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.

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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!

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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”!

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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!

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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.

 

No Talking! Just Do it!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

One year ago, I moved into my first office. My friend Michelle and I celebrated. Now, I am working from my home office and shifting my visions and focus. My business address has changed and so have I. I am my brand; I do not have limits, except for those that exist in my mind. My faith in God has expanded and my focus on ways to generate revenue for others and my businesses have become more focused and strategic!

I am amazed at how much change has taken place since I took these photos a year ago! I am grateful for all of the support, lessons learned, and the mindset changes I have had in the two years since I have been a full-time entrepreneur. My clients have taught me so much about conducting business with integrity.

Michelle and I Celebrating

The View

Our Chats!

Thanks to State Representative Shawn Thierry, I realized I am a Community Leader. I never heard someone else address me in that term. I am normally called an educator. I have transitioned into another arena! I have served children, seniors, and community organizations in Sunnyside for four years. As a small business owner, Precinct 12 Chair in Brazoria County, and advocate, I have advocated for students at Worthing, TSU, Capella University, and I have advocated for senior citizens.

I have attended community meetings, political events and conventions (Democrat), graduations, served on Boards of outstanding nonprofits such as Smaart Incubator and Junior Achievers and Sunnyside Silver Hair Senior Group, Inc. I have served as a community partner with the Peoples United Summit and I founded the Boss Ladies Professional Network.

My latest transformation into a television producer of Conversations With Dr. Pope is the result of years of listening, watching, sharing, working with other people, and understanding there is a need to tell the stories of those no one else sees as valuable. I want people to see what I see as I do the work in the community.

From the time I launched into full-time entrepreneurship, I became a full-time community and business leader. It all happened while I was actively doing the work! Here is the shocking part, I never saw my evolution because I was living it not talking about it.

Helping Others Serve

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I am one of four Board of Directors charged with helping the Honorary Mayor Sandra Massie Hines’ grow her non-profit organization’s outreach programs and to raise funds. Ms. Sandra Massie Hines has served residents of Sunnyside for decades.

She founded Junior Achievers and Sunnyside Silver Hair Senior Group, Inc to be able to generate more support for her community outreach services. Ms Hines is the CEO of her organization.

501c3’s Facebook Page

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, President, Ms. Shawn Aker and Vice President, Pastor Milton Bradford, Advisor Kris Ougrah, and Secretary, Dr. Sheila Pope, her nonprofit will raise funds and raise awareness of Mayor Hines’ programs. Board members Shawn Aker and Pastor Milton Bradford have served with Ms. Hines for years.

All of the Board of Directors support Mayor Hines’ vision and her passion to help the homeless, women, children, seniors, and ex-offenders. Board members all work professionally with the same population in different capacities.

This year, Mayor Hines decided she needed a website (www.jrachieversandsunnysidesilverhairseniors.com), a facebook page@jrachieverssilverhairseniors501c3, and to utilize other tools to help her bring awareness to her organization and its purpose.

We are having our first fundraiser to support seniors in Sunnyside. Mayor Hines is presenting her royal court at the Senior Cinderella Ball on September 27, 2018, at the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center from 10 am – 1 pm in the auditorium. We will have a catered lunch and live band. Tickets can be purchased for $50.00 on Eventbrite. If you want to sponsor a table or other seniors to attend, contact me at jrasshg@gmail.com.

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New Author Added to Media Division of My Company

By Sheila Pope

I am excited to announce Boss Lady Toni Anderson and I have partnered to write a book together! She signed with my publishing company, Pope’s Resource Center, LLC. I love partnering with Boss Ladies to support our individual goals as well as our common business goals!

Toni Anderson Signed with Popes’ Resource Center, LLC

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Another Successful Dissertation Client!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

My SECOND dissertation client called me to share her exciting news: her dissertation was approved by her committee and it has been sent to her school for final approval!

I have coached my client through stressful times and edited her work for the last year. I tell my clients, “I am here until the end”. Sometimes it takes a while for the end to arrive. I had the honor to edit her proposal, her ethics paper, her Capstone project, and her final Capstone Report!

Trust is Required
I am glad my client trusted me to help her accomplish her goal. She was not always happy with my feedback, but she listened and respected my knowledge of Capella’s process. We spent a great deal of time via the phone and I will miss her, but I look forward to working with her in other professional endeavors.

Capella’s Capstone Project
Capella University has cut down the time it takes to earn a doctorate in Education. My client contracted my services in September 2017 when she was ready to write. I am proud of her! I have TWO clients preparing to defend this month!

Two Opening!
I have openings for two more Dissertation Clients. I can only take a couple at a time. I stay until the end. I provide clients with several opportunities to talk with me via phone and email. I thoroughly edit and return work with feedback to help clients secure their mentor’s approval. I coach clients through the creative process and through conquering milestones. I celebrate their success like it was my own. I love this part of coaching. Getting the phone call makes my day!

The Producer

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I took time from editing my client’s dissertations to learn how to become a Producer via Houston Media Source. I took the first step by completing the orientation. I plan to have my own series soon. During orientation, I met two new fierce Boss Ladies in the process! The two young ladies were: Spoken word artist, Ebony Rose and business owner Tiffany Nicole.

Tiffany was the tall, beautiful version of myself! While I am was telling her about the Boss Ladies, she was on her phone requesting to join the group.

Who are Boss Ladies? Boss Ladies are a group of female small business owners who share information about the challenges and the benefits of running a small business. We support and encourage each others.

During the touring part of the orientation, I kept saying to Ebony, “I know you”. I kept wondering where I had met Tiffany too. During our exchange, I immediately recognized, Ebony’s power and confidence. I listened while Tiffany praised Ebony’s talent. In Boss Ladies, we celebrate each other’s gifts, accomplishments, and events. Ebony did not boast about her poetry skills, but I could see she knew she was great! I told her to own it. I do not believe women should down play their talents.

I was so excited to see their hustle in the parking lot. They were lining up their sponsors to become producers and so was I. They were thinking and doing some next-level hustling! I was doing the same thing. We all were working on our plans.

Also, during the orientation, Tiffany asked about the Houston Media Source’s Radio Program. I plan to have a radio shows too. Both of them planned to use public access television to promote their talent and their businesses.

There are three main goals of Boss Ladies. We promote, support, and encourage female business owners. When I started Boss Ladies, I did not ask for any membership dues or charge advertising fees. However, this month we are changing. I want to grow the group and expand our activities.

Special moments like meeting Ebony Rose and Tiffany Nicole remind me of the reasons I created Boss Ladies. As a small business owner, I have experienced great highs and so serious lows. Yet I am moving forward because of encounters like this.

I had a serious business matter that was weighing heavily on my mind during orientation. While I was trying to figure out how I was going to raise money to keep my office space, thinking of ways to use television, and trying to decide if it was time to have a radio program, God was lining up my appointed time to meet two Boss Ladies like myself. I am looking forward to my new adventure in television production.


The Green Room

The Editing Room