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Author: Ari (R.K.) Goldfarb

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Follow the Hummingbird interviews community leaders and entrepreneurs in Buffalo and New Orleans. Through advice, story telling, and discussions this podcast is meant to motivate and educate the budding entrepreneurial communities around the world.
15 Episodes
Today I speak with artist Journey Allen on her work both as an artist and community leader.  Learn more about her community and non-profit efforts by visiting: find information about Camp Oya contact: 5044007224
Today I speak with Jamil Khoury the co-founder of Silk Road Rising, a theatre company located in downtown Chicago dedicated to presenting plays written by individuals of Asian and Middle Eastern descent. I met Jamil during community coffee at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. He’s a current artist in residence, and the only non-visual artist in residence at this time. If you’re interested in learning more about Silk Road Rising they have an upcoming event: Wednesday May 1st 7 pm Joan Mitchell Center 2275 Bayou Rd viewing of Obstacle Course a Silk Road Rising production
Althea Luehrsen is the CEO at Leadership Buffalo, Inc. About Leadership Buffalo: "Leadership Buffalo is Making Buffalo Better. Through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement, we are uniting leaders to take action. Our five programs are educating individuals and providing resources to make a difference. Participants explore the challenges, concepts, complexity and practice of leadership around important issues through a series of day sessions. We unite leaders from diverse backgrounds and increase their knowledge of community issues, broaden their vision and enhance their ability to lead. Through these programs, Leadership Buffalo has expanded Western New York's social capital by graduating more than 3,000 individuals."
Hey Listeners today I speak with Sally Lindsay from Big Easel Collective Big Easel Collective specializes in sets that are rooted in place. They craft permanent transformations for retail experiences, museums activations, interiors, and public spaces that will wow visitors as well as pop-up installations for conferences, festivals, and events They understand the trend of marketing is becoming focused on the experience and provide a unique service that turns anyone with a smart phone into a brand ambassador.  Instagram: @Bigeaselcollective or
I am excited to introduce Alexander Bigbie, a New Orleans transplant with a unique financial background. Once an investment banker, he fell in love with the city of New Orleans and uses his wealth of knowledge to aid the youth in our higher education system so they can properly navigate traditional financial difficulties young adults face.  More on Flyte: Flyte is a nonprofit that aims to improve the overall levels of financial literacy among young adults from low and middle income backgrounds in New Orleans. 70% of Americans are financially illiterate and have little to no access to education that can help them better understand how to budget, build credit and avoid toxic debt. Most of the mistakes that people make are in young adulthood and can be easily prevented with a small amount of education. We partner up and coordinate with retail banks in the city in order to properly deploy all of their resources across schools in the city. Flyte also offers coaching sessions to employees in the private sector as part of its broader mission to improve the city's overall financial literacy
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work to advance openness in education, which includes a robust state and federal policy program, a broad librarian community of practice, and a leadership program for OER librarians. SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Learn more at
Welcome back listeners! Today I interview Victoria Adams Phipps. Victoria is the Vice President of Programs at New Orleans Business Alliance and the Executive Director of 504Ward. As the Executive Director of 504Ward she has helped nurture and facilitate professional and personal growth for young professionals in the Greater New Orleans area.  About 504Ward:  "We are a nonprofit collaborative initiative, founded in 2008, with a mission to keep you, the talented young professionals of New Orleans, in our great city. Our goal is to connect you to key people, events and opportunities and ensure that New Orleans is a place for you to thrive and grow. With a pro-New Orleans witty tone and no ads policy, our twice weekly e-mails highlight opportunities for civic and social engagement and leadership development, and often include special event discounts just for young professionals."  (@504Ward)
Hey listeners! Today I speak with David Deutsch, Managing Partner at Flowered Wellness in WNY Flowered Wellness is a health and wellness company adopting an educational and holistic approach toward providing education about medical cannabis products and programs. Download their free guide to the NYS Medical Marijuana Program at their website: If you like our show please leave a review on the platform you listen from. If you're new here and like what you heard please subscribe on your preferred platform here:
Welcome back to the Follow the Hummingbird podcast! Today we speak with Jennifer Weishaupt, the Founder and CEO of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group. On today's episode we dive into the restaurants past, present, and future. We explore the strong culture that has allowed a corner store cafe to expand into one of the fastest growing chains in the region.  We also discuss the strong and ever present social and environmental missions Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group pursues. 
Interview with Tom Ulbrich

Interview with Tom Ulbrich


Today we speak with Western New York business leader and entrepreneur Tom Ulbrich. Tom is an an entrepreneur, educator, speaker, author and the Executive Director at UB School of Mgt. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Tom emphasizes the importance of community and business--how small business owners fit a unique purpose in our economic ecosystem and teaches the ways they can optimize their presence by utilizing local resources. 
Carol Beth Anderson is the author of the YA Fantasy Sun-Blessed Trilogy. Carol and I first spoke on Twitter when she shared the 2018 results of her debut fantasy trilogy. Her excitement for her accomplishments and passion for writing were contagious and I knew at once she had to come on the show to talk about her journey. Connect with Carol Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Connect with Follow the Hummingbird at Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Today I speak with the founder and CEO of LMBPN Publishing Michael Anderle. Anderle is also the best selling author of the Kurtherian Gambit Series and the admin of the popular facebook group 20booksto50k. Since 2015 he has created a vast Science Fiction and Fantasy Universe, launched successful careers for dozens of authors, and has consistently reached the top 50 ranked authors on Amazon.
How To Grow Your Newsletter

How To Grow Your Newsletter


Today’s podcast dives into how I grew my personal newsletter by over 100 subscribers and less than a month.
Everyone Has A Story

Everyone Has A Story


Today’s episode dives into why you should publish a book and how it’s never been easier to be an author. Control your publishing future and grow your brand today.
Interview with C4Coin

Interview with C4Coin


For Follow The Hummingbird’s first podcast we interview Dylan Penn co-founder of C4Coin.
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