BIPOC Voices

These are the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton refers to them as the underestimated. We highlight the true hustlers, those who have overcome the most on their journey.

Make Good Choices and Persevere, with Jennifer R. Farmer

Jennifer R. Farmer, Author of First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life Jennifer R. Farmer tells us how Black women thrive in work and life. Jennifer R. Farmer is an author, trainer, and activist communicator. She works at the intersection of politics, advocacy, and the media.   We’ve been talking about resilience. Who better to talk to than…

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How to Leave a Sexy Job, with Mandar Apte, Cities4Peace

Mandar Apte, Cities4Peace Mandar Apte felt called to create peace. But first, he had to give up his dream job. In early 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King took a five-week tour of India to see the results of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent movement. While in India, Dr. King said, “I am…

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Healing through Community, with Iram Gilani, Author of Silent No More

Iram Gilani, Author of Silent No More After Iram Gilani nearly lost her life to gun violence, she found hope by building a community. Now she dedicates her life to helping others. Iram Gilani is a Pakistani-American author. She faced abandonment, neglect, isolation, molestation, physical and emotional abuse, forced marriage, bullying, homelessness, and a violent…

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Connect and Contribute to the World with Stefan Phang

Stefan Phang, Soap for Hope, and Linens for Life Stefan Phang is driven to make a difference. He creates shared value through connections. For more than thirty years, Stefan Phang has been working to protect children and end human trafficking. “When a family is in deep poverty, sometimes, the only thing they can sell is…

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Resilience Through Community, with Michelle Maryns of We Sparkle

Michelle Maryns is building a stronger and more inclusive economy by equipping underestimated entrepreneurs with tech-enabled business tools. Special Note: This episode was recorded before the killing of George Floyd. Should this interview have happened later, Michelle and I would have had a different conversation with a different tone. We present this interview in solidarity…

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Build Resilience, with Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes, 109 World

Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes, 109 World Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes thought she would spend this year building her nonprofit. Instead, she is building her resilience. Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes started 2020 with so much hope. “So many of us thought that 2020 was going to be THE year,” she says. She started the new year at a gathering in Vancouver. “I…

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An App to Give Help and Get Help During COVID-19 with Bharat Pulgam, Pikup

The Pikup Team. From left: Bharat Pulgam, Josh Chang, Sam Lerdahl and Ashley Klein. Pikup is an app that connects neighbors who need something with those who are already going to a store. We’ve been talking about resilience in the face of adversity. I must admit that I love stories from startups because, by their…

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Hospice Nurse Fights for PPE for Frontline Workers

“We have deemed this as a medical war. We are soldiers willing to serve, but we don’t have the armor.” Petergay Dunkley-Mullins On Thrive. Connect. Contribute, we have been talking about resilience. I cannot imagine anyone who models resilience more than hospice nurses. That is a job that requires a mental toughness that I’m not…

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Resilience Mindset with Super Bowl Champion, Ryan Harris

What does it take to get back up after being knocked down? Ask Ryan Harris, a 10-year veteran of the NFL. The essence of resilience is getting up after you’ve been knocked down. But what happens when your job is literally knocking people down or being knocked down? And what happens when that lasts for…

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Pivot in the Pandemic with Marcus Pope and Matt Norris of Youthprise

Youthprise pivoted their service model during the pandemic. No one could have predicted what happened next. Not every family has equal access to afterschool and summer programs. These programs often carry a price that is too great for impoverished families. A few years ago, the state of Minnesota came up with a great idea –…

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