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Leadership Tidbits With Coach Tee Wilson
53 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 27: Leadership Tidbits Book Special with Author Dr. Melissa Brunson
Join Author Dr. Melissa Brunson as she discusses her new book Leadership Tidbits!
49 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 26: Leadership Tidbits Book Special with Authors Dr. Karen Bankston & Dr. Authur Williams
Join Authors Dr. Karen Bankston and Dr. Authur Williams discuss their new book, Leadership Tidbits!
60 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 25: "Cultivating Positive Experiences"- Dr. Crystal Cooper
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features Crystal Cooper. Dr. Crystal Cooper is a best-selling author, national consultant teacher, presenter, speaker, and an award-winning school principal,coaching other leaders in and out of the educational industry in various facets of leadership, culturally responsive teaching, literacy and social emotional learning research and implementation. She is the developer of Principal Cooper®, Professional Learning Consulting Services, LLC. This PC-PLCS focuses on supporting schools and businesses across the nation with pathways to improve school and work environments and processes that build positive work spaces for children and adults. PC-PLCS offers a variety of professional learning workshops, and coaching opportunities focused on many areas in education and business. Dr. Cooper earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, a Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia, a Masters degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor's degree from William Paterson University. During her undergraduate years, she was highly involved, serving as the president and a member of several clubs, treasurer of the student government, resident assistant and homecoming queen. Crystal began her leadership journey in the classroom where she taught grades 1-4 for seven years in Paterson, New Jersey. Over the past 16 years, she served as a literacy coach, assistant principal, national presenter/consultant with her most recent being the school principal of award-winning Title I school in a large district outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a nationally certified consultant teacher for the Center for Responsive SchoolsⓇ, graduate of the Learning Forward Academy, and Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leadership Academy.In 2019, Dr. Cooper, co-authored her first best-selling publication, Power of Kingdom Mindset . This book is an anthology of believers who share personal testimonies around various principles. She is presently collaborating on a book titled Leadership Tidbits (December 2019). A collection of leadership strategies and tips from leadership trailblazers in different industries who share practical ideas centered on help to develop others in the area of leadership, personal growth & development, mindset, or communication. Crystal’s greatest strengths are her drive, positive mindset and leadership qualities. Her most recently recorded strengths according to the Strengthsfinder® assessment are: Communicator, Woo, Input, Connectedness and Positivity. Additionally, she was assessed in the past as a learner, achiever and as responsible. She shares these results with others, to give them insight into her philosophy on leadership and also how her participants can become stronger leaders, when they know their own strengths. Known as passionate, fun-loving and loyal, Crystal is excited to continue expanding her journey as a published author and creator of a new educational consulting business that will work to cultivate positive educational experiences for children, teachers and leaders across the world in all areas.
59 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 24: "I Am Unstoppable"- Tijuana Everhart
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the unstoppable Tijuana Everhart. Tijuana is a business owner and transformational speaker who focuses on leadership training, development, and business consulting. By having a heart for people, she strives to see them excel in every area of their life. TJ utilizes the skills she has obtained professionally and educationally to make leaders better. She also uses her twenty plus years of corporate operational management experience to help business owners and non-profits to grow financially, ensure efficiency, and increase their leadership development. She has been able to inspire so many to reach goals they never thought they could reach and have been instrumental in turning low performing teams into high performing teams. Tijuana advises you to be unstoppable and resilient, be relentless, and constantly hone your craft. Be a risk taker, and take the mindset that you’re always going to evolve and get better. When it comes to communication, Tijuana explained that you have to have great listening skills. She shared that you need to find the need a person has, articulate how you meet the needs of the individual or company, and then meet that need. Through Everhart and Associates, Tijuana has to address different types of business owners. She explained that one side is for smaller business owners who may have 1- 5 employees. She has found that these owners are very gifted in their craft, but they are missing the business mindset. They need more assistance on how to grow and sustain business. She further shared that she starts with an operational analysis of their business and then identifies what she sees that could make them grow. The other side is the performance and change management. Along Tijuana’s journey she has learned many lessons. She explained that she made several mistakes along her leadership journey. When she was first a manager she was more task-oriented versus leader oriented. Eventually she had to re-asses herself, and realized that if you manage people out of fear, you won’t get the proper results. She also learned to be receptive, open to feedback, and to pull on the strengths of her team members.To continue her growth, Tijuana shared that she sits under people who are ahead of her, reads books and listen to podcasts on business and personal development, goes to workshops and conferences, and continues to learn her craft. She maintains the mindset that she is unstoppable, no matter what the circumstance is. Tijuana closed the show by leaving you with the leadership tidbit to be open and let the people you work with know that you value them. Check out the full show for more awesome tidbits from Tijuana!!
54 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Episode 23:“Do What You Love and Love What You Do”- Dr. Essie McKoy
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the empowering Dr. Essie McKoy. Dr. McKoy received her Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education with certification in Learning Disabilities from Winston-Salem State University. She has additional areas of certification in Public School Administration/Principalship, Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English, and the Superintendency. She is known as a transformational leader and has improved the academic performance and success indicators of all the schools she has led. She started her own Educational Consulting Business, Dr. Essie Speaks. She travels the nation doing speaking engagements about her books School transformation, Coaching Champions- How to understand the players before giving the plays; A Guide to Improvement and Success, Women of Virtue: Walking in Excellence, The Gyrlfriend Code Sorority Edition, and Leadership Tidbits. In addition, she is the Senior Executive Director of the DMV Mastermind Organization and serves as a faculty member at George Mason University! Beginning the show, Dr. Essie shared more with us about her leadership journey. She explained that she did not start out wanting to become a leader in the education field, she just wanted to teach. Early on in her journey she taught at an alternative middle school. Dr. Essie recalls her experience at the alternative school as a blessing that propelled her career. When asked about the strengths and qualities a leader needs to thrive, Dr. Essie was able to list off many. These included: Have the skill to be adaptable, know the role you’re taking on, do all your homework, be able to modify your leadership style, and never stop learning. It is also important to have the hindsight, insight, and foresight. “Use every opportunity as a learning opportunity” she stated. In her experience, while she was transforming schools there were many academic and social challenges. Many students are missing very basic things like how to count to ten, spell their name, and struggle with emotional stability. As an administrator, you want to put programs in place to address all of those issues. Through her journey as a prominent leader in education, she has learned many lessons. Dr. Essie explained that when it comes to failure and learning lessons, you have to continue to extend your knowledge base and refuse to remain stagnant. In addition, stay true to yourself and be sure to embrace every opportunity. Fear is one of those things that can either prevent you from moving forward or propel you. Dr. Essie reminds you to do self-assessments and check in with yourself. Check out the full show for more amazing tidbits from Dr. Essie McKoy!! She invites you to visit her web site at www.dressiespeaks.com.
58 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Episode 22: "#GSD (Get Stuff Done)"-De Asa Nichols
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the inspirational De Asa Nichols. Before we dive into what she was able to share with us while on the show, here is some of what you should know about her. De Asa Nichols has nearly 30 years of executive experience within healthcare, government, financial services and the automotive industry. De Asa currently serves as Manager of Supplier Diversity for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In this role, De Asa is responsible for leading Cincinnati Children’s multi-million dollar supplier diversity strategy with minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE). Cincinnati Children's is leading the way in transforming our regional economy with its $600 million dollar Critical Care Building. The project is amongst other groundbreaking projects, including Location-T building and the Liberty project, for which supplier diversity goals were set and exceeded. Her MWBE expertise has been featured in Black Enterprise (https://www.blackenterprise.com/ten-steps-to-grow-your-business/) and Diversity Inc. magazines. She is the former President of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce where she led the nearly 700 plus membership organization from 2001-2005. De Asa has a BA and MBA degree from Xavier University. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is mentor to women and girls around the world. De Asa was fired up and ready from the start of the show to tell us more about her leadership journey. Growing up, De Asa’s mother was a single working mother. De Asa is the oldest sibling of three. Her job was to make sure her sisters got to and from school safely. Her next leadership role was in church on the usher board. She helped execute programs. Continuing along her journey, she held various leadership programs in middle and high school. So essentially, leadership is a natural part of who she is. She likes to as she calls, #GSD (get stuff done)! De Asa was able to share with us some of her skills and strengths that have been the most important along her journey. De Asa stated that her number one strength is focus. She was a young mom at the age of 19, but she chose not to ever lose sight of what she wanted to do. Some of her other strengths include her ability to hear and to listen, being organized, results driven, resourceful, and resilient. “When I fall, I just get back up.” Success has also taught De Asa many lessons along her journey. She shared that it has taught her humility, that not everyone is going to embrace your success. De Asa was also able to provide strategies to maintain work-life balance. You first need to get the gift of “no”. She reminds you to be true to yourself and know what your capacity is, give yourself to yourself before you give yourself away, and do not be afraid to ask for help. She even shared a piece of advice she was given, “It’s better to do a little well, than to do a lot haphazardly”.Check out the full show for some more wisdom and thoughts from De Asa Nichols!!
52 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Episode 21: “ It's a Process" - Erica Holston
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the highly skilled woman Erica J. Holston. Before diving into this powerful show, here is a little bit of information you should know about her. Erica is a wife, family woman, and a friend. She has been married for seven years to her loving husband, Seth Holston. A Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Certified Relationship & Communication Coach. She assists singles to learn how to date, who to date, and discovering when someone is a good fit. She also helps married couples to enhance their romantic connections, build their communication skills, and create lasting change by setting realistic goals.Erica has been relationship and communication coaching for over five years. She decided to open a coaching practice named Vine Life Coaching. She coaches working professionals, entrepreneurs, and people who are motivated to do their work. As a Motivational Speaker, she has spoken at multiple women's empowerment events, vision board parties, ministries, and social groups. Erica began this show by giving us more of an insight into her leadership journey. She shared that she previously was a telecommunications account manager, and that by becoming a leader she has been able to help other individuals develop their own leadership skills. In the journey of leadership, many skills and strengths are needed. Erica was able to elaborate on some of the skills she possesses that have helped her along the way. One of which included being aware of who she is, her capabilities, and knowing her strengths. She explained that she is willing to walk through the process even when it is hard and never give up. In fact, Erica’s specialty is digging deep. So much so, that when working with her clients she builds upon the first block, asking them a question and also asking them to go deeper. This helps them fully transition within that coaching session. Erica advises that those pursuing leadership get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Having her own coaching practice, Vine Life Coaching, Erica was able to provide some helpful leadership tidbits. She explained that leaders need to work on their communication skills. Listening is one of those very important skill sets. An example that Erica provided is to enhance your listening skills in paraphrasing. After you listen to what someone has told you, you can say a phrase such as “So what I hear you saying is…” This lets the other person know that you understand them and then you can continue to build that authentic connection. In addition to that skill set, Erica explained that you have to be willing to do what it takes and be truly genuine about connecting with other people. Erica’s definition of success is, “To set a goal or strategy and being able to achieve the things I set out to do”. She further elaborated that when it comes to success, it takes time to get the results that you want. So take the time you need to grow and don’t be afraid if things are taking just a little bit longer. Success is learning and having a teachable mindset. When it comes to failure, Erica says she doesn't acknowledge it because she is always going to learn something. For Leaders who are working on building their confidence, Erica advises that you know what you’re capable of, do what you need to move forward, don’t allow anyone to diminish your skill set, and put people around you to support your vision. Erica left the show with these tidbits: Have a 90 day goal plan, a year goal plan, and a 2 years goal plan. Lastly, “If you plan to fail then you fail to plan.”You can learn more about Erica and her services by visiting www.vinelifecoaching.comCheck out the full show for more awesome tidbits from Erica J. Holston!!
55 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Episode 20: “Set your goal and keep grinding”- Dr. Sharon H. Porter
Dr. Sharon H. Porter resides in the Washington, DC area. She is the President of SHP Enterprise, the umbrella entity for Perfect Time SHP LLC Coaching, Consulting, and Book Publishing Firm, The G.R.I.N.D. Entrepreneur Network, and Write the Book Now! She is the host of the I Am Dr. Sharon Show and host and creator of five podcasts. Dr. Sharon Porter is the Executive Director of The Next In Line to Lead Aspiring Principal Leadership Academy (APLA). Dr. Sharon is the author of The Power of Networking: How to Achieve Success With Business Networking, Next In Line to Lead: The Voice of the Assistant Principal , Class of 2017 What’s Next?”, Women Who Lead: Extraordinary Women With Extraordinary Results, and North Carolina Girls Living In a Maryland World. She is a contributing author for “The MLM Book: The Business of the 21st Century”; “Women On A Mission: Sisterhood of Stories; ” 3 P’s of Success: Purpose, Passion, Profit”; “Renegotiating Greatness: 21 Lessons From Bold Entrepreneurs Who Have Built Successful Brands”; Behind the Scenes of a Phenomenal Woman and “Black Woman By Birth, Champion By Choice”. Dr. Porter has served as an educator for over 25 years. She currently serves as an elementary school principal in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, National-Louis University, The Johns Hopkins University, Walden University, and Howard University. Sharon holds a National Association of Elementary School Principal Mentor Certification and is a Certified Gallup-Strengths Coach. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, International Association of Women (IAW), Professional Women of Winston-Salem, Sister 4 Sister Network, Inc and is an Official Member of the Forbes Coaches Council. From the beginning, Dr. Porter was ready and prepared to share her knowledge. She explained to us the importance of effective communication and the importance of listening.When asked what it means to be an effective leader she explained that impact and influence are crucial. She also explained that effective leaders need to be competent, knowledgeable, and resourceful. Dr Porter let us know that we do not have to know it all. You just need to know where to get the information. She also shared there is growth in areas of opportunity. She encourages listeners to look at failure a different way. When it comes to working towards your goals, Dr. Porter reminds us to look at our circle of people we surround ourselves with and stated, “Do not allow others to dictate what you do and what you don’t do, validation is neither needed nor required, and everyone who is in your circle is not in your corner.”Overall, Dr. Sharon Porter shared with us many great leadership tidbits including the following: say positive affirmations, keep grinding and don't quit, it's important to be impactful and resourceful, have effective communication, there is growth in all areas of opportunity, and we all get the same minutes in the day so use them wisely. Check out the full show to hear more of Dr. Porter’s thoughts!!
54 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Episode 19: “Take time to make the time”- Tashawna Thomas Otabil
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the visionary Tashawna Thomas Obtail. Tashawna Thomas Obtail currently serves as the Director of Managed Care for TriHealth, a $2 billion dollar Health System in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has nearly 20 years of Management experience and proven performance leadership with Managed Care Payer Contracting Strategies. Tashawna is responsible for contractual relationship management valued at over $1.3 billion dollars in revenue. Before joining TriHealth in 2017, she worked for both payer and provider organizations in various healthcare leadership and administration roles. Tashawna received a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from DeVry University and she is a graduate of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio's African American Leadership Development Program. In January of 2019 she launched her own consulting firm, Tashawna Obtail Consulting. This is a company geared towards developing innovative strategies for small businesses, professional or personal growth. She is also the Co-Owner and CFO for THOMAS Rehabbing, General Contracting and Construction Management. In addition to all that, Tashawna is a speaker and co-author of “It Takes Money Honey” book (a 365 day devotional about freedom, faith, and finances) and she is working on her second book titled “Hidden Pain” a personal story of resiliency. Tashawna is committed to public service and is actively involved in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Southwest Ohio Healthcare Financial Management Association & the St. Aloysius Organization. She has received several awards and recognition for her leadership and service, including 2018 Top 15 Business Women of the Year.From the start of the interview, Tashawna gives us several tools we can use as leaders. She reminds us to be patient and that listening is a really important skill you need under your belt. When it comes to growing pains, Tashawna shared with us lessons she has learned along her leadership journey. She emphasized the need for patience as well as creating healthy boundaries for yourself while at work. Tashawna also reminds us that everything comes at a pace and that failure is ultimately a part of our success. “Through failures you have to understand that it’s a temporary setback, recover quickly, and then bounce forward.” She also reminds us that success looks different for everyone. We all define success differently Tashawna shared so many great leadership tidbits. Here is a quick summary of a few: relationship building is very important, know your why and your walk away, listening is critical, managing up is important, mentors are essential, success looks different for everyone, manage your mind and sense of being, and don’t be afraid to get a business coach! Check out the full show to hear more of Tashawna Thomas Obtail’s thoughts!!
57 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
Episode 18:“Get In The Game”- Lisa Coker
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the strong and fearless Lisa Cooker. Lisa Coker is the Founder and CEO of Infinite Management Solutions, LLC, founded in Dayton, Ohio in 2015. This business consulting agency provides innovative solutions while challenging the status quo. Her team focuses on providing value-added strategic planning, change management, knowledge management, process improvement and project management services to its clientele. From corporation to government, Lisa has earned a reputation as a trusted partner, dynamic team facilitator, outstanding problem-solver, and accomplished professional. She works closely with c-suite executives ensuring their vision becomes reality. Being a certified Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Process Improvement Black Belt Facilitator, Lisa is often consulted for her innovative business improvement strategies and solutions. Ms. Lisa Coker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management and completed professional executive programs at the University of Tennessee and University of Dayton. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Lisa is a proud United States Air Force veteran. Her passion, professionalism and poise continues to propel her forward as a recognized expert and leader in her field. She recently had the honor of leading a comprehensive strategic planning project for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) 4-Star General Commander. Lisa's top-notch leadership skills and mastery of team facilitation, enabled the General and her 120-member leadership team to establish a new vision statement, and multiple strategic goals and objectives. If that wasn’t enough, Lisa is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise), Air Force Continuous Process Improvement Practitioners, and Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA). From the beginning, Lisa explains that one of the reasons she has gotten to where she is now is because she never really said “no” to new challenges and opportunities as they came. She advises young listeners to do the same, step out and try something new even if it is outside of your field of expertise. Lisa told us one of her primary strengths is the ability to be an excellent listener. "I watch the person who is talking to me, listening to their tone and their pitch. I also never forget a name. If I meet you once, I know where I met you, what you were wearing, etc.” When asked how she blends conversations with people who specialize in different areas, she explained, “People come to us (IMS) because we have the technical skills, but we also have the people skills”. Lisa shared with us how she made the shift from the military to entrepreneurship. She explained that it was a big mindset shift for her. Adapting to a less structured environment was her biggest adjustment. Some advice she shared for the listeners was, “Be flexible to pivot when you need to. A plan is just that. You can erase it and you can put something else on the paper.” When asked about some of her mistakes she has made she shared with us, “If I could’ve done anything different...I would’ve taken a little more time to build up the structure of IMS while having income with my full time job. I would be a little more strategic on my exit plan”. Lisa shared with us some wisdom she gained from a multimillionaire speaker. “...he said, ‘back in my day there was no such thing as running into someone that didn’t have two jobs...we are in a two arm economic society, you need to remember that. You have to enter into the “American way” you have to figure out how capitalism works, how to run a side business...if you only work a 9-5, you will never understand what’s happening around you in the business world...how money moves, how you make profit, how you take losses’...and that has stuck with me.” Closing out the show she had some advice for emerging leaders wanting to fill their professional tool box. She shared, “Look around for opportunities inside and outside of the job. There are always side projects, you just have to let your interests be known. If you don’t make it known, people don’t know how to help you.”Check out the full show to hear more of Lisa Coker’s thoughts!!
54 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Episode 17: “Lead by Example”- Dr. Karen Townsend
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the inspiring Dr. Karen M.R. Townsend. Dr. Townsend is an inspiring speaker whose messages are always relevant and on point. Whether delivering keynote presentations to corporate executives who lead fortune 500 companies, conducting seminars for educators who are impacting the lives of today's diverse students, or encouraging busy women to make themselves a priority, Dr. Townsend’s messages always deliver. Dr. Karen holds degrees from Kentucky State University, The Ohio State University, and University of Dayton. She is the CEO of KT Consulting, where she works with leaders to create inclusive environment and build strong teams so that they can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their diverse clients and customers. She is a recognized subject matter expert, whose articles on diversity have been featured in local, regional, and national publications and media outlets.Dr. Karen is also the founder of “About My Sisters,” an organization on a mission to empower one million women and girls. In 2018, her annual conference “Sister to Sister” celebrated its 25th anniversary and was recognized as one of the longest-running women's events in the United States. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Tabernacle Baptist Church, and the Kentucky State University Alumni Association. Dr. Townsend’s honors and awards are numerous. She was named a Woman of Influence by YWCA Dayton, One of the 25 Women to Watch by Women in Business Networking, and most recently she was selected as a 2019 Dayton Skyscraper. Over it all, Dr. Karen Townsend says that her greatest accomplishments include being a wife and mother. Right off the bat, Dr. Townsend starting dropping leadership gems. She first discovered what it meant to truly be a leader in the seventh grade when she successfully ran for a seat on the student council. She stated that even though she was only 12 years old at the time, it really set the foundation for every other leadership position that she sought thereafter. She went on to explain, “I learned as a middle school student that in order to get the support of your peers you have to speak their language, you have to be interested in things that were important to them, and you have to communicate that you are able to represent their interests and concerns to those around them.” She believes that the best leaders are those who are committed to serving others.For those of you that are looking to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, Dr. Townsend advises you to be brave.“Sometimes you have to be bold, you have to invest and believe in yourself, and trust that if you take one step, that there will be others around you if asked, that can support you in taking the next steps”. Dr. Karen Townsend truly is a living and breathing success story. She encourages you all to believe in yourself no matter where you come from. “I am a person that came from very humble beginnings. I grew up a person that would be considered a statistic. My mother used to always say, 'You may live in the projects but the projects don’t have to live in you.’ So live your life because of, not in spite of.” To conclude, Dr. Townsend reminds you that it doesn’t matter whether you have all the tools people think you should have, “if you show up being who you are, being honest, walking in your integrity, you can achieve your goals.”Check out the full show to hear more of Dr. Karen Townsend’s thoughts!!
58 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Episode 16:" Calculated Risks" - Kristin Harper
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the amazing Ms. Kristin Harper!Kristin Harper is a global Vice President at Cardinal Health, a hundred and thirty billion dollar fortune fifteen healthcare company. Before transitioning to B2B healthcare, she built a deep general management experience in consumer packaged goods at Procter & Gamble and the Hershey Company. Kristin leads teams to develop strategies, innovation in equities, and marketing that drive increased sales profit and share for iconic brands including Crest, Oral-b, and Hershey's Kisses, where her team delivered the largest share growth in seven years. She has two areas of passion which include growing businesses and brands and developing people to achieve their leadership potential within and outside of Cardinal health. She is deeply committed to giving back to her community. She is an active lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, minister at her church, and co-founder/board president of Pacesetters Unlimited Incorporated which provides mentoring and scholarships to African American youth. Kristin received her bachelor's and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University. She and her husband, also a FAMU graduate, are the proud parents of three children. In 2015 they accomplished a bucket-list goal by establishing a $25,000 endowed scholarship for FAMU School of Business & Industry students. Kristin also co-chaired the largest grassroots fundraising campaign in FAMU’s history, raising over $130,000 in nine months to establish the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority fortitude endowed scholarship for FAMU female students. To kick off the show, Kristin shares with us that her leadership journey started as a child, learning from her mother. As she continued further on her journey, Kristin explained to us that one of her most valuable lessons she learned was how to take calculated risks in order to try something new. When asked how she figures out when to take risks, she explained something she learned in business school called the weighted average scoring model. “At the end of the day when there are complex decisions and there is no right or wrong answer, I lay out all priorities and I give them a weight from 1-100 , and it has to add up to 100, then I give each factor a score. You then multiply the weight times your score and weigh your options.” Kristen shared with us that this has helped her make many decisions throughout her career and take those risks in order to jump into something new. She reminded listeners that ultimately if you want to take risks, you have to be willing to fail. “There’s no such thing as failure when you learn from it. No experience is wasted.” Kristin opened up and shared how she overcame one of her blindspots, which stemmed from her being an only child and not having to work in tandem with people for much of her life. She says, “I have learned to influence up, down, and across with my peers. The higher you go in an organization the less instructions you get. It becomes a combination of self reflection and indirect feedback from peers that helps you to grow and develop.” Near the conclusion of the interview, Kristin reminds you to build relationships! She explained to us that humility is very important and that feedback is a gift. “Apologize when you need to, ask for feedback, and engage with others in a way that lets them know that they matter.”Overall, Kristin shared with us an enormous amount of leadership tidbits, here is a quick summary of some of them: take calculated risks, there are no right or wrong answers there are just trade offs so as you make decisions think about what you learn, learn what your blind spots are, give with no expectation, give from the heart, and don't give more than you can afford to lose. She also reminded us to enjoy the moment, don't forget to laugh and be spontaneous, create a culture where you can be vulnerable, organizational politics happens so you play or you get played, be humble, mentors coaches and sponsors are very important but you can also learn through observation and it's important to have a wide variety of people who are being honest with you and helping you learn. Be sure to check out the full podcast to hear more of Kristin Harper’s thoughts and leadership advice!!
54 minutes | Aug 5, 2019
Episode 15: “Service Is The Rent We Pay”- Ashlee Young
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the giving and service oriented Ashlee Young. Ms. Ashlee is committed to serving the community and lives by the words of Marian Wright Edelman, “Service is the rent we pay for living, it the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” Ashlee has been working in the public health field for many years now, and is committed to creating healthier environments for communities to thrive. Ashlee Young received her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education from Wright State University and her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the Ohio State University. Ms. Young remains committed to using her skills to serve the community as she currently works at Stride Partnership as manager of community strategies. In this role she is responsible for designing and implementing efforts that mobilize and magnify community based assets; expertise and authority with the goal institutionalizing these practices to advance racial equity and social justice. Prior to joining Stride Partnerships she worked at The Child Poverty Collaborative as a program director and as an evaluation officer at Interact for Health. Ashlee has been fortunate to be able to serve her community through various leadership roles. She currently serves as Program Chair of National Urban League Young Professionals and former President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio. She's a former board member of The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio and Children's Hunger Alliance, and currently serves on the board at Design Impact and Mortar. In 2017, Ms. Young was appointed to the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board where she serves on the Finance Committee.Ashlee was recently honored by the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio with an award named after her, “Ashlee Young Pillar of the Community Award.” Each year a young professional from the region will receive this award in honor of Ashley's dedication and commitment to serving her community. Ashlee is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She thoroughly enjoys volunteering with these and other organizations in her community, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter Nila.Right from the start, Ashlee started by telling us three things she believes has helped her not only get to her positions of leadership, but also what has helped keep her there. Those three things: Showing up into spaces by being her authentic self, being bold, and speaking truth to power. Ashlee also explained to us that her ability to speak up when needed and not just when prompted, has helped shape her service in the workplace and the community. As the show continued, Ashlee reminds listeners not to just be happy to be at the table, “If you’re not speaking out, then you’re not serving your purpose.” Continuing further into the interview, Ashlee shared with us what success and failure has taught her thus far. She explained that success has taught her to remain humble and not settle. She also says that success reminds her to never forget the bigger picture and the overall goal. She shared that failure has taught her to not be so critical of herself, “As black women, we wear so many hats. So when we drop something or feel like we failed, we dismiss everything we’ve achieved. That has taught me to look at failure as a learning opportunity.”Overall, Ashlee Young dropped so many good leadership tidbits on this episode, here is a quick summary of a few: Don't be afraid to ask for help as you achieve success, remember to remain humble and committed to the larger cause, don't be so critical of yourself, formal and informal mentors and sponsors are important, don't lose sight of why you are at the table, and while you're leading you have to speak up but you also need to listen as well. In addition, have your own personal board of directors in your life, those people who will affirm you but also tell you the truth. These people will help you navigate your career but also be there and serve as champions for you. Be sure to check out the full podcast to hear more of Ashlee's thoughts and leadership advice!!
52 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Episode 14: Smile Bright Like a Diamond- Dr Aja Nichols
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the smart and sharp, Dr. Aja Nichols. Before we dive into this interview, here is some background information you need to know about her. Dr. Nichols graduated from Kentucky State University where she received a Bachelor of Science and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Three years later, she attended Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduated, and served 5 years active duty, and 3 years as a reservist in the United States Navy. Dr. Nichols opened Lifestyle Dentistry in 2016. She has been voted as one of Atlanta’s Top Dentists in 2018 and 2019, and was recently featured in the 2019 “People You Need To Know” magazine as one of 50 Women Making Their Mark in Metro Atlanta. She is also affiliated with a mobile-based dental practice where she travels to elementary and middle schools around the state to provide dental treatment to students in under served communities. Dr. Nichols has been mentored by a number of well-respected dentists and is committed to educating her patients on the importance of oral health. In her leisure, Dr. Nichols loves to travel, read, trade foreign currencies, and is a sports lover of all things Indiana! She has four sisters, three nephews, one niece and a Godson who all hold the key to her heart. Dr. Nichols is all about family and friends, and is dedicated to making lasting memories with them.She is always giving back. She is an active member of her community, mentoring and coaching in various areas of life. When asked what a patient could expect at Lifestyle Dentistry, Dr. Nichols responds: “Imagine going to your favorite hangout spot with good friends, we’ll just happen to look at your teeth, too.” Right off the bat, Dr. Nichols opened with telling us about her leap going from a corporate job, into opening up her own dental practice, and how it all happened. As she puts it, “I remember looking in the mirror one morning and saying I'm kind of tired of making everyone else rich, let me get my things together.” If this is a feeling or moment you have had recently, Dr. Nichols encourages you to make the leap, even though it is scary. No one will believe in your dreams as much as you do. Dr. Nichols also reminds us, “... make sure you are taking care of your oral health!” She explained the importance of making sure you and your dentist have a good relationship. In keeping with your preventative maintenance, it makes it so that something simple doesn't turn into a huge problem later. Many entrepreneurs struggle with advice from family and friendships as they begin their entrepreneur journey. Dr. Nichols reminds us all, “...you never want to base someone else's successes off of your failures.” Or vice versa. This will further discourage you from pursuing your dreams. Overall, Dr. Aja Nichols not only talked to us about dentistry and how she went from the corporate life to owning her own business, she also shared so many leadership and lifestyle tidbits with us. Here is a quick summary: Dr. Nichols reminds us to make sure you plan as best as you can with your various endeavors and dreams, checking in with yourself as well as your team can promote healthy growth, do your homework and research as it relates to your dentist or healthcare provider, it's important to have a relationship with somebody that you trust so that you can make decisions that are right for you, honest communication is very important, and listening is invaluable. As we talked about what advice Dr. Nichols would give to her younger self, she shared that just because you can afford the purchase doesn't mean you can afford the payment. She also recommended that you need to challenge your opinion, be careful who you take advice from, and know that no one will fight for your dream harder than you will. Be sure to check out the full podcast to hear more of Dr. Aja's thoughts and leadership advice!!
53 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Episode 13: “Leaving a Legacy”- Alandes Powell
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features Alandes Powell. Alandes Powell recently joined Fifth Third Bank in October 2018 responsible for Controls supporting the various Lines of Business in Operations. Alandes formerly served as Senior Vice-President and Director at Citi Cards, a division of Citigroup. She was responsible for the strategic development and oversight of a Portfolio within Cards Retail Services. Mrs. Powell has over 30 years of experience in the financial services arena. She also served as Director of Collection’s Program Management Group where she directed initiatives supporting 13 sites and eight lines of business impacting over 3.5 million customers. She has held a number of positions at Citi including; Unit Manager, Trainer and Sr. Project Manager. Alandes is an active member of the community serving in a number of capacities over the years to include: Urban League of Southwestern Ohio Board of Directors, Past Chair of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati Advisory Board, YWCA Board of Directors, Brighton Center Board of Directors, Assistant Director of a youth sports organization, Elder Board of Inspirational Baptist Church, Motivational Speaker for Adults and High School students and Prior Co-Chair of the Academic Scholarship Committee at Triumph Church. She is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky, Urban Leadership Program, and member-alumna of Leadership Cincinnati Class 41. Alandes currently serves as Board Chair of the Greater Southwestern Ohio Urban League and was the recipient of the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2013 and Cincinnati Enquirer/Greater Cincinnati Foundation Woman of the Year in 2018. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Powell attended Fort Valley University an HBCU located in Fort Valley, GA. Mrs. Powell from the very start of the show was ready to inspire. She explained how important her seat at the table was not only to her, but to all of those who will come after her. For all you leaders out there, Mrs. Powell cautions you with the advice, “The worst thing a leader can do is play the victim.” She then continued with letting us know how important it is to authentically be yourself in whatever field you are in. “Everyone does not get to go on your professional journey with you.” Mrs. Powell continued to explain that everything you do everyday is leadership. If you have any sort of leadership quality, you are always leading by example, with or without a title attached to your name. Overall, Ms. Powell gave us tons of amazing leadership tidbits. Here are a few to remember: Treat people the way you would want your loved ones to be treated, find time to just do you, have a great core group of friends you can trust, tell people no (politely), study harder than the person next to you, be open to change and fall in love with feedback. Lastly, give grace to people, stay in the present, and never let anyone make you do something that makes you question your integrity. Check out the full podcast to hear more of Alandes Powell’s thoughts and leadership advice!!
54 minutes | Jul 19, 2019
Episode 12: “Trust the Process”- Danielle Jones
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features the passionate, Danielle Jones. To kickstart, here are some captivating facts you need to know about the inspiring woman that is Danielle Jones. Ms. Jones graduated Summa cum Laude from Florida A&M University with a degree in Public Relations and she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. As Assistant Vice President and Sr. Public Relations Manager at Fifth Third Bank, Ms. Jones provides strategic corporate communications support and corporate communications plans for areas of the Bank including but not limited to: Corporate Social Responsibility, Community and Economic Development, Diversity and Inclusion, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Human Capital recruitment team, the Fifth Third Bank Foundation and the Community Development Corporation. She has served as a mentor for high school girls and college students, a Girl Scout troop leader, a tutor for elementary school students and in leadership roles with the African American Professional Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children’s. In 2018, she co-founded the Greater Cincinnati Black PR Professionals as a way to connect and provide resources for African American public relations specialists. Ms. Jones has been recognized with many honors including but not limited to: Cincinnati's 20 leaders under 30, Venue Magazine's 30 under 30, a 2016 Business Courier Forty under 40 leader, a YWCA Rising Star, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s Rookie of the Year, Cincinnati Children's MLK Jr. Humanitarian of the Year and a TEDx Extraordinary Woman. In 2015, after suffering the loss of her infant son, she started the Angel Baby Network as a way to help families cope with the devastating effects of child loss. She has served on the StarShine Hospice board, which focuses on assisting families whose children have terminal medical diagnoses and life-limiting illnesses,and she serves on the advisory board for Cradle Cincinnati, which works to reduce infant mortality. Right off the bat, Ms. Jones was more than ready to tell you some of the qualities you need to be a great and effective leader. She started by explaining that in order to really thrive as a leader, you have to have a truly vested interest in people. In addition she stated, “...but I think there's also other things like having confidence in yourself, confidence in your decisions but at the same time being willing to listen to other people. Make sure that you are leading by example and that you're not just telling everyone else to do. You have to make sure that you are really taking in what matters most and what's going to be for the greater good of the whole not just what you think is best.” Another great leadership tidbit Ms. Jones talked about was, “Sometimes we get fooled into believing that we're going to wake up and just know everything. Nobody wakes up and knows everything. You have to go through some stuff in order for you to get these types of lessons, and then you turn around and help other people with them.” Ms. Jones dropped tons of leadership nuggets while on the show. Overall, here is a quick summary of the many leadership tidbits we learned from Danielle Jones: Ms Danielle Jones shared with us that there is a field preparation season for you to go through, you will get what you are due, invest in yourself and do what is best for you, get those mentors and get those sponsors, you want to surround yourself with people who support you. Lastly, when you do get a seat at the table make sure you use it wisely. Check out the full podcast to hear more of Danielle Jones’ thoughts and leadership advice!!
47 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Episode 11: “Activate Your Fearless”- Tiana Patrice
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features powerful special guest, Tiana Patrice. Tiana Patrice is an inspirational force that works to spread her light everywhere she goes. Before we dive into the interview, here are some things you need to know about this powerhouse. Tiana is a captivating 3 time bestselling author, transformational global speaker, and trainer who holds a deep passion for supporting the personal, leadership and entrepreneurial development of leaders all over the world. As an award-winning international speaker, Tiana specializes in equipping leaders to shift their mindsets, own their power, and push through their fear. She is the Founder of Women's CEO Alliance, a full service consulting and coworking company that focuses on bettering small businesses and corporate entrepreneurs through personal and business development. Her message of empowerment has been spotlighted on The Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, Forbes and many other media outlets. Tiana Patrice is the author of the bestselling books Fifty Two Shades of Fearless: Powerful Declarations For The Purpose Driven Woman and Dear Fear Volume 1-3 and Dear Fear Teen. In these books she encourages women and girls to join the movement, A Million Fearless Strong and inspires them to shift their mindsets, declare greatness over their lives, stand on faith and make the conscious decision to fear less. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. Degree in Health Administration. She is a wife, mother of three, and a woman of faith. Tiana Patrice’s vibrant personality and natural gift of connecting with others incites a spark among her audiences to take immediate action outside of their comfort zone, let go of the self-limiting beliefs, divorce their fear and reach their fullest potential. Right from the beginning of the interview, she was ready to give you useful tidbits advice. For those of you who are thinking about quitting your job and starting your entrepreneurial journey, Tiana advises you to first and foremost have a plan. She stated, “...Have a plan so you can survive so that if you never get a client in the first three months, your bills are still paid. The next thing is what can you learn today? Allow your job to begin paying for your entrepreneurial journey.” Tiana suggested things such as taking classes, courses, and workshops today, to start testing it out now while you're still in corporate America. She also stated that you have to have a balance, “If you're working 40 hours in corporate, go home and work 10 hours for yourself until you can flip it.” Throughout the show Tiana Patrice reminds us that fear will be there as you make your many transitions in life, but you have to think about what life would look like if you don’t ever make that jump. Overall, here are some of the leadership tidbits you should take with you from today’s show: Tiana Patrice shared with us that we should stop watching someone else's box so that we are able to think outside of our own, true leaders are servant leaders, stop coveting, competing, and complaining, make sure you activate your fearless and get started today!Check out the full podcast to hear more of Tiana Patrice’s thoughts and leadership advice!!
55 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Episode 10: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”-Ashley Little
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features special guest, Ashley Little. Ms. Little is your not-so-average woman on-the-go. She is a corporate professional by day, and an entrepreneur by night. Before we dive into her interview, here’s a few facts to know about her.Ashley Little is a strong leader who has a passion for changing lives through education. She has been working in the for-profit education field for over 13 years. Ms. Little received her undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina A&T State University. Next, she received her Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Ms. Little is The CEO/Founder of Ashley Little Enterprises, LLC which encompasses her media, consulting work, writing, and empowerment speaking. In addition, she is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and 3X Best Selling Author who loves empowering women in many different walks of life to build confidence emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. She is heavily involved in her community, organizations and nonprofits. Currently, she is the Co-Founder of Sweetheart Scholars Non-profit Organization 501c3, along with three other powerful women. This scholarship is given out annually to African American females from her hometown of Wadesboro, North Carolina who are attending college to help with their expenses. Ms. Little is a strong believer that you always need to be reaching back, and pulling forward. In addition to her non-profit, Ms. Little is the Co-Founder and Owner of T.A.L.K Radio & TV Network, LLP. It airs in over 167 countries, streamed LIVE on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Periscope. This live entertainment platform is for new or existing radio shows, television shows, or other electronic media outlets, to air content from a centralized source. She is also the Owner and Creator of Creative Broadcasting Radio Station the station of “Unlimited Possibilities” and Podcast, Radio/TV Host. Lastly, she is a Board Member and Radio Host for the Urban CEO Network. Ms. Little is a 3X Best Selling Author of “Dear Fear, Volume 2 18 Powerful Lessons Of Living Your Best Life Outside Of Fear”, “The Gyrlfriend Code Volume 1”, “I Survived” and “Hello Queen”. She has been on many different Podcasts, TV Shows, Magazines, and Radio Shows. These accomplishments and accolades are just a few from an extensive list of many more. From the beginning of the show, Ms. Little was more than ready to share some wisdom. She started with talking about the power in partnerships and collaborations. She reminds us that through working together, we can learn that everyone has something they can bring to the table. In addition she quickly reminded us the importance of always remaining a student. This gives us the opportunity to constantly grow and learn new things. One standout quote from Ms. Little is, “ You must be reaching back and pulling forward. You’re not successful unless you’re helping somebody else get there.” As the interview continued, Ms. Little even talked to us a little bit about her chapter in Dear Fear Volume 2 that is titled “Dear Fear: You can’t have my Power.” Through that chapter she talks about how she has dealt with discrimination as a black woman in multiple executive level positions in corporate America and how she was able to overcome those experiences. Overall, Ms. Little provided listeners with numerous leadership nuggets that we all can apply to our daily lives. To summarize, here are just a few: You can't put your destiny in someone else's hands, remember no one will work harder for your dream then you do, get started, don't be afraid to invest in yourself and in your dreams, make sure you come with value, it's going to be scary but do it afraid, there's power in relationships, don't be afraid to share your story, your destiny is tied to your collaborations, remember you need to have good communication, always remain a student, and your mentorships and partnerships are extremely important.
52 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Episode 9: “Big Brother LA”- Nason Buchanan
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features special guest Nason Buchanan. Nason’s purpose and goal has long centered on empowering youth and their families and he has since become a dedicated and influential man of service in Los Angeles. Here are some game-changing facts about him...Since early 2011, Buchanan has worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD). The GRYD Program is a comprehensive gang reduction program and aims to effectively reduce gang crime and violence in specific geographic areas (GRYD Zones) through the application of evidence-based gang prevention, intervention, and reentry strategies. Beginning as a Regional Manager during Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s administration, he covered multiple GRYD Zones in Los Angeles South Bureau while collaborating with a range of stakeholders including intervention agencies, LAPD divisions, community organizations, community members, schools, faith-based institutions, and juvenile justice agencies. Since Mayor Eric Garcetti took office in 2013, Buchanan has continued to lead within the GRYD office facilitating various initiatives for Proactive Peacekeeping including the city’s Gun Buy Back program, President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and the Prevention Strategy within the South Los Angeles GRYD Zones while also increasing organizations’ partnerships and alliances citywide. He also led the Mayor’s Office GRYD Domestic Violence and Gang Nexus initiative across the city and continues to work with other community stakeholders to shape important education awareness campaigns, trainings, and crucial organizational collaborations. Buchanan has also spearheaded, developed and executed multiple programs that have significantly contributed to the success of the GRYD office as well as the city as a whole.In addition to leading numerous programs and initiatives throughout the city, Buchanan has also been invited to a variety of speaking engagements, community forums, and conferences—locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to this work, he is the founder of DMTL nonprofit organization—the initials bare the names of immediate family members that he lost to a violent crime in 2002. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and serves on the Board of Directors for Brother II Brother Mentorship Organization and Sunburst Youth Academy Foundation.Once we dove into the interview, Mr. Buchanan was not shy about sharing his personal experiences and growth to leadership. He shared with us nuggets of wisdom his mother told him as a kid. She used to say “Use your head for more than a hat rack.” Mr. Buchanan also shed some light about what has been going on in South LA and that working there has been an eye opener. The simple fact that there's so many people losing their lives, and getting shot on a daily basis just because of the communities that they live in or because they fit a certain description. One pearl of wisdom Mr. Buchanan wanted to leave the listeners with is that a closed mouth does not get fed. Also, “Once you convince yourself that you're great then you can convince others that you're great.If you don't believe in yourself, people can see it, people can feel it, and people can hear it in your voice.”
54 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
Episode 8: “Education is a powerful weapon”- Tiffany Channer
This week's Leadership Tidbits with Coach Tee Wilson features special guest, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Tiffany Channer.As a highly accomplished woman in STEM, you can imagine that her resume is extensive, you would be right! Here are some of the major highlights you should know about the powerful Tiffany Channer.Tiffany Channer currently serves as the Technical Supervisor for OneBlood, Inc. at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She honed her skill and knowledge of blood banking at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, where she completed her 9-year tenure as Blood Bank Educational Lead Medical Technologist III/ Safety Officer. During her undergraduate studies, she was a STEP/CSTEP mentor where she educated students of neighboring urban areas of Medical Laboratory Science. Soon after graduation Ms. Channer was granted a life altering opportunity of being an American Society for Clinical Pathology / President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiative consultant in Swaziland, Africa. After her experience there she pursued a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and a graduate certification in Global Health. In 2011, Channer was awarded with the Medical Laboratory Scientist of the year Award for the Transfusion Medicine Department at the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has taught rotating Clinical Laboratory Science students and Doctoral Fellows theory and technical aspects of transfusion medicine. Tiffany also recruits for the Clinical Laboratory Science profession as a whole. As the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Chair-Elect for the Council of Laboratory Professionals, Patient Champion Advisory Board Member, and Career Ambassador she educates, informs, and inspires students, seasoned scientists, and individuals within the STEM field about ASCP and its importance to the field. Channer lives by a Nelson Mandela quote. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Her love of education permeates through her acts of service and she hopes to inspire and encourage future scientists to enter a field that is unfamiliar to many. While Ms. Channer was on the show, she took us through her often fast paced lifestyle of what it is like to work in transfusion medicine as well as simply working in the business of saving lives. She shared with us that life is so much bigger than working on the bench. She explained that can be used as a metaphor for a lot of things, but from the medical lab perspective she stated, “there's more to what we do than working on the bench, take time to know your team and for them to know you. As good leaders, it's very important for us to be accessible.” Overall here are some more leadership tidbits from Ms. Channer: Having a mentor is essential to your life and your progress, you need to have that person who is a champion for you, who's rooting for you, and who's exposing you to things that you didn't even know was possible. Lastly, nothing changes without policy and that's not limited to the lab, this applies to the context of the world.
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