A NEW WAY FORWARD Virtual Trainings


Welcome to the A NEW WAY FORWARD (ANWF) a series of Virtual Trainings that were produced by the Virtual Training Team with Dr. Joel Martin, interviewer, producer and A NEW WAY FORWARD Braintrust member.

A NEW WAY FORWARD: HEALING WHAT’S HURTING BLACK AMERICA is a call to healing. A project of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, it seeks to create wholeness in body, mind, spirit and community among African Americans so we will become a protective shield for our vulnerable young.” National Cares Mentoring Movement CEO and founder, Susan L. Taylor is the architect of A New Way Forward, an effort she began during her 37 year tenure at ESSENCE MAGAZINE. Ms. Taylor resigned from the magazine as editor-in-chief emeritus in 2007 in order to build what has now become the largest and most respected organization in the nation that focuses on recruiting Black mentors.

Following is a listing and description of the virtual trainings. Listen with your heart wide open so that together we can secure a generation by recruiting African American men and women to become the mentors our precious young so need. An hour a week is all it takes. To learn more click here. And thank you.


Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant

How Do We Live And Love With Our Whole Selves? A Virtual Training With Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant.
Recorded August 27th

A New Way Forward Braintrust Member, Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant tells us that she is “just an ordinary person.” And yet while she loves to do the things that ordinary people do, Iyanla has proven herself to be extraordinary. Her ability to face her own pain and then with uncompromising honesty recount for us how she struggled through a tragedy, found strength after she thought all was lost, triumphed when only failure seemed possible, has healed millions. Much of what she has seen, heard and lived through would have devastated the ordinary person. But despite her experiences—perhaps because of them—Iyanla discovered the power that lies within the soul. She has emerged from the most difficult of times shining, sharing her stories, her discoveries and her love with the world. Iyanla is a renowned trainer, international speaker and publishing force who has written some books, including five New York Times bestsellers. Peace From Broken Pieces, about the end of her marriage and her beloved daughter’s death, is her most recent offering and was featured in a two-part discussion on Oprah last spring.

On this call, with Iyanla as our guide, we delve deeply into our hearts and spirits so that we can be fully open and loving as we embrace our precious young and heal our communities. So many of us walk through the world with gaping wounds, despite the strong, happy masks we put on for the world to see. But we deserve to heal. Our wounds deserve salve. On this call with Iyanla, we considered many questions including

  • How do you bring yourself back from tragedy?
  • How do you come to a loving partnership whole?
  • What is true transformation and how do we make this happen in our lives and for our communities?
  • What do you tell those who are mentoring or getting ready to mentor about healing their own wounds?

Interview with Iyanla Vansantt



George C. Fraser

Wealth-Building Wisdom. A Virtual Training With George Fraser. Recorded April 23rd

A New Way Forward Braintrust Member George C. Fraser, who presented incredibly at the A New Way Forward retreat and launch, has long been the voice for financial wisdom and sovereignty in our communities. Mr. Fraser is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Success Runs In Our Race; The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community, Race For Success (selected as one of ten best business books of the year by Booklist); The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks In America and the most recent, Click: Ten Truths to Building Extraordinary Relationships.George C. Fraser is also Producer of the PowerNetworking Conference and Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. A company he founded some 20 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent.

He is considered by many to be a new voice for African Americans and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.Listening to this call, you will have a chance to delve deep, to openly and confidentially examine your own challenges with money and how you can confront and overcome them.  We have to do just that if we are going to be the leaders we can be to our beautiful and deserving young ones and for ourselves.

Interview with George Fraser

Interview with George Fraser


 Tom Burrell

Stop The Brainwash. A Virtual Training With Tom Burrell. Recorded June 25th

For centuries, African Americans have been bombarded with the prolific messaging of marketing and media campaigns designed to instill a sense of Black inferiority. These toxic images have burrowed their way into our consciousness and our self-concepts. Research has shown conclusively that media messaging—particularly media such as television, film, music and music videos—has a huge impact on the worldview of both children and adults.One this call you will learn what can we do about negative images and how we can change the inferiority messages with marketing communications pioneer and A New Way Forward Braintrust Member Tom Burrell.Marketing communications pioneer Tom Burrell is a recognized leader and change-agent credited with revolutionizing the use of positive and realistic images of African Americans in television advertising. His award-winning work acknowledged the purchasing power of the African American community and literally changed the face of American advertising.

An ad executive, he has seen first-hand how images can influence consumer thoughts and behaviors.  He founded Burrell Communications Group in 1971 and has worked to promote positive and realistic images of African-Americans ever since. His new book, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, examines how negative images and stereotypes have impacted America’s view of African-Americans.

He is the founder of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to self-healing and self-actualization. In 2004, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. A South side native, Burrell lives with his wife, Madeleine, in Chicago.

Interview with Tom Burrell

Interview with Tom Burrell





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