United Voice Oklahoma Podcast
United Voice Oklahoma Podcast
Stronger Together
In-depth conversations that promote a healthy dialogue on race relations in our community and around the nation. Wayland Cubit and a rotating chair of co-hosts seek common ground for the common good as they practice the art of kindness in civil discourse and authenticity in storytelling.
Ashley Dickson Oso | Community Voice | The Loom #4
Join us for the final of four "Loom Sessions" of the podcast, where Taylor is joined by Scotia Moore and four other guests to discuss topics specifically related to Scotia's project, The Loom. For these Loom episodes, we invite you to join us for a deep dive on issues related to race and relational dynamics between funders and practitioners in the nonprofit community. Our fourth guest in this series is Ashley Dickson Oso. Ashley is currently the Programs and Communications Director for the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma. She’s also an entrepreneur, community leader ,volunteer , advocate and a mother. She and her husband have a son and daughter. This young professional is a true connector who serves our city, and she KNOWS HER STUFF about our community. Today we talk with Ashley about the value of Community Voice. If you want to hear more from Ashley, listen back to our interview with her in 2019 about Race, Neighborhoods, Resources, & Community Development in OKC
Dec 21, 2022
38 min
Kim Bandy | Rest | The Loom #3
Join us for the third of four "Loom Sessions" of the podcast, where Taylor is joined by Scotia Moore and four other guests to discuss topics specifically related to Scotia's project, The Loom. For these Loom episodes, we invite you to join us for a deep dive on issues related to race and relational dynamics between funders and practitioners in the nonprofit community. Our third guest in this series is Kim Bandy. Kim Bandy is the Co-Founder of the Spero Project with her husband Brad, and they have done incredible work for nearly 13 years with our new neighbors in OKC who have come to Oklahoma on refugee or asylum journeys. She also works with Flourish OKC in pioneering new ways to fund and support those who are helping make our city a place of flourishing for all. This conversation challenges us all to re-think how the idea and need for rest is talked about and practiced in the nonprofit and giving professions.   For more on Kim's perspective on Rest, watch her video with Greg Jones on Volume II of the Loom at loom-woven.com.
Dec 14, 2022
44 min
Gerald Scott | The Practitioner’s Perspective | The Loom #2
Join us for the second of four "Loom Sessions" of the podcast, where Taylor is joined by Scotia Moore and four other guests to discuss topics specifically related to Scotia's project, The Loom. For these Loom episodes, we invite you to join us for a deep dive on issues related to race and relational dynamics between funders and practitioners in the nonprofit community. Our second guest in this series is Gerald Scott, a nonprofit and ministry practitioner who wears many hats and has served our community for decades. Gerald is the Title IX Coordinator at Metro Technology Centers, the Executive Director of the STAAR Foundation, a minister, mentor, husband and father. He joins us today on the podcast to talk about the differences between volunteers, professionals and practitioners, and how important it is that nonprofit leaders are truly cared for by their resource partners in the communities they serve. For more on Gerald's story,  read his article in the Loom Digital journal entitled " Faithful Vitality". You can read on Volume II of the Loom at loom-woven.com.
Dec 8, 2022
46 min
Vernon Deas | Mutuality | The Loom #1
Join us for 4 episodes of the podcast where Taylor is joined by Scotia Moore and four other guests to discuss topics specifically related to Scotia's project, "The Loom". For these Loom episodes, we invite you to join us for a deep dive on issues related to race and relational dynamics between funders and practitioners in the nonprofit community. Our first guest in this series is Vernon Deas, an entrepreneur and creative leader with a passion to influence and empower others to accomplish their best life. He is also the co-founder of Urban Bridge, a non-profit that empowers urban entrepreneurs and is home to The Bridge Impact Youth Center here in OKC, an inner-city youth center in OKC led by Marcus Jackson. Vernon shares some of his experiences in developing relationships that go beyond typical dynamics of giving and receiving, with a focus on mutuality. 
Dec 1, 2022
37 min
Kori Hall | City Engagement Driven by Relationships
This week we are joined by Kori Hall, the City Engagement Director with Frontline Church in Downtown OKC. This wide-ranging conversation drills down on the fact that impactful engagement in the city has to start with relationships with those whose experiences and circumstances are different from yours. Kori brings hope, encouragement and wisdom into her work, has a lot to share on this episode on how to walk in humility as a way to develop mutually beneficial relationships with people from ALL walks of life in our city. You will leave this episode encouraged and ready to go meet someone new in your community!
Aug 3, 2022
47 min
Justin Brown | Chutes & Ladders, A Fresh Look at Poverty & Opportunity
How did you get to where you are today? What would happen to you if something traumatic or incredibly disruptive occurred in your life? We talk about these questions and much more in this episode with Justin Brown, Oklahoma Secretary of Human Services, and former Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (He was director of DHS when we recorded this episode).  Secretary Brown graciously welcomed us to his podcast studio to have this important discussion around poverty, opportunity, race, our social safety nets, and how it all is kind of like a game of Chutes and Ladders. Dive into the analogy with us right now, it might just reframe how you look at poverty, opportunities, and how our community can continue to unite around making this a place where all can flourish. 
Jul 28, 2022
57 min
Stories of Service | A Special Retirement Episode for Lt. Wayland Cubit
Today we celebrate our host Lt. Wayland Cubit's retirement from a 26 year-long career in Law Enforcement, most of that time with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Taylor interviews Wayland about the highlights from his career, and they share some of the inspiring stories that community members shared at his retirement celebration. Join us for this special episode of the podcast in celebrating our host and an incredible community servant!
Jul 21, 2022
28 min
Corry Smith |The Mental and Emotional "Tax" of Race-Focused Life Experiences
This week we welcome Corry Smith to the podcast. Corry is a friend of both Wayland & T-Does, and a man who wears many hats. He grew up in NW OKC, won a state basketball championship at Putnam City High School, is the founder of Energy Basketball OKC, has worked a number of jobs in the energy sector. He is a dedicated father, recently worked as a Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and currently he is the Wellness Director at Oklahoma Athletic Center. He joins us on the podcast today to tell some stories about his experiences as a black man in Oklahoma in the many OKC circle he runs in. You want to listen in to this upbeat and challenging conversation. 
Jul 14, 2022
44 min
Scotia Moore | Weaving a Community of Care and Belonging
We are so excited this week to welcome our friend, and United Voice Oklahoma Initiative team member Scotia Moore to the podcast. Scotia has 25 years of experience designing and leading programming for children and women as well as a background in arts and advocacy. As a social entrepreneur and consultant, Scotia seeks to help people and organizations to connect with purpose, self, and others for the common good. She and her husband, Stephan Moore, are the parents of 10 young world changers. Today she is joining us on the podcast to discuss some of her recent work weaving a community of care and belonging so that funders and practitioners in the nonprofit sector can be generous together. *** To engage with "The Loom" , visit  www.loom-woven.com
Jul 7, 2022
46 min
DesJean Jones | Unlocking Opportunities and Spreading the Message that "You Are Enough"
This week we are joined by DesJean Jones, for a conversation about unlocking business opportunities for the underserved in our community, the "backpack" of race that many minorities carry, and the powerful idea that "You Are Enough". DesJean is OIC of Oklahoma County's Executive Director.  OIC stands for Opportunities Industrialization Center, and the organization has been around for more than 50 years, specializing in Helping Others Help Themselves. They do this through academic classes, skills training and day to day living courses. OIC recently launched their business academy and business think tank. We are excited for you to listen in!
Jun 30, 2022
55 min
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