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Jan 10, 2023

Making a difference in the world starts within ourselves.

Musician and writer Andre Henry talks about addressing our own pain and trauma to cultivate better relationships, challenging masculine and feminine norms, and creating more space for emotional and heartfelt conversation.

Tune in to this episode: Staying Soft in a Hard World with Marie-Elizabeth Mali & Andre Henry.

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ The lack of space to address trauma destroys relationships. Social justice should be about working on healthy connections – be it with others or with ourselves. Andre wants to tell his story to uncover the facade of perfection.

✔️ Be more intentional about your femininity or masculinity. It isn’t being a good or bad person. It’s being aware of your ability to express your emotions and hone your emotional intelligence.

✔️ Never invalidate your partner’s feelings. As both of you openly share your emotions, approach it with an open mind. Be careful of the words you choose. Intention doesn’t instantly reflect on impact.

✔️ A shift has to happen. Men must learn to feel deeply and verbalize how they feel. Women have to de-armor after years of putting up walls against the patriarchy.

✔️ Re-do moments where you contradict yourself. Try your best to explain your intent clearly and empathize with the person you have upset.

Andre Henry is a musician and writer using his creativity to build a movement for racial healing and social progress. He has spent years searching for answers about how ordinary people can change the world through collective action and is working hard to spread to mainstream audiences what he’s learned on this journey.





★★★ About Marie-Elizabeth Mali ★★★

Marie-Elizabeth is the founder of Relationship Alchemy, where she helps women leaders create loving and nourishing intimate relationships that support their work in the world.


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As a Relationship Alchemist, two-time TEDx Speaker, and host of the Relationship Alchemy podcast, Marie-Elizabeth Mali shows women leaders how to cultivate deeper love and connection in their intimate relationships. Drawing on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches women how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. She is also a member of the Forbes Business Council, a published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks. Learn more at