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Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

The Howard Alumni Movemakers Podcast hosted by Joshua Mercer Joshua Mercer

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Welcome to the HU Movemakers Podcast where we highlight folks in Howard Culture that are blazing the trail and making moves! ese in depth conversations will highlight the failures, triumphs, future plans, motivations, and of course the Howard Experience. Think of it as an on demand blueprint for those looking to succeed in their chosen path...big picture, sharing this information sets us all up for life long success. Do you know a high achiever that would be great for the show? If so, email their bio/contact info to humovemakers@gmail.com. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humovemakers/support

    EP 76: Maya Allen from HU to the Beauty Director for InStyle!

    EP 76: Maya Allen from HU to the Beauty Director for InStyle!

    Maya Allen is the Beauty Director for InStyle, where she oversees all beauty coverage in the magazine. She has a thing for red lipstick (her collection is 200 strong) and an elaborate skincare routine. Embracing beauty, in all of its diverse glory, is her form of activism and she’s committed to amplifying representation through storytelling. Brooklyn is where she resides. At home she’s often dancing to the latest Drake album, masking, or FaceTiming with family and friends. @MAYAALENAA


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 74: Dr. Andrae Townsel 3 time graduate of Howard University to 1st Black Principal of Southbridge

    EP 74: Dr. Andrae Townsel 3 time graduate of Howard University to 1st Black Principal of Southbridge

    Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Andraé attended Howard University on a football scholarship. As a 3 time graduate of Howard University, Andraé became the recipient of the Floretta Dukes McKenzie scholarship (awarded to a highly effective educator with high academic achievement) to attend the Urban Superintendents Academy of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). As a member and graduate of the first National Certification Cohort, Andraé was highly recruited to lead the turnaround efforts in an urban school district.

    ​In the Winter 2016 Issue of Howard Magazine, Andraé was highlighted as a difference maker in education. President Frederick selected him as the representative of the 5th Administrative Priority of engaging in scholarship and research grounded in solving contemporary problems.

    In 2016, Andraé was selected by The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to lead one of the most underperforming high schools in the state of Massachusetts. As the new principal of Southbridge High School, Andraé became the 1st black principal in the town’s 150-year history. The work that Andraé has already completed was highlighted by the former U.S. Secretary of Education and current President/CEO of the Education Trust, Dr. John King.

    In the 2017 commencement speech at Howard University, Dr. King stated, “In all of this work, Howard places advocacy at the center. That means — to use a phrase from U.S. Congressman and civil rights icon, John Lewis — that you are prepared to make “good trouble.” In the context of education, “good trouble” is about being a champion of children and using your loudest, most persistent voice to advocate for what all students need to achieve their potential.



    When I think of this work in action, I think of one of your alums, Dr. Andraé Townsel — a three-time Howard graduate.

    Andraé recently was appointed principal of Southbridge High School in Massachusetts and is leading the school’s turnaround as one of the lowest-performing high schools in the state. He is the first African American principal at Southbridge High. He is teaching for social justice because he already has shaken up the status quo.



    Andraé forged new partnerships with the local airport and flight school to give Southbridge students the opportunity to earn college credits while they study aviation. Literally and figuratively, Andraé is helping his students to fly.

    Through education, lives can be uplifted, transformed, and even saved — which brings me to my next suggestion for you as you build your careers. And that is to see and love the whole child.



    So many students experience tremendous adversity: Poverty. Poor health. Violence. Hunger. Addiction. Difficult family circumstances. I want to challenge you to see those things — really see those things. Look at them dead-on and don’t let them lull you into softening your fierce belief in your students’ potential.”


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    EP 73: KELLY FAIR and MRS CAROL DUDLEY talk HU School of C and Founding Polished Pebbles

    EP 73: KELLY FAIR and MRS CAROL DUDLEY talk HU School of C and Founding Polished Pebbles

    Kelly Fair, Founder and Executive Director of Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is a passionate advocate for girls and young women. She’s a social entrepreneur, author, public speaker, training specialist, mentor, and expert on community engagement.

    Kelly is a sought-after speaker for mentoring, communication skills, girls’ development and job readiness, professional leadership development, and social entrepreneurship. She’s a dynamic storyteller, communications expert, and relatable voice with the keen ability to penetrate the hearts of women with her honesty and expertise. Through her authentic conversational speaking style, she connects across socioeconomic statuses, intergenerationally, and cross-culturally—making her a phenomenal speaker or training facilitator in a conference setting.

    Her ability to “polish pebbles”, helping young women and girls shine, has brought her recognition from Bank of America, ComEd, Verizon, Google, Duke University, Du Sable Museum of African American History, Social Enterprise Alliance, and more.

    Since launching Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program 10 years ago in Chicago, Kelly’s signature communications and job readiness programming has expanded from elementary age girls to include high school, college programs, families, prominent women leaders, and to sites in Northwest Indiana, Dallas, Texas, and North Carolina.

    Kelly has been featured in Ebony magazine, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Woman magazine. Her book, “They’re All The Same Girl”, about her journey working with girls and building her highly regarded girls mentoring program, is available online.

    Kelly has presented keynote remarks and participated as a panelist at local, national, and international events. Book Kelly Fair | The Mentor for your next keynote speaking engagement, conference or event panel. For rates and availability, email Sonya Lewis at sonya@smlcomm.com.

    For more on Kelly:
    kellykaefair.com |  @kfairthementor


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    EP 72: L. Michael Flannagan; South Side of Chicago to principal of Flanagan Injury Law Group

    EP 72: L. Michael Flannagan; South Side of Chicago to principal of Flanagan Injury Law Group

    L. Michael Flanagan is the principal of Flanagan Injury Law Group, LLC. He practices in all areas of personal injury law with an emphasis on Wrongful Death. Mr. Flanagan is a former associate at James D. Montgomery & Associates. Prior to joining the Montgomery team, he was an associate at Corboy & Demetrio, P.C. Since beginning his practice, Mr. Flanagan has garnered millions of dollars for his clients and was named a 2020 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of lawyers under 40 or in practice for less than 10 years in the State of Illinois. He was recently named a 2021 Rising Star as well.
    Education

    Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    Honors: National Black Law Students Association
    Honors: Sports and Entertainment Law Society
    Honors: Loyola University Chicago School of Law's study abroad program



    Howard University 

    Major: Print Journalism



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP 71: Cecelia Townes, the Sporty Esquire, 4-Time Academic All-American Founder of GladiatHers®

    EP 71: Cecelia Townes, the Sporty Esquire, 4-Time Academic All-American Founder of GladiatHers®

    Cecelia Townes, the Sporty Esquire, is a proud graduate of Howard University and UCLA School of Law. As an undergraduate Cecelia was a 4-Time Academic All-American of the Women’s Tennis team. Cecelia's legal practice focuses on federal personnel and labor law. While engaging in a full-time legal practice, Cecelia also remains dedicated to sports and empowering women. As such she created and runs GladiatHers.com, a site dedicated to women in sports and women who want to achieve their maximum potential. GladiatHers® also hosts events, workshops and a mentorship program. Cecelia serves on the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit, Play Like a Girl! (an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for girls to be active) and Next Level Tennis & Education, (a non-profit dedicated to developing talented, well-rounded, successful tennis players who excel on the court and in life outside of sports). She makes regular appearances on podcasts and provides sports law commentary on espnw.com.  She also hosts her own series, Workin’ Women Wednesdays which provides tips on professional and personal development. Cecelia is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta.


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    EP 70: Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, on Practical Diversity ; Taking Diversity from Theory to Practice

    EP 70: Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, on Practical Diversity ; Taking Diversity from Theory to Practice

    Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander is a cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia). Licensed to practice in DC and six federal jurisdictions, she is a emerita associate professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, retiring in February 2021 after 33 years and over 60 awards and recognitions for teaching and service, including 10 Outstanding Professor of the Year Awards. A celebrated author, facilitator and consultant with nearly 40 years of experience in bringing people together, she created Practical Diversity to help the world take diversity from theory to practice by doing the necessary heart work. Upon her retirement, the University of Georgia honored her contributions by creating the first-of-its-kind annual Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award for faculty demonstrating a significant commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.




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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

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Kianna M ,

Good stories!

I’m only a couple episodes in, but I’m hooked. The stories are exciting and relatable coming from our own Howard family. Nice job! You rep School of B well!

Uplifted1 ,

Long overdue!

It’s about time someone created a platform for Howard Alum. There are waaaay too many high and low profile Movemakers that came out of HU and highlighting their journeys is long overdue. And Josh is the perfect host to bring this unique forum to life!

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