Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Karla Thut

The 2018 Be The Change Interview Series

Week 1 – Featuring: Karla Thut, Trauma Specialist and Immigrant Advocate

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PNc4LFLItBM

About

Karla Thut was born and grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She graduated from Goshen College with a BA in Social Work and Temple University with a Masters in Social Work. She has worked as a family therapist in the city of Philadelphia for 15 years primarily with co-victims of homicide and survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. During this time Karla trained at the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center as a family therapist and at the Philadelphia Family and Children’s Play Therapy Training Center where she trained in Contextual and Structural Family therapy and play therapy. In addition to working as a therapist Karla teaches part time at Chestnut Hill College in the Masters in Counseling Psychology department in their trauma studies concentration and is on the board at La Puerta Abierta. La Puerta Abierta is a non-profit in Philadelphia that provides mental health services to immigrant youth and their families. Karla lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

How You Can Help

Support La Puerta Abierta whose mission is “To improve access to quality, culturally and trauma-informed mental health support in the immigrant and refugee community through collaboration, training and service”.

Contact Karla to learn more about her private practice mental health care services, or healing trauma training services at: karlathut (at) gmail (dot) com

Resources mentioned

The movie I was referencing was called Inside Out

 

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Until Next Time…Peace!

Oh! By the way, if you want to learn more about the blogger of this post feel free to check out my about page.

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Black History Now-Meet Leslie Burrs

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been sharing interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year that I’ll be presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I hope you enjoy 🙂

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my final guest of this series…

Meet Leslie Burrs- Award-winning performer & Composer

leslie-burrs-headshot In this interview Leslie shares with us:

1) What prompted him to get started in his work as both an artist and director of a boutique opera house.

2) How he evolved from composer and flutist to creating art with healing properties for those dealing with Mental Illness.

3) And how he currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

 

Check Out Our Interview Here: http://youtu.be/GyaTu-PNPys

You can find out more at:

Leslie’s Website: www.leslieburrs.com

Opera North’s website: www.operanorthinc.org

DBHIDS’s website: www.dbhids.org/

This is the the film Leslie produced for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services titled Autumn Journey.

Until next time…Peace!

 

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Black History Now-Meet Florcy Morisset

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been sharing interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year that I’ll be presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I hope you enjoy 🙂

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my special guest of the week…

Meet Florcy Morisset- Independent Curator & Art Consultant

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In this interview Florcy shares with us:

1) What prompted her to open up an art gallery in the Historic Old City part of Philadelphia.

2) How she evolved from a brick and mortar gallery into a location-independent gallery in order to take the art gallery to an international market.

3) And how she currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

Check Out Our Interview Here:http://youtu.be/Tw6JjIKxncc

You can find out more at:

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http://www.vivantartcollection.com

Until next time…Peace!

 

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Black History Now: Meet Tina Wells

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-the History Makers! My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all the final guest of the series…

Meet Tina Wells-Marketing Maven

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1) Tell me a little about yourself and what you do.

My name is Tina Wells and I am the founder and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group, which is a company that creates marketing strategies for various clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors.

2) What prompted you to start your own business?

I am admittedly lucky because I found a calling and an opportunity when I was rather young. I was only sixteen years old when I came across the chance to start my own business – I had been writing product reviews for a newsletter that was geared toward young women and one my clients mentioned to me that she had just paid another individual $25,000 to do the same exact thing that I was doing for free. To me, that was amazing and inspiring. With a lot of support from my family and help from my mentor at Hood College, I was able to turn my big ideas into a reality and soon legitimized a business that eventually evolved into Buzz Marketing Group.

3) What were the first steps you took towards making your dream into reality?

Planning. Lots of planning. Before I even started this business, I used all my knowledge from classes and spent a lot of time discussing with my mentor in order to create an incredibly extensive business plan. By learning as much as I could before the fact, I was able to utilize strategies and schedules to keep my eyes on the goal and achieve what I wanted to achieve. More importantly, planning allowed me to adapt when things didn’t go as expected.

4) Where does your inspiration/motivation come from?

There are a lot of day-to-day events that I’m inspired by, but I’m most inspired by the freedom that my business allows and encourages. When I was growing up, a career was defined by 9-to-5 cubicle jobs that were “safe.” Breaking into a field that pushed me to do my own thing and follow my dreams my way was electrifying, and I continue to be motivated by the fact that I am not at the beck-and-call of someone else, the fact that I create my own income, and the fact that I am sustaining a business based on doing something that I love to do!

5) How do you define and measure success?

I believe that success is defined and measured on a person-by-person basis. For some, it can be all about the number of A’s on a report card and for others, it can be all about the number of shoes in their possession! Of course, the easiest way to measure success in today’s world is to just evaluate yourself financially – but my definition of success is based on the impact and the quality of the impact that you have on your community and on the world as a whole. That’s not to say that financial success isn’t helpful in creating that impact but it is definitely not the only factor that matters. For instance: although the business world can be focused on quick transactions, superficial relationships, and rapid developments, I have an enormous amount of respect for the men and women that take it a step further and aim to make a positive difference on the people and groups around them. To me, those are the people that are truly on the path to success.

6) What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Networking is incredibly crucial. As always, stay true to your vision, mission, and personal brand – but sometimes it is important to focus on who you know and how you interact with them. A woman you bump into at a conference might end up being your partner in business, and a guy you sit next to on the bus to New York might end up being your next biggest client! So it is important to stay on top of your networking game and take note of all the people with whom you interact. Especially when you are starting up a business, networking can be an incredibly useful tool to spread the word about your services and your organization.

You can learn more about Tina’s company Buzz Marketing Group over on their website: http://buzzmg.com/

Feel Free to follow Tina on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/tinacwells

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Black History Now: Meet Thilana Chandler

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-the History Makers! My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my 3rd guest…

Meet Thilana Chandler-Music Director and Vocalist Extraordinaire

Here’s the direct link to the YouTube video in case you weren’t able to play it here.

1) Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?

I am a wife, mother of five, educator, musician, arts director, and entrepreneur. I graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Special Education. I also earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.

I am the Founder and Co-Owner of Higher Standard Performing Arts Preparatory, LLC which is in the business of shaping and preparing skillful dancers, musicians, actors, and artists to develop their creative mind, unique ability, and powerful presence to make a positive impact within their communities when they share their gifts and talents.

2) What prompted you to start your own business/be your own boss/ build your personal brand?

I have a passion for the arts and I know it is my life’s mission to share my gifts, talents, and instruct others within the performing arts. I started foremost out of a love for what I do. I then realized that what better way to make a living than to work in my passion. I am strong believer your “work” should be something you are strongly committed and passionate about. So, I set forth my goal by starting my own business teaching and providing instruction within the performing arts.

3) What were the first steps you took towards making your dream into reality?

The first step I took towards my dream, was I worked under my father who was a successful educator and musician. I come from an extremely musical, creative, artistic family. My father ran a private music studio, Cary’s Music Studio, for 25 years and he began to teach me the in’s and out’s of running a private music studio. I worked with him giving private music lessons and gaining a small clientele of my own. As I was learning, I continued to volunteer my time by being the musician and Worship leader at my church which, gave me more experience by teaching others the gift of music.

Overtime, I developed connections to expand my own business and volunteer work with other organizations and churches. As a result, I gained the opportunity to go into the school systems to teach music, dance, and drama under my own business and offer an after school program to students. This led to more exposure which required the need for a separate location which my partners and I have now acquired in Woodbury, NJ.

4) How do/did you handle obstacles and roadblocks?

I have maintained the viewpoint that, “Every delay will work out in my Favor!” I have learned to be patient, diligent, and to stay positive when dealing with obstacles. It is important to maintain a relentless attitude that believes, I will overcome, regardless of what obstacle the business or life in general I am facing. I have learned that I must continue to believe that I will find a solution to overcome any roadblock and work towards that solution.

5) How do you define and measure success?

Success to me is a life lived on God’s purpose and plan. I know that God has good plans for my life and the process towards fulfilling my purpose must align with him. I know I am successful when I am doing what he desires and created me to do.

6) What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?

The one action plan I know that has accounted for most of my success is seeing the importance of my volunteering and giving of my time and talent. By giving, I have gained so much more in return. I have made connections, friends, partnerships, and business by giving.

7) Where do you see yourself and your business 10 years from now?

I believe in 10 years that Higher Standard Performing Arts Preparatory will be a leader in the Arts Education field. I believe Higher Standard will be a safe haven for professional and aspiring artists to learn, grow, and take their craft to a “Higher Standard”.

I also believe we will be implementing a quality performing arts after school program via our Mobile Arts Education Program in public, charter, and private school systems.

I also envision the Higher Standard Performing Arts K-12 Preparatory School. We understand that we are in the business of shaping lives. My goal is through Higher Standard we leave a legacy for future generations. This includes a comprehensive, rigorius, academic, school infused within the performing arts.

8) What projects are you currently working on that you think could benefit some of my readers?

I am currently, looking forward to our Grand Opening in March of our new location in  Woodbury, NJ. We are excited to be the first business located in the newly renovated G.G. Green Building. We are currently registering students of all ages for music, dance, art, and drama lessons. You can check out our website at www.hstandardprep.com. We are also on Facebook.

I also have my own blog that chronicles my journey towards reaching my life’s goals. I write about the good, the bad, and the journey towards being all God created me to be. My blog is called JourneyTowardsPurpose.

9) What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

The advice I would give to aspiring entrepreneurs would be to enjoy the journey, learn from the obstacles, keep your vision in focus, and believe you will have what you see!

Thilana’s Closing words….I would like to acknowledge my partners my husband Nate Chandler and Tellie Johnson. They are an integral part of my success and I would like to mention them some way.

Tune in next Saturday for my next guest entrepreneur!

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