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A Sojourner's Truth is a podcast that celebrates the stories, contributions, leadership, and experiences of women, people of color, and all those who encourage them to live boldly, courageously, and to walk in their purp... More
2019-4-18

Episode 9: Mentoring Youth

Season 2, Ep. 9

In this episode, Natasha speaks with her mentor, friend, and colleague, Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes and two mentees from her nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc., about mentoring youth.


Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes is a passionate advocate for equality in education. She is an entrepreneur, professional writer and editor at JHwriting+, assisting others in attaining their personal and professional goals. Her vision is to inspire by example, to encourage and uplift, and to raise expectations, ensuring academic success is not only anticipated, but required. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, completing 20 years of honorable service in the field of Human Resources. She received her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a concentration in Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her doctoral degree in Education from Capella University; her dissertation examined factors supporting the academic success of African American male adolescents. Nicole currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband of 22 years. Dr. Hayes is a founding director of Leadership LINKS, Inc. 


Show notes are available on A Sista's Journey blog.

2019-4-11

Episode 8: Cross-Gender Mentoring

Season 2, Ep. 8

In this episode, Natasha speaks with global leaders, Dr. Leighton Ford and Dr. MaryKate Morse about cross-gender mentoring, specifically how we cultivate healthy mentoring relationships between women and men.


Dr. Leighton Ford, evangelist, author, social activist, leader, communicator and mentor, was singled out by Time Magazine as “among the most influential preachers of an active Gospel.” Dr. Ford is president of Leighton Ford Ministries. As an author, he has written 11 books. His most recent book is The Attentive Life. As a social activist, Dr. Ford has been an advocate for such issues as world hunger, poverty and racism. As a communicator, he has spoken to millions of people in scores of countries on every continent of the world. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and was vice-president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, where he served for 31 years. He was also a regular alternate speaker with Billy Graham, his brother-in-law, on the Hour of Decision, one of the most popular religious broadcasts of its time. As a leader, Dr. Ford serves as the Honorary Lifetime Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, having served from 1976 to 1992 as chairman of this international body of Christian leaders. His book, “Transforming Leadership,” is one of the most comprehensive books on leadership ever written.


Dr. MaryKate Morse is Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. Currently, she is the Lead Mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. Raised in the Air Force, MaryKate lived in various US states and overseas. She completed her BS in Secondary Education and English Literature at Longwood University in Virginia. Upon return she did a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity at Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary). She began teaching, studied spiritual formation and spiritual direction, and was certified as a spiritual director and recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. MaryKate completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University where she studied the characteristics of renewal leadership as modeled by Jesus. After her doctorate she planted two churches and served in various administrative positions at the university including Seminary Associate Dean, Director of Hybrid programs, and University Director of Strategic Planning. She is a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer.


Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.


2019-3-28

Episode 7: Mentoring and Mobilizing with Jennie Allen

Season 2, Ep. 7

In this episode, Natasha speaks with author and founder of the IF:Gathering, Jennie Allen, about mentoring and mobilizing.


Jennie Allen is an Arkansas native but Texan forever, Bible teacher, author, and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. A passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe, Jennie is the author of Nothing to Prove, Restless, Anything, and her most recent devotional, Made for This. Her Bible studies include Stuck, Chase, Restless, and Proven. Jennie has a master's in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and teammate, Zac, and their four children, Conner, Kate, Caroline, and Cooper.


Show notes are available on A Sista's Journey blog.

2019-3-21

Episode 6: Mentoring Across Cultures

Season 2, Ep. 6

In this episode, Natasha speaks with Margaret Yu and Kristy Garza Robinson about mentoring across cultures. They talk leadership, sponsorship, patriarchy, being ethnic minorities and predominately white spaces, and so much more.


Kristy Garza Robinson is a Latina minister, activist, and co-author of the new book, Hermanas: Deeping our Identity and Growing our Influence, currently living in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about advocating for those on the margins and seeking to help people integrate all of who they are into their calling, especially their ethnic identity. She enjoys good food, good friends, and deep conversations. She has a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and is co-founder alongside her husband, Eric, of a consulting ministry called 58 which helps ministry leaders take next steps towards greater justice, diversity, and equity in their organization. Kristy and Eric are also parents to two beautiful daughters.


Margaret Yu is the National Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru and the Executive Director of Ethnic Focused Communities of Cru. Margaret has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her campus experiences span the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. (Hence, she holds a Master's Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.) Her interests include mentorship or leadership development, talking shop about the NBA, and being at the beach.


Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.

2019-3-14

Season 2, Episode 5: Mentoring Across Generations

Season 2, Ep. 5

In this episode, Natasha talks with guests, Laurie Polich Short and Brooklyn Lindsay, about mentoring women across generations, and their dream for SheGrows women.


Laurie Short is a speaker, author and adjunct preacher at Peninsula Covenant and Oceanhills Church. She is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and the co-founder of SheGrows, a cross generational women’s conference to promote mentoring relationships. Laurie’s books include When Changing Nothing Changes Everything (May 2017), Finding Faith in the Dark (August 2014), and 40 verses to Ignite your Faith (coming April 2019). Laurie has been in ministry with youth and adults for thirty years, and has served on staff at four churches. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Jere, and stepson Jordan.



Brooklyn Lindsey is an advocate for being a mentor and for being in mentor-rich environments. As a mom, pastor, writer, and international communicator, she values relationships and supporting the potential of every human possible. She’s been a leader in youth ministry for two decades and recently launched a new community, Somos Church, with her husband Coy in Lakeland, Florida. She was the visionary founder of The Justice Movement, a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower youth to do justice together, and is currently empowering women through mentoring education and advocacy with She Grows Conference. She has authored eight books including “Confessions of A Not-So-Supermodel”, “Opposite Day”, “Kingdom Experiment”, “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teen Girls”, ” 99 Thoughts For Junior Highers”, “Sacred Life”, “To-Save-A-Life” and “Advent.”


Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.

2019-3-7

Season 2, Episode 4: Mentor as Coach with Dr. Liz Selzer

Season 2, Ep. 4

In this episode, Natasha has a conversation with Dr. Liz Selzer on the topic "Mentor as Coach." They discuss the professional side of mentoring, and why mentoring is such an important leadership tool.


Dr. Liz Selzer founded the Mentor Leadership Team, a consulting and training company that helps organizations unleash the potential of their people. Dr. Selzer’s passion for helping organizations better value and engage employees led to numerous articles on mentoring and the publication of her three books: 3G Mentoring, Your Culture at its Strongest and Real Leaders. Her radio show, Mentoring across Differences or MAD radio was a top rated digital program for two years. Her published dissertation demonstrated the positive longitudinal effectiveness of mentoring as an adult learning strategy. As an internationally sought after speaker and trainer, Dr. Selzer has trained in leadership development on six continents and throughout the United States.


Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.