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How Minda Harts’ Helping Women of Color Secure Their Seat | 185

How Minda Harts’ Helping Women of Color Secure Their Seat | 185

As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand – How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use?

Our featured guest today is Minda Harts.

Minda Harts is founder, speaker, adjunct professor, podcaster, seat creator and now an author. Minda is a California girl, who grew up in Chicago and today calls New York City home. In addition to her passion for helping women of color secure their seat at the table, she's also a lover of grits and rap lyrics.

My ask today is that you’d buy a copy of Minda's NEW book now!

KEY POINTS FROM MINDA:

  • I'm so grateful that God has given me the desires of my heart.
  • The things that we work hard for, the things that we say we want — sometimes we might just get it, if we’re crazy enough to believe it. @MindaHarts
  • I'm so grateful that He entrusted me with this time, this gift that He’s placed in my spirit to be able to give it to the world.
  • I’m grateful that God has trusted me enough to be able to produce this next body of work that is about to hit the world.
  • @MindaHarts Success is not a solo sport.
  • @MindaHarts The Memo journey started for me being one of the only black women in my workplace and I thought that situation had buried me, but it planted me.
  • I was able to turn those lemons into lemonade and create my business in that season.
  • I was suffering in isolation but it got me thinking of other women of colour, other black women, going through some of the same things.
  • I didn't want other black women to feel alone and question if they were worthy enough just because the narrative has told us differently
  • There wasn't a book that addressed the needs of women of color in the workplace
  • The Memo comes out on August 20th, and I’m so excited for women of colour to read about their stories being told between the pages.
  • I actually worked my day job for almost four years before leaving to focus full time for the Memo.
  • Building my company was an organic process and the result of staying true to the mission I had in mind
  • Investors early on thought this mission — women of colour — was too niche
  • I was hearing women of color tell me that they finally felt seen!
  • When you create something, there are often various iterations of the product along the way
  • When I started the Memo back in 2015, I put out a newsletter every Monday, a memo, and have not missed one publication since July 2015
  • Slowly but surely, the tribe began to come, and in 2016, we began doing live career bootcamps
  • We leaned into the conversation and the voice of the tribe, as women expressed their needs for community
  • Even though we weren't making a lot of money, we just kept going.
  • It wasn't until 2019 that I was able to pay my partner and myself something from the business
  • We had an investor offer us lots of money, if we changed our niche focus, but we didn’t.  
  • I knew in my heart we were on the right track, and it’s definitely paying off in dividends.
  • We talk about #TheFutureofWork a lot — which is about understanding how your talent views the workplace and how they experience it.
  • As leaders and those managing diverse talent, we should understand – How do we invest? How do we get the most out of our talent? How much of our talent are we willing to use?
  • If you don't understand their experiences, then it's harder for you to get the most out of them and help them achieve their goals, and obviously achieve your goals and everybody wins, because you're helping the company's bottom line.
  • How often do you read about the experiences of your talent? What about the people on the ground?
  • We're talking about money in the book. We talk about the tools we need in our toolkit like self-advocacy and how to negotiate your salary.
  • I'm big on legacy — what are you leaving behind and who are you helping?
  • I see myself as a person planting seeds. I think God chose me because I have the heart, a servant leader's heart to go the distance for my girls.
  • God could have chosen anybody, but He chose me, and I don't take that lightly.
  • I will run with it and when it's time I'll hand the baton off to the next person.
  • I don't want to leave the workplace the way it is now. I want to do so much more for your daughter and the daughters to come, so that they have agency when they sit down.
  • I realized that as we build our brands, there needs to be a social media platform that you make your jam and get busy on.
  • I feel like if you use Twitter in the right way, you could really get down to some really good content.
  • I think there are a lot of people who are looking for answers and how they invest in themselves
  • I use Twitter to ask the questions that people want to give advice to., and it creates this dialogue about leadership and management and the workplace.
  • My book is already a best seller because it’s resonating with the people that it’s supposed to, and it’s opening up the eyes of people who didn’t even realize that this was a problem.

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Marvin Wilmoth: A Unique Approach to Community (Real Estate) Development | 184

Marvin Wilmoth: A Unique Approach to Community (Real Estate) Development | 184

Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that!

Our featured guest today is Marvin Wilmoth.

Marvin is Managing Principal and Co-founder of Generation Development Group, a boutique real estate development and consulting firm focused on providing housing solutions with the goal of creating transformational communities. Throughout the course of his career, he has been responsible for the financing, development and/or construction of over 1,800 units in multiple states and US territories with a total development cost of approximately $500 million dollars. 

Marvin is also committed to civic service and was elected in November 2018 as the Vice Mayor and Harbor Island Commissioner for North Bay Village, Florida. Prior to being elected, Marvin served as Vice-Chair of the North Bay Village Planning and Zoning Board and Vice-Chair of the Charter Review Board.

He is the recipient of several community awards including Success Magazine’s 2010 Top 40 under 40, 2012 Business Leader Magazine South Florida Movers and Shakers Award, and the 2016 BMe Community Leader Award. Marvin has also participated in several leadership programs including The Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Program,  Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida Program and The German Marshall Fund’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

Marvin earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Florida A&M University as well as an M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

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KEY POINTS FROM MARVIN:

  • I was just recently selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship which was part of the German Marshall Fund.
  • If you want to build and generate wealth, you’re going to have to create something or own something.
  • The metrics about what “ successful” development looks like are off.  It’s purely financial and does not consider the humanistic element of community.
  • When we think about community, the things we use to determine success have nothing to do with financial returns.  
  • We created a new model that focuses on utilizing the social determinants of health as the drivers for creating value in the community.
  • By thinking through strategically where you’re trying to go, you’ll have a higher likelihood of achieving that success.
  • People don’t invest in businesses they invest in people; so, if they don’t believe in you as a leader and your ability to execute, you will never raise money.
  • Determine what makes you happy and find a way to make money doing that.
  • Every morning, after I pray for all the great things that I have in my life including my wife, I take an hour to strategize about what I want to accomplish that day and recheck the things that I wanted to accomplish the day before and how far off I am from that.
  • To maintain clarity on your goals, focus specifically on what you want to accomplish, and get rid of the rest.
  • It’s very easy to get lost in the minutiae of the day-to-day and then wake up several months later and realize that you haven’t made a much larger impact.
  • The noise of life consumes you the moment you open your eyes each morning, and without clarity and set goals and tasks everybody else’s noise will take over your life.
  • Read books and educate and expose yourself to things that are outside of your skillset.

 

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Rochelle Gapere: Why Happiness? | 183

Rochelle Gapere: Why Happiness? | 183

Happiness is a choice! It is an overarching quality of life that is rich in a variety of emotions, even including stress, sadness and disappointment.

Our featured guest today is Rochelle Gapere.

Rochelle Gapere is an Attorney, Happiness Coach and Entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Rochelle has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You, cements her lifelong practice of adding more happiness to this world by empowering others with science-based tools and techniques that help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Rochelle believes in living a life that is engaging at every level and utilizes practical techniques to teach audiences her unique approach to living a happy life.

Rochelle describes herself as an “Attorney by trade and Happiness Coach by heart.” Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005. In 2018, she earned a Positive Psychology Specialization Certification through the University of Pennsylvania.

My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM and #missionfuel

KEY POINTS FROM ROCHELLE:

  • I’m grateful for the journey in this last year of my life.  I didn’t imagine how a closed door could propel me into my purpose.
  • Growing up, I remember feeling anything I wanted was possible.  I remember being absolutely fearless, and that my dreams were so huge, and there was no “no!”
  • I operated from a place of “if I work hard enough I can do anything I want.”
  • You may not always know what you’re going to do or the next steps to take, but if you know the overarching theme or feeling that you want from your life, then you know you move in that direction.
  • Pursue the things that align with your values.
  • I had tunnel vision in the pursuit of my goals.
  • … because we are always tasked with solving other people’s problems, we typically don’t tell people that we’re having problems.
  • One area of my life being bad doesn’t mean my entire life is bad.  I have my health, family, friends, a job, and I woke up this morning and my heart beats.
  • You’re not the only one going through your season, and others have gone through it and survived.
  • Most businesses are successful because of their employees. So, the happier an employee is, the more loyal they’ll be to the business.
  • If you go to work everyday and you feel valued, that your voice is being heard and you have a safe space to articulate your concerns, then you want to be there and you have a more vested interest in showing up everyday for your employer.
  • Employers, remember that your employees are human.  Implement kindness practices into the workplace.
  • The minute you transform your brain into an action-oriented mindset on how you could become better for having gone through challenges, you are empowered.
  • Disappointments are inevitable.  How would you grow, if everything went your way?
  • Vulnerability is bravery.
  • You can’t fix what you don’t confront.
  • I absolutely believe that the first couple minutes of your day, sets the entire tone for your day.
  • Too many of us are waking up and rolling over and picking up our phones, looking on our email, looking on Facebook. We are allowing people's messaging and energy to come into our environment before allowing ourselves to set the tone for our day.
  • I'm very very very very particular about 1) Waking up – 3 new things that you're grateful for everyday. People say how am I going to find 3 new things? You can! You could start by just thanking God for the things in your body – your nose, your taste, your cells. There are a plethora of things to be grateful for.
  • But then also, I believe in the power of meditation. Just being still. 2 minutes, 3 minutes – build up a meditation practice. And the next thing that I think, is to set your intentions. What do you want your day to look like? Literally imagine it – when you walk in your office, imagine how you want to feel. What do you want to accomplish?
  • And I tell people use the time that you have in your morning wisely. You're in the shower. If you are a Believer pray! Say affirmations. Hype yourself up.
  • By the time I leave my house in the morning, I am so hype, that no matter what the world throws at me I've already set my intention so clearly: I'm going to have a good day. I'm grateful. I'm going to work. I'm going to conquer this day. And so I'm so clear on what it is that I want my day to look like.
  • This is a daily practice and it's interesting because the days when I don't do it, I do feel off kilter. I'm just like fluttering around, like a bird without wings. 
  • You have to put yourself first. You can't pour from an empty tank. When you serve people from your overflow, you are better and they are better, because you're giving them the best of yourself. So if you can't give yourself 10 minutes in the morning just to get your mind right, I don't know what else to tell you.
  • Start now!  Start right now!  You don’t need to plan anything else.  Start the business right now.  Buy the URL on GoDaddy.  You don’t need to sit and write the 50-page business plan.  Build the momentum.  When you get small wins it gives you the momentum for bigger wins.
  • You don’t have to figure out the entire story before you take the first step.
  • So many of us delay our goals because of preparation, but really it’s fear.  You want to prepare and prepare but it will never be perfect.
  • Stop succumbing to people’s opinions about your plans and your dreams.
  • Start on the dream today.  So many people die with so much goodness inside them because they were waiting for this opportune, perfect moment.

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

 

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Shawn Dove: Navigating The 7Cs of Deep End Leadership | 180

Shawn Dove: Navigating The 7Cs of Deep End Leadership | 180

Deep end leaders know that they have a particular calling on their lives and their primary job in life is to discover their unique purpose and mission.

Today's guest is a part of the Trailblazers.FM family and I'm so happy to have him be part of the 2019 Trailblazers Masterclass series. I'm happy to introduce Shawn Dove. Shawn was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 16.

Shawn Dove is the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). CBMA is a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys. 

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is also our sponsoring partner.

 

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KEY POINTS FROM SHAWN:

  • Trailblazers.FM showcases amazing stories of Black Excellence, Black Brilliance and stories of amazing creatives, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
  • Tomorrow is not guaranteed. So, stop stalling on your calling and just jump in! @DoveSoars
  • @DoveSoars says:  “Yes, you can! If you have lived as long as I have, 56 years old, you can teach a master class on something!”
  • @IamSusanLTaylorThe essence of success is that you have to show up fit, focused, organized, disciplined and with a plan.
  • Is this you today? “Oh my God, I’m in the deep end, and this water is over my head!”  Listen in!
  • How we lead is the linchpin to successfully realizing our goals and dreams.
  • Deep-end leadership is when you decide to stop wallowing in the shallow-end of your life and begin to challenge yourself to go deeper.
  • You’ve done some great things splashing around in shallow-end leadership, but you’re called to go into the deep end.
  • You will not increase your influence as a leader, or realize your God-given dreams or potential, if you stay in the shallow end of your life.
  • The risks and challenges are in the deep end.  You have to wade, and most times, dive into the deep end.
  • The 7 C’s of deep-end leadership:  Calling, Courage, Completion, Credibility, Collaboration, Change and Coaching.
  • Deep-end leaders know that they have a particular calling on their lives and their primary job in life is to discover their unique purpose and mission.
  • If money was not a factor, how would you live your life?  What would you do for free, just because you feel that you were created to do that?
  • There is something you can do that no one else can do in quite the same way.
  • You have to find out what you don’t like sometimes, in order to find out what you do like.
  • Looking for your courage?  Ask yourself this, “What would you do, if you were 10 times bolder?”
  • You can have a great calling, but if you don’t have courage to take the first step, that calling won’t mean anything.
  • Begin with the end in mind.  Deep-end leaders are always asking, “What does success look like?”
  • Dreamwork takes teamwork.  Wherever you are going in life, you cannot get there alone.
  • Life and business is like a boomerang:  What you put out there comes back to you.
  • Deep-end leaders are engaged in a constant process of building their credibility and character.
  • Success breeds adversity.  
  • Pro-activity and push back are two sides of the same coin.
  • There are some things inside of us that we will never get out alone or produce, if we don’t get vulnerable enough and ask for help.
  • Deep-end waters is where your sunken treasures are.
    Hit us up right now on twitter @stephenahart @tbpod and tell me your fav tip from Shawn.

     

    THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

    The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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    Steve & Pasha Carter: America’s Favorite Business Couple Talks Business, Family, and Leadership | 167

    Steve & Pasha Carter: America’s Favorite Business Couple Talks Business, Family, and Leadership | 167

    Anyone with the right work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication can build a multi-million dollar business.

    Our featured guests today are Steve and Pasha Carter.

    Pasha Carter is an NFL Cheerleader turned Multi-Millionaire, who took a $500 investment and turned it into a multi-million dollar empire. She’s an internationally sought after speaker, trainer and Direct Sales Expert.

    Steve Carter is a Howard University alum who also built a multi-million dollar networking business. Steve now travels the country training and teaching others how to build successful businesses of their own. He’s now one of the most powerful success coaches in the world.

    Together, this is America’s favorite business couple and I’m so happy to share this conversation with our community.

    My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you're posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #missionfuel

    KEY POINTS FROM PASHA & STEVE:

    • @PashaCarter  I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the cover of a magazine, and I am now a writer/contributor for Forbes Magazine.
    • @SteveCarterCLD  I’m thankful for my family every, single day.  I’m watching my children grow, and it excites me to wake up every single morning.“
    • @SteveCarterCLD We believe in doing as much as we can while were here, because time is limited for all of us.”
    • @SteveCarterCLD  Im forever thankful for the way my father raised us, and I’m paying it forward with my kids.
    • Talent is something that God gives you but skill requires you do something.
    • Skill is beating on your craft, day in and day out, until you master it.
    • I failed more, so I have been blessed to achieve more.  
    • More people have told me “No!”, … and I’ve had more ups and downs.  That’s the reason we’ve been able to build one of the most successful organizations in network marketing.
    • To be successful intimately and as business partners, we laid down a couple of non-negotiable ground rules when we started:  100% honesty and communication, and never arguing or going to bed upset with each other.
    • One the main reasons why I join the Direct Sales industry is because I didnt have the money or credit to start a traditional business.
    • @PashaCarter I figured out a way to make it happen.  I didnt want another 12 months or 5 years to find me in the same position because I chose an excuse over figuring out a solution to the problem.
    • @SteveCarterCLD Key components to succeeding in business: believe that you can achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve; find something that you enjoy doing; and don’t be afraid to work.
    • As an aspiring entrepreneur, lay a foundation and plant a seed.
    • Passive income can yield a lifestyle of the wealthy, Robert Kiyosaki.
    • Entrepreneurs are the only people who are crazy enough to say, We’d rather work 12 – 14 hours a day for ourselves than 8 for somebody else.”
    • Communication and integrity are significant attributes for good leaders.
    • If youre more concerned with helping others to accomplish whatever it is they want to accomplish, somehow gives it back to you, if you’re able to successfully do that.
    • Your job, as leaders, is to work yourselves out of a job, so that eventually those you lead dont need your guidance.
    • Were teaching our children to be entrepreneurs, and they’re exploring their passions.
    • Before a child leaves your home they should know how to build a million dollar business.
    • We teach our children to embrace failure.
    • If you failed and made a mistake that means you tried yourself something new and pushed yourself beyond the thing that you can naturally do.

     

    THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

    The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

     

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