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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Major General Roger R. Blunt on Living Your Best Life Radio with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life as we celebrate our military heroes' journeys before and after their service to our country. Hear from men and women who are sons and daughters; husbands and wives; fathers and mothers; grandparents; siblings; and loyal friends. Hear members of the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy share personal stories and highlights from their military careers. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their rarely discussed acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners. 

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Major General Roger R. Blunt, AUS (Ret.) will share his perspectives on initiatives to help career military men and women transition into the civilian workforce. He will share what is working and how to address the escalating number of unemployed veterans in our country.

Major General Blunt will advised veterans on how to become more competitive in their job search and address the moral issues of our country not dealing with the employment future of men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country. 

Tune in to hear Genma Holmes share highlights from the recent job summit held at Fort Campbell. Genma will also ask about entrepreneurship for veterans as well as opportunities for women and minorities. 

This show promises to empower, to inspire, and to motivate you to live your BEST life. Living Your Best Life Radio is heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, the Inspirational Network, military bases, Tune In, and live streamed at Ustream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

The Network Journal 25 Most Influential Women Luncheon 2014

More About Major General Roger R. Blunt, AUS (Ret.)

Roger R. Blunt is chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Essex Construction, LLC. He is both a civil engineer and a nuclear engineer, holding professional engineering credentials in New York and the District of Columbia. A West Point graduate, he holds two master's degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Public Service from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 
After an active career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that included an assignment on the faculty of the United States Military Academy, Blunt continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve. In his final assignment, he commanded the 12,000-member 97th Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He retired in 1986 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. 

Blunt is also a retired director of the Potomac Electric Power Company and the Ameritas-Acacia Mutual Holding Company. He is a past chairman of the Board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and served from 1990 to 1996 as vice chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Blunt was appointed to the Commission on Post Secondary Accreditation and chaired the Committee on Recognition of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. He presently serves as a director of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Foundation. 

A 2001 laureate of the Washington Business Hall of Fame, Blunt has received numerous awards, among them the University of Maryland College of Engineering Centennial Medal, Who's Who Among Black Americans, and the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Region's Whitney Young Award. Blunt is a member of UMUC's Leadership Circle, a group whose charge is to raise funds for the university's new military scholarship campaign. 

Photo Credits: Essex Construction, White House, and Genma Holmes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paul Morse Heart Transplant Recipient on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join us on Saturday, April 12, 2014 Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we hear from Paul Morse, his wife, Delilah, and Baylor Hospital. Mr. Morse is the recipient of Ty Osman, II's heart.

Ty was with friends on spring break road trip to Ft. Worth, Texas in March 2012. Coming upon another car accident ahead of them, Ty stopped his truck to check on the other victims. A passing car hit Ty’s truck, causing it to strike. Ty was admitted to the Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview Texas where he passed away from his severe injuries. Ty was only the second patient at that hospital to be a pre-registered organ donor. Ty's gift of life impacted the Morse Family and forever changed the Osman Family, Ty's friends, and communities around the globe.

Mr. Morse will share about his health before his heart transplant and his life after March 4, 2012. He will share how limited his options were at the time, what is like to be on a waiting list for organ transplant, and why he wanted to meet the Osman Family . Hear Mrs. Morse share about being her husband's caretaker and chief cheerleader and why her she believed praying without ceasing was her first and only option. She will share what meeting the Osmans were like for her and her children.

Paul and Delilah Morse in Nashville
This show promises to empower, to inspire, and to motivate you to live your BEST life. Living Your Best Life Radio is heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, the Inspirational Network, military bases, Tune In, and live streamed at Ustream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

 More About National Donate Life Month

Each day, in quiet hospital rooms and busy offices, in familiar sanctuaries and family living rooms, people make the courageous decision to give the gift of life. After passing his first driving test, an elated teenager adds a lifesaving symbol to his license. While struggling to comprehend their own loss, grieving parents choose to help another child live. During National Donate Life Month, we celebrate those who provide vital organ, eye, and tissue donations, and we bring new hope to the growing list of men, women, and children who still need a donation.

More than 120,000 Americans are now on the transplant list, and each day, 18 of them die waiting. The individuals in need of these donations are our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, children, and friends -- someone important to us or someone else. I encourage all Americans to think about their loved ones and to consider becoming a donor. Discuss your decision with those close to you, and if you decide to donate, visit and sign up in your State's donor registry.

More About the Ty 2 Foundation 

Ty2 2014 3on3 Basketball Tournament

The Ty2 Foundation has been created as a lasting memorial to the life of Ty Osman, II.  Ty had a heart for others and was a light to everyone around him. The foundation will allow his light to shine forever and will serve the charities that profoundly impacted his life.

Ty Osman was a friend to everyone, always smiling and making others laugh. Ty had a true heart for others. He loved people. While Ty’s life here was way too short, he gave us all a lesson in how to be a friend. He excelled at treating people right. Rich or poor, young or old, and no one was a stranger. He loved the outdoors – to hunt, to fish, to just be outside any time. Ty also enjoyed sports – all types of sports, from football to bowling, he enjoyed them all. And he liked to work; work hard, whether it was on a widows’ home for Both Hands or a mission trip at the Medina Children’s home, Ty never shied away from a difficult task. In fact he welcomed a challenge. He touched the lives of so many with his never-ending smile and constant compassion. Ty loved the Lord. His last Bible verse Tweet was Psalms 73:26- "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

 More About Baylor Hospital

Our founding principles of compassion, honesty, transparency, and above all else, patient-centered care, guide us as an institution. Being recognized by local, regional, and national organizations for these attributes brings a credibility and prestige to our hospital that you can count on. We have been honored for our clinical expertise, for example with the 2007 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, as well as our ability to grow and continually improve, with the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence. We also have a growing number of certifications and accreditations. Here, you can rest easy knowing you will receive award-winning care.

Our patient-centered focus and quality care is sustained through the compassion and dedication displayed by our tireless team of nurses and other staff members, and the physicians on our medical staff. We are proud to announce that we are the recipient of the Magnet Award for Excellence in Nursing Services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC also provides a vehicle for disseminating and teaching successful nursing strategies and practices. This is the organization's highest honor, given to institutions that are committed to excellence in nursing. We are especially honored to receive this distinction, as only 5 percent of the hospitals in the United States receive this award.

Photo Credits: Genma Holmes and Baylor Hospital

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Red Cross Volunteer Named BWC's 2014 Woman of the Year

Jennifer Wolcott has been named the 2014 Brentwood Woman’s Club Woman of the Year.
Jennifer Wolcott was nominated by several members from the non-profit community for her altruistic and generous contributions of time and talents, specifically on behalf of the American Red Cross Natchez Trace Chapter and the Oasis Center.

For five years, the Brentwood Woman’s Club has selected a Brentwood resident, non-member of the club, to honor as their Woman of the Year. Prior honorees have been Linda Lynch, City of Brentwood Community Relations Director; Joyce Keistler, director of the Martin Center; Susan Leathers, editor and co-owner of BrentWord Communications; Linda Jackson, executive director of BRIDGES; and Nancy Osman, community volunteer and Director of Ty2 Foundation.

Joyce Espy Searcy, Director of Community Relations at Belmont University and former CEO of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, was among those nominating Wolcott for this year’s honor.

"I have watched Jennifer Wolcott from afar give of herself and of her resources to many organizations in Nashville area. I have seen many people volunteer for recognition or to have their names linked with a large organization, but Jennifer volunteers because she is interested in meeting the needs of others and helping to change their quality of life," Searcy said.

Another nominator who spoke highly of Wolcott's volunteer spirit and sees her hands on work in the community up close was John Mitchell, Executive Director of the Red Cross Natchez Trace Chapter.

Natchez Trace Chapter of the Red Cross Board of Directors
Mitchell stated, "Jennifer provides leadership to our chapter through personal giving and also challenges others to give as well. Jennifer has served as our annual breakfast chair for two years. In 2012, our breakfast speaker was Trace Adkins. Due to the success of our breakfast, Trace was elevated to the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet. Trace later raised over 1 million dollars for the American Red Cross on a national level." During the last two years, the Natchez Trace Chapter Red Cross Breakfast attendance has increased to nearly 400 and the giving has increased to over $100,000.

Trace Adkins 2012 Keynote
Coach Franklin 2013 Keynote
Wocott is not limited to fundraising with the Red Cross. She has participated in disaster preparedness drills for the area counties that the Natchez Trace Chapter serves. She recruited her sons', Perry and Parker, Boys Scout Troop and others in the community to participate in the drills. The Middle Tennessee area is becoming more and more aware that the preparedness of a community for a natural or man-made disaster decreases lost of life and property damage.

In addition to her work with the Red Cross, Wolcott is a proud supporter of the Brentwood High School Band where her sons are members, she is very active with the Boy Scouts Troop 86 (Perry is an Eagle Scout), and is a small group host at her church, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.

Jennifer Wolcott will be honored as part of the Brentwood Woman’s Club’s annual fundraising luncheon, Step Up, It’s a Charity Affair, on May 6, 2014 at Brentwood Country Club. The Brentwood Woman’s Club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary of service to the community this year. 

WSMV's Emmy Award winning meteorologist, Lisa Spencer, will provide musical entertainment.  The  silent auction will begin at 10:30 AM and lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. The club will  recognize it's 40th Anniversary of service by presenting a special gift to Williamson County. This event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Bring a friend and enjoy a “Ladies Day Out”.

Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by contacting Jean Hairston by email, before deadline date of May 1, 2014.

Brentwood Woman’s Club is a member of the international General Federation of Women’s Clubs that is dedicated to strengthening local communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resource, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.

2014 BWC's Woman of the Year Committee: Genma Holmes (Chair), Liz Martin (Club President), Paula Uhlir, Marilyn Tolk, and Helen Holzen

Photo Credits: Red Cross, Genma Holmes, Jennifer Wolcott , Lisa Spencer

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Marcia Dyson and Crystal DeGregory on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Living Your Best Life Radio with Genma Holmes celebrates the strength, courage, and boldness of women who embrace life to the fullest and have not let others "no" determine their destiny in life. Join us to hear the from women who are seasoned with success and who believe in mentoring other women to become trailblazers as they empower, inspire, and motivate us to live our BEST life.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, join us to hear from trailblazers who believe  "There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you." Dr. Marcia Dyson, CEO and Founder of  Women Global Initiative, and Dr. Crystal DeGregory, Founder and Executive Editor of HBCUstory, will share their stories and passion for uplifting women and our global community through education, justice, equality, and economic empowerment.

ColorComm's Chloe Louvouezo, Harriett Fulbright, Dr. Marcia Dyson, Lauren W. Wilson and Amber Allen
Dr. Dyson will discuss why it is imperative to promote, inspire, and support the future leaders of the world and why she believes every citizen is a leader.  Dr. Dyson will share lessons learned from her encounters with world leaders and the role of the business community plays in sustaining nations for the next generation. Dr. Dyson will also share about the C2 Conference that will be held in August 2014.
HBCUstory 2012 Honorees

Dr. DeGregory will share the need for HBCUstory, founded in 2012, as an advocacy initiative that is preserving, presenting, and promoting inspiring stories of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community’s past and present, for our future. She will share about her latest body of work  “The Relationships of Revolution: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement and Political Change in the Bahamas”and the upcoming 2nd Annual HBCUstory Symposium that will be held in Washington, D.C.

Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In, streaming live online at UStream.TV, and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am CST. 

More About WGI

Women's Global Initiative (WGI) works closely with a network of corporate, government, university, faith-based, and other partners. Through these partnerships, we create and support innovative new programs that help extend effective existing efforts of women. We are an exclusive membership club, to inspire, inform, and engaged members to promote intercultural, political, and religious dialogue though a unique combination of online and global events.

WGI serves and supports women from every walk of life. The hierarchy of economic empowerment, beginning at the lowest levels of household and community control, is still globally genderized in favor of men. This is a form of structural discrimination that ultimately undermines national interests
and economic possibilities.

Although women are at the center of the household, they are too often disempowered. Investment in women's individual agency balances decision making within the household, resulting in a positive systemic impact upon society.

We believe that efforts toward an equitable national economy must be mirrored in the household. Therefore, gender-based exclusionary elements must be corrected at that most basic level of social organization.

WGI is committed to solving the underlying problems that threaten, undermine, and impair women's ability to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We focus on ameliorating the economic and socio-cultural barriers that limit women's opportunities. We dedicate our resources toward lowering these barriers wherever we encounter them within the communities we serve.

More About ColorComm Conference (C2)

C2 is the ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Innovative programs, presented by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders, will address key issues and predict future trends.

Unlike many professional conferences with thousands in attendance, C2 is an intimate group of approximately 300 multicultural, professional women. That means everyone can identify with common experiences and challenges and everyone is accessible. With access comes action, the kind of action you need to advance your career, build your business and enhance your personal development.

C2 is for you if you are a woman of color in the vast field of communications. This includes Public Relations, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising, Journalism, Broadcast, Consulting, Social Media as well as Entrepreneurs, Educators and more. C2 is for you if you want to connect with and learn from the best and the brightest.

More About HBCUstory 

Founded in 2012, HBCUstory, Inc. is an advocacy initiative, preserving, presenting and promoting inspiring stories of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community’s past and present, for our future.

Each and everyday, the HBCU community is writing the HBCUstory. We have fond memories of administrators, faculty, staff and fellow alumni–of people who believed in us and made us believe in ourselves.

We who believe in the mission and vision of HBCUs must leverage our HBCU stories as more than mere memories. Our memories must serve as compelling evidence for the future of these’s educational, cultural and social treasures.

More About HBCUstory 2nd Annual Symposium

Photo Credits: HBCUstory, ColorComm, Dr. Dyson and Dr. deGregory
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