Episode 32 | Shifting POC Stories by Writing Fiction w/ Aiko Bethea

Aiko Bethea stopped by Our Classroom to discuss her upcoming publication, the Magnolia Murder Series. We touched upon the following:

◦ Characters in the series
◦ Shifting POC stories from being steeped in suffering
◦ What it looks like when systemically marginalized communities define success on their own terms
◦ Favorite authors

The founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, Aiko Bethea is an award-winning and highly sought after equity consultant, executive coach, and speaker.

Aiko’s newest ambition takes form in a cozy comfort series titled Magnolia Murder Mysteries, the first of which will be published in 2023. Her goal is to create work that features stories about people of color, without those stories always being steeped in trauma and despair.

Aiko is leaning into research from Berkeley University that establishes that fiction enhances our social abilities, including our ability to empathize with others.

Follow Aiko Betha @rare_coach

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