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”…

“Gliding” to the Final Four

“Gliding” to the Final Four In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s March Madness and the University of Houston Cougars are in the Final Four. For this Houston-based podcast, that’s a BIG deal!! The last time the Cougars made it to the Final Four was 1984. Basketball fans will remember that as the era of Phi…

This is MY Judge

This is MY Judge What causes a defendant, sent to prison by a judge, to say with affection and respect, “This is MY judge?” Judge Leonia Lloyd answers that question in this week’s episode of Our Voices Matter podcast. Spoiler alert: humanity is at the core of her answer. Judge Lloyd’s remarkable career spans more…