The Melanin Pearls Podcast features two very successful corporate executives, Yvette Schmitter and Ericka Shoulars, diving deep into discussions with their village on how to visualize your best self and show up as her as well as life tested frameworks to transform your life while paying it forward.
Black Excellence Spotlighy
In this episode, we will shine a light on Renee Belton, retired New York City Principal. Ms. Belton is a member of the first graduating class of the New York City Leadership Academy, the most intensive and costly principal training program in the country. The academy was created at the suggestion of the New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor Joel I. Klein, who was chairman of its board, and supported by the Academy's Chief Executive, Robert E. Knowling Jr. Ms. Belton was the principal of The James McCune Smith Community School 200 for 18 years. She retired from her post August 31, 2022. This episode we shine a light on Renee to hear about her trail to Black excellence.
Using Influence To Create Meaningful Impact
In this episode, Yvette and Ericka share how they use their influence to create meaningful impacts on those around them and how others have used their influence to impact their lives. “Each of us should be aware of the energy we are putting out into the world. Are we a positive influence or a negative one.” – Laurence Overmire
Loving What You Do
Steve Jobs said “your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is GREAT work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.” In this episode Yvette and Ericka share how they found their passion(s) and go about loving what they do – everyday.
Providing and soliciting constructive feedback can be difficult, and in this episode Yvette and Ericka tackle how to handle constructive conversations, specifically, how to ask for and give constructive feedback. “Sometimes speaking the truth feels as if we are being unkind, especially when sharing difficult information or feedback. But in reality, dancing around the truth is unkind. When we avoid stating the truth—when we are vague or ambiguous under the guise of being kind—it is often because we are trying to lessen the discomfort for ourselves, not for the other person.” – Brene Brown
In this episode, we talk about the impact of everyday choices have on our lives.“At any moment, you have a choice that either leads you close to your spirit or further away from it. – Thick Nhat Hanh”
Permission to Glow
Do you let your light shine? Do you step into your greatness? Do you refuse to shrink or play small? Ah, yes, the power of giving yourself permission to glow. Many have a hard time wielding it. In this episode, Yvette and Ericka chat about how they give themselves permission to glow and share 5 ways that could help you give yourself the power, and the permission to glow. “As we let out light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. – Nelson Mandela”