S5E10: Regulating Your Central Nervous System with Dr. Telesa Hart
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by Laura Knights
1w ago
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Telesa Hart, Chiropractor and Burnout Coach, to help us to explore self-care strategies we can use to regulate our central nervous system. Your central nervous system includes your brain and your spinal cord. It plays a role in everything you do, and helps you to move, think, and feel. The central nervous system carries your body through its ‘rest and digest’ functions as well as ‘fight or flight.’   When experiencing different forms of stress, your central nervous system may move out of its healthy functioning state to a dysregulated state, which may ..read more
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S5E9: Navigating the Workplace with Power & Vulnerability with Kristen V. Carter
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by Laura Knights
3w ago
In this episode, we welcome Kristen V. Carter, award-winning executive producer, entrepreneur, and speaker to discuss navigating the workplace with power & vulnerability. While many may view the words “power” and “vulnerability” as diametrically opposed, we do not in the Black Woman Leading world!  Acknowledging that some Black women have found it risky to show vulnerability in the workplace, Kristen shares her experience with this from her work as a showrunner and executive producer leading high-profile projects. Additionally, she shares negotiation tips that have helped her to secur ..read more
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S5E8: Optimizing Your Health with Dr. Tiffany Smith
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by Laura Knights
1M ago
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Tiffany Smith, Founder of Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry to discuss optimizing your health.   Dr. Tiffany educates on why it’s critical to take a whole-body, whole-person approach to our mental health,  and highlights some particular challenge and resilience areas for Black women regarding our holistic health. Additionally, she provides tips and insights about what we can do preventatively to avoid a critically unhealthy state and how to track our progress.   Finally, Dr. Tiffany elaborates on how she is embracing our season theme ..read more
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S5E7: Knowing Your Rights with Latisha Newby
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by Laura E. Knights
1M ago
In this episode, we welcome Latisha Newby to discuss knowing your employment rights. Latisha is the Chief People and Legal Officer at Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coast Pines, as well as the CEO of Cultivate HR Consulting. Research indicates that Black women experience higher levels of discrimination in the workplace, so it’s important for us to know our rights and appropriate steps to address any violations of the law.  Latisha provides an “employment rights 101” overview, and shares about some of the common legal issues that Black women face.  She breaks down the definitions of comm ..read more
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S5E6: Thriving as We Lead with Dr. Tamara Wilds Lawson
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by Laura Knights
3M ago
In this episode, we welcome Dr.  Tamara Wilds Lawson, President and CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, to discuss the Foundation’s new research report, “Thrive as They Lead: Advancing the Infrastructure to Support Black Women Leaders in the D.C. Metro Area Nonprofit Sector.” The report explores and addresses 10 critical issues faced by Black women and Black gender-expansive nonprofit leaders in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and outlines a path to establish the necessary infrastructure to help them thrive. While the report was a regional initiative, the data it produced is co ..read more
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S5E5: Separating Identity from Achievement
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by Laura Knights
3M ago
In this insightful solo episode, Laura shares insights from her own journey and her experience with working with Black women leaders on the topic of separating our identity and worth from our achievements. She vulnerably shares her story and growth points on doing her heart work in this area.  Additionally, Laura provides her perspective on signs that this may be a challenge for you, sources of where this challenge may have come from, the (necessary) identity crises we may experience along the journey, and support strategies to help you as you do your work to untangle your identify and wo ..read more
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S5E4: Conquering Mindset Matters with BWL alumni
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by Laura Knights
4M ago
In this intimate discussion, four alumni participants of the Black Woman Leading Mid-Career (Samira Payne, Keira Braxton, Trenity Dobbey) and Early Career (Tiana Bryan-Okeke) programs  share their stories of conquering mindset matters and doing their heart work along their professional journeys.   Together, we explore mindset concepts that we navigate as leaders such as leaning into a growth mindset, overcoming negative thinking, challenging your internal saboteur, conquering fears, and aligning your “come from.” They share how they leaned into community and accessed collective ..read more
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S5E3: Navigating Perimenopause & Menopause with Dr. LaKeischa McMillan
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by Laura Knights
4M ago
We invited Dr.  LaKeischa McMillan for this episode to discuss hormone health, perimenopause, menopause, and everything in between!   Research indicates that perimenopause (the pre-menopause stage) is starting earlier for many women, with Black women transitioning even earlier than other races with symptoms starting as soon as the early 30s.  This impacts our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships and work experience. Dr. LaKeischa provides a master class in the episode, breaking down the physiology of what’s happening in our bodies, symptoms of perimenopa ..read more
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S5E2: Understanding Racial Inequalities in Your Workplace with Adia Harvey Wingfield
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by Laura Knights
4M ago
In this episode, we welcome Dr.  Adia Harvey Wingfield, sociologist and leading race and labor expert, to discuss her new book, “Gray Areas: How the way we work perpetuates racism and what we can do to fix it.” Adia breaks down her research findings about “gray areas”--the relationships, networks, and cultural dynamics integral to companies that exist apart from the specific expectations and duties required for any given job.  These gray areas are a key reason why employees of color, particularly Black workers, remain less likely to be hired, stall out at middle levels, and rarely pr ..read more
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S5E1: Welcome to Season 5
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by Laura Knights
4M ago
Welcome to Season 5 of Black Woman Leading, the podcast!  This podcast is an extension of the Black Woman Leading learning experience.   The theme for season five is “Who are you and who do you want to be?” In addition to the focused topics we’ll explore this season, the core questions this season will center on embracing our identity and core values, and amplifying the message that who we are right now is worthy and who we choose to become through our learning and growth is worth the effort. In keeping with our core pillars, the episodes will continue to have a holistic focus o ..read more
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