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Meraki Mentors

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S2E7: There is No Box feat. Jacquie Bird
We’re back this week with Jacquie Bird, a Brooklyn native whose expansive career started in a college dance studio has seen Broadway, writing, choreographing, dancing – you name it!Jacquie brings her vibrant life story to the podcast to share how s…
S2E6: NETWORK! feat. Rachel Mullins
This week, we speak with Rachel Ann Mullins, a model/actress/producer who knows her way around a Hollywood set. Her journey to the screen started with a bit of paranormal activity and some good luck, but it’s propelled by her insatiable drive.Rache…
S2E5: Learn to Trust feat. Amber Sillmon
This week’s guest is Amber Sillmon, a Detroit-based writer and founder of the millennial-focused newsletter, Honestly Sis. An accountant by trade, Amber listened to her inner creativity and made the bold move to write her first novel–with no formal…
S2E4: There's Room For You feat. Jovelle Tamayo
This week, we’re joined by Jovelle Tamayo, a founding member of the Authority Collective–a relatively new organization that propels the work of WOC and non-binary POC working in film, photo, and AR/VR. Together, the group is working to broaden the …
S2E3: It's Okay to Fail feat. Michelle Marra
We’re chatting with visual artist Michelle Marra, a “spirited colorist” based out of Florida who is known for her vibrant and impressive abstract paintings. She’s here to share her triumphs and challenges as an artist with a clear reminder: don’t b…
S2E2: No Limits feat. Joanna Popper
This week we talk to Joanna Popper, the head of VR at HP and a major leader in the quest for female representation in technology, entertainment and interactive computing.Joanna discusses the twists and turns of her career, which has led her from ba…
S2E1: Make a Plan feat. Napturalista's Rynae Lindsey
Meraki Mentors is BACK with a discussion about Napturalista Moji, an Oakland-based startup that’s bringing a whole new level of diversity to the emoji game. With a mission to bring culture and inclusivity to the emoji space, this woman-centered bus…
S1E12: Unlearn the Rules feat. Katie Kay Chelena
In the season finale of Meraki Mentors, Katie Kay Chelena, a performance artist based in Brooklyn New York shares her experience as a member of the Neofuturists theatre company. Raised in the South, Katie shares her experience battling the “scarcit…
S1E11: Coach Yourself to Wellness feat. DoubleLinkks
In episode 10 of Meraki Mentors, Kimyona and Keoyona Ray of DoubleLinkks serve up some enlightening facts about wellness, the role of art in individual healing and what a life coach really does.These twin sisters work as traveling nurses, a truly c…
S1E10: Designing a Career feat. Carrboro Creative
Episode 10 of Meraki Mentors is all about creativity in your career. We’re talking to Caity and Victoria, the co-founders of Carrboro Creative, a NC-based design firm that creates branded materials for organizations and businesses of all sizes.“The…
S1E9: Sustaining Discipline feat. Anuradha Bhowmik
In episode 9 of Meraki Mentors, you’ll meet poet and creative nonfiction writer Anuradha Bhowmik, a recent MFA grad from Virginia Tech and a 2018 AWP Intro Journals Project Winner in Poetry.Anuradha never considered writing as a career, but a handf…
S1E8: Beautiful Things Take Time feat. Michelene Wilkerson
Episode eight is full of wisdom and thoughts from freelance photographer and New York-based artist Michelene Wilkerson, who is the founder the Black media arts hub, Soul Elevated. Michelene is an entrepreneur at heart with experience in the publish…
S1E7: Reimagine Your Story feat. Ashley Harris
Episode seven features poet and spoken word artist Ashley Harris, who recently published the chapbook If the Hero of Time Was Black, based on the Zelda video game series. Ashley is a Virginia native, and a CUPSI and Brave New Voices alum based in D…
S1E6: Self-Taught Mastery feat. Damola Akintunde
Episode six features photographer Damola Akintunde, a freelance photographer based in North Carolina. Damola has created several photographic projects and collaborated with Adidas and Elle South Africa during a recent trip to Cape Town.Damola was f…
S1E5: Understanding Creative Consent feat. Jaki Shelton Green
 Episode 5 features newly inducted NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, a true writer, artist and daughter of North Carolina. A self-proclaimed “cultural activist,” Jaki currently teaches documentary poetry at the Center for Documentary Studies at …
S1E4: Be Brave; Be Well feat. Shanina Dionna
 In this episode, you’ll meet visual artist Shanina Dionna, a Pennsylvania-based painter who is also an arts education and mental health advocate. Through her Embryo series, Shanina spreads a message of hope and empowerment and recently received a …
S1E3: You Can Be a Non-Suffering Artist feat. Anna Cantwell
 In this episode, we speak with Anna Cantwell, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor. Anna is an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor and affiliate of Mind Tribes. She offers group and individual sessions along with yoga teacher training.Anna discusses …
S1E2: Art Is a Function of Your Evolution feat. Rachel Eliza Griffiths
In this episode we speak with decorated poet and visual artist, Rachel Eliza Griffiths. She is the author of four poetry collections, the creator of Poets on Poetry, and a Cave Canem fellow, among other honors. She also teaches creative writing at …
S1E1: The Biggest Influence on Your Success feat. Sade Sellers
In this episode we speak with Sade Sellers, an LA-based filmmaker who was named an ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition Finalist, Outfest Fusion Winner, and ATT Create-a-Thon winner. Her first feature, The Root of Things, is currently in production.S…
Introducing Meraki Mentors!
We are only one week away from the official launch of Meraki Mentors! As a gift to you, we are releasing a very special surprise. 1. Our official trailer!Give us a listen below…
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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 8th, 2018
Latest Episode
May 14th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
19
Avg. Episode Length
42 minutes
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No

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