Diversity Discourse

Diversity Discourse is the official podcast of Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. This is the space where we create meaningful conversations around business diversity, diverse business entrepreneurship and diversity, equity, and inclusion with some of the industry’s most engaging and successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and experts.

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3 days ago

In this episode, Alleson Tate interviews Aja Evans, a licensed mental health counselor and financial therapist, about how mental health impacts finances. They discuss the definition of financial therapy and how it differs from traditional therapy and financial advice. Aja explains that financial therapy focuses on understanding the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around money and how they impact one's relationship with money. They also discuss the role of financial therapists in partnership with financial advisors. Aja shares her personal financial awakening and how it influenced her approach to financial therapy. They explore the connection between mental health and financial decisions and behaviors, as well as common signs of financial anxiety or stress. Aja provides techniques to deal with financial stress, including knowing your numbers, understanding your emotions, and creating a plan.

Thursday May 30, 2024

This episode of Money Mindset focuses on taxes and investing in personal development. Alleson Tate discusses the two tax seasons—tax paying season and tax planning season—and emphasizes the importance of knowing in advance how much you will owe. She also explores different ways business owners can invest in themselves to lower their tax bills, provides tips on how to maximize tax deductions for business travel, and more.

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Brooke Foley of Jayne Agency and Lasonya Berry, CEO of McPherson, Berry & Associates talk about the interconnectedness between a founder’s vision and brand promise, and how those work together to create impact. They also discuss why keeping your promises now is critical for the future of your business and for the next generation of emerging entrepreneurs in the diverse supply chain.

Wednesday May 01, 2024

The Burns Brothers have built an empire of businesses focused on DEI and making a positive impact on the social issues impacting minorities. Their businesses employ over 100 people across eight multi-million dollar, Black-owned businesses.
The Burns Brothers have proven in just four short years that focusing on the principles of DEI, in contrast with some prevailing narratives is the best way to run a business in the 2024 landscape. 
And in this episode, my guest co-host Brian Martin of BriSTAR and I talk with them about that and how their empire benefited from those principles.

Monday Apr 22, 2024

In this episode, Allison Tate and Emily Shull discuss mentally preparing for your first million dollars. They explore common misconceptions about achieving a million-dollar year and how to shift mindset to overcome these misconceptions. Emily emphasizes the importance of understanding personal money beliefs and how they can hinder success. She provides strategies for identifying and making connections with past experiences that may be impacting financial growth. Emily also highlights the role of meditation in understanding thoughts and beliefs. The conversation concludes with a discussion on building a team of advisors for long-term success.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

MBE magazine contributor Alleson Tate, certified financial planner and owner of Avere Wealth Management, talks to special guest Rickie Taylor of Retirement Plan Consultants about how diverse business owners can ensure they’re adequately planning for their financial future.
You can get more insights and information from Alleson at https://mbemag.com/money-mindset-alleson-tate/. And, sign up for her email newsletter, Money Mindset, to receive financial tips in your inbox every two weeks.
Also, this episode’s sponsor is Comcast RISE, a grant program built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. Comcast RISE has awarded 13,500 small businesses to date with over $125 million in monetary, marketing, and technology grants. 
To find Comcast RISE businesses near you, visit https://bit.ly/RISEQ124_MBE_Pod.

Friday Feb 23, 2024

Ryan Renteria is a CEO coach, diverse board director, public speaker, and the founder of Stretch Five, a leading executive coaching firm.
Ryan is the author of a book called Lead Without Burnout: Growth with Less Stress for You and Your Team, which offers A Proven Process for Achieving Work/Life Optimization, Growing Your Business More Effectively, & Enhancing Well-Being for You & Your Team
He joined us to chat about his book as well as the importance of corporate leaders and entrepreneurs avoiding burnout and how they can support their employees in avoiding burnout and other work-related mental health issues.

Thursday Feb 08, 2024

Alleson Tate, a certified financial planner and the founder and owner of Avere Wealth Management in the Atlanta area, is joining the MBE magazine team as a financial content contributor. Alleson will provide financial content to help you do better business in our print magazine, our website, here on Diversity Discourse, and in a dedicated newsletter.
In this episode, Alleson talks about what she has planned for this year and how she helps business owners with their financial issues.

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

In our Winter 2024 installment of Beyond the Logo, Brooke Foley chats with Nicole Middendorf, Minneapolis’s financial guru and well-known curator of the “Live It List”. Nicole found herself as a financial advisor compromising all that felt important to her, inside of a relationship that was removing her ability to live life with the basics: security and stability. Once she found her way past that she decided to look at life as one big “LIVE IT” list.
Nicole shares her expertise on how brand — and life choices — are positively impacted with financial discipline, which sets us up to achieve financial success. Financial success empowers us to live, love and laugh the way we envision, and allows us to demonstrate our values, beliefs and have experiences in the way that suits us - both personally as individuals, and professionally as entrepreneurs. 
You can also read more from Nicole in our Winter 2024 print issue at https://digital.mbemag.com.

Sunday Nov 26, 2023

For Kai Fuentes, president and CEO of Ebony Marketing Systems (EMS), building a thriving business and providing her clients with high-quality multicultural market research comes down to two key pieces of advice her parents gave her: “Don’t give up,” and “Your word is your bond.”
In this episode, Kai discusses how tenacity and integrity are essential to her business and the entrepreneurship legacy her mother, the original founder of EMS, left her.
Also, this episode’s sponsor is Comcast RISE, a grant program built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. Comcast RISE has awarded 13,500 small businesses to date with over $125 million in monetary, marketing, and technology grants. 
To find Comcast RISE businesses near you, visit https://bit.ly/RISEQ423_MBE_Pod.


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