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Inspirational Women is a weekly podcast that features women who are leaders in their field, entrepreneurs, authors or women carving new paths in education, the environment, charities, crime prevention, health care, domestic issues, and youth outreach.

Inspirational Women is a weekly podcast that features women who are leaders in their field, entrepreneurs, authors or women carving new paths in education, the environment, charities, crime prevention, health care, domestic issues, and youth outreach.
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Inspirational Women is a weekly podcast that features women who are leaders in their field, entrepreneurs, authors or women carving new paths in education, the environment, charities, crime prevention, health care, domestic issues, and youth outreach.








1-20-19: Olympia LePoint, Rocket Scientist, motivator, teacher & author,

Olympia LePoint is a contemporary "Hidden Figures" woman--recall the movie from a couple years ago. Olympia is a 'rocket scientist' who helped launch 28 space missions in her nearly 10 year career with Boeing. She shares her story to encourage us to push beyond perceived failures. She failed math and science until the 11th grade and then in university graduated 5th in her class of thousands. She was the youngest scientist hired by Boeing at age 21. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Boeing...


1-13-19: Allison Tenney, Ignited Womxn Summit, Feb 9 in Seattle,

Allison Tenney is the founder of Seattle Ignited Women Project, an event dedicated to redefining what success and strength means as a woman. For any of us who want to be instruments of change in the world, this is the experience that is essentially like a lab where we learn some things, test them out with a group of women seeking to also be a force of change in the world, and then continue to collaborate with new found friends and connections to put the solutions into action. The next...


1-06-19: Elizabeth Emens, author: Life Admin--How I Learned to do Less, Do Better and Live More

Elizabeth Emens is a Law Professor at Columbia University, a mother of 2 youngsters, and now author of an important new book: Life Admin--How I Learned to do Less, Do Better and Live More. The book is important because it is an education--one that provides insight into the things /stuff of our own life, it presents experiences of others, and thus the means of making our life work more efficiently for ourselves. 'Life Admin' is a great term to cover all the time it takes to deal with all the...


12-30-18: Prof. Elizabeth Primamore, author "Shady Women: Three Short Plays",

Elizabeth Primamore is Professor of English at City University of New York, and an author, most recently of 'Shady Women: Three Short Plays'. Elizabeth uses the plays to discuss some of the events of this past year including the Me 2 movement, and the various ways women have been encouraged to find their voice, to address the issues that have impacted them/us over time.


12-23-18: Eileen Heisman, charitable giving, creating work-life balance.

Eileen Heisman is President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, and a recognized expert on charitable giving. Eileen has a few tips about this for us--to include taking the $$ we earmark for charity, and donating a larger sum to fewer organizations. Eileen shares about work life balance and finding the work that brings us fulfillment.


12-16-18: Rabbi Sara, "From Sorrow to Strength: My Journey with Depression"

Rabbi Sara Berman is a broad certified Chaplain, a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid, and is now manager of spiritaul care at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Rabbi Sara is also a writer and share insights from her new book-- From Sorrow to Strength: My Journey with Depression. One in Five of us is affected. Rabbi Sara's book is a wonderful gift that helps us to embrace compassion, and be both a support and advocate for more attention and better treatment for mental illness....


12-09-18: Kate Atherley, knitting for fun and function, 'The Knitter's Dictionary',

Kate Atherley is a talented and creative woman. Her hobby--knitting, has become her work, and it seems like great fun. Kate comes from a Mathematics and Software background, and combining all these things seems quite creative in itself. Kate's story about her life path which included working for Microsoft, and has evolved to transferring the math knowledge to her love of knitting. She relates the results in her latest book: The Knitter's Dictionary--Knitting Know-How from A to Z. Knitting is...


12-02-18: Gina LaRoche, 'The 7 Laws of Enough', sustainable abundance

Gina La Roche Co author of " The 7 laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance". Gina and her coauthor, Jen Cohen, guide us though 7 principles, including "I am enough", to "I belong" and "Joy is Available". This is sage direction is a world that clamors for more and more stuff. The book is presented as a workbook that we can use as a journal. When we find that we truly have all we need for our personal life, we have the potential to live in harmony in the planet, with all...


11-25-18: Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Dec 7th at Westlake Park,

Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition invitation! Jeannie Falls and Zoe Freeman, 2 of the leaders at the Pike Market Senior Center inform us of some of the services offered to Seniors--such as wellness support, daily lunches, the food bank. Figgy Pudding is a major fund raiser that supports the services, and in offering them build a community where the people involved feel needed, and want to do their part in giving back. And Figgy is a time of festivity and fun in the city, with WARM very...


11-18-18: Jingle Bell Run, Dec 9th at Westlake Park, holiday fun & support of arthritis research

It's about the Jingle Bell Run 2018! This major event, the largest Jingle Bell Run in the country, is critical in raising important funds for the work of the Arthritis Foundation. The amazing, Medical Honoree Dr. Laura Matsen Ko, started her involvement at age 8! Her orthopedic surgeon dad inspired her to follow in his footsteps, and now she performs hip and knee replacements, as well as working with persons living with arthritis to be able to live their best life. Adult Honoree, Laura...


11-11-18: Everly Babineaux, Kristen Johnson, Premature birth awareness,

Supporting the important life saving, life-giving work of the March of Dimes. A new mom, Everly Babineaux shares her quite new experience of baby Jace entering the world at 25 weeks--truly a miracle. Not too many years ago, little Jace would not have stood a chance of being here. But all the research and education instigated by and largely supported by March of Dimes (our donations) has and continues to evolve and make it possible for these little premies to get a good start in life. But the...


11-04-18: Susanna Liller, "You Are a Heroine:" fulfill your purpose,

Susanna Liller is an organizational development consultant and executive coach, and now also an author. Susanna's new book: You Are a Heroine: A Retelling of the Hero's Journey, captures Susanna's personal and professional life, her work facilitating workshops and retreats for women. It's a guidebook, and is perfect to use with a journal, and to consider reading and working through it with a group of friends. Not too soon to be thinking of special holiday gifts!


10-28-18: Michelle Hollomon, 'Losers, Users, and Abusers, and the Women Who Love Them' a must read

Michelle Hollomon is a mental health counselor in private practice in Seattle, and she is also an author. Michelle's new book "Losers, Users, and Abusers and the Women Who Love Them", is a great resource for each of us, really, because fundamentally it is personal growth work, and we can always be growing and becoming better. However, the sad truth is that abuse and domestic violence are at very high levels--1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by...


10-21-18: Diane Diresta, certified professional speaker, 'Knockout Presentations'

Diane Diresta is founder and CEO of DiResta Communications in NYC. Diane is a Certified Speaking Professional, and only 12% of speakers hold this designation. She tells us that skillful mastery of speaking, of giving a presentation, whether to one person, or a large audience, is a quality that will distinguish us, and give us the edge in many endeavors. It's great to start young, and Diane relates how one persistent mother hired Diane to work with a group of 7th grade girls. They ultimately...


10-14-18: Nataly Restokian, women's advocate, author of Masks--Fame, Betrayal, Passion"

Nataly Restokian brings us some important insights into the lives of women in the Middle East, specifically in Lebanon, where she lived until a decade ago. Of Armenian heritage, Nataly found success as an actress, a journalist, and TV host. And Nataly shares the 'price' of that life that left behind 10 years ago, moving to Quebec, and she is now a Canadian citizen. As a new author, her first novel is "Masks--Fame, Betrayal, Passion" and it gives insights into the experiences some women face...


10-7-18: Saeeda Hafiz, The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches

Saeeda Hafiz is a yoga teacher and wellness expert, and a holistic health educator with the San Francisco Unified School District. Saaeda is also an author: The Healing--One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches. This is a deep and honest sharing of her life--one filled with addiction and domestic violence and poverty. Saeeda's journey, surviving her childhood and youth, and choosing education, was her way to break the cycle. She honestly shares her life with the hope that others find...


9-30-18: Melba Patillo Beals, Little Rock 9 anniversary, 'March Forward Girl',

Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals is an important and historical woman in the US. She is one of the high school students who became known as the Little Rock 9, and who played a significant role in desegregation. The Federal Court had ruled on integration in all schools in the years prior, and some leaders in Little Rock, Arkansas determined to make it reality in their city. In her memoir "March Forward, Girl" Melba tells of her youth, and life in the south in the 1940s and 1950s, with stunning...


9-23-18: Patt Lind-Kyle, therapist, 'Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening'

Patt Lind-Kyle a teacher, therapist and consultant. Patt is also an author, whose newest book is: Embracing the End of Life: A journey into Dying & Awakening. End of life is a topic most want to ignore, yet it's part of life, and as Patt guides us to understand in this new book, by embracing this we can live life more fully.


9-16-18: Kasey Mathews, creating a magical life,

Kasey Mathews is an author, speaker, and Transformational Life Coach. Her life experiences have brought Kasey to the work she does today. In sharing this she inspires us to look at our life and find the magical to celebrate each day and our whole life. Kasey's new book "A Mom's Guide to Creating a Magical Life: 8 Steps to Feel Happier, Inspired and More Relaxed" can be considered a companion on our journey to this vibrant creation.


9-09-18: Lisa Luckett, finding the silver lining from the tragedy of 9/11,

Lisa Luckett joins us in a commemoration of the 17th Anniversary of 9/11. Lisa's is a personal story, as she lost her husband in the collapse of the towers that fateful day. It's a personal story because she shares in her memoir-- The Light in 9-11: Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love, the way the tragedy brought renewed life and spirit to her and her young children, the youngest just a few months old at the time. ,