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More Than Graphics Podcast

By Danielle Meadows-Stinnett

Tune in as three women of color Danielle, Cicely and Priscilla put it all on the table, sharing authentic life truths from an array of women (and men) in the tech and creative industries as we sustain and empower each other while in search of our tribe. Produced by Octane Design Studios. Become a Paid Subscriber:
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The Master's Journey: Unleashing Your Full Potential

More Than Graphics PodcastSep 20, 2023

The Master's Journey: Unleashing Your Full Potential

The Master's Journey: Unleashing Your Full Potential

Our extra bonus guest tributes to the lessons we took from our MASTER theme and apply them, featuring fellow podcaster and CEO of A Steps Ahead Tutoring Gabrielle Crichlow.

While Gabrielle attended graduate school at St. John's University, she worked for two companies at which she tutored students at no cost to them. While she was working at both companies, she saw the academic struggles of working class families that were disproportionately people of color. She believed that their little allotment of hours was not enough for them. Furthermore, she believed that the children in these families tended to have unknown learning disabilities and were almost illiterate and undereducated. Gabrielle reached a point when she realized that these families deserved more than that. A light bulb went off in her head - "I’ll start my own company!" Gabrielle’s experiences at these companies provided her with the insight she needed to excel at and enjoy tutoring, while inspiring other tutors to do the same. In 2013, she founded her own company, A Step Ahead Tutoring Services, and has operated it ever since.

[00:01:34] The meaning of "master".
00:05:27] Fixing interconnected struggles in tutoring.
[00:09:09] Calling myself a business.
[00:12:17] After-school programs as safe havens.
[00:17:31] Changing a student's life.
[00:22:44] The impact of good work.
[00:26:06] Financial challenges in tutoring.
[00:32:20] Expanding your racial comfort zone.
[00:34:30] Getting outside our racial comfort zone.
[00:38:21] Slow and steady wins
[00:43:49] Expanding beyond limitations.
[00:46:38] Something new I've learned.
[00:50:33] Digital books vs physical books.
[00:56:56] Service in your own community. [
00:59:23] Encouraging and inspiring listeners.

Follow A Step Ahead Tutoring Services:On Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube: Eventbrite: https://astepaheadtutoringservices.eventbrite.comFollow Gabrielle Crichlow on Facebook: our website: https://www.astepaheadtutoringservices.comSign up for our tutoring text list: up for our tutoring email list: our podcast, Hot Topics!, here: us:Cash App:$ASATS2013PayPal:
Sep 20, 202301:50:21
Sep 02, 202352:55
Master Bonus

Master Bonus

Welcome to the show! This bonus convo around 'master' with Dr. Jessica Metcalfe completely delivers. Listen to these gems.

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe is a Strategic Leadership and Workplace Culture Consultant, award-winning international speaker, and best-selling author of Speak Kindly, You're Listening. She is a former dental oncologist and education director where she started teaching the medical and dental community how to improve a patient's quality of life post-cancer therapy. Now Dr. Jessica develops top leaders, entrepreneurs, and CSuites by improving their quality of life by elevating and supporting their teams and culture through burnout, impostor syndrome and psychological safety.








CO-HOSTS: ⁠⁠@octanedesigns⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠@bougienursebabe⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠@getsillycreative

Aug 19, 202301:03:47


Welcome to another episode! Today's guest helps us unpack the theme MASTER and packed full of gems and deep takeaways! Creative women unite!

Ashlee Green is an animated, bright, problem solving industry designer, speaker and teacher who is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable businesses by designing their professional brands with her company, A. Louise Creative. Ashlee’s dedication, hard work and determination to avoid a life of mediocrity is what inspired her unique background. She is a self taught graphic and brand designer even though she holds a B.A. in Psychology and “half” a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. Ashlee loves that she can be free to design for whomever she chooses, including herself. In fact, she recently launched a podcast, Eff the Glitter, which caters to other like-minded creatives. By thinking outside of conventional ideas but staying within the rules allows Ashlee to help people navigate their wants, determine their needs and figure out the steps needed to achieve their business goals.
Ashlee’s down-to-earth humor makes it very easy for her clients to relate to her and quickly become comfortable with her, starting off as a stranger and ultimately becoming a friend. When not designing, speaking or teaching Ashlee can be found grooving to Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, and watching family comedies or supernatural horror movies.







CO-HOSTS: ⁠⁠@octanedesigns⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠@bougienursebabe⁠⁠ / ⁠⁠@getsillycreative

Aug 01, 202301:01:44
Jun 27, 202350:54


Happy PRIDE friends! This month's theme is DELIVER. And while we delivered some really good thoughts on our latest Clubhouse episode, technology didn’t record the conversation so I’m going to recap some of those those thoughts here:

  • The first talking point was Delivery of self. To stand and deliver. Showing up for our best selves and putting out the best parts of ourselves.The production we as women creatives and women in tech know and thrive in oh so well. 
  • The second talking point was Delivery From… The things that do not serve us. The things we need to be delivered from. Whether guilt or shame or comparison. Priscilla gave an amazing analogy to this in reference to a mixtape. Where we hear that old familiar song but over time in relistening the quality loses its luster…
  • In this episode we shared transparent things. We laughed hard in attempt to always remain a safe space for women in tech and women creatives. Whether we’re nurses in tech, or graphic designers we want to find authentic ways to reach you and let you know… your tribe is here.

Even though the summer is delivering all the deliverables when we’re supposed to be in a retreat for ourselves we remind both ourselves and our listeners to take small moments to chill. For me that’s hanging out half day in the baby pool drinking the local refreshment Ale8One Ginger Ale. What’s your chill moment? You can tag us in your thoughts and in your pics at @mtgthepodcast1 on twitter or @mtgthepodcast on instagram. 

Wherever you are, know that you can take us with you where you listen to podcasts. We’ll catch you next month with an amazing special guest. 

Until next time ...






CO-HOSTS: ⁠@octanedesigns⁠ / ⁠@bougienursebabe⁠ / ⁠@getsillycreative

Jun 15, 202302:18
May 05, 202301:07:42


Join Team MTG: Danielle x Cicely x Priscilla as they deep dive into the months theme of INVENT with special guest Chanel Roker. Chanel Roker is Your Pivoting Strategist. A certified senior professional in Process & Quality Management with over 15 years of expertise in IT and business processes consulting, including project management and portfolio management. As a transformation specialist, she understands client needs, constructs data plans that maximize resources and bring efficiency in revenue growth. In 2022, Chanel launched the Accelerator Program for Freelancers, called The RATE Race, and provided pivoting support to 80+ jobseekers in different industries, 1-on-1 coaching and increased salaries $20 - $50K within 90 days; completing 20 successful industry pivots. She helps business owners, entrepreneurs and jobseekers pivot by identifying transferable skills and teaching contract/project management using colors. Oh, you make money TOO!! This year (2023) she offers exclusive coaching support to participants committed to DOING the work to pivot. You Are Your First Project! FOLLOW CHANEL: company website: program website: tiktok: @yafamilyhomie Youtube: @yafamilyhomie IG: @yafamilyhomie ABOUT MTG: The MoreThanGraphics Podcast is a virtual safe space for womxn of color to share memories, hard truth-telling and life chronicles surrounding women in both the tech and creative industries. Tune in as Team MTG: Danielle x Cicely x Priscilla and guests embark on a round table journey of finding ones tribe. As we amplify the voices of today’s up and coming talents and thought leaders we challenge our listeners to honestly engage in ways to unlock mental and emotional roadblocks to success. Collectively we acknowledge the ‘work on self’ required to achieve true success. FOLLOW MTG: Follow and subscribe to More Than Graphics a multi-award nominated podcast online at

Apr 12, 202301:06:55
The Ongoing March For Women In Tech With Tech Pioneer Kimberly Bryant
Mar 19, 202301:03:30
March Bonus

March Bonus

This is the only theme that infers movement in our entire season 5 lineup and its MEANT to MOVE YOU! Join the Team MTG: Danielle / Cicely / Priscilla as they embark on highlighting women that exemplify marching to there own drum, and both discovering and claiming space in unknown territories for women in Tech and women creatives. 

Our bonus guest is none other than Lynn “Elikqitie”! Lynn “Elikqitie” Smargis is an author, speaker, podcast producer, ghostwriter, and content marketing specialist who works with speakers and service-based business owners using content marketing to establish their credibility online.

She is currently producing two podcasts: Travel Gluten Free, which assists people with Celiac disease, and those who are gluten-free because of medical reasons on how to eat out and safely travel. Her second podcast, the Marketeers Mastermind, serves our community of speakers and service-based business owners with marketing advice to create their digital marketing plan.

Lynn is an avid ideator and writer who enjoys delivering quality content in which their readers will receive value. She writes between 2,000 and 8,000 words per day and is currently in the process of writing and publishing four books for 2023.

Lynn currently splits her time between her home in Olympia, Washington, and her farm in McMinnville, Oregon - the latter of which lies in the middle of wine and hazelnut country!

When she’s not writing, Lynn enjoys playing with their three dogs, snuggling with her two cats, traveling, painting, reading, meditation, studying Buddhism, outdoor activities, and flying with her pilot husband, Jeff, in their airplane.


  • Ghost writing is when they have an idea for a book and need to finish it.
  • Tips to finding a ghostwriter: Personalities have to click, Ask for a contract, what other services do they offer, You can use a ghostwriter at any point in the process.
  • Advice for those into pivoting into Ghostwriting: Find a friend /colleague and write at cost. You have to love writing. Know how to talk to people. You can’t override them - take a ‘no’. Network a lot.  Block out time for writing/ work.
  • #1 don't take content and slap it into a book.
  • Mind map/traditional outline: visualization of content/ideas, coming off from main ideas are the chapters, then write content that fits into openings.
  • Magnets you can write on (Amazon) to put on white board (search: “magnetic wipe off marker labels”)
  • Tips/tools for writing: Grammarly premium, write daily to become a better write, join a writing group (Daily Writer)
  • - direct website for ghostwriting services


Marketeers Mastermind on Facebook






CO-HOSTS: @octanedesigns / @bougienursebabe / @getsillycreative

Mar 17, 202301:01:38


In February we deep dive into discussion around our theme: honor. Whether you've listened to our content on Clubhouse or you're hearing this incredibly transparent convo with bilingual video and podcast producer Maribel Quezada-Smith, the concept of loving ourselves as women in the tech and creative industries runs much deeper than any 9a to 5p or our true reality; our 9a to 9p. Take notes on how we can learn from and uplift each other in the process to better honoring ourselves.

Maribel is a bilingual video and podcast producer, as well as a host and speaker, with over  16 years of expertise developing meaningful content.

Her TV credits include producing on shows for the Discovery family of networks, Netflix, Oxygen and A&E (among others). She's currently a Producer and Co-host of the popular Pulso podcast.

Maribel is the Co-founder of BIPOC Podcast Creators, an organization devoted to amplifying the voices and stories of people of color. She regularly shares her expertise on topics like this around global stages.

Today, she helps entrepreneurs, startups and growing brands build deeper connections with their ideal customers through meaningful video and audio content.


  • Am I just doing things to honor other people or am I honoring myself? Why am I doing this and who is it for? MQS
  • I’m just beginning to honor myself because I’m constantly honoring others - MQS
  • This industry isn’t honoring me so I have to start honoring myself. - MQS
  • When you spend your whole life living under the umbrella of what society has told you to be…how do you know what you want for yourself? - MQS
  • It’s hard to accept yourself for who you are when you’ve been told your whole life you’re not good enough - MQS
  • We honor ourselves differently as we age; what’s important shifts. - PA
  • It’s ok to save those gifts for only us -MQS
  • It’s not for the streets, its for home -CS
  • I just wanted to be seen. To know I was there. To know that I existed. -MQS
  • It’s so easy to rip somebody else’s idea and use them as your own. It matters when trying to make connections that go beyond the superficial - MQS
  • The work we do in media resonates, stays around and has a real impact on other people. We need to be ethical and not performative - MQS





CO-HOSTS: @octanedesigns / @bougienursebabe / @getsillycreative

Feb 26, 202355:43
Family Day 2023

Family Day 2023

Some bonus food for thought on social media holiday Family Day 2023 from each of us at MTG.

Feb 12, 202303:47


Get ready 2023! Its time to be heard! It's time for us to be valued for what we bring to the table!  We're coming at you with a full convo on VISION, right on time to kick off the year. Our first guest of 2023 is none other than Nuerodiversity specialist Alex Leech. 

Alex Leech consults and coaches both parents and educators helping them to help and support their amazing neurodivergent kids to flourish & become who they are meant to be, and all that they can be.

Her vast knowledge in brain-science and mental health & wellness paired with her personal experience gives her a rich and unique perspective; this enables Alex to deliver a wide range of support and resources helping her clients to deepen their understanding of “the why” behind behaviours & challenges while providing tools and strategies which help to strengthen mindset & problem-solving skills in order to achieve the results that they are looking for, for their child and their family as a whole.

Show Notes:

  • “Neurodiversity is all the differences coming together and really respecting what each individual brings to the table” - AL
  • It’s time to be heard - AL
  • “We all deserve to heard and see and just bc I do things different doesn’t me less than.” -AL
  • Work life balance (Illustration - venn diagram: work, family, self) — blend not separate, holistic view
  • “You have to pick a place to start.” - AL
  • Audio Slide Board (Illustration - PA system/sound board) - Understanding the spectrum of neurodiversity
  • If we know better, we should be doing better - AL
  • Parents are some impactful and we don’t realize it - AL
  • “How we speak to our children is what develops the inner voice in their head. I want to make sure we work together so it’s changing the conversation.” - AL
  • “Compaire and despair” is so detrimental. It can lead to negativity, giving up and victim mode. Nothing needs to be fixed. Understanding of expectations is key. - AL
  • Problem vs challenge, normal vs natural can lead to better communication and healing - AL
  • “In the workplace- You have to hold space for everybody to come to the table with their ideas in order to create something” - AL
  • Neurodiversity is not just about people with Autism, ADHD - it is the beautiful thing that makes us all different, but all the same - AL
  • The vision is to get people talking. - AL
  • Even when we check in with ourselves, we have to keep judgement out - AL
  • It’s important to have empathy and holding space for those that need different ways of learning, interacting, working etc - AL
  • Collaborative mindsets and collaborative spaces get the best out of everybody - AL
  • If you’re not collaborating, you’re isolating - AL

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Jan 25, 202301:13:15
Season 5 Trailer
Jan 24, 202305:55
Achievement Bonus
Dec 23, 202241:32


Welcome to the #Morethangraphics #podcast! This months discussion is wrapping up the year with ACHIEVEMENT. We all process this differently and we're grateful to unpack it with fellow podcaster and STEM Coach Casey Bertelsman who's recent achievements are truly inspiring!   After starting a pandemic hobby podcast called She Sparks Tech, Casey Bertelsman was opened up to a whole world of entrepreneurship. Casey spent 18 months exploring entrepreneurship and building her own business so she could leave her career as an electrical engineer. She went from managing million dollar projects to running a 6-figure business as an online business manager and fractional COO. Now she works with high-achieving, professional womxn who are ready to scale their businesses and increase their revenue doing work that has allowed her to fall in love with what she does again. 



Dec 14, 202253:31
Gratitude Bonus

Gratitude Bonus

What's gratitude look like in everyday living? How can you better practice gratitude? Co-host Danielle was surprised by the podcast takeover of her own executive staff of Octane Design Studios for a bonus episode of November's theme of gratitude! Did you know? Octane Design Studios is a 13 year old branding and digital marketing company that recently embarked on podcast production services the past 4 years. Hear these gems directly from them as Danielle learns more about the women behind the staff that leads her company's ship.

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Nov 20, 202241:60


Danielle and Cicely return from a needed Autumn break to dive head first into November's seasonal theme of GRATITUDE. This specific topic covers the intersections of finding gratitude in difficult moments from our Clubhouse weekly episodes. We didn't hold back on the transparency and encourage our listeners to find their own truth & strength in it. 

Like what you hear? Follow us online at and interact with us on socials with feedback from our podcast episodes!

Nov 17, 202245:48
Oct 05, 202251:39
Intent Bonus
Sep 24, 202247:03
Sep 02, 202237:18


Did you know? Every Tuesday evening Cicely and Danielle deep dive into each months topic on Clubhouse? This months theme is OCCUPY and this episode is a great TEASER of the topics we speak on. WARNING: we let our hair down in this specific space, which usually means away from our desks/ mics with wine + lots of real talk. If you're on the Clubhouse platform, take time to check out More Than Graphics podcast and join on weekly conversations Tuesdays at 7:30pm EDT. 

CLUBHOUSE TOPIC: Occupying Space For Women In Tech


Aug 05, 202234:50
Jul 05, 202257:02
Jun 11, 202201:28:15


May is all about FLOURISH and we've got a personal story that will definitely keep you inspired to do just that! 

Tavia Smith is a content creator, business writer, and journalist and owns WordSmith Writing Services. Tavia graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BA in Journalism and has worked for The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper as a crime and courts reporter, Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a communications officer, and as an editor and business writer for the online publication

Tavia has collaborated with Octane Designs' creative team for a year and specializes in content and social media management.

Tavia resides in Tennessee and has been married for about 12 years to her husband and best friend, Eddie. They have one daughter, Elliana, who is a charismatic, creative 4-year-old. They foster special needs children and have a feisty Maltese-Shi Tzu named Osito who's been a part of the crew for 7 years.

When she's not doing all the things, she enjoys crafting cocktails, party planning, traveling, and binging real crime shows and documentaries.


Instagram: @by.wordsmith.writing




May 28, 202201:04:47
Her force IS strong: MTG mothers day edition

Her force IS strong: MTG mothers day edition

Join the rebels. May the fourth be with you! Join Danelle and Cicely for a special Mother's Day message on #StarWarsDay 2022 for mama's everywhere but especially for women creatives and women in tech.

May 05, 202251:33


Support comes in different shapes, sizes and education. Tune in as 38 year educator and published author Elaine Clark discusses best practices for voice to enhance the body and the mind. 

Elaine Clark is a communication guru. She's the author of two books: There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is & Voice-Overs for Podcasting; the creator of two voice and diction apps: Activate Your Voice & Adding Melody to Your Voice; and host of the speech communication podcast, Real Talking Tips. Elaine is a business pioneer, having founded and owned a voice-over training school for 32 years . Today, Elaine works under her new brand, where she continues to improve the performances of voice actors, having launched thousands of careers, and coaches business execs, podcasters, sports announcers, and newscasters to effectively use their voice and body.

Follow Elaine online:

SOVAS Award Winning Website:
VO & Podcasting Books and Apps:
Real Talking Tips Podcast:
Coaching Services:

Apr 01, 202241:21


As we go into celebrating amazing women all month long for #WomensHistoryMonth our March theme of REST is nothing less than aspiring with special guest Photographer & Kentuckian Amani Ragland.

Amani is a Kentucky native, Sagittarius, INFP and Enneagram 4. She is owner of Honeysage Photo Co, a photo team based in Lexington, KY

specializing in intimate weddings and portraiture. Amani has been featured in Forbes, Travel + Leisure and E! News for selected works that bring

vibrancy and culture to Kentucky.

Amani is a dog mom to Jasper + Koda, an avid traveler and partner to the most amazing person ever. If she wasn't a photographer she’d be a writer, which was the plan before photography. She thoroughly enjoys sleeping, making lists and attempting to keep her plants alive.


Mar 06, 202243:52
Prioritize Bonus
Feb 15, 202201:17:08
Feb 01, 202201:04:44
New Year
Jan 14, 202201:18:47
Season 4 Teaser: New Year

Season 4 Teaser: New Year

Happy New Year! A new means a (sorta) new us right? Join podcast sisters Cicley and Danielle as they discuss all new themes and topics for 2022.

As we dive into 2022 we'll continue to amplify up and coming thought leaders and innovators that empower and inspire us to be better than yesterday.  

THIS is our tribe. And its growing! We are celebrating A LOT of things going into the New Year!

The podcast has reached 3000 downloads

We grew 68% in listenership in Season 3

MTG released over 800 minutes of content

Cicely is finishing her RN program and happy to move onto the next travel nurse chapter!

Danielle is launching online digital marketing courses to help entrepreneurs level up on there own terms.

We started a MTG Club on Clubhouse for you to enjoy BONUS material from each of us

Season 4, lets goooo!

Jan 08, 202234:31


December is themed ADVENTURE and its a perfect subject for the end of a full year. Whether you a woman in tech or a femme creative in the office or embarking a new entrepreneur journey we want to keep providing inspiration and support for your next thing in 2022! To wrap up our third season we have amazing Brand Strategist Cassandre Le of The Quirky Pineapple with both an inspirational story and great branding tips to match!

Cassandra (she/they) is a first-generation daughter of Vietnamese refugees, a Vietnamese-American, non-gender conforming, immigrant living in Spain. They're also a brand and visibility strategist and copywriter and run their business, The Quirky Pineapple Studio, a brand strategy & copywriting studio abroad in Spain.  The Quirky Pineapple Studio works with mission-driven, service-based businesses around the world in English and Spanish - helping them share their story, connect with their community, and drive sales with content marketing that is enjoyable and with less manipulation.  When they're not running their business or working on copywriting and content, you can find Cassandra exploring neighborhood cafés, watching movie trailers to movies they'll never watch, and living their best life in the cobblestoned streets of Europe!  

FREE Resource, "How to Create an Online Business EBook": 


Dec 01, 202101:02:14
Bluegrass Creative Market: Holiday Edition

Bluegrass Creative Market: Holiday Edition

Danielle and Cicely join forces with the Bluegrass Collaborative Market Holiday market for a bonus LIVE episode just in time for the holiday season. This two day holiday market had all the goodies! Looking for local options for your holiday gift giving? Check out these amazing artisans and connect with each of their unique stories that define who they are and why they encourage you to #shopsmall and #supportlocal.
Nov 16, 202158:11


We are nothing without our tribe! As we near wrapping up 2021 we emphasize the importance of having the right people to grow and spruce you with special guest Monique A.J. Smith.   Monique A.J. Smith IS The Leadership Strategist and AthleticPreneur ™. Monique A.J. Smith, is a Leadership Strategist that guides Athletics Departments/Sport Organizations and Individuals who wish to advance in Athletics Administration/Sports Business or the Marketplace.  Smith, a Sports Management veteran of 30 plus years, owns a consulting business Seeds of Empowerment ® LLC, where she consults in four ways 1. University workshops & retreats, 2. Monthly Membership Program 3. Speaker’s Bureau 4. “Significance in Athletics and Sports” magazine. She is Adjunct Faculty at Hampton University teaching Sports Management Courses.   She is most known for her 7 seasons as the host of the internationally recognized weekly podcast "A Chat in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith”, that spotlights Women of Color in Athletics/Sports to her 2.1K Followers.  FOLLOW MONIQUE: Significance Magazine in Athletics & Sports- 1st Issue Twitter Facebook LinkedIn

Nov 03, 202101:12:12


Ready, set, REST! This episode is jam packed with gems on rest, self care and the wealth of medicinal properties of marijuana use for sleep & anxiety. This episode is LIT and features special guest Stacy Zeal, host of High On Self Care Podcast.

As the CEO of and host of the High on Self Care Podcast, Stacy Zeal is on a mission to help women of color live their best abundant lives by creating a mindful cannabis practice.  Cannabis literally changed Stacy’s life by becoming her only consistent solution for her insomnia. After being prescribed sleeping pills that only worked for 2 weeks, she turned to cannabis while living in Las Vegas and it has been the only thing that consistently helps her sleep peacefully every night. Getting consistent sleep has been a game-changer creating the energy needed to live the life that she desires.  As a yoga teacher and self-proclaimed high functioning stoner, Stacy understands that combining the amazing benefits of self-care with the uplifting benefits of cannabis leads to a deeper connection to self. 

Podcast: High on Self Care ( & all podcast platforms)  


Oct 01, 202142:05


Danielle and Cicely host the LAST live audience convo of 2021 as they chat deeply about 'planting seeds' and welcoming a season of harvest this Fall. What seeds are you planting this season? What are harvesting from now that started years ago? We were joined by former guest Priscilla Aguilar of Get Silly Creative to wrap our convo. Tune in! 

Danielle Meadows-Stinnett is a Graphic Designer, CEO, persistent cloud wanderer, 11 year owner of minority led digital branding firm @octanedesigns, blogger, gamer & beloved MMA fan.

Cicely Stamper is a Mom, newlywed, and full time nurse. Writer at heart, makeup artist and blogger of @bougienursebabe.

Sep 07, 202101:13:42


August is typically that season of back to school. Fittingly so our theme of LEARN is on time with special guest Daree Allen Nieves! 

Daree is an award-winning technical writer, UX writer, speaker, podcaster, life coach, voice actor, author and court-appointed special advocate (CASA) in Virginia. She has also written three personal development books, and hosts the Kickin' it with Daree podcast since 2015. As a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), she advocates for youth in her local community who are wards of the court based on abuse and neglect. She enjoys inspiring people and using her voice for good.


Podcast -
YouTube -
Voiceover website:
Voiceover Resource Guide (free):
Voiceover e-course:
Other free resources:

“Be a dry sponge. Being open is learning.” - Daree

Active vs. passive learning - Cicely

“As a learner we have to be agile” - Danielle

2021 is my year to do something new - Daree

I’m learning to work without a net - Daree

Learning to take risks and try new things - Daree

Sometimes we have to keep relearning things. - Daree

We are role models for our peers and for ourselves - Daree

Just living it out is being model enough. - Dareen

VOA - basics: YT playlist:

1) what VO do you like to listen to or think you would be good at?

2) consistent compliments about what you’re good at (listen to that)

3) record commercials and then transcribe - Otter.ia - 600 free minutes dictation app; mimic what you heard, then make it your own

4) read aloud daily: cereal box, soup can, billboard etc.

5) improv acting as well

6) get over listening to your voice

7) focus on qualities of your voice as to which genre would be best suited for you

8) networking is key

Daree wanted to be a backup dancer! Always enjoyed dancing. It’s fun and she loves it.

Aug 02, 202101:06:19
Jul 14, 202145:41
Manifest Bonus
Jun 23, 202101:00:38
Jun 21, 202135:31
Renew Bonus

Renew Bonus

Meredith Reese, Chief Integrated Behavioral Health Officer has been with Vista Maria since July 2003. In her current role, she is responsible for the integration of mental health and physical health services on campus serving all youth in care. Meredith holds a certification in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care-Pediatric Track and has twenty years of extensive knowledge in areas of mental health, trauma, and adolescent development. 

In 2020, she was awarded one of Crain’s Notable Women in Health.  Meredith holds a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Western Kentucky University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition, she is a featured speaker, presenter, and trainer relating to human trafficking, and trauma. Meredith is an active member and Board Member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce. Meredith raises awareness to stand against human trafficking through community advocacy and presentations. In 2014, Meredith was the recipient of the Department of Health and Human Services –Best Practice Award for her work and dedication to the anti-trafficking movement.  



May 24, 202101:03:14


Our episode on RENEW will completely REVIVE with the energy we're bringing! Join us as Danielle chats with award winning, best selling author and founder of Kimberly Spencer. 

Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling co-author, international motivational speaker, and the founder of, helping visionary leaders transform their self-limiting stories,  build their empire, stand out fearlessly, and make the income and the impact they deserve.  From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to her neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, Kimberly is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She's also the former executive of a national e-commerce startup and was the owner of the private Pilates studio, Fitness with Kim in Los Angeles, CA. Her journey into the world of mompreneurship with her husband was featured in the 2017 Netflix docuseries, Being Dad. 

Her work has been featured on The CW, ESPN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes.  

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May 13, 202158:02
Resilience Bonus

Resilience Bonus

Our Bonus Episode features Genie Dawkins, founder of The Parenting Cipher.  Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four (two grown and two school-aged) and has over 19 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. Additionally, she is an international speaker, best-selling author, Host of The Parenting Cipher podcast, and Parent Confidence Strategist.  Each of Genie’s children has various diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD. Despite this, she has successfully enrolled them in top tier private schools; three of them with partial scholarships and her youngest’s tuition is federally funded. In 2019, she and her youngest sons traveled to Dubai, London, and Paris, with various challenges and limited resources but with determination to expand her children’s worldview and not limit them because of their individual diagnosis.  As an educational advocacy specialist, Genie’s mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcoming inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.


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Possibilities Bonus

Possibilities Bonus

Or BONUS guest on 'possibilities' is Bevin Morgan, Financial Wellness Coach who has paid off over $200K in debt to become debt free. She is a real estate investor and self-proclaimed personal finance nerd. She specializes in helping Black female entrepreneurs and creators gain confidence in their financial futures with a touch of "woo woo!"Bevin is a Financial Trainer at The Financial Gym.

She is on a personal mission to help bridge the racial wealth gap in this country. Black families hold less than 10% the average wealth of white families. Instilling financial confidence in Black women is one small step she’s taking to help change that.

Bevin also very recently celebrated her birthday this month! Happy Belated Birthday Bevin and welcome to the show!

Join us for the live watch party THIS THURSDAY at 7:30pm.

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Mar 17, 202126:50


March brings POSSIBILITIES and for #WomensHistoryMonth Deneen L. Garrett elevates the Voices of Women of Color through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion + Talent Development and Podcasting. She is the Creator and Host of the An Intimate Conversation with Women of Color Podcast and we're thrilled that she could share her story to inspire you to be open to possibilities!

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Show Notes:

  • “Where’s the journey in that?”
  • S.W.A.T analysis = strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • “Write your own headline” - Arlan Hamilton
  • "Normalize seeing women of color in spaces that normally don’t have women of color" - Deneen L Garrett
  • “I Nike’d it and just did it” - Deenen L. Garrett
  • BOOK: Renee Brown - Daring Greatly
  • Fear of vulnerability - just get started and build as you go
  • “Grow as you go” - Deenen Garrett 
  • "It’s good for you to know people, it’s better for people to know you" - Deneen L. Garrett
  • How to go from Panel to Podcast? Connect with people who are doing what you want to do.
  • "I’m at that ..." - Deneen L. Garrett
  • "I'm Re-prioritizing how I’m channeling that energy... - Deneen L. Garret
Mar 03, 202142:05
Self Care / Self Love Bonus

Self Care / Self Love Bonus

Get ready for this gem-packed BONUS FEBRUARY episode with Ted Talk Alum, Mike Veny. 

Our next guest managed to overcome a lifetime of mental health challenges to become a professional drummer and a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist. He’s the author of the best selling book, Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. His advocacy work has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS news. 

As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, our next guest was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry.  He is also a writer for Corporate Wellness Magazine, Health Central, and delivered a TED-X Talk, titled Mental Illness is an Asset. 

He’s worked with a variety of companies including Microsoft, CVS Health, T-Mobile, Heineken, Salesforce, United Auto Workers - General Motors, and The Wounded Warrior Project.  In his spare time, he enjoys weight training, meditating for 20 minutes, twice a day, and eating a good bone-in ribeye steak cooked medium rare. He lives in New York City and is ADDICTED to buying luggage, along while watching YouTube videos on how to pack a suitcase. 

His packing checklist for business trips is one of his most prized possessions.  Helping us with chatting all things self care and self love today is Mike Veny.

Show Notes: 

Escape activities vs self care

Self care Structured achieves to grow and love yourself

Love is a verb

If you’re not doing self care you’re selfish.

Dr Stephen Covey - make a keep a promise to yourself

Therapy is an opportunity for growth.

Good therapy - directory of therapists / the safe space/place app

Monica Lewinsky - shame held her hostage, she began to talk about it and got to take her power back

Habits are difficult to do and undo

Self care/self love practice: start small, prioritize. FORCE it into your calendar!


The miracle morning life SAVERS - done in the morning

What am I feeling? Where is it located? And what do i need right now?

All emotions are good emotions. It’s important to sit with your emotions.

Anger, grief and fear = best emotions, needed for success

Fear when dealt with becomes vision/courage

Grief when dealt with becomes joy

Anger when dealt with becomes passion/leadership/decisiveness

Danielle - how can I make this better for the next person?

Book: The Power of the Positive No

Feb 14, 202153:56
Self Care / Self Love

Self Care / Self Love

Get ready for a FULL month of SELF CARE & SELF LOVE as we chat with amazing entrepreneurs and thought leaders to help remind you of the work on self we all must to be GREAT as women creatives and women in tech.

Meet De'Nicea Harper Hilton our first guest of February!

Who says you’re Perfect? De’Nicea does! Appreciating the root meaning of “whole and complete,” De’Nicea Hilton creates Playful Healing Spaces for Women to Embrace, Embody and Express Her Perfect Authentic Self.

Expanding beyond her expertise in holistic and integrative approaches as a Holistic Well-Being Consultant and Doctor of Eastern Medicine, she guides women to use Play to realize their potential by experiencing serious healing that doesn’t have to be so serious. She founded the Perfect PlayGround healing space that offers experiences such as her signature I Am Perfect! Academy Membership, Perfect Aligning PlayGroup Mentorship and the infamous UnSlumber Party! Retreats.

While playing in the Perfect PlayGround, women DISCOVER the holistic, purposeful meaning of her physical symptoms/conditions, EXPLORE the possibilities already available to support her Being in her purpose and EXPERIENCE her potential when aligning her Spirit, Mind and Body.

She comes to the point where she confidently stands and claims, “I Am Perfect!”...and mean it!

Welcome to the show De'Nicea!

Show Notes:

Trust the objective more than the subjective

What does the body tell you.

Be who you are authentically

When you feel like you’re always on, you get messages to not pretend to be that person anymore.

Playing is the potential to learn about yourself.

Self-care -> related to awareness

Self-care is also being authentic to yourself. Making what works for you, work for you and your business.

Have checkpoints for yourself and your journey.

Just because 2020 is over, doesn’t mean your journey to evolve is.

A tool to “Resource” - re-source (getting back to self). It displaces the power from yourself to the tool instead.


Who are the people that will support me in loving myself more deeply?

#TGIP = Thank God I’m Perfect


What you see as a detriment, someone else could see as a blessing.

Life works in a cyclical nature. Be aware of these cycles and work with and not against.

Book: Brandwashed

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