This is the first special edition of “What We’re Made Of” called Dudes I Dig. This is is how it happened. Admittedly, I am a pretty tough chick. In working through the list of must haves for tonyataylor.com, the idea of the podcast was at the top.
How I ended up here is a little foggy, (he shall remain nameless although he works on my team), but the fact is, there are a lot of men in my life, especially my father, who I admire, and who have taught me a lot, as only a dude can do.
So, suddenly the tough chick in me started to recognize. Yes, there are some really amazing dudes in this world, whom I really dig, doing great things, and whom I love to talk to, and maybe even for a full 18 to 30 minutes on a podcast, just kidding. I'll intro you to some really great men living with purpose through social impact, medicine, philanthropy, art, entrepreneurship, educators, politics, urban development, music, non-profits, banking, international human rights, media and more.
This first ‘dude' is someone that I have come to both deeply admire and respect because of his work in Zambia, and, at times I find myself challenging him. He's world-renowned Ob-Gyn Oncologist and Surgeon, Dr. Groesbeck Parham. Dr. Parham is a highly regarded international physician, and just this past weekend, he received his honorary Phd. from Southern Methodist University and even spent time alongside President George W. Bush lecturing on his lifetime of work in screening and treating cervical cancer. Like most renegades and pioneers, he is a firestarter, and because we have that in common, we tend to light an inferno, mostly because we are both pretty passionate about almost everything that comes out of our mouths. When Dr. Parham was in Chapel Hill a few weeks ago and we were having a “good day” , we decided to sit down and tape the very first 'Dudes I Dig’ podcast. I was and still and still am glad we did that. I enjoyed getting to know and understand what he was made of, and you will too.
So, tweet me with questions and ideas for the days I do decide to hang with the dudes I dig.