The Courageous Personal Leadership Podcast is a journey into the Four Principles of Courageous Personal Leadership: Manage your internal environment, Ask for what you need, Decide to take risks, and Embody your personal mission, vision, and values. Corey and Sharma Graham, founders of the Courageous Personal Leadership model and the leadership development firm, M.A.D.E. To Lead, discuss the impact the Four Principles are having in organizations, teams, and communities with leaders from various industries and sectors. Rooted in science and real-world experiences, the Four Principles of Courageous Personal Leadership offer a practical framework for those desiring to increase their influence and impact, but do not fit the mold of traditional leadership archetypes and are looking for a new perspective on what it means to demonstrate leadership. Our world is changing fast, and many of the old leadership paradigms are no longer working. The Courageous Personal Leadership Podcast is part of the community that is shifting the conversation toward new leadership paradigms and models that are more inclusive and representative of our beautifully diverse world. Follow on Instagram @CourageousPersonalLeadership and @MadeToLeadBiz, or MadeToLead.com.
16. Bet on Yourself with Jeanine Suah
"Giving up is never an option. I will always be persistent. I will always find the opportunity in any obstacle. This movement is so beyond me that I have choice but to keep going." - Jeanine Suah
Jeanine Suah is a go-giving entrepreneur who uses the world as inspiration for community innovation and is an avid believer in the Experience Economy. With her life’s mission being to help black and brown communities attain generational wealth, Jeanine co-founded Thynk Global, a coworking and event space designed for and by people of color to encourage minorities to take risks, while connecting them to resources and opportunities that help them build sustainable businesses. More recently, she founded Fynd, a platform for Black founders seeking capital. Fynd is a match-making service where non-obvious founders can find and meet early-stage investors and has a mission of increasing access to capital one swipe at a time. During this conversation, Jeanine shares candidly about her experiences in the venture capital space, and what drives her laser-focused passion to increase access to venture capital for minority founders by making venture capital more fun and approachable. As someone who is intimately familiar with investments, she makes the case for always betting on yourself first!
15. The Long Game with James M. Davis, Jr.
"If you're not managing your brand, someone else is. And I will not have someone else manage my brand. I understand that my brand precedes me before I get in the room." - James M. Davis, Jr.
After graduating from Florida State University, James moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to begin working for Enterprise in Southern California. He's held multiple roles including Talent Development Manager and HR Generalist Manager. In 2015, James was promoted to his current role, Corporate Inclusion & Diversity Manager at the World Headquarters in St. Louis, supporting more than 70,000+ employees. He is responsible for creating content, training and development for employees, and ensuring that the business case is clear as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. During this conversation, James shares his approach to playing the long game in his career. From day one, he has had a long-term vision for the impact he wants to have within the Enterprise organization, and has been playing chess--that is being incredibly strategic and intentional--in order to get there. This is a true masterclass in influence!
14. You Deserve To Be Here with Vanessa Baden Kelly
"Sometimes I'm just so happy with getting anything, that I don't realize there is more. Learning the art of saying 'no, pause,' has been so monumental in my career." - Vanessa Baden Kelly
In this episode, Corey and Sharma talk with actress, writer, author, and producer, Vanessa Baden Kelly. Vanessa is an Emmy-winning actress (Giants) and an Emmy-nominated screenwriter. She began her career as a child, starring on Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island and Kenan and Kel. Vanessa is also the author of the newly released book, Far Away From Close To Home (2021). During this conversation, Vanessa shares some of her favorite personal stories and lessons learned on her journey to believing that she deserves to be here. And whether "here" was her first writer's room when she moved to LA, or humbly asking for help when she didn't understand something, or passing up a seemingly amazing deal to wait for an even better deal, she has something to teach all of us about deserving to be in the room, at the table, and respected for our worth. Trust us, you do not want to miss this conversation!
13. Do You, For Good with Dr. Desmond Patton
"I always want to be toggling between authenticity and joy. To me, that means being this homegrown person from Gastonia, that got a PhD from U of Chicago, who is now an Ivy League professor, that wants to work in and support Black communities, who likes fried chicken and also eats sushi. I want to be all those things all the time, and that is who I am. And I want to bring that to work. " - Dr. Desmond Patton
In this episode, Corey and Sharma talk with Dr. Desmond Upton Patton, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curriculum Innovation at Columbia University. A leading pioneer in the field of making Artificial Intelligence empathetic, culturally sensitive and less biased, he is founding director of the SAFE Lab and co-director of the Justice, Equity and Technology lab at Columbia School of Social Work. Dr. Patton’s research uses virtual reality to educate youth and policymakers about the ways social media can be used against them and how race plays a part. During this conversation, Dr. Patton shares vulnerably about his journey to authentic leadership, and how he has deliberately shaped his research, and thus his career, around his passions and issues he cares most about. He talks openly about the internal work he's had to do, the many courageous asks he's made along the way, and the riskiness of it all. For those wondering how to both, "Do You, For Good" - meaning, being your true and authentic self while doing immense good in the world, and also "Do You, For Good," meaning, being your authentic self consistently and confidently without question, this podcast episode has too many gems to count!
12. Leading Unapologetically with Dr. Chanel Hampton
"Be true to who you are, lead in a way that you can be proud of, and take care of yourself along the way." - Dr. Chanel Hampton
To kick off season three, Corey and Sharma talk with Dr. Chanel Hampton, Founder and CEO of Strategic Community Partners (SCP). Founded in 2015, SCP is a national firm that works with organizations and leads initiatives that advance equity with and for communities. During this conversation, Dr. Hampton shares how her desire to lead unapologetically was shaped in her childhood and has carried through to her current role leading a multi-million-dollar firm. Whether she is unapologetically creating space for communities of color to thrive, unapologetically advocating for her staff, or unapologetically committing to self-care, Dr. Hampton shares wise insights from her journey that we can all learn from!
Coming Soon: Season Three
Corey and Sharma are back to continue to the Courageous Personal Leadership conversation! In season three, they will continue bringing the Four Principles of Courageous Personal Leadership to life through the very real and vulnerable stories of their guests. The Four Principles are: Manage your internal environment, Ask for what you need, Decide to take risks, and Embody your personal mission, vision and values. Show guests will be sharing how the Four Principles of Courageous Personal Leadership have played a role in their leadership, career and life journeys.
Rooted in science and real-world experiences, the Four Principles of Courageous Personal Leadership offer a practical framework for those desiring to increase their influence and impact, but do not fit the mold of traditional leadership archetypes and are looking for a new perspective on what it means to demonstrate leadership. Our world is changing fast, and many of the old leadership paradigms are no longer working. The Courageous Personal Leadership Podcast is part of the community that is shifting the conversation toward new leadership paradigms and models that are more inclusive and representative of our beautifully diverse world.