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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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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!

Mar 27, 2017

In this episode of Suite Talk we sit down with U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, MO for a serious, yet at times playful, conversation about faith, family, creative expression and social justice.

Congressman Cleaver has worn many hats during the past four decades—City Councilman, Mayor, radio talk show host, husband and father—all while pastoring the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City.

Like his hometown standing at the confluence of two powerful rivers, Congressman Cleaver has spent his life navigating mighty forces at the intersection of secular and sacred worlds. He offers a unique perspective our current social and political landscape.

Some of what we learn include: what he does to relax (get ready for this one), how to talk God and what it’s like to watch your son come into his own.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 20, 2017

In this episode of Suite Talk, we bring you a conversation with Khali Gallman, an entrepreneur who is making interesting plays in several spaces. She is the founder of the travel company Not Just Spring Break, which connects young urban professionals with events across the nation. She is also the author of “Good on Paper, Great in Person” a comprehensive and actionable guide for those new to the workforce.

Khali has created a successful niche providing a range of services to millennials, including the Columbia Career Connect conference, which will be taking place this year on Saturday, April 8th in Columbia, South Carolina. Yours truly, will be a panelist during that conference talking about developing your personal brand. Click here to register.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Mar 13, 2017

We recently sat down with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” for a deeper dive into the myriad issues explored in her piece.

In 2009, she was appointed by the White House to the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, serving throughout the Obama Administration.

She served as the Director and her portfolio included engagement on minority health outreach and health disparities reduction strategies.

She holds a Masters in Divinity and a certificate in Black Church Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is also a former Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia College, her alma mater.

We will hear more from Acacia in the future, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 13, 2017

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

Mar 8, 2017

In this episode of the Suite Talk podcast, we sit down with Liz Yee, Director of Admissions for Lowell School in Washington, DC. The 51-year-old independent school is committed to creating a community of lifelong learners who value and respect each other.

Our chat with Liz is designed to help you and your family navigate the school admissions and selections process, whether you are considering independent, parochial, public and charter schools, or all the above.

Full-disclosure, my oldest son has attended Lowell for three years, and my youngest will start in the Fall. And no, I’m not getting a discount on tuition for featuring Liz and Lowell on the Suite Talk podcast.

Our goal is offer you and your family expert insights and practical guidance you can use to make the best possible choice for your child’s education. No matter if your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is in preschool, primary, middle, high or entering college, this episode will help inform your decision-making process.

Some of the topics we explore are:

  • The importance of understanding your family values as they relate to your child’s educational environment.
  • How the story of Stone Soup applies to financial aid (and many other facets of life).
  • Why you should always keep you options open and it never hurts to ask.

Be on the lookout for future conversations with Liz, exploring other aspects of the school admissions process. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

Mar 6, 2017

In this empowering and deeply intimate piece, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, understanding strengths and weaknesses, and learning when leaders need to follow. I hope you enjoy this piece and find it applicable to your own life, as I did mine.

Acacia is busy working on a couple of more pieces for Thinking Good, which are sure to inspire, empower and inform. Look for them soon.

Please subscribe to our feed, rate us, leave a comment and share what you hear on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy! 

Feb 27, 2017

In this episode of Suite Talk we have a conversation with Sam Barcroft, founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, a digital media company with multiple lines of business and a massive global reach.

“I’ve been passionate always about incredible stories and always think there is nothing more wonderful than a true story,” says Sam.

Barcroft’s story begins in 2003, with him working as a freelance photo journalist who was generating enough projects to hire someone to lighten the load and spread the wealth.

“I started my own company based upon the fact that I thought there were some opportunities for me to go it alone and take my work in the direction I really wanted to do, free of working for anyone else directly.”

From the backroom of a North London flat, Barcroft Media now has offices in London, New York City and New Delhi. Barcroft TV is the second most popular YouTube news channel with 68.2 million views. Barcroft’s production company and wire service provide content for a host of global brands like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel and MTV. 

On Suite Talk, Sam shares with us the philosophy that has fueled the rapid growth of Barcroft Media from a one-man shop in North London to having 70 plus employees on three continents. (Hint: small steps)

More importantly, we learn how he inspires and empowers his team to implement the company’s vision to produce “amazing content.”

Along the way, we gleam Sam’s insights to business, which are informed in part by watching his father struggle as a small business owner and almost losing the family home; and being part of a Hip-Hop band doing £50 a show.

“I say to a lot of people, if you are looking to start a business whatever you do don’t spend any money,” advises Barcroft. “Use your energy, your cleverness, your mobile phone, run your business for nothing from your back room. And then if you can get momentum with that then use up some favors but not borrow any money and not spend any money then you will always have business that will always be looking after you, rather than you look after it.”

Despite leading a far-flung global enterprise that carries his name, Sam is astonishingly laidback. In this interview, we learn how he (and you can) disconnect from work and relax and enjoy your family and some of life’s other pleasures.

“I put myself in a forced exile every weekend, and I’m careful not to take my mobile phone into the bedroom,” said Barcroft. “Recovery is really important, when you’re working hard you have to be bold with recovery.”

Lean in, lean back and enjoy.

Feb 19, 2017

In our final interview with Wilson Lea exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we focus on why it is essential for you to have liquid savings to weather whatever life may throw your way.

“Traditional financial planning says that you should have 3 to 6 months of living expenses … In a perfect world this is true,” Lea says. “Admittedly, this can be difficult to do. You should always have some savings, but while you’re working on the other steps, $1000 should be enough cushion to get you over most things that could come up.”

Listen to learn more!

In case you missed our earlier chats with Wilson stemming from his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet you can find them here:

Part 1: The Importance of Wealth Management
Part 2: Save for Retirement
Part 3: Pay Down your Debt
Part 4: Budget

As always, join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Feb 18, 2017

Here’s Part 4 of our conversation with Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisor taking a deep dive into the subjects covered in his article, 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet. In this episode, we talk about the importance of creating a budget.

“This is the hardest one for most people,” Lea says of understanding how folks spend and on what. But, he says, “tracking your expenses will help you understand where your money is going and how it is used. Budgets also help you avoid spending unnecessarily.”

Listen to learn more! Here you can find out Wilson’s advice on saving for retirement and eliminating debt. Next week we’ll talk with Wilson about developing strategies to build and maintain a liquid savings.

As always, join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Feb 17, 2017

In the third installment of Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea, based on his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we examine strategies for reducing debt (step one—don’t accumulate any more).

“What I suggest is that you start with the smallest balance credit card and make bigger payments on that card and make the minimum payments on other cards,” says Lea of Parallax Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm based in Irvine, CA. “As you pay off the smaller cards take those payments and move them up with the payments on the next biggest balance.”

With over two decades of expertise, Wilson has a proven track record of helping businesses, executives, retirees and families meet their financial goals. 

Next time we’ll be talking about creating a budget to better help you achieve your wealth aspirations.

You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Feb 16, 2017

Here’s Part 2 of the Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisor exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet.

In this segment of our chat we focus on saving for retirement.

“This is a must, must, must,” says Lea, a wealth managment advisor with over two decades of experience in finance. “If you are working full time, you HAVE to save your money … Zero percent is not an option. Pay yourself first.”

Listen to learn more!

You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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