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Howard Washington | Greyt Big Talk
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Howard Washington | Greyt Big Talk

The Duality of Me Howard Washington speaks on "the duality of me" the juxtaposing sides of a creative entrepreneur and the internal battling forces that define who we are. Howard Washington founded the ELEVĀTED Dance Company, for dancers who wanted to pursue hip hop as a career in Cleveland, Ohio. Since he formed the company in 2017, ELEVĀTED has performed at Playhouse Square, Akron Peacemakers, Best of the Best Fashion Show, House of Blues, Collaborated with Alex Angelo at The Grog Shop, and many more official and unofficial dance showcases arose the region. Under his leadership, ELEVĀTED placed 2nd at the World of Dance Competition (2017). That enormous accolade earned ELEVATED automatic entry into the World of Dance Championship, which took take place in Pasadena, California (2018) where they were crowned USA Team Champions. In May 2018, ELEVĀTED opened its dance headquarters on Brecksville Road in Independence. This facility not only serves as the home of ELEVĀTED, but it also has become a full-fledged dance studio offering a variety of classes including hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, technique, and choreographer’s muse, and adult hip hop cardio classes. Howard believes that hip-hop dance should serve as a creative and expressive platform that unites all people that shares their love and passion for it. For more information on ELEVĀTED and the studio, Howard is a graduate from Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in choreography and minoring in Entrepreneurial Studies. He has been a special guest teacher/choreographer at Cleveland State University, Hathaway Brown, Padua High School, Brush High School, and Lake Erie College, and the Willoughby Fine Arts Association. Original Recording Date: August 20th, 2021 Recording Location: Cleveland Public Square - Cleveland, OH Greyt Culture - omg@thatsgreyt.com
Rick Simmons | Greyt Big Talk
17:51

Rick Simmons | Greyt Big Talk

Harnessing The Power of Liminal Space Individuals and organizations alike are compelled to discover our why, with the hope of establishing a strong foundation for all we are and all we do, one that will eventually lead to incredible success. In this talk, Rick Simmons asks what if the answer to our why actually lies in our when? What if when we exist on the continuum of our journey holds the key to harnessing our greatest opportunities for change, growth, and development? What if we discovered that there are inflection points along our paths as individuals, teams, entire organizations, and even societies, that can pave the way for transformative course corrections, thereby accelerating us in the direction of our best selves? We call these periods liminal space. Rick is a coaching and consulting professional assisting leaders at the highest levels of organizations to optimize their businesses and their lives. Currently, he serves as chief executive officer of the telos institute, a leading global organizational consulting firm he co-founded in 2006. telos offers specialized expertise to leaders and leadership teams around the world in the areas of business strategy, leadership development, and change management. In his role, Rick is responsible for shaping the vision and guiding the strategic direction of the firm, while inspiring a growing cohort of world-class practitioners to deliver insight, growth, and transformational experiences for telos clients Original Recording Date: November 19th, 2021 Recording Location: Breakforth Studio - Cleveland, OH
Siaara Freeman | Greyt Big Talk
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Siaara Freeman | Greyt Big Talk

Insecurity & Confidence in The Same Body “We all have talents that are unique to us, but confidence is not one of them” Siaara Freeman is a writer and performer of slam poetry. She believes confidence is a mindset interwoven with insecurity and describes her process to determine what she’ll bring to stage each time she performs.. Siaara Freeman was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio where she is the current lake Erie siren. She’s very proud of this even when others assume she’d feel otherwise. She began writing at 7 years old and actively slamming at 15 for the National Brave New Voices Competition until she was 19. She then entered the adult scene slamming and coaching for both Columbus and Cleveland Ohio as well as Detroit Michigan. Siaara’s poems offer an actual face to the urban experience instead of a caricature. Siaara insists that you see the people she sees, the stories she knows, whether you find them respectable or not. She has traveled the country and she does not make fans she makes friends. A two-time nominee for the pushcart prize, a finalist for the 2017 button poetry chapbook competition, a 2017 bettering American poet and Best Of The Net Poet, a 2018 winter tangerine chapbook fellow and a 2018 Poetry Foundation incubator fellow. Siaara is a four year PinkDoor Fellow & 2018 Pinkdoor Faculty member. She is a teaching artist for the Center For Arts Inspired Learning. She is the co-founder of Outsiders Queer Midwest Writers Retreat. She is the founder and curator of WUSGOOD.BLACK and the Black Hogwarts Poetry Workshop. She is currently working on three manuscripts at the same time, which is also how she reads books, three at once, she is the third child of a third child of a third child after all. in her spare time, Siaara is attempting to defeat lupus and grow her afro so tall God mistakes it for a microphone and speaks into her. She’s thinking about Toni Morrison right now. Original Recording Date: June 19th, 2020 Recording Location: Coventry Peace Park - Cleveland, OH