Skooled Episodes

031 Branding: Beyond Selfies

Brand Marketing can make or break your business. Even if you don't have a business, if you're employed, chances are you have a professional profile, in which case you are your brand. How you choose to market your business or yourself has a lot to do with your success. Millennial entrepreneur and branding expert, Trevy Caldwell is the found of MyStory MyBrand. She joins Skooled with some must have tips on branding for beginners.

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030 Mindset Manifestation Part II: Clear Goals and Limiting Beliefs

In Part II of the Mindset Manifestation series, Dr. Petrina Naylor, PhD, talks about creating a growth mindset, which in part entials being clear and intentional about your goals and identifying upper limits or the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from achieving your dreams,

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029 Mindset Manifestation Part I: Ask, Believe, Receive

Succes of failure. Win or Lose. These things are often determined by our mindset. If something is holding you back from achieving your dreams and goals, chances are it has everything to do with your midset. Dr. Petrina Naylor, PhD, s a mindset coach and the founder of A Queen With Dreams who teaches clients how to have a mindset that helps them manifest their dreams. She joins Skooled to teach us the keys to elevating our mindset so we can manifest everything we hope for and aspire to have.

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028: Love Thy Self

We are our own worst critics! We can be meaner to ourselves than the meanest person we know. We can punish ourselves without even knowing it. Self love can change this. Self acceptance is one of the first steps. Jaclyn Amys is a therapist who sees a a therapist herself and hosts The Anxious Therapist Podcast. She joins Skooled to show us how we can learn to accept ourselves while becoming the person we want to be.

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027: The Most Anxious Generation

Millennials have been dubbed the, "Most Anxious Generation." Stress and anxiety are so common that many of us just expect it in our daily lives as much as we expect sunrise or rain. These days there are so many environmental factors that exacerbate the problem, including our busy schedules, social media and even our sleep habits. The good news is stress and anxiety don't have to control your life. Therapist, Derrick Collins helps run the Stress and Anxiety Center in Florida with his father and joins Skooled to show us how we can learn to manage stress and anxiety so they don't manage us.

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026: The Money Moves Plan

Making Money Moves is a very millennial thing to say. CPA and Financial Education expert, Mara Liz Meinhofer, is taking it a step further with her Money Moves Plan that can help anyone reach their financial goals, even if they only have $1. She joins Skooled to share these tips and her own personal financial journey, which includes the lows of being broke and in debt as well as the highs of overseeing accumulated budgets of $1 billion and serving as the former Deputy Secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

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025: Living Your Best Life In Debt

Debt. Millions of millennials and young adults are saddled with it. Many have not figured out how to manage it well or pay it off. Meet Jason Butler: millennial blogger and founder at For several years Jason has been chronicling his struggles and successes with paying off tens of thousands of dollars of debt while living his best life, pursuing his goals and having fun. He joins Skooled to share his secretes and advice for other millennials struggling to do the same.

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024: Credit is Currency

Good luck doing pretty much anything without having a good credit score. The good news is, if you're not on the best of terms with Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, it's not too late to start fresh. Financial advisor Faith McLemore of Credit Currency joins Skooled to give millennials, xennials and Gen-Zers 5 tips they can use to start the new year on the path to having good credit.

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023: What They Don't Tell You About Weddings

Cohosts and newlyweds, Jason Clark and Nia Clark, are back together on another episode of Skooled to talk about their recent nuptials and some of the important lessons millennials are rarely told abou the ups and downs of planning a wedding and making it to the alter.

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022: From Reality TV to Real Love

We know her as Dr. Lexy on the OWN reality TV show, "Ready To Love." Dr. Alexix Branch joins journalist, Nia Hamm, on Skooled podcast to talk about her highs and lows on the show, what she learned while on the show and how she stepped out on faith and found true love.

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021: The Power of Laughter

We often speak of mental health care as a form of treatment. Many people don't realize the benefits of mental health care as a preventative measure. Certified mental health coach, Joseph Bonner, aims to spread this awareness with the re-launch of his self-titled mental health based magazine, the Joseph Magazine. He joins Skooled Podcast to chat about the publication, the importance of laughter and how to stay sane in an insane world.

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020: The Millennial Wives Club

Being a millennial wife to #bae in some ways comes with a unique set of challenges and experiences our mothers and grandmothers never had. It can be exciting and terrifying all at once. That's why Tia Davidson founded The Millennial Wives Club, a lifestyle and fashion blog dedicated to Millennial women who are dealing with major transitional life events such as marriage, motherhood, career, new location, and a new identity. She joins journalist, Nia Hamm, on Skooled to talk about all of that and more.

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019: Millennial Girl Meets World

Beyonce says girls run the world. Maybe. However, many millennial women are struggling just to survive in a world that looks nothing like the one our teachers and professors said it would before we graduated. That's why Shay Harkness and Brae Creech started The Millennial Girl Way: a community that offers various tools to help every young woman reach their truest potential. They join journalist, Nia Hamm, to talk about their inspiration behind the brand and how to tackle some of the toughest issues millennial girls are grappling with.

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018: Getting "unstuck"

Feeling stuck in life? Unclear about your purpose? Working hard with little reward? Unclear about a way forward? If you're ready to get "unstuck" and become empowered, Marline Francois Madden can show you how. Empowerment isn't what she does, it's who she is. The sought-after mental health expert, owner of Hearts Empowerment Counseling Center and public speaker joins journalist, Nia Hamm, to share some of her secrets to helping young adults unlock their full potential.

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017: Serving Style With A Side of Inspiration

At just 23 years old, Eric Jones is cross off accomplishments on his bucket list that take many people years to do. He runs his own shoe company as well as a branding company. He joins, journalist, Nia Hamm, to explain how a string of personal tragedies fueled his dreams and success.

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016: From Rock Bottom to Rock Star

Feeling confused about your purpose in life? Wondering if you're making the best decisions for your personal happiness and professional success? Millions of millennials, xennials and Gen-Zers are in the same boat. Unfortunately for us - and unlike our parents - there is no longer a "blue print" for life. That's why Blogger, Podcaster and Business Consultant, Rachel Ritlop, started the Confused Millennial: a community of young adults helping each other find a way forward. She joins journalist, Nia Hamm, to talk about how she turned her lowest moments into her greatest achievements and how she's helping others do the same.

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015: Couples Therapy: how married millennials make love last

Married millennials Steven and Kimberly McRoyal have been together since they were teenagers. They started their Millennial Married podcast to help other millennials find and keep lasting love. In this episode of Skooled they join journalist, Nia Hamm, to talk love, growth, infidelity, forgiveness and much more.

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014: From Passion to Profit

Huge numbers of millennial women entrepreneur are leaving their 9-5 jobs to start their own businesses. Emmy Award winning bi-coastal documentary producer, Alana Blaylock, is one of them and she's found great success in doing so. Hear about her amazing journey, including the ups, downs and the advice she has for other young women hoping to start their own company.

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013: Digs: where 20 and 30-somethings are putting down roots

In this episode, Journalist, Nia Hamm, is joined by John Walkup of to discuss where millennials and gen-Zers (20 and 30-somethings) are living in large numbers and why. The episode also explores some of the best tools young adults can use to find a community they can call home.

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012: Insanely Smart Money-Saving Wedding Tips for Millennials: Part 2

In this epsode of Skooled we're continuing our conversation about some of the best ways adults can save on weddings. Journalist, Nia Hamm, and her fiance, Jason Clark, are joined by wedding planner, Alicia Smith, who dishes on everything from frugal ways to send wedding invitations, choose creative decor, shop for budget-friendly bridal shops and designers as well as how to choose a cost-effective, fabulous reception menu.

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011: Insanely Smart Money-Saving Wedding Tips for Millennials

In this episode of Skooled, the panel discusses some of the best money-saving tips young adults can use to cut back on costs for the big day! Journalist, Nia Hamm is Joined by millennial financial expert, speaker and author of Broke Millennial, Erin Lowry, who dishes on some of the best financially savvy ways for millennials to plan a wedding and marriage on a budgget.

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010: Identity's influence on the young, anxious and depressed

In this episode we'll tackle the prevalence of anxiety and depression among today's young adults and how this trend impacts minority and marginalized communities differently than other segments of the population. Guests include Visual Artist, Christine Neptune; Carl Forbes, Jr., who is an Attorney and Real Estate Broker; and Janel Richardson-James, who is a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as an advocate of the Mental Health Awareness Project, which is run by the Youth Advocacy Corps.

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009: Mental Health Awareness Across Color Lines

Young adults are more open to discussing issues relating to mental health than previous generations according to recent research. Despite progress on this front mental health awareness isn't felt as widely in minority and marginalized communities. The Skooled panel explores why and the impact this has on these communities. Guests include: consultant and health care administrator, Marc Alan Minick, Ph.D., LMSW, as well as Hasan Shabazz and Melissa Lawrie, who are both Psychologists at the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

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008: The Loneliness Epidemic

Young adults are far more digitally and socially connected than previous generations. Yet, young people are far more likely than senior citizens to report being lonely. This episode of Skooled tackles the pervasive feeling of loneliness reported among so many young adults, the reasons behind it as well as remedies to address it. Journalist, Nia Hamm, is joined by NYC-based pyschotherapist and founder of A Good Place Therapy, Kerri Mohr. She is also a volunteer with Sidewalk Talk, which is an organization dedicated to listening to strangers talk about their problems on sidewalks in dozens of cities across the world for free.

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007: Young and Financially Illiterate

Whether it's juggling one or more jobs, student loans, establishing independences, renting or buying a home, economic uncertainty and a changing socio-economic landscape, young adults have to focus their attention on many more simultaneous distractions than previous generations. It's no wonder financial literacy is not a strong suite among many of them, especially when it isn't widely taught in schools or talked about in many households. In this episode, Skooled tackles the issue of financial literacy among young adult and exactly what that looks like for today's younger generations. Journalist Nia Hamm is joined by Personal Finance Expert and Broke Millennial Author, Erin Lowry, as well as VP of Business Development at Millennial Advisors, LLC, Ron Rivas.

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006: Young Adults and the New Economy

In this episode the panel tackles some of the biggest challenges today's young adults have with finances and wealth including, issues pertaining to wealth creation, wealth preservation and the psychological relationship many young adults have with money. Journalist Nia Hamm and her fiance, Jason Clark, are joined by
CEO/Founder of Master the Talk Consulting, Forbes Contributor, Career/Business/Life Coach and author Yuri Kruman as well as Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP Trust and Estates Attorney, Preston Demouchet.

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005: What Women Should Know About Self-Care

Self-care is a trendy phrase but many people are unaware of exactly what it is. It has also become a booming $400 billion dollar industry catering heavily to women who often rely on it to create balance in their lives. Journalist Nia Hamm is joined by a dynamic panel of wellness experts to tackle these topics and many more. Dr. Erin Stair is a physician, health consultant and author. Victoria Albina is a holistic medicine provider and life coach. Dr. Shireen Fernandez is a researcher, physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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004: Leading Ladies

Whether it's working in the arts or in corporate America, climbing the career ladder can be challenging for women working in male-dominated fields. In this episode, journalist Nia Hamm continues to celebrate Women's History Month by talking to two women career professionals about how they've done just that. She's joined by Tonya Canady who can be seen in commercials and on TV shows including, "Bull" on CBS, "Shades of Blue" on NBC as well as projects like the Netflix Pilor Original Series, "Seven Seconds." The ladies are also joined by New York State Supreme Court Principal Law Clerk and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Adjunct Professor, Kathleen Waterman, who is also running to become a judge in New York City.

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003: Working it Out

Journalist, Nia Hamm, is joined by former Reuters TV anchor turned Career Coach, Elizabeth Koraca; CEO/Founder of FundSpark, Fashion Institute of Technology Adjunct Professor and Career/Millennial Expert, Emily Miethner; as well as Attorney turned Career Coach Crystal Irom. In honor of Women's History Month, this episode of Skooled tackles the gender barriers young adult women face in the workplace and how they compare to gender barriers faced by previous generations of working women. This episode also looks at how young adult women can apply lessons of the past to their current employment situations.

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002: Marriage 'Matters'

Award winning celebrity life coach, speaker and co-author of Single Man Married Man, Pervis Taylor as well as Love Coach and Ladypreneur, Lisa Velazquez, join TV Reporter, Nia Hamm, and her fiance, Jason Clark, to discuss how xennials, millennials and GenZ-ers approach the concept of marriage and wether it still holds the same value as it once did. The panel also discusses what obstacles today's young adults face that may contribute to the low rates of marriage their generations experience.

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001: The Young Adult's Guide to Attracting the Right Life Partner

Psychologist, Dr. Vijayeta Sinh, and Transformative Coach, Nando Rodriguez, join host Nia Hamm and her fiance to tackle some of the major challenges young adults face when trying to attract a life partner. In this episode, Nia revisits the long 'list' she used to do that.

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Joe Clark's Gift to Me

There is a movie many people who grew up in the 80’s or 90’s have seen called, Lean On Me (I'm really showing my age). The film is based on the true story of former Eastside High School principle, Joe Clark. Clark’s character is played by Morgan Freeman, who depicts Clark as a mean-tempered yet caring teacher who returns as principal to the Patterson, New Jersey high school he had previously been fired from to find it overrun with drug abuse, gang violence and urban decay. 

Although Clark’s unorthodox teaching and administrative methods result in a clash with city officials, his approach also leads to a rebirth of learning and achievement within the school walls, showing students who once had no hope, that they too can achieve their full potential. Anyone who knows Clark was unlikely to be surprised that he demanded the best of anyone under his instruction. He is also the father of Olympic track athletes Joetta Clark Diggs and Hazel Clark. 

When I was a little girl, the real Joe Clark was also family friend and he would often visit my cousin’s home when he was in town. One day when Mr. Clark and I were visiting my cousin on the same day, he said that he was going to give me a word to memorize and that I should never forget it. At the time I felt as if he was going to bestow some sort of mystical secrete on me. The word was pertinacious. It means holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action. In other words, to be pertinacious means to be persistent or tenacious. 

At the time I don't think I understood just how much of an impact that one word would have on the rest of my life. The word’s importance and value would become more clear as my relationship with fear became more complicated. There have been times in my life where I have wanted to be just the opposite of pertinacious and give up, especially when faced with significant challenges. My fear of failure has often centered around inadequacy, rejection and pain. It has caused me to doubt my own potential and in some cases that has stunted my own growth. Sometimes the disappointment bred by remaining stagnant is easier to bear than the fear of failure. 

Fear is one of the most powerful and influential forces in life. It impacts your decisions, actions outcomes. According to psychology experts, fear is meant to protect you, but it often serves as an obstacle that stands between you and your goals. Indeed, successful people are often those who know how to control their fear. 

And while there are times where I have given up on certain things, particularly when I felt as if I wasn’t good enough, the idea of doing so never sat well with me. It was almost as if it was difficult for me to exist knowing I had left something unaccomplished. Ever since that chance encounter with Mr. Clark, I have felt compelled to be pertinacious in spite of my fear of failure. I think this is part of the reason I continue to push forward with my goals or dreams, even when I lack the confidence I believe is required to achieve them.

One thing that can be more powerful than fear is encouragement. That is what Mr. Clark gave me when he told me memorize, and in essence, internalize the word pertinacious. The impressionable years of childhood and adolescence are when foundations are laid that significantly shape the path a person takes in life. This is true about both negative and positive experiences. While unpleasant circumstances can hinder a person’s growth, pleasant encounters like the encouragement I received from Mr. Clark as a young girl can be far more influential on a child who becomes an adult. This is why I believe that despite my fear of failure as well as the experiences of rejection, judgement and pain that have only served to feed that fear, my internalization of what it means to be pertinacious has always made me feel compelled push forward. Even if it took years to achieve a goal or dream, including applying to graduate school, becoming a television reporter or getting married. 

All these years later I realized that Mr. Clark was giving me the tools needed to muster the motivation required when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. He understood that there was nothing separating me from the next wildly successful person but amount of desire and tenacity it would take for me to also achieve whatever level of success I set as my own personal goal. This is what he sought to teach his students and this is the message delivered in the movie, Lean On Me, which was based on his own life. 

When people don't believe in their own potential, their lack of confidence manifests in their quality of life. They stunt their own growth. They block their own benefits. They stand in their own way. They don't take a chance on themselves. And they do not strive to reach their full potential. On the other hand if a person’s resolve to achieve a certain goal is greater than their own weaknesses, including their lack of confidence or fear of failure, than they absolutely have everything they need to achieve their goal. Fear is a natural perfectly normal emotion. It’s how we operate in the face of fear that determines an outcome. 


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