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English, Social, 1 season, 59 episodes, 1 day, 7 hours, 47 minutes
Celebrating the Contributions of African American Women
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Chyrel J. Jackson and Lyris D. Wallace -- Episode #058

Writing allows us to be visible. We write to say we are present in the world. Our lives and stories matter.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with Chyrel J. Jackson and Lyris D. Wallace, avid lovers, readers, and writers of African American Literature. In this episode, these sisters talk about how they developed their love for reading and writing, their passion for the culture, standing in their truth through their writing, and so much more. Throughout this conversation, you can hear their love for writing and their love for one another.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:31] - Developing the Love for Reading and Writing[00:05:38] - Sharing the Work With Others[00:09:39] - Passion for the Culture[00:12:47] - The Sister Give Their Top 3 People They Wish to Have a Conversation with From the Past[00:17:58] - Getting Into Poetry[00:21:34] - Inspiration to write[00:23:23] - Standing in Truth While Writing[00:25:42] - Doing One Thing Differently[00:28:44] - Choosing What to Believe About Yourself [00:38:15] - Poems: The Other Half of Myself/Impetus[00:45:11] - Advice For Other Writers[00:48:00] - Chyrel and Lyris’ Take on Black Girl MagicChyrel J. Jackson and Lyris D. Wallace are avid lovers, readers and writers of African American Literature. They grew up in a Southern Suburb of Chicago, IL. Country Club Hills. As young girls they read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Judy Blume novels. College was the real scholastic awakening introducing these two Literary Enthusiasts to the Literary works of theirgreat ancestors: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and others. These writers influenced Chyrel and Lyris so much. It only makes sense that they would now be writing in the Spirit of these ancestors. Giving a voice to social issues that plague our modern time.Their latest self-published works are books of poetry: Mirrored Images and Different Sides of the Same Coin. Both Books mirror messaging “no pun intended.” Ranging from a host of life topics: relationships, frayed familial dynamics, juggling life, single parenting, racism, etc. Some have said, our books are reminiscent of Harlem Renaissance revisited. Our anthologies of poems pair current social and living conditions with poetic verse. In this volume the sometimes darker sides and motives of human nature are also addressed.Where their first collection of poems Different Sides of the Same Coin revisited Harlem Renaissance and collided with 2019 social unrest, Mirrored Images rips off the bandages of human life experience. It forces one to see what most are happier pretending just does not exist at all. Broken, hurt people, hurt others. Spoken word is back and these literary writers take social justice and unrest to brand-new unchartered heights.Writing allowed Chyrel and Lyris to find their voice. Surviving a deadly pandemic, navigating life’s rough waters, and continuing to stay true to themselves birthed their latest book Mirrored Images.Can magic be recreated for a second time? The sisters believe that it can. We write about what we know. Our experiences as black women are what we know well. Our writing is lensed from that intrinsically authentic experience.Connect with Chyrel and Lyris:Website: Link to All Other Platforms: Books: Support the show
4/5/202254 minutes, 20 seconds
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Angelique Anderson -- Episode #057

Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with Executive & Leadership Development Coach and Talent Strategist Angelique Anderson. Angelique works with leaders to help them simplify complexities, cut through the fog, and strategize plans of action that allow them to exercise their natural talents and strengths. In this episode, Angelique talks about the importance of leadership presence to elevate, combatting microaggressions, and what she thinks is the key to success in becoming an entrepreneur.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:47] - Experience vs Leadership[00:04:32] - Presence Matters for Elevation[00:08:53] - Combatting Microaggressions[00:15:16] - Angelique on Becoming an Entrepreneur[00:24:36] - Key to success for Entrepreneur [00:27:13] - Angelique's Most Treasured Characteristic[00:28:24] - Angelique’s Future VisionAngelique Arnao Anderson is the Founder of Arnao Anderson & Associates, a strengths-focused talent strategy firm. As an ICF-certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach, she supports high-achieving organizational leaders in activating untapped superpowers in order to help make dream careers a reality. Angelique has over 20 years of experience in leadership development, talent management and organizational effectiveness strategically leading large-scale culture change initiatives while successfully aligning talent development with complex business strategy. Her career has spanned multiple industries, including media, technology and financial services from global companies to start-ups. She has a long track record of partnering with leaders of large and small teams to uncover root problems, ideate possibilities and take agile action.Coined the “Solutions Empress” by peers, Angelique’s unique approach to coaching empowers leaders to effectively navigate changing environments while engaging, retaining and inspiring their people towards greater success.Connect with Angelique:Website: Arnao AndersonInstagram: Support the show
3/29/202235 minutes, 54 seconds
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Nicole Rankins -- Episode #056

Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with podcast host, course creator, and OBGYN Nicole Rankins. Nicole is dedicated to helping women educate themselves and find confidence and peace when giving birth. In this episode, Nicole talks about the importance of educating yourself on giving birth and having people to advocate for you.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:03:26] - Educating Yourself About Birth[00:05:38] - Preparing to Give Birth Late in Age[00:07:08] - Dealing With Fear Around Birth[00:10:21] - Having Support to Advocate for You[00:11:28] - Advice for Expecting Moms[00:12:21] - Dr. Rankins take on the overall capabilities of the Medical Capabilities in The US[00:14:49] - Death Rates Among Black Women Giving Birth[00:16:46] - Support Through Post-Partum[00:18:04] - Advice for Older Women Starting a FamilyDr. Nicole Calloway Rankins is a board-certified, practicing OB/GYN and mom of 2 who empowers first time moms to feel supported and prepared for pregnancy and birth. Over the last 15 years she's helped more than 1,000 babies come into this world and has demystified pregnancy and childbirth for thousands more women through her 5-star rated All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, her free online birth plan class, and her signature online program - The Birth Preparation Course. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram @drnicolerankins.Connect with Nicole:Website: Instagram: Podacst: Support the show
3/22/202221 minutes, 3 seconds
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Stacey Gordon -- Episode #055

Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with founder, principal consultant, executive advisor, and diversity strategist Stacey Gordon. Stacey is also the creator of an unconscious bias course which is the #1 most viewed course across the LinkedIn learning platform and has also been translated into at least four languages.As a globally recognized keynote speaker, leadership consultant and DEI strategist, Stacey has worked with Fortune 100 companies that include AT&T, American Express, GE and Hewlett Packard and has provided subject matter expertise to SHRM, Fast Company, Skillsoft, Forbes, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and the Association for Talent Development. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University Business School and her SHRM-SCP certification, as well as the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture Credential.Int his episode Stacey describes what DE&I is, the positive impact that it has on the workplace and the push back she gets when implementing it. She also talks about unconscious bias, which she goes more in depth on in her new book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work. [00:04:46] - DE&I defined[00:06:28] - Moving Past Tokenism[00:11:45] - Adding DE&I to the work culture[00:13:37] - Push Back When Adding DE&I to the workplace[00:15:49] - Speaking Up [00:22:08] - Unconscious Bias[00:27:18] - Encountering and Managing Microaggressions[00:29:11] - Presenting DE&I to Your Employer[00:30:27] - Stacey’s Take on Black Girl MagicLeading at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and workplace culture, in her role as Executive Advisor and Diversity Strategist, Stacey Gordon coaches and counsels executive leaders on DEI strategies for the business, while offering a no-nonsense approach to education for the broader employee population.Stacey’s book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release list and is also available at Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. Stacey is the creator of the #1 course across the LinkedIn learning platform and has surpassed more than 1 million unique learners overall. Her unconscious bias course has been translated into at least four languages and she has worked with people managers and executive leaders from companies such as American Express, ADP, Kia Motors, Hewlett Packard, Walmart, GE and many others to deliver notable sessions that support their D&I efforts. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University Business School and her SHRM-SCP certification, as well as the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture Credential.Connect with Stacey:Website: LinkedIn: Support the show
3/15/202235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Racine Rikard -- Episode #054

Is generational wealth as far off as you think it is?Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with financial coach and financial strategist Racine Rikard. Her purpose is to help families earn more income become adequately protected, debt-free, and financially independent. She wishes to inspire families and businesses on the rules of personal finances and recruit and coach new associates. In this episode, Racine shares with us her journey of getting into the financial profession, her definition of generational wealth, her secret to building generational wealth. In addition, she gives us advice on why it costs more to wait and do nothing vs. getting started where we are with what we have and the importance of building your fab five financial team.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:25] Inspiration for Getting into the Financial Profession [00:08:14] Generational Wealth Defined by Racine [00:11:40] Racine’s Secret to Building Generational Wealth [00:13:35] The Cost of Doing Nothing When it Comes to Building Generational Wealth[00:16:20] The Best Way to Pay Off Debt[00:20:13] What They Don’t Tell us About Wealth Building[00:25:09] Building Your Fab 5 Financial TeamHi, I’m Racine Rikard, CEO and Personal Finance Strategist at Dreamscapers Unlimited, LLC. Thank you for taking time out of your day to learn more about me and what I love to do.I’m a Southern girl hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. I have been in the accounting and financial services industry for more than 20 years and started Dreamscapers Unlimited in 2004 as a way to help families achieve their financial life dreams. It was my father who encouraged me to pursue my passion. I’ve always loved math, so I learned the value of money early in life. But it wasn’t until I graduated college, with a mound of student loans, that I understood what it meant to have debt. Determined to fill the gap in my understanding that would ultimately setthe stage for building generational wealth for my family, I sought out a financial advisor to get on a better path to money management. That relationship worked so well, that it led to a career shift for me as I moved from being an accountant to a financial planner.Throughout my corporate career, I’ve helped beginners and executives alike to better their financial knowledge and reach their personal finance goals. With Dreamscapers Unlimited, I aim to holistically connect and inspire my clients, particularly women, to kickstart wealth management conversations within their own families. I am passionate about debt elimination, retirement and education funding, and asset protection. I take pride in learning about your financial dreams and helping you map out and implement the “dreamscape” to achieveit.When I’m not helping clients plan their financial dreams, you’ll find me spending time as a mentor to young girls at Cool Girls, Inc. or volunteering at Impact Church in Atlanta. My husband and I currently reside in Stockbridge, Georgia and enjoy vacationing and spending time with family.Connect with Racine:Instagram: Racine Rikard (@racine_rikard) • Instagram photos and videosWebsite: (currently under construction)Facebook: Racine Rikard, RVP | FacebookSupport the show
3/8/202231 minutes, 20 seconds
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Kysha Mitchell -- Episode #053

Are you ready to elevate from employee to entrepreneur? Today on the black women rising podcast, we sat down with Kysha, a certified success coach, speaker and a an advocate for women owning success that’s authentic to them. Kysha talks about the mindset shifts that need to be made in order to reach your authentic success, find the beauty in yourself, the benefits of coaching and mentorship, how women can get over fear when starting a business, and create an exit strategy before going into entrepreneurship. Kysha believes that doing what we are called to do, living in our purpose, is the path to the divine and living our best life.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:31] Kysha’s Personal Philosophy[00:06:38] Doing What You’re Called to do/ Entrepreneurship [00:08:32] Daily Inspiration [00:10:38] Finding Beauty in Yourself [00:18:02] Benefits of Coaching and Mentorship[00:22:21] Advice For Women Getting Over Fear When Starting a Business[00:27:49] Creating an Exit Strategy Before Starting a Business [00:34:30] Kysha’s Black Girl Magic Kysha Mitchell empowers women who feel stuck in their jobs to make time for and take action on their dream to become an entrepreneur. A one-time corporate employee suiting up to sit in her cubicle day after day, Kysha took the bold move to leave the 9 to 5 and is now an in-demand, successful coach and speaker. She's been featured as a keynote speaker, on television, in major magazines and on podcasts sharing her framework of Empowered Feminine Success.Learn more about her work by visiting her on the web at www.frometoe.comInstagram: Kysha Mitchell (@elevate_your_now) • Instagram photos and videosWebsite: Kysha Mitchell – Success Coach & SpeakerWebsite: Employee to Entrepreneur Elevation ( Powerhouse Women Rising from Employee to Entrepreneur | FacebookSupport the show
3/1/202241 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fila Antwine -- Episode #052

Are you ready to live a life you love?Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with author, inspirational speaker, and life and relationship coach Fila Antwine. In this episode, Fila talks about the value and importance of familia female relationships, healing internal battles regarding self-care, and emotional wellness. A big part of Fila’s vision for teaching Sacred Self-Care is to help you rediscover your dreams by teaching you how to reconnect with yourself so that you can have deep love, joy, freedom, and fulfillment on a sacred level and actually live a life you love.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:58] The Value of Familia Female Relationships[00:04:31] Fila’s Most Treasured Thing in Life[00:05:56] How to Get Over Internal Battles[00:08:33] Fila’s Personal Philosophy[00:10:42] Fila’s Greatest Accomplishment[00:13:47] Emotional Wellness Coaching[00:19:28] Fila’s Vision For Her Clients[00:23:25] Incorporating Self-Care When Overwhelmed[00:28:43] Tips For Working Wives and Mothers to Put Themselves First[00:24:28] Fila’s Black Girl MagicFila Antwine is an award winning Emotional Wellness, Worthiness, and Relationship Coach. She is an individual who serves her fellow human beings with compassion, intellect, and true understanding. Fila’s lifelong mission has been to help others triumph over tragedy, just as she has accomplished herself; overcoming childhood abuse to become who she is today: a happily married wife, proud mother of two wonderful children, and an adviser to countless women seeking lives of greater hope and fulfillment. Fila Antwine is the author of two important books: “Strengthening Her Essence: A Woman’s Guide To Liberation Through Truth” and a special work for children promoting diversity and confidence called “Curiously Coiled”. Today Fila is an acclaimed life coach and the founder of the Sacred Queen Academy; an online coaching community that offers healing, holistic, spiritual, confidence-building classes, programs, and talks for women emphasizing self-care and healthy relationships. The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Huffington Post, MSN, The New York State Senate and the Emmy-winning talk show “Fresh Outlook” have all recognized her expertise and ability to help others overcome personal challenges in life. Fila has always believed in the dignity and worth of every human being and that gender equity is essential to a thriving society. She is an inspiring leader to both men and women.Connect with Fila:Instagram: @sheisfilaWebsite: Facebook: Fila Antwine | FacebookSupport the show
2/22/202235 minutes, 27 seconds
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Keisha Bailey -- Episode #051

Are you waiting for the perfect time to start investing? Well, the perfect time is now!Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with financial industry veteran Keisha Bailey (MBA, CFA, FRM). In this episode, Keshia talks about her purpose and inspiration for helping others live a better life by teaching them how to invest. She also debunks myths about investing, shares her take on cryptocurrency, and the formula to building wealth. The hardest part about building wealth is getting started, and with Keisha's boutique investment firm, she is committed to making wealth-building understandable, accessible, and easy to maintain.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:25] Keisha’s Aspirations – 2:25[00:06:14] Choose You – 6:14[00:08:49] Accept Yourself – 8:49[00:12:02] Debunking a Myth About Investing – 12:02[00:14:32] Keisha’s take on Crypto Currency– 14:32[00:18:42] The Formula to Building Wealth – 18:42[00:21:04] Keisha’s Purpose - 21:04 [00:23:17] Changing Stereotypes About Black Women - 23:17[00:24:28] Keisha’s Black Girl Magic - 24:28 Keisha Bailey is the industry powerhouse behind the Profit Jumpstarter brand and is an experienced Financial Strategist, Investment Educator and Entrepreneur. She spent 17 years making money for wealthy individuals and corporations before shifting her expertise towards serving the up and coming generations of wealth builders.Her knowledge of the financial industry is matched only by her passion to teach what she knows to rising money-makers on the individual and institutional levels.  Whether they are equipping corporate teams to do more with their current income, or she is encouraging an individual to explore greater investment options, Keisha and her team operate on three principles: educate + liberate + activate.People in control of their time, money and knowledge, are people in control of life. That's the freedom Profit Jumpstarter believes in creating for every client, company and community they serve.Connect with Keisha:Instagram: @profitjumpstarterWebsite: Facebook: Profit JumpStarterSupport the show
2/15/202227 minutes, 56 seconds
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Natasha Chentille Riley -- Episode #050

Are you lacking the confidence to embrace your sexuality? Are you afraid to share your fantasies and desires with your partner due to shame? Has intimacy and sex in your relationship/s lost its priority?Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with sex and intimacy therapist Natasha Riley. Natasha aims to help women navigate the challenges around sex, provide a safe space for them to be vulnerable, process emotions, and work towards solutions with their partners. In this episode, Natasha debunks some common myths about sex, encourages women to love their mom body, and gives us tips on how to have a conversation with our partner about improving sex and intimacy.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:01:39] Natasha’s Earliest Life Lesson [00:02:21] Fundamental Change of Becoming a Mother [00:04:42] Becoming a Sex Therapist[00:06:45] Debunking Myths About Sex Therapy [00:07:58] Loving The Mom Body[00:10:05] Having The Sex Conversation With Your Partner[00:14:09] Finding Your Sexy[00:17:31] One of The Biggest Challenges That Black Women Face When Returning to Themselves[00:24:28] Natasha’s Black Girl Magic Natasha is a Licensed Sex Therapist as well as a Certified Sex Coach. As a graduate from Sex Coach University with Dr. Patti Britton, Natasha has learned the benefits of sex coaching and how she can empower her clients to own their choices as well as take responsibility of their pleasure.Natasha has not only worked with couples to increase communication about sexual concerns, she has also worked to empower women to make sexual pleasure a priority. She takes pride in providing a compassionate safe space to help clients reignite their sexual expression. Natasha works side by side with clients to reach the goal of sexual fulfillment and pleasure.Connect with Natasha:Email: [email protected]: Natasha Chentille-Sex and Intimacy Coach | FacebookFacebook Group: Be Sensually Free and Sexually Confident | FacebookSupport the show
2/8/202224 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tarena Muhammad -- Episode #049

Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with management consultant, strategic advisor, and certified online business coach Tarena Muhammad. Tarena's passion is to help small businesses stay secure and help veteran women transitioning from the military who are looking to start a successful business. In this episode, Tarena talks about her journey to IT security, the biggest mistake she sees most of her IT security clients make with their small businesses, what working with her ideal client looks like, and the freedom that entrepreneurship affords.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:01:08] Fundamental Change When Turning 18[00:02:11] Becoming an Entrepreneur [00:04:30] Journey to IT Security [00:09:03] Biggest Mistake IT Security Clients Make[00:10:40] Tarena’s Ideal Client[00:15:55] The Freedom that Entrepreneur Affords[00:20:19] Mental Strength[00:22:40] Constructively Acknowledging Regrets and Reflecting on Them[00:25:43] Tarena’s Definition of Black Girl MagicTarena Muhammad, founder and CEO of Legion, is a business consultant and Air Force Veteran who helps women entrepreneurs rapidly grow their businesses while creating more balance and ease in their daily routines. With 20 years of experience in operations, SOPs, automation, and data privacy and security, she's discovered the keys to getting more done in less time so her clients can take time off without feeling guilty. As a mom of 2 herself, she knows exactly how sanity-saving this can be. As well as running her own business, Tarena serves as the Head of Operations for The Well, a professional network for women of color. She's passionate about helping women—especially fellow veterans—build the business of their dreams.Connect with Tarena:Instagram: Tarena (@heytarena) • Instagram photos and videosLinkedIn: Tarena M. - Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | Professional Profile | LinkedInSupport the show
2/1/202230 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kishshana Palmer -- Episode #048

[show notes]Kishshana Palmer is an international speaker, trainer, and coach with a 20+ year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management who helps leaders create high performing teams. She's a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. It doesn't matter if she's speaking about philanthropy, living your most authentic life, or diversity, the energy she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying.Kishshana is CEO of Kishshana & Co., an organizational development firm focused on helping everyday leaders live well and lead well. Her firm's work centers on equity and social justice and practical solutions for today's organizations. She is the founder of The Rooted Collaborative -- a global community focused on the growth and development of women leaders of color in the social sector. She's the host of the podcast "Let's Take This Offline", an adjunct professor at Baruch College, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), A Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and an AFP Master Trainer.  When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more she is the fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Her work isn't limited to organizations, she also coaches high performing leaders.Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful teenage daughter. Kishshana is the epitome of your classic 90's Queens homegirl and quintessential corner office executive. She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux.Support the show
1/11/202248 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cheri Syphax -- Episode #047

Are you prepared to receive the love you’re looking for? Do you believe it’s possible to have it all while also having the romantic relationship that you desire?Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with the Regional Sales Director of Zimmer Biomet, business consultant, entrepreneur, and podcast host of the lover and leader podcast Cheri Syphax. She truly believes that any woman out there can have a life of abundance, love, and fullness. Having found the love of her life later in life, she now coaches other women to position themselves to have it all.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:30] Confidence Instilled Through Being Nurtured in Love – 2:30[00:04:03] Cheri’s Personal Philosophy – 4:03[00:05:30] Finding Love at Fifty – 5:30[00:10:14] Doing The Inner Work to Receive the Love You Desire – 10:14[00:11:45] Is it Possible to Have it All– 11:45[00:13:49] Work Life Balance 13:49[00:17:13] Making Decisions Through the Fear 17:13[00:21:00] Avoiding Burnout and Having It All 21:00[00:22:30] Dealing With the Disappointment of Missing the Mark 22:30[00:23:59] Cheri’s Black Girl Magic – 23:59Connect with Cheri:Instagram: Tracey & Cheri Syphax (@justphax) • Instagram photos and videosFacebook: Podcast: About | Leader And Lover PodcastCheri Spigner - Syphax is the witty, sassy host of the Leader and Lover Podcast.  She is an executive in the medical device industry, an industry she is passionate about.  Like many other executive Black women, Cheri has had to wear the cape of employee, grad student, single mother, provider, lover, entrepreneur and friend. She has done everything from run for School Board and run a business helping student athletes qualify for scholarships. She, like other powerful executives has learned the delicate balance of navigating spaces where she is “the only”.  Unfortunately, she has not always successfully navigated relationships, that was, until she did her soul search and inner work. Meditation and a positive mindset are at the root of her confidence, positivity and optimism.  She is surrounded by a circle of excellence, powerful Black women who have defined what having it all means. Her positive words empower and motivate others.  She is an agent for change and is creating a platform to showcase the magic of Black women and Black love. That is the force behind the Leader and Lover Podcast.  During the Leader and Lover Podcast, Cheri will demystify the negative trope that black women can’t have it all and have it all with style, grace and class.  Through “Dating Phax” Cheri and her husband Tracey, help women create winning online dating profiles that help them stand out in the crowd.  They also give them tools to help them get our of their way, so love can find them. Follow them at she is not working or following her passion of helping Black women win, she can be found enjoying a full life with her husband, traveling to spend time with her friends and family or FaceTiming her new Glam-baby. Support the show
1/4/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Victoria Timpo -- Episode #046

Are you an artist looking for a community of kindred spirits and support? Listen here as this Ghanian American Artist shares the importance of both.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with Ghanian-American business owner and artist Victoria Timpo. Victoria is the founder of Kindred Creatives Collective, aiming to connect and support black women artists. She is also the host of the creators making moves podcast. In this episode, Victoria shares her passion for her culture, heritage, art, and the community of artists she works and connects with. She also shares how important it is to support and patronize black artists.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:02:29] The Art Victoria Creates[00:03:33] Victoria’s Inspiration For Creating Art[00:06:29] Victoria’s Art Company[00:09:16] Biggest Struggle as a Creative [00:11:45] Victoria’s WHY[00:15:36] Finding Time For Self-Care[00:18:06] A Myth About Black Women Artists That Needs to be Debunked[00:22:11] The Importance of Having Mentors and Support[00:28:38] Victoria’s Definition of Black Girl Magic  Connect with Victoria:Instagram: Victoria Timpo |Art Retreat 🇬🇭 (@victoria_yawa) • Instagram photos and videosWebsite: Kindred Creatives CollectiveFacebook: Victoria TimpoFacebook Group: African Women Creatives | FacebookBased in Chicago, Victoria is the founder of Kindred Creatives Collective, a collective aimed to connect and support black women artists. She's also a painter, curator, and the host of the Creatives Making Moves podcast. Victoria is passionate about helping women artists of color to build sustainable creative businesses and take more breaks! She created the Dinner, Art, and Conversation dinner series, and the Ghana Artist Retreat to uplevel black women artists' creative genius. Currently, Victoria works full-time at a nonprofit visual arts youth center, where she manages and supports hundreds of teaching artists in their professional development. Victoria received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art.Support the show
12/28/202135 minutes, 40 seconds
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Kronda Adair -- Episode #045

Is fear of failure or making mistakes holding you back from building a business around work that you enjoy? In order to succeed we must learn to fail forward. Don’t be afraid to bet on you!Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with podcaster and CEO of Karvel Digital, Kronda Adair. She shares with us how she got on the journey to building a successful business that she enjoys after getting let go from her job as a developer. She shares the mistakes that she's had on the journey so far and how learning these things has allowed her to help other mission-driven and service-based business owners succeed in their businesses.Key Discussion Points From This Episode Include:[00:03:33] Getting Fired and Getting Into Entrepreneurship[00:07:10] The Journey to Creating Success in Business[00:13:08] Biggest Mistake Made In Business Since Starting [00:16:53] Kronda’s Philosophy on Entrepreneurship[00:19:58] Advice For Small Business Owners[00:22:15] Dealing With Microaggressions In Tech [00:25:04] Kronda’s Black Girl Magic Connect with Kronda:Instagram: Karvel Digital (@karveldigital) • Instagram photos and videosFacebook Group: Service CEOs: Systemizing for Profit | FacebookPodcast: Podcast - Karvel DigitalKronda Adair is the founder of Karvel Digital, an agency that helps mission-driven service-based businesses automate their marketing to create a predictable sales pipeline.From her humble beginnings building $500 WordPress websites, Kronda found a passion for digital marketing and marketing automation and is in the process of becoming a certified Automation Service Provider. Her flagship offer is Content Bootcamp, a 12-week online intensive to teach overwhelmed entrepreneurs how to create and use content as an asset that saves time and sells for you.When she’s not working, she can be found enjoying time at home with her wife, two cats, and Vizsla puppy, reading dead-tree books, riding one of her five bikes, or enjoying the postcard vistas of the state of Oregon.Support the show
12/21/202128 minutes, 10 seconds
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Kandis Draw -- Episode #044

Are you aware of your family’s history with cancer? Do you speak up for yourself when something with your health seems and feels off?Cancer is one of the leading causes amongst women of color. African American women have the highest mortality rates for all cancers combined compared to any other racial or ethnic group.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with national cancer advocate and writer Kandis Draw. Kandis shares her story about how losing her mother to ovarian cancer and researching gynecological cancer led her to become a cancer advocate. Kandis now travels and speaks all over, advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves as she encourages those of us who can advocate for ourselves to do so. Listen here as Candice shares tips for combatting cancer and multiple ways to advocate for ourselves.Key discussion points from this episode include:[00:03:53] - Learning The Lesson of Accountability [00:05:44] - Being Inspired And Being My Best Self [00:07:20] - Advocating For Cancer[00:08:53] - How Women of Color Can Begin to Combat Cancer[00:13:00] - Knowing The Right Questions To Ask[00:18:20] - Getting Educated on Gynecological Cancers[00:20:50] - *Black Girl MagicConnect with Kandis:Instagram: Kandis (@kandi_koated) • Instagram photos and videosWebsite: Caring for Multiple People ( Draw lives in Chicago, IL, and is a National Illinois Advocate for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, writer and a contributor on  She writes for, an online magazine for plus sized women that focuses on body positivity, fashion, news, and more. Kandis has been featured across Cancer Wellness Magazine, Tina's Wish Blog, Ignite Hope Candles, We Have Cancer, my Cancer story podcast and more.Support the show
12/14/202130 minutes, 56 seconds
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Taylor Sparks -- Episode #043

What you would you rate your sex life on a scale of 1-10? Want to learn tips for making good sex great? Listen here as we dive into some good grown folk conversation.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with Erotic Educator, Sex Goddess & Organic Loven Founder Taylor Sparks. Taylor shares with us her holistic approach to sex. She educates us on sexual health and wellness as she encourages us to embrace our sexuality and communicate our needs to have the sexual experiences we desire. Key discussion points from this episode include:[00:01:46] - Erotic Educator Defined[00:02:55] - Becoming an Erotic Sex Educator[00:07:19] - How To Have A Good Sex Life[00:16:23] - Embracing Your Sexuality [00:22:32] - More Advice For Getting Comfortable With Your Sexuality[00:35:47] - How Does Good Or Bad Sex Affect Your Life[00:42:12] - Stop Focusing On The Orgasm[00:49:06] - Possible Traumas That Can Affect Your Sex LifeConnect with Taylor:Instagram: Taylor Sparks (@60secondsofsparks) • Instagram photos and videosLinkedIn: Taylor Sparks - Erotic Educator and Sex Goddess - | LinkedInPodcast: Sisters of Sexuality: Five Shades Of Play • A podcast on AnchorAmongst many things, Taylor Sparks (aka Mariposa) is a passionate erotic educator and sex goddess, certified in both holistic aromatherapy and human behavior.  With over a decade of experience in the natural skin care/cosmetics industry, Ms. Sparks launched, one of the largest BIPOC owned online intimacy shops.  Organic Loven specializes in improving adults’ sexual health/wellness and enhancing their sex lives via their organic intimate body products, body-safe sex toy materials, sex-positive books and erotic educational seminars.Ms. Sparks’ expertise has contributed to articles in Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, Oprah, Shape, Women’s Health magazines and more.  Taylor has become renowned in the adult travel industry and is a powerful public speaker both nationally and internationally. Her flagship seminar entitled,” How To Make Good Pussy, Better”, is extremely popular and focuses on the benefits of organic intimate body products and body safe sex toys.  Socially and environmentally conscious and a strong supporter in all things organic, natural and eco-friendly...including Love.Support the show
12/7/202155 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tracy Neely -- Episode #042

How do you show up in the world? Are you presenting your most authentic self? You no longer have to wait to be seen, heard, or to take up space. Be unapologetically you!Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with healer, priestess, and life coach Tracy Neely. Tracy shares with us her journey of rediscovering herself and allowing herself to be her most authentic self. She also shares with us her passion for helping others rediscover themselves and remember their brilliance so that they can show up as their most authentic selves in life and business.Key discussion points from this episode include:[00:03:20] The Journey Of Self Discovery[00:10:46] A Fundamental Change[00:14:28] Thoughts On Regret[00:17:11] The Difficulty of Allowing One’s Self To Be Seen Or Heard[00:19:15] Unapologetically Standing In Truth[00:22:28] Being An Introvert In Business[00:25:31] Tracy’s Ultimate Vision For Her Clients[00:27:11] Black Girl MagicConnect with Tracy:Website: Instagram- - Support the show
11/30/202130 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mikaela Ian -- Episode #041

If you have an online business and are trying to increase your online presence and visibility, then a video strategy may be what you need.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with video coach, media personality, wife, mom, and entrepreneur Mikaela Ian. Mikaela shares her story about her experience of being an island girl in the US and feeling the need to prove herself. She also shares how she overcomes imposter syndrome and her passion for helping women like you use video to showcase your expertise, increase your visibility, and, most importantly, your revenue. At the same time, she encourages you to charge what you’re worth.Key discussion points from this episode include:[00:04:58] Earliest Life Lesson Learned – 4:58[00:11:17] The Need To Prove Myself – 11:17 [00:12:51] The Freedom To Be Me – 12:51[00:15:48] Being Inspired And Being My Best Self – 15:48[00:19:47] Common Myths About PR – 19:47[00:23:26] Video Strategy – 23:26 [00:30:00] Tip For Overcoming The Fear Of Being On Camera – 30:00[00:34:00] Overcoming Imposter Syndrome – 34:00[00:37:51] Black Girl Magic – 37:51Connect with Mikaela:Instagram: @themikaelaianWebsite: Mikaela IanMikaela Ian is a video strategist + media personality. She helps leaders use the power of video to showcase their expertise, raise their profile + increase their visibility. Mikaela has 15 years of media, communications and marketing experience. She began her career as a journalist in her home of Bermuda where she covered countless events locally and internationally and interviewed politicians, heads of state and celebrities. She is certified by the Press Association in the UK as a multimedia journalist and is renowned in Bermuda for her on-camera work.Mikaela switched to PR/Marketing working at a boutique agency and went on to work with the prestigious 35th America's Cup as the face of the local brand She then went on to be the spokesperson for Bermuda's airport and is the co-host of The Daily Hour, Bermuda's only live morning show.  Additionally, she works with leaders to help them leverage video to increase their visibility and revenue. She does this through her 12-week 1:1 program, Bankable On Camera. When she's not helping her clients kickass on video, Mikaela loves indulging in pop culture, dancing, eating, cooking, spending time w her hubby + two boys and sipping ice cold rosé. She is married to Jason and mommy to Amari and Xavi. Support the show
11/23/202141 minutes, 49 seconds
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Rosa Crumpton -- Episode #040

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11/16/202134 minutes, 45 seconds
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Michelle Blue -- Episode #039

The wait is over; we're back and welcoming Michelle Blue to the podcast. Michelle is the founder of Bene', a luxury scarf company, and a new show, The Journey With Blue. Michelle's first company was voted as Mashable's Top Black-Owned Businesses Changing the World. She is also the recipient of Southern Living's Beauty Awards and a TedTalk speaker. In this episode, Michelle gets candid about her journey as an entrepreneur, her new show and shares her insights about the importance of vision and commitment.[00:02:57] Are you an audacious thinker?[00:05:27] What a petition for snacks and a trip to Ghana taught Jessica about the audaciousness[00:08:05] What is failing forward[00:10:28] Working through frustrations and setbacks in life and business[00:19:41] How Jessica's brazen spirit lead her to create her first business two weeks after graduating from college[00:23:13] Have you ever wished you could go behind the glossy pictures on Instagram and get the truth about building a business? - Tune into Michelle's new show - The Journey with Blue [00:30:53] Michelle's three pillars of success - and how you can adopt themMusic by Dj QuadsSupport the show
11/9/202138 minutes, 23 seconds
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Eve Guzman -- Episode #038

Eve Guzman, is an internationally-acclaimed nutritionist, business coach, public speaker, and PEOPLE Magazine 'Half Their Size' ambassador. She is the owner of the G-Transformation Academy which aims to help women ditch fad diets, lose weight, and eat real food without being restricted. She has personally lost more than 150 pounds through exercise and her macro nutrition philosophy, going from obese to a nationally qualified figure competitor.Eve Guzman is the founder of the Macro Mentorship Program, the unique macro nutrition + business coaching course. Eve turns personal trainers, health coaches and nutritionists into macro experts, increases their re-sign rates, builds their confidence with nutrition coaching, streamlines their client management systems while scaling their businesses.www.gtransformationacademy.comHave you ever considered that you may be going about your weight loss journey or your dieting plan the wrong way? Have you ever heard of macro nutrition? Knowing the difference between nutrition and dieting is vital to your success on your journey to having a healthier body and being a healthier you.Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with internationally-acclaimed nutritionist, business coach, public speaker, and owner of the G-Transformation Academy, Eve Guzman. Eve and her team have helped more than thousands of clients and certified over 150 coaches to continue expanding the reach of helping people and teaching them about macro nutrition.Key discussion points from this episode include:[00:01:21] - Foundation of the Nutrition Academy[00:02:30] - Nutrition Vs. Dieting[00:03:43] - Macro based nutrition[00:07:04] - Reversing the truth about carbs[00:11:41] - How helping others led to starting the business[00:13:47] - The myth about being a professional nutritionist[00:14:28] - Eve’s biggest success so far[00:15:44] - Creation of the Macro nutrition coaching program[00:18:03] - Doing it afraid[00:19:00] - Handling disappointment[00:20:23] - Advice to my younger self[00:21:44] - Message to older self[00:22:33] - What’s next to come[00:26:15] - Black girl magic[00:26:22] - Eve’s black girl magical powerSupport the show
2/2/202129 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ashley Sharie -- Episode #037

Ashley Sharie is a brand strategist and mindset coach who specializes in building powerhouse brands and breaking down limiting beliefs. With over a decade of experience in business development, leadership, and personal growth, her focus is on the "sweet spot" where business meets mindfulness. As a mega advocate for women's empowerment, Ashley also served as a Community Advisor to the Washington, DC area for Girlboss. With a platform rooted in balance, Ashley is also a certified yoga instructor and a self-proclaimed tropical travel guru.www.growwithashley.comSupport the show
1/26/202125 minutes
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Episode #036: Danielle Earle

Danielle produced the Award Winning Series "Brooklyn Is In Love," and the feature film "Lover's Game," among many others that can be found on our website below the email for her production company PL Entertainment LLC.  Aside from Producing, Directing and Writer she's also a Teacher.  She teaches Audio Visual and Filmmaking OHS and a part of the C.T.E. Program - Career Technical and Education. In her program she helps students learn the fundamentals of filmmaking as well as preparing them for the workforce. She teaches grades 10-12th Grade.  Below is a list of productions associated with PL Entertainment LLC: Brooklyn Is In Love Bronx Net Interview: Consider It Blacklit NYC Women Independent Film Festival News 12 Interview:'s a trailer to our film Lover's Game - from the upcoming film - Haunted Mind Of An Insomniac The New York Effect: Complexity Series LGBT Love Stories: IMDB: the show
1/19/202124 minutes, 52 seconds
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Sana Kibz -- Episode #035

Sana Akibu, well known as Sana Kibz, is a Nigerian radio host, TV personality, fashion influencer, and commercial model living in New York City. Since moving to New York from Maryland in 2013, Sana has worked with many notable brands in the fashion and beauty industries; such as:  Estee Lauder, TJ Maxx, Nike, Maybelline, Glamour, BET, WeTV, and many others. She is also a lifestyle blogger, YouTuber, and certified digital marketing strategist with a focus on social media growth for small businesses. She is on a mission to fully live out her dreams, while developing her new found faith in Christianity, and inspiring women everywhere to go after their heart's desires-- regardless of circumstances. Facebook: Website: www.sanakibz.comJewelry Website: www.awknjewelry.comCoupon Code: BWR15Support the show
9/8/202024 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mo Whiteside -- Episode #034

I have always had a passion for helping people resolve their issues and struggles. I started witnessing the people around me as well as myself operating outside of our true selves, which almost always leads to stress, depression, anxiety, and any other low vibrational emotion that can drain you of your peace of mind. I researched different techniques and tools on how to combat these triggers and my life has made a drastic change for the better. It's my job to share these findings and coach the ones who may be struggling to navigate through the triumphs of life.My name is Monique "Mo" Whiteside and I am a Spiritual Coach with a certification in Meditation, Crystal Energy Healing, and Reiki. I specialize in helping people become aligned with their true spiritual selves by coping with the issues that are causing them dissatisfaction and stress. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients.Facebook: the show
9/1/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dr. Bridgette Peake -- Episode #033

Bridgette F. Peake has loved science since a young age. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from Emory University and has been awarded as a competitive researcher for her paradigm shifting investigations of overcoming chemoresistance in breast cancer. She has spent the past 15 years passionately empowering underrepresented  STEM students and early-career professionals to expand, execute and elevate confidently as they achieve professional excellence. She believes that  preparedness is a powerful gift. It attracts opportunities for growth and expansion. She has a unique way of igniting a passionate mindset around personal innovation strategies for impactful self-awareness and development. Resilient Grace- https://www.resilientgrace.infoInstagram- @resilientgrace.infoInfinite Brilliance Consulting- https://www.infinitebrillianceconsulting.comInstagram- @infinitebrilliance_Support the show
8/18/202019 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chelsea Charles -- Episode #032

Chelsea Charles is an illustrator who resides in Brampton, Ontario, and has received her BAA in Illustration at Sheridan College.She creates her illustrations through a combination of digital and traditional mediums. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, being a nuisance to her cat Charcoal, and daydreams about traveling to Japan. Twitter: ChlsChrlsInstagram: ChelseaCharlesIllustrationWebsite: the show
8/11/202014 minutes, 1 second
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Daven McQueen -- Episode #031

Daven McQueen grew up outside of Los Angeles, California, and graduated from BrownUniversity, where she earned a BA in literary arts and economics. Her works on Wattpad include December, Beautiful Dreamer, and Superior, which received a Watty Award for Science Fiction. When she's not writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, embroidering, cooking, and eating dessert. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her cat, and works in education.Instagram: the show
8/4/202019 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tai'lor - Episode #030

Hi! My name is Tai'Lor. I am twenty-three years young and I own The Tailored Hair Collection, LLC. In fall of 2014, during my freshman year of college at Bowling Green State University I discovered my true talent as an entrepreneur. I graduated college in spring of 2018 with a degree in Criminal Justice— Forensic Investigation; however, I had already decided to be an entrepreneur. I relocated to Charlotte, NC from Bowling Green, OH in summer of 2018 and enrolled in the Natural Hair Care Program at Central Piedmont Community College. Later, I registered my business, The Tailored Hair Collection, LLC and graduated from the natural hair care program in winter of 2018. Then the journey began...www.TheTailoredHairCollection.comSupport the show
7/28/202023 minutes, 54 seconds
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Samantha Rund -- Episode #029

Samantha Rund is an actor, comedian, and coach who has performed on stage and screen across the country. Recently, she can be seen in 3 Busy Debras on Adult Swim. She is passionate about enriching and empowering people's lives through the arts. Her coaching business Beyond Technique Coaching uses performance principles to help people bring more of their whole selves ( voice, body, and mind) to their lives and work. Support the show
6/30/202026 minutes, 27 seconds
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Minda Harts -- Episode #028

Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe, ​Fast​ ​Company​, The Guardian​, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi's, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat. https://mindaharts.comSupport the show
6/2/202028 minutes, 24 seconds
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Sharee Allen -- Episode #027

Sharee Allen, born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Sharee is the CEO and founder of Couture Events by Sharee, LLC, a Wedding/Event planning business. Prior to her launching her business full-time, she worked as a Catering Manager for the United States Marine Corps. In addition, Sharee has over 20 years of catering/event planning experience and working at all levels of hospitality. Sharee recently launched “Mint to Be” an organization designed to empower and educate single pregnant mothers in need residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. She partners with nonprofits to provide mothers with practical resources and emotional encouragement. Sharee loves giving back to her community and she has a passion to help others to the next level. No wonder why her clients get amazing RESULTS!! Being a prior military spouse for twelve years and a mother of two, has taught her to push through all adversities and no matter what DON’T GIVE UP. Sharee obtained her Wedding/Event planning education from California State San Marcos. She also is a graduate of the Preston Bailey Floral/Design school. Sharee continues to study new techniques and trends to ensure that she offers her clients the latest and greatest in the industry. Sharee enjoys spending time with her family, thrift shopping, and traveling. Website: www.coutureeventsbysharee.comInstagram: the show
5/26/202028 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tina Brown - Episode #026

Hailing from the heart of the Midwest, Tina Terrell Brown is an artist, marketer, designer, and writer. Her professional career includes graphic design, sensory marketing, consumer market research, and corporate training. Her work has spanned multiple industries including consumer packaged goods, fragrance, flavor, home interiors, and most recently, behavioral health.In addition, Tina runs her own lifestyle blog, Lifestyle with Tina B. that focuses on home styling, color, organization, entertaining, and daily inspiration. She most recently started a podcast about her musings of color, life’s sweetest moments, and great conversations. Tina is currently working on her first home entertaining, color, and styling guide. Candy Color ConversationsSupport the show
5/19/202027 minutes, 3 seconds
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Renee Wilson - Episode #025

Meet Renee Wilson, Owner of Edgy Design Group, located in Pineville, North Carolina. Edgy Design Group is a Creative Design Firm Specializing in Cutting-Edge Mobile Apps, Custom Web Design and Branding. Living up to its name, "Edgy" is defined as daringly innovative and that’s exactly what the group delivers to its clients. Wilson started Edgy Design Group to utilize her creativity and passion for coding to help business owners achieve their dreams. The creative group’s mission is to deliver extraordinary products and services with integrity, affordability, and innovation to every client.Edgy Institute is the parent company to Edgy Design Group.  Within the next 2-5 years, Lesley has a goal to launch “Edgy with the Code” an online coding boot camp and to also teach the class live in-person in various cities across the US. Community Events: Fusion Conference and Tech Me Out To The Ballgame. Fusion Conference is a quarterly mini-conference focused on the Charlotte tech community. The conferences include sessions from some of the industry’s top talents. Tech Me Out To The Ballgame is an annual event where the tech community and the startup community comes together to network. The event takes place at a Charlotte Knights Baseball game.For more information, check out Edgy Design Group online at or on social media via Instagram: @EdgyDesignGroupSupport the show
5/12/202019 minutes, 2 seconds
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Shanisha Collins - Episode #024

Shanisha Collins is a business alignment consultant for creative entrepreneurs who want to gain a deeper understanding of customers needs through user research. She's helped creative artists, business and life coaches as well as service and product based business owners develop strategies to identify areas of improvement and uncover areas of new opportunities throughout their organization. Prior to starting her own businesses, she worked as a media services manager for a large nonprofit social services agency and a user experience designer/researcher for a large private university. She lives in Northeast Ohio.Favorite Quote: "Serve to lead."www.shanishacollins.comSupport the show
5/5/202017 minutes, 5 seconds
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Teresa Starks - Episode #023

Lieutenant Colonel Teresa Starks is the Operations Support Flight Commander, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 349th Operations Group, Travis Air Force Base, California. In this capacity, she has direct oversite of MedicalLogistics, Operations Readiness, Cyber Communications, Resource Management and Administration. During her tenure the Operations Support Flight has supported the unit in 8 deployments, 3 humanitarian missions and 5 large-scale training exercises. Additionally, an Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team has been equipped and staffed and plans for an Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Team are being developed. She also develops, recommends, & implements strategies to optimize resources while increasing productivity and efficiency.Lieutenant Colonel Starks graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. In 2000, she received  a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Starks received a direct commission in the Medical Service corps after serving as a Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician on active duty and the Air National Guard. Her diverse career has allowed her to command flights in Information Systems, Logistics and Patient Administration, Readiness, as well as serve as a GroupPractice Manager. She has completed a Logistics Education with Industry internship at LMI in McLean, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel Starks has also had the honor of serving at the 332d Expeditionary Medical Group, as the Aeromedical Evacuations Officer and the Patient Administration Division, officer in charge.Support the show
4/28/202026 minutes, 31 seconds
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Gloria Kimbwala - Episode #022

Gloria Kimbwala is CEO and founder of Shule, a startup that challenges the $10 Billion Global Education Industry by using blockchain to create, store, and verify micro-certificates for underserved learners. She is passionately using blockchain technology to empower people economically. She also enjoys making the blockchain ecosystem an inclusive and diverse space for all. She recently presented to the United Nation on how to get more women into technology, specifically blockchain.  Gloria is named one of the Top Ten Women in Fintech by Fintech Ranking. She serves as the Technical Advisor on the Board of Directors for the Society of Women Coder’s (SOWCoder’s) and runs the  “Ask Gloria” advice column in Reinvented Magazine. In her spare time, you can find her coding with her sons, doing yoga and playing the drums.Twitter: @GKimbwalaInstagram: @GKimbwalaLinkedIn: the show
4/21/202028 minutes, 53 seconds
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Pamela McCarter - Episode #021

Pamela McCarter serves as the Equity Initiative Leader at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. In her role, Pamela works to develop workforce diversity strategies for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability. Since assuming the role in 2019, she led a team that is designing an Equity Action Plan for the library, participated as an Equity Core Team member for Mecklenburg County.Pamela's work experience is largely in public library setting, where she has over 20 years' experience working with diverse populations. Pamela's training experiences include sessions on advancing racial equity, implicit Bias, staff development, and team building.Throughout her career, Pamela has gained valuable knowledge and skill in training, outreach and community advocacy that are helping in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.Currently, she serves on the board of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corp.Support the show
4/14/202024 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rukayatu Tijani - Episode #020

Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani is an attorney, speaker, and Founder of Firm for the Culture—a virtual law firm designed to help social entrepreneurs and founders protect their brand as they scale their impact.Firm for the Culture provides trademark services, networking opportunities, and strategy sessions for social entrepreneurs looking to own their brand, and by extension their organizational narrative, as they make meaningful change in the world. Ruky founded Firm for the Culture after years of serving as an intellectual property attorney in the Silicon Valley Office of the top litigation firm in the country, Quinn Emanuel.  Firm for the Culture was borne out of Ruky’s passion for the law, social impact, social entrepreneurship, and strategically scaling to create sustainable change.  Ruky also serves as the Founder of the First Generation Purpose Project (“FGPP”), an initiative designed to help first-generation professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs successfully navigate life and careers by utilizing the grit and tenacity already in them.Ruky has provided workshops to young professionals and creatives at New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Berkeley Law School, University of Notre Dame School of Law, and the United States Department of Commerce.She has been recognized as a California Change Lawyer for Legal Diversity, been featured in XONecole and Above the Law, and taken part in several podcast interviews, including the Happy Lawyers Project and the First-Gen Lounge.Ruky is a proud Nigerian-American first-generation professional from Brooklyn, New York, a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, and a member of the New York and California State CULTURE to 33777 for a free trademark the show
4/7/202027 minutes, 53 seconds
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Jenifer Daniels - Episode #019

Jenifer Daniels is an organizational design strategist, startup advisor, and investor. She founded Colorstock, the first diverse stock photo marketplace, advises The PLUG: smart reporting on the Black innovation economy, and invests in underrepresented startup founders. Jenifer has delivered talks at TEDxCharlotte, CUNY, IABC World Conference, Charlotte Startup Weekend, and Netroots Nation. Her words and photos have been featured in The New York Times, Mashable, HuffPostLive, BBC News, Essence, SiriusXM, BELT Magazine/Publishing, and Detroit Stock City.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
2/25/202032 minutes, 30 seconds
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Monica Allen - Episode #018

Monica R. Allen graduated from Hampton University and The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Psychology respectively, and she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management – Business concentration from Capella University. She is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Mecklenburg County – the most populous County in the State of NorthCarolina. Her accountabilities focus on leading, developing and executing the County’s corporate performance management, strategic planning and program evaluation initiatives.Her accomplishments in the role as Director include successfully implementing a three year strategic business planning framework for Mecklenburg County to include the development of the FY2017-2019 Corporate Strategic Business Plan and consulting with approximately 24 departments on their three-year strategic business plans also for FY2017-2019. Recently, Monica refined the strategic business planning framework and is now assisting the organization with development of the FY2020- 2022 strategic business plans (corporate and departments).In addition to the success of designing and implementing a three-year strategic approach for moving the County forward, Monica has also implemented the first ever Performance Management System for the County, which was a multi-year engagement with the Microsoft Corporation. This effort has allowed the County to regularly and consistently monitor and manage performance throughout Mecklenburg County government.Monica is also the owner of Insight Performance Management Group, LLC, which is a consulting firm specializing in change management, strategy development and execution, performance management, and organizational development. Her firm has primarily worked with non-profit organizations whereby she has helped with the development of strategic plans along with tactical plans that reference steps to effective execution of strategy. Her clients have included, but are not limited to, the Town of Chapel Hill, Promising Pages, EmpowHERment, Women’s Intercultural Exchange, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte – Harris Y Branch. Some of her work has been pro bono as a means of giving back to her community. Monica enjoys actively serving on various community Boards and serves as a mentor to several youth and adults in Charlotte, actively attends church, loves to travel, watch and attend sporting events, read mediation and spiritual books, and work as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School ofGovernment. She was also recently appointed to serve as the National Forum for Black Public Administrators – Chair of Strategic Planning and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association for Strategic Planning. Both appointments occurred in 2019.Monica was the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Public Servant Award. She also recently won two awards for her work in strategic planning and performance management. She received the Association for Strategic Planning - 2017 Richard M. Goodman Award for Strategic Planning, as well as led efforts in performance management resulting in Mecklenburg County receiving the International City/County Management Association’s 2017 Certificate of Distinction for Performance Management. Her most recent recognition was as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women in 2018.Although Monica lived most of her childhood in Oklahoma City, she is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC. Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
2/18/202037 minutes, 6 seconds
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Quinc'ze Brim - Episode #017

Quinc'ze Brim is a Southern California native who moved to Charlotte, NC 21 years ago.  She is a wife of one (married 23 years), mother of three, GiGi of two, an experienced strategic Human Resources professional, a basketball coach, mentor, and friend.  A  graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.B.A in Management/Human Resources, Quinc'ze also obtained a Master's Degree in Organizational Change/Leadership from Pfeiffer University, carries multiple certifications in Human Resources, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and serves as a Certified Mediator, change agent, trusted advisor, and business partner.   "My passion is helping others live their best life; that includes helping others to seek their passion, identify tools and resources necessary to obtain success; identify challenges and barriers and develop plans and strategies to execute to remove anyone roadblocks. I'm the one that holds the ladder, the box, the diving board for individuals to be successful and be their very best - at whatever it is they want to achieve."  Increase and unleash potential is what I help others to accomplish."My personal philosophy is to do everything with intent and purpose. I firmly believe it is a waste of your time engaging in activities that won't get you where you want to be or make you happy.  Have goals, have a focus, have a grind!   How clear are your "purpose-filled" glasses?"Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/28/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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Brittany Ball - Episode #016

Brittney Ball is a Software Engineer on Gatsby's Learning team. Throughout the years Brittney has made it her mission to pave the way for other people trying to create a better future through Tech. She has hosted the Charlotte Devs JavaScript Study Group Meetup to help developers solve challenges and give to the community. She has also organized events for Girl Develop It, QC Bytes, and TechByChoice to mentor other women in tech. Her goal is to pay it forward and help people see that you don't have to go the traditional route to be successful. As long as you want it, you can achieve it.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/21/202026 minutes
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Kiley Dowling – Episode #015

Kiley Dowling is a senior software engineer who has spent the majority of her career delivering client solutions with consultancies and full service digital agencies. She is passionate about the power of access and opportunity. She is proud to serve as a Lead Organizer with Queen City (QC) Bytes and as a Community Advocate with Fleurix Conference. Her transition into software engineering was fueled by a passion for continuous learning and collaborative problem solving after 5 years in program management in education and nonprofits. When she is not coding, you will likely find her on her balcony reading, biking around her neighborhood, or sweating it out in a hot yoga class.QC Bytes | City Bytes (QCB) is an organization dedicated to supporting underserved or marginalized communities and groups by offering technical instruction, educational resources, and an environment where networking and mentorship are valued.Fleurix Conference | fleurixconf.comFleurix aims to increase the number of women+ pursuing and thriving in technology-related careers by connecting women+ with an inspiring community and accessible resources that can help conquer common barriers to entry, retention, and promotion of women+ in IT.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/19/202024 minutes, 35 seconds
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Adrina Fanore & Davis Northern — Episode #14 Part 2

Adrina Fanore is a fashion designer and creative director. A South Carolina native, her studies at Parsons The New School led her to a career in fashion design. With 10 years of experience, her expertise has allowed her to expand her work from the runway to screen. Drawing inspiration from various cultures, the African diaspora, and vivid imagination, Adrina has created designs and fashion films rooted in surrealism, eclecticism, and minimalism.Since entering the film industry as a production assistant, Davis Northern has worked his way into becoming a talented director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His professional experience spans over eight years including directing commercials and narrative content. He has directed multiple short films, one of which has received press in Essence and ELLE South Africa magazines, and is currently working on his first feature film. His diverse life experiences have both deepened his passion for storytelling and intensified his itch to develop stories of the African diaspora, that emotionally resonates with audiences across the globe. Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
3/12/201936 minutes, 58 seconds
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Adrina Fanore & Davis Northern — Episode #14 Part 1

Adrina Fanore is a fashion designer and creative director. A South Carolina native, her studies at Parsons The New School led her to a career in fashion design. With 10 years of experience, her expertise has allowed her to expand her work from the runway to screen. Drawing inspiration from various cultures, the African diaspora, and vivid imagination, Adrina has created designs and fashion films rooted in surrealism, eclecticism, and minimalism.Since entering the film industry as a production assistant, Davis Northern has worked his way into becoming a talented director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His professional experience spans over eight years including directing commercials and narrative content. He has directed multiple short films, one of which has received press in Essence and ELLE South Africa magazines, and is currently working on his first feature film. His diverse life experiences have both deepened his passion for storytelling and intensified his itch to develop stories of the African diaspora, that emotionally resonates with audiences across the globe. Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
3/11/201939 minutes, 32 seconds
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Minerva Dantzler — Episode #013

Minerva A. Dantzler is the founder and creative force of LadyLike Legacies, LLC. Born in Manhattan, New York and raised in High Point, North Carolina, Minerva credits her mother and beloved grandmother Frankie as the first to teach her how to be a lady. As a teen and young adult, she enjoyed being a cheerleader, acting, modeling, and displaying her dance talents at events and as an instructor at local dance schools. These roles allowed her to be confident and develop excellent people skills.Minerva earned her degree in Business Administration and Marketing from High Point University and has certifications for successfully completing the Customer Service Excellence at Duke University’s Leadership and Professional Development program, Proverbs 31 Ministries “She Speaks Speakers & Writers Conference”, and John Casablanca’s Modeling and Career Center. In addition, she received a wealth of knowledge and training in professional development and codes of ethics training as a former Certified Guardian Ad Litem advocating on behalf of neglected and abused children and a North Carolina Certified Paralegal.More importantly, Minerva is a woman of God, loving mother, daughter, sister, friend, gifted speaker, and mentor. Her passion is to inspire, encourage, and influence females to discover their own brand of ladylikeness by promoting positive self-esteem, confidence, and business etiquette. Her mission is to demonstrate and share the power of being polite, polished, and professional in every area of their lives!For more information and bookings, contact Minerva at or [email protected] and visit LadyLike Legacies on Facebook and Instagram.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
2/19/201934 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ruby Murray — Episode #012

SGM (R) Ruby A. Murray during her 27-year career SGM Murray had myriad of demanding and challenging assignments.  SGM Murray is an Exmore, Virginia native; she entered the United States Army on 21 November 1989. She attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC. She then proceeded to her Advance Individual Training (AIT) at Ft. Lee, VA as a 76X (Subsistence Supply Specialist), and later was crossed trained to the MOS 92A (Automated Logistic Specialist). She is currently serving as a JROTC Instructor at South View High School.Her first assignment was to Fort Greely, AK, USAG HQ CO where she served as a Subsistence Supply Specialist. Her additional assignments include: Automated Logistical NCO 406TH GS CO, Fort Bragg, NC; Assistant BN S-4 NCOIC, 406TH GS CO, Fort Bragg, NC; Automated Logistical Specialist, HHC 1ST 1D, Kitizingen, Germany;  Automated Logistical NCOIC, HHC 1ST 1D, Kitizingen, Germany; BN Schools NCO, HHC 1ST 1D, Kitzingen, Germany; Platoon Sergeant, 18TH QM PERISHABLE Fort Bragg, NC; Storage Section NCOIC, CS REP Parts SU, Fort Bragg, NC; Material Management NCOIC, 249TH CS REP Parts SU, Fort Bragg, NC; Material Control Supervisor, HHC CS Support, Camp Casey, Korea; Material Management NCOIC, GMAT MGT CEN, BN Tasking NCOIC, HHC CS Support, Camp Casey, Korea; Operation Sergeant, Fort Bragg, NC; Field Service SGM (FWD) Afghanistan for 7th Sustainment BDE, Support Operation SGM for 7th Sustainment BDE, Fort Eustis, Va;  G-5 Plans SGM for 1st Support Command (Theater), Fort Bragg, NC, Command Sergeant Major (FWD) for 1st Support Command Theater, Kuwait, Garrison Operation SGM for Fort Bragg, NC.SGM Murray’s holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University. SGM Murray has completed the following military courses: United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60, Battle Staff NCO Course, Senior Leadership Course (SLC), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ALC), Primary Leadership Development Course, Master Resilience Trainer, Master Fitness Trainer Course, SHARP/VA Specialist, Defense Reutilization Logistics Management and Development Course, Demonstrated Logistical, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course.Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (w/1 oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 oak leaf cluster),  Army Commendation Medal (w/2 oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (w/10 oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (6thAward), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (w/numeral 3), Humanitarian Service Medal,  Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/numeral 4).  SGM Murray was awarded the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin in 2003, she is also a member of the prestige Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Club.SGM Murray has participated in multiple deployments in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM to include: OPERATION CONSOLIDATION III, OPERATION TRANSITION I AND OPERATION IRAQI GOVERNANCE.SGM Murray is married to Mr. Alfred Murray and they have one daughter Jasmine Keaire Murray (20) who goes to Winston Salem State University pursing a degree in Biology.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
2/12/201943 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dionne Selby — Episode #011

Dionne is a Certified Life Coach & Owner of Perfectly Flawed, LLP and a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. Her Aspiration and desire in life is to help others to always see the greatness in themselves. Her gift is to help motivate people to accomplish their goals in their personal relationships, personal development, personal finance, health and wellness! With over 10 years experience in development, management, coaching, marriage and motherhood, her passion is also seeing success in others!“Life’s challenges often send us on many roller coasters of ups and downs and often we need to tap back into what motivates us, what inspires us and what keeps us on our path to greatness!” –DionnePodcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/29/201926 minutes, 44 seconds
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K.S. Lewis — Episode #010

K.S. Lewis is passionate about healthy relationships and uses her writing as a platform to help others begin conversations on the subject. Her debut novel, The Game According to Life, discusses the journey of a woman called Life, and her interactions with family, friends, and love interests as they relate to playing a game.K.S. followed the work in early 2017 with the thoughtful, Love Notes for Life, a little black book of short and sweet prose offering quick whips on navigating relationships successfully. She openly shares the highs and lows of relationships through her writing and compels her readers to think about how they are “showing up to play” in their own lives.Her love for helping others operate in healthy love scenarios led her to start the Kicks & Giggles Show podcast on BlogTalkRadio in 2016. The provocative blend of hosts, guests, and topics has proven to be a fitting complement to late night adult conversation. In the summer of 2017, she released the first season of Love Dish, a Youtube series uniquely offering the best of relationships ‘ hot topic interviews with well-known guests, while cooking a signature dish.K.S. has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Public Relations, and a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Communication, both from East Carolina University. She currently resides in the Washington metro area, where she spends time writing, cooking, and enjoying her family.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/22/201936 minutes, 37 seconds
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De’Trice Fox — Episode #009

De’Trice Fox has been searching all her life for her passion and yet has been doing it all along. De’Trice is passionate about coaching individuals and small organizations to greatness. She is the ultimate optimist and her testimony and purpose aligns with the passion that God has placed in her.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/15/201938 minutes, 41 seconds
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Meryle Leonard — Episode #008

Meryle A. Leonard is a creative and busy soul! When she is not dancing, she is choreographing, writing or taking photos. Meryle works for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, coordinating the design, development and evaluation of a centralized delivery of outreach services for the entire system. She also manages a staff that provides services to underserved populations that cannot use the library in a traditional manner.Prior to coming to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, she served as the Regional Director of Youth Development for the YWCA of the Central Carolinas.  In this position, she planned, implemented and coordinated programs, funding and services to challenged youth, their family and community.  While managing a staff of twenty-seven, she created opportunities to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally in school and beyond.  Meryle completed her goal of adding an evaluation system to the learning program to assure children and families received the highest quality service possible. Meryle has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, community engagement and management.Meryle is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In 2007 Meryle was selected as a Life Long Access Institute Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She contributed articles to the American Library Association book, “Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook” and “Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies to Encourage Library Use.” She was the recipient of the North Carolina Library Association, William H. Roberts Public Library Distinguished Service Award.She was a presenter at the South Carolina Library Association Conference. Meryle served on the Smart Start Outreach and Development Board, Charlotte Mecklenburg School Parent University Curriculum Review Committee, Mooresville Graded School District Parent Advisory Team and the United Way Community Investment Committee. Meryle’s impact goes beyond her community. She has shared best practices for community outreach services throughout our country and she was even recognized for her work with a group of Russian librarians when they came to Charlotte, NC through a State Department Visitor Program. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow shared with The Charlotte Observer, “Their time with our library staff was the highlight of their 3-week visit to public libraries across the U.S. thanks to Meryle’s excellent work and welcoming spirit.”On a good day, you can catch Meryle on the beach or behind her camera and it is even a better day if she is doing both at the same time! Meryle is married to the biggest New York Yankee fan in the world, Bradley Leonard.  They have two children, Keona Foye and Jay Leonard, not to mention a student of the month grandson, Carter Allen Foye. Meryle is head over heels in love with her Morkie, Nala Boo-Boo.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
1/8/201928 minutes, 46 seconds
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Adrienne Mishel — Episode #007

Adrienne Mishel is a native New Yorker who transplanted (on purpose) to the southern comfort of North Carolina in 2005. An IT professional by day, at night, she works hard to pursue her dream of writing romance. A member of Romance Writers of America since 2010, she is currently serving her first term as a Director for the organization’s National Board of Directors. She remains involved in her local Charlotte chapter, Carolina Romance Writers and several online special interest chapters. An avid reader, Adrienne turned her love for things that go bump in the night into steamy paranormal romance novels. Adrienne lives in Charlotte, with her husband, kid number three, and two 100-pound lap dogs.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
12/18/201848 minutes, 20 seconds
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Angel Truesdale - Episode #006

Angel Truesdale is a native of  Charlotte, NC and loves her hometown that acts like a big city but feels like a small town. She is an Adult Services Specialist with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Previously, she received her undergrad degree in both Political Science and History with a minor in film studies. During her eight years with the library, she has facilitated library programs and exhibits on black culture, social issues, workforce development, and graphic novels (comics).Additionally, Angel has developed and implemented a wide range of tech-centric programs and trainings for adults, focusing on mobile, makerspace, productivity, and e-learning technologies. Her other interests include community engagement, international law, and film. Angel serves on the board of the Charlotte Film Society and ultimately, hopes to be more involved in action-based organizations that address housing inequality and mass incarceration.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
12/11/201854 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kassidy Evon -- Episode #005

Kassidy Goodman is a success strategist, leadership development trainer and data insights expert who enjoys asking “why” and developing plans to deliver tangible results. She is the founder and principal consultant of Primetivity Insights, LLC located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Primetivity works with individuals, businesses and communities to help ensure long-term and short-term strategies are in place to achieve active progress through quantitative and qualitative insights.Kassidy has over 10 years of experience maximizing potential by uncovering limitations based on client needs. Her secret to success is not about what she has; it’s about why and how she achieved it. Because you do it once, you can do it twice.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
12/5/201852 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bea Johnson -- Episode #004

Bea Johnson grew up a precocious kid who parlayed research and developing into becoming a Technical Writer/Editor—and loving every step of the way.This talented professional has over a decade of experience as writer, editor, and blogger. Bea was also English Instructor. Realizing not everyone has children or is married, she offers examples that are related to food. Everyone has to eat, right?!  In her spare time, she tutors students in English and is a Spoken Word coach. In 2018 she became an entrepreneur and launched Your Red Pen, LLC. This company offers editing and speaking coaching services: Bea wants you to be able to reach your intended audience quickly, succinctly, and cautiously. She’ll guide you through her process to hopefully get you the desired success.Bea is also an author. She published Before, Blessings, After a book of poetry. She’s also written a novel-ish book entitled When the Enemy is Me, a book that offers hope after rape and a bad marriage. She lives by the motto “Tomorrow is an invitation to a better you.”Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
11/28/201830 minutes, 23 seconds
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Yolanda Bynum -- Episode #003

Yolanda R. Bynum is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. Yolanda also holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change (MSL) from Pfeiffer University. Yolanda is certified in Nonprofit Management by the Office of Continuing Studies at Duke University. As a result of her professional training and over 15 years of experience, Yolanda provides consultation and trainings regularly for executives, youth, professionals, youth serving agencies and individuals.Yolanda served as the Director of Out of School Time Programming for Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. There she provided strategic oversight of the elementary, secondary and adult education programs. Prior to her time with Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, she served as the Learning and Development Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library where she oversaw staff development and training, as well as provided support for organizational development initiatives. Before joining the Library team, Yolanda served as Sr. Program Director of School Age Initiatives for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte where she provided leadership for the youth learning team and the national office at Y USA in the area of summer learning loss prevention.  Before joining the YMCA, Yolanda was the Regional Director of Youth Programs for the YWCA Central Carolinas and an elementary school teacher in Forsyth County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.​Reared in small-town Pinetops, NC by her parents Barbara B. Williams and Reverend Jack L. Bynum, along with her 3 beautiful sisters, Yolanda currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Yolanda is motivated and driven by the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
11/14/201839 minutes
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Kristin Moore -- Episode #002

Kristin Moore often describes herself as an MBA on paper, but an MFA in her heart.For years she has straddled the worlds of Corporate America and the and the whimsy of her imagination through her artistic endeavors. Lately, her focus is parlaying these endeavors from hobby status, to her life’s work.She has spent 10 years in engineering support roles in the aerospace industry – but in between tasks she dreams of flying off to far away places in the very airplanes manufactured by the company that employs her.She shies away from calling herself a renaissance woman for fear of seeming pretentious. However, corporate professional, blogger, soccer / karate mom, certified widow life coach, and creative are roster of titles that make for a well rounded busy-body trying to find and live her purpose in this world. Personal Development has always been of great interest to her, and she has done everything from the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course, to improv training at the Groundlings comedy school to foster continued growth.Her latest project is a blog, online community, and grassroots movement called Joy Scavenger, which is a community created to be a safe space for people seeking comfort after the loss of a loved one. Launched shortly after the sudden passing of her husband in 2017, Joy Scavenger is a real time look in to Kristin’s journey as a young widow raising two young boys, and salvaging joy and peace after experiencing tragedy.No matter what Kristin’s focus is at any given moment, her mission is to create meaningful smiles where ever she goes, and leave people vibrating higher and feeling better after each encounter.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
11/7/201836 minutes
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Angela Haigler - Episode #001

Angela Haigler is an award-winning professional communicator who has been writing since stick figures were all she could spell.She brings 15+ years of experience creating and sharing stories for news organizations, universities and nonprofits. Angela is devoted to writing and helping others tell their story.She loves teaching Creative Writing at Central Piedmont Community College where some of her students have gone on to become published authors.Her book reviews and articles can be seen in Pride Magazine. Her work has also appeared in publications such as the Charlotte Observer, Library Journal and 7even literary magazine.Previous and current clients include Arts & Science Council, Ms. Real Estate Property Boss, Darrell Roach Designs, Chef Shonda S. Caines and Gee That’s Funny Entertainment.She is skilled in manuscript critique, social media monitoring, media relations, website marketing, email communications and many other marketing and communications functions.Her motto: “Stories are everywhere.”Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show
10/30/201842 minutes, 21 seconds