Laura Dickinson joins the FORTitude podcast. She is a licensed school and professional counselor and shares how the hecticness of life and technology have affected kids. Laura talks about the challenges that children are facing today with technology, online learning, problem-solving, and so much more. This episode takes a deep dive into mental health and will make you stop and really think about how we are living life. Be sure to head to the website and give it a listen.
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Cameron Fowler is the co-founder of Digital Seat Media, a fan engagement platform™ that specializes in real-time mobile fan engagement right from the seat inside of the venue.
Don Shisler joins the guys on FORTitude this week. They talk about his mission and his work with Union Gospel mission. He has a fascinating and inspiring story to share, so be sure to listen.
Don got his start at UGM-TC as a volunteer in 1993 before becoming the President and CEO in 1995. He is currently in the second strategic plan of the 6-acre campus.
Don has served on numerous boards, such as Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, consulted with many Tarrant County organizations, such as Recovery Resource Council, as well as contributed to the Downtown Rotary since 1995. He also served as an officer and helped to launch the Near Eastside Neighborhood Association.
Things get a little more serious on the FORTitude podcast today. Our guest is an undercover police officer working in the sex traffic unit. He shares a real look into what it’s like to combat sex trafficking in Fort Worth. They dig into what it really looks like and why it’s so hard to really help the victims of these crimes. This is a real-life look into what it’s like to do this work in Fort Worth. It’s a hard topic, but worth a listen.
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Sergeant Jake White joins the guys at FORTitude. This episode is all about what it’s like to be a police officer in Fort Worth. White shares stories from his time working undercover and how he balances work and life. They also dig into some deeper topics like how and why people end up committing crimes. It’s a great episode and will leave you with a lot to think about. Not to mention he was involved in getting Jon Bonnell’s smoker returned in 2020, for those who remember that story.
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Karen Borta joins JW on the FORTitude podcast today. The two of them talk about her career and she shares the ups and downs of local journalism and how it’s changed over the years. Karen also opens up about her daughter’s struggle with Type-1 Diabetes and her passion for finding a cure.
This week JW and Brenton are joined by three local Fort Worth oenophiles. Weston, Richard, and Chris visit FORTitude to talk all things wine. They share their knowledge over a glass (or two) of wine. They talk about the process of making and buying wine, how to pick your wine, and how to get into wine if you aren’t a big fan. You’ll learn a lot about wine and have fun along the way. So pour yourself a glass and have a listen.
Mike & Angelique De Luca (Film Producers)
Mike & Angelique De Luca join the podcast today. Angelique is from Fort Worth Texas, but she left at an early age to pursue a career in Hollywood, which is where she met her husband Mike. The two of them share stories from Hollywood, adventures they’ve had together, and what ultimately brought them back to Fort Worth.
Jessi Sheldon (Game Changing Films Co-Founder)
Jessi Sheldon is on FORTitude this week and she has a truly fascinating job. She works on movies to make the action scenes you see happen. She started on The Tooth Fairy movies and worked her way up from there. She talks about how she ended up in a job like this and the challenges and successes she’s had over the years and shares some really fun stories.
Opal Lee (Grandmother of Juneteenth)
Opal Lee is an American retired teacher, counselor, and activist in the movement to make Juneteenth a federally-recognized holiday. Lee campaigned for decades to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. She has promoted the idea by leading 2.5 miles (4.0 km) walks each year, representing the 2.5 years it took for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas. At the age of 89, she conducted a symbolic walk from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C., leaving in September 2016 and arriving in Washington in January 2017.
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Senate Bill S. 475 making Juneteenth the eleventh federal holiday.