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.
Sharing what I learned in 30 amazing interviews - Matt Story
In the season one finale, Matt shares his thoughts on the first season of What's Your Story? podcast and his top takeaways from the time spent with the amazing guests. He also shares some of the plans for season two (coming in early 2021). Make sure you are subscribed to the podcast and Matt's newsletter on mattestory.com to be the first to know when the next season starts!
Building the biggest business possible as an underdog - Nash Ahmed
Nash Ahmed, CEO & Founder of Undock, has his eyes set on creating a once in a generation company. Based on his story, you'll learn why he's going to make it happen. In this discussion, he recalls the sacrifices his mother made for to ensure he and his siblings were in positions to be successful. He also touches on the improvements he's made to the education system and his advice to startup founders looking to raise VC funding.
Making a choice to be vulnerable - Tiana Conley
Tiana Conley, VP of Global Cereal at the Kellogg Company, has built breakthrough, award winning marketing campaigns for many brands that are in your cabinets right now. There are two things she shares that she has learned through those experiences: 1) Facts are the foundation of being a great marketer and truth-teller; 2) You have to find organizations and teams were you can be your full self or it won't work out. Growing up half Black and half Asian, Tiana shares her journey to understanding how to be comfortable in being 100% herself and not worry about checking anyone else's boxes. She also opens up about balancing her career with motherhood and what has helped her to keep focus on the important stuff.
Turning your shield into a sword - Amal Yamusah
Amal Yamusah, founder at Make A Play Foundation, believes you can reduce your dependency on luck by being intentional on where you are looking to make an impact. His story is definitely a great example of this. As a former collegiate athlete, he saw first hand the difficulties of competing on both the field of play and the field of job. However, it was a pivot in law school that helped him realize where his true passion fell...helping diverse college athletes navigate the recruiting and retention processes in the business world. He also shares his perspective on being a Black founder and the role his family has played in his journey.
Working hard to not have a job - Charles Moore
Charles Moore, Principal at Thrive Street Advisors, recognized through personal experiences that waiting for some payoff many years down the line was not the way he wanted to live his life as nothing about tomorrow is promised. This led him to focus on not having a job but instead to control his time and use it as an investment in the areas he felt most passionate. His story is a great example of betting on yourself and he also shares his perspective on sharing the privileges that he has collected over time.
Imagining the future you want to see - Yolanda Owens
Yolanda Owens, founder of iwi fresh, believes that fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and essential oils are the only ingredients suitable for a healthy, beautiful body because it is what it is ('iwi'). Despite being pushed into engineering given her skills in math and science in school, she was always drawn to her creative side that led her to start making beauty products and treatments while getting her computer science degree in college. Fast forward and she created a Farm-to-Skin-Spa that helps anyone with skin keep it healthy with crops direct from the farm. Yolanda's story took another turn when COVID-19 forced her to close the doors of her spa and she shares how she pivoted her business and has continued to thrive.
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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.
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.