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Joy Economics Podcast
48 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
S4: EP11 The Gift of Presence
Melissa Mueller-Douglas is all about living in the moment. As the founder and CEO of MYRetreat, she’s passionate about helping professionals slow down, schedule self-care and achieve wellness. Tune in to the latest episode of Joy Economics where we bring value to life’s everyday moments and embark on an amazing mindful journey.
44 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
S4: EP10 Off Script
"How can we find the things we're looking if we can't even admit them to ourselves?" CEO and Host of the JOY Economics, Shani Godwin, is no stranger to pain. In this episode, she shares how she found her voice and the courage to stand in her power by confronting shame, fear and self-limiting doubt hiding in the shadows of her life and was able to rise above her own self-imposed narratives to write a new story.
25 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
S4: EP9 More Meddling
Toyin Adon-Abel, Jr. is no stranger when it comes to sticking his nose into the business of big brands. Listen in to Part 2 of our interview with Toyin as we learn more about how he's using his superpowers for good and how the work he is doing through is marketing agency, Meddling Minds, is getting him into some #Good Trouble.
42 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
S4E8 Meddling Minds
Toyin Adon-Abel Jr. is a bona fide meddler. He is not afraid or worried about sticking his nose into the business of big brands and challenging them to use their influence for the greater good. Toyin is also an experienced marketer, with years of corporate experience helping enterprises build robust lead generation systems and processes. Toyin is now on a mission to combine his marketing and his meddling skills which is why he started Meddling Minds Agency, a network of socially conscious professionals and creatives leveraging the power of marketing to help aspirational brands find purpose and empower communities. Listen to his story on this episode of Joy Economics.
27 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
S4:E7 Prepare to Launch
We're all launchers. Whether you realize it or not, you have the ability and the opportunity each day to launch something new. But what does it really mean to launch something? In this episode of Joy Economics, we'll lean on some evergreen advice about how to take the fear out of launching something new from business leaders Shane Benson and David Farmer, Chick-fil-A Executives and Co-Founders of Launch Youniversity and Becky Davis, Chief Bosspreneur and Business Growth Architect.
58 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Trying to advance your career as a women of color isn't always easy. According to a recent study from McKinsey and LeanIn.org, women of color represent only 4% of C-Level positions, despite representing about 18% of the U.S. population. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that according to Census data, minority women now control nearly half of all women-run businesses. But even with this entrepreneurial growth, much support is still needed for women of color to advance and thrive in the business world. That's where Fern Johnson comes in. She created Career Sisters as a safe haven for women of color to learn, grow, share and emerge as powerful business leaders, ready to take on the world. Listen to her powerful story on this episode of Joy Economics.
45 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
S4:E5 Off Script: Finding Your True Self In the Midst of Extreme Loss and Suffering
You are not your job. This is a powerful lesson that Communiqué CEO, Shani Godwin, learned from her dad after a season of devastating loss. Listen in as she candidly shares what depression, divorce and the death of her father taught her about her life and identity and how she’s used those lessons to redefine herself and how you can too—no matter what’s happening in your life or business right now.
48 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
S4:E4 Creating Space
Kelly Burton is truly a visionary. As a self-described serial entrepreneur, she has successfully started and scaled several businesses and is now on a quest to help minority-owned businesses do the same through her work as CEO of Founders of Color, a digital platform to support minority-owned businesses. With so many businesses facing the possibility of permanently shutting their doors, we wanted to revisit our timely conversation with Dr. Burton. Listen in as she shares her story, unpacks the challenges faced by businesses of color, and provides actionable steps for moving forward.
58 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
S4:E3 Perfect Your Pivot
We know these are challenging times for many small businesses across America. According to a recent report from MetLife & the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 71% of small businesses are concerned about financial hardships due to prolonged closures and more than half worry about having to shut their doors permanently. The numbers are staggering, but there’s always hope. On Joy Economics, we believe in working and living with a fighting spirit, and apparently, so does Matt Hinton, creator and owner of Bell St. Burritos. He is taking the time to reinvent himself and his business. Learn how in this episode of Joy Economics.
20 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
S4:E2 Taking a Stand (Part 2)
If you tuned into Part 1 of our candid conversation with Elizabeth Giorgi then you learned that for her doing good business doesn’t just mean producing highly-converting content. It also means having the courage to take a stand. She’s done just that while fighting for gender and now racial equality. Tune into the second half of our conversation as we celebrate the resilience of small businesses and learn how Liz finds joy and the energy to keep pursuing what’s next.
40 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
S4:E1 Taking a Stand
Starting a business is hard work. Staying in business is an even tougher proposition. Elizabeth (Liz) Giorgi has successfully managed to do both as the founder of two innovative production companies, soona and Mighteor. She is compassionate. She is brave. And she is an inspiring lesson on how to make moves in your business while having the courage to take a stand.
51 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
S3:E6 The "M" Word
At some point in our lives we will each experience a turning point—that unforgettable point in time when something happens that causes us to shift and change direction in a major way. In light of the global impact of COVID-19, we wanted to replay this timely episode featuring the powerful story of Amanda Hammett, also affectionately known as the "Millennial Translator." Amanda's story is about finding the courage and resilience to pivot after suffering an unexpected career blow. So as you try to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, we hope this episode will get you excited about exploring new opportunities, embracing growth, and proactively creating better ways to live, work and play. You'll also gain valuable insights from Amanda about the millennial generation’s mindset and how you can leverage this understanding for greater success in the workplace.
21 minutes | Dec 21, 2019
S3:E5 Blessings on Blessings - Part 2
What's your biggest lesson learned from 2019? On this episode of Joy Economics, Shani Godwin, CEO of Communiqué USA, Inc. along with fellow team members Kim Brown and Kellie Ladipo continue a discussion on the ups and downs of 2019. Listen in for another round of reflecting on a year of living, working and playing.
42 minutes | Dec 7, 2019
S3:E4 Blessings on Blessings
The year 2019 has had its ups and its down, but through it all we blessed to survive the year, have a great year, and come out on top. Join us as we reflect on a year of living, working and playing, and learning lessons along the way that will set us up for success for years to come. Part 1 of our holiday episode features Shani Godwin, CEO of Communiqué USA, Inc. with fellow team members Kim Brown and Kellie Ladipo.
49 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
S3:E3 Running Your Own Race
Featuring Kristen Sweet Employee Experience Manger, RaceTrac For many of us, when we're young in our career we think we have things all figured out. We think we know who we want to, what we want to do, and where we want to go. But what happens when things don't go exactly as planned? On this episode of Joy Economics, we'll hear from Kristen Sweet about how her plan to become an educator didn't pan out but instead opened up a higher opportunity to inspire employees day in and day out through her work in employee engagement at RaceTrac.
23 minutes | Oct 13, 2019
S3:E2 Lessons From the Joy Jar
For this episode we're heading to the Joy Jar. This is a tradition on Joy Economics where we ask guests to pull a random question from our Joy Jar to provide additional insight on topics like their childhood, career adventures and favorite things. The answers to these questions help us learn the unexpected about our leader and find relatable experiences that connect us and inspire us to explore the deepest parts of ourselves.
25 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
S3:E1 The Art of Pivoting
We've all been there. Life hands you a bag full of lemons and somehow you're suppose to turn it into lemonade. This episode is all about pivoting, featuring some of our best advice from past guests on how to pivot and make the most out of life's pitfalls. We'll hear from Adrion Porter, founder and host of the podcast Gen X Amplified, Kelly Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Founders of Color, and Amanda Hammett, The Millennial Translator.
48 minutes | May 6, 2019
S2:E16 Line Drive
"Where you start does not have to dictate where you finish." This powerful theme is at the heart of CJ Stewart’s life story. Stewart is the CEO of Diamond Directors and Executive Director of L.E.A.D (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct). He grew up in one of the most dangerous housing projects in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite the odds stacked against him and with the help of his community and strangers who saw his potential, Stewart went on to play competitive high school and college baseball and was eventually drafted by the Chicago Cubs. In this candid conversation with Joy Economics host, Shani Godwin, learn more about Stewart’s rise and find out how he is building a legacy by not only training future baseball stars, but impacting at risk, inner-city, minority youth facing insurmountable odds just like he did so many years ago. Get ready to be inspired and motivated to make your own change in the world!
53 minutes | Apr 6, 2019
S2:E15 5 by 20
Terrez Thompson is passionate about empowering women in business. As the Vice President of Supplier Diversity at The Coca-Cola Company and as a champion of the company's 5by20 economic empowerment initiative, she's laser focused on breaking down the barriers and building bridges of progress for women entrepreneurs across the globe.
38 minutes | Mar 9, 2019
S2:E14 Solving for Y
Humility is a hard pill to swallow when you are running a business, but it’s in those tough moments where you find opportunities for growth. In this episode of Joy Economics, we chat with Meghan Lynch, President and CEO of Six-Point Creative, to learn just what it takes to find confidence in your business again, and how you can apply that same principle to your own professional journey. Megan shares the insights she’s gained from working as a brand strategist and helping second stage companies move past their feelings of stagnation. She also explains how her company’s Solve for Y method leverages the power of improv and the magic words “Yes, and …” to positively impact growth and find the joy and ease in any situation.
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