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76 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 28: A Conversation on Music, Film and Filling the Gaps - How Entertainment Executive Lisa Ellis Pivoted from Breaking Top Selling Artists to Producing Groundbreaking Films on Black History
This week’s episode features Lisa Ellis, Entertainment Executive and Founder of Provenance Ventures, an integrated multimedia production and entertainment company that creates, develops, and produces content that champions untold stories from underrepresented voices. A University of Maryland and Harvard Business School Graduate, Lisa has formerly held titles that include President and General Group Manager of Sony Urban Music, Executive Vice President of Sony Music Label Group and most recently, Global Head of Music at SoundCloud. She has worked with some of the biggest names in music including, John Legend, Maxwell, Nas, The Fugees, Mariah Carey, Destiney’s Child and the list goes on. Lisa was also ranked #3 in Billboard magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Music 2006, 2007, and 2009, as well as ranked #50 in Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2011 and 2012. With more than 25 years in the music industry under her belt, she made the decision to pivot into film, founding Provenance Ventures, combining her business acumen, previous experience working on soundtracks for box office breaking films, and innate passion for amplifying the untold stories of the Black community and our history. Listen as we discuss the challenges Lisa faced early in her career as a Black woman promoting pop and rock music and later overseeing the urban music genre, how she preserved and landed countless chart topping, grammy nominated artists and what drove her pivot from music to film. She also gives us a deep dive into two incredible film projects that she is executive producing, the first Never Caught, which will be the film adaptation of the 2017 book, "Never Caught: The Washingtons Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and an upcoming HBO Limited Series titled, "Say Their Names," which will examine the Grim Sleeper murders, occurring over a 30-year period in which Black girls and women were killed in a wave of unsolved murders in South Los Angeles.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 27: A Conversation On Public Speaking, Presence and People Skills - How Public Speaking Coach Sherhara Downing is Making Human Interaction Effortless for Working Women
Today’s episode features Sherhara Downing, Public Speaking Coach, Executive Trainer and Founder of Level Comm, a communications agency that teaches customized communication practices and strategies that educate and empower employees to improve performance and productivity. With a B.A. in Journalism and a M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications, Sherhara chose the path less traveled in the communications field after realizing that her innate talent for public speaking, as displayed in her work as an engaging MC and event host, was in high demand, particularly for those navigating the corporate world. She made the decision to turn her talent into a teachable skill, and thus began her career journey as a public speaking coach and trainer, working with corporations, executives and individuals on communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace. Since launching Level Comm in 2014, Sherhara has also expanded her offering to specializing in teaching women entrepreneurs to concisely speak with confidence, charisma and credibility. Listen as we discuss Sherhara’s perspective on the specific communication challenges that Black women often encounter in the workplace, how to find the balance between showing personality and maintaining your power, the pros and cons of code switching, and her top tips and practices for developing strong public speaking skills, whether you're in corporate or being the voice for your own business.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 26: A Conversation On All-Natural, Black-Owned and Purpose-Driven - How BLK+GRN Founder Dr. Kristian Edwards Is Cultivating A Business Free Of Toxins And Making Space For Black Women Artisans
Today’s episode features Dr. Kristian Edwards, Professor of Public Health and Founder of BLK+GRN, an all-natural marketplace by all Black artisans. With a B.A. in the History of Science and History of Medicine from Yale University, a MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Healthcare Management and Leadership from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Kristian has dedicated her career to providing knowledge, tools and resources to highlight health disparities in the Black community and help Black men and women lead healthier lives. After discovering a sobering stat that 75% of the products marketed to Black women are formulated with ingredients that are considered toxic and linked to cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive damage, Dr. Kristian made it her mission to make all natural products easily accessible to the Black community, while also providing an online retail space for Black women artisans. In 2017 she founded, BLK+GRN, a marketplace connects Black people with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in the mission of health, wellness and community cultivation. Listen as we discuss how Dr. Kristian’s background in public health has influenced her journey to entrepreneurship and creating BLK+GRN, supporting Black-owned brands and the power of Black consumers, and how when leading your career with purpose at the helm, money and success will naturally follow. Dr. Kristian also sheds lights on how yoga, therapy and her loving family aided her road to recovery after a devastating car accident in July of 2019.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 25: A Conversation On Being A Working Mom During A Pandemic - How Author and Forbes Contributor Christine Carter Is Using Her Voice For Millennial Moms
Today’s episode features Christine Michel Carter, multicultural marketer and Forbes contributor who has been deemed the “Voice of Millennial Moms.” A best-selling author of two books, “Mom AF” and “Can Mommy Go To Work?” Christine has built a career grounded in advocating for working mothers and has doubled down on her mission amid a pandemic that has placed an unprecedented amount of new challenges on working moms and driven millions of women from the workforce. Listen as we discuss the pivotal event early in Christine’s career that drove her to become an advocate for working moms, her predictions on the impact of the loss of millions of women in the workforce due to COVID and the future of work, the specific challenges that Black working moms are facing right now, and how she balances working from home with her children, never-ending mommy guilt and taking care of herself.
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 24: A Conversation On Accountability, Antiracism and Authenticity - How Dr. Akilah Cadet Is Doing The Work and Teaching Others To Do The Same Through Her DEIB Firm, Change Cadet
Today’s episode features Dr. Akilah Cadet, Founder and CEO of Change Cadet a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging consulting firm. Dr. Cadet embarked on a career in public health, advocating for communities of color and other underrepresented groups. However, faced with bureaucracy, not feeling valued, a never ending pattern of "isms" and barriers that Black women often face in the workplace, along with feeling limited and boxed into the ideals and expectations of the corporate workforce, Dr. Cadet made a decision to bet on herself for her happiness, her mental health, and her power to make a real impact for BIPOC and other underrepresented communities on her own terms. Listen as we discuss Dr. Cadet's path to founding Change Cadet, what meaningful diversity and inclusion work looks like in 2021 in light of the protests of 2020, the biggest pitfalls and errors that companies and individual make when trying to educate themselves on being anti-racist, talking race and politics in the workplace, and how she maintains her personal boundaries and self care amid a year where demand for her work is at an all-time high.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 23: A Conversation On Laughter, Lessons And Legacy - How Actress And Comedian Kim Coles Pivoted On Purpose And Is Helping Others Do The Same
Today’s episode features actress, comedian, author and speaker, Kim Coles. The New York native made her TV debut on "Showtime at the Apollo" in the late 80s, went on to appear on season one of “In Living Color,” before moving on to star as Synclaire James in 90s sitcom "Living Single,” which centered the lives of six Black friends and young professionals living life in Brooklyn for five seasons. Starring alongside Queen Latifah, Kim Fields and Erika Alexander, the iconic show was pivotal in moving the needle on expanding representation of Black women on television. Since "Living Single," in addition to continuing her acting and comedy career, appearing in series such as “Frasier” and “One on One,” hosting BET’s game show “Pay It Off” and most recently Bounce TV sitcom “In The Cut,” Kim has expanded her life’s work to include helping others find their gifts through storytelling. As a strategic coach, speaker and author of three books, including Amazon Bestseller “Open Your G.I.F.T.S.” Kim is teaching inspiring entrepreneurs to own their authentic stories to inspire others to learn, laugh and leave their own powerful legacy. Listen as we discuss how Kim found her path to acting and comedy growing up in Brooklyn, her experience breaking into the entertainment industry and conquering rejection, the legacy of "Living Single” for Black women, and how to pivot on purpose to hone all of your strengths, talents and treasures.
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 22: A Conversation On Lessons Learned Working In A Pandemic - A Solo Check-In With BWTW Host, Myriha Burce
Today’s episode is a solo one with Black Women Talk Work host, Myriha Burce. Listen as I give a quick update on what I’ve been up to professionally, the key takeaways that the pandemic has taught us about work and what you can expect from Black Women Talk Work in the new year. Points discussed include: The case for shifting from goal setting to intention setting The limitations that the language we use can place on our careers Doing what you have to do until you can do what you want to do The importance of also prioritizing your creative and side projects during this moment Be sure to keep the conversation going by following us on Instagram @blackwomentalkwork and if you enjoy this week’s episode leave us a review!
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 21: A Conversation On Being A Woman Who Leads: How Leadership Strategist and Career Coach, Dr. Julianna Hynes Studied Black Female Leaders And Then Built A Career Coaching Them To The Next Level
Today’s episode features Dr. Julianna Hynes, Leadership Development Strategist, Career Coach and Author of the book based on her dissertation “Leading on Purpose: The Black Woman’s Guide to Shattering the Glass Ceiling" Dr. Julianna Hynes completed her PhD in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, a path that she was inspired to pursue after being confronted with some of the harsh realities and stigmas of being a Black, single mom in the workforce after college. Dr. Hynes works with leaders at various levels throughout organizations in industries across Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, and Technology. Dr. Hynes challenges her clients to shift their thinking from auto-pilot to a more purposeful and deliberate mindset. She's successful in helping leaders be more effective in their current roles while also developing the skills that will enable their success in the future. Listen as we discuss the post college work experience that led her towards her career path, the key learnings from Dr. Hynes’s research on Black female leaders during her PhD program, why a leadership position isn’t needed to be a woman who leads in the workplace, and her advice for working women looking to maintain momentum in their careers amid the COVID/remote workplace.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 20: A Conversation On The Career Platform for Diverse Employees - How Dyversifi Co-Founder and CMO Dumebi Egbuna Is Using Technology To Illuminate The Minority Corporate Experience
Today’s episode features Dumebi Egbuna, Co-Founder and CMO of Dyversifi, the career insight platform for diverse employees, helping you de-fog the glass ceiling before you break through it. Dumebi completed her BA in Marketing and Strategic Consulting from Emory University in 2018. Upon entering the corporate workforce she was confronted with the harsh realities that many Black women ultimately face, dealing with micro aggressions from both sides of her identity, being Black and a woman. She found herself not always feeling completely seen and her work truly valued. After one particular workplace experience that left her frustrated and looking to take action, she teamed up with her brother, Toby to launch Dyversifi with the goal of sharing minority workplace stories, good, bad and in-between, so that other minorities can learn from them and ultimately find a company and career where they can thrive and be successful. Listen as we discuss how Dumebi’s educational and professional experience shaped her vision for Dyversifi, some of the recurring themes and challenges expressed in the stories shared by minorities on the platform, how companies and employees can get the most out of Dyversifi, and how Dumebi is personally balancing entrepreneurship and climbing the corporate ladder.
68 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 19: A Conversation On Kicking Down The Front Door - How Senior Beauty Editor, Jamé Jackson Broke Past the Traditional Pedigree of a Beauty/Fashion Editor and Now Uses Her Words to Tell the Stories of Blackness In the Industry
Today's episode features Jamé Jackson, Senior Beauty Editor at Verizon Media and Founder of internationally read fashion and beauty site, The BlondeMisfit. Jamé completed her BA in English Language and Literature, and Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature from Howard University. Her career as a beauty and fashion writer has spanned multiple publications including, FashionBombDaily, Time Inc, Yahoo Inc and Buzzfeed. When I interviewed Jamé late last year she was the Style & Beauty Writer at Buzzfeed, but has since gone on to even greater opportunities, currently as Senior Beauty Editor at Verizon Media and creator of the BlondeMisfit Podcast, where she explores blackness and its impact on the fashion and beauty landscape. Listen as we discuss how Jamé was able to create her own path into the beauty and fashion editorial world, despite not having the coveted, high profile internships and connections often necessary to gain entry into the industry. The seeds initially sown during her time at Howard University, Jamé details the necessity of telling stories that demonstrate the vastness of blackness in beauty and fashion, the power of ownership and creating your own platform, lessons she learned during her career journey in her early twenties, and how in the end, you'll end up exactly where you're supposed to be.
68 minutes | a year ago
Ep 18: A Conversation On Changing The Narrative - How Kroger Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations, Kristal Howard Commits To Showing Up As Her Authentic Self And Disrupting The Corporate Status Quo
Today's episode features Kristal Howard, Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at Kroger. Kristal completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, studying Public Relations/Advertising, Retail and Consumer Science. With more than 13 years in the PR industry, and roles spanning agency, freelance and in-house for corporate brands, Kristal is very much so a trailblazer in the PR world, most notably named One of the Top 25 African American PR Millennials to Watch in a 2017 Huffington Post feature. Listen as we discuss Kristal's journey to leading corporate communications for the world's third largest retailer, including navigating the competitive dynamics of the PR/Communications industry, the power and importance of using her voice while often being the youngest leader and the only Black woman in the room, and why she argues that showing up as your authentic self is your competitive advantage.
35 minutes | a year ago
Ep 17: A Conversation On Personal Branding And Blackness In Medicine - How Dr. Kristamarie Is Using Her Platform To Pull Back The Veil On Being A Black Woman In Medicine
Today's episode features Dr. Kristamarie Collman, a family physician current practicing in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Kristamarie completed her BS in Public Health from Rutgers University - New Brunswick and completed her Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College. Listen as we discuss Dr. Kristamarie's journey into medicine, including her perspective on how medical school prepared her for life as a practicing physician, the systematic challenges that black students often encounter on the road to medicine and how she is now using her platform to encourage others to overcome naysayers and adversity in pursuit of their professional and personal dreams.
43 minutes | a year ago
Ep 16: A Conversation On Working Through Trauma While Working From Home
On today's episode we explore processing the trauma of recent events, including the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent nationwide protests and impact of COVID-19, while working from home. We welcome Diana Jean-Louis, licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and owner of Chicago-based private practice, JL Family Services to the show as we discuss mental health coping strategies and resources, how to deal with quarantining and working from home alone, as well as how to safely navigate engaging with social media during this moment.
85 minutes | a year ago
Ep 15: A Conversation On A Career Centered In Self - How Alexis Robertson Made the Pivot From Practicing Attorney to Legal D&I Leader by Looking Inward and Following The Thread
Today’s episode features Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at law firm, Foley & Lardner. After about a decade as a practicing attorney, a candid conversation with a career coach and some self reflection, Alexis embraced the fact that being a litigator was not fulfilling to her. This realization sparked her journey to legal recruiter and eventually D&I leader. Listen as we discuss how she made the career pivot, some of the unique D&I challenges of the legal field, and how a little self awareness, self care and self love will land you right where you need to be.
77 minutes | a year ago
Ep 14: A Conversation On Culture and Corporate Controversy: How H&M Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Ezinne Kwubiri Drives Dialogue That Matters, With Heritage and A Human Touch As Her Guide
Today’s episode features Ezinne Kwubiri, North America, Head of Inclusion & Diversity at H&M. Graduating with her B.A. in Accounting from Howard University, the early years of Ezinne's career saw her climbing the ranks to eventually land as Senior Audior at Viacom before coming to the realization that accounting was not the long term path for her. She ultimately transitioned into a role in Change Management and was on the ground in the midst of the resurgence of Diversity & Inclusion conversations in the workplace as we know it today. So in 2018, when H&M found itself in the midst of global backlash over the racist “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” ad, a newly created D&I leadership role at the company presented Ezinne with her next adventure in her professional journey, North America Head of Inclusion & Diversity at H&M. Listen as we discuss the challenges Ezinne has faced and overcome in taking on such a public facing D&I leadership role, how her identity as a black woman and her Nigerian heritage impact how she approaches her work, how she responds to criticism in the midst of work-related controversy, and what, in her opinion, makes a strong and effective D&I leader.
48 minutes | a year ago
Ep 13: A Conversation On Trusting The Organic Path: How U.S. Air Force Veteran Tiana Clark Transitioned from Teacher to Tech Leader & Cultural Change Agent
Today’s episode features Tiana Clark. When I had the chance to speak with Tiana for Black Women Talk Work, she was a Sales Enablement Leader at Microsoft, however she was very recently promoted to Microsoft 365 Marketing Director for Enterprise Commercial. Tiana completed her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University. She is also a Diversity and Inclusion leader at Microsoft and the larger Chicago community, as well as the Creator and Executive Producer of Soci Circle, an award-winning web series that focuses on sparking D&I conversations amongst tween girls. Listen as we discuss how Tiana charted her own career path from the U.S. Air Force, to rising through the ranks working in Army CounterIntelligence, to teaching middle school history, and now being a Marketing and D&I leader in the Tech Industry. We’ll also discuss the impact of starting D&I conversations at an earlier age for young girls, potentially laying a stronger foundation for navigating this topic later in life and in the workplace.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 12: A Conversation On Black Women In Beauty - How NARS Cosmetics Executive Cara Sabin Is Making Space and Building Community For Black Women On The Rise In The Industry
Today’s episode features Cara Sabin, Vice President of Marketing at NARS Cosmetics and Co-Founder of 25 Black Women in Beauty. A seasoned marketing executive with over 25 years of experience, Cara currently oversees Brand Marketing, Digital and E-commerce, Channel Marketing and CRM/Consumer Insights at the iconic beauty brand. She completed her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia, and went on to complete her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In the midst of an industry undergoing a pivotal shift in understanding black women and creating more inclusive products as a result, Cara and her co-founder Ella Gorgla saw the opportunity to unite and uplift the groundbreaking women behind the brands. Listen as we discuss the lessons she learned during her rise in the beauty industry, and how she vows to pay it forward through 25 Black Women in Beauty. Learn more about 25 Black Women In Beauty Website: 25bwb.org Instagram: @25_bwb Essence feature: “25 Black Women Launches To Celebrate Black Women In The Beauty Business”
70 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 11: A Conversation On Corporate Law, Natural Hair, and Overcoming the Test - What Breast Cancer Taught TGIN CEO Chris-Tia Donaldson About Faith, Love, Hair, And Business
This week’s episode features Chris-Tia Donaldson, Harvard Law School Graduate, Former General Counsel at Oracle, and Founder and CEO of Thank God It’s Natural. Listen as we take a deep dive into Chris-Tia’s latest book, "This Is Only A Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Love, Hair, And Business." Among many things, we discuss her experience attending an Ivy League university, the harsh realities she faced upon entering her first law firm, her inspiration for starting TGIN, and how a sudden breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 led her to revaluate everything, including her definition of success. PURCHASE CHRIS-TIA’S NEW BOOK, “THIS IS ONLY A TEST, WHAT BREAST CANCER TAUGHT ME ABOUT FAITH, LOVE, HAIR, AND BUSINESS” THROUGH AMAZON HERE. ALSO AVAILABLE ON KINDLE! Keep up with Chris-Tia and the latest happenings at TGIN on Social Media: Chris-Tia Donaldson Instagram - @tginceo Instagram - @tginatural Twitter - @TGINatural Facebook - @tginatural Pinterest - Thank God It’s Natural
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 10: A Conversation On The Evolution Of Diversity And Inclusion - How D&I consultant Risha Grant is helping companies make a change, by placing people at the center of the charge
This week’s episode features Risha Grant, a D&I consultant of 20+ years, international speaker, and author of the book “That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets.” Listen as we discuss how growing up in Oklahoma influenced her career path, the one major difference she sees in D&I today versus 20 years ago, and how long-term progress in creating inclusive work environments will require a little introspection from us all. Show notes: To learn more about Risha Grant: rishagrant.com IG: @risha.grant Black Enterprise Article: https://www.blackenterprise.com/things-black-people-say-that-annoy-white-people/ Follow us! www.blackwomentalkwork.com Instagram: @blackwomentalkwork
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 9: A Conversation On Emails, Networking, And Your Manager Relationship
Inspired by listener responses on the Black Women Talk Work Instagram page, today we discuss “the exclamation point obligation” in office emails, identifying your networking style, and evaluating your relationship with your manager. Articles referenced in episode: The Atlantic - How many exclamation points do you need to seem genuinely enthusiastic? Entrepreneur - 4 Behavioral Styles to Know When Networking Harvard Business Review - Women of Color Get Less Support at Work. Here’s How Managers Can Change That. Follow us! www.blackwomentalkwork.com Instagram: @blackwomentalkwork
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