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Time Matters!

Time Matters!

By Cherice Taylor
Time Matters! is a resource for students and families of all ages and interests. The goal is to share information, from professionals in all career fields, that will help students maneuver their path to life after high school.
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What Purpose Are You Fulfilling? Entrepreneurship and Having the Right Mindset

Time Matters!

What Purpose Are You Fulfilling? Entrepreneurship and Having the Right Mindset

Time Matters!

Why you should care about the SAT and the ACT
Time Matters Tips: College scholarships are tied to high SAT and ACT scores along with a strong grade point average (GPA). 9th & 10th grade is not too early to discuss college and scholarship opportunities. Parents and students must be proactive.
August 09, 2021
Early Childhood and Social Emotional Awareness Expert Dana Kaplan shares pearls of wisdom with Time Matters! Host
Dana's niche approach to teaching unleashes vulnerability, invites self-acceptance, increases confidence, and fosters self-compassion. For more, or email: Dana Kaplan is an Early Childhood and Social Emotional Awareness Expert. As a former classroom teacher for 14 years, Dana taught and learned with exhilarating 4-6 year old humans while mentoring students through high school. As a pioneer in transforming how education and social emotional awareness organically intertwine, Dana intentionally designed, piloted, and launched programs that empowered children across all ages. Dana's belief in cultivating space for exposure and expansion simultaneously allowed students needing breaks or extra attention to find solace in her learning environment. After acquiring substantial grants focused on the arts and social emotional awareness, speaking at parent forums, and planning and executing 60-80 field trips a year helped Dana realize her purpose in the world was beyond the four walls of a classroom. Developing Empathetic Education with Dana (DEED) was founded in the fall of 2019 and fully launched March of 2020. Self-awareness, accountability, and radical personal responsibility are the core elements Dana authentically teaches when working with youth and adults. With intentional practices and modeling, learners are empowered to crush glass ceilings by effectively naming their feelings and emotions, honoring their positively powerful voice, and owning their choices and actions. Dana propels learners and families with highly effective communication skills, allowing for hard conversations and rich connections between home and school. Dana provides 1:1 private sessions, parenting and youth workshops, professional development, and speaking engagements.
June 14, 2021
Are you interested in the health sciences field? Nursing, Physician Assistant or Occupational Therapist?
Karen O'Neil, Admissions Coordinator - M.S. Physician Assistant & OTD Occupational Therapy Studies, shares pearls of wisdom about the health sciences field in a two part conversation for those who have interests in the path to advanced degrees and recommended high school classes. For more information about Shenandoah University:
June 07, 2021
What Does It Really Mean To Prepare for College? Tips from a Certified Independent Education Consultant
Evelyn Jerome-Alexander, Independent Education Consultant and Megellan College Counseling Founder, shares pearls of wisdom about the process of preparing for college and when to begin. The relationship a family should have with the high school counselor and the role math plays are just a few of the pearls shared in our recent conversation.
May 17, 2021
Interested in the Real Estate Industry?
Sharron St. John, Partner and Broker at St. John Estates in Los Angeles, California shares pearls of wisdom about the industry. How to begin, what it takes to be successful and why she wishes she started earlier.
May 10, 2021
What Purpose Are You Fulfilling? Entrepreneurship and Having the Right Mindset
Sylvia Montgomery, Owner of SiMMs Production & Services, LLC, shares pearls of wisdom about what it means to be an entrepreneur and having the right mindset, especially for a strong introvert like Ms. Montgomery.  You can find out more about SiMMs Production & Services, LLC at or contact her at for job opportunities. 
May 03, 2021
Are You Intentional? Co- Founder & President of Virginia Black Business Directory and Co -Owner of Niray, LLC Shares Pearls of Wisdom
Ernisha Hall shares pearls of wisdom about entrepreneurship, social media and so much more that will benefit my listeners.
April 26, 2021
Dreaming of Working on Wall Street? JP Morgan Chase & Co., Head of National Sales, Racquel Oden, Shares Pearls of Wisdom as a Virtual Mentor
Virtual Mentor Racquel Oden shares tips about the banking and wealth management industries. Protecting your brand and your credit are just a few pearls she shares in our conversation. 
April 12, 2021
Are Numbers Your Passion?
Financial Control Specialist, Casandra Chamblis, shares pearls of wisdom  about the fields of Budget and Accounting. Our concise conversation  covers great tips for students from networking to social media impact.
March 22, 2021
March Madness College Decision Season
Students and parents/guardians are stressed and this is a short episode to give some ideas on how to manage this stressful and exciting time. 
March 21, 2021
Sylvan Learning Center can help your student reach his/her goals.
There are many resources available at Sylvan Learning Center to help your student do well in school. Scott Lindsey, shares pearls of wisdom for students and families.
March 18, 2021
Are you exceptional or average? Do you work smart?
Ed Bray, author of Hello, Career and Senor Director, Human Resources Ross Stores, Inc., shares pearls of wisdom for students and anyone entering the workforce.  Bio: Working smart, the ability to make valuable and memorable business decisions at opportune times, is what separates exceptional employees from average employees. Learning how to work smart is not taught in school nor does it appear in an employee handbook. It’s learned through listening and understanding your workplace’s expectations and then executing appropriately. Hello, Career takes employees in their first job on a journey  showing them how to work smart by sharing advice, guidance, and real-world stories from key areas of the workplace, including • Why developing a great relationship with the “office superheroes”  is a smart move •  The importance of establishing a trusted inner circle •  Why it’s critical to understand and select the right employee benefits  New employees will have the blueprint to work smart allowing them to demonstrate to their manager and colleagues they are wise beyond their years and positioning themselves for success and advancement. Ed Bray has over twenty-five years of human resources leadership experience in major US companies. He was named HR Rookie of the Year in 2017 and Change Champion in 2018 at Ross Stores, Inc., and taught human resources courses at the University of California–Irvine from 2012 to 2018, where he was presented with the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2017. CONTACT AUTHOR: (925) 549-1987 WEBSITE: SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: @hellocareer1 LinkedIn: Ed Bray Instagram: hello_career
March 08, 2021
A Conversation with Linsey Davis, ABC News Live Anchor, Weekend “World News Tonight” Anchor, ABC News Correspondent and Author
Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Amazon Best Selling Author, Linsey  Davis, shares pearls of wisdom with Cherice Taylor, Creator and Host of  the Time Matters! Facebook Page @howyouspendyourtimematters and the Time Matters! Podcast. As a virtual mentor, Linsey shares tips about her  nontraditional path from majoring in psychology to being an ABC News Anchor and Correspondent. Her pearls of wisdom are encouraging and helpful for students and their families. 
February 23, 2021
So, You Want To Be A Writer?
Nefertiti Austin, author and memoirist, takes time to share pearls of wisdom for student writers and the parents/guardians that support them.  Amazon Best Seller: Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, And Parenting in America  is on sale during Black History Month. 
February 16, 2021
Boy Scouts of America pivot during Covid-19
Tom Friedel shares many opportunities that are available for  families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Scouts continue to earn merit  badges, help the community and  more.
February 08, 2021
Student Athletes: These Tips Are for You!
Reginald Grant, MSEd, author, NY Jet, NFL ,CFL & U Oregon. Co-founder/ CEO, speaks to Time Matters! host Cherice Taylor about academics, positioning yourself and so much more. 
February 01, 2021
Fire and Rescue Opportunities for High School Students and how social media can impact your future
Perseverance and the willingness to serve are key characteristics Fire Chief Joseph Cardello at Stafford County Fire and Rescue looks for in potential volunteer or career fire service candidates. Our conversation covers fire and rescue opportunities for high school students, the impact social media can have on those opportunities and how the community can help. 
January 29, 2021
Sometimes life happens and if you are open and flexible, lemons can turn into lemonade.
Dr. Maria DeLongoria, Ph.D shares pearls of wisdom about her path from The George Washington University to Virginia State University, Morgan State University and University of Missouri-Columbia.
January 28, 2021
An Unconventional Road to Becoming an Entertainment Lawyer
Entertainment  & Media Law, Social Media Impact, Taking Risks, and Education are  many topics discussed with attorney and adjunct faculty member, Bernie  Jackson, lll, ESQ.
January 26, 2021
Want to be a writer or professor? Let's Talk Skills, Dreams and Success
Alison  M. Parker is Chair & Richards Professor of American History at the  University of Delaware. She has research and teaching interests in  women’s and gender history,  African American history, and legal history. In 2017-2018, Parker was an Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow at  the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference  at Emory University. Her book, Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell  is  part of the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and  Culture of the University of North Carolina Press. Among other  publications, Parker is the author of two monographs, Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State (2010) and Purifying America: Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship Activism, 1873-1933 (1997). She also serves as the  founding editor of the Gender and Race in American History book series  for the University of Rochester Press. As Co-Chair of the University of  Delaware’s Antiracism Initiative, Parker is helping  to build a coalition of students, faculty, and staff promoting a  wide-ranging anti-racism agenda.
January 25, 2021
Financial Education and Heading to the Workforce Right After High School is an Option
Pamela Luckie, Primerica representative,  shares pearls of wisdom about going straight into the workforce as an  independent contractor, necessary skills and traits needed for success.
January 23, 2021
Tips from a Superintendent for K-12 Students and Families to Make the Best Use of Their Time
Superintendent Culver City City Unified School District, Leslie Lockhart, shares pearls of wisdom with Time Matters! host Cherice Taylor.
January 23, 2021
Kevin A. Henry, Executive Vice President & CHRO talks about Building Your Personal Brand & Keeping Your Promises
Kevin  shares Pearls of Wisdom with Time Matters! host, Cherice Taylor, about  the basics of success, building your personal brand and what he likes  about the hospitality industry. He is currently the Executive Vice  President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Extended Stay America.  His career path includes many  C-Suite "firsts" and/or "only" at  Nationwide Credit Incorporated (NCI), Coca Cola Bottling Company  Consolidated, and Lance Incorporated. Kevin serves on many Boards and  has been recognized as a leader in his field and community. In February  2020, Kevin was named a 2020 Most Influential Black Executive in  Corporate America by SAVOY Magazine.
January 23, 2021
"Are You Deferring Your Interests for Someone Else's?" - Joan Michelson, Green Connections Radio host shares Pearls of Wisdom
Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is an award-winning business and communications leader, public speaker and host of the acclaimed podcast series, Green Connections Radio™, which was chosen in 2015 as one of the top six podcasts by USA Today,  especially for business travelers. On GC, she has engaging, insightful  discussions with top innovators and leaders in the “green” and energy  space, especially women.
January 23, 2021
Women in STEM - What do you dream about?
Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds, Vice President of Academies and University Alliances, talks about the importance of Women in STEM  with Time Matters! host, Cherice Taylor. Why it is important to have more representation by women in STEM? Are words parents/families use regarding math impactful? Are you open to opportunities for yourself or  your children?
January 23, 2021
Educator and Award Winning Travel Expert, Lisa Niver, Shares Pearls of Wisdom on Dreaming Big and Doing What You Enjoy
Lisa Ellen Niver,  M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert  who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven  seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in  Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go  Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on  her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is  read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top  female travel blogger 3 times in 2019.She has hosted Facebook Live for  USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers  across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the  Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions  publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her  own site, We Said Go Travel.
January 23, 2021
Behind the Scenes Television Jobs are Available. Find out more from the Co-Executive Producer of CBS' #1 Primetime Series
Shawn Laws-O'Neil, current Co-Executive Producer of CBS' #1 Primetime series,  Big Brother, shares pearls of wisdom with Time Matters host, Cherice Taylor. Topics covered include:tips to step outside of your sphere, defining success, getting started and so much more. Shawn shares pearls  of wisdom for people of all ages.
January 23, 2021