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We all have a hidden power inside us… it is a fire that is often suppressed by fear.

That power is your ROAR and it is waiting to be unleashed!


ROAR is a weekly dose of inspirational stories, candid insights, and indispensable tips, tools, and resources that will lead you to achieve more.


Whether at work or in life, it’s time to Fear Less and reach your highest potential. Learn from a powerful lineup of leaders, authors, industry experts, executive coaches, and successful entrepreneurs from around the globe.


Lakecia Gunter, your Podcast Host, is a Fortune 50 business and tech executive, and #11 on Business Insider’s Top 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, and she is here to help you release your ROAR.



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How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Spark your Passion with Lisa Thee

“Getting to a place of power and authority, it was important to me to not only focus on the problems that have already been looked at, but to shift the attention and change the conversation to the bigger issues that I really cared about.” - Lisa TheeAs we progress in our careers, it’s natural for our goals to get pushed forward in accordance with our accomplishments. First, it’s getting the big job with the fancy title, then the goal becomes working with a top tier company in your field, until one day it’s all about getting a seat on the Board of Directors. But once you’ve earned those achievements, you might start to feel like there’s more to the ladder than the steps leading up to its summit. For some of us, there comes a time when we’re ready to start building our own ladder.Following a disturbing scene on a business trip abroad early in her career, my guest today made a promise to herself. She vowed that someday when she had accumulated the experience and influence neces...

45 minOCT 20
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How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Spark your Passion with Lisa Thee

Lessons From The Top: Unleashing Your Roar with Michael C. Hyter

“It's our actions that we take to achieve the outcomes we want that matters.”-Michael C. HyterHow many times in your life and career have you waited to be noticed? You know you’re more than qualified for that promotion, but somehow you keep getting overlooked. Maybe this scenario has some of you thinking back to your school days of being a wallflower at the homecoming dance, hoping someone sees you standing there. If only they noticed you.Being a wallflower is one thing when you’re a teenager, but in the corporate world, going unnoticed is the last thing anyone wants. If the idea of a promotion is nipping at your heels and the desire to accelerate your career is a driving force in your life, then it’s time for you to get noticed.Getting noticed means embracing efficacy. Efficacy is what puts you in the driver's seat of your career ambitions. Rather than a dependency on luck or timing, it’s a commitment towards being. It’s the recognition that you have been put in your positio...

55 minOCT 6
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Lessons From The Top: Unleashing Your Roar with Michael C. Hyter

Trust is Your Most Valuable Currency

Where would we be without trust? In our personal lives, it’s an important factor in building relationships. It’s not always at the top of our list of priorities when running a business, but it should be. Business is all about relationships. Trust is a social currency in the corporate realm, and if you invest in trust, it can really benefit your bottom line.A leadership structure that places value on the internal health of the organization is capable of producing incredible results. When employees work in an environment where they feel secure, valued, and autonomous, they are more productive. Positive organizational psychology and high trust means a happier, more efficient, and more profitable workplace.My guest today is Bill Hefferman, a brilliant organizational development leader who has dedicated his career to creating high performing workplaces. For more than 25 years, Bill has been a leader in the field of Organizational Development Theory. Through his insights and common sens...

49 minSEP 22
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The Power of Coaching, and Leveling Up in Life and Career

“Success is when I add value to myself. Significance when I add value to others.”-John C. MaxwellWould you describe yourself as successful? Think for a moment about that word. Consider what it means to you. Try to define it.When you really start to unpack it, success rarely looks like a destination with an endpoint. As we accelerate in our careers, the goal line continues to move forward. First, you aspire towards a promotion, and once you’ve earned that promotion, another point appears on the map ahead of where you are. Maybe your next destination is hitting that six-figure threshold. Once you’ve achieved it, perhaps the next goal is to make partner in your firm. It goes on and on. Success is a journey along a continuous course that motivates us to keep the engine charged.As we drive further and further along Success Highway, it’s pretty easy to understand the skills and qualifications that got us behind the wheel. But new heights require new insights. Growth, like success, is...

40 minSEP 15
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The Power of Coaching, and Leveling Up in Life and Career

The Power of Perseverance with George Tinsley

When you possess an unshakable will to win, no obstacle has the power to derail you. This level of perseverance is in the DNA of great leaders. Rather than allow poverty, misfortune, or lack of support to determine who you are, it’s possible to take the reigns and steer yourself towards greatness.How does one make the decision to defy the odds, regardless of their circumstances? Where do perseverance and determination come from? Well, money can’t buy it. This is the magic of the mind.Possibility thinking centers on the idea of shifting how you think about who you are. Rather than looking at your situation in a single moment, and deciding that this must be your lot in life, possibility thinking throws you a lifeline. It sifts through the sands of reality and searches for those little flecks of gold, helping you to recognize opportunities.You find empowerment through opportunities, no matter how big or small they are. This revs up the engine of self-confidence, and that confidence b...

77 minSEP 8
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The Power of Perseverance with George Tinsley

Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Itch

“When you have an itch, there is an ART to how to approach it. The A is for ask, R is for research, and T is for test. “Choosing to leave the comfort of stable, well-paying work in order to pursue our passions is an intimidating prospect. For many out there, making that transition can be a struggle and it can feel like there is a lack of resources at our disposal to get our ideas off the ground. Taking the risk to invest in ourselves and develop an independence through entrepreneurship, however, can be one of the best decisions we make for our careers.Joining me today is Reneta Jenik, the Founder and CEO of ‘Foodom’ - an Online Marketplace dedicated to making meals affordable and accessible to busy families that want to eat cleaner and healthier, while at the same time reducing their waste close to zero. Reneta was inspired to create this framework after examining the issues that were present at her own dinner table. After realizing that other families were experiencing similar ...

40 minSEP 1
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Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Itch

Owning Your Seat at the Table

“When things are uncertain, that is the time for black women to step into being information centers and nodes, because then you have an opportunity”Black women are the most educated demographic in the United States, yet very few of us are seated at decision-making tables across the corporate world. If we want to change the pay disparity and ensure our voices hold space in these important conversations, we need to have the courage and take action in order to get there.My guest today is Rukaiyah Adams, a trailblazer in the field of financial services, investment, and institutional asset management. She has secured a seat at numerous tables of influence, power, and decision making. Rukaiyah is the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in the Pacific Northwest. She's responsible for leading all investment activities to ensure the long term financial strength of the organization. Before joining Meyer, she ran the $6.5 billion capita...

67 minAUG 25
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Owning Your Seat at the Table

The Power of Leadership Communications

“Communication is the one leadership quality that will make you or break you.”Being an effective communicator is possibly the most important quality in any leader, but it’s easier said than done, and the two skill sets don’t always come in the same package. For some, it takes work. Leadership communications is about more than translating a mission statement. It's about organizing a set of ideas in a clear and compelling way that people can understand, inspiring people to lean in.The people with the best communication skills have the most influence, and they possess the rare ability to provide leadership amid chaos. Navigating through Covid-19 has been a prime example of the importance of effective communication. Companies are collectively entering new territory. Meetings look different, office environments have changed, and day to day interactions have gone digital. Experiencing these changes, Is it possible that we’ve been underestimating the value of good communication all al...

43 minAUG 18
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The Power of Leadership Communications

How to Secure a Seat at the Table

“If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley ChisolmIn 1968, conventional precepts came tumbling down when Shirley Chisolm became the first black woman elected to Congress. Shattering that glass ceiling wasn’t easy, particularly at the height of the Civil Rights era in America. As a woman and a person of color, every step of that journey would have felt like an impossible uphill battle. Yet somehow, she made it to the top and secured her seat at one of the most important tables in the world, paving a brave new path for women of color everywhere.Today, more and more seats of power are being filled by women of color. However, no matter how far we’ve come, there’s always further to go in terms of access and equality in the business world. According to the data from the National Women's Law Center, the pay gap between white men and women of color is equal to around $23,653 per year. Closing this gap can only be achieved when women of color have the...

52 minAUG 11
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How to Secure a Seat at the Table

The Remarkable Power of Asking

“You create your opportunities by asking for them”Norman Vincent Peale said “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Think about a time in your life when you had an idea or an opportunity that really excited you, something that would require you to push beyond the borders of your comfort zone. Perhaps it was asking for a promotion or a raise, or maybe you wanted to ask someone out to dinner, but the very thought made you nervous or uncomfortable. Did you adhere to those boundaries, or did you choose to move beyond them, undaunted?Consider how decisions you’ve made to be bold and embrace the power of asking have impacted your life. Think about the connections that asking has created, and doors that have opened as a result. Looking back, do you regret taking any of those leaps? It’s important to recognize that when it comes to making big moves, we can give fear too much power to dictate our actions. But we don’t have to.Today’s guest comes from my very own alma ma...

48 minAUG 4
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The Remarkable Power of Asking

Latest Episodes

How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Spark your Passion with Lisa Thee

“Getting to a place of power and authority, it was important to me to not only focus on the problems that have already been looked at, but to shift the attention and change the conversation to the bigger issues that I really cared about.” - Lisa TheeAs we progress in our careers, it’s natural for our goals to get pushed forward in accordance with our accomplishments. First, it’s getting the big job with the fancy title, then the goal becomes working with a top tier company in your field, until one day it’s all about getting a seat on the Board of Directors. But once you’ve earned those achievements, you might start to feel like there’s more to the ladder than the steps leading up to its summit. For some of us, there comes a time when we’re ready to start building our own ladder.Following a disturbing scene on a business trip abroad early in her career, my guest today made a promise to herself. She vowed that someday when she had accumulated the experience and influence neces...

45 minOCT 20
Comments
How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Spark your Passion with Lisa Thee

Lessons From The Top: Unleashing Your Roar with Michael C. Hyter

“It's our actions that we take to achieve the outcomes we want that matters.”-Michael C. HyterHow many times in your life and career have you waited to be noticed? You know you’re more than qualified for that promotion, but somehow you keep getting overlooked. Maybe this scenario has some of you thinking back to your school days of being a wallflower at the homecoming dance, hoping someone sees you standing there. If only they noticed you.Being a wallflower is one thing when you’re a teenager, but in the corporate world, going unnoticed is the last thing anyone wants. If the idea of a promotion is nipping at your heels and the desire to accelerate your career is a driving force in your life, then it’s time for you to get noticed.Getting noticed means embracing efficacy. Efficacy is what puts you in the driver's seat of your career ambitions. Rather than a dependency on luck or timing, it’s a commitment towards being. It’s the recognition that you have been put in your positio...

55 minOCT 6
Comments
Lessons From The Top: Unleashing Your Roar with Michael C. Hyter

Trust is Your Most Valuable Currency

Where would we be without trust? In our personal lives, it’s an important factor in building relationships. It’s not always at the top of our list of priorities when running a business, but it should be. Business is all about relationships. Trust is a social currency in the corporate realm, and if you invest in trust, it can really benefit your bottom line.A leadership structure that places value on the internal health of the organization is capable of producing incredible results. When employees work in an environment where they feel secure, valued, and autonomous, they are more productive. Positive organizational psychology and high trust means a happier, more efficient, and more profitable workplace.My guest today is Bill Hefferman, a brilliant organizational development leader who has dedicated his career to creating high performing workplaces. For more than 25 years, Bill has been a leader in the field of Organizational Development Theory. Through his insights and common sens...

49 minSEP 22
Comments
Trust is Your Most Valuable Currency

The Power of Coaching, and Leveling Up in Life and Career

“Success is when I add value to myself. Significance when I add value to others.”-John C. MaxwellWould you describe yourself as successful? Think for a moment about that word. Consider what it means to you. Try to define it.When you really start to unpack it, success rarely looks like a destination with an endpoint. As we accelerate in our careers, the goal line continues to move forward. First, you aspire towards a promotion, and once you’ve earned that promotion, another point appears on the map ahead of where you are. Maybe your next destination is hitting that six-figure threshold. Once you’ve achieved it, perhaps the next goal is to make partner in your firm. It goes on and on. Success is a journey along a continuous course that motivates us to keep the engine charged.As we drive further and further along Success Highway, it’s pretty easy to understand the skills and qualifications that got us behind the wheel. But new heights require new insights. Growth, like success, is...

40 minSEP 15
Comments
The Power of Coaching, and Leveling Up in Life and Career

The Power of Perseverance with George Tinsley

When you possess an unshakable will to win, no obstacle has the power to derail you. This level of perseverance is in the DNA of great leaders. Rather than allow poverty, misfortune, or lack of support to determine who you are, it’s possible to take the reigns and steer yourself towards greatness.How does one make the decision to defy the odds, regardless of their circumstances? Where do perseverance and determination come from? Well, money can’t buy it. This is the magic of the mind.Possibility thinking centers on the idea of shifting how you think about who you are. Rather than looking at your situation in a single moment, and deciding that this must be your lot in life, possibility thinking throws you a lifeline. It sifts through the sands of reality and searches for those little flecks of gold, helping you to recognize opportunities.You find empowerment through opportunities, no matter how big or small they are. This revs up the engine of self-confidence, and that confidence b...

77 minSEP 8
Comments
The Power of Perseverance with George Tinsley

Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Itch

“When you have an itch, there is an ART to how to approach it. The A is for ask, R is for research, and T is for test. “Choosing to leave the comfort of stable, well-paying work in order to pursue our passions is an intimidating prospect. For many out there, making that transition can be a struggle and it can feel like there is a lack of resources at our disposal to get our ideas off the ground. Taking the risk to invest in ourselves and develop an independence through entrepreneurship, however, can be one of the best decisions we make for our careers.Joining me today is Reneta Jenik, the Founder and CEO of ‘Foodom’ - an Online Marketplace dedicated to making meals affordable and accessible to busy families that want to eat cleaner and healthier, while at the same time reducing their waste close to zero. Reneta was inspired to create this framework after examining the issues that were present at her own dinner table. After realizing that other families were experiencing similar ...

40 minSEP 1
Comments
Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Itch

Owning Your Seat at the Table

“When things are uncertain, that is the time for black women to step into being information centers and nodes, because then you have an opportunity”Black women are the most educated demographic in the United States, yet very few of us are seated at decision-making tables across the corporate world. If we want to change the pay disparity and ensure our voices hold space in these important conversations, we need to have the courage and take action in order to get there.My guest today is Rukaiyah Adams, a trailblazer in the field of financial services, investment, and institutional asset management. She has secured a seat at numerous tables of influence, power, and decision making. Rukaiyah is the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in the Pacific Northwest. She's responsible for leading all investment activities to ensure the long term financial strength of the organization. Before joining Meyer, she ran the $6.5 billion capita...

67 minAUG 25
Comments
Owning Your Seat at the Table

The Power of Leadership Communications

“Communication is the one leadership quality that will make you or break you.”Being an effective communicator is possibly the most important quality in any leader, but it’s easier said than done, and the two skill sets don’t always come in the same package. For some, it takes work. Leadership communications is about more than translating a mission statement. It's about organizing a set of ideas in a clear and compelling way that people can understand, inspiring people to lean in.The people with the best communication skills have the most influence, and they possess the rare ability to provide leadership amid chaos. Navigating through Covid-19 has been a prime example of the importance of effective communication. Companies are collectively entering new territory. Meetings look different, office environments have changed, and day to day interactions have gone digital. Experiencing these changes, Is it possible that we’ve been underestimating the value of good communication all al...

43 minAUG 18
Comments
The Power of Leadership Communications

How to Secure a Seat at the Table

“If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley ChisolmIn 1968, conventional precepts came tumbling down when Shirley Chisolm became the first black woman elected to Congress. Shattering that glass ceiling wasn’t easy, particularly at the height of the Civil Rights era in America. As a woman and a person of color, every step of that journey would have felt like an impossible uphill battle. Yet somehow, she made it to the top and secured her seat at one of the most important tables in the world, paving a brave new path for women of color everywhere.Today, more and more seats of power are being filled by women of color. However, no matter how far we’ve come, there’s always further to go in terms of access and equality in the business world. According to the data from the National Women's Law Center, the pay gap between white men and women of color is equal to around $23,653 per year. Closing this gap can only be achieved when women of color have the...

52 minAUG 11
Comments
How to Secure a Seat at the Table

The Remarkable Power of Asking

“You create your opportunities by asking for them”Norman Vincent Peale said “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Think about a time in your life when you had an idea or an opportunity that really excited you, something that would require you to push beyond the borders of your comfort zone. Perhaps it was asking for a promotion or a raise, or maybe you wanted to ask someone out to dinner, but the very thought made you nervous or uncomfortable. Did you adhere to those boundaries, or did you choose to move beyond them, undaunted?Consider how decisions you’ve made to be bold and embrace the power of asking have impacted your life. Think about the connections that asking has created, and doors that have opened as a result. Looking back, do you regret taking any of those leaps? It’s important to recognize that when it comes to making big moves, we can give fear too much power to dictate our actions. But we don’t have to.Today’s guest comes from my very own alma ma...

48 minAUG 4
Comments
The Remarkable Power of Asking
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