Category Archives: Interview

Ep. 17 – Making the Grade

Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd joins us this week for Talk United. She and Alan H. Turner, II, President and CEO of United Way of Central Florida, discuss the upcoming Community Partnership School at Crystal Lake Elementary School, UWCF’s ReadingPals program and other initiatives in our schools to help students made the grade.

Ep. 16 – Maximize Your Impact

Chrissanne Long, CEO of Maximize Digital media and founder of Lakeland Business Leaders, joins Alan H. Turner II for another episode of Talk United. Chrissanne discusses her philanthropic journey; how she learned that you can make a difference in the community, no matter your resources; and the unique way she is bringing small businesses together with LBL to support United Way of Central Florida.

Build United is a food drive with a twist. After you and your group register to collect non-perishable food items at, we want you to build something. Turn your collected items into a castle, a pirate ship or anything else you can think of.

Register by March 29th and have your creation judged by local community leaders as well as be a part of a public vote on the UWCF Facebook Page!

For more details or to register, visit

Ep. 14 – A conversation with Mayor Bill Mutz

Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz stopped by our studio for a great conversation with Alan H. Turner II, President & CEO of United Way of Central Florida, about his time in office so far, his leadership style and how years of volunteering with UWCF helped propel him into a life of public service.

To learn more about the work of UWCF, visit and follow us on Facebook. On Twitter and Instagram, follow @uwcf.

Ep. 6 – Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter, best-selling author and social media guru, joins us on the phone for this week’s Talk United.

Beth is internationally recognized thought leader in networks, social media, and data.  Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world.

Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” she’s the author of the award-winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit:  Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Ep. 2 – United We All Win

Talk United is on a break this week so here is a recent episode we posted on our Soundcloud account for our new campaign. Listen for details on how to get free LEGOLAND Florida Resort tickets. (Originally published 08/02/2017)

Alan talks about our 2017 campaign this week with our new Campaign Co-Chairs, Paul and Lynne Noris. They discuss the Campaign Kickoff event on August 30th at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, UWCF’s new tagline, “United We All Win,” and more.