This episode was recorded on November 28, 2016, on WPRK FM. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!
If you think Orlando City’s Kaia Forgét will let you off the hook for having a bum knee, good luck! With a career steeped in not-for-profits and community building, Kaia joined the Club in 2015 in a dual role, as Director of Community Development for Orlando City Soccer Club as well as Director of Development for the group’s Foundation.
It’s two sides of the same coin, of course. Orlando City and its Foundation are dedicated to improving the lives of children through the beautiful game by providing opportunities for exercise, nutrition education, and mentoring. The Foundation also invests in local groups that are doing the same things.
What else is there to discuss? Quite a bit. The stadium is nearly complete. She puts up with my Bad Business Ideas™, even the one about drugging coworkers (although that may be a strong way of putting it). And she offers some advice on working at a non profit and a sports organization.
0:00 – Getting to know Kaia through a little game called Lions or Tigers and Bears.
18:24 – Kaia has been in Central Florida for almost two decades, and circled back to the beautiful game after playing in college and professionally.
31:20 – The Orlando City Foundation’s works on its own initiatives and has a grants program to help support like-minded organizations in the community.
41:39 – It’s about time for Bad Business Ideas™. Conditioner first inspired a smart shower head. And a way to get to shorter meetings.
48:19 – “You’ll be Michelle Maltese, an incredibly efficient, loyal, and frankly underappreciated associate at Business Inc. I’ll be Larry Labrador, a guy who not only fears failure, but fears success as well.”
53:40 – Talking about Kaia’s college experience. Soccer in Buffalo, masters at UCF. How did she get there?
1:05:23 – Pop quiz hotshot! That never gets old. It’s from the Matrix, right?