The Strange on Purpose Podcast tells the stories of professionals shattering the glass ceilings of culture and shows young professionals what happens when you are authentically you, 100% of the time. Highlighting creatives in sports, apparel, lifestyle and beyond, the show aims to connect creatives everywhere to professionals that can help guide them in their individual journey.
Alison Mariella Désir of Running While Black
Running saved Alison Mariella Désir’s life. At rock bottom and searching for
meaning and structure, Désir started marathon training, finding that it vastly
improved both her physical and mental health. Yet as she became involved in the
community and learned its history, she realized that the sport was largely built
with white people in mind. To help make running more inclusive and welcoming
to people of color, Désir founded Harlem Run, an NYC-based running movement,
and Run 4 All Women, which has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood
and $270,000 for Black Voters Matter.
Désir is currently co-chair of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition, a Run Happy Advocate for Brooks Running,
and an Athlete Advisor for Oiselle. A graduate of Columbia University for her bachelor’s and two master’s degrees,
including a master’s of education in counseling psychology, Alison has been published in Outside Magazine,
contributed the foreword for Running is My Therapy by Scott Douglas, and founded the Meaning Thru Movement
Tour, a speaking series featuring mental health experts and fitness professionals. Running While Black is her first
book. Alison Mariella Désir currently lives with her son, Kouri Henri, and partner, Amir Muhammad Figueroa,
outside of Seattle.
Andrea Campos of @dreasdoodles
Andrea Campos is a proud first-generation Latinx illustrator & photographer based in sunny California that specializes in creating expressive, upbeat work. Andrea joins us today to talk about how COVID started her journey in illustration and her new book with Jimmy Fallon and JLo!
Louis Colon III of Atmos USA
Louis Colon of atmos USA details his unique approach to marketing and how the best part about his move to atmos is yet to come. He tells us about his rocky beginnings from calling quits on his sneaker businesses and more.
Liz of Liz Flores Art
Liz Flores is a Chicago based artist and muralist, painting the human form through shapes and colors. Working primarily with acrylic paint on canvas, her work is a reaction to life, an emotion, or a memory. Liz joins us to talk about her upbringing, love for Charmander and sooo much more!
Andres Paz Micheo of Exile Content Studio
From Guatemala to Rwanda to LA, Andres Paz Micheo has left a stamp wherever he goes. Whether it was at Adidas with Ye and Pharrell or in Rwanda helping bring essential cellular to the people, Andres has seen it all and jumps on today to talk about those experiences and more!
John Khalilian of Novus Global
Johan Martinez-Khalilian is an executive coach. Khalilian grew up in Humboldt Park, Chicago. In 2005 he was featured on the cover of RedEye magazine, a youth-oriented weekly published by the Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on TV and radio shows, including The Tyra Banks Show and the Today Show. He works as a youth motivational speaker. Johan jumps on the show today talk about his upbringing, getting started as a creative and so much more!
Much needed alternative perspective
Rarely do you find a podcast that shows you a persons journey that you can relate to, but this is it. People that look like you, giving advice that’s relatable is refreshing. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Must listen !
I’m biased though 💁🏽
Guest lineup is 🔥
New heat comes every week. Love it !