Justin C. Cohen Talks Race, Class, Education, and Social Justice

 

@juscohen racial inequality sexy focused ambitious podcast Summer of ’16 was heated with discussions on race, class, and social justice. With everything going on in our country, especially with unarmed police shootings, racial tension, and political frustration.

Justin C. Cohen’s post, Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person, crossed my timeline when I needed to read it most – and it was EVERYTHING.  A modest push of advice for (White) people on how to deal and interact, and even ally, with Black people grieving over the nonsense and craziness around the issues, Cohen’s work was incredibly succinct, heartfelt, and honest without the pandering and tapdancing for attention. And I loved every word – and needed to speak with him directly.

A little about Justin:

“My mom was a public school teacher, my grandfather was a superintendent, my father runs a tutoring business, and I married a PhD of Italian literature. I went to public schools from kindergarten until twelfth grade. In 2011, our Thanksgiving dinner erupted into a serious argument about a writing rubric.

I’m also a writer and recovering nonprofit executive. My work has appeared in theNew York Times, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Education Week. I recently was a writer in residence at the Carey Institute for the Global Good, and I’m a fellow of the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. Until 2015 I was president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, where we helped cities and states around this country rethink how to serve their most vulnerable children and communities. Before that I worked in the DC public schools and was on the education policy committee for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. I have the privilege of serving as board chairman for Students for Education Reform and spent five years as academic committee chair for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools.”

Justin and I discussed:

  • White privilege – and why it leaves people blind to social injustice
  • Unseen hierarchies and social shifts made with simple decisions such as Starbucks
  • Listening as a spiritual practice and experience for all parties involved
  • How kicking myself into life helped me become more open-minded and inclusive
  • Economic and class disparity as an intersection of injustice in current society

It’s hilarious to listen to me in the beginning. I was so… clipped and curt. I was scared of this conversation. Of what I would say and whether it would be progressive, open-minded, and interesting enough. But Justin made it so easy to communicate that I forgot my fears and just let go. He’s amazing to speak with and I hope this conversation is simply one of many in our nation’s work toward change.

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Justin’s Website: http://www.justinccohen.com/

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Kamila Gornia Discusses Digital Strategy, Life After Ad Agencies, and Dating as an Entrepreneur

kamila gornia interview Kamila Gornia is a digital marketing strategist for modern, passion-driven entrepreneurs who wanna get seen + get paid for doing what they they love – online.

“I’ve been in the digital game for over 10 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: With the right marketing in place, anything is possible.”

I’ve become really particular about the business and energy I bring to Sexy Focused Ambitious. I’m wary of strategists, coaches, and business professionals who cannot hold their space and provide tangible results. I can say that I’ve observed Kamila, and not only does she know business, she’s even taught me a few things through her occasional YouTube drops.

Kamila and I discussed:

  • Her dreams to work at an ad agency – and what happened when she realized she wasn’t about that life.
  • The dating pitfalls that come with being an entrepreneur
  • Her response to people who say, “Why should I hire you?”
  • Why anyone can do Facebook ads – but not everyone can rock Facebook ads
  • The importance of really ironing your specific niche in business.

Kamila’s presence was awesome. She’s a force to reckon with, so go ‘head and dive in.

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Kamila’s Website: www.kamilagornia.com
Kamila’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kgornia/
Kamila’s Instagram: @kamilagornia (https://www.instagram.com/kamilagornia/)

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Lauryn Doll is the Bombshell Brand strategist and copywriter. She’s intensely focused on helping professional brands develop a sensual and feminine edge for a deliberate dose of sex appeal that provides tease without sleaze

Kissy Denise Talks Being Comfortable in Your Femininity, The Importance of Knowing Who You Are, and Setting Standards for Romantic Relationships

Kissy Denise of @AskKissy blog Kissy Denise has been a blogger since 2011. Since that time, she’s seen a lot of ups, downs, and changes within the industry. Despite the odds, she’s managed to create a sustainable brand that gives her a channel for thoughts, engagement, and interaction.

Kissy and I had an in-depth conversation about her brand, Ask Kissy, the blogging business, the changes that have made the industry tougher to get involved in, and her general modus operandi in life, which is to do you, period, and let the audience fall into place. We also spent some time discussing sex appeal, feminine wiles, and how they play into business.

Kissy and I discussed:

  • Why celebrities have taken over the blogosphere – and its effect on the industry
  • Why she doesn’t consider herself a celebrity blogger, but a human interest blogger
  • Adapting to the game of life when you’re comfortable with your feminine sexuality and appeal
  • The importance of knowing who you are, and being unwavering in your self-identity
  • God’s gift to you – whatever it is – as a means for prosperity and not charity
  • Developing strong standards as a sexy, confident, and powerful woman when you’re dating

I enjoyed every moment present with Kissy. She’s as gorgeous and stimulating mentally as she is spiritually. If you’re looking for a refreshing conversation on business, spirituality, and standards, look no further. Press play and dive in.

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Kissy’s Website: www.askkissy.com

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Lauryn Doll is the Bombshell Brand strategist and copywriter. She’s intensely focused on helping professional brands develop a sensual and feminine edge for a deliberate dose of sex appeal that provides tease without sleaze

Britney Gardner Talks Brand Photography,

britney3Brand Strategist and Marketing photographer Britney Gardner

 

 

Britney and I discussed:

  • Her transition from wedding photography to brand photography.
  • Why transitions are part of good photography because they help tell your story
  • Key elements of good brand photography that most photographers overlook
  • Creating a business based upon her needs and priorities versus creating a life around her business
  • Professional boundaries as an entrepreneur
  • The benefits of working with a brand photographer before you develop – or rebrand – your brand website and social media strategies

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Britney’s Website – http://www.britneygardner.com
Britney’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iambritneygardner/
Britney’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/britneygardner
Britney’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/britneygardner
Britney’s YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/britneygardnerphoto

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Lauryn’s Instagram: @lauryndoll

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Lauryn Doll is the Bombshell Brand strategist and copywriter. She’s intensely focused on helping professional brands develop a sensual and feminine edge for a deliberate dose of sex appeal that provides tease without sleaze

Susan Burns Discusses the Importance of Legal Aid in Entrepreneurship, Why Copyrights Matter

susanSusan Burns is a business strategist and attorney with over 30 years of experience. Currently Susan is a solo practitioner in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the CEO of Small Business Legal School Ltd. She is actively involved in various leadership positions with the ABA Section of International Law, including Liaison to the Organization of Women in International Trade and various Vice-Chair positions, including her favorite – the Mexico Committee.

She has previously worked as an attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, and general counsel for Hotel Networks Corporation. Susan also has experience working in small firms as well as living and working in international markets. Her specialty is working with small businesses. Whether it’s navigating “red-tape” issues or growing a business into an international enterprise, Susan believes any business worth starting is worth protecting.

Because of her diverse background, Susan understands the challenges faced by small businesses, both from the perspective of running her own small firm and advising fellow business owners on growth strategies. From viability to visibility, she knows that what sometimes seems like insurmountable odds can be overcome with the right help and the right attitude.

 

Contact: susan@susanburnsllc.com

Susan and I discussed:

  • Why legal entities are important to protect your assets
  • Having your ease negotiated for protection
  • How not investing in a lawyer can actually cost you down the line
  • How to protect yourself legally if a graphic designer or writer infringes on copyright
  • Why contracts are excellent for enforcing boundaries – and respect

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Susan’s Website – http://www.susanburnsllc.com
Susan’s Small Business Legal School – http://www.smallbusinesslegalschool.com/

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CONNECT WITH LAURYN

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Lauryn’s Instagram: @lauryndoll

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurynDoll
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauryndoll

P.S. If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, subscribe to SexyFocusedAmbitious on iTunes, or my YouTube Channel, where the rest of these amazing experiences connect and continue.

Lauryn Doll is the Bombshell Brand strategist and copywriter. She’s intensely focused on helping professional brands develop a sensual and feminine edge for a deliberate dose of sex appeal that provides tease without sleaze