a podcast by and about women
a podcast by and about women
Tes is a long-time blogger and foodie. For the past 10 years, she’s focused her blog and work around women’s issues. This is her long-form interview podcast. She’s lined up women activists and volunteers from around the world to tell their stories and the stories of the women they work with.
Today, Tes talks with Sarah Dayan Mueller. Sarah is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of two novels, including Home in a Hundred Places and Greater than the Still.
Sarah received her B.A. in Communications and B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo. She went on to Brooklyn College to receive her Master of Science in Education with a focus on School Counseling, as well as her Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Trident University.
Aside from writing her next novel, Sarah enjoys playing piano, ukulele, photography, and traveling the world. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son, and mother.
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Today, Tes speaks with Leilanie Marianetti. Leilanie is a wife, mother of three and caregiver to her husband for the last 24 years.
As a child she used to write stories. Being creative always seemed to spark joy for her. She continues to write today, only now, they’re stories about what she knows best: her life, sharing the joys and struggles of caregiving, and how God’s amazing grace has had its hand through all of it.
Her hope is that by sharing her story she can raise awareness on caregiving and shed light on God’s glory.
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Today, Tes talks with Lyn St. James. Named one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated, Lyn St. James has set 21 national and international speed records. As a seven-time competitor in the world’s largest sporting event – the Indianapolis 500 – St. James earned Rookie of the Year Honors in 1992 and competed in 15 IndyCar races. She has competed all over the world, including twice at the 24 Hours of LeMans (1989, 91) with victories in the IMSA Series at Watkins Glen, Road America, Daytona, and Sebring.
As recipient of the prestigious “Spirit of Ford” award, the “Guiding Woman in Sports Award”, the “Office Depot Visionary Sportswoman of the Year” and named on Automotive News list of the
Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry, she is an ideal speaker on women’s issues, gender
and diversity. She serves on the board of ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee of the
United States) and on their Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and represents North America on the FIA Women in Motorsports Commission. Lyn is passionate about mentoring young people in racing as well as women in automotive fields.
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Sara Knizhnik – Director of Community Engagement – Newtown Action Alliance/Advocate for Gun Violence Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform
Today, Tes talks with Sara Knizhnik. Sara holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She served as a university-level English-as-a-Second-Language Instructor at various universities in the Chicago area for 17 years before becoming first a volunteer, part-time gun violence prevention (GVP) advocate with Moms Demand Action and then a full-time, professional GVP advocate with the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA). Sara is the Director of Community Engagement for NAA, a national gun violence prevention (GVP) organization founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT in December 2012. Sara is also one of the Principals and founders of Purpose Storytellers, a clever public affairs firm dedicated to helping nonprofits get to the next level of policy influence and thought leadership. Sara spends her time, as both a professional and a volunteer, educating the public about how they can become active in the movements in support of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. She is also a Vernon Township Trustee. Sara lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois with her husband and two children.
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Today, Tes talks with Ilina Ewen. Ilina has been called many things. She is a writer, marketing and brand strategist, communicator, advocate, and ally for equity and representation. With over 25 years of marketing and communications experience in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors, Ilina specializes in translating consumer insights into profitable ideas.
In 2003, Ilina started her own consulting firm helping clients identify their brand and create effective communications and marketing strategies. In addition to her firm, she has worked as a communications and brand strategist, Chief of Staff to the former First Lady of North Carolina, and Communications Director for several organizations. Ilina currently serves as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Samet, a commercial construction management company in the Southeastern United States.
Working Mothers Magazine named Ilina one of the top working mom bloggers in America. She uses her voice literally and figuratively as a public speaker and writer and has been known as an “accidental activist” who dedicates her time and talent to advocate for myriad issues. Specifically, she works towards social justice, community building, child and family resources, and women’s rights.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ilina loved to travel. Nowadays her spare time is spent watching mindless, guilty pleasure TV shows or reading. Yet no matter the climate, Ilina is driven by food. She loves to cook, eat, travel, and read all things food-related. She has two teenage sons and has been married for 21 years.
Today, Tes talks with Anthea Neri-Best. Anthea is an actress, singer, and human empowerment ambassador who appears as Kailani on TruTV’s Tacoma FD, NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mr. Mayor and as a chef and judge on Yummy TV’s HMExpress. She can also be seen in numerous commercials and heard in many video games. Throughout her career, Anthea has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dodgers’ Stadium, the Staples Center, and Lincoln Center; and she was a top-four finalist on GMA7’s Pinoy Pop Superstar. In addition, she has appeared in Here Lies Love, Oliver!, Mamma Mia!, and the off-Broadway musical, Disenchanted.
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