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!

Consciously Curated: New Ideas for the New Year, Setting Your Kids Up for Success and Giving Your Kid Pot

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

Technology Reviews: How Do People Get New Ideas

“A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

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Suite Talk: Step in to the New Year with Purpose

In this Suite Talk podcast, we hear a timeless New Years Eve talk with Spiritual Coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights starting every new year and day with focus and intention.
Enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention

In this 2006 New Years Eve talk, spiritual coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights shares some timeless tips that are inspiring and actionable to help us enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention.

You many recall Dr. Speights was our first guest on Suite Talk and at that time he talked about being the conductor of your own symphony. You can find that episode here.

We will have Dr. Speights in the studio again soon to ask him to elaborate on this lecture to learn additional insights on how we can be more present and effective in our daily lives.

But for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Mayor Steve Benjamin on Life’s Biggest Stage, Part 2

Here’s part two of our interview with Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina. In this half of the conversation we learn:

  • The words he lives by
  • The best career advice he’s ever received
  • What he’d tell his 20-year-old self

In case you missed the first part of our conversation, you can find it here.

We’ll have Mayor Benjamin back soon, but until then lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Part 3 of Interview with Lance Watson, Jr., Fellowship & Community

shoesIn part 3 of our interview with Lance Watson, Jr., we explore in greater depth the importance of fellowship.

It’s okay to start the journey to being your better self alone, but we all find out the expedition is more enjoyable, transformative and beneficial when we harness the collective powers of a community.

For previous excerpts from our interview with Lance, click here, here and here.

We’ll hear more from Lance soon. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Building an Intergenerational Legacy, Part 2 of an Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.

Photo by Lindy Baker
Photo by Lindy Baker

On this episode of the Suite Talk we continue the conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., on building legacies that span generations, learning from our children and the importance of mentoring and being mentored.

A technology-enthusiast and social-media socialite, Lance is the founder of Heirborn, a non-profit focusing on cultivating what he calls the “three primary functions of leadership: teaming, technique and timing.”

For previous episodes featuring Lance, click here and here.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Welcome to Thinking Good!

Photo by Jared Erondu
Photo by Jared Erondu

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman

Friends,

I’d like to introduce Thinking Good, a digital media community, that helps men be their better selves.

Thinking Good empowers men to be better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, friends, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and thinkers. Not just for ourselves, but also our families and communities.

To get a sense of Thinking Good’s point of view, please check out this piece reflecting on the presidential election. Thinking Good draws on my roots in journalism, shaped by my service in government and guided by my experiences as a husband and father.

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Suite Talk: Legacy, Leadership & Generations – Part 1 of an Interview with Lance Watson, Jr.

Photo by Alex Blăjan

On this episode of the Suite Talk we feature a longer and more probing conversation with Lance Watson, Jr., who is on staff with The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, VA.

Charged with leading digital initiatives for this vibrant community of over 10,000 worshippers, Lance stands at the intersection of technology, communications and spirituality.

In this portion of the conversation, we parse the differences between succession planning and legacy building; the spiritual dimension of strategic planning and the benefits of intergenerational dialogue.

We’ve heard from Lance before and we’ll hear more again soon, but for now: Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Happy Birthday Baby Boy: Thoughts On Your Future

Photo by Nico Beard
Photo by Nico Beard

This weekend, our family and friends celebrated the second birthday of my youngest son, Caldwell. We asked his guests for their hopes and dreams for him when he’s their age. We got an intergenerational perspective on what they want for him, and our country, going forward.

We’ll share a fuller complement of the comments soon, but for the time being here’s a snippet. Lean-in, lean-back and enjoy!

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