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The Founder’s Mind with Adam Mutschler and Dr. Frank

Anyone that has ever started a business will tell you that it’s an emotional roller coaster. Invariably, you will ask yourself if you have what it takes to run a successful business and will question whether or not your product or service is viable. In this episode, Charles invited Adam Mutschler and Dr. Frank to have a candid conversation about starting a business, the importance of “curiosity” in entrepreneurship, the value of engaging coaches/mentors, and the grind that it takes to push through the challenges founders face.

Adam Mutschler is a Partner in The Kedar Group, a coaching firm that supports leaders in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. He also hosts the podcast The Founders Mind that explores all of the dimensions of starting a business with startup founders and field experts. In the true entrepreneurial spirt, Adam recently launched a new podcast Socially Distanced that gives you an intimate, behind the scenes look at what we are facing in the midst of a global pandemic.

Dr. Frank Mirabal is the founder of Mad Scientist Media, a storytelling company that educates, uplifts, and inspires through the lived experiences of people. He currently teaches courses on civic and community engagement as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has previously served two terms as a political appointee in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Albuquerque.

 

 

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EdTalk with Amanda Aragon

Working in the private sector, Amanda Aragon knew that New Mexico as a state performed poorly when it came to educational outcomes for its children. She was working for a Farmington-based oil and gas company at the time doing corporate philanthropy work that touched on education, but she had a drive and a passion to do more. Upon leaving the company, she took a job working for the Public Education Department for the State of New Mexico where she was now at the epicenter of public policy decisions regarding education. Acknowledging the lack of continuity in four to eight year political cycles when working in government, Amanda founded NewMexicoKidsCAN a nonprofit organization that advocates for education policies that are community-informed, research-backed and student-centered.

Charles recently had the opportunity to catch up with Amanda to discuss NewMexicoKidsCAN’s legislative priorities. This episode was recorded at the tail end of the New Mexico Legislative session, so you will have to visit their website to see how they fared during the session.