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Empowering Voices: Laurel Rutledge’s Leadership and Podcasting Journey

podcast February 22, 2024

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In this episode, Talib Jasir, founder and CEO of Afros Audio Podcast Festival and the Vanguard Podcast Network, interviews Laurel Rutledge as a part of Afros Audio’s Black History Month series.

Laurel, who transitioned from a corporate senior executive to launching the Rutledge Perspective podcast, shares her journey and how it has influenced her approach to leadership and entrepreneurship.

In addition to the podcast series, she is planning to launch a new segment for women entrepreneurs and has also initiated a program called the Founders Intensive. The podcast and these programs aim at highlighting entrepreneurship and leadership, with emphasis on making meaningful impact through their work.

Laurel talks about the challenges she has faced realizing her intentions, but her perseverance led her to continue and improve on her journey. Laurel shares the value she found from being part of the Black Podcasters Association and attending the Afros and Audio Podcast Conference and her future goals for her earnest endeavor.

00:00 Introduction and Guest Welcome 00:29 Laurel Rutledge’s Journey from Corporate to Podcasting 01:33 The Birth of the Rutledge Perspective Podcast 03:07 Overcoming Challenges and Rebuilding the Podcast 05:07 The Power of Authenticity in Podcasting 05:17 The Impact of the Rutledge Perspective Podcast 11:00 The Importance of Consistency and Authenticity in Podcasting 15:04 Overcoming Obstacles in Podcasting 21:56 The Power of Podcasting for Entrepreneurs 33:42 The Power of Podcasting and Global Reach 34:11 Entrepreneurship Journey and The Rutledge Perspective 34:32 The Founders Intensive: A Deep Dive into Entrepreneurship 35:20 The Value of Investment and Taking the Plunge 36:26 Promoting Founders Intensive for Women Entrepreneurs 45:08 Future Goals and The Importance of Investing in Ourselves 49:38 The Power of Community and Networking 59:45 Closing Remarks and Contact Information

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Join Black Podcaster’s Association: bit.ly/BPACommunity

Learn more about the 6th Annual Afros & Audio Podcast Festival, October 18-20, 2024 in Baltimore, MD: www.afrosandaudio.com

 DISCLAIMER: The views expressed by guests of Afros & Audio’s Black History Month interview series are their own and do not reflect the values, mission, or business of Talib Jasir, Afros & Audio, Black Podcasters Association, Vanguard Podcast Network, or any other names, podcasts, events, businesses, or organizations mentioned in the video or audio of this series unless explicitly stated.

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