Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard
ENCORE PRESENTATION - Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Cheryl Cooley of Klymaxx

ENCORE PRESENTATION - Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Cheryl Cooley of Klymaxx

June 7, 2019

Cheryl Cooley of the all-female funk band Klymaxx shares about making funk music as a lead guitarist in the 80's and today

You know Cheryl Cooley from her amazing guitar playing as the lead guitarist of Klymaxx. The R&B all-female funk band, KLYMAXX is KLYMAXXTIC, and still going strong.

Their music is a staple on the radio and in dance clubs around the world. Belting out hits like, “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room” the group’s name is synonymous with classic women’s anthems. Their beautiful ballad, “I Miss You”, was Billboard Magazine’s #3 song of 1986 and still to this day is played when love is in the air. Continuing into the 90’s with the #4 R&B hit, “Good Love” followed their sultry Neo-Soul groove entitled, “Private Party” showed that they could flow with the changing music trends.

Much of the group’s success can be credited to Cheryl Cooley, Co-founder and original member. She has personally nurtured the group’s unique sound by overseeing the infusion of 80’s funk with a modern swag.

Cheryl's enthusiasm and vision have transformed KLYMAXX into a leaner, meaner entity producing live music that delivers dynamic vocals and uncompromised grooves.
These ladies are serious about entertaining their fans and continuing with the KLYMAXX legacy.

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Executive Coach Donald R. Hunter

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Executive Coach Donald R. Hunter

May 24, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Executive Coach Donald R. Hunter, who discusses overcoming fear and becoming an inspiring leader

Donald R. Hunter specializes in leadership, employee engagement and productivity. He dedicates himself to help leaders create transformation in their own performance and then in their organization, which results in highly productive employees, customer loyalty and increased bottom-line performance. Donald deeply engages with clients to create rapport and long-term relationships. He effortlessly expands his client’s leadership effectiveness. His magical intuition merged with his ability to quickly shift perspectives far exceeds his client’s expectations. Donald has designed an executive coaching program that establishes a foundation for each client and clarifies professional goals, then develops their ability to inspire. He combines this insight with his client’s talents and skills to create a coaching plan, used as an accountability and decision-making framework for continuous improvement. Donald’s mission, as a corporate manager and currently as an executive coach, is to strengthen his clients' performance and connect their passions to their key accountabilities.

Somewhere in the Middle with special guest Tresté Loving, Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Somewhere in the Middle with special guest Tresté Loving, Diversity & Inclusion Expert

May 10, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Tresté Loving, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Specializing in Law Enforcement & Race Relations

Tresté Loving is President & Founder of The Institute for Racial Equity®, a law enforcement training program dedicated to improving race relations between law enforcement professionals and their communities. With over 25 years of global expertise, Tresté utilizes her military experience and dynamic speaking style to dismantle unconscious biases and stereotypes, combating discriminatory and prejudiced behaviors from the root. The result is long-lasting organizational improvements, including an end to profiling tendencies.

Dedicated to providing honest, straightforward data, Tresté has enabled police departments and Corporations to operate in a highly productive, strategic, and aware manner. Tresté’s speaking engagements take her all over the country so she can positively impact communities throughout the United States.

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Writer and Editor Julia Black

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Writer and Editor Julia Black

April 26, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Writer and Editor Julia Black who shares tips for writing and journaling to get our messages out

Julia Renee Black is a content writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing many document types for various audiences. As a former technical writer, she is able to easily and thoroughly mold technical content into simple, clear language that the average person can understand. She understands the rules of website content, press releases, nonfiction and fiction books, blog posts, poetry, and technical documents. As a former teacher and corporate employee, she has a complete understanding of the most recent trends in grammar, punctuation, and diction rules and how those should be used in many writing scenarios. In addition to her comprehensive writing abilities, she has a thorough understanding of holistic health practices having researched and used them for her own health. She combined these skills when starting her business, Blacksmith Writing, which she created to offer copywriting and content writing skills to the health and wellness industry.

Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Creative Entrepreneur Tracey Arial

Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Creative Entrepreneur Tracey Arial

April 12, 2019

Creative Entrepreneur Tracey Arial shares about creating the seasonal life she wanted and how feeling uncomfortable can serve in our creative and personal development.

Creative entrepreneur Tracey Arial lives a seasonal life.
In the summer, she helps Montreal residents grow and buy local healthy food and purchase compost and handcrafted items through the non-profit solidarity cooperative called Coopérative Abondance Urbaine Solidaire (CAUS).
During the winter, she encourages family historians, solopreneurs and small business owners to read and produce Notable Nonfiction through books, courses and private coaching.
Keep up with her work via her blog, monthly newsletters or her weekly Unapologetically Canadian podcast. You can also purchase her books and courses or hire her to help with your projects.
If you just want to laugh at her funny Friday blog posts, that’s okay too.
Please don’t ask her to laugh quietly, tell a polite lie or make a cup of decent coffee. Those skills are beyond her.

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Christian Life Coach Andrea T. Martin

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Christian Life Coach Andrea T. Martin

March 22, 2019

Christian Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and Author Andrea T. Martin joins us on Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard to share how to move past pain into prosperity

Andrea T. Martin is an “out of the box” International Motivational Speaker, Amazon International Best-Selling Author, & Christian Life Coach. She is the Founder & CEO of Discovering My Wings, LLC, where she empowers and equips women to discover life’s possibilities and take flight into their purpose.

As an International Motivational Speaker, Andrea captivates audiences with her message to help women emerge from a painful past, rediscover their goals, dreams, and aspirations, capitalize on their current skills, talents, and gifts and take the necessary steps to TRANSFORM their lives. Highly respected as an engaging, motivating and genuine speaker, Andrea speaks directly to the heart of her audience, taking them through a process that quickly moves them from information and inspiration to activation and implementation.

Through her warm yet dynamic style, Andrea teaches her audiences using compelling yet informative stories. This provides them with valuable takeaways they can use to immediately impact their lives. She combines her unique journey of self re-discovery, her knowledge of the transformation process, and her spiritual wisdom… to help women around the world get unstuck, remove limitations, activate their wings and soar into their destinies.

Most recently, Andrea spoke on an Empowerment Cruise to the Bahamas, at an Empowerment Conference in Dubai. She also has spoken at the FBI and the University of Mary Washington. Andrea conducts numerous workshops, classes, certifications, and numerous churches and women’s groups. Andrea also has leveraged her over 25 years in the banking industry to start her Corporate Training & Speaking arm of her business.

Known for her ability to quickly get to the heart of the matter and help women make radical improvements in their lives, Andrea has become the “GO TO” expert among those looking to transform their lives. Her clients are most appreciative of her ability to inspire, motivate, and help them to quickly get unstuck and moving towards their destiny again. Through her coaching packages, workshops, speaking engagements, and various teachings, Andrea offers women; real-life strategies on how to get unstuck, remove limitations and turn their dreams into reality.

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Wellness Coach Willie Tate

Somewhere in the Middle with Special Guest Wellness Coach Willie Tate

March 8, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard Welcomes Wellness Coach Willie Tate

Willie Tate, C.P.C., CPT, has been studying personal development in mind, body, and health for over 25 years.

Willie has a passion for helping people live a healthy lifestyle in all areas by making better choices. Willie's personal journey has led him to discover powerful personal development techniques that anyone can implement into their lives.

He believes that these simple steps can create big changes and will assist you in developing a more fulfilling and purposeful life. Willie is passionate about living but he is more passionate about helping others live their best lives physically, emotionally, and financially.

Somewhere in the Middle with Retired Maryland State Senator Barbara Robinson

Somewhere in the Middle with Retired Maryland State Senator Barbara Robinson

February 15, 2019

Retired Maryland State Senator Barbara Robinson Joins Us on Somewhere in the Middle

Senator Barbara Robinson served the people of Baltimore, MD. She considers herself a woman of achievement and integrity who believes in people and progress, not politics and power. As a member of the Maryland General Assembly, she refused to be influenced by shady deal-making and unethical government proceedings and has kept her promise. She has been recognized professionally with many awards including the "African American Women in Business Visionary Award", "Woman of the Year" by Zonta International Inc, induction into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, and was even Honored at the White House by Bill Clinton. Prior to serving in the state Senate, Robinson served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 40 from 2007 to 2016.

Robinson has earned three degrees including a B.S in Business Administration, an M. Ed in Criminal Justice Administration, and a C.A.S.E in Education, along with nineteen certificates of completion in areas like data processing, counseling, conflict resolution, and advanced negotiations training. Her extensive career accomplishments range from teaching inmates in prison to founding a multimillion-dollar healthcare enterprise to developing the nation’s first court clerks’ program for the District Court, the Supreme Bench, and the Department of Corrections.

You can reach out Sen. Barabara Robinson through her website http://www.senatorbarbararobinson.com.

Connect with Michele Barard, host of Somewhere in the Middle, at https://www.urbanbookeditor.com or https://www.michelebarard.com.

Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Dating Coach Hiroko Ideguchi

Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Dating Coach Hiroko Ideguchi

February 1, 2019

Dating Coach Hiroko Ideguchi Shares Advice for Career and Business Women Seeking a Long-Term Relationship

Hiroko is a certified professional coach who specializes in working with professional single women to find a healthy and loving relationship with the right partner.

She worked in IT for 14 years and she is used to looking at and solving problems systematically, and she figured out that there are 5 areas where all the challenges lie.

There are five checkpoints:

  • Why/Vision
  • Old Pattern
  • Mind
  • Action
  • New Pattern

It’s called the WOMAN method.

It helps single women to shape a new vision for partnership, break old patterns, shift their mindset, be in action and build new patterns to create the committed relationship of their dreams.

Hiroko left her corporate job so she could dedicate herself to coaching other women like her – women who confidently navigate careers but stumble when it comes to relationships. After all, Hiroko understands what they go through in a dating world because she used to be one of them.

Today, Hiroko is happily married and living in New York City.

You can reach Hiroko on Instagram and Facebook @TrueYouRelationship.

Connect with Michele Barard, host of Somewhere in the Middle, at https://www.urbanbookeditor.com or https://www,michelebarard.com.

Somewhere in the Middle ENCORE PRESENTATION with special guest Dr. Kiva Davis

Somewhere in the Middle ENCORE PRESENTATION with special guest Dr. Kiva Davis

January 18, 2019

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Chiropractor & Yoga Instructor Dr. Kiva Davis - ENCORE PRESENTATION

Dr. Kiva L. Davis, DC is a licensed Chiropractor, with a strong background in Anatomy and Kinesiology, and is a registered Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 200, YACEP® teacher.

Dr. Kiva’s approach to anatomy and yoga is lighthearted and passionate. She has practiced Yoga for more than ten years. Her introduction to Holistic health was in 2003 when she received a certification in Reflexology.

She became interested in Yoga after taking a class at a local gym in the late ’90s. Her desire to deepen her understanding of the practice resulted in her obtaining certification to teach from Yoga Lotus in 2007. She completed more than 700 educational hours in Hatha Yoga at Yoga Lotus, Kemetic Yoga, and Rocket Yoga.

Dr. Kiva considers herself the "happy" yoga teacher and is known for her engaging style and ability to share concepts in a clear and accessible way. As her students move through asanas, she wants them to experience the movements and the freedom that can be obtained. She compares yoga movements to dance.

She conducts Anatomy training for several Yoga Teacher Training programs and she is certain that a strong foundation in anatomy gives teachers advantages in class development. Kiva believes strongly in bringing humor to her classes and training while still respecting the practice. Her mission is to empower students and teachers to move beyond perceived limitations to find freedom, confidence and to allow energy to flow through their bodies.

Dr. Kiva is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a major in Psychology and minor in Art History and received a Doctorate Degree from Texas Chiropractic College. She is enrolled in a 500-hour yoga program and a Chiropractic Diplomate Program in Nutrition.