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Becoming Your Best Version

Becoming Your Best Version

By Maria Leonard Olsen

Tips for living your best life, by Maria Leonard Olsen & her inspiring guests. Maria is a lawyer/journalist/author who seeks to amplify women's voices to share about their lives, work & life lessons. She graduated from Boston College & Univ. of Virginia Law. She served in the Clinton Justice Dept. and has a civil litigation practice in D.C. Her latest book, 50 After 50--Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life, has helped thousands reinvigorate their lives. Maria has spoken at TEDx CUNY, the Pennsylvania Women’s Conference and more. See and follow @FiftyAfter50
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Becoming Your Best VersionApr 02, 2021

A Conversation with Nicole Holst, Intuitive Life Purpose Coach

A Conversation with Nicole Holst, Intuitive Life Purpose Coach

Nicole Holst is an Intuitive Life Purpose Coach who helps busy women develop the confidence to take the leap and pursue what really lights them up to fulfill their true soul purpose. A small-town California girl with big dreams, Nicole turned four of her childhood passions into profitable businesses in New York City doing what she loves.
She combines 20+ years of coaching experience in the physical, mental, and spiritual health fields as a Certified Pilates Instructor, Mental Health Professional, and Spiritual Advisor into her coaching programs for a unique mind-body-soul approach.
Since 2005, Nicole has assisted thousands of people from all walks of life with making powerful transformations to fulfill their highest potential. She has assisted with rebuilding the lives of severely mentally ill homeless people from the streets to permanent housing, helped heal/relieve chronic pain in her Pilates clients by uncovering the root cause of their physical symptoms, and provides consistently validated readings to her repeat tarot clients release what’s holding them back. She even has created and produced sold out off-Broadway shows!
Nicole consistently empowers others to make powerful, soul-affirming changes in their lives. Her mission is for women to create the intentional lives their souls are craving to experience more freedom, ease, and fulfillment every day by living life on their terms.
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Sep 29, 202330:52
A Conversation with Kelly Robinson, Successful Business Owner, Entrepreneur and Podcaster

A Conversation with Kelly Robinson, Successful Business Owner, Entrepreneur and Podcaster

Kelly Robinson is a senior real estate broker and founder of The Kelly Robinson Team. She has been selling residential real estate in New York City since 2005 and will be expanding to Miami in 2023. 

She and her team are consistently ranked in the top 1.5% of real estate agents and teams nationwide by the WSJ.

Ms. Robinson’s unique approach is supported by an extensive background that spans multiple sectors of the industry including resales, new development projects, investor, and buyer representation.

This multifaceted knowledge continues to foster her sharp negotiation skills, consistently leading to record-breaking prices and loyalty amongst clientele. She specializes in working with high-profile individuals across the sports and entertainment sectors and is very protective of the need for discretion. Ms. Robinson is a part of Compass’ selective Sports and Entertainment Division as well as REALM Global - an invitation only network of the top .5% of residential real estate professionals worldwide.

Other niches include rebranding previously unsold properties, consulting on layouts and finishes for both new construction and private home renovations, and staging, and advising cooperative boards on how to increase value in a market that favors condominiums.

Kelly holds a BFA from Rutgers University’s highly selective Mason Gross School of the Arts and furthered her education at NYU. She has won numerous awards, are NYRS and CNE designated. She is also co-founder of the EJR Scholarship Fund.

Her video podcast, Kelly Minds Her Manors can be watched on YouTube or listened to on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts.

An entrepreneur at heart, she is also in the process of launching her first e-commerce start-up in the pet products industry. In her free time, Kelly enjoys staying active, traveling, and spending time with her two rescue dogs, Seamus and Fiona.

Kelly can be found on Instagram at @kellyrobinsonnewyork and @kellymindshermanors. Also, check out her website,

Sep 22, 202329:56
A Conversation with Style Coach and Blogger, Kim Hancher
Sep 15, 202328:08
A Conversation with Katie Bramlett, Founder of WeShape
Sep 08, 202329:36
A Conversation with Melissa Giberson, Finding Her Authentic Self at Midlife

A Conversation with Melissa Giberson, Finding Her Authentic Self at Midlife

Melissa Giberson is a native New Yorker who identifies as a late bloomer, a highly sensitive introvert, and proud mama bear to two children. An occupational therapist and writer, she has published articles in Kveller, Dorothy Parker’s Ashes, and Highly Sensitive Refuge. She received an Honorable Mention in the Memoirs/Personal Essays category of the 91st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and her essay, “Art is the Antidote,” appears in the anthology, Art in The Time of Unbearable Crisis (June, 2022). Melissa’s debut book, Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife (She Writes Press) came out August, 2023, and has received much advance praise. It was named one of LQBTQ-Read's top books for Jewish American Heritage Month. Melissa is living her authentic life with her partner and their two cats. Together, they split their time between New Jersey and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

According to Melissa: "My motivation for writing Late Bloomer was born of the many times someone told me that my story was helpful to them. Early in my journey, women who were on the other side of their own journey showed up to help me and I want to do that for others as well. Writing a book enables me to reach more people. I hope readers come away from reading my book with the knowledge that they’re not alone – whether they’re just starting their journey or on the other side and hearing a story that resonates and validates their experience. I want people to know that there is an 'other' side."

Find out more at her website,

Facebook: @MelissaGiberson Twitter: @LateBloomer823  Instagram: @Melissagiberson031 Linkedin: Melissa Giberson

Sep 01, 202328:43
A Conversation with Kym Wootton, Who Shows Us How to Take a Midlife Gap Year
Aug 25, 202336:37
A Conversation with Visionary Educator, Emmy Rousseau

A Conversation with Visionary Educator, Emmy Rousseau

Emmy Rousseau, Visionary Educator, is the founder of Trinity Transformations and the Holistic Healing Hub. She empowers changemakers, especially educators, to go from feeling flat to in flow, so that they can create the change in the world they were born to make. 

Emmy is passionate about helping others realize that putting themselves first is selfless, not selfish. She is here to help us see how filling ourselves up first helps us serve not only ourselves, but also the world best. She does that through a combination of movement and mindset.

Her accolades include: Bestselling author, Speaker Slam Certified Gold Inspirational Speaker and 2021 Grand Slam finalist. She co-created and co-hosted Amplifying Voices: Mental Well-th and the Never Give Up Summit. Emmy was the winner of the 2022 PARO Pitch competition, was awarded Top 3 in the She Did It! Pitch Fest, Top 100 in the 2022 Total Mom Pitch, and was a finalist for the Universal Women’s Network™ 2022 Women of Inspiration™ Awards. 

Emmy is a certified teacher of 22 years turned educational consultant, transformational speaker, activist, fitness instructor and co-author of the book, Our Yellow Brick Road: An Anthology of Humans Who Believe in the Impact of Storytelling (Life to Paper Publishing (2022).

Emmy loves speaking to educators and other changemakers at schools, conferences, summits, retreats, and on podcasts like this, to share her teachings and learnings. 

Emmy’s pillars in life and business are joy, gratitude and love. Learn more and follow Emmy:

Aug 18, 202329:24
A Conversation with Christine Jacobsen, Author of Dancing Around the Truth, A DNA Discovery Journey
Aug 11, 202327:37
A Conversation with Health and Wellness Coach, Author and Podcaster, Stephanie Wolfe

A Conversation with Health and Wellness Coach, Author and Podcaster, Stephanie Wolfe

Stephanie Wolfe holds credentials from the National Board of Medical Examiners as a Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She holds a Master Certification in health and nutrition and she served on the staff of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute as a mentor coach, content writer, and Exam Prep Facilitator for those studying to take their board exam. She is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education for Board-Certified coaches around the world through her programs, offering coaches turn-key resources and providing consulting for coaches of all certifications. Stephanie is a small business owner in private practice in Gwinnett County (the 2nd largest county in Georgia) where she is has won the “Best of Gwinnett” award the past five years for her work as The Whole Food Health Coach, LLC, now in its ninth year. Her advanced training, professional education, and personal experience have made her a proven leader in her field. She is a creator of a variety of curricula that is making it possible for individuals to reach their health and wellness goals in record numbers.

Stephanie is a two-time cancer-survivor, health fanatic, lover of lake time fun, Harley-rider, and even holds a Commercial Driver’s License. She and her husband, Jack, were high-school sweethearts and have been married for 49 years. She has two grown sons and two daughters-in-law and is “Nana” to her three amazing grandchildren.

She is the creator of the weekly podcast, Work Well with Stephanie Wolfe. Stephanie is an author, speaker, trainer, and coach for major companies, law firms and government entities in the Atlanta area.

Stephanie accomplished 60 new things in her 60th year! She worked at a ranch and did a cattle drive in Colorado for one of them. Go, Stephanie!

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Aug 04, 202329:16
A Conversation with Lawyer Turned Writer, Debbie Russell

A Conversation with Lawyer Turned Writer, Debbie Russell

Debbie Russell is a lawyer turned writer. She spent twenty-five years as an Assistant County Attorney in Minneapolis, prosecuting numerous high-profile cases and fighting off several nervous breakdowns. At age fifty-five, Debbie took early retirement, giving up a full pension for the freedom of time. She now spends that precious time writing, restoring her property to native prairie and wetlands, and training her rambunctious retrievers.

Debbie’s first published article appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2001. After that small triumph, her writing focused primarily on legal briefs and memoranda, which were consigned to district court files. Debbie resumed creative writing in 2014 when she began her storytelling blog, sharing personal stories and professional experiences that have touched her life in a significant way. 

In 2021, Debbie completed her first full-length story entitled Crossing Fifty-One: Not Quite a Memoir, which will be released in June of 2023. It is a compelling book, containing themes involving family dynamics, generational threads, recovery and redemption. It is available everywhere.

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Jul 28, 202332:32
A Conversation with Amber James, Author of "I Blew Up My Life, and I've Never Been Happier"

A Conversation with Amber James, Author of "I Blew Up My Life, and I've Never Been Happier"

Amber James is an author, speaker, and former redcarpet reporter. Her work has been featured prominently in CNN, MTV, and Us Weekly. Now, she channels her storytelling prowess into empowering women globally with her wildly popular Instagram @NotesToSelfShop and corresponding 30-day journal, Notes to Self, as well as her courses and other offerings. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her dog, Penny Lane.

Amber's latest book, I Blew Up My Life, and I've Never Been Happier, is described as follows:

"To the public eye, Amber James is living the dream. She is engaged to be married, boasts a six-figure salary, and spent the last decade interviewing the hottest celebrities in New York City. Yet beneath this dazzling facade, Amber wrestles with crippling perfectionism, a toxic relationship, and an insatiable ambition that leaves her deeply unsatisfied.

As Amber teeters on the brink, a whirlwind of life-altering events - a global pandemic, a devastating loss, and a terrifying health scare - sweep her off her feet and force her to re-examine her life. Amber is presented with a life-altering question: Is she living to fulfill her happiness, or is she merely adhering to a checklist of success manufactured by societal expectations and settling?

In her emotionally raw and unflinchingly honest memoir, Amber takes readers on an inspiring journey of courage, self-discovery, and transformation as she musters the bravery required to forge a road toward genuine joy. It’s a poignant tale that reminds us that sometimes, it’s only by letting go that we find the true path to happiness."

Connect with Amber: Instagram: @NotesToSelfShop

Jul 21, 202326:05
A Conversation with Bonnie Marcus, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Executive Coach

A Conversation with Bonnie Marcus, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Executive Coach

Award winning entrepreneur, Forbes contributing writer, and executive coach, Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers. She is a leading expert in gendered ageism in the workplace. Her latest book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, shines a light on this issue and gives women the tools and the voice to defy ageist assumptions to stay marketable and keep their job. With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies. Bonnie started her corporate career at an entry-level position and worked her way up to the top of a national company. Her passion is now to help other women embrace their talent and ambition and step into their full potential and workplace power. Bonnie shares her message globally through speaking engagements, live and virtual workshops, blogging, and her popular podcast, Badass Women at Any Age. Bonnie’s first book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, provides a roadmap for women to navigate the complexities of the workplace and position themselves for success. A certified coach, Bonnie has been honored by Global Gurus as one of the world’s top 30 coaches in 2015-2022. She has been acknowledged as one of the top 100 keynote speakers in 2018 by Databird Research Journal.

Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University. Bonnie’s website is She can be reached by email at and on Twitter and Instagram @selfpromote. Read her articles on Forbes at Her podcast, Badass Women at Any Age is available on all podcast outlets. Learn more:

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Jul 14, 202327:53
A Conversation with Author and Thyroid Health Expert, Elle Russ

A Conversation with Author and Thyroid Health Expert, Elle Russ

Elle Russ is a #1 bestselling author, world-renowned thyroid health expert and thought leader on confidence and self-esteem.  Elle has written for Entrepreneur and has been featured in Success, HuffPost, Podcasting Magazine, Mind Body GreenPrevention and more.

Elle is the author of the successful book, Confident As Fu*k, for which she offers a free online class and a longer class for a fee, as well. She also wrote The Paleo Thyroid Solution, a book which has helped thousands of people around the world reclaim their health, based on her own personal health challenges.  A second edition is being developed. She also shares her experience with thyroid issues, and solutions she found, in a free thyroid masterclass, as well as an ultimate thyroid masterclass. She is also a TV-Film writer and the screenwriter of the award-winning documentary film, Headhunt Revisited. She holds a degree in Philosophy from The University of California at Santa Cruz.

Elle has been coaching people all over the world in a variety of areas for over a decade.  She is also the host of The Elle Russ Show, a weekly show intended to inspire, motivate and educate. Elle has been podcasting for eight years with more than 500 guests and 20 million downloads.

Elle offers affordable online courses and free masterclasses. Visit to learn more.

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Jul 07, 202334:17
A Conversation with Author and Self-Care Organization Founder, Marsha Parcou

A Conversation with Author and Self-Care Organization Founder, Marsha Parcou

MARSHA PARCOU is a businesswoman based in the Seychelles Islands, who is on a mission to empower women from all walks of life to grow through all forms of self-care. As the founder of Fasinasyon, she has created an inspiring complete packaged lifestyle brand that promotes a healthy and holistic approach to the body, mind and soul through a range of services: life coaching, beauty and skincare products.

Accredited by the Health Coach Institute, USA , she coaches using International Coach Federation (ICF) tools and exercises whilst delivering her own unique framework for transformation. She provides the support, structure and strategy to permit the beautiful journey of your personal growth.

She is also co-founder of Chatterbox Café located at Eden Plaza, the most instagrammable café, and by far the most well-established coffee shop brand and business on Mahe Island, Seychelles. Under her belt, she also has 10 years of experience in tourism marketing management having worked for Seychelles Tourism (then known as the Seychelles Tourism Board).

"Today, my mission in life is to empower as many women as I can to shine their truest light." says Marsha. "In 2022, I launched Fanm Fasinasyon (Fanm is the Seychellois Creole word for Woman) – a community for women to laugh, cry and grow together. I’m excited to see this blossom, and invite you to join! Remember that together, we are more resilient."

"Your life is an ever-unfolding story, not one that already has a predetermined ending," Marsha asserts. "Who you've always been and who you've been shaped to be does not have to be who you become."

Becoming a Fanm Fasinasyon, My Journey, available on Amazon, is her first biography/self-help book. It includes how she overcame her battle with obesity, the pain of her broken marriage, and challenges in business and in life.

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Jun 30, 202325:45
A Conversation with Katie Fogarty, Creator of a Certain Age Podcast

A Conversation with Katie Fogarty, Creator of a Certain Age Podcast

KATIE FOGARTY is the host of A Certain Age, an age-positive podcast that helps listeners live their best evolving midlife and that celebrates women who are aging out loud. She is also the creator of the Instagram community AGE OUT LOUD that spotlights women reimagining midlife. A former journalist turned career coach, Katie’s day job helping executives create strong LinkedIn profiles has taught her that not everyone is up for owning their age. She created A Certain Age to shift the dated narrative that aging makes you irrelevant. Katie launched ACA at age 50, and the show now has listeners in 6,081 cities across 127 countries and has a Listen Score ranking that puts the show in the top 1.5% of all global podcast downloads.

"Frank, funny interviews with great guests that go straight to the heart of issues facing women. A gold mine of ideas, emotional support and self-discovery. I feel like I’m part of the conversation at the best dinner party imaginable." -- Apple Podcast Review

A superfan of second-acts and career evolution, Katie has worked as a TV news writer, for global PR firms, on Capitol Hill, and as an English teacher in Japan. Her coaching company, The Reboot Group, has helped 2K+ executives from Fortune 500 companies grow through better career stories. A New Yorker by birth, Katie now lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids, and pandemic puppy, Lilah.

To become her best version, Katie tries new things. She allows herself to be uncomfortable to open herself to new learning. She puts herself in new spaces and is being rewarded with new connections, perspectives and opportunities.

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Jun 23, 202331:51
A Conversation with Reinvention Rebel, Wendy Battles

A Conversation with Reinvention Rebel, Wendy Battles

Cybersecurity Awareness expert at Yale University by day, Wendy Battles pursues her passion for celebrating, illuminating and elevating midlife and older women, by night. As the host of the Reinvention Rebels podcast, Wendy interviews brave and unapologetic women, 50-90 years young, who have reinvented themselves later in life to see new possibilities. From traveling solo around the world with a carry-on bag at 60, to running in global marathons at 71, to launching a modeling career at 72, these women are boldly making their dreams a priority and reality. Wendy shines a light on the notion that we can reinvent ourselves at any age or any stage and is helping to disrupt limiting beliefs about the value of aging women in our society. At 58, Wendy is a Reinvention Rebel herself, having reinvented herself many times during her life, including as a management consultant, voice actor and health coach. Her most recent reinvention as a podcast host is by far her most rewarding. Along her journey of greater self-awareness, she has learned the art of living on purpose and embracing life with more joy, ease and trust.

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Instagram: @ReinventionRebels

Twitter: @RebelsReinvent

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LinkedIn: Wendy Battles

Jun 16, 202331:21
A Conversation with Author and Food Security Advocate, Melissa Kaplan
Jun 09, 202327:60
A Conversation with Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist, Coach and Founder of Reinvent Impossible, Beverly Glazer

A Conversation with Psychotherapist, Addiction Specialist, Coach and Founder of Reinvent Impossible, Beverly Glazer

Beverley Glazer MA, CCC, ICCAC, is a psychotherapist, internationally certified addiction specialist, coach and founder of Reinvent Impossible Inc., a personal development company that educates, coaches and empowers adults 50+ who’ve experienced life transitions that left them feeling powerless, to get grounded and focused, and develop new possibilities built on their strengths. After 30 years in private practice, helping people through traditional therapy, she turned her attention to coaching, supporting and creating programs for women 50+, who’ve had an extreme wake-up call, to unlock their potential, renew possibilities and carve a clear pathway to the future with grace and ease. She’s a clinician, coach, speaker, educator, writer, entrepreneur, former talk-radio host and the originator of The Reinvention Formula TM, a surprisingly easy coaching system combining scientific knowledge with down-to-earth wisdom, which provides the tools and support to bounce back with resilience and move forward with grace and ease. Her podcast, “Aging with Purpose and Passion,” is aligned with her mission, that it is never too late to reinvent yourself and become who you’ve always imagined.

Learn more at the links below:


Podcast: Aging With Purpose & Passion


Facebook Group: WomenOver50ROCK


Jun 02, 202329:32
A Conversation with Author and Childhood Trauma Educator, Lynn Crook
May 26, 202332:39
A Conversation with Online Media Entrepreneur, Cielo Solis

A Conversation with Online Media Entrepreneur, Cielo Solis

Cielo Solis, who immigrated from Peru, is a former TV journalist turned online media entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of BLENDtw, a media company focused on producing content that fosters human connection. She has built multiple businesses that earn more than seven figures.

Disappointed by the lack of diversity in news coverage, Cielo decided to quit her job in television and make a change in the media industry by launching a website focused on grassroots journalism. She married her love of storytellng with considerable journalistic skills. That is how Blend (blend the world) was born. She also launched a production company and provides an online mastermind class for building successful websites. Other online courses are being developed as well.

BLENDtw has grown to become one of the most popular sites among people in Gen Z in America. The publication reaches more than 1 million readers per month. The company has expanded into a digital marketing agency and production company. Cielo has been featured on Forbes, The List, ABC News, Medium, Thrive Global, NBC News, Fox, CBS News, and many other outlets.

Cielo likes to push her boundaries and expand her comfort zone. She believes that everything that we do, especially things that are scary for us, strengthens our confidence.

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May 19, 202332:35
A Conversation with Ashley Tresoline, Chef, Educator and Health Advocate

A Conversation with Ashley Tresoline, Chef, Educator and Health Advocate

Ashley Tresoline is a personal chef who has shared her love of health and wellness through food for more than nine years. After living with multiple sclerosis for a decade plus, Ashley discovered the power of clean eating and knew she had to share it with her community. Her expertise has allowed her to educate all age levels, from 4-100, on the value of healthy, organic, seasonal food and its impact on overall health, both individually and in group settings.
As host of Food For Life, a new show on E360tv, Ashley captures the joy of food and how it is woven into our lives. She shares inspiring stories of wellness through food, tips & tricks in the kitchen, and delicious recipes to help you in your own food healing journey.  Ashley also is a regular guest on Mass Appeal, a local lifestyle talk show in Western Massachusetts. She has been featured on various media outlets such as Pioneer Valley Communities and The Rhode Show, and has been a contributing writer for Business West and Health Care News.
Ashley is an educator for Greenfield Community College, where her courses are sell-out successes. She is an active member of the community, running virtual workshops for local organizations, such as the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield.

The passion Ashley has for her craft is unparalleled and her clients can attest to her enthusiasm and dedication. She believes that health starts from the inside out.

Follow Ashley and learn more:

Instagram: @bellafoodie7



May 12, 202330:46
A Conversation with Erin Washington, Motivational Speaker, Author and Founder of the Blue Butterfly Foundation

A Conversation with Erin Washington, Motivational Speaker, Author and Founder of the Blue Butterfly Foundation

Erin Washington is a motivational speaker, podcast host, author and former college athlete who struggled with weight and body image for 20 years. She finally found her best body at 37 after having two kids. Erin promotes a balanced lifestyle of “Squats and Margaritas” and offers tips and motivation to women who are working out but not seeing results. Erin, who lives in Atlanta, hosts the wildly popular Squats and Margaritas podcast and recently founded the Blue Butterfly Foundation, a non-profit that provides mentorship for teen girls struggling body image, self-worth and other issues. The Blue Butterfly Foundation Inc. is creating a network of strong women sharing personal stories of triumph to inspire and empower teenage girls. Erin's second book, From Pain to Purpose: Finding Meaning in the Mess was born into the world this week! Available on Amazon or by order everywhere.

Learn more at

Instagram: @Erin.Washington_

Podcast: Squats and Margaritas (available on multiple platforms)

May 05, 202330:01
A Conversation with The Mind Whisperer, Dawna Campbell

A Conversation with The Mind Whisperer, Dawna Campbell

As a featured expert in media, Dawna Campbell is known as The Mind Whisperer combining her past knowledge as a Financial Advisor with her wisdom of the subconscious creation of money to increase your revenue 25% or more consistently. With more than 25 years of combined professional experience, Dawna empowers you to infinite prosperity for a life of happiness, prosperity and love.  She is a professional speaker sharing the stage with Sharon Lechter, Mark Victor Hansen, Lisa Nichols, Dr. Joe. Vitale and Bill Walsh.  She has been featured in more than 300 media outlets, including NBC, Yahoo Finance, ABC, Fox News, Roku TV and the Los Angeles Tribune. She is a monthly contributor to Best Holistic Life Magazine and Your Success E-Magazine, as well as being on the cover of Soeleish Magazine, Los Angeles.  Dawna also is the Lead Trainer at The Mentors Studio, with Michael Silvers (T. Harv Eker) and Mary Glorfield (Tony Robbins's EVP of 18 years).  Dawna shares her techniques during interactive workshops and maintains an international private practice. Her personal heart centered healing approach is to create a world that is a better place for all to live.

Dawna has an international private practice where she assists her clients creating a life of happiness, prosperity and love; a professional speaker sharing her techniques; and a best selling author.  To learn more about Dawna, visit or follow her on social media. 

Dawna, who lives in Montana, advocates for spending time outside. It serves as a rejuvenation tool for her.

To learn more about The Mentors Studio, 
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Apr 28, 202326:09
A Conversation with Jen Berlingo, Thought-Leader, Coach, Guide and Author on the Midlife Transition
Apr 21, 202328:18
A Conversation with Self-Empowerment Author, Teacher and Coach, Kelsey Aida

A Conversation with Self-Empowerment Author, Teacher and Coach, Kelsey Aida

Kelsey Aida is a bestselling author and transformation facilitator who helps women manifest their dream lives and love themselves deeply through the process. She is the author of more than five personal development books, including #ActuallyICan, Affirmations for Happiness, Letters to the Universe, My Pocket Guide to Manifestation and Self-Love for the Modern Woman. She also helps people via her international retreats, 1:1 coaching, online courses and the popular spiritual podcast “High Vibin’ It.” When she’s not transforming people's lives, you can find her enjoying some hot yoga, feng shui-ing her new home or charging forward in the sun. Visit to start aligning with your highest self today!

After healing herself from three long years of chronic depression, with her mindset alone, Kelsey wanted to share what works (and what does not) to help others experience their life to the fullest.  Now she teaches thousands of people around the world through her podcast, coaching, books and retreats how to raise their vibration, feel better, love themselves fully, heal their emotions and manifest their deepest desires.

Learn more at and @KelseyAida.

Apr 14, 202330:31
A Conversation with Psychotherapist, Coach and Podcast Host, Nicole Christina

A Conversation with Psychotherapist, Coach and Podcast Host, Nicole Christina

Nicole Christina is the host of the multi-award winning Zestful Aging Podcast, an interview show heard in 106 countries. Nicole’s guests are change makers from a variety of disciplines; filmmakers, writers, advocates, poets, musicians, scientists, athletes and entrepreneurs, many of whom are top experts in their fields. She calls herself “the Terry Gross of aging well.” After more than 30 years as a psychotherapist, she’s created Zestful Aging Coaching. Nicole has also authored the book Not Just Chatting: How to Become a Master Podcast Interviewer.  Nicole also is an avid tennis player.

Nicole cannot live without nature.  She has a spiritual connection with trees and fauna.  She lives in a small town outside Syracuse, New York.  Nicole cited the scientific studies that bolster her sense that nature helps improve her well-being.  She feels joy, freedom and gratitude when she has had an opportunity to be in nature.  She tries to absorb the goodness of the moment.

She soon will embarking on a trip to the Netherlands to visit the Anne Frank museum. While visiting, she will interview two people connected with the museum and the World War II resistance.

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Apr 07, 202330:18
A Conversation with Global Impact Strategist, Author and Actor, Anne Scottlin

A Conversation with Global Impact Strategist, Author and Actor, Anne Scottlin

Anne Scottlin, MA, CPC, is a global impact strategist, award-winning author, actress and speaker. Her passion is powerfully supporting leaders and changemakers to make the world a better place. Anne has been a professional in the industries of personal empowerment and positive change for over a decade. She is a human rights advocate, emotional wellness specialist, and founder of The Meta Mindset program. Anne’s Global Book Award Winner and Amazon Best-Seller, Live for Joy, has impacted lives around the world, as have her podcasts, articles, and radio & TV appearances. She offers group training, international retreats and workshops, as well as in-person and virtual classes.

Among her beautiful messages: To become her best self, she makes a daily choice to give up guilt.

Learn more and follow Anne at the links below:


Mar 31, 202328:24
A Conversation with Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Samantha Tradelius

A Conversation with Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Samantha Tradelius

A born go-getter from early on, Samantha Tradelius always knew she was destined to do big things. Armed with her brokerage license and natural gift for being a connector, Samantha began her entrepreneurial journey co-founding Commercial Coverage Insurance Agency (CCIA) alongside her husband. From humble beginnings, the pair quickly turned CCIA into a wildly successful business, valued at an impressive eight figures.

Following her success with CCIA, Samantha knew it was time to lean into a passion that had inspired her from a very young age. She never stopped thinking about the stories her grandmother and hero, GG, would tell her about raising three children as a single mom in the 1950s. Samantha noticed that in all her grandmother's stories, her grandmother never mentioned anyone helping her…or asking for help. She knew that her grandmother had done everything she could to rub her nickels together to make everything possible for her children.

Inspired by this story, Samantha wanted to utilize her skills as a self-starter and born networker to create a non-profit that provided the much-valued support that many single mothers need. Not one to waste any time, Samantha established The Sparkle Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping single women throughout the Bay Area, the Inland Empire, and the cities of Los Angeles and Sacramento.

In just a few short years, The Sparkle Foundation has seen an unprecedented amount of success, thanks to Samantha’s sheer determination and passion for giving back to her local community. The Sparkle Foundations supports single mothers and children with an array of initiatives including enrichment scholarships for children, a Christmas holiday gift drive and back to school backpack drive.

In addition to The Sparkle Foundation, Samantha established SparkleBiz, which provides micro-loans for female-owned small businesses, and access to a large, connected network. Since its founding in 2016, The Sparkle Foundation has raised more than $1 million—with every dollar reinvested in the community.

Samantha wrote and self-published a book, Impact: Stories of Change Makers, Creators, and Everyday Women Doing Extraordinary Work and is also the host of growing weekly podcast, InspiHER’d.

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Mar 24, 202328:40
A Conversation with Coach and Podcaster, LeAnn Austin
Mar 17, 202327:31
A Conversation with Clinical Social Worker and Transformative Retreat Founder, Katherine King

A Conversation with Clinical Social Worker and Transformative Retreat Founder, Katherine King

Katherine King, a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a manner of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), has twenty years of experience providing individual, family, and group psychotherapeutic treatment for children, teens, and adults.  She has treated people with Clinical Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and Loss, Attachment Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Personality Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Addiction, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Eating Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder and more. Katherine has led therapeutic groups on countless topics, including social skills, anger management, positive parenting, building self-esteem, communication skills, relaxation techniques, healthy relationships, life transitions, pursuing your passions, optimism and positivity, building tools for self-calming, setting and holding boundaries, being your most authentic self and many more. Katherine brings the culmination of her vast experience and expertise to every group session she teaches.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master of Clinical Social Work, Katherine King is currently licensed as an ACSW, LCSW in both Florida and North Carolina. She is also a Certified Art Healer.

In addition to treating clients in a private practice setting for ten years, Katherine worked for many years in a nonprofit setting treating children and teens. She has worked at a Hospice Children’s Program, at an inpatient hospital, as an elementary school therapist, and as an Emergency Room Patient Advocate at The Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Katherine served as an individual therapist to students and teachers directly affected by the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, and is currently working with students and teachers affected by the school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Katherine is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She volunteers teaching art therapy to residents at Transformation Village of Buncombe County. She manages a Question and Answer page at the nonprofit organization Arms Around Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For many years, Katherine was a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which provides trauma and crisis intervention to first responders following disasters and other traumatic incidents. Katherine has been a Disaster First Responder, was part of the Disaster Action Team, and a Shelter Manager for the American Red Cross for over 10 years.

Katherine volunteered for several years as a Holiday Grief Camp Counselor for Hospice of the Treasure Coast, served on the Boards for the Port Saint Lucie, FL National Little League Association, and volunteered for many years for the March of Dimes, The Alzheimer’s Association, The American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society.

She and her Australian Shepherd, certified by Therapy Dog International, Inc., worked together as a team in diverse venues such as nursing homes, child welfare camps and weekly visits to the Autism Spectrum Disorders classroom at Palm Point Research School in Port Saint Lucie, FL. Perhaps most significantly, they spent many days assisting in Parkland, Florida immediately following the mass school shooting there.

She opened The Blue Blanket to change the narrative from mental illness to mind wellness.  She offers incredibly healing soul restoration retreats.


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Mar 10, 202329:60
A Conversation with Meditation Teacher and Coach, Holly Copeland

A Conversation with Meditation Teacher and Coach, Holly Copeland

Holly Copeland, MA is a certified Human Potential coach and Biofield Tuning Practitioner, NeuroMeditation and Subtle Energy Meditation teacher, and Reiki Master. She teaches non-dual awareness and subtle energy meditation techniques and uses neurotechnology, Reiki and tuning forks in transformative quantum healing experiences and in her coaching work.

Holly's childhood passion for maps, the environment, technology and spirituality initially led her to a 25-year career as a conservation scientist mapping the Earth's ecosystems with GPS. Heartbroken by the state of the planet coupled with a personal health crisis, she set out on a new path of healing and transformation. She shifted her focus from exterior to interior and rewired her brain to a state of resilience and joy.

Founder of HeartMind Alchemy, and as a former scientist turned meditation teacher and coach, Holly unites ancient wisdom with modern science and harnesses modern technology and neuroscience to empower clients on their path to human flourishing and upgrading from “ordinary mind" to luminous awareness. She guides people out of the muddy waters of the thinking mind to live in flow joyfully and effortlessly from their own inner compass--their own stable ground of being.

Holly's Story:

"Two years ago, my life felt like it was falling apart. A job that I'd been in for 17 years was not working for me anymore and I started having symptoms of severe mold poisoning, sending my health into a downward spiral. In 2018, I changed jobs and detoxed from the mold, but somehow by making that change, I unearthed a new realization that I hadn't been living wholeheartedly and joyfully for awhile--I really couldn't remember when. Specifically, my despair over the state of the world combined with years of a stressful busy job left me frayed and burnt out. I was determined to never let myself become so unhappy again and inspired to change a WHOLE lot more. Thus began my journey inward. I literally wrote "My Rewire My Brain Project" at the top of my journal page and outlined all the things I was learning how to do to change my brain and change me. The first was learning to focus and calm my mind. No more did I want to float aimlessly from thought to thought. I read about alpha brain waves and the power of shifting from crazy nonstop thinking beta brain waves. As a scientist, understanding how my brainwave patterns led to unhealthy thinking and stress was a huge light bulb moment for me. You mean I could change my pattern of thinking and be happier? I have control over that?  The answer is definitely yes, you CAN. I set out to change my brainwaves and it profoundly changed my life. And if I can do it, you can too."

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Mar 03, 202330:29
A Conversation with Innovation Advisor and Thought Leader, Bobbi Kurshan

A Conversation with Innovation Advisor and Thought Leader, Bobbi Kurshan

Dr. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan, is the President of Educorp Consultants Corporation and Senior Innovation Advisor, Graduate School of Education, Education Entrepreneurship, University of Pennsylvania, and a former education industry entrepreneur. Dr. Kurshan has more than 40 years’ experience in education as a researcher, entrepreneur, developer, investor, and company executive.  She developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft, as well as award winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson), and others.

She is the author of several books, including Internet for Kids (Sybex); Exploring Creative Writer and Exploring Fine Artist (Addison-Wesley Longman); Understanding Computers Through Applications (Glencoe); Activities for Kids and Kids at Heart (Reston).  She has received numerous awards and recognitions including the WISE Prize, the King Bahrain UNESCO Prize, 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors, 100 Edtech Influencers, and Laureate Tech Awards – Technology Benefiting Humanity.

Bobbi shares her journey, including obstacles, which can inspire listeners.  Her InnovateHERS website is rich with resources for entrepreneurs and those seeking leadership positions.  The site also invites readers to share their stories, which are highlighted on the site.

Becoming her best version has changed over time.  Most importantly, she takes time for herself, and does not sweat the small stuff.  

Follow her and learn more at the links below:

Twitter @bkurshan


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Twitter: @innovate_HERs

Instagram:  @InnovateHERs

Linkedin: InnovateHERs community

Facebook:  InnovateHERs Community

Feb 24, 202330:59
A Conversation with Mary Beth O'Connor, Author of From Junkie to Judge

A Conversation with Mary Beth O'Connor, Author of From Junkie to Judge

Mary Beth O'Connor has been clean and sober since 1994. She also is in recovery from abuse and trauma. The details of her story can be found in her memoir, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction, where she describes the child abuse that led her to use methamphetamine beginning at 17, the chaos of her 15-year addiction, and building an individual recovery plan that worked for her.

Mary Beth is a Director and Secretary for She Recovers Foundation and is a Director for LifeRing Secular Recovery. She regularly speaks on behalf of LifeRing, She Recovers, and multiple paths to recovery. She also develops relationships with organizations supportive of the multiple pathways approach, such as participating in San Francisco’s Methamphetamine Task Force, and working on joint projects with Women for Sobriety.

Mary Beth has had numerous essays and memoir writings published, such as in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Recovery Today.  Professionally, six years into her recovery, Mary Beth attended Berkeley Law. She worked at a large firm in Silicon Valley, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014, Mary Beth was appointed an Administrative Law Judge. She recently retired, so she could devote her time to her writing and recovery advocacy.

Her new book is From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction.  From a junkie addicted to methamphetamines to a federal judge, Mary Beth’s memoir shares her inspiring journey from rock bottom to resilience as she forged a personal path to recovery from trauma and addiction. Within a week of being born, O’Connor was dropped off at a convent. When she was brought into her home, her mother focused on her own needs and desires, ignoring her young child. When she was nine years old, her stepfather kicked her in the stomach for spilling milk, beat her when she didn’t clean a plate to his satisfaction, and molested her when she was 12. A few months later, with her first sip of Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine, her life changed. She felt euphoric and relaxed. So she got drunk as often as possible, adding pot, then pills, then acid. At 16, she found her drug of choice--methamphetamine. With her first snort, she felt that she experienced true joy for the first time. When this high was no longer sufficient, she turned to the needle and shot up. During the next 16 years, she descended into a severe meth addiction, working her way down the corporate ladder, destroying relationships, and shattering her physical and emotional well-being. At 32, she entered rehab, where she was ordered to submit to the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. As an atheist, turning her will and her life over to a higher power was not an option, and she refused to agree she was powerless. Told to comply or fail, she bravely created a new path that combined ideas from multiple programs and even incorporated some AA concepts. Clean and sober now for nearly three decades, she is proof that anyone can find their sober self, their best self, no matter how far they have fallen. Along with her inspiring story, she offers a comprehensive checklist of questions for readers to ask themselves, as they take the brave steps toward recovery, offering a powerful blueprint for personal change. To become her best version, she uses patience and prioritizing.

Learn more at the links below:

From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction

@MaryBethO_ (LinkedIn and twitter)

Feb 17, 202338:08
A Conversation with Artist Chanelle Rene

A Conversation with Artist Chanelle Rene

Chanelle René is a New Jersey-based, award winning artist exploring themes of diverse beauty, freedom and self-discovery. She uses bold color and painterly brush strokes to create immersive portrait paintings in oils and mixed media. Current projects include Grant Street Beach, a series of paintings highlighting African-American generations on the segregated beach of Cape May, New Jersey, from the 1920-60s that reference Chanelle’s own family photographs.  Chanelle has exhibited throughout New Jersey and internationally at venues such as the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, Noyes Art Museum, Atlantic City Arts Foundation public installation, Cape May MAC, The Curator’s Salon and the Ocean City Arts Center as Best of Show awardee. Select media features include The Curator’s Salon, Cape May Magazine and Soup Can Magazine. Chanelle is a self-taught artist who made a midlife pivot from a 20-year career in digital marketing to professional artist. Her mission is to inspire Black women to fall in love with themselves – with an invitation to take up space, honor desires and nurture the Soul.  Chanelle offers paintings and workshops to support her community.


Portraiture allows me to explore the complexity and nuance of the human spirit. I seek a visual embodiment of our truest self, deepest emotions and engagement with the full spectrum of modern beauty and feminine strength. As a Black woman, I not only want to reflect myself but normalize and amplify the visibility of Black women simply being.... 

My painting process is a mix of bold color and expressive marks applied with intention. I layer a variety of media to create depth, contrast and surface texture in my works, including spray paint, pastel, and oil paint. These materials combine to create interest, inviting the viewer to take a closer look and discover something new. Throughout this process of layering, I discover the essence of the figure I’m representing, capturing the energy and strength in her face, body, and eyes.

Often the sitter's eyes decide if they will be a subject of my portraits. The direct female gaze was considered taboo throughout art history. With a passive gaze or eyes closed, she was simply an object of pleasure--without power, without agency. Black women were generally excluded as the main subjects in historical works. In many of my paintings, I give the direct gaze to black women, giving back her power and agency. My work contributes to the narrative of empowering black women – igniting hope and endless possibilities.


Instagram: @beingchanellerene

Feb 10, 202327:50
A Conversation with Michelle Harris, Founder of Bosstrack

A Conversation with Michelle Harris, Founder of Bosstrack

Michelle Harris founded Bosstrack in 2021 to provide women new to leadership roles with the development, support and mentorship she found lacking for new leaders.  Often little thought is given to the new tools and perspectives needed to lead and, as a result, new leaders are expected to just “figure things out.”  Bosstrack was developed to fill this gap.  Michelle has more than 25 years of leadership experience with more than half of that time spent at an executive level. Her focus has always been on people, shaping her teams to produce results and grow in their roles.  She has led her teams through financial reorganizations, acquisitions and multi-billion dollar private equity sales.  She is excited to bring this opportunity to new women leaders. 

Michelle offers interesting insight about the balance between wellness and being a leader, as well as challenges of women in leadership.  Her global brand, Bosstrack, has become an online women’s leadership community of ambitious female leaders.

According to Bosstrack's website, "Whether you’re a new manager pushing to become a successful, high impact leader or an experienced leader looking to sharpen your skills and network, you’ve landed in the right place. We’ve helped other women become high-performance, high-impact leaders and we’d love to work with you too!  If you’re looking for a wealth of educational resources in one easy to access place, coaching calls to engage in, advice and guidance, accountability, mentorship, an incredible group of business besties, or even an action plan to become the successful leader you envision yourself being, click below to join our exclusive community and get started."

When not working to empower women leaders, you can find Michelle in the water, in a photography studio or at a new restaurant.  She enjoys photography, scuba diving, free diving, enjoying food and wine and exploring new places.  She is based in Miami and is a mom to two and wife of a former Marine.  Michelle is also the host of the podcast Her Hype Squad with Bosstrack.


Instagram and Facebook:  @thebosstrack

Feb 03, 202326:53
A Conversation with Angela Irwin, International Life & Confidence Coach

A Conversation with Angela Irwin, International Life & Confidence Coach

Angela Irwin is an international Life and Confidence Coach, TEDx speaker and the founder of Joyful Life Solutions, which specializes in helping women reprogram their self-acceptance to build lasting confidence, so that they can achieve their full potential.  Prior to that, Angela spent 15 years in the corporate medical device field, holding various positions in marketing, management and clinical education in the U.S., Australia and Europe.  

During the pandemic, Angela launched the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund ( to help ensure her fellow cochlear implant recipients have access to the ongoing critical technology that they need to keep their hearing.  Angela lost her hearing as a child, for unknown reasons.  She helps others navigate similar journeys and to raise awareness of the impact of hearing loss.

Angela supplements her training by drawing from her personal experiences, numerous challenges and transitions in her own life.  In addition to her coaching training, Angela holds a B.S. degree in sociology and psychology, as well as an MBA.  Born in a small farm community in South Dakota, Angela has lived and traveled all over the world.  She and her husband have been living in France for the past 11 years.

Angela believes in the adage that doubt and fear takes you out of action and only action takes you or of fear.  She also allows herself grace when faced with difficult or uncontrollable situations.

You can watch Angela’s TEDx talk here:


Instagram handle: @angelamirwin


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Jan 27, 202332:41
A Conversation with Monique Giroux, Founder of The Flourishment Collective

A Conversation with Monique Giroux, Founder of The Flourishment Collective

After a 30-year career in financial services and the not-for-profit sector, Monique Giroux took an early retirement at 55, traded in her business suit for hiking boots, and sold her home and possessions to pursue a slower paced, minimalist, nomadic life.  Monique made a commitment to herself in 2019 to live an anxiety free life by finding calm and peace of mind after an enlightening experience in Bali. Immersing herself in self-study and becoming a certified Forest Therapy Guide, Reiki Master, meditation, yoga nidra and restorative yoga teacher, Monique is now breathing deeply. She works with clients to help them slow down, and to connect with their inner voice and intuition through nature connection and energy healing.

Founder of The Flourishment Collective ( Monique is now traveling the world sharing stories of #2suitcases1laptop and the forest therapy guides she meets along the way. She is working on her first book that was downloaded while in a deep meditative state during a 9-day silent Buddhist retreat.

She shares distance reiki with clients around the world, supports women’s retreats, mentors and trains new forest therapy guides. She continues to use her corporate experience as one of the female founders of the climate start up Homes to Zero ( and consults on partnership and not for profit projects on occasion.

Monique is currently in Slovenia healing from an injury sustained while hiking.  She hails from Toronto, Canada.  Through her internal growth, she realized that she did not need her big home in Toronto, so she sold it, as well as 90% of her possessions.  She now travels the world with one suitcase and one backpack.  She is doing her part to alleviate the harm we are causing the earth.  

Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes from our inability to stay present, says Monique, drawing from the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh.  Her practices help her diminish anxiety from her life and the lives of her clients.  Her self-care practices strengthen her ability to keep anxiety at bay and to help others do the same.

Learn more about her work at the links below.

Social Media:




Forest therapy focused Instagram:

Personal LinkedIn:

Jan 20, 202327:26
A Conversation with Author, CEO and Boss Mom, Kizzy Kitrell Dogan

A Conversation with Author, CEO and Boss Mom, Kizzy Kitrell Dogan

Kizzy Kittrell Dogan, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T&G Commercial Cleaning, LLC, Founder of Love Circle Inc, Author of Thirteen: Lessons for Every Teen Girl's Journey to Womanhood, Contributor to, Workshop Facilitator, and Keynote Speaker. Kizzy transforms and empowers teen girls to discover their purpose, passion, and superpowers as The Teen Girl Mentor.

Kizzy is a results-driven leader whose success is marked by steadiness, ethics, optimism, and fun. She has provided countless hours of business development and professional mentorship as a successful entrepreneur.

Kizzy proudly sits on the St. Margaret's Achievers Toastmasters International Executive Board and volunteers with the Youth Leadership Program. She advocates for second chances, is a conference and seminar enthusiast, pizza connoisseur, and lover of all things extravagant. Kizzy is hugely passionate about inspiring, motivating, and fostering the best qualities in everyone.

Kizzy is a native Washingtonian and a mother of three sons. Although she prides herself on being a loud sports mom, she equally enjoys driving her sons mad with her unapologetic partiality to girls.

Kizzy proudly sits on the St. Margaret's Achievers Toastmasters International Executive Board and volunteers with the Youth Leadership Program. She advocates for second chances, is a conference and seminar enthusiast, pizza connoisseur, and lover of all things extravagant. Kizzy is hugely passionate about inspiring, motivating, and fostering the best qualities in everyone.

Kizzy's messages are gold.  She preaches self-love.  She assures young women that we are empowered to not allow people to come into our spaces and misuse us.  We can choose.

To become her best version is a continuous process.  She works hard to control her thinking.  When she has negative thoughts, she declares her strength and power.  She believes in prayer and affirmation.  She also exercises to feel good about herself.  She surrounds herself with positive people.  Finally, she takes care to prepare for whatever she is called to do.

Social Media Handles:

LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook:  @IamKizzyDogan

Jan 13, 202327:10
A Conversation with Company Founder, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Philanthropist, Christina Flach

A Conversation with Company Founder, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Philanthropist, Christina Flach

Christina Flach is CEO and founder of Pretty Girl Makeup.  She is a renowned celebrity makeup artist with experience working with celebrity clientele, magazines, and big name brands. She has been featured in Vogue, People, Time, and Elle, as well as campaigns for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales.  Christina also writes articles detailing the must know tips, tricks, and hacks of the makeup, wellness, and nutrition industries.  Christina has participated in numerous podcasts, TV, radio, and magazine interviews to raise awareness for the causes she holds close to her heart, and is the Beauty Expert on NBC in California.

Christina is a single mother of four, as well as a philanthropist.  She raises funds and awareness for anti-sepsis causes, having lost her husband to sepsis.  She also started the Beau Friedman Outdoor Classroom at the Edna McGuire School in Mill Valley, California, raising money for the Baby Beau and Ken Flach Educational Funds at the Northern Light School in Oakland, California.  She lost one of her sons sixteen years ago.  Education and nutrition are top interests for Christina.

Christina uses her platform to promote the importance of feeling beautiful from the inside out.  She inspires women to be the best version of themselves and how to overcome life's greatest obstacles.  She believes happiness and attitude are a choice, and wishes herself a good morning each day and sets her intentions.

To learn more:

Follow her on Instagram at @prettygirlmakeup and @christinaflachmakeup

Jan 03, 202325:28
A Conversation with Faigie Kobre, Creativity Igniter
Dec 30, 202231:33
A Conversation with Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane, Writer and Writing Mentor

A Conversation with Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane, Writer and Writing Mentor

Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane is a ghostwriter and writing mentor who works closely with aspiring authors to empower them to become the changemakers they dream to be through authorship. Storytelling has been Roxanne’s bread and butter since 2007 with a long career as a journalist for newspapers, magazines, and online publications before transferring her skillsets into non-fiction book creation. Her emphasis on connection to her authors and honoring the uniqueness of their stories has seen her recognized in:


  • Finalist Sunshine Coast Business Awards Creative Industries
  • Finalist Australian Woman Small Business Champion Awards Sole Trader


  • WINNER Micro/Small Business Woman in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards.
  • Australian Small Business Champion Awards Sole Trader Finalist.


  • Australian Small Business Champion Awards Sole Trader Finalist.
  • Australian My Business Awards for Young Leader of the Year Finalist (one of only two female finalists).
  • Australian My Business Awards for B2C Business of the Year Finalist.


  • Young Business Woman of the Year Finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards.
  • Australian My Business Awards Young Leader of the Year Finalist.

When she isn’t in her writing cave, leading Ignite & Write workshops, or mentoring aspiring authors, Roxanne enjoys asserting her dominance in family games of Bananagrams, playing her guitar, and curling up in the hammock on the back deck with a good book.

Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane joined us on the podcast from Australia. Roxanne says:  "My first contact with newspapers was as a ‘paper girl,’ jumping on my bike with a totally stylish yellow PVC satchel slung over my shoulder delivering copies of The Evening Post to subscribers in the small town of Wainuiomata in New Zealand. Rain, hail, or shine, they always received their papers and being in the land of the long white cloud, it often meant arriving home from deliveries soaked-through. Fast forward to today and I am a qualified journalist who has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and e-zines and am what you would call a jack of all trades. I have had to decipher incredible tech-speak, political jargon and complex government documents to draw out the things that really matter to people and have covered everything from everyday news happenings to court proceedings, business stories, profile and entertainment, features that cover hard-hitting topics that can impact the wider community and had the privilege to chat with a number of high profile Australian and international celebrities."

Her Phoenix Phenomenon project showcases inspiring people's stories. She now focuses on authors' stories. Get help with your book by contacting Roxanne at the links or email below. She also does service work helping victims heal from sexual abuse, as part of the No More Fake Smiles organization.

Roxanne follows the premises of the seminal book, The Four Agreements, by Toltec shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz. She is mindful about her words, and she strives not to take things personally or make assumptions and always to do her best in any situation.

Roxanne has penned her own book, Ignite & Write, a resource for fellow authors.  Learn more and follow her work:


Instagram: @roxannewriter



Dec 23, 202235:24
A Conversation with Artist, Scientist and Professor Dr. Robin Davisson

A Conversation with Artist, Scientist and Professor Dr. Robin Davisson

You might be wondering how someone transitions from scientist with a tenured professorship at a major research university to uncovering hidden truths with paint and brushes. Dr. Robin Davisson’s career is as interesting, unpredictable and exciting as her abstract expressionist paintings. Robin recently left a 25-year career as a biomedical scientist in academia to pursue her passion for painting--a startling and exhilarating second act! She just opened StudioLab RD, a new and unique creative hub where they are creating connection through art in the heart of Georgetown, in Washington, DC.

Robin started her professional life as a biomedical scientist in the field of molecular physiology. Her work over nearly three decades contributed in major ways to our understanding of the control of the circulation in health and disease, relevant to disorders as varied as high blood pressure, heart failure and obesity. She was honored with many major national and international awards by her scientific peers and was an endowed professor at Cornell University. She is currently Professor Emerita at Cornell and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University.

Throughout this award-winning career, Robin’s passionate avocation was textile art, including spinning, natural dyeing, knitting and weaving. Eventually, the pull of art was irresistible, and she decided to close her research laboratories to devote her efforts completely to abstract painting. She is an alumna of multiple programs at The Penland School as well as numerous other online and in-person art courses.

Robin’s lyrical, process-driven work is rooted in eclectic curiosity and the material surprises she discovers working with her finely-developed visual vocabulary. Her debut exhibition opened at Calloway Fine Art in Georgetown, Washington, DC in Spring of 2021, where she continues to show. Robin is currently one of three finalists for the 2022 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards in the Emerging Creative category. This spring Davisson opened a unique new creative hub in Georgetown called StudioLab RD.

Visitors to StudioLab can browse available art, flip through her art library and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the studio’s sun-filled street level. Upstairs, guests can watch Davisson at work, from testing ideas in her sketchbook and prepping canvases, to mixing and applying paints and discerning the final touches on completed pieces. Davisson is accessible and available to chat with visitors and exchange ideas.  She often gives observers a chance to explore their creativity.  Her intention is to explore the creative process together. Salons, a creative-in-residence program and other offerings are also currently in the works.

Today, Robin follows her intuition.  She describes it as a combination of her history, her emotions and her intellect.  She recognizes that, for her, it took a lifetime to develop and follow her intuition.

You can learn more about her work here:



Dec 16, 202236:06
A Conversation with Mindset Coach, Wendy Posillico

A Conversation with Mindset Coach, Wendy Posillico

Wendy Posillico, who joined us from Jupiter, Florida, by way of New York and Lake Tahoe, is an athlete, a coach, a single mother, an explorer, and the founder of WP Elite Mindset Coaching and Live Your June. After becoming a professional golfer in her 30s and a single mother through IVF in her 40s, Wendy’s life went in a completely new direction, and she came to understand the importance of a flexible mindset, targeted goals, and clarity of self. Drawing upon her background in special education (she worked as a special ed teacher in Harlem) and human development, a lifetime of experience in competitive sports, and the most up to date research on high performance, Wendy created her Elite Mindset coaching program. She learned to embrace transition and trust her intuition in order to transform her life, and she wants to help others to do the same.

She encourages people to "live their June," explaining that "June is who you really are.  It is an energy inside each one of us that is as unique as a fingerprint.... Live Your June offers self-assessments, online courses and private coaching to help instigate the connection with who you are and who you were born to be." Wendy describes "June" as the best in us, passed on from generations before we came into the world. She notes that, as children, we tend to live our uniqueness and are not hampered by societal judgments. She helps adults come back to who they really are before the world told them who they were supposed to be.

Wendy runs groups in which she provides safe spaces for participants to be vulnerable. "We all need space to speak the stuff that's scary," Wendy says. She continually challenges her clients to think bigger, and marvels at the "something in people's eyes when they believe in themselves." Her personal philosophy is that we should aim to "instigate our souls."  She coined the term "soulstigate," which is "about listening to your inner being and trusting when something does not make sense."

Wendy also raises money for pediatric cancer research, in honor of her late niece, and funds for clean water efforts in Zambia, Africa.  Check out and to learn more about these organizations.

Learn more about Wendy's work at and follow Wendy on Instagram and Facebook: @liveyourjune.

Dec 09, 202231:22
A Conversation with Grief Coach, Emma Payne

A Conversation with Grief Coach, Emma Payne

Emma Payne, who joins us from Vancouver, is the founder and CEO of Grief Coach, a text messaging service that delivers ongoing, expert grief support globally. Grief Coach, which was borne out of her personal loss, combines Emma's passion for mobile technology and engagement, with her deep commitment to providing affordable, accessible, and personal grief support. An MIT graduate and best-selling author who started building online communities before Netscape was born, Emma knows that, while grief is hard, it’s a little easier when we have people by our side.

"Expert grief support for you.  Gentle coaching for friends & family who want to help but may not know how. All via text. For less than the price of an hour's therapy, we'll send you thoughtful, personalized tips and suggestions all year long. Texts are curated by experts and customized based on your loss. Because nobody should have to grieve alone."  


Stark numbers exist regarding grieving.  The U.S. Census recently reported the biggest jump in mortality rates in 100 years.  Death spiked almost 19% in 2019-2020 (Covid, suicides and overdoses account for some of this).  So that feeling that we have that so many are grieving is not just a feeling.  It is real.  Before the pandemic, it was hard to find a grief counselor.  When we are grieving, there is vast data that indicates that we are at risk of negative health outcomes.  This is especially true of vulnerable communities.  But the health care system needs to acknowledge this, and has not.  Yet.  Grief Coach has filled a huge gap.

One does not have to have a smart phone to access this service.  It is a one way service, in that clients receive customized support through Grief Coach via text.  Fourteen percent of Grief Coach's clients are seniors (read "not necessarily tech savvy").  Many of their clients come via hospices.  Clients can invite people to join their service who want to help but do not know how to help a grieving person.  Grief Coach's feedback is an almost constant stream of gratitude for their help.  "Thanks for telling me what to do," many support clients remark.

"We take the beautiful knowledge that exists and make it accessible," Emma says.  Many of Grief Coach's experts worked in hospices or with patients with terminal illnesses for decades.  Grief Coach is developing additional resources for people with terminal illnesses and for health care workers who work in high trauma/high death roles.

"No one teaches us how to grieve.  We are in a grief and death illiterate society.  It is scary to sit with someone in the depths of grief and depression. Grief must be relieved," Emma explains.  We are all fortunate that Grief Coach is helping us process and move through our grief.

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Dec 02, 202233:04
A Conversation with A Good Ending for Bad Memories Author, Vailes Shepperd

A Conversation with A Good Ending for Bad Memories Author, Vailes Shepperd

Vailes ("Joye") Shepperd is a captivating author.  There are few historical novels about the successful Black experience before, during and after slavery.  Because of a lack of documentation about the African American experience and culture during the early part of U.S. history, A Good Ending for Bad Memories (Bold Story Press, 2021), while fiction, is a true account of Black reality and culture in the U.S.  It is full of compelling characters and rich settings, and adds to an important narrative.  "Our history was not compiled and kept like others, but we all know stories that are important to know," Vailes relates.  Her book's characters bring to life multiple aspects of the American Black experience, and her readers, like me, are the beneficiaries of her shared work.

A Good Ending for Bad Memories is a richly sensual novel about a prosperous African American family before, during, and after slavery. It threads truth, folklore, legend and fact, in a captivating exploration of a family’s complex legacy. The plot frames their experiences and events in the United States, as well as in Mexico and Egypt.  Vailes brings her characters to life in a way I have not experienced, in recent memories.  She shares that her brother is a poet but, I believe, Vailes's work sometimes reads like poetry.

Vailes is one of the founding/member editors of the Washington Independent Review of Books (, which began when The Washington Post ceased publishing Book World. She interviewed authors and wrote regular articles about writing for the Washington Independent Review. She designed a writing program for high school students while teaching in a Saturday program under the auspices of Substance Abuse Prevention Education. Vailes was editor of The African Safari by P.J. Fetner (St. Martin’s Press) and Take Me with You by Scott Jackson, President and CEO of Global Impact. Her short story, "Monroe" was published in an anthology of women writing about men, Brothers and Others. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and, sometimes, two sons. A Good Ending for Bad Memories is the first of four upcoming books.

When asked what she does to become her best version, Vailes explains that "sometimes you just have to make a decision, like 'This is a good day. I am thankful to have this day and I'm going to make it the best I can. I'm going to smile at this. I'm going to look at something beautiful and smile.'" Vailes reminds us to be intentional about what we ingest with our minds. We all have the ability to control, more or less, what we allow into our orbit.

Learn more (and check out her blog) here:

Nov 25, 202237:16
A Conversation with Amal Ghandour, Author of This Arab Life: A Generation’s Journey Into Silence

A Conversation with Amal Ghandour, Author of This Arab Life: A Generation’s Journey Into Silence

Amal Ghandour is a Lebanese-Jordanian author and blogger (Thinking Fits), with a career that spans more than three decades in the fields of research, communication and community development. Her book, About This Man Called Ali (2009), was named the first biography of a modern Arab artist by the renowned Historian, Philip Mansel.

Amal's latest book, This Arab Life: A Generation’s Journey Into Silence (2022), is her quest for clarity during difficult, unpredictable moments in the Arab world. She describes it “as a memoir that is not of an individual but of the generation that came of political age in the 1980s in the Levant,” and admits that her book straddles genres to include history and cultural/political commentary. This Arab Life, she adds, “is an intimate rendition of the times that shaped us; the way we internalized our parents’ myriad dejections and disappointments; the pragmatism and silence that defined us; and the dispiriting inheritance we inexorably bequeathed our own children.” Amal had to do some "excavation" during the writing of this book, to explore and deal with the existential angst that arose in her. Amal laments her generation's failure to have a say in the geographies and social structures that shape their destinies and explains what she believes to have contributed to this situation, and what could have been done to avoid it.

"It is very frightening to excavate, but the process is very rewarding," Amal reflects. Amal also discusses her take on the two-state solution that has dominated the discourse about Palestine and Israel, which she notes is "Israeli occupancy of a people who do not want to be occupied." As a person who lives in an area experiencing serious hardship, she fiercely resists optimism where it is not justified.

In 2009, Amal became Senior Advisor to Ruwwad al Tanmeya, a regional community development initiative. She sits on the Boards of Directors of Ruwwad in Lebanon and Palestine, on the Board of Trustees of International College (IC), and on the Board of Directors of Synaps. She also served as Special Adviser to Columbia University’s Global Centers, Middle East (2014-2017), and on the Board of Directors of The Arab Human Rights Fund (2011-2014).

Amal holds an MS in International Policy from Stanford University and a BSFS from Georgetown University.

Among her works: Aeon, The Daily Beast, Washington Independent Review of Books, Midanmasr, Canvas.

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Nov 18, 202237:13
A Conversation with Raquel Benavidez, Founder of The Truth Foundation and Angels at Work

A Conversation with Raquel Benavidez, Founder of The Truth Foundation and Angels at Work

Raquel Benavidez joined us from San Diego to talk about how she employs the teachings of Toltec shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz, in her daily life and work. Don Miguel Ruiz is the author of the bestselling The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love. Raquel maintains that The Mastery of Love is about the compassion that nurtures the four simple, logical argreements in Don Miguel's seminal work, The Four Agreements, which changed my life.  "We are here to create ourselves only," Raquel says. "We can disagree, but we do not have to judge. As long as others are not hurting me...people have the right to think however they'd like. What gives me the right to think I know the only truth? We must stop our righteous indignation because being righteously indignant puts us in the same trap."

Raquel has launched The Truth Foundation, which is dedicated to educating and expanding the perceptions of identity and race both in the workplace and one’s personal life. The program works in partnership with her corporate clients to bring empowerment and hope to local underserved communities through guidance programs that broaden the opportunity to achieve real success and happiness among their constituencies.

"The Truth Foundation was born out of a necessity to help and share the opportunities given to us. As women, we want to nourish and be able to provide to those in need. We get inspired by Mother Nature, and in current times, we feel more than ever that we need a collective need for change. We are ready to let go of the old paradigms and bring light into this new era, with transcendental love-universal love and compassion. Seeding fortitude and resilience in young women to embrace and nurture their inner truth, cultivating a community of rising luminaries to trust and harness the experiences of life through power of choice, respect, and faith in oneself. The Truth Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 in the US, that endeavors to help people identify and pursue their passions and live in their truth. We empower and support a more mindful approach to business & life.  Goals:  Professional Development. Education. Spiritual Journeys. Activism."

"Angels at Work exists to support the success and wellbeing of all individuals working in the corporate business world, the education sector, and small businesses alike. Our work focuses on complementing institutions’ existing strategies, aiming to assist them in building a more dynamic workplace. We also offer a range of services to build and maintain mindfulness within the workplace."

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Nov 11, 202223:59
A Conversation with Becoming a Warrior Author, Catherine Hand

A Conversation with Becoming a Warrior Author, Catherine Hand

In 2018, Catherine Hand was one of two producers for Walt Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. Catherine’s career in the entertainment business was launched working for the legendary writer/producer Norman Lear. She was the Associate Producer on Lear’s Emmy Nominated ABC TV special, I Love Liberty, and helped to create the national nonprofit, People for the American Way. Later, she served as a development executive at Zoetrope, Francis Coppola’s company where she worked on several projects, including Godfather III. Catherine has also worked for years in the public service sector. After having produced several large-scale events for national organizations, garnering a Gracie Award for best public affairs programming in 2009, Catherine was recruited by the Obama Administration where she was part of the core leadership team involved in communicating policy and political decisions impacting the federal workforce.

Catherine shares some beautiful life lessons in this episode. "Faith is for when things are going wrong," she shares. Her lifelong dream did not come to fruition until after she turned 60. But she did not give up. "We can't changes things...but we can stop fearing them," she counsels. "Thoughts are temporary," she says of her 3:00 am musings. "They are not permanent," and we can talk back to them. One of her takeaways from writing her book, Becoming a Warrior, is that "Have something worth fighting for...that is greater than yourself." And others can benefit from what you have learned. Catherine encourages us to become warriors in the universe to illuminate others.

She continues to develop new projects and enjoys coaching others to become warriors in their own lives. Her memoir, Becoming a Warrior is scheduled to be published by Bold Story Press on October 25, 2022.  It will be available everywhere.

"I read Madeleine L'Engle's award winning novel, A Wrinkle in Time, when I was ten years old and dreamt of one day making it into a movie. It would take five decades for my childhood dream to come true. My journey would include working alongside the television luminary Norman Lear in the creation of the nonprofit People For the American Way, and a 25 year-long conversation with author Madeleine L’Engle about her book. My memoir, Becoming a Warrior: My Journey to Bring A Wrinkle in Time to the Screen due to be released in October 2022 illustrates one woman’s persistence—through a demanding career in the entertainment industry, the sudden and unexpected death of my beloved husband, raising three young children on my own—and eventual success. In 2018, over fifty years after I first read A Wrinkle in Time, Walt Disney Studios released a major motion picture based on this beloved novel directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Jennifer Lee and starred Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Storm Reid." -- Catherine Hand

“Catherine’s journey of over 50 years to have A Wrinkle In Time brought to the Silver Screen is simply extraordinary.  And the book’s impact upon her life is both compelling and inspirational.”

-- Alan Horn, Former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios - Motion Pictures

“No one I’ve known ever loved a book more than Catherine Hand loved A Wrinkle in Time. Her perseverance and journey to make the film is nothing short of inspiring.”

-- Norman Lear, award winning writer/producer

To learn more, see

twitter: @madebyhand

Nov 04, 202233:53
A Conversation with Trish Glowacki, Founder of the Glowmedia Project

A Conversation with Trish Glowacki, Founder of the Glowmedia Project

Trish Glowacki is a filmmaker, writer and songwriter. Her first musical, WARNING: Take Only As Directed, was adapted to the screen. The award-winning film has proven to be an innovative and effective tool for teaching teens, their educators, parents and guardians about the dangers of prescription medicine misuse. Trish launched glowmedia in 2016 and is making a series of short films, based on the Warning model, addressing a broad range of mental health issues.

In November 2011, Trish lost her 21-year old son, Charlie, after a five-year battle with anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Charlie died of an accidental Oxycontin overdose. In the wake of Charlie’s passing, the family searched for ways to both handle the incredible grief and honor their beloved son's memory. Trish, an accomplished musician and thespian, set out to write songs and a play about Charlie. In the process of writing and researching, she realized a larger vision for his legacy.

The growing opioid crisis had just started to reach a national consciousness. Overdoses have quadrupled since 1991 and the crisis has penetrated both rural and urban communities, crossing ethnic and socio-economic boundaries. Armed with a powerful story and an urgency to educate youth nationwide, Trish decided to adapt her play into a short film musical that could be used as a unique teaching resource. The goal was to produce a high-quality short film and disseminate it to as many middle and high school classrooms as possible.

Leveraging her extensive contacts in the music and film industries, Trish enlisted studio musicians, hired a film director and production company, and co-wrote the screenplay. The 26-minute film, Warning: Take Only as Directed, premiered in 2014 and soon after was added to Discovery Education, the nation’s largest provider of digital educational content. To date, the film has been viewed by over a million students nationwide. The film comes with free resource guides and lesson plans. These materials facilitate classroom conversation and enhance understanding of the film content.

The overwhelming success of this film inspired the Glowacki family to focus on other sensitive issues facing today’ s youth. In 2016, they created a 501c3 organization, the glowmedia project, and started fundraising for the development of a series of new films that, like Warning, seek to build awareness and reduce stigma around various challenges affecting teenagers. Three new short films, co-written by Trish and Andrea Hansell, Ph.D., a licensed clinical child and adolescent psychologist, were released in 2017. These films focus on eating disorders/body image, anxiety and depression, and LGBTQ+ topics. Similar to Warning: Take Only as Directed, these shorts integrate music, realistic characters and dialogue, and authentic storylines. They also come with educational materials, created by experts in the field.

The fifth film, addressing bipolar disorder, King of the World, was released in 2020. The pandemic brought new projects to a halt, but they were able to produce a documentary about the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of teens, Unimaginable, which will be released this fall.

With pandemic restrictions lifted, they were able to film their seventh short, addressing suicide prevention, There Can Be Light, in May. That film will premiere this fall in select cities in October (L.A. on 10/1 and Silver Spring, MD's American Film Institute on 10/12), and be released in early 2023.

Learn more: 

FB: @glowmediaorg, IG/twitter: @glowmediafilms, 

*Dial 988 for the Mental Health Crisis Line

Oct 28, 202234:04
A Conversation with Master Hormone Coach, Kathy Fritz

A Conversation with Master Hormone Coach, Kathy Fritz

Kathy Fritz is a board-certified master hormone coach who helps women in perimenopause and menopause experience relief from hormonal symptoms like fatigue, hot flashes, moodiness, and insomnia. Her clients lose weight, rediscover their energy, feel sexy, and stop thinking they're losing their minds. Kathy's background in education gives her the expertise to individualize material so her clients can go from where they are to where they want to be.

According to Kathy:  "I help perimenopausal and menopausal women get relief from their hormonal symptoms like insomnia, weight gain, and hot flashes. I know there’s a lot of (mis)information out there about midlife, what’s normal, and what you can do about it. You don’t have the time to research your symptoms or go through months of trial and error trying to fix them. I’ve sifted through the evidence-based material so I can create individualized hormone-balancing plans, because every woman’s hormonal landscape is unique and shifting. I will help you make meaningful, sustainable changes that get you relief and help you maintain a new level of health."

She notes that the pill stops communication in one's body. She did her own research to help herself and uses what she learned to help others. She discovered her second calling. "I enjoy journeying with people and being able to support others to meet their own goals feels to me like meaningful work."

Menopause is the day that marks your last day of bleeding. But one can still move the needle even after menopause. Food, movement and lifestyle choices can help. Medication, which can have long term effects, does not have to be the answer, though bio-identical medication can be helpful.

She helps women move their bodies from glucose burners to fat burners. She helps women improve energy levels and sleep quality. Food, movement, essential oils/supplements and toxic burden relief are the four pillars upon which her work is built. Stress and external things that negatively affect our bodies also are examined.

She was surprised to discover that menopause and its attendant symptoms and effects can begin in one's mid-30s. Making changes early can positively impact one's life. Eliminating dairy can help some people, for instance. Her partnership with women have improved the lives of so many, nationwide.

What makes Kathy her best version? "I carve out self-care time every single day. It entails, for me, time in prayer, aromatherapy, and exercise. Practicing self-care makes me a better mother, person and coach."

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Oct 21, 202230:37