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Join Sarah each week as she talks with a new guest on Introducing Me, a podcast where people of many different backgrounds share their stories. With a focus on inclusion and diversity, Sarah’s guests talk about culture, advocacy, race, ability, gender and sexual identities, or whatever else they want heard.

Join Sarah each week as she talks with a new guest on Introducing Me, a podcast where people of many different backgrounds share their stories. With a focus on inclusion and diversity, Sarah’s guests talk about culture, advocacy, race, ability, gender and sexual identities, or whatever else they want heard.


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Join Sarah each week as she talks with a new guest on Introducing Me, a podcast where people of many different backgrounds share their stories. With a focus on inclusion and diversity, Sarah’s guests talk about culture, advocacy, race, ability, gender and sexual identities, or whatever else they want heard.




Sarah: Two Years of Podcasting

Sarah steps away from the host seat to be the guest on the second anniversary of Introducing Me. She shares about her busy last year including getting engaged to Coleman, this episode’s host. Sarah’s Instagram: Sarah’s TikTok: Jack-Jack’s Instagram: Donate to the podcast: Want to share your story and be a guest? Email:...


Sumi: Publishing Stories from Life

Author and Speaker Sumi Mukherjee writes books based on true account stories and makes presentations on the related topics. His books and presentations are broadly focused on cultural diversity and social justice with specific focus on racial equality, long-term mental health impact of bullying, prevention of child sexual abuse, and prevention of workplace bullying. Sumi was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew up in Minnesota, USA. Sumi’s Website: Donate to the...


Tracee: Disability Advocate and Author

Tracee Garner has written eighteen books spanning fiction stories and non-fiction books surrounding disability since she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at two years old. Because of her disability, she is a full-time power wheelchair user, but is able to drive with her modified vehicle. Her resilience and advocacy are very evident in this episode. Connect with Tracee: Tracee's Books on Amazon Donate to the...


Kaity: Moving to Paris for Science

Born and raised in California, Kaity was excited to leave her hometown for college. After spending four years in a small town in Pennsylvania, her love of school and science took her back to California where she earned her PhD last winter. Postdoctoral work found her getting married and moving to Paris in just a few months. In this episode, Kaity shares about these transitions and her crazy last year. Kaity’s Twitter: Donate to the podcast:...


Al: Working to Perfect Credit

Al Jones grew up thinking that the poor financial decisions his family went through were normal and continued them himself through adulthood. While working towards and achieving an 850 credit score, he documented his journey which he now shares in his audiobook, My Journey from Bad to Excellent Credit: How I Achieved a Perfect 850 Credit Score. In this episode Al also shares about his time in the Army and his projects; Lyrics Guru, a song lyrics trivia word game and Dear Father Al, a weekly...


Spencer: Social Security Disability Revealed

When looking for a job after law school, Spencer Bishins landed up working for the Social Security Administration (SSA) in disability benefits, a part of SSA he didn’t know existed at the time. With ten years of experience, he wrote the book “Social Security Disability Revealed: Why it’s so hard to access benefits and what you can do about it” to help demystify disability benefits for those who need it. Spencer’s Website: Donate to the podcast:...


Lori: Gaining Cultural Humility

Lori Adams-Brown was a third culture kid, with US citizenship growing up in Venezuela with an international school experience. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has learned four other languages and lived about a decade in Indonesia during a civil war and in Singapore raising her children. Now residing in California she continues to practice cultural humility, including on her podcast, A World of Difference. Resources: When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor.....


Jake: DJ for Inclusive Spaces

Jake aka Ultra (they/them) is nonbinary, pansexual, on the autism spectrum, and has ADHD. They previously worked in politics, but are now a nationally recognized DJ. They started Lights Out Barks Out, originally a pup and furry-centric party space which promotes inclusivity, diversity, openness, affordability, and gives back to the communities the parties are in. Newly created, The LOBO Initiative aims to support LGBTQ youth and adults, including those with disabilities. Connect with...


Sarah: Adventure Boudoir Photography

After living out of her Subaru for a few months, Sarah Marcella decided to change her photography business model for a life on the road. She bought a bus, named it Shakti, and started her adventure boudoir experience. She makes sure her clients have a safe space, are comfortable, and have a positive time and utilizes a pay-what-you-can model. Connect with Sarah: Donate to the podcast:...


Edward: Being Trans in Music and Literature

A queer trans man, Edward Underhill is a music composer and author. His novel, Always the Almost, debuts February 14, 2023, and features a teenage trans musician. Growing up, Edward struggled to understand his identity and now he’s excited to join other queer authors writing joyful queer stories. Edward’s Website: Edward’s Debut Novel: Queer Book Recommendations: Absolutely, Positively Not...


Gwen: Asexual Author Finding Herself

Gwen Tolios is an author who has published short stories, middle grade novels, and her recent romance, Returning to You. In this episode, Gwen shares how she came to understand and identify in the queer community as asexual and biromantic and what those identities mean. She’s found a good community in Chicago and is currently leading a local anthology publication and will be a regional leader for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November). Asexuality Visibility Education Network...


Scott: Surviving Son, Army Veteran

Scott DeLuzio is an Army veteran having joined the Connecticut Army National Guard a little over a year after graduating college. He and his brother were both deployed to Afghanistan as infantrymen and when Scott’s brother was killed in action, Scott came home and struggled to return to civilian life. He wrote the book, Surviving Son, to share his story and started the podcast, Drive On, to connect with other veterans as he found other veterans who were struggling with PTSD. Scott’s...


Ann: Releasing Life’s Tensions

Ann Hince had multiple traumatic events from her childhood, being adopted and through her family circumstances. It wasn’t until later in life that she truly acknowledged this trauma when visiting a holistic doctor who taught her emotional freedom technique (EFT) or “tapping.” From there she learned what it meant to feel her feelings and found an awareness within her body to allow tension to release. She shares more about her story in this episode and in her book, A Pathway to...


Marjorie: Easy Walks for All

Marjorie Turner Hollman is an author of five books about Easy Walks - which aren’t just short walks. After surgery from a brain tumor she ended up paralyzed on her right side and while regaining movement, she would still get outside. She ventures out with her husband on a custom tandem bike and started using hiking poles at his suggestion. Marjorie shares her story to be a voice and advocate for others. Connect with Marjorie: Marjorie’s Website: Marjorie’s...


Madeline: Wanderlust and Cultural Experiences

Madeline Jhawar had an international upbringing and has always been filled with wanderlust. From French immersion in Edmonton, Canada to hosting multiple exchange students and her own exchange in Italy at 18, it’s no wonder that Madeline started a travel company. Madeline shares her experiences of jobs in other countries and working in other languages to starting her own businesses Italy Beyond the Obvious and Travel Beyond the Obvious. Resources: Italy Beyond the Obvious:...


Katherine: Broken Bones and Making Art

Katherine is an artist, graphic designer, and lover of music with osteogenesis imperfecta. At 2’7”, she uses an electric wheelchair for mobility, prefers to lie down for most things, and has an aide for assistance with most daily tasks. Starting off by painting patients at her parents’ veterinary practice, Katherine now specializes in professional watercolor paintings, graphic design, and making jewelry. Connect with...


Rach: Mom in the Medical Field

Rach has worked through the pandemic in a hospital, and has suffered PTSD from some of that work. She also has controlled bipolar and has dealt with a brain tumor. Through all of this, she is a podcaster with her partner Cris and the mother of five biracial children. Living in Minnesota, Rach supports her children being in the LGBTQ+ community and making sure they understand Black education. Rach’s Podcast: Donate to the podcast:...


Filimon: Teenage Views on Mental Health

A junior in high school, Filimon has found a passion for mental health and started the podcast, The Brief Dive. From his own personal experiences he wanted to share and teach others about mental health. He also shares about life in general as a high school student and moving during the pandemic. Filimon’s Podcast: Donate to the podcast: Want to share your story and be a guest? Email:...


Genesis: Woman of Color; Enough is Enough

Genesis Amaris Kemp is a visionary life coach with a background in the corporate world and the author of Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From the Pit to the Palace. A first generation American, most of her life has been in predominantly white areas, but Genesis is now speaking up and staying strong to her morals in values. In this episode, she also shares about being a patient advocate for her late father. Connect with...


Larry: Gay and AIDS Activist & Erstwhile Jewish Wagnerite

Larry is a writer, physician, health advocate, and opera lover. He was the first to write about AIDS in the press and has published 5 books. These include an anthology, We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer; a memoir, Confessions of a Jewish Wagnerite: Being Gay and Jewish in America, and its sequel On the Future of Wagnerism: Art, Intoxication, Addiction, Codependence and Recovery. In this episode, stories shared include being discriminated against as a kid...