Don’t Rush the Process – Hamilton Grant on Learning from Your Mistakes, Honoring Your Ancestors and Killing Evil with Kindness

Hamilton Grant, Vice President of the Hate Won’t Win Movement – Photo Courtesy of Hamilton Grant

In this episode, we speak with Hamilton Grant, a talented entrepreneur, civic leader and activist hailing from Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the co-host of Columbia Career Connect, a professional development and networking conference geared toward college students and young professionals. The event, in its second year, will take place on Saturday, April 8th, and yours truly will be a speaking about developing your personal brand. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Additionally, Hamilton is a principal in Grant Business Strategies, a financial and strategic advisory firm for non-profits, small business and middle market companies. He is also the Vice President of the “Hate Won’t Win Movement,” which grew out of the aftermath of the racially motived massacre that took place at “Mother” Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015. This organization is committed to building a more culturally cohesive society that appreciates and celebrates differences instead of allowing them to divide us.

We’ll hear more from Hamilton, but for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.

Dr. Jay Speights on Learning to Listen to Wisdom

How parents, grandparents and elders can be better teachers and leaders. Photo by London Scout – Courtesy of Unsplash

Here is an excerpt from our forthcoming Suite Talk podcast with Dr. Jay Speights. In this segment, we talk about why is it important to listen to the wisdom of our parents, grandparents and other elders, but also how they (and we) can be better teachers and leaders.

In the full-interview (look for it soon) we take a dive deeper in our earlier conversation on being the conductor of your own symphony. We’ll hear more from Dr. Speights on a range of topics, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.

The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money

NCAA College Basketball second half game action during the college basketball game between the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, Westwood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Every year during March Madness, I think about an article I wrote as a 19-year-old sophomore at UCLA examining the role of race and politics in college sports.

Over the past couple of years, the article has been forefront in my mind as the debate over paying college athletes has grown.  Additionally, there is the controversy provoked by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick whose decision to observe “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of the highly-publicized spate of police killings of unarmed Black people; Quarterback Tom Brady’s boycott of former President Obama; and the current boycott of President Trump being organized by New England Patriot players Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett.

Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.

December 24, 2016 Los Angeles, CA.
NFL San Francisco vs Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on December 24, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Continue reading “The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money”

Consciously Curated: Get Out of Your Cubicle, Connect and Play

Photo by Frank McKennaCourtesy of Unsplash

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

National Geographic: Play Games to Change the World
“We saw it this summer with Pokémon Go, this international obsession that was completely frivolous and pointless. You’re running around capturing imaginary monsters on your smart phone in the real world. What that game was doing was overlaying a virtual experience—information—over real-world environments. That’s what we call augmented reality: the idea that we are going to be walking around the world in actual physical space but have extra information overlaid in that world, telling us more serious things. Not, hey, there’s an imaginary monster over there, but, hey, your friend is around the corner or this is the best way to walk across the street. We’ll look back in ten years as those things become more prevalent in everyday experiences and say, hey, this all started with a game.”

Continue reading “Consciously Curated: Get Out of Your Cubicle, Connect and Play”

Good on Paper, Great in Person – An Interview with Entrepreneur & Author Khali Gallman

In this episode of Suite Talk, we bring you a conversation with Khali Gallman, an entrepreneur who is making interesting plays in several spaces. She is the founder of the travel company Not Just Spring Break, which connects young urban professionals with events across the nation. She is also the author of “Good on Paper, Great in Person” a comprehensive and actionable guide for those new to the workforce.

Khali has created a successful niche providing a range of services to millennials, including the Columbia Career Connect conference, which will be taking place this year on Saturday, April 8th in Columbia, South Carolina. Yours truly, will be a panelist during that conference talking about developing your personal brand. Click here to register.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.

Suite Talk Video: CEO Sam Barcroft of Barcroft Media on how to inspire your team

Here’s an excerpt of our  conversation with Sam Barcroft, Founder & CEO of Barcroft Media. In this segment Sam shares with us how he inspires his team of more than 70 employees on three continents to a achieve his vision of telling “amazing stories.”

To listen to the full interview with Sam, which covers business development, entrepreneurship, the creative process and much more, click here.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.

Consciously Curated: Futuristic Chattel, Tackle Without Pads, Ditch Tablets and Eliminate Isolation

Photo by Patrick McManaman – Courtesy of Unsplash

Esquire: Why ‘Get Out’ Is the Best Movie Ever Made About American Slavery
In Peele’s hands, I found my eyes looking at Chris’s floating body and thinking about stolen Africans who were experimented upon (or thrown overboard), Henrietta Lacks’ stolen HeLa cells, Emmett Till’s little 14-year-old lynched body, music and sports stars being extracted from Black neighborhoods for white profit, the government not treating syphilis in hundreds of Black men in Tuskegee to study them—and, back to Chris, about to be lobotomized.

Continue reading “Consciously Curated: Futuristic Chattel, Tackle Without Pads, Ditch Tablets and Eliminate Isolation”

Chaplains to Power or Pastors of the Resistance: Howard University School of Divinity Dean Alton Pollard

Here’s an excerpt of our recent conversation with Alton B. Pollard III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity. In this outtake Dean Pollard ponders the role of faith leaders in the current social and political environment.

To listen to the full interview (in two parts) click here and here.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.

Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll

Photo by Collin ArmstrongCourtesy of Unsplash

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Expressive Egg: How To Be Creepy
Stare. Nothing says ‘creepy’ so much as a dry, fixed, glittering, inflexible eyeball. Set your face into a single expression, or one of a limited range, for long enough and the lines of your face will radiate the unsettling, the uncanny and the existentially repellent. ‘The inexpressive face is the mirror of a shallow soul.’ The cruder, less expressive, less nuanced the muscles of your face (particularly around the eyes), the more your face will take on the look of that creepiest of objects, the mask.”

Continue reading “Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll”

Finding the Right Match: How to Determine the Best School for Your Child – A Conversation with Liz Yee, Lowell School Director of Admissions

Liz Yee, Director of Admissions Lowell School

In this episode of the Suite Talk podcast, we sit down with Liz Yee, Director of Admissions for Lowell School in Washington, DC. The 51-year-old independent school is committed to creating a community of lifelong learners who value and respect each other.

Our chat with Liz is designed to help you and your family navigate the school admissions and selections process, whether you are considering independent, parochial, public and charter schools, or all the above.

Full-disclosure, my oldest son has attended Lowell for three years, and my youngest will start in the Fall. And no, I’m not getting a discount on tuition for featuring Liz and Lowell on the Suite Talk podcast.

Our goal is offer you and your family expert insights and practical guidance you can use to make the best possible choice for your child’s education. No matter if your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is in preschool, primary, middle, high or entering college, this episode will help inform your decision-making process.

Some of the topics we explore are:

  • The importance of understanding your family values as they relate to your child’s educational environment.
  • How the story of Stone Soup applies to financial aid (and many other facets of life).
  • Why you should always keep you options open and it never hurts to ask.

Be on the lookout for future conversations with Liz, exploring other aspects of the school admissions process. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

Share what you’re thinking, leave a comment. Stay connected with the Thinking Good community.