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There is Power in Your Story Podcast with Dr. Veronica Hardy

There is Power in Your Story Podcast with Dr. Veronica Hardy

By Dr. Veronica Hardy
Welcome to the "There is Power in Your Story" podcast hosted by Dr. Veronica Hardy of In this podcast series, Dr. Hardy engages some of the most distinct, thought provoking, and inspiring guests with conversations about their careers, perspectives on life, and steps for success.

Dr. Hardy is a Professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Search for Dr. Veronica Hardy on your favorite social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Purchase her book, A Letter to My Sisters: Reflecting on God's Promises, from her website at

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Build Upward: Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Reflection a conversation with Aisha Beau Johnson

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There is Power in Your Story Podcast with Dr. Veronica Hardy

The Power of Being Intentional featuring Virginia Teachey
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story Podcast. A conversation about empowerment, accomplishment, and vision. A podcast dedicated to helping you be inspired through the stories of others. I'm your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, to learn more about me and this podcast please visit my website at and consider purchasing my most recent publication, A Letter to My Sisters a workbook style publication written for women that provides insight through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective journal questions – encouraging you to contemplate on your experiences from a spiritual perspective. Our guest for this podcast conversation features Virginia Teachey, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. How did she reach this point in her career? By being intentional ... tune in to learn more about hear career story. Learn more about Virginia Teachey.
October 25, 2020
There is Power in Your Voice featuring Ashley Jaramillo Cason
On this episode of There is Power in Your Story is Ashley Jaramillo Cason who works with international education, is an adjunct professor, a group fitness instructor, and salary negotiator. She is also a first-generation American, which shaped her career and her current work with international students. Tune in to learn about advocating for yourself and others by using your voice. To learn more about your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit
September 24, 2020
The Power of Influence featuring Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock
Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock is an accomplished author in the realm of school counseling and currently developing her next publication. She is also an educator, school counselor and entering into retirement to enjoy what life has next! Join us to hear about reflecting, becoming an author, and how to live life well in a discussion called The Power of Influence featuring Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock. Interested in Dr. Brannock's publications? Please visit the following links. The Essential Guide to Effective School Counseling Programs Meet My School Counselor, Mrs. Sparks To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit
September 17, 2020
The Power of Staying Focused featuring Dr. Art Malloy
Dr. Art Malloy is a poet, artist, servant leader, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Malloy has such a creative and intentional spirit. He states that you can view barriers in one of two ways, either as an impediment or as something you can climb up on to take you higher. During our conversation, he shares life experiences that he used as opportunities to go higher and how he responded to race-based discrimination. Tune in to learn about the power of remaining focused, staying in alignment with your intentions, and the effects of racism. If you have enjoyed this episode, please share it with at least two friends and encourage them to tune in. Thank you so much for joining me this week on There is Power in Your Story.  To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit
September 10, 2020
The Power of Creativity: Building Business in 2020 featuring Mackenzie Kerby
Mackenzie Kerby made quite a few transitions in her career from a high school teacher to a diversity-based educator and then laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She decided to use that time to pause and explore her interests. Mackenzie realized how her interest in royal families could lead her to become an entrepreneur. It happened, through the use of text messaging. Listen in to be inspired by this story of career shifts, taking a pause, and becoming the co-owner of Your Royal Closet. Visit the Your Royal Closet website at If you have enjoyed this episode, please express your support by subscribing to this podcast and sharing with friends. Thank you. To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit
September 3, 2020
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August 19, 2020
Build Upward: Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Reflection a conversation with Aisha Beau Johnson
Aisha Beau Johnson is a digital content creator, speaker, and founder of, a digital destination highlighting all things self-care for women of color. She specializes in writing about beauty, lifestyle, and wellness topics, highlighting the importance of internal and external well-being. Aisha’s writing about mental health and personal development has been featured by outlets such as Fast Company and SUCCESS. Most recently, Aisha launched a podcast, Re-Written, which can be listened to on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio or wherever podcasts are available. During this podcast conversation, Aisha will join us to discuss how to Build Upward: Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Reflection. To learn more about Aisha, please visit
July 9, 2020
I'm Greater Than the Stigma: A Recovery Testimony a conversation with Tina Locklear
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.” Tina Locklear, MSW, LCSWA is featured in a Missions Mosaic article titled, "Getting to be Me,” by Shelli Littleton. Through Missions Mosaic, Ms. Locklear shared her experience of longterm recovery and the supports that provided her a strong foundation. In addition, Ms. Locklear is currently employed with a non-profit organization focusing on mental health and substance abuse. The aim of this There is Power in Your Story podcast conversation is to discuss Ms. Locklear’s story of removing the mask and transitioning into longterm recovery. National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP
July 2, 2020
What Happens on the Inside ... Shows on the Outside a conversation with DeAndrea Crockwell
An article titled, The Link Between Skin and Psychology, on the American Psychological Association website highlights a previous research study including a survey of "1,675 patients with  rosacea — a condition that causes facial redness and related symptoms —  90 percent of respondents reported lowered self-esteem and  self-confidence, 54 percent reported anxiety and helplessness, and 43  percent reported depression ... More than half said they avoided face-to-face contact." It is important to place your health high on the priority list. Take steps to recognize whether what you put into (e.g., foods, drinks) your body is affecting your overall health, including skin health. Joining us in conversation about putting health first and engaging in skin health awareness is Ms. DeAndrea Crockwell. Ms. Crockwell is a Master of Social Work graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and currently employed with UNC Health. In 2017, she was crowned Miss UNCP and she stood on the platform of physical and mental health fitness. On this episode of There is Power in Your Story, she joins us to engage in a conversation about eating habits and its effects both physically and mentally.
June 25, 2020
When the Mask Comes Off: Recognizing the Power of Vulnerability a conversation with Shnika Davis
Shnika Davis, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A is a clinical professional with a private practice called I Rock Therapy located in Fayetteville, NC. She provides services across the spectrum including relationship counseling, chemical dependency evaluations, and group counseling. She responds to life challenges ranging from anxiety, life adjustments and addictions, to domestic violence and self-esteem. During our conversation today on There is Power in Your Story, she will share about vulnerability from the perspective of strength and freedom. During this conversation, listeners will hear the concept of "defense mechanisms," which are often tools used to guard an individual from uncomfortable feelings. Oftentimes, we may be unaware that our defense mechanisms (if any) are taking place. At times, certain types of defense mechanisms can be healthy (depending on the circumstance). On the other hand, there are defense mechanisms that may be unhealthy, especially when used too often. In turn, this can harm relationships or other opportunities. To learn more about defense mechanisms and their effects, please visit a mental health professional for further insight. Also, click here for more information.
June 18, 2020
Pulling Up the Roots: Dealing with Anxiety and Fear of Rejection a conversation with Kenneth Joyner
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.” Kenneth A. Joyner, MSW, LCSW has vast experience providing direct care services to individuals with mental health and development diagnoses. He has a passion and clinical interest in working with young men who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Furthermore, he carries extensive experience focusing on anger management, behavioral and trauma-related issues. Mr. Joyner is drawn to enlightening others about overcoming anxiety and the fear of rejection. The aim of this There is Power in Your Story podcast conversation is to discuss Mr. Joyner’s story of confronting the effects of social anxiety. Therapeutic Interactions Counseling Services, LLC U Good, Bro?! 
June 11, 2020
Aspire! Confronting Homelessness in Higher Education a conversation with Dr. Tamara Savage
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are approximately 560,000 persons experiencing homelessness in the United States. This includes individuals, families, veterans, children, and even college students. Many college students do not have a regular place to sleep and this certainly adds stress during the pursuit of education. The Aspire Program is a mentoring program designed to address the needs of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke students experiencing homelessness. This program is completely supported by generous donations. The aim of this podcast conversation is to discuss a beautiful effort called the Aspire Program developed by Dr. Tamara Savage, an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For more information about the Aspire Program, please email Dr. Savage at If you would like to send a gift card, please contact Dr. Savage for mailing information. To support the Aspire Program through donations, please use the following link
June 4, 2020
Let's Talk About It: Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration a conversation with Dr. Tina Barr
What is a DNA exoneration? According to The Innocence Project, "it is a case in which post-conviction DNA testing  results were central to establishing the innocence of the wrongfully  convicted individual, i.e., the DNA testing results were dispositive of  actual innocence and central to vacating the conviction and/or  dismissing the indictment. The indictment must have been dismissed or  the defendant pardoned on the grounds of innocence or acquitted at a  retrial."  What are the statistics? 365 DNA exoneration cases in the U.S. (2019) Our podcast guest, Dr. Tina Barr, is an advocate who will be providing insight on the very important social justice issue of wrongful conviction and incarceration. Visit to learn more about the persons who experienced being falsely incarcerated. EPISODE NOTE: This episode was initially recorded on May 5, 2019. Since then,"Dr. Tina Barr" successfully completed her doctoral program and continues to address wrongful conviction and incarceration with justice-involved persons.
May 5, 2019