MAN, have we missed YALL! Hello world! The Finding Your Forte Podcast has been on quite the hiatus. The good news is we've been super busy getting leaders and organizations on purpose in their business and careers. But the problem is - we've been keeping it a secret! Not on purpose...we've just been to busy LIVING the stories to make time to TELL the stories! Well that little teething pain of growth stops TODAY! And we plan to make up for lost time with a series of powerful conversations. We believe that hearing the ebbs and flows, the hills and valleys, the triumphs and challenges are just what others need to give them permission and courage to take on their own journeys - and that includes you, So stay tuned! We're coming back to you real soon - and I’ve got some pretty amazing friends to bring along. So let's get ready to Find Your Forte. Compose Your Masterpiece and Play Your Crescendo.
About the Series:
The Collective "Voices of Up2Me Radio have come together in one voice to instill "HOPE" The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic has touched every human in the world and brought all external (outside of your home) activities to a sudden STOP! A hard and sudden STOP! The destructive impact of the pandemic has resulted in millions afflicted with the virus and fighting for their life, mass deaths, mass unemployment, business shut downs, racial unrest and a major economic downturn. Fear and uncertainty is among the masses. Faith is being tested and many are seeking understanding for the worldly unknowns for basic survival. We are in earthly uncharted waters but not for believers who know the full story. Hope has to be restored in a way like never before in our lifetime.
Connecting the Dots with Special Guest Ron Rice, Board Chairman of the National Football League Alumni Association and NFLAA Carolinas Chapter Captain.
Special Co-Host Reggie Hammond joins the conversation.
In this episode Ron talks about life after major league football. Ron shares his story and journey and shares how he is now focused on service for good and fulfilling his purpose through social responsibility.
Building Social Capital with Special Guest Dr. Monikah Ogando, Founder and CEO of CEO Mastery.
Special Guest Co-Host Reggie Hammond joins the conversation
In this episode John, Reggie and Dr. discuss the concept of building social capital, what does it look like and how do you build it. Dr. takes us on her journey through her personal story sharing wisdom gained along her way and how she mastered building social capital and longstanding relationships that bought value to her life.
Meet Dr. Monikah Ogando
Dr. Monikah Ogando is CEO and Founder of the award winning firm CEO Mastery, an executive and leadership development firm working with exceptional leaders who want to elevate brand position, engage their people, and increase profits while honoring their true purpose.To read Dr. Ogando's full bio click button below.
Listen to a Pro's PRO with Special Guest Tamika Curry Smith.
In this episode meet your Host John Peoples and join him as he welcomes special guest Tamika Curry Smith to the Connecting: A Contact Sport Conversation. Tamika Curry Smith is a people-centered, data-driven, results-oriented leader with proven experience driving workforce, workplace, and marketplace diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has led inclusion and diversity internally for four of our country's pre-eminent corporations and she has also led consulting engagements in the same arenas. She develops strategies, policies, and programs to attract, recruit, develop, promote, and retain a diverse, engaged employee base. She works cross-functionally to embed diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organizational structure, focusing on cultural impacts, business results and ROI. She has a track record of engaging business leaders through effective communication while leveraging data and metrics to drive accountability and results. Click below to read Tameka's full bio.
Create Your Dreams with Special Guest
Kim Dennis, Executive Director of Create Your Dreams. In this episode Host Rev. Dawn Wright welcomes Kim Dennis the Executive Director of Create Your Dreams to the Kaleidoscope
Conversation. Create Your Dreams is a long-term, youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in undeserved areas of Atlanta. We provide the resources, relationships and opportunities children living below the poverty line require to reach their potential.
Raising Purposeful Kids and Young Athletes with Special Guest Christopher Mance Family Sports Coach & Blogger
In this episode Host Rev. Dawn Wright welcomes special guest Christopher Mance to the Kaliedoscope Conversations. Christopher Mance is a Family coach helping sports families pursue difficult goals while maximizing happiness on the journey. To learn more visit www.christmance.com
The Sophia Project with Special Guest Rev. Dawn R. Price, Executive Director of the Sophia Project
In this episode Host Rev. Dawn White welcomes special guest Rev. Dawn R. Price to the Kaleidoscope Conversation. Tune in as Rev. Dawn White shares her story and journey with The Sophia Project and how the organization's help young women in the community. The Sophia Project, Inc.’s envisions young women who are individually secure and socially engaged, globally conscious and community focused. Participants of The Sophia Project, Inc. are BOLD, CREATIVE, DARING, and CONFIDENT. These young women are effective leaders among their peers, ready to dispatch their gifts in the community. Graduates of The Sophia Project, Inc. are aware of how her relationship with self and others necessarily impacts her decisions and ability to be a successful and valuable member of her community.
Making the Connections - Up Close with John Peoples
In this episode Host Reggie welcomes John Peoples back to the Finding Your Forte Conversation. John will share his background, his goals and how going through the Finding Your Forte program helped him to crystallize his purpose. A big announcement will be made.
Learn how you too can find your forte!
Welcome to the Premiere of Kaliedoscope Conversations with Host Rev. Dawn Wright and Special Guest Orlando Evan, Divinity Scholar
Topic: Premiere of Kaleidoscope Conversations - Choose Your Color and Tune in!
In this premiere episode join Rev. Dawn Wright as she welcomes you to the Podcast along with Guest Orlando Evans. Orlando will share his story and journey towards his purpose as he shares the color of his life and what it means.
Topic: How I Found My Forte with Rev. Dawn Wright
In this episode Host Reggie welcomes Rev. Dawn Wright to the Finding Your Forte Conversation. Rev. Dawn Wright will share her background, her goals and how going through the Finding Your Forte program helped her to crystallize her purpose. A big announcement will be shared. Learn how you too can find your forte!
Why Women and People of Color Don't Get It: Pay Equity with Guest the late Sara Hurwitch
This Episode is dedicated to the life and memory of Sara Hurwitch.
In this episode Reggie shares a conversation he had with Sara during the planning for a upcoming event. Throughout the conversation provocative insights were shared. Sara shared her wisdom as she and Reggie discussed a sensitive but relevant topic.
May her words bless you and empower you as you seek purpose and success in your careers, businesses and life.
Women and Well Being On Purpose with Special Guest Mim Senft, President and CEO, Motivity Partnerships, Founding Member and Executive Team, Global Women 4 Wellbeing
This Episode is Sponsored by Atlanta Life Media Agency
In this episode Reggie and Mim talk about the many issues, challenges and opportunities for Women to focus on their well being on purpose. Useful information and tools are shared. The Work Life balance is a hot topic for many so hear from the experts on how the Women 4 Wellbeing Movement is making an impact.
Meet Mim: Mim Senft has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation. She specializes in providing companies with strategies that positively impact culture and create team innovation. She is a certified as a Worksite Wellness Specialist through the National Wellness Institute; has her GBA group benefits designation through the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals (IFEBP); her property and casualty insurance certification, Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), through the Insurance Institute of America; and became a certified yoga instructor in 2006. Prior to founding Motivity Partnerships, she worked with over 70 clients in a variety of industries including finance, manufacturing, law, fashion/retail and not-for-profit. Some representative companies include Optum @ Goldman Sachs, Springleaf Financial, Tory Burch, Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm, Natures Path, Open Door and Consolidated Precision Products.
Mim is a co-founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), served on the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute and is a member of The Global Wellness Institute’s Future of Well Work Initiative. She is a regular speaker at conferences and roundtable discussions on topics related to employee benefits, corporate wellness/wellbeing programs, and keeping a competitive edge in today’s workplace.
"Community Leadership on Purpose" with Special Guest Andre Dickens
Episode Sponsored by Up2Me Magazine
Power Lunch Guest- Andre Dickens, Community Servant Leadership on Purpose
Join Reggie and Andre as they talk about Andre's journey through the Your Crescendo Program and how he awakened his natural talents and leadership skills to serve his community, residents and himself with purpose. Andre shares his wisdom from lessons learned with great takeaway nuggets!
The fifth generation Atlantan and first time public office candidate, Councilman Andre D. Dickens was elected citywide to the Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large in November 2013. The Councilman currently serves as the chair of the Community Development & Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Transportation and City Utilities Committees. He also serves on the boards of the Atlanta Beltline, Invest Atlanta, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Dickens is a proud product of the Atlanta Public School System where he graduated in the top two percent of his class at Benjamin E Mays High School. Dickens earned his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. In 2013, he earned his Master’s of Public Administration in Economic Development at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
" Going for the Goal" with Special Guest Erin White, CEO of Hexagon Outsourcing & Leadership Coach
Join Reggie for a Power Lunch Hour as he visits with Erin White Host of the show Going for the Goal. Tune in as Erin shares her story and journey with highlights of her participation in Reggie's program Your Crescendo, where individuals discover their natural talents and gifts as they awaken and tune into their "purpose."
Meet Erin: Erin White is the CEO of Hexagon Outsourcing and Leadership Coach to Business Leaders and Intrapraneurs and Execution Driven HR Professional.
"Starting a Riot on Purpose" with Special Guest Dr. Tauyna Lowe, RiotStarter
Join Reggie and Dr. Lowe as they explore her journey as an author, podcaster, consultant and trainer in all things human services. A contemporary missionary (just getting back from Kenya) and world traveler, learn more about her mission to impact the world!
"Serve and Lead on Purpose" with Special Guest Caesar Mitchell, Public Servant, Son, Husband & Father
Join us on a very special edition of Finding Your Forte Talk Radio Show on Up2Me Radio with special guest, Ceasar Mitchell. In this episode, Ceasar takes a break from the grueling Atlanta mayoral race to have a conversation free of politics, free of issues and free of ducking political barbs. We talk about legacy and the many contributions into his servant leader DNA. We will talk about the role early recognition of his passions, gifts and motivations played in his calling to serve our city. Please join us for an exciting special edition of Finding Your Forte. We think you'll be glad you did!
"Music on Purpose" with Special Guest Chantae Cann, Singer/Songwriter
Join Reggie in this special broadcast as he welcomes Chantae Cann to the conversation to discuss her story, journey to her purpose and information on her soon to be released album.
The theme song of the Finding Your Forte Show is called "Free Your Dreams" by Chantae Cann.
Meet Chantae: (Please visit our Featured Artist Page for more information)
Chantae Cann is next on the scene with incomparable vocals and her debut album "Journey to Golden" that debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts! She is the next premier Jazz vocalist on the rise. Chantae Cann’s voice is the perfect combination of a warm Spring day, the fragrance just before it rains, and a sunset so breathtaking you can’t seem to capture it just right on camera. Her vocal delivery is soothing, sultry and more than just soulful, it’s soul fulfilling. Whether you find yourself listening to her live at a show or turning her up in your headphones, chances are you will have peace in your mind and a smile on your face. Chantae’s music blends the exploratory sounds of JAZZ with the feel good vibes of SOUL, which makes for a mixture that is quite delicious. It is her heart’s desire to simply inspire, uplift and encourage the lives of others through music.
A Chicago native, Chantae is not a novice to the music world. She has been blessed to travel the world as a background vocalist (10+ years) with the likes of Leon Timbo, Darlene McCoy, P.J. Morton, Gramps Morgan, and Grammy Award winning artist India Arie. She’s had the tremendous honor of collaborating with artists/bands such as, Snarky Puppy, Jarrod Lawson, Jonathan McReynolds, Tony Momrelle, Jaspects, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, Mike Hicks, Sho Baraka and Khari Cabral Simmons.
My Fare Lady is the life-long pursuit for Pastry Chef Charlette Bell to bring the delicate french macaron to Atlanta. Charlette is purposeful about sharing culinary heritage to harmonize people, families and cultures. She launched My Fare Lady for consumers who have developed an affinity for macarons, perhaps during their European travels, and would like to be able to enjoy them regularly while at home.
The launch of My Fare Lady stemmed from her work to pursue purpose which calls her "To harmonize people, families and cultures by sharing culinary heritage." She was inspired by her grandmother who has been a lifelong chef and cook for her family and passed on her love and craft to Charlette. To learn more visit www.myfareladymacarons.com
"Building High Performing Teams on Purpose" with Special Guest Ann Collins, Director of Sales & Marketing, Georgian Terrace Hotel
Join Reggie and Ann as they talk through her journey to grow her team to be High Performing on Purpose as they have just wrapped up an award winning year!
Meet Ann Collins:
Ann is a sales and marketing leader with a track record of creating synergy and offering outstanding presentation, communication, and cross cultural team management skills. Ann specializes in proven financial results; stellar client and peer relationships. She strongly believes in strong team dynamics, focusing on achieving financial goals, developing strong relationships with managers and staff, as well as creating a cohesive productive team within a deadline driven environment will drive revenue generation. Her leadership style is based on her character, integrity, and connectivity. As a gifted achiever, Ann's financial contributions ensure a clear understanding of revenue generation and set the tone in any sales environment. Ann delivers revenue results within organizations and her assets include:
• Revenue Generation and Forecasting
• Sales Manager Development and Constant Improvement through Ongoing Sales Coaching
• Data Driven Mindset
• Market Trend and Mix Analysis
• Driving Strategies for Market Penetration
• Financial Results Achievement
• Brand Development, Awareness, and Positioning
" Improving Medical and Small Business Profitability on Purpose" with Special Guest Kevin Jones
Join Reggie and Kevin during the Power Lunch Hour as they discuss a insightful and powerful topic with "nuggets" of wisdom and experience to share with you!
"Navigating Change on Purpose" with Special Guest Deirdra Glover, Founder & CEO at Conserte Consulting
Join Host Reggie Hamond and Power Lunch Hour Special Guest Deirdra Glover as they talk about navigating change on purpose and share great nuggets on how they did it!
Meet Deirdta Glover, Founder & CEO of Conserte Consulting:
With more than 18 years of consulting and professional services experience, Deirdra is an inspired and engaged executive coach, facilitator, and leader. Her significant experience leading strategic planning, organizational change readiness and adoption, inclusion & diversity, and organizational effectiveness initiatives spans a large cross section of industries and organizations.
Adept at helping clients build and sustain organizational culture that is conducive to sustainable change, Deirdra enjoys building cohesive, nimble teams that are well-positioned to respond to the ever-changing business landscape that we live in today.
Deirdra holds an MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Management from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama.
Power Lunch with John Peoples - Supply Chain Leader and People Connector
In this episode we're having a power lunch with John Peoples, supply chain executive and people connector extraordinaire. We'll talk about how this time last year, he was navigating a career crossroads and how working with the Finding Your Forte program centered him to what he is purposed to do - through a bold proclamation of his purpose - To connect, relate and inspire others to passionately pursue their gifts with no complacency and no fear.
Join us as we check in with Leslie Stevens, Director of Movement and Purpose Marketing about her own pursuit of purpose and what it's like to do it in an organization that values purpose.
Human Resources Business Partner to SunTrust's Corporate Marketing organization. Partner with Chief Marketing Officer and senior Marketing leaders to create and implement Human Capital Strategy aligned to business plans and objectives. Champion for change and ensuring the implementation, delivery, and quality of HR products, services, and initiatives. Develop human capital solutions for the Marketing organization and lead execution of human capital initiatives throughout the workforce. Provide executive coaching and assist in identifying interventions that enable the effectiveness of the Management team. Play a leadership role for HR program and/or initiative deployment across corporation, following a project management discipline.
"Encouragement on Purpose" with Special Guest Erin White, CEO, Hexagon Outsourcing Group Plus New Segment: Leaders: Here's what your folks won't tell you
In this episode we check in with Erin White, CEO Hexagon Outsourcing and Leadership Coach to Business Leaders and Intrapraneurs and Execution Driven HR Professional.
We've come to know Erin through her exciting work as Chief Encouragement Officer for The Honeycomb Life. Since that venture launch, she has grown her territory to lead Hexagon. Join us as we learn more about this triumph.
" Making Clients Look Like Rock-stars on Purpose" with Special Guest Richard Makerson, Co-Founder, BlueFletch
In this episodeReggie and Richard discuss how Richard learned of his purpose to "solve complex problems and make his clients look like rock-stars!"
As the co-founder of BlueFletch, Richard is a Technical Manager with skills in Mobile, Microsoft .NET, and J2EE Application Development. Richard has also trained, deployed, and supported multiple application tiers across complex production environments. He has extensive technical experience in native, cross-platform and web-based mobile application development. Richard holds a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College.
" Pinnacle Insights: Business Performance on Purpose" with Special Guest Cyril Turner, President, Delta Global Services (recently retired)
In this episode Reggie engages in a reflective dialogue with Cyril Turner, recently retired President of Delta Global Services. Valuable "nuggets" will be shared.
Meet Cyril: As the President of Delta Global Services (DGS) and Delta Private Jets (DPJ), wholly owned subsidiaries of Delta Air Lines, Cyril has developed and is executing a strategic plan that maximizes the value of DGS and DPJ, while maintaining strong partnerships with all of its customers. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President – Delta Connection where he was responsible for managing Delta’s partnerships with regional carriers.
Cyril has also held leadership positions with The Coca-Cola Company, Frito-Lay and Deloitte & Touche.
In addition to his extensive business experience, Cyril is active in the Atlanta community serving on the Board of Directors of Leadership Atlanta and Junior Achievement of Georgia. He also has been involved in the Georgia Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 Black Men of Atlanta and Habitat for Humanity.
He simultaneously earned a BSc in Physics from Morehouse College and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at Harvard Business School and the London Business School.
"It's My Time" with Special Guest Craig Garrett, Managing Director and Principal with Next Level Events.
"Driving the Triple Bottom Line - What's that?" with Special Guest Erika Williams, Founder and Principal of The Albireo Group.
"Making Business and Career Moves - On Purpose" with Special Guest Elton Potts, Founder & CEO of the Vine Vault
"Empowering Purpose - Leaders Go First" with Special Guest Regenia Sanders, Vice President, SSA & Company
Premiere Episode 15 years leading. 15 years loving. 8 years owning. 3 lives raising. This Legacy Needs a New Name with special guest Jwyanza Watt, AT&T Director, Operations Management.
For the entirety of my professional career since business school, I have been leading, facilitating and managing transformational, mission critical change in companies we all know, love and respect. This has been a blessed and fortunate set of experiences that I highly regard bringing to every mission I take on. I’ve worked with leaders that were inspired and inspiring. I’ve worked with some that were there just to collect a check.
I’ve seen organizations thrive. I’ve seen some barely capable of completing transactions even after having multi-million dollars systems deployed. I’ve been on teams that perform with symphonic-like coordination and dynamics. I’ve been on teams charged with business critical projects and team members that wanted nothing to do with each other.
This range of experiences has taught me plenty. I’ve always been fascinated by what made the difference in these scenarios.
Why one team thrives while another team drags with equally capable people. Why brilliant leaders sometimes dial in and sometimes go through the motions. My observation is that it all comes down to purpose. People that have a sense of purpose in the work they perform as it relates to them individually plug in and bring everything they’ve got. They know their contribution to the purpose of the their organizations and teams. Even when it wasn’t explicitly my job to, I’ve passionately pursued helping others connect with this sense of purpose and bring it to their work. I’m elated that I now have the opportunity to do that in a mission-based venture, Your Crescendo.
To learn more about Your Crescendo visit them at YourCrescendo.com