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#004 – Bethany Torino: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Risk Taker

Bethany is not in Kansas anymore, and she makes decadent chocolates that’ll stir your taste buds and soul like a tornado. In this conversation, we talk about growing in Dorothy’s hometown, how we were in the same building at the same time 25+ years ago without even knowing it, songwriting in Nashville, what grace is, the ups and downs of entreprenuership, and…chocolate!

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Photos of topics we discussed are shown here for your viewing pleasure. Be careful not to drool on your keyboard.

Artisan truffles from The Cocoa Tree in Franklin, TN

 

Scene from Chocolat movie from Miramax Pictures where Alfred Molina’s character experiences a massive epiphany from a small splattering of decadent chocolate. Yep, I get it. And I kinda want to do this when I see a big chocolate display.

Couture dress made with real chocolate she created for the New York City Chocolate Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Bethany selected Blood:Water as this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Blood:Water partners with Africa’s hidden heroes to provide technical, financial, and organizational support to strengthen their reach and effectiveness to the communities they serve.

Through various technologies, the three areas of WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene – work together to strengthen one another and maximize health impact at the community level by developing systems that deliver clean water for drinking, washing, and sanitation to communities without.

Another focus is on comprehensively and holistically support of HIV/AIDS-related needs. The entry point to this type of care takes place at the household or community level.

Blood:Water recognizes that local organizations in Africa are the true drivers of social change. They are the experts laboring to end the impact of the water and HIV/AIDS crises on their communities. However, they are often under-resourced, creating challenges in both organizational and programmatic operations.

This is why they focus efforts on building the capacity of our partners – because, ultimately, the communities need to be strong enough financially, technically, and internally to exist long after their partnership concludes.

Learn more here and get involved where you can use your creativity and passion to take an active role in fundraising, donating, and spreading awareness for Africa.


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Chocolat [Movie]

 


#003 – Markus Garza: Army Ranger, Leadership, Advocare

Markus Garza talks openly about his time as a cadet and football player at the United States Military Academy (West Point) which lead to his service time as an Army Ranger leading soldiers in Iraq, how his military leadership skills apply to his successful Advocare business and family/fatherhood life. Fascinating stories and insights in this episode.

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Markus mentioned StrengthsFinder 2.0 in this episode, and he has shared his top 5 strengths.

  1. Learner
  2. Achiever
  3. Competition
  4. Futuristic
  5. Focus

Here are some photos of Markus Garza to correspond with stories told in this episode.

United States Military Academy Army West Point Knights football team. Cadet Markus Garza is #34, running back.

Cadet Markus Garza at United States Military Academy

Ranger Markus Garza in Iraq

Tony Kurz (L) with Ranger Markus Garza (R) in Iraq

The Garza Family in California

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

For this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight, Markus Garza has selected All Things Possible Ministries headed by Victor Marx, an organization that identifies, interrupts, and restores those affected by trauma.

Victor gained notoriety with an online following after the release of a video of him performing the “World’s Fastest Gun Disarm.” His YouTube channel now features over 31 million views and 107 thousand subscribers. Because of his powerful story, humility and unique martial arts background, Victor was able to reach broken, troubled and trafficked youth in speaking engagements across America.

In 2014 Victor began undertaking additional outreach missions beyond North America to fractured communities in Northern Iraq, Syria, Burma and Cambodia. Described as a “high risk missionary” due to his work with children and families rescued from ISIS and the personal struggles of military personnel and their families with the realities of trauma recovery, it’s pretty obvious why Markus supports this organization.

Learn more here.