The Art of Balancing It All
Ep 22: Navigating At-Home Learning: Boosting Your Parenting With Leadership

Ep 22: Navigating At-Home Learning: Boosting Your Parenting With Leadership

October 14, 2020
At your wits in end with navigating your kids at-home learning with work? Trying to figure out how to get a little "me" time in? In this episode, Melissa HR Mom Griffin joins us to drop gems on how you can leverage the leadership skills you use at your job or in your business to get some relief while setting your kids up for long-term success.
Melissa Griffin, better known as "HR Mom" has worked in Human Resources for 17 years, mostly in Recruiting and Hiring for well-known Fortune 100 companies. She has seen the skills and capabilities of young workers decline over the years, and has a front-row view of how different parenting styles impact kids' success in the workplace.
 
 
Parents grab your pens! Share or start a watch party to get a convo started. You don't want to miss this one.
Ep 21: The Power of Fearless Conversations

Ep 21: The Power of Fearless Conversations

October 7, 2020
From George Floyd to Brianna Taylor to Elijah McClain (and so much more), the social injustices of black America have been brought to the surface and propelled into the mainstream. Black Lives Matter protests have gone global. Corporations have chosen to take a stand. And, the next generation of youth is using its voice, and networks, like never before. But as the movement continues many are asking how do we propel real, lasting change? How do we heal an increasingly divisive America?
 
In this episode, we brought on two of our dope friends -- Taylor Cashdan and Ed Dudley -- who in their own right have been outspoken about social injustices and their thoughts on the responsibilities we all hold in being outspoken and having bold conversations that will lead to real change for black America-- even when it may be uncomfortable or risky to one's brand.
 
We are excited to have them both join us and share how they've been able to maneuver uncomfortable conversations and discover the power of fearless conversations. Grab your pen and more importantly share this episode with a friend who may need encouragement during this time.
 
Until next time stay safe and on purpose!
Ep. 20: UnPacking 2020

Ep. 20: UnPacking 2020

September 3, 2020
We can all agree 2020 has been something else! We've endured a lot! But, here we stand.
 
For this episode, we invited a powerhouse panel to help us UnPack 2020. Margaret A. Brunson, Felica Raines Thompson, and Nevaina Rhodes joined us to discuss all that has taken place in 2020, how they've navigated these difficult times, and the lessons they've learned. As previous guests of TAOBIA, whose episodes received some of the highest engagement, we knew this was going to be a high-powered episode. But it exceeded even our expectations!
 
See what practices they've put in place to maintain wellness and why even THEY left with notes full of gems. Grab your pen, your journal, and your tea. This is one empowering episode!
 
2020 Election: The Power of Your Vote

2020 Election: The Power of Your Vote

August 10, 2020
This year is a critical election year with so much at stake, and with voter corruption taking place, hundreds of thousands of voters are being purged without their knowledge. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the importance of this presidential election, local elections, why you should being aware of voter suppression, and why checking your voter registration is vital.
 
Our panel includes community activists on the ground educating others on their voting rights and helping drive voter registration for North Carolina and beyond.
 
La'Meshia "LA" Whittington, has made it a personal mission to advocate for agriculture, climate justice, economic justice, rural communities, and communities-of-color. Alongside her brother, they co-founded TW2 Inc 501(c)3, a non-traditional satellite Arts school.
 
She is also the co-founder of The Scale Academy of Performing Arts. La’Meshia lеаdѕ work nationally in policy/advocacy, community engagement, and rеѕеаrсh on the intersections of human rights, ѕосіаl rights, and еnvіrоnmеntаl juѕtісе, specifically environmental racism present in сommunіtіеѕ-оf-соlоr. La’Meshia is the Deputy Director for Advance Carolina 501(c)4 and the Campaigns Director for the 501(c)3 sister-org: the NC Black Alliance. She is the co-convener of the NC Black & Brown Policy Network, former National Democracy Campaigner for Friends of the Earth and Chairwoman of the FRENC Fund Administration. After coordinating over 250 water and land rescues during the climate disaster Hurricane Florence and coordinating immediate supply drops to residents post-Hurricane Michael, Lа’Mеѕhіа became a founding board member of Democracy Green, a community-bаѕеd disaster relief organization.
 
Keith Grandberry, is an experienced political strategist and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) specialist that has a wide-ranging experience having worked on national and international strategic political projects. He has worked on the campaign advisory board for President Obama, and consultant for Big Brother, Big Sister of America as Urban Strategist, and former consultant White House Advisor Bob Brown. He has worked as a consultant and advisor on special projects over the years for the family of Nelson Mandela.
 
He is currently a member of the Leadership Team with Ground Game International LLC— an international political consulting company with a proven track record for providing services for successful political campaigns, issues campaigns, grassroots, canvas operations, and more.
 
Sanja Whittington, has committed her work to life-long service and environmental justice. Her beginnings as a community organizer, leading efforts to support residents facing houselessness and homeless, providing home care services and coordinating resource drops for elders, to successfully standing in the community and defeating a poisonous dirty corporation who threatened to move in her rural town in Black communities. Sanja serves as the Executive Director of Democracy Green, an environmental-democracy organization that specializes in advocacy and disaster relief. Democracy Green supports a mutual aid site housed in Eastern North Carolina and coordinates supply drops and dispatch during times of climate disasters. Sanja’s proudest achievements are her two children: Robert Jr. and La’Meshia Whittington.
 
Grab your pin! Not just to take notes, but to write down who you will share this vital information with to make sure every one of your friends and family member's vote will count in November and beyond! Until next time, stay safe tribe!
 
Voter registration toolkit:
 
Ep 18: What’s Next: Forging Long-Term Change & Dismantling Systemic Racism

Ep 18: What’s Next: Forging Long-Term Change & Dismantling Systemic Racism

July 10, 2020
In this episode, we tackle systemic racism and discuss what needs to be done to forge long-term, sustainable change. To help us dismantle this topic and give us all actionable steps, we asked two dynamic change-makers - Tru Pettigrew, Founder & President of Tru Access and Jeremy Collins, Director, Office of Engagement to the 75th Governor of the State of North Carolina, Governor Roy A. Cooper - to join us.
 
Tru's organization, Tru Access, bridges the cultural and generational gaps between multicultural millennials and corporate brands and agencies. He is a celebrated author, an engaging speaker, a committed community leader, and an award-winning marketing executive with 20 plus years of experience at the nation's top advertising & marketing agencies.
 
Jeremy is a civil rights advocate and lawyer for justice and peace. Before his post at the Office of the Governor, Jeremy served as director-counsel of the Racial Equity Project, and advocacy/policy counsel to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Jeremy is an organizer, consultant, strategist, and volunteer for many justice causes.
Listen in as we discuss:
  • Why it's essential to commit to anti-racism
  • Ways we can all begin to break the chains of systemic racism today
  • Navigating intergenerational collaboration within the Black Lives Movement
Grab your pens and paper, take notes, and, most importantly, ACT.
Ep 17: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

Ep 17: Celebrating Black Fatherhood

June 19, 2020
It's Juneteenth, and as we celebrate our black heritage, we also begin the celebration of fatherhood with the start of Father's Day weekend. In this episode, we invited some dope black men to join us and talk about what fatherhood means to them and the importance of being a present father. Our special guests, Rodney Paylor and Reverand Mark Gibson share their personal fatherhood triumphs.
 
Rodney's fatherhood journey has taken him from teen dad to single father of two boys, all while navigating building a successful office supply service. His fatherhood journey would later include him having a third son where he co-parented for many years and now is full-time Dad to his teenage son.
 
He has always been passionate about health and wellness and now works in that passion as a well-known personal trainer that specializes in sports training and training those recovering from injury.
 
Affectionally called, Pastor Mark, Rev. Gibson has distinguished himself as a passionate and anointed preacher and teacher, with a sincere desire to teach God’s word to the lost, hungry, and distraught.
 
Born and educated in Washington, DC, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC; a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a Masters of Divinity from the Shaw University School of Divinity and is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership at Campbell University.
 
He is passionate about serving the community and is involved in several community organizations in the greater Raleigh area. He is married to the lovely Lady Margo Rice Gibson and the proud father of four sons and one daughter.
 
You won't want to miss this episode full of wisdom and gems from the man's point of view!
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!
 
Reach out!
 
Rodney Paylor
 
Instagram: @rodneypaylor
 
Rev. Mark Gibson
 
Redeeming Love Missionary Baptist Church - www.redeeminglove.com
 
Facebook: @pastormark.gibson | Instagram: @eldermarkgibson
 
Ep. 16: Building Success Through A Giving Mindset

Ep. 16: Building Success Through A Giving Mindset

June 13, 2020
In this episode, we explore the unique power of giving and how it can open doors you never imagined. We also explore how the law of giving can be leveraged to move the conversation forward around systemic racism. To lead us in this conversation we brought on another one of our dope friends who truly embodies being a servant leader, Ryan Ray.
 
Prior to his role as CEO of Jobs for Life, Ryan led Triangle Entrepreneurial Leadership (TEL). He founded TEL in 2015 to create a safe haven for entrepreneurs to dream, to grow, and to lead their lives and businesses. Through TEL, Ryan has created a network of over 5,000 “learners” providing weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual events serving hundreds of attendees. In addition to events, Ryan has mentored more than 30 small business owners in various stages of business. Ryan has also served as Business Relations Manager for Arks, Inc. (a church financing and construction firm), and as the Education Director of the Dunn Police Athletic League.
 
Now as President and CEO of Jobs for Life (JfL), Ryan continues his mission of changing lives and transforming communities. He believes that in order to build any successful institution, we must first build its people!
There are so many powerful and inspirational nuggets in the episode so grab your pen and paper and get ready to take notes!
We wish you the very best during these tough and revolutionary times. We hope this episode will provide some inspiration as you tackle today's events. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Please email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!
 
Ryan's Toolkit:
 
 
Reach out!
 
Ryan Ray
 
Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @ryanrayofficial
 
Ep 15: Intimate Partner Violence: Silent Tears During Isolation

Ep 15: Intimate Partner Violence: Silent Tears During Isolation

May 28, 2020
Without a doubt, this pandemic has been a tough one for all of us to navigate. But, for those suffering from intimate partner violence (IPV) worldwide. stay at home orders can mean their lives are now at greater danger. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual abuse during their lifetimes.
 
We thought it necessary to have Dr. Shanita Brown, a licensed professional counselor, join us to talk about this important issue. Dr. Shanita Brown is also a speaker, educator, and trainer who fosters a transformative and empowering dialogue about intimate partner violence. She established a platform to break the silence and empower change regarding intimate partner violence and mental health through education, empowerment, and inspiration.
 
Dr. Brown has over 15 years of experience in the clinical mental health field, providing individual counseling in private practice, academic, and community mental health settings. Her extensive service includes work with N.C. Domestic Violence Commission Taskforce, SafeSpace Agency, and she most recently served on the Board of Directors for N.C. Coalition Against Sexual AssaultIn this episode, we discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on those who suffer from IPV, how they can get help during this time, and how loved ones can support them. Tune in to this critical episode.
 
We wish you the very best during this tough time and hope this episode will help you navigate a new normal. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Please email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!

Dr. Brown's Toolkit:
 
 
Reach out!
 
Dr. Shanita Brown
 
Instagram: @drshanitabrown | Twitter @DrSBrown | Facebook: @Dr.ShanitaBrown
Ep 14: Mother’s Day Episode: When Motherhood Feels Elusive: Overcoming Infertility

Ep 14: Mother’s Day Episode: When Motherhood Feels Elusive: Overcoming Infertility

May 10, 2020
For our Mother's Day episode, we wanted to take a different approach and acknowledge that motherhood doesn't come easy for everyone. About ten in 100 (6.1 million) women in the United States ages 15–44 have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- which means Mother's Day can be a emotional and difficult day for so many. That's why we asked our special guest, Shonita Roy, mother, wife, and Women's Ministry Leader at Friendship Church Outreach Ministries to join us and share her 10-year journey to motherhood and her triumph over infertility.
 
Persistent, giving, and unstoppable are just a few words that describe Shonita Roy. A native of the nation's capital who now resides in Fort Washington, Maryland, with her husband Dameion (and their twin daughters - Samara, Damiya) she exemplifies vigor, style, and strength coupled with a godly lifestyle and uncompromising principles. Shonita has been able to introduce hard and taboo topics of conversation to the Women of the church, such as divorce, domestic abuse, suicide, mental illness, you name it, they cried, strengthened and healed from it.
 
A woman with wit and passion and kinship as a change agent is well on her way to making an even greater impact on the lives that she encounters, and we believe she will make an impact today with this special episode.
 
In this episode, we talk about the heartache women face when they find out they have infertility issues, and Shonita shares her coping strategies and how she found faith to continue her journey that ended with two beautiful twin girls.
 
Her story will inspire and bless us all. So, grab your coffee and join us for this candid Mother's Day conversation.
 
Reach out!
 
Shonita Roy
 
Instagram: @shonitar | Twitter: @shonitaroy | Facebook: @shonitaroy
 
 
Ep 13: Single & Dating During Quarantine

Ep 13: Single & Dating During Quarantine

May 10, 2020
During our Facebook LIVE episode, we discussed being Single & Dating During Quarantine with special guests that included relationship expert Elizabeth Overstreet, Rob McKiver of Pipin Hot Podcast, and Shamair Faison. We take a deep dive into how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of dating and provide tips on how to embrace this time while getting creative with dating during this pandemic.
 
The conversation with our panel was both spicy and vulnerable, so you will not want to miss this one!
 
Single & Dating Toolkit for mental health and well-being:
 
Reach out!
 
Elizabeth Overstreet
 
Email: margaret@illuminedtolead.com | Twitter: @NewRulesDating | Instagram: @the_relationship_investigator |
Facebook: @TheRelationshipInvestigatorsFastGuidetoDating
 
 
Rob "Random Roe" McKiver
 
Email: thegentslife@gmail.com | Twitter: @rob_mckiver | Facebook: @thegentslifeapparel
Instagram: @random_roe
 
Shamair Faison
Instagram: @shamairfaison
 
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Pam and I wish you the very best during this tough time and hope these episodes will help you as you navigate a new normal. Have topics that you'd love us to cover during this pandemic that will help you navigate it all? Let us know. Email us at hello@theartofbalancingitall.com.
 
Stay safe, and see you in two weeks!

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