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Pouring into other people: An Emmy Award-winning news reporter teaches us to recognize and celebrate kindness.

Bio for Monica Pierre

Monica Pierre is an Emmy Award-winning news reporter, public speaking and storytelling coach and mentor, and the executive producer and host of The Powerhouse Woman Show. She is a Professor of Practice with the department of Mass Communication at Xavier University where she teaches podcasting, broadcast announcing and storytelling to the next generation of aspiring media talent.

Monica is on a mission to guide, inspire and tell the stories of first-generation purpose-driven women leaders and entrepreneurs. Through the “Tell Your Story Incubator” program, she helps them identify their stories, unleash their voices, and shape powerful new narratives about their impact, power and legacies.

Monica went from being an aspiring actress to teaching to majoring in psychology to finally finding her calling in broadcasting as a way to tell other people’s stories. Monica believes that what we create today can live on generations after we are gone if we are intentional about boldly sharing our stories.

Episode highlight

Monica Pierre has seen the power of generosity change the lives of the members of her family and community. Listen in to learn how she channels this power through her work as a broadcast journalist, talk show host and storytelling coach.



  • “Sometimes we do things… intentionally but other times, we just do it because that’s inside of us.”
  • “Pour into other people, no matter who you are”.
  • “I believe the creator doesn’t make mistakes.”
  • “I’m learning that there are so many facets to us that the quiet moments are important.”
  • “Don’t give up, don’t give in, sit where you are, but know that if you have another moment, another breath, something else is across the board for you.”


Childhood Incidents

Monica is the daughter of sharecroppers from Louisiana and the oldest of 5 children. Family, hard work, faith and moving forward were the values of her upbringing. She “grew up digging sweet potatoes” in a poor household but always had her eyes beyond the fence.

Her mother and other women helped her see the importance of reinventing her stories to have the life she wanted. Monica’s aunt Jane was the first businesswoman she knew who became a baker and then a hairdresser to feed her family, and encouraged Monica to be brave, pray and do her best.

Monica’s father wanted to own his own home and worked for 30 years to build a house from scratch, teaching Monica determination and persistence. He also exemplified kindness, doing his best to help those in need. She now tries to pass those lessons on to the next generation.

Influential groups

Monica wouldn’t choose to be anything else but African American, even though the story she was born into makes her angry. Growing up in a family where her parents would always work to help others in need, she “saw what generosity looks like even when you don’t have a lot yourself.”

She has found a community in the radio industry in New Orleans. Even though the people she once worked with may have moved to different radio stations, everyone cares for each other, keeping in touch and sharing best practices without being competitive.

Monica is influenced by first-generation American women who are making an impact and making themselves visible. She understands the challenges herself and feels connected to them in a way that ignites her soul.

Temperament and Personality Influences

Monica claims she has always been quietly “attentive to what was said and what wasn’t said”, remembering what people said they liked or didn’t. She wanted to do good for the world, noting names in her prayer book, and at one point, considered becoming a Catholic nun.

Advice to an Employer

Monica loves the freedom to try a new way and to set it in motion, “even if it is not perfect, even if it looks wobbly”. She finds it beautiful to do something differently and looks at mistakes as information to be noted!

More Great Insights!

If you would like to discover, uncover, and develop your story for your business, Monica would love to help you do it in a dignified way so you can share your personal story with your world. She encourages listeners to breathe and know that someone needs what you have to offer!


Monica Pierre was influenced by her generous parents always to do good for the world. She found her way to contribute to the world by helping them tell their personal stories, which she does brilliantly as a broadcast journalist, talk show host and storytelling coach.


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