Robert Rising was a waiter making a good living and living a great life in New York City. But his real passion was in woodworking, a hobby he stumbled into late in life. Robert has turned his passion for woodworking into a million dollar business two years after devoting himself full time to his company. As part of our series “Side Hustle Success” on Protege Podcast, Robert shares his story of enduring special education classes, and how he talked his way into a private high school, college and his first job. “The Black Lumberjack’ shares with us how his hunt for the perfect wood furniture landed him in the New York Times, and provides advice to anyone hoping to quit their day job to follow their dream!
I simply call him “The Answer.” The answer for what men of color should be doing in our communities. The answer for what young men should aspire to do in their lives. The answer for how to live a faith-based, selfless life of service. The Answer is Stephen Powell, the Chief Program Officer for the National CARES Mentoring Movement. He has won awards from the White House, Black Enterprise, GQ magazine and many other institutions for leading innovative mentoring initiatives. He is also the focus of this week’s Special Episode of Protege Podcast! Stephen and I discuss which programs are working to improve the life outcomes for men of color, effective strategies to improve community/police relations, and why we simply need to express love to each other as often as possible.
What do you do when life throws you a curve ball? What do you have to fall back on? What is your career Plan B? On this week’s episode of Protege Podcast, we continue our series “Restarting My Career” featuring TV anchor turned PR guru Desireé Robinson. Desiree shares her journey through the peaks and valleys of her career, and dishes real talk about surviving and thriving no matter what life throws your way.
As Vice President of Communications for the New York Giants, Corry Rush helps manage crisis communications and public relations in the biggest sports media market in the country. On this week’s Protege Podcast, we discuss “What It Takes” to break into and succeed in the sports industry. Corry and I discuss handling the Jason Pierre Paul crisis, why he reads anything Tony Dungy writes, and why it’s important to keep your cool in his job, or any.
You have incredible creative talent. You have a deep love of hip hop. You want to make a difference in people’s lives. Can you combine all three into a successful and meaningful career? On this week’s Protege Podcast, our Guest Mentor is Toni Blackman, a hip hop and spoken word artist, U.S. State Department Hip Hop Ambassador, Echoing Green Fellow, and founder of Freestyle Union. Continuing our series “What It Takes” profiling dynamic professionals, our conversation with Toni provides some raw truth about believing in yourself, trusting your creative instincts, and shrewdly managing your business affairs. One more thing: did I mention that Toni freestyles on the podcast? A two part episode to start your week inspired!
On Part 2 of my conversation with spoken word artist and social entrepreneur Toni Blackman, Toni gives a testimony about deprogramming ourselves of negative self talk, allowing ourselves to enjoy the fruits of our entrepreneurial hustle, and the advice she would give to any emerging artist or entrepreneur taking an original path in their career. Of course, she freestyles in the episode too!
Who do CEO’s turn to when they want to assess the leadership strengths of their teams? Who do NFL owners and coaches consult to assess their quarterbacks and top draft picks? They turn to Dean Stamoulis, our guest on this week’s Protege Podcast! Dean is an expert in leadership assessment and heads the Center for Leadership Insight at Russell Reynolds Associates, a top global executive recruiting firm. Dean breaks down the “secret” of high potential leaders, the behaviors and traits of mid-career executives who are likely to advance to senior leadership in corporations and mission-driven organizations. Dean provides research-based evidence of what high potential leaders do, and reveals how you can apply these techniques in your own career!
What does it take to break into the entertainment industry? What about breaking into Silicon Valley? This week’s Guest Mentor on Protege Podcast has done both and continues to excel as a public relations superstar. Continuing with our series “What It Takes” where we profile amazing achievers, we talk with Michelle Slavich, the Head of Entertainment Communications at Youtube. Michelle reveals how she broke into both the entertainment business and the digital media industry. She also reveals how independent filmmakers, authors, artists and entrepreneurs can use Youtube’s platform and its digital media tools to reach millions of fans and grow their businesses!
What are some of the common elements and structures of dynamic careers? Based on my interviews with hundreds of professionals across the corporate, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial sectors, I’ve discovered a secret structure behind the overwhelming majority of executives who’ve had dynamic and accomplished careers. On this episode of Protege Podcast, we break down this secret structure and how to use it to effectively manage your own career (hint: you’ve probably already experienced this structure in your life).
Picture this: Biracial foster child adopted by affluent white family. Grows up in suburban Wisconsin. Attends Howard University and has life changing experience with her racial identity. Teaches at risk kids in DC Public Schools. Still with me? Now, imagine her as CEO of an education technology company which operates virtually with 70 employees serving those same at risk kids. If it sounds unbelievable, you haven’t met Marni Barron. She is an entrepreneur who makes no excuses, and is also our Guest Mentor on this week’s Protege Podcast!