20 April 2021

Season 2, Episode 13. Being as Leading with Dr. Kendra Momon 

Dr. Kendra A. Momon is Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, where she also serves as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce and Director of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program.  

She is an expert on a variety of intersectionalities within American Politics, Leadership, The Black Church, Women in Politics, and Hip Hop Culture. She is the author of African American Politics, and her most recent book, Being As Leading: Your Roadmap To Shaping Culture Through Life’s Disruptions.

She is an in-demand public speaker, intellectual, guest commentator, and lecturer whose voice and perspective has been shared on a variety of local, national, and international platforms including NPR, CNN, CNNI, The Associated Press, The AJC, The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Rhode Island College, The University of California, San Francisco, UGA, and LSU. 


[00:01 – 02:33] Opening Segment

  • Dr. Kendra talks about what drew her to Oglethorpe University.

[02:34  – 09:46] Being As Leading

  • Dr. Kendra talks about the first chapters of her book and why she opens up with vulnerability.
  • Dispelling False Narratives; When people enforce their own implicit biases, they miss the value others can bring. 

[09:47 – 12:20] Cultural Anthropology

  • To be a Cultural Anthropologist is to understand who someone is and what they bring to the table.
  • The consequences of living in a fast-paced world has unfortunately made us treat people like commodities.

[12:21 – 19:12] The Fine Art of Listening Well 

  • Dr. Kendra discusses what it means for her to slow down by giving herself margin, not advocating multitasking, and not leading on an empty tank.
  • As introverts, Natalie and Dr. Kendra talk about how they lean into being relational even when it may not come most naturally.

[19:13 – 25:18] Being Women in Leadership

  • Navigating societal biases as women in leadership; there are more factors that women have to consider in leading.
  • Dr. Kendra is no proponent of victim mentality, but hard truths must be exposed in order for them to be addressed.
  • Using privilege as leverage to make greater change.

[19:13 – 24:27] Closing Segment

  • Final words of wisdom from Dr. Kendra
  • Connect with Dr. Kendra Momon. Links available below.


Tweetable Quotes:

“We have unfortunately looked at people as commodities. We have only inquired to the degree that they can serve us, and not the reciprocal nature of, ‘How I can serve you by adding value to you?’ ... When you engage in excavating the gold in others, the exponential value that person then returns back unto you is priceless.” -  Dr. Kendra Momon


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