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Join host Sara Porritt for inspired conversations with fearless Asian women about how ideas and passions can ignite transformative journeys. The Hear Us Roar podcast speaks candidly about the pressures and privileges of growing up Asian in the United States, and implores us to embrace, as well as transcend our cultural conditioning and context. We all have the power to choose how we want to define personal happiness and success. Let’s celebrates that paradigm shift as something larger than a ...
 
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Sharon Thony & Raman Sehgal

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Sharon Lee Thony and Raman Sehgal are two MODERN MINORITIES - Asian-American industry pros "making it" (?) - even though they never became the doctors their parents wanted them to be. Each week, they are joined by folks of all stripes - entrepreneurs, corporates, athletes, reporters, politicians, entertainers, and more - to uncover how our different cultural backgrounds shape how we uniquely experience the world. MODERN MINORITIES is a collection of conversations about work and life through ...
 
Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving wit ...
 
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“Listen to my voice, don’t look at me. It’s what got me in the door, but also what never sealed the deal.” Sara Baiyu Porritt is a multi-hyphenate. She’s the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Omnicom Media Group - but she’s also a recovering pop star - a former R&B songstress-turned-Yogi who may or may not be becoming a podcasting mogul. Born …
 
Whatever life throws at her, today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, embraces love, light and lots of avocados. I'm honored to introduce you to Nikki Gallias, a mom, wife, former school teacher and inspirational entrepreneur. She's a bright spirit who was raised across the world with a challenging childhood. Yet even at a young…
 
“Entrepreneurship is messier than people believe. I'm comfortable that I don't know it all, but I can figure it out.” Navin Gupta has an entrepreneurial spirit. Innately curious and motivated to solve problems, he’s founded 3 successful companies in health and wellness - all on the side while making a big (business) impact at big companies. You’ll …
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had to teach yourself to walk again...or even a lifelong skill that you loved? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast has done both while navigating chronic illness. Renee Nicholson is a dancer, author and teacher whose life has changed from rheumatoid arthritis. It took g…
 
Do you know what makes you happy or do you need some help figuring that out? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is Rebecca Morrison, a lawyer turned happiness coach and author of "The Happiness Recipe." Becky spent nearly two decades with a career in the Big Law and Finance industries managing people and trying to figur…
 
“Waiter, servant, martial artist. Why aren't more Asian-Americans in Hollywood fully-realized characters - just part of the fabric of America?” Brian Yang is an actor and producer committed to telling stories that reflect the underrepresented. But Brian’s path to Hollywood wasn’t the usual one. A west coast kid, he found himself on the east coast w…
 
has it (really) been 100 episodes? We sit down to reflect on what (TF) we have been doing this whole time. what did we like (or hate)? Did we learn anything? What's next...stickers? FrieMMd-of-the-Pod Brandon Dawson (host of the most-excellent Distiller Podcast) turns the mic on US to get in our heads. I mean, someone's gotta tell Raman to stop ask…
 
Lucia Liu is the Founder & CEO of Rock The Boat, a podcast and community organization focused on Asians who challenge the status quo. She has interviewed prominent guests such as Andrew Yang, Adele Lim (screenwriter of CRA), Kevin Lin (Cofounder of Twitch and Gold House), and many more. While Lucia currently rocks a 9 to 5 in the financial services…
 
“As people of color in entertainment, the game is just kinda different. Whether you're an architect or a comedian, it doesn't matter.” Gina Brillon is a Puerto Rican actress, comedian, writer, and mom from the Bronx - who’s been performing standup comedy since she was 17 years old. Her comedy special “The Floor is Lava” is available on Amazon Prime…
 
“If it's lonely at the top, it gets lonely a LOT faster when you're a woman.” Lindsay Kaplan is the Co-founder of Chief - THE female executive membership network. But Lindsay has never felt like she fit in anywhere, being a self-proclaimed loudmouth who “loves weirdos.” She found her joy and success in non-traditional avenues - creating spaces that…
 
Kamala Khan's superpower is...time management? This week we're mixing it up with ANOTHER bonus episode from Raman's OTHER podcast, Quarantined Comics, where FrieMMds-of-the-pod Ryan Joe + Raman are talking about arguably one of the most important mainstream comics of the past decade - MS.MARVEL - about a Pakistani American superhero. Joining us is …
 
Some people find it odd that when we win anything in this game, we give praise back unto God. Well in somebody else's game any triumph makes us feel blessed. When it's your game, you make the rules, everything comes easy. All your friends are in key positions, so when you decide you don't want to play anymore you never leave empty-handed. Can someb…
 
A broken tooth and bloody Valentine's Day motivated this pharmacist to change her career. On this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams shares how she parlayed her career into holistic healing and wellness empowerment. She's a Pharmacist by trade and now TV & on-air media spokesperson and talent behind the …
 
Monique Truong is an award-winning author - but she’s really a Southern girl twice over, having been born in South Vietnam and lived in the American South. Her 3 acclaimed novels are all must-reads - The Book of Salt (2003), Bitter in the Mouth (2010), and The Sweetest Fruits (2019). You can also find her writing on food and writing all over the ma…
 
Do you feel comfortable naked or in your own skin? I’m excited to introduce you to Lindsay Rae - an award winning photographer with a focus on overcoming negative body image. She’s a body image activist and founder of the The Self Love Experience, a boudoir photography experience that empowers women to find beauty in their inner and outer selves. O…
 
“Growing up I didn't think of Rock & Roll as like a white space - it’s far reaching and can unite people.” Siddharth (Sidd) Masand is an Indo-Canadian engineer-turned-YouTuber, fascinated with the music of the 70's, 80's, and 90's and its influence on culture. In just one year, he turned his YouTube channel, Rock N' Roll True Stories, to a 6-figure…
 
Do you believe that age is just a number? Today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship," - The Podcast, award winning author, Stephanie Raffelock, known for “A Delightful Little Book on Aging” and now “Creatrix Rising," believes it's a powerful and positive one. Stephanie’s a writer, motivational speaker and former iHeart Radio host whom inspires w…
 
“How physicians look at race and sexuality, has to become a deliberate practice — because stereotypes are shortcuts, and shortcuts lead to bad care.” Dr. Jonathan “JT” Tolentino is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. Beyond being an accomplished physician and professor, JT is passionate about working …
 
Do you believe disease can be reversed? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast does. I'n excited to introduce you to Amylee Amos, founder of the Amos Institute, a company that helps people prevent and reverse cognitive decline using a functional medicine approach. She’s been trained by some of the world’s highly acclaimed l…
 
“Our show is an American podcast...” “...and yet, because we look the way we look, we’re seen as an Asian podcast...and I think that ties into everything we're talking about right now.” For this Fourth of July - we thought we’d share a decidedly AMERICAN conversation Sharon & Raman joined on ANOTHER podcast. Recently, friend-of-the-Pod Matt Story h…
 
While another Pride month has come and gone, there is always a lot of work to be done. Steven Wakabayashi - host of the Yellow Glitter podcast (and frieMMd of the Pod) - is doing this work. On a recent episode of his show, him and longtime friend Derek Tran had a really insightful, thought provoking conversation about rainbow-washing, performative …
 
Have you ever dreamed of being a musical superstar...having a beautiful voice while also sharing your wisdom with the world? Today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast has both. In fact, Sara Porritt, diversity and inclusion media executive, yoga instructor and host of the podcast, "Hear us Roar" is a Rhythm & Blues singer known pr…
 
“People would bring their harmoniums and just come and sing and play. Music was always around me — it's part of the backdrop of life.” Growing up in London, Radhika grew up around music - at all hours of the day. Whether it be late night family parties singing bhajans (Indian devotionals) or Bollywood classics - with some of the Indian musical grea…
 
Today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is a FORCE in her life and for others. I'm honored to introduce you to Brandi L. Benson - a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and author of the book "The Enemy Inside Me." Brandi encourages people to take charge of their healing journey following trauma or hardship. She shar…
 
This Father’s Day has some of us feeling old, because it’s always been about OUR dads...not just us. While we talked to our guest’s Moms for Mother’s Day, we decided to talk to a few Modern Minority Dads - about their fathers, and how they father. Beyond our favorite Indian American (Raman), we got a little help from our fellow father friends: Serg…
 
When you can talk babies, bad days and basketball all in one breath, you know you've made a connection. This week's episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast feels like a conversation with a childhood friend sharing intimate stories of IVF and the angst we all feel during hard times. Three-time Emmy award winning TV reporter and produce…
 
“It made me think about how our sense of identity really gets mixed up in names that other people give to us.” She was named Bich Minh Nguyen, but now goes by the name Beth...because, in her own words published in The New Yorker, “America Ruined My Name For Me.” Having a name that is hard to pronounce and rooted in your heritage presents unique and…
 
Like a scene from a romcom movie, Gorgeous Esther, found her happily ever after in what seemed like a comedy. Her dress ripped rushing out of a cab to a wedding in the middle of Manhattan. This resulted in her A-HA moment, which led her to love her body and teach others to do the same no matter the shape or size. This week's guest on "Happiness thr…
 
“We got ourselves into this - on the left and the right. People want to be safe - so we're proposing something different and better.” Svante Myrick is the mayor of Ithaca, NY - a role he’s held since 2012 - when he became the town’s youngest Mayor, and the first Mayor of color. Svante has become one of the nation’s earliest elected leaders to put f…
 
Chronic illness, poor mental health and other disorders are topics trending in our daily feeds and today's guest helps clarify hidden causes of these. Dr. Kenneth Bock is a leader in integrative medicine with over 35 years of experience diagnosing the root causes of chronic illnesses and restoring balance to his patient’s immune systems. He's a sou…
 
Michelle Lee is the powerhouse Editor-in-Chief of Allure—an iconic magazine that in 2021, celebrated its 30th birthday. Since taking on her position, Michelle has eliminated the term anti-aging from the magazine’s vocabulary and has redefined beauty through the lens of diversity. In one single issue, Michelle broke the record for the number of Amer…
 
“Suddenly the world opens up - you meet people living a completely different life. So we picked up everything, left everything behind and moved.” Minjae Ormes is a digital, tech, and entertainment veteran - she's the CMO of Visible - one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies. Minjae's worked for YouTube and Ogilvy - working on campaigns for D…
 
A physician, investor, business executive, diabetes expert and double transplant recipient, Dr. Karin Hehenberger is wow-worthy and this week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast. She spent 20 years in leadership positions at big brands, large investment firms and now as Founder and CEO of Lyfebulb - a patient empowerment platform.…
 
To continue celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, we’ve partnered with Red Envelope Stories - a new platform getting a lot of coverage - where Asian Americans share their personal stories - many of which grapple with the modern Asian diasporic identity. Joining us to hear - and talk about - some of these Red Envelope Stories is co-founder Michelle Liu, …
 
Chinatown, San Francisco - the 1870s. Everybody was Kung-fu fighting (ok, not everyone, but a LOT of people). Raman’s been trying to convince Sharon for MONTHS that she needs to watch WARRIOR - the hit show on HBO Max originally created by BRUCE LEE, executive-produced by his daughter, Shannon Lee (no relation to Sharon), and Fast & Furious directo…
 
We did it. 52 weeks! 48 episodes! Over 62 - 5 star rating on iTunes / Apple Podcasts = 1 year of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast! On this episode, I'm joined by a co-host, my husband, Kevin, who has spent his whole career working in sports and the digital space so has been incredibly helpful in my journey as an entrepreneur and podcast h…
 
“Intersectional identities are complex - even Asian identities in the queer community. How do we find space for that?” Steven Wakabayashi hosts “YELLOW GLITTER” - a podcast exploring the queer Asian experience. Steven’s thoughtful approach to life - and conversation - have created an amazing space for a community that is marginalized, not just in t…
 
“Trying to fit in was just not an option. But in comedy, I could embrace my oddness.” Margaret Cho, the “All American Girl,” is a Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated jill of all trades who was once told by TV executives to “tone it down.” Despite all of her success, feeling left out and alienated are subjects that are still near to Margaret’s heart, in…
 
We've always known that we would LOVE to have a conversation with our guests' MOMS. So for this Mother's Day, we decided to do just that with THREE key questions. Joining us for a very special episode are the MOMS of Friends-of-the-Pod Buck Rocker, Jay Veraldi, Jieun Kim Kirtley, Dr. Nzinga Harrison, Rajiv Satyal, and Sarah Salem. Happy Mother's Da…
 
Have you ever been on prescription medication or a new medical treatment with weight gain as one of the side effects? This week on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, join me and guest, Nediva Monroe, in a conversation about managing weight and improving overall wellness while dealing with health issues. Nediva is a mother of three, an acco…
 
India is facing an overwhelming COVID-19 surge. Cases continue to rise, with record cases reported daily. Among a decline in cases in February, the government loosened restrictions, so we were all caught off-guard. The country's healthcare system is collapsing, with supplies running low/out, and more and more deaths reported daily. Many of us have …
 
“I was really struck by how universal the message was - and i wanted to be a part of it.” Jason is a husband. A father. He’s an attorney. He’s also Black..and a Muslim. In a conversation about family, religion, race, and love - Jason shares his journey, how he discovered (and built) a relationship with Islam, and how’s its influenced his life for t…
 
“The nuances of the Korean family takes you back to being in a new environment, trying to fit in../..but it felt like an American family story as well.” The Oscars have come and gone, but what remains is how we feel about MINARI - the critically acclaimed film that had SIX nominations and Yuh-Jung Youn’s win for Best Supporting Actress (#TeamGrandm…
 
"The Safety Mom" is this week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast. Kimberly King is a 3X time author, mother, sexual assault prevention facilitator and crisis counselor who creates simple tools for parents and kids to cope with hardship. She is all about “preparing…not scaring kids” and parents about tough situations. And she know…
 
All of a sudden, it was such an “us VS them” rhetoric - and I realized I was part of the ‘them’.” Lena Shareef grew up in a lot of places - Pakistan, Ukraine, and the Midwest. She’s currently making the internet do things @ National Geographic - having studied video production and journalism. Along the way she co-founded GIRLWITHABOOK, which advoca…
 
Today's guest seemed to have it all, yet looks were deceiving. This former professional hockey player and distinguished coach skated toward huge transformation to live a more authentic life. Trent Eigner is an engaged father of six and loving husband, a past collegiate and professional hockey player, soon to be author, and highly acclaimed hockey c…
 
Alice Lee is an actress, singer, and songwriter starring in the NBC show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” where she plays Emily Kang, an Asian-American...who’s now a new mom. In the most recent episode, the characters grapple - and come to terms with - Emily’s postpartum depression, which like many mental health issues in this country...is not somet…
 
“Who controls the rhythm of the algorithm?” Azhar Usman is a Muslim American writer, actor, comedian, producer - and many other things - of Indian descent (by way of Chicago). Dave Chappelle once declared, “Azhar’s like a comedian from the future.” One of the most outspoken voices of his generation, Azhar’s a writer & Co-Executive Producer for Hulu…
 
Ever wondered what it's like to have it all? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is a powerhouse entrepreneur and digital media maven who once thought she had it all. Amber J Lawson has been at the cutting edge of the digital landscape receiving tremendous accolades including "Top 100 Influential People in Influencer Mar…
 
“People have their assumptions about my faith...and I love getting to change every perception” Sarah Z Salem is an Egyptian American Muslim in Atlanta by way of Philly. Sarah’s not our first Muslim American guest, but for the month of Ramadan we wanted to feature diverse voices from the culture. As a community advocate, Sarah strives to bring forwa…
 
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