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.
JoAnna Haugen is an award-winning writer, speaker, consultant, and solutions advocate who has worked in communications-related positions in the travel and tourism industry her entire career.
She is also founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, social impact, and storytelling. Through Rooted, JoAnna helps tourism professionals decolonize travel experiences and support sustainability using ethical marketing and strategic storytelling.
An international election observer, intrepid traveler, and American expat, JoAnna currently resides in Carthage, Tunisia.
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As Founder and CEO of Indigo River, Dena Prastos, AIA, is the first “waterfront architect,” trailblazing a new category in the industry. Indigo River is a women-owned transdisciplinary design firm focused on progressive waterfront architecture, resiliency, and climate adaptation. A leading authority in New York Harbor and beyond, the firm specializes in climate adaptation through waterfront solutions that seamlessly transcend boundaries – guiding and executing projects from ideation through final construction and operations.
Waterfront architect, civil engineer, futurist, climate adaptation expert, entrepreneur, and creative original, Dena is driven to transform the built world at the water’s edge. With transdisciplinary and progressive views, she is fueled by the overlapping of design, technology, and nature.
Dena is a licensed architect with a graduate degree in civil engineering. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, she deeply appreciates nature and humankind’s ability to design, build, and create infrastructure in some of the world’s harshest conditions. Dena is an experienced leader of innovative leading projects around the world, directing infrastructure construction, marine
engineering, and the design of waterfront architecture. This experience has given her the tools to navigate the firm’s diverse client work with her unique vision and competency in construction, engineering, and waterfront architecture.
As a one-stop shop for solutions at the water’s edge, Indigo River works on notable projects around New York Harbor including East Side Coastal Resiliency in Manhattan, Robert De Niro’s Wildflower Studios in Astoria, River Ring in Williamsburg, and the Harlem River Greenway in East Harlem.
Before starting Indigo River, Dena worked at DCAK MSA Architecture and Engineering as the Director of Project Management and Business Development, McLaren Engineering Group as a senior project manager and The Conti Group. Dena earned her Bachelor of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where she subsequently completed a graduate degree in Civil Engineering. At NJIT, she was a Division 1 soccer player. After gaining valuable experience in the industry, she went to Harvard Business School’s “Leading Professional Service Firms” Executive Education program.
She serves on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) Future’s Collaborative. In 2021, she joined the AIA Resilience and adaptation Advisory Group, and in 2022 she was asked to join AIA’s YAF Summit 30: Mission 2130; the Summit seeks to respond to critical issues present in the profession, namely, to address challenges the architecture
profession will face in the next century, focusing on architecture, society, and our planet. She also serves on her local Planning Board in historic Grand View-on-Hudson, New York.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS: Registered Architect, NY, NJ & CT, AIA, NCARB, WEDG, LEED AP
ABOUT INDIGO RIVER:
Indigo River is a women-owned transdisciplinary design firm focused on progressive waterfront architecture, resiliency, and climate adaptation. A leading authority in New York Harbor and beyond, the firm specializes in climate adaptation through waterfront solutions that seamlessly transcend boundaries – guiding and executing projects from ideation through final
construction and operations.
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Amy Andersson is an Internationally recognized, Grammy-winning conductor and producer.
Named by British music critic Norman Lebrecht as “America’s most watched Symphony
Orchestra Conductor,” Andersson has been praised for her dynamic musicality, expressive
technique and cross genre repertoire. She has toured to over twenty-two countries
conducting concerts and recording sessions in symphonic, operatic, film, musical theatre
and video game genres. She has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS
Morning News, CBS Evening News and has garnered press coverage in the Wall Street
Journal, Variety, Forbes, and Huffington Post.
Andersson is founder and conductor of Orchestra Moderne NYC, which debuted at
Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and has won critical acclaim for her charismatic and
visionary accomplishments as creator and conductor of Women Warriors: The Voices of
Change, a live-to-picture symphony production and documentary film. Women Warriors has
won over twenty-four international film and music awards including four Telly Awards, a
Hollywood Music in Media Award, a GRAMMY in “Best Classical Compendium, a 2022 BMI
“Impact Award,” a 2023 SCL “Jury Award” and has screened at film festivals in more than
twelve countries, including the Fimucité International Film Music Festival in Tenerife.
Known for her commitment to the music of living composers, she has conducted the works
of composers Neal Acree, Elitsa Alexandrova, Peter Boyer, Nathalie Bonin, Jessica Curry,
Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Greg Edmonson, Isolde Fair, Sharon Farber, Steve
Jablonsky, Grant Kirkhope, Penka Kouneva, Bear McCreary, Martin O’Donnell, Kol Otani,
Starr Parodi, Lolita Ritmanis, Garry Schyman, Yoko Shimomura, Jeremy Soule, George
Strezov, Chance Thomas, Nobou Uematsu, Jack Wall, and Austin Wintory, among others,
either on the concert stage or in recording sessions.
Andersson has made guest appearances the St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony,
Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony,
Honolulu Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Spanish Philharmonic,
Berliner Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Stockholm Concert
Orchestra, Spanish National Youth Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Classic FM Radio
Orchestra of Bulgaria, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche
Philharmonie, Neiderrheinsche Symphoniker, LOH Orchestra Sonderhausen, Giessen
Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic, Monte Carlo
Philharmonic, Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra,
National Orchestral of Mexico, and at free-lance orchestras in Switzerland, Belgium,
Netherlands, Italy and Ireland. Andersson regularly conducted opera productions in
Germany at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheater
Aachen, Weikersheim Opera Festival, Rheinsberg Chamber Opera, and Schlosstheater
Schwetzinger. In 2017 Andersson completed a two year, world tour of the live-to-picture
concert Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.
Andersson is a devoted teacher and educator and known also for her work with youth
orchestras. She was adjunct conducting faculty at the Universität der Künste Berlin, music
director of the famed CPE Bach High School of Performing Arts in Berlin, and adjunct
faculty in Media and Film Scoring at Brooklyn College/Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
In Germany she conducted the Rheinberg Chamber Opera Festival and Weikersheim
Opera Festival for four summer seasons of productions that featured rising opera singers
and youth orchestras. She is currently conducting faculty at the USC Thornton in the Screen
Scoring department, and the Hollywood Music Workshop in Baden, Austria.
Current projects include Andersson as co-Executive Producer on the soon to be released
film (2023)Tahlequah The Whale: A Dance of Grief, by filmmaker Daniel Kreizberg, featuring
the music of Lolita Ritmanis. She is also conductor and co-producer of the soon to be
Born and raised in California, Janine Ayana Watkins now lives in Minnesota. How did that happen? Well, shortly after moving to NYC, she met the
Danniele Miller is the Program Manager for Daughters for Earth, a campaign and fund that aims to inspire all women to engage in climate change action by mobilizing $100 million for on the ground, women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth. Her passion for the environment is deeply influenced by the many women who paved the way to build a more sustainable world before her. Her past experience ranges from managing composting operations at a campus farm to local climate grassroots advocacy, and fundraising. She is a senior fellow through the Environmental Leadership Program and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Wilson College and a Masters in Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. Danniele currently resides in the Washington D.C. metro area with her husband and their two rescue dogs. In her spare time, she loves horseback riding, hiking in the mountains, art, and gardening.
Daughters for Earth passed its one-year anniversary since launching in March 2023. In just one year, Daughters granted $1.4M to nearly 60 women-powered projects that are protecting and restoring the Earth in 28 countries and the Arctic. You can explore the projects, which range from women protecting the Amazonian rainforest to rewilding college campuses, here.
Additionally, Daughters for Earth recently launched their inaugural Wise Daughters Council, an independent group of women from around the world to guide our philanthropic giving in an inclusive and just way, leading up to our next round of funding in fall 2023.
To stay updated on more news and events from Daughters for Earth, you can join their newsletter here.
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Megan Flood is the Founder of Marine Lane, a NYC design and branding studio she founded in 2012. For the last decade, Flood has led a team of creatives who are bonded by a shared love of design and belief in the power it has to connect, inspire, sell, and amuse.
Marine Lane, recipient of multiple industry awards, continues to attract a wide array of stellar clients who rave of the quality of work and service provided by a team dedicated to achieving client goals. Flood’s agency works with clients like BMW, Columbia University, Comcast, Cormetech, Foundation Partners, Hilton, JVC, New York Center for Autism, No Labels, Ogilvy, Rational360, RDY, Scientific Bioprocessing, Serendipity3, and The Pink Stuff.
The 24-hour/365-day-a-year commitment that comes with running the business is nothing compared to running after young sons Hayden, Rhys and Sonny the other 24-hour/365-days-a-year.
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