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037: Ani Alexander- Telling Stories To A Global Audience

Ani Alexander is a bestselling fiction author and a podcaster. Her podcast Write 2B Read is created to inspire and encourage writers. She enjoys being online entrepreneur and is working hard to reach success. She is an Armenian who grew up as the daughter of a diplomat and an engineer with international contracts. Her travels took her to Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Belgium and Russia. We talked about some of the changes she experienced, her influences and her journey from to the corporate world and away from it  into entrepreneurship. She shared unique insights on what it's like to live in Armenia and she discusses how to get into fiction writing and really just following your path. You can find out more about her and her work on her

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Becoming a Globally Minded, Multi-Hyphenated, Ambitious Leader with Akua Nyame-Mensah

Ep. 651
On today’s episode of the As Told By Nomads podcast, Tayo is joined by Akua Nyame-Mensah, a certified executive and leadership coach who helps leaders best focus their time and energy. From Ghana to the United States, Akua grew up on 4 continents and developed quite the distinctive world view as a result.Coming into her own identity and studying the diverse range of blackness, she not only began to value introspection, but also toreckon with her deep love for varying perspectives and their great importance.Nyame-Mensah made use of her multicultural background and this desire and ability to empathize through her work as a leadership coach, and today she talks about just that.Coach Akua acknowledges that people learn differently and focuses intensely on how she can best communicate her expertise, find new definitions for success, and embrace diversity.Most importantly though, Akua has used her difference as a coach to make a difference, and she continues to encourage others to embrace theirs every day.The Finer Details of This Episode:Growing up on 4 continentsComing into Akua’s identityStudying the range of blacknessAccess to historySeeing things from different perspectivesThe value of introspectionThe Coaching FellowshipLinks:Connect with Akua Nyame-Mensah on:Website: with Akua: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo’s Website: on LinkedIn: on Twitter: on YouTube: on TikTok: Told by Nomads Podcast: Management: Collective:

Interrupting Supremacy Culture with Ritu Bhasin

Ep. 650
Joining Tayo Rockson on the As Told By Nomads podcast is Ritu Bhasin, author of The Authenticity Principle, public speaker, and former lawyer. Growing up as a Punjabi minority with immigrant parents in Canada, Bhasin rarely felt comfortable in the classroom. Her white classmates berated her for her skin tone and culture as a child, and it stuck with her. It wasn’t until she quit her job as a lawyer and embarked on a yoga retreat that she discovered how much the discrimination impacted her.She’s had over 20 years of therapy at this point, and she’s found that such injustices as discrimination and cultural appropriation have led her down a path to internalize whiteness, feel ashamed of her culture, and experience extreme unhappiness. Now, as a public speaker and author, Bhasin is committing to authenticity. She wishes she could tell her younger self to stop trying to fit in and that fitting in is not a substitution for belonging, but since she can’t, Ritu has started to share that knowledge with others. Bhasin isn’t alone in this experience, and neither is anyone else, although sometimes it may feel that way. So listen in to today’s conversation, and you too might unlock the magic and freedom that is embracing your authentic self.The Finer Details of This Episode:Growing up as a Punjabi minority in CanadaHow bullying impacted Ritu’s mental healthCultural appropriationFinding solace in ancestral rootsInternalizing whitenessCommiting to authenticityThe performing and adapting selvesLinks:Connect with Ritu Bhasin on:Website: Authenticity Principle Book: Masterclass: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo’s Website: on LinkedIn: on Twitter: on YouTube: on TikTok: Told by Nomads Podcast: Management: Collective:

Reducing the Stigma for Mental Health with Melissa Skye Morgan

Ep. 649
Today, Tayo is joined by Melissa Skye Morgan, a full time Psychiatric NP student and mom. The pair chat about facing discrimination as children, navigating trauma, and creating boundaries. As the adopted child of two white parents, Morgan missed out on that personal education on the Black experience. After all, it wasn’t until she was an adult that she started to reckon with the trauma she suffered as a young girl.Having confronted some rather hard truths since then, however, Morgan has come to understand the power of perspective and the importance of creating boundaries. As a student embarking on her own psychiatric journey, Melissa seeks to destigmatize mental health. It’s about time that we start having open conversations about it, and today, Melissa and Tayo do exactly that.The Finer Details of This Episode:Growing up in a white familyFacing discrimination as a childPerspectiveCreating boundariesUnpacking traumaMental health stigmaLinks:Connect with Melissa Skye Morgan on:Melissa Skye on TikTok: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast:Tayo’s Website: on LinkedIn: on Twitter: on YouTube: on TikTok: Told by Nomads Podcast: Management: Collective: