View From the 5th Row
By Lorrie Penn Hunter
50 is the new 40! Don't pack up, there are still battles to win, missions to accomplish and issues to resolve! Let's get uncomfortable and take some leaps together. Real people. Real talk. Real life!
Beyond Your Visions
Have you ever exceeded a vision you had for yourself? Many of us don’t allow ourselves to stretch outside of the box. We don’t realize that to do so may take us well beyond what we have imagined for ourselves. My wonderful guest, Dr. Alonda Alloway, is an example of how you can absolutely survive and thrive beyond your own limited imagination. Remember that time someone told you that they could see you doing something and you said “probably not.” Dr. Alloway’s response has been…”well, ok, why not?” Dr. Alonda Alloway has over 20 years of counseling experience and 10 years of teaching social work as an adjunct professor. She is the founder and a Mental Health Therapist at Loudoun Counseling and Coaching, LLC. Dr. Alloway enjoys helping adults overcome obstacles that they think are hindrances in order for them to reach their goals and full potential. Her specialties are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, anxiety disorders, adjustments/transitions, grief, and trauma with a focus on goals to allow the client to feel better about their position in life and function effectively. FB / IG @LoudounCounselingCoaching Visit www.loudouncounselingcoaching.com
January 02, 2022
The Power of Simply Starting
Mischelle O'Neal has been living her passion to help women move from a victim mindset to a champion mindset through her books, her mastermind groups, and her motivational speaking. We often set goals for ourselves but don't realize those goals when we are frozen in place and too afraid to start. Mischelle believes that we must learn to simply start and we must learn to master the art of starting. When we get comfortable starting, then we will be well on our way to living the live we desire. Mischelle O’Neal is the Founder of Mastering Your Monday, LLC a lifestyle Enrichment Firm. She valiantly served her country and is a retired United States Air Force Veteran. Mischelle continued her career as a civil servant working for various federal government agencies. Today, Mischelle and her husband reside in Loudoun County, Virginia and enjoy the company of their four awesome grandchildren. Inspired by a desire to help women overcome personal and professional challenges, Mischelle created Mastering Your Monday, LLC, to assist women in developing a more balanced, productive lifestyle by teaching the skills needed and control they desired to succeed and create a “fresh start”, one Monday at a time. Mischelle’s extensive background with over twenty-eight years of experience and expertise with the military, has been paramount in her development of the M.A.T. Technique(TM). It brings her great joy to witness women move from a victim mindset to a champion in their own life. Not only do they become champions for themselves, but champions for others. Throughout her life, Mischelle has had to overcome her own challenges. Through her faith, discipline, and strong values, she developed the resilience necessary to prevail. Her presence today is a testimony that you, too, can win with the right guidance, support and mastery. IG & FB @mischelleoneal Mastering Your Monday website: https://masteringyourmonday.com/ Episode 15 Reference: https://masteringyourmonday.com/view
May 22, 2020
Money Mindset and Wellness. Why do we flee?
There are superheroes and then there are super she-roes who are working to serve citizens from their financial woes and challenges. My special guest today works daily to help resolve financial crisis that occur with small businesses and individuals who often go it alone until it's too late. As small business owners and professionals, we are often unwilling to invest in an expert to help us handle the finances, avoid peril, and create wealth. Angie Toney is not your everyday financial professional, she specializes in resolving complex situations and helping her clients find balance their mental and physical health & wellness with their financial positions. Angie Toney is a native New Yorker, corporate exec turned entrepreneur serving clients as a health and wealth professional in the DC area. She utilizes a holistic approach to help small business owners in the health industry increase cash flow and reduce taxes and audit risk. Before launching her business, she was a director working with a local CPA firm providing audit and quality assurance services for local, state and federal government projects and the chief auditor for a chemical manufacturing company. Angie also worked as a consultant with Experis (formerly Jefferson Wells) and as a senior auditor for the not-for-profit insurance and investment organization, TIAA-CREF. She earned a BS in Accounting from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Public Accountant / Personal Financial Specialist (CPA/PFS) and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license. Angie is also a certified health coach earned from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a health coach, she practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, which examines all areas of an individual’s life, including financial matters, to see how they are connected and impact each other. Reducing financial stress can have a profound impact on health. Angie is a mother of two living in Northern Virginia outside of Washington DC. Outside of work, she enjoys various types of volunteer work including mentoring youth and participating in adult literacy/training programs. She is an active board member and volunteer with the Loudoun Volunteer Financial Council, a member of the Urban Financial Services Coalition – UFSC (formerly known as the National Association of Urban Bankers), and a volunteer with Operation HOPE, the nation’s leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization with a mission to eradicate poverty. Angel Financial Services Website: https://www.angelfinancial.services/ Angel Financial Services Blog: https://www.angelfinancial.services/blog/
May 15, 2020
The Voices of a Community
How much attention to you pay to the leadership in your community? Are you plugged into the decisions that are on the table or do you react when things get too close to home. There was a time that I took much for granted. Then somewhere between becoming a mother and increasing my participation in the local community, I started paying closer attention. Maybe, that's where it all begins....something or someone you care about is being ignored or mistreated, and you decide that it's time to let your voice be heard and fight for what you believe in. In this episode, I am talking to three active leaders in the community. I went all the way with this one. You will also find it live on Facebook @ViewFromthe5thRow! My featured guests include: Buta Biberaj - Buta Biberaj has lived by the principles of Justice, Equality, Transparency, and Integrity all of her life and was recently elected as Commonwealth Attorney for Loudoun County, Virginia in 2019. Buta practiced as a trial attorney in Loudoun County for over 25 years and a substitute judge for over 11 years. Buta spent her entire career helping families, children and clients with problems that required experienced, sensitive, and solution based approaches. The ultimate goal being to help address the core root issues of the matter, provide support systems and prevent repeat incidents of crisis. Buta was a guardian ad litem for 23 years. Judges from the Juvenile and Circuit Courts in Loudoun, Fairfax and Fauquier Counties consistently selected her to represent the best interests of children and the elderly in some of the most complex and dire cases that came before the courts. Krysta N. Jones - Krysta Jones has committed her life to public service, developing leaders and changing lives. Named one of Leadership Arlington's Top 40 Under 40 , she was also featured in Ebony Magazine as a "Hero Next Door." She successfully represented two associations for eight years as a registered lobbyist, advocating for women’s and socio economic status issues. Krysta served as the Director of Outreach for two Members of Congress, designing outreach strategies, developing relationships with key community leaders and communicating their legislative agenda via meetings and over 20 congressional events. While serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 2000-2002, Krysta helped create student governments, and procured funding and provided training for a community radio station. Krysta hosts her own show, "A Seat at the Table" on Arlington Independent Media. She is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale. https://www.krystajones.com/vote-lead-impact Nancy Finley Barbour - Nancy Finley Barbour has nearly 30 years of project management experience in information technology consulting. Nancy is an active member of the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has been active with the Social Action Committee for more than 30 years. Nancy has organized and spoken at political, empowerment and educational workshops for over 20 years and is the founder co-founder of Mocha Entrepreneurs of Loudoun County, a group that meets monthly to network with small business owners. Nancy has worked on several political campaigns behind the scenes for many years and loves to celebrate when her candidates win. Nancy lives by the quote by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” Nancy is the recipient of the VLI 2020 Vision Awards presented by the Virginia Leadership Institute for her leadership and advocacy in minority student achievement. IG @Codesuccess
May 09, 2020
But first... What is Your Purpose?
Are you an entrepreneur just starting out or wondering how to elevate your success? Sometimes it is just as simple as identifying your why. Why should customers buy your product or use your services? How can you change your message to have more of an impact and to develop better, long-term customer relationships. Kindra Harvey will no doubt help you get your business on the right track! Kindra Harvey serves and inspires business owners and industry professionals daily. Encouraging and empowering those who are unafraid to take the leap into business ownership is one of her core missions in life. She believes it is through our collective experience and willingness to share that we are able to impact generations and contribute innovation to the future of our culture, community, country, and our world. Helping to create jobs for our neighbors, stepping in to help companies re-imagine their possibilities, and shining light on resources that make a difference drives her to excel. Exceeding expectations and witnessing dreams as they come true is what makes her job interesting. Professionally, Kindra has spent the past 17 years working in Human Resource Development, Training and Development, Employer Services, Business Development, and Economic Development. During her tenure in Economic Development Kindra led the charge in her community to create a system of support for HUBZone companies and local job seekers. This model is now being duplicated in communities across the country. Now as an entrepreneur, Kindra also, serves on HUBZone National Council where she is Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Her company, Purpose WorX, guides businesses through the process of expansion, relocation, and consolidation of their business operations. They regularly monitor economic trends and the competitive landscape for various industries. The firm advises businesses on strategies and best practices to better equip them for success. Learn more at https://www.purposeworx.com/. Follow IG @purposeworxllc
May 01, 2020
My Crown. My Cross. My Celebration.
Carla Wiley is a beautiful soul who had a temporary setback that resulted in her learning a life lesson that was instrumental in helping her find her life’s passion and personal peace. This is Carla’s Story: My Crown, My Cross, and My Celebration. Carla Anderson Wiley has been a resident of Loudoun County, Virginia for over 55 years and works for the Archdiocese of Washington - Catholic Charities in the Human Trafficking Victims Assistance Program. As a community involved citizen, Carla was on the founding Student Achievement Committee which was later renamed Minority Student Academic Achievement Committee (MSAAC) as well as an active member of the Loudoun NAACP. Carla originally became interested in community work through her mother, now deceased, who was one of the first black teachers to teach at Douglass Elementary School (now Frederick Douglass Elementary) when schools were integrated in Loudoun County. In her spare time, Carla has been working on restarting her Jewelry and Accessory online store (https://www.carlafinds.com/) and managing her high school friend's band - Bryan Fox and Friends. Carla feels that her biggest lifetime achievement is being her authentic self.
April 24, 2020
Managing Anxiety during the Covid-19 Quarantine
The national quarantine is producing stress, anxiety, grief, and a variety of other mental health concerns for millions of people around the world. In today's episode, I'm talking with Dr. T'Airra Belcher about how anxiety may manifest, ways to combat anxiety day to day, and how reaching out to someone you trust can help alleviate the stress. Dr. T’Airra Belcher is a native of Richmond, Va. She earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University (2012), a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (2014), and a doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University (2019). She is a nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and Louisiana, and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). Dr. Belcher’s research interest include Meta-Analysis, Inter-professional Collaboration, Multi-systemic Therapy, teaching practices, teen suicide, LGBT development, and experiences of African Americans in higher education. Currently, Dr. Belcher is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University New Orleans in the Counseling Department. Dr. Belcher has a private practice, offering tele-therapy, providing outpatient therapy to individuals, families, and couples. Clinically, Dr. Belcher has experience working with children and teens on topics associated with development, gender and sexuality, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and adjustment as well as adults with serious mental health disorders, relationships, anxiety, and communication skills. If you are looking to connect with Dr. Belcher you can follow on IG @dr.tbelcher and you can find her on Linkedin and Psychology Today.
April 22, 2020
Living Your Best Socially Distant Life
How can you stay safe AND sane while life as we know it has been totally disrupted? I've pulled together a short list of things that can help us regroup and refocus. It's not just about staying busy but its also about finding balance, staying hopeful, productive and keeping the faith!
April 03, 2020
The Voice of a Season
So excited to talk with my broadcast inspiration, my childhood big sister from my early days living in Connecticut. For as long as I've known her, Michelle Turner has been in broadcast journalist and her golden voice and fiery spirit have made waves throughout the Connecticut scene. We are talking about the old days, her career journey and how life has brought her to this moment in time. Michelle Turner has worked as a #journalist, talk show host and #moderator across three counties in #Connecticut. She is currently the host of, "The Show", a podcast airing and streaming on the #NewHaven Independent's 103.5 LP FM, WNHH Community Radio. Michelle started her career as a Disc Jockey at AM 1340, WNHC, after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, NC. Returning to New Haven, she worked at AM 1340, #WNHC, working the overnight shift, naming it, "The Overnight Party for the Overnight Army." She then moved to news as a #Reporter and News Anchor at 960 AM, #WELI. Several years later, Michelle was the first voice heard on AM 1220, #WQUN, Quinnipiac University's commercial station and New Haven County's lone CBS affiliate. She became managing editor of what became an Associated Press award winning station for news and features coverage. Michelle became News and Public Affairs Director of 94.3 WYBC New Haven AM and FM radio two days before September 11th. She and the station's staff and later the program director stayed on the air 14 hours with updates and then opening the phone lines for the public to express their concerns about the event. Later Michelle became the executive producer, host and moderator of the Heritage Talk Show of 94.3 FM's, "The Electric Drum," which saw some of its highest ratings during her seven years with the show. She also had the opportunity (and pleasure!) to moderate a live conversation with 'Shark Tank personality, Daymond John. She most recently ended a four-year stint with #Fairfield County's NPR affiliate, WSHU and it's syndicated stations and also worked as a Reporter and Announcer at WTIC-AM, Hartford's award-winning CBS affiliate. She is currently one of the co-hosts of the Ma’am WHAT?! podcast with Babe Rawls Ivy and Markeshia Ricks—their tagline: “This ain't your mama's podcast ... or maybe it is.” (Spotify) Michelle has been a volunteer with the New Haven Public School's "Read Aloud" Program, and the Greater New Haven Community Foundation's Women and Girls' Fund; she is an active member of the New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has been the recipient of numerous community service awards, the most recent being from New Haven's Chi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Quinnipiac University and lives in New Haven with her daughter.
March 20, 2020
Your Life By Design
You don't have to stop what you have to do to start doing what you want to do. Listen in while I chat with an old friend and inspiration, Mark Wiggins, who has built his business on the philosophy of movement. Yours and mine. If you want it, you've got to get up and go for it. Coined by clients as an outstanding entrepreneur with the uncanny ability to ignite passion and to motivate others, Mark “The Speaker Man” Wiggins is an accomplished author of several books including Permission to Succeed: The Only Person Who Can Give it is You, and Success Does Not Need a Co-signer. Mark is a certified facilitator of the Lego® Serious Play methodology, Master Presenter PSSP, ++ Co-creator of the Journey to Success Program and creator of the Zero to 1 Speaker Training Program. Among his many achievements, Mark hosts a Podcast called “Off the Bench with Mark Wiggins.” He is an international motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the corporate and communications industries. Mark is a driving force in helping youth, athletes, corporate organizations, and individuals, move from the bench to the starting line up in life. You can follow Mark on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram andYoutube @Speakerman87 To get a free audio version of his book Permission to Succeed Text the word “Speakerman” to 90210 to download your copy today.
February 28, 2020
Empowering Women through Empowered Women
Have you discovered what your life's work is? What we often refer to as "our ministry." Bernadette Carroll determined that her passion was empowering women and girls to love themselves, to encourage one another, and to learn how to live their best lives now. Today we're talking about her powerful women's empowerment conference, how she manifested this passion of her's and leaves us thinking about our own visions for the future and impact on other's lives. Bernadette Carroll is founder and partner of HigherMark Consulting, a management consulting company, where she serves as a trusted advisor to prominent corporate and nonprofit organizations. She is a sought after speaker, writer, author, life coach and marketing guru. Bernadette brings 15+ years of multi-industry and consulting experience to her engagements, working with senior executives and leadership teams to enhance customer experiences. Throughout her career, she has delivered breakthrough marketing strategies and business transformation initiatives that have increased brand awareness and driven sales for businesses globally. She is an award-winning marketer, having received industry marketing awards and honors from Travelocity, Mizkan Foods and others for her work in building and promoting brands. Her experience includes leadership roles at top service and manufacturing companies, such as Anheuser Busch, Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, Democracy Federal Credit Union, Mizkan Foods and CARFAX. As a consultant, she has addressed a variety of strategic and operational issues for clients, including growth strategy, messaging, customer loyalty, and digital transformation. Bernadette has aligned her passion with her purpose—empowering women to love themselves and live their best lives now, through her platform, Your Life Matters TooTM (YLMT). YLMT is where Bernadette shares her story about the power of God's amazing love, and her full-circle approach to achieving happiness and well-being through the connection of mind, body and soul. Bernadette is also the founder and organizer of the life changing Power Up Women’s & Teens Conference, now in its fourth year. On this platform, Bernadette brings together mastermind speakers from across the nation, all with one goal in mind – empowering women and teens. Bernadette also believes in celebrating the lives and work of other women in and around the community. This act of gratitude is portrayed in her conference as she seeks to honor, recognize, and celebrate other women for their contribution to world. In 2016, Bernadette was nominated ChangeMaker at the United State of Women Summit at The White House. Bernadette is a loving wife, and mother of two amazing children. She is an active member of: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Psi Rho Omega Chapter in Loudoun County, Jack & Jill of America Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, Business & Professional Women, Northern Virginia Chapter and The King’s Daughters Ministry in Bellwood, IL. She is also a member of Heritage Fellowship Church under the leadership of Pastor Tate. Bernadette is a life and wellness coach certified through the Cooper Institute. She earned her BA from Blackburn University in Speech and Written Communication and her MS in Marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology.
February 21, 2020
The Book That Lives Inside of You....Still
Many of us have said at one time or another "I want to write a book!" and then the feeling passes. Maybe, it's because the thought of doing so is overwhelming, we don't think we have the time or expertise to make it happen, or we're afraid it won't be a bestseller so we kill it before it even gets off the ground. My guest today will inspire you back to the drawing board and help you get your book out into the world where it belongs! Linda Griffin is the founder of Expert Author 411 and LG Griffin Copywriting where she helps individuals and businesses increase their credibility and attract customers through self-publishing and other content creation strategies. For a free Brainstorm Your Book Worksheet visit https://www.expertauthor411.com/lorrie/ Books mentioned in the episode: Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Light - https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Anyone-Steal-Your-Light/dp/1686879113/ When The Bow Breaks - https://www.amazon.com/When-Bow-Breaks-Johnette-Ruffner-Ceaser/dp/1733735607/ No More The Last To Know - https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Last-Know-Blockchain/dp/1929188285/
February 14, 2020
Planning for Retirement Later in the Game
What happens when you roll up on 40....or 50...or later and you realize that you have planned well for retirement? What can you do? Where do you begin? Lorrie's continuing her conversation with Pam Sams, Jackson Sams Wealth Strategies. Pam is sharing a few insights on what we can do to plan when you're feeling too close for comfort. For 18 years, Pamela Sams has been helping women improve their personal and financial wealth through solid financial life planning. Pamela’s education and training enable her to help clients successfully navigate through the myriad of financial decisions they face during their lives. Pamela holds a Behavioral Financial Advisor designation, awarded to advisors who have undergone training to learn to help clients make financial decisions using a rational, values-based approach. Behavioral Financial Advisor’s integrate techniques founded in traditional finance, psychology and neuroscience to positively influence clients’ spending and saving behavior in the presence of challenging emotions. Pamela has become a strong voice in the area of personal finance for women. Her knowledge in this area has made her a sought-after speaker. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA (www.finra.org)/SIPC (www.sipc.org). Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., a SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm, Pamela Sams, Investment Advisor Representative. Jackson Sams Wealth Strategies, Securities America, Inc. and all other entities named are separate entities. The third-party comments displayed are not verified, may not be accurate and are not necessarily representative of our client experience. Please click on the link to our website for full disclosures. Facebook: @jacksonsamswealth Instagram: @jacksonsamswealth Twitter: @jacksonsamsws
February 07, 2020
Maybe Financial Advisors Aren't So Scary... (Pt. 1)
Lorrie's chatting with financial services professional, Pamela Sams, about how many of us avoid financial services because we don't have our acts together yet, we don't think we have enough money to justify or we've just plain got things under control and know what to do. We liken a financial advisor to that of a dentist----they will cause us pain and make us do things we don't want or think we can't do. Pamela Sams helps us demystify this "phenomena" that many of us benefit from and many more of us avoid like the plague. For 18 years, Pamela Sams has been helping women improve their personal and financial wealth through solid financial life planning. Pamela’s education and training enable her to help clients successfully navigate through the myriad of financial decisions they face during their lives. Pamela holds a Behavioral Financial Advisor designation, awarded to advisors who have undergone training to learn to help clients make financial decisions using a rational, values-based approach. Behavioral Financial Advisor’s integrate techniques founded in traditional finance, psychology and neuroscience to positively influence clients’ spending and saving behavior in the presence of challenging emotions. Pamela has become a strong voice in the area of personal finance for women. Her knowledge in this area has made her a sought-after speaker. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA (www.finra.org)/SIPC (www.sipc.org). Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., a SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm, Pamela Sams, Investment Advisor Representative. Jackson Sams Wealth Strategies, Securities America, Inc. and all other entities named are separate entities. The third-party comments displayed are not verified, may not be accurate and are not necessarily representative of our client experience. Please click on the link to our website for full disclosures. Facebook: @jacksonsamswealth Instagram: @jacksonsamswealth Twitter: @jacksonsamsws
January 31, 2020
Unlock Your Superpower: Resilience
When you're going through a storm and dealing with the curves that life throws you, sometimes you have to dig deep to cope and push through no matter how bumpy the ride. In this episode, Lorrie's talking about ways that you can build up your resilience, weather the storm, and grow as you go through it. "Even in the midst of hopelessness, inside we can find our strength." ~ Lorrie
January 25, 2020
IN IT TO WIN IT!
2020 is off and running! Are you staying in the game? Lorrie's kicking off Season 1 with a quick reminder that we can all have that big 2020 we've been waiting for if we stay in the game!
January 17, 2020
The Preshow: The Planning Episode
New Year! New You, right? I'm kicking off my podcast with a little talk about creating your life plan for the new year and stepping out of your comfort one. I've got 2020 vision and I believe quite a few of us are about to make our mark in 2020. It's time to be fearless and to move forward with intention and purpose! Can't wait to spend the year growing a community with conversation and inspiration from a 5th row perspective.
December 31, 2019