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 speaks with Jannelle So. Jannelle is a Filipino-American media pioneer, who made a name for herself as the creator, and original host and producer of America’s first and only daily talks show for and about the Filipinos, “Kababayan TODAY” on KSCI-TV LA18. The show that ran for 8.5 years under Jannelle’s leadership, was also the longest-running Filipino daily talk show outside of the Philippines.
Jannelle is now CEO / Executive Producer of her own company which she launched in 2015-Jannelle So Productions, Inc. In July 2017, she launched her new weekly magazine/lifestyle show, “SO Jannelle” which airs on US-wide cable channel The Filipino Channel, the premier Global Filipino Channel, with replays on ANC; and
with over-the-air distribution on KSCITV-LA18 in Southern CA.
Jannelle and her JSP team also produce internal videos for select corporate clients. During the pandemic, Jannelle has also become a hands-on mom to her 5yo daughter, Lilly and
2yo son, Leo; effectively balancing a thriving life of entrepreneurship and motherhood.
Jannelle’s hard work and accomplishments as a media practitioner has been recognized by
mainstream and Filipino organizations. This year, 2020 – Jannelle was included in the
prestigious list of 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINOS, to celebrate the 10 th year of TOFA,
The Outstanding Filipinos in America, at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, to which Jannelle
was first inducted in 2018.
In 2013, Jannelle received the Outstanding Community Reporting award from New America
Media, on her story about human trafficking. In the same year, Jannelle was honored by The Los Angeles Filipino Association of Filipino Employees for her contributions to the Filipino-
American media landscape. As well, she received the “Bayanihan” Spirit award from the historic
Filipinotown neighborhood council. In 2011 Jannelle received an Honorable Mention from the
Los Angeles Press Club at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. In the same
year, she was also named as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the US by Filipina
Jannelle is also very active in social work and community service. She currently serves as
Director of Strategic Partnerships of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations
(NaFFAA-National) and on the Board of NaFFAA Greater Los Angeles region. In 2012 – Jannelle was the youngest person elected to the Board of Directors for Gawad Kalinga-USA, a non-profit group aiming to eradicate poverty in the Philippines by building communities through values-formation and social entrepreneurship. In 2013 – Jannelle was also invited to join the LA
Associates Board of Teach for America, an American non-profit organization the aims to make
education available to children of low-income families. She is also a passionate volunteer for the
Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), a group dealing with domestic violence issues.
In 2012, Jannelle chaired the month-long Filipino American History celebration in the City of
Carson, CA, for which she was recognized as “Supreme Bayani (Hero)” by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce in the SouthBay. Carson City officials in Southern CA came out with a proclamation on Jannelle’s achievements.
Prior to migrating to the U.S. Jannelle was an accomplished media practitioner in the
Philippines where she had a 6-year print and broadcast journalism career, which includes
coverage of top local and international events such as the 1997 ASEAN Informal Summit in
Malaysia, 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok and 2002 Asian Games in Korea, 1998 Philippine
Presidential Elections, 2000 Centennial Celebrations in the Philippines, and 2006 NBA All-Star
Weekend in Houston, Texas. She has also regularly covered the fights of Philippine boxing pride
In addition to TV, Jannelle also maintained a weekly lifestyle column and a separate weekly
sports column in The Philippine Star, a national paper in the Philippines. Currently, Jannelle
has also written a weekly column in Balita, one of the leading Filipino American newspapers.
Jannelle graduated cum laude with a BA in Communication Arts, and was awarded second
honors of the entire graduating class from Miriam College, Inc., Philippines, where she was an
honor scholar. In 1998, Jannelle was nominated to the Top 10 Most Outstanding Students of the
Philippines. In Los Angeles, she took up a certificate course in print and broadcast Journalism at
CONNECT WITH JANNELLE:
On YouTube: YouTube.com/SoJannelleTV
On Facebook: facebook.com/SoJannelleTV
On Instagram: instagram.com/SoJannelleTV
On Twitter: twitter.com/JannelleSo
On Kumu: @SoJannelle
Today, Tes speaks with Jeannine Harvey. Jeannine is an award-winning content producer and brand strategist. She is passionate about the possibilities that emerge from the intersection of storytelling, community, and collaborative disruption. Jeannine is co-founder and chief partnerships officer for Feed Our Democracy (FoD), a Public Benefit Corporation that promotes civic engagement and community-led change.
Jeannine has long been an advocate for gender equality, and the health, rights and wellbeing of
women and children. At the ONE Campaign, she created and managed a girls and women’s
initiative designed to amplify voices and stories. As director of digital strategy at PBS, she
designed overall strategy and creative marketing campaigns to engage children and parents
around educational content.
She believes in the inherent good in people, that action leads to more action, and that sharing
our stories lead to connection and empathy.
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My guest today is Emily Teng. Emily knows a thing or two about dreaming. She has always dreamed of possibilities when others see problems. She knows what it’s like to be the underdog or misfit, fighting to be seen, valued, and heard as a sensitive soul to now leading an award-winning non-profit based in Singapore, Blessings in a Bag. Her friends liken her to Professor X saying: “Emily is not bald, but she takes in those who have been overlooked, forgotten, or left behind, and sees their unique gifts. She brings them together and uses their superpowers to change the world.”
Her decades-long work as a Community Leader received Singapore’s President’s Award for commitment to ‘rallying community spirit’ and Emily was also named world’s most inspiring leader and change-maker by Facebook in 2018. She also represented Singapore in the United States’ Women in Leadership in ASEAN as part of the Young South-East-Asia Leadership Initiative by the State Department of the USA. In 2019, she was honoured by Generation T Asia (Tatler) as “the next generation of influencers” who are changing the face of future leadership. In 2020, Women’s Weekly named Emily one of the ‘Great Women of Our Time’ in Public Service and Education.
She has taken her experiences and wisdom and turned it into a life of service for the greater good. She is currently located in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband where she lives out her new dream: supporting other change makers, visionary founders and heart-led leaders to rest, reimagine and birth their dreams to the world. In so doing, the world is transformed — one person and one dream at a time.
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Today, Tes speaks with Kirsten Doyle. Kirsten is a writer and content creator who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and now lives in Toronto, Canada. As a child she dreamed of a career in psychology, but after she obtained her Bachelor’s degree, life took her on a different path. She embarked on a career in information technology – the career that brought her to Canada in 2000. After she lost her job to corporate downsizing, she combined her love of writing with her passion for mental health advocacy and launched a career as a mental health and addictions writer.
Kirsten is a strong believer in human rights, and actively works to promote the rights of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disability communities. Through her athletics coaching and volunteer activities at the local elementary school, she has worked with many refugee children and their families. She is part of the Special Education Advisory Committee at the Toronto District School Board, and she is on the Board of Directors of Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario. She is also a member of the Community Police Liaison Committee, where she is advocating for anti-racism within the police system.
One of Kirsten’s pandemic projects was to start two new YouTube channels. Word Salad With Coffee is focused on writing-related content. She combines light relief (because we all need a good laugh) with writing tips for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills (because the world needs more writers). My Gen X Life is a channel where Kirsten talks about what’s going on with her family and offers her unfiltered opinions about the state of the world.
Kirsten lives with her husband and has two teenage sons. Her older boy is autistic and is a Special Olympics champion. Her younger son is a force of nature with big goals of his own to change the world.
Dr. Hilary S. Berger, Ed.D., LPC. is the Founder & CEO of Work Like a Mother®, a nationwide & award-winning career counseling program for women, and is a Mental Health based Career Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She proudly serves working women, stay-at-home mothers, college students, graduates, and career changers at all stages of their lives. For over 20 years Hilary has passionately counseled mothers to re-build their professional purpose, career competencies, and most importantly their confidence while raising children. Hilary has partnered with indeed.com, pioneered and successfully served close to 3000 women through her solution-oriented comprehensive career counseling system designed exclusively through the unique lens of women’s life stages and the realities of mother’s lives. She has written articles on the Career Implications for Stay at Home Moms, runs career academies, career boot camps, and intensive career accelerator programs for large and small audiences of women across all stages of life and work. She has been privileged to present the Work Like a Mother® career development model at the global National Career Development Association annual conference and is honored to be interviewed by numerous media outlets to raise awareness about issues facing professional women who become mothers. She has contributed to segments on this topic for TV, Radio, and Print Publications for USA Today, CBS, CNBC, Good Housekeeping Magazine, 1010Wins, Al Jazeera, and News 8 Connecticut, and related podcasts including REvolutionary Woman and Single Process.Me. She is a highly experienced college administrator, counselor, and adjunct instructor in psychology and career services at both private universities and public community colleges. She recently served as a career advisor for Teachers College, Columbia University where she is an alumnus, is now proudly affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Career Coaching Program, and was honored to serve this past year as co-chair for the professional development committee for MNYCCPOA and was the recipient for the 2021 Alva Cooper Award for best practices and most innovative counseling model for women. She is now dedicated to shaping a new narrative and framework for young women in high school and college to have a career roadmap for their future where motherhood is recognized as a legitimate aspect of their career journey She is an advisory board member and instructor for the SHE WORKS program through Connecticut-based, Live Girl.
Laureen A. Kelley founded LA Kelley Communications, Inc., in 1990, after her child with hemophilia was born. She wanted to provide practical educational materials for families with bleeding disorders. Laurie is the author of 10 books on bleeding disorders, including Raising a Child with Hemophilia and Success as a Hemophilia Leader. She was founder and publisher of the Parent Empowerment Newsletter (PEN) for 31 years, and PEN’s Insurance Pulse for 11 years. Laurie also founded Project SHARE, a humanitarian program that donates millions of dollars’ worth of blood-clotting medicine annually to impoverished patients in developing countries. She is founder and president of Save One Life, a nonprofit child sponsorship agency for children with bleeding disorders in developing countries.
Laurie was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and received her bachelor’s degree in child psychology from Regis College. She worked as a psychologist with handicapped children and adults for four years before earning her master’s degree in international economics and business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Laurie worked for six years as an economic consultant at DRI/McGraw-Hill, before devoting her life to helping patients with bleeding disorders.
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