This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young, speaks with Judge Karen Mills-Francis, star of the syndicated television show Judge Karen’s Court and the author of Stay In Your Lane: Judge Karen’s Guide to Living Your Best Life. The new season of Judge Karen’s Court premiered on September 20.
Before launching her career as a TV judge on daytime television, Mills-Francis, born and raised in Miami Beach, Fla., established herself as an attorney and entrepreneur. She ran for a judgeship in 2000, winning her first election to become only the second African American woman to serve on the bench in Miami-Dade County. A passionate supporter of children’s advocacy programs and domestic violence prevention, Mills-Francis takes a personal stake in improving the lives of others, including becoming a foster mother to a child she first encountered in her court. Among the child advocacy programs supported by Mills-Francis is GEMS (an education and mentoring program for girls) and the Roving Leaders Program.
In 2008, Mills-Francis left the bench to launch her TV series as a way to share her passion for justice and impact the lives of of people across the nation. In her interview with Young, she shares her journey and tells how she became committed to living an honorable life, delivering key success tips and leadership lessons.
Also on this week’s edition of The Urban Business Roundtable, our Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with power-networking icon and nationally recognized speaker George Fraser. Author of now classic books on business success and professional achievement for African Americans, including Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the Black Community and Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships, the founder of FraserNet shares how entrepreneurs can thrive in today’s economy, what opportunities are there for the taking and the success principles to follow along the way.
In addition, every week on UBR, you’ll get motivation and inspiration from author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah Gray, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today Business Correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR Economists Derrick Collins and Rasheed Carter.
And of course, you’ll get my take on strategies to help you achieve your business goals. This week, I share tips on how to make the most of a relationship with a business mentor to help you grow your company. For more, check out Tamara E. Holmes’ article “Attract a Mentor to Your Business” at BlackEnterprise.com.
Alfred Edmond Jr. is the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com and the host of the Urban Business Roundtable, a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each Wednesday for The UBR Morning Post, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show.