Monday, July 8, 2019

Dr. Uche' Blackstock (@dr_uche_bee) - How To Use Your Voice For Liberation

Dr. Uché Blackstock is a Harvard-educated physician who is passionate about equity and justice in healthcare and society.
As a child, she watched her mother, Dr. Dale Blackstock, a Black woman in medicine, navigate the world with the odds squarely stacked against her. Raised by a single mother with six children, on public assistance, Dr. Blackstock’s mother was the first person in her family to attend college. She died at only 47 years old.
Over the last ten years, as a Board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Blackstock has had first-hand experience with the healthcare system and the deleterious impact of health disparities on our marginalized populations and communities. Her mother’s legacy inspires her to use her voice to advance health equity and to address the detrimental effects of structural racism and other systems of oppression on the health status of our communities.
Ultimately, she created Advancing Health Equity with the goal of partnering with healthcare organizations to address a few of the critical factors that contribute to health inequity, through educational trainings and racial equity culture analytics.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Maiko Sakai @MaikoSakaiBiz: The Riches are in the Niches

On this episode, I Zoom in Maiko Sakai and we chat about niching down and finding your ideal client. Maiko Sakai, the founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business growth strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, adviser & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs. She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide. As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments. Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. Find out more: | @MaikoSakaiBiz

Monday, December 31, 2018

Ashley J. Hobbs @ashleylatruly: Moving in Purpose on Purpose

On this episode, I Zoom in Ashley J. Hobbs and we chat about how to move in your purpose.
Ashley is a writer and producer who creates content experiences from the crash site of faith, creativity, wellness, and culture. She is passionate about encouraging, informing, and connecting everyday people through honest narrative and nuanced art. Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram: @ashleylatruly. Check out her work at

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

It's Work featuring @XicaHenley

On this episode, I Zoom in Xica Henley and we chat about her journey in building an educational consulting company.

Xica Henley is a seasoned educator with 14 years of experience.  She has taught grades 6-12 serving as a Reading in the Language Arts Instructor, an English Instructor, an AVID Instructor, and a Dean of Instruction.  In her teacher leader roles, she has served as a lead teacher, department chair, assessment coordinator, literacy coordinator, dean of instruction, and a student recruitment specialist.  In her current role, she is an AP of English.  In addition she is a class of 2000 Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois and a Summer 2016 Education Pioneers Fellow.
She believes in the power of education and is a lifelong learner.  She has earned a BA in English/Secondary Education, a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Masters in Teacher Leadership, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

 As an educator, she realizes that we all affect change in many ways.  She's come to understand that powerful instruction is linked to many factors, two of the most important being the availability of quality instructional materials & tools and support around the implementation of those materials.  Her ultimate goal as an educator is to affect change through the development and implementation of purposeful, relevant curricula for schools.

She aspires to help districts, schools, organizations, school leaders, and teachers create and manage curricula that is accessible to all stakeholders, provide the support necessary to help students meet the standards that they will need in order to be successful in the future, and provide the necessary components to help these students develop into well-rounded individuals. It is her belief that providing the materials, know-how, and support necessary to schools, school leaders, and staffs will promote success among their diverse student populations.  

When she is not teaching, coaching, or doing homework, she is spending time with her wonderful family and friends and adorable yorkie shih-tzu, Coco.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Podcast Master Class featuring John Lim @bemovingforward

On this podcast, I Zoom in John Lim and he put's on a Master Class on podcasting.

John Lim is an entrepreneur specializing in public speaking, high impact presentations, and digital products. He is the co-author of the ‘Corporate Cliches‘ adult coloring book and has been featured in Inc. (Minority Voices | Love of Pie Formula), Authority Magazine, and Cracked. John is the executive producer and host of the podcast series, Moving Forward, which has reached listeners in over 50 countries. Through Moving Forward, John has spoken with some of today’s most prominent entrepreneurs, artists, and influencers.
John describes his own journey as a fun ride through “career wanderlust.” After practicing law in the DC area, John worked for over a decade with a prominent Fortune 500 company delivering high-level presentations, webinars, and seminars. In addition, John was a former actor for television and film, having acted in productions for The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel and HBO Productions.  John is known to many sci-fi fans for his role as “Young Lt. Cmdr Sulu,” opposite legendary actor, George Takei, in the production of Star Trek: World and Enough and Time, written by an Emmy Award™ winning screenplay writer.  The role captured the attention of top Hollywood Casting Director, April Webster and led to an audition for a co-starring role in the feature film, Star Trek (2009), directed by JJ Abrams.
John earned his BA from The University of Pennsylvania, his JD from Georgetown Law and his MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. John is a TEDx speaker and has been a regular keynote speaker, guest lecturer, and panelist for The Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Never Get Comfortable and The Career Pivot featuring Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh @drnoosh_v

On this episode, I Zoom in Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh and we chat about the need to completely own your power and not get comfortable in your current situation.
Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh is a curriculum developer and lecturer for USC and UCLA. Her teaching background and areas of expertise focus on issues of social justice and equity in higher education. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for Peace Over Violence and has launched several campus initiatives dedicated to eliminating sexual violence in higher education settings. As an artivist, Dr. Valizadeh strongly believes in the power of music and art to promote social change, and is a member of NeverSpeakLB, a collective of Long Beach's singers and poets. She is fluent in Farsi, Spanish and English and has presented on sexual assault awareness and prevention in all three languages. Her social media handle is

My conversation with Dr. Noosh was so poppin' that we continued our conversation with a part two where we focused on the career pivot.

Getting in the Consulting Game featuring @reeder_cassie

On this episode, I Zoom in Cassie Reeder and chat about her recent undertaking in becoming a full-time entrepreneur.
Though Cassie Reeder has been in the education field just over 7 years, she has a well rounded, well connected portfolio. After earning her Masters in Elementary Education with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida in 2011, her teaching career began in the Tampa, FL area. The next four years of her elementary teaching career took place in Richardson ISD, where she met Debra Atchison and Jaime Donally, two relationships which have proven to be life changing. During this time, she also attended her first edcamp, got a twitter account, and made countless connections with other educators while working to build her PLN. As a co-founder of EdChange Global, she has dedicated a great deal of time during the fall and summer of the past 4 years to create a space for educators and students to connect and collaborate in a comfortable online environment, learning at their own pace, about the topics they desire.
Cassie wore many hats during her two years as a Promethean education consultant, from social media manager, and creator of support resources to training development and delivery, and she will forever be grateful for the skills and growth opportunities provided.
Though just starting out on this new journey as an independent education consultant, as of June 2018, Cassie has high hopes that her innovation and creativity, impressive work ethic and continued collaboration with various members of her PLN will prove this is where she is meant to be.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

How to Get It Done featuring Alex Batdorf

On This episode, I Zoom in Alex Batdorf and we chat about ways in which you can get things done in your life and career.
Alex Batdorf is a venture-backed serial entrepreneur now focused on empowering female entrepreneurs to Get Sh!t Done. She is the former Co-Founder & CMO of ZipFit Denim, a multi-million dollar e-commerce company focused on finding you designer denim that fits your body perfectly. She now speaks around the country on empowering people through entrepreneurship and is a Business Strategy Coach for Female Entrepreneurs showing them what actionable steps to take to build the company of their dreams. She is also the Creator of Get Sh!t Done, a Youtube series dropping Summer 2018 focused on showing female entrepreneurs how to grow their companies in a meaningful way by learning from other badass babes who have done it.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Culturally Responsive Teaching with Karla Vigil

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On this episode, I Zoom in Karla Vigil and we chat about culturally responsive teaching and the work she does with EduLeaders R.I.

Karla E. Vigil is an Education Strategies Specialist at Highlander Institute where she supports the implementation of blended and personalized learning initiatives in classrooms across Rhode Island. Prior to joining Highlander Institute, Karla served as a 4th grade classroom teacher dedicated to broadening students' perspectives through multicultural education.

Karla is a social justice advocate committed to promoting equity in education. She recently helped found EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island - a statewide initiative that aims to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color, and foster community partnerships. She also regularly leads workshops on culturally responsive teaching and diversity and equity in education.

Karla earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus on social justice and multicultural education from Roger Williams University through the Gordon Teacher Residency Program. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Karla was born in El Salvador and now lives in East Providence with her partner and sons- Taliq Tillman, Reuben Tillman IV and baby Kamil Howard-Vigil.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Edupreneur with Gretchen Schultek

On this episode, I hangout with Gretchen Schultek and we chat about her journey to becoming an edupreneur. 

Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers is author of Always A Lesson. In German translation, Gretchen’s last name “Schultek” means ‘Teacher.’ It must have been fate that she is an educator today!

She was a general education teacher for 8 years. She has taught grades 2, 3, and 5 at both low and high performing elementary schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She currently works for The New Teacher Project in multiple roles, but most often a Teacher Development Coach for first year teachers.

In 2006, she received her Bachelor’s degree at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 2010, she received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the fall of 2012, Gretchen received her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

In 2014, Gretchen published her first book for new teachers called “Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College.” Click here to purchase at a discount or click here to purchase at full price. She is also currently writing a children’s book.