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Real Talk With RU

Oct 7, 2019

As an aspiring dancer, Nurjahan Boulden was shot with an assault rifle in a random attack when she was 21 years old. She struggled with the physical and emotional impact of the shooting for years, believing that her dreams had been destroyed. She didn’t realize that the one night she thought had ruined her future...


Sep 23, 2019

Brandon Carleton is the author of the book titled, "Meaningful Again:  How One Pastor Questioned Everything & Found Comfort in Uncertainty."

He is a community organizer from Rock Island, IL, where he lives with his wife and son. He leads Connection Quad Cities, is the co-host the Ode to the Underdog podcast, and helps...


Sep 9, 2019

Andrea Ranae is a coach, facilitator and a writer.  

She is deeply committed to supporting others in making a unique impact in one's life + the communities you call home.

Much of Andrea's life has been about two questions: "Why is the world the way it is?" "How can I grow/heal?" In her pursuit to answer these questions,...


Aug 28, 2019

Rachelle Karstens serves as the President at Briar Cliff University.  A compassionate and proven leader with a background in higher education, law and fundraising. 

An Iowa native and one of nine children, Rachelle graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, where she was involved in vocal music, band and...


Aug 20, 2019

In January 2019, THE Market was founded where Katie is bringing Market vendors, makers and curators into one common location for a year round marketplace focused on strengthening local small businesses. Ms. Thompson believes in the strength of community and THE Market defines this strength; businesses supporting each...