E5: Kristin Martin, The Magic Schoolbus

Kristin Martin is an Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer of the shows filling any Yuppie’s childhood. From All My Children to The Magic Schoolbus, Kristin has had a wide array of experiences in the production industry. Although she studied English during her undergraduate years, and obtained her Master’s degree in Shakespearean Studies, Kristin eventually decided the world of academia wasn’t for her. Once she broke into the production industry, she fell in love with the creative world of television production, and has been imagining new concepts ever since. Over the years, Kristin has built an incredible career, with her creative mind and determined work ethic to thank. She shares the story of her experience navigating the television production industry here, on this week’s episode of Yuptown.

E3: Julie Larkin, Girl Talk

Julie Larkin is an entrepreneur, coach, and storyteller. Through founding and fostering Girl Talk, she is most passionate about building a sisterhood of self-worth. Girl Talk began for Julie in college, when she noticed the women in her residence hall experiencing loneliness, worthlessness, and shame. To combat this crisis of self-worth, Julie hosted her first Girl Talk Coffeehouse in 2012. Over the years, Julie continued to develop the Girl Talk concept and model, and by 2015, established Girl Talk as a non-profit organization. In the 5 years since its founding, Girl Talk programming has taken on a variety of forms, ranging from content for girls in middle school to college women to mothers, all with the same message: you are enough, you are worthy, you are loved. Julie speaks to a variety of audiences on entrepreneurship and authenticity, and coaches young professionals to master their motivations. On today’s episode, we’ll speak with Julie about the Girl Talk story, the importance of mentorship, plus the best piece of advice she’s ever received as an entrepreneur! Feel free to learn more about her work and mission through: julielarkin.org or ourgirltalk.org

E4: Al Goldberg, Mess Hall

This week’s episode of Yuptown features Al Goldberg, a food entrepreneur with a mission of launching food concepts from kitchen to market. From his own experience in starting his own venture, Al noticed a gap in the market for early-stage food entrepreneurs and sought to fill it with the Mess Hall concept. 

Mess Hall is Mess Hall is a culinary incubator fostering a community of food entrepreneurs. The food startup studio offers its members shared kitchen spaces, educational programming, and community events, as well as access to a diverse and powerful network in the local food scene. 

To learn more about Mess Hall and its community, visit http://www.messhalldc.com!

E2: Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon is a Washington, D.C.- based chocolate maker with a passion for socioeconomic stability in the cacao industry. Matt navigated the culinary world by trial and error, working first in a bakery, next in a brewery, and finally in a chocolate factory. Matt landed his dream job as assistant chocolate maker at Harper Macaw, eventually taking ownership of the company in 2018. Founded on the idea that a good thing should do good for the world, Harper Macaw seeks to promote stability in the world of chocolate making. Through its responsible business practices, Harper Macaw supports sustainable agroforestry, environmental protection, and socioeconomic development for farmers in regions whose economies rely on cacao.

E1: Julia Coney

Welcome to Yuptown, a career development and business insight broadcast designed with young urban professionals in mind. Navigating the workforce can be incredibly challenging and confusing at times, but speaking with and learning from experienced professionals (no matter the industry) can provide some clarity as us yuppies try to find our respective ways.

The wonderful Julia Coney is a wine journalist, speaker, and founder with a mission of amplifying black voices in wine. Check out our conversation about Julia’s career journey from office desk to tasting table PLUS professional advice on navigating any company happy hour with finesse.

Be sure to check out Julia’s work at juliaconey.com and blackwineprofessionals.com, and follow her on Instagram @juliaconey!