Columbia Career Connect Turns Three – Khali Gallman on Building a Business

Entrepreneur and author Khali Gallman
Entrepreneur and author Khali Gallman

In this episode of Suite Talk we check in with Khali Gallman a successful entrepreneur and author about the upcoming Columbia Career Connect conference on Saturday, April 14th. We not only talk about what she’s got planned for the Third Annual “C3” conference (sneak peek: entertainment and nightlight industry maven Peter Thomas will keynote), but also the latest with her travel and events app Not Just Spring Break.

In the middle of the conversation, Khali turns the tables on me and asks me a couple of questions about what we’ve got planned for Thinking Good (hint: we’re writing books).

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Learning to Respond Instead of React – A conversation with Dan Metcalf on family, jiu-jitsu and real estate

 

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Dan Metcalf – family man, realtor and martial arts instructor

In this episode of Suite Talk, we speak with Dan Metcalf a married father of two boys, a highly successfully real estate agent and martial arts instructor. We explore how these three focal points (family, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and work) serve as the “tripod” of his life providing focus and balance.

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A Very Subjective List of the Top Five Songs About Parenthood

You are what you listen to
“You are what you listen to.” Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

The folks over at the Twisted Lister podcast put together a very subjective list of the top five songs about parenthood. There is something for everyone to agree and disagree about, which is part of the fun listening to this conversation. Let us know what’s on your top five by leaving a comment below.

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Empowering Future Breakthroughs — A Conversation with Dr. Aisha Liferidge

Minority Women in Science Foundation
Minority Women in Science Foundation

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with Dr. Aisha Liferidge, founder of the Minority Women in Science Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentorship to girls and young women of color with academic and professional interests in STEM related fields.

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Fumble or Stumble: When your mettle is truly tested

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While newspaper obituaries of great men and women tend to summarize their achievements, what often doesn’t make it into print or given short-shrift are their failures and setbacks. I know I wrote a lot of them back in my journalism days.

But, it is in these moments of despair – when things are going wrong – when you fumble or stumble.  This is when your mettle is truly tested.

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The Millennial Motivator – A Conversation with Brandon Northington

Northington Speaks
Photo of Brandon Northington courtesy of BrandonNorthington.com

In this episode, we speak with Brandon Northington, a rising corporate attorney, talented entrepreneur, budding author and inspiring public speaker. As the “Millennial Motivator,” Brandon shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity through self-determination, grit and an unyielding belief in his ability to succeed.

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Dedicated to DC – JC Smith co-founder of Bailiwick Clothing Company

Bailiwick Clothing Company co-founder, JC Smith (center) with friends
Bailiwick is an apparel brand that artfully merges the worlds of design, culture and purpose.

In this episode of Suite Talk we chat with J.C. Smith, co-founder of Bailiwick Clothing, a Washington, D.C. based apparel brand that captures the rhythm, flavor and pride of our nation’s capital through design.

The idea for Bailiwick was planted over a decade ago, when J.C. and his brother and co-founder, Jeff Smith, won a t-shirt design competition that earned another company tens of thousands of dollars. The brothers (who are also brothers) only got some free t-shirts and stickers, but also a dream. They were inspired to do for themselves what they did for that other company.

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Cooking From The Heart

Happy #lundigras #ThemPalmers like their #redbeansandrice on Monday. So that’s what they got tonight. Happy #mardigras y’all. If you are interested, this is the recipe I followed but using a #instapot Catdaddy & Sons Oh So Good Red Beans and Rice By #ThemPalmerBoys and Dad o ~ 2 tablespoons vegetable oil o large onion chopped o 5 or 6 celery stalks chopped o 1 large green bell pepper chopped o Salt and cayenne (or your favorite creole seasoning), to taste o Cumin, to taste o 4 bay leaves o ~ 4 sprigs fresh thyme o 1 pound smoked turkey o 1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and sorted over, soaked and drained (soaking overnight is preferred) o 5 or 6 (or more) cloves of garlic chopped o 4 to 6 cups of unsalted chicken stock o 4 cups cooked white rice o ~ 1/2 cup chopped green onions o ~ ½ cup chopped Italian parsley. · In a large saucepan, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Season the vegetables with salt and cayenne. Saute the vegetables until they start to wilt. · Add saute smoked turkey for ~ 5 to 6 minutes. Add the beans and stock. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. · Cook uncovered for about ~ 2 hours or until the beans are tender and creamy. Add more liquid if it is too thick. Don’t let the mixture become dry and thick, if it does add more stock. Mash the mixture periodically, but no more than 1/4. The mixture should be soupy, but not watery. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. · To serve, ladle into bowls with rice. Garnish with green onions and Italian parsley . · Eat and enjoy! #fatherhood #fathers #cookingwithkids #parenting #fitfam #motivation #cooking #entrepreneur #raisingkids #Inspiring #dadscooking #goodeats #ThinkingGood #BeYourBetterSelf

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Suite Talk (Bonus): Building and Leaving Legacy

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” – Hamilton: An American Musical

This is an excerpt from a conversation with Lance Watson Jr founder of Heirborn, a Virginia Limited Liability Corporation, on being present with your kids and the importance of building and leaving a multi-generational legacy.

Want more Suite Talk with Lance Watson, Jr.? Check out these posts:
Black Panther and “Crushing It!”
Legacy, Leadership & Generations
Fellowship & Community

 

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Opportunity: A Vignette

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J. Jioni Palmer 1992, recipient of the 100 Black Men Young Scholar Award

It was July 4th, 1992. Independence Day has always sort of been a big deal in my family. Almost two decades later I would become a father on that day.

I’d been accepted to a Summer School program at Georgetown University but was short about $2,500 – essentially the tuition and airfare. I didn’t know how I’d get the money, that wasn’t my problem that was for my mom to figure out.

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