOCORI
Hello everyone!  Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! This is Jen Lezan, and I am the Editor in Chief of the Chicago based digital magazine Halfstackmag.com and I am also one of the hosts of our podcast: Halfstack Highlights. I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features another local Chicago entrepreneur and designer: Phoebe Chen. She spends her time between
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 63: Meet Chicago Stylist Katie Schuppler
Hello everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!! I am excited to share this week’s episode as it features a local Chicago entrepreneur and style Icon: Katie Schuppler of KS Style Consulting. She is a Personal Style Consultant and Fashion Blogger/Writer who loves to help others create their own personal style in this fast paced world of fashion and in daily life. After
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 38 - Emerging from the Shadows
Another edition of Halfstack Highlights is live this week! As we continue to dive into the theme of explore, for this episode I wanted to take you on an exploration of a topic – Art and the Artists behind the work. As an art school student graduate, art has always been a topic that I have been drawn to. I’ve always found the theory behind art, the history and the artists themselves fascinating.
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 42- Featuring #Cantdonothing.org
Hey readers - I hope all of you are doing well. This episode of Halfstck Highlights was equal parts hard and equal parts inspiring for me. On one hand, I had the opportunity to talk with an amazing woman using her skills, talent and platform to help others. Yet, on the other hand we are talking about war, refugees and people who are facing atrocities that I could never imagine – no matter how
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 57- Georgene Huang of FairyGodBoss
Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Georgene Huang founder of Fairygodboss. It's not always easy being a woman in the workplace. The fairgodboss concept was born in 2015 while their now CEO was interviewing while 2 months pregnant (and hiding it
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 58 - Stephanie Benedetto: Queen of Raw
Hello Readers! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights!  This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week I am sharing an interview with: Stephanie Benedetto founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw is the premiere online marketplace to sell unused fabrics & buy high end raw materials. They work with retailers,
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 59 - Kristen Wiley of Statusphere
Hello Everyone!! Welcome to Halfstack Highlights. This is Jen Lezan Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. This week is the final episode of the year!! We will be going on a small break and will return with a new episode on January 14th, 2018! It's been a great year filled with many inspiring interviews. I've been so motivated sharing the
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May 11, 2018
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 60 - Sundance's Manashil Helps Indie Filmmakers Share Their Stories
Like most creative endeavors, pursuing a career as an indie filmmaker is not easy.  Lack of financing, time, resources (not to mention that pesky day job) all seem to conspire against you bringing your creative dream to life and sharing it with the world. Liz Manashil is working to try and make the process a little easier.  The Manager of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative is
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January 15, 2018
Halfstack Highlight Ep. 56 - Tampon Tribe: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This week we are talking to Jennifer Eden , the Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe. Yes, you heard that right. We are featuring an AMAZING subscription service that caters to those who are in need of monthly feminine hygiene products. We are going there, we are talking about periods this week. Tampon Tribe is a Southern California based startup that is shaking up the
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December 16, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 55 - Diplomat Books Where's Robin
Welcome to halfstack highlights. This is Jen Lezan and I am the Editor in chief of the Chicago based digital magazine Halfstack and one of the hosts of the podcast Halfstack highlights. For this weeks episode, I had the opportunity to speak with the founder of Diplomat Books and the Author of the Chidlren’s book- Where Is Robin: Robin Barone All Images Courtesy of Robin Barone Robin
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November 27, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 53 - Meet Chicago's New Dream Folk Band
Musicians Sam Brownson, Oliver Horton, and Jake Hawrylack first met as undergrads at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.  The three multi-instrumentalists collaborated on various student and side projects but then went their separate ways upon graduation.  Later they each migrated to Chicago drawn by the City’s musical roots.  After jamming together on different projects, the three formed Sedgewick
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November 26, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Ep. 54 - ShoeCandy by Kara Mac
Welcome to halfstack highlights. This is Jen Lezan and I am the Editor in chief of the Chicago based digital magazine Halfstack and one of the hosts of our podcast Halfstack highlights. This week I had the opportunity to speak with Kara Mac – the founder of Shoe Candy by Kara Mac. ShoeCandy® by Kara Mac is a line of high quality, designer shoes and hand-crafted, mix and match accessories
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November 26, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 22 - How to Be a Rich Bitch with Nicole Lapin
If you’re looking to take control of your financial life this year, Rich Bitch: A 12 Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life in Order...Finally is the book for you. Written by fun and fearless financial expert Nicole Lapin, Rich Bitch is a finance book you’ll actually enjoy reading and feel excited and empowered about your future. You can also listen to the full interview on the Halfstack
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 21: "Primal Teams" by Jackie Barretta: Book Review
Jackie Barretta shares her secrets to creating and maintaining successful relationships in the workplace in her book, "Primal Teams". In her recently published book, the accomplished CIO consultant, speaker, and author, gives us an insight on techniques that can help us to use our emotions in a productive way that can benefit and strengthen any team. Oftentimes, we are discouraged from
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Exclusive Lolla Interview with Hermitude
Hermitude have quickly become one of Australia’s most in-demand touring acts.  With the Platinum-selling HyperParadise, the band won Australia’s Music Prize, modeled after Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize, whose single goal is to identify and reward the most outstanding creative Australian album of the year.  Released via Elefant Traks in Australia Dark Night Sweet
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: “Wicked” Composer curates music against bullying for Chicago Premiere
In today’s Halfstack Highlights, we talk with Paul Caldwell, creative director and conductor of Windy City Performing Arts. In their new concert series, Legacies of Hope, the group honors the lives of the countless LGBTQ youth who are at risk in our communities, and will feature the Midwest premiere of Tyler’s Suite. Tyler’s Suite honors the memory of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Bottled Brooklyn - Interview w/ Rameses Crisi
If you've  not heard of bottledBrooklyn, then today  is the day you will! I had the amazing opportunity to interview with Rameses Crisi to talk about the brand, and the amazing products that they offer! Being a beauty junkie one of the things that stands out is of course are the handheld mirrors. These mirrors are something anyone can add into their daily routine, with such empowering quotes and
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: The Way Down Wanderers Performance at Stage 37
5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, performed on Thursday afternoon at the Block 37 shopping center, located at 108 N State St.  The Stage 37 concert series started up its new season mid June, featuring a variety of folk and indie bands.  Based in Chicago, The Way Down Wanderers have been touring across the country to states like Colorado, Iowa and Michigan. Now back
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 52: Meet Dana Donofree of AnaOno
Hey everyone! Welcome to the latest episode of Halfstack Highlights. I am Jen Lezan – the Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and host of this podcast where we explore the business of creativity and inspiring individuals who are trying to create magic while following their dreams. In this episode – I had the opportunity to talk with: Dana Donofree - the founder of Ana Ono – a lingerie and
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 51: Female Founders Series - Meet Zibbli
Hello everyone!  We are continuing our series focus on female founders this week on the Halfstack Highlights Podcast. In this episode, we talk with  Alex - The founder of the tech and childcare startup: Zibbli. Zibbli provides families in Westchester, NY a flexible childcare solution to meet the demands of busy parents. At Zibbli, they are calling attention to the many types of families
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 50: Artist on a Mission for Positive Change
Dewayne Lucas credits his art for saving his life.  The author, producer, director, songwriter, and film editor was being raised by his single mom on the south side of Chicago in a neighborhood racked with poverty and violence.  After several family members and friends fell victim to violence, Lucas’s mother packed him up along with his four brothers and one sister, and moved to Milwaukee.
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 49: Meet Cary Williams of Too Pretty Brand
Hello everyone! Thanks for listening to Halfstack Highlights. Jen Lezan here, Editor in Chief of Halfstack Magazine and one of the hosts of Halfstack Highlights! I am super stoked to share the guest in this latest episode.  She’s one of our first guests from our run down of amazing women Entrepreneurs that I had the opportunity to encounter during my time at Rent the Runway Foundation’s Project
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 48: Woman Walk the Line - Female Artists Influencing Lives
Music has the power to change lives.  Each of us has experienced what music can do at some point in our lives.  Remember those tough preteen/teenage years?  Life was challenging. Where and how do I fit in?  You retreated to your room to listen to music and brood when suddenly, THAT song came on.  At last, someone who understands what you are going through.  This artist really gets it. Music’s
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 8 - Bee for a cause
Nabiha Niazi of Beeforacause is a local Chicago accessories designer who does more than just make pretty things. Rather, she is trying to make the world a better place to live in. She gives her customers the opportunity to take part in humanitarianism through philanthropic shopping. Yea, you read that right. YOU can help by doing one of your favorite things to do: shop. Simple as that. I had the
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 46: An Interview with Comedian Jena Friedman
Hey everyone! Thanks for listening to Halfstack Highlights! In this episode I had the chance to talk with comedian, actor and writer: Jena Friedman. We talked about, politics, feminism, being a woman in the TV world, and her journey in her career: Just hit the play button for the full interview PODCAST: Play in new window | Download Listen and subscribe via Archive.org She has worked
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 45: Meet Ashley-Lauren Elrod
Hello everyone! Welcome to Halfstack Highlights! This is the first episode of our 2017 season! I am excited to share a local Chicago singer, song-writer, activist and creative phenom Ashley Lauren Elrod. Ashley Lauren is as a leader and woman of God and this is evident in her story. Her unique sound and raw ability move listeners to feel the message in her music. In this episode Ashley shares
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 44: A Conversation with Raquel Sofia
Welcome back to Halfstack Highlights. I am so excited to kick off 2017. In today’s episode I had the opportunity to interview an incredibly talented Miami based Puerto Rican musician: Raquel Sofia. The singer songwriter who is signed to Sony Music’s Latin Division is such a bright spot in Latin Pop today. All Images Courtesy of Sony Music Latin Her sound is unique and she has really
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 41: Meet Wurkinstiffs
Hey everyone! It’s Jen Lezan – editor in chief of Halfstack mag.com – I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the season of Halfstack Highlights so far. In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights – I had the opportunity to speak to the founder of Wurkin Stiffs: Jonathan Boos. Wurkin Stiffs is a menswear accessories brand that launched with the idea of a magnetic collar stay, got a big break
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 40: Meet Joachim Schamberger and PONY
Hey everyone! It’s Jen Lezan here with another episode of Halfstack Highlights! As we continue on with this season’s theme of explore, I have been on the search for interesting people with careers, life journeys and experiences that really embody that idea. This episode I was introduced to the Philharmonia Ochestra of New York – not to be confused with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York –
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 39 - Exploring your Creativity with Bradley Bischoff
Hey everyone! I am excited to share another episode of Halfstack Highlights! The theme for this season has been all about exploration and it fits so well with the blog's April Editorial of Innovation. Innovation truly does arise out of Creative people's abilities to truly explore their craft. In today’s episode I am talking with Chicago based Film Director and Writer Brad Bischoff.  We recently
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 37: Meet Gerhardt Knodel
Hey everyone! Welcome to the beginning of our 2016 series! Thank you for all who have listened and downloaded Halfstack Highlights over this past year! This season we are hoping to focus on the theme of explore. Whether that means to explore a new career, art, life journey, or anything that sparks your curiosity. Last season it was all about inspiration, but this season we are looking to go
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 34 - Behind the Brand: Meet Dream Beard
In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights, I talk with the founders of Dream Beard: The husband and wife duo- Ryan and Brittany Lane. Dream Beard is more than a brand, it is a lifestyle. Dream Beard sells high quality hair, beard, and body products to help you embrace that lifestyle. Brittany and Ryan believe their company is something people can connect with. We talk about how the
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 35 - Meet Heather Shore of Nourish Collection
Hey Everyone! This week on Halfstack Highlights I am really excited to share an interview with a Midwest based entrepreneur and mother – Heather Shore of Nourish Collection. Small business Saturday is this upcoming weekend and it’s a great opportunity for us to show our support for local small businesses. Nourish Collection designs stylish, fashionable, chic breastfeeding clothing for
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 33 - Meet the Founders of Latino Fashion Week
Hey everyone! Jen Lezan here and I am so excited to share today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights. I had the opportunity to speak with Arabel Alva Rosales and Cesar Rolon, the co founders and producers of Chicago’s very own Latino Fashion Week. Arabel is a prominent Chicago Hispanic business leader and an entrepreneur who runs a tech firm right here in the City. She’s a mother, a tech innovator
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 32 - Fashion Loves Art: Meet Goons
In this episode of Halfstack Highlights we are closing out our Fashion Loves Art Series with an interview with the street artist Goons. Goons is a native of Chicago who currently resides in Vermont and who donated an amazing auction piece for the Fashion Loves Art Event in Sept.  In 2012 Goons was the judge’s choice winner of the Red Bull Curates Competition in Chicago, and he then went on
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 31- Fashion Loves Art Artist Feature: Rome Won
In todays episode of Halfstack Highlights we interview Chicago Artist Angel Pagan. Best known by the street artist name: Rome Won. He’s been a graffiti mural artist for over 20 years. Originally from New York, he studied at The American Academy of Art in Chicago. His work has been featured in art project underwritten by the CTA, YMCA, Verizon and Amtrak. He has been featured in shows all
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 30: Fashion Loves Art Charity Event
In this weeks episode of Halfstack Highlight, I get the chance to speak with the style maven behind SA Style Studio - Stephanie Alexis. Style Studio is a NYC based company dedicated to fulfilling all of your fashion needs. Their goal is to make fashion and style as easy and fun as possibly. Stephanie and her team offer an array of services including personal shopping, image consulting, and
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 29 - Gotham's Newest Heroine: Black Canary
DC's newest adaptation of Black Canary takes a fresh spin on one of Gotham's most beloved heroines. This heroine was recently introduced in the television series "Arrow", so she might not come as too much of a surprise to comic book fans. However, the newest version of Black Canary in the comics, written by Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and illustrated by Annie Wu (Hawkeye), is quite a bit
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 28 - Jake Shimabukuro at Auditorium Theatre
The ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, performed at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday, June 24. Although I've been a longtime fan of his music, this was the first time that I've ever seen him perform live. The passion and charismatic presence that I've always imagined that he would bring to stage truly resonated during his performance. His concert became one of the most incredible
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 26 - Meet Ricardo Sebastian of Luxury Management
In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights, I talk with Ricardo Sebastian, A Chicago mover and shaker doing big things who recently made his way to the West Coast. He’s the Youth Board President for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and the Founder and Project Manager at Luxury Management: a production & management company.
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 24: An Interview With Yumi Sakugawa
The author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed book, "I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You", Yumi Sakugawa, was able to have chat with us on our podcast Halfstack Highlights. Yumi Sakugawa is a writer and an illustrator that currently works from Los Angelos. I first came across her work a few years ago when I happened to stumble upon her book "I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You" at an
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 25 - Interview with Lea Redmond
Hey everyone! In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights, I talk with Author and Illustrator: Lea Redmond about her latest book: All Lovely Things a field journal for the objects that define us. Lea and I talk about Lea's journey as an artist and the hustle she’s had to put in,  her first project the worlds smallest post service and what it was like establishing herself without the art school
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 23 - Meet Andrea Pabon
Andrea Pabon is a fresh faced Puerto Rican woman setting out to make Chicago her creative haven. Her ambition, drive and vitality for life are infectious. She draws people in with her positive attitude despite the cut-throat industries she works in – film directing and fashion photography. She also moonlights as a freelance stylist. Yet, it is her love for film, cinematography and photography
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 20 - Interview with Jerry Horton of Papa Roach
Hey everyone! Jen Lezan here, editor in chief of halfstackmag.com and I’m so excited to get Halfstack Highlights back up and running after a brief break during the holiday season! The other digital editors and I have some great interviews in store for all of you listeners. We are kicking it off with  Perry this week and her interview with Jerry Horton of Papa Roach.  Papa Roach Live 2014 -
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 19 - Meet Brede Baldwin
A couple of weeks ago, Halfstacker Cora Vasseur introduced us to up and coming singer/songwriter: Brede Baldwin. He's a 15 year old who is passionate about music, grateful for his opportunities and has a boat load of talent! Today, we share with you Cora's up close and personal chat with Brede about his journey so far on our most recent episode of Halfstack Highlights. This kids is going places
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 18: Chicago Sketch Comedy Channel Does a Little "Day Drinking"
When Chicago develops more comedians per capita than any other city, you need to create your own opportunities to be seen and share your work. Dave Urlakis with his friends created “Awkward Spaceship”, a Chicago-based sketch comedy channel. They launched their second web series, “Day Drinking,” Monday, August 25th.  Cast of "Day Drinking" Urlakis found the double edge sword to improv. “
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 17: Artist Robert Mango Shares His Journey in "100 Paintings: An Artist's Life in New York"
Years ago, artist Robert Mango suffered a devastating event. He responded by “doing the unthinkable” he says: he cut up the paintings. This act of destruction became 30 pieces that flourish in his work today. From destruction comes creation. The event opens Robert Mango’s upcoming book, 100 Paintings: An Artist’s Life in New York. While he’s called the “Renaissance Artist of Tribeca”, Mango is
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 16 - Meet Opposite Box
In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights, Jen Lezan talks with Richard Long, member of Opposite Box. Opposite Box is a genre-bending experimental rock band from Chattanooga, TN known for high energy live shows and a seamless blend of jazz, rock, funk, punk and progressive – dubbed “weird rock” and “belligerent funk” – that is often compared to acts like Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle and Parliament
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 15 - Interview with Genevieve Gorder
In today’s episode of Halfstack Highlights, Jen Lezan talks with Interior Designer and DIY Pioneer Genevieve Gorder. Genevieve is best known for paving the way for DIY on HGTV’s trading spaces and being a judge on Design Star. She was a DIYer before DIY was part of popular culture! Jen talks with Genevieve about her journey into television, her career as a whole as well as tidbits of interior
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October 25, 2017
Halfstack Highlights - Episode 10 - Organums
Following a dream can be risky, but many entrepreneurs understand that risk comes with the territory. In order to achieve greatness, we must be willing to believe that we can be great. There is a quote by Marianne Williamson that has always touched me to the core. It states that often, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 14 - Meet the Balanced Babe: Sarah Baker
Hey Halfstackers! I am so excited to share this latest Halfstack Highlights post with you! We are introducing Sarah Baker of Balancedbabe.com, healthful and Style Body Soul. We've partnered up with her to bring you a great monthly column on Halfstack and share some amazing upcoming events with all of you readers.  In today’s episode of Halfstack Highglights, we discuss Sarah’s journey into
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Ep. 13- Interview with Chicago's own Shermin Kruse
In todays episode of Halfstack Highlights, Editor-in-chief: Jen Lezan, speaks with local Chicago lawyer and author - Shermin Kruse about her latest book - "Butterfly Stitching". They discuss details of the book, human rights on a global level and her journey as an Iranian woman. Throughout the episode, Shermin shares her journey as an emigrant, the inspiration behind her book as well as her
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 12- Meet Benjamin Edelstein
In today’s Halfstack Highlights – Editor-in-chief: Jen Lezan continues the conversation on empowerment and following your dreams with Benjamin Edelstein– a 29 year old - renowned international award winning landscape photographer. Jen and Benjamin discuss how sometimes our first instinct in terms of our future isn’t always right, but that when we go with our passions beautiful things emerge. They
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights - Episode 11 - FOOD CHOICES Documentary
The older I get, the more I am painfully aware of the fact that the choices I made have a direct affect on the world around me. I am currently in the process of truly pushing myself in terms of health, not just for me, but for my family. To many people in my life suffer illness that stems directly from the food they put in their mouth. As a Latina, diabetes is a huge issue among our population
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 9 - One Part Plant
In today’s episode Halfstack Editor-in-chief: Jen Lezan interviews Chicago blogger and creative entrepreneur – Jessica Murnane of onepartplant.com. She is also the mastermind behind sohowwasyourday.com – she’s a blogger on a social mission to educate our communities on how food can change our lives. This is the first part of a two part series dedicated to food education. We are just finishing up
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights - Episode 6: Running with Lauren Rippy & Halfstack Health Expo recap
If you all didn't have a chance to check out the Halfstack Health Expo with Crossfit 630 - no worries! We have a photo gallery recap and a great Highlights episode from Lauren Rippy. If you haven't had a chance to check out our other two keynotes on Halfstack Highlights you can do so by clicking HERE. PODCAST: Play in new window | Download Listen and subscribe via iTunes
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights Episode 5: PaleoPorn.Net... "It's Food Porn, not Porn Porn!"
Have you ever wondered who it was that first decided the word "diet" meant being conscious of the foods we consume over a certain period of time? Knowing what we now know today about nutrition, health and overall quality of life, wouldn't you like to go back in time and slap that person across the face? We certainly don't advocate violence at Halfstack, but let's honestly think about this
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 4 - The Challenge with Nick Wernimont
We have all heard the argument that simply watching your calorie consumption on a daily basis is enough to maintain a healthy weight. In fact, it has been driven into our brains by "health experts" for decades. Less calories in, more calories burned... this is the secret to success. Obviously, there is some truth to this. If you are burning more calories per day than you are consuming, your
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 3 - The Journey of a Man
This week we continue to explore the themes of spring renewal and Health as we lead up to the Halfstack Health Expo at Crossfit 630. Last week, we sat down with Paleo and Crossfit success story: Drew Powers of FitDadHQ. Drew went from a 300 pound man to a man on a mission to share the Paleo and Crossfit lifestyles. His story is one that truly showcases that it is all about making the decision to
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October 22, 2017
Halfstack Highlights: Episode 2- Catching up with Sabrina Victoria
Like so many other things in life, as humans, we are always looking for short cuts.  Let's face it.  We live in a fast paced world.  And the quicker and more efficiently we can accomplish our day-to-day tasks, the happier we seem to be.  Our health and level of fitness is absolutely no different. It is no secret that we are, and presumably will always be, our own worst critics.  I'll be honest
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October 22, 2017
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