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Feature Friday with Colleen Blum
March 5, 2021, 4:17 am
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“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Episode 2021:9

Je ne sais quoi… an indescribable quality that makes someone or something so appealing.  The “it” factor.  It’s elusive, can’t be taught, but you know it when you see/hear/taste/smell/feel it.

As you’ll learn pretty quick during the next episode of Did You Know That?, Colleen Blum has all the “it” qualities you can envision.  But she is where she is today because those qualities aren’t idle; she has put them to work for the last decade to reach a point of daily happiness.  That is an accomplishment worth talking about, which we do.

Join us for a fun, engaging conversation and then go check out Colleen’s own podcast, “Try And Stop Me” (both on podcast platforms & YouTube), and other online accounts.

Try And Stop Me (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwOj_bbR_Wq2TDdWxtIeG0g

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleenblum/

Instagram: tryandstopmepodcast

Combs & Company: https://combsandco.com/about__trashed/colleen-blum/

Music: “You Can’t Stop Me” by RocknStock via Artlist

#perseverance #ambition #drive #courage #tryandstopmepodcast #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Lyrissa Lidsky on the next episode of “Did You Know That?” with Host Sean O’Rourke
February 26, 2021, 4:55 am
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Episode 2021:8

It can be argued these 45 words are the most important in this country.  The breadth of protections offered by the amendment is in some ways the entire foundation for the democratic structure of the United States.  But like any right, there have been challenges; some nefarious, others cultural.  The current challenge comes from technology.

The rise of any new technology that expands our capabilities is often met with irrational exuberance.  We almost always fall for the utopian visions put forward by the technology’s proponents, forgetting that it will be human beings – good, bad, and indifferent – who will mold the technology going forward.  Thus, what evolves is both a blessing and a bane.  The Internet is the 21st Century’s ultimate example of this phenomenon (so far).

What impact has the Internet had on the 1st Amendment, primarily free speech?  My next guest on Did You Know That? is well versed on this question.  Lyrissa Lidsky is the Dean of the University of Missouri School of Law and an authority on the intersection of free speech and the Internet.  It’s a timely conversation that may change your thoughts about what you write/read on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about Lyrissa and her extensive work around the 1st Amendment, follow her via the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyrissa-lidsky-192815103/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LidskyLidsky

MizzouLaw on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MizzouLaw

Research on SSRN Author page: https://ssrn.com/author=247860

#1stamendment #freedomofspeech #dataprivacy #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Changing The Provider Experience with Guest Bryan Cush

Bryan Cush, Co-Founder of Tidal Health Group is on a mission to change the way consumers find providers. 

Backed with a strong purpose and the courage to try, he and his team are tackling the large task at hand. 

Listen along as Bryan shares a bit on his background, the company’s mission and some key valuable lessons he’s learned along the way so far.

You can Click Here to check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts!



Feature Friday with Ara Basmajian
February 19, 2021, 7:02 am
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“The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.” Maryam Mirzakhani

Episode 2021:7

Addition. Subtraction. Multiplication. Division. Algebra. Euclidian Geometry. Trigonometry. Calculus. For the vast majority of us, our formal study of math ends somewhere along this list. But this list doesn’t get us to space. Doesn’t get us mobile phones/tablets/devices. Doesn’t get us the Internet.

It’s not hyperbole to say mathematics can explain virtually the entire universe. That’s astounding if you really think about it. So does that mean mathematicians see the world differently than the rest of us? That’s one of the many questions I pose to Ara Basmajian, professor of hyperbolic geometry at Hunter College (part of the CUNY system), on this episode (2021:7) of Did You Know That?

If you want to dive into a whole new world and language, visit Ara’s links below:

CUNY: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Mathematics/Faculty-Bios/Ara-Basmajian

Teaching: https://sites.google.com/view/basmajian/home/teaching

Research: https://sites.google.com/view/basmajian/home/research

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBSnPsGsH6U

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJWk_oAGlxo

Music: “Make Me Mad – instrumental Version” by Ofrin via Artlist

#mathematics #geometry #hyperbolicgeometry #universallanguage #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Lexi Arnold
February 12, 2021, 4:57 am
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“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” Unknown

Episode 2021:6

Host: Sean O’Rourke

Health can be a perplexing topic for all of us.  Unless afflicted with a condition at birth or in early childhood, we typically grow up believing we control our minds and bodies.  We jump when we want, we say what comes to mind, we sleep when we’re tired, we laugh when amused, we… well, you get the picture.

Lexi Arnold started life with that same belief but was disabused of the notion at a young age.  Her struggles started early and caused mounting physical and mental challenges that affected her quality of life.  Treating the physical issues was the easy part (and I use the term easy in a very loose sense, as you will find out during our conversation); the mental and emotional weight Lexi carried required more understanding, both for Lexi and her family.

In this episode of Did You Know That?, Lexi and I talk about the “shadow” she describes in the essay below.  We discuss how she broached the subject with her parents, why she decided to be so open about her struggles, and what she’s doing to help others.  This is one of the more inspiring episodes I’ve done thus far.

Lexi’s essay: https://lexismentalhealthmatters.jimdofree.com/2019/10/08/the-shadow

Learn more about Lexi at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexiarnold/

Instagram: @lexiarnold



Tenacious Tuesday with Rob Pecha
February 9, 2021, 4:39 am
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Check out the latest episode of the Try & Stop Me Podcast with host, Colleen Blum.

Lessons In The Redirection

Rob Pecha dreamed about fighting for his country but after 2 years of training he was told he could no longer continue.

Listen along as he sits down to tell us all about the lessons he was able to take from those day and turn them into motivation still to this day in his life and career.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lessons-in-the-redirection/id1525146944?i=1000508125920



Feature Friday with Brent Filbert

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Brent Filbert

“We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to.” Marcus Luttrell

Episode 2021:5

The quote above carries many connotations, but for the purposes of this episode of Did You Know That?, we’re focusing on the relationship between veterans and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).  This is not a hit piece on the VA, but an exploration of how bureaucracy, politics, money, and other factors force many veterans into a pitch battle with the very government they served.

Brent Filbert is the clinical director and a supervising attorney at The Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law.  This group of dedicated attorneys and law students take up the fight – free of charge – for veterans who aren’t receiving the benefits they earned for their service.  It’s a disheartening conversation in some respects and inspiring in many others.

Check out the work of The Veterans Clinic by following the links below:

https://www.linkedin.com/school/university-of-missouri-columbia-school-of-law/

NOTE: This episode comes at a special time as we honor my late father-in-law, Maj. Gen. Roger E. Combs, with the #PancakesForRoger campaign on various social media platforms.  To check out the story behind the endeavor, Click Here!

Music: “Continent” by ANBR via Artlist



Pancakes For Roger! – The Backstory

February 1st kicks off Combs & Company’s annual campaign to support the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic, which helps veterans and their families navigate the VA claims process and secure disability benefits when they are faced with obstacles along the way.  Combs & Company will make a donation to the Veterans Clinic for every pancake-loving picture you post on social media and use the hashtag #PancakesForRoger.

Many have asked how this campaign began.  It began with a what seemed to be a simple request by my father for some pancakes.  

My dad, Major General Roger E. Combs, served our great country for more than 39 years in three branches of the military (Marines, Army, and Air Force).  When he was coming to the end of his life, I was fortunate enough to return home to King City, MO from my NYC home to be present and help care for him.  Each morning we had a pretty specific routine as the early risers of the family.  I would go to the gym at 5am, return home around 6am to get ready for the day, and then help him have breakfast and get him prepped for his day.  One morning, as I came downstairs, he was setting the kitchen table for himself and I looked at him rather quizzically and asked what he was doing.  He looked at me and said, “I want pancakes for breakfast.”  I smiled at him as my heart broke inside.

Such a simple request was by this time impossible for my dad.  Ten years prior, my father was diagnosed with Agent Orange-related throat cancer, from exposure during his service as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  He’d beaten that cancer and enjoyed a relatively good ten years, but he relapsed twice, and his final treatments required him to have a feeding tube.  He was unable to eat solid foods – and my dad loved food – but he never complained.  He knew the journey he was on.  So his desire for pancakes became a rallying point for me and #PancakesForRoger became my way to honor his greatness.  I share this story as often as I can to help remind myself and others to enjoy the simple things in life, because you never know when they could be taken away. 

So every February, to show support to many veterans who will come to be in my father’s shoes, I issue a challenge for the month to have some “Pancakes for Roger.”  For each picture you post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #PancakesForRoger, Combs & Company will make a donation in Maj. Gen. Combs’ name to the Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law to help further their mission to support our veterans and their families.

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If you are looking to support the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic in a deeper way, feel free to CLICK HERE to make a donation!



Tenacious Tuesday with Petia Abdur-Razzaaq
January 26, 2021, 6:09 am
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Influencing The Brands with Guest Petia Abdur-Razzaaq

Host: Colleen Blum

How many times have we’ve seen big brands just miss the mark?

Petia Abdur-Razzaaq, Founder of the Stylista Group is a top marketing strategist and tackling just that. She has teamed up with powerful females to flip the script on this problem. Listen how she shares her journey which has lead her to co-creating “Mosaic Mommies”.

Mosaic Mommies is a community of multi-ethnic moms and micro-influencers who share information about their favorite everyday products and services.

Their mission is to become the one-stop destination for mom influencers of all cultural backgrounds to connect, learn and nurture their unique needs.

Influencing the brands by branding through influencers.

Check Petia out at:

LinkedIn or at The Stylista Group

Don’t have time to watch and want to listen on your way to work? Click Here to list at Apple Podcasts!



Motivation Monday with Ellen Williams

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” Peter Sondergaard

If you’re reading this, stop for 60 seconds and think about the data you generate on a daily basis.  (No rush, I’ll wait.)  Now put that data into a number format, like 10GB or 100GB.  Want to know a secret?  You’ve probably underestimated your daily data footprint by a factor of 10 to 100.

In today’s hyper-digital world, it’s nearly impossible note to generate tremendous amounts of data.  That data carries value for businesses, if they can understand and optimize what they have.  That’s the problem though; most companies are not doing a good job leveraging all that information to make a better product/service, so they’re wasting a valuable resource.

Ellen Williams doesn’t like wasting data.  She knows the value contained in those bits and bytes, and she knows how to extract that value.  (You don’t get the moniker, The Data Chick, for nothing.)  On episode 2021:3 of Did You Know That?, Ellen and I talk about data, what companies can do with it, and why they do anything with it (most of the time).  The conversation is a good reminder that the service/product you produce isn’t the only thing valuable about your business.

Big sure to stay current with Ellen by visiting her at:

Company Website: https://www.orion-gs.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellenwilliamsny/

Twitter: @Ellen_NY_B2B

Music: “Night Search” by Russo via Artlist