Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Nicole Cassier-Mason, CEO of Lemonade Day, who highlights the national nonprofit’s efforts to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day is committed to inspiring a culture of aspiration and ambition by teaching youth important life skills, goal setting, financial literacy, and business planning where they learn about teamwork, responsibility, their own aptitudes, problem-solving, and career exploration, all with the guidance of a mentor who serves as their role model.
During the interview, Nicole shares the origins and what led entrepreneur and philanthropist, Michael Holthouse, to launch the program in 2007, how the organization has grown to become nationwide, how the program works, and the different pathways and opportunities for cities, organizations, parents and youth to take part. Nicole highlights Higginbotham for becoming a corporate supporter and talks about some of the ways other companies can get involved and support their efforts, as well.
Then, Jeremy sits down with Sara Frasca, award-winning entrepreneur, innovation speaker, and Chief Operating Officer with Point Northeast, who recently spoke at the cityCURRENT signature speaker series event in Nashville and offers a recap of her presentation focused on fostering innovation and creativity in the workplace.
During the interview, Sara discusses one of the techniques to help you challenge underlying assumptions and lean into what’s next with a Judo Flip, then talks about the power of micro-innovation and starting small. She shares how teamwork is a critical piece of the equation and how it has helped her restaurant persevere during the pandemic and now thrive coming out, how putting in place a process to track progress and results is needed, and how she and her team help companies put this process into place to create impact.