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.
Nicole Melancon – Freelance Travel Writer
Today, Tes speaks with Nicole Melancon. Nicole is a freelance travel and social good writer based in Minneapolis, MN. Nicole specializes in sustainable travel and shares her journey on her blog, http://www.thirdeyemom.com , and in other online and print publications. (My portfolio can be found here: www.nicolemelancon.com/porfolio
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Yolanda M. Gordon – Manager, Expansion and Advocacy for RESULTS
Today’s guest is Yolanda M. Gordon. Yolanda is from Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is the mother of three children. Yolanda started her advocacy journey in disability advocacy after her younger children received an Autism diagnosis. She learned how to advocate for her children’s educational needs. She also assisted parents in understanding the nuances of the federal education laws and how they intersected with state education laws. She has since worked to end poverty and how families experience safety net programs in the United States.
Yolanda is a former safety net program recipient. She currently works at RESULTS
Educational Fund as the Manager of Expansion and Advocacy. Her role includes being the coordinator for the RESULTS Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship which teaches young leaders, ages 20-35, how to speak to their members of Congress about ending poverty, making tax credits permanent, investment in global education, global nutrition, and affordable housing.
She is also a leader with her work on anti-oppression, intersectionality and poverty, and its effects on individuals and families. She has used her experience to lobby Congressional leaders of South Carolina on the needs of families in the state to ensure that their voices are heard. With over 400 phone calls, 30 pieces of media, and over 80+ lobby visits, Yolanda has become proficient in helping others advocate for themselves to make the greatest impact.
Yolanda is a Moth Trained storyteller, a TEDx speaker, and has spoken at many conferences and led many trainings from Missouri State University, Congressional Hunger Center, George Washington University Hunger Free Communities Conference, and The Aspen Institute.
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Misty Griffin – Author of Tears of the Silenced
Today’s guest is Misty Griffin. Misty is the author of her best selling memoir “Tears of the Silenced”. Misty wrote her memoir to raise awareness about child abuse and sexual assault coverup among the Amish and other strict religious groups.
Misty Griffin’s inspiring story takes you through her ordeal as a severely abused child and then
her experiences as a young woman in an Amish community- a place where pedophilia was
never reported or punished – and finally her escape and efforts to save her sister and bring the
perpetrators to justice, all while adapting to a modern life she had never known.
Now a Registered Nurse, happily married and with a child of her own, Misty has dedicated her
life to save children from the hell she endured. She is the Consulting Producer on the
documentary series about child abuse in Amish and other cloistered communities, which aired on Peacock this past May as “Sins of the Amish”. She has also been to D.C, accompanied by her former Mennonite friend Jasper Hoffman and spoken personally to a member of congress about sexual assault and child abuse among the Amish and Mennonites.
Misty hopes to pass legislation to mandate reporting of child abuse in cloistered communities
such as the Amish and to extend Erin’s Law – which mandates age-appropriate sex abuse
prevention education in public schools – to private schools and religious communities. Misty’s
change.org petition #invisible calls on Congress, the Senate and President Biden to take
Jannelle So – CEO/Executive Producer Jannelle So Productions (Re-Release)
Jannelle So – CEO _ Executive Producer Jannelle So Productions
Joanna Landau – CEO of Vibe Israel
Today, Tes speaks with Joanna Landau. Joanna is a British born Israeli lawyer and CEO of Vibe Israel, a non profit dedicated to enhancing Israel’s global image. She earned BA and MA degrees in Law from Cambridge University and an MBA, cum laude, from the Reichmann University in Israel. Before establishing Vibe Israel, Joanna worked as a lawyer in the high-tech industry and established two Internet start-ups based in Tel Aviv.
Joanna is a governor of Tel Aviv University, a member of the International Education
Committee of Taglit-Birthright and the Advisory Committee of Innovation Without
Borders, and a Director of Tel Aviv Global & Tourism, Tel Aviv Municipality’s global
marketing arm. In 2017, Joanna was chosen by Forbes Israel as one of the fifty most
influential women in Israel.
She lives in Tel-Aviv with her husband, three children and two dogs.
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Osprey Orielle Lake – Founder & Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International (Re-Release)
Today, Tes talks with Osprey Orielle Lake. Osprey is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International dedicated to accelerating a global women’s climate justice movement. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized energy future. Osprey serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations, and actively leads WECAN’s advocacy, policy and campaign work in areas such as Women for Forests, Divestment and Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, a Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal, and UN Forums. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book,”Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.”
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Photo credit: Erik McGregor