What it Means to be Transgender in Today’s World

What it Means to be Transgender in Today’s World As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community that is deeply hurting. The recent Q Club killings in Colorado Springs are the latest example of the searing hate and violence gripping our nation….

How a Soul Food Scholar Uses Food and Faith to Help Bridge Our Divides

How a Soul Food Scholar Uses Food and Faith to Help Bridge Our Divides He calls himself a recovering lawyer and politico turned culinary historian, food writer and professional speaker. Sprinkle in a healthy dose of faith and social justice activism and voilà — a Soul Food Scholar “dropping knowledge like hot biscuits!” Somehow, Adrian…

Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S.

Why An Interracial Couple Emigrated From the U.S. What’s your definition of “Home”? Here’s one I found in a random Google search: “A home is a place of refuge. A person’s most personal belongings are kept in a home and it’s where a person feels safe and accepted. To create a home requires an emotional connection…

DEI & Hair Discrimination: How to Educate Your Workforce

DEI & Hair Discrimination: How to Educate Your Workforce This week’s episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast explores the intersection of two topics making recent headlines: DEI in the workplace and Black women’s hair. Diversity, equity and inclusion — along with belonging and accessibility — have remained at the forefront of corporate conversations in the…

How a Leap of Faith Can Change Your Life

How a Leap of Faith Can Change Your Life I confess. Producing this podcast is as much for me as it is for you. Especially when I get to sit down with superstars like Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams. I had the great fortune to meet and interview her “back in the day”, and…

A Simple Gathering to Help Bridge Our Divides: An Update on Neighbor’s Table

A Simple Gathering to Help Bridge Our Divides: An Update on Neighbor’s Table I was on vacation recently with a group of friends and, without a doubt, the best memories were created gathered around the table.   There’s something magical about sharing food and conversation, sitting shoulder to shoulder.  And no one understands that better…

Why Trust is Pivotal to Elections, Immigration and Saving Our Democracy

Why Trust is Pivotal to Elections, Immigration and Saving Our Democracy The midterm elections are less than 30 days away. Before ballots are cast, some already cast doubt about the eventual outcome. There’s a growing crisis at our southern border. Not to mention growing distrust of our institutions, our systems and our leaders. Yet, our…

How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry

How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry My daughter and I walked into Texas’ first, non-alcoholic bottle shop to look, learn and buy. We walked out having done all that, and feeling appreciative for an unexpected bonus — a riveting conversation that created an instant bonding with the man behind the bottles….

Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters If you’ve ever wondered why diversity matters, especially in newsrooms, this week’s guest has some answers for you. And then some. Pauline Chiou is a media executive who cut her journalism teeth as a reporter in local TV and network newsrooms across the U.S. From there, it was on to Hong Kong and…

Right To Know

Right To Know We all have a right to know who we are and where we come from. And in this day of over-the-counter DNA tests, it’s easier than ever to find out. But what happens when your DNA discovery reveals secrets that rewrite the story of your life? In the case of Kara Rubinstein…

Changing Corporate Culture

Changing Corporate Culture What does it take to change corporate culture? It’s a question countless corporations are asking as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging take center stage. This week, my guest and I explore this topic from multiple perspectives. Allie Danziger is a whip smart, young entrepreneur whose insight is gleaned from her experience in…

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”…