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Daily Inspiration: Meet Angela Ross

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Ross. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I launched SoCal Voices podcast in September 2020 following the social unrest and reckoning that occurred in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. I wanted to amplify the voices of folks from all walks of life in southern California who are doing positive things to enhance communities and help people improve their lives. 

The podcast brings everything I’ve done in my career full circle. I’m a former broadcast journalist. I started my career in radio in San Francisco and later transitioned to leading multiple award-winning media, public affairs, marketing communications, and public relations divisions in government and healthcare in the greater Los Angeles area. I’ve always been interested in people’s stories. I hope listeners find the content informative and inspiring. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest obstacle was just getting started. Too often, we waste time thinking about all the reasons “why not,” all the reasons we can’t do something, and we end up being our own worst enemy. When I decided to just go ahead and do it, all the pieces came together rather easily. People often ask for my advice on starting a podcast. My number one tip is just start! 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m most proud of featuring the work of young people on my podcast. People like pilot Lauren Harris. She took me up in a Cessna and it was such an exhilarating experience! I’d never been in a plane that small, so close to the controls, and with a pilot so young. Watching her work was a real thrill. I was so moved by her maturity and focus. I know others will be inspired by her story. Juleen Erives is another young dynamo I featured on SoCal Voices. She is all about community and raising major funds for significant, lifesaving causes. She’s a real joy. People like Lauren and Juleen fill me with optimism about the future. 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
SoCal Voices is truly a team effort. My husband, Joe, has been my encourager-in-chief every step of the way. Colleague Ashley Patterson helped with the initial branding and launch, and longtime friend and colleague Steve Jacobs provided support and insightful feedback. Rounding out this core group is Chris Donovan, who seems to have boundless energy helping me with production, guests, social media, and all-around general support. The award for Biggest Fan goes to author James O. Harris of Moreno Valley. He is “all-in,” and I’ve really appreciated his enthusiasm and support. 

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