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The Digital Thought Leader

The Digital Thought Leader

By Kimberly Inez Mays
Welcome to the Digital Thought Leader podcast!

My name is Kimberly Inez Mays and my team and I help coaches, professional speakers, authors, and business owners elevate their online presence so that they can attract their ideal clients and share their God-given talents with the world.

I interview fellow entrepreneurs who have taken a leap of faith, launched, and continuously show up as the Thought Leader that they were meant to be.
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EP - 17 Helping women get unstuck, discover their God-given Purpose.
Shelley Meche'tte is a Certified Life Purpose Coach, Speaker and Women’s Change Agent, Shelley Meche’tte is extremely passionate and dedicated to the empowerment of women through strategized personal and professional development.  She is the author of 70 Days of Happy: Life is BETTER When You Smile and the founder of the women’s organization, The PowHERful Woman.  Shelley has been able to share her message of personal accountability and wholeness as a guest on several online shows, including Coffee Talk, Power of Attorney, A Queen’s Roundtable, and Woman Unmasked; as well as on various empowerment platforms such as The PowHERful Woman Conference, The Hey Girlfriend Luncheon, Black Business Women Rock Nationally, Woman II Woman and more.   Some of her features include Yahoo, Bustle, Ask Men, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Voyage LA, The Daily Boss, UpJourney, OppLoans, Citizens Bank, the cover of the online magazine, Glambitious and more.  She has also been a guest on BYU Radio (The Lisa Show), Keisha Cali Kickback Radio Show, The Connie Phieff Show, Go Girl Podcast, and The YES! Show. You can find her book here: 70 Days of Happy: Life is Better When You Smile You can find her here: Website, Instagram, Facebook
December 21, 2020
EP - 16 The Healing Aspect of Sound.
Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini is an educator, a published author, a performance coach, and a podcaster.  Dr. Bernardini has been teaching for over 25 years and providing coaching to high achievers in the arts.  Denise, a high achiever in her field, has presented and performed all over the world.  She is a sought after speaker and clinician.  Denise has an award-winning studio where her students win competitions and go on to become sought after performers.  Dr. Bernardini is also a champion of women who have pieced together a life for themselves and their families by stepping out and doing what they thought would be impossible.   Her podcast, High Notes with Dr. B, is just about that.  Denise is in the process of releasing a new book called The Mindfulness of Singing in collaboration with Toni Crowder, which is due for release sometime mid-2020. Check out Dr. Bernardini's podcast here: High Notes with Dr. B Podcast Favorite books: The Compound Effect    Everything Is Figureoutable
November 23, 2020
EP - 15 Helping Leaders & Entrepreneurs Overcome Their Self-Sabotaging Behavior.
Sabine Gedeon is a Life and Leadership Coach, Author, and Speaker. She serves ambitious, mission-driven leaders and entrepreneurs and helps them identify and overcome their self-sabotaging behavior, take action towards the goals they really want to achieve, and unapologetically step into their leadership identity and power. With a focus on mindset, personal growth, self-leadership, professional development, and transformation, and over 15 years’ experience supporting leaders and professionals in their career development within Fortune 100 companies and in her own business, Sabine has helped hundreds of professionals breakthrough barriers, uncover or build their leadership capabilities, and experience personal and professional growth. Sabine knows first-hand the amount of faith and courage it takes to break away from the norm and step into something new or bigger than yourself. Using her personal experiences and professional training as a benchmark, she hopes to help lead millions of others through their unique paths of purpose, impact, prosperity, and legacy. Website: LinkedIn - Facebook: Instagram: Books - Think & Grow Rich and Dare to Lead Quotes - To err is human, to forgive is divine and Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Tech Resources - Acuity Scheduling, Active Campaign, and Recurpost
November 2, 2020
EP - 14 Moving From Tragedy To Triumph.
In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Marlisse Hardamon is an engaging communicator. She has been honing her craft for 19 years as a High School teacher and 10 years as a minister. She learned the value and strategies to engage her audience.  Marlisse is the Advocate of the Year for 2019 and she develops into a popular motivational speaker for her ability to use the power of storytelling. You can find her here: Twitter  Linkedin  Facebook  Instagram Her favorite book: Think and Grow Rich by N. Hill
October 12, 2020
EP - 13 Do Life & Leadership Unapologetically On Purpose.
Today I'm Speaking with Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years of experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion, vision, and destiny. Tanya J. Miller holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ScrumMaster®. and the owner of Tanya J. Miller, LLC, where she is an accomplished author, motivational speaker, life coach, and leadership strategist. You can find her at  Facebook Instagram Twitter Youtube Shop TJMLLC - for shopping books and message merch: School by TJMLLC - Online courses on life and leadership, we got $FREE.99 courses too to join the TJMLLC fam and stay connected, plus 20% promo code for first order @
October 12, 2020
Ep - 12 Barring My Scars to Help Others Heal
Today I speak to Angela Walker. Angela Walker is a Certified Relationship Coach with over 10yrs of experience. I have dedicated my life to helping couples and individuals create healthy and long-lasting relationships.  The personal obstacles I have overcome makes assisting others on their relationship journey very rewarding for me. After a 14 year marriage that failed due to infidelity, verbal and emotional abuse as well as the pressure of raising a disabled child (who recently passed away November 2019), I had to go on an emergency self-discovery journey to rediscover who I really am.  With my approach of “Barring My Scars to Help Others Heal” I have provoked others to reclaim their love for one another through effective communication tips and techniques. Her Favorite personal development book  You can follow her on Instagram
September 28, 2020
Ep- 11 Changing The World Powerfully By Shedding The Stigma On Mental Illness.
In this episode, I talk to Kate Emerald. Kate is a healer, storyteller, astrologer.  She is the founder of Life Of Emerald, an online studio scaling global impact via spreading ancient knowledge, spirituality & cultures. 
She is spearheading a Global Healing Movement 2020, an advocate of shedding stigma on mental health.  Her educational background includes psychology, international pedagogy, business, urban planning, philosophy, astrology, and divination.  She loves studying, walking in nature, playing with dogs, and teaching while traveling the world.  A humanitarian at heart, she aims to liberate people by living an example life based on love, authenticity, truth, and spiritual practices. With 14 years of a teaching career, she has taught STEM college graduates sponsored by the South Korean government.  Her ancestors are kings of South Korea of the Joseon dynasty and the scholars of the Nobel class in the Shilla dynasty.  She consults corporate executives and politicians to make mindful decisions so we can change the world powerfully.
September 28, 2020
Ep - 10 Telling Stories Through Spoken Word & Inspirational Speaking
In the episode, I speak to Rashad Rayford a Ward winning actor, poet, and speaker who uses spoken word and inspirational speaking to help businesses find their stories and find the connection with their employees and clients.  Rashad Rayford, aka Rashad Tha Poet, is an award-winning actor, poet, and speaker – and most recently, he was crowned the Moth Story Hour Nashville Grand Slam champion.  His work has been featured at TEDx, on NPR, and in the Wall Street Journal, HuffPo, and USA Today. His company Elevate Your Vibe, LLC is a nontraditional speaking company that blends spoken word poetry, and inspirational speaking to help businesses tell more compelling and concise stories. His new book, Elevate Your Vibe: Ten Ways to Grow You, is a self-development book that helps us elevate to our highest selves. You can find him at -  Instagram - @elevateyourvibe_  Get the book -
August 26, 2020
EP 9 - Helping Others See the World As It Is Featuring Danny Levin
In this episode, I get to interview Danny Levin, the author, business consultant, and coach who talks about helping others to listen and feel heard. Through examples from his book, the Mosaic, he talks about seeing the world for what it is versus how we see it. He also talks about how coaches can hold space for others to give them both what they want and what they really need. Listen to his interview .... Daniel Levin walked away from an opportunity to run a billion-dollar business, to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace. He studied in a seminary five years and left one day before becoming a Rabbi and he has lived as a Monk in a monastery for 10 years. As Director of Business Development, he grew Hay House from $3,000,000 a year in sales to $100,000,000 a year in revenue.  Levin is a rare blend of businessman and mystic who sees what others do not see. It has been this one quality more than any other that has thrown him into some of the most exclusive boardrooms to help companies innovate new ways of finding solutions when the old ways stop working. He is the author of The Mosaic, a life-changing fable that invites people to listen to those others do not hear and to see the situations in their life differently. To learn more about Daniel Levin, please go to Order your copy of Danny's Book, the Mosaic, at .. Listen to the Mosiac Podcast at ...
August 10, 2020
Ep 8 - Helping Experts Craft Their Signature Courses Featuring Caterine Storing
In this episode, I talk with Caterine Storing about creating online courses! Many business owners want to create online courses, but they don't know how to do it. (or do it correctly) Catherine shares her expertise on how she helps entreprenuers to create 'THE' signature course. She talks about mindset, pre-selling, and mindset. If you are thinking about creating an online course, you HAVE to listen to this episode ... Catherine is the Marketplace Deliverance Warrior for Kingdompreneurs, Content Monetization Strategist, Amazon Best-Seller and author of like 23-24 books, creator of 20-courses, writing coach, Keynote/2-time TEDx Speaker, founder of WMS PRESS, Certified Life Coach, Certified Christian Mentor and woman of faith. She has been coaching others for more than twenty years. She never thought my love for words, books, and writing would allow her to pool her expertise and help others to bring out their authentic voice and content to the world.  She works with experts, authors, speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs making six figures who are willing and ready to serve others with their expertise and talents in a global capacity.  Listen to her story .... Start Making Money Online With Your Expertise (Roadmap) Website: Facebook: Podcast: Favorite Book: Life's Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard Favorite Quote: "Don't tell me, show me." Favorite Online Tool: Evernote
July 20, 2020
Ep 7 - Absolute Marketing In A Week featuring Elizabeth Pamaplone
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Elizabeth Pamaplone, owner of Beyond the Cause.  Elizabeth Pampalone is an Engaging Speaker, Successful Entrepreneur, Master Networker and Trusted Business Adviser with over 20 years of experience all meticulously sculpted to equip business visionaries to achieve success through the power of Absolute Marketing™. Elizabeth describes how she takes her clients through the full branding experience, website, and a year's worth on content creation in just one week! Based in Jacksonville Florida, she works with her clients in-person to quickly bring their business vision to life. Listen to her story ... 00:00 About Elizabeth 01:35  Elizabeth describes her Absolute Marketing solution 12:19 How Elizabeth delivers service to her clients in the Covid-19 pandemic 15:90 How Elizabeth started her business 19:44 What Elizabeth has done to make her successful and the power of networking 22:36 What is branding? 30:07 Elizabeth's free website audit 31:27 Elizabeth's recommended books and resources Free Website Audits: Beyond The Cause: Favorite book:  Profit First Elizabeth's Quote:  "Parkinson’s law: a task will take all the time you give to." Technical resource or system: Termageddon  
July 6, 2020
Ep 6 - Remote Healing and Living an Authentic Life in Peru Featuring Kurundi Daniels
Meet Kurundi Daniels, remote healer currently in the jungles of Peru! Kurundi Daniels’ life is built on three principles: faith in God, trust in her own intuition, and service to others.  Acting on the visions God revealed to her while operating in her gifts of healing, she stepped out and founded Authentic Self Enterprises LLC in 2011. From there her sister company, Breathe Holistic Health & Wellness Spa, was birthed in 2013.  Today, Kurundi works as an intuitive holistic healer, operating in the modalities of massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki and chakra healing. She also continues to serve others through intuitive coaching and spiritual teaching.  She believes that the natural world has many secrets yet to reveal to humanity, so currently she is traveling the world and working with her clients remotely while she is learning about Shamanism & traditional plant medicines.  Listen to her story .... (4:00) What does remote healing look like? (7:05) Her decision to travel around the world. (10:00) How she got started coaching (13:00) How she runs her spa in Georgia from Peru - the power of teamwork (22:00) What she wishes she would have known (28:00) About her book, Born into Suffocation Buy Kurundi's Book -  Born into Suffocation: Where to find Kurundi: YouTube - Facebook - Instagram - "Prepare your business to run on systems." - Kurundi Daniels Favorite Quote: "When the student is ready the teacher shall appear" Favorite Book: The E-myth  Favorite System: Dubsado 
June 23, 2020
Ep 5 - Becoming a Menopause BOSS! Featuring Dr. Deborah Roebuck
Meet Dr. Deborah Roebuck! Dr. Deborah D. Roebuck, R.N., DNP, is the Founder and CEO of “Going Thru The Change,” a global health and wellness company that focuses on coaching and mentoring women leaders of all generations navigate premenopause, peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause with confidence, ease, grace and style.  Named the "menopause whisperer", Deborah and I talk about how she coaches women online to get visible to vocally advocate for their own health.  In particular, she helps executives and professionals who are nearing menopause deal with age discrimination, issues in the workplace, and bodily changes. Deborah personifies what a digital thought leader and she brings a wealth of knowledge through her experience.  She shares so much in this episode with us. Listen  to her story ... (1:32) Why Deborah is the "Menopause Whisperer" (16:30) How she started. (18:00) Why it helps to be around like-minded people Free Gift: Menopause Symptom Tracker Deborah's Website (Going Thru The Change): Facebook: Instagram YouTube "You've got to get used to the new you" "Every woman should have an executive board"
June 9, 2020
Ep 4 - Helping Women with Chronic Illnesses Live Healthier Lives featuring Cassandra Hill
Meet Cassandra Hill! She is a wellness coach, speaker, and holistic health practitioner and founder of Holistic Living Consulting.  Through her business, which she founded in 2018, Cassandra offers virtual wellness coaching and products to help people live a healthier life. Cassandra is also the author of He Restoreth My Soul Triumph through Adversity and Holistic Healing Common Herbs & Essential Oils to Improve Your Health. In this episode, I get to interview Cassandra about her battle with systemic lupus, her quest for more information, and her journey to build the business to help other women who are going through the same thing.  Her online classes focus on boosting your main immunity and practical things you could do at home while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Listen to her story .... You can find Cassandra online here:  Website: Events: Boosting Your Immunity Nutritional supplements:  Juice Plus  Books: He Restoreth My Soul Triumph through Adversity, Holistic Healing Common Herbs, Essential Oils to Improve Your Health Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: YouTube:
May 24, 2020
Ep 3 - Branding Starts with You featuring Kevin Armstrong
In this episode, Kevin Armstrong talks about his journey to becoming Foolishly Creative's graphic designer and the owner of his own small business, Kevin Armstrong designs. With more than 10 years of experience designing logos, t-shirts, and marketing collateral for small businesses and individuals, he delivers excellent customer service with a fine attention to detail. Thought leadership can come from anyone even behind the screen! As a self-taught designer, Kevin talks about the essentials of branding and what it looks like for the businesses that he works with.  In this episode, "Branding Starts with You", he gives us a new perspective on how we should look at our businesses and entrepreneurial paths. Kevin Armstrong Designs 👉🏽 Facebook page 👉🏽 Foolishly Creative 👉🏽 Free Workbook >> The Shine Online Workbook & Bundle for Coaches & Speakers 👉🏽 Book a Free Discovery Call  >> 👉🏽
May 10, 2020
Ep 2 - Helping Women De-stress with Coloring with Rhonda Thomas
*** SHOW NOTES: Episode 002 – Helping Women De-stress with Coloring with Rhonda Thomas ***   Meet Rhonda Thomas!    Rhonda Thomas, knows all too well the hardships, stresses, and obstacles that life can throw at us. After experiencing the struggles of health and illness in her own family and seeing its larger effect on the African-American community as a whole, she has choosing to devote her life to health, wellness, and transformational speaking. “I’ve had the privilege of sharing my story with people across the nation, and as a way of giving back, have created this selection of coloring books to help women burn off some steam, relax, and forget about the world by coloring for a more therapeutic, happy life."   In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking to Rhonda about her journey as a thought leader, from her work with Chicago public schools, to health coaching, to retiring and creating a series of coloring books tailored to the wellbeing of black women. Throughout her journey, from being a girl that "sold penny candy for 2 cents" to "the oldest person in the room", she had a tenacity to show up, deliver and sell.   Listen to her story ...    Notes From This Episode   ✔ (00:00) Introducing Rhonda  ✔ (03:12) The beginning of Rhons'way  ✔ (09:30) Early retirement and new opportunities  ✔ (17:30) Maintaining momentum during the Covid-19 pandemic  ✔ (24:21) Why Rhonda surrounds herself with positive people  ✔ (31:17) Why you shouldn't compare yourself with other people  ✔ (35:38) Introducing the Rhons'Way coloring books - and how you can order yours!   Buy Rhonda's Coloring Books for Women  Rhon'  🖍   Find Rhonda Online  👉🏽  👉🏽Facebook: 👉🏽Instagram Rhonda's Favorite Quote   💬 "Parents did they best they could with what they knew, when they knew better they did better" - Maya Angelou    Rhonda's Favorite Book  📘 "Judgment Detox" by Gabrielle Bernstein  
May 3, 2020
Ep 1 - Welcome! What is a Digital Thought Leader?
Welcome to the Digital Thought Leader Podcast! This is the very first episode of the digital thought leader and I am super excited to be sharing my knowledge, tips, tricks, and tools with all of you. This first episode is just going to be me and you because I really need you to understand what a digital thought leader is and how that applies to your business. This podcast has been a long time coming and is truly a labor of love! (In future episodes, I interview fellow business owners) I talk about what a Digital Thought Leader is and why NOW is the time to step into the thought leadership role that you were always meant to have. (Yes, even during a pandemic) In this episode, I tell my story about how I started my own business Foolishly Creative, helping coaches, consultants, authors, and speakers develop their online presence. The journey wasn’t always smooth, but it was totally worth it … Notes From This Episode (1:03) – What Digital Thought Leadership means to me. (1:37) – My story: How an introverted web designer became a digital thought leader. (7:35) – What to look forward to in the Digital Though Leader Podcast Free Online Community >> The Digital Thought Leader Collaborative Free Workbook >> The Shine Online Workbook & Bundle for Coaches & Speakers Book a Free Discovery Call  >>
May 2, 2020