Talking about the power of naming with Melanie DewBerry

Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice


Melanie Dewberry

In this conversation author and coach Melanie DewBerry and I discuss the power of naming, finding our "original" medicine, taking up space, standing in our power and much more.

Melanie DewBerry, has worked in the business of spirituality and consciousness for over twenty six years. Her passion community and soul work is nurtured by her Native American elders and her walk on traditional “Red Road” ceremonial way of life. Melanie is passionate about supporting people in their spiritual evolution.

She is the author of The Power of Naming, A Journey toward Your Soul’s Indigenous Nature (Hay House, 2017). A professional speaker, She has spoken around the world, including TEDx talks in Austria and Canada.

She co-found the first coaching magazine, choice, and wrote the Soul of Coaching column for five years. Melanie was a Senior Leader with Coaches Training Institute for ten years. 

Today she creates personal ceremonies and rituals for individuals and business’ crossing those imperative thresholds of soul transformation and growth. 

You can catch her sipping espresso, laughing and kicking up dirt in her cowboy boots. She knew at the age of nine that she would be hired to rep. the Great Mystery, and so she does.

Resources for this episode:

The Power of Naming, A Journey Towards Your Soul's Indigenous Nature by Melanie DewBerry.

You can email Melanie at or meet her virtually at 

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Talking about the worthiness wound with Thais Sky

Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice

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Thais Sky

Do you feel you are you "good enough" or are you on a constant quest for self improvement? If you, like most women, don't ever feel that you are quite enough, welcome to the worthiness wound. In this engaging conversation Thais Sky and I discuss that wound, resilience, self-help and the patriarchy, the immigrant experience and more. Enjoy!

Thais is a truthspeaker, healer, women’s leadership coach and feminist on a heart-led mission to support the seekers, the edge-dwellers, and the "why the heck do I feel so broken” of the world reclaim their sense of belonging by learning how to explore, trust and express themselves unapologetically. Based on her own healing journey and decades of research and mentoring women worldwide, she has developed a comprehensive model that explores and offers tools/skills to heal the pervasive sense of unworthiness within women, what she calls the worthiness wound. She received a prestigious first-class degree in Management and has studied spiritual psychology, yoga, and leadership for over 10 years. Washingtonian Magazine named her as one of the top “8 bloggers to know.” The Huffington Post calls her “an inspirational woman” and she was nominated for Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 award. You can learn more about her and her online offerings at and just about everywhere on social media, because #millennial at @IamThaisSky.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Thais at and on Patreon.

Credits: Harmonica music courtesy of a friend.

Talking Dismantling Patriarchy and More with Layla Saad

stepping into truth: conversations on race, gender, and social justice



layla saad

In this episode Layla Saad and I discuss dismantling the patriarchy, white privilege, our favorite writers, and so much more. This conversation was rich, enjoy!

Layla Saad is a Black feminist writer and speaker, whose work focuses on centering the stories, art and magic of people of color.

Layla's work explores the intersecting themes of race spirituality, feminism and leadership. As an East African, Arab, British, Muslim, feminist, soul seeker, living in the Middle East (Qatar), and sharing her work with the global community, Layla stands at a diverse intersection of identities, from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives.

Layla’s own personal journey as a Black Muslim woman, her work with her clients and her writings often confront the oppressive cultures of patriarchy and white supremacy. Layla is currently writing her first book - 'From Anger, With Love: A Black Feminist Talks To Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy'

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Layla at and Patreon.
You can find Layla's article I Need to Talk to Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy here.
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Talking social Activism with Coco Papy

Stepping Into truth: conversations on race, gender, and social justice

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We know that we live in a time that calls us to be active participants in our government. What we don't always know is what that looks like and how to do the work of social activism. What are the challenges of social activism? How does one create an environment that supports different people coming together for a common cause? Black spaces and white privilege. Savannah, GA community activist Coco Papy takes on these subjects and so much more in a fascinating conversation. If you need direction, you will find it here. If you need motivation you will find it here. If you need inspiration you will definitely find it here!

Coco Papy is a community organizer and native Savannahian. As the Community Director of The Creative Coast, she works to grow the creative and living wage economy in Savannah through the intersection of tech, innovation, small business and entrepreneurship. She is involved in numerous groups in Savannah and the state of Georgia, including serving as the Vice-Chair of the Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission, as a member of the Planned Parenthood advisory committee, President of the Twickenham Neighborhood Association and advisory board member of Open Savannah. She is a Step-Up Savannah Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate, a PEN America Prison Writing Fellow and a Highlander Education Center Greensboro Justice Fellow and most recently, a graduate of the Georgia Win List Leadership Academy, a political action committee dedicated to changing the face of power in Georgia by recruiting, training, supporting, and electing women who will serve as advocates in Georgia.

Resources mentioned in this episode.

You can learn more about the work that Coco does here.

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