Erica Williams Simon, Host of ‘The Call,’ Shares Her Life Story
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This season on The Call, we’ve produced 10 episodes. 10 weeks. 10 women. 10 amazing stories.

I thought it was time that I finally shared mine.

As I’ve been listening each week to powerful women discuss their journeys, I’ve simultaneously spent a lot of time thinking about my own. I’ve been working on this podcast while also writing my first book, hitting a bookstore near you in spring 2018 (thanks Simon & Schuster!) It’s about understanding the stories and cultural narratives that shape us and hold us back from creating the life and world that we so desperately want to create.

In this week’s deeply personal interview, I’ll finally get around to telling you about who I am and what it has been like to be a young black women on a journey towards self-determination, freedom and social impact.

I’ll talk about how a childhood grounded in religion and shaped by sudden, major loss ultimately led me to a find my own calling. From sitting in meetings at the White House, protesting on Capitol Hill and chatting it up with Bill Maher on HBO to working at the fastest-growing digital media company in U.S. history to having no money and making fake business cards to where I am today — it’s been quite the ride.

I’m sharing it with you for two reasons and two reasons only: 1. If I tell you who I am, maybe we can be friends. (Is that desperate? I legit always want more friends…) and more importantly 2. Because I want you to be inspired by the proof that every single twist and turn we take on this wild and precious life — especially the unexpected ones — can push you right towards where you’re ultimately supposed to be.

You just have to pay attention.

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  • Kep Las

    Erica, thank you for sharing your amazing story. I loved listening to this. LOVED. Yours is actually the first of the series I’ve heard (I’m new to “ManRepeller”), and I can’t wait to hear the rest now. At first, I was going to write, “I can’t believe there aren’t any comments – NONE?”… But, upon reflection, I may have a theory on that. I really believe that answering the call for one’s life could be a concept that many people are really struggling with; many, I’ll bet, haven’t dealt with it at all. Our society encourages us to go off into so many other directions, and “Life’s Calling” – unfortunately for us all – just isn’t one of them! But our calling is an important part of life, if not the most important, because it’s tied to our purpose on earth. So, thank you, Erica Williams Simon, for pursuing yours: and for getting the conversation started. Good work.

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