In the Room

In the Room

‘In The Room’ is a series dedicated to creating a safe space for brave conversations.

In each episode producer and host, Lloyd Hopkins, has discussions with influencers, leaders and bold thinkers on topics that range from thought provoking to uncomfortable.

We don’t know what we don’t know, and the best education is what we can learn from each other.

In the Room
  • In the Room | Episode 8, Season 2

    When children and their families participate in the mentorship programs provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters for at least one year, they experience lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to their peers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona discussed their Family Matching program a...

  • In The Room | Episode 7, Season 2

    Lights, Camera, Discover (LCD) is an after-school program and summer camp that teaches kids about television and film production. However, learning how to operate a camera, set up lights and edit video is only part of what they do at this Phoenix nonprofit. Aside from teaching the art of film and...

  • In the Room | Episode 5, Season 2

    In The Room producing partner Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine, Co-CEO, Christina Spicer joins episode five alongside college student and Girl Scout Alum, Gina Ferroni. Together the group discusses the best ways adults can motivate and guide the future leaders of tomorrow.

    Also in the segment STN...

  • In The Room | Episode 4, Season 2

    Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts returned as a producing partner. The segment focused on creating a mental health toolkit for parents and kids to navigate daily stressors. The discussion also included insights from Glendale High School senior Alejandro Aleman and Britnee Green, a social worker in ...

  • Program for girls with incarcerated mothers | Episode 3, Season 2

    Inside a program provided by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts that focuses on the mental health and well-being of girls with mothers who are currently incarcerated.

  • In The Room | Episode 3, Season 2

    With the new war raging in the Middle East and another mass shooting incident in Maine, graphic headlines and images flood our social media feeds. For teens and their parents, managing this content can be overwhelming.

    In The Room’s Lloyd Hopkins, welcomes Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine back t...

  • Exploring the correlation between student success and mental health | Ep 10

    The final episode of the season focuses on the link between student success and mental health. Hosts Stephanie Parra and Lloyd Hopkins are joined by Dr. Chad Geston, former superintendent for Phoenix Union School District, and Zarah Alfatlawi, a student at Central High School. The group discusses...

  • Using student input to create education policy | Ep 9

    Dr. Tiffany Hunter, President of Paradise Valley Community College, and Dr. Quintin Boyce, Associate Vice President of Educational Outreach at ASU, join In the Room to discuss why it is crucial for educators to listen to their students and families before creating educational policies that shape ...

  • How is Arizona’s education system measuring up? | Ep 8

    In the Room hosts, Stephanie Parra and Lloyd Hopkins, break down the state of Arizona’s education system. Arizona is ranked near the bottom nationally when it comes the quality of public schools. Stephanie and Lloyd look at the struggles teachers in our state face and discuss potential solutions...

  • Actively listening & engaging teens when it comes to their mental health | Ep 7

    Host Lloyd Hopkins is joined by Jennifer Nye, Chief Operations Officer at Terros Healthcare, and Heather Budzien, Vice President of Programs and Branches for Boys and Girls Clubs of The Valley. They discuss why it is so important to listen to what teens are telling us when it comes to caring for ...

  • Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Leader Profile: Mary Mitchell | Ep 6

    Co-CEO of Girls Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Mary Mitchell sits down for a look at how the social transformation she witnessed as a young girl led her to a lifetime of social advocacy and leadership.

  • Arizona’s education statistics | Ep 6

    Host Stephanie Parra, Executive Director for All In Education, breaks down her organization's annual MAPA report on the state of education in Arizona.

    Stephanie along with Leticia Avalos, Principal of Central High School, and Dr. Paul Perrault, SVP of Community Impact & Learning at Helios Educ...

  • Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Leader Profile: Christina Spicer

    Christina Spicer joined the Girl Scouts as a Brownie in second grade. As the new co-CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, she has a deeply personal connection to their cause. She shares how the organization helped her younger-self realize her dreams.

  • Teen Mental Health Intervention | In The Room | Ep 4

    In episode four of In The Room, we get to know the new CEO of the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scouts, Christina Spicer.

    We also discuss the tough topic of teen mental health intervention with Rebecca Duffy, Clinical Director at evolvedMD, and Dr. Karen Johnson, President and CEO of New Pathways for...

  • Adelante Fellowship | Empowering Minority Students

    Adelante Fellow A.J. Manual talked about the successes of the program and how evolving and improving it could help empower more students to reach their full potential.

  • Mentorship Program with New Pathways for Youth | Ep 1

  • Power of Mentorship | In the Room | Ep 1

    In the season premiere of In the Room, host Lloyd Hopkins sat down with the Executive Director of All in Education, Stephanie Parra to talk about the importance of mentorship and to take an in-depth look at the story of another local organization, and STN partner, New Pathways for Youth.

  • Episode 11: People Over Politics

    It's election season in Arizona.

    As we work to familiarize ourselves with the agendas of prospective candidates, it's common for our passions about issues to spill into more conversations at work, at home and with friends.

    Unfortunately, these interactions aren't always positive.

    It doesn't...

  • Episode 10: Policing & the Black Community

    Is there a sustainable pathway to healing for the apparent issue between the police and the Black community?

    This conversation isn't about finger-pointing; it's about exploring new strategies and ideas so that everyone can coexist peacefully.

  • Episode 9: Ecosystem of Giving

    This episode of In the Room features three organizations that show all communities of color what’s possible when you collaborate.⁠

    For example, since 2010, the Black community in Arizona has grown 33%, which outpaces the state’s growth rate of 13%. ⁠

    These leaders think that it’s important fo...

  • Episode 8: Generational Transitions of Wealth

    You can only be what you can see. . .⁠

    So, how can communities build environments of affluence that not only withstand generations but augment?⁠

    In this episode of In the Room, we’re joined by business leaders who are breaking through boundaries and cultivating inclusion.⁠

  • Episode 7: White Fragility

    That awkward reaction to discussions about race is called “white fragility,” and it’s caused by a lack of racial agility. Are you unable to have these types of conversations without getting heated? You might be missing the point.

  • Episode 6: Generational Transitions of Power Pt. 2

    Does a gap in communication create gaps in the transfer of power from one generation to the next?⁠

    Could marginalized communities pass down more power if there was more intergenerational connection and communication?⁠

    Could newer generations be further along in their causes if they built on t...

  • Episode 5: The Meaning of LatinX

    LatinX is a new term used to define all people of Latin American descent. The term meant to be a "non-binary" option to identify with, which is an excellent idea, but it's causing some controversy in the community.

    There are currently 661,312,878 people in Latin America and the Caribbean who s...