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Marquina, Episode 58

Marquina was a busy mom when she got devastating news: a breast cancer diagnosis. But what she did next, tapping into her background in competitive air guitaring, helped her (and many other women) get through treatment. Now, she is sharing stories of other survivors in her new book, Tough.


Coming Soon! Season 3

Get ready for Season 3 of Real Women, Real Stories, featuring all new women, with all new inspiring stories! Here's a little taste of what to expect from this new season. Make sure to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode. New episodes launch next week.


Geri Lynn, Episode 57

With parents who were substance abusers, Geri Lynn found inspiration in their journey and her own healing, propelling her into a career as a mental health professional. Today, she provides services for underserved populations, and has written her first book Mainlining Philly: Survival, Hope, and Resisting Drug Addiction.


LaTanya, Episode 56

LaTanya’s mother wasn’t able to take her many places when she was a child. That’s part of what motivated her to start her non-profit LaTanya & TheYouth of Englewood, a safe haven for many children in her community. She provides after-school and summer camp services to low-income youth, working tireless daily to give them what she did not have as a child. Her story will inspire you.


Tamika, Episode 55

When she finally got health insurance coverage at her new job, Tamika had no idea how it would spiral into a cancer diagnosis. But thanks to a doctor who encouraged her to see her OB-GYN and get a Pap-smear, Tamika was able to quickly get treatment for this often deadly disease. On this episode, she shares her journey from TV producer to a sought-after speaker, advocate, and mentor. And why she founded her non-profit, Cervivor.


Raven, Episode 54

Even though Raven Magwood is in her early 20s, she has accomplished so many amazing things in her life. From gymnastics champion to book author to non-profit founder, Raven is determined to inspire others to reach their full potential. On this episode, Raven shares how her hard work has helped her attain success, with a message that inspires others.


Dee, Episode 53

After her breast cancer diagnosis, Dee Burrell’s career focus took a huge shift. From motivational speaking and life coaching, to book author and breast cancer advocate, she spends her time spreading a positive message we can all benefit from. Follow her amazing journey, and learn more about what she’s doing now in today’s episode.


Scharmaine, Episode 52

Scharmaine went from living in the projects with her grandmother, to earning a doctorate in nursing. Her hard work, dedication, and ingenuity helped Hurricane Katrina victims during their time of need. On this episode, Scharmaine shares how she rallied in her darkest times to keep going, and how she's using her platform to help inspire young girls to become advanced nurse practitioners through her Nola the Nurse children's book series.


Barbara, Episode 51

When the pandemic hit, Barbara had to close her restaurant, Barbara's on the Bay, a small restaurant in a little town on the Chesapeake Bay. As she waits for the re-opening, she and a few other local chefs have been cooking donated food and delivering it to seniors in her community.


Mother’s Day, Episode 50

For our 50th episode, we're celebrating Mother's Day! We're joined by previous guests Crissy, Terra, Jessica, Mika, and Jen as they share the challenges they've faced and the silver linings they've found while parenting through a pandemic


Kelly, Episode 49

When the pandemic hit, Kelly transitioned her Movement Source Pilates business online to continue to support her community. But she wanted to do more, which is how she started two special classes that are free to health care and frontline workers.


Alison, Episode 48

When the pandemic hit, Alison's portrait photography business game to a halt. But when she discovered the #FrontStepsProject, she decided to join the movement and take photos of families in her neighborhood safely on their front steps, with donations accepted to her charity of choice, Covenant House.


Crissy, Episode 47

After a tragedy struck her at a young age, Crissy made it her mission to live for today. Her own journey with coaching led her to become one herself, and now, with her coaching business and podcast Suburban Warrior, she works with women like her, to help them reignite a passion for their careers and their lives.


Barbara, Episode 46

When the pandemic hit, Barbara's business closed, but soon after, she was asked by her brother to make masks. Since then, she's transformed her business, Barb's Custom Alterations, and now makes masks for frontline works and friends and family who need them most, all for donations only.


Dayna, Episode 45

When Dayna was laid off during the Coronavirus pandemic, she decided she wanted to do something to help the frontline workers like her mother, a hospital worker, and her husband, a police officer. What started as a simple request for donations to help send pizzas became a Facebook Group that's raised over $7,000 to provide meals and support small businesses


Loren, Episode 44

Loren and the team at Local Smoke BBQ have seen their business drop 40% since the Coronavirus pandemic, and the next few months look even more grim. But even so, she decided to give back to her community, and support the hard work her local hospital workers are doing with a give-back and match initiative.


Carlee, Episode 43

Carlee is an expert helping professionals who feel overworked or overwhelmed, but her journey started when she experienced childhood trauma, which led to her own journey of overworking and then, burnout. Now she runs The Stress Less Company, which is dedicated to helping professionals around the country reduce stress through coaching.


Grace, Episode 42

Grace’s love of animals turned into activism. She founded Finding Shelter Animal Rescue to help save and place animals from puppy mills. Listen to how she started her journey into saving animals and educating others to do the same.


Girls Night In Online Promo

Connect with other women through free online classes and workshops, and support women who have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus outbreak. From yoga to kitchen organization, and a whole lot more, take a free class daily with one of our instructors, then support them through their Venmo "virtual tip jar" account. You'll enjoy the camaraderie of our sisterhood, and support the tribe of women who need it most right now. All proceeds go directly to these women. Visit to sign...


Terra, Episode 41

After her experience with post partum depression and OCD, Terra decided to try the mindfulness techniques she had used with her clients on herself. Now, she runs Mindful Mamas , a website and new app, that helps make mindfulness practice more accessible to all.