On Episode 39, Dr. Stephanie talks to Monica Wisdom about how she embraces the "woo woo" as a professed Christian. As we highlight the importance of mental health, we are reminded that faith and spirituality are key when it comes to supporting our mental health. But, sometimes Christians are hesitant to embrace things that seem too spiritual. Let's talk about that. Let's talk about how we can be open to all things that support our well being and expansion without guilt. We will even get into a discussion of the divine feminine. So, on this episode are talking all about how "Christians Can Embrace the Woo Woo too! - Thoughts on Spirituality.”
Monica’s adventurous spirit has taken her in many directions, including cosmetology, writing, and the music industry. After graduating cosmetology school with honors, she ascended to and studied with innovators such as Vivienne Mackinder, Geri Cosenza, Irvine Rusk, and many more! Monica has worked with celebrities and companies including The Isley Brothers, Loretta Divine, Atlantic Records, DreamWorks Records, and the list goes on. She's also been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX networks. In the midst of it all, Monica was called to go on a spiritual sojourn and she knew it was time to excavate and heal her traumatic childhood and generational wounds. You will learn SO much from her and we will dig deep into the conversation on spirituality.
Other highlights of Monica’s transcendent career, includes her time as Director of Operations for ‘In Magazine’ and ‘Today in Church Magazine’. She and magazine publisher David Holmon worked to create the monthly publications that inspired its readers and reached critical acclaim. In that role, Monica interviewed celebrities about their spiritual life and personal journeys. She interviewed such notables as Kirk Whalum, Princess Zulu, Eric Roberson, Vonnetta Flowers, Evander Holyfield and Isaac Bruce to name a few. Her features stood strong next to other contributors that included Joyce Meyers, TD Jakes, and Joel Olsten. Monica’s most rewarding work was with the global music label Yoruba Records, working alongside Osunlade building a global brand and movement.
In the midst of it all, Monica was called to go on a spiritual sojourn and she knew it was time to excavate and heal her traumatic childhood and generational wounds. Sharing her shadows was the next step to enable her to be all that she was born to be. Through the coaching program of Phoenix 2000, Monica learned that her pain could be used to heal others which led her into a deep spiritual examination and study of the Divine Feminine with her teachers Dr. Caroline ‘Isis’ Fuqua and Bettie Spruill. She is also a student of Transcendental Meditation and is a student of Yogini Nithyananda.
Monica’s footprint now includes, the Black Women Amplified - the podcast and the forth coming Black Women Amplified Planner/Workbook. Monica continues to create and curate a destination designed to amplify, elevate and empower women around the globe.
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June 3, 2021
In Episode 38, Dr. Stephanie gets into the topic of gaslighting. It's a term that has been thrown around a lot in the past few years. But, if truth be told, even though we may not have used the word, gaslighting has been a part of our reality for decades. Ava Montgomery, the Founder and principal consultant for Conscious Media Consulting, LLC, explains how the media in particular has been gaslighting Black women for years. Did you notice that at some point the Heart & Souls were replaced by Vogue, Glamour and other mainstream magazines on our coffee tables? It has been slow and insidious and many of us didn't realize that the narrative was more and more stereotypical and less about images that we could be proud of. Are we being gaslit? According to the African American Policy Forum, representation of Black women in media is “disproportionately sparse” and when it does happen, it is often a regurgitation of negative stereotypes. A 2012 study on media representation found that young Black girls experienced lowered self-esteem after watching more television Ava Montgomery, the Founder and principal consultant for Conscious Media Consulting, LLC, helps content creators construct accurate media narratives and representations. She knows that some content creators contribute to social injustices through creation and perpetuation of false narratives and misrepresentations. But she is passionate about using the power of conscious content to provide media-justice to social issues. As an author and global speaker, Ava has a well-rounded career of 25+ years in leadership development, community capacity-building, training, and more. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Media, Peace, & Conflict Studies from the United Nations University for Peace, an international studies university. Ava Montgomery Founder, Chief Considerations Officer Conscious Media Consulting, LLC www.cmcllc.org Ph. 213-297-7755
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May 25, 2021
Episode 37: Dr. Stephanie talks with a mover and a shaker in the community about how she had a vision to create collaborative spaces for Women of Color and created the first of its kind that we know of in the country She has obtained a 25,000 foot space that will house a kitchen, meeting space, office space, podcasting space, entertainment space and more. The space will be open to the Coulmbia Maryland community but centered around women of color. They discuss her thoughts on community and this amazing innovative collaboration called The 3rd.
"Community is Key." Laura Bacon is using her platform to create opportunities for women of color entrepreneurs.
Laura Bacon is the Founder and CEO of The 3rd. This non profit organization supports WOC entrepreneurs through education, access, and community. Her life and work are all about community building and development. She also has a consulting firm, Maude LLC, which focuses on creating workforce development programs that serve the community. She is the epitome of a builder that is all about helping others.
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May 13, 2021
Episode 36: Do you feel like an expert? Many of us are experts but we don't really feel like one. This is where Imposter syndrome shows up. Dr. Asbury has a PhD which quite literally makes her an expert in program evaluation but even she has struggled with Imposter syndrome. In this episode Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Asbury have a frank and honest conversation about how this shows up and how to address it when it does. They talk about how part of being an expert means acknowledging when you need someone else's expertise to help you shine. Dr. Asbury is able to help non-profits and small businesses demonstrate their impact using non-traditional metrics. This helps them secure additional funding for their programs as well as discover opportunities for improvement. Join us at the table and please share your thoughts as well.
"Am I an Expert? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as a Program Evaluation Consultant.”
Jo-Ellen Asbury, Ph.D. is the President of J. Asbury & Associates. This consulting firm focuses on higher education assessment and program evaluation in social service agencies. Within her 30 year career in higher education, she has served in various roles. In addition to her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology (University of Pittsburgh), she also holds an M.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Social-Personality Psychology and a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education. Dr. Asbury is also the co-author of Focus Group Research (2012) and has served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment at Brooklyn College. Her experience is vast and she is more than qualified to school us on breaking this imposter syndrome. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1, 2021
On Episode 35, Dr. Stephanie discusses lack mindset vs. abundance mindset with Ebony Walker who is a bestselling author, copywriter, Pastor and speaker. Erykah Badu brought the issue of emotional baggage to the forefront with her iconic song "Bag Lady" This episode gets into how we can let go of our financial, emotional, physical and mental baggage in order to shift to a more prosperous space and not end up dying a bag lady. Ebony is transparent with her journey through abuse and molestation that could have kept her buried under a heap of baggage but she chose to break free. She shares how she was able to do that with the love and support of God and her husband. In this episode you will learn how to shift your mindset so that you don't die holding unnecessary baggage.
Author & Entrepreneur Ebony M. Walker is the Owner of Walk UpWrite, where she provides a plethora of ghostwriting services, content/copy services, and more. As a multiple best-selling author and speaker, this North Carolina native has a degree in Criminal Justice. However, she later realized her passion is writing and she had to release some baggage in order to walk in her purpose. She's also a wife, a mother, a pastor, and a woman who loves to encourage others. Sunday, she's going to helps us
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April 14, 2021
EP 34: In this episode of S.O.A.R. Dr. Stephanie and Tara E. Godby talk about dreams. They are not talking about the ones that occur in your brain at night when you're deep asleep, but the ones that are born in your heart when you're wide awake. Sometimes our dreams get deferred by life circumstances, life responsibilities or they get replaced by more practical thoughts as we get older. And sometimes we just forget. Tara had a dream that she held onto for over 20 years through college and a high level corporate career and now it is coming to fruition with her TV show " The Girlfriends House" It looks a little different than when she first imagined it but the essence is still there. She talks about how to keep your dreams alive and her thoughts on "dream stealers" Should we hold our dreams close to the vest to protect them from "dream stealers" ?You will want to listen to this episode to hear what she says because you may be surprised by her response. They also discuss the difference between dreams and fairytales. And of course, some key tips on how to make your dream into reality. I want all my listeners ( SOARers) to comment and let us know what you think.
Tara Godby is the founder and CEO of Elan Life Coaching. She is a certified success coach, personal growth strategist, and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. In 2020, Tara began her journey as the host of The Girlfriend’s House, broadcasted on Binge Networks TV. She has a background in people leadership with an emphasis on personal and career development and has operated within both public and private sectors. Tara is a dynamic public speaker, business leader, and philanthropist.
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