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Welcome to Suite Talk, a podcast brought to you by Thinking Good Media. Here on Suite talk we have conversations with entrepreneurs, innovators change-makers and thought leaders. We find out who they are, what they do, how they do it and why they do it, so you can too.
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Apr 7, 2018

In this episode of Suite Talk we check in with Khali Gallman a successful entrepreneur and author about the upcoming Columbia Career Connect conference. We not only talk about what she’s got planned for the Third Annual “C3” conference (sneak peek: entertainment and nightlight industry maven Peter Thomas will keynote), but also the latest with her travel and events app Not Just Spring Break.

In the middle of the conversation, Khali turns the tables on me and asks me a couple of questions about what we’ve got planned for Thinking Good (hint: we’re writing books).

Click here to listen to our previous podcast with Khali.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 31, 2018

In this episode of Suite Talk, we speak with Dan Metcalf a married father of two boys, a highly successfully real estate agent and martial arts instructor. We explore how these three focal points (family, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and work) serve as the “tripod” of his life providing focus and balance.

This conversation covers a lot of ground: from Dan’s days as a Peace Corp. volunteer in West Africa; why Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a terrific tool for personal development; working with his mom; finding the right diet to fuel and nourish the mind, body and spirit; the App that keeps his family on track; what kids can teach us about death and much more.

I hope you enjoy listening to Dan as much as I did speaking with him!

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 21, 2018

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with Dr. Aisha Liferidge, founder of the Minority Women in Science Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentorship to girls and young women of color with academic and professional interests in STEM related fields.

Additionally, Dr. Liferidge is a practicing Emergency Room physician at The George Washington University Hospital, where she is also on the medical school faculty. Our conversation with Dr. Liferidge covers a lot of ground including how doctors overcome implicit biases, how patients and their relatives can be better advocates and what it means for little girls of color to see positive female portrayals in Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 11, 2018

In this episode, we speak with Brandon Northington, a rising corporate attorney, talented entrepreneur, budding author and inspiring public speaker. As the “Millennial Motivator,” Brandon shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity through self-determination, grit and an unyielding belief in his ability to succeed.

Despite being told by his middle school teachers that he wasn’t smart enough to get in the honors program, he persevered to not only get in that program, but graduate from college with honors, graduated from law school and pass the bar on his first try. In this inspiring and motivational interview, Brandon takes us on a wild ride that is instructive for old and young.

We’ll hear more from Brandon, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Feb 27, 2018

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with J.C. Smith, co-founder of Bailiwick Clothing, a Washington, D.C. based apparel brand that captures the rhythm, flavor and pride of our nation’s capital through design.

The idea for Bailiwick was planted over a decade ago, when J.C. and his brother and co-founder, Jeff Smith, won a t-shirt design competition that earned another company tens of thousands of dollars. The brothers (who are also brothers) only got some free t-shirts and stickers, but also a dream. They were inspired to do for themselves what they did for that other company.

We talk with J.C. not only about the creative process behind his imaginative designs, but also what it is like running a full-fledge business, while holding down a 9-to-5 job. Time management, organization, long-term planning, having a strong passion and drive to succeed are some of the lessons we explore in this episode of Suite Talk.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Feb 22, 2018

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with occasional collaborator Lance Watson, Jr. about Marvel Studio’s Black Panther and begin our deep dive analysis of Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest book “Crushing It!”

In this freewheeling exchange we explore the various allegories presented in Black Panther, legacy, leadership, competing political ideologies, as well as broader questions surrounding the pop-culture and cultural significance of the film. If you’re the type of person who likes to see a movie cold, you might want to fast forward the first 20 or so minutes of this conversation because we reveal a lot of plot details.

On “Crushing It!” we examine the first three chapters focusing on the 8 essentials to a “strong personal brand” (Intent, Authenticity, Passion, Patience, Speed, Work, Attention and Content). We talk about how we apply these essentials to building our businesses and how you can too. We’ll be back over the next couple of weeks with more insights on “Crushing It!”

You can find Lance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  under the handle: @lwatsonjr.

Lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

 

 

Feb 15, 2018

I've made my fair share of mistakes. Not everything has turned out as I would like, but fortunately most of my missteps have been instructive and none fatal. Learning from failure has been an important lesson. Yes, failure sucks and it can hurt, but it ain't always bad.

Feb 8, 2018

In this episode we check back in with Alexis Coates, Founder and CEO of Black Business Review, a digital news company connecting minority business owners with a network of information, contacts and knowledge.

A serial entrepreneur and former professional basketball player on the European and Middle East circuits, Alexis lunched Black Business Review in 2016 and has experience tremendous growth online and social media.

We last spoke with Alexis about one -year ago, so as Black Business Review approaches its second anniversary, we thought it was a good time to circle back to find how things are going and what’s on the horizon. We’re also both dads, so we spent a little time talking about our kids and parenting.

Lean-in, lean-back and enjoy!

Feb 1, 2018

A brief autobiography of J. Jioni Palmer, the Founder & Publisher of Thinking Good, a media and lifestyle company. Be Your Better Self

Click here to learn more about Jioni and Thinking Good.

Jan 26, 2018

In this episode we speak with Fareed Nassor Hayat truly a man of many talents and passions. He is a playwright, a successful real estate entrepreneur, a former public defender in the City of Baltimore, founder of The People’s Law Firm, LLC, and a law professor. And he just turned 40.

We talk about how Fareed endeavors to balance his diverse personal and professional pursuits with being an active and engaged family man. Growing up, Fareed was surrounded by close relatives who were pimps, prostitutes and gang members, who set the example for what he says he was supposed to become.

Yet, Fareed managed to “slip through the cracks” of a life destined to be trapped in the criminal justice system to receive a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, MFA from USC and a JD from Howard University. Today he stands in the courtrooms fighting for justice and civil rights for many whom he is their only hope, while in classrooms training the next generation of lawyers to join him in the fight.

This is a very thought-provoking conversation about the criminal justice system, economics and the ability to transcend or fulfill family legacy.

To learn more about Fareed, check out the links below. 

Lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

A DETOUR TO UCLA

'It Is Gratifying to Hold Systems Accountable.' Q&A With Criminal and Civil Rights Law Professor

Jan 5, 2018

In this 2006 New Years Eve talk, Spiritual Coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights shares some timeless tips that are inspiring and actionable to help us enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention.

You many recall Dr. Speights was our first guest on Suite Talk and at that time he talked about being the conductor of your own symphony. You can find that episode here.

We will have Dr. Speights in the studio again soon to ask him to elaborate on this lecture to learn additional insights on how we can be more present and effective in our daily lives.

But for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Nov 6, 2017

In this episode, we speak with Mike Goodwin, The Bowtie Comedian, on fatherhood and marriage, developing the confidence to believe in yourself, learning from failure, money management and more.

Our conversation with Mike, is a must listen if you are like so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

Mike has penned two pieces for Thinking Good, Respect The Green Room and How to Kill the Interview, and there will be more to come. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

Jun 12, 2017

In this episode, we speak with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, a coalition of specialized communications agencies and media production groups based in New York City and Washington, DC. Together, they develop and implement amazing digital campaigns and strategic communications programs in the social purpose, educational, philanthropic, and financial sectors.

With over two decades of experience in communications, Andrew is an industry leader who brings a wealth of business savvy having worked in large and mid-sized firms, in addition to launching several successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

I met Andrew when our oldest kids were almost two-years-old and attending the same preschool in Washington DC. Bonding first as fathers—sharing our hopes and fears for our families, Andrew and I eventually discovered we had similar professional interests and quickly became sounding boards for each other.

Our conversation, is a must listen if you are like me and so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

We’ll hear more from Andrew, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Jun 3, 2017

In this episode, we take a deeper dive with Rev. Dr. Jay Speights into our previous conversation “Being the Conductor of Your Own Symphony” or as I like to say, become the ringmaster of life’s circus.

You may recall, Dr. Speights was our inaugural guest on the Suite Talk podcast.  If you haven’t checked it out, please do so, it is Episode 01. It is just as relevant today as when we recorded it last year.

Dr. Speights will also be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets by Father’s Day to receive a 30 percent discount.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

May 28, 2017

Listen to our conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., as we focus on the changing social media landscape and ways interpersonal relationships are affected.

This episode is a must hear for any parent, thought leader or communicator who wants to stay current and relevant with the latest trends in how people receive and consume information.

 

For previous Suite Talk interviews with Lance click here, here, here and here.

Lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

May 26, 2017

In part 3 of our interview with Lance Watson, Jr., we explore in greater depth the importance of fellowship.

It’s okay to start the journey to being your better self alone, but we all find out the expedition is more enjoyable, transformative and beneficial when we harness the collective powers of a community.

For previous excerpts from our interview with Lance, click here, here and here.

We’ll hear more from Lance soon. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

May 24, 2017

On this episode of the Suite Talk we continue the conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., on building legacies that span generations, learning from our children and the importance of mentoring and being mentored.

A technology-enthusiast and social-media socialite, Lance is the founder of Heirborn, a non-profit focusing on cultivating what he calls the “three primary functions of leadership: teaming, technique and timing.”

For previous episodes featuring Lance, click here and here.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

May 22, 2017

On this episode of Suite Talk we feature a longer and more probing conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., who is on staff with The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, VA.

Charged with leading digital initiatives for this vibrant community of over 10,000 worshippers, Lance stands at the intersection of technology, communications and spirituality.

In this portion of the conversation, we parse the differences between succession planning and legacy building; the spiritual dimension of strategic planning and the benefits of intergenerational dialogue.

We’ve heard from Lance before and we’ll hear more again soon, but for now: Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

May 20, 2017

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Enjoy this a snippet from an upcoming Suite Talk podcast with one of our collaborators, Lance Watson, Jr. In addition to being a good and knowledgeable guy, Lance, is the Digital Content Manager for The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond VA, a 10,000 member congregation.

Lance, the father of two children – and a divorcee,  is a proud social-media socialite, avid self-improvement book reader and graphical presentation guru.

Longer excerpts from our conversation with Lance will be released in the coming days. In the meantime, lean in, lean back and enjoy. Oh yeah, please comment, like and share. Enjoy!

May 19, 2017

In part two of our conversation with Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, we learn more what about his raison d’être and how you can find yours.

“I seldom think of what I do is work, for me it really is love of life. The love of life is for which all this stems,” says Pollard, who served as a pastor before joining the academy while also being a husband and father. “For some of us, we really understand that this is a sacred calling, that life itself is vocation.”

For the first half of our chat with Dean Pollard, we focused not only on the role of faith leadership amidst a constantly evolving social and political climate, but also what lessons we can learn from the past as we—individually and collectively—chart a path forward.

In this portion of our exchange, we explore how even seemingly innocuous daily encounters are imbued with spiritual meaning. We learn how each interaction influences our relationships and how by being mindful and intentional we can move closer to the Divine. This conversation will help you better understand how you truly can Be Your Better Self, by giving and getting the most out of life.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

May 19, 2017

Just as one would expect, Dean Alton Pollard’s office at the Howard University School of Divinity is lined with bookcases teeming with scholarly tomes. But what makes the place unique is his collection of African art sitting atop pedestals and hanging from the walls.

Perhaps the most significant piece in his collection, a statue of the Sankofa bird, resting on his desk is almost obscured by the stacks of books, papers and computer monitor nearby. Yet, even in that relative obscurity, it is a powerful reminder of the importance of learning from the past—especially amid the chaos and tumult of our current times.

“Return and get it,” the statue speaks.

Reflection gives way to reexamination, giving way to revelation.

Our inspiring and thought-provoking conversation with Dean Pollard covers a lot of ground, but is centered on providing a paradigm for viewing the current social and political milieu, what history teaches us and how we can chart a path forward.

Brought to you in two parts (look for the second installment in a few days), Dean Pollard waxes prophetically about the role of faith leaders in today’s climate and how the spirit of the divine doesn’t just exist in houses of worship, but is imbued in even the subtleties of daily life.

Here’s a video snippet of our conversation.

I invite you to set aside some time to sit, listen and reflect on this powerful message. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Apr 3, 2017

In this 2006 New Years Eve talk, Rev. Dr. Jay Speights shares some timeless tips that are inspiring and actionable to help us enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention.

You many recall Dr. Speights was our first guest on Suite Talk and at that time he talked about being the conductor of your own symphony.

We will have Dr. Speights in the studio again soon to ask him to elaborate on this lecture to learn additional insights on how we can be more present and effective in our daily lives.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 30, 2017

In this episode, we speak with Hamilton Grant, a talented entrepreneur, civic leader and activist hailing from Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the co-host of Columbia Career Connect, a professional development and networking conference geared toward college students and young professionals. The event, in its second year, will take place on Saturday, April 8th, and yours truly will be speaking about developing your personal brand. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Additionally, Hamilton is a principal in Grant Business Strategies, a financial and strategic advisory firm for non-profits, small business and middle market companies. He is also the Vice President of the “Hate Won’t Win Movement,” which grew out of the aftermath of the racially motived massacre that took place at “Mother” Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC on June 17th, 2015. This organization is committed to building a more culturally cohesive society that appreciates and celebrates differences instead of allowing them to divide us.

We’ll hear more from Hamilton, but for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

 

Mar 30, 2017

In this episode, we speak with Hamilton Grant, a talented entrepreneur, civic leader and activist hailing from Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the co-host of Columbia Career Connect, a professional development and networking conference geared toward college students and young professionals. The event, in its second year, will take place on Saturday, April 8th, and yours truly will be speaking about developing your personal brand. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Additionally, Hamilton is a principal in Grant Business Strategies, a financial and strategic advisory firm for non-profits, small business and middle market companies. He is also the Vice President of the “Hate Won’t Win Movement,” which grew out of the aftermath of the racially motived massacre that took place at “Mother” Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC on June 17th, 2015. This organization is committed to building a more culturally cohesive society that appreciates and celebrates differences instead of allowing them to divide us.

We’ll hear more from Hamilton, but for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

 

Mar 28, 2017

Here is an excerpt from our forthcoming Suite Talk podcast with Dr. Jay Speights. In this segment, we talk about why is it important to listen to the wisdom of our parents, grandparents and other elders, but also how they can be better teachers and leaders.

In the full-interview (look for it soon) we take a deeper dive in to our earlier conversation on being the conductor of your own symphony. We’ll hear more from Dr. Speights on a range of topics, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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