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Hear stories of everyday women of color as they lean into a workforce that isn't always invested in their success. How do they do it? Join us as we dig deep and learn how to #SECURETHESEAT
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Happy New Year and welcome to Secure The Seat. This week I chat with a friend of the podcast, Kanika Tolver. We discuss how to shift your mindset and vote for a better life. You can also watch the live episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnJZVCjhV5U&t=3s Kanika is no ordinary “social-preneur”.  She is a highly decorated information technology Federal Government professional, rebel entrepreneur, and Certified Professional Coach. Not to mention, the CEO and Founder of Career Rehab, LLC in Washington, DC. Career Rehab focuses on assisting career transformations for students, professionals and retirees. Her company provides career coaching programs, events, webinars, and digital resources to help people reach their career goals. Kanika is the author of the acclaimed title, Career Rehab: Rebuild Your Personal Brand and Rethink the Way You Work.  Make sure to buy her book and follow her on social media: https://twitter.com/KanikaTolver
Can't Give Up Now

Can't Give Up Now

2020-11-0409:38

Minda serves us this week with a hart to hart--She is standing in solidarity during the election results. Go to mindaharts.com for more.
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Chief Impact Office at The Luminary in NYC, and Adjunct Professor at NYU Wagner Surabhi Lal. We discuss how empathy and community building are essential for the future of work.  Surabhi works with organizations and uses empathy, strategy, and transparency to create cultures where individuals and teams thrive. Learn more about Surabhi's work at https://www.surabhilal.com/ and https://www.luminary-nyc.com/ Also, join The Memo Book Tour starting on 9/15 (virtual)  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-memo-virtual-experience-tickets-117587502385
All Is Not Lost

All Is Not Lost

2020-08-0519:54

Minda serves us this week with a hart to hart and reflects on how all is not lost during the quarantine. Go to mindaharts.com for more.
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Harvard Business School Professor and Author, Laura Huang. We discuss how to use your competitive advantage in the workplace. Laura's research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and she was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants. She has a new book called Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage. You can buy the book here: https://laurahuang.net/ . Connect with Laura at https://laurahuang.net/ and on Twitter
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kelly Charles-Collins. We discuss the importance of bystander intervention and how everyone can play a role in and outside of the workplace.   Kelly Charles-Collins is an employment law attorney, award-winning TEDx speaker, and the CEO of HR Legally Speaking, LLC, a professional speaking, training, coaching, and consulting firm. An Unconscious Bias, Bystander Intervention, and Workplace Investigations expert, Kelly empowers smart organizations and leaders to stay on the right side of the next #hashtag movement. Kelly is the founder of Ladies Who Leverage, a global community for high-achieving women. She is also the author of ACE Your Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Guide for Avoiding Friction, Covering Your Assets, and Earning Employee Trust. Learn more at www.KellyCharlesCollins.com Connect with Kelly on Twitter https://twitter.com/hrlawattorney
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Cecilia Muñoz the author of the new book More Than Ready. We discuss how women of color are more than ready to lead.   Cecilia Muñoz served for eight years on President Obama’s senior staff, first as director of intergovernmental affairs and then as director of the Domestic Policy Council. She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, Dateline, the O’Reilly Factor, CNN’s Situation Room, and NPR. She lives in Washington, DC.  Please connect with Cecilia at https://ceciliamunoz.com/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/cecmunoz And don't forget to purchase her new book More Than Ready. 
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Deborah Owens, America's Wealth Coach. We discuss how to build your wealth as a woman of color. Deborah Owens is America's Wealth Coach™ and is on a mission to help women overcome their fear of investing through coaching, accountability, and support. She is the founder of WealthyU: A Financial Wellness company that has a proven track record of helping thousands of women transform from cautious savers into confident investors. After spending two decades in the investment industry Deborah has authored three critically acclaimed books; A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security, published by Simon and Schuster, Nickel, and Dime Your Way to Wealth and Confident Investing. Deborah created WealthyU to give women access to the information that could only be obtained through private wealth managers. She is a 20-year financial services industry veteran and former vice president with Fidelity Investments. Ms. Owens founded WealthyU to create customized training and coaching for companies and individuals. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Loyola University of Maryland. Connect with Deborah at https://deborahowens.com/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/deborahowens
Real Friends

Real Friends

2020-05-0620:17

This week on Secure The Seat, Minda has a Hart to Hart about what it means to be a real friend--how does friendship show up in the workplace? And join the virtual book club at www.mindaharts.com
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Latesha Byrd. We discuss the importance of keeping your Resume up-to-date and ways to enhance it during COVID 19.  Latesha Byrd’s work is centered at the intersection of self-discovery, career empowerment, and life visioning. She is the founder of Byrd Career Consulting, a 100% women employed consulting agency based in Charlotte, NC, which has provided career development coaching and resources to 900+ professionals in over 30 industries within the US and internationally. Her clients have increased their salaries combined over $3 million, landing jobs at top companies such as LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, KPMG, E&Y, Salesforce, Department of Homeland Security and more. Latesha is also an Adjunct Faculty at the North Carolina A&T State University, and a Certified Life and Career Coach. If she’s not coaching or speaking, she’s recording her weekly career advice podcast with Living Corporate, The Link Up With Latesha. Website: https://www.lateshabyrd.com/
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kishau Smith Rogers. We discuss how Artificial intelligence works and how women of color can use it to secure a seat at the table.    Kishau Rogers is a seasoned engineer and data scientist with over 23 years of experience focused in work with healthcare organizations helping tackle data management and automation challenges. As an active & awarded technology leader, Kishau is featured in many national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, and NFIB. In her commitment to STEM and leveraging technology for social good, she also serves as an advisor to organizations like Think Of Us, WAAW Foundation, VCU Department of Computer Science, the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care and SheHacks Africa, a software engineering intensive providing training to women & girls in over three African nations. In 2020, she is scheduled to release her first book covering the intersection of system thinking, machine intelligence, and human intelligence. She is the Founder & CEO of Time Study, Inc., a high-growth startup offering solutions for using machine learning, advanced natural language processing, and data science to automatically tell a story of how enterprise employees spend their time. The Time Study platform already serves some of the largest health organizations in the US. Time Study recently closed a $1.2M seed round and is backed by Hearst, Newark Venture Partners, Pipeline Angels, and 37 Angels. Kishau grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Kishau splits her time between Richmond, VA and New York, NY with her husband Bernard and their two kids and two dogs. Follow her updates on Twitter at @kishau or subscribe to https://subscribe.bigthinking.io/vcu
This week on Secure The Seat, Minda has a Hart to Hart about Securing Your Seat From The House. Connect with us at www.mindaharts.com 
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Erika Stallings. We discuss the Pet to Threat phenom that many black women and women of color face in the workplace. This episode is based on her viral article  When Black Women Go From Office Pet to Office Threat  Erika Stallings is a music industry attorney, health advocate, and writer. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR,  and O Magazine. She is also a frequent speaker on issues relating to intellectual property law, women’s health and the experience of black women in the workplace. Connect with Erika at http://erikastallings.com/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/quidditch424 Article: https://zora.medium.com/when-black-women-go-from-office-pet-to-office-threat-83bde710332e
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Theia Smith. We discuss how to creat seats for other women in part 2 of Leading While Black. Theia is a graduate of Spelman Collge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  As the founder of the nation’s first city-funded business incubator for ventures that are 100% women-owned and women-led, Theia Smith champions for equal access to economic self-sufficiency for women and girls, particularly those whose talent is often overlooked and underestimated. Theia is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Atlanta. Her media recognition includes being named one of Atlanta’s 2017 ‘40 Under 40’ by The Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of Inc. Magazine’s ‘17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017’, featured as a ‘2017 Superwoman’ by Atlanta Tribune Magazine and ‘One of 13 Successful Spelman Alumnae to Watch’ by Walker’s Legacy. She is the recipient of the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Ministry Raising the Profile Award and the League of Black Women’s 2018 ‘Black Rose’ award, for championing for minority women’s empowerment and economic prosperity. She has been featured in a portfolio of media outlets, on the topics of gender inclusion, entrepreneurship and economic advancement for women of color, including The Atlantic, Inc. Magazine, Access + Opportunity Podcast with Carla Harris and TV One. Connect with Theia at https://www.linkedin.com/in/theia/
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Ekene Onu. We discuss how to refresh and release your iconic self.  Ekene is a graduate of Georgetown University and studied Organizational and Change leadership.  Ekene is certified as a social and emotional intelligence coach and as a Diversity and Inclusion trainer at Cornell University.  She is an executive coach, speaker, trainer and hosts extraordinary experiences and Iconic Woman Masterminds to elevate and transform women.  Join her next retreat November 12-15 in Atlanta https://www.refreshleadershipretreat.com
More Life

More Life

2020-01-2918:111

This week on Secure The Seat, Minda has a Hart to Hart about maximizing your career life. 
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Kanika Tolver. We discuss how to rehab your career and her new book Career Rehab: Rebuild Your Personal Brand and Rethink the Way You Work. It's a new year and you might need to rethink your next ten years. Kanika Tolver is the CEO and Founder of Career Rehab, LLC in Washington, DC. Career Rehab focuses on assisting career transformations for students, professionals, and retirees. Her company provides career coaching programs, events, webinars, and digital resources to help people reach their career goals. Tolver is an in-demand coach, consultant, speaker and thought leader who's often tapped as an expert source for the media, having been featured on CNN, CNBC, CBS Radio, Black Enterprise, Yahoo, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, the Washington Post and in a variety of radio interviews and podcasts. Pre-order her new book which hits the shelves on January 21st.  Connect with Kanika at https://kanikatolver.com
In this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Rhonda Khan. We discuss how to improve your public speaking and secure your voice at work.  Rhonda Khan is a public speaking coach, speech therapist, speaker, and solo performer that specializes in empowering women speakers. As the founder of Simply Speech Solutions, Rhonda gives women the tools to amplify their voices, move through fear, and own the room. Rhonda's intuitive and energetic approach has ignited her clients to score multiple speaking engagements, deliver winning pitches, advance in their careers, and publish and promote bestselling books. Rhonda and her clients have owned rooms at Google, CNN, TEDx, PayPal, and INBOUND to name a few. When she’s not coaching or speaking, she’s snuggling with her three-year-old son. Connect with Rhonda at www.simplyspeechsolutions.com  and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/itssimplyspeech
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, I interview Tonya M. Evans, Esq. We finish this series on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain.  We discuss how we are moving into more "new" collar jobs via blockchain.  Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She created and directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. Dean Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, blockchain and the law, and trusts and estates. Dean Evans attended Northwestern University on a four-year tennis scholarship, and thereafter she competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit and played most notably in the US Open, Virginia Slims of Philadelphia, and Lipton in 1993. She is licensed to practice law in PA, NJ, NY and DC, an author of several books and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Social media assets: Twitter/IG/FB @IPProfEvans and connect with her at ProfTonyaEvans.com, TechIntersectPodcast.com and LITBraintrust.com 
On this week’s episode of Secure The Seat, we have a special December Holiday Edition of the podcast.  I interview Chana Ewing about Equality in the workplace.  Chana Ginelle Ewing is the founder and CEO at GEENIE, a self-development platform centering on Black women. She is the author of the children’s book, An ABC of Equality, illustrated by Paulina Morgan (Lincoln Children’s Books, Sept 2019).  Chana’s interests lie at the intersection of innovation, women’s leadership, intersectionality, and storytelling. She and her projects have been featured in Blavity, ESSENCE, FORBES, MadameNoire, HerAgenda.com, BlackEnterprise and UPTOWN. She frequently speaks on entrepreneurship, digital marketing and empowering women leaders and has participated on panels/talks at The Wing, Social Media Week, Civic Hall, The Andrew Goodman Foundation National Civic Leadership Training Summit, Pipeline Fellowship Conference, Firelight Media Documentary Lab, The Blackhouse Fellowship Panel, and 3 Day Startup. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Chana lives and makes magic from Brooklyn, NY. Find out more about Chana at www.chanaewing.com and purchase her new book An ABC of Equality, here.  Also, pick up the limited Geeniebox curated by Minda Harts for December at https://geeniebox.com/pages/minda-harts 
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