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The Mind Games Podcast with Hailey and Ronnie Lott

Mar 19, 2019

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is an American social justice advocate and businesswoman. Prior to Co-Founding Promise, Phaedra ran revenue and operations at Honor. Before Honor, Phaedra worked with the musician Prince and led the effort to secure ownership of his masters. She is a labor and community organizer by trade who is committed to making measurable change. Ellis-Lamkins was the Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, an organized labor federation representing more than 100 unions and more than 110,000 members in California's Santa Clara and San Benito counties. She was also Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA, a coalition of community groups, and labor and faith organizations working to address economic disparities in California's Silicon Valley. She also served as the CEO of the anti-poverty organization Green For All. San Jose Magazine named Ellis-Lamkins one of the 100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley. She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 25 most Powerful Americans by Ebony Magazine. She is currently a Board Member of Tipping Point.



  • What is your mental well being?
  • How to deal with sadness and/or loss and how to then find hope
  • Learn to put the mask on yourself before anyone else
  • Why thinking of your life as an example for your kids, your family, and the generations after you is crucial
  • How to shift from never feeling enough with what you do or who you are to finding joy and love in each moment 
  • The power of presence and how it can shift your life
  • How Phaedra used 6 months off to find herself and find her joy
  • How deeply do you love yourself? 
  • Through our own missteps we can then figure out what we actually want and what actually feels good for us 
  • Taking it a step further and recognizing what actually feels good for us may not be what feels good for our ego
  • Learn to let go of what you thought you wanted your life to look like
  • Forgiveness Meditation practice and how it can teach you to live in the grey instead of in rigid black or white
  • The challenges we face as women of color and how to process this story or belief and let the expectations we may have go to find freedom
  • Learn about the new project she launched called Promise that expands the current bail system in areas where bail reform isn’t up to par