At the Table

At the Table

By Beth Ruffin
Hi, I’m Beth Ruffin and I’m committed to making our world more inclusive through consulting, coaching, and speaking. I believe everyone deserves a seat at the table, so I started this podcast to highlight the underrepresented. The marginalized. The diminished. The underappreciated. I wanted to create a platform to elevate their voices. So come join me, have a seat At the Table, and let’s chat!
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At the Table with Brandon Brooks
Tune in this week as I talk with Brandon Brooks of Inventrify about small businesses. Brandon Brooks is an American Businessman and founder of the popular community oriented crowdfunding platform, Inventrify. Combining his hunger for the hustle and his passion to help others is the secret to Brandons’ success. Brandon is the true definition of an entrepreneur, but he does not focus on just creating opportunities for himself but is always looking for innovative ways to help other entrepreneurs along their journey. You can contact Brandon here: Facebook: @inventrify Instagram: @inventrify_ Website: www.inventrify.com Email: brandonbrooks@inventrify.com
26:06
June 3, 2020
At the Table with Shanea Leonard
Join me this week as Shanea and I talk about the queer community! Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, B.A., M.Div. (they/them/theirs) is a modern-day abolitionist, pastor, teacher, consultant, community activist, and justice warrior. Shanea has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over twelve years. A native of Philadelphia, they received her their B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. They has been serving communities and congregations in various capacities for over fifteen years. Pastor Leonard has done extensive work with urban areas to eradicate systemic oppression in the areas of race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic despair and has spent time doing international outreach in Africa, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, they are  also the moderator of the Pastor’s Council for the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a global network of faith leaders & communities with an affirming theology. Shanea believes that God has given them a burden for people whom others have disregarded, oppressed, forgotten, or simply don’t even see. You can reach Shanea at: Shanea.leonard@pcusa.org Facebook @Shanea Leonard Instagram @shaneadl Twitter @judahfellowship Judah Fellowship: judahfellowship.com
32:20
May 27, 2020
At the Table with Mandy Medlock of SC Women in Leadership
Join me this week as I speak with Mandy Medlock about women in politics! Mandy Medlock - Marketing Manager with Genoa Healthcare, Mandy is a long-time mental health advocate in the Midlands community. She formerly worked as Executive Director for both NAMI Mid-Carolina & Justice 360. Mandy passionately advocates for those in the Eating Disorder recovery community as well as those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction; she serves on the SC Mental Health State Planning Council & is a dedicated founder & active member of SC Women in Leadership.  South Carolina Women in Leadership is a multi-partisan group of women whose mission is to move South Carolina forward – socially, economically, educationally, and environmentally – through information, connection and engagement of women in leadership.  In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors of Work in Progress, a non-profit which assists persons with mental illness obtain employment. In her free time, Mandy enjoys practicing yoga & meditation. She is a proud, single mom of two grown children, ages 24 & 21 and an adorable 8-year-old Maltese named Penelope. You can learn more about Mandy at: Facebook - Mandy Medlock scwomenlead.net
39:24
May 13, 2020
At the Table with Lester Young of Path2Redemption
Listen to this week's episode with Lester Young, Jr. as we discuss how to support formerly incarcerated people. Lester Young, Jr is a native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. At the age of 19, Lester was given a life sentence (with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years). During his time in prison, Lester struggled with finding redemption and often wondered what his purpose was. While journaling he asked himself this question, “What is the footprint you want to leave in this world?” It was then that he realized his purpose was to be “that” voice to help at risk youth. With approval from the warden, Lester along with the prison chaplain began meeting to create outlines, programs, and classes to instruct and mentor fellow inmates. This is where the idea of him establishing his non-profit organization “Path2Redemption” got its start. On May 15, 2014 (22 years and 5 months later), Lester was released on parole. Even after his release, the outlines of his programs are still being taught in prison. Mr. Young is setting a new standard for “living a life of redemption”. His commitment to advocating for criminal reform is changing the way society has been proportioned to deal with incarcerated individuals transitioning back into society upon release from prison. As the “Statewide Organizer for South Carolina at JustLeadershipUSA, he specializes in developing and managing innovative campaigns in multiple cities. Lester is widely known for his work with the Mayor of Columbia, SC; in having the first statewide ordinance passed for JustLeadershipUSA’s current campaign entitled “#Banthebox”. This campaign gives incarcerated individuals the chance to complete applications, job and/or housing, without being discriminated against for past convictions You can reach him at:  Facebook - Lester Young Twitter - lester972 Instagram - path2redemption Email - path2redemption515@gmail.com lester young - FB lester972 - TW path2redemption - IG path2redemption515@gmail.com
32:27
April 29, 2020
At the Table with Brianne Benness of No End in Sight
Listen to this week's conversation with Brianne Benness as we discuss chronic illness. Brianne Benness is a writer, editor, TEDx speaker, and the host of No End in Sight, a podcast about life with chronic illness. Brianne is also a co-founder of a monthly Toronto-based storytelling event called Stories We Don't Tell, which recently published its first anthology of vulnerable stories about tough topics. You can connect with Brianne at noendinsight.co or on Twitter @bennessb.
34:22
April 15, 2020
At the Table with Kayla Mallet of Black Women 2020
Kayla Mallett is a Black woman organizer and mom. In the summer of 2019, Kayla launched Black Women 2020, a project designed to explore what it means for Black women (especially in the state of South Carolina) to feel safe, seen, and supported. Since it's inception the project has hosted over 17 discussions with Black women, including events with 2020 Democratic primary candidates. A native of Manning, SC, Kayla's values are rooted deeply in the ideals of community and collectivism. Kayla believes everyone wins when Black women win. Listen as we discuss how Kayla elevates the voices of Black women through her activism.
34:50
April 8, 2020
Teaser Episode
Introducing the "At the Table" podcast with Beth Ruffin!   Hi, I’m Beth Ruffin and I’m committed to making our world more inclusive through consulting, coaching, and speaking. I believe everyone deserves a seat at the table, so I started this podcast to highlight the underrepresented. The marginalized. The diminished. The underappreciated. I wanted to create a platform to elevate their voices. So come join me, have a seat At the Table, and let’s chat!
09:15
March 31, 2020