This is the place where we honor people who are using their gifts to help others reach their destiny. The Purpose Producer is a weekly podcast that introduces listeners to the tools they need to activate purpose, power, and passion.
On the last episode, we met Nicole Hardesty, the social media guru with supernatural faith. Through her daughter’s memory, she introduced the topic of infant loss and mortality. In this episode, she talks about parenting, marriage, and guardian angels. To donate to Saul’s Light in memory of Bryant, click here.
Nicole Hardesty is a social media expert with more than 10 years of experience with major brands including The Huffington Post, The Daily News, and WUSA. In this episode, Nicole introduces us to Bryant, the baby girl who never came home from the hospital but whose spirit lives on each day. Listen as Nicole calls attention to the heartbreaking reality of infant loss. To donate to Saul’s Light in memory of Bryant, click here.
Tamika Newhouse is the CEO who went from teen mom to running her own company by the age of 20. Affectionately known as the Shonda Rhimes of Black Publishing, the award-winning author has penned 17 novels and helped to publish nearly 300 books. In this episode, Tamika opens up about living with bipolar disorder as a single mom and media maven.
Chelsea Fuller is an expert in crisis management. As the deputy communications director for Blackbird, she is basically the Olivia Pope of the social justice movement. From campaigns like #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter and #DefundthePolice, Chelsea plays a leading role in responding to the headlines that keep us up at night. In this episode, the veteran journalist explains why she only responds when called upon and how her faith guides her every step of the way.
As a career coach, leadership speaker, and business consultant, Brittany Cole finds joy in encouraging others to thrive. After spending 12 years at Pfizer, she found herself at the crossroads of grief and transition. This year, the former marketing executive released, Thrive Through It: A Guide for Redefining Resilience in Life and Business. In this episode, she peels back the pages of her best-selling book to show us how to define who we are through moments of loss.
This episode is for the believer who is barely hanging on. With the unemployment rate, at 6.2 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 10.0 million, many are struggling to keep the faith. All while Black and Brown business owners are closing their doors at alarming rates. In this episode, Host and Executive Producer Georgia Dawkins discusses lessons of faith, success, and purpose.
Dr. Denise Mose is a professional educator who spent a year serving as a foreign teacher in China. Her act of faith ignited a real adventure of Self-Discovery and now she’s sharing her notes for other believers. In this episode, the award-winning author walks us through her journey to writing Blind Faith.
Kiami Davael is an American actress best known for her role as “Lavender” in the film Matilda. Throughout her career, she has starred in numerous TV shows like "Moesha" and "The Steve Harvey Show.” But perhaps she has learned the most from the roles she didn’t book and the ones she never saw coming. In this episode, Kiami details how her posture of faith has sustained her through loss and uncertainty.
Dr. Robin Martin is a sought-after speaker and valued strategic partner. In her book, Navigating Courage: Leading Beyond Fear, Dr. Martin bears powerful witness to the professional trials faced by women of color and minorities in the workplace. In 2020, she inspired the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to donate $15 million dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities participating in The Just Project. In this episode, she shares her secrets to leadership, courage, and success.
Elissa Yancey is an educator, author, co-founder of “A Picture's Worth,” a story-gathering tool that builds trust, adds context to issues shaping our world. Her new book, “Grab Happy,” addresses something we all can relate to in this season: grief. In this episode, Elissa opens up about the stages of grief, who we can become, and two words from her mother that changed her entire outlook on life.
Meet Sirdarius Benton, better known as “The Dancing Deputy.” Deputy Benton first went viral in 2018 when he danced to Drake’s “In My Feelings.” In the midst of social unrest and a global pandemic, the Henry County, Georgia deputy says he’s bridging the gap by being in the gap.” In this episode, he opens up about a near-death experience that left him upside down after a high-speed chase.
As a recording artist and songwriter, Phoenix Sohl is using energy healing to reach listeners on a deeper level. Using frequencies like binaural beats, she is creating transformational media to inspire and uplift the masses. In this episode, she opens up about the spiritual awakening that led her to the trail she’s blazing today.
From “Hot Tub Time Machine” to “Black-ish,” Kellee Stewart has breathed life into characters for more than 10 years. Now, as a proud egg-advocate, Kellee is inspiring an underserved community through her weekly Instagram series, Warrior Wednesdays where she shines a light on other fertility stories. Whether you’re believing God for a child or you’re just believing God for a miracle, Kellee’s story is a reminder that we all play a leading role in activating our faith.
CJ Faison is the founder of Face Forward Productions where he curates cultural stories. After walking away from a career in finance, he took a non-traditional route to entertainment which led him to the Emmy nominated digital series, Giants. His latest short film, Junebug, explores fatherhood, girlhood, and mental wellness. In this episode, CJ gives us a look inside his process, his passion, and most importantly, his faith.
Erin Waller is the founder of BWFwoman, an organization that supports and heals the brokenhearted and celebrates the inherent beauty of Christ in the spirit of women. Her goal is to empower others to make choices that strategically shift emotions.
In this episode, she breaks down how to become intentional about our emotions so that we can all achieve our physical, mental, and spiritual goals.
After doctors told them they would have trouble getting pregnant, Talya and Dwayne Parker dared to ask God for more. As it turns out, the young couple was expecting before they ever petitioned God. Growing in your faith can be difficult when you are in a relationship, and that kind of love calls for an even deeper level of intimacy. In part II of our interview, Talya and Dwayne candidly detail the moments where they needed grace the most.
Sometimes the gift you use to help position others for success is your story. My guests today know all about the power of their testimony. In 2018, Dwayne and Talya Parker went viral after sharing the news that they had closed on their first house. While millions of people saw the photoshoot in their orange and green t-shirts outside their new home, it is the testimonies that they continue to share that make their ministry so unique.
This is a special episode about finding purpose in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometimes the miracle is not getting what you prayed for. Sometimes the miracle is being able to make it through a difficult season.
Aqueela Maddox is using the power of words to transform the lives of everyone she meets. As an author, speaker and relationship coach, she has impacted thousands around the world including Mexico, London, Paris, and the Dominican Republic. While she can be spotted as a recurring guest on VH-1's T.I. and Tiny's Friends and Family Hustle, her largest platform is wherever God decides to take her next. In this episode, Aqueela shows us how our testimonies can lead to a life of abundant faith.
Jacqie McWilliams is in her 8th season of serving as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner. Not only is she the first woman to serve in that role, but she is also the first appointed African American Commissioner out of 100 Conferences representing NCAA Division I, II and III.
The CIAA conference is made up of historically black colleges from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. This year marks 75 years of the annual basketball tournament. In this episode, Commissioner McWilliams breaks down her playbook for success.
Deejay Young is an award-winning actor, singer, songwriter, and independent artist. At the peak of his career, he made the decision to leave one of the biggest brands in the world for an even greater dream. While on tour with "Hamilton: An American Musical," the multitalented entertainer pauses to explain how he manifests one life-changing opportunity after another.
Liz Warner is the founder of Run to Reach, a global campaign aiming to raise money for women's issues in 20 countries. After her father's untimely passing, Liz found peace on the pavement and now she's paying it forward with 30 marathons by the age of 30! In the show's first international interview, Liz joins us via FaceTime from Paris, France to show us the power of being in position.
In this episode of the Purpose Producer Podcast, Executive Producer Georgia Dawkins takes listeners down a path of hope, redemption and spirituality through a series of purpose reflections. Since launching her career with ABC News in 2008, the author, producer and journalist has gone on to blaze a dynamic path in media. While writing her debut book, “Everybody Knows: The Power of Being Position,” Georgia says she was called to be a Purpose Producer. Hear how she’s using her gifts to help others birth their dreams.