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Hosted by Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer and a recovery thriver and survivor, Laura found herself in an all too familiar position. In September 2018, she was the only black woman in the room at Brave Magic, a famed writer’s retreat. After it was over, she wrote about her “only one” experience in The Huffington Post and comments started flooding into her DM. These comments were from people from all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who had felt “othered”. Laura beautifully interviews a person about their Only One story each episode and addresses as many of those DM’s as possible in the process. In this podcast, you’ll hear raw, vulnerable accounts from people who are, like most of us, just eager to connect. Our hope is that The Only One In The Room will inspire a change of perspective in how we all see and hear each other’s stories. We want you think twice before judging the person standing next to you at a party, in the pick-up line at school or in a crowded subway car. This is a podcast for anyone who has ever felt alone in a room full of people – which is to say, that this podcast is for everyone.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 145 Ratings

Hosted by Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer and a recovery thriver and survivor, Laura found herself in an all too familiar position. In September 2018, she was the only black woman in the room at Brave Magic, a famed writer’s retreat. After it was over, she wrote about her “only one” experience in The Huffington Post and comments started flooding into her DM. These comments were from people from all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who had felt “othered”. Laura beautifully interviews a person about their Only One story each episode and addresses as many of those DM’s as possible in the process. In this podcast, you’ll hear raw, vulnerable accounts from people who are, like most of us, just eager to connect. Our hope is that The Only One In The Room will inspire a change of perspective in how we all see and hear each other’s stories. We want you think twice before judging the person standing next to you at a party, in the pick-up line at school or in a crowded subway car. This is a podcast for anyone who has ever felt alone in a room full of people – which is to say, that this podcast is for everyone.

    Tonya Evans Is The Only Black Queer Woman Explaining BlockChain

    Tonya Evans Is The Only Black Queer Woman Explaining BlockChain

    What if you, a tenured professor at a prestigious university wanted to buy your mother a home and the bank treated you like a suspect instead of a prospect?
    Dr. Tonya Evans, professor at Penn State Dickinson Law School who was recently named to the Forbes 50 over 50 list, in the category of investment, teaches her students how Crypto Currency can bypass the old guard gatekeepers and be the key to creating generational wealth for everyone, but especially for our underserved communities.
    But what would you do if an entire institution was threatened by the fact that you are educating others about a new currency that doesn’t involve, gold, banks or brokers? Would you change your curriculum to something safer? Or would you create a popular course called From Cash to Crypto and explain how BlockChain works to the world?
    More From Tonya Evans:
    Visit: https://advantageevans.com
    Listen: Tech Intersect podcast
    Finding Tonya Evans:
    LinkedIn: Tonya Evans
    Twitter: @advantageevans
    Instagram: @advantageevans
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    Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about getting your work published online to build up your resume. It will also include an up-to-date list of over 80 places to send your stuff! The class is filling up fast to hold your spot email StefanieWilderTaylor@gmail.com
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    Be sure not to miss Scott Talks on Wednesdays, our Sunday release called Sunday Edition & our brand new series On My Nightstand releasing on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
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    • 57 min
    SUNDAY EDITION: AJ Johnson Is The Only Covid Caregiver In The Room

    SUNDAY EDITION: AJ Johnson Is The Only Covid Caregiver In The Room

    There are over 4.7 million people in California caring for a relative or close friend, and many of them are COVID 19 patients. The media is filled with the stories of COVID 19 patients and healthcare workers, but what about the people who are dedicating themselves to taking care of a loved one? Scott and I couldn’t find many of those stories, so we asked AJ to come over and share hers with us.
    AJ Johnson is an LA native and mom of two beautiful girls. She’s been a wealth manager for over 28 years. AJ is a world traveler, an avid NFL and UFC fan who loves snow skiing and is engaged to Gregg Garfield, who was a guest on The Only One In The Room not once but twice for our COVID Warrior’s series, once to talk about what it was like to be the first patient with COVID 19 at St. Joseph’s hospital and then we got to follow up with Gregg in late 2020. Be sure to check out both of those episodes.
    Instagram: @Megirls21 
    Website: Gregggarfield.com

    Pitches With Bitches:
    Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about getting your work published online to build up your resume. It will also include an up-to-date list of over 80 places to send your stuff! The class is filling up fast to hold your spot email StefanieWilderTaylor@gmail.com
    Special thanks to our sponsors:
    Mercato:
    Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! 
    Smile Brilliant:
    You could have a dentist make your trays for three, four hundred dollars, or you can head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use their lab-direct mail process for a fraction of that.  Just head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use the coupon code ROOM for an exclusive The Only One In The Room discount.
    Voyage et Cie:
    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    Cute Booty Lounge is made by women and for women. There’s a cute booty style for everyone! Cute Booty Lounge has you covered...Embrace Your Body, Love Your Booty!
    Head to Cutebooty.com or click the link here to order yours, but don't forget to enter the code theonlybooty to get 15% off your first order!
     Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays and our brand new series On My Nightstand on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 38 min
    On My Nightstand: Insider Publishing Advice By Zibby Owens

    On My Nightstand: Insider Publishing Advice By Zibby Owens

    I think I employed every single one of these twenty phenomenal tips from Zibby Owens while looking to get my memoir published, and it is my absolute pleasure to share them all with you!
    Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, one of Oprah.com’s favorite book podcasts two years in a row. The CEO and founder of Moms Don’t Have Time To, Zibby has formed a media company that includes multiple podcasts, publications like Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, and other communities designed to help moms. She is the CEO, Reader-in-Chief, and Co-Founder with Leigh Newman of Zibby Books, a publishing home for fiction and memoir. She is the editor of award-winning anthology Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, the upcoming anthology Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids, the upcoming children’s book Princess Charming, and an upcoming memoir. She is a regular contributor to Good Morning America online and also writes for the Washington Post, Parents, Slate, and Medium, where she is a top writer. Zibby regularly recommends books on TV and has been featured on CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. Named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine’s Vulture, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband and four children. She always has a book nearby.
    https://zibbyowens.com/ 

    Pitches With Bitches:
    Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about getting your work published online to build up your resume. It will also include an up-to-date list of over 80 places to send your stuff! The class is filling up fast to hold your spot email StefanieWilderTaylor@gmail.com
    Special thanks to our sponsors:
    Mercato:
    Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! 
    Smile Brilliant:
    You could have a dentist make your trays for three, four hundred dollars, or you can head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use their lab-direct mail process for a fraction of that.  Just head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use the coupon code ROOM for an exclusive The Only One In The Room discount.
    Voyage et Cie:
    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    Cute Booty Lounge:
    Cute Booty Lounge is made by women and for women. There’s a cute booty style for everyone! Cute Booty Lounge has you covered...Embrace Your Body, Love Your Booty!
    Head to Cutebooty.com or click the link here to order yours, but don't forget to enter the code theonlybooty to get 15% off your first order!
    Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays & Sunday Edition every Sunday by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
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    • 23 min
    Hispanic Heritage Month: Scott Talks To Emmylou Diaz

    Hispanic Heritage Month: Scott Talks To Emmylou Diaz

    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Emmylou Diaz right after the show.

    Pitches With Bitches:
    Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about getting your work published online to build up your resume. It will also include an up-to-date list of over 80 places to send your stuff! The class is filling up fast to hold your spot email StefanieWilderTaylor@gmail.com
    Special thanks to our sponsors:
    Mercato:
    Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! 
    Smile Brilliant:
    You could have a dentist make your trays for three, four hundred dollars, or you can head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use their lab-direct mail process for a fraction of that.  Just head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use the coupon code ROOM for an exclusive The Only One In The Room discount.
    Voyage et Cie:
    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    Cute Booty Lounge is made by women and for women. There’s a cute booty style for everyone! Cute Booty Lounge has you covered...Embrace Your Body, Love Your Booty!
    Head to Cutebooty.com or click the link here to order yours, but don't forget to enter the code theonlybooty to get 15% off your first order!
    Don't miss our new Friday series On My Nightstand.
    Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more.
    You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com
    Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like live events, appearances, featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
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    • 17 min
    Hispanic Heritage Month: Emmylou Diaz Is The Only Latinx Woman In The Writer’s Room

    Hispanic Heritage Month: Emmylou Diaz Is The Only Latinx Woman In The Writer’s Room

    Imagine getting your MFA in acting at Harvard and then moving to Los Angeles only to find that the parts you're auditioning for were either the Chola or the gangbanger?
    Screenwriter, Emmylou Diaz, whose credits include Jane The Virgin and Charmed, decided to take a writing class one day after realizing that she wasn’t being taken seriously as an actress.
    But what would you do if you got a job that turned into a new career? A career that gave you the opportunity to write on some of America’s most successful shows? Would you just be grateful for the chance to do something that only one-fourth of one percent of the US population gets to do? Or would you take this opportunity to write the parts you’d hoped for back when you were an actress?
    More From Emmylou:
    Catch her upcoming show Monarch on Fox
    Finding Emmylou:
    Instagram & Twitter: @emmyloudiaz

    Pitches With Bitches:
    Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about getting your work published online to build up your resume. It will also include an up-to-date list of over 80 places to send your stuff! The class is filling up fast to hold your spot email StefanieWilderTaylor@gmail.com
    Special thanks to our sponsors:
    Mercato:
    Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! 
    Smile Brilliant:
    You could have a dentist make your trays for three, four hundred dollars, or you can head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use their lab-direct mail process for a fraction of that.  Just head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use the coupon code ROOM for an exclusive The Only One In The Room discount.
    Voyage et Cie:
    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    Cute Booty Lounge is made by women and for women. There’s a cute booty style for everyone! Cute Booty Lounge has you covered...Embrace Your Body, Love Your Booty!
    Head to Cutebooty.com or click the link here to order yours, but don't forget to enter the code theonlybooty to get 15% off your first order!
    Be sure not to miss Scott Talks on Wednesdays, our Sunday release called Sunday Edition & our brand new series On My Nightstand releasing on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min
    SUNDAY EDITION: Azita Alavi Is The Only One In The Room Who Survived A Home Invasion

    SUNDAY EDITION: Azita Alavi Is The Only One In The Room Who Survived A Home Invasion

    “It was very early and I was still in bed when I heard someone yelling from my backyard. When I pulled the curtain back and saw a bunch of armed men jumping into my backyard, I first thought I was dreaming. But before I could figure out what was going on, they started shooting at my house. I froze by the window and my heart was coming out of my chest but I gathered all my strength and ran into my parent’s room. My dad jumped out of bed, he was going in the direction of the shots but I grabbed him and begged him to stay. We all gathered in a small windowless space. We were hearing gunshots, the sound of broken glass, and some vague noises.” 
    -Azita Alavi
    Azita Alavi is a Human Potential Coach, who has dedicated herself to helping People Discover their Greatness and Unlimited Potential through Raising Awareness and Mastering their Neuro-Communication.
    Azita Alavi, MA, Youth Branch Lead and Faculty Member
    responsable de la branche jeunesse et membre du corps enseignant
    Certified Transformational Leadership Coach, & Behavioral Consultant/Coach certifié en leadership transformationnel, et consultant en matière de comportement 
    Visit: Her Sacred Sanctuary
    Visit: https://thejohnmaxwellteam.fr, https://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/azitaalavi, https://center4youthleadership.com/
    LinkedIn: Azita Alavi
    YouTube: Azita Alavi
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    Voyage et Cie:
    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    Cute Booty Lounge is made by women and for women. There’s a cute booty style for everyone! Cute Booty Lounge has you covered...Embrace Your Body, Love Your Booty!
    Head to Cutebooty.com or click the link here to order yours, but don't forget to enter the code theonlybooty to get 15% off your first order!
     Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays and our brand new series On My Nightstand on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

Husband In Law ,

Because really...

You are never the only one in the room. I love the stories and insights that are shared on this podcast. It reminds us that while we are each unique, we aren't that much different. Laura and Scott are wonderful Hosts and have a calming air of acceptance and love about them. 💜 Jess

Laura Carney ,

Beautiful podcast!!

This podcast is outstanding. The hosts treat each guest with such compassion and really take a step in their shoes. It’s so important to have a space to share stories like these and make people feel less alone, and the guest are all so brave! Very feel-good show! Thank you for making these!!

imlaura ,

Yes!!

This is such a great podcast. Laura is an incredibly thoughtful interviewer. It’s so intimate!! But also engaging & entertaining. So good!

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