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At Prospector Movie Theater: Employees with Disabilities Sparkle & Transform Passions into Professions

The Debbie Nigro Show

Release Date: 03/29/2024

Kenny Loggins Asked Eugene Ruffolo Same Question I Did. How Come I Don't Know You? show art Kenny Loggins Asked Eugene Ruffolo Same Question I Did. How Come I Don't Know You?

The Debbie Nigro Show

If You Don't Know About Eugene Ruffolo I'm Hoping You Willl Now.  He's not just any talent.  Eugene is a prolific and deeply personal songwriter.  The world could use more of him. His music calms people down. A mutual friend who went to school with him in NY back when, had no clue about his talent until a zoom decades later during Covid. He then became addicted to his music and kept insisting I needed to listen. So, I did. I swear I could feel his music in my veins. I was taken aback by the beauty of his vocal gift and the genius of his songwriting. As good as any famous musical...

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Marcie Manfredonia: Remarkable ‘Risk It Or Regret It” Story of Resilience and Entrepreneurship show art Marcie Manfredonia: Remarkable ‘Risk It Or Regret It” Story of Resilience and Entrepreneurship

The Debbie Nigro Show

I love gritty and gutsy women who make it in business against all odds. I am one, and so I am always drawn to the same.    We all have stuff. We all have crap. We all have horrific things that happen to us emotionally and financially that make us think, how the hell am I ever getting out of this? Often you don't even know where to begin.   Sometimes just listening to someone else’s story lends a clue. Especially when it’s a real-life lesson in resilience and survival. This story I’m about to share is very powerful. Because it’s about the power of believing in...

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iVALT is Revolutionizing Identity Protection: Meet Founder CEO Baldev Krishan show art iVALT is Revolutionizing Identity Protection: Meet Founder CEO Baldev Krishan

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A stolen password can be all it takes for hackers to disrupt a life, a business, or the world.    The safeguarding of our identity has never been more critical. Constantly evolving AI-enabled DEEPFAKES are now creating enormous security and safety challenges.   Enter iVALT, a revolutionary game-changer in cyber security.   iVALT Founder & CEO Baldev Krishan Ph.D. joined me to talk about their groundbreaking solution. He is a 2X Nominated “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Silicon Valley with 20 patents.   Fixing the Weakest Link.   Over $170B was...

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Fire Chief Turns Her Knowledge Into a Business to Train Others How To React In Emergencies show art Fire Chief Turns Her Knowledge Into a Business to Train Others How To React In Emergencies

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Fire Chief Rebecca Strobl Turned Her Knowledge of Life-Saving Skills into a Business to Train Others How To React In Emergencies.   I don’t know about you, but I could use a refresher course in how to do CPR, and what exactly to do first when someone’s bleeding badly, even what to do if someone is in shock.   In a recent episode of the Debbie Nigro Show, I decided to shine a spotlight on Rebecca and her company New Day Education and Motivation located in Waleska, Georgia because I thought the work she was doing was critical and felt every community should have a...

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Urging Women To Leverage Genetic Testing to Make Informed Decisions To Combat Cancer Risks show art Urging Women To Leverage Genetic Testing to Make Informed Decisions To Combat Cancer Risks

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 TJ Hills, the renowned author of "Sex, Drugs, Babies and Breast Cancer’.  joined me in the studio for a lively and very enlightening conversation to delve into the pivotal topic of estrogen, genetic testing, and its profound impact on women's health.   She’s passionate about educating women about estrogen exposures and genetic nutritional tools in cancer prevention. Her message is universal as cancer touches the lives of many.   Sharing Wisdom from Her Own Personal Experiences   TJ shared her journey from a bustling Wall Street career to confronting breast...

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Haven’t Seen a Fazzino? You Should - Makes People Happy show art Haven’t Seen a Fazzino? You Should - Makes People Happy

The Debbie Nigro Show

I’ve been focusing on people who make the world a more beautiful place this week. People who through their work, their ethics, their integrity, their talent, their genius just makes it happier for the rest of us.   Charles Fazzino has been called one of the most famous pop artists in the world.   I've been a huge fan of his style of pop art since the minute I first saw it in a window decades ago in New York City. I would stand there and stare in the window amazed at every little intricate pop-up thing he thought of to make a piece come to life. Often because I was in NYC it would...

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Alvin Clayton Paints Humanity Colorfully to Take Color Out of The Picture show art Alvin Clayton Paints Humanity Colorfully to Take Color Out of The Picture

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I can’t get enough of my friend Alvin Clayton. He is bursting with talent and great energy, and I think he makes the world a more beautiful place through all he does and especially through his art through which he tries to speak to people’s humanity.  Recently I felt compelled to introduce Alvin to as many people as possible who may not know about him just to be able to see the amazing art he creates. Famous people collect his stuff. People like Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington and Halle Berry just to name a few. Alvin has a fabulous restaurant in New Rochelle, NY called...

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We’re at The Beginning of The Next American Business Revolution show art We’re at The Beginning of The Next American Business Revolution

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I'm All About Innovation and Innovators So I Love This Story. In his new book “Clean Economy Now: Stories from the Front Lines of an American Business Revolution" Bob Keefe the Executive Director of E2 a national nonpartisan business group of 10,000 business leaders which has been around for 25 years, describes his recent travels across the country.    He wanted to witness first-hand all the clean energy projects in motion because of the significant private sector investment and job creation that’s happened incredibly fast over the past 20 months since The Inflation Reduction...

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I’m Stuck on Following Stephanie Stuckey’s Comeback Road Trip show art I’m Stuck on Following Stephanie Stuckey’s Comeback Road Trip

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Stephanie Stuckey a lawyer by trade, who spent 14 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and was also appointed along the way by the mayor of Atlanta as Atlanta’s 'Chief Resilience Officer', is sure showing how resilient she is. And how resilient her family business is!   Stephanie is now on the road herself promoting Stuckey’s Corporation - the iconic roadside stops famous for its pecan candies and souvenirs that her grandfather founded in 1937. She bought the company in 2019 for $500,000 and has been spearheading the brands big return.   It’s a big year for brand...

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7M People in U.S. Living with Alzheimer’s 2X As Many Family & Friends Are Providing Care But There's' Hope show art 7M People in U.S. Living with Alzheimer’s 2X As Many Family & Friends Are Providing Care But There's' Hope

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Seven Million People Are Living with Alzheimer’s Disease in the US. 80,000 in CT alone & twice as many unpaid family members and friends are providing their care. But the money being raised is making a difference.    Nobody signs up for a brain disorder that gets worse over time. Alzheimer’s is a gradual decline in memory, thinking, behavior and social skills. These changes completely affect somebody's ability to function.    The bad news is the number of people with Alzheimer’s is increasing, but the good news is there are real advancements in treatment. These...

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Have you heard about the AMAZING Prospector Theater in Ridgefield CT?

 

The Prospector Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing competitive and inclusive employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater.

 

Employees of the Prospector, referred to as Prospects, are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and transform their passions into professions.

 

The Prospect Productions team creates high quality digital content for the Prospector Theater. Prospects working on the Production team learn in-demand trade skills such as storyboarding, filming, editing, sound & lighting design, post-production, audio engineering, photography, graphic design, animation, visual effects, and much more!

 

Video productions are used for pre-show content, educational experiences, PSAs, operating procedures, and entertainment!

 

 Over the last four years, Prospects have created over 1060 videos, garnering more than 17,000,000 views worldwide.

 

The Prospector Theater was founded by Valerie Jensen whose lifelong work started when her sister, Hope, was born in 1979 with Down syndrome.

 

Valerie Jensen and ‘Prospect’ Gabe Kavookijan joined me on the air to celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st).

 

Meet them both on this podcast of our live conversation on The Debbie Nigro Show and hear all about the cool things they’re doing at The Prospector Theater in Ridgefield CT and …hear all about their new 'Down To Sparkle' Flavor of Popcorn! 

 

They have many flavors and buying popcorn