Passion & Purpose

Priyanka Murthy, CEO of Access79, could teach a masterclass on combining passion and purpose. She’s an award-winning jewelry designer whose creations grace the ear lobes and necks of A-list Hollywood stars. Think J-Lo, Lupita Nyong’o, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Clare Danes and Julia Roberts. But here’s the really cool part. Priyanka is now combining her…

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…

Afghanistan: An Insider’s Look

Today’s episode provides an insider’s look at the rapidly unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan. My guests: an Arab journalist and documentary film producer focused on jihadism, and a former recruiter for Al Qaeda. My conversation with Nihad Jariri and Jesse Morton took place on Saturday, August 21st. This was six days after the Taliban took control…

Life After the Olympics

Life After the Olympics Yes, Simone Biles, there is life after the Olympics. Life after years of dedication to one goal. Life after pushing your body and your mind to the limit. And yes, you are “more than your accomplishments and your sport“. Just ask Laura Wilkinson. The 3-time Olympian and Olympic gold medal-winning diver…

Here’s What I’m Thinking…

Here’s What I’m Thinking… It’s almost time for our new season, so I thought I’d try something a little different. “Here’s What I’m Thinking”. It’s time to put myself on the hot seat and share whatever’s on my mind. Every now and then, perhaps once a month, I will take off my journalist’s hat and…

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”…