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.
Khem Khoeun – Skokie Village Trustee; President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial
Today, Tes talks with Khem Khoeun. Trustee Khoeun has lived in Skokie since 2005 and was elected to the Village Board in 2021. When initially elected to the Skokie Park District Board in 2017, she became the first Cambodian-American woman elected to public office in the United States. Trustee Khoeun holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Political Science from Loyola University, Chicago. She is a Certified SAFe Product Owner/Manager and, in 2018, received a Courage & Leadership Award from the Devata Giving Circle. In addition to serving as a Commissioner and Vice-President on the Skokie Park District Board from 2017 to 2021, her numerous civic involvements include serving as a member of the Fairview Parent Equity Group and a volunteer with the Asian American Caucus. Trustee Khoeun also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic.
Having been born in a refugee camp to Cambodian refugee parents, she currently serves as the President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial. She and her husband chose to live in Skokie to raise their children, now ages 9 and 11.
Trustee Khoeun enjoys Skokie’s ease of access to the expressway and public transit, the excellent schools, beautiful parks, affordable homes and the great diversity that all make Skokie a welcoming, safe place to live.
To learn more about Khem Khoeun:
Twitter & IG: @friendsofkhem
Today, Tes talks with Patricia Pastor. Patricia is a human rights attorney focused on immigration law and sexual assault law. Her work includes representing unaccompanied youth immigrants fleeing their countries due to gang violence, poverty, injustice, political and religious persecution. She pursues the release of detained migrants and works with families seeking permanent residency based on marriage and family relationships.
Patricia pursues justice for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. She has a long-
standing commitment to combating violence against women. Her work is informed by
her prior experience investigating child sexual and physical abuse allegations for the
NYPD and her history as a general counsel overseeing employment investigations.
As Legislative Lead for NOW NYS and President of Nassau NOW, Patricia has been
instrumental in promoting the election of women who demonstrate the values of equity
for all and ethical leadership. She petitions for legislation on issues critical to women and marginalized communities. Possessing a deep sense of justice for these communities, Patricia regularly contributes pro bono legal services in immigration, at U.S. borders, and to victims of domestic violence.
To learn more about Patricia Pastor:
Twitter: @2020TimesUp and @NowNassau
Osprey Orielle Lake – Founder & Executive Director of the Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN) Intl
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.”
To learn more about Osprey Orielle Lake and WECAN International:
Photo credit: Erik McGregor
Today, Tes talks with Kim L. Hunt. Kim is a lifelong learner who continues to hone and invest her passion in organizational leadership, Black and LGBTQ+ liberation and storytelling. For over 25 years Ms. Hunt has used her platforms in storytelling, public speaking and civic engagement to curate brave, inclusive spaces for social change. She is currently the executive director of the Pride Action Tank (PAT), a project of AIDS Foundation Chicago, where she also serves as the senior director of Policy & Advocacy Operations. PAT is a multi-issue project incubator and think tank that focuses on action that leads to improved opportunities and outcomes for LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups. Kim was previously the executive director of Affinity Community Services, a 25-year-old social justice organization that focuses on Black LGBTQ+ people. Prior to her work in LGBTQ+ communities, Kim’s work focused on urban planning and community and economic development. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and being named a Crain’s Chicago Notable LGBTQ Executive. She serves on the boards of Brave Space Alliance and One Roof Chicago, the OUT at CHM Planning Committee, the advisory boards of OTV and Wille’s Warriors. She is a founding co-host of OUTSpoken LGBTQ Storytelling, a monthly show in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, and a published author. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Iowa State University, a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Kim lives in Chicago with her wife and has three adult children and a dog.
To learn more about Kim Hunt:
Photo credit: Rebecca Parrish of Interchange Productions
Sally Lou Oaks Loveman is the former audience producer for
The Oprah Winfrey Show who lives her purpose by
connecting with audiences. When she was age fourteen, she
tuned into her passion for television when she was an
audience member at The Mike Douglas Show and spotted a
woman on the set with a clipboard. Sally Lou had no idea what
this woman did, but she knew she would do it one day too.
After her thirty-six-year career in television and having
entertained over half a million people from the Oprah stage,
Loveman shares her “do what you love” message through her
business, lovespeaks, and her new book Speak: Love Your
Story, Your Audience is Waiting
Blending the genres of memoir and self-improvement, Speak
shares Sally Lou’s story while offering tips to help readers
become better speakers and storytellers. Filled with humor
and truth, Speak encourages readers to speak, to speak up, to
speak their story, to speak without fear and to have some fun
with it. Speaking well in front of others is not only a career
asset, it’s a life asset and Sally Lou Loveman is on a mission to
prepare everyone for their stage.
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