70 episodes

The mission of Safe Conversations is to send an open invitation for all people to sit around the campfire and have a real conversation about our individual biases, culture, and diversity so that we can gain a better understanding and perspective of one another. This conversation won’t address or fix all our problems, but instead, it will act as a segue into deeper conversations. Conversations that will allow us to get a better understanding of each other. Don’t get it twisted because it's called a “Safe Conversation”, because safe doesn’t necessarily mean soft. We will unpack our individual biases, understanding that all were raised differently and come from different backgrounds and cultures.

Safe Conversations w/Kelvin Waites Mean Ole Lion Media

    • Society & Culture

The mission of Safe Conversations is to send an open invitation for all people to sit around the campfire and have a real conversation about our individual biases, culture, and diversity so that we can gain a better understanding and perspective of one another. This conversation won’t address or fix all our problems, but instead, it will act as a segue into deeper conversations. Conversations that will allow us to get a better understanding of each other. Don’t get it twisted because it's called a “Safe Conversation”, because safe doesn’t necessarily mean soft. We will unpack our individual biases, understanding that all were raised differently and come from different backgrounds and cultures.

    Listen to Your Body

    Listen to Your Body

    This week Kelvin has a conversation with Jody Jones, who survived colon cancer. Jody talks about how his positive attitude and faith in God got him through the fight of his life. He wants more men to take their health seriously, and do a better job of paying attention to their bodies. Jody says that we are often afraid of the unknown, and what we don't know can potentially kill us.

    • 28 min
    The Fight of Her Life

    The Fight of Her Life

    This week Kelvin talks with Pastor Debra Rouse about how her faith, the love of God, and her family helped her beat cancer. She discusses her new book and what inspired her to write it. Pastor D, as Kelvin calls her, is a Heavy Weight Prize Fighter and will not be denied. You do not want to miss this episode.

    • 45 min
    Michael Laidler

    Michael Laidler

    In this conversation, Kelvin Waites interviews Michael Laidler about his journey as a father, law enforcement officer, and leadership development speaker. They discuss the importance of self-awareness and leadership, as well as the challenges of raising children in the digital age. Michael shares his motivation for writing a book and starting a podcast, highlighting the value of curiosity and lifelong learning. He emphasizes the need for individuals to take ownership of their personal growth and not rely solely on organizations for development. The toughest lesson in leadership that Michael has learned is that not everyone is saveable, and leaders must accept this reality while still giving their best effort to help others. In this conversation, Michael Laidler and Kelvin Waites discuss leadership and personal experiences. They touch on topics such as the challenges of leading difficult individuals, the impact of leadership on early and later stages of a career, and the importance of resilience and self-awareness. Michael shares his personal experience of homelessness and how it motivated him to work hard and build a successful life. The conversation also highlights the significance of feedback in leadership and the need for leaders to create a culture of psychological safety. Michael promotes his book, 'Greatness Beyond the Badge,' and provides information on how to book him for speaking engagements.

    • 54 min
    Police to Poet

    Police to Poet

    In this episode of Safe Conversations, host Kelvin Waites interviews John D Hancock, a retired law enforcement officer and author. They discuss John's background, including his military and law enforcement careers. John shares his inspiration for writing and the therapeutic benefits it has provided him. They also discuss the climate during the removal of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and the importance of writing for military and law enforcement personnel. John concludes by asking Kelvin about his own writing journey.

    • 39 min
    She Cares

    She Cares

    In honor of Women's History Month, Kelvin sits down with Brenda Bethune, a woman whose name has become synonymous with impactful leadership and unwavering commitment to bettering her community. The conversation, rich and revealing, dives into the essence of humanity, humility, and the lasting legacy she hopes to leave behind. With a warmth that immediately puts one at ease, Brenda articulates her life's philosophy with a simplicity that belies its profound impact.
    Brenda speaks passionately about the importance of humanity, emphasizing that at the core of all our endeavors should be a deep respect for one another. She believes that success loses its value no matter how great if it's not rooted in kindness and the genuine desire to uplift those around us. Her voice, steady and sure, conveys the conviction that the most enduring legacy one can leave is that of compassion and service to humanity. "It's not about the accolades or the titles," she insists, "but about how many lives you've touched, how many people you've helped to smile a little brighter."

    • 48 min
    Single Moms Rock Our History

    Single Moms Rock Our History

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Kelvin sat down with Ashley Nelson to discuss her experiences as a single mom, a woman in the nonprofit industry, and her efforts to build a brighter future for her daughter. Ashley shared her journey of balancing motherhood with a demanding career, highlighting the unique challenges she faces as a woman in the professional world. Despite the obstacles, Ashley's determination and passion for making a difference shine through as she works tirelessly to create positive change in her community.

    • 38 min

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