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Jim McIngvale, Philanthropist, Gallery Furniture

When Jim started his mattress business in Houston, Texas he had just $5,000 and a pickup truck. Now, he has amassed a furniture empire through his "wacky ads" and gregarious personality. It was, however, a single act of kindness that thrust him into the international spotlight. During Hurricane Harvey, he opened the doors of all of his stores to displaced residents, earning him local adoration and international cheers. We go with Jim to his favorite Mexican restaurant, Lopez Family restaurant, to eat fajitas and hear the story of how any local businessman can make a tremendous social impact.

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Gitanjali Rao, Inventor

At the age of just 11 years old, Gitanjali dreamed up a solution to a problem many had overlooked. Inspired by watching the news coverage of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Gitanjali invented a water treatment device that Flint residents could use in their homes to see if their water is safe. This invention has won her numerous national and international awards and accolades. Over Mexican comfort food, Gitanjali shares the basics of innovation and creativity and inspires us all to look more closely at big world problems in a more resourceful way.

  • 2020-04-12T14:30:00-07:00
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Katori Hall, Playwright

Columbia, Harvard and Juilliard educated, Katori Hall planned to be an actress until a fateful assignment at Harvard changed her direction. Instead, she became a playwright. Her play, The Mountaintop, about the final night before Martin Luther King's assassination, won critical acclaim making her the first black woman to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Over the tropical flavors of Jamaican dishes, Katori shares how she creates complex characters and how her mission is to be a voice for the disenfranchised and marginalized voices in America.

  • 2020-04-19T14:30:00-07:00
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Ashley Longshore, Artist

Ashley Longshore is a Louisiana based painter and gallery owner. Her art is centered around Hollywood Glamour and American consumerism and has been compared to Andy Warhol. With millions of fans and celebrity followers, Ashley shows us what it means to march to a different beat. Over the Indian flavors of New-Orleans, Louisiana spot Saffron, Ashley talks about creating her Art and how she believes Art can truly change the world.

  • 2020-04-23T04:00:00-07:00
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Erik Weihenmayer, Athlete

Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind man to ever summit Mount Everest. His achievement put him on the cover of TIME magazine and brought him International acclaim. Turns out that achievement would be just the launching pad for a life of service and commitment to helping thousands of people overcome whatever holds them back in life. As the director of non-profit No Barriers, Erik works directly with people who either are disabled mentally or physically.

  • 2020-04-26T14:30:00-07:00
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Blake Mycoskie, Founder of Toms

From the majestic Teton Mountains, we hear the story of the man who defined what it means to be a "social entrepreneur". Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS shoes because of a need he saw in impoverished neighborhoods around the world: shoes. His "one for one" business model of donating a pair of shoes for every pair sold has been copied and recreated in thousands of iterations and has been studied by many. Amidst a crackling fire and over delicious "minute steaks" at the Snake River Grille, Blake shares the soul of an entrepreneur and the project that has re-ignited his spirit.

  • 2020-05-03T14:30:00-07:00
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