THE TAPESTRY
THE TAPESTRY
Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew
Dr. Froswa's Tapestry is about bringing people together to explore the rich, woven textures of our narratives. Our stories are impactful and in listening to the stories of others, we learn more about our own power, claim our purpose and pursue our passion. The fabric of our lives as women is strong, resilient and when we come together, we can make a beautiful piece of work to inspire, support and sustain our personal and professional lives. Although designed for women 50 and above, the wisdom shared is ageless. Join us as we share, laugh hysterically, cry, and keep it real all at the same time.
DR.FROSWA - 12 THINGS I  WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED LEADING OTHERS TIPS AND TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
She’s back providing another episode of knowledge. In this episode, Dr. Booker-Drew shares 12 lessons she learned early in her leadership journey. Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew has an impressive resume of experiences and accomplishments that make her the perfect person to write on leadership, building relationships, philanthropy, faith and community development. She has built a diverse network of individuals and organizations around the world. Froswa’ has more than 25 years of experience in leadership development, training, nonprofit management, education, and social services. Dr. Froswa; is the author of four books, an adjunct professor at Tulane University, research affiliate at Antioch University and a columnist for Texas Metro News. To learn more about her work, visit drfroswabooker.com.
Jul 3
22 min
BEMNET MESHESHA ON THE POWER OF SANKOFA
Bemnet is passionate about justice and equity. A nonprofit professional, experienced in creating impactful programs, managing philanthropic dollars and creating sustainable communities. She loves traveling, working with young people and being a policy junkie. Bemnet is a respected speaker and researcher on Black experiences and her work can be found in national publications and the British Journal of Social Work. Bemnet is proud of her community work, most notably her role as the first Black Immigrant President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals and as a founding member of HERitage Giving Circle. Bemnet received her bachelor’s and master’s at Dallas Baptist University and University of Texas at Arlington respectively, joining other social workers and community practitioners. Although born in Ethiopia, Bemnet has lived in Dallas, Texas for most of her life. In this episode, we discuss the role of mentors, learning from your past, and the importance of equity focused work.
Jun 26
27 min
The Wisdom and Artistry of VICKI MEEK
Vicki Meek, born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized artist who has exhibited widely. Meek is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Serie Art Project in Austin and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was awarded three public arts commissions with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was co-artist on the largest public art project in Dallas, the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project. Vicki Meek has been awarded a number of grants and honors including National Endowment for the Arts NFRIG Grant, Dallas Observer MasterMind Award, Dallas Museum of Art Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant, Texas Black Filmmakers Mission Award, Women of Visionary Influence Mentor Award, Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Award, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the African American Museum at Dallas A. Maceo Smith Award for Cultural Achievement and was selected as the 2021 Texas Artist of the Year by Art League of Houston. Meek was an adjunct faculty member for UMass Arts Extension Program in Amherst, Massachusetts where she taught a course in Cultural Equity in the Arts. With over 40+ years of arts administrative experience that includes working as a senior program administrator for a state arts agency, a local arts agency and running a non-profit visual arts center, after 20 years, Vicki Meek retired in March 2016 as the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in Dallas. Vicki Meek currently spends time as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a non-profit retreat for creatives in Costa Rica founded by internationally acclaimed performance artist Elia Arce. She is also Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s at-large appointment to the Arts and Culture Commission and the Public Art Committee. Meek is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Jun 19
27 min
Leadership and Love: Interview with Dr Albert Reyes
Dr. Albert L. Reyes is President and CEO of Buckner International, a non-profit international ministry that serves orphans, vulnerable children, families, and seniors. He is the sixth President and CEO of the 143-year-old organization based in Dallas, Texas. He previously served as President of Buckner International and President of Buckner Children and Family Services. Prior to his service at Buckner, Reyes was president of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio. Reyes also has served as pastor of three churches and was involved in numerous roles within the Baptist General Convention of Texas, serving as its President in 2005. He serves as Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance representing Baptists in the United States of America. Reyes received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Andrews University and completed post-doctoral study at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, England. He is the author of The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption (Believers Press, 2015) and Hope Now: Peace, Healing, and Justice when the Kingdom comes near (Iron Stream Books, 2019). Reyes and his wife Belinda have three adult sons and are members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
Jun 12
26 min
DR.FROSWA - TEN THINGS I WISH I KNEW BY MY 30'S
Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew is the host of the Tapestry podcast and the President and CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC providing consulting and training to companies and organizations in leadership, DEI, community and partnership development as well as CSR/philanthropic efforts. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Tulane University in the MPA program, a research affiliate at Antioch University, columnist for Texas Metro News and the author of 4 books including Empowering Charity: A New Narrative of Philanthropy, recently published by Baylor University Press. Ten things I wish I knew by my 30s 1. The importance of establishing credit and finances 2. Time flies so make wise decisions…each decision is building a foundation 3. What you focus on, you’ll get more of 4. Realize when it’s time to leave a job, friendship or relationship 5. Expecting others to be something they are not 6. Love isn’t enough 7. No regrets…just lessons you learn from 8. A closed fist can’t get anything in it—be open to possibilities 9. Learn to give AND receive 10. Investing in your career is great but if you only build one area and fail to invest in the others, you are like the fencers I saw in high school—well developed on one side but weak and atrophied on the other—how are you building relationships, spiritually and emotionally, etc. You are more than what you do 11. Bonus: Build an emotional vocabulary—
Jun 5
27 min
THE PHILANTHROPIST THE POWER OF YOUR PURSE - HALIMA LEAK FRANCIS
Dr. Halima Leak Francis (She/Her) is the Founding Director and Professor of Practice of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement Public Administration Program. Nationally accomplished, her career spanning more than 20 years has focused on strengthening capacity and equitable practices within nonprofits, philanthropy, higher education, and civic sector leadership. A dedicated community volunteer, she prioritizes advancing systematic equity and inclusion by supporting organizations that are committed to the same. Dr. Leak Francis holds a B.A. in English from Hampton University, an M.A in Sociology of Education and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from New York University.
May 15
30 min
THE SERVANT LEADER CONVERSATION WITH A CHANGE AGENT - LORRAINE BIRABIL
Lorraine is an attorney and dedicated servant leader who has served in various capacities at federal, state, and local levels to help shape legislation and policy for the benefit of working people. While serving as a state legislator, Lorraine has been a tireless advocate on the issues that matter most including healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and justice reform, all while battling the pandemic and serving her constituents. For Over a Decade she has helped organize voter protection efforts, trained attorneys in election law, and played an important role in Major election law litigation efforts that led to court ordered Texas redistricting maps as well as stopped Texas from implementing Voter ID as drafted. In Her free time, Lorraine has served fellow Texans in a Variety of capacities including service in Public Boards, and mentoring up and coming community organizers. Lorraine earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law with an intellectual Property Concentration. Prior to Law School, Lorraine graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
May 8
29 min
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