What is Wisdom-Based Leadership?

In our Season 2 Intro Episode, members of the Ignite team share our hopes for this new season and talk about the Wisdom-Based Leadership framework of courageous collaboration, contemplative care, and creative communication. They explore what means to enact social transformation, together as a collective, and question what we have to unlearn about our own leadership journey […]

What can a mindfulness educator teach us about social transformation?

In this episode, we sit down with Monica Rae Cortez, first generation Filipina American, certified yoga teacher in the Bay Area, Mindfulness Teacher for Elementary Education, and founding member of the Kapwa Yoga Circle, a collective that makes yoga and holistic healing more accessible to the Filipinx community. With thoughtful intention, Monica creates and holds safe spaces […]

What does yoga have to do with a holistic approach to leadership?

In this episode we drop in with Victoria Rosales, holistic health coach, retreat leader, and community organizer. Founder of SHARED, a popup retreat and workshop space that exists to cultivate and support a conscious and wakeful community, her contemplative approach embraces ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology to invite individuals into a life of wholeness. […]

How do we show up in partnership for the collective?

On this episode our President, Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy Levy, sits down with Rev. John Vaughn, who currently serves as the Executive Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Rev. Vaughn served as the Executive Vice President at Auburn Theological Seminary, a national leadership development and research institute that equips leaders […]

How can creative communication help emerging leaders?

In this episode we sit down with Kriselle Mendoza, writer and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing stories, connecting people, and empowering those from marginalized communities to go for their passions.  She’s also one of our very own, as our podcast editor, supporting platforming our Ignite community. Founder of Empowered in Color, a movement and podcast dedicated […]

How can you tune into the intelligence of the heart?

On this episode, our Executive Director, Byron Chung, sits down for a deep conversation with TC Carrier, a heart-centered leader, author, entrepreneur, and spiritual teacher who lectures and carries out workshops globally. Founder of House of Sacred Harmony, offering metaphysical products, art made to raise consciousness, and enlightenment to be used in conjunction with his magical teachings […]

How can the Asian American community resist the model minority myth?

On this episode we sit down with Liz Lin, the director and co-founder of PAAC and a senior fellow at Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. She’s also a writer and educator on the topics of race and culture with a PhD in clinical psychology.  With so much happening in this moment, and the rise in […]

How can leaders cultivate emotional intelligence?

On this episode we drop in with Ashley Sikorski, of Sway Leadership. Sway serves leaders and their teams in developing emotional health and intelligence to create a culture of humanity in their organizations and through their work. In this conversation, we talk about the power of listening, the power of tending to our inner person as leaders, […]

How does seeking truth serve as a bridge to peace?

On this episode, Byron Chung, our Executive Director, sits down with two phenomenal leaders in our community. Areej Masoud, a Christian-Aramean Palestinian, born and currently living in Bethlehem. Areej is justice oriented, takes action towards change through the faith-based communities she belongs to, and is passionate in raising awareness and promoting Palestinians’ struggles through local and […]

How can you center the wisdom of your communities?

On this Season 2 wrap episode, we continue the conversation on transformative leadership with @lamikiacastillo a powerful and inspiring Afro-Latina leader, born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As a professor, consultant, and organizer over the last 20 years…a commitment to social justice, racial equity, and social change permeate every aspect of her personal and professional […]

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