Change Cadet Podcast

Welcome! The Change Cadet Podcast is about sharing the stories of soldiers of change - "Cadet" meaning soldier in French. While change often feels like an uphill battle, our guests will share their journeys towards joy. Dr. Akilah Cadet (literally born a solider of change) will share her own stories of change and interview guests who took risks and grew from their experiences of navigating change to find their passion and purpose. These stories of change and transformation will hopefully inspire you to become a Change Cadet in your own life. Available on Spotify, Play, iTunes, and Soundcloud. Follow along on @changecadetpodcast.


Episode 1: The Power of Coaching

Michelle Dew is a rejuvenating life coach with the purpose to listen, to see, and to affirm. Growing up in the rural south, Michelle has always seen the power in listening actively, along with utilizing her empathy to see others. Since graduating from Dartmouth College, she is currently a skilled Life Coach at Beyond 12 for first generation, under-resourced college students and peers with the Co-Active Coaching framework. Further, as a queer, disabled woman of color, Michelle is constantly working to empower her communities and fight for equitable access in spaces not ready for them.

The inaugural episode of the Change Cadet Podcast, both Dr. Cadet and Michelle discuss the power of coaching, self care, and living with invisible illness and chronic pain.

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Episode 2: Two Docs Changing the World

Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and documentary filmmaker who received her PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Dr. Bell is currently a visiting faculty at Dartmouth teaching in the department of Theater and the African and African American Studies program. Her work with "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspective as a dancer, choreographer, healer, and scholar.

An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations such as the BLM network, Blackout For Human Rights, The Undercommons at UCLA, among others. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, and music industry with credits such as “community engagement consultant” for George Tillman Jr.'s film adaptation of Angie Thomas' best selling book, "The Hate U Give".

In this episode, Dr. Cadet and Dr. Bell chat about the pressures of academia, being a single mother, and dealing with illness. Despite all these things, they share how the power of facing our fears and braving vulnerability can lead to beautiful opportunities for growth and change.

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Episode 3: Stand Tall in Your Purpose

Enjoy our very first LIVE episode with Alicia Jay of @TallSWAG! We are coming to you from Lux, a soon to open co-working space in downtown Oakland, with all the modern tea party vibes.

In this episode, Dr. Cadet and Alicia Jay chat about work, #singlelifestruggles, and being entrepreneurs. Alicia shares how she has overcome many challenges to stand tall in her truth. From bullying to depression, she has used every roadblock to build a bridge to empower herself and others.

As a teen Alicia endured ridicule for both her race and her height. She believed the lies and for many years hated who she was. Over time she built up her self-esteem and now she shares her faith-built story with anyone that she can. She created TallSWAG to show others how to follow their dreams by standing tall every day in every way.

Alicia is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur, speaker, broadcaster, model and designer. Most recently she shared her story as a new cast member on TLC’s hit show, My Giant Life.

We also answer questions from a number of our amazing attendees and end the show with a special affirmation from Adrienne Kimball (@adrienne_kimball) of The Melanated Soul.


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Episode 4: White Women in Retrograde

Vida Wilson is currently the operations director for Change Cadet. With over 8 years of event planning and project management, she has always enjoyed creating spaces where people can come together and experience change within community. She is passionate about justice and holistic health, especially within the Black community.

Recently, she developed her own small business, BeLoved by V (@belovedbyv) - were she creates handmade rice packs for pain and stress relief with the mission to remind us to give and receive love. The story behind BeLoved packs is layered. It started as gifts for family and friends, motivated by wanting to share something that might bring comfort and relief, but is evolving into a space where she is able to promote the message of giving and receiving love in order to combat the myriad of negative physical, social, and psychological effects of stress.

In this episode of Change Cadet, Dr.Akilah Cadet and Vida will share some of the craziness they experienced during the so called “retrograde”, and a couple of their traumatic encounters white women in particular (read this for more on Dr. Cadet’s encounter) . Unfortunately, sometimes women can be their own worst enemies, and when we throw race into the mix, it's a whole different ball game. Dr. Cadet gives insights into how to process these experiences in ways that protects us from internalizing the event and encourage us to bring others in for support. Join us as we talk about what it means to be a Change Cadet in the middle of the mess.

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