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Celebrating the Contributions of African American Women
36 Episodes
Sana Akibu, well known as Sana Kibz, is a Nigerian radio host, TV personality, fashion influencer, and commercial model living in New York City. Since moving to New York from Maryland in 2013, Sana has worked with many notable brands in the fashion and beauty industries; such as:  Estee Lauder, TJ Maxx, Nike, Maybelline, Glamour, BET, WeTV, and many others. She is also a lifestyle blogger, YouTuber, and certified digital marketing strategist with a focus on social media growth for small businesses. She is on a mission to fully live out her dreams, while developing her new found faith in Christianity, and inspiring women everywhere to go after their heart's desires-- regardless of circumstances. Facebook: Website: www.sanakibz.comJewelry Website: www.awknjewelry.comCoupon Code: BWR15Support the show (
I have always had a passion for helping people resolve their issues and struggles. I started witnessing the people around me as well as myself operating outside of our true selves, which almost always leads to stress, depression, anxiety, and any other low vibrational emotion that can drain you of your peace of mind. I researched different techniques and tools on how to combat these triggers and my life has made a drastic change for the better. It's my job to share these findings and coach the ones who may be struggling to navigate through the triumphs of life.My name is Monique "Mo" Whiteside and I am a Spiritual Coach with a certification in Meditation, Crystal Energy Healing, and Reiki. I specialize in helping people become aligned with their true spiritual selves by coping with the issues that are causing them dissatisfaction and stress. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients.Facebook: the show (
Bridgette F. Peake has loved science since a young age. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from Emory University and has been awarded as a competitive researcher for her paradigm shifting investigations of overcoming chemoresistance in breast cancer. She has spent the past 15 years passionately empowering underrepresented  STEM students and early-career professionals to expand, execute and elevate confidently as they achieve professional excellence. She believes that  preparedness is a powerful gift. It attracts opportunities for growth and expansion. She has a unique way of igniting a passionate mindset around personal innovation strategies for impactful self-awareness and development. Resilient Grace- https://www.resilientgrace.infoInstagram- @resilientgrace.infoInfinite Brilliance Consulting- https://www.infinitebrillianceconsulting.comInstagram- @infinitebrilliance_Support the show (
Chelsea Charles is an illustrator who resides in Brampton, Ontario, and has received her BAA in Illustration at Sheridan College.She creates her illustrations through a combination of digital and traditional mediums. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, being a nuisance to her cat Charcoal, and daydreams about traveling to Japan. Twitter: ChlsChrlsInstagram: ChelseaCharlesIllustrationWebsite: the show (
Daven McQueen grew up outside of Los Angeles, California, and graduated from BrownUniversity, where she earned a BA in literary arts and economics. Her works on Wattpad include December, Beautiful Dreamer, and Superior, which received a Watty Award for Science Fiction. When she's not writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, embroidering, cooking, and eating dessert. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her cat, and works in education.Instagram: the show (
Tai'lor - Episode #030

Tai'lor - Episode #030


Hi! My name is Tai'Lor. I am twenty-three years young and I own The Tailored Hair Collection, LLC. In fall of 2014, during my freshman year of college at Bowling Green State University I discovered my true talent as an entrepreneur. I graduated college in spring of 2018 with a degree in Criminal Justice— Forensic Investigation; however, I had already decided to be an entrepreneur. I relocated to Charlotte, NC from Bowling Green, OH in summer of 2018 and enrolled in the Natural Hair Care Program at Central Piedmont Community College. Later, I registered my business, The Tailored Hair Collection, LLC and graduated from the natural hair care program in winter of 2018. Then the journey began...www.TheTailoredHairCollection.comSupport the show (
Samantha Rund is an actor, comedian, and coach who has performed on stage and screen across the country. Recently, she can be seen in 3 Busy Debras on Adult Swim. She is passionate about enriching and empowering people's lives through the arts. Her coaching business Beyond Technique Coaching uses performance principles to help people bring more of their whole selves ( voice, body, and mind) to their lives and work. Support the show (
Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe, ​Fast​ ​Company​, The Guardian​, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi's, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat. https://mindaharts.comSupport the show (
Sharee Allen, born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Sharee is the CEO and founder of Couture Events by Sharee, LLC, a Wedding/Event planning business. Prior to her launching her business full-time, she worked as a Catering Manager for the United States Marine Corps. In addition, Sharee has over 20 years of catering/event planning experience and working at all levels of hospitality. Sharee recently launched “Mint to Be” an organization designed to empower and educate single pregnant mothers in need residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. She partners with nonprofits to provide mothers with practical resources and emotional encouragement. Sharee loves giving back to her community and she has a passion to help others to the next level. No wonder why her clients get amazing RESULTS!! Being a prior military spouse for twelve years and a mother of two, has taught her to push through all adversities and no matter what DON’T GIVE UP. Sharee obtained her Wedding/Event planning education from California State San Marcos. She also is a graduate of the Preston Bailey Floral/Design school. Sharee continues to study new techniques and trends to ensure that she offers her clients the latest and greatest in the industry. Sharee enjoys spending time with her family, thrift shopping, and traveling. Website: www.coutureeventsbysharee.comInstagram: the show (
Hailing from the heart of the Midwest, Tina Terrell Brown is an artist, marketer, designer, and writer. Her professional career includes graphic design, sensory marketing, consumer market research, and corporate training. Her work has spanned multiple industries including consumer packaged goods, fragrance, flavor, home interiors, and most recently, behavioral health.In addition, Tina runs her own lifestyle blog, Lifestyle with Tina B. that focuses on home styling, color, organization, entertaining, and daily inspiration. She most recently started a podcast about her musings of color, life’s sweetest moments, and great conversations. Tina is currently working on her first home entertaining, color, and styling guide. Candy Color ConversationsSupport the show (
Meet Renee Wilson, Owner of Edgy Design Group, located in Pineville, North Carolina. Edgy Design Group is a Creative Design Firm Specializing in Cutting-Edge Mobile Apps, Custom Web Design and Branding. Living up to its name, "Edgy" is defined as daringly innovative and that’s exactly what the group delivers to its clients. Wilson started Edgy Design Group to utilize her creativity and passion for coding to help business owners achieve their dreams. The creative group’s mission is to deliver extraordinary products and services with integrity, affordability, and innovation to every client.Edgy Institute is the parent company to Edgy Design Group.  Within the next 2-5 years, Lesley has a goal to launch “Edgy with the Code” an online coding boot camp and to also teach the class live in-person in various cities across the US. Community Events: Fusion Conference and Tech Me Out To The Ballgame. Fusion Conference is a quarterly mini-conference focused on the Charlotte tech community. The conferences include sessions from some of the industry’s top talents. Tech Me Out To The Ballgame is an annual event where the tech community and the startup community comes together to network. The event takes place at a Charlotte Knights Baseball game.For more information, check out Edgy Design Group online at or on social media via Instagram: @EdgyDesignGroupSupport the show (
Shanisha Collins is a business alignment consultant for creative entrepreneurs who want to gain a deeper understanding of customers needs through user research. She's helped creative artists, business and life coaches as well as service and product based business owners develop strategies to identify areas of improvement and uncover areas of new opportunities throughout their organization. Prior to starting her own businesses, she worked as a media services manager for a large nonprofit social services agency and a user experience designer/researcher for a large private university. She lives in Northeast Ohio.Favorite Quote: "Serve to lead."www.shanishacollins.comSupport the show (
Lieutenant Colonel Teresa Starks is the Operations Support Flight Commander, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 349th Operations Group, Travis Air Force Base, California. In this capacity, she has direct oversite of MedicalLogistics, Operations Readiness, Cyber Communications, Resource Management and Administration. During her tenure the Operations Support Flight has supported the unit in 8 deployments, 3 humanitarian missions and 5 large-scale training exercises. Additionally, an Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team has been equipped and staffed and plans for an Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Team are being developed. She also develops, recommends, & implements strategies to optimize resources while increasing productivity and efficiency.Lieutenant Colonel Starks graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. In 2000, she received  a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Starks received a direct commission in the Medical Service corps after serving as a Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician on active duty and the Air National Guard. Her diverse career has allowed her to command flights in Information Systems, Logistics and Patient Administration, Readiness, as well as serve as a GroupPractice Manager. She has completed a Logistics Education with Industry internship at LMI in McLean, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel Starks has also had the honor of serving at the 332d Expeditionary Medical Group, as the Aeromedical Evacuations Officer and the Patient Administration Division, officer in charge.Support the show (
Gloria Kimbwala is CEO and founder of Shule, a startup that challenges the $10 Billion Global Education Industry by using blockchain to create, store, and verify micro-certificates for underserved learners. She is passionately using blockchain technology to empower people economically. She also enjoys making the blockchain ecosystem an inclusive and diverse space for all. She recently presented to the United Nation on how to get more women into technology, specifically blockchain.  Gloria is named one of the Top Ten Women in Fintech by Fintech Ranking. She serves as the Technical Advisor on the Board of Directors for the Society of Women Coder’s (SOWCoder’s) and runs the  “Ask Gloria” advice column in Reinvented Magazine. In her spare time, you can find her coding with her sons, doing yoga and playing the drums.Twitter: @GKimbwalaInstagram: @GKimbwalaLinkedIn: the show (
Pamela McCarter serves as the Equity Initiative Leader at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. In her role, Pamela works to develop workforce diversity strategies for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability. Since assuming the role in 2019, she led a team that is designing an Equity Action Plan for the library, participated as an Equity Core Team member for Mecklenburg County.Pamela's work experience is largely in public library setting, where she has over 20 years' experience working with diverse populations. Pamela's training experiences include sessions on advancing racial equity, implicit Bias, staff development, and team building.Throughout her career, Pamela has gained valuable knowledge and skill in training, outreach and community advocacy that are helping in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.Currently, she serves on the board of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corp.Support the show (
Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani is an attorney, speaker, and Founder of Firm for the Culture—a virtual law firm designed to help social entrepreneurs and founders protect their brand as they scale their impact.Firm for the Culture provides trademark services, networking opportunities, and strategy sessions for social entrepreneurs looking to own their brand, and by extension their organizational narrative, as they make meaningful change in the world. Ruky founded Firm for the Culture after years of serving as an intellectual property attorney in the Silicon Valley Office of the top litigation firm in the country, Quinn Emanuel.  Firm for the Culture was borne out of Ruky’s passion for the law, social impact, social entrepreneurship, and strategically scaling to create sustainable change.  Ruky also serves as the Founder of the First Generation Purpose Project (“FGPP”), an initiative designed to help first-generation professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs successfully navigate life and careers by utilizing the grit and tenacity already in them.Ruky has provided workshops to young professionals and creatives at New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Berkeley Law School, University of Notre Dame School of Law, and the United States Department of Commerce.She has been recognized as a California Change Lawyer for Legal Diversity, been featured in XONecole and Above the Law, and taken part in several podcast interviews, including the Happy Lawyers Project and the First-Gen Lounge.Ruky is a proud Nigerian-American first-generation professional from Brooklyn, New York, a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, and a member of the New York and California State CULTURE to 33777 for a free trademark the show (
Jenifer Daniels is an organizational design strategist, startup advisor, and investor. She founded Colorstock, the first diverse stock photo marketplace, advises The PLUG: smart reporting on the Black innovation economy, and invests in underrepresented startup founders. Jenifer has delivered talks at TEDxCharlotte, CUNY, IABC World Conference, Charlotte Startup Weekend, and Netroots Nation. Her words and photos have been featured in The New York Times, Mashable, HuffPostLive, BBC News, Essence, SiriusXM, BELT Magazine/Publishing, and Detroit Stock City.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show (
Monica R. Allen graduated from Hampton University and The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Psychology respectively, and she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management – Business concentration from Capella University. She is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Mecklenburg County – the most populous County in the State of NorthCarolina. Her accountabilities focus on leading, developing and executing the County’s corporate performance management, strategic planning and program evaluation initiatives.Her accomplishments in the role as Director include successfully implementing a three year strategic business planning framework for Mecklenburg County to include the development of the FY2017-2019 Corporate Strategic Business Plan and consulting with approximately 24 departments on their three-year strategic business plans also for FY2017-2019. Recently, Monica refined the strategic business planning framework and is now assisting the organization with development of the FY2020- 2022 strategic business plans (corporate and departments).In addition to the success of designing and implementing a three-year strategic approach for moving the County forward, Monica has also implemented the first ever Performance Management System for the County, which was a multi-year engagement with the Microsoft Corporation. This effort has allowed the County to regularly and consistently monitor and manage performance throughout Mecklenburg County government.Monica is also the owner of Insight Performance Management Group, LLC, which is a consulting firm specializing in change management, strategy development and execution, performance management, and organizational development. Her firm has primarily worked with non-profit organizations whereby she has helped with the development of strategic plans along with tactical plans that reference steps to effective execution of strategy. Her clients have included, but are not limited to, the Town of Chapel Hill, Promising Pages, EmpowHERment, Women’s Intercultural Exchange, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte – Harris Y Branch. Some of her work has been pro bono as a means of giving back to her community. Monica enjoys actively serving on various community Boards and serves as a mentor to several youth and adults in Charlotte, actively attends church, loves to travel, watch and attend sporting events, read mediation and spiritual books, and work as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School ofGovernment. She was also recently appointed to serve as the National Forum for Black Public Administrators – Chair of Strategic Planning and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association for Strategic Planning. Both appointments occurred in 2019.Monica was the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Public Servant Award. She also recently won two awards for her work in strategic planning and performance management. She received the Association for Strategic Planning - 2017 Richard M. Goodman Award for Strategic Planning, as well as led efforts in performance management resulting in Mecklenburg County receiving the International City/County Management Association’s 2017 Certificate of Distinction for Performance Management. Her most recent recognition was as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women in 2018.Although Monica lived most of her childhood in Oklahoma City, she is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC. Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show (
Quinc'ze Brim is a Southern California native who moved to Charlotte, NC 21 years ago.  She is a wife of one (married 23 years), mother of three, GiGi of two, an experienced strategic Human Resources professional, a basketball coach, mentor, and friend.  A  graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.B.A in Management/Human Resources, Quinc'ze also obtained a Master's Degree in Organizational Change/Leadership from Pfeiffer University, carries multiple certifications in Human Resources, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and serves as a Certified Mediator, change agent, trusted advisor, and business partner.   "My passion is helping others live their best life; that includes helping others to seek their passion, identify tools and resources necessary to obtain success; identify challenges and barriers and develop plans and strategies to execute to remove anyone roadblocks. I'm the one that holds the ladder, the box, the diving board for individuals to be successful and be their very best - at whatever it is they want to achieve."  Increase and unleash potential is what I help others to accomplish."My personal philosophy is to do everything with intent and purpose. I firmly believe it is a waste of your time engaging in activities that won't get you where you want to be or make you happy.  Have goals, have a focus, have a grind!   How clear are your "purpose-filled" glasses?"Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show (
Brittney Ball is a Software Engineer on Gatsby's Learning team. Throughout the years Brittney has made it her mission to pave the way for other people trying to create a better future through Tech. She has hosted the Charlotte Devs JavaScript Study Group Meetup to help developers solve challenges and give to the community. She has also organized events for Girl Develop It, QC Bytes, and TechByChoice to mentor other women in tech. Her goal is to pay it forward and help people see that you don't have to go the traditional route to be successful. As long as you want it, you can achieve it.Podcast Music by Dj QuadsSupport the show (
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