Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 5 – Build up your Liquid Savings

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In our final interview with Wilson Lea exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we focus on why it is essential for you to have liquid savings to weather whatever life may throw your way.

“Traditional financial planning says that you should have 3 to 6 months of living expenses … In a perfect world this is true,” Lea says. “Admittedly, this can be difficult to do. You should always have some savings, but while you’re working on the other steps, $1000 should be enough cushion to get you over most things that could come up.”

Listen to learn more!

In case you missed our earlier chats with Wilson stemming from his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet you can find them here:

Part 1: The Importance of Wealth Management
Part 2: Save for Retirement
Part 3: Pay Down your Debt
Part 4: Budget

As always, join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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Walking with the Bible & Constitution, Where Faith and Politics Converge: A Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

In this episode of Suite Talk we sit down with U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, MO for a serious, yet at times playful, conversation about faith, family, creative expression and social justice.

Congressman Cleaver has worn many hats during the past four decades—City Councilman, Mayor, radio talk show host, husband and father—all while pastoring the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City.

Like his hometown standing at the confluence of two powerful rivers, Congressman Cleaver has spent his life navigating mighty forces at the intersection of secular and sacred worlds. He offers a unique perspective our current social and political landscape.

Some of what we learn include: what he does to relax (get ready for this one), how to talk God and what it’s like to watch your son come into his own.

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Suite Talk: Howard University School of Divinity Dean Alton B. Pollard, III – Life, A Sacred Calling – Part 2

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In part two of our conversation with Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, we learn more what about his raison d’être and how you can find yours.

“I seldom think of what I do is work, for me it really is love of life. The love of life is for which all this stems,” says Pollard, who served as a pastor before joining the academy while also being a husband and father. “For some of us, we really understand that this is a sacred calling, that life itself is vocation.”

For the first half of our chat with Dean Pollard, we focused not only on the role of faith leadership amidst a constantly evolving social and political climate, but also what lessons we can learn from the past as we—individually and collectively—chart a path forward.

In this portion of our exchange, we explore how even seemingly innocuous daily encounters are imbued with spiritual meaning. We learn how each interaction influences our relationships and how by being mindful and intentional we can move closer to the Divine. This conversation will help you better understand how you truly can Be Your Better Self, by giving and getting the most out of life.

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 4 – Budget

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Here’s Part 4 of our conversation with Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisor taking a deep dive into the subjects covered in his article, 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet. In this episode, we talk about the importance of creating a budget.

“This is the hardest one for most people,” Lea says of understanding how folks spend and on what. But, he says, “tracking your expenses will help you understand where your money is going and how it is used. Budgets also help you avoid spending unnecessarily.”

Listen to learn more! Here you can find out Wilson’s advice on saving for retirement and eliminating debt. Next week we’ll talk with Wilson about developing strategies to build and maintain a liquid savings.

As always, join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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Suite Talk: Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media – An “Amazing” Storyteller Shares His Story

Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, believes “amazing true stories” can inspire, educate and empower. Photo courtesy of Barcroft Media

In this episode of Suite Talk we have a conversation with Sam Barcroft, founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, a digital media company with multiple lines of business and a massive global reach.

“I’ve been passionate always about incredible stories and always think there is nothing more wonderful than a true story,” says Sam.

Barcroft’s story begins in 2003, with him working as a freelance photo journalist who was generating enough projects to hire someone to lighten the load and spread the wealth.

“I started my own company based upon the fact that I thought there were some opportunities for me to go it alone and take my work in the direction I really wanted to do, free of working for anyone else directly.”

From the backroom of a North London flat, Barcroft Media now has offices in London, New York City and New Delhi. Barcroft TV is the second most popular YouTube news channel with 68.2 million views. Barcroft’s production company and wire service provide content for a host of global brands like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel and MTV. 

On Suite Talk, Sam shares with us the philosophy that has fueled the rapid growth of Barcroft Media from a one-man shop in North London to having 70 plus employees on three continents. (Hint: small steps)

More importantly, we learn how he inspires and empowers his team to implement the company’s vision to produce “amazing content.”

Along the way, we gleam Sam’s insights to business, which are informed in part by watching his father struggle as a small business owner and almost losing the family home; and being part of a Hip-Hop band doing £50 a show.

“I say to a lot of people, if you are looking to start a business whatever you do don’t spend any money,” advises Barcroft. “Use your energy, your cleverness, your mobile phone, run your business for nothing from your back room. And then if you can get momentum with that then use up some favors but not borrow any money and not spend any money then you will always have business that will always be looking after you, rather than you look after it.”

Despite leading a far-flung global enterprise that carries his name, Sam is astonishingly laidback. In this interview, we learn how he (and you can) disconnect from work and relax and enjoy your family and some of life’s other pleasures.

“I put myself in a forced exile every weekend, and I’m careful not to take my mobile phone into the bedroom,” said Barcroft. “Recovery is really important, when you’re working hard you have to be bold with recovery.”

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 3 – Pay Down Your Debt

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In the third installment of Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea, based on his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we examine strategies for reducing debt (step one—don’t accumulate any more).

“What I suggest is that you start with the smallest balance credit card and make bigger payments on that card and make the minimum payments on other cards,” says Lea of Parallax Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm based in Irvine, CA. “As you pay off the smaller cards take those payments and move them up with the payments on the next biggest balance.”

With over two decades of expertise, Wilson has a proven track record of helping businesses, executives, retirees and families meet their financial goals.

Listen to learn more! In case you missed earlier portions of our conversation, you can find them here and here. Next week we’ll be talking about creating a budget to better help you achieve your wealth aspirations.

You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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Suite Talk: Leading to Follow, A Lesson in Leading, Following, Life and Death

 

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

In this episode of Suite Talk, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, learning your strengths and weaknesses, and when leaders need to follow.

We recently sat down with Acacia to explore in greater depth the myriad issues raised in this piece. You can find the conversation, broken in two parts here and here.

We invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 2  – Save for Retirement

Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisors

Here’s Part 2 of the Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisor exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet.

In this segment of our chat we focus on saving for retirement.

“This is a must, must, must,” says Lea, a wealth managment advisor with over two decades of experience in finance. “If you are working full time, you HAVE to save your money … Zero percent is not an option. Pay yourself first.”

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You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 2 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following, Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

In case you missed to first part of the chat you can find it here.  As always we invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 1 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

We recently sat down with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” for a deeper dive into the myriad issues explored in her piece.

In 2009, she was appointed by the White House to the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, serving throughout the Obama Administration.

She served as the Director and her portfolio included engagement on minority health outreach and health disparities reduction strategies.

She holds a Masters in Divinity and a certificate in Black Church Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is also a former Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia College, her alma mater.

We will hear more from Acacia in the future, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!