Mother of Three with Danielle Frazier

May 17, 2017
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The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Danielle Frazier, a Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This medical researcher from Nashville, TN has a new outlook on life after experiencing what she called "hell" in 2011.

Going into labor with her first son, Landon, at 25 weeks after her uterus ruptured, her husband was told that she had a 50% chance of survival. He was also told that their son would not make it at all. Danielle survived and Landon lived for nine weeks. Her grief left her depressed and angry with God.

Agreeing not to talk about conception for a year, Danielle later found out that she had a higher percentage of rupture if she tried again. They explored adoption and surrogacy. Their neighbor, Amber who adopted a child and had recently had a child by natural birth, agreed to carry.

A miracle was on the horizon. Amber, a woman of European descent, received the Frazier's embryos and 35 weeks later, twins were born. Madison and Miles are vibrant and healthy three-year-olds, but there is not a day that goes by that Danielle and her husband don't think of Landon, who would have been five.

Their lives were forever changed in 2011. Danielle is set on honoring Landon's memory and will always refer to herself as a "mother of three." Because she is. He is her first child and always will be.

Social media:

FB: Danielle Frazier

Build As We Climb with James “Jay” Bailey

May 15, 2017
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The Cool Soror Podcast is always happy to feature the “Cool Bruh” segment. This episode is no different. Jay Bailey is nothing short of brilliant. He is the chairman of the Phoenix Leadership Foundation and Managing Partner of Greenwood Archer. A Cool Bruh of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is committed to living his personal motto, “Build As We Climb” and he is doing just that - one step at a time.

Jay had phenomenal success as a business man, making his first million in his mid twenties. Although he had major success by society’s standards, he felt his life had very little significance. Homeless and searching for something new, he became the CEO for the Atlanta Market of Operation HOPE, a global nonprofit organization that focused on economic empowerment. Under his leadership, HOPE’s southeastern region grew from a single person operation in 2007, to 19 offices helping more that 160,000 people buy homes, raise credit scores and increase their financial literacy by 2015.

In 2016, he along with his wife, NBC reporter Blayne Alexander, founded The Phoenix Leadership. The foundation was established to identify and inspire the Phoenix that burns within every young black male. The organization has a six-month intensive training and development series designed to expose public school students to a wide variety of opportunities and a world of opportunities.

Jay is such a visionary and in this compelling conversation, he speaks a world of truths about poverty and how it it each of our duties to sow seeds that will grow and prosper. Jay is at the forefront of that movement and our youth are so much better for it.

Social media:
Twitter: jay4hope IG: @jay4hope
FB: James “Jay” Bailey
www.phoenixleadership.org

A Different Why with Shani Godwin

May 11, 2017
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Shani Godwin joins The Cool Soror Podcast today. This Alpha Kappa Alpha woman and Atlanta native is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Communiqué USA Inc. For more than 20 years, she’s helped companies and organizations achieve marketing success. As a visionary and talented communicator, she has the innate ability to see the big picture and lead flawless execution that gets results.

Shani launched Communiqué USA in 2002. Under her leadership, Communiqué has developed a solid reputation for getting the job done on strategy, on time and on budget. Moreover, Shani’s commitment to providing personalized service, forward-thinking ideas and strategic counsel is evident in the results she and her team continue to generate for an impressive and growing roster of clients.

Although wildly successful in her professional career, her personal life has seen its share of sorrow. A mental breakdown, an unexpected divorce that led into another unhealthy relationship left Shani yearning for an outlet. She created AudibleVoices.com where where she blogs, writes and inspires others to “speak their truth” and “find their voice.” She also authored The Love Project: 365 Ways to Love Yourself and Get the Love You Deserve, which hit the bookshelves in 2017. Both have been cathartic.

Many would question why certain twists and turns happen in our lives and Shani can definitely attest to that. But when she started to completely surrender to the universe and God’s will for her life, she found a greater purpose. She found, “A Different Why.”

Social Media: IG @audbilevoices

www.audiblevoices.com

Redefined Jewels with Idunnu Tomori

May 8, 2017
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Idunnu Tomori joins The Cool Soror Podcast. This Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the CEO/Founder of Misayo House, an Atlanta based online boutique of Fine Fashion Jewelry. She created the company with the desire to share her love of classic, timeless jewelry.

Idunnu was born in New York City to Nigerian parents and lived in London, England and Lagos, Nigeria before returning to the States at the age of 14. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Florida State University. She also obtained a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University.

Upon getting married a few weeks after completion of her graduate studies, Idunnu moved to Indiana where she worked as a therapist for several years. Her husband’s job subsequently moved them to South Africa, where she hosted jewelry parties with friends due to her inability to work on a spousal visa. A little over year later, her husband’s job moved them to Nigeria where she resumed her career as a therapist.

When they returned to the U.S., Idunnu established Misayo House as a registered company on the premise that luxury jewelry can be affordable and exquisite. Idunnu works closely with experienced manufacturers to create pieces that rival the look of precious metals and stones but without the hefty price tags. And that is the true meaning of “redefined jewels.”

Instagram: @misayohouse @misayohousebridal

Twitter: @misayohouse @misayohousebridal

FaceBook: misayohouse MisayoHouseBridal

Rejuvenate with Rashan Ali

May 4, 2017
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Our host takes a moment to discuss the importance of taking some time to rejuvenate. We can only be at our best if we disconnect to reconnect. After a trip to St. Simon's Island, Rashan gained perspective on the importance of "getting away" to in turn be better for yourself and everyone around you.

FB: RashanAli Twitter: @RashanAli IG : @RashanAli

Help Shavonne Thurman Stomp Out Multiple Sclerosis

May 1, 2017
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The Cool Soror podcast is happy to present “Cool Cause.” This gives us the opportunity to support philanthropic and charitable causes we stand behind. We are thrilled that Shavonne Thurman joins us to talk about her SaveShavonne.com initiative.

Shavonne is a business and investment professional with nine years work experience. She has worked for private industry, investment firms and the U.S. Government, including positions at T. Rowe Price and the IRS. While in college, Shavonne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Despite the diagnosis, she was determined to finish her education.

She holds an Associate’s degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Television and Radio. She is an alumnus of the University of Colorado, graduating with honors with a BA and a Masters in Communications. Shavonne is active with the National MS society, volunteering and participating in their annual walks, as well as doing studies on the disease. She’s an advocate for others dealing with MS and has been featured in local newscasts and on HLN.com. Currently, she uses a wheelchair because she’s unable to walk. She is trying to raise funds for a radical procedure that could halt the progression of MS and potentially give her the ability to walk normally again.

Shavonne certainly does not look like what she’s been through, but Shavonne wants Shavonne back and you can play an integral role in helping her do that! In spite of her disability, she hopes to help others in their fight against MS.

See below for ways to support:

www.SaveShavonne.com
www.redbasket.org/1249/keep-shavonnes-spirits-high for more information.
www.gofundme.com/saveshavonne

Like Fine Wine with Renee Rowe

April 26, 2017
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Zeta Phi Beta’s own, Renee Rowe joins the Cool Soror Podcast. The President and owner of The Wine Cellars in Smyrna, GA is a celebrated wine enthusiast and educator.

Having entered the wine industry in 1998 after graduating from The Wine School of Atlanta, she is considered an industry expert. She brings an impressive blend of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the world of wine and food. She’s an accomplished author and writer having written articles for industry publications such as The African American Wine Journal, Essence Magazine, and The Art of Pairing Food & Wine.

One of just a handful of African-American wine merchants and educators, Renée was the first female African-American owned wine retailer in the metro Atlanta area which has been in business since 2004. In 2002, Renée founded the African American Wine Tasting Society, Inc. (AAWTS) – a national, non-profit organization dedicated to wine education where she began conducting wine classes and seminars. She currently serves as Executive Director and Consultant for the organization and offers consulting services for business start-ups, marketing and growth strategies, trade seminars, menu planning and private wine classes.

Renee has embraced every stop on her journey and planted seeds along the way. Figuratively and literally, her walk has been fermented and aged properly, just like fine wine.

www.winecellarsonline.com

Tw: @thewinecellars IG: @thewinecellars

 

Get Familiar With The Unfamiliar with Anowa Adjah

April 25, 2017
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Zeta Phi Beta’s own Anowa Adjah joins the Cool Soror Podcast today. Known as the “Nigerian Powerhouse,” this New York native took powers into her own hands after being told she “didn’t have the look” to be a fitness model due to her God-given curves and build. She set out on a mission to change the fitness narrative.

As a Health & Fitness Coach, Motivational Speaker, Mother of Twins, Influencer, and CEO of Anowa Adjah Works, Anowa has solidified herself as a ground- breaking innovator in the Health and Wellness industry. With the success of her Workout DVD program targeting women of all shapes and sizes and her transparency with real-life issues, she has generated a fan base of almost million followers via social media.

Anowa is currently aiding thousands of women in her “Lose The Gutt Keep The Butt” online training platform. In addition, she is also developing a Health & Fitness program which will benefit children and youth in poverty-stricken areas.

Anowa has gotten to where she is from pure perseverance and faith. But it wasn’t until she stepped into the unfamiliar, that things started to change. She got familiar with it and now she is soaring.

Social Media:
Facebook: Anowa Adjah, Instagram: Anowa Adjah, Twitter: Anowa Adjah
Website: www.AnowaAdjah.com

Building An Empire with Nicole Garner Scott

April 19, 2017
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The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha Cool Soror, Nicole Garner Scott. A product of Georgia State University and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Nicole is the principle of the high profile events planning, fashion and lifestyle, public relations and marketing agency – The Garner Circle PR. Beginning her career under the tutelage of some of the industry’s most noted entertainment and celebrity publicists, Nicole soon realized her passion for the lifestyle side of PR.

With clients ranging from the Jaguar Luxury Brand, Lionsgate , Ciara, Estelle, Oxygen, Bravo, Beautiful Textures Hair Care, Porsche, Adidas, Xbox, Hyundai, P&G and more with efforts appearing on MTV, BET, E!, VH1, NBA TV and on the glossy pages of many of today’s most well noted magazines and blogs. This author, instructor and practitioner has asserted herself as an authority in the world of publicity and branding.

Not only that, she has a passion for building female entrepreneurs. She launched 100 Female Entrepreneurs. 100 Female Entrepreneurs is a business league for females in entrepreneurship offering a unique platform for women to share entrepreneurial resources and experiences while being connected to a global network of go-getters.

To expand her reach even further, 100 Female Entrepreneurs is launching an online curriculum called Make Me More Money in May. The course teaches female entrepreneurs how to earn more for their time, increase business profits and monetize ideas.

Nicole Garner Scott is constantly building her brand and helping others reach their greatest potential. And this is how you Build An Empire.

Social Media:
Twitter: @IamGarnerScott IG: @IamGarnerScott

Twitter: @100Females IG: @100Females

www.100femaleentrepreneurs.com

www.makememore.money

The Engagement Game with Joi-Marie McKenzie

April 17, 2017
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Joi-Marie McKenzie joins the Cool Soror Podcast today. A Cool Soror of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc, this Baltimore native truly has a gift for the pen. As an entertainment and lifestyle writer for ABCNews.com, she has covered and interviewed many of your favorite celebrities. She admits, it is truly a dream job.

But there is certainly more to Joi-Marie than writing about other artists, when she is an artists herself. She decided to chronicle her memoir in real time as a then 28-year-old professional with a boyfriend who had not proposed. This witty, funny and impressive introspective look shows the lengths many women take to “get the ring” while losing themselves along the way. Cleverly written, Joe-Marie’s life mirrors many women and felt the need to share her truth.

She has several revelations in this book including bouts with depression and conformity that left her empty. She was able to pull herself out of these holes with the help of her mother - whom she lovingly talks about during this episode.

Joi-Marie McKenzie comes from a lineage of greatness and the trajectory of her life course is limitless. The book, “The Engagement Game” is only the beginning.

www.joimarie.com