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Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

Our Voices Matter Podcast Linda Lorelle

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

    Keep Going - Nina Grae

    Keep Going - Nina Grae

    It wasn’t easy, but Musical Artist, Nina Grae,  found a way to keep going through her darkest days, starting with the healing power of music.   If you are searching for a way to keep going when it feels like it’s all falling apart (hello world!), this episode is for you.

    Full disclosure.  It’s also for me.

    There is something about Nina that pulls you into her space, shakes you to your core, and calms you down.  All at the same time.  All while showing, by example, how to reignite our own flickering light.

    Me Too Moment

    The tools and survival skills she has honed through the years were born of a ”Me Too” moment at a formative age...a moment that brought Nina to her knees.

    It took her shine and her enthusiasm for life.  What should have been a joyous, carefree time turned into an 8-year journey to reclaim her light.  

    And reclaim it she did, with the help of a loving family and her love of music.

    Overcoming ”The Other”

    Once you’re made to feel like ”the other”, you never forget it.  That feeling of being different, excluded, someone who doesn’t belong. 

    But here’s the good news, as Nina so beautifully expresses in our conversation:  “If you have been brought to your knees, if you have been made to feel like you don’t matter, it’s because you actually have the potential to rise so high, and you matter so much; and whatever happened to you actually has the capacity to build in extra power, extra life force and ability…if you can ride out these dark days…”

    Healing

    Nina rode it out.  And so can you.  Healing is possible and that’s what Nina and her music are all about.  Healing our broken souls and our broken world through the power of music, empathy and kindness.

    We all just have to keep going.

    If you know someone who is struggling to keep going, please share this conversation with them.  Nina’s words and her angelic voice, which she shares in the episode, might be just what they need to hear…

    To keep going…

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    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 39 min
    Walk With Purpose - Toni Harrison

    Walk With Purpose - Toni Harrison

    Toni Harrison was raised to walk with purpose.  As the Chief Marketing Officer of a new fin tech company, she is doing just that -- on a mission to help solve the racial wealth gap.

    She's the proud granddaughter of a civil rights activist who helped bring Texas Southern University to Houston.  Her father, Charles "Tex" Harrison, was an OG of the famed Harlem Globetrotters -- his consolation prize for being denied a shot at the NBA.

    The self-described “creative disruptor” is now making her own mark.  As CMO of Fair Fintech, Toni is using her considerable communication skills to help solve the racial and opportunity wealth gap.

    An Offer She Couldn't Refuse

    The CEO of the new firm, Khalid Parekh,  was well aware of Toni's award-winning PR campaigns and strategies .  He was her client at Etched Communication, the agency she founded, along with global powerhouses Pepsi, Polaris and McDonald's.

    Toni's expertise in the diversity and multicultural space is exactly what Parekh was looking for to help put the first multilingual neobank on the map.

    So, when he started Fair, he made Toni an offer she couldn't refuse.

    Purpose and Intention

    For Toni, it's all about purpose and intention.   It's about bringing her personal perspective to the table, even when it's painful.

    I'm always grateful when a guest is willing to "go there".   Because that's where growth happens.  And that is what Our Voices Matter podcast is all about.  Sharing the stories that help remind us of our common humanity.

    So, thank you, Toni, for being open and vulnerable and showing us what it looks like to walk with purpose.

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    www.lorellemedia.com


    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 45 min
    Mental Health and the Music Industry - Rob Knox

    Mental Health and the Music Industry - Rob Knox

    My first introduction to an in depth exploration of mental health and the music industry was the summer of 2021 in San Francisco.

    Josh Donaldson, founder of When the Music Stops, invited me to moderate a panel discussion about the topic.  That's where I met today's guest,  Grammy-nominated music producer, Rob Knox.

    A-List Artists
    You might not recognize his name, but you will surely know the names of the A-list artists he works with:  Justin Timberlake, TI, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Rhianna, Ciara and many others.

    His first collaboration with Justin and TI on the hit record, Dead and Gone, earned them a Grammy nod in 2009.

    Rob and I had an instant connection and I knew he would have a lot to offer to the Our Voices Matter Podcast audience.

    I was right. 

    How to Live Your Best Life

    Mental health and the music industry is certainly an area we explore, but there is so much more to our wide-ranging conversation.

    His upbringing as a Coptic Orthodox Christian raised in an Egyptian household.  His leap of faith into the high pressure music industry, determined to follow his passion.  How and when he understood the true power of music and its place in our world.  Even the ability to help save a life.

    Through it all, what emanates is Rob's humanity and his clarity about how to live one's best life with grace and empathy.   Hard learned lessons along the way that he is courageous and vulnerable enough to share.

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives

    For most of us, there's a soundtrack of our lives.   Music, songs that evoke a specific memory of a time, a place, an emotion.  What a gift!

    Producers like Rob Knox and the incredible artists he works with are those we must thank.

    For putting into beats and words what is in our hearts.

    And for making us smile while giving us respite from the chaos of our world.

    So, more, please!  We know you and Justin are working on new music, and we can't wait to hear it!

    In the meantime,  thank you, Rob, for, sharing your heart with our audience.

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    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics;  it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 47 min
    Raise Your Hand - Shawna Thomas

    Raise Your Hand - Shawna Thomas

    Raise your hand, say "yes" and work hard.   Shawna Thomas did all of that and more on the road to her role as Executive Producer of  CBS Mornings.

    Shawna's journey begins in Houston where she grew up, and we first met.  For me, our conversation is a full circle moment.

    A  local TV anchor at the NBC affiliate (me) awards a college scholarship to a 13 year-old middle school student (Shawna).  Who could have imagined the professional bond we would share 27 years later?!

    At its core, our mutual passion for a well-told story and its ability to remind us of our common humanity.

    Specificity in Storytelling:

    Shawna's passion for specificity in storytelling is on full display for two hours every weekday morning on CBS.

    She brings with her a stunning array of accomplishments and awards, beginning with her career at NBC News.  Imagine finding yourself working behind the scenes of a show you grew up watching!

    Shawna went on to work as a Senior Producer on the Vice News team that won a Peabody and 4 Emmy Awards for the gripping documentary, Charlottesville: Race and Terror.

    It's just one example where she takes us behind the scenes.

    We delve into the role of journalism and the importance of context in reporting.  And she shares personal reflections on her career journey, as well as lessons learned along the way.

    From starting at CBS Mornings during COVID and exploring how the show comes together, to her leadership style and advice for aspiring journalists -- Shawna and I cover it all and then some, including where our story began.

    The Beginning:

    December 1994.  A group of young students gather on a tennis court in Houston, Texas.   They have just finished playing a weekend of tennis at the Linda Lorelle Tennis Classic -- now called the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund.

    They sit in the stands with their parents, anxiously waiting to see if their name will be called to win a $2,500 college scholarship.


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    www.lorellemedia.com


    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Leading in the Age of DEI - Monica Cole

    Leading in the Age of DEI - Monica Cole

    Leading in the age of DEI is a hot topic in corporate circles these days.  

    My guest this week has earned her place in those circles as a leader and mentor to those finding their way up the corporate ladder. 

    Including those traditionally left at the bottom.

    Tell Me What the Team Looks Like

    Monica Cole's path to Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo is paved with lessons learned on a college basketball court.  

    Skills she acquired on the hardwood help set her apart and set her up to lead effectively in the age of DEI.

    Today at Wells Fargo, Monica leads a team of 230 within Agribusiness, Food and Hospitality.  And would you believe she knew nothing about those sectors when she raised her hand and said "yes?!"

    That's because, regardless of the challenge, Monica's first shot is always: "Tell me what the team looks like."   

    Who are the role players?  How do their skills and experiences complement one another?  And how can they help us win?  

    Whether on the court or in corporate America, Monica knows the more diverse the team, the better the odds of coming out on top.  

    Leading With Vulnerability

    But as a leader in the age of DEI, Monica also knows there is another key component to success:  leading with vulnerability.

    During our conversation, she shares deeply personal experiences as a Black woman that helped change her corporate culture, because she was willing to "go there."

    Because she shared her truth, she helped those in authority look at themselves and their actions from a different perspective.

    And she routinely urges her team to call her out when "she's nuts!", so that she can be a better leader.

    There's Enough for All of Us

    Leading in the age of DEI certainly comes with a set of challenges.   

    One of the biggest is a common belief that "your success is to my detriment."  

    But as Monica shares in this episode, and I wholeheartedly agree, there's enough for all of us.  

    It's way past time for us to embrace the diversity that makes our companies and our lives better.

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    www.lorellemedia.com


    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 43 min
    Behind the Scenes of January 6th - Sherman Tylawsky

    Behind the Scenes of January 6th - Sherman Tylawsky

    In this week's episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast, a former Congressional intern takes us behind the scenes of the January 6th insurrection.   

    As our nation's Capitol descended into chaos, 24 year-old Sherman Tylawsky was locked down with members of Congress and their staffs.  

    Not exactly how he envisioned the third day of his internship.

    What was he thinking?  How did he get through it?  What did he learn about himself and the state of our political discourse?

    Tylawsky is a podcaster who calls himself a George Washington enthusiast and an aspiring statesman.  He fully sees himself holding office one day, perhaps in those very halls of Congress.

    Thus far, he has prepared for a life of public service by receiving a Master's degree in international  affairs from the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in politics from King's College London.

    He has also intentionally interned on both sides of the Congressional aisle.

    Tylawsky's desire to learn about and understand all perspectives will, no doubt, provide invaluable experience in both his personal and political pursuits.

    Our conversation unpacks his view of the chasms that divide us and the path to bringing us closer together.  

    All through the lens of that fateful day.

    Join me as Sherman takes us behind the scenes of the January 6th insurrection.

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    This podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/OurVoicesMatterPodcast)

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Important conversations, beautifully done

I grew up watching Linda Lorelle anchor the evening news in Houston. On her podcast, she continues to shine, sharing her talents to tackle important conversations. Highly recommend!

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Incredible

Wonderful! This is exactly what the world needs. Thank you.

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