58 episodes

What’s your story? It’s a question that our host, Matt Story, has been asked countless times throughout his life. In this podcast, he sits with leaders to explore how their experience as a person of color has helped them in blazing new trails. Matt brings his love of storytelling to amplify how his guests utilized their diverse background and experiences to make an impact on the world. If you are ready to unlock your superpower and looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. If you would like to support diverse, equitable and inclusive communities, this podcast is for you. If you are just a fan of stories, this podcast is for you. New stories are available every Sunday.

What's Your Story‪?‬ Matt Story

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

What’s your story? It’s a question that our host, Matt Story, has been asked countless times throughout his life. In this podcast, he sits with leaders to explore how their experience as a person of color has helped them in blazing new trails. Matt brings his love of storytelling to amplify how his guests utilized their diverse background and experiences to make an impact on the world. If you are ready to unlock your superpower and looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. If you would like to support diverse, equitable and inclusive communities, this podcast is for you. If you are just a fan of stories, this podcast is for you. New stories are available every Sunday.

    Learning from the beauty in your failures - Maxwell Griffin

    Learning from the beauty in your failures - Maxwell Griffin

    Maxwell Griffin, host of the Your Black Friend podcast, has found the beauty in failing on multiple occasions. He transitioned from his first passion of Soccer to his next passion in creative & storytelling through a focus on building a network that opened doors and also helped him learn from the experiences of others. He describes his super power as making the things more human which is probably one of the most needed and transferable skills many of us could seek to gain. His story is filled with a lot of ups and downs but I can promise you'll take away lessons from his journey pursuing his passion for playing professional soccer, breaking into the creative "real world" and starting a podcast to help others overcome the feelings of being uncomfortable with race.
    Episode References:
    This Joy by the Resistance Revival Chorus 
    3 Stories Maxwell would want to hear:
    Jordan Peele Barack Obama His Great Grandma - Mama Bird
    Connect with Maxwell at:
    Instagram
    Web 

    • 57 min
    Making a name for yourself through storytelling - Jerry Won

    Making a name for yourself through storytelling - Jerry Won

    Jerry Won, CEO & Founder of Just Like Media, didn't start off as Jerry but he has made a name for himself and built a legacy for his family along the way. His family came to the U.S. and like many immigrants practiced assimilation to fit in including taking on American names. Lucky for us though he didn't continue trying to fit in as he sought to blaze his own trail and find what he could uniquely do in his own career. As a dope storyteller, you'll enjoy listening to his pivots in life and learning from how he bet on himself as the "product".

    Episode References:
    - Management Leaders for Tomorrow (MLT)
    - The Consortium
    - Toigo Foundation
    - Forte
    - Riordan Programs (UCLA)
    - Just Like Media

    Connect with Jerry at:
    Website
    LinkedIn 

    • 53 min
    Investing in yourself and knowing it will pay off - Victoria Russell

    Investing in yourself and knowing it will pay off - Victoria Russell

    Victoria Russell, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory, didn't know her journey would take this path but listening to her story tells you she is right where she is supposed to be. Her family helped to instill a love for learning and confidence in exceeding all expectations set on her. She also learned firsthand early in her career the importance of good people leaders to bring the most out of team members. Throughout her career, she has sought out opportunities to develop herself which often times took place outside of the regular day job. Listen to her story for great tips on career development, leadership capabilities and effective mentoring.

    Episode References:
    - Chestnut Street YMCA
    - Leadership Louisville
    - Fund for the arts
    - Kerry Washington 
    - A change gonna come by Sam Cooke 



    3 Stories Victoria would want to hear:
    1) Michelle Obama 
    2) Harriet Tubman 
    3) Tabitha Brown 

    Connect with Victoria at:
    LinkedIn
    IG 

    • 53 min
    Resisting being average - Shelly Bell

    Resisting being average - Shelly Bell

    Shelly Bell, founder of Black Girl Ventures Foundation, has always had a big imagination that she has integrated with a number of different career experiences to make her feel invincible. She now spends her time seeking out ways to disrupt systems in a diplomatically radically manner. In our discussion, she shares her secret sauce of combining her computer science training with on stage experience as an artist to help inspire Black and Brown women to reach for their dreams. Listen to learn from her perspective on how we all can step into leadership even when we may not be expecting it.

    Episode References:
    - Black Girl Ventures Foundation
    - Thunder by Imagine Dragons
    - Walk in the park by Jack Harlow 

    3 Stories Shelly would want to hear:
    1) Harriet Tubman 
    2) Oprah Winfrey 
    3) Nelson Mandela 




    Connect with Shelly at:
    Shelly on IG / LinkedIn / Twitter
    Black Girl Ventures on IG  / LinkedIn / Twitter 

    • 52 min
    Navigating high pressure with calm - Brian C. Patterson

    Navigating high pressure with calm - Brian C. Patterson

    Brian C. Patterson, Managing Partner & Business Attorney at Gunderson Dettmer LLP, had the chance to grow up in multiple diverse communities and believes it helped him develop patience and a broader understanding for all types of view points. Since his diverse exposure growing up, he has turned his experiences into his superpower of helping others navigate high pressure and at times chaos with a sense of calm. He's also made it a focus to help underrepresented leaders find success in silicon valley thanks to the lessons he's collected over the past two decades. Listen to Brian's story to learn how you can develop your career outside the lines of your day to day job.

    Episode References:
    - New Edition 'Can you stand the rain'
    - 'Why should white guys have all the fun' by Reginald Lewis

    3 Stories Brian would want to hear:
    1) Malcolm X 
    2) Reginald Lewis
    3) Kobe Bryant

    Connect with Brian at:
    LinkedIn 

    • 47 min
    Realizing basketball is more than a game - Jerome Gumbs

    Realizing basketball is more than a game - Jerome Gumbs

    Jerome Gumbs, CEO/Founder of Empower ME Academy, is running a leadership program that just so happens to improve your jumper and dribbling skills. Jerome, or Coach Gumbs as many know him, has leveraged basketball to travel the world and collect many lessons that have made him the person he is today. Through that journey, he recognized the power of coaching and how much impact it can have on the lives on young people. His story is so good that there is actually a documentary on the it. Listen to his story to hear the importance of letting who you are as a person outshine what you do for a living.

    Episode References:
    - Empower ME Academy a  nonprofit 501c3 tax-exempt organization that you can make donations to help them find a new basketball home in SF
    - Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson 
    - Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin 'We win'

    4 Stories Jerome would want to hear:
    1) Mom's Parents
    2) Nelson Mandela 
    3) Lebron James 
    4) President Barack Obama

    You can connect with Jerome at:
    Empower ME Academy
    Empower ME Academy "A Leader's Journey" Documentary 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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AaronGST ,

Great Interviews!

So glad I found this podcast through my network. Everyone should take a listen. Looking forward to future episodes.

StellaRut ,

BIG Fan!

I am so glad I discovered this podcast! I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode thus far, and each has been beneficial. I highly recommend tuning in, and I look forward to future episodes.

Barb E. Doll ,

Very Insightful

I just listened to the “Unmattering of Black Lives” episode. (The poetic phrasing caught my eye.) In this episode, Matt takes it all on: the protests, the pandemic, the pain. At one point he says how Black History Month *is* American History, which for me speaks to the heart of it. The on-going conflict of separate-ness and unity this country can’t seem to work out. This is an important podcast, especially in this moment.

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