More Than Words Podcast

Meet Liz and Shara. An unlikely pair who connected through an assignment in West Africa, a near impossible work request, a pandemic pool day, and hoop earrings. Affectionately known as the “Aunties of Inclusion”, Liz and Shara both share a passion to create impactful change. Join Liz and Shara as they explore and empathize how to value the similarities shared with others, the differences they are curious to discover, and the tools they have found helpful. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and they won’t shy away from the tough stuff. They are looking beyond DEI academically and promoting accountability, celebration and curiosity. Their vision is to build a community where people can be completely themselves, navigating fear while being courageous and transforming insight to action. They embody the lessons of their abuelitas, where caring for others isn’t hospitality but the essence of who you are, how you survive, and how you are known. It’s a legacy.

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Episodes

6 days ago

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. Bring all the bold, courageous, and brave!  We are going to talk about immigration. There are variety of perspectives in the news these days but what is the immigration process and available resources for those living this experience. Leave your politics at the door!  Objective listening is the opportunity. Join us  along  with our guest, Crystal Gonzalez, who will shed some light on this topic, and how she navigates this work with a DEI lens! 

Friday Sep 16, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. We have to show our gratitude for this week's guest and author Toi B. James. Toi is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of RedInk Enterprises, LLC, a boutique coaching and consulting firm - specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Belonging located in Atlanta, GA. RedInk supports DEI&B initiatives for companies and organizations and provides collaborative, transformational experiences for individual clients to help ensure every individual is seen, heard, and respected. She envisions a world where you are empowered to be exactly who they are…wherever they are.

Thursday Sep 08, 2022

Tia Norman is a teacher + guide specializing in spirituality and practices anchored in the mystical teachings of the Christian Contemplative tradition. She writes, speaks and design offerings that assist individuals, organizations, and communities in living more authentic, centered, and empowered lives. Join us as we explore the intersectionality of our lived experiences + self-regulation+ grief + personal growth-- as we lead and coaching those around DEI. Be sure to check out her website for mediations, retreats, published work and upcoming offerings at: Tia Norman (tiaariane.com).

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. Dr. Towanna Burrous, President, CoachDiversity Institute (CDI) is a best-selling author, trainer, and ICF professional certified coach (PCC) based in Washington, DC. As a much sought-after executive coach, Towanna’s mission is to empower diverse communities through executive coaching. Her role is to test, re-test, and ultimately drive the organization’s overarching vision, strategy, and tactical direction.Join us as we discuss our very personal experience with the CoachDiversity Institute coaching program. Our goal was to uncover Towanna's story that she rarely shares during class. The result, we took a lot of notes and had another life changing experience during this episode. Liz and Shara share their stories with Towanna on the impact that CDI had in their personal and professional lives.

Thursday Aug 25, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. Ayana Gray is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Beasts of Prey trilogy, and a lover of all things monsters, mythos, and magic. Originally from Atlanta, she has called many places home but now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her works have been translated in ten languages across five continents and are being adapted for feature film.Join us as we learn about Ayana's journey on becoming a published author of YA (young adult) books and how that experienced shaped her and her mission.

Thursday Aug 18, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. A personal story from Jaymie Woods. Jaymie is a DEI professional who guides people through their DEI experiences and has been doing this for 20 years. In 2018, her life changed and now is having to guide those who she loves through her own ability shift and new experiences. This is a story filled with resilience, uncomfortable truths and hope.

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

A few weeks ago, we shared one of our most used resources called The SCARF® Model. This model uses neuroscience to assess people's motivation and summarizes five domains of threat or reward - status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness. Now let's talk about The Great Resignation or as Denise Hamilton @officialdham coined it #TheGreatReimagination . What did these last few years teach us and how do we bring it back to The SCARF® Model? Join on this episode where Liz makes Shara take an assessment at 9pm the night before. They discuss their results - there are some surprising ones and others make a lot of sense.

Thursday Jul 21, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff.They say "money isn't everything"...well, actually building wealth is crucial especially for communities that were historically excluded from wealth and having cash on hand. Join us as we talk to Enrique Basañez, a Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial, about why it's important for people from historically excluded communities to get their mind right when it comes to money. Building wealth is about legacy. What do we need to do to create an inclusive and equitable economy when it comes to building wealth? And how do we do this when we lack family wealth?Enrique is a successful Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial who is focused on helping underserved communities, families and small businesses.Enrique was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to Texas at the age of 15. He graduated from Valley View High School in 2001. He received a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from UT - Brownsville in 2006. Enrique started his career in technology and has been in the financial industry for 15 years working for global Investment and Banking institutions: Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. He was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Enrique successfully managed and helped individuals progress in their career through mentorship. He is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others achieve success. He believes every person has the right to similar opportunities to be successful in the workplace and society.Enrique lives happily with his wife Alex, 18-year-old daughter Jazmin and 13-year-old son David near the mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff. Are you ok? Each day, we navigate the question "are you ok". Often we have an automated response and other times we use it as an opportunity to share, but let's take it a step further and talk about how we care for ourselves. Join us as we explore this topic with Melanie Ryan, CEO of MFR Coaching and Consulting about the equity of selfcare and how that has different meanings. For some, self-care looks like taking care of basic necessities and for others it's taking a walk with a friend. Either one is necessary for our well-being. How are we putting ourselves a priority without feeling selfish or guilty?Melanie has over twenty years of experience in leadership, culture development, building equitable teams and facilitating individual growth. She is known for her ability to connect what people say to underlying root issues.

Thursday Jul 07, 2022

Join us as we continue pushing forward DEI conversations no matter how difficult they are to have. This podcast is about growth, inclusion, and appreciating the humans around you. Engagement and discussion are critical to self-growth, and we won't shy away from the tough stuff.**TRIGGER WARNING** #roevwade #activeshooter #mentalhealthJoin us on this episode as we have a colorful discussion surrounding current events. This may get uncomfortable, but we think you can't discuss one topic such as #activeshooter without talking about another #roevwade. Ultimately, the question is as a society, what do we want this to look like? How do we practice empathy, lean in to curiosity and check our own bias in order understand different perspectives.

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