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CONTENT  CATALOG ~ 76 Episodes | 573 Schools

Leadership Series featuring: 
Mellody Hobson | Invested in Success
Mellody Hobson

In this interview, Ms. Hobson shares stories of growing up in Chicago, her schooling, and her Mentors as well as what Ariel Investments does.


“My circumstances created my calling.” Named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the world in 2015 by Time Magazine, Mellody Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. 


Additionally, Hobson is one of the founders of the Ariel Education Initiative, a groundbreaking Financial Literacy Program that empowers students BEFORE High School — to achieve their best success AFTER High School. Ariel Education Initiative (AEI) was established to advance educational opportunities in traditionally underserved communities through innovative programming that integrates academic achievement, family involvement, and community service.  

Tiffany Newhouse
Leadership Series featuring :
Tiffany Newhouse |Transformational Change Agent

Tiffany Newhouse, CEO of Newhouse Project Consulting (NPC), has 25 years of experience as an Executive Consultant, Leader, and Transformational Change Expert in the private and public sectors. She has a proven track record for driving results and business excellence in multiple industries with dynamic and diverse workforces.

Her most recent passion is RESILIENCE, a Mental Health Literacy Program under the NPC brand and delivered to over 7,000 people across the United States. The program data and client feedback have deemed RESILIENCE a success – reducing stigma, increasing knowledge and awareness, and finally increasing one’s confidence to support themselves and others in a mental health crisis.

Leadership Series featuring :
Nicole Odom-Hardnett | A Compassionate Drive

“I have a drive. Some people that know me say that I’m never satisfied. I’m always thankful. I’m grateful for everything that I have and I’m blessed with, but I always want more because I know I can do more for those around me and those who come into my path.”


Focus Point Solutions, LLC / Focus Point Behavioral Health, founded by Nicole Odom-Hardnett, provides the full spectrum of behavioral health services for all populations. Intuitively, Hardnett always knew she would be a leader and had intentions of becoming a business owner. Upon completing her Master’s Degree and directing the operations of other health organizations, she saw a significant need for how to best serve her community and truly make an impact.

Tracey Edmods 2
Leadership Series featuring :
Tracey Edmonds | Inspiring Persona II

“This world… it’s an international multi-ethnic experience. It’s important not to limit yourself to only one experience you feel most comfortable in. You’ve got to push yourself outside your comfort zone to grow and evolve.”


Tracey Edmonds has created and produced groundbreaking projects for television, film, music, and digital media. She served as co-host of Extra TV alongside Mario Lopez and Charissa Thompson for three years, where she earned an Emmy Award. Edmonds currently serves as CEO and President of Edmonds Entertainment. She is also the Founder and Editor of the lifestyle, health, and wellness media brand,

Leadership Series featuring Ambassador Kenton Keith
First of His Kind

Ambassador Keith was a career Foreign Service Officer with the United State Information Agency. He retired from USIA with the rank of Career Minister. At the time of his retirement, Ambassador Keith was Director of USIA’s Office of North African, Near Eastern, and South Asian Affairs, managing field operations, public diplomacy activities, and budget for the Agency’s largest geographical bureau.


From 1992 to 1995 he served as Ambassador to the State of Qatar. Previous assignments were Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs in Cairo, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer in Paris, and various posts in the Near East and Brazil. In this episode, Keith discusses his family and growing up, college, the Navy, and signing up for the foreign service.

Sharon Reynolds II
Leadership Series featuring Sharon Reynolds
Resolve & Resilience II

Sharon W. Reynolds, President/CEO, launched DevMar Products with an idea to distribute environmentally-conscience, pathogen remediation products.Sharon is the founder of DevMar Global Healthcare Solutions, a distributor of human donor milk for at-risk infants in the NICU, Bryla J Couture Clothiers, designer-inspired fashion for a purpose for the fashion conscience woman, and DevMar Manufacturing, a facility providing quality control oversight for its specialty products.


A serial entrepreneur, Sharon was named the Top 20 in 2020 for Enterprising Women, 2019 WBE Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and the 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year award by Enterprising Magazine. 

Glickman II
Leadership Series featuring : Jonathan Glickman
A Pathway Paved With Passion | Part II

“Panoramic is the word I kept returning to when thinking about a broad, forward-thinking view of the changing media business. Taking from my experience on the producing, financing, and executive sides of the business, we’ve created a strong, nimble structure that allows established and emerging talent to control the creative and financial destiny of IP and original stories.”


In the second part of our conversation, former MGM Motion Group president, Jonathan Glickman, discusses his time as a studio head and how he came to launch his own production banner. Panoramic Media is a multi-platform content venture with creations across film, television, podcast, and digital platforms.


Glickman is currently in production on ‘Creed III’ directed by and starring Michael B. Jordan; the Netflix series ‘Wednesday’ directed by Tim Burton and starring Jenna Ortega; ‘California King’ with Travis Bennett and Jimmy Tatro; as well as preproduction on director Janet Mock’s ‘Scandalous!’ which stars Jeremy Pope..

Deval Patrick
Leadership Series featuring Governor Deval Patrick
Limited Means and Limitless Hope

“I am passionate about generational responsibility, the old-fashioned notion that we in our time must do what we can to leave things better for those who come behind us.

Deval Patrick was raised on the South Side of Chicago and came to Massachusetts as a teenager when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. He graduated from Harvard College in 1978, and from Harvard Law School in 1982. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the recipient of 20 honorary degrees.

Patrick served two terms as governor from 2007 to 2015; he was the Commonwealth’s first Black governor, and one of only two Black governors elected in the United States. Prior to his career in government, Patrick practiced as an attorney and business executive. He served as a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a partner at two Boston law firms, and an executive in two Fortune 50 companies. From 1994 to 1997, Patrick served as assistant attorney general for civil rights, the U.S. government’s top civil rights position, appointed by President Bill Clinton.


After his service as governor, Patrick founded a ground-breaking impact investment fund at Bain Capital. As co-chair of American Bridge 21st Century, he remains engaged in grassroots political organizing through its BridgeTogether initiative, which supports local organizing efforts to engage disenfranchised and marginalized voters.

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