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How to Build a Village

How to Build a Village

By Jill Martin Wrenn

How to Build a Village is a podcast about creating a community when you move to a new place. We'll hear from people who have moved for jobs, love, or just the need for a change. In this podcast, we’ll talk about how to find the jobs, friends, schools, coffee places and whatever you need to make a new place feel like home. I’m your host, Jill Martin Wrenn. I've been a journalist for the past twenty years. I’ve moved between New York, London, Atlanta, and back again. Along the way, I’ve met many amazing people who have created new lives in new places.
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Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai shares how her journeys to Japan inspire her global skincare brand

How to Build a Village Oct 27, 2022

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Bestselling 'Bridgerton' author Julia Quinn shares the British inspiration behind her books

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/

May 09, 202319:10
Royal reporter Monique Jessen shares stories of crowds and crowns ahead of King Charles's coronation

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.

Apr 27, 202318:17
Scottish entrepreneur Lesley Eccles shares her inspiration

Scottish entrepreneur Lesley Eccles shares her inspiration

New York based Scottish entrepreneur Lesley Eccles, Founder and CEO of HelloRelish, tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she starts companies in a range of industries. Lesley also shares her tips on how to get people to try and love her companies’ products.
Mar 30, 202320:07
The hosts of the hit podcast For the Love of Tinsel share their top romcoms

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/

Feb 14, 202330:34
What to read now, with London based writer and communications consultant Delia Lloyd
Dec 22, 202214:52
Australian presenter Lisa Millar shares stories behind her bestselling memoir 'Daring to Fly'
Nov 24, 202221:39
Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai shares how her journeys to Japan inspire her global skincare brand

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. 

Oct 27, 202216:27
Clark's Botanicals CEO and Founder Francesco Clark shares his story

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/

Sep 22, 202229:52
Los Angeles-based artist London Kaye shares how she got hooked on crochet
Jul 21, 202213:18
Entrepreneur and journalist Bernadette Brown shares how a community of candlemakers inspired her company-creating journey
Jul 07, 202220:38
Prolific author Isabel Allende shares with Jill Martin Wrenn her new way of connecting with her global community of fans
Jun 23, 202217:20
BBC journalist Egon Cossou shares how he’s creating a community of carers with Generation Care
Jun 09, 202218:17
Bestselling author Helen Hoang tells Jill Martin Wrenn how her journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder helps inform her storytelling

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/

Jun 02, 202225:40
How to find a career path that fits with bestselling author and coach Marianne Cantwell

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/

May 19, 202221:09
NHS nurse and midwife Anna Kent shares with Jill Martin Wrenn her journey as a Frontline Midwife

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.

May 05, 202222:18
Author, producer, speaker and activist Angie Thomas shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she builds a global community
Mar 31, 202214:31
Certified Nurse Midwife Betsy Freeman shares her journey to single parenthood

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/

Mar 17, 202223:38
Top tips for moving across the country from science journalist Liz Landau
Feb 10, 202217:32
Reading recommendations from 2021 with Jill Martin Wrenn

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 info@jillwrenn.com. We look forward to more conversations about community building in season 2. Thanks for listening.

Dec 16, 202103:18
How to make yourself 'a little bit famous' with British author and coach Penny Haslam

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'.

Dec 02, 202126:03
Journalist Ginanne Brownell shares her journey through surrogacy to motherhood with Jill Martin Wrenn
Nov 16, 202121:36
How Helen and Shaninga Marasha started BIGKID Foundation to help at-risk young people achieve their full potential

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.

Nov 04, 202125:44
Master trainer Saidah Jones CSCS tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she creates healthy communities

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.

Oct 21, 202122:40
Alison Baum OBE tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she founded the charity Best Beginnings

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.

Oct 07, 202134:21
Journalist Hazel Sheffield tells Jill Martin Wrenn what's behind her award-winning reporting
Sep 30, 202116:33
Travel writer Michelle Jana Chan tells Jill Martin Wrenn what inspires her debut novel, Song

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."

Sep 16, 202125:17
Irish broadcaster Joe Lynam shares how he built a global media community in London

Irish broadcaster Joe Lynam shares how he built a global media community in London

Joe Lynam, presenter and moderator who was the BBC’s Business Correspondent for a decade, tells Jill Martin Wrenn about his adventures in broadcasting, from Dublin to London, and how his son surprised him and his wife with an early arrival outside a London hospital.
Sep 02, 202135:40
How Californian Katie Hellwig took a leap of faith and moved to Italy

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.

Aug 19, 202131:11
American executive Allyson Zimmermann joins Jill Martin Wrenn from Zurich, Switzerland to share visions and tips on meditation

American executive Allyson Zimmermann joins Jill Martin Wrenn from Zurich, Switzerland to share visions and tips on meditation

From meditation to mindfulness, how to feel present wherever you are with Allyson Zimmermann. The diversity and inclusion executive has lived abroad for more than half of her life, and calls Zurich, Switzerland her home.
Aug 05, 202143:53
Former Olympics volunteer Misha Santa Barbara joins Jill Martin Wrenn for our Olympics Special

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.

Jul 22, 202123:33
Brazilian broadcaster Evelini Quarrell shares what inspires her Foreign Mum podcast

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.

Jul 15, 202133:35
How to launch a hit podcast with LA host Kris Kosach

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.

Jul 08, 202135:39
The Wimbledon special with tennis journalist Simon Cambers

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.

Jun 28, 202124:28
From Lagos to London, how technology investor June Angelides MBE breaks boundaries for women in technology

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.

Jun 24, 202127:41
From Ireland to Taiwan, how yoga helped Tara Duffy build a village around the world

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.

Jun 10, 202124:06
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

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.

May 27, 202136:11
Journalist Katie Pisa shares her tips on how to make new cities feel like home

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.

May 13, 202118:47
How citizens grapple with their countries’ World War II legacies, with Dr. Jelena Subotić

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.

Apr 29, 202121:26
Broadway events producer Suzanne Tobak shares her mother's extraordinary escape from the Holocaust

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.

Apr 15, 202134:23
Comedy in the time of Covid with New York-based entrepreneur and culture changer Lynn Harris

Comedy in the time of Covid with New York-based entrepreneur and culture changer Lynn Harris

Lynn Harris, founder of GOLD Comedy, shares with podcast host Jill Martin Wrenn how her startup creates a community where young women and non-binary folks get to be their funniest selves. 

Apr 01, 202139:18
Author Sara Hammel unveils her new book about women in the US military

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.

Mar 18, 202121:11
From Singapore to Seattle, author Ruchika Tulshyan shares her recipe for success

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.

Mar 04, 202133:10
How to make a financial hub feel like home with Alessia Giustiniano

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. 

Feb 25, 202122:19
From the newsroom to the novel with Sarah Sultoon

From the newsroom to the novel with Sarah Sultoon

London-based novelist Sarah Sultoon describes how her years as a media executive in the CNN International newsroom inspired her new thriller, The Source, in this episode of How to Build a Village with Jill Martin Wrenn.

Feb 11, 202118:37
How lockdown led Irish journalist Fionnuala Sweeney back to Ireland

How lockdown led Irish journalist Fionnuala Sweeney back to Ireland

From Eurovision host to CNN presenter to Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Fionnuala Sweeney tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she juggles changing work demands while she creates equity-focused global communities in this episode of How to Build a Village.

Jan 28, 202122:03
How an Australian novelist fell in love with London, with help from Wimbledon and the West End

How an Australian novelist fell in love with London, with help from Wimbledon and the West End

Australian novelist Leisel McKenzie showed How to Build a Village host Jill Martin Wrenn how to score Wimbledon tickets, find the best West End shows and most importantly, make London feel like home when they met nearly twenty years ago. Now, while London grapples with lockdown, Leisel and Jill look back at what the city has to offer - and what to hope for in the coming months.

Jan 14, 202122:12
How Leone Lakhani launched her international broadcast career

How Leone Lakhani launched her international broadcast career

Leone Lakhani's career has taken her around the world, from the Arctic to South Africa, Shanghai to LA. She has two decades of international experience at the CNN and BBC. In the last episode of How to Build a Village in 2020, Leone shares with host Jill Martin Wrenn how she got started in the competitive career of broadcast journalism in London - and how she found a family of friends in the newsroom. 

Dec 31, 202022:58
Longing for London while you're living in lockdown, with Isabelle Roughol

Longing for London while you're living in lockdown, with Isabelle Roughol

In the debut episode of How to Build a Village, Jill Martin Wrenn talks to Isabelle Roughol, host of the Boderline podcast and community for defiant global citizens, about living in lockdown London as Brexit looms. How to Build a Village is a new podcast about creating communities when you move to a new place, hosted by journalist Jill Martin Wrenn. 

Dec 17, 202032:21
Introducing: How to Build a Village - the trailer

Introducing: How to Build a Village - the trailer

Welcome to How to Build a Village, a podcast that will take you around the world to hear stories from people who have made new places feel like home. 

Dec 09, 202001:02