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Working Your Mission Podcast | Interviews with People Living Their Soul's Purpose
49 minutes | Sep 16, 2014
Working Your Mission Episode 19 -- Arielle Loren, Creator & Editor-in-Chief of Corset Magazine and Founder of The Freedom Club
Arielle Loren, freedom coach, business strategist, and magazine publisher. She has traveled to over 20 countries living and promoting the practice and art of freedom. In 2011, she started an erotic magazine called Corset, which is the nexus of freedom and sexual empowerment. She’s toured the U.S. and Canada, built other entrepreneurs’ businesses as a consultant, spoken at universities and conferences, directed and produced a feature-length documentary, and coached countless entrepreneurs and creatives through her online business classes. You can find her name and work in major media outlets, such as The Huffington Post, NPR, ESSENCE, Jezebel, NBC News (The Grio), BET, EBONY, The Root, and Clutch Magazine. She’s also been a featured panelist at SXSW and BlogHer in addition to a past nominee of the Women Media’s Center Social Media Award. For Arielle, freedom is creating a life that supports and prioritizes your needs, so you can then be of service to loved ones and whatever you find to be your life’s purpose. Leading by example, Arielle pushes her students to practice freedom through bold techniques and actions designed awaken and transform their lives. To learn more about The Freedom Club, visit arielleloren.com.
38 minutes | Sep 8, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Ep 18 - Kaneisha Grayson, Author of Be Your Own Boyfriend and founder of The Art of Applying
Kaneisha Grayson is an author, entrepreneur, and admissions expert. She is a Harvard Business School graduate and the founder of The Art of Applying, an admissions consulting company that serves policy school and business school applicants. Since officially launching in 2010, Kaneisha’s business has served over 150 clients with a combined $1.8 million in fellowships awarded from top policy and business schools in the U.S. and internationally. Her clients are represented at every top policy and business school in the U.S. and many of the elite institutions of Europe and Asia. Kaneisha served as the Editor of Commentaries for the Harvard Journal of African American Policy and as the relationships columnist for The Harbus, the Harvard Business School student newspaper. Kaneisha has also served as the relationships columnist for Austin Woman Magazine, and has been featured in ESSENCE Magazine, Ebony, Black Enterprise, and other major national publications. In 2013, she wrote, self-published, and raised $11,771 via crowdfunding to publish a motivational book aimed at college-aged women titled Be Your Own Boyfriend in 2013. The book was featured in the March 2014 issue of ESSENCE Magazine. In May 2010, Kaneisha submitted a business plan and was awarded a $10,000 entrepreneurship grant by the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. She launched her business immediately after graduation, and continues to serve as a thought leader on policy school and joint degree admissions. To learn more about Kaneisha, visit
39 minutes | Aug 12, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #17: Part Two David Bey, Industrial Designer and Expat
David Bey, Creative Director at Designismylife, is an accomplished industrial designer with a spirited goal to bring consumer-centric design solutions to the global marketplace. Throughout his professional design career, David has successfully created on-budget design solutions for Fortune 100/500 corporations, small businesses, and start up enterprises. David’s philosophy about how entrepreneurship, life, and spirituality are all inextricably linked is both practical and wise. In fact, our interview with David was so packed with valuable insights and information that we decided to split it into two episodes in order to make it easier for our listeners to digest. David is an expat living in Thailand and clients,
33 minutes | Jul 29, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #16-- David Bey of Designismylife.com, Industrial Designer and Expat
Today our guest is David Bey, Creative Director at designismylife.com, and we are very pleased to have him here with us today. David is an accomplished industrial designer with a spirited goal to bring consumer-centric design solutions to the global marketplace. Throughout his professional design career, David has successfully created on-budget design solutions for Fortune 100/500 corporations, small businesses, and start up enterprises. David is an expat living in Thailand and clients, associates, and business partners as far-reaching as Beijing, Brazil, Ghana, Philippines, Sweden, and Thailand continue to champion David for his deep insights and ability to bring visions into fruition. David’s design palette is influenced by his travels and passion for diverse cultures, art, language and music. This episode is part one of a two-part series.
39 minutes | Jul 22, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode#15: Breggett Rideau Grammy Nominated Jazz Vocalist
After years of working as a food microbiologist, our guest, Breggett Rideau finally gave way to her passion—becoming a jazz singer. This musical path affords Ms. Rideau the unique opportunity to do something she loves, which is singing and telling the story of her life through her extraordinary voice. Ms. Rideau is a New Orleans native who has been a trailblazer throughout the DFW metroplex in preserving the rich, cultural heritage of traditional jazz music. With the release of her first CD in 2003, in addition to critical acclaim from local publications, Ms. Rideau was invited to lecture and perform at the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China in the spring of 2005, making history as the first woman of color/jazz artist from the United States to attend. As a vocalist, her music stints have encompassed sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Miller; dynamic collaborations from as far off as Paris, France, and headlining a night of elegance tribute to Gordon Parks at The Dallas Museum of Art; earning her right as a distinguished Grammy voter, an honor that recognizes the ‘best of the best’ in the world of music. And in July of 2008, Ms. Rideau graced the stage and performed live at The House of Blues for the release of the next chapter of her life, the debut of ‘More’, which received a 1st round Grammy Award Nomination of “BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM.” To find out more about Breggett Rideau and her dynamic, critically acclaimed music, visit breggettrideau.com. Ms. Rideau is also passionate about
53 minutes | Jul 15, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode 14 Rhonda Campbell, Author & Entrepreneur
Our guest, Rhonda Campbell, is a writer whose works have appeared in: Essence, Ebony, The NetworkJournal, Madame Noire, Bahiyah, Parade, Modern Dad Magazine, Princeton, New Jersey’s Business and Entertainment Weekly – US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University’s Literary Journal, and various other magazines and newspapers across the nation. She is a newspaper and magazine columnist and the editor of the literary periodical The Book Lover’s Haven and she is also host the international radio program, Off The Shelf which airs on Blog Talk Radio live from 11 am-12 pm on Saturday and 24/7 throughout the rest of the week. Rhonda is an entrepreneur, a business consultant, and a civic and community volunteer who is listed in Who’s Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women. She is the aut
31 minutes | Jul 7, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode13 Rukiya McNair, owner of CultureCloz LLC
Our guest, Rukiya McNair is a successful travel writer, jewelry designer and the owner of CultureCloz LLC which began as simply an idea and years later, in 2013, turned into reality. After traveling the world, Rukiya McNair, along with her husband and two children decided to settle in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA., which is where she started making her dream of being a handmade & fairtrade boutique owner become a reality. The boutique features the finest handmade and fair trade clothing, accessories, hair and body care products, and Rukiya prides herself on being able to offer high quality, sophisticated, fun and culturally inclusive goods and services. Now Rukiya has a new dream, and she’s about to expand her business by moving the brick-and-mortar store to Bali, Indonesia, while still maintaining an e-commerce presence so that her current followers can continue to shop for unique fashion finds. In the new space in Bali, Rukiya plans to carry some of the same brands she did in Pittsburgh, like the popular colorful Inkkas shoes handmade in Peru. And she will expand her offerings with handmade items from Bali so that her growing clientele can shop and make purchases on the store’s website,
52 minutes | Jul 6, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode 12 Lebawit Lily Girma, Writer & Travel Photographer
After obtaining a J.D. from the University of Virginia and practicing corporate law for 7 years, our guest today, Lebawit Lily Girma, took a leap of faith to pursue her passion for exploration and storytelling. In 2008, after deciding that life was too short not to do work that you love, Lily left her legal career to travel long-term. During the last 4 years of traveling long term in the Caribbean and parts of Central America, Lily discovered her long-time love for writing and photography and for documenting life, culture, and people in different parts of the world. She finally figured out her purpose: telling stories through words and images. Lily is the author of Moon Belize for Moon Travel Guides, which ranks among the top 5 bestselling Moon Guides since November 2013. She authors Viator Travel’s Belize blog, and is the Jamaica expert for AFAR, a travel guide for destinations around the world. Her writing and photography have been published in New York Magazine, on CNN, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, American Way Magazine, New York Times, and the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine, among other
52 minutes | Jul 1, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #12 Lebawit Lily Girma, Writer & Travel Photographer
After obtaining a J.D. from the University of Virginia and practicing corporate law for 7 years, our guest today, Lebawit Lily Girma, took a leap of faith to pursue her passion for exploration and storytelling. In 2008, after deciding that life was too short not to do work that you love, Lily left her legal career to travel long-term. During the last 4 years of traveling long term in the Caribbean and parts of Central America, Lily discovered her long-time love for writing and photography and for documenting life, culture, and people in different parts of the world. She finally figured out her purpose: telling stories through words and images. Lily is the author of Moon Belize for Moon Travel Guides, which ranks among the top 5 bestselling Moon Guides since November 2013. She authors Viator Travel’s Belize blog, and is the Jamaica expert for AFAR, a travel guide for destinations around the world. Her writing and photography have been published in New York Magazine, on CNN, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, American Way Magazine, New York Times, and the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine, among others. Currently, Lily is working on a second title for MOON Travel Guides: Belize Cayes, due to be released in Fall 2014. Be su
45 minutes | Jun 24, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode 11 Britni Danielle, Freelance Writer & Founder of The Write Pitch
On today's episode we talk with author and writing coach Britni Danielle. Britni Danielle has always loved telling a good story, even from the time she was young. A Los Angeles based writer, editor, and educator, Britni frequently writes about politics, fashion, entertainment, celebs, education, and relationships. And after finally making the leap from teacher to full-time writer, Britni now splits her time as an editor with Clutch magazine, an in-demand freelance writer, and founder of The Write Pitch, a hands-on freelance writing training program, and the author of the novels Turn It Loose and Bad Dates & Other Disasters. Along with Clutch Magazine, her work has been featured in Jet magazine, Essence, Ebony.com, Vibe
42 minutes | Jun 16, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode 10 Itiel McVay SmellGood Spa
In today's episode we have a lively conversation with Itiel McVay of SmellGood Spa. In 1998, Itiel’s husband came to her and said, "We should start a business online selling fragrance oils and incense.” She agreed and ever since then, Itiel, through the SmellGoodSpa, has been providing good smelling products that bring smiles to people’s faces. Blending wholesomeness with her own unique creativity, Itiel’s whole self is given with each and every creation, and her heart calls for those devoted wives, loving mothers, and conscious women committed to the practice of actually living their wholeness as well. Itiel’s tagline, live good.feel good.smell good.™, came to her one day while processing orders and though the meaning of it has always been in her actions and words, it came together in that simple sentence when her personal evolution through self-healing became front and center in her life. The message behind the tagline is meant to express the simplicity in having self-respect, and the positive results from having self-respect pour out onto your family, humankind and all living things. It's a conscious thought of peace that she invites her clients to indulge in and experience with every single sniff. Through SmellGoodSpa, Itiel is here to serve, create, and give. On purpose.
69 minutes | Jun 10, 2014
Working Your Mission Episode 9 Project Inkblot Creative Entrepreneurs
Our guests on episode nine of the podcast, Jahan and Boyuan not only believe that art can change the world, they also believe that all people have the capacity to be innovators, creators and problem solvers. They have a profound love and respect for trailblazers who are making a difference in the world, and because of it, are witness to an ever growing diverse group of people using their art to contribute to social change. Jahan and Boyuan, through Project Inkblot, have committed themselves to creating a world where this process is the norm, and not the exception. Through in-depth interviews, Project Inkblot profiles a vibrant international community of creatives contributing groundbreaking work. Offline, the organization facilitates workshops for artists, musicians and aspiring creative entrepreneurs to contribute passion-based work with a social impact. Boyuan is Editorial Director and Creative Partner of Project Inkblot and Jahan is Global Content Curator and Creative Partner.
32 minutes | Jun 2, 2014
Working Your Mission Episode #8 Eric A. Hunter, Blue Indigo Edibles
In this episode we speak with Eric Hunter, Owner and Executive Chef of Blue Indigo Edibles
48 minutes | May 26, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #7 Therese Skelly Happy In Business
In this episode, Evelyn and I speak with Therese Skelly, Happy in Business Coach.
55 minutes | May 19, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #6 Akilah S. Richards Life Deisgn Agency and #RadicalSelfie
In today's episode, we chat with Akilah S. Richards, founder of the Life Design Agency and the #Radical Selfie movement.
55 minutes | May 12, 2014
Working Your Mission Episode #5 Tonya Mellendez, TarotLifeCoach
In today's episode, Evelyn and Lovenia speak with Tonya Mellendez, TarotLifeCoach.
51 minutes | May 5, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #4 Ann Fields, Author
In this episode we talk to Ann Fields, author and founder of The Writers' Block
42 minutes | Apr 28, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #3 Mary Battaglia Clinical Hypnotherapist
On today’s show, we will be talking to Mary Battaglia, Clinical Hypnotherapist and owner of the Metro Hypnosis Center in New Jersey. You can find out more about Ms. Battaglia's work at www.metrohypnosiscenter.com.
44 minutes | Apr 21, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast Episode #2 Evita Robinson
In today's episode Lovenia and I interview Evita Robinson of the Nomadness Travel Tribe.
29 minutes | Mar 6, 2014
Working Your Mission Podcast
The Working Your Mission Podcast celebrates people who are making a living by successfully working their life’s mission. In this weekly podcast, you’ll hear from entrepreneurs, artists, non-profit leaders, and others who have discovered a way to make a living while doing the work they love and the work they were born to do. In this first episode, Lovenia and Evelyn introduce themselves and the podcast and set the tone for the episodes to follow.
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