Real Women's Work Podcast
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info_outline Julia Schuster, Core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver 06/21/2020
Julia Schuster, Core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver Many white people wonder how to be effective in dismantling systemic racism. We can get stuck while trying to say, learn, or express the "perfect" thing. We are not sure how to learn the stories of, and support, Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) without burdening them. We know we need to call other white people in, and we want to make sure we are not taking the lead or centering ourselves. Listen in as Julia Schuster, core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver, shares her own insights, paradigms, and tools for engaging in the essential work of dismantling system racism. EPISODE NOTE: The SURJ Denver team receives feedback from local accountability partners, all of which are community leaders or organizations led by BIPOC, as part of their work. The work that SURJ Denver engages in is requested by their accountability partners. Though participation in this podcast was not a direct request from an accountability partner, SURJ Denver has received the request to take on more of the work of calling in and educating other white people during this time. NOTE: Julia would like to note the following corrections: 1. There are 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy. 2. Julia discusses looking for actions organized by organizations led by People of Color. She meant to say look for actions organized by organizations or groups led by People of Color. Sometimes actions are led by groups without formal name recognition or other status that may typically deem them as an "organization," and lack of formal "status" should not discount their work. SURJ Denver encourages white people to generally look for actions and community events organized by a collaborative group as opposed to those organized by a single individual. Works Rerferenced and Recommended in this Episode: Books and Workbooks: “Two years after Obama’s election, Alexander put the entire criminal justice system on trial, exposing racial discrimination from lawmaking to policing to the denial of voting rights to ex-prisoners. This bestseller struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter.” —Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Time "Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) is pleased to offer our workbook and other resources. We hope you find the material here useful to you, your organization, and your community. " "Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources." "In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life." Social Media:
info_outline Parenting through Covid-19 with Roya Dedeaux Marriage and Family Therapist 03/19/2020
Parenting through Covid-19 with Roya Dedeaux Marriage and Family Therapist Whoa. Don't you feel like you are going to wake up tomorrow and all of this will have been a dream- or rather a nightmare? We went from living one way to living another way in the span of about 24 hours. There is so much legitimate fear right now. We have no answers. We cannot wrap our heads around this because we don't even have a strong sense of what "it" is. We want our kids to feel safe. How do we help them when we ourselves don't even feel safe? Should we be strict and regimented? Let them do whatever they want to keep them distracted? There are also the practical challenges like working and schooling from home by necessity. Living together literally 24/7 is new for a lot of people. Roya Dedeaux is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a focus on parenting and play. In this episode Roya offers us a shift in the way we think that could turn this time from chaos and disconnection to a time that might offer beauty, connection, and new understandings of each other. Here are the links referenced in today's show: Find Roya and schedule a 1/2 price texting session by Find Jane McGonigal's Super Better by . Find Darcel White of The Mahogany Way by
info_outline Civil Rights Attorney with Sandra Hanshaw Burink 03/04/2020
Civil Rights Attorney with Sandra Hanshaw Burink Social justice takes many forms. While we tend to think of marches, boycotts, and petitions, there are women who have devoted their lives and careers to taking practical action for social justice. Civil rights attorney Sandra Hanshaw Burink is one of those women. Sandra tells us about how she determines whether a case exists, how she prepares, how she communicates with her clients and how she prepares for a case. In addition to all of this, Sandra shares wisdom, courage, and sheer bravery as she not only learned how to take depositions and try cases, but as she learned how to navigate life transitions, like divorce, while exemplifying integrity and grace. You won't want to miss today's incredible episode. HOST NOTE: As mentioned in the break I am working on an offering for women. "Wholehearted Self-Love for Women" is a set of carefully curated tools to help women love themselves more. It is not a teaching, program, or course. It is an offering- an opportunity for us to love ourselves more. It is low-key, low-pressure, and all women are welcome. Here is the link to learn more:
info_outline Hawker for Colorado Rockies Games with Katie Eckhardt 08/30/2019
Hawker for Colorado Rockies Games with Katie Eckhardt "Peanuts! Get your peanuts!" Except now it's Berry Kabobs and they are being sold by a woman, not a man. Listen in as High School Senior (our youngest guest yet!) Katie Eckhardt talks about the work done behind the scenes to make the Colorado Rockies games spectacular for fans. From how Katie deals with the heat to which players she's met you'll gain a better understanding of the inner workings of a professional baseball stadium. You'll also get a beautiful dose of hopefulness for what the next generation is ushering in as Katie offers her words of wisdom on self-worth, self-confidence, and her own plans for the future. Join us!
info_outline A Note, A Thank You, and A Story from Jen 07/24/2019
A Note, A Thank You, and A Story from Jen I am so excited to share the trailer for Real Women's Work with you! I will continue to do some editing on it but I have been sitting on it for months and it's time to just get it out there. I appreciate your feedback and use it to make the show better so please know that I welcome and appreciate it. Also in this episode: a quick programming note and a story about Real Women's Work. THANK YOU for listening!
info_outline Maria Fuller Founder of Raising a Powerful Girl and Empowered Girl Movement 07/09/2019
Maria Fuller Founder of Raising a Powerful Girl and Empowered Girl Movement All of us parents of girls want our daughters to have high self-worth and self confidence, a strong sense of their core beliefs, and the ability to say "no" to things that make them uncomfortable, and "yes" to things that bring them joy. With so much conflated information surrounding us, though, how can we ensure a positive body image and strong communication skills?The answer is both simpler and more difficult than we think. Maria Fuller gave up a successful photography business to follow a different path- a path that guides parents in raising a powerful girl and empowers girls. Through the programs, apps, and podcast created by Maria, parents are feeling hopeful about empowering their daughters. Through the Empowered Girl Movement and accompanying app, girls are learning how to navigate social media to help them feel powerful and positive, and are raising their self-worth and level of personal empowerment. Listen in as Maria shares how she got this movement started, what her days look like, and the family culture she has intentionally created to empower her own daughters. You can learn more here:
info_outline Crisis and Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs and Public Figures with Gloria Mitchell 06/25/2019
Crisis and Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs and Public Figures with Gloria Mitchell I want to introduce you to this week's guest. Gloria Mitchell is a Crisis and Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs and Public Figures. Her story will blow you away, inspire you, encourage you, empower you, and you will be so grateful that Gloria is in this world. The time I spent talking with Gloria was a gift that I haven’t even fully inhaled yet. I am so grateful that Gloria shared her time on Real Women’s Work. Not only do we get to learn about how Gloria does her work, she offers us insights, suggestions, observations on fear, dark times, scary times, resiliency and the value in owning our story. Ultimately, Gloria offers us a real and tangible example of what it means to choose to live a life with authenticity, meaning, courage and resiliency. After listening to Gloria on this episode of Real Women's Work you are surely going to want to hear more from her. Here is where you can find her: And here is a link to the affirmation app Gloria references in this episode:
info_outline Self-Care Beyond Bubble Baths: A Solocast with your Host Jen Keefe 06/11/2019
Self-Care Beyond Bubble Baths: A Solocast with your Host Jen Keefe While bubble baths and mani/pedis are awesome, I think real self-care goes deeper. From the way we speak to ourselves and the clothes we wear to the food we eat and the way we sleep, messaging may be talking us into schedules and diets that do not take care of us at all! Listen in as Jen shares her own journey of moving through a mental breakdown to reach thriving- all through the (often difficult and tiring) practice of developing real and continuous self-care. CONTENT NOTE: I have never done a "solocast" before. Eep! Let me tell you how weird it felt sitting in my closet talking! (and this from a Voice Over Talent who is used to it!). I am becoming passionate about this topic though and feel like we need to broaden the conversation now. Here is the book I referenced in today's show: Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff. to find the book on Amazon. Dr. Neff also has a website with exercises and other great info. You can to access it.
info_outline CEO of She Plays: First US Sports Fantasy Site Covering Women Athletes with Ashley Hart 05/29/2019
CEO of She Plays: First US Sports Fantasy Site Covering Women Athletes with Ashley Hart Wow! You know those things that you never knew you never had? That you never knew you always wanted? Until I was introduced to the work that Ashley Hart is doing with her two best friends at She Plays I never would have thought to think that women athletes are not represented with Fantasy Sports! As an athlete growing up my idols were Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. I was older when the WNBA came out and it was still so new that it wasn't part of the conversation. Women athletes were not part of the conversation. Our coaches were men. Our referees were men. It's okay. It was what it was. But things- they are changing. All you have to do is listen to Ashley to understand that. This work is so important and getting to hear from someone who is in there doing it is insightful, inspiring, hopeful, and fills us with gratitude and excitement. Once you've listened to Ashley you are surely going to want to know more, so here is where you can find She Plays:
info_outline Impostor Syndrome Workshop with Crystal Mazur, Award Winning Game Writer 05/14/2019
Impostor Syndrome Workshop with Crystal Mazur, Award Winning Game Writer Have you heard the term but are not sure what it means? Maybe you think you know what Impostor Syndrome means but that it doesn't apply to you because you are not in a "creative" field? As award winning game writer Crystal Mazur shares in this workshop, Impostor Syndrome can kick in whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or attending a potting class for the first time. Like all things that increase our self awareness, knowing what Impostor Syndrome is can help lessen its effects on our lives. In this recorded workshop Crystal shares tips, tools and observations to recognize Impostor Syndrome, set ourselves up to avoid it, and deal with it when it hits. CONTENT NOTE: This is the first time we have ever done a Video Workshop. It was awesome! Like many first times though, there were a lot of things I was not aware of. For example, when it sounds like I am calling Crystal the wrong name, I'm not :) I am referring to a comment from an attendee. Next time I will reference that as I am addressing it so that it's not confusing. I also need to ask for your patience with my audio (not Crystal's- hers was great). I was renovating my home studio and this being the first video workshop, I was totally focused on that. So THANK YOU for your patience with my audio in this episode. We have 8 more workshops coming up so be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you know when they are happening! These are totally informal and we would LOVE to have you join us. Enjoy today's chat on Impostor Syndrome! You can find more inspiration and awesomeness from Crystal here: On On On On
info_outline Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Speaker, Women's Health Advocate with De'Nicea Hilton 04/21/2019
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Speaker, Women's Health Advocate with De'Nicea Hilton Learning about our reproductive health as women is not only empowering, it may directly change outcomes for future generations. I had not understood this before talking with De'Nicea Hilton; Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Speaker, and Women's Health Advocate. While talking with De'Nicea I began to understand things differently. I understood that looking at a holistic picture of the life of the person in front of a practitioner is important. I began to think differently about how I will speak to my own daughter about women's health, fertility, and reproductive cycles. I started thinking that the misery that has come with my own cycles and accepted as normal, may be anything but. Listen in as De'Nicea talks about how she moved from pre-med in western medicine to becoming a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, the reasons women come to see her, why she must live her days in a way that makes sense for her, and a different perspective on women's health. As with all of our interviews here on Real Women's Work you will feel empowered and think differently about yourself and other women after this episode! Tune in! You can find De'Nicea Hilton here on Social Media:
info_outline Stay at Home Mom and Home/Unschooling mom with Martha Delmore 04/10/2019
Stay at Home Mom and Home/Unschooling mom with Martha Delmore This episode feels like one of the most important to be included so far. Not because being a Stay at Home Mom is more important than being any other kind of mom but because I suspect including it here is unexpected.
info_outline Vintage Small Business Owner with Lexi Wilson 03/26/2019
Vintage Small Business Owner with Lexi Wilson Lexi Wilson followed her path toward becoming an art teacher all the way through college. Then, something shifted. Working through mental health issues and with intention Lexi decided she would follow a path that brought her even more passion, creativity and joy while making the world a better place.
info_outline International Hair Stylist and Studio Owner Traci Estrada 03/13/2019
International Hair Stylist and Studio Owner Traci Estrada How do you choose a color line? What's it like to work New York Fashion Week? Did you really get to go on that yacht while the shoot took place?! Traci Estrada answers these questions and offers us so much more. From getting over belittling comments from a jackass on her first day doing this work to traveling all over the world, Traci has had a lot of life in between. Today, Traci generously shares her wisdom, big thinking, and incredible commitment to raising up other women. Listen in!
info_outline Moms Demand Action Leader Stop Gun Violence in America with Jessica Price 02/26/2019
Moms Demand Action Leader Stop Gun Violence in America with Jessica Price Sometimes everything changes in a single moment when a glance is exchanged between sisters and their entire focus unexpectedly shifts. Listen in as Jessica Price shares how she got started with Moms Demand Action and this work, how she's learned the things she needs to know, and what her activity looks like as she leads others in preventing gun violence in America.
info_outline Medical Office Coordinator with My Mom Pat Keefe Co Hosted By My Daughter Sydney 02/11/2019
Medical Office Coordinator with My Mom Pat Keefe Co Hosted By My Daughter Sydney Sometimes when we do something regularly we don't think about what's going on behind the scenes. Join us as Pat Keefe, Medical Office Coordinator, takes us behind the counter at a large medical office. From how files are kept to what happens when there is no room in the schedule for a sick patient, listening to this episode will give you a different understanding the next time you visit your doctor!
info_outline Creating Whimsical Art and Putting It on Paper 01/29/2019
Creating Whimsical Art and Putting It on Paper Who else gets giddy with all things paper?! Add gorgeous, whimsical art to it and I can barely contain myself! Join us as Sarah Collins, Owner and Founder of Whimsicals Paperie shares how she went from art education to whimsical paper product creator. Learn how she comes up with her designs, when she creates them and how she gets them onto all of her amazing paper goods! And as always, there is incredible wisdom, perspective and experience peppered throughout. Listen in!
info_outline The Book Lady: Direct Selling, Caring for Customers and Gaining Professional Skills 01/07/2019
The Book Lady: Direct Selling, Caring for Customers and Gaining Professional Skills We have all been invited to the Facebook parties or attended a book fair, but do you know what goes in to creating both of these events? Listen in as Sarah Goins, Consultant with Usborne Books and More, talks about starting a direct selling business, learning what is needed to make it successful, and how she is able to give back to causes near to her heart.
info_outline Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Syria with Nadia Alawa Founder and President of NuDay Syria 12/18/2018
Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Syria with Nadia Alawa Founder and President of NuDay Syria How does Humanitarian Aid end up where it is needed? How do we know we are delivering needed, useful, and respectful items? How does one even begin doing something like this? Join us as Nadia Alawa, Founder and President of NuDay Syria, shares how they collect, distribute and ship Humanitarian Aid to Syria- one person at a time, one humanity closer.
info_outline Running a Farm Sanctuary with Andrea Davis,Founder of Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary 12/05/2018
Running a Farm Sanctuary with Andrea Davis,Founder of Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary After planning to use her dairy farm as a model for responsible farming practices, Andrea Davis had a change of heart. She courageously opted out of using animals for anything and instead turned her farm into a sanctuary. Now, animals who live at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary are safe, happy, well cared for and loved for the remainder of their days. Tune in to hear how this city girl became a farmer, what her days are like, and about her incredible bond with animals.
info_outline Keeping Families Together with Kerry Banzet, Co-Founder of Hope for Maamas Uganda 11/28/2018
Keeping Families Together with Kerry Banzet, Co-Founder of Hope for Maamas Uganda Supporting women a world away is not a role Kerry Banzet expected to be in. After a trip to Uganda, Kerry realized that her contribution may not be orphan care. Instead, Kerry was called to serve single mothers and their children. With no experience, Kerry partnered up with her Ugandan friend Monica Mukanza. Together, they started "Hope for Maamas Uganda", a 501(c)(3) organization that pays for schooling for children who cannot afford it and provides small business grants for single mothers.
info_outline Children's Book Author, Illustrator, and Public Speaker with Michelle Nelson-Schmidt 11/15/2018
Children's Book Author, Illustrator, and Public Speaker with Michelle Nelson-Schmidt Life took some unexpected turns for Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. She moved away from an education that didn't fit and followed her fiery passion through hard times until it landed her where she knows she is supposed to be. With characters that introduce themselves to her, an incredible message of love and hope for children, and a passion for making kids feel okay exactly as they are, Michelle and her work are a world changing gift for us all! Listen in!
info_outline Therapist, Author, and Artist with Roya Dedeaux 11/13/2018
Therapist, Author, and Artist with Roya Dedeaux With one of her degrees in Recreation and Leisure, Roya Dedeaux practices what she teaches. Roya's passion for play guides her writing, teaching, therapy practice and parenting and she is sharing her valuable knowledge and observations with all of us in her soon to be published book "Protecting their Passions." Listen in as Roya talks about her unique childhood as an Unschooler, what her days are like, and how everything is coming together to create a blissfully productive passion filled life!
info_outline Travel Writer with Jodi Grundig 11/06/2018
Travel Writer with Jodi Grundig After spending time in Finance, Jodi Grundig became a mom and wanted something more flexible. She started a successful mom blog. Travel has always been Jodi's passion though, and she followed it. Listen in as award winning Travel Writer and founder of Family Travel Magazine Jodi Grundig shares how she went from Mom Blogger to Travel Writer, how she decides where to travel and what to write about, what it's like to live the life of a Travel Writer.
info_outline Winemaker with Amanda O'Brien 10/31/2018
Winemaker with Amanda O'Brien An island off the coast of Maine. Ferrying to work. A rhubarb toting Jeep. Pillar of the community. Sounds idyllic, right? While Amanda O'Brien is creating a life she loves it has not all been easy- building a business, and a life never is. Amanda's focus on community, local Farmers and learning is inspiring. Listen in as Amanda talks about starting Eighteen Twenty Wines, the many lessons she has learned, and creating something that is hers.
info_outline Communal Success and Monetizing Your Strengths 10/22/2018
Communal Success and Monetizing Your Strengths Communal success was not a term I was familiar with before talking with Jazmine Casado, founder of Casado Creative. Jazmine has created a unique and exciting model that allows businesses to achieve success alongside and with each other. Strengthening community, bettering the skills she already possesses, and designing the life that makes sense for her and her family is Jazmine's focus. Listen is as Jazmine shares her insights from learning to forge her own path!
info_outline Circus Acrobat, Contortionist, and Co-Founder of Acrobatrix with Leah Orleans 10/15/2018
Circus Acrobat, Contortionist, and Co-Founder of Acrobatrix with Leah Orleans What if you or your kids only focus on one thing? It can feel stressful- as though we should force our kids or ourselves to try other things. Leah Orleans is a Circus Acrobat, Contortionist, and Co-Founder of Actrobatrix. With the support of her parents, Leah has singularly focused on this her whole life. Now, it's her passion, love, joy, and full time income. Join us as Leah shares what her days are like and how she trains, writes her shows, and manages her thriving business.
info_outline Myofunctional Therapist with Laura Eckhardt 10/09/2018
Myofunctional Therapist with Laura Eckhardt Do you or someone you love snore? Have TMJ? ADHD? Thumb Suck? Have back or neck pain? You will be fascinated listening to this episode with Laura Eckhardt, Myofunctional Therapist. This is a special episode. It was the situation I talk about in this episode that led to my long walks listening to podcasts, which led to Real Women's Work. Laura is a compassionate therapist who is excellent at what she does. Treatment with Laura felt like magic to me! Join us for this special episode of Real Women's Work!
info_outline Starting a Large Women's Organization with Krystal Covington, Founder of Women of Denver 10/02/2018
Starting a Large Women's Organization with Krystal Covington, Founder of Women of Denver It's easy to think that people are born with the skills they are good at, but something that looks easy or natural may have taken a lot of work to develop. This is true for Krystal Covington, founder of Women of Denver. As an introvert who has lived with shyness, Krystal now leads events and an organization for hundreds of women. Listen in as Krystal shares her wisdom, experience, and tools for developing those things we wish we were better at!
info_outline Game Developer and Freelance Writer with Crystal Mazur 09/25/2018
Game Developer and Freelance Writer with Crystal Mazur Whether you are a huge fan of Role Playing Games or barely know what Dungeons and Dragons is, you'll be able to relate to Award Winning Game Developer and Freelance Writer Crystal Mazur as she talks about Impostor Syndrome, her unique writing practice, and her surprise at winning an Ennie! Crystal's observations, honesty, and helpful reminders encourage us all to pick up that creative project we think we are not capable of doing!