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36 minutes | Apr 7, 2018
Episode 33: Columbia Career Connect Turns Three
In this episode of Suite Talk we check in with Khali Gallman a successful entrepreneur and author about the upcoming Columbia Career Connect conference. We not only talk about what she’s got planned for the Third Annual “C3” conference (sneak peek: entertainment and nightlight industry maven Peter Thomas will keynote), but also the latest with her travel and events app Not Just Spring Break. In the middle of the conversation, Khali turns the tables on me and asks me a couple of questions about what we’ve got planned for Thinking Good (hint: we’re writing books). Click here to listen to our previous podcast with Khali. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
126 minutes | Mar 31, 2018
Episode 32: Learning to Respond Instead of React
In this episode of Suite Talk, we speak with Dan Metcalf a married father of two boys, a highly successfully real estate agent and martial arts instructor. We explore how these three focal points (family, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and work) serve as the “tripod” of his life providing focus and balance. This conversation covers a lot of ground: from Dan’s days as a Peace Corp. volunteer in West Africa; why Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a terrific tool for personal development; working with his mom; finding the right diet to fuel and nourish the mind, body and spirit; the App that keeps his family on track; what kids can teach us about death and much more. I hope you enjoy listening to Dan as much as I did speaking with him! Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
59 minutes | Mar 21, 2018
Episode 31: Empowering Future Breakthroughs
In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with Dr. Aisha Liferidge, founder of the Minority Women in Science Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentorship to girls and young women of color with academic and professional interests in STEM related fields. Additionally, Dr. Liferidge is a practicing Emergency Room physician at The George Washington University Hospital, where she is also on the medical school faculty. Our conversation with Dr. Liferidge covers a lot of ground including how doctors overcome implicit biases, how patients and their relatives can be better advocates and what it means for little girls of color to see positive female portrayals in Marvel’s Black Panther. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
54 minutes | Mar 11, 2018
Episode 30: The Millennial Motivator
In this episode, we speak with Brandon Northington, a rising corporate attorney, talented entrepreneur, budding author and inspiring public speaker. As the “Millennial Motivator,” Brandon shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity through self-determination, grit and an unyielding belief in his ability to succeed. Despite being told by his middle school teachers that he wasn’t smart enough to get in the honors program, he persevered to not only get in that program, but graduate from college with honors, graduated from law school and pass the bar on his first try. In this inspiring and motivational interview, Brandon takes us on a wild ride that is instructive for old and young. We’ll hear more from Brandon, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!
82 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Episode 29: Interview with J.C. Smith, Co-Founder of Bailiwick Clothing
In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with J.C. Smith, co-founder of Bailiwick Clothing, a Washington, D.C. based apparel brand that captures the rhythm, flavor and pride of our nation’s capital through design. The idea for Bailiwick was planted over a decade ago, when J.C. and his brother and co-founder, Jeff Smith, won a t-shirt design competition that earned another company tens of thousands of dollars. The brothers (who are also brothers) only got some free t-shirts and stickers, but also a dream. They were inspired to do for themselves what they did for that other company. We talk with J.C. not only about the creative process behind his imaginative designs, but also what it is like running a full-fledge business, while holding down a 9-to-5 job. Time management, organization, long-term planning, having a strong passion and drive to succeed are some of the lessons we explore in this episode of Suite Talk. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
87 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
Episode 28: Black Panther and "Crushing It!"
In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with occasional collaborator Lance Watson, Jr. about Marvel Studio’s Black Panther and begin our deep dive analysis of Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest book “Crushing It!” In this freewheeling exchange we explore the various allegories presented in Black Panther, legacy, leadership, competing political ideologies, as well as broader questions surrounding the pop-culture and cultural significance of the film. If you’re the type of person who likes to see a movie cold, you might want to fast forward the first 20 or so minutes of this conversation because we reveal a lot of plot details. On “Crushing It!” we examine the first three chapters focusing on the 8 essentials to a “strong personal brand” (Intent, Authenticity, Passion, Patience, Speed, Work, Attention and Content). We talk about how we apply these essentials to building our businesses and how you can too. We’ll be back over the next couple of weeks with more insights on “Crushing It!” You can find Lance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle: @lwatsonjr. Lean-in, lean back and enjoy!
5 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Episode 27 - #SmlBizLyf
I've made my fair share of mistakes. Not everything has turned out as I would like, but fortunately most of my missteps have been instructive and none fatal. Learning from failure has been an important lesson. Yes, failure sucks and it can hurt, but it ain't always bad.
58 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
Episode 26: Suite Talk Interview with Alexis Coates, Founder CEO of Black Business Review
In this episode we check back in with Alexis Coates, Founder and CEO of Black Business Review, a digital news company connecting minority business owners with a network of information, contacts and knowledge. A serial entrepreneur and former professional basketball player on the European and Middle East circuits, Alexis lunched Black Business Review in 2016 and has experience tremendous growth online and social media. We last spoke with Alexis about one -year ago, so as Black Business Review approaches its second anniversary, we thought it was a good time to circle back to find how things are going and what’s on the horizon. We’re also both dads, so we spent a little time talking about our kids and parenting. Lean-in, lean-back and enjoy!
6 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
Episode 25: Pieces of Me
A brief autobiography of J. Jioni Palmer, the Founder & Publisher of Thinking Good, a media and lifestyle company. Be Your Better Self Click here to learn more about Jioni and Thinking Good.
68 minutes | Jan 26, 2018
Episode 24: Slipping Through the Cracks
In this episode we speak with Fareed Nassor Hayat truly a man of many talents and passions. He is a playwright, a successful real estate entrepreneur, a former public defender in the City of Baltimore, founder of The People’s Law Firm, LLC, and a law professor. And he just turned 40. We talk about how Fareed endeavors to balance his diverse personal and professional pursuits with being an active and engaged family man. Growing up, Fareed was surrounded by close relatives who were pimps, prostitutes and gang members, who set the example for what he says he was supposed to become. Yet, Fareed managed to “slip through the cracks” of a life destined to be trapped in the criminal justice system to receive a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, MFA from USC and a JD from Howard University. Today he stands in the courtrooms fighting for justice and civil rights for many whom he is their only hope, while in classrooms training the next generation of lawyers to join him in the fight. This is a very thought-provoking conversation about the criminal justice system, economics and the ability to transcend or fulfill family legacy. To learn more about Fareed, check out the links below. Lean-in, lean back and enjoy! A DETOUR TO UCLA 'It Is Gratifying to Hold Systems Accountable.' Q&A With Criminal and Civil Rights Law Professor
32 minutes | Jan 5, 2018
Episode 23: Step in to the New Year with Purpose
In this 2006 New Years Eve talk, Spiritual Coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights shares some timeless tips that are inspiring and actionable to help us enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention. You many recall Dr. Speights was our first guest on Suite Talk and at that time he talked about being the conductor of your own symphony. You can find that episode here. We will have Dr. Speights in the studio again soon to ask him to elaborate on this lecture to learn additional insights on how we can be more present and effective in our daily lives. But for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!
50 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
Episode 22: Suite Talk Interview with Comedian Mike Goodwin
In this episode, we speak with Mike Goodwin, The Bowtie Comedian, on fatherhood and marriage, developing the confidence to believe in yourself, learning from failure, money management and more. Our conversation with Mike, is a must listen if you are like so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions. Mike has penned two pieces for Thinking Good, Respect The Green Room and How to Kill the Interview, and there will be more to come. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!
49 minutes | Jun 12, 2017
21: On Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Finding Community, A Conversation with Communications Strategist Andrew MacDowell
In this episode, we speak with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, a coalition of specialized communications agencies and media production groups based in New York City and Washington, DC. Together, they develop and implement amazing digital campaigns and strategic communications programs in the social purpose, educational, philanthropic, and financial sectors. With over two decades of experience in communications, Andrew is an industry leader who brings a wealth of business savvy having worked in large and mid-sized firms, in addition to launching several successful entrepreneurial endeavors. I met Andrew when our oldest kids were almost two-years-old and attending the same preschool in Washington DC. Bonding first as fathers—sharing our hopes and fears for our families, Andrew and I eventually discovered we had similar professional interests and quickly became sounding boards for each other. Our conversation, is a must listen if you are like me and so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions. We’ll hear more from Andrew, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!
58 minutes | Jun 3, 2017
20: Your Personal Guide to Being You - Interview with Dr. Jay Speights on "Conducting Your Own Symphony," Part 2
In this episode, we take a deeper dive with Rev. Dr. Jay Speights into our previous conversation “Being the Conductor of Your Own Symphony” or as I like to say, become the ringmaster of life’s circus. You may recall, Dr. Speights was our inaugural guest on the Suite Talk podcast. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so, it is Episode 01. It is just as relevant today as when we recorded it last year. Dr. Speights will also be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets by Father’s Day to receive a 30 percent discount. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
9 minutes | May 28, 2017
19e: Instagram, Snap Chat -- Not Your Dad's Facebook with Lance Watson, Jr.
Listen to our conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., as we focus on the changing social media landscape and ways interpersonal relationships are affected. This episode is a must hear for any parent, thought leader or communicator who wants to stay current and relevant with the latest trends in how people receive and consume information. For previous Suite Talk interviews with Lance click here, here, here and here. Lean-in, lean back and enjoy!
11 minutes | May 26, 2017
19d: Part 3 of Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.
In part 3 of our interview with Lance Watson, Jr., we explore in greater depth the importance of fellowship. It’s okay to start the journey to being your better self alone, but we all find out the expedition is more enjoyable, transformative and beneficial when we harness the collective powers of a community. For previous excerpts from our interview with Lance, click here, here and here. We’ll hear more from Lance soon. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!
13 minutes | May 24, 2017
19c: Part 2 of Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.
On this episode of the Suite Talk we continue the conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., on building legacies that span generations, learning from our children and the importance of mentoring and being mentored. A technology-enthusiast and social-media socialite, Lance is the founder of Heirborn, a non-profit focusing on cultivating what he calls the “three primary functions of leadership: teaming, technique and timing.” For previous episodes featuring Lance, click here and here. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
12 minutes | May 22, 2017
19b: Legacy, Leadership & Generations – Part 1 of an Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.
On this episode of Suite Talk we feature a longer and more probing conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., who is on staff with The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. Charged with leading digital initiatives for this vibrant community of over 10,000 worshippers, Lance stands at the intersection of technology, communications and spirituality. In this portion of the conversation, we parse the differences between succession planning and legacy building; the spiritual dimension of strategic planning and the benefits of intergenerational dialogue. We’ve heard from Lance before and we’ll hear more again soon, but for now: Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
5 minutes | May 20, 2017
19a: Suite Talk Interview With Lance Watson, Jr. -- Google, Gutenberg and Good Reads
0 Enjoy this a snippet from an upcoming Suite Talk podcast with one of our collaborators, Lance Watson, Jr. In addition to being a good and knowledgeable guy, Lance, is the Digital Content Manager for The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond VA, a 10,000 member congregation. Lance, the father of two children – and a divorcee, is a proud social-media socialite, avid self-improvement book reader and graphical presentation guru. Longer excerpts from our conversation with Lance will be released in the coming days. In the meantime, lean in, lean back and enjoy. Oh yeah, please comment, like and share. Enjoy!
32 minutes | May 19, 2017
18b: Interview with Dean Alton Pollard of the Howard University School of Divinity, Part 2
In part two of our conversation with Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, we learn more what about his raison d’être and how you can find yours. “I seldom think of what I do is work, for me it really is love of life. The love of life is for which all this stems,” says Pollard, who served as a pastor before joining the academy while also being a husband and father. “For some of us, we really understand that this is a sacred calling, that life itself is vocation.” For the first half of our chat with Dean Pollard, we focused not only on the role of faith leadership amidst a constantly evolving social and political climate, but also what lessons we can learn from the past as we—individually and collectively—chart a path forward. In this portion of our exchange, we explore how even seemingly innocuous daily encounters are imbued with spiritual meaning. We learn how each interaction influences our relationships and how by being mindful and intentional we can move closer to the Divine. This conversation will help you better understand how you truly can Be Your Better Self, by giving and getting the most out of life. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!
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