In this podcast Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias is interviewing cool folks who are doing cool things. They leaped out on faith to answer the question, "Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?" and she wants to hear all about their journeys: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The conversations are inspiring, insightful, and entertaining. Tune in and get inspired!
In this episode Chandra chats with Kristy Alexander, Founder and Chief Big Heart at Apple Rose Beauty, a natural and organic beauty company with a big heart to employ human trafficking survivors and donate to organizations involved in their rescue and rehabilitation. Kristy shares that while growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, her love for science and math led her on a path to a thriving career in Engineering, Business, and Management. Yet her purpose was calling, and after taking a leap of faith to seek a different career path, she found herself back on the path to her childhood dream of starting a cosmetic beauty company, this time with an even deeper purpose. Kristy flourishes at the intersection of nature, science and passion for big change in the world and through her inspiring work at Apple Rose Beauty she is "being the change" and also providing opportunities for others to help transform lives as well.
For more information on Apple Rose Beauty: visit applerosebeauty.com or follow @applerosebeauty on instagram and Apple Rose Beauty on Facebook.
In this episode, Chandra chats with the hilarious and generous Ron Gay, affectionately known by many as "Fats". Ron talks about life as an HBCU grad, a mental health therapist, wellness champion, super husband and father, brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and new author of his first book, "TATed by Ron" where he shares hilarious, but sensible tips, advice, and thoughts about everyday life. Through his book and in everything he does, Ron seeks to encourage, uplift, and inspire others. And if we laugh in the process of being motivated, then that makes his gift to the world even more special. Check out this episode and get inspired to answer the call on your life!
In this episode, Chandra chats with Nicole Miles, also known as "The Busy Birthworker" about her journey to being a doula and her quest to fight systemic oppression and dismantle inequities in the prenatal/postnatal experiences of mothers, particularly in the Black community. Nicole shares how her family and educational foundations: growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her time as a student at Young Women's Leadership Charter School and later at Smith College fashioned her into a confident, "knock down the gates" minded, leader in her field.
In this episode, Chandra chats with Dr. Margaret Brunson, writer, published author, influencer, entrepreneur, and host of the new series TheLoveLife (watch on YouTube and Facebook). They talk about how Margaret's deep exploration of love informs her approach to developing leaders and organizations, and how she hopes we all will gain an expansive understanding of love, and love ourselves fiercely. SO MANY NUGGETS OF WISDOM IN THIS EPISODE. Tune in!
Find Dr. Margaret Brunson at @mbisfree on all platforms and mbisfree.com. Be sure to tune into TheLoveLife!
In this episode, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias chats with D.J. P Love out of Dallas, TX. He talks about how his lifelong passion for music changed his life and where he gets his business drive and ethics from. He also shares tips that every entrepreneur should remember. Most importantly, he shares how he keeps the party rocking for his clients, even during a pandemic. Tune in and move your body with D.J. P Love!
In our Season 2 opener, Chandra wanted to honor her hometown of Warren County, NC, and what better way than to chat with Crystal Myrick, Founder and Editor of The Warrenist, a platform dedicated to celebrating the people and stories of Warren County. Crystal talks about how "Da County" inspires her creativity and motivates her to leave a legacy. If you're looking for a charming, peaceful getaway check out Warren County, NC! Tell them Chandra sent you!
Our host, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias reflects on Season 1 and introduces Season 2. We'll continuing exploring the leaps of faith that our guests have taken in their journeys, but we'll also explore the legacies that they are building and the impact that they hope to have on the communities they serve. Enjoy!
In this final bonus episode of 2020, Chandra chats with two young authors and their entrepreneur mothers. 11 year old Mariya Hunter, author of Lucile and the Big Race, and 7 year old Solomon Robertson, contributing author of Kids Journal Through Covid 19: United Kids Speak, talk about what they've written, who inspires them and what other BIG plans they have. Their amazing moms chime in too! Listen to these two inspiring girls and also purchase their books for the young readers in your life!
It's the Season 1 finale, and host, Chandra Sledge Mathias chats with author, leadership coach, business woman, and podcaster Kelly Symone. Kelly's book, "Crowned: Gender Equality and the Gospel" tackles the controversial battle of the sexes from a Biblical perspective. Her core value of helping others shape cultures is the essence of her work work as a leadership coach. Grab your journal and take notes as she shares her journey and pick up the gems she drops along the way.
In this episode, Chandra chats with Durham, NC entrepreneur, activist, and advocate Leonardo Williams. Leo and his wife Zweli own the only authentically Zimbabwean restaurant in the United States . A former educator, Leo is extremely service-minded, and talks about "about-ism". He urges us to do more than talk about it, but calls us to "be about it" as well. Tune in and get inspired by a man who is a serial GIVER.
Chandra chats with good friend Henry Edwards II, Creator and Founder of // Magazine, stylist, consultant, and educator. Henry shares how he nourished his passion for fashion which developed in his small southern rural hometown and allowed his passions to connect him with industry associates around the globe. His work marries the world of fashion to the world of social impact. He talks about finding his voice in the fashion world, and owning his literal voice (his strong southern drawl), as well as how we should never sacrifice what makes us uniquely beautiful. Lots of laughs in this episode. Tune in now!
In this episode Chandra chats with Attorney Hassan Kingsberry and Dr. Francemise Kingsberry about their journey through marriage, coping with grief, and finding strength, peace, and joy through life's challenges. We also get a glimpse into how they thrive in their partnership and how Dr. Kingsberry got her husband into the BEARD GANG! Tune in to hear some golden nuggets from this dynamic couple and learn why Chandra got her Black Card Revoked (and why she earned it back)!
It's late July and yes, we're calling this episode a "fireside chat" because we're in the middle of a pandemic and nothing makes sense! Our host, Dr. Chandra Sledge Mathias, asked listeners a while back what they'd like to hear on the podcast, and several folks wanted an episode about her! So she chats with guest host (and previous Wouldn't It Be Cool If? guest), Michael Markofski, and they talk about her journey into education, global education, and why she's milked not one, but TWO COWS! Tune in and learn a little more about our host!
In this episode Chandra talks to her long time friends and colleagues, Mike Williams and Michael Markofski. Both Mikes are former classroom teachers who now work in education in different roles (Mike Williams- National Humanities Center; and Michael Markofski is currently in the Ed Tech space.) The guys chat with Chandra about how they are processing the Black Lives Matter movement as our nation and the world comes to a boiling point, and what small steps can we take moving forward.
In this episode Chandra talks to her long time friends and colleagues, Mike Williams and Michael Markofski. Both Mikes are former classroom teachers who now work in education in different roles (Mike Williams- National Humanities Center; and Michael Markofski is currently in the Ed Tech space.) The guys chat with Chandra on their non-traditional journeys to education, how they've made connections with schools in other countries, and how they work to provide equity to students through opportunities. Tune in to Part 1 of this two part episode.
In this special Mothers Day episode, Chandra is excited to be joined by her mom, Catherine, and her sisters Casha and Chalis. The "Sledgehammers" talk about mom life, career advice, and finally settle the debate of which sister throws down best in the kitchen. (Hint: It's NOT Chandra!) Enjoy this family time and Happy Mothers Day!
Chandra chats with personal trainer, coach, and fitness guru Sara Farias, the owner of the Saratonin brand. Sara shares her passion for helping people find wellness on the inside and outside. As a celebrity trainer, long-time athlete, and go-to coach for brands like Under Amour, Sara's most prized possession is her ability to develop a deep level of trust, familial belonging, and confidence in her clients through her distinct ethic of care. Her impact in undeniable.
Dr. Shareefah N. Al'Uqdah is Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University's School of Education. She is also the Director of Training for Counseling Psychology, International Trainer for mental health and substance abuse professionals, Founder and Chief Psychologist at Your Neighborhood Clinic, wife, mom, bonus mom, and superwoman! Chandra chats with Dr. Al'Uqdah about ways that everyone can take care of themselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tune in for helpful tips and strategies to thrive during these challenging times.
In this episode, Chandra chats with social media strategist, brand influencer, Founder of Four Natural Girls, homeschooler, and Momager to models and actresses, Raegan and Payton: The Jackson Twins. Maisia shares how the shift to natural hair put her on a journey that led all the way to Hollywood. She talks everything from homeschooling her girls, to navigating the industry, and how her faith helps her through it all! Tune in and listen to our "imaginary brunch" conversation!
In this episode Chandra chats with Andrea Hysmith, Principal Consultant and Designer of ASH Interiors and Design. Andrea talks about her journey of rebounding from a devastating setback to designing her life on her own terms and running a successful interior design firm. Lots of gems in this episode!
Chandra's talking with Dr. Kellye Worth Hall who shares her journey to emergency medicine and her pivot to dance. But wait, who is Mary Parker Coleman, and why is she engraved in the fabric of our lives?! Tune in and find out!