Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricardo D. Wrice.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ricardo. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am the guy that “played” the game and then decided the game wasn’t for me. As a young black man, I was told to get as much education as I could. As a result, I received my Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Masters, and was in dissertation for my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. I also acquired three certificates in the Nonprofit sector in Management & Grantwriting. After all that, I still didn’t find my place in the world or those particular fields. While working a side job, I encountered a co-worker that had a radio show. While searching for her show, I answered an ad on the website about hosting a show. The station manager reached out, we talked and in 3 days, the contract was signed. Without any formal training, my radio show (The Leadership Blend) debuted on March 6th at 12 pm on Love 860am. I would go on to move stations to IBNX Radio Network the following year and create my own television show on the Now Network. I also authored a book on leadership and am working on a magazine. Last year, I started an internship program within the company. My desire is to properly prepare and train the next generation of media professionals. The program objective is to help college students & recent graduates learn the world of media devoid of the mistakes that I made. My personal goal is to help create better leaders in the world and aid in the battle to preserve the integrity of leadership. I have learned that in my journey, life will happen. The key is to pay attention to where it’s taking you and know that there are no coincidences in your journey. I understand the plight of the transitioner because I can say that I am one.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My transition has been a rough one filled with many twist and turns. Academia was always a challenge for me. I started my journey right out of high school (1998). My first semester, I applied for a full scholarship for my Associate’s and received it. The very next semester, I flunked out and dropped out of school. It wouldn’t be until five years later that I would return and actually continue until I started my doctorate.
My media career has pretty much been all trial and error. Every time I embarked on a new pathway, it was done with very limited knowledge. Both radio and tv were faith ventures that required a new level of humbleness and understanding. It was one of the few times I had to ask for help and take constant criticism.
Please tell us about The Leadership Blend Media Company.
The Leadership Blend Media Company facilitates my leadership media brand. It carries my radio show, television show, my book, and the internship program. The objective is to teach and instruct in the ways of good/effective leadership in every avenue. Our specialty is Conflict leadership. The notion that conflict leads to necessary events that can catapult an organization and leader to greatness. The internship program is the pride and joy of my company. The program allows college students, graduates, and transitioners the opportunity to learn the world of media (tv, radio and magazine). Unlike many programs, interns get to actually work in the area they choose and there is no time limit on their enrollment.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly, I would have focused more on one task at a time. As a youth, we feel immortal and it’s not until we age a bit that we understand time is irrelevant to destiny. I don’t live in regrets but a stronger focus may have kept my journey less complicated.
- Calculated Conflict (my book on Generational leadership & principles) $12.99
- Website: www.wricecommunity.com
- Phone: 843-908-9642
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: rdwrice
- Facebook: ricardo ricky wrice