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Apr 26, 2016

Brian Woolfolk (@brianpwoolfolk) is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of government relations and congressional investigations experience. He represents a broad array of clients with matters before Congress and federal agencies. Brian also counsels clients involved in high profile Congressional Investigations. In addition, he advises clients on compliance with federal election, lobbying disclosure and gift ban regulations.

Prior to his tenure in private practice, Brian served as a Democratic counsel on the US House Judiciary Committee and advised members and staff on constitutional, environmental, antitrust, criminal justice and investigative issues. Brian also served as legislative counsel to Congressman Robert C. (Bobby) Scott of Virginia, currently the Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How cable networks make money outside of advertising.
  • How the FCC's proposed set-top box rules can help improve content diversity.
  • The "big picture" of policies affecting modern media diversity.


Unlock the Box

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Apr 19, 2016

Patrick Gusman (@Lancieux) is the Chief Operating Officer of Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY).

Prior to joining SBY, Patrick was the President and Managing Director of the Equal Footing Foundation, and Managing Director of Social Sector Innovations' Startup Middle School a pilot program that trains and develops a sustainable pipeline of early-stage masters of disruptive technologies from underrepresented backgrounds at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2.

Prior to his work with the Equal Footing Foundation and Social Sector Innovations, he was the Executive Director of the TechNet Foundation, Inc. (ConvergeUS) and Chief innovation Officer at the National Urban League. At ConvergeUS he helped give birth to a series of social innovation including MyMilitaryLife. In his work at the National Urban League, Gusman managed strategic planning and was responsible for introducing a groundbreaking social media effort,

Gusman received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a concentration in French from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the board of the Kenya Village North Project.

In this episode we discussed:
  • the key misconceptions about youth homlessness.
  • primary reasons for youth homelessness in Washington, D.C.
  • how Sasha Bruce works with homeless youth and their families to help homeless youth get back on their feet.


Sasha Bruce Youthwork (Twitter|Facebook|Instagram|LinkedIn)

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Apr 12, 2016
Natalie Cofield (@ncofield) has carved a niche for herself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all things business and diversity. Her work has spanned continents, communities and corporations and can currently be found impacting lives and bottom-lines at organizations in cities including Austin, New York, DC, LA, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Nairobi and beyond. 
A converted management consultant, economic fellow, and economic development director she is the Immediate Past President of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Founding President of the Austin Black Technology Council and Founder of Walker’s Legacy a national women in business collective. 
Natalie recently co-founded urban-co lab-- urban innovation focused co-working space and startup incubator designed for community change-makers and innovators looking to create solutions for urban problems throughout the nation.
A graduate of Howard and the Baruch School of Public Affairs in New York, her work has been featured in Forbes, BusinessInsider, Black Enterprise, Essence and Ebony among others.
In this episode we discussed:
  • How to persevere in your business, job and life even when all you want to do is quit.
  • How Natalie has achieved EPIC success by putting others first.
  • How Natalie maintains balance even while running two profitable companies.
Walker's Legacy (Twitter)
Urban Co-Lab
Google for Business
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'leia Bundles
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


Apr 5, 2016

Beverly Parenti (@thebev) is co-founder and Executive Director of The Last Mile—a nonprofit focused on providing education and training inside prison that can result in gainful employment upon reentry, thereby reducing recidivism and helping redirect spending from prisons to education. 

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently visited San Quentin prison to spend time with inmates who are participating in Last Mile’s coding boot camp called Code.7370. On the day of his visit, Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook QUOTE “We can’t jail our way to a just society.” END QUOTE
Last Mile’s programming is one of the most requested prison education programs in the U.S. It’s the FIRST program to offer a computer programming curriculum that teaches men and women to become software engineers. The Last Mile will be in six prisons (including 2 women’s facilities by the end of this year, and expand outside of California next year.
In this episode we discussed:
  • The critical need for programming to not only train inmates on technical skills, but also help them find redemption through their work.
  • How The Last Mile grew from an entrepreneurship training program into a program that includes software engineering as a central component.
  • How policymakers can begin to develop similar programs to help train inmates in their local detention facilities.
  • The Last Mile's revolutionary inmate training method that is spreading nationwide.


The Last Mile

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Mar 29, 2016

Yondi K. Morris-Andrews (@YondiMorris) is a founding partner of Knight, Morris & Reddick Law Group (@KMRLawGroup). She specializes in various practice areas including corporate, entertainment, and real estate transactions. With her corporate clients, Mrs. Morris-Andrews works mostly with start-up companies, offering them advice on how to form as an entity, while drafting and negotiating contracts on the company’s behalf. Morris-Andrews offers creative solutions for her entrepreneur clients, and is able to guide them as they grow from the start-up phase to experienced businesses. She has been hired by her clients to act as general counsel, handling any needs that might arise from the day-to-day responsibilities of running a business.

For her entertainment clients, Morris-Andrews drafts and reviews contracts including licensing, agent and artist agreements, and will negotiate deals on her client’s behalf. Ranging from an independent play writer to a talent management company, Morris-Andrews assists her clients in whatever their legal needs might be.

Another area of great interest to Morris-Andrews is real estate; representing clients in the buying and selling of both residential and commercial properties. Morris-Andrews works closely with clients and agents on her deals, and as a Chicago native, has insight regarding various neighborhoods and what her clients should consider when buying or selling their home.

Morris-Andrews is also a co-founder of KMR Legal Staffing.

Morris-Andrews earned her B.A. from Spelman College and J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.

In this episode we discussed:

  • KMR Law Group's amazing story about how they started and the road ahead.
  • How to choose a business structure.
  • Intellectual property pitfalls every startup should look out for.


Knight, Morris & Reddick Law Group, LLC

KMR Law Group on Facebook

KMR Law Group on Instagram

KMR Legal Staffing

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


Mar 22, 2016

John Bergmayer (@bergmayer) is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.

In this episode we discussed:

  • a brief history of net neutrality, what it means and how we got to where we are today.
  • what "zero rating" is and how it affects media diversity, competition and consumers.
  • how Comcast's Stream TV may violate one of the promises Comcast made in exchange for the FCC's approval of its merger with NBC/Universal in 2011.
  • the factors the FCC will use to determine whether Comcast's "Stream TV" violates the FCC's net neutrality rules.


Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge's FCC Complaint Regarding Comcast's Stream TV Service

Google Inbox

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff

The Deal of the Century by Steve Coll

Mar 15, 2016

Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law. After graduating with honors from Amherst College, Professor Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was the co-founder and later editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal.

He is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and has practiced intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial law, including a decade in private practice with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers.

Currently a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Federal Claims, Professor Mtima has held the post of Distinguished Libra Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of Maine School of Law, is a past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a member of the founding Editorial Board for the American Bar Association intellectual property periodical Landslide.

Professor Mtima is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited Non-governmental Organization Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In this episode, we discussed

  • How intellectual property laws and policies can affect social justice outcomes.
  • The FCC's net neutrality rules and what's at stake for diverse content producers if the DC Circuit Court of Appeals strikes the rules down.
  • The state of play of the law regarding how the NCAA compensates student athletes.


Howard University's Intellectual Property Law Program

Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice by Lateef Mtima (2015)

Diversity in Intellectual Property, Edited by Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan (2015)

Mar 8, 2016

Susan Walters is the Senior Vice President of the California Emergency Technology Fund a non-profit that focuses on closing the digital divide in California. She was previously the Regional Director of Community Relations for Citibank in Greater Southern California. Prior to Citibank she operated a small consulting practice in corporate social responsibility. The work focused on building strategic partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations, strategic planning, communications and marketing. She has worked in myriad areas ranging from telecommunications policy, disability access to multimedia projects. Examples of her work include designing a highly successful technology job training program for low income adults and youth, creating a brand strategy for a buy local food campaign and marketing programs to reach emerging markets.

Her firm's clients included: AOL, Verizon, Microsoft, Independent Television Service (ITVS), San Francisco Giants, Freddie Mac Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the FoodRoutes Network.

Susan has held senior positions in Communications and Marketing with Odwalla and Pacific Bell. Prior to her work in the private sector Susan served as a senior staff member to Willie L. Brown, Jr. during his tenure as Speaker of the California Assembly. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Claremont University. She serves of the Board of Directors for CD Tech, Bay Area Video Coalition, World Institute on Disability and the Center for Accessible Technology.

In this episode we discussed

  • the homework gap.
  • the history of the FCC's Lifeline program.
  • how to expand Lifeline to make high-speed Internet more affordable.


California Emerging Technology Fund

Internet for All Now

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Mar 1, 2016

Lita Rosario is one of America's foremost entertainment lawyers.

Lita got her start in the entertainment business as a founder and the VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group, Inc., producers of multi-platinum recording artists Dru Hill, Sisqo and MYA.  Lita has negotiated distribution and publishing agreements with all of the four major record distribution/music publishing companies including Warner Music Group, Sony/RCA; Universal Music Group; EMI/Capital Records as well as major television and cable companies, including, Disney, UPN, TV One, BET, VIACOM/MTV, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, E! NETWORK and Universal Pictures.

Lita’s client roster has included among others:

Grammy award winning and platinum selling artists George Clinton and the Estate of Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic), Missy Elliott, Tank, Sisqo, DRU HILL, Peaches & Herb, Crystal Waters, Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force, Davy D producer of RUN DMC and Kurtis Blow, Ronald “Peanut” Frost producer of Jill Scott,  and Dave Evans producer and music director for Keith Sweat.

Lita’s practice involves administration of copyrights, including negotiation of syndication rights, mechanical, synchronization, sample clearances, and performance licenses for music in major motion pictures, including Soul FoodRomeo Music DieThe Fast and The FuriousRoad TripMy First MisterBuying the Cow, and Brothers, as well as synchronization licenses for commercial advertisements for Bermuda Tourism, Lincoln-Mercury, Mitsubishi, Doritos, Jeep, Cingular, MAC Make-Up and Miller Brewing Company.

Lita is an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of Mass Media Visual and Performing Arts teaching “The Business of Music,” a course focusing on legal, accounting and other business aspects of music, TV and film industries.

Lita is a member of the District of Columbia, New York & Massachusetts Bars, the Federal Court bars in the Southern District of New York and the District Court for the District of Columbia.  Atty. Rosario attended The Howard University School of Communications in Washington, D.C.; were she graduated Cum Laude in 1983.  Lita also attended The Howard University School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1986, graduating in the top 10% of her class.


Lita Rosario, Pllc.

IP Law 360 (Intellectual Property)

LinkedIn Music Royalties Group

Music and Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox by Kevin Parks


Feb 23, 2016

Ron Busby, Sr. is the President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and a native of Oakland, CA.

He is also a successful business owner with significant experience in the small business arena.  Recognized as one of the country’s best CEOs, he grew his first business, USA Super Clean, from $150,000 annual revenue to over $15 million per year.  

He has received countless awards including the Western Region SBA Small Business Person of the Year in 1996, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Small Business Person of the Year in 2006, and the Maricopa County Small Business of the Year in 2007, to name a few.  Trained by some of the country’s leading executives, Busby developed many of his skills at major corporations (such as Exxon, Xerox, IBM and Coca Cola USA) in various senior management positions.  In the course of his corporate America career, President Busby received nationwide recognition from several major corporations as National Sales Person of the Year.

While residing in Houston, Texas, he lead and served on many boards and committees.  Most notably, he was co-chair of the XL II Super Bowl Host Committee.   Other boards that he served on include the Arizona Governor’s African American Leadership Council, The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Bay Area Chapter of the 100 Black Men (he was president of this chapter), the Urban League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Busby graduated with honors from both Florida A&M University and Clark Atlanta University.  He is a major advocate and promoter of education; especially, the importance of higher learning. In his spare time, you can catch Ron golfing or spending time with his two sons.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Ron's own, inspiring story of how he overcame serious, life-changing obstacles.
  • the mindset black business owners must have to succeed in any field, particularly tech
  • how Ron and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. are helping to accelerate black-owned businesses.


U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? by Reginald Lewis (2012)

Feb 16, 2016

Ad van Loon (@advanloon) is a communications lawyer based in the Netherlands. In 2008, he created the strategy consulting group X-Media Strategies--where he has advised leading broadcasters including BBC, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, MTV, NHK, NPO, RAI, RTL, SBS, TV5, TVE, and operators of electronic communications networks (KPN, Tele2, UPC, Ziggo) on rights management strategies and on distribution and jurisdiction issues. From 2008-2010, Ad coordinated a joint project of the EU and the Council of Europe on the promotion of European standards in the Ukrainian media environment.

From 2000-2008 he was Manager Legal & Regulatory Affairs at NLkabel, the trade association of cable operators in The Netherlands and a member of Cable Europe’s Regulatory Group.

From 2001-2009, Ad was also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he taught courses on ‘European Telecommunications Law’, ‘Broadcasting Regulation in European States’ and ‘European Intellectual Property Law’. He also taught European Telecommunications

Law at the University of Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia.

Ad lived in France for awhile, where he worked at the Council of Europe. Before that he worked at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam.

Ad’s expertise covers media and acquisitions in the media and telecommunications business, copyright, personal data protection and cross-border content distribution.

In 2014, the Chinese government invited Ad to their first World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, where he held a presentation on ‘Why payment platforms will rapidly become redundant?’

Ad contributed to several studies on media and antitrust law for the Council of Europe, Unesco and the Dutch government) and to several studies commissioned by the European Commission on the implementation of European rules in the broadcasting sectors of the Member States. He also has a longstanding experience (since 1989) in advising lawmakers in Central and Eastern European countries on how to create more democratic media structures.

He studied Law at Tilburg University.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights and the foundations of data protection laws in the EU.
  • How European citizens who feel their data protection rights have been violated should expect to proceed through the appropriate European agencies and courts.
  • The so-called 'Safe Harbor', how it benefited U.S.-based tech companies, and how the 'Schrems Case' led to its undoing following Edward Snowden's revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) spying program.
  • The aftermath following the European Court of Justice's decision to strike down the Safe Harbor.
  • How the "right to be forgotten", "data protection by design" and "data protection by default" will play a role in the EU's data protection rules going forward.
  • What is at stake for international trade should the EU and US fail to find a resolution.


X-Media Strategies

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The European Court of Justice's Decision to Strike Down the Safe Harbor

The Circle by Dave Eggers (2014)

The Value of Our Digital Identity (Boston Consulting Group, 2012).

Feb 9, 2016
Berin Szoka (@BerinSzoka) is the President of TechFreedom. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Szoka received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California (inactive).

He has served on the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar's Computer & Telecommunications Law Section, and currently serves on the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee(COMSTAC). Szoka has chaired, and currently serves on, the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit citizens' advocacy group founded in 1988 and dedicated to advancing commercial opportunity and expansion of human civilization in space.

He blogs for the Technology Liberation Front.
In this episode, we discussed
  • the history of the FCC's regulation of monopolies.
  • federal legislation regarding municipal broadband networks and how that legislation should be built upon.
  • whether the FCC abused its "Section 706" authority to preempt state laws that prevent municipal broadband providers from extending their boundaries.



The Future and its Enemies, Virginia Postrel (Free Press, 1999)

Strategic Ituition: The Creative Spark in Human Intuition, Jeffrey Dutton (Columbia University, 2013)

Technology Liberation Front

Feb 2, 2016

Charlton McIlwain (@cmcilwain) - As a researcher, writer and teacher, Dr. McIlwain's primary interests focus broadly on issues of race and media, particularly within the social and political arena. His previous work centered on how political candidates construct, mobilize, benefit or suffer damage from race-based appeals. In 2011 Dr. McIlwain co-authored the book Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns (Temple University Press). In 2012, the book won the prestigious Ralph Bunche Award, given by the American Political Science Association for the best book addressing ethnic pluralism. The same year, the American Library Association recognized the book as one of the Best of the Best books among academic publishers. In addition to authoring/coauthoring four additional books and close to thirty scholarly journal articles and chapter in edited volumes, and regularly providing expert commentary for local, state, national and international media, Dr. McIlwain continues to pursue research about racial appeals through collaborative work focused on analyses of individuals’ real-time perceptions of race-based appeals in political advertising, as well as a variety of cognitive/physiological responses to racialized communication. You can stay informed about his ongoing work in that area at the RaceProject.

Dr. McIlwain's recent interests, however, have turned to the intersections of race and digital media, principally as they relate to three primary questions: to what degree can/has the internet and other forms of digital media use lead to increased political participation, voice and influence for people of color?; in what ways might internet use provide greater access to social, professional and economic mobility for people of color?; and in what tangible ways do forms of racial discrimination, disparate treatment and denial of opportunity take place in online environments? He is currently working on a number of projects in this area, including:

  • An article titled, Racial Formation Online: Representation, Inequality & the Political Economy of the Web.
  • A book project titled Digital Movement: Black Politics, Organizing & Activism on the Web, which traces the roots and charts the development of racial justice networks online since the 1990s.
  • A related project analyzing the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter. The project is in collaboration with lead investigator Deen Freelon, and Meredith Clark, and is funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Dr. McIlwain is also working on the following with other collaborators:

  • A book project titled, Good Feelings: The Story of Race & Barbecue in America with Kathleen McElroy.
  • A final book project with Stephen Maynard Caliendo titled Nigger 2.0: The Turbulent Transformation of a Still Troublesome Word.

In addition to these projects, Robin R. Means Coleman and I edit the Routledge Transformations in Race & Media book series for Routledge.

In this Episode we Discussed

  • The history of race and racism on the Internet in the context of the civil rights and the post-civil rights eras
  • How algorithms can both intentionally and unintentionally create real-world discriminatory harm
  • Why scholars should continue to study race and racism at the intersection of technology and the Internet.


The Project on Race in Political Communication

Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest by Fin Brunton and Hellen Nissenbaum (MIT Press, 2015)

Jan 26, 2016

Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. He also serves as a senior research fellow affiliated with the Asset Building Program.  Mr. Calabrese focuses on developing policies that promote pervasive connectivity, including spectrum policy reform, mobile market competition, wireless broadband deployment and IT investment and innovation more broadly.

Mr. Calabrese currently serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an invited expert on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012. 

Mr. Calabrese also served as vice president (2003-2010) and was instrumental in establishing the organization's programs in areas including retirement security, health policy, asset building, education and the Next Social Contract Initiative.

Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO.

As an attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Mr. Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to spectrum, wireless broadband, and Internet policy, as well as on pension policy and retirement security. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate and other leading outlets.

In this episode we discussed:

  • What spectrum is, how it is divided up, and the differences between licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
  • What the so-called "car band" is and why it should be shared with Wi-Fi and other unlicensed devices.


Spectrum Silos to Gigabit WiFi by Michael Calabrese (New America Foundation, 2016)

Open Technology Institute 


Jan 19, 2016

Wendy Rivera-Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Education Alliance and Principal Attorney at the Rivera-Aguilar Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando Florida.  Wendy has a strong public interest track record and a solid background in Civil Rights, Administrative Law, and Public Policy.

She was an Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm where her portfolio included Foreign Ownership Investment​ Reform.  She also served as Staff Counsel and Director of Hispanic Affairs for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC).

While at MMTC, Wendy’s work was primarily focused on communication issues that have the greatest impact on the Hispanic community and women entrepreneurs. She launched their very first Immigration Reform Initiative to help generate support for comprehensive immigration reform from the large media, telecom, and broadband companies.

​​Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law. Wendy is an ardent defender of civil rights and commits legal services pro bono to the community. She was a Participating Attorney for the Florida State Conferences Branch of the NAACP where her work covered Employment Discrimination, Energy, and Environmental Policy issues.​

Wendy has a solid record of active participation in the community. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Orange County Advisory Board, sits on the board of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), chairs Dialogue on Diversity’s Entrepreneurship IT Conference Committee, and is a contributing writer for Politic365.

Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and lives in Orlando with her husband and children.

In this episode we discussed

  • HOW Wendy brought her personal story to her policy work and WHY you should do the same.


Multicultural Education Alliance


Aspire to Inspire

Hispanic Council for Reform in Educational Options (HCREO)

Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters by John C. Maxwell

Federal STEM Education Data Set

Jan 12, 2016
My Distinguished guest today is New York City Council Member Benjamin J. Kallos—Kallos Represents District 5 in the City of New York: Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side.
Kallos has spent his entire political career fighting for New Yorkers. As a member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council he rose to the position of Statewide Coordination Committee Chair, organizing and managing over 4,000 attorneys and 350 law students, to protect New Yorkers’ ability to vote in the most recent presidential elections. Kallos also created the program to help protect the right to vote for over 12 million New Yorkers when he learned that some 2 millions voters had been removed from the voter roles.
As a member of Community Board 8 he rose to the position of Co-Chair for the Communications Committee, implementing open source technology  to reduce waste and save the City thousands, publicizing the open application process and opportunities to become a public member.
Kallos attended SUNY Albany, where he served on the studentfaculty and university governments and boards. Kallos paid his own way through University at Buffalo Law School, the State University of New York’s only law school.
During law school Kallos fought to protect working class seniors who had seen their life savings and retirements lost. Kallos became increasingly involved in public service as an Editor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal and interned with the Hon. Renee Forgensi Minarik in the New York State Court of Claims, a regional office of United States Senator Charles Schumer, and the New York State Attorney General’s Internet Bureau.
In this episode we discussed
  • What is "Open Government"?
  • Legislation and initiatives in New York City focused on keeping government open.
  • Best practices for engaging communities and empowering citizens with tools to be active participants in their governments.
Free Law Founders
OpenGov Foundation
NYC Council Labs
The City Record Online
Participatory Budgeting in New York City
Getting Things Done
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard B. Thaler Cass B. Sunstein
Jan 5, 2016

Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector.

Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for Net Communications, where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive legislative, business development, and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and industry trade associations spanning the tech, telecom, media, health, and energy sectors. In previous roles with the Pennsylvania State Senate and national and international organizations such as the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and Third World Network, Ms. Berrocal has provided public policy counsel in the areas of technology, minority entrepreneurship, energy, education, and health, as well as developed results-driven communications and educational campaigns.

Ms. Berrocal has appeared as a guest on HuffPost Live and Fusion TV and her work has been featured in publications such as Minority Engineer Magazine, Fox News Latino, and Politic365. Ms. Berrocal serves as a Contributing Writer to media company Silicon Valley Latino and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She also serves as an advisor to Intuit’s Latino Outreach Advisory Group and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.

She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

In this episode we discussed

  • How the tech and wireless sectors stack up when it comes to diversity and inclusion
  • Why building tech skills NOW can help avoid regret later on
  • The critical role of spectrum in wireless competition
  • The single most important success factor Laura has maintained, no matter what



Michael Mandel, The California/Tech Info Boom: How it is Spreading Across the State (Progressive Policy Institute, 2015).

Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson, 2014)


Dec 29, 2015

Alex Kreilein is the Managing Partner of SecureSet and over the cybersecurity Accelerator. He engages corporate C-Suites officers, tech luminaries, security researchers, hackers, and academics to develop and implement strategies kickstarting cybersecurity startups. He co-manages a fund associated with the accelerator to brings enormous value to early-stage startups through a focused product development, customer acquisition, and investor engagement strategies.

Previously, Alex was a strategist at the Department of Homeland Security and was detailed as a Guest Researcher to the National Institute of Standards & Technology. His work advanced goals in cybersecurity, national security and emergency communications, spectrum management, risk analysis, mobile applications, research and development, and oversight of multi-billion dollar grant programs.

Prior to DHS, Alex served as the Managing Director of the CU Boulder venture fund, as well as Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Jane Harman on technology policy and innovation issues. He has worked as a consultant for major systems integrators in the defense, intelligence, and technology sectors.

Alex is a graduate of the US Naval War College with a Masters in National Security & Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of Fordham University and attended the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He currently attends the University of Colorado at Boulder's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program and is a PhD candidate.

In this episode we discussed

  • The steps professionals should take to land a job in cybersecurity.
  • Key cybersecurity issues policymakers should be focused on right now
  • Alex's key productivity and success hacks.


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General Assembly

Learning Tree

Streak for Gmail

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman

Cybersecurity Conferences




Dec 22, 2015

Davina Sashkin is a member of the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC. Ms. Sashkin counsels clients on television and radio broadcast regulation and compliance, broadband Internet and triple-play regulations, spectrum auctions, and commercial transactions among FCC-regulated businesses. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Ms. Sashkin was an associate with the law firm Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C. Ms. Sashkin is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where she earned a certificate in Communications Law Studies. Prior to law school, Ms. Sashkin worked in the field of corporate communications. She also holds a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.

While in law school, Ms. Sashkin served as Editor-in-Chief of the Commlaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy,. She is the author of Failure of Imagination: Why Inaction on Net Neutrality Regulation Will Result in a De Facto Legal Regime Promoting Discrimination and Consumer Harm, Commlaw Conspectus (2007).  While in law school, Ms. Sashkin interned at the Federal Communications Commission and at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce.

Ms. Sashkin is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), serving for nearly a decade on the Charity Auction committee and as co-chair on many other committees, including Mass Media and Enforcement.

In this episode we discussed

  • The different aspects of the upcoming FCC spectrum incentive auction and what they mean
  • How prices will be set for the broadcast frequencies that are being auctioned off
  • How the incentive auction could potentially affect media ownership diversity


Ashley Ludlow and Davina Sashkin, The Broadcast Incentive Auction: An Overview of the Process 

CTIA's SmartBrief

NAB's SmartBrief

Dec 15, 2015

Kristal Lauren High co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of Politic365, an online magazine focused on politics and public policy from a multicultural point of view. She also owns and operates a communications and creative engagement company, Digicon Ventures.

Prior to launching Politic365, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute.

Throughout her career, Kristal has worked with national civil rights and civic associations, business leaders, minority elected officials, and Fortune 500 brands on an array of issues pertaining to the leveraged use of the Internet for online coalition building, stakeholder outreach, political advocacy and multimedia production.

For her efforts in online advocacy and web publishing, Kristal received the New York Urban League Young Professionals Digital Renaissance Award and the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Chairman’s Leadership Award. She was also named to the Digital Sisterhood Network’s Top 100 Digital Sisters of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcaster’s Association. Kristal is the recipient of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Excellence in Communications award, was dubbed a Rainbow PUSH Coalition 25 Top Inspirational & Engaged Leaders honoree, and has been named to two top 40 Under 40 lists – the Lawyers of Color Hot List and the National Bar Association’s/IMPACT Nation’s Best Advocates list.

A former labor and employment litigator, Kristal obtained her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Davidson College, and her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee School of Law.

Kristal is a Vice President of the Charlotte NAACP. She is a former Advisory Board member of Blogging While Brown, the nation’s first conference and consortium for bloggers of color, and ColorComm, a networking and professional organization for women of color in communications. Her commentary has been featured on several media outlets, including TVOne, The Hill, RTTV, Ebony, CNN and SiriusXM.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How to build a blog and your unique skill set into a successful consulting business.
  • Overcoming inevitable obstacles and difficult patches as you grow your business.
  • How to build a successful business without sacrificing family time.



Amanda Miller Littlejohn

Black and Married with Kids

Tyler New Media

Peter Theil, Zero to One (Crown Business, 2014)

Dec 8, 2015

Jorge Reina Schement became Rutgers Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion on July 1, 2013.  Previously he was Dean of the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University from 2008 to 2013.   He is also Professor II in the Bloustein School of Public Policy, and in the Department of Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies.

A Ph.D. from the Institute for Communication Research at Stanford University, and M.S. from the School of Commerce at the University of Illinois, he is author of over 200 papers and articles, with book credits including, Global Networks (1999/2002), Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age (1997), Toward an Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (1995), Between Communication and Information (1993), Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society (1988), The International Flow of Television Programs (1984),   Telecommunications Policy Handbook (1982), and Spanish-Language Radio in the Southwestern United States (1979). A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy consequences of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Markle Foundation, Rainbow Coalition, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, National Science Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Verizon, Lockheed-Martin.   He has received awards for his policy scholarship from the International Communication Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pace University, the University of Kentucky, UCLA, and Penn State.   Schement has served on the editorial boards of twelve academic journals, and has edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute.   He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.

His research contributed to a Supreme Court decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al. In 1994, he directed the F.C.C.’s Information Policy Project and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. In 2008, he advised the F.C.C. Transition Team for the Obama administration. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept, a view adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The movement to integrate community museums, libraries, and public broadcasting as Partners in Public Service began in a project he co-directed. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.   He co-founded the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State Univ. Schement has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Governor of California, Media Access Project, Libraries for the Future, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Center for Media Education, Internet Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, New Millennium Research Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Benton Foundation, Aspen Institute, MCI, Verizon, and Pew Project on Internet and American   Life.   He chaired the board of directors of TPRC Inc. He is listed in, 2007, Hispanic Business’ “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”

His interest in the history of printing led him to discover a discrepancy in chapter and line numbers between the 1667 and 1674 editions of Paradise Lost, as cited in the Oxford English Dictionary.   He reads histories.

In this episode we discussed:
  • Jorge's survival tactics in Texas in the 1960s
  • How to avoid feeling "pigeon-holed" in your policy career
  • What a private breakfast at the White House with President Bill Clinton was like
  • Key topics in diversity and inclusion at the intersection of telecommunications policy


Rutgers University

Gary Cross, Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity (Columbia University Press, 2013) 
Dec 1, 2015

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story.

Bedtime Math offers a playful math problem daily for free, which engages both parents and kids while putting math on equal footing with literacy. In its first few months of existence, Bedtime Math increased its regular following from 30 families to well over 20,000, and garnered national press coverage.

Laura knows a little something about numbers. As a child, she sat and memorized perfect squares for fun, back before it was cool. She went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and continues to star-gaze today.

In addition to her work with Bedtime Math, Laura currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and as a trustee of Liberty Science Center, Drew University, and the Governor’s School of New Jersey.

When not playing with numbers, Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, wine, extreme gravity stunts, and Lego Mindstorms.

In this episode we discussed:

  • Differences between how teachers treat boys versus  girls in the classroom
  • The psychology of why students do well in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects
  • The 'Bedtime Math' book series.


Bedtime Math Foundation

Laura Overdeck, Bedtime Math (Feiwell and Friends, 2013)

Carol Dweck, Mindset (Ballantine Books, 2007)

Nov 24, 2015

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee (@drturnerlee) is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Internet and Telecommunications Council. In this senior role, Dr. Turner-Lee designs and implements a research and policy agenda that supports MMTC’s mission, and advocates for telecom and Internet policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, executive orders, public-private partnerships, and best practices. In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission, where she chairs the subcommittee on the use of unlicensed devices to increase minority innovation and entrepreneurship. Nicol graduated with honors from Colgate University and has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The barriers to broadband adoption
  • The politics of telecom policymaking
  • Nicol's mindset and networking success factors


Multicultural Media, Internet and Telecom Council (MMTC)

Pew--Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015

Nov 17, 2015

Michael Scurato (@michaelscurato) joined the National Hispanic Media Coalition's (NHMC) Washington, DC policy team in September 2010 when he was hired as a Law Fellow after being accepted into Georgetown Law’s Post-JD Public Service Fellowship Program. While in law school, he represented the public interest in media and telecommunications law issues at the Institute for Public Representation (IPR), one of Georgetown’s renowned legal clinics, first as a summer research assistant and later as a student in the clinical program. At IPR, he represented clients on issues such as diversifying media ownership, privacy, and protecting children from harmful ads on TV and online. He also served as a delegate in Georgetown Law’s Student Bar Association. Michael’s previous experience includes internships at the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and with New Jersey State Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Linda Greenstein. He earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA in Political Science from New York University. He is currently admitted to practice law in  New York and the District of Columbia.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The key barrier to broadband adoption
  •  How to ensure everyone can afford broadband in the U.S.
  • The status of net neutrality in the courts.


National Hispanic Media Coaltion

New America Foundation: The Cost of Connectivity 2014

FCC: Lifeline Program for Low Income Consumers

Nov 10, 2015

Alan J. Roth is USTelecom’s senior executive vice president, where he serves as deputy to President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr. in directing the government affairs mission of the association. Roth, a respected government relations professional and well-known Washington veteran, came to USTelecom from his role as a principal in the government affairs firm of Lent Scrivner & Roth LLC. As a former staff director and chief counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Roth was recognized by Roll Call as one of the 50 most influential staffers on Capitol Hill while he served as the highest-ranking advisor to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), the committee’s chairman. The Hill has also cited him in its list of top lobbyists as one of “the best in the business.”  In this episode, we discussed:  how the telecom industry defines "net neutrality". how the FCC's net neutrality order will affect consumers. what net neutrality legislation is currently pending. Resources  USTelecom The FCC's Open Internet Order Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet Thune/Upton Net Neutrality Bill  Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband (Progressive Policy Institute)

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