Month: June 2018

Becca Craig: The Baker of Beyoncé’s Birthday Cake

Becca Craig (IG @chefbeccacraig) is the Executive Pastry Chef at Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown. She recently was a contestant on The Food Network’s Best Baker in America, and previously baked behind-the-scenes on TLC’s Bakery Boss. Her biggest claim-to-fame, though, is that in 2017 she baked Beyoncé’s birthday cake.

In this episode, we hear the story of how watching the Food Network with her Craigslist roommate inspired her to start baking as an art form, and how her career quickly rose to TV Stardom and making sweet treats for Queen Bey.

Music by Lee Rosevere. Podcast Artwork by Lauren Carhart.

Cake Life Bake Shop

Best Baker in America

Instagram: @chefbeccacraig

Pictures of Becca’s cakes:

The High School Musical Flop

Beyoncé’s Geode Cake

Erica Atwood: Social Justice Thought Leader

Erica Atwood (@ericainphilly) is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC. Erica has served as the interim executive director of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, which is the city’s police civilian oversight board. She was the first Director of Black Male Engagement for the City of Philadelphia. She has also led External Affairs & Community Engagement for the Mayor’s Office and was Deputy City Representative serving as a protocol officer and overseeing management of special projects.

In this conversation, we hear stories of her role in the Michael Nutter mayoral campaign, we learn about the lives she’s touched in her social justice work, and we talk about the ways in which we can all gain a greater perspective by empathizing and seeing life through another’s lens.
Twitter: @ericainphilly
Instagram: @ericainphilly

Music by Lee Rosevere. Podcast Art by Lauren Carhart.

The Designer of Health: Bon Ku, M.D., M.P.P.

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Bon Ku, M.D. (@BonKu) is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the founder and director of JeffDESIGN, a first-of-its-kind program in a medical school that teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges.

Bon has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking (TEDx, South by Southwest, Mayo Clinic Transform, Stanford Medicine X, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and serves on the Design and Health Leadership Group at the American Institute of Architects. In 2016, he received the Health Care Innovators Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In addition to all this, he still practices emergency medicine, serving in the Emergency Room 2 nights a week.

In this episode, Bon tells the story of his immigrant family beginnings, how he became inspired to turn medical school on its head using Design Thinking, and what he and his program is doing today to solve Philadelphia’s biggest health problems.

Music by Lee Rosevere. Podcast artwork by Lauren Carhart.

@BonKu on Twitter

Bon’s TEDx Talk