Marshall Fields is a visionary leader and trailblazer in the fight against systemic racism, with over 20 years of experience as a spearheading Corporate Facilitator, Author, Life & Executive Coach, and Master Communicator. He has acted as a communication broker for thousands of individuals, conducting training sessions, workshops, magazine publications, podcasts, and media interviews.
Marshall founded PCHaTP, an organization that started as a podcast focused on creating Positive Communication Habits and Thought Processes. After many deep dives into societal communication issues, he realized the show focused on a bruise instead of a broken bone. “The bones of our society is our collective ability to communicate. When it comes to our citizenship, systemic racism has broken them”. Not being afraid to pivot, he began working on and conducting a series of webinars to help empower and encourage individuals with the ability to discuss the topic of racism. He studied and refined the communicative approaches and transformed the webinars into the F.R.E.E.D.O.M. from Racism training: Using communication to overcome race. By developing a communication course around such a hot topic, individuals can attain enhanced communication skills that can aid them in any situation.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Marshall is also deeply committed to serving his community. As a Community Liaison for I Was Here, an award-winning spirit project, and a commissioner of the Racial Justice and Equality Commission in Lexington, KY, he has dedicated his life to promoting equality and positive communal change.
His passion and expertise in the field of communication have made him a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and mediator. He has seen that the root of change lies in transforming how we communicate with one another and supports his students in recognizing this through infusing real-life exercises and examples that provoke mindset shifts. With his passion, commitment, and over 20 years of experience, Marshall Fields is a powerful voice for change and a catalyst for a better future for all.
Cristina is our V.P. of Connection Events. She is a talented multimedia professional and known to break the internet with her empowering photoshoots and thought-provoking commentary. She is a co-host on multiple shows including The Urban Trucker Podcast and guest host on WTVQ Midday KY. Cristina is known for her ability to create networking and event engagements that drive impact such as the Annual Breast Cancer Walk/Run event held at Kentucky State University.
Artist, musician, teacher, coach, son, brother, uncle, friend. These are all titles I have been given in my lifetime, some earned by my own merit, others, naturally. At the root of all of them is communication.
A native of northern New Jersey, the son of a German-American father from Queens, New York, and a Sicilian mother from Brooklyn, New York, communicating had a very different meaning in my house. You see, northerners talk loudly. Sometimes it can be misconstrued for yelling, but in truth, it is really just a decibel level that is uncomfortable or unfamiliar to anyone from other places. And when you come from a large family, it is really easy for that level to grow so loudly, that it becomes out of control. Suffice it to say, I needed to learn proper ways of communicating at a very early age.
I received a B.A in Studio Art from the University of Kentucky, with a double emphasis in Printmaking and Drawing. Art is the first form of communication. Long before we ever had common language to use, humans communicated with imagery. The connectivity to this primal form of communicating is what drives me as an artist. Imagery can speak louder than words, at times.
In the same primal way, music communicates. From ancient tribal rhythms to jazz movements, love songs to punk rock, music expresses our every emotion. I am a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and I have played music both in bands and solo, in church and in bars, for young and old. Music can connect us all. (I even composed the intro/outro music to our podcast, but you only get to hear a few seconds of it each episode).
I was a high school art teacher for eleven years. Teaching visual art to 9-12 graders is a great exercise in communication. As an art teacher, the grade levels were always mixed throughout my classes. The way one communicates with a freshman is vastly different than with a senior in high school. I became a master at collective communication, explaining clearly and meaningfully, the course instruction, to the sum of the class. On individual levels, it became more of a personal communication, student to teacher, for each student. This allowed each of us to grow in our ability to communicate and understand each other.
During these same years I coached the high school hockey team. I also coached a travel team of peewees. The age difference between these teams created a very complicated process for communicating. A nine year old needs to be taught about defensive coverage with a slow and delicate approach. When a seventeen year old needs to be reminded about defensive coverage, there is often less tact and more firm reminding. Sometimes I forgot which team I was with in the heat of the moment. I also find that when your passion for something is deep, your levels of communication may rise to greater passion levels too.
After leaving the field of education, my professional career took me to a media company, where I was a Video Operations Specialist. It is here that I met Marshall Fields, and we quickly found that we had common ground on the importance we put on communication. At the infancy of PCHATP Marshall asked if I would assist him on this journey, wherever it leads. Without hesitation, I agreed, because I could see the positivity and passion Marshall had for this venture. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I have had as much failure as I have had success in communication, both personally and professionally. That failure is the reason I see validity in learning better means of communicating. The saying goes “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”- applying this to learning better ways of communication will make us all stronger, and better people.
I love art, music, family, friends, and what they mean to me. Oh, and I really love the New York Rangers.
Proud computer nerd who’s married with 2 kids, 3 dogs (all rescues), and an unhealthily large collection of Star Wars memorabilia.
I have been programming various pieces of hardware and software since middle school. Professionally, I followed a path of building web and mobile applications, and, ultimately, found a particular fondness for helping brainstorm solutions and translating the technical needs for clients, as well as guiding developers to an understanding of their clients’ needs and expectations. This lead me to a new role of business analysis and project management, which gave me a new respect for the needs of professional communication.
On the flip side, I have also spent a lot of time playing drums in various punk bands for the better part of two decades. Playing shady dive bars and touring in tightly-crammed, poorly-running vehicles is a stark contrast to my professional life, but each provides a necessary balance to the other.