A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Mentoring Across Cultures


Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

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, currently living in Austin, Texas. 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. She enjoys good food, good friends, and deep conversations. She has a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and is co-founder alongside her husband, Eric, of a consulting ministry called 58 which helps ministry leaders take next steps towards greater justice, diversity, and equity in their organization. Kristy and Eric are also parents to two beautiful daughters.

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 campus experiences span the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. (Hence, she holds a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.) Her interests include mentorship or leadership development, talking shop about the NBA, and being at the beach.

Recommended Reading:

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch

A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those that Aren’t by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Leadership, Relationships, and Faith edited by Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Tracey Gee

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Mentor as Coach

Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

“Mentoring raises levels of engagement, loyalty retention, leadership succession, professional development, and corporate effectiveness.”
Dr. Liz Selzer

In this episode, Natasha has a conversation with Dr. Liz Selzer on the topic “Mentor as Coach.” They discuss the professional side of mentoring, and 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. Her clients include a wide range of organizations: McGraw Hill, NASA, YUM! Foods, General Dynamics and Good Samaritan Hospitals to name a few. She also has taught organizational leadership at several universities.

Check out Dr. Selzer’s Resources.

Recommended Reading:

The Power of Mentors and Sponsors

Are you my mentor?

Free Downloadable Mentoring Resources

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Mentoring and Leadership

Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

Episode features a conversation with Nancy Beach, we talk about the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements, the fears of women in leadership, what pastors need to know, and our 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. Nancy also served as a Teaching Pastor, periodically bringing the weekend message.  She invested five years as a leadership team member of the Willow Creek Association, an organization that exists to envision and inspire church leaders all over the world. In over 26 countries and on 6 continents, Nancy has shared her passion, teaching at conferences and workshops. Nancy and her husband Warren live in the village of Barrington, Illinois with their adorable dog, Beanie. Their two daughters, Samantha and Johanna, are both artists. Connect with Nancy at her website.

Find out more about Nancy’s coaching circles by visiting the Slingshot Group.

Featured resource: Nancy’s book, Gifted to Lead, is a classic work to guide us in critical leadership conversations that are still facing the church and the world.

Chapter Outline: God Didnt’ Make a Mistake, Welcome to the Boys’ Club, Doing the Work, Running with the Big Boys, And Then We Had Kids!, Finding Your Voice, An Open Letter to Male Pastors, and Leaning on Your Tribe.

WOMEN LEADERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY

Nancy wishes that everyone knew these fabulous women who lead:

Deborah in the Bible

Eleanor Roosevelt

Michelle Obama

Katherine Graham

Recommended Reading: Can the Church Lead the Way (Women in Leadership)

What leadership or mentoring challenges are you facing? How has this conversation benefited your work or ministry context?