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About Janice Graham
Chief Executive Officer
OUR COMMON GROUND Media and Communications
Janice Graham is Executive Producer and Host of OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham and CEO of OUR COMMON GROUND Media and Communications (OCG). OCG produces TruthWorks Network, a Black Voice Collaborative that features live forums exploring many aspects of society, as a community service.
Janice has blazed a successful and diverse career which spans over 40 years. Janice is the former CEO and President of the Peak Performance Group, Inc., a Boston-based management performance consulting practice which primarily specializes in non-profit, political and social service policy implementation and strategic planning and measurement. She is a former senior management executive at Wang Laboratories, Raytheon Company, Teradyne Company, INA Corporation and the Polaroid Corporation.
Her broadcast career began in 1985 after she was drafted to host the local broadcast of a 24-hour nation-wide membership recruitment for the NAACP in West Palm Beach, FL. Within one week, OUR COMMON GROUND set up the microphone at WPOM-AM (1600).
She is an articulate, bright and radiating personality who knows the art of drawing-in, activating and energizing both guests and audience. Her legal and business training, training in organizational planning and experience in people engagement, shines through in her broadcast presence.
She has “A lyrical voice that blends with a razor-sharp analysis and friendly forthrightness.” wrote the Sun Sentinel in 1991 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.).
Lee Ivory, the late founder and Editor of the Palm Beach Gazette describes her in this way, “Janice Graham and her OUR COMMON GROUND talk show provide hope, courage and education to people who otherwise might give up on growing and struggling for a better understanding of the world beyond their lives. Her smooth, patient, yet, challenging style sets this show apart. Her listeners believe her when she greets them with, ‘I Respect You.’ OUR COMMON GROUND was the respect yourself headquarters of Palm Beach County and that is why she is considered the General of the Strategic Air Force. A militia of ideas made up of the thousands of people who listen to her everyday.”
Murray Green, Vice President and General Manager of WFLX-TV (the FOX affiliate in West Palm Beach, FL) says that she is, “A talented producer and an outstanding interviewer . . . a pleasure to work with . . .touches subject matter and topics of serious concern with a friendliness that audiences love. We were fortunate to be the home of the OCG-The TV Show.”
Her political views and cultural commentary have appeared in Radio /TV, Talkers, Harper’s and Emerge magazines. Her radio journalism, “The OUR COMMON GROUND® COMMENTARY” was carried as a weekly column in the Palm Beach and the Broward Gazettes. Her show was lauded by the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, the Miami Times (FL) and the Amsterdam News (New York) newspapers.
Janice brings an invigoration to serious dialogue and leads an audience naturally into the world of talk radio. The listening audience is captivated by her charming, multi-faceted presence and serious approach to community radio and the subject of race in America. She speaks Truth without bitterness but in a genuine, well-earned outrage. She creates and retains her OUR COMMON GROUND family; and they always come back broadcast after broadcast.
She was one of three African-American women to host a daily talk show discussing political and current events in the nation in the 80s when she began her radio career. She shares a broadcast debut date and time with Oprah Winfrey. In her market, that day, she beat Oprah out.
OUR COMMON GROUND journeys far beyond the rhetoric of problems, fueling an energy of SOLUTIONS. OUR COMMON GROUND is smart and insightful people radio . . . refining and finishing the genius within.
She will be listening for you.
Keep up with Janice Graham, CEO & Host, OUR COMMON GROUND Media
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- Email – OCGInfo@OurCommonGround.com
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About Loga Michelle Odom
If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny
As Senior Producer of “If America Fails? The Coming Tyranny,” L. Michelle Odom collaborates in the program and website design and development, identifies and recruits subject matter experts, and co-hosts the webcast series.
Odom is a seasoned professional who enjoys variety, learns quickly, and values challenge and collegial team environments. She has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit administration, designing and managing workforce / economic development and social service programs; raising funds through writing grant proposals, direct mail and individual solicitations; publicizing accomplishments through writing reports and newsletters; and advocacy on behalf of low-income communities through collaborative work with community partners. Her work also focuses on organization development, equipping teams with high quality communication and top performance strategies.
Michelle primarily applied her master’s in public administration from Kean University to the areas of nonprofit management and management consulting related to community economic development. She spent 10 years with WomenRising, Inc. (f/k/a YWCA of Hudson County, NJ) as a department director and later associate director of the agency. She also served as executive director of New Community Employment Center in Newark, NJ, and assisted many other organizations with her grant writing and public relations skills.
“Loga Michelle is a phenomenal writer, strategic planner, and organizer. She used her experience and skills to leave our organization in a much better position than she found it. She took our ideas and helped us think and work through them to successfully accomplish our objectives. She is an expert, but she leaves you feeling like one when she is finished. We are well on our way thanks to Loga Michelle.”— Pastor Martin D. Odom, Bethel AME CDC, Harrisburg, PA
Michelle is also a freelance writer and editor, writing mainly on the topic of minority business development. Much of her writing appeared in the Minority Business Journal of New York and New Jersey, and Minority Business Journal of Kansas City, as well as other Black and community newspapers.
“Michelle is hardworking, thoughtful, and has an eye for detail. She performed several editing jobs for my previous company. Her work is top notch.”— Jason Glenn, Principal Systems Analyst at Carnegie Mellon University
For fun, Michelle turned her love of reading into the production of online book clubs under the “Reading Changes Lives” banner. These include:
The Global Black Feminist Reading Circle – which brings together everyday people in livestreamed productions to discuss topics important to us as people of African descent, and as Black women.
Reading For Change: A Collective Journey – related more broadly to our experience as human beings and focused more squarely on non-fiction works.
Revolutionary Love Leadership Series – which explores the role of love in our lives and the potential it holds for promoting progressive change in our world.
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