by Dr. Sheila Pope

It has been some time since I blogged. Today, I wanted to share my latest Boss Lady Podcast. I added music and I finally recorded in an area without distracting noises. In this podcast, I share my experience with being locked out of my commercial lease space. Yes, if you failed to read the fine print of a commercial lease, you can be locked out! I love being an entrepreneur but there are several challenges. Each day I learn more about how to handle crises. Moreover, I learn every day to keep my integrity regardless of the cost.

My Job as the Producer of Conversations with Dr. Pope

Special Guest: Judicial Candidate Robin Burgess, Brazoria County Court No.4

I am excited to share a little bit of the behind the scene work as a producer. I cannot wait for my conversation with Judicial Candidate, Robin Burgess, to air on Houston Media Source Television.

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The First Episode!

by Dr. Sheila Pope

It finally happened. The first episode of my television show, “Conversations with Dr. Pope” finally aired on Houston Media Source Television. I filmed the footage at Worthing High School on August 18, 2018 during their Second Annual Southside Takeover Parade. I was lucky enough to work on creating and helping to organize the very first parade with Peoples United Summit. 

I was also a former English teacher at Worthing High School. I put in so much time at Worthing High School those three years, I would shut the building down. Literally, I left when the janitors left. I got to know the community well because I attended games and everything else they had at the school. I was immersed. I was determined to have my students show improvement on the English II exam. They did! We had the highest growth rate out of all of the areas tested on STAAR that year. However, that was not enough to move the school from the Improvement Required list.


Filming My First Production

Worthing had been on the Improvement Required list for six consecutive years. TEA was threatening to shut them down and the HISD School District down due to low performance on STAAR.  However, in August of 2018, Worthing students turned it around. They performed well enough to move from the IR list to Met Standards.


I wanted to celebrate their success and talk to the people who serve Worthing High School. I was so blessed to have 10 people share their time with me on that extremely hot day. Some of the people who stopped and had a conversation with me were local officials: Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Wanda Adams, HISD Board of Trustee, Judson Robinson II, President & CEO of Houston Area Urban League, and State Representative Shawn Thierry. Mr. Allen Provost, Treasurer of Peoples United Summit and administrator at Worthing and Bryan Tigner, Math Instructor and Kappa League Sponsor at Worthing also took time out from their duties to have a conversation with me. I honored to interview three of my former students too.

Making the transition from educator to community leader was awesome. Making the transition to television producer was scary. Yet it felt so natural. I am glad my first production was created at Worthing High School! I love the students and the staff. I felt at home. It was familiar. I could make mistakes and laugh at myself and my guests were nice to me. I was so busy, I forgot to get photos with my guests. Luckily David Janise took a picture of me interviewing State Representative Shawn Thierry. It is the only photo I have of me filming! My hair was not camera ready, but I did not let it stop me. I wore my hat my mother gave me and move forward with my plan. The parade would not wait for me and it only happens once a year. As a producer, I realized I had to seize the moment.

Filming took two hours, checking out equipment two hours (drive and planning), and editing took days.  I worked on editing in my home office, at McDonald’s, and other places. My video had too much light throughout the video. I had to work some magic during the editing process.  Then, uploading all of the data took time. I had to add tags, titles, and purchase license for music. I made sure I had my guest sign media release consents. I worked so hard to make sure my work reflected me and made my guests look their best.

After all of the effort, I was able to have my first show air on Houston Media Source. It was great to see my show’s name on the schedule. It was awesome to watch it on television. I was fantastic to read my program schedule. I am so glad I became a producer. Thanks to Houston Media Source, Mayor Sandra Massie Hines and Allen Provost my dreams are now a reality. I will continue to get better and grow!


Conversations with Dr. Pope Air Dates & Times for http://www.hmstv.org

After all of my hard work in August 2018, my showed premiered on September 11, 2018! The dream was real. I waited until the show aired two times before I uploaded it to YouTube. I swear it two days to upload it to YouTube. Here it is Link to watch it!




Making Your Best Next Move!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

September 8, 2018 was a long but productive day! I was able to film my segments necessary to secure my series on Houston Media Source. My program would air without the series, but I like consistency! I love to tell our followers the exact day and time “Conversations with Dr. Pope will air”!


Reginald Guillory, Guest on Conversations with Dr. Pope

I want to thank my guests, Reginald Guillory Sr. and Reginald Guillory. They were so patient with me today. Thank you, Millie, for your help and support. We filmed for three hours in a secret location. We had a wonderful dinner together to debrief and celebrate this moment a huge moment.

Reginald Guillory Sr and Reginald Koran Guillory, I appreciate your honesty and your transparency about your experiences with the criminal justice system, its impact on your relationship, and its impact on the re-entry process. I hope your stories will help others who have found the courage to turn things around. I hope your stories will empower other ex-offenders to get a plan before they make their next move!


Celebrating with My Guest and Nephew Reginald K. Guillory.

I am proud to be the CEO of The Next Move Re-entry Program 501c3. I believe I am using my platform to empower and encourage ex-offenders to make their Next Best Move! I will post the air dates for the episodes soon. This will be a three-part series! You will learn a great deal from watching a father and son share their experiences with incarceration and its impact on their lives and their children’s lives. It has been a great deal of work to make my show come to life. I appreciate everyone who has played a major role today. My family was not broken by the criminal justice system. It is now being held because of our experiences with it.


A Moment at Bank of America

By Dr. Sheila Pope

On Saturday, February 9th, I went to the Bank of America to open my first campaign bank account. All of my donations must be separate from my personal account. I made an appointment for Saturday at 9:30 am. Yet it took some time to be waited on by an agent.

While I waited, a Pearland resident came in and sat down and we started to talk. She actually spoke with my daughter first. I listened then I joined the conversation. As we talked she said she recognized me. I said I was running for a seat on Pearland’s City Council. We talked about her desires for Pearland, working from home, and being single mothers. I told her I wanted to make sure I made

Pearland residents aware of resources in Pearland.

I shared with her information about the Homeowners Assistant Program. They have millions of dollars to help Brazoria County residents. I learned about the program while attending the Governmental Relations Meeting. Her uncle, who lives in Brookside Village lost everything during Harvey. She got the information and said she would share it. We made the most of our time waiting. I felt good that I did what I wanted to do. I want to let Pearland residents know about the resources that are available to them. When I finished, I opened up my account. I enjoyed my moments at the Bank of America.

Pearland Day in Austin

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I am excited to announce I am going to Austin to speak with representatives on February 27 & 28 with Pearland Chamber of Commerce for Pearland Day in Austin. I will rock my scarf and bring my television show!

I hope to see State Representatives Shawn Thierry, Ron Reynolds, Senfronia Thompson, Senator Borris Miles, and Dr. Alma Allen when I visit. We are going to speak with representatives/senators on:
Higher Education
Human Services
Public Education
Business & Industry

The scarf is beautiful.

Thank You, Mr. Kevin Murphy

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I was nervous to enter the unknown territory but God had a friendly face immediately greet me as I walked in the luncheon. Kevin Murphy, Vice President & General Counsel at Triad Retail Construction,Inc was fantastic. Although Kevin has an awesome job and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce ( I did not that fact until I saw him sitting at the table with other Board Members), he is Darcy Bryan-Wilson’ husband in my world.

I have known Kevin and his family for years. I supported him as he ran for State Representative for Brazoria County in 2008. I was serving as a Precinct Chair then. I am still a Brazoria County Precinct Chair today. His wife, Darcy Bryan-Wilson, is a community leader and power mom like myself. Kevin gave me directions and made Novella Bean and me feel at home and welcomed. Rochelle, Chamber Ambassador, also gave me a hug and saved us a seat at her table. I was so happy God had those two in the place.

Meeting My State Representative: Ed Thompson

By Dr. Pope

I had the honor to speak with and attend the Governmental Relations Committee meeting with my state representative, State Representative Ed Thompson. He actually remembered me from the days when he sold me insurance. His agents always offer customers a can of coke when you come to his insurance office. Small things matter in business!

Today, he took a photo with me. More important, I learned he attends meetings and provides very detailed updates to the community he represents. He has been a member of Pearland School Board and Pearland City Council. He has a wealth of wisdom. I look forward to learning from him as I serve on the Governmental Relations Committee with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

My First Governmental Committee Meeting

By Dr. Sheila Pope

Today, I attended my first Pearland Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Committee Meeting. I decided to serve on this committee because it provides me with tons of great information to share with other Pearland citizens. When I am elected to serve on the Pearland City Council, I will be able to bring a great deal of perspective from the business community to the council. More importantly, I will be able to share what I learn with the people who need to be aware of services various governmental agencies provide. If I do not get elected, I am still going to serve on this committee and share what I learn with the community.

My service and dedication to the committee are personal. I found out there are millions of dollars available to help people in Pearland to get their homes repaired through the Homeowners Assistance Program. I will share on a separate post. I am glad Jere Gnadar suggested this committee!

Attending My First “State of the City” Luncheon!

Me and Mayor of Pearland, Tom Reid

ttending State of the City!

I attended my first “State of the City” presented by Mayor Tom Reid. If you are an entrepreneur, I am going to encourage you to invest in your local chamber of commerce. Previously, I did not join my local chamber because of their meeting were during the day and I was working full-time and doing business part-time. However today, I am a full-time entrepreneur and I can attend their events and serve on various committees. While attending the luncheon, I saw a major benefit in making the financial investment in myself as a business owner and community leader.

Small business owners play a major role in generating revenue for their local city government and communities. We need to recognize our importance to our communities and we need to work with other business owners and local and state politicians. I invited my Campaign Field Director, Novella Bean to attend the luncheon and we both learned a great deal about Pearland’s history and its current movers and shakers.

More important, the luncheon was filled with hundreds of business owners, city council members, and state representatives. State Representative Ed Thompson attended the luncheon. I purchased insurance from him before he became a city council member and a state representative. I want to encourage businesswomen to join their local chamber of commerce and get active in their communities. I am leading by example.