Adam Khafif: Clothing with a Cause

As a young kid, Adam Khafif was already developing a sense for business, working in his off-school hours for the family's cookie business. In high school, he launched a streetwear company, completing his first sale – to his aunt! With the dauntless spirit of an entrepreneur, Adam sharpened his focus, majoring in business at Babson College and cementing his vision for his LSNP clothing line. Today, he sells hip clothing, all the while incorporating his core values that set LisnUp apart in a very competitive industry.

Maria Erazo: Businesswoman

Maria Erazo tells of her life of poverty in Mexico and how she and her mom sneaked into the U.S. to look for work and a father who had left years earlier for the United States and then disappeared.  She talks about the fear of living undocumented in the U.S. and how she eventually became a citizen, business owner, and community volunteer in the Latino community.

Antoine Dubeauclard: Trans-Atlantic Innovator

Antoine Dubeauclard, Renaissance man, moved in his childhood with his family to the United States.  There, he learned to speak fluently his third language (English), graduated from college (University of Michigan), and started a thriving business (Media Genesis) in Metro Detroit.  In his spare time, Antoine brews craft beer in his home, does paintings on wood, and creates photography in black and white.  He shares with Alan his thoughts on creativity and culture. 

Maciek Biezunski: Magician

From behind the Iron Curtain, a Polish boy dreams of mastering English and creating wonder in the world. Hear the story of mail, miles, and Maciek's magic!

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.

Brayan Peña: Baseball Player

Alan and the FLYB crew travel to Comerica Park to interview Cuban-born Brayan Peña, catcher for the Detroit Tigers. This new American tells how he escaped his native land to fulfill his boyhood dream of playing Major League Baseball in the U.S.