RACE To Be Human

RACE To Be Human What is race?  What is racism? How can schools and companies address racism? Scilla Andreen is on a mission to answer these questions and more in her soon to be released documentary, “RACE To Be Human”. Andreen is an award-winning producer, director and CEO/Co-Founder of IndieFlix. The global streaming and screening…

Meaningful Journalism & Why It Matters

Meaningful Journalism & Why It Matters The reason I became a journalist is the same reason I started this podcast:  to tell stories that matter.  To help make the world a better place. I would argue that’s what investigative reporter Brendan Keefe does every time he takes on a topic, always with one goal in…

Fixing Immigration

Fixing Immigration What will it take to fix our broken immigration system?  It’s a contentious, highly partisan issue U.S. lawmakers have grappled with for decades.  And it’s one that is deeply personal to this week’s guest on Our Voices Matter podcast. Stan Marek has spent the last 30 years working with local, state and national…

Representation Matters

Representation Matters Motown Magic was a part of every day life for award-winning PR professional, Pam Perry. She grew up in Detroit, counting the Four Tops and the Temptations among her neighbors.  Diana Ross is her high school’s most famous alum. “If they can do it, I can do it” Pam remembers thinking as a…

Keep Going

Keep Going It wasn’t easy, but Music Artist, Nina Grae, found a way to keep going through her darkest days, starting with the healing power of music. If you are searching for a way to keep going when it feels like it’s all falling apart (hello world!), this episode is for you. Full disclosure. It’s…

Walk With Purpose

Walk With Purpose Toni Harrison was raised to walk with purpose. As the Chief Marketing Officer of a new fin tech company, she is doing just that — on a mission to help solve the racial wealth gap. She’s the proud granddaughter of a civil rights activist who helped bring Texas Southern University to Houston….

Mental Health and the Music Industry

Mental Health and the Music Industry My first introduction to an in depth exploration of mental health and the music industry was the summer of 2021 in San Francisco. Josh Donaldson, founder of When the Music Stops, invited me to moderate a panel discussion about the topic. That’s where I met today’s guest, Grammy-nominated music…

Raise Your Hand

Raise your hand, say “yes” and work hard. Shawna Thomas did all of that and more on the road to her role as Executive Producer of CBS Mornings. Shawna’s journey begins in Houston where she grew up, and we first met. For me, our conversation is a full circle moment. A local TV anchor at…

Leading in the Age of DEI

Leading in the age of DEI is a hot topic in corporate circles these days. My guest this week has earned her place in those circles as a leader and mentor to those finding their way up the corporate ladder. Including those traditionally left at the bottom. Tell Me What the Team Looks Like Monica…

Behind the Scenes of January 6th

In this week’s episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast, a former Congressional intern takes us behind the scenes of the January 6th insurrection. As our nation’s Capitol descended into chaos, 24 year-old Sherman Tylawsky was locked down with members of Congress and their staffs. Not exactly how he envisioned the third day of his internship….

The Power & The Cost of Owning Your Story

The Power & The Cost of Owning Your Story We kick off our new season with a former Google executive speaking out in his first interview since getting fired after writing an essay about anti-semitism. The story of Amr Awadallah and his new friend, Sara Selber, exemplifies the power and the cost of owning your…

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…

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”…