First Bite #133 – January 26, 2021

Cultural Competency in Leadership

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Sonya Floyd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, iImmediate Past President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA).  If you have ever considered engaging in leadership activities for your state association, then this is the episode for you.  As a profession, we are all aware of the importance of actively engaging in cultural competency with our patients, however, have we honestly had the crucial conversations regarding this topic with respect to leadership?  It is past time to engage in that dialogue.  Michelle and Sonya are here to inspire, uplift and initiate this conversation on what needs to occur at a state level with respect to leadership in our profession to increase not only the diversity in our field but also amongst our leaders.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • Three different common roles on a state’s speech-language-hearing association’s board.
  • Three different ways a member could volunteer with their respective speech-language-hearing association.
  • Strategies for engaging in expansion of cultural competence within our profession as it pertains to leadership activities.


Sonya Floyd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Sonya Floyd completed her B.S. Ed. in Communication Disorders at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus, formerly Armstrong Atlantic State University, and M.Ed. in Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University. Sonya specializes in adult swallowing and swallowing disorders. Sonya currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia. Mrs. Floyd has practiced in a variety of settings including out-patient, home health, acute care, swing bed, and skilled nursing facilities throughout her career. Sonya has trained in several areas to include Myofacial Release and FEES. Mrs. Floyd currently provides mobile Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) full-time. She is the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the recipient of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA) Jack Bess Memorial Award.