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Into the Woods - Building Resiliency and Confidence in Nature

The middle school years, we know from experience and research, are the most trying times. It’s where we can lose site of our inner self, our dreams and desires. Girls leave after 5 days of GEMS Camp with confidence and compassion knowing more about themselves and how to interpret and interact with her world. Each girl is encouraged to explore and express her felinity without scarfing her rugged strength. Curiosity is encouraged as she embarks on challenging activities as learning...


Positive Media for Girls: STRONG- The Magazine for Girls

Our guest today is Sarah Beach, founder, editor and publisher of “STRONG The Magazine for Girls”. Beach was brought up during the Thatcher years in the 1980s in the UK. With a woman in power, Beach believed she could do or be anything she wanted to be. At age 22, with a degree in Politics and History from the University of Keele under her belt, she moved to London where she became one of the youngest Parliamentary Advisers in Westminster. Now a mother to three kids, a boy and two girls,...


Girls Self Esteem Crisis - Social Media and Positive Role Models

Our guest today is Sheri West. Sheri has over 20 years of executive finance and leadership development experience. Her education includes a BA Finance and Masters of Human Resources and Leadership Development from Michigan State University. Ms. West spent 15 years as a finance executive at General Electric Co.,where she was actively involved in the GE Women’s Network as a mentor. Four years ago, she founded LiveGirl to “pay it forward” and prepare the next generation of female leaders....


Parenting teens through Crisis a look at teen suicide

Our guest today is Cat Stack. Cat grew up in Long Island, New York and moved to Portland in 1994. She is a single mom of 2 kids, who are 20 and 17. After majoring in Spanish at Arizona State University, she became a flight attendant and had a 21 year career, with Pan Am and then Delta. IN 2009, unnemployed and divorced, Cat moved through several career changes until finally realizing her dream of becoming a life coach. She brings 9 years experience volunteering with a personal growth...


The Waverly Project: Passion Based Learning for Global Change

Molly Wills is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion towards the arts, fashion, travel and, most of all, empowering and mentoring girls. She founded The Waverly Project in 2012 after being inspired by many female mentors in her life that helped realize her own creative passions. The Waverly Project connects young girls and women through creative projects and experiences called “Tours” with a mission to empower girls to find their passions, build confidence and think globally. The Waverly...


Persistent Sisters: A Course in Women's History through Play

My Guest today is Ellen Schaeffer,. Ellen is an artist with a background in theater design and community arts development. She launched Persistent Sisters, which produces women's history trading cards, in 2017. The mother of a 12 year old daughter, Schaeffer could not find many women-centered products for middle age school girls. Putting her project development and artistic skills together, she completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in November and produced the first series of trading...


Music for the Soul: Music Therapy for Practical Life

Music Therapy is a highly accessible medium for active, goal-oriented engagement in a fun and empowering way. Music therapy activities led by a board-certified music therapist provide children with opportunities to practice non-music-related skills in all developmental areas, including cognitive, motor, communication and language, social, behavioral, psychosocial, and emotional areas - regardless of musical skill or experience. Research-based music interventions are designed and...


Authenticity and Empowerment through Fashion

Hadley Pollet is a contemporary American designer from New Canaan, Connecticut known for her timeless accessories that inspire kind, powerful women to shine strong. Hadley’s signature belt designs sprung from inspiration while at Rhode Island School of Design. Her unique style caught the eyes of many when she wore a belt made of vintage ribbon and a buckle out to a birthday party in Boston where several people asked where she got the belt. Since then, her line has exploded with extensive...


The True Meaning Behind Leadership and Girls

Here is the scary reality. Most girls do not want to be leaders. RESEARCH INDICATES MOST GIRLS DEFINE LEADERSHIP AND BRAVERY AS SOMETHING ‘HEROIC.’ IN FACT, ONLY 1/3 OF MIDDLE-SCHOOL GIRLS TODAY BELIEVE THEY CAN BE A LEADER.THE NUMBERS GO DOWN AS THEY GET OLDER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DATA PROVES GIRLS HAVE AN UPHILL BATTLE. RESEARCH PROVES: -Girls pride themselves on perfectionism and, therefore, avoid taking risks that could help them grow. -They hate conflict, so they do not end up...


Body Image in a Media-Centric World

We live in a media-centric world where popular culture tries to dictate the norms in values, beliefs, and body image. A distorted picture of your body and negative body image contribute to low self-esteem, depression, obsession with weight loss, and risk of eating disorders. According to Research “girls become increasingly aware their appearances are a barometer of their self-worth in our media-intense culture.” We need to teach girls how to reject toxic media messages and how to listen to...


Just Be - Navigating PTSD, Assault and more while Raising Powerful Girls

How do you navigate raising a girl today as a survivor or abuse or severe PTSD? What if your daughter witnessed you being very ill, losing a sibling or tragedy striking? Join me on this incredible conversation where we dive into topics such as surviving sexual assault, Hyperemesis gravidarum, loss of a child, still birth and more. Lindsay Gibson is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Birth Psychology and Maternity Health Specialist. She is the author of "Just Be: How My Stillborn Son Taught...


Love your Body, Love yourself

We are inundated with negative messages about our bodies. Diet culture has brainwashed us into thinking that our bodies aren’t thin enough, firm enough or (fill in the blank) enough. The message of Positive Body Image is KEY to implementing confidence and self-esteem for our daughters. My Guest today is Marla Mervis-Hartmann. Marla is passionate about this message changing the lives of women by promoting health and self-worth built on character. Women are powerful beings. When we focus on...


How to respond so they keep talking

Raising teen girls is not always easy but learning how to respond and react in a manner that keeps the lines of communication open are critical. Join us as we discuss some of the common challenges moms face when raising teen girls today. Our Guest on this episodeis Erin Taylor. Erin is a conscious living thought leader, PCI Certified Parent Coach® and educator, public speaker, author, co-founder of Building Connected Communities and co-host of the Maximizing Life in the Middle Podcast that...


More alike than different- a chromosomally enhanced journey

When we talk about raising powerful girls, it's important to recognize that girls come in all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities. Just because a girl has a disability, it does not mean she cannot or should not be mentored in how to be strong, smart, independent and powerful. On the contrary, these girls need guidance more than ever to overcome the challenges and prejudices they face on a day to day basis.


Breaking away from "the norm" and why time outs don't work

Raising girls is not easy and many of the behaviors and practices we currently use today are based off of how we were parented as children but this isn’t always the best way. When we know better we do better. Our guest on this episode is Sue DeCaro. “Having experienced some challenging years raising her daughters, she realized that her passion and calling was to support parents and families in every way that she could to create the family life that they envisioned, deep connections with...


Breaking Away from Traditions and Cultures in Parenting

Have you ever wondered why you do the things that you do when parenting or say the things that you say? Have you ever caught yourself saying something “your mother” would have said or maybe your grandmother? Maybe you found yourself growing up in the US but with parents form another country. What was that like? What kind of conflicts did that create? Joy came to the United States at 15 years of age from the Philippines and has experienced the conscious awakening of shifting from habitual...


Increase Confidence and Mirroring Behavior

There is a great quote, if you think you can or your can’t you are right. In parenting this goes even further. If you tell your daughter she can be anything and do anything if she puts her mind to it, my first question to you is are you LIVING this truth? The reality is and science shows us that it doesn’t matter what we SAY to girls is what we DO! So if we truly want girls to believe this we need to make darn sure we are modeling this behavior and this applies to all aspects of parenting.


5 Ways to Raise Brilliant, Bold and Beautiful Girls

To have a world of Empowered Women we need to Raise Empowered Girls. Join us on this enlightening episode with one of the co-founders of the Girls Rule Foundation Dena Patton on how to Raise Empowered Girls today. Talking about issues such as media, body image, money, mindset, self esteem and more this episode is chock full of insights on how to empower your daughter everday!


Girls and Food: The Body Image and Food Dynamic

Over 80% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being fat! 53% of 13 year old American Girls are unhappy with their bodies and this number grows to 78% by the time girls reach 17. By middle school 40-70% of girls are unhappy with 2 or more parts of their bodies. Around 30% of 10-14 year olds are actively dieting. Join us on an educational conversation on how to foster healthy eating habits to increase positive body image and self esteem and more.


Girls and Anxiety - Navigating Emotional Resiliency

More teens than ever (especially girls) are experiencing symptoms of anxiety. As a society our goal should not be to get rid of a child's anxiety or the experiences that create fear; instead we should be teaching them how to tolerate ALL of their feelings and to be more resilient. It is possible to understand how fear operates in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms and what actions can help strengthen our inner calm and help children to thrive.


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