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Known by her peers as a premiere executive, Amani Duncan has successfully navigated various industries from recorded music to manufacturing, often being the first female African-American in the role. “My biggest professional challenge was earning my rightful ‘seat at the table’. For those who may not be familiar with this phrase, having a ‘seat at the table’ means having a position and a voice amongst the senior executive within the organization where you are employed”, says Duncan, “But once are at the business table, it is our responsibility to pull up a seat for others.” Duncan launched the platform "Girlfriend, No Need to Ask” to help professionals successfully navigate their professional journey, learn helpful tips and find the inspiration to be their very best at work and in life. Subscribe today and get ready to find your seat at the business table.

No Need To Ask with Amani Duncan Amani Duncan

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Known by her peers as a premiere executive, Amani Duncan has successfully navigated various industries from recorded music to manufacturing, often being the first female African-American in the role. “My biggest professional challenge was earning my rightful ‘seat at the table’. For those who may not be familiar with this phrase, having a ‘seat at the table’ means having a position and a voice amongst the senior executive within the organization where you are employed”, says Duncan, “But once are at the business table, it is our responsibility to pull up a seat for others.” Duncan launched the platform "Girlfriend, No Need to Ask” to help professionals successfully navigate their professional journey, learn helpful tips and find the inspiration to be their very best at work and in life. Subscribe today and get ready to find your seat at the business table.

    Redefining Influencer to Role Model with Jaclynn Brennan, Co-Founder FYLi

    Redefining Influencer to Role Model with Jaclynn Brennan, Co-Founder FYLi

    Welcome to another episode of No Need to Ask podcast. My name is Amani Duncan and I will be your host on this journey.

    On today’s episode I had the pleasure of speaking with my good friend Jaclynn Brennan, Co-Founder of FYLi.

    FYLi is a female master-mind group that focuses on bringing together female leaders, creating a tribe of diverse high level dreamers, thinkers and doers.

    FYLi helps female leaders RISE (Renew, Inspire, Support, Empower) in all aspects of their lives. Fylí was created to bring together a room of diverse thinkers and dreamers who can shift conversations, contribute new opinions + feedback, and bring different perspectives with clarity and directness that moves the needle. Magic happens when you feel open, connected, present, vulnerable and safe.  Jaclynn and her co-founder Summer Yi learned early on that success is only limited by our mindset, habits and the people we have access to within our network. They believe when you UPGRADE your thoughts, daily disciplines/habits and relationships, you begin to upgrade your life.

    Jaclyn shared with me her favorite book, “The Power of Intention” by Dr. Wayne Dyer and her daily self-care routine of mediations, exercise and journaling which is so important. I have committed to myself to give back by exercising every morning before I start my day and doing meditation before I go bed. I use the self-guided meditation app Headspace and Jaclyn recommended Inscape and Japa Meditation with Dr. Wayne Dyer.

    I highly encourage you to visit FYLi’s new website and subscribe today. You can also follow Jaclyn on Instagram and her self-titled blog. If you are enjoying No Need to Ask podcast, please leave a review. Thank you! 

    Until we meet again, please continue to be safe and be well. 

    • 29 min
    No Need to Ask | A Conversation with Music Industry Leader Tina Davis, Part 2

    No Need to Ask | A Conversation with Music Industry Leader Tina Davis, Part 2

    Welcome to Part 2 of “A Conversation with Music Industry Leader Tina Davis” for No Need to Ask podcast. Our conversation was so good I had to make it into two parts.

    We ended Part 1 of the episode with a bit of a cliff hanger, so Tina takes us through her experience managing Chris Brown and single-handedly evolving him from a young teenager into a global superstar. Tina’s sheer determination to show the industry and the industry the greatness of her artist did not come with its challenges. But Tina’s angels were surrounding her and guided her safely to solid grounds. 

    I remain inspired by Tina and I know she will have the same positive impact on you. There are so many learnings you can take away from our conversation and apply to your current position regardless of the industry you work in. 

    Thank you for listening and if you enjoyed this episode, please write a review. It means a lot to me. 

    Until we speak again, please continue to be safe. 

    • 45 min
    No Need to Ask | A Conversation with Music Industry Leader Tina Davis, Part 1

    No Need to Ask | A Conversation with Music Industry Leader Tina Davis, Part 1

    Welcome to another episode of No Need to Ask podcast. My name is Amani Duncan and I will be your host on this journey.
    Today’s guest holds a great significance in my life. Tina Davis was the person who gave me my first job in the music industry; Tina Davis was my Day one. I owe so much to Tina as she was a shining example of a powerful woman in the male-dominated music industry. In my early days at Def Jam, she was the Head of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) and a person I wanted to be just like. 
    On Part 1 of the episode you will hear her the story of her professional journey that spanned Def Jam, manager for one of today’s global superstars to Head of A&R for Empire Records.
    Please make sure you have a pen and paper ready because there will be a lot of information shared and tips on how to be resilient and successful. 
    The second part of the conversation will go live later in the week, so make sure to subscribe! Oh and please feel free to leave a review. 
    Until we meet again, be safe and be well. 

    • 32 min
    Sister to Sister | A Conversation with Lauren D. Williams Part 2

    Sister to Sister | A Conversation with Lauren D. Williams Part 2

    Welcome to Part 2 of No Need to Ask podcast episode 9 with the amazing Lauren D. Williams of Pandora. 

    We had such a great conversation - Sister to Sister - that I could not put it all into one episode. In this episode, we learn more about Lauren’s professional journey working in the agency world and finding her true passion at Pandora. 

    I left the conversation feeling so inspired and motivated. That feeling is what I hope every listening experiences; the shared experience and storytelling brings us together. 

    • 37 min
    No Need to Ask Podcast | Sister to Sister, A Conversation with Lauren D. Williams of Pandora

    No Need to Ask Podcast | Sister to Sister, A Conversation with Lauren D. Williams of Pandora

    Welcome to No Need to Ask podcast. My. name is Amani Duncan and I will be your host on this journey. 

    On today’s episode I had the pleasure of having a sister-to-sister conversation with Lauren D. Williams. I met Lauren when I was a guest on her Pandora for Brands’ sponsored podcast “Pass The Mic”. We immediately hit it off, learning that we have so much in common; from our early childhood to present day, 

    We always assume we are “too busy” to have meaningful encounters. The internet and social media has turned us into casual friends, distant and often superficial. But when you actually have the chance to really bond with someone, it reminds you of what is missing - the human connection. I feel so grateful to be able to have this genuine connection with Lauren. 

    So sit back and I hope you enjoy our candid conversation about life, careers and much more!

    If you enjoy No Need to Ask podcast, please leave a lovely review and share with others. Until we meet up again, continue to be safe and be well.

    • 33 min
    No Need to Ask with author Erin Geiger-Smith "Thank You For Voting"

    No Need to Ask with author Erin Geiger-Smith "Thank You For Voting"

    Welcome to Episode 7 of No Need to Ask podcast. My name is Amani Duncan and I will be your host on this journey.

    Erin Geiger-Smith is a journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among other leading publications, and has worked at Reuters covering legal news. She graduated from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Texas at Austin.

    "Thank You for Voting" is straightforward about how long Black Americans, women, and Native Americans, among others, had to fight for the right to vote, and about our current problems with low voter participation and voting inequality.

    But it also highlights how we can do better, and features a fascinating group of people -- some well known, some who just saw a problem and decided to do their part to fix it -- already doing the work to increase voter turnout. The young reader edition has most of the same information, just in an age-appropriate way.

    Thank You for Voting: the Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America

    Praise for Thank You for Voting

    "If you want to celebrate your essential right as a citizen and encourage others to do the same, Thank You for Voting provides an engaging and concise tutorial of what it means to cast your ballot -- past, present, and future. Read this book! (And be sure to vote.)"
    -- Ann Patchett

    Geiger Smith's "handy owner’s manual to the democratic process removes any excuse for not showing up at the ballot box. ... Intelligent, spirited, and especially valuable to budding activists and first-time voters."
    -- Kirkus Reviews

    "Illuminating and accessible"
    -- Publisher's Weekly

    "Thank You for Voting serves up the context and concrete action items every registered and to-be registered voter needs to be part of ensuring … increased voter turnout."
    -- Denver Public Library Friday 5 at 5

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Karleen Roy ,

Loving this podcast and movement!

This was much needed! Amani is all about empowering and supporting professionals of all ages and this podcast is so aligned with her commitment to reach as she climbs! I’m looking forward to the next episode!

laurendanielle84 ,

Uplifting, Educational, Inspiring 🙌🏾

This podcast is exactly what is needed right now. Amani delivers expertly delivered stories that empower the listener to be the best version of themselves. Keep shining Amani!

TED.TIN ,

Thank You! 💘

It was an honor to join you on the show to discuss the intersection of Blackness and Queerness. Keep up the great work!

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