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Elevate & Celebrate Podcast

Featured Guest for July 2024:
Helen V. Hicks

For more information on how to be featured in an Elevate and Celebrate Podcast episode, please contact Alex Dumas at alex@bipoccc.org

Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 17 ft. Karen Brown
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 17 ft. Karen Brown

Imagine scaling a business to a million dollars. Now picture doing that twice! This month's guest, Karen Brown, has that track record of success and shares her journey as a successful leader in different sectors. You'll learn how Karen unlocked leadership success by learning the difference between reaching the top and falling short. About the Guest: Karen overcame early adversities, and her unwavering drive propelled her toward a career in pension administration, where her expertise in accounting and law intersected. However, her professional trajectory didn't end there. She transitioned into leadership roles within two million-dollar health and welfare enterprises, demonstrating her ability to identify operational inefficiencies and streamline processes. In January 2023, Karen made a significant move that aligned her 30 years of business experience with her desire to empower women of color to build sustaining businesses on a proper foundation. She joined Rachel Rogers' Hello 7 Coaching Certification Program. The program teaches marginalized entrepreneurs how to grow their businesses to seven figures. Karen completed the program in January 2024 and now uses a step-by-step path to grow businesses from $0 to $100K to $1 million and multi-millions. Karen's expertise and coaching certification led to the creation of a signature offer called Hire to Scale. The program is designed for women of color with revenue of over $250,000 to work through barriers that hinder the transition from solopreneurship to CEO to scale with their dream team. She is excited to share the three-pillar roadmap to build the foundation for a strong team. Stay Connected with Karen: Website: https://www.1karenbrown.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenabrownbene IG: https://www.instagram.com/@1karen_brown Timestamps 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:31 Alex welcomes Karen to the show 03:07 Karen’s origin story and strained relationship with parents 08:50 Karen’s choice to take a different path and receive mentorship 14:10 Who is Karen? 22:30 The difference between a thriving leader and a struggling one 27:54 How has coaching helped Karen’s clients? 32:47 Insights on scaling a business 43:00 The importance of alignment within a team 47:30 Connect with Karen 48:51 Karen shouts out one of our Champions 51:11 Ending Credits
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 16 ft. Siwash Zahmat
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 16 ft. Siwash Zahmat

What would you ask a masterful coach if you had an hour of their undivided attention? In this episode, you’ll get that experience as Siwash Zahmat stops by and shares his path to prosperity. We dove into his background as a professional poker player, the mindset of continuous growth, and how focusing on being a better spouse to his wife improved his coaching practice as a by-product. About the Guest: Siwash Zahmat: Founder & CEO, The Barakah Company Siwash Zahmat, a pioneering entrepreneur and visionary leader, merges spiritual principles with business acumen to redefine success in the global marketplace. Born in Afghanistan, raised in the Netherlands, and now based in London, Siwash leads The Barakah Company, aiming to infuse businesses worldwide with Barakah - enduring prosperity guided by ethical values. As the creator of "The Barakah Business School," Siwash commits to empowering God-centred entrepreneurs to build profitable and principled businesses. His strategic leadership not only drives financial success but also cultivates a community of like-minded professionals striving for a positive impact. Outside the boardroom, Siwash cherishes life as a devoted husband and father, with a passion for soccer, triathlons, and chess. These pursuits underscore his belief in balance, discipline, and strategic thinking—qualities that permeate his professional life. Siwash Zahmat's journey is more than a career; it's a testament to the power of integrating personal values with business, inspiring change, and striving for a legacy that transcends profits, enriching lives globally through the promotion of the Barakah culture. Stay Connected with Siwash: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siwash.zahmat LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siwash Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 01:52 Alex welcomes Siwash to the show 05:30 Siwash’s coaching origin story 12:14 The largest single bet that Siwash ever made 16:00 The impact of discipline and focus 23:20 How to create yourself as a $50K Coach? 31:20 Learning to be playful and practice being a coach 43:43 The importance of serving Muslim Men 48:55 The dangers of self-sabotage and ways to avoid them 55:30 Embodying being “Superman” at home and in business 1:05:15 Final thoughts and acknowledgments 1:08:04 Ending Credits
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 15 Ft. Dr. Paula Gordon - Ph.D. | Leadership Education Consultant
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 15 Ft. Dr. Paula Gordon - Ph.D. | Leadership Education Consultant

How do leaders in school shift from feeling overwhelmed and stifled to empowered and self-expressed? They work with one of our Champions, Dr. Paula Gordon. In this episode we explore her past in education and how it opened up space for her path in coaching and consulting. About the Guest: Dr. Paula Gordon, Ph.D. is a visionary school leader. She has spent over 25 years working as a Teacher, Principal, Vice Principal, and Dean in the United States, Venezuela, South Africa, and Kuwait. Dr. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Howard University, Washington, DC, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Rutgers University, New Jersey. With extensive experience in instructional leadership, teacher development, building effective learning cultures for schools and classrooms, data-driven instruction, and curriculum design, Dr. Gordon gets results for schools. PG Global Ed. Consulting has the tools needed to support school leaders and teachers as they transform practices and impact achievement for all students. Stay Connected with Paula: Website: https://www.pgglobaledconsulting.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulagordon Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:23 Alex welcomes Paula to the show + she shares her professional background 05:30 Paula’s 1st experience coming to the U.S. 08:38 How being an introvert has served her coaching practice 10:00 The impact of Paula’s parents on her coaching practice 14:00 How Paula leads and allows her clients to be their authentic selves 18:20 Who are Paula’s dream clients? 22:30 Paula shares how school leaders can start to prioritize tasks 24:53 Navigating resistance from clients 27:20 The mindset of women transitioning within their careers 31:13 The shift from employee to entrepreneur 33:10 How Paula found her way into the collective 35:35 What’s next for Paula? 37:10 Where to connect with Paula | Final thoughts + acknowledgments 39:54 Ending Credits #bipoc #coaching #thoughtleadership #globalcommunity #professionaldevelopment #businesscoaching #executive coaching #leadershipcoaching #professionalcoaching
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 14 ft. Nicole Chamblin; PCC
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 14 ft. Nicole Chamblin; PCC

How exactly do I use this certification to make money and grow my business? Nicole Chamblin is going to answer that question from her expertise of working with organizations and serving them across many spectrums. You’re going to learn some tips for leveraging your training to become the go-to-expert with a client and expand your client base. About the Guest: Nicole is the Chief Visionary and Leadership & Team Productivity Coach of Visions Productivity Solutions. She is an ICF Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC®), with additional certifications in team, leadership and life coaching. Nicole is an engaging speaker with varied experience as a coach and group facilitator, sharing practical strategies that deliver immediate results. Nicole works with individuals and organizations to connect with their vision, communicate with confidence and collaborate productively. Leaders and their teams learn to move beyond surviving to thriving–without burning out. She leverages a variety of tools and assessments including: DISC, EQ, PQ and 360 feedback. Nicole speaks at conferences, strategic retreats with customizable sessions for breakout, full day and multi-day events. Signature topics include: Communicate with Confidence, Setting Visionary Goals, Managing an Overwhelming Workload, Building Engaged Teams, and Staying Productive in a Hybrid Environment. Connect with Nicole Website: https://nicolechamblin.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/visionsps Get a copy of Nicole’s book: The Full-Plate Detox: The Time-Starved SHEro’s Guide for Getting Back to the Top of Her Priority List Guilt Free! Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:43 Alex welcomes Nicole to the show + she shares her professional background 07:00 Is Nicole really an Introvert? 11:28 How being an introvert has served her coaching practice 17:00 How has leadership changed in Nicole’s eyes? 19:35 The pressure of leadership 22:45 How Nicole’s Jamaican upbringing has influenced her confidence while building her business 28:28 More thoughts on the influence of Nicole’s family + the value of education 32:30 Don’t be smart and broke | Nicole’s thoughts on leveraging her certifications 37:50 How to educate your client on how your services can help them 39:45 Nicole’s introduction to the BIPOC Coach Collective + impact on her business 47: 50 Connect with Nicole | Final thoughts + acknowledgments #bipoc #coaching #thoughtleadership #globalcommunity #professionaldevelopment #businesscoaching #executive coaching #leadershipcoaching #professionalcoaching
Elevate & Celebrate: Episode 13 ft. The Leadership Team (Reem, Alex, Gwen, and Kibi)
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Elevate & Celebrate: Episode 13 ft. The Leadership Team (Reem, Alex, Gwen, and Kibi)

What if you had a backstage, all-access pass to learn how one of the most powerful communities was created? This episode delivers that as the Executive Board of the BIPOC Coach Collective come together to reflect on the past year and explore what’s on the horizon. Join Reem, Gwen, Kibi, and Alex as they share stories, core leadership principles, and practical tools for leading a movement. About the Guests: Reem Labib Tyson, M.Ed, PCC. is also the CEO and Founder of EDspired Coaching and Consulting. Established in 2010, EDspired partners with mission-driven leaders and organizations to achieve personal and professional impact. In addition to being a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC), Reem offers 20+ years of K-12 leadership experience encompassing roles including Head of Schools/Superintendent, School Principal, Deputy Director of Professional Development, Leadership Coach, & Project Manager, and 10+ years as an entrepreneur. Learn more about Reem at edspired.org. Gwendolyn Rodriguez Siegel is a first-generation Dominican-American, born and raised in New Jersey and a DC area resident since 2007. She is a professional leadership coach and strategy consultant for entrepreneurs, organizations, and individuals who are looking to increase awareness of themselves and their impact on the world around them. To reach her directly, please reach out to her via email at gwen@grscreates.com or via her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwensiegel/ Alex Dumas is an Executive Coach, CEO of Abundance Daily Coaching, and the Vice-President of the BIPOC Coach Collective. He is an expert in sales and marketing with a track record generating six figures in revenue and six-figure launches. Alex has a background in Psychology and a decade of leadership experience in the Nonprofit world. Learn more about him at https://www.alexdumascoaching.com Connect with Alex:https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexdumas Tune in to Alex's daily, 3-minute podcast: Love! Serve! Care! Kibi Anderson is THE "Life Editor." She works with you to reshape your vision, achieve your goals, and ensure you are living your authentic, best life. Kibi’s story has had one principal arch and many subplots. With training from both Harvard University and NYU Stern School of Business, she went from an illustrious career in international management consulting and film production to private banking, digital media, technology, and entrepreneurship. Kibi is double certified by the Certified Coaching Alliance in Executive and Life Success coaching and as an ACC ICF coach. Over the last 12 years, she has helped drive millions of dollars in annual revenue, created international content campaigns, built highly engaged global online communities, started up new ventures with rockstar teams, and offered leadership and counsel to clients who have raised hundreds of millions in funding and contract awards with partners like Facebook, Stripe, Twitter and the US Department of Treasury. Learn more about Kibi: https://www.lifeeditor.co/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kibianderson Connect with the Leadership Team: hello@bipoccc.org Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 01:34 The Leadership Team introductions | Reem 03:10 The Leadership Team introductions | Gwen 04:30 The Leadership Team introductions | Kibi 06:20 The Leadership Team introductions | Alex 07:30 Leadership lessons from the first year | Kibi 09:31 Leadership lessons from the first year | Reem 12:45 Leadership lessons from the first year | Gwen 15:26 Leadership lessons from the first year | Alex 16:49 How the collective has grown over the past year 20:10 The benefits of being in the collective | Reem + Alex 23:49 The benefits of being in the collective | Kibi + Alex 27:10 The benefits of being in the collective | Gwen 32:05 Reflections on the 1st year challenges 40:11 The growth of the podcast and YouTube channel 42:30 How we’ve built trust with each other by being authentic + “imperfect” 50:20 The future vision for the collective 55:27 Why is it important for BIPOC individuals to be leaders? | Gwen 59:00 Why is it important for BIPOC individuals to be leaders? | Kibi 01:01:52 Why is it important for BIPOC individuals to be leaders? | Alex 01:03:28 Why is it important for BIPOC individuals to be leaders? | Reem 01:06:36 Final thoughts + Acknowledgments 01:07:46 Show Outro #bipoc #coaching #thoughtleadership #globalcommunity #professionaldevelopment #businesscoaching #executive coaching #leadershipcoaching #professionalcoaching
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 12 ft. Michellea "Redbird" Millis Rucker - MSML; Ed.D Candidate
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 12 ft. Michellea "Redbird" Millis Rucker - MSML; Ed.D Candidate

We’re kicking off the new year with one of our valued members, Michellea “Redbird” Millis Rucker. She shares her journey as an ‘edu-preneur’ and the various barriers she’s faced in her corporate career. In this episode, you’ll experience Michellea’s wisdom on how strong leadership can influence your performance. About the Guest: Michellea “Redbird” Millis Rucker is a Master Certified Professional Coach and ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) who has over 15 years of experience as an instructional, leadership, and equity coach. She has degrees in Organizational Management and Managerial Leadership and is currently a candidate for an Ed. D. in Leadership. Michellea specializes in Transformational Leadership and Performance Coaching. She leans into Positive Psychology, Leadership Theories and Frameworks, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Acceptance, and Social Justice (DEIBAJ) best practices and Libertarian pedagogies. Her facilitation and consulting (thought partnerships) are aligned with her coaching philosophy in that she co-designs a learning and growth experience that is intentional for cognitive heavy lifting and productive struggle of the participants. Michellea does explicitly frame and provide context to promote understanding and point of reference, including techniques such as action mapping to outline the needs of her partners while still allowing them to utilize their knowledge and expertise to guide the work and expectations of their initiatives. As the African Proverb exclaims, " If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". Connect with Michellea Website: https://www.transformingourpractice.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellea-redbird-millis-rucker-msml-ed-d-candidate-acc-deic-9bbb2b106/ Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:32 Alex welcomes Michellea to the show + she shares who she is 04:30 Michellea’s distinction of being an “edu-preneur” + her family’s influence 08:49 How coaching can help companies retain key employees? 11:25 Michellea’s experience working with complicated leaders 16:17 Michellea’s values on servant leadership 19:39 The benefit of failing forward 23:04 Michellea shares how she joined the collective 25:52 Michellea’s advice for future BIPOC leaders 27:52 The future vision for Michellea’s practice 30:15 The correlation between school leaders and corporate executives 33:26 The balance of grace and strong leadership as a WOC 35:34 Connect with Michellea + Final thoughts 38:08 Show Outro #bipoc #coaching #thoughtleadership #globalcommunity #professionaldevelopment #businesscoaching #executive coaching #leadershipcoaching #professionalcoaching
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 11 ft. Tara Robertson - Executive Coach
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 11 ft. Tara Robertson - Executive Coach

This month, we present one of our most powerful members, Tara Robertson. She has been a leader in the DEI space for several years and challenges the narrative of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In this episode, you’ll learn more about Tara's journey, her passion for coaching, and her relationship with being courageous as a thought leader. About the Guest: Tara Robertson brings nearly 15 years of experience in connecting DEI strategy across the employee lifecycle through to core business services and products using inclusive design methodologies. Her years of experience led to massive change in open-source technology communities, including three years leading diversity and inclusion at Mozilla. She is skilled at meeting leaders where they are and supporting them in making measurable and lasting improvements. She is mixed-race and queer and knows that people live intersectional lives, not simply linear ones. Tara has firsthand experience navigating systems that were not designed for people like her. Along with her work experience and education, Tara tapped into these experiences to co-design employee experiences to help people feel like they belong and can do their best work. Tara’s pandemic hobbies include the daily New York Times daily mini crossword, too many hours playing Fortnite, and biking fast nowhere on her Peloton bike. Tara’s gift is analyzing qualitative and quantitative HR data to diagnose where companies’ biggest diversity and inclusion issues are, and she works with internal stakeholders to co-design interventions based on research best practices and experience about what actually moves the needle. Tara is based out of Vancouver, Canada. Connect with Tara Website: https://tararobertson.ca LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tararobertson YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@tararobertsonconsulting Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:27 Alex welcomes Tara to the show 04:45 Tara’s origin story as a disruptor 07:14 How does Tara light up her clients? 10:35 Tara shares her thoughts on the importance of ‘being’ as a leader 17:17 How coaching has allowed more grace into Tara’s life 19:39 Tara’s impact with white executives 21:53 Tara asks Alex a powerful question 23:52 A Fast and Furious sidebar 25:00 How does Crossfit + Taekwondo affect coaching? 32:40 The origin of the Coaches’ Summer BBQ 41:26 Tara shares her experience in the BIPOC Coach Collective 43:49 What’s next for Tara? 45:20 Connect with Tara + Final thoughts 46:51 Show Outro #bipoc #coaching #thoughtleadership #globalcommunity #professionaldevelopment #businesscoaching #executive coaching #leadershipcoaching #professionalcoaching
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 10 ft. Devon Bandison - Executive Coach
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 10 ft. Devon Bandison - Executive Coach

In this episode, you’ll learn the journey of an ex-hooper turned wildly successful coach, speaker, and author. Devon Bandison breaks down how he built his coaching practice to be prosperous and adventurous at the same time leading entrepreneurs all over the world in his Gamechanger Leadership Experiences. The most important lesson that Devon shares in this episode is how coaching transformed his relationships with his children, his ex-wife, and his amazing partner-in-life, Jess. About the Guest: Devon Bandison is the Go To Mind Coach of the NBA and one of the most sought-after personal and business coaches in the world. He works with Fortune 100 Companies and people from all walks of life, including professional athletes and teams, CEOs, salespeople, small business owners, filmmakers, producers, and the top business and life coaches in the world. Devon was born and raised in New York City and shares the same energetic heartbeat, big personality, and commitment to excellence as his hometown. Growing up, his love and hard work in sports resulted in him receiving a basketball scholarship to Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. After graduation, he spent years working on the front lines of NYC. Devon worked with an organization responsible for developing behavioral health programs for youth, families, and first-time fathers in some of the toughest neighborhoods throughout the city that never sleeps. As Director of this organization, he was responsible for the clinical and leadership development of social workers, psychiatrists, and managers in order to serve their clients. He also created leadership and organizational development programs during his tenure that led to him launching his own coaching company. Devon holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. His background in sports, psychology, and leadership, gives Devon a unique perspective on how to effectively create powerful shifts within individuals and companies. His style is a combination of a straight-talk New Yorker mixed with a patient, compassionate, and attentive listener. This combination of his direct, authentic, and caring approach to transformation allows his clients to create extraordinary results in their lives faster and with more ease. Devon is an international/TEDx speaker and is considered a fatherhood thought leader, whose work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, and Success Magazine. His book "Fatherhood is Leadership: Your Playbook for Success, Self-Leadership and a Richer Life" was a #1 new release on Amazon in 2017. Devon’s signature leadership group coaching program, The Game Changer Experience is held several times a year throughout the US and the UK and has also been implemented in companies around the world. Devon is the proud father of three wonderful human beings who teach him way more about life and love than he could ever teach them. You can catch him with his children at Friday Night Pizza Nights, Basketball for Breakfast, Dinner/Movie Dates, and hip-hop concerts. Connect with Devon Website: https://devonbandison.com Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 02:47 Alex welcomes Devon to the show and they trade acknowledgments 05:03 Devon’s life becomes the real-life ‘Soul Food’ 08:26 The power of making mistakes and recycling the past 10:17 How Devon ruined his college basketball scholarship 11:44 Devon’s non-profit work with ‘At-Hope Youth’ and community development 13:52 The introduction of leadership development and coaching in Devon’s life 16:13 A ‘difficult’ divorce and victim thinking 17:22 2 transformational questions in O.J. California 20:30 The ‘Event-Action’ Distinction and Creation in motion 24:07 Devon’s 1st few clients and immersion into a professional coach 26:50 Devon ‘discovers’ The Prosperous Coach and Steve Chandler 31:25 Deep inner work creates Devon to BE ‘The Best Ex-Husband Ever!’ 35:25 Clients are EVERYWHERE!... if you’re committed 40:42 Capturing insights and the reality of creating clients 43:43 Big Results Come From Bold Requests 46:42 The Gamechanger Experience and changing the landscape of coaching 49:21 Time and Attention 50:48 Final thoughts and acknowledgments 51:55 Ending Credits
Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 9 ft. Erica Goos - Executive Coach
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Elevate and Celebrate: Episode 9 ft. Erica Goos - Executive Coach

What if you had a great mentor supervising your work to help you become a better coach? Our guest this month, Erica Goos, MA; PCC, shares her experience with supporting coaches with supervision and the impact it has had for her clients. Erica provides an inside perspective from her experience as a therapist who transitioned to becoming an executive coach as to how she supports leaders of color. About the Guest: Erica Goos, PCC, is a leadership development and transition coach and mentor coach and coach supervisor. In her previous career, as a therapist, she was intimately involved with helping people develop. This experience gave her a deep understanding of what helps people grow and change. With this foundational understanding, it fuels her work with executives, leaders, and individual contributors and coaches from many different industries. She believes that coaching & supervision is a transformational process that provides collaborative space for people to draw upon their creativity and resourcefulness to be the agent of authentic and meaningful change of their own lives. And because people are part of many different relational systems, these changes have the possibility to reverberate into transforming many of those systems. She is actively committed to bringing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to all areas of life and especially impassioned to work with BIPOC leaders, coaches, and supervisees. Connect with Erica Website: https://www.ericagooscoach.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericagoos Timestamps: 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28 Show Intro + Announcements 01:40 Alex welcomes Erica to the show and she shares her background 05:06 Erica’s distinction between therapy and coaching 07:46 Who are the clients that Erica serves and what is their #1 challenge 11:41 Erica talks about the transformation of her clients’ identity 15:45 Erica shares why coaching supervision is important 18:16 The reason why coaches fail 20:52 The importance of self-care and Erica’s experience with burnout 24:51 How to model being present for clients 28:31 Erica shares her upcoming coaching supervision groups 30:37 How Erica came to be a member of the BIPOC Coach Collective 33:15 Fun facts about Erica 36:03 Final thoughts and acknowledgments 37:37 Ending Credits

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