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Be together, not the same. An inclusion and diversity conversation with CEO of Brigade of Mercy Ambreen Rizvi

Be together, not the same. An inclusion and diversity conversation with CEO of Brigade of Mercy Ambreen Rizvi

When I walk daily, I intentionally “unplug”. There is nothing on my body to indicate how many steps I have taken during my four-mile walk. I listen to the birds singing and ducks honking as they make love to spring. I notice new flowers in bloom. I am at peace. Yet sometimes, today, for instance, unwanted thoughts insert themselves as a result of something I heard on the news. Today it was the concept of “Othering.” I wouldn’t say I like it and I like even less the fact that it is being intentionally used in this season’s political lexicon.…
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Imagine an organization that fuels its power through service above self. Join my conversation with Ms. Rene Laws, Rotary 7610 District Governor Elect

Imagine an organization that fuels its power through service above self. Join my conversation with Ms. Rene Laws, Rotary 7610 District Governor Elect

Over the past three years, Frankly Speaking with Tyra G has been intentionally curating thematic stories across generations, cultures, and genres. We are learning from and paying tribute to servant leaders, game-changing entrepreneurs, innovative organizations, planting seeds that yield precious harvests, and all who live “despite “rather than “because of.” These leaders and organizations have chosen SERVICE to heal themselves and the nation. Service as a way of lighting up the darkness. Tonight, we are hearing one voice out of 1.4 million members of a 117-year-old international organization called Rotary. Rotary has continued to grow itself into a position of…
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REWIND:Were it not for those who care with Second Story’s Abigail Brougher

REWIND:Were it not for those who care with Second Story's Abigail Brougher

From an outsider’s perspective, it looked like “Santiago” was simply a rebellious kid. At Second Story for Teens in Crisis, however, counselors worked on getting to know him and learning why he was acting out. He opened up and the counselors were there for him, helping him rewrite the narrative for his future. When Timothy began attending Second Story’s Safe Youth Project he was struggling in school. The program coordinator worked to tutor him in the subjects he found especially challenging, and at the end of the school year he won an award for his hard work and progress! When…
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The Voices of Women of Vietnam. Thank you for your service.

The Voices of Women of Vietnam. Thank you for your service.

My goal in November is to share varied war stories across the spectrum of age, gender, and race to include family impact and cultural legacies. I am celebrating veterans and active-duty military who keep us and have kept us out of constant harm’s way, often at high costs. We are reminded that war is a part of human history. The Vietnam war was my coming-of-age war. I became immersed in and confused by the concurrent war at home about the necessity of US involvement while at the same time grieving over school friends who paid the ultimate price. There were…
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REWIND: Thank you for your service then and now featuring LT. COL. (RET.) George Bodie.

REWIND: Thank you for your service then and now featuring LT. COL. (RET.) George Bodie.

Journalist and author Isabel Allende reminds us that  “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, war, and necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” My goal is to provide information about, and exposure to, a diverse set of perspectives about war experiences that breed transformational leadership. We explore the impact on their family, necessary services provided, and social, cultural, and political cohorts. In this podcast, you hear about transformational leadership from an  African American man, a veteran officer from…
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Thank you for your service featuring Brig-Gen, USAF, Ret. Sandra Gregory

Thank you for your service featuring Brig-Gen, USAF, Ret. Sandra Gregory

Do you go the extra mile? Do you do more than what is expected? Do you expect the best? These questions pertain not only to your relationship with the world but also to how you treat yourself. Do you go the extra mile when it comes to you, or do you think that the least is enough for you? Going the extra mile means taking what you have and looking for ways to expand it— you believe in your ability to make it happen. Going the extra mile means doing just a little more than is expected, being just a…
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Thank you for your service CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader Bill Shepard!

Thank you for your service CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader Bill Shepard!

This month’s theme is: Thank you for your Service, Then and Now. I am passionate about celebrating veterans and active-duty military who continually help us sustain and maintain our quality of life, often at the greatest of costs. We hear stories through various lenses this November and December, including wars fought, age, gender, race, family impact, and cultural and social legacies. Our stories have included Mary Jessie Herrera, a 100-pound, 20-year-old Military Policewoman who wore an M16 and a 9 mm sidearm in IRAQ as accessories. We have heard informative heart-to-heart stories from women who decided to serve in the…
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What time is it on the clock of the world? Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategist shares her view.

What time is it on the clock of the world? Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategist shares her view.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”– Camus…documenting my liberation. “Adrienne Maree Brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music, and her podcasts. Informed by 25 years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship, and her work as a doula, Adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination, and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author/editor of seven published texts and the founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, where she is…
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Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

“America is an idea. It is a culture of tolerance. All different colors and religions can live in coexistence. All can contribute positively. This idea must be a leader in the world. This idea must be preserved. If anything happened to this idea, it would be very bad for the rest of the world.”—Zaheer Iqbal, immigrant from Pakistan Author Margery Leveen Sher sets the stage for our conversation in the following words. “This book tells some of the continuing stories of immigrants to our country. The American Dream is not dead, and it is certainly not a myth. It is…
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REWIND: What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

REWIND: What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

The challenge for us today is to be a lighthouse in the next generation’s lives. Be on the lookout for lost souls in this season of intense uncertainty and unrest. Be alert to those who may be in need and have nowhere to go or no way to get there. Be sensitive to children who are left out, leftover, or left behind. Be a lighthouse to a child. Show children protection and guidance. You don’t have to say much; just let the child know you are there should the need arise. Roselyn V. Baker-Black, affectionately known as Dr. Roz, has…
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