Join Kriselle Gabriel in Season 5
for Game Changing Conversations with the voices of Social Transformation
Season Five :
Leaders Discovering their voice, their sustaining spirituality, and their purposeful change in their work!
Rev. Adam Taylor
Reverend Adam Russell Taylor, president of Sojourners is as much a minister as he is an activist and community organizer. We hear how he weaves his faith into his political activism, how he discovered his passion for building and strengthening social movements, and the power of one person in making change. He also talks about his book, A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community
Hispanic Heritage Month
On this episode, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're highlighting 12 Latinx leaders from our community and some impactful insights they shared as previous guests of the show. From Season 1 to our most recent wrap on Season 4, we've had the privilege and honor of sitting down to have deep, important conversations around spirituality, identity, and justice, "en conjunto", or all together.
Dr. Peter Rios
Pacific School of Religion
Dr. Peter Rios, author, leadership consultant, and professor at the Pacific School of Religion, shares what he discovered about himself that led him to shift from teaching in churches to teaching in classrooms and within organizations. He talks about the limited voices and representation in higher education, how white supremacy doesn't just harm people of color, and the importance of fighting for a more equitable world.
Rev. Adriene Thorne
The Riverside Church, NYC
Reverend Adriene Thorne incorporates art and creativity into all aspects of her life, including her faith and her leadership as the Senior Pastor of The Riverside Church NYC. She talks with us about the importance and value of incorporating play and a childlike spirit into our daily lives, and how she discovered the Pacific School of Religion to be a place for her to explore what that could really look like.
Josh Buck is an author, filmmaker, teacher, church planter, and faith-based entrepreneur. He's the co-founder of Pax and new author of Everyday Activism. Through his new book and in our conversation, he lays out how his understanding of his personal faith is a blueprint for his leadership and shares actionable steps to help make meaningful change without feeling overwhelmed or burned out.
Drew Jackson, President/Co-Founder of Pax + author of Touch the Earth: Poems on The Way is deeply engaged in the work of peacemaking and multi-faith coalition building for the common good. He talks with us about how he got into justice work and how the art of poetry has affected his leadership approach. This episode offers our community inspiration on maintaining the faith and sustaining in this work.
Lisa Asedillo, co-founder of New Day Church is an ethicist, liturgist, and the Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgical Ethics at the Pacific School of Religion. She shares how her mixed race heritage as a Filipina American, transnational upbringing, and queer identity has shaped her leadership style, and we hear about the trust she's rebuilt in herself and her inner voice to be confident and lead as her full, authentic self.
We Deliver Care
Stephenie Wheeler-Smith's social enterprise, We Deliver Care, seeks to reimagine public safety in Seattle and widen the circle of human concern. She shares how the community she grew up with made the greatest impact on her leadership journey, and offers ways that young leaders can cultivate a strong community in their lives. This conversation reaffirms the importance of finding and being in community.
Leonard McMahon is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at the Pacific School of Religion + works through his consultancy, Common Ground Dialogue, to bring divergent citizens into deeper conversation for the sake of our democracy. Leonard talks about how our spiritual beliefs are deeply intertwined with our politics and how that has impacted his own leadership style.
EunHye Grace So is Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament and Rhetorical Studies at The Pacific School of Religion, and she has been wrestling with connecting and belonging throughout her entire life. We talk about her journey moving back and forth between Korea + the US, and how that has affected her finding a place and space. Grace shares the difference just one person can make in providing a sense of belonging.
Season Four :
Reclaiming To Create -- Leaders healing, integrating, and reclaiming parts of themselves and their spirituality, to create meaningful work in our moment!
The New Host of Change Happens Now!
In our Season 4 Opener, you'll meet our fabulous new host, Kriselle Gabriel! @krisellemg is a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing stories, connecting people, and empowering those from marginalized communities to go for their passions. We hear more about her work, her podcast and movement, @EmpoweredInColor, her unique vantage point, and her hopes for the season!
Dr. Kit Ford
Founder, Argrow's House of Healing and Hope
On this episode, we sit down with national trainer, spiritual director, and professor, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, founder of Argrow's House. She shares how she was able to live out her calling in life by combining her love of ministry and serving female survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence with social entrepreneurship. We hear about her own healing journey as well.
Founder and CEO, Soapbox Project
On this Episode, we sit down with @niviachanta, writer, speaker, and founder and CEO of @soapboxproject. With a passion for sustainability, social justice, and all things tech, Nivi helps people create positive social impact in the world. She talks about her origin story, building community around climate justice, and how busy people can truly tackle issues they care about!
Founder, Common Culture Coaching/Consulting
On this Episode, we have a conversation with Jonathan Dumas, founder and owner of @commonculturecc. He talks with us about why he started his consulting business and what it takes to be a culturally conscious leader. We hear about his podcast @rtwdpodcast, why leaders should create space for their teams to be unafraid of failure, and the importance of finding support in community.
Dr. Jessica Taylor
Founder and CEO, Leadership Training Initiative
On this episode, we talked with Dr. Jessica Taylor, founder and CEO of Leadership Training Initiative, about reclaiming one's value in the workplace, especially as women of color, and what equitable leaders actually look like. We hear about the long term gain of having internal check-ins and making sure we're engaging our teams and organizations out of a thriving wholeness.
Director of Strategy and Content, Ignite Institute
We sat down with coach, consultant, speaker, and content strategist for Ignite, Jonathon Murillo, who talks about what leadership in the workplace needs to look like in the 21st century and how our innovative Wisdom-Based Leadership framework brings community into dialogue with the wisdom of our spiritual and cultural traditions and centers marginalized voices.
Dr. Patrick Reyes
Author + Senior Director, Forum for Theological Exploration
On this episode, we sit down with Dr. Patrick Reyes, Sr Director of Learning Design at FTE and author of The Purpose Gap and Nobody Cries when We Die. Patrick talks about the adversities many first-generation scholars of color experience on their journeys, and it reminds us all that we have the backing of our ancestors "carrying forward their spirit and fire of survival."
Founder of Brown Beloved Collective
On this episode we sat down with Heidi Lepe, a Honduran-Mexican writer, theologian, and storyteller from West Los Angeles and founder of Brown Beloved Co., a collective space at the intersection of faith, raíces (cultural roots), and justice. Heidi shares what it has been like for her as a Latina woman in seminary + explores what liberation could look like for communities of color.
Founder and CEO, Freely In Hope
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, freelance filmmaker, author of Liberation Is Here, and Founder/International Director of Freely In Hope, an organization that supports and is led by survivors of sexual violence in Kenya and Zambia. We had a conversation with Nikole about the true meaning of allyship, what we all need to do to support survivors, and the role of faith-based institutions in both helping and hindering this work.
VP of Programs, CODE 2040
On this episode, we sat down with Danielle Hawthorne, VP of Programs at Code2040 just after her three-month sabbatical. Danielle shares how she was able to reset and refresh herself, her spirituality, and her work with Code2040, a people of color Organization that serves to mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech. She also offers inspiration on how marginalized communities can renew themselves.
Season Three :
Innovative + Creative Leaders Amassing Change Where They Are!
The New Host of Change Happens Now!
In our Season 3 Opener, our very own Jonathon Murillo passes the mic to our new host for the Season, Jalen Seawright. A community activist, justice advocate, experienced musician, and worship leader, Jalen has spent most of his life serving churches in Michigan’s urban core. He shares with our community his work towards healing the racial and cultural divides in our world and our hopes for this new season!
Software Product Strategy/ Management - Alluma
On this episode, we sit down with Arlene Mendoza, a dynamic leader in our community with 14 years experience in the tech space, who recently pivoted to Software Product Strategy/Management. Arlene talks with us about her journey as a Latina in tech and her appreciation for the duality of culturalism. We also learn about the Oaxacan concept of 'tequio' in relation to the collective.
Together For Hope + Familia, CBF’s Latino Network
On this episode we drop in with Grace Martino-Suprice, a young leader with a heart for community development and and true belonging of people of color. She's currently serving as the Outreach and Growth Specialist at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is part of the Together for Hope Team. She talks about her leadership journey and moving past the phenomenon of impostor syndrome.
Dr Michelle Reyes
Co-Founder, Made for PAX, Home Community Church
On this episode we talk with Dr. Michelle Reyes about the vital connection between our faith and our cultural identity. Michelle is an Indian American author, speaker, church planter, and activist who is deeply engaged with anti-racist work. As the co-founder of a non profit called PAX she inspires and equips the next generation of communities of color, to pursue peace, justice, and wholeness in the world.
Season Two :
The Challenge of BECOMING Wisdom-Based Leaders
Byron Chung, Aizaiah Yong + Jonathon Murillo
In our Season 2 Intro Episode, we sit down with Ignite Executive Director, Byron Chung, Rev. Aizaiah Yong, and Jonathon Murillo to share our hopes for this new season and talk about the Wisdom-Based Leadership framework of courageous collaboration, contemplative care, and creative communication.
Monica Rae Cortez
Certified Yoga Instructor + Mindfulness Educator
On this episode, we sit down with Monica Rae Cortez, a first generation Filipina American, who with thoughtful intention, sheds light on the kind of leadership needed for this moment and how she finds resilience and passion through her own practice of one of the aspects of Wisdom-Based leadership, called contemplative care.
Holistic Health Coach + Founder of SHARED
On this episode we drop in with Victoria Rosales, who cultivates and supports a conscious and wakeful community in her work. She shares how a contemplative approach embraces ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology to invite individuals into a life of wholeness, fortitude and purpose.
Rev. John Vaughn
Executive Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
On this episode, Rev. Vaughn casts light on showing up in partnership for the collective by being authentically who we are and recognizing the breadth of spirituality that is present in any group, and speaking to that in ways that affirm the power of the divine. He also talks about the importance of action and that this is a spirituality grounded in that action. It's truly about telling our stories.
Entrepreneur, Author + Empowered In Color
On this episode we sit down with Kriselle Mendoza, a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing stories, connecting people, and empowering those from marginalized communities to go for their passions. She is the Founder of Empowered In Colors which strives to be a place to find people you can support or purchase products/services from marginalized groups.
Entrepreneur, Author, Educator
On this episode we have a deep conversation with TC Carrier, a heart-centered leader, lecturer, and author of 7 books who has appeared on the ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show’ as well as ‘The Dr Phil Show’ speaking about relationships. He talks with us about his passion working with the heart's capacity to override the mind and how our leadership and life can benefit from tuning into this frequency.
PAAC Director, Writer, Educator
On this episode we sit down with Liz Lin, PhD in clinical psychology and the director and co-founder of PAAC. She talks with us about her journey into her current leadership role and about how to dispel the model minority myth. We hear what is really needed in this moment, in terms of our response right now, both within the Asian American communities and in our larger collective.
Founder + CEO, Sway Leadership
On this episode we drop in with Ashley Sikorski, founder, CEO, and head coach at Sway Leadership. She talks with us about the power of listening, the power of tending to our inner person as leaders, and why it's important to bring our teams in on that work. We hear about the trap of trend that even those most committed to emotional intelligence can still fall into, and how to gain the true wins with your team.
Areej Masoud + Reverend Michael Yoshii
Solidarity for Palestine
La Mikia Castillo
Castillo Consulting Partners
Season One :
The Challenge of Leading in Challenging Times
Change Happens Now is a podcast dedicated to conversations and practices exploring wisdom based leadership. Wisdom based leadership is an approach that seeks to cultivate transformation at the intersections of spirituality, justice, and social innovation.
Center for Action and Contemplation
On this episode, we are joined by Cliff Berrien, an amazing heart centered leader with over 40 years of experience as a professional drummer and percussionist, DJ and music educator. His passion is studying cultural expressions of collective joy.
National Speaker + Author
On this episode we learn how to take notes from more collectivist cultures in how we lead and how we can be more considerate of others we are working within our organizations. Vivian shares how she came to terms with her Asian American identity and applies her background to how she leads.
Chief Diversity Officer, APU
In this hour Kieth sheds valuable light on how to lead on your own strengths, your teams' strengths and the importance of being in communication with people with lived experiences of the problem you want to solve.
The North Face
On this episode, our special guest, Hap Klopp sits down with us to share some gems from his life as an adventurer, executive, academic, author and force behind the brand that is The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for over 20 years.
This conversation features Neil Goldberg, talking about DESIGN THINKING. Discussing everything from why design consciousness is so important for this current cultural moment, to story telling, and designing new stories about the UNITY of all people!
Dr. Joyce Del Rosario
The Wedge Videocast
In this conversation Dr. Joyce Del Rosario, an assistant Professor on the practice of ministry at PSR, shares insights on a potluck approach to leadership and why culturally empowered expressions of leadership are critical in this time.
The Hispanic Theological Initiative
Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Joanne is a phenomenal woman who leads with a passion to amplify and promote the educational and theological formation of Latinx students across the United States.
Leadership Studies- Vanguard University
Roger invites us all to see spirituality as a journey inward to reframe the journey outward and talks about why, in this time of multiple crises, we need leaders who are hospitable, humble, courageous, and who can sacrifice in the service of others.
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy
Pacific School of Religion
We sit down with David , a truly inspiring higher education and immigration leader and President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, a progressive, multi denominational seminary and center for social justice.
We are joined by Debbie Alvarez Rodriguez, public speaker, champion for social impact, philanthropic innovator, and former Goodwill Industries CEO, who is deeply committed to advancing racial and economic equity and inclusion.
Jeremiah sits down with Aizaiah to talk virtual reality, the role of inclusion in technology and his own beginnings as a child of immigrants. You'll hear his views on how on how technological systems disadvantage people of color.
Aizaiah Yong + Jonathon Murillo
Aizaiah + Jonathon take us through a Season One recap of key insights gleaned from the business, nonprofit, education and tech space leaders we've featured, to talk about issues of social transformation. You'll hear highlights and practices from those, outside of explicitly religious or spiritual spaces, doing very spiritual work.
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