30 episodes

Disrupting Balance is a podcast for multicultural women embracing the imbalance of their stories to navigate the transitions in work, well-being and winning.
Each episode highlights the stories of everyday women who are discovering their personal truths, disrupting limiting beliefs and elevating their personal power to push beyond the boundaries of the status quo.
Music by Solomon English

Disrupting Balance Hanifa Barnes

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Disrupting Balance is a podcast for multicultural women embracing the imbalance of their stories to navigate the transitions in work, well-being and winning.
Each episode highlights the stories of everyday women who are discovering their personal truths, disrupting limiting beliefs and elevating their personal power to push beyond the boundaries of the status quo.
Music by Solomon English

    030: Shawna Bator: On Answering Hard Knocks, Amish Country & Rebirth

    030: Shawna Bator: On Answering Hard Knocks, Amish Country & Rebirth

    My name is Shawna Bator. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and now live with my blended family approximately 2 hours west of the city. A full-time working Mom, Volunteer and Advocate for my special needs child, life has had me navigate many different paths. With a background in Social Work, Hospitality and recent certification in Yoga Teacher Training, I have utilized many different skill sets to achieve personal growth and success in my life. My volunteer work creating initiatives giving homeless individuals access to nutrient dense food has become a passion and an honor that feeds my soul daily. Continuing this life of service and living a life of authenticity is something I am ever so grateful for.


    Disrupting Balance Statement:
    I am Disrupting Balance in life by living and leading from my authentic heartspace.


    Connect with Shawna:
    Facebook: Shawna.Bator
    Instagram: @bator05




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    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her superpower: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Shawna Bator.

    • 35 min
    029: Robin Walton: On a Mother's Love, Clarity During Covid & Trusting God

    029: Robin Walton: On a Mother's Love, Clarity During Covid & Trusting God

    Robin Walton, Vice President for Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State University, where she manages the University’s relationships with federal, state and local governments, regulatory agencies, key policymakers and community stakeholders.


    Ms. Walton serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, the Policy Committee for Executive Women of New Jersey and on the Board of Trustees for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Hamilton.


    Ms. Walton received the Salute to the Policy Makers Award by the Executive Women of New Jersey, NJBIZ’s Top 40 under 40 in NJ, the Maria Barnaby Greenwald Empowerment Award, the Princeton YWCA Tribute to Women Awards, NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business and the Marvin J. “Swede” Johnson National Achievement Award.


    Ms. Walton earned her Masters of Science in Management from Thomas Edison State University and B.A. in Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    Disrupting Balance Statement:
    I am Disrupting Balance by setting my own limits, and by personally and professionally defining what success means for me!


    Connect with Robin:
    Instagram @RWaltonNJ
    Twitter @RWaltonNJ
    LinkedIn




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    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her superpower: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Robin Walton.

    • 40 min
    028: Danielle Jones: On Falling Down, Divine Obedience & Political Pursuits

    028: Danielle Jones: On Falling Down, Divine Obedience & Political Pursuits

    Danielle M. Jones is the Student Communications & Leadership Development Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) at Brookdale Community College. In addition to overseeing the program’s outreach and communications, she serves as Club Advisor to both the EOF Student Alliance (EOFSA) and the Delta Alpha Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society at Brookdale.


    Danielle earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Cabrini University in 2013. She has also earned her A.A. in Social Sciences from Brookdale Community College in 2009. Her academic accomplishments led her to becoming a life member of four national honor societies. In 2017, Danielle served as graduate intern for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of New Jersey (AICUNJ), and Legislative District #11 for General Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. In Fall 2019, Danielle served as a Graduate Fellow for the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) for the State of New Jersey.


    Danielle currently attends Seton Hall University, pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. In addition, she currently serves as a Sector Representative for County Colleges (Central/South Region) for the EOF Professional Association of New Jersey (EOFPANJ). In March 2020, Danielle was named Chair of the Governmental Relations Committee for EOFPANJ. She is actively involved with voter registration and political advocacy initiatives for both Brookdale Community College and EOFPANJ. Danielle enjoys planning outreach and advocacy events to educate students about civic engagement, service, and government.


    With her diverse work experience and academic training, Danielle strives to utilize the knowledge, skills, and resources gained from her experiences to be successful in both her personal and professional life. She believes in collaboration, cooperation, and creating strategic partnerships in building successful relationships and networks. Her attention to detail, planning and organizational abilities, and interpersonal communication skills have served as valuable assets throughout her career.


    Danielle currently resides in Eatontown, New Jersey, with her family.


    Disrupting Balance Statement:
    I am Disrupting Balance by being an imperfect but powerful advocate, embracing my authenticity & empowering others to do the same.


    Connect with Danielle:
    Instagram @eofdjones




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    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her superpower: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Danielle Jones.

    • 35 min
    027: Samantha Heuwagen: On Overcoming Disability, the Gateway of Writing & Creating Unconventional Paths

    027: Samantha Heuwagen: On Overcoming Disability, the Gateway of Writing & Creating Unconventional Paths

    Samantha Heuwagen is a Latinx sex and couples therapist and best-selling author in the Metro Atlanta area. When not working with clients, she sparks discussion about mental health with the goal to spread awareness across the United States and beyond by challenging the popular discourse surrounding mental illness and making it more inclusive.


    Writing as a multicultural heterosexual 30-something middle class American bilingual cisgender woman with an invisible disability, Samantha writes about the funny things that happen in life, along with tips and tricks to be the best version of you.


    But why an activist turned blogger turned writer turned therapist?


    After obtaining her Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Florida, she decided to continue her education at Mercer University School of Medicine in Atlanta by getting her Marriage and Family Therapy degree and sex therapy certification to help individuals looking to explore their sexuality and help couples regain their magical spark.


    She became interested in the therapy field through my work as a sex educator at the University of South Florida. She enjoyed teaching, but quickly realized one on one conversations with students proved to be more powerful outside of the classroom. So, looking for a new direction in the field began her love for therapy. Samantha has always been passionate about helping others, but now, licensed by the state of Georgia, USA, she gets to join those two worlds together and create the change she wishes to see in the world.


    Her books, Dawn Among the Stars, Fading Starlight, and Stardust Emerging are available now wherever books are sold. Discover what it means to be human in this feminist science fiction series, where her debut novel was nominated for a 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the First Novel category and 2019 James Tiptree Award Nominee.(Guest Bio)


    Disrupting Balance Statement:
    I am Disrupting Balance by embracing what it means to be vulnerable, authentic, and unapologetically me.


    Connect with Samantha:
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter




    Listen to Disrupting Balance on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast & iHeart Radio.


    Enjoyed the episode? Please share.
    And...don't forget to subscribe, rate and review.


    Interested in telling your story on the podcast? Follow the "Be My Guest" link on the website.


    Follow me on social media @disruptingbalance on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Pinterest.


    Get the latest updates in the Balance Disruptor community.




    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her motto: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Samantha Heuwagen.

    • 41 min
    026: Khristi Lauren Adams: On Sacrificing Vulnerability, Brown Girl Stories & Stepping into Her Calling

    026: Khristi Lauren Adams: On Sacrificing Vulnerability, Brown Girl Stories & Stepping into Her Calling

    Rev. Khristi Lauren Adams is a speaker, author, youth advocate and ordained Baptist minister. Khristi is the author of Parable of the Brown Girl which is published by Fortress Press and released February 2020. The book highlights the cultural and spiritual truths that emerge from the lives of young black girls. She is currently working on her next book, Unbossed: Learning from the Righteous Leadership of Black Girls (Winter, 2022) with Broadleaf Books. She works as the Firestone Endowment Chaplain and an Instructor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Khristi also works as Interim Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Hill School. She is the Founder & Director of “The Becoming Conference”, an annual conference designed to empower, educate & inspire girls between the ages of 13-18. Khristi is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she obtained a Master of Divinity degree. Khristi is an alum of the 2017 class of Lead New Jersey, a select group of fellows participating in a year-long program designed to educate, transform, and empower the next generation of leaders from the public, social, and private sectors. She also currently sits on the advisory board for Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization existing to serve among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.


    Disrupting Balance Statement:
    I am Disrupting Balance by intentionally centering young Black girls and their lived experiences.


    Connect with Khristi:
    Twitter @KhristiLauren
    Instagram @KhristiAdams
    Get your copy of Parable of the Brown Girl




    Listen to Disrupting Balance on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast & iHeart Radio.


    Enjoyed the episode? Please share.
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    Get the latest updates in the Balance Disruptor community.




    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her superpower: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Khristi Lauren Adams.

    • 45 min
    025: Anna Gonzalez: On Generational Trauma, the Drive to Excel & the Culture of Leadership

    025: Anna Gonzalez: On Generational Trauma, the Drive to Excel & the Culture of Leadership

    With 14 years of experience in content production, Anna uniquely possesses a mix of social media expertise and editorial strategy along with a real passion for innovative storytelling. She currently serves as the Team Lead for the Google Social Team in the Global Communications & Public Affairs department at Google. She works cross-functionally to shape Google corporate news, product updates, cultural moments and Googler stories to fans and consumers. Prior to arriving in the Bay Area, Anna was the Head of Social Media for Nasdaq in New York City. In this position, she oversees social video production, editorial voice and social marketing campaigns.


    Before joining Nasdaq, Anna was the Head of Social Media for CNBC and was responsible for leading the Social Marketing and Social News Teams. This included running paid and organic social campaigns to drive tune-in, social referrals to CNBC.com and grow brand awareness. She helped the organization generate creative social content that engaged the network's growing multi-platform audience.


    Before coming to the New York area, Anna was the Social Media Manager at CNN. There, she and her team produced news for a variety of social platforms (which included the launch of CNN on Snapchat Discover) and drove initiatives to engage with social audiences, increase traffic and promote on-air programming. Anna started her career doing digital roles for News 8 in Austin and at the CBS affiliate in Dallas. Anna holds a BA in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from Southern Methodist University.


    Disrupting Balance Statement: I am Disrupting Balance by living by my own rules.


    Connect with Anna
    @anna_galactic on Instagram and Twitter
    @annagalactic on LinkedIn




    Listen to Disrupting Balance on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast & iHeart Radio.


    Enjoyed the episode? Please share.
    And...don't forget to subscribe, rate and review.


    Interested in telling your story on the podcast? Follow the "Be My Guest" link on the website.


    Follow me on social media @disruptingbalance on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Pinterest.


    Get the latest updates in the Balance Disruptor community.




    Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a multicultural mama, wife and leader who has made the switch in work, well-being and winning. Once a former professional actor, the Liberian-Ugandan American navigates the challenges of race, identity and culture as a Chief of Staff with nearly 15 years of experience in education and change management. Her superpower: Give up the sh*t that weighs you down.


    For booking and press inquiries please follow the website link to "Contact Us".
    Special Guest: Anna Gonzalez.

    • 33 min

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AsiaRaeN ,

Smart, relevant, a gem

Hanifa Barnes does the work, and this podcast is the brilliant result. She’s such an intelligent interviewer, and easily gives the feeling of hanging out with a good friend. Listen up, learn, feel connected.

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