The Mission: Creating a safe and comfortable yet professional atmosphere where top executives in corporate leadership can share and learn. We aim to disrupt systems inhibiting inclusivity and growth through vulnerability and diverse perspectives. We will bring visibility to the "realness" of these executives and the challenges they face while navigating the corporate landscape, and provide tactical methods for enacting change.
Provoke deep thought: Challenging conventional norms and stimulating intellectual growth by discussing diversity and changing the corporate system.Vulnerability and Emotional Connetion: A safe space to share fears, adversity, and victories. Encouraging change by embracing vulnerability.Drive Positive Change: Empower listeners by providing practical insights and strategies directly linked to success in disrupting outdated systems and driving meaningful change.
Christa Brown-Sanford of Baker Botts LLP
In this episode of The Uncompromise Podcast, we are privileged to host Christa Brown-Sanford, a luminary in the realm of intellectual property law. As the Chair of the Intellectual Property Department and an influential member of both the Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee at her firm, Christa is at the forefront of legal innovation.
With an impressive background in electrical engineering coupled with acute business acumen, Christa excels in making the complex world of patents accessible and understandable. Her expertise spans a wide range of groundbreaking technologies, including telecommunications, blockchain, electronics, artificial intelligence, and semiconductors. This episode delves deep into Christa’s journey, highlighting her role as a true counselor to her clients and a subject matter expert in patent law. Beyond her professional achievements, Christa's dedication extends to teaching patent law at SMU's Dedman School of Law and actively engaging in community service, including her work with New Friends New Life and her leadership role in the Junior League of Dallas.
Listen in as we explore the intricacies of patent law, the challenges of protecting intellectual property in an ever-evolving technological landscape, and the importance of diversity and mentorship in legal practice. Christa's insights offer a unique perspective on balancing legal expertise with a commitment to community and empowerment.
Jordan Miller, Chairman & CEO at Black Owned - Adelphi Bank
In this episode of The Uncompromise Podcast, we have the pleasure of hosting Jordan A. Miller, Jr., a visionary leader who's reshaping the financial landscape in Columbus, Ohio. As Chairman and CEO of Adelphi Bank, the state’s first Black bank, Jordan's approach to banking is more than transactions; it's about transformation. Delve into Jordan's journey from his early days as a bank examiner to his groundbreaking leadership in one of the most pivotal roles in the banking industry. He shares his strategic moves in diversifying the workforce, fostering inclusion, and using his platform to empower communities through accessible banking. Jordan also opens up about the hurdles he's faced and the perseverance required to overcome them, offering invaluable lessons on resilience and the art of turning adversity into a catalyst for innovation and growth. Don't miss this compelling narrative of how one man's dedication to his community and his unwavering commitment to change can create ripples that turn into waves of progress.Tune in to witness how Jordan A. Miller, Jr. is not just running a bank—he's building a legacy.
Tamela Thorton, Executive Director at Urban Land Institute DFW
In this thought-provoking episode of our podcast, we sit down with Tamela Thornton, CCIM, a mastermind in urban development and a champion of change. With a career spanning over three decades, Tamela has become a pivotal figure in shaping the Dallas-Fort Worth landscape and beyond. As the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute's DFW District Council, she leads with an innovative spirit, steering policy strategy and championing commercial real estate thought leadership for a 1,700-member strong council.
Tamela's dedication to education and mentorship shines through with initiatives like Urban Plan and Building Industry Leaders, cultivating the next generation of builders and thinkers. Her introduction of the Champions of Change operational pillar is a testament to her commitment to diversity, providing a collaborative platform for women, young leaders, and BIPOC members to excel in the urban land use profession.
Taking us through her impactful journey, Tamela shares insights from her time with ESmith Legacy Holdings, where she focused on socially responsible development projects that serve as catalysts for community enrichment. Her expertise in strategic planning and transaction management has led to the flourishing of urban communities that prioritize food security, wellness, and education.
From her executive roles at global corporations like YUM! Brands/PepsiCo and Starbucks to her consulting work that's influenced public agencies and private developers, Tamela's story is one of unwavering dedication and strategic innovation. Join us as we explore the depths of her experience and the passion that drives her to build legacies that last.
Prepare to be inspired by a leader who's not just constructing buildings but is also forging stronger, more vibrant communities for all.
Garland Fuller, Founding Partner at Level Up Inclusion Partners
Dive into a riveting conversation with Garland, a dynamic hyper-connector and talent strategist with an impressive trajectory in the commercial real estate industry. With over 15 years under her belt in HR, talent acquisition, and DEI consulting, Garland has been at the forefront of driving meaningful change. As the Founding Partner of Level Up Inclusion Partners and an esteemed adjunct professor at the USC Price School, her passion for engaging workforces and empowering leaders is palpable. Don't miss out on the insights from the creator and host of the “Full Circle with Garland” podcast, where she navigates discussions centered on social impact, true inclusion, and the art of sustainable wealth building. Plus, learn about her influential roles on the board of AAREP LA and the Advisory Board for REAL. Join us in celebrating one of Bisnow’s SoCal Power Women of 2021. Tune in and get inspired!
Torrey Littlejohn, Senior Managing Director at JLL
In this riveting episode, we're joined by the accomplished Torrey Littlejohn, Senior Managing Director at JLL. With over two decades of deep-rooted experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, Torrey seamlessly marries her financial prowess, stemming from her tenure in corporate finance at a Fortune 500 company, with her unparalleled real estate acumen.
Torrey's award-studded career, including accolades such as "Broker of the Year" and the "Women in Business Honoree", stands testament to her expertise and the exceptional service she brings to her clients.
Beyond the world of real estate, Torrey's dedication spills into community involvement, with board memberships spanning institutions like the YMCA Metropolitan Dallas and the UNCF.
Whether you're an entrepreneur, a budding real estate enthusiast, or someone keen on understanding the intricacies of combining corporate strategy with property ventures, this episode with Torrey Littlejohn is an absolute must-listen.
Judge Monica McCoy Purdy District Court Judge, State of Texas
In this captivating episode, we welcome the remarkable Judge Monica McCoy Purdy of the 95th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas. As the first African American to grace this court in its nearly century-long existence, Judge Purdy is not just a beacon of history but a symbol of progress and resilience.
Journey with us as she retraces her steps from the classrooms of Spelman College and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law to the halls of justice in Dallas. Monica delves into her storied career, shedding light on the complexities of being a woman in a high-powered role, aspiring to 'have it all,' and the art of maintaining equilibrium between a demanding profession and the treasures of family life.
But Monica's narrative is not just about law and order. It's also about community, advocacy, and the many roles she embodies – from educator and legal commentator to a doting mother and dedicated wife. This episode is a masterclass in dedication, balance, and passion.
Tune in for an intimate conversation filled with profound insights, candid reflections, and the heartbeat of a woman who truly epitomizes the essence of 'having it all.'