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  • Writer's pictureTitilayo Ellis

Ep 21: The Power of Fearless Conversations

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Ed Dudley (left) and Taylor Cashdan (right)

From George Floyd to Brianna Taylor to Elijah McClain (and so much more), black America's social injustices have been brought to the surface and propelled into the mainstream. Black Lives Matter protests have gone global. Corporations have chosen to take a stand. And, the next generation of youth is using its voice and networks, like never before. But as the movement continues, many are asking how do we propel real, lasting change? How do we heal an increasingly divisive America?

In this episode, we brought two of our dope friends -- Taylor Cashdan and Ed Dudley -- both of whom have been outspoken about social injustices and their thoughts on the responsibilities we all have in being outspoken and having courageous conversations -- even when it may be uncomfortable or risky to one's brand.

Taylor Cashdan is a graduate of North Carolina State University and Raleigh-based multidisciplinary creative and community builder that is passionate about people, design, and all the intersections in between. He is the AIGA Raleigh Chapter, Director of Uniting People, a speaker and workshop facilitator covering topics from design and creativity to stress. As he puts it, he has a burning desire to collaborate and work for and with people who give a shit.

Ed Dudley, known as the collaborative connector, is the founder and Chief Connections Officer of We Are Connect-ED, Founder/Managing Partner of L2P Financial Partners, a financial services firm, and Co-Founder of Shining Light in Darkness, a nonprofit that focuses on sexual assault and domestic violence.

He is described as a servant leader and is very active in the community where he serves on several nonprofit boards such as Board Vice President of SwingPals, Interim Board Chair/Executive Committee for United Against Slavery, Co-Founder/Steering Committee Member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn as well as Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Financial Planners Association of the Triangle.

We are excited to have them join us and share how they discovered the power in fearless conversation. Grab your pen and, more importantly, share this episode with a friend who may need encouragement during this time.

Until next time stay safe and on purpose!

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Taylor Cashdan

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Ed Dudley

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