Author Appearances


Southern Soul Live Stream with Calvin Baldwin

Like many others in his East Nashville neighborhood, Reggie could have been a victim of the streets. While crime, violence and poverty were second nature for many, Reggie knew in his heart he was destined for more. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Reggie went on to open his own business, RoseCrete Wealth Management, and write a book titled PTSD: Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction in which he re-examines the black experience in America.

To get through traumatic experiences, most people make the mistake of normalizing their trauma. When they do this, they turn a blind-eye to the problem and allow for the cycle of abuse to continue. For most of his life, Reggie lived this way. It wasn’t until the year when Reggie hit rock bottom that he began to truly understand the importance of mental health. Along his healing journey, Reggie had to understand trauma on both personal and generational levels. Knowing where his trauma was originating was the key to jumpstarting the healing process and beginning to break his generational trauma.

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2021 Goodwill Impact Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Hear from Reggie D. Ford, who grew up in east Nashville to a single mom and a dad continually entangled in the justice system. Reggie was a natural student and was recruited to participate in Backfield in Motion where Joe C. Davis became a close friend and mentor. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy where he was a distinguished scholar. Recruited by Harvard, Reggie chose to stay close to his family who needed him, accepting an offer from Vanderbilt, from which he also graduated with honors. He pursued an accounting degree from the Owen School and is now a wealth advisor, entrepreneur, yoga instructor and best-selling author of P.T.S.D.: Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction. He is an inspiration.


WHAT'S THE HYPE Podcast with Jeff Pope and Andre Hal

On this week’s episode we have Vanderbilt University Alum, author and wealth manager Reggie Ford. On this episode we talk about what it was like for him growing up in Nashville, Tennessee and some of the challenges he faced early on. He spoke about how being able to play in Vanderbilt University stadium in little league planted the seed that he could possibly play for that team one day. He went on to share how he was able to attend a prestigious high school and all of the success the football team had during his time there. We also spoke about the lack of knowledge he had about the recruiting process and ultimately how he turned down opportunities to play for Ivy League schools to stay at home and attend Vanderbilt University. Finally we discussed his time at Vandy, why he decided to working in wealth management and how his personal battle with PTSD lead to writing his first book.


Nashville Public Library: Local Author Redefines PTSD with Elizabeth Roth

Minority Mental Health Month exists to bring attention to the fact that Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) experience higher rates of mental distress while also facing more barriers to receiving mental health care. As shared in a previous blog post, the cause of this injustice is systemic racism.

In his new memoir, local author Reggie Ford shares his story growing up as a Black man in Nashville, through the lens of mental health and social justice. Ford took time to sit down with us and discuss his book Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America, which is available for check out at the library.


Virtual Event with Andrew Maraniss hosted by Parnassus Books

Reggie D. Ford discusses his book Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America, in conversation with Andrew Maraniss, New York Times bestselling author of STRONG INSIDE: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.


Leadership Lab Podcast with Dr. Patrick Leddin

Reggie discusses Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction with Dr. Patrick Leddin. On this episode, Reggie talks about how to deal with challenges that arise during business and how to overcome them.


Conversation with Jamie Rosenstein Wittman

Reggie sits down with Jamie Rosenstein Wittman, ex-Googler (Product Inclusion, People Analyst, & People Development), current MBA candidate, and storyteller of the lives and work of leaders across industries. In this interview, Reggie discusses his inspiration behind writing PTSD, tips for overcoming trauma and addressing mental health, and the importance of mentorship.  

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Colloquium Podcast by Excelsior Capital with Brain C. Adams

Reggie discusses Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction with Brian C. Adams. On this episode, they also dive into a conversation abut code switching, the power of education and networking, and connecting with people on a genuine level. 


Experience Mental Health Podcast with Eric Capehart and Dez Perry

On this episode, Eric and Dez chat with entrepreneur, philanthropist, mental health advocate, and social activist Reggie Ford. They discuss Reggie's new book “Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America”, some of his childhood traumas that inspired the book, and also how to overcome your own childhood traumas.


ESPN Nashville Radio with Kevin Ingram, Commodore Hour

Reggie Ford joins host, Kevin Ingram, to discuss playing football at Vanderbilt University, his Nashville based company, and his new book, Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction. 


Conversations with Commodores with Bernard Nomberg

Reggie Ford is a man on a mission. An alum of Montgomery Bell Academy, Ford walked on and immediately made an impact on the Commodores program. At corner, #26 was coached up by some Vanderbilt legends, Casey Hayward and Chris Marve. Playing for Coaches Johnson, Caldwell and Franklin, Reggie was competitive on and off the field. He also completed two degrees - economics and accountancy. Reggie, also a published author, currently utilizes his degrees as Founder and President of RoseCrate Wealth Management. 


cityCurrent Radio/TV Show with Jeremy Park

Host Jeremy C. Park talks with entrepreneur, philanthropist, mental health advocate, and social activist, Reggie D. Ford, who is the author of “Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America.” During the interview, Reggie shares some of his background, what led him to write the book, and some of the major takeaways he hopes readers experience. Reggie also discusses the power of sports in his life, playing football at Vanderbilt University, becoming an entrepreneur, his commitment to giving back and serving on nonprofit boards, and much more.

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What's the Mathematics Podcast with Jeff McGruder

On this episode, Reggie Ford discusses how forgiveness and grace can lead to healing. It is possible to both love and hate someone at the same time. Reggie also discusses highlights and achievements from his early career from graduating college at Vanderbilt University to working for a Big 4 accounting firm and starting his own wealth management company.  


Tennessee Voices Videocast with David Plazas

Todd Campbell and Reggie Ford on mentorship and empowerment.


Stressors like mental illness and poverty can create real and perceived barriers to accomplishing success. On this episode of Tennessee Voices, Campbell and Ford discuss their lives, how they overcame struggles and how others can too. We also spoke about the current conversations on achieving racial justice and how they might be sustained and also how to engage someone who does not think racism exists.​​ 


Smart Business Dealmakers with Dustin Klein

Ford spoke on the Smart Business Dealmakers Podcast about dealmaking, race and the mental health challenges many minority entrepreneurs, investors, and employees face from their life experiences and why open dialogue can lead to a stronger and more prosperous business community. 


Her Vision Podcast with Sydney Seabaugh

On this Episode, Reggie Ford discusses how he persevered through severe dysfunction and broke the curse of intergenerational trauma as a black man in America. We discuss how to be resilient through challenges and not let trauma define your future


Beyond the Negotiation with Sam Tiger & Hygens Succes

Sam Tiger and Succes welcome CEO of RoseCrete Wealth Management and soon-to-be published author of Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction (PTSD), Reggie Ford to the show. They discuss the importance of financial management in athletic careers, how athletes can the most out of their finances, and why you might want to reconsider that Lambo.