The Larger Than Yourself Podcast follows host Thibault Manekin and his inspiring guests as they explore how reimagining industries, leading with purpose, and giving communities a real seat at the table can turn tiny ideas into powerful and impactful movements—inspiring listeners at a time when social entrepreneurship is no longer a buzzword but a global necessity.
Sekwan Merritt: Hope
Sekwan Merritt is magic. His smile, his beautiful heart, and his hope are just a few of the things that separate him from the rest of us. Sekwan never let a 25 year prison sentence slow him down. If anything, it motivated him to dig deeper, find his freedom, and answer the calling to change the world for him and for everyone around him.
Victoria Thompson: A Better Hustle
Victoria Thompson spent years hustling in the squeegee business, which has been one of the most polarizing topics that we’ve faced in Baltimore in a long time. Her recent leadership in the Squeegee Collaborative, where a group of Baltimore leaders and squeegee workers came together to listen to each other and map out a path forward that would be in the best interest of all those involved, has changed the landscape in our city, and is a beautiful reminder of the importance of listening deeply.
Shelonda Stokes: We Could
My friend Shelonda Stokes is the glue that is helping all of Baltimore stick. Her life’s quest to blaze an equal trail for women and people of color has led her to a point in her career where the social capital that she possesses, used correctly, just might be the tipping point that Baltimore needs to thrive together.
Luke Cooper: Who Cares?
Luke Cooper is on a quest to level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color. Raised surrounded by drugs and violence, as a young boy he watched his father get sentenced to 20 years in prison. If it wasn’t for a strong mom, a short ride in a Cessna airplane, and a science fair he won at 12 years old, Luke’s life would have looked a lot different. As he says, he probably would be dead. Luke’s story on how he realized that he controlled his own destiny, which led him to start and sell some very successful tech companies, is full of priceless lessons on how to inclusively grow ideas.
Alicia Wilson: The Seed Planter
Alicia Wilson is the mightiest person I know. Her ability to navigate community, and life, in a way that is transparent, humble, and compassionate have landed her in some of the most important conversations in Baltimore, throughout the country, and now around the globe. Alicia’s courage to take on world-changing challenges without ever forgetting how she got there, or who she really represents, are all a part of her inspiring magic.
Charlotte James and Undrea Wright: Sacred Medicine
Charlotte James and Undrea Wright believe deeply in the healing powers of plant medicine. Our conversation explored how their personal journeys with psychedelics led them to create The Ancestor Project, which uses these sacred medicines to co-create a collective liberation.
Inspiration to Be Better
Extremely grateful for this podcast and the kindness and contributions of the purpose filled people that Thibault reminds us exist. Every interview is heartfelt and very real. I am a huge fan and look forward to meeting new people each week.
Incredible and insightful conversations. It’s such a relief to the heart knowing that there are all these amazing humans helping to craft a new world.
Great pod when you need to fill the tank
I appreciate this podcast and hearing from people that are having an impact and living with purpose. Thibault is a solid host. I really enjoyed the Chris Wilson episode - it encouraged me to go deeper and read Chris’s book. The story is incredible and got me thinking more about my Master Plan. The pod guests are truly living lives in service of others. A measure of a good podcast is whether you are exposed to something new and are encouraged or inspired to grow. By that measure it’s working for me.