• In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Juanita Ingram and me to talk about the trailing spouse syndrome, Racism, the pandemic, and 'The Expats: International Ingrams' – the reality tv show that depicts their lives as an African-American family living abroad. Moving to London as a career move for his husband was a total mixed bag of feelings for Juanita as an attorney. From there, she began to unfold an array of realizations that she both struggled with and blossomed from. Tune in and find out how Juanita learned to redefine her life's new and changing seasons in this episode!

    The Conception of The Show: The Expats: International Ingrams

    Juanita is a self-confessed fan of reality shows. But no matter how much she is fond of them, she admits many things are lacking about the majority of the reality shows we see on TV. "…how we're being portrayed, in what's supposed to be reality shows, are impacting how the world sees us as black people," Juanita believes. In this episode, she recalls one gathering that motivated the show, The Expats. The show was born out of the importance of breaking stereotypes and showing positive black images internationally. The idea of a trailing spouse is also a theme that's heavily explored in the show, together with rejecting the common belief that life abroad is a long vacation. Ultimately, for Juanita, black people need to be seen in a different light. Because blacks are rarely seen as doctors, vice presidents, executives, and as families living internationally, Juanita took it upon her as a responsibility to showcase their reality as a black family. As of the moment, 'The Expats: International Ingrams Show' has garnered 78% five-star ratings from Amazon Prime viewers.

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:01] Juanita: Has traveling and living internationally always been in mind?[09:03] A mixed bag of feelings – Juanita's career as an attorney and the experience of having to move abroad.[13:33] Juanita: On going through Trailing Spouse Syndrome.[17:37] Redefining what it means to be a 'trailing spouse' by understanding how wolves work in packs.[25:17] Racism is not new.[27:58] In many places, the pandemic is a political issue instead of being a people issue.[36:14] Reality shows, and shows in general, impact representation.[38:32] Why did 'The Expats: International Ingrams Show' have to be made?[44:21] For the show to be a franchise![47:45] About her books and Juanita Ingram as an author.


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  • In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Erica Dhawan and me to talk about what digital body language is, what it means to be inclusive, and the tips for connecting better – digitally. Now that more work-from-home settings are in place communicating may be an obstacle for some. Without the personal experience of body language, understanding how to connect is a challenge. But for Erica, body language didn't disappear—it just evolved. Tune in with us and learn about how Erica sees body language in the digital setting in this episode!

    The Digital Body Language You Already Have 

    Unlike when communicating face-to-face, understanding how someone responds to you through a video call or through chat can be very challenging. Most of the time, you're only limited to judging texts and video calls. When work is concerned, this can be frustrating. But don't lose hope just yet! There are typical examples of digital body language that you're probably just overlooking. If you observe more, you can totally inform yourself on how to better your communication and connection with work and colleagues when work-from-home settings remain. For Erica, body language is not lost when working or communicating digitally. It's just in a different form. How someone structures their email, how fast or slow they answer calls, how they use punctuations, and the frequency of their emojis are all examples of how body language works in a digital situation. They all contribute to the experience and either add or deduct from how someone receives the delivery of the message. They may not be the same with talking face-to-face, but nevertheless, they tell you a thing or two about someone's manner of responding in a digital space.

    Outline of the episode:

    [02:26] What is body language in digital form?[06:46] Digital body language has different styles![08:57] We are all immigrants to the world of digital body language.[11:44] The practical tips to improve your digital body language.[17:03] Erica: On speaking about connection and collaboration in a law firm retreat – A memorable experience on pivoting.[21:02] Every part of communication is always under the spectrum.[24:06] Formality Confusion – A form of anxiety that provokes digital body language.[28:02] Gender differences in digital body language exist; What is Connectional Intelligence?[33:12] Understanding digital body language is an opportunity to be more inclusive and less biased; Tips for virtual job interviews.[37:26] Erica: On deciding not to go down the traditional path.


    Website: https://ericadhawan.com/

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  • In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Aubrey Blanche and me as we talk about racialization, equitable leadership, living outside the binary, and more. As someone who opted out from being often white assumed, Aubrey uses her story to teach people about race and privilege. She also talks about the effects of tragedy olympics in this episode and how the game of 'who's pain is worse?' squanders the opportunity for anyone involved to champion empathy. For Aubrey, it's not saying that we shouldn't engage in critique, but we should do so on the grounds of compassion and not on violence and argument. Find out more about how you can live outside of the binary in this episode as you tune in to Aubrey Blanche!

    Everyone Must Find Their Work & Do It!

    For Aubrey, right now, there's so much work to do on our idea that the way we do things is the only way. She thinks that our work is such a function of the privileges we hold that we spend a lot of time actively arguing with each other about what the best way forward is. This type of energy isn't the type that fights the needed fight. Aubrey likes to go back to a quote by Audre Lorde that says: "each of us must find our work and do it." Critique and constantly questioning concepts and things in place should definitely live on. But for Aubrey, the motivation behind and the goal after it needs to be precise. If it's to critique for the sake of argument, then that's not it. She believes that critique must be done on the grounds of compassion for each other in a way that preserves the relationships we have. And that should come with respect. We need to critique, but we don't need to critique with violence against the people who are walking the path with us—because that's a distraction. That's what white supremacy culture wants us to do—fight each other so that we can't fight it. And that's the win they should never get.

    Outline of the episode:

    [02:11] Promote representation, uniqueness, and other identities; lest we…[05:02] By being seen, I help others be seen. [10:04] On going through a process of racialization.[17:39] An experiment that leads to a full-time position that tackled organizational biases.[22:09] The level of secondary trauma typical for leadership roles and roles where it's your job to care.[26:17] Tragedy Olympics is a problem![30:05] The difference between a bullsh***er and a liar.[35:20] What is equitable leadership?[40:11] Allow your privilege to make an impact with the P.A.A. Model.[43:04] "Remember, somebody has to catch the football of our ideas and actions…."


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  • In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Michael Roderick and me to discuss the frameworks to developing a referable brand and the approach to relationship building. Often, when people network, all they do is scatter shock. Instead, Michael explains why intention and an effort to spark curiosity are vital when building your connections. Michael also discusses how information can be carried more quickly when it's simple and has an emotional impact in the face of academia that rewards complexity. As someone big on patterns, for Michael, frameworks can be found even in reflection and self-awareness. Find out more about how you can be referable in this episode as you tune in to Michael Roderick!

    The T.C.M. Index 

    When it comes to teaching, most of the time, nothing is being taught within the space of relationship building. If there is, it's always nothing profound. But for Michael, relationship building is an essential topic to factor in if one wants to be an efficient connector. Following that, Michael came up with the T.C.M. Index. The T.C.M. Index is an acronym that stands for Time, Connections, and Money that most individuals don't have in them in one complete package. Michael also found that there are always surplus and deficits present in these resources. And to establish an effective connection, relationship, or partnership—leveraging the differences of these resources is key. The answer to solving any deficit is in the other two things. If you lack time but have the money to invest, someone skilled and available can be a potential partner for your goal. If you're an expert working on a startup, linking up with someone who has connections will make pulling in investors a lot easier for you. Basically, the T.C.M. Index gives the framework to what Michael believes: "the keys to all the doors we need to open are in other people's pockets."

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:11] On teaching and the love for theater.[07:25] Developing your craft and building your network can exist outside of school.[12:47] You need to be intentional about the relationships you're building.[17:27] Are you creating interest, curiosity, or intrigue?[21:59] On the effects of emotional appeal and simplicity.[28:33] Most relationships are built because you listen, not because you talk.[32:44] What we can learn from comedians about market research.[39:58] End your day by asking your G.I.F.T.[45:47] The core behind Small Pond Podcast and Access to Anyone Podcast.[48:23] Reversing the reality on how more subpar ideas get extraordinary marketing.


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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelRoderick

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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Jordan Gross, as we talk about the four distinct mindsets during uncertainties and how behaviors help people cultivate opportunities by navigating change. Jordan shares how development is better taught through parables and fables as someone who leverages the relatability of creative storytelling. From there, he also speaks on his new book “What Happens in Tomorrow World?” and its arcade-like approach to representing the future and life’s uncertainties. There’s a lot to take notes from in this episode, so make sure to tune in to Jordan.

    Personal Development Through Story Telling 

    Instead of a prescriptive approach, Jordan uses a different manner to teaching development through storytelling. He shares that fun and adventure are a must in his life. Which is the reason why stories with zig-zaggy and non-linear flows always resonate with Jordan. For him, this particular nature of parables and fables, if used creatively, can also be a potent tool for teaching lessons and morals, as proven precisely in his latest book. With the emotional appeal of stories that draw people in, readers find it easier to pay attention to details and find themselves in the levels of every character. Storytelling can teach lessons by leaving people with the opportunity to make their own decisions and assessment after the story. Jordan sees this differently from the ‘do this do that’ type of teaching that often lacks relatability. Because stories take a more creative and stimulating approach to connecting with the reader’s mind, people are then allowed to learn different messages from stories using their own imaginations without losing their autonomy.

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:03] On embracing the uncertainties of life.[07:00] The 4 Common Mindsets That Arise During Uncertainties.[11:01] Personal development through creative storytelling.[12:45] Over-optimism can exist too; Is optimism always the answer?[15:05] Toxic positivity and genuine positivity.  [16:55] How can you turn your passion into sustainable business opportunities?[22:59] “Opportunity precedes passion.”[26:51] Is there a correlation between solitude and opportunity?[28:52] What is Tomorrow World?[31:51] Have something you can call “yours only” that can make a difference.


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    Jordan’s Book Inspiration: https://www.amazon.com/Moved-Cheese-Spencer-Johnson-M-D/dp/0743582853

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  • In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene and me to talk about the experience of founding multiple businesses and her company, Popcom's technology that helps retailers skyrocket their businesses' product-market fit through brand intelligence. Growing up under business-oriented parents, she found it funny how entrepreneurship was never brought up or taught. And because the school system only teaches kids how to be workers, Dawn learned the hard way to rightly pave her path as an entrepreneur. Tune in and find out what else Dawn has to share about their technology of tomorrow in this episode!

    Going For It Anyway 

    Before accumulating 20 years in entrepreneurship, Dawn had to start by learning her way in. Even though she was a daughter to parents who were into business. "It wasn't a word we talk about," she even said. Growing up in her family, they were taught to only focus on getting into college, finding a corporate job, and retire from that job. For Dawn, it wasn't encouraging at all. In a school system where kids are generally taught the knowledge and skills on how to be workers and not CEOs, Dawn grew this innate solid feeling of wanting to be freer and be more of her own. She wants to call the shots. Eventually, Dawn did just that. In 2001, she founded Urban Star—an online entertainment social platform before social media was even a thing back in the early days. Urban Star focused on listing events, restaurants, concerts, and everything hot and current in central Ohio. They were recognized for featuring local artists and music on their site and did really well by making money from email marketing and hosting online ads. If we think of it, Dawn was a real starter. By the time this episode comes out, she is already the founder of her 5th brand.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:50] "Entrepreneurship wasn't a word we talk about..."[05:02] Businesses built on experience and the need to solve personal problems.[08:16] What a business, from 20 years ago, teaches you.[10:34] What Popcom does for businesses and the people.[12:48] How did the pandemic affect Popcom?[18:09] On extending Popcom's mission to international markets.[20:06] What is brand intelligence?[21:46] Basically, anyone can invest in Popcom![25:27] On building a community of investors that network and invest in each other.[28:35] "No one else's success is going to affect mine."


    Website: https://www.popcom.shop/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawndickson/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/THEDawnDickson/

    Popcom’s Crowdfunding: https://www.startengine.com/popcom

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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Scott Shute, as we talk about what happiness and compassion are, the redefinition of success, and the importance of mindfulness in gaining insight into the body and mind. For Scott, compassion has proven to go a long way not only for people – but also for corporate structures. Just as much as he believes that success grows not only within matters of work and career, he believes that a successful company not only heed its shareholders but its stakeholders as well. As LinkedIn’s Head of Mindfulness and Compassion, allow your mind to open as Scott breaks down how compassion is an awareness of others, having the mindset of wishing the best for them, the courage to take action, and many more.

    Next Lesson: Happiness

    In this episode, Scott explains to the listeners how happiness isn’t always all about what happens, as opposed to what others believe. Happiness is in the reaction – for Scott. Let’s take, for example, good and bad days. If you keep close notice, there are days where you wake up, and you absolutely just feel like a winner. That no matter what goes on, you’ll face it all. And then there are days wherein you feel heavy, and down that, you can’t even get out of bed so much so that it confuses you. For Scott, the difference goes back to what happens inside your head. In a striking statement, Scott speaks: “happiness is an inside job!” Often, we are all aware of what that happiness means to us. Imagine how at times, through conversations, our bodies naturally react to what we talk about. When we talk about something that makes us nervous, our bodies tense, jitters, and grows cold. While if we talk about topics that we are passionate about, the body fills with energy, we talk faster, and the ideas come rushing naturally. Using this example tells of a strong message that Scott agrees with. Our body knows what can make it happy. And by learning that, meditating on that, and shaping your life into more of those things that make you feel good –you gain more view into what happiness truly means to you.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:20] What does it mean to change your world from the inside out?

    [05:13] Four parts to learning optimism and happiness.

    [08:12] On finding contentment despite suppression and hurt.

    [12:22] How can we discover what is important to us?

    [15:56] A successful company is…

    [20:45] Where does genuine compassion start?

    [24:55] Compassion as a strategic advantage.

    [29:26] Success can also happen outside of work.

    [33:06] The journey of becoming LinkedIn’s Head of Mindfulness and Compassion.

    [36:01] Find the environment that cultivates you fully! 


  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Doni Aldine, as we talk about the cross-cultural superpowers of empathy, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence in creating a sense of belonging. As someone who’s identified with 7 different cultures at the early age of 19, Doni explains the importance of adding emotional intelligence in cross-cultural communication and interaction. In this episode, she also shares about CULTURS Magazine and how the celebration of multicultural identities inculcates in everything they do through media, products, and experiences. Everything cross-culture can’t be explained any better than Doni Aldine herself, so make sure to tune in to everything she shares!

    Being Emotionally Intelligent Through Cultural Mobility 

    For Doni, people of color and multi-cultures are usually those that have the most cultural mobility. It’d only make sense. Because they move from one place to another, they adapt to the environment and culture outside of their own, or their parent’s as they grow. Aside from the culture that they’re born into, living in these in-between spaces also gives them a poly-dimensional POV of people’s background that helps them rise to meet other people’s differences better. But what if an individual hasn’t experienced that level of geographical mobility? Doni elaborates how an individual can still develop emotional intelligence in this scenario. If someone comes from a small and humble town and proceeds with his/her higher education, entering a university can already be a means for cultural mobility that aids in enhancing an individual’s emotional intelligence. As the person co-learns with thousands of individuals coming from various backgrounds in one space, his/her learned culture and emotional intelligence expand even if free from intention. 

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:16] The Americans![05:16] On growing up with multiple varying languages.[08:30] There are many dimensions to being a third-culture individual.[11:31] Third-culture kids/individuals can have delayed adolescence.[14:14] The superpower of most third-culture kids/individuals.[16:06] People with minimal cultural mobility can still widen their emotional intelligence.[20:07] CULTURS Magazine: Celebrating every cross-cultural identity![23:40] “It was less about the format and more about the reach.”[24:17] The Focus on Print: Print is not dead nor dying.[32:40] CULTURS is a global multicultural lifestyle network.[35:03] The differences that create a sense of belonging. 


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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Michael Sharkey, as we talk about the power and importance of storytelling. Michael Sharkey is a podcaster, radio veteran, and coach with vast experience in the audio industry. Now, with the rise of podcast listenership, Michael helps entrepreneurs find their voices by confidently giving them the ability to create unique podcasts. Today, he shares his wealth of knowledge to develop the audience we want using the right tools we need. Also, if you are looking to start a podcast of your own, feel free to check out Michael’s gift in the links below!

    Sharing Your Uniqueness in Service of Others

    Podcasting is not about finding a good microphone and talking into it for hours on end. It is about finding your voice and telling your story. But it is not easy to find your voice when you are just starting. Hence, if you plan on starting a podcast yourself, the best place to start is to know what you want to talk about—and I mean, not just anything under the sun. It should be something you genuinely care about because it will help you find your voice and share a uniqueness you may have never known you had. Michael Sharkey said it best with a quote from Larry Winget, “Find your uniqueness and exploit it in service of others.” To Michael, this quote encompasses the truth of podcasts. In podcasting, everyone has an opportunity to find their uniqueness. But the best part is, when they share that uniqueness, others who identify with it will be inspired to do the same. In the end, everybody deserves a chance to share their story, and who knows, your story might just inspire someone else to share theirs.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:25] How Michael got started and why he pursued the audio industry.[05:40] The power of storytelling and the importance of critical thinking.[08:29] Why he took a sabbatical after leaving radio and how it changed his life.[11:25] How traveling is essential in self-discovery, learning, and development.[12:30] Finding your voice amid vulnerability and exploiting in service of others.[15:02] A step-by-step discussion on how to start your podcast and the value of knowing your uniqueness.[19:35] How 100% of podcasts evolve and why it is okay to diverge from the initial plan.[22:19] The secret to every great interviewer and why you should treat interviews like any conversation.[24:33] How the only barrier to podcasting is your mindset and why everyone deserves to tell their story.[26:57] Why quality still matters when starting a podcast and how your podcast can sound just like your favorites.[30:47] How Michael Sharkey developed his Podcast Roadmap and why he enjoys sharing information with the world.[35:41] How your podcast can take any shape you want it to be.[39:26] Michael’s advice for aspiring podcasters and storytellers about being proud of your uniqueness and sharing it with the world. [42:56] How Michael uses his difference to make a difference. 


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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Caroline Boudreaux, as we talk about the need for vigilance and how to activate your inner giver. Caroline Boudreaux is a social entrepreneur and founder of Miracle Foundation, where for the past 20 years, they have empowered orphans and vulnerable children to reach their full potential. Miracle Foundation’s revolutionary Thrive Scale™ methodology is based on the UN Rights of the Child and leverages data and technology to create a family for every child in our lifetime. If you want to be part of the cause, check out their website down below!

    Activating Your Inner Giver

    We all have different privileges, and we often don’t realize them until we’re exposed to other’s lack of access. With the pandemic, people have recognized these privileges and even shared access to those who have less to none. But, how can we make sure it won’t just be a trend? Instead, how can we make this a mainstay movement where we are active participants dismantling oppressive systems? While awareness of the situation is essential, vigilance is nothing without action. Hence, we need generosity, and not just a ‘one-time’ kind of generosity but a consistent kind. In turn, by giving consistently, we get what money can never buy—gratitude, fulfillment, contentment, peace, and love. Being radically generous is always an incredible way to start, and whether it is a million or a single dollar, generosity is generosity. After all, people who are willing to give all they have are always blessed with more. As long as we focus on providing and gratitude, the virtuous cycle will go on.

    Outline of the episode:

    [02:40] Why 2000 was a pivotal year for Caroline and what she did before then.

    [07:18] What ‘passion’ truly means and other things money cannot buy.

    [09:20] How the pandemic has affected her work at the Miracle Foundation.

    [11:46] The power of privilege and recognizing ours to help others with less.

    [15:57] How to become more aware of root causes of issues in a system.

    [17:49] Why the foster care system can be harmful to a child’s development.

    [21:21] The need for vigilance and generosity, and how to activate your inner giver.

    [23:14] “Privilege, Access, Action” and how to help others with the access we often don’t realize we have.

    [27:04] Caroline’s response to pushbacks from critics of non-profit organizations.

    [29:15] How you help the Miracle Foundation and where you can reach out to them.

    [31:19] How Caroline Boudreaux uses her difference to make a difference.





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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Dean Foster, as we talk about how cultural awareness can improve global work interactions. Dean Foster is a speaker, presenter, and author, who has played a central role in developing cross-culture training and consulting. He is also the founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions and the former worldwide director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural. Currently, Dean serves as the executive strategic consultant of Dwellworks Intercultural, helping people develop global cultural agility and a skillset for working across borders. Now, if you want to be more culturally aware, feel free to get in touch with Dean Foster via his website down below!

    Cultural Awareness In Global Virtual Work

    With how global work has become, cultural awareness can significantly affect how we communicate with our clients and our team. After all, cultures often differ in communication styles. Some cultures would evade negatives and retreat into silence rather than elect a topic. Meanwhile, others would come forward with a case and explain issues in detail. A global meeting will always have people with varying communication styles, and having it in a virtual setting will only accentuate these differences even more. Hence, as a leader or even a member of a global meeting, whether virtual or not, you need to practice mindfulness, understanding, and respect, all essential in cultural awareness. That way, people can feel comfortable communicating the way they need to. You have to use virtual meetings as a vehicle for listening, not just telling, and it takes enlightenment from the right resources to do so, such as Cultural Concierge. 

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:07] Dean Foster’s background and how he got to where he is today.

    [08:48] What changed in globalization and cross-cultural work through the years.

    [16:30] How the revolution in technology supercharged the influence of cultural information and training.

    [18:34] What Cultural Concierge is and how technology made it easier for the service to provide ongoing cross-cultural support.

    [20:51] How cultural awareness can solve the fundamental issues of working globally.

    [25:13] Being guided by a cultural expert versus doing the research yourself.

    [27:13] The best practices for remote work and how to improve communication in a virtual setting.

    [32:17] How Dean navigated between his media and teaching career through storytelling.

    [35:50] Cultural Dexterity versus Cultural Relativity: how understanding and respect is essential in working globally.

    [40:07] What Dean thinks is the future of virtual work based on life during the pandemic.

    [41:53] The element of loneliness in the relocation business and how to get comfortable with separation from familiarity.

    [45:42] How Dean Foster uses his difference to make a difference.




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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Netta Jenkins, as we talk about how sharing our experiences can impact how we educate others. Netta is an acclaimed author, diversity and inclusion executive, and the co-founder of Dipper. This platform guides professionals of color to better workplaces one review at a time, whether good, bad, or indifferent. Today, she shares with us her journey, from her previous awakening from systematic oppression to her current actions dismantling it. If you want to participate in Netta’s collective, check out her company website in the links below!

    Collective Power And A Chance To Speak

    For a long time, people of color have often been afraid to share their experiences with systematic oppression, whether in the education system or the workplace. But with the recent movement in black media and the rise of anti-blackness, people started to create safe spaces to share their experiences. As a result, more are coming out, owning what is going on, and taking a stand. Yes, we still need to earn money but in the end, our lives, and the lives of others like us, still matter more. Hence, we tend to share our experiences with others like us, keeping them from dangerous situations while guiding them to better solutions. Here, we raise a level of power, the kind of power only a collective can achieve. Take professionals of color in the workplace, for example. While they do have a seat at the table, they do not always have a chance to speak out because they are both outnumbered and undervalued. Hence, whether we are a part of a marginalized group or not, we still need to either facilitate a safe space for them to contribute ourselves or hold organizations accountable for not doing so themselves.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:09] What led Netta to tackle systemic oppression and racism.

    [06:18] How guilt propelled her to fight for people, especially marginalized groups.

    [08:08] Netta’s path to becoming a Diversity and Inclusion executive.

    [10:27] How the proximity to leadership is vital in dismantling systems of oppression.

    [11:54] The recent movement within black media on a global scale and the rise of anti-blackness.

    [15:22] What Dipper is and how it can help professionals of color navigate the job hunting space.

    [18:14] The need to give qualified professionals of color the chance to speak out and contribute to organizations.

    [20:46] Collective power and how sharing experiences can impact how we educate others in any field.

    [22:00] How Netta finds the time to be a DI executive, a co-founder, and a mother.

    [24:18] The difference between ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ and ‘Anti-Racism.’

    [27:06] Where people can interact with Dipper and how they share the platform.

    [27:55] How Netta Jenkins uses her difference to make a difference.




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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Karen Tiber Leland, as we talk about being the most productive with your time. Karen Tiber Leland is the founder of Sterling Marketing Group, a branding and marketing strategy and implementation firm specializing in personal, business and CEO branding. Karen has worked in more than 50 countries with clients such as: LinkedIn, Capital One, Google, Apple, Avis Car Rental, FedEx and Pfizer. 

    She is the best-selling author of ten books, which have sold more than 400,000 copies. Her latest are The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build and Accelerate Your Brand and No Nonsense Time Management: 50 Ways To Hack Your Time and Get Everything Done. Karen writes regularly for Inc.com, Entreprenuer.com and others.  

    Karen has been interviewed by The Today Show, CNN, Fox News and Oprah. Karen is a certified YPO speaker and has also presented at TEDx, Harvard, The American Marketing Association, Stanford and Yale.

    More information is available at her website: www.karenleland.com

    The Power of Delegation

    We often believe we have so little time already that we should not waste it on delegating a task to someone else. But delegation is not merely about giving someone something to do. It is about determining the things on your plate that you should not be doing either because it is not within your skill set or takes you more time to do it. Here, you have to keep in mind the “opportunity cost” where you could be spending your time doing more important tasks, such as business development, branding, and marketing. You have to take the time to train someone else or to set someone else, so they win at that delegated task. Most people think they do not have the time to entrust a job to someone else. But the truth is we have to look at the long-term effects of delegation. For instance, you might take an hour to teach someone else how to do a task now, but over the next few months, it would save you more hours than it would if you did the job yourself. In the end, delegation helps us manage our time and focus more efficiently, leading to more satisfaction and results.

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:21] Karen’s thoughts on how people can manage their time during the pandemic.

    [07:26] “Focus” management, competing priorities, and how to feel more productive.

    [12:46] How to save time in the long run with the power of delegation.

    [15:16] Harnessing the power of completion to cure today’s epidemic of incompletion.

    [19:12] Understanding the three types of social media and how to find a balance between them.

    [23:25] Promised Goals vs. Go-For-It Goals and why it is essential to distinguish them.

    [25:40] The value of having a to-do list or using a productivity app in developing the habit of completion.

    [27:54] How knowing your learning style can help you be most productive with your time.

    [29:58] The infamous email inbox, ways you can overcome it, and even use it to your advantage.

    [31:31] What time blocking is and how it can help you deal with interruptions and focus more.

    [33:51] Karen’s experience with co-authoring Time Managemen In An Instant with Keith Bailey.

    [35:55] How Karen Tiber Leland uses her difference to make a difference.


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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Dr. Kathleen Allen, as we talk about self-organizing towards purpose. Dr. Allen is a management consultant who has helped organizations employ nature-based methods to enhance employee engagement and strengthen leadership. Today, she shares with us her journey from working in higher education to starting her consulting business. Dr. Allen is also the author of the inspiring book Leading from the Roots, which is now available for digital download on her website. Feel free to check it out!

    Self-organizing Towards Purpose

    Dr. Kathleen Allen believes that self-organization is the secret sauce for healthy organizations. For, in nature, everybody takes the initiative and self-organizes—tree, birds, and ants— everything evolves. But nature as a whole holds self-organization in a somewhat loose kind of container, which Dr. Allen would refer to as purpose. When nature has a purpose, it creates conditions conducive to life because its purpose is life. And based on Dr. Allen’s experience, organizations that have a strong “how do we thrive 100 years from now” kind of mentality are the ones that succeed. Hence, self-organization requires a purpose. We do not have to work eight hours in our seats to be productive. We just have this organic flow that allows us to balance ourselves while getting the job done. In turn, organizations should reward people’s diverse ways of cooperating towards their purpose instead of facilitating a zero-sum game.

    About Dr. Kathleen Allen:

    In her consulting practice, Dr. Kathleen Allen specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change in non-profit foundations, small to mid-sized businesses, and higher education institutions. She has written and presented widely on leadership, human development, and organizational development. Dr. Allen is also a skilled facilitator of organizational change and organizational development. Her works encourage shared ownership of project results, long-term sustainable change for the organization, and increased staff members and leaders’ capacity in those organizations.

    Dr. Allen has written many articles and contributed to various books, including The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century (Pearson, 2012) and Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives (Redekop, Gallagher, & Satterwhite Eds., 2018). She recently wrote Leading from the Roots: Nature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World, which firmly anchors leadership in nature’s soil. The book has a foundational leadership framework that challenges 20th-century views and utilizes leadership concepts universally applied to all contexts.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:34] Dr. Allen’s life growing up and how burnout led her to change career paths.

    [05:37] How she came up with a nature-based methodology to management and leadership.

    [08:59] Defining organization as living systems rather than rigid structures.

    [12:34] How to start a movement through creating authentic engagement and leadership.

    [15:37] Organizational photosynthesis and the different forms of human energy.

    [20:00] How cooperation encourages diversity and, in turn, keeps an organization alive.

    [24:38] Understanding the new generation of workers through self-organization.

    [28:11] Characteristics that can help you self-organize towards purpose.

    [31:19] How COVID exposed the fragility and degeneration of the current systems in place.

    [35:16] The promise of a regenerating economy through the adaptive cycle and eventual resistance.




  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Jenny Chang, as we talk about The Bridge Between Control and Surrender. Jenny is an entrepreneur of multiple experiential firms, a mind and soul set podcaster, a coach, and an intuitive writer. She loves sharing and guiding people to manifest and create their ideas. Jenny is also a growing influencer, especially on TikTok so, feel free to check her out!

    Control What You Can, But Equally Meet Surrendering

    Jenny Chang says that every entrepreneur and creator has this syndrome of wanting everything to be perfect. People want everything to be perfect to the point that they eventually don’t even start because they are stuck in the shadow of their plans instead of getting their product out there or getting connections, etc. She says that creators should change their perspective and quotes that “It’s not I wanna start this business, it’s the world that needs this business.” To intentionally create an experience that we want, Jenny says we should build the bridge between control and surrender and points out that, “Control what you can but equally meet surrendering,” which is trusting the process and not controlling something so tight that you lose grip.

    About Jenny Chang:

    Jenny Chang is an event planner who managed to grow with zero experience when she started at the age of 19. Her company, ROCKNEVENTS has now been recognized as one of the country’s ‘Top 50 Event Planners’ by PartySlate, and ‘Top 10’ in Los Angeles by Junebug Weddings.

    Recognized as ‘Team RNE,’ her firm is filled with legendary producers who create modern and timeless experiential events, guide couples and corporate partners through the start-to-finish celebration-planning process. With that, Jenny realizes that her service is well needed. She opens up an online learning program, ‘ROCKNUNIVERSITY.’ Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, her program has reached great heights.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:15] Tayo asks how Jenny Chang breaks the traditional roles of society

    [08:50] Jenny Chang points out why entrepreneurs hesitate to create their ideas

    [14:07] What it means to manifest according to Jenny

    [18:49] Jenny decides to ask a question back to Tayo about his writing

    [24:39] Jenny points out that going through problems in life is essential to strengthen our resilience

    [29:21] Jenny shares a piece of advice on how she grew in social media

    [40:22] To be an influencer, you have to be open-minded

    [42:48] Jenny confesses that her followers help her create who she is as a person

    [46:03] Where listeners can find more about what Jenny Chang do

    [47:15] Jenny shares what she would do with her difference to make a difference







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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Maayan Gordon, as we talk about changing your mindset and redefining your brand. Maayan is a glassblower, business owner, consultant, and influencer. She always loved sharing her life experiences creatively, and making short videos on TikTok was one of them. But it was not long until her experiences led her to viral success. Now, Maayan has over a decade of social media marketing experience, which helps her run her consulting agency Champion Empire. If you want to learn more about their media marketing services, feel free to check out their company website!

    About Maayan Gordon:

    Maayan Gordon is a four-time business owner, social media consultant, and Tiktok famous influencer. Her life has been an incredible but no less difficult journey, from college dropout to accomplished entrepreneur. She even rose from homelessness and survived a gas explosion of all things.

    But with over 2 million followers on Tiktok, Maayan found success in sharing her life experiences by making short videos about them. Following her success on the platform, she later opened her consulting agency Champion Empire in 2020. The company offers coaching, media, and marketing services to those who wish to start an online business. Besides being a consultant, Maayan is also a skilled glassblower and has sold more than $1 Million in glass art directly through Instagram. As a result, she became one of 2020’s Digital Business Women's Female Tech Leaders.

    Outline of the episode:

    [02:50] What were the past ten years like for Gordon?

    [04:28] Experiences that pushed her to shift her mindset.

    [11:27] How does one get good at glass art?

    [14:18] Storytelling and using videos to connect with others.

    [17:50] Growing your social media.

    [21:59] Maintaining connections despite social media drawbacks.

    [26:05] The importance of building your own virtual/digital home.

    [28:54] Social Media platforms Gordon is excited about.

    [32:08] Advice on how to use the Clubhouse.

    [34:05] Where to reach out to Gordon.

    [37:00] Sharing creativity in a logical format.






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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Julia Goodman, as we talk about how to build a ‘you’ brand. Julia is an actress, producer, director, and performance coach. She loves being able to help people accept themselves for who they are and find their self-confidence within that. Julia is also the author of the inspiring book You Brand: A Manual for Confidence. Feel free to check it out!

    Functional and Dysfunctional Perfectionism

    We all have some degree of perfectionism in us. But perfectionism can either work for you or against you, and for Julia, it is the former. Julia Goodman likened functional and dysfunctional perfectionism to climbing mountains. According to her, dysfunctional perfectionism would be climbing one peak after the other with no breaks in between. Meanwhile, functional perfectionism would have more steps. The first step would be climbing the ‘mountain.’ But the next step would not be climbing another one soon after. Instead, it would be taking a break, recognizing back at your efforts, and moving on to the next one.

    “Fear generates in you huge energy. You can use it,” Julia quoted from Dame Judi Dench. She then says that fear is like petrol; it is as helpful as it is dangerous. Like perfectionism, fear can either poison you or strengthen you. In the end, it all depends on how you handle it.

    About Julia Goodman:

    Julia Goodman was an actress, producer, and director for 27 years. She enjoyed early stardom in The Brothers and has appeared in several screen productions such as The Lotus Eaters and Beyond Reason. Along with Kate O’Mara, Julia is the co-founder of the British Actors Theatre Company. She even played leading roles in various Shakespearean performances worldwide.

    Her You brand coaching methodology is rooted in the professional theatre’s psychology and techniques. It gives people a practical toolkit that allows them to develop as authentic and impactful communicators by showing them how to ‘perform as themselves.’ Hence, they come across as genuine, natural, and confident wherever they are.

    Outline of the episode:

    [04:09] Julia’s childhood and upbringing.

    [06:26] Gaining independence amid group mentality.

    [09:55] Her path to freedom from the entertainment industry.

    [12:25] Why people often lose themselves.

    [14:54] How one’s presence is a key to influence others.

    [18:40] The rise of imposter syndrome during the quarantine.

    [21:22] Why self-acceptance is essential.

    [24:12] Tayo and Julia’s experiences with delivering a message to others.

    [30:00] Julia shares a few things from her book, You Brand: A Manual for Confidence.

    [38:55] How Julia balances her acting career and other professions.



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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Justin Breen. Today, we’ll be discussing how to build an epic business. Justin is the founder and CEO of the public relations firm BrEpic. He dedicates his life to helping people like him realize themselves, stick to the right mindset, and enabling those who will make a difference to change the world. Justin is also the author of the straightforward and incredibly inspiring book Epic Business; don’t forget to check it out!

    The Right Mindset, The Right People

    Justin’s focus on surrounding himself with the right people has proved incredibly vital to his growth in being who he is today. As he highlights his past, he mentions how people often misread him and how sometimes he did the same. After he realized the importance of communication, he soon learned how to engage with others and who to engage with. According to Breen, having the right mindset, the right people, and not caring about what the rest of the world thinks of you is what will keep you from swerving off the road of success. The power of constantly improving, learning, and not letting anything stop you, not even your excuses, cannot be understated. Keep yourself open to your resources. “Keep learning. Keep on honing your craft, reaching out, and putting yourself out there. Trust yourself and the people around you who encourage the right mindset.” This is the kind of person Justin Breen is. The business realm is “sink or swim,” but Justin knew how to navigate that by just having the right mindset and knowing the right people.

    Media, Entrepreneurship, and the Industry

    Tayo and Justin hold conversations about the modern business scene, the nature of self-correction, and journalism’s evolution. And from those conversations, they delve deeper into the “Nature versus Nurture” discussion regarding being an entrepreneur. The progression of technology and the information age landscape has drastically shifted business compared to way back when. Collaborating with other brilliant minds, and far more sprawling and interplaying topics all seem to connect to Justin’s vast experience working in the industry. In this episode, he also touches on how he utilized his craft and how it benefited him in the long run. “Work hard, smart, and do what needs to be done” is how Justin sees the industry and even the world.

    About Justin Breen:

    Justin Breen is an outlier, even among entrepreneurs, and a problem-solver. Who seeks out the brilliancy in others and doesn’t listen to excuses. With a sharp mind, sharper entrepreneurial skills, and 20+ years in the media business, his clients have ranged from all over the world. He’s won dozens of editing and writing awards and is an author of countless viral stories. Today, he is the CEO and Founder of the BrEpic public relations firm, which cuts through all the noise, and nonsense and solves the problem.

    Outline of the episode:

    [4:25] Justin’s story, past, history

    [8:01] The evolution of journalism

    [11:25] Why podcasts are replacing mainstream media.

    [13:35] Mainstream media to entrepreneurs versus the general public.

    [16:42] What actually makes a good story.

    [18:02] The modern market, self-correction & clubhouse.

    [21:50] Are entrepreneurs born or made?

    [26:30] Art of networking and the type of people you talk to.

    [29:23] Empathy, misreading people, and being misread.

    [35:56] Awareness and knowing yourself.

    [37:33] Being an outlier in a Community of outliers.

    [41:15] How does Justin Green use his difference to make a difference.


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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Mayfair Clements, as we talk about becoming your best self. Mayfair is a business coach, CEO, and co-founder of the Talk Less Do More Mastermind. She loves to help and guide people to discover their potential to become their best selves. Mayfair is also the author of the life-changing book The Becoming; don’t forget to check it out!

    Calling Requires Conviction, Not Qualification

    Mayfair’s said, “Calling requires conviction, not qualification,” is one of the best highlights of the episode. Indeed, every one of us has suffered from self-doubt, thinking that we are incompetent or unworthy. Questioning why we’re continuously given opportunities that seem so difficult to achieve. You have to remember that you will not be placed in a situation that you can’t overcome and with nothing to gain. Regardless if you fail, you can learn from those mistakes. It doesn’t matter if, at the moment, you’re not qualified enough; you can become qualified along the way! And that’s why having a firm conviction to achieve your goals is essential. Moreover, true success can be found after all those failures. It’s okay not to know and excel at everything; trust your conviction and grow in your journey.

    Trust the Process

    During these times of crisis, everyone needs to take care of their mental health more. The COVID-19 has caused a lot of disasters and changes that no one expected. Stress and anxiety levels are higher because of this pandemic. Although it is easier said than done, you must keep trusting the process of life. Don’t give up and work hard on overcoming your challenges. There are still many more opportunities out there you need to keep looking and be ready for new obstacles! Along the way, be sure to prioritize your mental health while checking up on your love ones from time to time. Many people are isolated and live by themselves; no one deserves to feel alone, especially during quarantine. Furthermore, nothing is permanent be it good or bad. Just trust the process, keep moving forward, and live your life with a purpose!

    About Mayfair Clements:

    Mayfair Clements is an author, elite performance coach, and online trainer. Since starting her coaching business at 20 years old, she has worked with hundreds of individuals and corporations around the world.

    Her clients have ranged from pro-athletes and celebrity stylists to international speakers and Fortune 500 companies. Mayfair also founded The 20 Something Coach Club to support other ‘20 somethings' to create impactful coaching businesses of their own.

    Mayfair discovered her passion for supporting people to realize and maximize their potential through unlikely and painful circumstances, that most would describe as ‘rock bottom’.

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:07] Who Mayfair wanted to become at a young age.

    [04:57] Her experience that made her realize her purpose.

    [08:40] How she overcame her imposter syndrome.

    [12:21] The importance of having the conviction.

    [14:00] Mayfair’s process and purpose of writing her book.

    [16:44] When you’re breaking you’re actually becoming.

    [18:03] How COVID-19 caused a shift in her coaching business.

    [19:33] Mental health hurdles impacted by the pandemic.

    [21:58] Mayfair’s future plans and goals she wants to achieve.

    [23:39] Stop limiting the possibilities of what a professional means.

    [25:54] Sharing her story and inspiring others to tell theirs.


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    The book The Becoming written by Mayfair: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-Mayfair-Ngondonga/dp/024408520X

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  • In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Cole Baker-Bagwell, as we talk about embracing the art of kindness. Cole is the founder of Cool Audrey and the host of the Kindness Think Tank Podcast, she dedicates herself to living with kindness and teaching people the importance of being kind. She shares in this episode the truths and important factors to consider about kindness. It is not always easy to be kind, that’s why it is a constant journey of awareness and learning from mistakes.

    The Power of Kindness

    In this fast-paced world filled with responsibilities and disasters, many people have forgotten the importance of kindness. Others think that being kind means you’re weak and vulnerable. As a result, they close their hearts off to everyone around them. Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with being vulnerable because you’re being who you really are, and kindness is strength. The power of kindness is endless, and the impact you could have on other people’s lives is incomparable. Not everyone has the courage to try and live with kindness because the journey is not easy. They have become used to living and thinking only of themselves. Whereas this is not always their fault, but you are also partly responsible for what you allow to influence and hurt you. Trust me kindness will bring more opportunities in your life rather than being unkind. With the guidance of kindness, you’ll learn to become your best self.

    Learning how to be Kind

    All human beings are inherently good and are wired to be compassionate. However, as we grow older, external factors begin to influence us to act otherwise. When we fail to become aware of these changes within ourselves, we lose sight of who we are. Although being kind seems easy, it can be difficult without guidance if you have no idea what it exactly is. Just like the skills we learn in school, kindness is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced. It needs a lot of awareness, commitment, and consistency. 

    In order to treat people with kindness and compassion, you first have to have self-love. You can’t genuinely give what you don’t have and know. It starts with ourselves, and it’s important that you don’t miss any steps to really understand the value this can bring. Especially today, in this pandemic, we need kindness now more than ever.

    About Cole Baker-Bagwell:

    Cole is an unconventional blend of a business person, mindfulness practitioner, and yogi. She left her corporate career in 2019 to start building her own company. Today, Cole is the founder and Chief Kindness Advisor of Cool Audrey, a US based Consulting firm, teaching companies how to put kindness to work as a core business competency that runs through every fiber of the organization. 

    Outline of the episode:

    [03:43] Bringing kindness in the world in a practical way.

    [05:07] Everyone is inherently good and wired with compassion.

    [07:15] Religion and the evil three influencing our heinous acts.

    [11:11] Valuing kindness as a core value of a company.

    [14:08] Always start from a place of kindness.

    [16:57] Awareness and disrupting negative neural pathways.

    [20:18] Kindness doesn’t come easy for everyone; it needs to be cultivated.

    [23:19] The importance of manifesting positive situations.

    [28:07] Losing sight of your best self and believing there’s no other choice. 

    [31:02] Kindness brings more opportunities in your life.

    [32:00] Every person needs to practice and have self-love.

    [33:31] The connection we lost because of our busy schedules and COVID.

    [35:58] Life is not about the destination but the beauty in the journey.

    [37:50] The idea of changing the world starts in your backyard.

    [39:00] Kindness is strength; it is not a weakness.

    [44:23] Being courageous to talk and live with kindness.


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