The Sweet Fire Podcast

J.P. Mitchell

The Sweet Fire Podcast is for and about women who dare to let their fire light up the world. Our goal is to spark reflection that inspires great conversations with the girls we love. In this intergenerational journey, we're giving language to the complicated and brilliant work of raising up girls who know who they are. Inspired by J.P. Mitchell's Sweet Fire picture book, this broadcast seeks to highlight why the world needs women and girls to be more--not less--seen, heard and valued. It is our belief that women are natural solution-makers in society whose voices move the needle in every space where we show up. The ultimate goal is that no one hides their gifts--but instead we all enjoy a world where every voice makes it to the table--and everyone benefits. Hiding our light is overrated–it is time let our fire light up the world! Learn more about the Sweet Fire picture book at www.ohsweetfire.com. read less
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Episodes

Episode 12: Featuring Shelby Frederick
Jun 6 2024
Episode 12: Featuring Shelby Frederick
Shelby Frederick, a multifaceted individual known as "Lady Jewels" to her social media followers, is making a remarkable impact as an author, coach, trainer, and equipper. Her unique communication style enables her to bridge generational gaps and deliver practical coaching for successful living. As a Holistic Life Practitioner, Shelby's vision is to empower women with holistic strategies, inspiring them to take personal responsibility for all eight dimensions of wellness and positively influence their spheres of influence.   With over sixteen years of experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Shelby possesses extensive knowledge and training in various forms of holistic healing. Her expertise allows her to educate the public about the power of holistic approaches to well-being. Furthermore, as a Certified Instructor and a Professor at the International Institute of Faith-Based Counseling and Northeastern College of Theology in Ohio, Shelby brings over 10 years of instructional experience in higher education, further enriching her ability to equip others. She is also the founder of War Room Warriors Equipping Center, an apostolic discipleship hub that equips believers for the work of the ministry. Shelby completed her Master of Theology studies in April 2023. Shelby Frederick's passion for holistic living, her commitment to empowering women, and her depth of knowledge make her a highly respected figure in her field. Through her books, coaching, training, and equipping, she is making a significant and positive difference in the lives of individuals, helping them thrive in all aspects of their well-being: spirit, soul, and body. Learn more about her work at https://www.jewelsofwellness.net.
Episode 10: Featuring Brenda Joyce Johnson
Nov 30 2023
Episode 10: Featuring Brenda Joyce Johnson
This episode features Brenda Joyce Johnson, who weighs in on healthy socialization, seeing ourselves holistically and confidence.Brenda Joyce Johnson is a leadership development strategist for today’s woman. As the founder of The Get Noticed Academy LLC, she sponsors virtual mentoring courses for women aspiring to personal, professional and spiritual growth. Her passion is to empower women desiring to discover their value, voice and vision. Brenda is also the founder and CEO of The Gold Medallion Foundation--School of Esther, a 501(c) 3 providing mentoring and educational services for youth and adults. Her passion for empowering youth and the family has been a lifelong endeavor.  As an author, mentor and coach, Brenda has served women and girls nationwide for more than 30 years, equipping them with practical and spiritual guidance enabling them to embrace their uniqueness. Lady Brenda has a passion for bringing clarity to the ways that spirituality and our everyday lives meet. For this reason, she finds delight in writing and facilitating personal, professional and spiritual development programs. Her annual nationwide “Gathering” brings women together from across the nation for enrichment and personal growth. She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Lonnell Johnson, have partnered in ministry for more than 50 years. Brenda is not only a wife, but the mother of two married daughters, Melissa Simkins and Angela Joyner. She is the grandmother of Kingston Simkins.
Episode 8: Featuring Chiquita Toure
Jul 5 2023
Episode 8: Featuring Chiquita Toure
Episode 8 features Chiquita Toure, a librarian, educator and curator who talks with us about the uniqueness of every "Fire" and the connection between literacy and living as our best selves.Chiquita R. N. Toure was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools and received both her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a second M.Ed. in School Library and Information Technologies from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pennsylvania.  Chiquita's passion as a literacy liberator has spanned almost 30 years. In 1995 she relocated to Columbus, Ohio and has spent 13 years first as an ELA educator for the elementary and middle school grades; in 2009 she transitioned to the role of school librarian for grades K-12. Currently she serves as the school librarian for the Columbus Africentric Early College school for grades 6-12. In addition to being an educator-librarian, she is a speaker, writer and social justice workshop facilitator for nonprofits, faith-based and independent educational organizations. She has received numerous grants which have enabled her to bring creative and innovative programming to the school communities she serves. In 2018 she was awarded the Helen Jenkins Davis Award for Social Justice for her work in transforming the school library space and creating a safe writing hub for students.  She enjoys teaching young people not only how to read with a discerning lens, but also how to write their lives through courageous truth telling. Her future plans are to complete her Ed.D. by 2026 in Educational Policy and Leadership with a concentration in Diversity and Equity also from the UIUC. She would love to teach in higher education and open an independent bookstore where folks can visit, read, write, chat and sip organic tea paired with their favorite books. Chiquita resides in Ohio and is the mother of four daughters and about 25 plants. She enjoys nature walks, vintage shopping, journaling, and visiting bookstores across the country.Learn more about Chiquita online at www.chiquitantoure.com.
Episode 7: Featuring Olympia Della Flora
May 31 2023
Episode 7: Featuring Olympia Della Flora
In this episode, Olympia Della Flora talks about how tragedy can fire up courage and why we must always both learn from elders and empower those coming behind us. Ms. Della Flora began her educational career in Columbus City Schools as a teacher and continued to take on more progressively challenging roles. Ms. Della Flora has found ways to collectively engage multiple stakeholders including students, staff, families, and community members to find creative solutions versus focusing on problems. As a school principal, she was able to successfully lead efforts to move one of the lowest performing elementary schools in Ohio out of failing status. Ms. Della Flora strongly believes that schools should continuously seek ways to address and support the whole child when it comes to learning, addressing not only academics but social emotional outcomes as well. During 2018-2022 Della Flora worked in Connecticut for Stamford Public Schools where she served as the Associate Superintendent for School Development. She has recently relocated back to Ohio where she is currently serving as the first female and first person of color to serve as the Superintendent in Marion City Schools in Marion, Ohio. Ms. Della Flora has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to education. She obtained the highest certification a teacher can earn, National Board Certification, in Early Childhood and was named an Emerging Leader by ASCD. One of her most humbling achievements includes delivering a TED Talk in 2019 titled, Creative Ways To Get Kids To Thrive in School, in which she has received over 3.5 million views. You can learn more about Olympia and her work at www.olympiadellaflora.com.