Joed and Dr. Glenn Lang talk about getting out the corner and really learning about whats happening around you

November 18, 2015

Hey everyone, in this episode we brought back Dr. Glenn Lang (Bio Below).  Listen to him and Joed discuss several topics that are not just relevant to know, but also things that seem to repeat themselves in history.  

OUR KEY TAKEAWAY from this episode is the importance of Higher Education in introducing minority students to other races and vice-versa.  It allows everyone to “get out of their corner” and mingle in the middle of the room.  We hope you enjoy, and as always don’t forget to SHARE, LIKE, and SUBSCRIBE to our podcast and sign up for our mailing list on the website.  See you! 

Dr. Glenn Lang was former Assistant Secretary of Higher Education, Acting Executive Director of New Jersey's Commission on Higher Education, and Executive Director of New Jersey's Educational Opportunity Fund program. In 2013, he retired from public service after a career of successful, creative, progressive leadership in higher education and senior policy-level government; developing innovative programs to increase higher education student and faculty diversity and retention, and to increase educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority students.

In This Episode:

They discuss the tragedies in Paris, Beirut, Kenya and across the globe

They delve deeper into news stories and not just reading the headlines

They talk about using alternate / international news sources

They review resignation of the president of Missouri and Racism across the globe.


Systematic Racism and 1 Fact to Help Explain It

November 4, 2015
Welcome back beautiful people.  We appreciate you hanging around while we took some time off.  In this episode, Joed and myself talk about the recent history behind systematic racism (1950's and redlining) and looking honestly at the ripple effect it has on our community.  We also talk about the importance of being honest when talking about these issues. Enjoy and remember to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and share our podcast with your friends!  The greatest impact happens when you share your knowledge and move on it. 

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Talking Tech with Angel Marenco

October 7, 2015

In this episode, Joed Lopez discusses incorporating tech into your organization.  One of the key points they discuss is committing to learning and using the new technology instead sticking with the old.  If you don't like it, then don't use it, but it may take your organization to the next level.  Other key apps discussed are:

-Web development
-Zoho CRM

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Joed and John Talk Pope

September 23, 2015

Welcome all to the Q2 podcast!  Thanks for visiting, listening, and following us through our journey of enlightenment and awesome commentary.  In this episode of the Q2 podcast we discuss the Pope's visit to the US and our feelings about what he brings to the Catholic community as well as his role in politics.  We also break into an aside about ISIS and if a strong Islam leader would fix things in the Middle East.  If you would like to participate in our discussion, please send an email to and we will try to get you on a future show.Enjoy this episode and and thanks for listening!


Is Trump My Brothers Keeper?

September 9, 2015

In this episode, Joed and I discuss current event topics.  Naturally, we discuss "The Don" and the cause and effect of his hair.  Just kidding, but we do discuss our opionons on him as well as weighing in on his chances of winning.  We also dive into the topic of STARS, a prison reentry program that not only works, but works well.  The final topic we dig into is about "My Brothers Keepr", a national program backed by president Obama himself.  

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0 to 600 Members in Under A Year, Randolph Portugal of EOFSAA.ORG

August 26, 2015

In this episode, John and I talk about the importance of establishing partnerships in creating value for those you serve. John outlines his plan on making partnerships work at his institution and why it is important to him. While on the topic, we are joined by a SURPRISE special guest Randolph Portugal, President of the Educational Opportunity Fund Statewide Alumni Association ( He shares some of learning takeaways he gained through PanVisio's work with the organization as they went from 0 members to 600 in under a year! We finish with identifying some patterns we've picked up on the way in framing partnerships so those you reach out to understand the problem you are solving and why they should care.

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The Essential Checklist to Taking Your Organization to the Next Level

August 19, 2015

In this episode, John and I cover the first version of our PanVisio Checklist. We cover what we feel to be the most important categories that you and your organization should have in order to be considered ready for the next level.  Please listen and enjoy to this episode of the Q2 Podcast sponsored by PanVisio.


John and Joed Speak With Colleague and Friend Reggie Walker About What We’ve Learned Since Sandra Bland

August 12, 2015

In this episode of the Q2 PodCast we discuss the Sandra Bland Tragedy and what has happened since then. We also discuss whether the solutions to societies current problems lie at the micro or macro levels.  Please enjoy this episode and make sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you get our latest episodes and don't forget to share with your friends!


Poet, playwright, counselor and motivational speaker, Reggie Rashad Walker is a native of Trenton, NJ, who has been writing poetry since elementary school. He began to take his craft seriously in high school, under the tutelage of renown poet Doughtry "Doc" Long, who served as his Creative Writing Teacher. Since then Reggie has read at countless events, poetry slams, and open mic events. He has had the opportunity to have his poetry, essays and short stories published in every issue of On Fire, a literary journal published at Rider University, where Reggie attended for both undergraduate and graduate school.


He currently works as a counselor in the field of higher education where he assists students from academically and economically disadvantaged backgrounds in their quest to obtain a college degree. In addition to his work as a counselor, he has written and directed his first stage play entitled 1960-Black, which has been in production since the spring of 2010. Reggie has used his writing as tool to motivate others. 


PanVisio Community Survey Finding Highlights

August 5, 2015

In this episode I share some of the findings from a survey we conducted months ago. We selected 9 of  the entries we thought would be important to share and discuss further in a Q & A style format. Suggestions, tips, and resources are shared for each question in hopes to help empower those who are probably going through the same thing.  Some of the things are:

  • How do we really know the work we do on a day to day basis is really making a difference in the grand scheme of things?
  • How does someone with high standards and integrity deal with co-workers who are okay with mediocrity?
  • How do we inspire and ignite this next generation for action and change? 
  • My family doesn't agree with the community work that I do and I often overcommit myself. 

All this and more. 

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Social Change Myth Busting with Geoffrey Canada (CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone)

July 29, 2015

I had the chance to catch up with Geoffrey Canada, former CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, after his keynote. This was from a conference where John and I spearheaded their media/communication strategy for their website. In this episode we cover:

  • Why accountability is key for organizational success
  • What the nonprofit world desperately needs to borrow from for profit models
  • Data. You can't be "too busy" not to make it a priority.
  • Why Higher Education might NOT be the place to find answers to social change
  • Ways to hold Higher Education more accountable

The success of the Harlem Children's Zone was so great that President Obama created "Promise Zones" based on his model. The zones include Los Angeles, San Antonio, Philadelphia, south-eastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Check out the bio and video of the interview below.


Having worked with the Harlem Children’s Zone® for more than 30 years, Geoffrey Canada is renowned around the

Geoffrey Canada (Former CEO of Harlem Children's Zone)
Geoffrey Canada (Former CEO of Harlem Children's Zone)

world for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform.
From 1990 to 2014, Mr. Canada served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone, which The New York Times called “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.” In 2011, Mr. Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world and, in March 2014, was named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world. As of July 1, 2014, Mr. Canada stepped down as CEO, handing the reins to COO Anne Williams-Isom. He continues to serve as President of the HCZ and Promise Academy Boards.
Under Mr. Canada’s visionary leadership, HCZ has become a national model and the subject of significant media attention. Mr. Canada and HCZ have been featured in the documentary Waiting for “Superman,” as well as on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson Cooper 360°, Black in America 2, The Charlie Rose Show, This American Life, and in articles in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Associated Press. In 2008, Houghton Mifflin published Whatever It Takes, by Paul Tough, a detailed look at the work of Mr. Canada and HCZ.
Mr. Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he achieved great academic success, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduating, Mr. Canada began his life’s work helping children who, like himself, grew up in poor, distressed neighborhoods.
Mr. Canada has written two books: Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America (1995; reissued as a graphic novel in 2010) and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America (1998). A strong voice in public debates on education, he also has written for a number of publications, including op-eds for The New York Times and Daily News; gave a TED Talk on our failing schools and the need for innovation that was broadcast on PBS; and has spoken to audiences around the world about what it takes to help children succeed, from evaluation to early childhood education and beyond.
In 2006, Mr. Canada was selected by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, responsible for formulating a plan to significantly reduce poverty. In 2011, he was appointed to the New York State Governor’s Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors. He is also an advisor to and board member of several nonprofit organizations.