072: Tulsa Changemakers expands—Jake Lerner & Andrew Spector

072: Tulsa Changemakers expands—Jake Lerner & Andrew Spector

072: Tulsa Changemakers expands—Jake Lerner & Andrew Spector

Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner arrived in Tulsa for the 2015 school year as part of the Teach for America program. They saw in their students a wealth of untapped and unchallenged leadership potential. They presented a workshop on their idea in May 2016, then presented a pilot after school program with 20 students in the spring of 2017. In the 20-21 school year, they will have over 300 students participating from more than two dozen schools being led by twenty teachers serving as changemaker guides.

Changemakers is about building civic capacity through the contributions of young changemakers improving the quality of experience in their local school communities. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, Andrew and Jake bring us up to date on the success of the program and the impact it is having on the schools, the teachers, the administrators, and the lives of the students themselves.

Both Jake and Andrew are now full time with Tulsa Changemakers, and Leadership Tulsa provides the organizational framework for Tulsa Changemakers. Jake and Andrew are also providing teacher in-service programs on how to implement the Changemaker curriculum and tailor it for the individual school in which it is delivered.

Listen to my first Spirit of Leading podcast with Andrew and Jake back in 2017.

Andrew Spector, Jake Lerner, educational reform,

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070: Francie Ekwerekwu—Nothing worth advocating for comes easy

070: Francie Ekwerekwu—Nothing worth advocating for comes easy

070: Francie Ekwerekwu—Nothing worth advocating for comes easy

Francie with TEEM Pretrial Release Initiative case managers and intake specialist. (l-r), Elise, Mackenzie, Tyler, Francie, Brandon, Megan, and Candice. 

Francie Ekwerekwu did not know her father was in prison until she was sixteen years old. When she found out, her life changed.  She determined to learn all she could about her father and his incarceration. That quest ultimately led her to a life of advocating for the rights of the poor who faced longer than necessary periods of incarceration for no reason other than they were poor.

Francie has a special place in her heart and work for children of incarcerated parents. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, Francie tells her story and explains the particular difficulties the poor, and especially minorities, face in our criminal justice system.

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The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM)

Article A Republican Crusader Takes on Oklahoma’s Prison Machine byPOLITICO

Article The Criminalization of Poverty by the 20|20 Bipartisan Justice Center

Article Mass Incarceration: The whole pie 2020  Prison Policy Initiative

An assistant public defender’s work is never done.

Francie with an intern, Elsie, and a Re-entry program client

Spreading the word about TEEM with son, Samson, and co-worker Emma, hoping to find more mentors for program clients.

At work at the TEEM office

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069: Sara Jane Rose and Sally’s List—preparing progressive champions

069: Sara Jane Rose and Sally’s List—preparing progressive champions

069: Sara Jane Rose and Sally’s List—preparing progressive champions

Women are getting more involved in politics as candidates across the United States. In Oklahoma, Sara Janes Rose has been front and center looking for women to run for office in Oklahoma to champion progressive issues, many of which are women’s rights issues. Sally’s List is non-partisan and has helped prepare women of both Democrat and Republican parties, who support a progressive agenda, to run. Sally’s list does not manage individual campaigns.

Rose started Sally’s List in 2010 in honor of her late friend, Sally Mock, who was an advocate for progressive women’s issues and a mentor to Rose.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I talk to both Sara Jane and Alyssa Fisher, the program manager for Sally’s List about how Sally’s List encourages progressive women to seek office.

Sara Jane Rose

Sally’s List founder & executive director

Alyssa Fisher

Sally’s List program manager

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068: Do you have itching ears?

068: Do you have itching ears?

068: Do you have itching ears?

Everyone is susceptible to being scammed. Even the smartest people can be fooled. President Lincoln is attributed with saying, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” However, there is no evidence that he said those words as much as we would like to believe he did. It just sounds like something we think he might say.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss the reason we might be inclined to believe falsehoods and fabrications. It has to do with the fact that we want to hear what validates us or promises us what we want. In either case, it’s because we have itching ears.

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067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

The history of the world is a history of disruptions. We human beings like predictability that gives us a sense of safety. We like to know what’s going to happen next so we can prepare for it. Disruptions throw us into a state of panic as chaos swirls around us.

But disruptions provoke a necessary renewal of the status quo by throwing it into chaos to shake us out of our ruts. It’s in the middle of this disruptive chaos that things get interesting and we adapt in ways we might not have thought possible.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss why disruption is necessary and healthy for our continued survival. I share some examples and offer a perspective that disruption provides renewal. And that’s a good thing.

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