How to Build a Village
By Jill Martin Wrenn
How to Build a Village Jun 14, 2023
How Maeve Wang wants to transform the footwear industry with AI
Maeve Wang, the Founder and CEO of footwear firm IAMBIC, joins Jill Martin Wrenn from New York to share how her company uses AI to create custom-fit shoes. Maeve also reveals the books that inspired her entrepreneurial journey. You can learn more about IAMBIC here.
Ukrainian fintech exec Hanna Khrystianovych on building community away from home
How Alla Ouvarova inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur and mentor Alla Ouvarova shares how she inspires aspiring business founders through her Future Female Entrepreneur initiative. Founder and CEO of Two Chicks, a company that introduced the first liquid egg white into the UK retail market back in 2007, Alla tells Jill Martin Wrenn why helping other women succeed as entrepreneurs is so important. You can find out more here: https://twochicks.co.uk/
Entrepreneur and football fan Kate Daly talks about changing the game for women in sport and tech
Kate Daly, co-founder of the law tech scale-up amicable, joins Jill Martin Wrenn from London to talk about what's next for women's sports after the success of the Women's World Cup. Kate is also the host of the Divorce Podcast, which explores break-ups and co-parenting from different angles. You can find out more about amicable, Kate's legal service for divorcing and separating couples, here: https://amicable.io/
How to Build a Village Wimbledon Special 2023
Tennis journalist and author Simon Cambers joins Jill Martin Wrenn to share the stories behind the book he co-authored, The Roger Federer Effect: Rivals, Friends, Fans and How the Maestro Changed Their Lives. Simon also reveals what he expects from Wimbledon 2023, as the Championships get underway.
Boating enthusiast Stefanie Saleem shares how she inspires women to get behind the helm
Stefanie Saleem joins Jill Martin Wrenn from Tampa, Florida, where she is breaking down barriers on the water. The author of the book, Black Girls Boat, Stefanie shares what she loves about boating, and why more women should get behind the helm. You can find out more here: https://www.boatingbabes.org/
London Tech Week Special: What inspires Headspace CEO Russell Glass
Jill Martin Wrenn speaks to Russell Glass, CEO of Headspace, a company that uses technology to offer widespread mental health support. Speaking amid the buzz of London Tech Week, Russ shares why he's passionate about bringing mental health support to more people, and inspiring young people to vote. You can find out more about Headspace here: https://www.headspace.com/
Bestselling 'Bridgerton' author Julia Quinn shares the British inspiration behind her books
Author Julia Quinn's talks about Queen Charlotte and her collaboration with television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes. Julia also discusses the inspiration behind her 'Bridgerton' books, her Regency romance books that inspired the Netflix series. You can read more here: https://juliaquinn.com/
Royal reporter Monique Jessen shares stories of crowds and crowns ahead of King Charles's coronation
British royal reporter Monique Jessen tells Jill Martin Wrenn about the fashion and the history of King Charles's coronation. She reports on style, celebrity and the British royal family for People Magazine and People.com. She’s also written for The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and Hello Magazine.
Scottish entrepreneur Lesley Eccles shares her inspiration
The hosts of the hit podcast For the Love of Tinsel share their top romcoms
Pals and podcasters Angela Tucker and Isha Chari join Jill Martin Wrenn for the Valentine's Day episode of How to Build a Village. They're lifelong friends who host the podcast, For the Love of Tinsel, "your unapologetic virtual lounge for leaning into romantic Christmas movies." Angela and Isha talk about their top romcom picks, their personal and professional collaborations, and Angela's Lifetime hit holiday romance, A New Orleans Noel. You can find out more here: https://www.tuckergurl.com/
What to read now, with London based writer and communications consultant Delia Lloyd
In the last episode of 2022, Delia Lloyd, author of the newsletter Good Reads for Grownups, shares reading recommendations, and explains why growing older is a process, not an outcome. You can find out more about Delia here: https://realdelia.com/
Australian presenter Lisa Millar shares stories behind her bestselling memoir 'Daring to Fly'
Lisa Millar joins How to Build a Village from Melbourne, where she co-hosts ABC News Breakfast. She shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she conquered her fear of flying and how she built communities around the world as an international correspondent. Lisa's bestselling memoir, 'Daring to Fly,' reveals how she started in journalism, and where her career has taken her.
Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai shares how her journeys to Japan inspire her global skincare brand
Vicky Tsai shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how her travels to Japan inspire and inform her skincare company, Tatcha. Vicky, a Taiwanese-American and Harvard Business School graduate based in California, talks about how skincare is an act of self-compassion. In this episode, find out which books have helped Vicky on her entrepreneurial journey.
Clark's Botanicals CEO and Founder Francesco Clark shares his story
In this candid and compelling conversation, Francesco Clark shares what inspired him to start his clean skincare brand, Clark's Botanicals. From his close-knit family to his life-changing injury, Francesco describes to Jill Martin Wrenn what makes him an eternal optimist. You can find out more here: https://clarksbotanicals.com/
Los Angeles-based artist London Kaye shares how she got hooked on crochet
London Kaye tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she tackles big topics in a lighthearted way through street art. She creates murals celebrating peace, gender equality and other issues through Love Across The USA (http://www.loveacrosstheusa.com/), a community of makers crocheting public murals. She also designed her own crochet hook, so she could streamline her art creation process. You can find her here: https://www.londonkaye.com/ and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madebylondon/?hl=en
Entrepreneur and journalist Bernadette Brown shares how a community of candlemakers inspired her company-creating journey
Atlanta-based entrepreneur and journalist Bernadette Brown explains how she juggles a full-time job in television alongside her beauty brand, Baubles & Beeswax. She also shares how she made Atlanta her home, after years of moving. You can find out more here: https://baublesandbeeswax.com/
Prolific author Isabel Allende shares with Jill Martin Wrenn her new way of connecting with her global community of fans
BBC journalist Egon Cossou shares how he’s creating a community of carers with Generation Care
Bestselling author Helen Hoang tells Jill Martin Wrenn how her journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder helps inform her storytelling
Helen Hoang, author of the romantic comedies, The Heart Principle, The Bride Test and The Kiss Quotient, joins Jill Martin Wrenn from San Diego. She describes how she creates characters from a range of backgrounds and communities, who grapple with romances steeped in realism. You can find out more here: https://www.helenhoang.com/
How to find a career path that fits with bestselling author and coach Marianne Cantwell
Find out how to create a career you want. Marianne Cantwell, author of the bestselling book, Be A Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You love and Still Pay the Bills, shares tips on how to use your weaknesses as strengths, and create a career that works with your personality, and your schedule. Originally from Australia, Marianne joins How to Build a Village from Los Angeles. Find out more about Marianne here: https://free-range-humans.com/
NHS nurse and midwife Anna Kent shares with Jill Martin Wrenn her journey as a Frontline Midwife
NHS nurse and midwife Anna Kent describes her role as an international humanitarian aid worker, and how writing her book, Frontline Midwife: My Story of Survival and Keeping Others Safe, has been cathartic.
Author, producer, speaker and activist Angie Thomas shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she builds a global community
Bestselling author Angie Thomas shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she cultivates a community of readers around the world through her virtual and in-person events. Angie’s young adult novels, The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose, are New York Times bestsellers. A former teen rapper, Angie was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, where she still lives. You can find more on Angie's website: https://angiethomas.com/
Certified Nurse Midwife Betsy Freeman shares her journey to single parenthood
Certified Nurse Midwife Betsy Freeman tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she become a single mother by choice, and how she's helping others to become single parents. She also shares her journey as a midwife, from New York to Portland, Oregon, and her heroic work with Doctors Without Borders. You can find more on Betsy's website: https://www.betsyfreeman.co/
Top tips for moving across the country from science journalist Liz Landau
Science journalist and NASA communicator Liz Landau shares her journey from Atlanta to LA to Washington DC. Liz shares tips on how to meet people in new cities, how LA traffic can dictate your social life, and what's so special about Dragon Con in How to Build a Village's first episode of 2022. You can find out more about Liz's writing and music here: http://www.lizlandau.com/
Reading recommendations from 2021 with Jill Martin Wrenn
In the last episode of season 1, we share some books that made us smile in 2021. We would love to hear from you. Please reach out with your reading recommendations, feedback, guest ideas and other suggestions on firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to more conversations about community building in season 2. Thanks for listening.
How to make yourself 'a little bit famous' with British author and coach Penny Haslam
British visibility coach and author Penny Haslam shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she helps business leaders become 'a little bit famous'.
Journalist Ginanne Brownell shares her journey through surrogacy to motherhood with Jill Martin Wrenn
How Helen and Shaninga Marasha started BIGKID Foundation to help at-risk young people achieve their full potential
Helen and Shaninga Marasha, the Development Director and the Founder/CEO of BIGKID Foundation, share with Jill Martin Wrenn how their London charity offers young people opportunities to develop leadership skills and a sense of belonging through sports, media, the arts and much more.
Master trainer Saidah Jones CSCS tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she creates healthy communities
Atlanta-based fitness expert Saidah Jones CSCS shares how she creates healthy communities by developing health education and physical activity regimens. A track and field All-American, this University of Tennessee alum has worked as a fitness professional for more than 15 years. Saidah also reveals how she reinvented herself after an Achilles injury, creating a sustainable coaching career.
Alison Baum OBE tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she founded the charity Best Beginnings
Alison Baum describes her inspiring journey from science filmmaker to charity CEO. Following her own challenges as a new mother, she founded the charity Best Beginnings in 2006 to support parents of all backgrounds to give their babies the best start in life. She spent almost 10 years as a Producer/Director in the Science Department at the BBC, then chose to use her skills and experience as a teacher, scientist and filmmaker to help drive positive social change in the UK. She was awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to tackling child health inequalities in the New Year honours list.
Journalist Hazel Sheffield tells Jill Martin Wrenn what's behind her award-winning reporting
British journalist Hazel Sheffield travels the UK, finding and investigating stories of resilience and entrepreneurialism. She tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she launched and funded Farnearer.org, which documents local projects and people building alternative economic systems in the UK, and what inspires her.
Travel writer Michelle Jana Chan tells Jill Martin Wrenn what inspires her debut novel, Song
Michelle Jana Chan, award-winning journalist and Travel Editor of Vanity Fair, shares how her global travels helped to inspire her debut novel, Song. Bernardine Evaristo calls Song, "A wonderfully lush and atmospheric odyssey of survival against all odds."
Irish broadcaster Joe Lynam shares how he built a global media community in London
How Californian Katie Hellwig took a leap of faith and moved to Italy
Katie Hellwig, a Californian living in Italy, shares stories, book recommendations, travel tips and what she’s learned about cooking from the lake region of Northern Italy with Jill Martin Wrenn.
American executive Allyson Zimmermann joins Jill Martin Wrenn from Zurich, Switzerland to share visions and tips on meditation
Former Olympics volunteer Misha Santa Barbara joins Jill Martin Wrenn for our Olympics Special
How tens of thousands of volunteers from around the world formed a global community at the Olympics. Rio 2016 volunteer Misha Santa Barbara shares her Olympics volunteering experience with Jill Martin Wrenn.
Brazilian broadcaster Evelini Quarrell shares what inspires her Foreign Mum podcast
Hear how love and loss helped to inspire Evelini Quarrell to launch The Foreign Mum Podcast. She also shares her journey from Fortaleza, Brazil, to London, and how she made a new city her home.
How to launch a hit podcast with LA host Kris Kosach
From MTV to Text, Prose & RocknRoll, Kris Kosach shares her journey from TV through radio and podcasts. Join us on this trip to Los Angeles for tips on how to start your own hit podcast, and how to interview like a pro.
The Wimbledon special with tennis journalist Simon Cambers
As the Wimbledon Championships start, tennis journalist Simon Cambers shares an off-the-court look at the global community of tennis reporters, which he has cultivated for more than 20 years. We'll hear about resilience, anxiety, and how Wimbledon will look different in 2021.
From Lagos to London, how technology investor June Angelides MBE breaks boundaries for women in technology
June Angelides tells How to Build a Village host Jill Martin Wrenn how the coding school she launched, Mums in Tech, taught more than 250 women how to code, and helped to earn her an MBE for her services to women in technology. June also shares why she calls London her home, while her heart is still in Lagos.
From Ireland to Taiwan, how yoga helped Tara Duffy build a village around the world
Journalist and storyteller Tara Duffy tells Jill Martin Wrenn what it's like to live in Taipei, Taiwan, during the pandemic, and how teaching Iyengar Yoga has helped her to build a community around the world. She also shares which part of Taiwan reminds her of her adopted home of the west coast of Ireland.
Filmmaker Angela Tucker shares how she covers serious topics with a bit of levity, and how her adopted city of New Orleans inspires her work
Angela Tucker is a prolific filmmaker. She is a writer, director, and Emmy-nominated producer. Her most recent project is "The Trees Remember", a fiction series in collaboration with REI Co-op Studios: https://www.rei.com/blog/the-trees-remember-film-series. Other recent work includes “All Styles,” starring Du-Shaunt "Fik-shun" Stegall, about a talented hip-hop dancer from Las Vegas. In the film, he puts together a group of dancers who excel at all styles of dance. Angela's work also includes “All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk,” about the runoff race for mayor of New Orleans between two very different black women; “Black Folk Don't,” a documentary web series that challenges stereotypes; and many more. A former classmate of Jill Martin Wrenn's, Angela shares how she made New Orleans her home after moving from New York.
Journalist Katie Pisa shares her tips on how to make new cities feel like home
London-based journalist Katie Pisa has moved more than 20 times, including diplomatic postings to Athens and Kuala Lumpur. She tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she manages to make each new city feel like home; how she answers the question, "Where are you from?"; and how to make goodbyes easier.
How citizens grapple with their countries’ World War II legacies, with Dr. Jelena Subotić
Georgia State University Professor Dr. Jelena Subotić shares the surprises she uncovered when researching her book Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance After Communism, with podcast host Jill Martin Wrenn. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Subotić studies international relations theory, human rights, international ethics, state identity and the politics of the Western Balkans.
Broadway events producer Suzanne Tobak shares her mother's extraordinary escape from the Holocaust
New York-based special events producer Suzanne Tobak tells How to Build a Village about her mother, Erika (Schirok) Tobak, who escaped from the Holocaust as a child on the Kindertransport in World War II.
Comedy in the time of Covid with New York-based entrepreneur and culture changer Lynn Harris
Author Sara Hammel unveils her new book about women in the US military
Award-winning writer Sara Hammel tells How to Build a Village host Jill Martin Wrenn about her role in a groundbreaking US Army study that helped to change the role of women in the military. She formed close friendships with her fellow pioneers and found the inspiration for her new book, The Strong Ones: How a Band of Civilian Women Made Their Mark on the Army.
From Singapore to Seattle, author Ruchika Tulshyan shares her recipe for success
Ruchika Tulshyan is an author, activist, educator and foodie. She tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she finds the flavour of cities where she's lived, including Singapore, Seattle, London, New York and Atlanta. The author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace and founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy firm with global clients, Ruchika is a regular contributor on creating inclusive workplaces to Harvard Business Review.
How to make a financial hub feel like home with Alessia Giustiniano
Media specialist Alessia Giustiniano shares how she made global cities from Hong Kong to New York to London feel like home, and why Amsterdam feels like such a magical place.