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Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

The Howard Alumni Movemakers Podcast hosted by Joshua Mercer Joshua Mercer

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

    EP 66: Jared Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director of Global Sales with ABCD & Company

    EP 66: Jared Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director of Global Sales with ABCD & Company

    Jared Wilson is an award-winning leader, a seasoned innovation & growth executive, and a data-driven business strategist with proven capabilities in strategic client engagement and new business development. His ability to deliver excellence in experience and product has accelerated him to the Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director of Global Sales with ABCD & Company- a marketing & events consulting firm. A strong communicator, he has a track record of building teams, leading complex projects, and implementing strategy.

    Jared currently drives innovation and revenue strategy company-wide to produce a trajectory of sustainable growth. He has carried his expertise in business development, consulting, marketing, financial services, and customer service into his studies at Hult International Business School, where he graduated with his EMBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship and marketing while also serving as President on Hult's Student Association. Jared had the privilege of winning the Growth Mindset Award and was selected by his peers to give the class' graduation speech. This opportunity has allowed Jared to study, learn, and grow on both coasts of the United States, London, Dubai, and Shanghai.

    At the age 23, Jared soared to management positions while completing Allstate’s Leadership Development Program, which provided valuable experiences in strategic planning, operations, and multi-cultural marketing. Through Allstate, Jared used his refined skills to raise $185,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in partnership with predominate African American influencers, including Magic Johnson, Tom Joyner, and Roland Martin. This project was especially meaningful to Jared, being a graduate of Howard University, an HBCU.

    Jared is passionate about helping others reach their untapped potential and does not take his innovative gifts for granted. He constantly seeks opportunities to inspire others as he continues on his upward journey.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    EP 65: Breanna Adams talks Fashion and Style + the Howard Experience

    EP 65: Breanna Adams talks Fashion and Style + the Howard Experience

    Breanna Adams inspires others through her keen sense of fashion & style via her vivacious Instagram photos & reels, with her curated styling newsletter, and through her personal styling business BREANNA MARIE STYLING.  Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Silicon Valley, Breanna graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Throughout her career in corporate fashion, Breanna has worked at iconic fashion houses, Gucci, BCBGMAXAZRIA GROUP and bebe Stores Inc. further cultivating her expertise in fashion and style.  Breanna’s love for fashion started at an early age, far too early to pinpoint the exact moment, but her infatuation with collecting beautifully handcrafted purses from her family members travels from around the world catapulted something special – including her love for mini bags!  As the personal stylist / shopper and owner of BREANNA MARIE STYLING, Breanna helps to elevate her clients style through her one-of-a-kind and personable consultations and her legendary BMS Style Guides. Breanna showcases aesthetically pleasing looks featuring clothing and accessory items custom to each of her clients needs to view, shop and easily implement an update to their current wardrobe.  Breanna has been featured and has worked with several brands such as SPANX, TJ Maxx, and Cise to name a few.  In addition to personal styling, Breanna is a marketing professional and an active member in her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Breanna lives in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys immersing herself in new restaurants, traveling, reading romantic novels and dabbling in graphic design. Follow her on Instagram @ilybree and contact her for styling services at BreannaMarieStyling.com.


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    • 57 min
    EP 64: Tiffany Jamison Rand D.D.S on Owning 6 Dental Practices..

    EP 64: Tiffany Jamison Rand D.D.S on Owning 6 Dental Practices..

    Dr. Tiff is the 100% owner of Polish Dental Centers, a chain of general and cosmetic dental practices where she has proudly served the Atlanta Metro area for almost ten years. Her passion for dentistry allows her to stay current on the cutting edge of cosmetic dentistry while also managing the business side of Polish. Dr. Tiff appears regularly as a TOP DOCTOR in the city of Atlanta on The Atlantan Magazine and Jezebel Magazine.  Education and Continuing Education Bachelor of Science in biology – Xavier University of Louisiana Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Howard University College of Dentistry Advanced general practice residency – Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Clinical Focus & Expertise Dr. Tiff has served as a general dentist for more than 13 years and now specializes in delivering high-end cosmetic and complex restorative dental procedures. She is highly proficient in the following procedures:  High Spectrum Veneers Custom Made Crowns Titanium Implants & Custom Skin Tone Matched Dentures Invisalign® In the Community Dr. Tiff created the I Love My Dentist foundation, through which she educates and mentors teens and young adults. The foundation’s mission is to alter the stigma of dental visits by encouraging preventive care. The foundation also encourages the youth in our community to consider dentistry as a career path.  Every year, the team at Polish Dental Center choose a worthy cause that benefits women and children. We give away pro bono dental service to that organization’s underserved population. In all of our offices, we strive to deliver the perfect patient experience by approaching all aspects of our practice with speed, accuracy, and empathy.   She also volunteers with Junior Achievement Gwinnett and is a proud member of the Dogwood City (GA) Chapter of The Links Incorporated.  Personal Life An Atlanta native, Dr. Tiff moved back to the city after honing her craft in Washington, DC, New York City, and Los Angeles. When she is not working or reading about cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Tiff enjoys spending time with her husband and their boy/girl twins, as well as running, yoga, traveling, and cooking.

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    EP 62: Sean Blondell; Walking on Howard's Bball Team, Surviving Katrina, Becoming a Top Personal Injury Lawyer!

    EP 62: Sean Blondell; Walking on Howard's Bball Team, Surviving Katrina, Becoming a Top Personal Injury Lawyer!

    Sean A. Blondell concentrates his practice in the area of serious and catastrophic personal injury. Sean has long fought on behalf of clients who have been victims of others’ negligence. Sean has built a reputation in our community for giving a legal voice to people who have suffered personal injuries caused by the negligence of others. He has a proven track record of success as a litigator and negotiator, and he stands ready to go to trial in order to get maximum compensation for his clients. Prior to focusing his practice in the area of personal injury, Sean worked in the area of complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, business torts, and contract negotiation and drafting. Practicing since 2009, Sean began his legal career as in-house staff counsel for one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. During his years in insurance defense, Sean’s representative experience included personal injury defense, insurance coverage controversies, public sector liability defense, general liability defense, premises liability, products liability, construction defect defense, and municipal civil rights defense matters. After his tenure in insurance defense, Sean worked for a respected personal injury firm where he represented clients in serious personal injury matters. Prior to entering the field of law Sean worked for two NBA basketball franchises, and he also worked in real estate finance with three major banking institutions. Sean is a proud graduate of Howard University’s School of Business in Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Marketing. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge where he was Vice President of the Sports Law Association, Treasurer of Black Law Students Association, and was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team and the Recruitment Committee. Sean is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal Courts, including the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Sean regularly volunteers his personal time serving as a Board Member of Benjamin Franklin High School, College Beyond- an educational non-profit, President of the Board for the New Orleans Hoopz, and as a sponsor to many organizations and initiatives in the Greater New Orleans community.  He and his wife, Laci, are the proud parents of four children.


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    EP 63: Kharay Kenyatta, Running Track at Howard University to Ultra High Net Worth Wealth Advisor

    EP 63: Kharay Kenyatta, Running Track at Howard University to Ultra High Net Worth Wealth Advisor

    Responsible for advising ultra-high net worth families on an array of financial matters which includes: investing, estate planning, debt and philanthropic initiatives. Client base includes: corporate leaders, family-owned and operated businesses, entrepreneurs, athletes & significant professional investors.


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    EP 61: Architect, Jason Pugh talks Howard University and becoming NOMA President!

    EP 61: Architect, Jason Pugh talks Howard University and becoming NOMA President!

    Jason Pugh, AIA, AICP, NOMA, LEED AP is an Associate Architect and Urban Designer at Gensler's Chicago office.  He is a licensed architect and certified planner. He manages a variety of projects which engage the extended community and end-users, following projects from schematic community-based master plans through full construction.  Pugh has a passion for helping develop underserved communities and the next generation of designers and architects.  Pugh is the incoming 2021-2022 President of the National Organization of Minority Architects.  He previously served as the president of the Illinois NOMA chapter 2015-2016, and also served on Chicago’s Associate Board of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program.  Pugh has a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University, one of seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities with an architecture accreditation, and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.


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    • 1 hr 11 min

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Kianna M ,

Good stories!

I’m only a couple episodes in, but I’m hooked. The stories are exciting and relatable coming from our own Howard family. Nice job! You rep School of B well!

Uplifted1 ,

Long overdue!

It’s about time someone created a platform for Howard Alum. There are waaaay too many high and low profile Movemakers that came out of HU and highlighting their journeys is long overdue. And Josh is the perfect host to bring this unique forum to life!

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