022 | Social Capital Among the Black Greek and HBCU Communities

June 18, 2016
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African American fraternities and sororities, particularly the Divine Nine, played a major role in diversifying leadership in America in the early 20th Century. Since that time, thousands of African Americans have benefited from this powerful network by providing social capital that would boost communities of color. In my Black Greek Success segment, I invited a social capital expert to join the podcast.
Froswa' Booker-Drew, Ph.D. is a very cool friend of Halima's and mine. She has done research on social capital in communities of color as well as research on relationship based on Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey's book "Immunity to Change".
Since Froswa' is a fellow Black Greek--a sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha--I thought it would be interesting to chat about how social capital works among members of African-American fraternities and sororities as well as members of the HBCU community. 

The insight is as plain as the nose on our faces but takes more work than a lot of us may be willing to do.

021 | Agog About A-WOW

June 11, 2016
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In 2016, the A-WOW World Summit returns to the U.S. Halima, being the fantastic giving professional she is, was a guest workshop presenter at the 2015 summit. She shared her experience with her "Write to Bear Alms" radio audience in August 2015 on Radio Azad.
 
This edition features Halima's inspirational commentary about how these dynamic young women seek to be catalysts of change in health, education, and legal justice. She talks about seeing the light bulbs go off in the participants about using collaboration, petitions, and social media to be world changers.

A-WOW Global Initiative is an organization committed to leadership development and enhancing cultural and socio-psychological change through interactions among diverse cultures in parts of Africa, Latin America, and the U.S.

020 | Iesha Is Qualified, Too

April 9, 2016
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As a recruiter, one of my favorite things is to call someone to make him or her a job offer. Unfortunately, many people have to wait weeks and months to get those calls because they are victims of racial employment discrimination. Research shows that many employers have no qualms with passing over the resumes of people with "black" names.

Based on a blog I wrote, I talk about the utter ridiculousness of this practice while inspiring uniquely named folks with suggestions to strengthen their resumes during the job search.
 
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019 | It’s All Love for Binta Brown

April 9, 2016
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Binta Brown is a flat-out talent. She is a corporate lawyer, start-up advisor, human rights advocate, musician, and now music executive. Halima talks to Binta about her view of philanthropy and why it is an important part of her life. 

The interview gets really interesting when Binta talks about why she left Corporate America to launch Big Mouth Records. Not just any label, Big Mouth seeks to give its artists true ownership of their music and experience; and she lays that out during the conversation.

Binta earned her undergrad degree from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. She is a Truman National Security Fellow, a former Pipeline Fellow; and she has been recognized as one of the Root's "100 Most Influential African-Americans". She was also named one of Fortune's, JET's, and Crain's New York "40 Under 40" lists. Ever the philanthropist, she sits on the boards of Barnard College, 2U, Human Rights First, the New York City Parks Foundation, and the American Theatre Wing.

And, oh, if you're ever in NYC, try to catch her playing bass with a band during a night out on the town.
 
Photo courtesy of www.americanswiss.org

018 | How the Fresh Prince Helped Brittany Get a Job

April 5, 2016
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Within minutes of a creative LinkedIn post, Brittany King got the calls she had been looking for and soon became a senior recruiter for a worldwide recruitment firm. Download this episode to find out how the "Fresh Prince" played a major role in her landing the job. Also, take in some great advice on how you can be creative on the job search while making yourself more desirable to your next potential employer.

017 | Charitable Giving, the Career That Gives Back

March 19, 2016
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What is a career in fundraising like? What's it all about? Halima had a special guest talk about this on her "Write to Bear Alms" radio show. Victor Korelstein (CFRE) visited to talk about how he became a charitable giving professional and what it's like working for a large non-profit agency. He even gives tips and suggest reading for anyone who is seriously considering a career in fundraising.

016 | Groovin’ with DJ Soul Sister

March 19, 2016
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It's a throwback with two kinds of crate digging going. First, we dig into the crates to pull out one of my favorite throwback interviews from "Sunday Journal". As part of my NOLA 3.0 segment, I interviewed one of New Orleans' most beloved celebrities, DJ Soul Sister. Second, we find out how she became a "rare groove" crate digger.

 
Not only is she known for her "Right On Situation Parties" but Soul Sister is known for rocking crowds everywhere from the (New Orleans) Jazz Fest to stages across the nation with her mix of hard-to-find funk music. Enjoy this convo from 2011. One more thing. If you're a Go-Go fan, you'll love the rare groove at the end of this one.

015 | Why Halima Isn’t a ‘Make It Rain’ Fundraiser

March 14, 2016
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Halima is not the fundraiser who would "make it rain" for your non-profit and she has no problem with that. A seasoned and successful charitable giving professional, Halima shares her thoughts about what's really going on when organizations and agencies specifically hunt for fundraisers who can turn around quick donations. 

In talking about the importance of planning, sustainability, and responsibly courting donors, Halima also shares thoughts about how struggling non-profits can boost their fundraising while continuing to operate from day to day.

014 | The College Savvy Coach

February 26, 2016
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What college should you send your son or daughter to? Is there only one "good" school for him or her? I've been following Sia "The College Savvy Coach" Knight on Twitter and I like her style. She was cool enough to spend time with me to talk about college options and we even enjoyed a little role play about picking colleges.

013 | Halima’s Philanthropic Field Trip

January 19, 2016
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In July 2015, Halima took a trip to Michigan to visit the Kresge Foundation as part of her research for her Ph.D. She was so impressed that shared the lessons learned on her "Write to Bear Alms" radio show on Radio Azad. 

This WTBA segment is a philanthropy wonderland. Halima covers Kresge's history and mission, the intentional approach to how their office spaces are constructed, and even the composition of their great staff. Most importantly, Halima's biggest lesson from her philanthropic field trip to Kresge is the more intentional the giving, the more impact our gifts can have.