January 16, 2018
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to the show: Sonia Jackson Myles. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, she graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a BS in Business Administration (1989) and an MBA in Marketing (1990). Before launching her Sister Accord business full-time, Sonia was an executive in Corporate America with over 20 years of experience, managing over $20 Billion in spend. She has worked for Ford Motor Company, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company. Her last corporate role was as P&G’s Director, Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed $6 Billion in spend.
Sonia was named one of Essence Magazine’s “Women of Power” in 2008, Bloomberg Report’s “History Makers” in 2009, Trumpet Award Foundation’s “Women in High Heels” in 2010. Sonia was inducted into FAMU’s School of Business and Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2011, and was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising. In 2012, Sonia was named one of FAMU’s 125 Outstanding Alumni, in celebration of the University’s 125th Anniversary, and was awarded The Gillette Legacy Award. Sonia was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, in the Debut Author category, for her book, The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To LOVE Your Sister.
Sonia is the Founder, President & CEO of The Sister Accord Foundation, which has 3 areas of focus: Educating girls and women, Enlightening girls and women of the Power of Sisterhood and Eradicating bullying and violence against girls and women. She is also the Founder & CEO of The Accord Group LLC, which is a leadership development, employee engagement, branding & diversity consultancy. She currently serves as the Chair for FAMU’s School of Business & Industry’s Advisory Board. Sonia is also a Board Member for The Impact Young Lives Foundation, which supports leadership development for youth in S. Africa, and Fresh Start Beverage Company.
Her mantra is “There is always a seat at the table for excellence—focus on being excellent.”
IG: @the sisteraccord TW: @the sister accord FB: @the sister accord
www.thesisteraccord.com, www.dreamwalkingcourse.com and www.soniajacksonmyles.com
January 10, 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about yoga and meditation, Sherrell Moore-Tucker is the perfect person and she is our Cool People feature today.
She is a best-selling author, speaker, and wellness professional who focuses on wellness as a lifestyle! She specializes in showing people how manage daily stress, health and social trauma by learning how to "Breathe In, Stress Out".
Sherrell is the creator of Faith & Flow Yoga®. A yoga practice that teaches people how to use their faith, body, breath, and flow to raise their level of consciousness, reconnecting with the creator, and themselves on a deeper mental, spiritual, and physical level. She also, created Sisters Who Meditate® as an international movement to educate and support women who want to cultivate a spiritual practice utilizing Christian meditation and prayer to deepen their relationship with God.
She is passionate about educating people about mind-body principles that are applicable for everyday living. She serves your community by educating and teaching communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for stress management, social and health related trauma and self-care.
Hearing Sherrell talk about yoga and meditation in such a beautiful and personal way, will truly make you want to start the journey yourself. As she stated so eloquently in this episode, there is beauty in a “powerful mind.” From the beginning to end you, will see why she has one.
IG: @sherrellmooretucker, FB: @sherrellmooretucker, TW: @sherrellmooretucker
January 8, 2018
It’s always COOL to have COOL PEOPLE on The Cool Soror Podcast and Genise Shelton is just that. She is a mother of six and married to the love of her life, Dr. Courtney Shelton. The Chicago native is an actress, author and philanthropist who also co-starred in season four of BRAVO’s “Married to Medicine.” She decided to use her platform to push for change after 8 African American girls went missing in the DC area in 2017.
She was moved to launch Our Children’s Keeper Foundation, which was created to help end modern day slavery of child sex trafficking and recover abducted and missing children in Atlanta and surrounding areas. OCK works to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth and helps current victims find confidence, strength and stability beyond the limitations of their current lifestyle.
Genise is very passionate about platforms that affect the very foundation of our community - homelessness, sex trafficking of minors, and domestic abuse of children. She has witnessed, first-hand, the impact that both can have on an individual. She has added author to her growing list of titles including her debut book, Married to Fitness which chronicles her fitness journey.
Although she carries many titles, one that is nearest to her heart (outside of being a wife and mother) is saving our children who are being trafficked at staggering numbers. She is truly “Our Children’s Keeper.”
IG: officialgenise Twitter: @officialgenise
January 3, 2018
It’s always cool to have the Cool Bruhs on the show! Kirk Brown, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joins the Cool Soror Podcast. This Bronx, New York native is a true light in philanthropy. Serving as the Head of Development for The Ron Clark Academy and one of the co-founders of the Emerging 100, it’s no wonder why this intelligent young brother lives his life with purpose.
Born to hard-working Jamaican parents, he received the seed of the gift of giving by seeing their example. His heartbeat is a direct result of that seed. He lives by a Winston Churchill favorite: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Kirk Brown is doing just that, blessing young people and anyone he comes in contact with. When asked what he wanted people to know about him, he responded.
“I’m a Newlywed. Connector. Founder. Traveler. Community servant. I’m just a regular who enjoys giving back to the people serving the community. I get it from my parents.”
There is nothing regular about that.
January 1, 2018
Our host, Rashan Ali offers a few words of wisdom to help you write out your plan. In this 10 minute episode, she recalls her own plan for The Cool Soror Podcast and how writing the vision for her dream opened the door to fruition. She encourages you to do the same in 2018!
December 28, 2017
It’s another “Cool People” episode of the Cool Soror Podcast and we are delighted to have ESPN’s own Cari Champion join us. This California native is the epitome of Black Girl Magic as the host of Coast To Coast one one of the world’s most popular networks.
Prior to joining Coast To Coast, Cari served as the host of ESPN2’s First Take, where she shared the debate table with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight. She knew she wanted more so she set out to “knock on doors until I got a Yes!” Her ‘yes’ came in 2015.
Before ESPN, Champion was an anchor and courtside reporter at the Tennis Channel. She also served as an entertainment/lifestyle reporter doing features for The Insider, Hollywood 411 and Starz Entertainment. She has spent time at WCGL in Atlanta as an anchor and reporter.
While her resume and bio speaks volumes about her professional career, it’s who Cari is as a woman that rings loudly. She has a mentoring program that matches young women and girls with career guides in the field of sports journalism. With that, she has served as a mentor to our host, Rashan Ali and helped her doing a pivotal moment in her career. They talk about that moment during this in depth conversation.
Cari Champion lights up the television screen talking all things sports, but her beauty resonates from within. We are all blessed to witness her simply being herself and it shows that in this world all you need is one yes. And the rest, they say, is history.
December 20, 2017
Dr. Nina Gilbert joins The Cool Soror Podcast today! A Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Gilbert is a Georgia native, and the daughter of two life-long educators. After working in clinical and corporate settings after college, she eventually decided to follow in her parent’s footsteps, and has now spent over 20 years as an educator and advocate for children.
Dr. Nina spent ten years as an educator in the Gwinnett County School System before leaving in 2008 to open Georgia’s first single gender charter school. In four years her small school that started with 150 girls of color, grew into a network of three schools that served over 1,500 students. In 2013, Dr. Nina transitioned from the K12 sector into higher education. She has served as an adjunct professor, and Senior Advisor on Education Reform at Morehouse College, as well as Mercer University where she was a professor in the Tift College of Education.
She has completed several national education fellowships, and has been profiled by Rolling Out and Essence magazines and The Root.com for her contributions to public education. She was the recipient of Maybelline’s Beauty of Education Award, and has been recognized on both CNN and Fox and Friends for her commitment to her students. In her local community, she has been recognized as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of State, NAACP and the Atlanta Business League who named her as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Atlanta.
A writer, speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant who spends a great deal of her time serving as a thought leader and advisor to several organizations that support education and community engagement initiatives across the country. Currently, Dr. Gilbert the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of EdCollab Atlanta, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Urban Education Collaborative at UNC Charlotte.
Her life’s mission is to continue to press the envelope and the reason why she continues to do it: “For The Love Of Education.”
Website: www.drninalgilbert.com and www.edcollabatlanta.com
December 19, 2017
In the words of our host, Rashan Ali:
It’s not every day you get to sit down with a musical genius and I’m not referencing the two artists who Cole Cuchna dissects on his beautifully crafted podcast. I am directly speaking of the craftsmanship and intellect it takes to break down songs that to the regular ear simply sounds great. But after listening to the words and critical examination of Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West on The Dissect Podcast, I clearly understand their artistry and pure legend. I knew they were special, but hearing each song from two masterpieces like “To Pimp and Butterly” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” I gained an understanding of how truly gifted these two are.
It takes someone who has a real passion for musicianship and art to assist us in grasping the enormity that lies in such brilliance. Cole Cuchna masters this profound research like your favorite history book with each song having its own chapter.
I have always been enamored of great writers and Cole’s work is to be admired. Perhaps it takes a genius to understand another. Add Cole Cuchna to the list of the brilliant music, life and lyrics of the people he DISSECTS.
December 13, 2017
Melissa St. Joy joins The Cool Soror Podcast today. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, this extremely gifted educator has a passion for teaching students in their own unique way. She found her way into the classroom and into the hearts of children after receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University. Taking the nontraditional route, Melissa jumped at the opportunity to join Teach For America and she has been growing students ever since.
Currently, Melissa is an assistant principal in the Atlanta area. She is a focused educational leader with a proven track record of increasing student achievement. She drives the implementation of school improvement plan in collaboration with the administrative leadership team, modeling instructional leadership necessary to achieve ambitious academic goals of the school and district.
Melissa does this and so much more with the type of vigor and tenacity that each parent desires for their child. As she succinctly put it, “I am the type of educator that I would want for my own children.”
That type of self awareness and confidence has been proven over and over from the way students excel under her tutelage. This work is not for the faint at heart and it takes a person like Melissa who knows every child is worth the investment. When you have this type of God given ability, you know it’s a gift: it’s called the gift of teaching.
December 12, 2017
The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Tiffany Porter, a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is groundbreaking NFL agent and an accomplished Criminal Defense Attorney. Porter has represented several NFL players throughout the NFL Draft process, and is currently representing over 200 former NFL players in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit and current NFL players.
The Emory University School of Law alum is the Managing Partner at Porter Law Group and CEO of Zenith Sports & Entertainment Group in Atlanta. Porter is a proud HBCU graduate of Hampton University. She is also a devoted wife and loving mother of four. She is a sought after motivational speaker at colleges/universities, corporations and events where she shares her emotional and inspiring journey of overcoming being the child of an incarcerated parent as her mother spent half her childhood in prison and being a Breast Cancer Survivor. She speaks about both in depth in this episode.
Porter has been profiled and interviewed on ESPN's TheUndefeated, HelloBeautiful, MadameNoire, NBC, Rolling Out, News One Now, Sister Circle and ESPN Radio. She is one of the few women NFL agents and even fewer Black women NFL agents.
Tiffany’s life has been one that many would have given up on, but her resilience has kept her true to her belief in herself. The world is grateful she did.