Respect Circles - The Podcast

Respect Circles - The Podcast

In a world that can feel divided, we want to bring people together – to learn, to listen with our hearts, and to begin to see each other again. Our vision is to foster and elevate respect and learning while we talk about the real issues of the day. Join hosts Stephanie Colegrove and Alpheaus Johnson as we invite people in to share their stories and their vision. Together we’ll get inspired to take action as we create a movement of change…one conversation at a time.

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May 18, 2022 47 min

Does success breed happiness?  And how do we live for a cause larger than ourselves, as we’re often encouraged to do? Today we are diving into answering these questions and exploring the concept of preparing to find true joy in the second half of your life, or as has been referred to as your “second mountain”. In this conversation, we talk about how natural it is to be longing for more at this point of our lives, and the importance...

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If you joined us last week, you’ll know we started a great conversation with two experts in the field of equine therapy and training, Alia Shahi and Becky Nibecker. This week we continue the conversation, learn more about their experiences, and explore how working with horses can be a gift to students, teachers, leaders, and to all of us who embrace this experience. 

Alia works for a non-profit organization called Reins of H.O.P.E....

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If you’ve ever felt the need to improve your physical or mental health, or you’re looking for a personal or professional development opportunity, we bet you’ve never thought of looking for help in a horse barn! Yet, the growing field of equine therapy is showing us that spending time with animals can be extremely beneficial to our well-being. In the first part of this special 2-part series, we welcome our expert guests, Alia Shahi ...

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This week on the podcast we’re continuing our discussion around what it takes to live a wholehearted life, based on the teachings of Brené Brown (if you haven’t yet listened to last week’s episode, we encourage you to check that out)! 

Today we’re going deeper around emotions and discuss the importance (in every relationship) of clearly naming and communicating what you’re feeling.  It’s especially important when things feel uncert...

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In a recent episode, we spent time exploring what it means to live a quality life and how our choices, sacrifices, and perspective influence our own meaning of life. Today we’d like to go deeper with this conversation and look at what it means to live wholeheartedly, and share some steps we can take to move towards being more courageous in this pursuit. 

During this conversation, we often refer to the amazing teachings and philosop...

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Earlier this March the U.S. House of Representatives passed The CROWN Act, which bans any form of discrimination based on hairstyle or texture. We also recently witnessed one of the most qualified Supreme Court candidates, Ketanji Brown Jackson, complete her senate confirmation hearing. Though we heard a lot about her qualifications and her appointment was well-deserved, there was just as much chatter about her “sister locks.” This...

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What is the meaning of life? We have all heard this unanswerable question, but we often don’t take the time to reflect on what a good quality of life really is. In today’s episode, we thought we’d venture into a conversation on life and help give some perspective on this question that is so very important to everyone, particularly at this point of time. 

We want to share how we view quality of life, and to let you know how you abso...

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Current statistics show that there are approximately 330 million people living in the United States, and according to our national ethos, we each live by the ideals that our freedom as American citizens includes the opportunity for prosperity and success. As well, it includes an upward social mobility for our family and our children achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. However, what if all of this is out of re...

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One of the many things we love about doing this podcast is that there is always more to learn and explore. Our mission is to share thought-provoking topics that help us all be better humans. One conversation at a time.

Join us this week as we start a dialogue about microaggressions - words and actions directed at members of a marginalized group that are often offensive or unconsciously reinforce a stereotype. We’ll share examples a...

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While many of you have heard of Title IX, most people haven’t paid close attention to what it is and who is protected underneath it. In this episode, we’re looking at interpretations of this comprehensive law that removed many of the barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and the careers of their choice.

During the past two administrations, the responsibility for ap...

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Today on the podcast we thought we’d have a candid conversation about where we find ourselves, both mentally and emotionally, after two+ years of a pandemic, political and social unrest in our country, and watching the horrific events unfold in Ukraine.

We felt it might be therapeutic for listeners (and for us!) if we had a conversation about how we’re doing right now, and to share some ways that we minimize and manage the impa...

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On today’s show, we welcome a special guest who helps us explore an area which we can all be more knowledgeable about. Listen in as we have a great dialogue about the Jewish experience, the rise in anti-Semitism around the world, and what is happening today.

Tanya Schecter is a highly experienced leadership coach and consultant who focuses on relationship-based leadership and the author of Lead from Your Heart: The Art of Relations...

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If you’ve turned on a television or looked at social media over the past decade, it’s hard to miss the discourse that’s taking place in our country. We as Americans pride ourselves in our rights in free speech, as spelled out in the First Amendment to the U.S, Constitution. However, lately there seems to be a lot of discussion around what should and shouldn’t fall under our rights to protected speech, which is why we wanted to dedi...

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Throughout the month of February we are honoring Black History Month on Respect Circles, with featured episodes focused on the contributions made by Black Americans in our country. Today we’re excited to share information and insights about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the important role that they continue to play in our society.

Many of today’s and yesterday’s notable figures have walked the campuses of...

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Today we’re diving headfirst into a topic that we’ve been wrestling with, especially due to some recent events in the news. We’ve found ourselves just a little fired up, and we think that the timing just might be right to jump into a deeper discussion on this subject.

Over the last couple of years, social tensions in the U.S. have brought much needed conversation around the topics of inequity and bias, as we discussed last week wit...

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Today is a very special episode, as we look back on the tremendous contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, how he would feel about the changes we have made, and the current state of America 60 years later. Our expert guest is Dr. R. Neil Siler, who is here to share his wisdom and experiences on the impact of racial trauma on individuals, and to talk about ways we can move to a healthier state.

Dr. R. Neal Siler is pastor emeritus ...

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As we continue our look at what makes an effective leader, today we dive deeper into the concept of emotional intelligence and how developing it can contribute to your success as a leader and in life. Being results driven as a leader is crucial, but the skills known as emotional intelligence are just as important to be aware of as you work to bring out the best in yourself, and each and every person that you lead. In today’s episod...

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Today’s conversation is all about leadership, which we believe is such an important topic because everyone is a leader in their own way. With several decades of combined leadership experience, we want to begin a broader dialogue about why leadership matters and some of the lessons we’ve learned, along with resources that will be helpful in your own personal leadership journey.

We want to stress that this conversation isn’t just for...

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Last week in the United States, we acknowledged the one-year anniversary of the events that took place last January 6th, which we all see as a very dark day in our history. Horrific actions taken on this date have created even more division in our country, and today on the podcast we want to explore where we are right now and what it means moving forward, as we redefine what democracy really means to each and every one of us.

As yo...

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December 22, 2021 27 min

In our final episode of Respect Circles for 2021, we take a look back at some of our learning and growth during the past year. We also reveal our personal goals for 2022, and share our vision for expanding our podcast and serving even more people.

There is a lot of good happening in the world right now. We are so grateful for the opportunity to speak with you each week as we all gain new perspectives. We thank you so much for your ...

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