Presented By:

Upcoming Shows


SEP 13
Carrie Zeisse
United Way of Greater Portland
Sara Ruef Lindquist
Maine Women's Fund
How to Develop a
Culture of Philanthropy


SEP 20
Johanthan Kent
Thomas College
Education Partnership
Jim Edholm
BBI Benefits
An End Run Around Obamacare

SEP 27
James P. Reidy
Sheehan Phinney
Bass & Green
Legal Update

Interview with Maine Governor Paul LePage


Education Partnerships and an End Run Around Obamacare

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 10am

Download the Show Audio Here


Johanthan Kent
Vice President of Enrollment Management

Thomas College

Connoisseur of GREAT Companies, Coauthor: NUTS! & GUTS! – See more at:

From HR to Legislature -

Download Johanthan’s Audio


Benton, Maine

Alma mater:
St. Lawrence University B.S. 2004 & M.S. 2008

Best part of your job:
Seeing students that enter campus the first day and then walk across the stage 4 years later. Knowing that what they accomplished at Thomas will make them successful in their future.

Tips for college success:
Find your Fit! I always encourage students to do their homework when it comes to searching for colleges. Visit, ask questions, and talk with people about colleges that you are interested in. This is your future- definitely invest the time to find the college that has everything you want (I hope it is Thomas).

Favorite Thomas fun fact:
That we guarantee graduates of Thomas a job within six months! How’s that for return on investment?!?

Favorite Waterville restaurant(s):
Buen Apetito’s and Grand Central Cafe

If I didn’t work in Admissions, I’d be:
A professional runner or triathlete (this would be a dream however). If it weren’t a dream, probably a College XC and Track Coach. Why you decided to work at the Thomas? The changes that have occurred over the past 10 years have been remarkable. The leadership, faculty, staff, and students are quite amazing as well. It feels like home.

Where you’re most likely to be found hanging out on campus?
Depends—most of the day you will find me the admissions suite, but other days you might find me on the roads, running with the XC team.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you bring?
A pair of running shoes, my pillow, and soap.

Quote to Live by:
“If you think someone is AWESOME, tell them! The world NEEDS more of THAT!”

Favorite thing to do in Waterville:
My wife, dog (Oakley), and I like to explore all the walking and hiking trails. We also enjoy eating out when time allows.

Family members that attend Thomas:
Yes, my Great Aunt graduated from Thomas in the early 1930’s!

__________________________________________2013-04-15 Jim Arms folded transparent

Jim Edholm
President, Author

BBI Benefits

Connoisseur of GREAT Companies, Coauthor: NUTS! & GUTS! – See more at:

An End Run Around Obamacare -

Download Jim’s Audio



Culture of Philanthropy

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 10am

Download the Show Audio Here


Carrie Zeisse

United Way of Greater Portlandsara1

Connoisseur of GREAT Companies, Coauthor: NUTS! & GUTS! – See more at:

Sara Ruef Lindquist

Maine Women’s Fund

How to create a culture of philanthropy -

Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Greater Portland, Carrie Zeisse holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art as well as a Masters of Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Through this unique combination of left brain/right brain skills, she has spent the last twelve years in the non-profit sector supporting innovative, community-level change initiatives to advance the common good.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Carrie lived in New York, NY and Boston, MA for several years before returning home to join the United Way team in 2012. She currently oversees several key operational functions such as human resources, finance and information technology, as well as an innovative cross-functional team comprised of marketing and communications, story telling and volunteer engagement professionals. This team creates a vibrant experiences, messages, and media that provides community stakeholders with opportunities to forge strong connections to United Way’s impact work.

Prior to joining the United Way team, Carrie was the Vice President of Economic Development and Finance at the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, where she developed public-private partnerships and capital projects to help bring the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area to life for visitors and residents alike. This was after serving as the Director of Marketing and Strategy for the Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Vision and Conservation Finance services, where she launched the National Leadership in Conservation Awards program and the Conservation Almanac.

Carrie has served  on the Board of Directors for Women Standing Together and is currently on the Finance Committee of Maine College of Art.  She resides in Falmouth with her husband and daughter.


As CEO, Sarah Ruef Lindquist works with the Board and staff to develop and implement long-term strategies to increase the Fund’s philanthropic assets and grow the Fund’s impact and influence throughout Maine. In less than three years under her leadership, the fund’s assets have grown 52%, and the annual fund 60%.

Sarah has extensive experience in fundraising, grant making and building organizations’ fiscal efficiencies. She served as the senior gift planning consultant at Planning for Good, a Maine-based consulting practice she founded, and her law practice focused on estate and trust planning. She was vice president for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, and later served for over five years as vice president and senior administrative trust officer at Union Trust Company in Ellsworth and Camden, Maine.

She has served on the boards of many organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. She is a current trustee of Unity College, Maine Planned Giving Council and West Bay Rotary. Sarah received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is a graduate of the Institute for Civil Leadership in Portland, Maine and attained her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers of the American Bankers Association.


Lessons from Market Basket

Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 10am

Download the Show Audio Here


Peter Bennett
labor and Employment Attorney

The Bennett Law Firm

Lessons from Market Basket -

Managing partner of The Bennett Law Firm, advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with particular emphasis in representing management in collective bargaining negotiations and devising successful strategies for aggressively avoiding unionization throughout the Northeastern United States.

He represents clients in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative bodies and in arbitration.  Mr. Bennett brings extensive trial and arbitration experience to bear on behalf of clients, and also provides counsel to employers in all employment matters, taking a proactive approach to prevent personnel problems before they occur. In addition, Mr. Bennett serves as Chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Bennett graduated from Harvard College with honors and from Boston University School of Law and Graduate School of Management with a JD/MBA.  Mr. Bennett has been active in numerous bar organizations.  He is  Chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence of the American Bar Association, a past Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association, a past President of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Stage Company.

He served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine Department of Continuing Education for Business, teaching Personnel Law for over twenty years and appears in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, the Bar Register and New England Super Lawyers under Labor and Employment Law.  He has been recipient of numerous awards including: Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation, recognized by Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012 as one of the top attorneys outstanding in the area of employment business practice for 2012, recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Management and has received AV Preeminent Attorney Rating in Labor and Employment Law.

Notice, Lead and Disrupt – Replay

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 10am

Download the Show Audio Here


Jackie FreibergX
Dr. Jackie Freiberg
Connoisseur of GREAT Companies

Connoisseur of GREAT Companies, Coauthor: NUTS! & GUTS! – See more at:

Notice, Lead and Disrupt -

International Best-Selling Author – TOPICS:

Leadership, innovation, Culture/Engagement, Trends/The She Economy.

Jackie is the co-author of five books, the international best seller, NUTS Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, the go to book on leadership, culture, service, and innovation. Their most recent ebook is titled Do Something Now! DSN Three simple letters. Three simple words that could change your organization-change your life. The scarcest resource in organizations right now is not money or talent or ideas or power; it’s people who DO, people who add value and get things done. This book will inspire Dreamers to become Doers.

Everyone wants to add value and this book shows you how. NANOVATION is a global case study on “how to” innovate. BOOM! a book on leadership and accountability (necessary prerequisites to innovation), and GUTS! a deep dive into companies known as BEST places, where the BEST people can do their BEST work to make the world BETTER. Jackie is recognized as one of the Top 30 Minds on Leadership and is one of the most sought after FEMALE business speakers in the nation.

Jackie does her homework to customize the content for each event. She gets to know the issues that are most helpful and relevant to each audience/industry and designs each speech with that in mind. Client Testimonials: What an amazing message! Jackie, you hit it out of the park. Kaiser Permanente Jackie was the best speaker this year. Lockheed Martin Jackie exceeded our expectations. She was fantastic as the lead for our Patient Experience retreat. As a result we are showing the highest scores ever. Thank you!

Tampa General Hospital (#1 Hospital in Florida) You have given the world the greatest gift – generously sharing your passion and talents. Hearts and minds were opened, attitudes shifted, actions imagined, ideas formulated, risks taken. TEDxYouth San Diego Jackie’s message is still radiating throughout the organization. Navy Federal Credit Union “Jackie was terrific and flawless. She listened and played into the key points our audience wanted to hear. Our board loved her! We will definitely have her back for another event.” American Health Care Association &;amp; National Center for Assisted Living Thank you for listening, our committee shared a lot of ideas and you didn’t miss a thing! School Nutrition Association

PARTIAL CLIENT LIST… TEDx Navy Federal Credit Union Blue Cross &;amp; Blue Shield Prudential Bright Horizons Radian Kaiser-Permanente Sony Eli Lilly Tampa General Hospital Hallmark USAA Lockheed Martin Victoria’s Secret McDonalds Wells Fargo

CREDENTIALS: * Public Speaking Coach to the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office. Trained more than 1500 Marine Recruiters a year on the Fundamentals of Delivering a Winning Presentation. Semper Fi! * Member of the Southwest Airlines&;#039; Culture Committee. One of only two non-employee members invited to serve on the highly influential leadership committee * Executive Consultant, Center for Creative Leadership, provided feedback to executives participating in a five-day Leadership Development Program * Manager of Corporate and Professional Programs, University of San Diego’s Executive Conference Center * Co-Founder USD’s Family Business Institute * Founded USD’s Certificate in International Business Program * Worked with Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company to design the first ever CD-ROM training tool for family-owned businesses and provided expert commentary on the complex issues facing family businesses * Director USD’s Institute for Quality; Productivity * Professor; teaches leadership, public speaking, and communications courses as an adjunct professor * HR Specialist, College Recruiter and Employee Communications Manager, NCR Corporation * Doctorate degree, Leadership, University of San Diego * Master’s degree, Communication, San Diego State University * Bachelor’s degree, Communication, University of New Hampshire Adjunct Faculty, The University of San Diego: Jackie teaches a graduate level course on Women &;amp; Leadership for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and graduate level Presentations Skills for The Masters in Non-Profit Leadership & Management. Lead Faculty, The University of San Diego: TrailBlazers2ChangeMakers, a one-week program for High School Students designed to equip them with the tools and strategies for building a Stand-Out Leadership Brand.

Most important! Jackie is the Freiberg family anchor. She is the chief choreographer and lead in coordinating the schedules of their three children. Jackie skis, cycles, runs and works out hard to keep healthy. She and Kevin have been working, parenting, writing, speaking, traveling, living and married for more than 27 years.