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Join New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones as she brings you thought-provoking conversations with professional troublemakers who have taken action, done scary things and rocked the boat to an audacious life.

A professional troublemaker is a truthteller, change agent and trailblazer. They are committed to disrupting what is unjust for the greater good. They take up the call of the late, great John Lewis, who charged us to “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” They are ordinary people with the extraordinary habit of choosing COURAGE in moments of FEAR.

Professional Troublemaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.9K Ratings

Join New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones as she brings you thought-provoking conversations with professional troublemakers who have taken action, done scary things and rocked the boat to an audacious life.

A professional troublemaker is a truthteller, change agent and trailblazer. They are committed to disrupting what is unjust for the greater good. They take up the call of the late, great John Lewis, who charged us to “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” They are ordinary people with the extraordinary habit of choosing COURAGE in moments of FEAR.

    Own Your Purpose (with Thasunda Brown Duckett) - Episode 15

    Own Your Purpose (with Thasunda Brown Duckett) - Episode 15

    On this episode of Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is bringing back an interview she did with Thasunda Brown Duckett on her previous podcast as part of Archive April. At the time of this interview, Thasunda was serving as the CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, but earlier this year she was named as the president and CEO of TIAA and is the first woman to serve in that role.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Go Unafraid (with Bozoma Saint John) - Episode 14

    Go Unafraid (with Bozoma Saint John) - Episode 14

    This week on Professional Troublemaker we’re kicking off Archive April! We’re reaching back into the archives from when the podcast was called Rants & Randomness and bringing you some of the conversations Luvvie has had with some amazing Professional Troublemakers over the years.

    For this first episode of Archive April, Luvvie is talking to her friend Bozoma Saint John. Currently Chief Marketing Officer for Netflix, at the time of this interview in 2018, Boz had just left her job at Uber and taken on a role at Endeavor as their Chief Marketing Officer. Boz and Luvvie are talking about how they’ve learned to show up unafraid in these corporate spaces where no one looks like them and why it matters that they go into those spaces anyway.

    • 51 min
    Give the Praise (with Jason Mayden) - Episode 13

    Give the Praise (with Jason Mayden) - Episode 13

    This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with legendary shoe-designer and President of Fear of God Athletics, Jason Mayden. In this episode, they discuss Jason’s journey from designing girl’s names in bubble letters to designing shoes for Nike at 21. Jason and Luvvie talk all about Imposter Syndrome, the urge to give into it, and the realization of belonging in a room. They also delve into Jason's design process and the importance of the narrative when coming up with fresh ideas.

    Jason describes Professional Troublemaking as being an accomplice--not an ally---and believes the world needs Professional Troublemakers in order to take risks and say the inconvenient thing at the inconvenient time. Kick back in your favorite kicks and enjoy this episode of Professional Troublemaker with iconic Chicagoan, Jason Mayden.

    • 58 min
    Be Less Apologetic (with Kimberly Blackwell) - Episode 12

    Be Less Apologetic (with Kimberly Blackwell) - Episode 12

    This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with communications powerhouse, Kimberly Blackwell. As the CEO of PMM, a distributor of customized promotional products, and a Fortune 100 Marketing & Strategy executive, Kimberly talks about the importance of knowing your value and honing into your superpowers as a Black woman within a predominantly white and male space.

    Kimberly delves into being an advocate for community, having positive women to be vulnerable with, and the strength she has found in her friends like Luvvie. Kimberly and Luvvie get into the good and the challenging parts of living in your purpose unapologetically. Grab a notebook and a pen, and get your life with the latest episode of Professional Troublemaker.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Use Your Platform (with Sue Bird) - Episode 11

    Use Your Platform (with Sue Bird) - Episode 11

    This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is talking to WNBA superstar Sue Bird about thinking BIG and maintaining expectations in the face of adversity. Bird, who “came out of the womb shooting hoops”, discusses the importance of authenticity as a gay woman in sports and gives insight on intersectionality, knowing your value, and the power of unity.

    Beyond making plays on the court, Bird discusses how she contributed to the WNBA’s impactful social justice movement, in which the league of 144 players used their visibility to support Rapheal Warnock in this year’s historical Senate race. She also touches on how team sports taught her valuable lessons like how to be disciplined, how to get along with others, and what it means to set and achieve goals.

    Listen and enjoy as we talk with Sue Bird about using your platform as a Professional Troublemaker!

    • 54 min
    Own Your Success (with Nicole Walters) - Episode 10

    Own Your Success (with Nicole Walters) - Episode 10

    This week on Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie is in conversation with Nicole Walters. Nicole is the founder and CEO of a multi-million-dollar personal development and business education empire. After quitting her corporate job on livestream in front of 10,000 people Nicole uses all the skills and knowledge she learned in the corporate world and specializes in business development training and strategic coaching for emerging entrepreneurs and established business owners.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Breezy Pearson ,

Love Luvie!

Love Luvie, love her talks and advice, love everything about this amazing powerhouse woman! Discovered her on Instagram, listened to her host the podcast “The Step” on Popsugar, and now discovered this podcast of hers and love it! Great way to start your day! Can’t wait for more episodes!😊💕

sorany_v ,

A Must Listen For The Modern Woman!

I found Luvvie through her TedXTalk, just bought her book, Professional Troublemaker, today and just started the podcast two hours ago! 🗣 Lemme tell y’all Luvvie is the best friend we all need! Intelligent, hilarious, insightful and encouraging and so much more. What stands out for me is that she understands the pain points and obstacles that we are all feeling in current times and speaks on all of this mess in a way that leaves you feeling hopeful and ready to show up in the world as our authentic, powerful selves. There’s not enough of that in this world and the diligent, thoughtful work that Luvvie gifts us are literal diamonds. Subscribe now!

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I needed this!

I needed to hear what you’ve said in just the first 2 episodes I’ve heard 🥺thank you Luvvie!

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