How Barcroft Media Became a Global Company – An Interview with CEO & Founder Sam Barcroft

In this excerpt from our interview with Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, we hear how his business grew from a one-man operation to a global operation with offices on three continents and nearly 100 employes. To listen to our full conversation with Sam, check out this episode of the Suite Talk podcast. Check out Barcroft Media’s amazing content on their recently launched app.

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On Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Finding Community – A Conversation with Communications Strategist Andrew MacDowell

Suite Talk podcast with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, on being successful at entrepreneurship and fatherhood.
Photo by Carl HeyerdahlCourtesy of Unsplash

In this episode, we speak with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, a coalition of specialized communications agencies and media production groups based in New York City and Washington, DC. Together, they develop and implement amazing digital campaigns and strategic communications programs in the social purpose, educational, philanthropic, and financial sectors.

With over two decades of experience in communications, Andrew is an industry leader who brings a wealth of business savvy having worked in large and mid-sized firms, in addition to launching several successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

I met Andrew when our oldest kids were almost two-years-old and attending the same preschool in Washington DC. Bonding first as fathers—sharing our hopes and fears for our families, Andrew and I eventually discovered we had similar professional interests and quickly became sounding boards for each other.

Our conversation, is a must listen if you are like me and so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

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

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Your Personal Guide to Being You

In this episode, we take a deeper dive with Rev. Dr. Jay Speights into our previous conversation “Being the Conductor of Your Own Symphony” or as I like to say, become the ringmaster of life’s circus.

You may recall, Dr. Speights was our inaugural guest on the Suite Talk podcast.  If you haven’t checked it out, please do so, it is Episode 01. It is just as relevant today as when we recorded it last year.

Dr. Speights will also be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets by Father’s Day to receive a 30 percent discount.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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