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.
Jeanette Brown – President of Excellence & Presence Communications
Today, Tes speaks with Jeanette Brown. Jeanette has brought effective public relations, branding, marketing and positive crisis resolution solutions to clients across a variety of industries. When thousands of loyal Maker’s Mark Bourbon drinkers revolted online after Maker’s Mark announced they were lowering the alcohol content in the iconic product, Jeanette was a key member of the team Beam Suntory, the parent company, hired to restore customer confidence in their brand. Swift action with the brand owners, communication in social media and consumer influencers brought what would be called a faux pas comparable to Coca Cola’s 1980s misstep to a footnote in bourbon history. Within a week Maker’s Mark fans’ confidence was restored as they happily awaited the return of the original proof bourbon they had grown to love.
In 2016, she managed the “dieselgate” Volkswagen and Audi emissions scandal. By quickly digging in and understanding the problem facing the automaker, confidence in the restoration process was restored as lawsuits became the headlines. The following year, she managed communications for PepsiCo while they pulled an ad featuring Kendall Jenner that was racially insensitive and borrowed heavily from Black Lives Matter. In 2020, Jeanette led the team in managing New Orleans based Tales of Cocktails Foundation, through a robust PR and Risk Management program to announce its first-ever virtual seminar. EPC secured a renowned anti-bias keynote speaker, drafted speeches for the organization’s leaders and procured its first-ever multicultural media partners and diversity events. Jeanette graduated from The City College of New York with a B.A. in Communications. In addition to working on several corporate crisis and diversity programs, she earned a DEI certificate from the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice.
Jeanette is a Brooklyn, New York native whose family tree branches reach the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Jamaica. Her appreciation for community, family, and culture developed while growing up in Bushwick’s multi-ethnic neighborhood. The sounds of Latin music filled every bodega, the aroma of exotic dishes infiltrated the air, and everyone was treated like family at celebrations.
Today, Jeanette lives with her sons Dylan and Derek in Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not enjoying episodes of the Power Rangers or tracking the latest OG 1s drop, she studies plants and healthy lifestyle practices to remain grounded as a mom, business owner, and self-proclaimed sneaker connoisseur.
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Dr. Shruti Kapoor – Founder of Sayfty (Re-Release)
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist, Tedx speaker and social entrepreneur. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, she founded her organization, Sayfty. Its goal is to educate and empower women and girls in India against gender-based violence.
Dr. Kapoor was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in global policy in 2019. The BrahmaKumaris awarded Dr. Kapoor the “Achievement and Excellence in Human Rights” in 2019. The Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2019 honored Dr. Kapoor as one of the “30 #WebWonderWomen“ who has been driving a positive agenda of social change via social media. In 2018 Richtopia named Dr. Kapoor as one of the top 100 leaders from multilateral global organizations. In 2016, The White House nominated Dr. Kapoor as a change maker for The United State of Women’s Summit 2016, and in India she was named the winner of Barclay’s 2016 “We are the City 50 Rising Stars Award”. In 2015 Femverstising awarded the “People’s Choice Award” to Sayfty for their campaign promoting gender equality, and was chosen to receive a State recognition award by the Uttar Pradesh government in India for the organization’s work advocating for the safety and education of girls. Also, in 2015, Dr. Kapoor was awarded the Rex Karamveer fellowship, whose aim is “to share impactful ideas for action and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope”. Additionally, Dr. Kapoor received the 2015 “Woman of the Year Award (third prize)” from the Regional Council of Aosta Valley, Italy.
Dr. Kapoor earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and has worked with International organizations such as The World Bank and UN Women. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kapoor served on the core organizing committee of UN’s Youth Forum for the Commission on the Status of Women 2017.
Dr. Kapoor has addressed many public forums including Tedx Gateway, various sessions of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, UN Women’s events, The World Forum On Urban Violence, IIT Delhi, Merit 360, and the World Woman Summit. She is a regular contributor on gender issues and a network member of Apolitical, a global policy platform and a network of policymakers and thought leaders. As a “World Pulse Impact Leader and Digital Change Maker”, Dr. Kapoor is dedicated to media, digital and traditional approaches to strive for gender equality and gender responsive implementation of the “Sustainable Development Goals”. She is an active user of social media and you can connect with her at:
To find out more about Sayfty and My Ambar app:
My Ambar app – www.myambar.org
April Martini – Co-Founder, Forthright People
Today, Tes speaks with April Martini. April spent the first 15 years of her career exploring all of the ins and outs of agency life. A believer that learning never stops, and the more experiences we amass, the better we are able to solve life’s many challenges, April has made conscious moves throughout her career to do just that. With a design and MBA business foundation, plus years spent in agencies from branding to design to CPG to advertising to production, April spent her days doing much more than the work. What she knows is how to deal with tension, manage people and personalities, and how to identify and sell the right work to the right clients, which is what really matters in business. She brings her expertise to help others do it even better, especially when it comes to building new capabilities and the teams to support them. April firmly believes that fundamental to success in business is the ability to network, and that as a result, strong, authentic relationships open doors and move businesses forward.
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Tes Silverman – Host of r(E)volutionary Woman podcast for her 100th episode
Tes Silverman was born in Manila, Philippines and has been a New Yorker for over 40 years. Moving from the Philippines to New York opened the doors to the possibility of a life of writing and travel. Before starting a family, she traveled to Iceland, Portugal, Belgium, and France, all the while writing about the people she met through her adventures. After starting a family, she became a freelance writer for publications such as Newsday’s Parents & Children and various local newspapers. In 2014, she created her blog, The Pinay Perspective. PinayPerspective.com was designed to provide women of all ages and nationalities the space to discuss the similarities and differences on how we view life and the world around us. As a result of her blog, she has written for BlogHer.com and has been invited to attend and blog about the Social Good Summit and Mom+Social Good. In addition, she was the Managing Editor of a newsletter for a local grassroots activism group, ATLI(Action Together Long Island). Currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA, she is the host and producer of r(E)volutionary Woman podcast and the World Voice Editor for World Moms Network, continuing to write stories of women and children who make an impact in their communities and provide them a place to vocalize their passions.
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Dr. Taryn Fletcher – CEO & Founder of Truly POC Inc.
Today, Tes talks with Dr. Taryn Fletcher. Dr. Fletcher is a life coach, and the founder and CEO of Truly POC Inc. Truly POC Inc. helps educators and parents become culturally immersed in BIPOC experiences and take action. In her programs, people learn from one another and see the beauty and resilience in BIPOC experiences in order to buck dated systems and create a future we can all be proud of. Dr. Fletcher is also a former deputy superintendent, bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and award-winning community educational leader. Her book IN ALL LANES is an Amazon bestseller in 3 categories. She’s also a wife and mother from the first state, Delaware.
To learn more about Dr. Taryn Fletcher, Ed.D.
IG, LinkedIN, Facebook, and Twitter: @drtarynfletcher
Alisha Monique – Founder of Alisha Monique Public Relations
Today, Tes talks with Alisha Monique. Alisha is a communications and public relations strategist, specializing in comprehensive strategy development, media relations and brand management. She has served as lead communications counsel and spokesperson for global organizations as well as non-profit and startup organizations.
Throughout her career she has worked in several industries including education, nonprofit, and
hospitality. Some of her most memorable work experiences include curating behind-the-scenes
experiences for top-tier journalists for the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend 2011 in Las Vegas, leading publicity efforts for DICK’S Sporting Goods community marketing initiatives, and coordinating fun events for Wild Turkey Bourbon. Alisha also served as an adjunct delivering lectures on interpersonal communications and public speaking.
Today, Alisha is the proud owner of a New Jersey-based boutique public relations agency that specializes in beauty and lifestyle brands. Her client roster is 100% women and minority entrepreneurs. Past and current clients have been featured in national and regional media including CNN, Insider, FOX Sports, NFL Films, Philadelphia Inquirer and The Business Journals.
Alisha holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey and M.S. in
Communication from Drexel University. She is on track to complete her doctorate degree at Drexel University this year.