embark blog with liz solar

GENUINE STORYTELLING

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…

Let’s Embark on Something New Together

For years, as a Boston broadcaster, I shared stories from NBA coaches to politicians to authors, in weekly radio interviews. When I later became a full-time voice-actor, I also pursued my first passion, writing. As a presentation coach,I help professionals tell better stories about themselves and what they do.

What all of these things have in common is storytelling. Experience says whether it’s in fiction or real life, our most compelling stories involve change. Some of it good. Some, well, I’m looking at you 2020. read more…

In Defense of #Procrastibaking

When I was in college, I approached projects as any self-respecting student would: I waited until the last possible moment to start my research, then craft a lengthy essay on the lesser-known works of Chaucer, or argue the merits of Kant’s moral theories.

It did not go well.

At the crack of midnight, I was bent over texts that could double as door stops, studiously writing away. By two a.m., curled snail-like on the sofa, energy depleted, eyes bloodshot, brain lacking in conscious thought I lay still until creative inspiration kicked in.

My next move? read more…

V-Yoga: Spring Edition

At the start of each new year, the number of attendees in my yoga class doubles from the usual 25 devotees. Swarms of earnest wannabees clutch sticky mats, and aspirations for inner peace. Welcome to January, that aspirational time, when we re-commit to the virtues of hard work, achievement, and re-invention.

Just as the would-be yogi comes to the mat in search of enlightenment, and a fabulously toned core, we voice actors strive to book ever more work, organize our computers, sharpen our performance, and market ourselves every day.   read more…

VO Atlanta’s Dirty Sock Talk

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Conferences are like a ‘box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.’

The reviews are in for last weekend’s VO Atlanta. Outstanding! Moving! Better than ‘Cats!’ More than 600 voice over actors, producers, agents and managers assembled in one hotel. That’s a lot of talking.

But the weekend was about more than the business of voice over. read more…

The Care and Feeding of Your Voice

About ten years ago, I awoke with two things I never experienced before: a sinus, and ear infection. Neither my PCP, nor even an ENT could see me, so I drove to Emergency Department of my local office.

There was no quick remedy or pixie dust cure — In fact dust was one of the culprits – to alleviate my painful and congested sinuses. Diagnosis: myriad allergies dust mites, grass, dogs and cats. While I was equipped to forgo housework, no way I would give up my trusty canine, when a Neti pot, and Claritin were in abundance. read more…

Must Be Present to Win

Trigger warning: This post is packed with sports analogies and clichés.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Wayne (The Great One) Gretzky

This past weekend, an audition came through my email which demanded my attention. It was for a high-profile client, with a rate over minimum wage. How special. How rarified was my talent orbit that I was one of the chosen few to be invited in to Voice Over Mecca. read more…

Eight Ways to Transform Your Business in January

Silence is always beautiful.*

Said no business owner ever. The absence of a ringing phone, or pinging email means: A. You’re in a remote location – perhaps against your own will– severed from your electronic lifeline.

Or, B. It’s January, the season that inevitably follows the joyous holiday season, also referred to as Fourth Quarter. In the world of voiceover, where I reside, silence is not only disturbing, it’s against the laws of nature. We talk for a living.

Sure, you feel all clean slate-y, and ready to embrace new beginnings, only to soon find yourself gazing out your office window, regretting the purchase of that organic watermelon radish you bought at the winter farmers market. The anxious crunch provides little more than a palate cleanser to the bad taste of your own stasis.

Stop brooding, and get busy with these 8 ways to be productive right now. read more…