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 Audrey Mugeni Mumuli. Audrey is the Co-founder of Femicide Count Kenya. This is an initiative that started as a Facebook page reporting on the number of women and girls who have died from femicide, and has since become a registered organization.
Femicide Count KE is an organization that aims at creating a national database on the deaths of women caused by violence and bringing to light the rates of femicide.
Audrey is a professional in non-governmental programming in national, regional, and global interventions for marginalized communities facing gender-based violence and war.
She got into this profession close to 10 years ago when she decided to study social work at University. She had a front-row seat to the marginalization of girls and women in her community.
For the past few years she has been developing her expertise in gender mainstreaming of programs in organizations, protection, and safeguarding of underserved vulnerable women and children. She has strengthened her capacity in grant management and program planning, growing her talent in mentorship and the development of organizations.
She is passionate about her work out in the field, continually expanding her work experience in national and international settings, as well as earning an MA in Gender and Development.
To learn more about Audrey Mugeni Mumuli:
Today, Tes speaks with Carolyn Ray. Carolyn believes that anything is possible when you set your intention and follow your intuition. After 25 years in consulting, most recently as the CEO of Interbrand Canada, she gave up everything she owned to travel full-time after a transformative trip to Kenya with her daughter in 2018. The following year, through a series of coincidences, she unexpectedly became the owner of JourneyWoman, the beloved women’s solo travel publication founded in 1994 to empower women with travel as a shared passion.
During the pandemic, she transitioned to a new career as a professional travel writer and is now expanding JourneyWoman’s services as the world’s leading resource for solo women travelers beyond editorial into a thriving community of over 60,000 women 50+ around the world, with private forums, a book club, webinars, and events including her first wellness and travel retreat, Women’s Travel Wisdom, in October 2022. In August 2021, she acquired a second website which connects women travelers with women-owned businesses, creating the world’s largest Women’s Travel Directory with hundreds of verified women-friendly tours, retreats, guides and accommodations around the world. Carolyn is a board member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Travel Media Association of Canada. Trained as a CTI Co-active Coach, Carolyn actively mentors emerging leaders and was ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 female entrepreneurs on the PROFIT/ Chatelaine W100 list.
To learn more about Carolyn Ray:
Today, Tes speaks with Sophie Poldermans. Sophie is a Dutch author and the owner and founder of the platform “Sophie’s Women of War,” shedding light on women leaders in times of conflict, crisis and change. She is a best-selling author, international speaker, lecturer and
consultant on women and war and women’s leadership, advocating women’s rights
around the globe.
Poldermans is the author of the New York Post & Amazon best seller Seducing and Killing Nazis. Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII (USA, 2019). She personally knew Truus and Freddie Oversteegen of the book for 20 years and worked closely with them for over a decade as a board member of the Dutch National Hannie Schaft Foundation.
She is residing in the Netherlands and has degrees in Dutch Law,
International Criminal Law and Human Rights (University of Amsterdam); Peace
and Conflict Studies (UC Berkeley, USA); Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC,
Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria) and certificates in Women’s Leadership (Yale School
of Management, USA), Business Innovation (Columbia Business School, USA) and
Negotiation (Columbia Business School, USA).
To learn more about Sophie Poldermans:
TV interview Chicago: https://youtu.be/LsCH7lzGemE
Full list: https://sophieswomenofwar.com/media/
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.
To learn more about Jeanette Brown:
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
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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