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Equity Raise

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Equity Raise

American Underground

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Welcome to Equity Raise: Leveling the Landscape for Diverse Founders and their VCs. Each year, less than 3% of venture capital funding is invested in startups led by founders of color and women. On this podcast from the American Underground, we’ll learn from some of these entrepreneurs who have successfully raised venture capital, despite the struggles and systemic barriers they’ve faced.
 
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Event Horizons

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Event Horizons

Webex Events (formerly Socio)

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After a long and painful hiatus, live events are back - the hand-shaking, the galas, the panels, the happy hours, and the in-person energy. But with so many of us comfortable staying at home, how do we navigate the future of events? The technology is ready, but how do we leverage the right tools to create the best virtual, live, and hybrid experiences? Let's find out!
 
How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten? How can children learn through play? Does nutrition, sleep, and activity really matter when kids are so young? I think my child might be neurodivergent. What should I do about it? What are magnet, charter, and private schools? And how do I choose what’s best? In this series, we include interviews with experts in early childhood education, psychology, and pediatrics to discuss topics including the importance of play, managing toddler behavi ...
 
At The Diversity Movement, we help organizations deliver real-world business outcomes through diversity, equity, and inclusion. On this podcast, we share insights, perspectives and tools from our community of experts, DEI practitioners, and business leaders as we further our mission of creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces for all.
 
Charity Champions is taking over the Earfluence Podcast! In this mini-series, we focus on amplifying our voices for good by featuring some of the amazing charities in the Triangle area of North Carolina. We challenge every one of you listening to go make a difference - whether that's donating, volunteering, or simply sharing these episodes with your networks, even the smallest action change a life for the better.
 
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Voices in Equity

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Voices in Equity

Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University

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Voices in Equity is the official podcast of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. The Cook Center is named after Samuel DuBois Cook, the first tenured Black professor at Duke University who exemplified the pursuit of social justice and equality. With research focuses including social mobility, education, health, wealth, and policy, the Cook Center aims to develop a deep understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality, and develop remedies for these dis ...
 
Legendary college soccer coaches Ralph Perez and Ray Reid have a combined 81 years of coaching college athletes, nearly 900 career wins, five national championships, and approximately 17,546 names in their contacts lists—and they're still in the game. On this podcast, they grab some of those names and talk what’s going on in the soccer world today.
 
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Maternal Health Innovation

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Maternal Health Innovation

Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

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We are the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center, a network of maternal health equity experts and organizations working to make real change for women and birthing people in the U.S. Our podcast is a series of episodes connecting around culture, lifting voices and stories, exploring innovations in maternal care and discussing ways we can center equity in the way we approach our health and wellness. Learn more about us, explore our resource center and find support for all maternal hea ...
 
The One Lost Ministry's mission and purpose is to empower the lost and less fortunate to cope spiritually, emotionally, and physically to improve their living conditions and build self-efficacy. The Founders of The One Lost, husband and wife team Troy and Michelle Manns, are focused on changing the world, one life at a time.
 
Sister entrepreneurs Dana Kadwell and Courtney Hopper talk about the ups and downs of the hustle, and the reward at the end of the journey. Life starts at the edge of our comfort zone, and that’s what running a business is about - it’s completely uncomfortable and yet thrilling at the same time. Hear Dana and Courtney talk about the hard parts of entrepreneurship with other business owners going through the struggle as well.
 
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Moving the Needle

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Moving the Needle

Christopher Gergen & Johnathan Holifield

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Highlighting innovators doing needle moving sh!t to create generational wealth and inclusive competitiveness. Communities worldwide are at an inflection point. In the devastating wake of COVID, there are unparalleled opportunities to move the needle on realizing truly inclusive prosperity, fueled by dynamic economic growth. In this moment, communities can make bold, strategic, and equitable investments. Needle moving investments not only generate catalytic and sustained community impact, but ...
 
How do you take control of your life, and your career, without a guide to help you along? Talk West is a conversation-based podcast that goes beyond the LinkedIn profile to understand the nuances of our guests’ personal, and career, journeys. Tune in every other week to hear compelling stories, key insights and strategies about manifesting growth opportunities, unlocking new business potentials, and spearheading your professional journey. Walk West is a full-service branding and marketing ag ...
 
You are so much more than your personality. That’s where your identity begins, but your inner character strengths determine who you become. Hosted by Tilt 365 Chief Business Development Officer Glodean Champion, this podcast takes us on a journey to increase self-awareness, grow character strengths, drive team agility, and develop a generative mindset.
 
Walter Harris is the lead drummer in one of the most iconic groups in the world - Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans. Walter is sharing his energy, vibration, and God-given ability with the jazz community. It's a life he could have never imagined. Except he did - 20 years earlier as he was lying in his prison cell.
 
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Poole Podcast

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Poole Podcast

NC State University Poole College of Management

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At North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, we’re on a mission to create an innovative and collaborative intellectual environment. By balancing industry and academia, we’re developing and supporting leaders with entrepreneurial mindsets and the skills to solve our world’s problems. On this podcast, we’ll talk with faculty and industry leaders to share how thought leadership can be transformative in all areas of industry. This is how we think and do at NC State.
 
Welcome to the Innovate Raleigh Podcast, where we share conversations from the Innovate Raleigh Summit, held October 29th at the Raleigh Convention Center. With this podcast, we are highlighting inspiring stories while exploring the vision for the future of our community and creative, innovative ways to meet our challenges.
 
Welcome to First Check, a podcast so you can learn how to be the next great venture capitalist or angel investor. As a partner at Cofounders Capital, host of First Check Tim McLoughlin has invested over $43 million in startups, and on this podcast, Tim shares what works and what doesn’t, so you can be ready to write your first check.
 
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Executive Women's Day

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Executive Women's Day

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

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The Executive Women’s Day event, where leaders of today and tomorrow gathered to engage in meaningful dialogue, was held on October 12, 2021. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is proud to share insights from the keynote speakers and panelists on business perspectives, best practices, and the inclusion and empowerment of women in the workplace. The Executive Women's Day Podcast is hosted by The Diversity Movement co-founder Jackie Ferguson, and is produced by Earfluence.
 
Welcome to the Ecobot Podcast, where the Ecobot team shares information on how technology plays an increasingly important role in wetland science. If you don’t know about Ecobot, it’s the first software to bring true efficiency and accuracy to wetland scientists in environmental science, natural resources management, conservation planning, engineering and planning firms serving state and federal DOT, construction, mitigation banking, and oil and gas companies. In this series, you’ll hear fro ...
 
Cynthia Barnes is is the Founder and CEO of the National Association of Women Sales Professionals (NAWSP), the nation’s only organization dedicated to helping women sales professionals reach the Top 1%. She recognized as a LinkedIn Top Sales Influencer and has appeared in over 250 major media outlets around the nation – including appearances in the Wall Street Journal. On this podcast, Cynthia talks to sales pros about what it takes to be in the top 1%, and what makes them Unstoppable. But i ...
 
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.” On the Vision of a Champion Podcast, 22 time national champion and 8 time coach of the year Anson Dorrance - along with co-hosts Dean Linke and Natalie Bode - talk about what it means to be a champion with elite athletes and coaches who have been a part of Anson's Hall of Fame journey - Tobin Heath, Roy Williams, Lucy Bronze, Crystal Dunn, April Heinrichs and mo ...
 
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Rodney Williams saw it firsthand. His mom would get paid on Monday, and the bill would be due on Thursday. With getting to the bank, having the check clear, and having access in her account, sometimes that meant the check would bounce. And the lights would turn off. And the food in the refrigerator would go bad. And there would be a shut off fee PL…
 
Sadira Furlow's work with brands like Frito Lay, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and MillerCoors (to name a few) and developing iconic campaigns like PepsiCo's 'puppymonkeybaby' Super Bowl commercial resulted in accolades like Adweek's Brand Genius, AdAge's Women to Watch, and Savoy's Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Her recipe for success? Sadira s…
 
Giving good vibes are all kinds of new and upcoming big-city amenities, companies and trends rolling into Raleigh. In this episode, we chat details on the upcoming skatepark Downtown, the just-launched rideshare app rapidly gaining traction and, for bargame and/or soccer fans, the popular table-size “football” game sweeping town—and the nation—so y…
 
Today we share an episode of a podcast we guested on - The Flourishing Entrepreneur, hosted by our friend Aleya Harris. ----- Do you know how to handle fear when first starting your business? Today, we'll talk about how to get around and work with your fears! In this episode, I’m talking to Courtney and Dana, who have seen their vision for their co…
 
There are so many different opinions and perspectives on what a hybrid event is, how to execute a successful hybrid event, and whether or not they’re worth the additional costs and logistics involved with catering to two audiences at the same time. This episode will explore how event planners are defining and thinking about hybrid events today, exa…
 
Chris Armas has played and coached in the biggest leagues of professional soccer, but his love for the game began as a child in Brentwood, N.Y.—Ralph and Ray's hometown. In this episode, the Brentwood boys get together to talk about Chris's career and the transition from pro-player to coach. Chris was named an NCAA Division II First Team All-Americ…
 
Today we’re talking about chapter 11 of The Pandemic Divide, The Rebirth of K-12 Public Education: Postpandemic Opportunities, written by Kristen Stephens, Kisha Daniels, and Erica Phillips. We have all of the authors of this chapter on this episode, and we’re also joined by Sashir Moore Sloan, Social Studies teacher at Durham Public Schools. When …
 
With only half of the US population claiming financial literacy, DISCOVER is working to bridge that education gap through its Pathway to Financial Success curriculum and a personal finance online education series. In her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Jonita Wilson is pioneering a culture of transparent, equitable and inclusive practices for the …
 
In 2017, Dr. Shalon Irving passed away after complications from giving birth to her daughter. A passionate trailblazer for community health, her legacy inspired the Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project, which works to address inequities and disparities for the Black women and women of color in maternal health. In this episode, learn more about Dr. …
 
Hungry for more foodie news? Renowned restaurateur Scott Crawford is opening a new concept at Raleigh Iron Works! Hang with us for the tea on this Croatian sensation, plus scoop on a new dive-meets-steakhouse coming to Olde Raleigh Village in December, a look at resurrected J. Betski’s (now open in Highpark Village) and a tribute to Raleigh powerho…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Dr. Anissa Reilly about what she learned from her career in education. In this episode, Courtney and Dana are looking back on what they learned from teaching and how it taught them to value themselves. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney an…
 
Today we dive deep into Section 3 of The Pandemic Divide: COVID-19 and Financial Disparities, with guests Fenaba Addo and Chris Wheat, and hosted by Dr. William "Sandy" Darity. Topics include: Student loan debt and the 2020 election The racial disparities of student loan debt How Black-owned businesses were affected by the Pandemic The overall raci…
 
Underrepresented founders are massively underfunded. To foster economic equity, the gap in access to capital needs to be closed. Resilient Ventures' Keith Daniel and Tom Droege focus their investments in Black-owned startups and companies. In this episode, these successful venture capitalists share best practices to get your business funded, discus…
 
“There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.” With this quote from Dave Willis in mind, today's guest Kim Hughes teaches us how to savor the perfect moments in playful ways with our kids. But what are the best ways to do that? And does playing with children include playing …
 
Dr. Anissa Reilly was a school principal in one of the poorest districts in the country for over 16 years, and, while she was excited to create a great environment for the elementary students, she struggled to lead staff who didn't want to be led. In this podcast, learn how she rose above the odds against her and why she's decided to go it on her o…
 
Collecting and learning from event data is key to a successful event program. Whether it’s a virtual, in-person, or hybrid event, event professionals can use event tech to collect data that will help them improve their event program and prove ROI to sponsors, exhibitors, and internal stakeholders. This episode will highlight the importance of colle…
 
Christopher Gergen and Johnathan Holifield come from completely different backgrounds. One was born into power and privilege in a political family in DC. One grew up in blue collar Detroit where you had to work hard to survive. Through their careers and personal growth, they've ended up with the same goals - to raise awareness that we're not all on…
 
For the Love of the Game is back—just in time for the 2022 World Cup! The games kick off on Sunday, November 20 in Qatar, and, in this episode, Ralph and Ray are talking about their predictions, expectations and excitement for this year's games. This is the first episode of Ralph and Ray's Cup Commentary. They'll be back together again midway throu…
 
The One Lost Ministry's mission and purpose is to empower the lost and less fortunate to cope spiritually, emotionally, and physically to improve their living conditions and build self-efficacy. The Founders of The One Lost, husband and wife team Troy and Michelle Manns, are focused on changing the world, one life at a time. Today, we hear their st…
 
Today we’re focused on Chapter 4 of The Pandemic Divide: COVID-19, Race, and Mass Incarceration, written by our guest today, Arvind Krishnamurthy. We discuss the differences between jails and prisons, the alarming statistics on COVID among the incarcerated population (including employees), the difficulty of finding accurate data, why politicians ar…
 
Today we're sharing an episode of a podcast that shares our mission to move the needle - WorkforceRX with Futuro Health. Johnathan Holifield spent many years deeply involved in neighborhood and community development work without really moving the needle until he discovered the game-changing nature of the innovation economy. “The stuff we were doing…
 
Do you ever find yourself holding back on pursuing your dreams? Do you want that promotion but fear keeps you from taking the next step? Aiko Bethea, founder of RARE Coaching and Consulting and Senior Director for Brene Brown Education and Research Group, had achieved significant success in her roles as attorney for the city of Atlanta and later, d…
 
In this special episode, Maternal Health Innovation is teaming up with AMCHP's MCH Bridges podcast to bring you this episode on maternal health policy successes, challenges and opportunities while discussing Colorado's recent passing of the Birth Equity Bill Package. A series of three bills designed to increase access to decrease inequities in and …
 
It’s no secret how much we love Raleigh. We dedicate our lives to this city, its stories and sharing those stories with its people. Leaning into that love, our November issue is a sort of love letter to Raleigh—from how to give back to a look at a range of residents’ secret happy places in town. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-C…
 
Dr. Mary-Cassie Shaw hears a lot of the same questions from parents, and they usually center around food and sleep. So today she answers questions like: How much sleep should a child be getting really? When should they start eliminating naps? What are the first foods that should be introduced? What should you do if your child is a picky eater? Let'…
 
Last week, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle talked about the pivot that saved their company, Hello Lucky. They figured out that the growth-at-all-costs and the constant hustle was not what made them happy. Today, Courtney and Dana wonder why they're hustling so hard, and what they're ultimately chasing. Is it money? Respect in the industry? Content…
 
Virtual events helped keep the events industry afloat at a time when in-person events were out of the question. Even though in-person events are back, virtual isn’t going anywhere – but they’ve changed since 2020. After two years, attendees are expecting more out of virtual events. Event professionals are tasked with creating engaging, immersive, a…
 
After hitting rock bottom and inspired by a poster quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson in an auto body shop, Annie Leib decided to change her life, discover her core values and live life on her own terms. In this episode, Annie discusses how her BREATH framework can help you excavate your authentic self, and find personal fulfillment in your daily life. Di…
 
Language matters. Body language matters. Accessibility matters. Inclusivity and equity should be at the heart of all maternal healthcare touchpoints. In this episode, Fernanda Ochoa Toro, research coordinator at UNC Chapel Hill and a patient navigator for Spanish speaking patients at UNC Health sits down with Dr. Kristin Tully, research assistant p…
 
Turns out locally owned steakhouses are pretty rare. It may surprise you to know a local steakhouse hasn’t opened in Raleigh since Reagan was president. Or that Raleigh houses only three locally owned steakhouses. Or that a local top chef is set to drop a big-name local steakhouse on the scene… the first in 40 years. Tune in as Publisher Gina Steph…
 
As a parent of young children, do you find yourself thinking: "Why can’t we ever find all the shoes?!?" "Why can’t my child go potty, brush teeth, and put on PJs without being asked?” "How do we always forget the backpack?!” Sound familiar? Well today we're talking all about routines and how young children - especially children who aren't old enoug…
 
Today we're sharing an episode of a podcast that shares our mission to move the needle - Inside Impact with Alisa Herr. Christopher Gergen's first entrepreneurial venture—a coffee shop bar in Santiago, Chile—was impactful, but more impactful was the man who walked in and introduced himself as a "cultural entrepreneur." In this episode, hear how tha…
 
10 years into running Hello Lucky, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle seemed to be on top of the world. They were working luxury weddings, they were featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, and the company was doing $2M a year. But what the world didn't see is Eunice and Sabrina were working crazy hours - and the company was losing over $100K a year. It …
 
At The Diversity Movement, we focus on creating a sense of belonging for everyone, regardless of background, and celebrate diversity among our many identities, and our team encourages each other to be curious, vulnerable and mission-driven. Hear our values in action as Katie Gaebel, our Director of People and Culture, talks with some of our team ab…
 
In Chapter 1 of The Pandemic Divide: How COVID Increased Inequality in America, Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards and Dr. Paul Robbins dive deep into how systemic racism contributed to health outcome disparities for Black Americans. Today, they unpack that chapter further, touching on experiences from their personal lives, initial assumptions of vaccin…
 
Live from the roof of The Durham Hotel at the Google for Startups Black Founders Exchange, host Naya Fela Powell brings on a panel of Black CEOs (Sonja Ebron, Courtroom 5; April Johnson, Happied) along with private investor Tony Wilkins, to share their stories of building their companies and raising capital in the process. Equity Raise is hosted by…
 
Who will win Raleigh’s Best Bar this year? Voting is now open! And upping the ante, this year we added a new award for Best Bartender. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam as they chat the new award, the Best Bartender nominees, Best Bars categories and predictions, and more. Then stay tuned to our February Best …
 
Avantha Arachchi had done everything right, and she was one clearance away from achieving her life-long dream of joining the CIA when she was rejected because of her transgender identity. In response, she built her career around encouraging others to be their authentic selves. As COO of A-Frame Brands, Avantha works with celebrities—including Gabri…
 
While several states are in the process of implementing Medicaid coverage for doula services, only a handful of states are actively providing that coverage. In this episode, host Deitre Epps, founder and CEO of Race for Equity, is joined by Averjill Rookwood, founder of The Corporate Doula, and Amy Chen, senior attorney at the National Health Law P…
 
Back on episode 6, we covered the nuts and bolts of how to register for kindergarten, and the differences between charter, magnet, private, and public schools. Today we uncover when to register for kindergarten - when is a child ready on a social emotional level and on an intellectual level? It's not an easy choice, and what are some of the skills …
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Jessie Williams about starting a business and financial requirements of that. In this episode, hear Courtney and Dana talk about their relationships with money and why it sometimes might be scary. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dan…
 
The stakes are higher than ever for in-person events. Budget cuts across attendee, planner, and sponsor areas mean that in-person events have to have that "wow" factor and drive ROI. In this episode, we dive into how the in-person event format has evolved and what strategies and tactics event professionals can implement to keep people coming back t…
 
When Maggie Kane started telling people about her dream of opening a pay-what-you-can cafe in the heart of downtown Raleigh, most people thought she was a little loony. But others believed in her vision, and they were willing to do what it took to make her vision a reality. They donated money, equipment, and their time to build not only a restauran…
 
LIVE from the Fuqua School of Business, Dr. Adam Hollowell gives us inside access to his Global Inequality Research Initiative course, as he discusses Chapter 10 of The Pandemic Divide, "COVID-19, Higher Education, and Social Inequality." Voices in Equity is the official podcast of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. …
 
Voter turnout is expected to be at an all-time high in Raleigh this year. Why? Listen in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam discuss what’s at stake in our local elections—with the candidates and three bonds critical to keeping Raleigh on a successful trajectory. City Council Elevator Pitches Find Your District Wake County…
 
We've all heard the phrase "The only constant is change," and it can be difficult, stressful and unsettling. In this episode, Dr. Deborah Gilboa shares using a growth mindset to reframe our attitudes towards change and help us navigate life with renewed intention and purpose. Diversity Beyond the Checkbox is brought to you by The Diversity Movement…
 
Today, host Emily King and pediatric occupational therapist Rose Langston talk about motor and sensory development, when parents should be concerned, how they can help, and why reaching milestones by a certain age might not be as imperative as we once thought. Rose Langston is an occupational therapist and clinical manager at Pediatric Possibilitie…
 
Jessie Williams wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she was her happiest when she was creating. In this episode, hear how her she was inspired to move back to N.C. and open Edge of Urge—a one of a kind store that brings together independent artists' work in Raleigh and Wilmington—and Unlikely Professionals and found succes…
 
We were all excited when the spring '21 events season began, but we were still uncertain of what the industry would look like in this new era of events. In this episode, we're reflecting on Nolan's experience at the Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS), where he talked with attendees about their expectations, concerns, and predictions for the upcomi…
 
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