Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges as a Leader of Color

June 20, 2024
Hosted by Ernelita Dacumos and Steve Steele

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Welcome to "The Leader's Edge," the show that brings you inspiring stories and expert advice from successful leaders in various fields. In this episode, we sit down with Orville Ingram, a highly experienced educator who has spent over a decade dedicated to improving Special Education instruction, programs, and services throughout districts and schools. Ingram has worked in both urban and suburban school districts, as a classroom teacher, school leader, and district administrator. His focus and interests involve Special Education Reform and Policies, School Climate and Culture, Restorative practices, educating Young Men of Color, and Urban Education Policies. But today, we're going to talk about the challenges faced by leaders of color. Ingram will share his insights and personal experiences on navigating office politics, finding representation and mentorship, feeling unsupported and alone in career journeys, overcoming imposter syndrome, and negotiating terms of contracts. Join us this Thursday, June 20th, 2024 at 11 am PST, 1pm CST, and 2pm EST. on the VoiceAmerica Network business Channel. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a true leader and learn how you can overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Rise to lead checklist: __________________________________________________ Join Us for a Heartwarming Cause This Christmas! Steve and Ernie invite you to be part of something truly special – Christmas for the Natives in the Philippines on December 8th. This joyous event is dedicated to Native Filipino children, offering them a day filled with: Exciting Games Delicious Food Fun Activities Heartwarming Gifts to Share with Their Families Your support can make a world of difference. Help us create unforgettable memories and spread holiday cheer to those who need it most. Mark your calendars: December 7th Be a part of this incredible cause and bring smiles to the faces of these wonderful children. For more details on how you can contribute or get involved, contact us today! Together, we can make this Christmas truly magical. Donate here:

The Leader's Edge

Thursday at 11 AM PST on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Do you have a plan for Personal Growth? This was a question that was posed to us a few years ago which triggered a hunger for Personal Growth. Now, you may be asking the same question to yourself. Well, regardless of your answer, The Leader's Edge show is just for you. This show is uniquely designed by your hosts Steve and Ernie as a path to your personal and leadership growth. We firmly believe on the quote by our mentor, Dr. John Maxwell that "Everything rises and falls on leadership." The Leader's Edge and their guests' mission is to provide you with tangible tools on how to lead well. That maybe be leading a corporation or leading yourself. So lean in as we take you to this journey every week and share a path and an environment for you to grow personally and professionally.

Ernelita Dacumos and Steve Steele

Ernelita also known as Ernie, is an Independent Certified Coach, Facilitator, Trainer, and Speaker with the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team. She has been thriving in the Healthcare Industry for over 10 years while fulfilling her purpose of motivating, teaching, and empowering young leaders to see their full potential. Personal Growth is where her passion is as she has gone through the journey herself. Ernie was a "shy introvert" turned into a "confident introvert". From the woman who used to stutter when speaking in front of others to the woman who now facilitates masterminds, workshops, and speaks in front of an audience. A woman who used to have a victim mentality to now having a can-do attitude. A woman who had always been too hard of herself, characterized as a perfectionist, overachiever, and with high expectations. To the gentle, self-loving, action taker, and learn as she goes attitude. She is an enthusiast when it comes to confidence and had worked on becoming a confidence mentor for her community and the people around her. Ernie's goal is to broaden her ability to help others. As she saw first-hand that personal growth must be intentional yet not always available to others. She is dedicating her life's work into creating a safe environment while educating, empowering, and spreading the knowledge about Personal Development. On top of personal growth, Ernie's leadership skills were heightened upon going through the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team program. Ernie thrives to add value to people by showing them that continuous growth is possible, if you are willing to put in the work for it.

As an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Steve is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills, and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, Steve is equipped with the tools, resources, and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance, and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, Steve has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives. Steve brings a rich and varied background that adds depth to his Leadership expertise—including 25 years of leadership in non-profit organizations transitioning to over 23 years leadership expertise in the corporate environment. Steve is a native-born Texan and lives in Ft. Worth since 1980. Steve holds a Double Major degree from Baptist Bible College in Music Performing Arts and in Biblical Theology. He earned his EXMBA from Colorado Tech University and hails 2 business certifications in Executive Management and Business Administration. Steve is an influential and seasoned facilitator on such subjects as Leadership Development, Personal Growth, and Individual and Group Coaching. He motivates, inspires and adds value to leaders that will in turn multiply value to others. He is a catalyst for the transformation of other leaders to change and influence the world around them. On behalf of John Maxwell, Steve brings his World Class team building and leadership strategies to Corporations, Businesses, Churches, non-profit organizations as well as personal and group coaching. Through all these activities, Steve maintains a lifeline to his audience, clients and associates with the goal to reach their fullest potential and thrive-both in leadership growth and life.

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