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I'll Go First® with Jessica Minhas

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I'll Go First® with Jessica Minhas

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Jessica Minhas, host and founder of I'll Go First®, dives into the topics and conversations that we want to have but are a little afraid to talk about or aren't sure where to start. Join her at the table as she shares her story about overcoming abuse, sexual assault, trauma, and chronic illnesses. Celebrate the stories of courageous overcomers, inspiring mental health champions, and those boldly stepping into taboo spaces and inviting us into a full life. Listen, learn, and heal with people just like us who look adversity in the eye and say, “I will not stand down. I'll go first.”

Latest Episodes

Defining What Love Means to You, Being More than a Bystander Against Sexual Violence, Finding Your Voice Using Spoken Word with Army Veteran Obbie West

Obbie West is a 20 veteran of the United States Army, an outspoken sexual violence prevention advocate, an International Spoken Word Artist, and author of a book of poems entitled, “Blossom”. Obbie grew up in a home witnessing his mother endure domestic violence. In this episode, he shares with us how he became who he is today, how he’s learned to define what love means to him, and how we can decide how we want to be loved.

43 MIN6 d ago
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Defining What Love Means to You, Being More than a Bystander Against Sexual Violence, Finding Your Voice Using Spoken Word with Army Veteran Obbie West

Surviving Domestic Violence, Military Sexual Assault and Reclaiming Your Right to Live Life Moving Forward with US Army Veteran Merci McKinley

Merci McKinley is a Veteran Advocate, Military Sexual Trauma, and Dometic Violence Survivor, author, and poet. She speaks candidly about her experience of military sexual assault and domestic violence, fighting for justice against her perpetrators, advocating for justice reform, and what healing has looked like for her. She is a powerful voice for those of us who are working through what we've come through. Merci is a true testament of what it means to be a survivor and teaches us how to live life moving forward.

60 MIN1 w ago
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Surviving Domestic Violence, Military Sexual Assault and Reclaiming Your Right to Live Life Moving Forward with US Army Veteran Merci McKinley

How to Heal Broken Relationships and Loving Family Members Who Are Experiencing Homelessness with Kevin Adler

Kevin Adler, Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit reunion service that reconnects people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones. In this episode, he shares the lessons he’s learned from helping over 300 people reconnect with their loved ones, often for the first time in 20 years. He offers step-by-step insights on where to start and what reconciliation looks like in our lives and the lives of our homeless neighbors.

37 MIN2 w ago
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How to Heal Broken Relationships and Loving Family Members Who Are Experiencing Homelessness with Kevin Adler

Living with a Disability, Healing Shame and Forgiving Yourself with Tiffany Yu

Tiffany Yu, Founder of Diversability, was only 9 years old when she was involved in a deadly accident that claimed her father’s life and left her partially paralyzed. In this episode, she shares how she’s worked through past shames, brought silence and judgment out of the shadows, learned how to forgive herself and what it means to be proud of who we are.

49 MIN3 w ago
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Living with a Disability, Healing Shame and Forgiving Yourself with Tiffany Yu

Healing from Male Childhood Sexual Abuse and Learning to Love Bravely with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is a childhood sexual abuse survivor. His story is all too common but not talked about enough. When people think of sexual trauma, they often don’t associate it with males, and yet statistics show that around half of all childhood sexual abuse survivors are boys. Chris courageously shares his journey of healing, what grooming and manipulation look like, and how he’s learned to love bravely.

59 MINJUN 2
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Healing from Male Childhood Sexual Abuse and Learning to Love Bravely with Chris Anderson

Healing from Spiritual Trauma with Tara Leigh Cobble

Spiritual trauma can cut us to our core. In this episode, Tara Leigh Cobble joins us. You may recognize her as the Founder and President of D Group, an international faith-based community, and "The Bible Recap Podcast" (20 million downloads and counting!) She shares with us how she's recovered from spiritual trauma, grief, and multiple heart surgeries as a young adult. She also shares with us how asking for help in her own life birthed one of the largest discipleship groups in the world and how dreaming this little dream for herself came true beyond her wildest imagination.

46 MINMAY 26
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Healing from Spiritual Trauma with Tara Leigh Cobble

Signs You May Have Burnout and Finding Rest and Balance with Rasheeda Winfield

Rasheeda Winfield is a producer and casting director. At 25, she accomplished what most people can only dream of, working at NBC Universal, 30 Rock (Yup, that one.) In this episode, she shows us how she made her dreams come true, how discovering what success actually is surprised her, and how she gave herself permission to let her dreams evolve as she grew into the woman she is today. She also offers tangible tips for ‘making it’ in TV and how to carve out a day of rest.

42 MINMAY 11
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Signs You May Have Burnout and Finding Rest and Balance with Rasheeda Winfield

Caring For Your Parents and Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Mourning and Loss with Jordan Wexler

From his resume, Jordan Wexler, Co-Founder, and CEO of Early Bird is everything you imagine him to be. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is ambitious, smart, and driven. When he was 28, and just as he was taking the helm of an international technology company, life flipped upside down. His father suddenly died, and his mother suffered a stroke that wiped her memory. Jordan shares with us how he was able to stay motivated, take big risks, and cultivate joy despite his grief, caring for a parent, and a high pressured career.

48 MINMAY 4
Comments
Caring For Your Parents and Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Mourning and Loss with Jordan Wexler

Growing up in Shelters, Domestic Violence and with Family Members Who Have Severe Mental Illnesses with Nicky Yates

Nicky Yates’ story seems like it’s straight out of a fiction novel and yet it’s true. As a professional, Nicky is a forensic traumatologist and researcher on the nature of healing from trauma and domestic violence. She is a humanitarian and uses her expertise to lift communities out of poverty in low-income countries throughout the world (26 countries and counting.) But landing where she is today is nothing short of a miracle. As a child, she experienced poverty, childhood abuse, and homelessness. As an adolescent, she learned how to care for family members with serious mental illnesses. Now as an adult, Nicky walks us through how she’s gotten to where she is, actionable tips for how to overcome the impossible, how to build safe boundaries with family, and embracing self-care and love in the midst of it all.

72 MINAPR 20
Comments
Growing up in Shelters, Domestic Violence and with Family Members Who Have Severe Mental Illnesses with Nicky Yates

Race in the Workplace, Trusting Ourselves and Making My Mark as an Afro-Latina Woman in Health Tech with Ivelyse Andino

Ivelyse Andinois an Afro-Latina health equity innovator born and raised in The Bronx and the founder and CEO of Radical Health. In this episode Ivelyse shares how her mother’s death inspired her to pursue her dreams unapologetically. Ivelyse takes us on her journey from humble beginnings over community dinners to becoming a pioneer in the field of healthcare equity and AI technology. She teaches us about choosing our own paths, trusting the process and trusting ourselves. Most of all she shows us that embracing our full selves allows us to make the biggest impact.

43 MINAPR 13
Comments
Race in the Workplace, Trusting Ourselves and Making My Mark as an Afro-Latina Woman in Health Tech with Ivelyse Andino

Latest Episodes

Defining What Love Means to You, Being More than a Bystander Against Sexual Violence, Finding Your Voice Using Spoken Word with Army Veteran Obbie West

Obbie West is a 20 veteran of the United States Army, an outspoken sexual violence prevention advocate, an International Spoken Word Artist, and author of a book of poems entitled, “Blossom”. Obbie grew up in a home witnessing his mother endure domestic violence. In this episode, he shares with us how he became who he is today, how he’s learned to define what love means to him, and how we can decide how we want to be loved.

43 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Defining What Love Means to You, Being More than a Bystander Against Sexual Violence, Finding Your Voice Using Spoken Word with Army Veteran Obbie West

Surviving Domestic Violence, Military Sexual Assault and Reclaiming Your Right to Live Life Moving Forward with US Army Veteran Merci McKinley

Merci McKinley is a Veteran Advocate, Military Sexual Trauma, and Dometic Violence Survivor, author, and poet. She speaks candidly about her experience of military sexual assault and domestic violence, fighting for justice against her perpetrators, advocating for justice reform, and what healing has looked like for her. She is a powerful voice for those of us who are working through what we've come through. Merci is a true testament of what it means to be a survivor and teaches us how to live life moving forward.

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Surviving Domestic Violence, Military Sexual Assault and Reclaiming Your Right to Live Life Moving Forward with US Army Veteran Merci McKinley

How to Heal Broken Relationships and Loving Family Members Who Are Experiencing Homelessness with Kevin Adler

Kevin Adler, Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, a nonprofit reunion service that reconnects people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones. In this episode, he shares the lessons he’s learned from helping over 300 people reconnect with their loved ones, often for the first time in 20 years. He offers step-by-step insights on where to start and what reconciliation looks like in our lives and the lives of our homeless neighbors.

37 MIN2 w ago
Comments
How to Heal Broken Relationships and Loving Family Members Who Are Experiencing Homelessness with Kevin Adler

Living with a Disability, Healing Shame and Forgiving Yourself with Tiffany Yu

Tiffany Yu, Founder of Diversability, was only 9 years old when she was involved in a deadly accident that claimed her father’s life and left her partially paralyzed. In this episode, she shares how she’s worked through past shames, brought silence and judgment out of the shadows, learned how to forgive herself and what it means to be proud of who we are.

49 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Living with a Disability, Healing Shame and Forgiving Yourself with Tiffany Yu

Healing from Male Childhood Sexual Abuse and Learning to Love Bravely with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is a childhood sexual abuse survivor. His story is all too common but not talked about enough. When people think of sexual trauma, they often don’t associate it with males, and yet statistics show that around half of all childhood sexual abuse survivors are boys. Chris courageously shares his journey of healing, what grooming and manipulation look like, and how he’s learned to love bravely.

59 MINJUN 2
Comments
Healing from Male Childhood Sexual Abuse and Learning to Love Bravely with Chris Anderson

Healing from Spiritual Trauma with Tara Leigh Cobble

Spiritual trauma can cut us to our core. In this episode, Tara Leigh Cobble joins us. You may recognize her as the Founder and President of D Group, an international faith-based community, and "The Bible Recap Podcast" (20 million downloads and counting!) She shares with us how she's recovered from spiritual trauma, grief, and multiple heart surgeries as a young adult. She also shares with us how asking for help in her own life birthed one of the largest discipleship groups in the world and how dreaming this little dream for herself came true beyond her wildest imagination.

46 MINMAY 26
Comments
Healing from Spiritual Trauma with Tara Leigh Cobble

Signs You May Have Burnout and Finding Rest and Balance with Rasheeda Winfield

Rasheeda Winfield is a producer and casting director. At 25, she accomplished what most people can only dream of, working at NBC Universal, 30 Rock (Yup, that one.) In this episode, she shows us how she made her dreams come true, how discovering what success actually is surprised her, and how she gave herself permission to let her dreams evolve as she grew into the woman she is today. She also offers tangible tips for ‘making it’ in TV and how to carve out a day of rest.

42 MINMAY 11
Comments
Signs You May Have Burnout and Finding Rest and Balance with Rasheeda Winfield

Caring For Your Parents and Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Mourning and Loss with Jordan Wexler

From his resume, Jordan Wexler, Co-Founder, and CEO of Early Bird is everything you imagine him to be. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is ambitious, smart, and driven. When he was 28, and just as he was taking the helm of an international technology company, life flipped upside down. His father suddenly died, and his mother suffered a stroke that wiped her memory. Jordan shares with us how he was able to stay motivated, take big risks, and cultivate joy despite his grief, caring for a parent, and a high pressured career.

48 MINMAY 4
Comments
Caring For Your Parents and Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Mourning and Loss with Jordan Wexler

Growing up in Shelters, Domestic Violence and with Family Members Who Have Severe Mental Illnesses with Nicky Yates

Nicky Yates’ story seems like it’s straight out of a fiction novel and yet it’s true. As a professional, Nicky is a forensic traumatologist and researcher on the nature of healing from trauma and domestic violence. She is a humanitarian and uses her expertise to lift communities out of poverty in low-income countries throughout the world (26 countries and counting.) But landing where she is today is nothing short of a miracle. As a child, she experienced poverty, childhood abuse, and homelessness. As an adolescent, she learned how to care for family members with serious mental illnesses. Now as an adult, Nicky walks us through how she’s gotten to where she is, actionable tips for how to overcome the impossible, how to build safe boundaries with family, and embracing self-care and love in the midst of it all.

72 MINAPR 20
Comments
Growing up in Shelters, Domestic Violence and with Family Members Who Have Severe Mental Illnesses with Nicky Yates

Race in the Workplace, Trusting Ourselves and Making My Mark as an Afro-Latina Woman in Health Tech with Ivelyse Andino

Ivelyse Andinois an Afro-Latina health equity innovator born and raised in The Bronx and the founder and CEO of Radical Health. In this episode Ivelyse shares how her mother’s death inspired her to pursue her dreams unapologetically. Ivelyse takes us on her journey from humble beginnings over community dinners to becoming a pioneer in the field of healthcare equity and AI technology. She teaches us about choosing our own paths, trusting the process and trusting ourselves. Most of all she shows us that embracing our full selves allows us to make the biggest impact.

43 MINAPR 13
Comments
Race in the Workplace, Trusting Ourselves and Making My Mark as an Afro-Latina Woman in Health Tech with Ivelyse Andino
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