February 26, 2017
Music is a universal language, and speaks to people of all ages, races and cultures. The vibration and energy of music can affect people in a way that no words can. Our guest in today’s “Someone You Should Know” discussion is blessed with the gift to use music not just for communication but for healing! No matter your connection to music, you’ll appreciate the impact she has had on adults and children with her Grammy-nominated steel drum playing and teaching.
Angel Lawrie grew up in Palmyra Ohio and fell in love with music at a very early age. She was a member of many musical ensembles during her teen years, participated in many musical events both locally and across the USA and received many awards for her playing.
Angel continued her musical studies at the University of Akron, where she graduated at the top of her class, and was awarded the “outstanding Undergraduate Percussion Award”. She also studied “Hand Drumming” with Leonard Moses during that time at Central State University in Dayton Ohio.
Angel was introduced to the Steel Drum while at the University of Akron and instantly fell in love with the instrument. From that time on, she has been performing, promoting and teaching the art of Steel Drumming all over the World. Some of her performances include, The Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas, the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, The Music Conservatory of Florence Italy. She has played extensively in the United States, and released her first CD “Queen of the Bands” in 1998.
Angel taught as a Band Director for 12 years in the Public School System in Ohio. She was the founder of the “Kalypso Kids”, a nationally renowned student group of Steel Drummers that performed from 1997 to 2004. The Kalypso Kids performed at places such as Elitch Gardens in Denver, Kiwanis Clubs of Ohio, the Columbus State Building, the Kent Arts Festival, Heritage Square in Golden, Colorado, and were a regular feature of the Ravenna Balloon Affair. She is currently the director of the Steel Doves band and conducts private and public healing sessions.
For more information about Angel, please go to https://www.facebook.com/angel.lawrie.
February 5, 2017
When faced with unexpected challenges in life, the way we respond and the choices we make can determine the impact is has on the rest of our life. When courage and determination are key parts of the solution, the outcomes can lead to inspiring resilience in those it touches. This week we speak with Inky Johnson, who chose to devote himself to conquering the obstacles put in his path after a career-ending injury in a college football game while at the University of Tennessee. Join us for his story, and by his ability to overcome a childhood of poverty and violence to be someone who inspires others.
Inky Johnson is a former University of Tennessee football player who grew up living in his grandparents’ two-bedroom house with 13 other family members. He slept on a pallet on the living room floor, in a neighborhood surrounded by drugs and violence in Kirkwood, Georgia. He and his family moved five times in nine years, all within Kirkwood. Stability was non-existent.
His success on the field led to the expectation that he would be drafted to the NFL in the first round, until he had a career-ending injury on a game tackle in the final minutes of a game on September 9, 2006. The hit caused nerve damage in Johnson’s right shoulder and ended his playing career. Dr. Russ Betcher, team doctor at the time, discovered on the field that Johnson’s eyelid was drooping, a sign of nerve damage called Horner’s syndrome. Spotting the symptom allowed doctors at UT Medical Center to stop internal bleeding and ultimately save Johnson’s life.
Since a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, nothing has been normal for Inky. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But instead Inky looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story. Through his walk and his talk, Inky embodies and imparts a truly inspirational message.
Inky has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. He and his amazing wife Allison live in Atlanta, Georgia with their beautiful children, Jada and Inky Jr.
Inky lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is a devout Christian. He now works as an inspirational speaker. Learn more about Inky at http://www.inkyjohnson.com/
February 2, 2017
One the most important things that we can do to provide a foundation for a long and happy life is to to develop the financial means to be able to make choices about where we live and how we spend our time. A secure financial future is not built overnight, however, and it takes many big and small habits daily to grow your personal wealth to a level that will support your vision for your later years. This can be an overwhelming task for most people, so this week we are joined by a guest who is an expert on building personal wealth, who will provide his best insights from his long career in financial planning.
Mike Haubrich is the President and Founder of Financial Service Group, Inc., a Nationally registered, fee-only advisory firm founded in 1982. He and his team provide client-focused financial life planning services including retirement planning, investment portfolio management, personal risk management, elder life planning, tax strategies and preparation, family dialogues, career asset management, and more.
Mike is the author of the book Career Asset Management: Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead and Using Your Head to Maximize your Career Value. Available on Amazon in print and e-formats.
Mike received degrees in business and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and is a Certified Financial Planner, and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
He volunteers extensively in the Racine community for organizations such as Lakeside Curative Services, Career Industries, and Hospice Alliance. For more information about Mike, please go to www.toyourwealth.com.