embark blog with liz solar

GENUINE STORYTELLING

Creativity, Opera and Bodice Ripping: A Conversation with Singer Maren Montalbano

Marian Montalbano, opera singer, business coach and writer whose voice appears on not one, not two, but three Grammy Award-winning albums. When her one-woman show got sidelined during Covid-19, Maren created a podcast based on the show called the Bodice Ripper Project. The podcast of the same name is an exploration of sexuality, feminism and the journey to self-empowerment. through the lens of romance novels. Maren has sung at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, multiple theaters in Europe and even performed on stage with the Rolling Stones. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation, previously recorded on my Embark podcast. read more…

It Really is About You: What Your Messaging Reveals

We’re constantly bombarded with messages on TV, the radio, cable news, social media, magazines, advertising, and podcasts. How do you separate good messaging from the noise? Message Artist Deb Goeschel, creates websites and visual branding for businesses and organizations, spoke with me last week on my Embark podcast to share what goes into an effective message.  Turns out, it starts with asking questions. Lots of questions. I had a few of my own.

These are edited excerpts of our recorded conversation. read more…

The Pandemic Within The Pandemic: Food Insecurity

Global problems have been amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some are readily solvable, some will take time. Others have no immediate or foreseeable solution.  One issue can be solved right now. Hunger. A widespread disease that’s easily treatable, and totally curable. read more…

Rock Your Brand. Change Your Brand.

Rock Your Brand founder Rachel Pintarelli believes the power of story and transparency of self are the true connectors in marketing. Her mission is to help small business owners be brave, and find their footing, delivering a message of who they are without apology: consistently, courageously and confidently. We spoke about how the events of the last seven months affected her decision to re-brand her business, as well as trends, and brand do’s and don’ts. You can hear the complete audio conversation with Rachel at www.embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: So, how did you come to ‘Hey, I think I’ll do branding?” read more…

In Search of a Cancer Vaccine

This excerpt comes from last week’s recorded interview with Keerthi Shetty, Senior Manager of Strategic initiatives at the Center for Personal Cancer Vaccines at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She talks about her team’s research and ground-breaking development off a vaccine for cancer. Listen to the complete audio conversation at embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: Hi Keerthi.  Thanks for joining us today.  Tell us a about your work with Dana Farber.

KS:  I serve essentially as a program manager and liaison – the glue that interfaces with the scientists, the clinicians, regulatory people, legal folks, finance team, to make sure we’re all aligned in getting towards the goal of treating patients with these personal cancer vaccines. read more…

Making the Workplace More Human


Stela Lupushor is on a mission to humanize the workplace. She consults with the Conference Board’s Fortune 500 corporations members on rethinking workplace strategies. She leads Reframed.Work Incorporated, and consults on how to create inclusive workplaces, the use of technology, human centered design, people analytics and future thinking. In 2018 Stella founded Amazing Community, a nonprofit that expands the work horizon for women 45-plus. She has transformed the workplace at the intersection of technology analytics and human resources at Fidelity Investments, TIAA, IBM Price Waterhouse and PwC Consulting and their clients.  Here’s an edited version of the audio interview you can hear in its entirety and subscribe at embarkthepodcast.com

LS: Stella tell us about your work with reframe.

SL: I [had worked] in management consulting with organizations to help them transform their IT infrastructure, think of a different way to improve processes or service delivery models or come up with new strategies. read more…

Publishing During Covid: In Conversation with E. Dolores Johnson

This is the second part of our conversation with Johnson, whose ‘Say I’m Dead’, a Family Memoir of Race Secrets and Love, was published this past June by Chicago Review Press.  The interview was originally published on actsofrevision.com. Hear the complete interview with E. Dolores Johnson  at embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: Let’s switch gears  and talk about publishing during Covid-19. Because there aren’t enough problems in the publishing field as it is,  we have to have a pandemic in the middle of it.
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A Conversation About Race with E. Dolores Johnson, Author of ‘Say I’m Dead’

 

Cover from 'Say I'm Dead, A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love.'

The author as a young girl with her mother, father and paternal grandmother.

This is part one of an interview with E. Dolores Johnson, author of Say I’m dead, A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love, published June 2 by Chicago Review Press. Dolores has additionally published essays on mixed race, racism and identity. This interview was first published on actsofrevision.com. The audio version is on embarkthepodcast.com. 

 LS: Hey Dolores, thanks for talking with us today. Congratulations on the book.

EDJ: Thank you very much. Yes, the book has been out in the world six weeks, and I’m very excited.  It’s getting some good coverage in the media and lots of appearances have happened. So, I hope this audience will enjoy our discussion about it and the issues that are embedded in the story.

LS: Your memoir is a family odyssey of race, love and courage. It traces the story of your black father and white mother, who fled Indiana in the 1940’s because interracial marriage in that state was illegal. You follow four generations of females.  But one figure that looms large in your book is your dad.  I’d love you to read a passage from the book that talks about your dad and the challenges of being a black man in the United States.

Hear the excerpt from  ‘Say I’m Dead’ on the Embark Podcast  read more…