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Season 2: Mentoring

A Sojourner’s Truth podcast celebrates the stories, contributions, leadership, and experiences of women, people of color, and all those who encourage them to live boldly, courageously, and to walk in their purpose. We invite you to listen, learn, grow in community, and hopefully have a few laughs along the way.

This season we are talking all things mentoring. From cultivating a mentoring community to mentoring across cultures and gender lines, from professional development and coaching to being a safe person for healthy mentoring relationships and communities, we have you covered. Join us for the conversation!


In this episode, Natasha speaks with some of the founding directors of her nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. about how to cultivate a mentoring community. They share lessons learned, intentional actions, and the benefits of mentoring communities. This is your introduction to Ms. QuaWanna Bannarbie, Mr. Davede Alexander, and Admiral Arthur Johnson, Jr. (U.S. Navy,Retired).

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.


In this episode, Natasha speaks with Nancy Beach about mentoring and leadership. They discuss the #MeToo and #ChurchToo Movements, women in leadership, what pastors need to know, and their hope for the future.

Nancy Beach is most known for her groundbreaking ministry to more fully unleash the arts in the local church, and for leading artists with grace, wisdom, and skill. For over 20 years she served as the Programming Director of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, building a community of artists who sought to create transformational moments in weekend church services.

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.


In this episode, Natasha has a conversation with Susan Seay, author, life coach, and mom of seven, and mentoring moms and families. They discuss why they don't read parenting books, and why business and leadership resources are more helpful for managing a family.

Susan Seay uses her “Mentor 4 Moms" Podcast as an extension of the relatable teaching style found in her book  “The Intentional Parent: Parenting On Purpose When Life Gets Busy." Though her resources, you can get a sense of Susan’s heart to provide encouragement to moms combined with helpful practical tools. Susan truly understands the challenges of being an Intentional Parent. Susan has been a mentor to women locally in Austin, TX and internationally for over a decade.

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.

In Episode 4, Natasha has a conversation with Dr. Liz Selzer on the topic "Mentor as Coach." They discuss the professional side of mentoring, & why mentoring is such an important leadership tool.

Dr. Liz Selzer founded the Mentor Leadership Team, a consulting and training company that helps organizations unleash the potential of their people. Dr. Selzer’s passion for helping organizations better value and engage employees led to numerous articles on mentoring and the publication of her three books: 3G Mentoring, Your Culture at its Strongest and Real Leaders. Her radio show, Mentoring across Differences or MAD radio was a top rated digital program for two years. Her published dissertation demonstrated the positive longitudinal effectiveness of mentoring as an adult learning strategy. As an internationally sought after speaker and trainer, Dr. Selzer has trained in leadership development on six continents and throughout the United States.

Show notes are available at A Sista’s Journey blog.

In this episode, Natasha speaks to the co-founders of SheGrows Conference, Laurie Polich Short and Brooklyn Lindsay, as they discuss the importance and practices of mentoring women across generations.

Laurie Short is a speaker, author and adjunct preacher at Peninsula Covenant and Oceanhills Church. She is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and is releasing her newest book, 40 verses to Ignite your Faith (coming April 2019).

Brooklyn Lindsey is an advocate for being a mentor and for being in mentor-rich environments. As a mom, pastor, writer, and international communicator, she values relationships and supporting the potential of every human possible. She is the author of multiple books, and recently launched Somos Church with her husband Coy in Lakeland, Florida.

Show notes available at A Sista’s Journey blog.


In this episode, Natasha speaks with Margaret Yu and Kristy Garza Robinson about mentoring across cultures. They talk leadership, sponsorship, patriarchy, being ethnic minorities and predominately white spaces, and so much more.

Kristy Garza Robinson is a Latina minister, activist, and co-author of the new book, Hermanas: Deeping our Identity and Growing our Influence. She is passionate about advocating for those on the margins and seeking to help people integrate all of who they are into their calling, especially their ethnic identity.

Margaret Yu is the National Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru and the Executive Director of Ethnic Focused Communities of Cru. Margaret has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. She holds a Master's Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.

In this episode, Natasha speaks with author and founder of the IF:Gathering, Jennie Allen, about mentoring and mobilizing.

Jennie Allen is an Arkansas native but Texan forever, Bible teacher, author, and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. A passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe, Jennie is the author of Nothing to ProveRestlessAnything, and her most recent devotional, Made for This. Her Bible studies include StuckChaseRestless, and Proven. Jennie has a master's in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and teammate, Zac, and their four children, Conner, Kate, Caroline, and Cooper.

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.


Dr. Leighton Ford is president of Leighton Ford Ministries. He has written 11 books, most recently, The Attentive Life. Dr. Ford has been an advocate for such issues as world hunger, poverty and racism. He has spoken to millions of people on every continent. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and was a regular alternate speaker with his brother-in-law, Billy Graham. Dr. Ford serves as the Honorary Lifetime Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. His book, “Transforming Leadership,” is one of the most comprehensive books on leadership.

Dr. MaryKate Morse is Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. She is the Lead Mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. Raised in the Air Force, MaryKate lived in various US states and overseas. She is certified as a spiritual director and recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. After her doctorate she planted two churches. She is a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership.

Show notes are available at A Sista's Journey blog.

Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes is a passionate advocate for equality in education. She is an entrepreneur, professional writer and editor at JHwriting+, assisting others in attaining their personal and professional goals. Her vision is to inspire by example, to encourage and uplift, and to raise expectations, ensuring academic success is not only anticipated, but required. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, completing 20 years of honorable service in the field of Human Resources. She received her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a concentration in Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her doctoral degree in Education from Capella University; her dissertation examined factors supporting the academic success of African American male adolescents. Nicole currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband of 22 years. Dr. Hayes is a founding director of Leadership LINKS, Inc. 

Show notes are available on A Sista's Journey blog.


NaTasha Everly is a native of North Carolina and graduate of the United States Naval Academy. She has served 17 years in the Marine Corps and traveled all over the world. NaTasha is married to an another active duty Marine and they have 3 young children (6, 3, 1). In her past time, NaTasha enjoys spending quality time with her family, volunteering and organizing non-profit events, reading (or rather listening to audio books), watching movies, and cultivating meaningful relationships with new and old friends. 

Show notes are available at A Sista’s Journey blog.


A Sojourner's Truth Podcast

A Sojourner's Truth is a podcast that celebrates the stories, contributions, leadership, and experiences of women, people of color, and all those who encourage them to live boldly, courageously, and to walk in their purpose. International speaker, consultant, expert mentor, and author, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson invites her guests and listeners to learn, grow in community, and hopefully have a few laughs along the way.

The theme is Season 1 is Our Stories following the the outline of Natasha's new book release, A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. In this 10-episode season, we will discuss the FORMATION of our stories, the HISTORY of our stories, our stories in the WILDERNESS, and our REDEMPTION stories.  

INTRODUCTION EPISODE with Natasha Show Notes