039: Jim Cowan building the Bricktown Brewery in OKC [Podcast]

039: Jim Cowan building the Bricktown Brewery in OKC [Podcast]

Opening and growing the Bricktown Brewery from Jim Cowan, first manager

 

The Brickgown Brewery was the first brew pub in Oklahoma since statehood. Jim Cowan was the young manager who opened it, ran it, and eventually owned it. On this episode of The Spirit of Leading, we hear first hand about those days and what it took to get a new restaurant concept to take hold in an emerging entertainment district that was still in its infancy.

Jim worked shoulder to shoulder with the legends of Bricktown and the city and business leaders who envisioned and championed a bold new venture that has made Oklahoma City one of the cities to watch.  What Jim and early investors in Bricktown built has paved the way for the next wave of investment and creative energy.

038: Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner Tulsa Changemakers [Podcast]

038: Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner Tulsa Changemakers [Podcast]

Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner wanted to make differnce in education. Neither went to college to become teachers. Both are. They signed up with Teach for America, a program to recruit high-performing college graduates to teach in rural and urban communities in dire need of teachers.

They received their assignments to move from the northeast to Tulsa, Oklahoma. They soon realized they were in the presence of exceptional young students who just needed a little extra in order to excel. In this episode of The Spirit of Leading we hear their story of how they launched a wild idea to develop middle school and high school students into changemakers who could identify and help solve problems in their schools and communities.

 

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