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Growing Forward Together

Growing Forward Together

By Kinita Seema Schripsema
Feel like you have hit a wall in your journey? We are here to encourage, empower and equip individuals to grow forward in their stories and help them live into their best selves while they embrace their cultural bent or internal cultural home.
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Story of a Birth Mother: Her Journey Through Adoption
Are you a birth mother or an adoptive parent? Either way, there is a journey to travel through. Sue Hinojosa chose adoption for her child when she herself was a teenager. This is about her journey from fear and denial to joy and acceptance.
August 29, 2022
Behind the Scenes: A Special interview by Jerry Hughes
When I wrote my second book, "I Am Third: Redeeming the Pain" (our journey through parenting and adoption), I never expected to make a friend like Jerry Hughes, Founder of the Hughes Foundation, let-alone be interviewed by him for my podcast.  Jerry is a new friend I made after relocating to India in June 2021, and a reader who was deeply touched by the words I penned. In all honesty, he was not "the kind of person" I was imagining when I thought about who would be in my audience of readers.  In the interview, our personalities (and friendship) allowed us to be raw, honest and comical.  I hope that you will be encouraged to #LiveYourStory and maybe even pick up a copy of my book as a tool to help you grow forward.    
April 19, 2022
Understanding Culture: Faith & Culture with Jasneet Kaur
Since faith is important to me and that includes respecting people who follow other religions!  Join us for a dialogue about the intersectionality of the Hindu & Sikh religions and the Indian culture. Let's learn and grow forward together!!
April 19, 2021
Understanding Culture Series: "Expectations & Culture" with Sanchiyta K
When we take into consideration the expectations in a culture, we redirect forced assimilation and not only experience better dialogue with those different than us, but we become companions for those struggling to fit and belong.
April 13, 2021
Understanding Culture Series: "Race & Culture" with Grace (Thuo) Kelley
The RACE conversation is often at the heart of many debates while CULTURAL understanding is ignored and often misunderstood.  I believe we need to do a better job of understanding the culture of a person or people group so we can grow forward together, while remembering and learning about systemic ways people are oppressed. 
April 06, 2021
Women In History: A Look Back in Time with Eugenia, Linette and Stephanie
A look back in time with classmates from junior high who are all daughters of immigrants.  Sharing about the impact our parents had on us and some lessons we learned along the way.
March 31, 2021
Women In History: "Running The Race" with Kym Dantuma Matthews
Remember that our stories don’t take place in a vacuum although they are uniquely ours. We need to learn to "Run the Race Set Before Us", while we appreciate the women who were "in it" with us. 
March 22, 2021
Women In History: A Dialogue with Rowena Phillips
March is “Women in History” month and I decided that instead of talking about famous women who are in textbooks and articles all over the world, I would encourage my guests to talk about the women in their history!!  I believe that ALL our narratives matter and it is important for us to take opportunities to let them shine!!  Today we discuss the impact culture has had on growing up in India.  
March 16, 2021
Women In History: A Dialogue with Emily Smith
Today we reflect on how we handle challenges as women in the work force? Since March is “Women in History” month, I decided to put a twist on it by not talking about famous women who are in textbooks and articles all over the world, and instead encourage my guests to talk about the women in their history!!  I believe that ALL our narratives matter and it is important for us to take opportunities to let them shine!! 
March 08, 2021
Women In History: A Dialogue with Dinorah Hiler
March is “Women in History” month, so I decided to put a twist on it and instead of talking about famous women who are in textbooks and articles all over the world, I decided to encourage my guests to talk about the women in THEIR history!!  I believe that ALL our narratives matter and it is important for us to take opportunities to let them shine!!   Let's hear what my Cuban-American friend has to say about "Living the American Dream".
March 02, 2021
Live Into Your Strengths: A Dialogue with Katy Kloosterman
According to The Clifton Strengths Assessment, there are thirty-four strengths and themes that deeply affect our personal and professional lives. When we encourage each other to “live into your strengths” it is imperative to know what they are and how to manage them. A dialogue to help you on your journey!!
February 22, 2021
Adoption & Inclusion: A Growth Story with Crystal Egli
Adoption isn't for everyone, but when it is, there is much to learn and implement.  Practicing inclusion is a way to deepen that relationship in ways that might surprise you. 
February 15, 2021
Living Misunderstood: Life as an Enneagram 8 (with Beth Fisher & Cindy DeBoer)
The Enneagram is a great personality assessment tool to help us understand our personality and how we interact with others.  This is a 3-way dialogue with Enneagram 8's and how we thrive while often being misunderstood. 
February 10, 2021
Managing Finances During a Transition: A Dialogue with William Wiarda
Financial stress is one of the major stressors in our world today and during expected and unexpected transitions, it can be even more difficult.  Even though there were record lows of unemployment (in the USA) even before the pandemic, this pandemic has certainly impacted the financial health of many people across the globe.
February 03, 2021
Models of Sustainability: A Global Approach with Dr. Renita Reed Thomson (Part 4 of 4)
In this final episode, we will explore a GLOBAL approach that impacts all of us around the world.
January 25, 2021
Models of Sustainability Series: An International Approach With Vaibhav Moon (Part 3 of 4)
This is Part 3 in a four-part series on Models of Sustainability.  In this dialogue we will be talking about an international approach to providing sustainability to marginalized communities in Nagpur, India.
January 18, 2021
Models of Sustainability Series: A National Approach with Bryce Fluellen (Part 2 of 4)
Food insecurity was lower in 2019 than in 2018.   Perhaps we are growing in the right direction but, in my opinion, there should not be any food insecurity in a country that has so many resources.  Today’s guest will help us understand why those food resources are not as accessible as they should be, what they are doing about and how you can join in the cause.
January 11, 2021
Models of Sustainability Series: A Local Approach with Nate Beene (Part 1 of 4)
This is the first in a four-part series on Models of Sustainability.  Since models are impacted by the location they are in, I decided to embark on a four-part series on the subject.  These episodes will cover and address best practices in Local, National (USA), International and Global contexts.  So be sure to join us for the future posts that will explore those areas and reveal some common elements among them all.
January 05, 2021
Farewell 2020
A personal reflection as 2020 is coming to a end.   
December 31, 2020
You have the Right to Write: A Dialogue with Jaishree Chhabrani
Do you like to write, personally or professionally?  Maybe you just like to journal your thoughts and questions that you face in your life.  I journaled casually over the years and then eventually became a published author.  Writing has a way of teaching individuals structure, impact their identity, and celebrate their uniqueness.
December 14, 2020
Inclusive Entrepreneurship: SPARKing a dialogue with Anindita (Anne) Partington
Inclusive leadership is best lived out as a lifestyle and not just remain a good idea!! Many people talk about it and very few actually live it out. Check out this interview with a colleague and friend in the industry of DE&I.
December 08, 2020
Coaches Collaborate: A Dialogue With Mr. Kelly Blackmon
Collaboration over competition is always a successful approach! Join me in this conversation with a fellow coach and the host of "How to Win at Everything" on how we encourage, equip and empower others to live into their best selves!!
November 23, 2020
We The People: A Dialogue with Deborah Davenport
In honour of Native American heritage month, I have the opportunity (and so do you) to celebrate a great Sovereign Nation here in the USA.  Listen in and see how you too might be inspired for inclusion and action!!
November 16, 2020
For Such a Time as This: An Interview with Divan Gamaliel
How to make a dream come true? Take one step at a time.  A conversation with an entrepreneur who continues to produce great things as he stays the course and overcomes obstacles of racial bias, microaggressions and job-seeking stress along the way.  
November 02, 2020
Being an Overcomer
I was interviewed on "How to Win at Everything".  All of us can “win” at what we do but the question is, “are we willing to address the challenges along the way with healthy approaches?” (aka. being an overcomer). 2In this interview you will hear what I learned through some extremely difficult situations in my life.  I share what worked, what didn’t work and how I choose to live my story in hopes to encourage you in yours.
October 21, 2020
Write Your Story: A Dialogue with a Blogging Evangelist
Ever wondered if you should become a blogger? Maybe for personal or business reasons? Well then, you will love this conversation with a "Blogging Evangelist"! Rana's got great tips and tools to help you on your journey!!
October 13, 2020
Indian and Single: The Struggle is Real!
The Indian culture is one of beauty, diversity, depth, and struggle. One of the many struggles amidst the beauty and depth is “singleness”. Listen in on a dialogue between two Indian women who experienced it differently!!
October 02, 2020
Coming To America: A Dialogue with a Fellow Immigrant
How does assimilation impact your story? Coming to America has been a process for many along with recognizing that assimilation impacts each one of us differently. In this interview, you will here a candid conversation about two such immigrants.
September 23, 2020
Understanding Caste: The Friendship of a Brahmin and a Dalit
Passionate about Inclusion? Then you won't want to miss this interview between two friends who are from different Caste groups and yet share a deep love for reconciliation.
September 16, 2020
Imposter Syndrome: Who Am I Really?
What does living authentically mean to you?  Who are you REALLY?  Why is it so easy to build a fake identity rather than live into our true selves?  These and other questions answered along with some tips so you too can #LiveYourStory.  
September 09, 2020
Gender Equality: A Dialogue with David Rowell
Gender equity and equality...why does it matter? Because YOU matter!! Join me as I dialogue with David Rowell on the subject. Learn to be an ally in the work of gender equity.
August 31, 2020
The Culture of Disability: A Dialogue with Paul Artale
As I continue to meet amazing people in my line of work, I asked a fellow author and speaker, Paul Artale, to shed light on his journey as someone who has learned to use his physical disability as a strength.  Listen in and you might learn how to "keep the dialogue" going!
August 12, 2020
Moments to Memories
Do you struggle with being in the moment?  You are not alone!! Learn to make your moments count as they become memories that might feel out of your sight and reach!!
August 03, 2020
Is It Time for A Realignment?
Realignment…what does that mean in your story?  How do you feel when things are out-of-sync or out of alignment?  What do you do? Feeling alone in this journey? Let's connect...I've got your back!!
July 27, 2020
Do Unto Others...or not?
Do unto others...or not?  An opportunity for you to consider how you can promote inclusion by the rules you follow.  
July 07, 2020
Do you see me?
An interview of Tabitha Pope, Director of Disability from Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, OK.  Tabitha brings a unique perspective to the topic of intersectionality and agency as it relates to disability in our society.  She dives into the need for acceptance rather than tolerance!!
June 25, 2020
I am not black
As a woman of colour, I choose to stand and kneel in solidarity with my black brothers and sisters.  Are you ready to step into action against racism (and other isms), inequality and inequity in your community and for the sake of others? Practical steps also found in my blog at
June 11, 2020
For Such a Time as This: Interview with Okey K. Enyia
As a concious black male in America, Okey shares humbly and graciously the plight of black males along with tools that will help them not only survive but also thrive.  His story started in the Southeast side of Chicago, IL, USA and he now currently works on Capitol Hill, in the Washington, D.C., area for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources.
June 03, 2020
Be Still: It's a Jungle out There
Discovering what being still might look like in your story and how you can achieve a deep calm and peace in your soul.
May 28, 2020
Broken Bodies (revised)
This pandemic has caused us to be relegated to our homes and not allowed us to commune physically with our faith communities. Encouragement and challenge to stay connected.
May 18, 2020
Setting the Table
Feeling challenged to transition during this season?  Join me as I share how you can learn to make a difference in your story and someone else's!! To connect, go to
May 05, 2020
Lead Leader!!
Empowering the leader in you!!
April 28, 2020
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Team building in marriage
April 24, 2020
Row, Row, Row YOUR Boat
Deepening your marriage relationship.
April 17, 2020
9 Ways to Stay Focused & Hopeful (in this Pandemic)
9 ways to stay focused & hopeful during this pandemic with action points to apply.
April 06, 2020
The Easy Button
Learning to work smarter not harder.
April 03, 2020
Living Authentically
Be the best you, you can be!!
April 03, 2020
Failure is an option
How do you handle success?
April 03, 2020
Feeling Squeezed
How do you handle stress?
April 03, 2020
Boundaries in Relationships
Exposing the difference between walls and boundaries.
April 03, 2020
Don’t Stay in Place
Need a little motivation on how to grow forward in your story? Learn to pivot!
April 03, 2020