Principles for Success - The Chris Howell Podcast

In this podcast, you'll be given an opportunity to go beyond the surface of the typical “interview style” banter. The attributes you feel you need to reach your next level are explored within every conversation and within every guest. Listeners will be inspired as the Principles for Success podcast pulls back the curtain to reveal amazing victories after some of the most challenging circumstances. If you’ve ever been at a place in your life where you look outward into what seems impossible, then here you’ll get the power you need to push up through those challenges and come out with the desire to make it possible.
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Sep 1, 2022

In this episode, Chris speaks with Leah Frazier, a two-time Emmy Award-Winning entrepreneur, attorney, media personality, and best-selling author. Leah is candid about the pitfalls and obstacles she had to overcome to reach the level of success that she has today. She also reminds us always to be learning, and remaining humble will carry you far in whichever business you find yourself in.

Interview Topics:

  • What it was like for Leah growing up and where she got her entrepreneurial desire
  • Was it easy for her to walk away from her original attorney service to pursue a different industry
  • The importance of investing in a “business coat”
  • How she turned doing favors for others into a successful fashion business
  • How Leah achieves balance with her business
  • The concept of not having a “Plan B”
  • The importance of meditation and being present mentally
  • What Think Three is about, and the challenges Leah had to face
  • What Leah attributes her success to


Leah Frazier

  • CEO of Think Three Media

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Quotes from Episode:

  • "Not all business is good business."
  • "You walked away, but you’ve invested in a business coat."
Apr 28, 2022

On today’s episode Chris talks with Mike Williams, who for a number of years has helped countless other people reach levels of success, and has recently published his own book titled “The Road to Your Best Stuff 2.0”. Mike talks about having 5 decades of experience in his career and the importance of knowing yourself.

Interview Topics:

  • How Mike got started in the field of media
  • Personal stories and experiences during his career
  • The importance of knowing yourself and standing for what you believe in
  • The importance of leaders to choose people that truly believe and fit their roles
  • What prompted Mike to write a second book
  • Has Mike’s mind always been related to business, and where did he get this mindset
  • What Mike wants people to take away from his book
  • How to get the youth to see the magnitude of what they have today
  • The types of programs that Mike works on
  • What Mike attributes his success to
  • What’s next after Mike’s second book


Mike Williams


The Road to Your Best Stuff 2.0: Pushing Your Career, Business or Cause to the Next Level…and Beyond

Quotes from Episode:

  1. The dynamic of connecting to your ideas begins with who you are.
  2. If I don’t see myself in that, I’m not doing it.

Contact Chris Howell: 

Chris Howell Communications:

Apr 14, 2022
On today's episode Chris talks with award-winning expert Denita Lacking-Quinn. She is a Senior Outreach Specialist for the City of Dallas Small Business Center and leads the Marketing & Awareness workgroup for the B.U.I.L.D. Ecosystem Network. Denita talks about her experiences in this field and the challenges one must go through in order to grow a business.

Interview Topics:

  • Who Denita considered as a hero
  • When she decided to go into business for herself and being an entrepreneur
  • The mindset and habits Denita had to step up to challenges and beat them
  • Did Denita ever consider writing as a career to pursue
  • The philosophy of giving children a voice and a chance to speak their mind
  • How Denita went after clients and landed them a role in business
  • What was the hardest decision for Denita to make in her career
  • What is Denita’s biggest fear in spite of all her accomplishments
  • What are the services that she offers that help people aspiring to start their own business
  • The challenges of starting a business, both non-profit and for-profit
  • The best decision Denita made in her career

3 Principles For Success:

  1. Give yourself grace to fail, to succeed, to be free, and to say what you don’t know.
  2. Plan everything out.
  3. Learn the business of your business.


Denita Lacking-Quinn

Social Media Links:


City of Dallas Small Business Center

Quotes from Episode:

  1. I don’t care if it failed, but you’re gonna try. And if it failed, you’re going to figure out why it did, and you’re still gonna finish the deed.
  2. We won’t achieve anything if everyone keeps everything to themselves.
  3. I’m looking for services that lead with empathy, not sympathy.

Contact Chris Howell:

Chris Howell Communications:

Mar 18, 2022

In this episode Chris talks with Hiawatha Williams, an iconic figure in Dallas, Texas. He has been working for 30+ years and helping impact the lives of others through his entrepreneurship and making a difference in the community.

Interview Topics:

  • What it was like for Hiawatha growing up and where he got his entrepreneurial sense
  • Did Hiawatha envision the success he had, the 40+ locations and 500 employees he has today, and giving them an opportunity to live out their dreams
  • What a typical day is like for Hiawatha
  • How Hiawatha would like to be remembered


Hiawatha Williams

  • Founder of William’s Chicken


Williams Chicken

Quotes from Episode:

  1. Whatever you’re going into, you need to know everything there is to know about that business. If you don’t, you gotta study more.
  2. I want some honor attached to my name, not the buildings because they’re not mine anyway. I gave those to the Lord long ago.

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Feb 18, 2022
In this episode Chris talks with guests Gabby and Josephine Thinwa in a discussion about COVID and how it looks like from the perspective of medical workers. They aim to help convince more people to get vaccinated and one day conquer COVID, as well as answer questions and misconceptions from the community. Interview Topics:
  • Will we ever reach a point where at least 80% of the population will be fully vaccinated
  • The process of administering vaccines and booster shots
  • What makes Omicron different from other COVID variants
  • The importance of wearing masks and finding the correct type for you
  • What is the “Stealth Omicron” sub-variant
  • Will life ever “go back to normal” if everyone gets vaccinated
  • Why the death count of COVID seems to rise as we reach the peak
  • How pharmacists give everyone the masks they are entitled to
  • How do we overcome the distrust we have for the vaccine
  • The emotional fatigue that healthcare workers have
  • How to convince friends and loved ones to get vaccinated
  • “Does getting the vaccine give you COVID?”
Mentioned In Episode: Jenny Stonemeier - Executive Director of the Chief Howell Foundation

Dominique Bryant-Howell - President and Co-Founder of the Chris Howell Foundation

James Bailey - Deputy Chief of the Arlington Fire Department

Jaclynn Fuller - Texas Field Operations Director for Nomi Health


Gabby Geren

Community Pharmacist at Perrone Pharmacy

Dr. Josephine Thinwa

Physician and Scientist at UT Southwestern Medical Center 

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Quotes from Episode:

  1. We have to be the ambassadors of the vaccine.
  2. Avoid Dr. Google, get your information from the right sources.


Feb 10, 2022

In this episode, Chris Howell speaks with guests Dr. Sid O’Bryant, Tim Brown, Everson Walls, and RukudzHonourSithole. They each talk about their personal ventures in health, fitness, and how they coped with loved ones having Alzheimer’s. They aim to spread awareness and give advice to those in a similar situation.

Interview Topics:

  • What is Alzheimer’s, and how can men get involved with the Alzheimer Brain Study
  • The importance of discipline in life
  • How Everson has maintained his physical health
  • Should you reach a stage where you require people to care for you
  • The burdens and joys of being a caretaker
  • How to manage the cost of taking care of a loved one
  • What to do when they become a danger to society and themselves
  • The importance of having a will
  • What would Tim do if he had a chance to go back and do it all again

Mentioned In Episode:

Pro Football Hall of Fame


Dr. Sid O’Bryant
- Lead Investigator of Black Alzheimer Brain Study

Tim Brown
- Hall of Fame Football Player

Everson Walls
- Hall of Fame Football Player

RukudzHonourSithole Ma, LPC-S
- CEO of Inside Fitness Professional Counseling

Social Media Links:

Black Alzheimer’s Brain Study

In The Huddle with Chris Howell

Quotes from Episode:

  1. We can’t always live in the past. We have to overcome that and understand that things have changed in some cases.

If you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of mom?

Feb 3, 2022

On Today’s Episode:

In this episode Chris talks with Jessica Glaspie (author and HIV advocate), Kelly Allen Gray (executive director of AIDS Outreach), and Lonnetta Wilson (coordinator of Ending The HIV Epidemic). In accordance to the 7th annual Know Your Status event and National Black HIV Awareness day, these three experts share their stories and how they give life-changing help to those with HIV.

Interview Topics:

  • How each guest got involved with HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Various safety precautions for young ladies when taking on new partners
  • The importance of understanding that there is no certain look or stereotype for someone with HIV
  • Why HIV is still relevant even during COVID and the pandemic
  • What it was like for Jessica to go into a safe space when she tested HIV positive
  • Fighting the stigma surrounding HIV and the importance of getting tested even with no apparent symptoms
  • Were there any resources that are available now, but not during Jessica’s time
  • How they are continuing services during the pandemic
  • How to overcome the distrust we have as a community towards the healthcare system
  • The importance of having someone to relate to

Mentioned In Episode:

“Live, Love, and HIV: A Memoir”

AIDS Outreach

Ending the HIV Epidemic


Jessica Glaspie

  • Author and HIV Advocate

Kelly Allen Gray

  • Executive Director of AIDS Outreach

Lonnetta Wilson

  • Coordinator of Ending the HIV Epidemic

Social Media Links:


“Live, Love, and HIV: A Memoir”

Quotes from Episode:

  1. It does not look a certain way; it does not affect a certain community.
  2. People are wearing masks, but that doesn’t mean they’re wearing condoms.
Jan 20, 2022

In this episode Chris and the team talk with Jerod Couch, producer and director of the indie series #WASHED and two-time Regional Emmy winner. Despite 15 years of experience creating content, #WASHED is Jerod’s foray into filmmaking and long-form scripted content. He relishes in the intricacies of organization and culture-building, marketing, and overall strategy of television-film.

Interview Topics:

  • Who is Jerod Couch
  • What or who inspired him to get into the film industry
  • The meaning behind the name #WASHED and the synopsis of the show
  • What was it like to put in the work and effort and be rewarded with Emmy’s
  • The challenges one may go through if they neglect celebrating moments of success
  • Understanding the business aspects of a project; how to grow your team and get your projects out there
  • The importance of the structure and the people behind the scenes
  • What lead Jerod to sacrifice and volunteer as a production assistant for ESPN when he easily could have said no
  • What advice would Jerod give to those aspiring in the film industry, given the current climate with COVID
  • How do all of Jerod’s successes compare to being a father
  • The difficulty and payoff of having someone else do the work on your behalf
  • The importance of having your spouse play a role alongside you
  • Other projects Jerod is working on besides #WASHED


3 Principles For Success:

  1. Use your energy to hone your craft to a point where all you need to do is point at the scoreboard.
  2. Take the breaks off.
  3. If you’re not embarrassed by your first work, you started too late.


Mentioned In Episode:



Jerod Couch

  • Writer, Producer, and Director of #WASHED. Two-time Emmy winner.

Social Media Links:

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Quotes from Episode:

  1. And a lot of times it’s a blessing, because you realize exactly who you are, and not the perception of who you think you should be.
  2. If you’re not a leader, that’s fine.
  3. Don’t start writing your story with a beginning in mind. Know the endpoint, then come back and start writing the beginning.
  4. I will take “consistently good” over “occasionally great” any day of the week.
Jan 14, 2022

In this episode Chris and the team talk with Alquincia Selolwane, founder and CEO of The Black Virtual Mall. Alquincia is most known for providing useful business advice aimed at advancing women and minority entrepreneurs. Her efforts were recently recognized and feature in Forbes magazine. And she's now decided to provide anyone a more convenient method to directly engage with her, and her community, as well as network with other founders and business owners.

Nov 18, 2021

Chris and the team talk with sex trafficking survivor Keeya Vawar about how she's taken this horrific experience and has now become a champion for helping organizations bridge the gap on putting an end to Human Trafficking.

Nov 4, 2021

In this episode, Chris talks with the experts on the new historic effort to collect and study data from over 1 million Americans across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history. Researchers will use the data to learn how our biology, lifestyle, and environment affect health. This information may one day help them find ways to treat and prevent disease.

Oct 28, 2021

In today's episode, Chris, Cocoa, and Hawk use a clip from a previous interview with David Banner to discuss how having a "Plan B" can limit your success. The team also tackles some of the latest entertainment news and how giving titles too early in relationships can lead to disaster.

Oct 15, 2021

In this episode, we talk about bullying, relationships, the latest in entertainment news and then leave you with a success principle.

Dec 10, 2020

In this conversation we're talking, “Living with Black Girl Magic, HIV, and Chronic Optimism,” with public speaker and HIV justice advocate Kamaria Laffrey! While World AIDS Day has just passed by, the conversation about life with HIV continues. 

Laffrey first discovered that she was HIV-positive at just 21 years old, just after the birth of her daughter. She was forced to navigate the challenges of a new, chronic diagnosis and being a new mother at the same time. 

17 years later, Laffrey has worked tirelessly to serve those living with HIV, collaborating with dozens of organizations and advocacy groups like The SERO Project and Positively Fearless with Janssen. She also founded the community-based organization emPOWERed Legacies.

You won’t want to miss this; check it out!

Jun 11, 2020

In this week's episode, Chris leads a panel of men in a discussion around manhood before a men-only audience at one of his In the Huddle with Chris Howell sessions.

Jun 4, 2020

In this episode, Chris shares his thoughts on what we’ve witnessed over the last week with the tragic murder of George Floyd, and all that has transpired since. Despite how chaotic things may seem, he believes brighter days are ahead.

May 28, 2020

Today Chris talks with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Diane Eunice. The beginning of the conversation is about the mental effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the conversations we should be having with our young adults. The two also discuss the effects on relationships and how to maintain sobriety during a pandemic. You should enjoy this!

May 21, 2020

Today, Chris talks about Social Entrepreneurship with Deanna Singh, a highly respected thought leader who travels the world, motivating and educating audiences about living with joy and purpose. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities and an inspiration to all those who want to be agents of change in their work, lives, and society.

May 14, 2020

In this interview with entrepreneur Christina Howell, she shares with Chris tools and strategies that she has put in place at Curvy Fox that has allowed them to have tremendous success during a pandemic. If you’re looking to make money while you sleep, this is the episode for you.

May 7, 2020

Check out this interview with serial entrepreneur and the inventor of the JoiStik, Joi Stokes, as she gives us the backstory on the process of bringing the JoiStik that is used by many photographers and videographers to the market.

Apr 29, 2020

In this episode, Chris talks about the three most important relationships we will have and how they impact our success.

Apr 23, 2020

In this episode, Chris shares an excerpt from an interview he did with Joel Osteen and shows us how it applies to what we say to and about ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 7, 2017

In this week’s episode, we bring to you a special edition of the podcast in observance of February 7th being National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Chris is talking with Kecia Johnson, better known as Kecia J.

Kecia Johnson is an author, AIDS educator, Talent Manager and Truth Strategist that travels the country sharing her story with the masses. With over 7 years of HIV/AIDS activism work, Kecia is most known for her direct and real life way of educating folks about the virus. After starting in the music industry at the age of 19, almost 2 years into finding her way in her career, Kecia found herself diagnosed with AIDS and near death.

Jan 26, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book or share your story on a larger platform, Nikki shares several principles on why and how you can go about doing that…This is a fast paced high energy interview that I really believe you will enjoy.

Nikki is the CEO of Nikki Woods Media and Victoria Street Publishing. In short, she specializes in providing the tools, support, and platforms for transforming writers into published authors. With more than 20-years of traditional media experience as a best-selling author, on-air personality and senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history, Woods has mastered the art of visibility-reaching more than 10-million people daily.

Jan 19, 2017

In this week’s episode, Chris talks with Dawn Shestko, Dawn serves as a solutions-focused life and executive coach that helps people by encouraging them to widen their scope; to see and consider all available options; to focus time and energy on solutions, and a lot of what you’ll hear in the conversation is how she helps clients actively participate and to be a leader in their own lives.

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