Mindy Fried, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a sociologist with 30 years of experience conducting research, teaching, and conducting policy analysis on organizational and workplace issues. She has published several books, including Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir (Vanderbilt University Press, July, 2016) and Taking Time: Parental Leave Policy and Corporate Culture (Temple University Press). She is the Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners where she works collaboratively with organizations to help them build their capacity and strengthen their programs and policies through research, strategic planning and organizational development consultations. Mindy has taught courses on gender, work and public policy at MIT, Brandeis, Tufts and Boston University. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology from Brandeis University, and a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University, with a focus on Community Organizing and Social Policy Planning.
Helen Barrington is the Chief Creative Officer of Whiskey Lane Productions, a full service audio production house in Boston. She has spent nearly 30 years in public radio and her current work also encompasses leadership training, podcast development and production and work with public radio networks and stations around the country. Helen has worked at WGBH, New England Public Radio and WHYY, in news, program production and leadership. Her podcasting work includes PRI’s Things That Go Boom and two independent projects: The Midpod about the 2018 midterm elections, and Who Cares? She also has several projects in development, including a new podcast about the future of work. Helen has a deep passion and commitment to excellence, with a critical, but creative ear for sound and great writing. She enjoys helping anyone, from students to seasoned professionals, learn and hone the craft. When not in the studio, she’s an avid kayaker.
Jim Donahue is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music where he teaches advanced orchestral recording classes, and introductory courses in both the analog and digital domains. He’s been recording for over 30 years and has worked with a wide variety of artists, including Julia Child, Kermit the Frog, the Boston Symphony, and what feels like everyone from Aerosmith to Zemlinsky. Jim also currently works as an Artistic Advisor for the Charlotte Symphony. Research projects include: “Of bodies and spirits: Soundscapes of Byzantine Thessaloniki,” which is a collaboration between USC and UCLA. He’s also exploring “XR in Pedagogy” through Berklee.
Alex Birch is the Community Manager for the PRX Podcast Garage a community space for audio storytellers in Boston. She coaches, convenes, and supports podcasters to make their work. She’s produced audio independently and for Rhode Island Public Radio. At Brown University, she created an award-winning program for students on storytelling for social change. She’s also worked on many community storytelling projects, including a citywide public living room for conversations with strangers. Her first love was photography and her best friend is her poodle, Olive.
Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered. She anchors the program, conducts interviews, and reports from the field. Mullins is also guest anchor of the WBUR and NPR midday show Here & Now. From 1998 through 2012, Mullins was chief anchor of the daily international news program, “The World,” co-produced by the BBC, WGBH and PRI. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea and elsewhere. In September, 2019, Lisa was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Lisa was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2010.
Kate Krosschell is a Marketing Manager specializing in radio and podcasting based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is currently working on 70 Million, a MacArthur-backed podcast from Lantigua Williams & Co. that tells solutions-journalism stories about local jail reform. The former Marketing and Communications Manager at the Association of Independents in Radio, she led the marketing and branding of the organization, and grew and promoted its network of independent radio producers on digital, social, and at conferences. Before that, she was a Data Analyst at Twitter. During the day, you can find her nerding out about consumer neuroscience at iMotions, where she is the Marketing Automation Specialist.
Maggie Taylor is a digital marketing veteran with extensive experience in the audio space. She spent 3.5 years running marketing for podcasts at PRX/Radiotopia, and now consults on podcast marketing projects.
Piano, Keyboards, Compositions
Josh Rosen is a talented pianist and prolific composer who has released seven albums. In a review of American Waltz, which features jazz masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick, Lucid Culture calls Rosen’s “sophisticated (compositions) alternately melodic and more tonally abstruse jazz. There’s a sensibility ranging from sly and funny to warmly, indelibly tuneful…absolutely gorgeous.”
Rosen has performed and recorded with other jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Stan Strickland, Phil Grenadier, John Lockwood, Dennis Irwin, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, George Schuller, The Either/Orchestra and Ethiopian master musicians Mulatu Astake and Mahmoud Ahmed, among many others.
Musician, Actor, Dancer
Stan Strickland is a vocalist, saxophone and flutist. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. Strickland’s journeys include a tour of South Africa with The Village People. Performances have ranged from a world premier at the Sundance Film Festival to a featured performance with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. He has also performed at Jordan Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall (New York) and The Kennedy Center.
Strickland has appeared with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. He has opened for Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.