Authentic Conversations with Scholars. About the Pod: Welcome to the ScholarChip$ Podcast, a platform for authentic conversations with scholars. Hosted by Larry Whitley and Tone Gaines—two accomplished attorneys with roots deep on the north side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin—our mission is twofold: (i) to provide a space for engaging dialogues with scholars from diverse fields and (ii) to champion the pursuit of academics as a key pathway to upward mobility within Black and Brown communities. As Black men who have navigated the journey from Milwaukee's inner city to professional heights in the legal arena, Larry and Tone bring unique perspectives and unwavering commitment to empowering listeners through knowledge, inspiration, and community engagement. Tap in with us at ScholarChip$ as we break barriers and build bridges, one conversation at a time. Discussions in this podcast are for general information and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Always consult a lawyer for your individual circumstances. email us at!


March 26, 2024 81 mins

Tone and Larry chop it up with Edward Wright, Esq (mentor and friend of the pod) about his professional journey, which illustrates the importance of charting your own course (while also highlighting the versatility of a law degree). If this episode resonates with you at all, please go ahead and subscribe, drop a comment, and tell a friend to tell a friend!

More about Eddie:

Captain Edward Wright will promote to Major on May ...

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Join us in a captivating conversation with Attorney Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques as we explore his life journey, education, and current role at the National Urban League. We discuss vital topics, from the power of voting to the enduring impact of the civil rights movement, all delivered with a 'by any means necessary' approach."

More about Walter:

Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is the Assistant General Counsel of the National Ur...

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Larry and Tone sit down with the incredible Jazzmyne Adams to dive deep into her dynamic career in public health. Tune in for an engaging chat filled with insights, stories, and everything you need to know about Jazzmyne's impactful journey!

About Jazzmyne:

Jazzmyne oversees research initiatives to improve health outcomes in the community as they relate to otolaryngology diseases. In 2018, she received her Masters in Public ...

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Get ready for an inspiring session as Tone and Larry catch up with Cory McClendon. In this episode, they explore Cory's educational and entrepreneurial journey. A longtime friend of the show, Cory is currently the Principal and CEO of McClendon Capital Group LLC. Tune in for a conversation filled with wisdom and the entrepreneurial spirit!

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November 21, 2023 40 mins

Tone and Larry make their triumphant return! It's been a minute, but duty calls. Join the conversation where they dive into key career questions:

1. How do you navigate career decisions?
2. The power of your network in these choices.
3. Balancing pay versus opportunities – how do you do it?
4. The importance of patience in making career changes.
5. Spotting signs it's time for a career move.

Share your thoughts, ...

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July 18, 2023 31 mins

We pause from our regular content to spotlight Rashad Nicks, Founder and CEO of Chillsweats. Chillsweats is a Midwest-based clothing brand redefining comfort. 

Learn more at 
Instagram: chillsweats_

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In this episode, Tone and Larry have an engaging chat with Simran Kaleka, the Co-Founder of Made for the W ( Hailing from Racine, WI, Simran kicked off her journey at Marquette University before heading to Atlanta, GA, for a law degree with a focus on sports and entertainment law at John Marshall Law School. With over a decade in the sports industry post-law school, Simran now co-owns Made for The W. T...

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Join Tone in a one-on-one conversation with Andrew Adeniyi, the CEO and Founder of AAA Solutions. In this episode, they delve into Andrew's educational and professional journey, exploring his insights and experiences. Andrew is not only a leader in business but also the author of the book 'The Circle of Leadership.' Don't miss out on this insightful discussion!

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In this compelling episode, we have a conversation with Apollo Carey, Equity Partner at a St. Louis, MO-based law firm. With 16+ years of experience in Corporate, Tax, and Real Estate law, Apollo wears many hats, including serving as the City Attorney for the City of Ferguson. Join us as we explore his St. Louis roots, educational and career journey, his role as a father to four children, and his impactful work in Ferguson...

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In this lively episode, Tone and Larry sit down with Mike Brown to discuss his historic journey as the first black student to take on the iconic role of Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot. Tune in as Mike shares insights into this groundbreaking experience and catches up with fans on his adventures since his Notre Dame days.

More about Mike:

Mike Brown is an invigorating force for good focused on enriching lives.

He graduated f...

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Dive into an engaging conversation as Tone welcomes Josef Hobdy to the podcast, unraveling the fascinating journey of his career in health administration. Click to explore the ins and outs of his professional story! 

About Josef:

Josef serves as a director of operations with Ascension Medical Group Texas. He has oversight of primary care and express care operations within the Austin market, spanding from Round Rock t...

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Join us for an enriching dialogue with Lauren Feaster as we delve into the realms of leadership, equity, and community service. Tap in for insightful discussions!

More about Lauren:

In August 2020 Lauren was appointed CEO of Professional Dimensions, a leading women’s professional association in the Milwaukee area whose mission is to unite women leaders in the relentless pursuit of better. Prior to joining Professional Dimens...

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Join Tone and Larry in an intriguing conversation with Attorney Kristen Hardy as they explore her educational and career journey, unraveling the true meaning of "empowering others." Don't miss out on this enlightening episode!

More about Kristen:

Kristen D. Hardy is Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary at a Fortune 90 company where she is responsible for counseling on matters related to insurance products,...

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January 17, 2023 67 mins

Join Tone and Larry as they engage in a meaningful conversation with Jorjio Hopkins, delving into his upbringing, experiences in the United States Marine Corps, and the valuable lessons he's gathered throughout his journey. Tune in for a compelling episode!

Jorjio Hopkins is a Wisconsin native who served for 8 years in United States Marine Corps and departed active duty as a Captain back in 2018. Jorjio currently works for ...

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Tune in as Tone and Larry sit down with Lupita Avalos, on a mission to empower Black and Brown families in achieving financial security. Explore her journey and engage in discussions about financial planning and wealth building in this compelling episode!

More about Lupita:

Milwaukee born and raised on the Southside by Mexican parents from Nayarit. Lupita was the first in her immediate family to earn a degree...

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Join Tone and Larry as they converse with David Umeh, the Founder & CEO of Clouty, a music-fintech platform revolutionizing the industry. Explore David's educational and entrepreneurial journey, marked by a decade of innovation and forward strides. Don't miss this episode uncovering the intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and the dynamic world of music-fintech!

More about Umeh:

Umeh attended Hampton University a...

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October 19, 2022 52 mins

Welcome back! Join Tone and Larry in their latest episode as they chat with Jalen Gipson, a Detroit native making waves in the financial services industry in Chicago. Dive into discussions about Jalen's upbringing, career journey, and the significance of cultivating a winner's mindset in every aspect of life. Don't miss out on this inspiring conversation!

Tap in with Jalen:

Instagram: @_jaleng__

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Join Tone and Larry for an insightful chat with Jade Hendricks, AVP of Investor Ops at a private equity firm, as she shares her two-part mission: leading by example and transforming perspectives on wealth and legacy in underserved communities. In this candid conversation, Jade reflects on her upbringing in Milwaukee, financial empowerment, and the pursuit of racial equity. After this episode, one thing is clear—Jade embodi...

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September 16, 2022 50 mins

Rest in peace to PnB Rock and all of the lives that we have lost to gun violence. We take a break from our regularly scheduled content to just chop it up.

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September 11, 2022 1 min

Follow us @scholarchipspodcast.
Welcome to the ScholarChip$ podcast hosted by Larry Alexander and Tone Gaines. Larry is a transactional attorney at a Fortune 100 Company. Tone is a Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions attorney at a large law firm in Chicago. But more importantly, both Larry and Tone are Black Men from the inner city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The duo started ScholarChip$ to: (1) create a platform to ha...

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