DR. HENRIETTE J. RUNTE, a college professor, podcaster, speaker, and cancer survivor now in Germany, joined us to discuss her career, her thought processes when growing up as opposed to now, and her amazing place in this world.
FROM HER BIO:
"I am first generation Hungarian-American, but I have been living in Hamburg, Germany since 2001.
I grew up in Communist Romania as a Hungarian minority. My dad was the national Olympic weightlifting coach and defected due to serious political problems. My mother and I were separated from him for two and a half years. Afterwards, my parents reunited in Texas, where my dad became a strength coach at Texas A&M.
Growing up, there was incredible pressure to make my parents’ immigration worthwhile. I had to learn how to be American real quick, learn to speak the language, integrate, roll up my sleeves, and achieve. I collected degrees as symbols of achievement. I started taking college classes when I was 15. I finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology, finished Pre-Med, and completed a BA in French in only three years. I went on to get an MA in French and a PhD in French Literature, focusing on the sociological effects of theater on the community. I started teaching at KU when I was barely 21 years old. But even beyond that, I taught aerobics and kickboxing – did it all officially, got certified and everything. I was intent on showing that I was achieving.
As far as my career was concerned, I spoke at conferences around the world, taught and directed numerous exchange programs for several universities, and didn’t stop until I became Head of Modern Languages at a prestigious university in Germany. I have been working in my current position since 2007. I love my job and the contact I have with my students. It is an absolute privilege to be able to shape young minds and be inspired by them on a daily basis."
KELLI CHRISTINA, an author as well as the founder, CEO, and president of KD staffing in Plano, Texas, joined us to discuss her career, medical staffing issues, and her books, including her recent bestseller, "Riding The Executive Roller Coaster: Medical Staffing Cases".
FROM HER BIO:
"Kelli Christina is an International Best-selling author, public speaker, CEO, and business coach current day. Ms. Christina has worked part time government projects for ten years. She loves "making a difference" in today's world.
As a woman in today’s world, Kelli Christina attributes her success to her hard work, education, and determination. With 20 years of specialized medical recruiting experience and 10 years in business management, she is currently the CEO, owner, and director of recruiting for KD-Staffing. Ms. Christina created KD-Staffing on the idea that “recruiting is an art.” She has perfected her skills in this “art” through several managerial and leadership positions since the start of her career; she became a restaurant manager and a boss at nineteen years old.
Before she started a career in recruiting, Ms. Christina obtained a bachelor’s degree in business, hotel, and restaurant management from the University of North Texas. With 30 years of career experience, her advice to younger generations of women entering the workforce is to remember the importance of education. She also advises them to be strong-willed and to never give up."
JORDAN SKOPP, the founder of "Foul Ball Safety Now", joined us to discuss his efforts in getting baseball teams to place protecting fencing around the stadium to protect fans from being struck by an errant ball or bat during a game.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Foul Ball Safety Now! is a campaign started by Jordan Skopp, a Brooklyn realtor, lifelong baseball fan, and author of a forthcoming book about the wildly overlooked scandal in the professional baseball industry – the all-too-frequent incidence of fans being maimed by dangerous foul balls due to the lack of extended protective netting, and related failures to educate fans about their assumed risk at the ballgame.
NBC News compiled data from first aid contractors working for only four out of the 30 MLB teams, and reported that at least 701 fans had been injured by baseballs from 2012 to 2019. NBC’s own research found an additional 107 injuries in that time period. That’s 808 foul ball fan injuries. Factoring in the other 26 MLB teams, that would come out to roughly 5,000 fan injuries over the same period. Keep in mind, these figures are only for MLB, and do not account for any of the fan injuries in the minor leagues where there are three times more games played.
Ask yourself, what government or regulated industry would tolerate that injury rate in any other aspect of commerce?
Baseball fans have had to figure this out for ourselves. No government has come to the rescue, and professional baseball certainly hasn’t stepped up adequately to protect us.
We must take it upon ourselves to fight for our safety."
GIRISH SHUKLA, a former computer engineer and now an author from India, will join us to discuss his debit novel, "Maroon in a Sky of Blue", as well as his continued and future writing plans.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Girish Dutt Shukla is a computer engineer by education and a freelance digital marketer by profession. Before pursuing his passion for writing, he worked as a software engineer in Gurugram for two years. In June 2015, he left the job and started working as a copywriter and a social media strategist in a digital marketing agency in Delhi. In his six-year stint as a marketing professional, he has helped both established brands and startups to grow digitally with his writing skills, strategy, and marketing acumen.
Girish regularly writes for a variety of websites and newspapers promoting psychology and mental health, including but not limited to The Pioneer, The Daily Guardian, SelfGrowth, SpeechBlubs, Elephant Journal, ThoughtCatalog, Theravive, BestLifeOnline, and HumanWindow. He has a proclivity for perceiving psyche and behaviour and hopes to study the subject further in the future.
Maroon In A Sky Of Blue was his debut novel published in October 2020. The book has garnered an average rating of 4.5 with over 100 reviews. It has been featured on The New Indian Express, Dainik Bhaskar, IANS, Absolute News, Telangana Today, India Blooms, and other major news portals."
Fresh from the success of his book, "A Principal's Family Principles" (available for purchase at www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and www.outskirtspress.com), "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" focuses on the family, kids, parenting, schools, jokes, music, sports, issues of the day, and all issues that impact the family.