Being a leader requires a unique combination of self-awareness, intellect, skills, experience, vision and commitment. The most effective leaders are willing to open themselves to constant learning and to look deep within for the source of their success. Dorrier Underwood's "Empowering Leadership” podcast provides insights, real-life stories, and interviews with leaders to support your leadership as well as those above, below, and beside you. Subscribe now and get a regular dose of leadership exploration with Doug McVadon, President Dorrier Underwood.
Phil Armstrong with Greenwood Rising: The History Behind The Tulsa Race Massacre
Much of the discourse about racial equity over the past several years has centered on revisiting events of the past and understanding their effect on our world today.
One of the most prominent examples of this is the reexamination of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Spurred by dubious claims of harrasement, a mob of white citizens burned, shot and looted the Greenwood community, one of the most wealthy and distinguished black communities in the country, known as Black Wall Street. After a night of violence, the entire community was levelled and never rebuilt.
Today's guest on the Empowering Leadership podcast is Phil Armstrong, Executive Director of Greenwood Rising, an organization dedicated to educating the public about 1921 and supporting initiatives that help honor the community's history. Phil talks with host Doug McVadon about the history of what led to the massacre in 1921, the cover-up that followed, and what lessons we can learn.
Danny Skinner with the Minnesota Street Project: Discovering Oneself Through Trauma
Today’s guest on Empowering Leadership views the body as an instrument that must be cultivated through contemplation and self care. Danny Skinner is a project manager at Minnesota Street Project, an artist-led collaborative that provides studio space, gallery space, and services to San Francisco's creative community.
Danny’s journey from tactician to strategist gives him an appreciation for the power of relationships to reveal what is wanted and needed. In today’s episode, he speaks to host Doug McVadon about crucible moments on his journey, what he learned from working with Dorrier Underwood, and how a recent health challenge shaped his view of what he can expect of himself.
Amy Hofland with The Crow Museum of Asian Art: Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice
At first glance, some may see very little overlap between the world of art and the world of business. Today's guest on the Empowering Leadership podcast helps us see beyond the surface and dig deep into this issue.
Amy Hofland is the Senior Director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art at the University of Texas at Dallas, and she joins host Doug McVadon to talk about how art and business intersect, and how each of those worlds can learn from each other. Amy is also a practitioner of mindfulness, and she talks to Doug about how her use of mindfulness has helped her overcome obstacles and become a better leader.
Brad King with Stitch Golf: What Is Your Blind Spot?
Stitch Golf is one of the fastest growing, most exciting golf brands in the US right now, and on today’s episode of Empowering Leadership, CEO Brad King joins the conversation. Brad is a natural born entrepreneur, having purchased his first franchise business in college.
Brad joins host Doug McVadon to talk about Brad’s business experience and the lessons he’s learned. Brad speaks about growing one of his companies to have 200 employees, nine warehouses and a contract with Staples, but not before experiencing failures in previous businesses. Brad also discusses his methods of evaluation for his team members as well as the power of speaking your dreams into existence.
Michael Braine of Public Storage: Mission First, People Always
Michael Braine, Chief Technology Officer of Public Storage joines host Doug McVadon on today’s episode of Empowering Leadership. Michael discusses the evolution of management and the need to balance people’s livelihoods with the pressures of production. Michael talks about finding strength in vulnerability, as well as the inspiration behind one of his mottos, “Mission First, People Always.”
Giovanna Kanu with GCSK Consultant LLC: Understanding the Why
Our guest on today's episode of Empowering Leadership is Giovanna Kanu, consultant and managing member of GSCK Consultant, LLC.
Giovanna's leadership journey began when she was doing clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry. Now she works as an independent consultant and co-leads Healing the Divide, a program based at the Center for Spiritual Living.
Doug and Giovanna talk about her journey of self-awareness, and ways to talk about racism without getting mired in guilt and blame.