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Conversations With Chan

Conversations With Chan

By Chandra "Chan" Gore
Conversations revolving around entrepreneurship, business tips and more. Featuring interviews with various guests who are seasoned and novice to entrepreneurship who will share their views, lessons learned, trials, failures and success.


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Conversation with Dr. Shemena Johnson
This conversation with Dr. Shemena Johnson a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist was simply amazing! She provides therapy to individuals and couples in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, and life transitions.  Her early experiences have come to inform her therapeutic work. She has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals and couples from many different cultures, lifestyles, and socio-economic backgrounds and has learned that pain does not discriminate. Many of us at some point have experienced conflict, doubt, uncertainty, loss, and sadness that come with life’s struggles. She finds joy in helping individuals bring a sense of awareness and consciousness to their lives. Being in therapy is an endeavor that can be both challenging and rewarding. Even years into this profession, She continues to study, daily, the psychodynamics of the human condition through depth psychology.
August 28, 2021
Conversation with Vladimir Adonis
Check out my conversation with the founder of Black Creators Connect an engaging and business-focused thought-provoking group on Facebook.  He has used his lessons learned to specialize in lead generation and marketing and is helping businesses generate leads and make more sales. He recently started a Facebook group called Black Creators Connect. The goal of that group is to support other entrepreneurs and provide a space to connect and gain the knowledge and skills for a better life and a better business.
August 21, 2021
Conversation with Quadesha Halevi
I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Quadesha Halevi, Founder of Naked Body & Skin Care. This brand is the premier destination for natural feminine health and skincare products. Naked Body & Skin Care products are formulated with natural ingredients without any harsh chemicals. Founded by a former OB/GYN medical assistant, Q, Naked Body & Skin Care takes a natural approach to address skin and body concerns. Q was inspired to create effective, natural products that would work without toxic chemicals due to her personal skin problems.
August 14, 2021
Conversation with Maxim Azarov
Meet Maxim Azarov of Novkid  In 2017 Maxim founded the online school Novakid together with his son’s English teacher Amy (Gawron) Krolevetska and his former colleague Dmitri Malin. Novakid is a Series A startup ($6.5M raise) registered in the US, providing personalized English learning for children ages 4-12 around the world through AI- and VR-based digital platform. Novakid is implementing personalized approach and top IT technologies to create a unique learning format that combines a highly-interactive digital curriculum with individual live tutor sessions where students & tutor only speak English for a 100% language immersion. Its learning platform has digital-only curriculum, virtual 360 degrees tours, in-lesson games, creative homework tasks and other features driving young student engagement. Novakid achievements: Over 280,000 students from 42 countries served in 4 years, current number of active students is 52,000 which makes Novakid Europe’s number 1 ESL platform for kids. More than 1,500 native speaker teachers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, as well as from other countries where English is used as the official language. Revenue in 2020 – $8 million.
August 07, 2021
Conversation with Nathan Stooke
This engaging conversation with Nathan Stooke was an eye-opener. He found a lane and grew in it.  In the last 17 years, Nathan Stooke went from programming PCs to building Wisper into a successful multi-million-dollar Internet service provider. With headquarters in Mascoutah, IL, Wisper now services Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In 2018, the FCC announced that Wisper ISP won $220.3 million of federal funding in the FCC's rural broadband auction (The Connect America Fund Phase II). This money will be distributed to Wisper over a period of ten years. Wisper was one of 103 providers to win financial support from across the country. As CEO of Wisper, Nathan has provided high-speed Internet service to tens of thousands of happy customers; many in rural areas where previous service providers had been spotty or nonexistent. Stooke is a well-respected businessman in the St. Louis area; he was selected as a "Top 30 Under 30" by the St. Louis Business Journal and named on the list of the "Top 100 St. Louisans to Know" by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Wisper was named one of the Top 20 Small Businesses in 2014 and one of the 50 Fastest-Growing companies in St. Louis by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Nathan credits his battle with Dyslexia, and his competitive nature gleaned from hours of intense training, which earned him a spot on the. U.S National Swim Team as his catalyst for success. His vision is to create standards in the wireless industry, establish Wisper as a household name, and continue to serve exceptional customers in rural and metropolitan communities. When not at the office, Stooke enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and you can often find him at the McKendree Rec Plex coaching a Seahawks Swim Team. He volunteers on the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association (WISPA) board and is a founding member of the Dyslexic Advantage, an educational, scientific and charitable organization that improves the lives of those with Dyslexia. Stooke attended high school (and currently resides) in O’Fallon, IL and received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
July 31, 2021
Conversation with Jamie King
I really enjoyed this conversation with Jamie King the founder of Flex & Flow, an online fitness studio and inclusive wellness community that empowers people to fall in love with movement. Her goal was to create a culture where every person would feel a sense of belonging, both in their Digital Studio AND their flagship location in Portland OR, and leave classes- feeling empowered through movement and community. Jamie is the creator of the HIIT & Flow workout, a 500-hour E-RYT yoga instructor, RCYT 95-hour kids, teens, and trauma certified instructor, and competitive ultra runner. After Jamie graduated in 2004 from UC Berkeley, she started a career in tech marketing and public relations where she was bit by the entrepreneur bug. Through her own movement-powered transformation, she quickly realized her purpose in life was to inspire everybody to move and feel more free in their bodies. | | |
July 24, 2021
Conversation with Kimberly McLemore
Kimberly McLemore is the CEO/Founder of Women’s Small Business Initiative, LLC (WSBI, LLC), which she built on the foundation of family history in entrepreneurship, experience, values, and successes-driven work ethic and passion. Her drive for this initiative was to create a vault of resources and share her knowledge and expertise in business strategy, entrepreneurship, and marketing, mainly to women, (and some men), who desire to build their own small businesses by empowering them to be in the driver seat of their success and gain the maximum exposure they need to catapult their businesses and profitability. Kimberly has expanded this effort in creating a weekly Podcast show called ‘Your Resource For Success Podcast’ where she engages in discussion with guests helping them maximize their voices through becoming an author, a podcast show host, or create a small business. This national and internationally known platform has specifically served women in business and the business community for 5 years, interviewing over 200 guests for free, and helping them share their inspirations, challenges, success stories, and life experiences in becoming successful, sustainable business owners. She is well known for her ability to leave no stone unturned in making her show lively, boisterous, and memorable. The show airs weekly on Thursday's @ 7pm via iHeartRadio, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, JioSaavn, Amazon Music, and YouTube, just to name a few.
July 17, 2021
Conversation with Katerina Sukhenko
Katerina Sukhenko, founder & CBDO at Postoplan, is an experienced marketer with 7 years of international experience across Europe, the USA & China piloting & analyzing marketing projects.   Few highlights of Katerina’s expertise: In 2020, she founded Postoplan - is an automated marketing platform to create and publish content in social media and messengers. Startup's mission is to help small businesses to work in social networks. For 14 months startup demonstrates +25% MoM revenue growth. Due to developed algorithms and developed content templates, the platform helps to generate 70% more traffic and subscribers in social networks. She launched a partnership program and recruited more than 10K clients across the world.
July 10, 2021
Conversation with William S. Matthews
William S. Matthews is a modern-day renaissance man. With interests in philanthropy, event planning, real estate, and marketing, his unique blend of skills and characteristics makes for a powerful offering to his clientele, business associates, and community. In January of 2021, he released his third book, "Everything I Needed to Know About Corporate America," on succeeding in corporate America geared towards young professionals. Previously, Matthews has written guides to personal finance and event planning. A native of Houston, Texas, Matthews combines his insights and knowledge gleaned from over 10 years working with some of Houston's most important social, corporate, and non-profit institutions. Named one of Houston Business Journal 2019's 40 under 40 honorees, his work includes community outreach, project management, workshop felicitation, fundraising, and keynote speaking.    Beginning with the Houston Real Estate Association, where he managed more than 300 financial professional volunteers, Will quickly established himself as a leader in non-profit management through his work at Neighborhood Centers where he led efforts to bring together corporate entities to solve pressing social problems. In his most recent role with Central Houston, Inc., Matthews managed stakeholder relationships with Central Houston's 130+ corporate members and developed successful partnerships with companies such as Chevron, Shell, Comcast, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Houston Rockets, Home Depot, United Airlines, Walmart, and others. Will Matthews is also a passionate community advocate and spends his time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Greater Houston Partnership, as well as a host of other civic and social service clubs. Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:
July 03, 2021
Conversation with Jazz Anderson
In this conversation I chat with Music Entertainer, Reality TV Personality & Talk Show CoHost, Jazz Anderson. She is a trendsetter who is bringing back authenticity to the Rap Scene. I love her perspective and her social awareness.  Follow her on Instagram and tune in to The Mix on Fox Soul - Instagram
June 26, 2021
Conversation with BrianaRae
Speaking with BrianaRae was simply amazing! She grew up in Silver Spring, MD. Briana Rae has inspired audiences locally. She in return has also been motivated by her supporters, each having made their impact on her ministry. The people to whom she ministers often draw out of her what they need and that’s how she is able to write songs. It encourages Briana Rae to feel the love and appreciation of those to whom she is able to minister. Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances, all the while recording new singles such as her debut single "Save Me," Briana Rae has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both an inspiration and an initiator of intimacy with God through worship. Check out her music: Follow her:
June 19, 2021
Conversation with Sharna (Ms. J) Jenkins
Sharna (Ms. J) Jenkins is a Harlem-born writer, director, and producer. She is a graduate of Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City's Lincoln Center. Her entire life has encompassed the beauty of the arts. Ms. J has studied opera, jazz, musical theater, and theater writing. She started her scriptwriting directly after high school, writing her first off-broadway play. Over fifteen years, Ms. J has written, directed, and produced several theatrical off-broadway productions, namely "Sleeping Generation," "Daddy's Girl," and "Like Me Love Me Love You." She has also worked with countless schools in the tri-state area and on Long Island bringing in her theatrical antibullying creative assembly. Her series, "Sister's Keeper," has garnered over 4 million views on Amazon Prime. Moreover, Ms. J has several screenplays, television scripts, and film shorts waiting to be unleased such as “Waiting” and “Desperate Decision.”
June 12, 2021
Conversation with Simone Miles
Community Organizer and Host of NTMY Podcast - Simone Miles was born and raised in PG County, Maryland. Going to happy hours, she realized that she had a habit of getting into conversations with strangers and that led to her starting her podcast.  She believes that everyone in life can teach you something about yourself if you just sit and listen. She hopes to inspire people to get more involved with those around them through conversation and action. She has now announced a new part of her podcast - community service. I loved this conversation and hope that you all will too! Follow her on and
June 05, 2021
Conversation with Content Baby ATL Founder Candace “The Six Figure Spa Chick” Holyfield-Parker
Candace Holyfield-Parker celebrated the grand opening of her “Content Baby ATL” facility , A content creation studio.  This venue will be used by entrepreneurs to host classes, events, interviews, conferences, seminars, meetings and to create high impact social media content (in 4 themed content rooms). She shares with me her reasons for working so hard and why she is so driven to provide a space for business owners to succeed and to get things done. 
May 22, 2021
Conversation with Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis
I chat with Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis. She  is President/CEO of the Executive Women’s Success Institute and creator of the online course Crack the Career Code: Unlock the Amazing Power Within to Lead With Confidence, Charisma, and Credibility. She’s a trainer, speaker, financial facilitator, author, career strategist, and business consultant, and host of the “Success 4 Women Radio/TV Show.” She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana but has made a home in Maryland. Follow her on Social Media Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter Visit her website -
February 27, 2021
Conversation with Damon Nailer
In this episode I chat with the Inspirational Communicator Damon Nailer. We laugh and chat about finding and using your gifts and touch on public relations.  Multifaceted, passionate, and skilled all describe Damon “DaRil” Nailer.  With several hundred speaking engagements and many published works under his belt, Damon is known as a “Renaissance Man”, Inspirational Communicator, Gift Guru, and Authority/Expert who provides direction, inspiration, and education to any audience.  Mr. Nailer possesses a wealth of knowledge in the following areas: educational, entrepreneurial/business, religious, entertainment, relationships, leadership, personal development, and parenting.  As a result of his experience and expertise, he has been featured 180+ times in various media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Thrive Global, Goalcast, MSN, Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, Redbook, Insider,  podcasts, radio/TV shows, magazines, newspapers, etc. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website
February 20, 2021
Conversation with Moni Jefferson
In this episode I chat with Powerhouse Serial Entrepreneur Moni Jefferson.  Moni is a serial entrepreneur and Active Duty Air Force Spouse. She is the owner of Dog Tags and Heels, a PR and social media agency where she works with national and celebrity clients to build brand evangelism and social impact. Most notably with Blue Star Families, Heroes at Home, and Military Spouse Advocacy Network and Semper K9.  Also known for her work in the tech space, Moni has created and raised Capital for her three Military lifestyle apps MilCam, MilEmoji, My Ultimate PCS.  Founder of MilSpouse Creative and Entrepreneur the global networking community for MilSpouse entrepreneurs Full of Mentorship and resources.  Most recently launched the Assoc of Militaryentrepreneurs with cofounder Flossie Hall. A digital membership that provides military spouses with  masterclasses, coworking spaces , group coaching and mentorship for spouses who want to take a deeper dive and start, scale and sustain their business.    Moni holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Communications and Public Relations and is a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.  Moni has been married to her high school sweetheart, Roy for 22 years and has 3 kids who remind her of gratitude every day. She's a spin junkie, travel lover and enjoys daily snuggle time with her kids. - Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter 
February 13, 2021
Conversation with Author John Bennardo
This conversation with John Bennardo was simply amazing! He is an amazing author and creator. In this episode we chat about his upcoming book release - Just a Typo: The Cancellation of Celebrity Mo Riverlake that is available on Amazon.  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 
January 29, 2021
Conversation with Angel Pretot - The French Coach
In this episode I chat with The French Coach  - Angel Pretot. He is a French learning coach and online entrepreneur. Through his coaching and courses, he helps English speakers learn French fast, become fluent and live a truly international life.  After a master’s degree and 15 years of teaching and coaching French learners, he is still obsessed with improving the methods he uses. He loves seeing his students learn faster and better, and create wonderful French lives for themselves.  Other than that,  he's an actual Frenchman who loves cheese, coming from a monolingual French family who’s still wondering what’s wrong with me, moving abroad & learning five languages to fluency. He now lives in Vienna, Austria, and he has been through all the expat struggles - only with German. YouTube | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Telegram | Pinterest
January 09, 2021
Conversation with Maleeka T. Hollaway
Maleeka T. Hollaway is a powerhouse. She is the Founder, Social Proof Success Live, CEO of The Official Maleeka Group and Publicist.  As we chat I am able to connect with her as a fellow publicist and business owner. We also talk about the upcoming event Social Proof Success Live and how this event will be a game changer for business owners. | Meet Maleeka T. Hollaway on Social Media Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter Social Proof Success on Social Media Instagram The OMG LLC on Social Media Instagram | Twitter
January 02, 2021
Conversation with Elizabeth Jennings
During this conversation with Elizabeth Jennings we chat about her reasons for starting her business and her journey. It was so refreshing to see the transparency and motivation in her entrepreneurship journey.   Elizabeth Jennings IS an overcomer, who went from teenage mother, to legal assistant, to successful beauty business entrepreneur with multiple brick and mortar locations. She has been an entrepreneur since 2006 and since 2008 as a licensed Esthetician and Master Lash Artist. An original Charlestonian, she started her beauty business in the South in spite of the obstacles. She is affectionately known as the “Eyelashpreneur” (c) because she had the audacity to create a business specializing in a service that she was told no one would pay to have done, during a time when it was not a popular service where she resided in Charleston SC. As The Minister Of Beauty (TM), she shares the B.I.B.L.E.; that is Business, Inspiration, Beauty, Life & Enjoyment. She's also an author, a blogger, podcaster and content creator. Her MISSION is Beauty Business consulting to beauty biz employees teaching them how to turn their jobs into high paying positions AND Solo beauty-preneurs who want to grow and expand their businesses. Her VISION is To Empower 10,000 Women to Experience Their Potential of Being Greater Than They Believed They Could Ever Be In Life & Business. Learn more about her:
December 31, 2020
Conversation with Coco and Breezy
I chat with the talented and creative sisters -  Coco and Breezy.  We chat about their launch with Zenni Optical and their upcoming endeavours.  Learn more about  Coco and Breezy by visiting their website at   Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
December 29, 2020
Conversation with Kimberley Carruthers
Kimberley Carruthers is a certified celebrity Pilates instructor, lifestyle wellness coach, personal trainer and holistic health specialist based in Los Angeles. She shares with me the history of Pilates and how it was founded. She shares with me her community-based Pilates program, "Pilates in the Hood", What inspired her to create the KC Method and her product line "Body by Kim Carruthers". Website | Instagram
December 19, 2020
Conversation with Nancey Harris and Tracy Green of Vontélle, LLC
During this conversation I chat with Nancey Harris and Tracy Green founders of the Startup eyewear manufacturer Vontélle, LLC. The eyewear line is a unique brand into the luxury eyewear space, offering awe-striking, ethnic patterns reflecting African, Caribbean, and Latin cultures.  
December 12, 2020
Conversation with JinJa Birkenbeuel
In this conversation I chat with JinJa Birkenbeuel a woman who wears many hats. Since 1997, JinJa has provided personal branding and representation for civic leaders and entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors, created marketing and advertising campaigns for NGOs, not for profit organizations and institutions, and collaborated with private and Fortune 500 companies like Google, Inc., SolarCity, Ericsson, AECOM and more.  JinJa Birkenbeuel serves on the board of directors for the Jewish-Black Business Alliance and Young Chicago Authors. JinJa is also songwriter and publisher for Utah Carol, a musical group that composes songs for film, advertising and business.  Website | Instagram
December 05, 2020
Conversation with Carol Thomas
In this episode I chat with Carol Thomas.  Carol Thomas is a licensed cosmetologist and founder of Just Because Hair Salon. Carol has over twenty years of experience in the haircare industry and has been named the “Queen of Healthy Hair.” Carol created St. Charles to provide her clients with quality and effective products not available in the market for their hair types. Carol is also passionate about using her expertise for philanthropic efforts and providing educational opportunities for the youth.  Carol Thomas, a hair professional with over twenty years of experience and owner of the Just Because Salon, to its expanding roster. In 2007, Carol Thomas opened Just Because Hair Salon in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Her salon now specializes in hair care services to restore and maintain the client’s natural hair – housing Brooklyn’s top leading professional stylists. Carol is also the creator of St. Charles, a natural hair product line. Instagram | Instagram (St. Charles Hair) | Website 
November 28, 2020
Conversation with Girl Vow, Inc. Founder Dawn Rowe
I had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Girl Vow, Inc Dawn Rowe. This conversation was both emotional and educational. Please listen and support this amazing cause.  Girl Vow, Inc. is a non-profit organization launched to address the gender specifics needs of disadvantaged girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth in New York City. Girl Vow, Inc. will assist girls and help them navigate the challenging institutional and bureaucratic barriers that lead to and are a direct result of unimaginable traumas. We support all girls who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
November 21, 2020
Conversation with Ekiuwa Asemota of Your Queens, Inc
Meet Ekiuwa Asemota, also known as 'Eki,' is the Founder of Your Queens, Inc., the first registered African royalty character company depicting the stories of non-fictional African kings and queens. I learn so much during this conversation. Representation is EVERYTHING.  Take a moment and visit their website and follow them on social media.  Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
November 14, 2020
Conversation with Dr. Rachel Wilson
Meet Dr. Rachel M. Wilson is profound teacher, a prolific preacher, and a dynamic speaker who has more than 20 years of experience in ministry. She is also a singer who spreads the gospel via song. Follow Dr. Wilson on all things social media.  Follow
October 30, 2020
Conversation with Kristin Peoples
My conversation with Kristin Peoples is jam packed full of style. We chat staples for your wardrobe along with virtual styling.  Follow Instagram Read her Blog and Book Your style session:
October 23, 2020
Conversation with KUDDA
Enjoy my conversation with Producer and Pianist from Missouri Kudda. His beats take influence and samples from the jazz, soul, and R&B he listened to as a kid and merges that sound with the classic funky drums in 90's hip hop as well as trap drum sounds from the 2010's.He is currently a music major in school, specializing his studies in Jazz. Check out his EPK and follow him on Instagram. 
October 16, 2020
Conversation with Taylor Elajas- Author, Network Owner and Influencer
I had the opportunity to chat with Author, Celebrity Interviewer, Content Creator and Entrepreneur - Taylor Elajas. He has founded his  own entertainment network, the Elajas Broadcast Network. He also doubles as a playlist curator and influencer representative for Mysphera, podcaster, Independent artist, Author, Teacher and Brand Consultant. Learn more about this powerhouse during our conversation.
October 10, 2020
Conversation with Averri Simone of Black Women Moguls
Meet Brand Strategist, Speaker ,Visual Content Creator - Averri Simone - It was a pleasure to chat with her about Black Women Moguls and what it means to be a Mogul.  As a Brand Strategist and Social Media Advisor, Averri Simone has assisted non-profits, small businesses, and personal brands with their revenue, social media, and website strategy. Her expertise helps business owners to convert followers into paying customers and she also teaches clients how to manage their business from their phone. Seeing the limited opportunities for black women in entrepreneurship, Averri Simone created Black Women Moguls. Through this platform, she assists women entrepreneurs who are seeking to build a profitable brand. Outside of her entrepreneurial ventures, she serves as the youngest board member, First Vice President of a local section of the National Council of Negro Women. For her contributions to her community, Averri was awarded the NCNW "Living the Legacy" Award and recognized as "Who's Who in Black Atlanta."
October 03, 2020
Conversation with Laura Fields - Senior Account Manager at Publicize
Laura is simply phenomenal - She is a trilingual PR and communications professional with experience living and working in the UK, Ecuador, France, Ireland and Colombia. She provides her insight and views on Public Relations. Check out our conversation and Follow her for more on all things social!  Twitter: LinkedIn: Instagram:
September 26, 2020
Conversations with Hip Hop Artist Count Klassy
Count Klassy is simply an inspiration! Listen as we talk music industry and more. I smiled so much during this amazing episode. I cannot wait to chat with Count Klassy again about his music and his phenomenal mindset.  About Count Klassy - He is a new age hip hop artist coming out of Canada's musical hub, Toronto. Previously a ghostwriter for Grammy-Award winning artists, he's been working on his own music, developing new sounds and styles to bring into the hip hop genre as an LGBTQ artist.  You can follow and listen to his music:
September 19, 2020
Conversation with CEO and Founder of Eartha Watch Company - Emir Horton
I had the opportunity to chat with Emir Horton. He  is the Founder and CEO of Eartha Watch Company.  He is creating his own lane in the luxury watch industry. In this interview we discuss his inspiration and also his drive.  About Emir:  Emir Horton is the Founder and CEO of Eartha Watch Company. Raised in Philadelphia, Emir is no stranger to life's challenges. As a young man, his environment weighed on his confidence and caused him to question whether he would be able to fulfill his entrepreneurial dreams. Emir found hope as a student at Delaware State University. He graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications and planned to move to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in acting and entertainment. With more courage than connections, Emir quickly found himself in L.A. sitting on a curb with a bag of his belongings, a little more than a month's supply of cash, and nowhere to live. In that moment, he was reminded of the legacy attached to his name and the impact it would have if he stayed the course and kept moving forward toward his goals. However, it would take more than faith and ambition to fulfill the mandate of his life. Emir reevaluated his circumstances and realized he needed to be more strategic with the use of his time. The realization was the start of the idea to create a timepiece that represents transcending barriers and living up to one's full potential. With a wealth of knowledge and the desire to provide a luxury product for today's thought leaders, innovators, and modern day visionaries, Eartha Watch Company was born. As the youngest Black man at 25 in the watch industry, Emir hopes to support the dreams of his fellow leaders and remind himself, and others, to be bold and reclaim the rich resource, time. Visit to get yours today! Follow Emir and Eartha Watch
September 14, 2020
Conversation with Master Business Strategist and Founder of MogulCon - Dr. Felicia Phillips
Had an amazing experience speaking with Dr. Felicia Phillips who educates and empowers female-owned businesses with the hope and strategy to not only keep their heads above water but to swim and not sink during troubling times This powerhouse Master Business Strategist is also the founder of MogulCon - a. conference that for 5 years has provided attendees with the resources that will help them build a sustainable strategy and accelerate the growth of themselves and their businesses.  Dr. Felicia Phillips is a Master Business Strategist, Founder of Business Conference MogulCon, mentor and all around business expert. During her 30-year entrepreneurial career serving, educating and mentoring small and diverse businesses, her mission is to help you gain access to opportunities for diverse suppliers with corporations who are looking to procure the products and services you offer. As a wife, mother and accomplished business leader, Felicia understands the difficult balance women face and is committed to helping birth their vision and manifest their dreams and increase their wealth. /
September 10, 2020
Conversations about Finance with Bianca St. John
Had the opportunity to chat with Bianca St John about finances and more. This conversation was enlightening and also educational.  Having a discussion regarding finances can make or break your relationship.  Check out my candid conversation with Bianca as we discuss her business and also how finances play a part in successful relationships.  More about Bianca St. John: Bianca St. John brings more than a decade of experience in the field of helping people attain personal, financial, and business success. She’s living proof that all successes begin with a solid plan, and are sustained by the motivation to see them through. Her love for educating and supporting people through the processes of budgeting, financial planning, and business development motivated Bianca to create Gold Coin Financial & Business Development. As a young entrepreneur, her personal success was obtained through real world situations. Trail, some error, and a large dose of self-instruction, put her on a path that started in the beauty industry. In the multi-faceted world of beauty she quickly learned how to establish and manage a flourishing business, its revenue, related taxes, and other expenditures. Simultaneously she built an impeccable reputation that eventually afforded her opportunities to travel the United States on self-negotiated contracts; contracts that set personal and industry precedents.  Gold Coin Financial & Business Development, is poised to provide a variety of gold standard services to assist you in fulfilling your financial dreams. Learn more about this amazing company by visiting IG FB goldcoinfbd
September 07, 2020
Conversation with Founder of Self Talks With Me, Kiana Jordan - Walker
Meet Kiana Jordan-Walker - Founder of Self talks with Me.  With 20 years in the  20 years in the United States Air Force it taught her that at the end of the day all you had was yourself. She took the lessons learned by not taking the time to understand how she spoke to herself had affected many aspects of her life. She no longer wanted to limit or self sabotage anymore so she embarked on a new operation of creating a service to help veterans and currently enlisted women to build their confidence and reset their mindset as they navigated their military career. I was so blessed to speak to her and learn to speak life to myself and others around me.  Facebook: Website:
September 04, 2020
Conversation about Marketing with Cody May
Enjoy this amazing chat with Cody May - We chat all things marketing.  Cody is a Managing Partner at StudioPTBO, a full service marketing agency that helps businesses attract more leads, automate their marketing and close more clients. His agency specializes in the areas of Facebook & Instagram Lead Generation, Custom Website Design, Videography and Graphic Design. Find more information about Cody at:
September 02, 2020
Publicist Chat with Leah Frazier
I got the opportunity to chat with Leah Frazier after appearing on The Round Table Talk Show with Sharifah.  She is absolutely cooler than a polar bear sleeping in a cooler. I admire her grind and her drive.  Check out our conversation as we laugh, share stories and chat about publicist tings.  Leah Frazier is a 2-Time Emmy Award-Winning entrepreneur and was recognized as one of Dallas’ most successful women for 2015. She is a multi-licensed attorney turned fashion and marketing guru, who unapologetically left the practice of law to pursue her fashion ventures. Leah has built a multi-faceted empire as an award-winning fashion journalist, media personality, celebrity stylist, digital marketing expert, professor and in-demand fashion consultant to notable brands. Leah is the CEO and proud owner of Think Three Media – a creative marketing agency and much more. Find more information about Leah at: Hair: Braids by Vanna Photography: Kauwuane Burton Makeup:Zhara Bella Hair & Makeup Artistry Fashions: The Fashion Den Dallas
August 31, 2020
Singer, Songwriter & Entrepreneur Keyondra Lockett
Join me for a conversation with Keyondra Lockett.  She is a soulful inspirational artist with a fervor for Kingdom building. Keyondra is a former member of the two time Stellar Award nominated trio, Zie’l. She has shared the stage with artists such as Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, and many more. Keyondra’s writing skills can be heard on Kierra Sheard’s LED EP on which she co-wrote, “Make Me Better.” She also co-wrote “Yeah Ahh Haha” on Briana Babineaux’s latest album. Keyondra penned Zie’l’s Billboard top 15 hit, “State of Emergency” and her own Billboard top 15 hit “Try.” You can download & stream Keyondra’s latest album, “The Heal” on all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Apple Music, Pandora, etc. Visit Keyondra’s site here and her Instagram @KeyondraLockett. Shop
August 25, 2020
Conversation with E'ssential - Vocalist, Published Songwriter, CEO and Motivational Speaker
Take a listen as I chat with Elaine E'ssential about her new single Everyday Luv and more!  She is a recording artist to be reckoned with! Her beautiful spirit mixed with smooth soulful harmonies are sure to please! Her expressively emotional delivery & touching testimony has shaped her in to an awe inspiring Soul Empowerment Music recording songstress, compelling published songwriter(BMI), & powerful motivational speaker, that ignites all she comes in contact with!! Born Elaine Joplin, into a continuing bloodline of musicians, including world renown Ragtime Music creator, Scott Joplin! Her humble beginnings began as a little girl in church, then continued throughout her years. To date she has been blessed to open for Anthony Hamilton, Mc Lyte, Fred Hammond, Jill Scott, Karen Clarke-Sheard, LL Cool J, Mary Mary, Dawkins & Dawkins, Trinitee 5:7 and the list continues on...E’ssential has graced many venues both great & small, such as Summerfest, Bastille Days to name a few. She is an active Ceo, Songwriter & Vocal Producer of her very own record label, E'ssential Music Entertainment. Her catalog includes Executive Producing "E'ssential Soul Christmas Vol. 1 & 2” Multiple UK chart topping singles, "So Fly", "Zero Pursuit" & her most current release "Win-Win"!! E’ssential’s first solo album entitled, "I'm Ready Now" featured toe-tapping Soul Empowerment grooves such as "High Self Esteem", “My Testimony" , "Don't Take It Personal", "Timeless", most of which contribute to her international success to date! Her highly anticipated EP, "LuvLiveLife" debuts 2020 Follow her on Facebook and Instagram Learn more about her by visiting
August 23, 2020
Interview with Shia Joyner, founder of Zen and Boujee, RYT, Medical Esthetician, Reiki Healer & Culture Consultant
In this episode I chat with Shia Joyner, founder of Zen and Boujee, RYT, Medical Esthetician, Reiki Healer & Culture Consultant Shia Joyner's pursuit of empowerment for the "new now womxn" has guided her through every incarnation of her career as an RYT, Medical Esthetician, Reiki Healer, and Culture Consultant.  Shia is an entrepreneur with a passion for coaching "womxn" to manifest their dreams by sharing simple and gentle ways that inspire them to love, heal, and nurture their body by being fully engaged in the power they embody. She is the founder of  The Zen & Boujee movement—and purposefully-themed Self Love Goddess Box—were created to heal the soul of the multi-cultural new now woman.  Each box is curated with 5-7 beauty items and wellness swag to include 1 featured item made or sourced from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or W/MBEs.  Additional items include herbal immunity blends, beauty powder masks, organic teas, aromatherapy, essential oils, feminine care, books, candles, bath and body wash, spirit tools, CBD and wellness supplements (age verified during the check-out process), hair/skin/beauty, and premium crystals.  To ensure this signature box is accessible to its intended audience, it ships worldwide and has an optional weekly payment option through Sezzle.  Proceeds from each box with be donated to women in underserved communities. Find out more about this movement and this phenomenal woman -  Website— Instagram: Facebook - Pinterest - Twitter -
August 17, 2020
Goals - Quick Conversation to Get you Started
Unsure on where to start with your goals? Here are some steps to get you started.  1. What results are you seeking for your goals 2. When writing your Goals down follow the SMART Method:  Specific - Be specific in your goal setting.  Measurable -  Create goals that have measurable goal is one that is based on some sort of metric. Attainable. -  Be realistic when you are creating your goal. Be sure that the it is attainable . Relevant -  Create relevant goals that will help you progress to your success.  Time-bound -  Set a time as a guide not as a drop dead date unless it is an application or date that is set by an outside source.   3. Create an action plan that includes tasks for you to complete.  4. Remember to be Realistic when creating Timelines to complete your goals.   5. Reevaluate once you have completed some of your goals or failed. This will help you to understand and learn.  6. Document your lessons learned.  I hope that these tips have been helpful. 
August 16, 2020
Interview with Entrepreneur and Artist Call Me Ace
In this episode I chat with Call Me Ace. He is an artist and entrepreneur who strives to educate and inspire those who are around him. We talk about what it means to be more than an artist along with what it means to give.  You can find Call Me Ace on all platforms.
August 05, 2020
Jilea Hemmings Founder of Stretchy Hair Care
In this episode I chat with Jilea Hemmings Founder of Stretchy Hair Care. Stretchy Hair Clipz was created by a loving father with his daughter in mind. After hearing his daughter's endless tears when getting her hair combed, he decided something must be done. This is where he came up with the idea for Stretchy Clipz. The whole family became involved in the process and have created a wonderful product that has changed their lives. Since inventing Stretchy Clips, hair detangling is no longer a dreaded chore in the house. It is now an easy, pain-free process and his daughter no longer dreads it! Social Media Links  Stretchy Hair Care  Instagram:  Facebook:  LinkedIn:
July 31, 2020
Branding Versus Advertising
Understand the differences in Branding and Advertising.
July 15, 2020
Alannah Vincent of Co-Founder of Dine and Design
In this episode I chat with Alannah Vincent co-founder of Dine and Design ATL - A Paint and Sip experience with a 90’s millennial twist, and they bring the experience to you! They even find the space if you don't have one.  Visit  to book your next event!   Follow them on Instagram -
July 06, 2020
Sista Chat Live Hosts - Sydney and Ame
In this episode I chat with Sydney and Ame, about their daily  Instagram live talk show, “Sista Chat.” At only 15 & 13 these young ladies have  They interviewed lots of celebrities including, Lexi P, Tiffany Haddish, Angela E. Gibbs, and Lucky Church. These young ladies are simply amazing.  Tune into Sistachat on Instagram by following them
July 04, 2020
Ayanna Henderson - Founder of Ayanna Beauty
Ayanna Henderson founder of Black Beauty Brand - Mademoiselle Ayanna  a cruelty-free vegan based skin and hair care line, free from parabens, sulfates, silicones, and talc. She shares with us how important representation in branding is.  Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube:
July 03, 2020
Media Powerhouse - Sharifah Hardie
Sharifah  Hardie is a business consultant, Talk Show Host and influencer. Sharifah was a Long Beach City Council Candidate in the 2020 March 3rd Primary Election and is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert. With over twenty five years of business experience, Sharifah Hardie has positioned herself to become one of the top executives in entertainment, business, politics and a person on the rise. Sharifah Hardie is Host of Ask Sharifah Videocast and Podcast, as well as Talk Show, “Round Table with Sharifah Hardie.” Sharifah is also the author of “Signs You Might Be An Entrepreneur – How to Discover the Entrepreneur in You” and the ebook, “Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Marketing. Facebook: - Twitter: @sharifahhardie Instagram:@sharifhhardie
July 02, 2020
Ernest Jackson of MNS Media Group for Full Figured Fashion Week
In this episode we chat all things Full Figured Fashion Week with the amazing Ernest Jackson of MNS Media Group.  We chat about why this event is so important and this years amazing sponsor Lane Bryant. He also shares why this event is more than just fashion - it is educational as well.  If you have not seen Mr. Ernest Jackson work you need to get familiar. He is a trailblazer.  Learn more about MNS Media Group by following on Instagram  Learn more about Full Figured Fashion Week by visiting: Follow them on social media: Facebook | Instagram
June 25, 2020
HGTV’s Flip or Flop Steve Cederquist
In this episode - I chat with Steve Cederquist about his new book - Get Out Alive: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction and Crazy, His time on HGTV's Flip or Flop and of course words of inspiration for those who are thinking of giving up.  Follow Steve Cederquist on Social Media at Facebook @SteveCederquist; Instagram @SteveCederquist or visit for more information. Purchase - Get Out Alive: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction and Crazy
June 18, 2020
MIT's 1st Black Student Body President Danielle Geathers
What an honor - MIT’s first Black woman student body president in the school’s 159-year history joins me on this episode of Conversations with Chan. Learn how she was able to secure her historic position in two weeks.  About Danielle  Danielle Geathers is a 2022 studying Course 2A with a concentration in product design. She was raised in Miami, FL and is a resident of New House. Outside of the UA, Danielle is a member of the Black Student’s Union and enjoys archival research. She has watched all 478 episodes of Law & Order SVU.
June 11, 2020
Angela Ray - Actress, Speaker, Author and Coach
On this episode of Conversations with Chan we chat with Angela Ray she is an  Actress, Speaker, Author and Coach.  Preorder her new book - Megastar Student Leadership About Angela:  Angela Ray is an award winning speaker, actress, and author. Her film and television credits include Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Louis, where she played the role of Louis Armstrong’s mother. She is the author of the books Rays of Motivation™, Blackberry Whispers, Rehearsing for the Leading Role: Lessons I Learned as an Actress That Can Help You Become a Megastar Student Leader, and contributing author to the anthologies, Gumbo for the Soul and Delta Girls: Stories of Sisterhood. Acting Coaching visit | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube -  For bookings: 1-855-38-SHINE
June 07, 2020
Candidate for Duval County Judge Rhonda Peoples-Waters
In this episode I chat with Rhonda Peoples - Waters who is running for Duval County Judge, Group 6, in Florida. Having proper representation in the court system is important. Rhonda shares with us The role of judges, about the Lack of Diversity (Race and gender) in the Judicial system, the importance of being involved in local elections as well as national, What is an absentee ballot and most important what her platform is - Experience, Integrity, Service.  More about Rhonda Peoples Waters:  Rhonda Peoples Waters has over 20 years of experience in the legal system and has owned her practice for over 10 years. Rhonda is a proud graduate of Fisk University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has been licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Florida since 1999, after graduating from the University of Florida School of Law where she studied under an academic scholarship.  Rhonda began her career in the Public Defender’s Office of Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit. Rhonda Peoples Waters has tried over 75 non-jury and jury trials in her career. She was the lead trial counsel in more than half of those cases. Rhonda’s practice experience is very diverse, having participated in a wide range of criminal and civil cases. Rhonda brings to the bench varied experience, a heart for service and a hard work ethic.
June 05, 2020
YouTube - Does your business need one?
Unsure if you need a Youtube Channel - Ask yourself  these 3 things: Do I have commentary that I want to share?  Is there something I want to teach or showcase?  Do I have a product I want to review?  If the answer is yes to any of these then you need a channel. Take a listen on why.  Click here to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
May 28, 2020
Brand Ambassador for Our Glass Clothing
In this episode we talk about why I chose to be a brand ambassador for Our Glass Clothing - Shop with me at Our Glass and save 15% OFF. 
May 08, 2020
Conversation with OWN Networks™ Ready to Love star Courtney Larisa and Husband Terrance
As a Guest Correspondent with Women for the Culture I chatted with OWN Networks™  Ready to Love star Courtney Larisa and New Husband Terrance. During this conversation - Both Courtney Larisa and Terrance gave 5 Great Tips on How to Keep New Love Strong during the pandemic. 
April 23, 2020
Partnerships and Teams - 3 keys to being successful
Creating Partnerships and Teams - We cannot do it all so we have to find others to be able to do so.  My 3 keys to achieving success are: 1. Knowledge Base  2. Level of Dedication 3. Integrity 
March 05, 2020
Have you checked your Business Foundation?
We all start our businesses with great intentions. But how often are you checking your foundation? How often are you revisiting your ideas and your business structure? 
February 27, 2020
What Makes a Great Publicist?
Are you confused on what makes a great publicist? In this episode I give a couple of points that I believe makes a great publicist. 
February 20, 2020
Becoming Media Ready
You want to become media ready, you have hired a consultant - Now begins the journey.  Get ready to work. 
February 13, 2020
Conversation about Gifting Suites
On this Episode of Conversations with Chan I am speaking about the Five reasons why celebrity gifting suites are a major part of brand promotion. Customer Base Increase Marketing Cost Effectiveness Brand Philanthropy  Leg up on your peers  your market Instant Brand Recognition Schedule your session with me at
February 06, 2020
Intro and Invitation to Conversations with Chan
Welcome to Conversations with Chan - this is a biweekly podcast that will showcase tips for business as well as interviews with other entrepreneurs  who will share their insight on the entrepreneurial journey. 
January 30, 2020