June 21, 2017
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Autumn Williams - a Cool Soror of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. A Chicago, Illinois native, Autumn’s parents knew she was athletically gifted at an early age. Trying her hand in swimming, gymnastics and any sport her mother felt like she could thrive in, Autumn would gravitate toward tennis. Tennis would lead her to Kingsville, Texas - a town with a population of 25,000.
The sport of tennis became a rewarding outlet for Autumn at a young age, allowing her to mature into a sought after high school student-athlete. She knew she wanted to attend an HBCU, so she set out to make that happen. Atlanta came calling and so did Clark Atlanta University. Autumn says her experience as a student-athlete at CAU was one of the best of her life. Leading her team to an SIAC (Souther Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Championship, Autumn was setting the standard for how she would lead the team years later as its head coach.
She took over the CAU Women’s Tennis program in 2010 and earned SIAC Coach of the Year twice during her tenure. She became the only coach in lady Panthers history to win the SIAC championship as a coach and a player. With all the success, Autumn took a leap of faith to join Texas A&M University Kingsville in the same capacity.
During her first year, the Javelina women’s tennis program completed a historic season by earning the most wins in program history. She also was named Coach of the Year.
Autumn has achieved a lot in sport and gained tremendous footing while at Clark Atlanta. She said the entire experience gave her an “extra layer of toughness.” It’s the type of toughness that makes she and everyone under her tutelage great.
IG: @autumnmegan Twitter: @autumnmegan
June 20, 2017
Dr. Lakeysha “KEY” Hallmon joins the Cool Soror Podcast today. A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon is a small-town, Mississippi native, who is among the first on both sides of her family to attain a college degree. She is the CEO of the Village Market ATL, which is a community event created to support black entrepreneurs, artists and small businesses. She describes the gathering as a “big family reunion.” She is also the founder of the nonprofit, Young, Gifted, and Black. Both of these platforms allow her to serve, educate, and empower.
Serving as a social entrepreneur, curator, speaker and passionate educator, Dr. Hallmon
stands by the following:
“Each of us must dedicate ourselves to serving the good of our people. We are community. Our fate and futures are interconnected. If we act in oneness and in the spirit of togetherness not only can we survive, we can thrive.”
Throughout all of her work and accomplishments, Dr. Hallmon gives her mother the upmost praise for the reason why she is the woman who she is today. Her life is a reflection of her mother’s dream for her to see the world through different lenses. Those lenses are the eyes and ears of the community she serves: the village.
Instagram: @thevillagemarketatl Twitter: @thevillagemarketatl
June 14, 2017
Lucy Edosomwan joins the show today! This Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a creative, dynamic and multi-faceted artist. The Nigerian-American beauty was born in New York City. With a mission to change the world, the creative director tells stories through art: photography, film, dance, graphic design and fashion.
Stunningly beautiful inside and out, Lucy is on a mission to become Miss Nigeria USA by participating in this prestigious pageant in New York City this upcoming August. Raised by traditional Nigerian parents, she learned the value of education at a very early age.
Lucy passionately said, “Too often we hear of schools closing and the arts being stripped from the curriculum of education. No more shall we let this agenda endanger the potential of our future generations. Education is the only thing that cannot be taken from us. An educated people is an empowered people. We must become knowledgeable on our world’s problems and fast to fix it. We must arm our communities with the resources they need to flourish, for in this life one community’s progress, is the progress of humanity.”
She has been able to find an interesting middle ground to navigate in this undulated world we live in. Lucy has created the best of both worlds to see her way through. She has grasped and lived with a “Nigerian Mind with An American Understanding.” And she certainly has mastered it.
IG: @soyoulovelucy FB: Lucy Edosomwan
June 12, 2017
The Cool Soror podcast is happy to have Ericka McCracken join the show today. This Cool Soror of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., has a witty and beautifully funny personality that resonates with every person she meets.
A talented writer, Ericka has been putting pen to paper ever since she can remember. An English major at the University of Virginia, she never imagined that one day she would be completing her very own memoir. Her first book, ALTARcation is inspirational but challenges the reader to forgive those who have hurt you, including yourself.
Her story reads like an epic adventure filled with joy, sadness, challenges, courage and ultimately triumph. From her life’s experiences, life’s purpose was revealed in an unlikely way. Ericka truly realized the God-given resilience that she always had and knew that her journeys in life were meant to be shared. She realized that the joy is not only in overcoming life’s obstacles but teaching what you have learned. Ericka desires to share how truly powerful forgiveness is so others can either avoid or overcame the barriers that life sometimes presents.
A clever documentarian and producer Ericka is destined to tell stories that need to be told. She is certainly happy that she opened the Pandora’s Box in her own life with the first step: FORGIVENESS.
IG: @LegacyOfEricka FB: @LegacyOfEricka Twitter: @LegacyOfEricka
June 7, 2017
Alan Wiley is a Cool Bruh of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and he joins the show today. He is the current President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Atlanta as well as the Director of National Programs in the Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He leads the Alpha mentoring program at Brown Middle School in Atlanta.
Wiley was recently recognized by the Eta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as the 2017 Brother of the Year. Also, while a member of the Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha (Washington, DC), he was awarded the C.C. House Man of Merit Award
Wiley serves on numerous volunteer boards and is passionate about making a difference in the community. As the former president of the IBM Atlanta Black Network, Alan counts among his many accomplishments presiding over the implementation of the Digital Divide program created to provide information technology exposure to marginalized communities. He is currently the President of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA) North Metro Chapter, which recently received national recognition when it was awarded the Jack E. Bobo Chapter Award of Excellence.
A very accomplished man, Wiley is leading the effort in the Atlanta area for the second annual “Divine Nine 5k Run/Walk” on June 10th. With nearly 1,000 people already pre-registered, the turnout will likely set the precedent for years to come. To register for the race and the get more details about the “Back 2 The Yard” party log onto www.divinenine5k.com!
LinkedIn: Alan Wiley
June 6, 2017
The fearless spirit of entrepreneur Althea Lawton Thompson is as pure as a stream at the break of dawn on a summer’s day. This Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha has found the key to spiritual decadence through her understanding of vibrations, meditation and yoga. This purpose path did not come overnight. She allowed herself to no longer suppress the thought of going beyond and opened her mind further than the boundaries of organized religion.
Working as an executive for GE Capital in a number of financial services and human resource capacities fulfilled that endeavor, until a layoff in 1996 gave her the opportunity to do what she was truly passionate about – fitness.
Althea earned several certifications in personal training, aquatic fitness, group exercise, indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates. She became a faculty member for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a continuing education provider for the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA), and a 200HR registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In 2001, she produced and released the first of six exercise videos in the Altheatized™ series and began presenting on the fitness convention circuit. She was highlighted in magazines including Best Body, Essence, Parenting, Upscale and Oxygen.
Althea is a woman who wears many hats. Another hat she’ll be wearing is conference director at the Limitlessly Living Conference which is taking place in the Atlanta area on June 10th. She and is sharing her truth and how she found her way to the type of peace many long for. That in itself is Living Limitlessly.
May 31, 2017
Jen Price is the very best friend of our host, Rashan Ali. A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this urban planner / project manager by day has discovered an entirely new world for herself in the form of yeast and hops. She created The Atlanta Beer Boutique, which is a soon-to-come bottle shop in metro Atlanta. For the past four years, ABB has put on amazingly fun beer events, beer fittings and beer menu pairings. Yes, Jen Price loves beer and she is on a mission to share that love with the masses, particularly women.
Jen got her passion for beer from her father who would allow her to taste “a little bit off the top.” She would lovingly have his beer ready when he got home from work everyday. As life would have it, she wanted to expand her palette and got her first taste of the craft beer scene on an internship in Colorado. She fell in the love with the rich taste. She made it her duty to grow the palettes of her friends and family.
This beer enthusiast can now add author to her title with the release of “The Chicks Guide To Beer.” The guide presents a broad view of beer into seven simple rules. Therein lies the information necessary for cracking the beer code! “Beer Chick Tips” are scattered throughout the guide to highlight key ideas and graphics help explain many of the concepts. The journal at the end of the guide provides users with a place to log the beers they try along their beer journey.
In a very fun and jovial conversation, Jen Price sheds light on happiness and hops! Her personality pours through the mircrophone like a milky stout paired with your favorite piece of chocolate. If you don’t get why that pairs together well, read the book and you’ll get it. Cheers!
IG: @thechicksguidetobeer FB: @thechicksguidetobeer Twitter: @thechicksguidetobeer
IG: @atlantabeerboutique FB: @atlantabeerboutique Twitter: @atlantabeerboutique
May 29, 2017
There comes a time in a person’s life when things have to change. In 2008, the time had come for our host, Rashan Ali. But she could not do it alone. She needed Sheri Riley as a friend, confidante and conduit. Sheri Riley joins the show today on a very special day! Today is the day that she releases her book, Exponential Living worldwide!
This Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has written a fascinating book that will help you grow to greater heights in your professional and personal journeys. Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are (Penguin Random House) provides practical tools and is the guide to help busy individuals to integrate their personal desires into their life without detriment to their professional achievement. The nine Principles of Exponential Living® focuses on how personal development fuels professional growth and empowers us to live in our true power, which is peace. Peace is the New Success®
The path to this day has been a true walk of faith with a tremendous amount of sacrifice. As a top executive a LaFace Records helping to develop and market artists like Usher (who lends his hand to write the foreword for her book), Toni Braxton, Outkast and TLC, she walked away at the pinnacle of her career to start her own company, Glue Inc.
For over 17 years, Sheri served as Founder and Chief Partnership Strategist of GLUE® Inc which is a strategic consulting firm committed to “developing profitable partnerships for products and personalities”.
She knew God needed to use her in a greater space by helping other people tap into their true essence. She has done just that with not only her new book, but how she chooses to be obedient to the call. And that is the definition of Exponential Living.
www.exponentialliving.com (Get your book today!)
May 25, 2017
Move-Out Special with Rashan Ali
Our Host, Rashan Ali shares thoughts on several transitional moments that have taken place in her life over the past few weeks. In "Move-Out Special" she encourages the collective to move out, move on, plants seeds and grow.
FB: RashanAli Twitter: @RashanAli IG : @RashanAli
May 22, 2017
Kirsten Daniel is a Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she joins the show today. The creator and visionary behind the brand Ateaelle as well as a music industry veteran, this A-T-L native is changing the conversation about her city one tee shirt concept and one brilliant idea at a time.
Kirsten Daniel got her start in the music industry where her multi-hyphenated positions can’t be contained to just one title. Her various roles include being a Celebrity Brand Manager, Marketing Executive and Cultural Preservationist. As an Atlanta native, Daniel noticed the lack of authentic representation of her great city and thus, a brand was born.
Ateaelle (pronounced A-T-L) is a fashion start up creating apparel and brand experiences that blend messages rooted in black excellence, pop culture, hip hop, and the entrepreneurial reverence of Atlanta, GA. Their goal is to create a sense of nostalgia while evoking conversation and continued adoration throughout the city.
And the brand is doing just that. Now sold at the Atlanta Airport and online, Kirsten’s vision for her brand reaches beyond quality tees. She is on the brink of launching a Youtube video series called, “A met this girl in Atlanta.” This series will showcase women who are from Atlanta and those who now call Atlanta home and how their lives have been impacted by the city.
Kirsten Daniel embodies all that Atlanta exemplifies and she is on the forefront of changing the narrative on what it really means to represent “Old Atlanta.” Old Atlanta-the city that birthed Martin and some of the realest people you will ever meet, including Kirsten.
Twitter: @ateaelle IG: @ateaelle