“Leadership in Education Influencing Every Generation” featuring Dr. Mary Hemphill

“Education is about not forgetting that you are seriously affecting the trajectory of a child’s life.” – Dr. Mary Hemphill


It is with great pleasure that I share my newly released podcast “Leadership in Education Influencing Every Generation” with Motivational Millennials, Ivy LaClair & Blake Brandes! This was such a powerful project, & it was amazing to connect & share on such a positive platform. I hope you enjoy, moldmakers!

Click here to listen to the podcast – (Ep. 5) Leadership in Education Influencing Every Generation with Dr. Mary Hemphill


The Journey Continues Scholar Vlog – March/April/May 2016

The past three months have been hectic, amazing, & challenging. I have had the opportunity to spend time with family & friends,  celebrate special moments with loved ones, & embrace new opportunities that challenge me personally & professionally. Thank you for joining me on this scholarly journey!

New Leaders on the Block: Why Teacher Leadership and Shared Vision are Vital to North Carolina Schools

This week is off to an AMAZING start with the publication of my white paper entitled “The New Leaders on the Block: Why Teacher Leadership & Shared Vision are Vital to NC Schools” by Education NC! Teacher leadership is the key to transformation in our schools, & I am proud to share a few ways to help school & district leaders cultivate teacher leadership & shared vision in NC Schools! ‪#‎proudprincipal‬ ‪#‎publicedu‬ ‪#‎EDNC‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎motivation‬‪#‎moldmaker‬ ‪#‎scholarvlogger‬

New Leaders on the Block: Why Teacher Leadership & Shared Vision are Vital to NC Schools

A Month of Celebration! (Scholar Vlog – February 2016)

This was truly a month of celebration from having the opportunity to witness my amazing mentee, Jessica celebrate her many accomplishments through the Tomorrow Fund to keynoting the Black History Month program at a local church. Thank you for joining me on this scholarly journey!

A Month of Celebrations! Scholar Vlog – February 2016

One Year of Moldmaking

Be inspired. Educate yourself. Motivate others. – The Scholar Vlogger

e529017a442705313c2df659fc2bcb49One year ago, I posted my first video on YouTube & thus began my journey as the Scholar Vlogger. I purposed myself to lead a social media project that cultivated moldmakers through inspiration, education, & motivation. I called out to individuals from all walks of life in healthcare, public education, non-profit, & the private sector to fervently seek their passions & fulfill their purpose. Throughout this endeavor, I have learned a lot about myself, people, & the overall human condition. People are in desperate need of belonging to something greater than themselves. No matter the impact of the cause, people want to belong – to a group of friends, loved ones, online communities, their colleagues, & the list goes on & on. I have found, however, that defining oneself as a “moldmaker” oftentimes can you leave you outside of this belonging. Being a moldmaker, forces you to shatter society’s definition of “normal” & step into undefined, undiscovered, & uneven territory – alone.


“It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.” The beauty of moldmaking is that while you may start out alone, but you end up with a community of like-minded, grateful individuals who are willing to stand beside you for a greater cause. When I started my YouTube channel, I spent hours watching famous YouTubers with ten thousand, one hundred thousand & even a million subscribers! I observed their intros, their lighting, the way they edited their videos, & even took time to read the comments from their faithful fans. From natural hair gurus to makeup artists & DIYers to yoga enthusiasts, all of these individuals had one thing in common – they were making videos about the thing they were most passionate & knowledgeable about. That is when it hit me. Although my videos about inspiration, education, & motivation were all things that I was deeply passionate about, I was not making videos about the one thing I am the most knowledgeable about – being a school leader!

It does take courage to stand alone, but public education needs a revolution, a makeover, a rebranding of sorts. I am a moldmaker in the field of education, & this year I am rededicating myself to be a champion for public education. Society’s perception of the current education system is skewed & unrealistic. If more people were knowledgeable about the needs of our students, our teachers, & our school leaders then authentic change could begin. Also the perception of public educators needs a major facelift. We are not all jean-jumper-wearing, white-Ked-rocking, apples-for-button-covers individuals with little to no personalities as the media would have most to believe. We are a cornucopia of talented, passionate, unique, stylish, & innovative people who pledge to educate our youth. It is time to begin a rebranding campaign for education & for moldmakers.

This year, I pledge to bring more moldmakers to the forefront; to connect more people with their passion & purpose; to fervently seek my own intellectual, spiritual, & emotional pursuits; & to not only start the revolution in public education, but be the revolution as well. Here’s to another year of shattering molds & making our own!

The Scholar Vlogger


Moldmaker with an Eye for Fashion – Shannon Moody: Lawyer, Blogger, Fashion Diva


The moldmaker featured this week is not only by best friend from our college days at Meredith in North Carolina, but she is a lawyer who is redefining the legal & fashion game in the Big Apple. I am so proud of this intelligent & beautiful woman, & I am proud to call her my bestie. Check out this amazing blog post from Nineteenth Amendment that featured Shannon in their latest edition!


This Year’s Motto: “Live”


I love people. What I love most about people, is that each individual I encounter has their own unique story. Some stories could be New York Times best sellers; some are comedies; some tragedies; & even some horror stories…but those stories belong to someone. Those stories explain precisely how that individual came to be the person they are. Lately, I have crossed paths with a plethora of people who have shared their stories with me, & there has been one consistent theme: Live. Do not just exist, but live.

The truth is that life (especially life after college) can be full of amazing adventures, chance encounters, twists, & turns, but once you realize your purpose then that life takes on a whole new meaning. I was interacting with a young entrepreneur recently who shared with me that after college, she landed her dream job in corporate America making $50,000 a year. Soon after graduation & starting her new job, she got engaged, bought a house, & began planning her wedding. She was so excited to begin ticking these things off of “life’s to-do list!” However one morning  several months later, she woke up & realized that she needed several enormous cups of coffee to get her through Monday through Thursday, Friday she could not wait until it was time to get off work, and she was basically living for the weekend and only on the planet to pay a mortgage. That’s not living, that’s surviving! After that frightening realization, she decided to take control of her life, went into business for herself, and nine years later she has retired from corporate America, tripled her income, & fully enjoys her life instead of allowing life to live her.

Moldmakers live. Moldmakers see the opportunities that life presents and take full advantage of them. Moldmakers bulldoze through instead of going around life’s obstacles, and the result is a fabulously different outcome than staying on the hamster wheel & getting nowhere. This year’s motto is to live. Take the limits off of yourself & your situation, & watch what happens to your life. Take the blinders off of your vision, &  watch what happens to your reality!

Black Girls ROCK: Nadia Lopez (Change Agent)

As a fellow educator, I am in awe of Nadia Lopez & her powerful words shared last evening on ‪#‎BlackGirlsRock‬. Her challenge to students, parents, & society to begin reform in our schools is exactly the type of change necessary to shift our nation. I am beyond proud of this black girl who ROCKS! Check out this inspiring challenge and call to action from Ms. Lopez: http://bet.us/1xXrFps


The First Black Female PhDs

Check out this enlightening article on the first three Black female PhDs, moldmakers! Georgiana Simpson (University of Chicago, Ph.D. in German philology), Sadie Mossell Alexander (University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in economics); & Eva Dykes (Radcliffe College, Ph.D. in English philology) were definitely moldmakers before their time!


A First-Class Noticer

Being a first-class noticer allows you to recognize talent, identify opportunities, and avoid pitfalls. Leaders who succeed again & again are geniuses at grasping context. This is one of those characteristics, like taste, that is difficult to break down into its component parts. But the ability to weigh a welter of factors some as subtle as how very different groups of people will interpret a gesture, is one of the hallmarks of a true leader. – Business gurus Warren Bennie & Robert Thomas, authors of Geeks & Geezers

When I was growing up & even into my adult years, my parents, siblings, & close friends would always comment on my staring at people in public. I could sit for hours and watch people – how they interact with one another at restaurants, the manner in which they greet one another at church, & how children responded to the adults they encountered. Each observation left me wondering about the dynamic of their individual lives & experiences they may have caused them to act in such a manner. What might have been considered a rude social habit, has helped me develop my “noticing” skills! Every moldmaker possesses this gift of observation & notices even the slightest subtleties within people & processes.

True leaders recognize the importance of details, & when you work with people daily, you begin to understand that details make all the difference in the world. Whether you are leading a large group meeting or engaging with customers & colleagues one-on-one, paying attention to nuances, changes, & unfamiliar behavior of people separates leaders from managers. Leaders notice that change in a person’s energy, their lack of ideas, unwillingness to change, or their hesitancy to share a thought or idea. Leaders notice untapped talent, aspirations that may have gone unvoiced, & those quiet moments when a tough decision needs to be made. Leaders develop relationships with people in order to explore these moments further & through that exploration comes growth. There have been countless times when I noticed something with an individual &  stopped to address it. Whether it was a change in hairstyle or overall demeanor, the fact that it was noticed forged a strong relationship between the two of us because it provided a platform for connection.

In a time in society that is dominated by technology and digital communication, it is extremely easy for leaders to lose the human connection. With information changing at the touch of a button, there is no substitute for understanding people. Leadership is the ability to intrinsically motivate individuals to expose those talents & abilities which were previously concealed & to use those talents and abilities for the greater good. As a first-class noticer, moldmakers can serve as catalysts in aligning people with the organization’s vision & individual purpose.