America Talks

When America Talks, people listen. At least that’s the goal of what is described as a weekend of connection in the midst of deep division. This Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th, Americans will talk one-on-one, face-to-face on video across our political divides. I will be one of them. As a member of the…

Front Row Seat to History

She not only had a front row seat to history, she was a ground-breaking participant. And she is still breaking glass ceilings and making significant contributions to our world. Sonia Jarvis is a Yale-educated legal scholar who has blazed trails in courtrooms, in classrooms, in civil rights arenas and even basketball arenas. She was the…

Rising Above With Joy

Scott Hamilton’s life is a master class in how to rise above with joy. Many know him from his iconic career as an Olympic and world figure skating champion — and that backflip he made famous. He holds a whopping 70 titles. He’s also in both the U.S. Olympic and World Figure Skating Halls of…

You Are Not Alone

If there is one message to get across to those struggling with mental illness, it is this: You Are Not Alone. As I write this, my daughter is attending the funeral of a 25 year-old friend who took his life. I did not know the young man, but I know he was deeply loved by…

AAPI Heritage Month: Grace’s Story

As we prepare to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month starting May 1st, Our Voices Matter Podcast is sharing one woman’s story. It’s an immigrant story of heartbreak, hope and the power of love. It’s an especially poignant story as hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. Grace Mase emigrated to America from Taiwan when…

Lean In To The Fear

It’s a long way from childhood immigrant to corporate leader in America. This week’s guest on Our Voices Matter shares how leaning into the fear got her to the top. It might seem counterintuitive, but for Mia Mends, that’s the secret sauce. Her Ghanaian-born parents passed down the family recipe to Mia and her sisters….

WHY THIS PODCAST & WHY NOW?

Because it’s time for us all to stop, take a breath and listen. I am a journalist who relishes giving voice to people’s stories.  I am a business owner, founder of an education non-profit, keynote speaker, wife, mother, daughter, dancer, sister and lover of life — and my country.  And like so many of you, it…

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Knowledge is passed on from one generation to the next primarily through words, both written and spoken. While campfire stories and the folklore they gave birth to seemed  near extinction, modern technology has revived this intimate and personal form of sharing knowledge. Knowledge is power.  This podcast is about empowering all of us to better…

OVERCOMING THE “OTHER”

At some point in our lives, we all know what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.  To be shunned.  To be the outcast.  To be the “other”.  Business leaders, students, parents, political leaders, educators, doctors, professional athletes, social activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers…everyone you can think of.  What are their stories?  What “other”…