Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?
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Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?Feb 24, 2020
A "Wind-Wind" Situation with Children's Book Author, Katie Meyer
In this episode Chandra chats with educator and children's book author, Katie Meyer, about her journey into character development, writing and what she's learned about herself in the process. She also earns 5 Cool Points and is officially "Certified Cool!"
Katie Meyer has read a myriad of books, taught books in schools, and is now writing her own books! A lifelong book-lover, Katie has inspired countless student readers and writers in her roles as elementary teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Her debut children’s book, Gust, shares the story of a little wind turbine with a big impact. Katie hopes that readers of Gust will find new stories and relatable characters in their everyday lives, see the world around them in a different way, and become responsible citizens of our beautiful world. To buy Gust from Orange Hat Publishing: https://www.orangehatpublishing.com/product-page/gust-paperback To follow Gust's and Katie's journey on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katiemeyerwrites/ To check out Katie's author website: www.gustthebook.com
"Community, Connection, & the Courage to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" with Phasha Spencer
Phasha Spencer (she/her) is the Senior Specialist, Partnerships at EdReports.org. She is responsible for leading and supporting the expansion of state and district partners, education organizations and special projects. In this role, her work ensures the growth strategy, business development and codification of services for the Partnerships team. Phasha has a breadth of experience in a variety of roles in non-profit, the Higher Education landscape, educational consulting industry and diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion spaces. She is a Cleveland, Ohio native and has proudly resided in Chicago since 2008. Phasha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Norfolk State University, and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Roosevelt University. She is deeply devoted to community service in the areas of youth advocacy, women’s empowerment, mental health and disaster prevention. She is also a Voice Actor with narration and commercial experience. Phasha enjoys writing, reading, Summertime Chi and traveling.
In this episode, Chandra chats with Phasha about her commitment to community service, the importance of connection, and the challenge of feeling the fear and doing the hard things anyway. Tune in on all platforms to listen to this episode or watch on our YouTube channel. Learn more about Phasha at www.phashaspencer.com
"Audaciously Authentic" with Dr. Donald Coleman
In this episode of "Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?" Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias, chats with her good friend, Dr. Donald Coleman, Atlanta-based educator, leadership facilitator, first generation college student advocate, and joyful Black man! Donald talks about his journey into leadership, how he decided to show up in every space as his authentic self, and why he advocates for first generation college students. He even gives us his favorite travel habits, since he is also known as the "Tall, Black, Traveler". Tune in and take in the golden nuggets that Dr. Coleman shares in this conversation.
"Say What We Need to Say and Do What We Need to Do" with educational consultant & super dad, Dr. Tim Grivois
In this episode, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias chats with her good friend and colleague, Dr. Tim Grivois, Executive Director of TGS Educational Consulting. His firm helps schools, nonprofits, and government agencies transform the wicked systemic issues that vex all leaders of caring organizations into opportunities to demonstrate excellence in any environment. Tim talks about his leap into entrepreneurship, how he makes time for "all of the things," and the importance of TALKING TO PEOPLE! Learn more about Dr. Grivois and his firm: www.tgseducationalconsulting.org
From Fun-Saver Cameras to "Fight the Power!" with Photographer, Kathleen Nolis
In this episode, Chandra chats with Raleigh, NC based, award-winning photographer, Kathleen Nolis. Kathleen shares her unique entry into the world of photography, and how she is passionate about not only creating memorable experiences for her clients, but using her platform to open the door for uncomfortable, yet needed conversations. She hopes that her photographs can bring some light to a world that can often feel heavy and overwhelming.
Failure is NOT a full stop! A conversation with Dr. Demaura Russell, Founder of H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Clinic
In this episode, Chandra chats with Dr. Demaura Russell, founder of H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Center and H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Clinic. She talks about her journey through medical school, the twists & turns along the way, and her triumph over adversity to creating a clinic that is serving a rural community in North Eastern North Carolina. There are so many golden nuggets in this episode, so grab a pen and notebook, and tune in!
Strength, Courage, and Wisdom: with Valronica Scales, M.Ed.
In this episode, Chandra chats with one of her besties, Valronica Scales, M.Ed, a Higher Education leader, cancer warrior and advocate who talks about her journey to the career of her dreams, pivoting for the sake of protecting her peace, and kicking cancer's raggedy behind back where it came from. She also shares how she faces obstacles, the support that she gets from therapy, and what she keeps in her carry-on bag when she is globe-trotting!
Finding Direction from Within: A Conversation with Intuitive Career Coach, Emily Eliza Moyer
In this episode, Chandra chats with Intuitive Career Coach, Emily Eliza Moyer. After hearing from several "Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?" listeners who had career-related questions, and one listener who specifically asked for a podcast guest to speak to those needing career advice, Chandra reached out to Emily immediately. A former teacher and serial purpose-driven adventurer, Emily shares her career journey and how she has attained the career of her dreams, not once, but twice! She talks about her work as a career coach, answers our guests questions, and even shares a bit about her travel experiences in the Cool Points segment. Check out this super real, super inspiring conversation and get the motivation you need to light the fire within. Check out Emily on instagram at @emilyelizamoyer to find out how you can take advantage of her coaching services.
"Sit with the winners. The conversation is different." - A chat with 3 time Paralympic Gold medalist, Stephanie Wheeler.
In this episode of "Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?" Chandra chats with childhood friend, Stephanie Wheeler. Stephanie endured a spinal injury at a young age which changed her trajectory forever. She has gone on to become a three time Paralympic Gold Medalist (twice as a wheelchair basketball player and once as a coach). She is in the NC Sports Hall of Fame. She is a World Champion and collegiate champion in wheelchair basketball. She currently serves as Head Coach of the Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is finishing up her doctoral studies. Tune in and hear all about her incredible journey and how she's still winning at the game of life.
Curator of Cool: with Creative, Communicator, and Connector Chantrel Reynolds
In this episode of Wouldn't It Be Cool If...? Chandra chats with the "oh so pretty" Chantrel Reynolds, creative, communicator, and connector. Chantrel is a mover and shaker in the music industry, working behind the scenes as part of the engine that makes some of your favorite artists pop. She discusses her journey of going after the career she imagined, stepping into opportunities that stretch her creative muscles, and we learn whether she is team sweet grits or savory grits as this southern belle plays "Cool Points" with Chandra.
Nothing Can Stop Me, I'm All The Way Up! with Emmanuel Nketiah
In this episode, Chandra chats with Emmanuel Nketiah, "The Humble Pilot" a London-based educator who pursued his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Emmanuel surprised his mum with a flight and captured her hilarious, yet sweet response in a video that went viral. He talks about trusting the timing of his journey, the importance of investing in his dreams, and how his support system has helped him through this challenging and rewarding pursuit. Tune in for a great chat and follow him on Instagram at skyking_233.
KINFOLK! with Master Sergeant Cedric King
Dancing to the Beat of Her Own Drum: A conversation with Dr. Kellye W. Hall about her new book, "I Am the Beat, God Sets the Pace"
In this episode, our first podcast guest, Dr. Kellye W. Hall, (doctor, dancer, entrepreneur, and author) returns to discuss her new book, "I Am The Beat, God Sets the Pace." The book is available now on Amazon.com.
Legacy Legacy Legacy Legacy: Continuing the legacy of excellence in service with Chalis S. Henderson
In this episode, Chandra chats with Chalis S. Henderson, Executive Director of Turning Point Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit serving rural North Carolina in the areas of education, economic development, health and wellness, and community engagement. Chalis shares exciting news about the launch of the Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab which will provide access to technology and skill development to children and adults in areas where accessing the internet can be challenging. Chalis also chats with Chandra about lessons in leadership, how she balances wearing multiple hats, and she is the inaugural Cool Points player! A new segment of the podcast in which Chandra asks guests rapid fire questions that reveal a little bit more about their personalities! Follow @turningpointcdc on instagram or visit turningpointcdc.org to find out how you can support their great work.
Beauty Beyond Skin Deep with Kristy Alexander, Founder and Chief Big Heart at Apple Rose Beauty
In this episode Chandra chats with Kristy Alexander, Founder and Chief Big Heart at Apple Rose Beauty, a natural and organic beauty company with a big heart to employ human trafficking survivors and donate to organizations involved in their rescue and rehabilitation. Kristy shares that while growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, her love for science and math led her on a path to a thriving career in Engineering, Business, and Management. Yet her purpose was calling, and after taking a leap of faith to seek a different career path, she found herself back on the path to her childhood dream of starting a cosmetic beauty company, this time with an even deeper purpose. Kristy flourishes at the intersection of nature, science and passion for big change in the world and through her inspiring work at Apple Rose Beauty she is "being the change" and also providing opportunities for others to help transform lives as well.
For more information on Apple Rose Beauty: visit applerosebeauty.com or follow @applerosebeauty on instagram and Apple Rose Beauty on Facebook.
"A little TAT never hurt!" with Ron Gay, author of TATed by Ron (Tips, Advice, and Thoughts)
In this episode, Chandra chats with the hilarious and generous Ron Gay, affectionately known by many as "Fats". Ron talks about life as an HBCU grad, a mental health therapist, wellness champion, super husband and father, brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and new author of his first book, "TATed by Ron" where he shares hilarious, but sensible tips, advice, and thoughts about everyday life. Through his book and in everything he does, Ron seeks to encourage, uplift, and inspire others. And if we laugh in the process of being motivated, then that makes his gift to the world even more special. Check out this episode and get inspired to answer the call on your life!
Mothering Mothers & Birthing Activism with Nicole Miles, The Busy Birthworker
In this episode, Chandra chats with Nicole Miles, also known as "The Busy Birthworker" about her journey to being a doula and her quest to fight systemic oppression and dismantle inequities in the prenatal/postnatal experiences of mothers, particularly in the Black community. Nicole shares how her family and educational foundations: growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her time as a student at Young Women's Leadership Charter School and later at Smith College fashioned her into a confident, "knock down the gates" minded, leader in her field.
LOVE REIGNS with Dr. Margaret Brunson, author, entrepreneur, and host of the new series "TheLoveLife"
In this episode, Chandra chats with Dr. Margaret Brunson, writer, published author, influencer, entrepreneur, and host of the new series TheLoveLife (watch on YouTube and Facebook). They talk about how Margaret's deep exploration of love informs her approach to developing leaders and organizations, and how she hopes we all will gain an expansive understanding of love, and love ourselves fiercely. SO MANY NUGGETS OF WISDOM IN THIS EPISODE. Tune in!
Find Dr. Margaret Brunson at @mbisfree on all platforms and mbisfree.com. Be sure to tune into TheLoveLife!
And It Don't Stop! Keeping the Party Going with D.J. P Love
In this episode, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias chats with D.J. P Love out of Dallas, TX. He talks about how his lifelong passion for music changed his life and where he gets his business drive and ethics from. He also shares tips that every entrepreneur should remember. Most importantly, he shares how he keeps the party rocking for his clients, even during a pandemic. Tune in and move your body with D.J. P Love!
Hometown Griot: Celebrating the stories and people of Warren County, NC with Crystal Myrick, Founder and Editor of The Warrenist.
In our Season 2 opener, Chandra wanted to honor her hometown of Warren County, NC, and what better way than to chat with Crystal Myrick, Founder and Editor of The Warrenist, a platform dedicated to celebrating the people and stories of Warren County. Crystal talks about how "Da County" inspires her creativity and motivates her to leave a legacy. If you're looking for a charming, peaceful getaway check out Warren County, NC! Tell them Chandra sent you!
Welcome to Season 2!
Our host, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias reflects on Season 1 and introduces Season 2. We'll continuing exploring the leaps of faith that our guests have taken in their journeys, but we'll also explore the legacies that they are building and the impact that they hope to have on the communities they serve. Enjoy!
Black Girl Brilliance
In this final bonus episode of 2020, Chandra chats with two young authors and their entrepreneur mothers. 11 year old Mariya Hunter, author of Lucile and the Big Race, and 7 year old Solomon Robertson, contributing author of Kids Journal Through Covid 19: United Kids Speak, talk about what they've written, who inspires them and what other BIG plans they have. Their amazing moms chime in too! Listen to these two inspiring girls and also purchase their books for the young readers in your life!
"CARMEX IS OF THE LORD!" Leadership, Gender Equality, & Living the "Crowned" Life with Kelly Symone
It's the Season 1 finale, and host, Chandra Sledge Mathias chats with author, leadership coach, business woman, and podcaster Kelly Symone. Kelly's book, "Crowned: Gender Equality and the Gospel" tackles the controversial battle of the sexes from a Biblical perspective. Her core value of helping others shape cultures is the essence of her work work as a leadership coach. Grab your journal and take notes as she shares her journey and pick up the gems she drops along the way.
"Do Something" with entrepreneur, educator, activist, and advocate Leonardo Williams
In this episode, Chandra chats with Durham, NC entrepreneur, activist, and advocate Leonardo Williams. Leo and his wife Zweli own the only authentically Zimbabwean restaurant in the United States . A former educator, Leo is extremely service-minded, and talks about "about-ism". He urges us to do more than talk about it, but calls us to "be about it" as well. Tune in and get inspired by a man who is a serial GIVER.
"YOU, but make it fashion: Finding YOUR purpose, listening to YOUR voice, and owning YOUR calling" with Henry Edwards II
Chandra chats with good friend Henry Edwards II, Creator and Founder of // Magazine, stylist, consultant, and educator. Henry shares how he nourished his passion for fashion which developed in his small southern rural hometown and allowed his passions to connect him with industry associates around the globe. His work marries the world of fashion to the world of social impact. He talks about finding his voice in the fashion world, and owning his literal voice (his strong southern drawl), as well as how we should never sacrifice what makes us uniquely beautiful. Lots of laughs in this episode. Tune in now!
"Beard Gang, Black Card Revoked, and Why We Need To Stop Deleting Ourselves" with Attorney Hassan Kingsberry and Dr. Francemise Kingsberry
In this episode Chandra chats with Attorney Hassan Kingsberry and Dr. Francemise Kingsberry about their journey through marriage, coping with grief, and finding strength, peace, and joy through life's challenges. We also get a glimpse into how they thrive in their partnership and how Dr. Kingsberry got her husband into the BEARD GANG! Tune in to hear some golden nuggets from this dynamic couple and learn why Chandra got her Black Card Revoked (and why she earned it back)!
A Bonus Virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias and guest host, Michael Markofski
It's late July and yes, we're calling this episode a "fireside chat" because we're in the middle of a pandemic and nothing makes sense! Our host, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias, asked listeners a while back what they'd like to hear on the podcast, and several folks wanted an episode about her! So she chats with guest host (and previous Wouldn't It Be Cool If? guest), Michael Markofski, and they talk about her journey into education, global education, and why she's milked not one, but TWO COWS! Tune in and learn a little more about our host!
Between the Mikes and Me: Part 2. Finding Our Fight in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
In this episode Chandra talks to her long time friends and colleagues, Mike Williams and Michael Markofski. Both Mikes are former classroom teachers who now work in education in different roles (Mike Williams- National Humanities Center; and Michael Markofski is currently in the Ed Tech space.) The guys chat with Chandra about how they are processing the Black Lives Matter movement as our nation and the world comes to a boiling point, and what small steps can we take moving forward.
Between the Mikes and Me: Part 1. Finding Joy, Purpose, & Global Connections Through Education
In this episode Chandra talks to her long time friends and colleagues, Mike Williams and Michael Markofski. Both Mikes are former classroom teachers who now work in education in different roles (Mike Williams- National Humanities Center; and Michael Markofski is currently in the Ed Tech space.) The guys chat with Chandra on their non-traditional journeys to education, how they've made connections with schools in other countries, and how they work to provide equity to students through opportunities. Tune in to Part 1 of this two part episode.
"Hit Hard Like Sledgehammers" The Sledge Family Mothers Day Episode
In this special Mothers Day episode, Chandra is excited to be joined by her mom, Catherine, and her sisters Casha and Chalis. The "Sledgehammers" talk about mom life, career advice, and finally settle the debate of which sister throws down best in the kitchen. (Hint: It's NOT Chandra!) Enjoy this family time and Happy Mothers Day!
"STRONG. PERIOD." with Sara Farias aka SARATONIN
Chandra chats with personal trainer, coach, and fitness guru Sara Farias, the owner of the Saratonin brand. Sara shares her passion for helping people find wellness on the inside and outside. As a celebrity trainer, long-time athlete, and go-to coach for brands like Under Amour, Sara's most prized possession is her ability to develop a deep level of trust, familial belonging, and confidence in her clients through her distinct ethic of care. Her impact in undeniable.
"Coping Through COVID-19" with Dr. Shareefah N. Al'Uqdah
Dr. Shareefah N. Al'Uqdah is Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University's School of Education. She is also the Director of Training for Counseling Psychology, International Trainer for mental health and substance abuse professionals, Founder and Chief Psychologist at Your Neighborhood Clinic, wife, mom, bonus mom, and superwoman! Chandra chats with Dr. Al'Uqdah about ways that everyone can take care of themselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tune in for helpful tips and strategies to thrive during these challenging times.
"Oh The Places You'll Go: Hair care, Homeschool, and Hollywood" with Maisia Smith-Jackson
In this episode, Chandra chats with social media strategist, brand influencer, Founder of Four Natural Girls, homeschooler, and Momager to models and actresses, Raegan and Payton: The Jackson Twins. Maisia shares how the shift to natural hair put her on a journey that led all the way to Hollywood. She talks everything from homeschooling her girls, to navigating the industry, and how her faith helps her through it all! Tune in and listen to our "imaginary brunch" conversation!
"Designing Life On Her Own Terms" with Andrea Hysmith
In this episode Chandra chats with Andrea Hysmith, Principal Consultant and Designer of ASH Interiors and Design. Andrea talks about her journey of rebounding from a devastating setback to designing her life on her own terms and running a successful interior design firm. Lots of gems in this episode!
"Doctors and Dancing and wait... what does Mary Parker Coleman have to do with this?" with guest, Dr. Kellye Worth Hall
Chandra's talking with Dr. Kellye Worth Hall who shares her journey to emergency medicine and her pivot to dance. But wait, who is Mary Parker Coleman, and why is she engraved in the fabric of our lives?! Tune in and find out!
Let's Get This Party Started
This is the introduction to the podcast "Wouldn't It Be Cool If..?" where host Chandra Sledge Mathias is celebrating cool people who are doing cool things