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My Brother Podcast

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The My Brother podcast features interviews of personal biographies of African American men who have accomplished significant achievement in various industries from corporate business and entrepreneurship, to the arts and public service. These stories provide insight into the pathways these individuals have traveled, and important information about factors that contributed to their success. These interviews are cataloged on our website to provide access so that male youth and young professionals can gain insight into the stories of these inspirational leaders and accomplished professionals. My Brother will also provide a network through which our target audience can network and connect with resources that can support and help guide their journey towards success.

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The My Brother podcast features interviews of personal biographies of African American men who have accomplished significant achievement in various industries from corporate business and entrepreneurship, to the arts and public service. These stories provide insight into the pathways these individuals have traveled, and important information about factors that contributed to their success. These interviews are cataloged on our website to provide access so that male youth and young professionals can gain insight into the stories of these inspirational leaders and accomplished professionals. My Brother will also provide a network through which our target audience can network and connect with resources that can support and help guide their journey towards success.

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My Brother Podcast

Latest release on Aug 27, 2020

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The My Brother podcast features interviews of personal biographies of African American men who have accomplished significant achievement in various industries from corporate business and entrepreneurship, to the arts and public service. These stories provide insight into the pathways these individuals have traveled, and important information about factors that contributed to their success. These interviews are cataloged on our website to provide access so that male youth and young professionals can gain insight into the stories of these inspirational leaders and accomplished professionals. My Brother will also provide a network through which our target audience can network and connect with resources that can support and help guide their journey towards success.

Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. - Retired Astronaut & Venture Capitalist

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Bernard Harris was born in Houston, TX, but would move at the age of 6 with his mother to a rural area of New Mexico, where they would reside until they relocated to San Antonio, TX during his high school years. His time in New Mexico engendered in him the desire to become an astronaut, and after completing his college degree at University of Houston, he gained admission into medical school at Texas Tech University. Following his residency at Mayo Clinic, he would have an opportunity to work in various positions as a researcher at NASA, and while at NASA, he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. Following an unsuccessful application for the Astronaut program, he would be offered a position at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and would upon his second application be admitted into the Astronaut corps. 

Dr. Harris logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space, and on his 2nd mission would become the first African American to complete a space walk. Following his career as an astronaut, he launched a venture capital firm and the Harris Institute & Foundation. He currently serves as CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative.

Aug 27 2020

1hr 13mins

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Reuben A. Shelton, III, Esq. - Lawyer & Civic Leader (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.)

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Reuben Shelton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a standout high school basketball player recruited to play for the national powerhouse Kansas University Jayhawks. A career-ending injury focused him on his career objective of becoming a lawyer, and following a clerkship with St. Louis' first African American federal circuit court judge, he embarked on a corporate law career at a prominent law firm in St. Louis. He would transition from serving as outside counsel to going in-house and working for a couple of large corporations, including Monsanto where he rose to become the company's lead counsel for litigation. Over the course of his career, Reuben achieved many firsts including becoming the first African American president of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and of the Missouri Bar Association. He retired in early 2017, and turned his focus to furthering his civic service, and was elected national president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2019.

Aug 27 2020

1hr 11mins

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Floyd Newsum - Nationally Recognized Artist and Educator

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Floyd Newsum was born and raised in Memphis, TN where his childhood gave him a front row seat to the Civil Rights movement, while being reared by an activist father who was part of the city's first crop of Black firefighters. Determined to pursue his love of art from an early age, Floyd pursued his study at the Memphis Academy of Arts, and subsequently obtained his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His professional career began when he was offered a faculty position at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he has taught art for over 40 years, while simultaneously pursuing his career as an artist. The hallmark of his career was achieved with his work being selected for exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jul 27 2020

1hr 39mins

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Kenneth Frank - Technology & Private Equity (Vista Equity Partners)

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Kenny Frank was raised in Chicago, where his father who had a PhD in electrical engineering was employed at Bell Laboratories. An internship opportunity, as a high school student led to his eventual career path, where he would attend and obtain a BS in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He transitioned from USC to pursue his master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and would embark on his professional career at Bell Labs. His fascinating career took him from Bell Labs to various important roles from Bell South to a startup company and ultimately Alcatel Lucent, where he served in various international roles. He is presently CEO of Aptean, a technology company owned by Vista Equity Partners.

Jul 12 2020

1hr 19mins

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Roger Mitchell - Physician & Chief Medical Examiner Washington, DC

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Roger Mitchell was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where he grew up as the youngest of two children and played football through high school. He completed his undergraduate degree at Howard, before enrolling at and receiving his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. His triumphant career led him to become at one point the youngest chief medical examiner in the nation at age 36, and he presently serves as the Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, DC.

Jul 04 2020

59mins

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Carroll G. Robinson - Higher Education & Politics

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Carroll G. Robinson migrated to the United States with his parents at the age of nine, where he would spend his formative years in Patterson, NJ before attending university in southern New Jersey, and ultimately matriculate law school at George Washington University. Upon earning his law degree, he moved to Texas where he embarked on a career that meandered from the practice of law, to working in government, higher education, and eventually holding elected office in the nation's fourth largest city to his current service as chairman of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.

Jul 04 2020

1hr 30mins

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The My Brother podcast features interviews of personal biographies of African American men who have accomplished significant achievement in various industries from corporate business and entrepreneurship, to the arts and public service. These stories provide insight into the pathways these individuals have traveled, and important information about factors that contributed to their success. These interviews are cataloged on our website to provide access so that male youth and young professionals can gain insight into the stories of these inspirational leaders and accomplished professionals. My Brother will also provide a network through which our target audience can network and connect with resources that can support and help guide their journey towards success.

Jul 01 2020

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Michael S. Harding - Corporate Manufacturing (Anheuser Busch-Retired)

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Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Michael Harding began his professional career as a production manager trainee with Anheuser Busch in the 1970's, a journey that will span a nearly four decade tenure with the same company. Michael would rise to become the second African American plant manager in the company's 130 plus year history, and would eventually become Vice President of Operations, and would serve as Executive Vice President until the company's sale to InBev in 2008.

Jun 27 2020

1hr 40mins

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Dale Lockett, Director of Local Programming & Community Marketing - KHOU-TV (CBS)

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Dale Lockett spent the early part of his life moving from place to place due to his father's career as a Methodist pastor, before his family settled in East Texas. He would attend the University of Houston where he pursued an education in TV production, before embarking on a career behind in the background of TV programming. He currently serves as Director of Local Programming and Community Marketing for KHOU-TV, Houston's local CBS affiliate.

Jun 23 2020

1hr 10mins

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Gerald McElvy, Energy & Finance (ExxonMobil - Retired)

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Born into a military family in North Texas, Gerald McElvy distinguished himself as a student at the University of Houston, before earning his MBA in Finance and embarking on a career in the energy industry. His storied 33-year career at ExxonMobil is a fascinating one that watched him rise to become the highest ranking African American executive at the company. He capped off his career fulfilling the role of head of the ExxonMobil foundation, and has spent his retirement volunteering on boards of educational institutions, and has recently taken an active role in the political process.

Jun 23 2020

1hr 40mins

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Shawn Taylor - Entrepreneurism (Food and Beverage)

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Shawn Taylor started his career as an auditor for the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen. He later went on to work as a financial advisor, before stepping out on his own when he structured a deal to acquire 19 Taco Bell stores in the Houston area. He would later own a minority stake in the Houston Astros, which he sold in 2017. Shawn grew up on the south side of Chicago, and was raised by a single mom as one of four boys.

Jun 17 2020

1hr 7mins

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Frazier Wilson, Director Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach - Shell (Corporate)

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Dr. Frazier Wilson takes us through his journey from being born in Mississippi, to his upbringing in Illinois, and his migration back to the south to attend an HBCU and ultimately settle down to establish a family and career. He has had a longstanding career at Shell Oil Company, starting out as an accountant, before transitioning into leadership roles following a stint as a special education high school teacher. His role in the company now focuses on Shell's efforts towards workforce development and expounding on diversity as a strength.

Jun 17 2020

1hr 2mins

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Geoff Green - Finance and Private Equity

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Geoff Green grew up in southern California and embarked on a journey that led to a highly successful corporate career in marketing, before he ultimately transitioned to private enterprise where he got involved in the telecommunications business. He ultimately sold his business and now runs a private equity firm that invests in real estate, business startups, and other private ventures.

Jun 17 2020

58mins

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Mitch Marcel, Darda Management Group (Logistics Entrepreneur)

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Mitch Marcel transitioned from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur in the field of logistics, where he was a partner and head of operations for a mid-size logistics firm prior to buying out his partners just ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. He would later sell the legacy business, and launch a new business via reinvention and repositioning of the company's industry focus.

May 29 2020

55mins

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Jeffrey Webber, President - Altair Strickland (Construction)

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Enlightening interview with Jeffrey Webber who serves as president of Altair Strickland, an industrial construction company serving clients in the energy and petrochemical sectors. Jeffrey is from Tulsa Oklahoma from where he earned his Construction Mangement degree from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from University of Houston.

May 29 2020

1hr 8mins

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Bruce Johnson, Senior Global Director - Lubrizol (Corporate Manufacturing)

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Enjoy this interview with Bruce Johnson who serves as Senior Global Director, Manufacturing Services & Information Solutions for The Lubrizol Corporation a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Bruce has spent his entire career in the petrochemical sector with a specialization in plant operations. Bruce is an exception corporate leader who exemplifies humility, and espouses the values of faith and family.

May 29 2020

49mins

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CoVID-19: What Happened, Where We Are, and What's Next with Dr. Joseph Gathe (3-22-2020)

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Incredible interview with one of America's foremost infectious disease physicians, Dr. Joseph Gathe, who takes us through the history of coronavirus, the inception of the outbreak of CoVID-19 pandemic, where we are presently in dealing with the situation, and what a plausible outlook for the outbreak is.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 3mins

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COVID-19 Update Dr Joe Gathe: What we've Learned, What's Working, Staying Protected from Coronavirus

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Laolu Davies-Yemitan hosts a follow up interview with one of America's foremost infectious disease physicians, Dr. Joseph Gathe regarding what physicians are experiencing on the frontlines and the typical trajectory for coronavirus infected patients. Learn how to stay protected from coronavirus.

Apr 14 2020

46mins

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