Podcast: rEvolutionary Woman

Naomi Mellor – Founder of Everybody Media & the International Women’s Podcast Awards

Naomi Mellor is a multi-faceted and multi-talented podcast host and producer, entrepreneur and veterinarian. Since starting her first podcast, Smashing the Ceiling, she has hosted and produced multiple successful shows, with clients including Nestlé and Closer Still Media.  She is the founder of The Skylark Collective, first European-based community for women and people of marginalized …

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Rebecca Bender – Founder of Little Bug Store & RAB Marketing

Rebecca Bender is an Award-Winning Marketing Strategist, and founder of Little Bug and RAB Marketing a boutique consultancy that empowers brands and marketing leaders with strategic guidance, integration assistance, email funnel creation, and more, that unleash new levels of success.

With experience on the frontlines of marketing and editorial at Sandboxx, the United States Air Force, the Japan Times, and Military.com, Rebecca’s uniquely military spouse based background is ever present in her experiences and gives her a firsthand understanding of military spouse life and the unique challenges marketing leaders face in military facing industries.

Her company Little Bug was recently named 2023 TOP CHOICE OF THE YEAR in the Baby Plush Lovie category by Baby Maternity Magazine and the 2023 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD in the Baby & Toddler Plush Products category by Creative Child Magazine.

Her writing and commentary can be found in major publications including The Japan Times and Kyoto News.

She is a two time children’s book author with her books “Henry the Sloth” and “Bev the Bear”.

To learn more about Rebecca Bender, Little Bug Store and RAB Marketing:

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Yazmin Castañeda – Founder of Origin Mexico (Re-Release)

Yazmin Castañeda is a first generation Mexican-American that currently lives in Austin, Texas with her daughters and husband. She was born in California and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. After 20+ years in the Real Estate industry, Yazmin decided it was time to pivot and pursue a different path that would better align with her personal values and her entrepreneurship spirit. In 2020, Origin Mexico was born with a mission to share Mexico’s heritage through the beauty of artisanal goods while helping artisan women share the craftsmanship that has been passed down through many generations. She is on this life path due to the many sacrifices made by her family and her goal is to honor those sacrifices by helping others that are seeking a better future for their families, just as her family did many years ago.

Yazmin enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and is working on being more present to better enjoy those small yet beautiful moments in life.

Updates on Origin Mexico and Yazmin Castañeda:
We are happy to share that we celebrated our 3-year anniversary this summer! And, now we work with over 100 artisans throughout Mexico. Here is a blog that describes our accomplishments: THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY – A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE AND ADVENTURE – Origin Mexico

We were also recently on Great Day Houston where we shared more about our brand and our mission: Origin Mexico and its Mission | khou.com

And, I was featured on Austin Woman Magazine: Yazmin Castañeda: More Than Clothes – Austin Woman Magazine (atxwoman.com)

I am a board member for The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – Austin Chapter and was recently a panel speaker at the Cafe con Leche event.

We are also so happy to share that you can find our products in 2 local boutiques and plan on expanding into more locations in the future.

Finally, here is a recent blog that talks about the Dia de Muertos celebration: The Complete Guide to the Celebration of Dia de los Muertos – Origin Mexico

To learn more about Yazmin Castañeda:
Website: https://originmexico.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/origin_mexico/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/originmexicogoods

Dr. Macie P. Smith – Licensed Social Worker/Speaker/Author

Dr. Macie P. Smith is nationally known for her work on dementia-competent practices and family caregiving matters. Her real-world unapologetic approach to practical caregiving has been published in national and international professional journals. She is a Licensed Gerontology Social Worker and an award-winning Alzheimer’s and dementia educator with over 22 years of experience coordinating care for aging and vulnerable populations. She is an advisory board member with Leeza’s Care Connection, founded by Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality & philanthropist Leeza Gibbons. Dr. Smith is also a best selling author. Her book, A Dementia Caregiver’s Guide to Care, has been featured on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers List for several weeks. In addition, Dr. Smith co-host’s a new talk show centered around dementia friendly conversations entitled Dementia Divas: Caregiving and the Arts.

To learn more about Dr. Macie P. Smith and her book, A Dementia Caregiver’s Guide to Care:
Facebook – Dr. Macie Smith
LinkedIn & Instagram: Dr. Macie P.

Sofie van der Meulen – Health & Data Law Expert; Diversity & Inclusion Advocate

Sofie van der Meulen is a lawyer by training with specific expertise in the fields of health and data law and she is a diversity and inclusion advocate. Last year she delivered her TEDx talk on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She is also the chair of the board of foodwatch Netherlands, a consumer rights organisation that fights for the right of consumers to fair, safe and healthy food. Sofie is the owner of DOversity, from which she undertakes her freelance adventures such as writing and speaking.

Jen Amos – Founder of Holding Down the Fort Podcast (Re-Release)

Today, Tes talks with Jen Amos. Jen is an award-winning podcaster and co-owner of an award-winning business.

Jen first found podcasting in summer 2019 as a way to work through her mild depression and bouts of loneliness. She had recently moved from San Diego, CA (her home of 20+ years) to now Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and fur baby.

Jen actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster connection, community and collaboration. She is known for her active listening skills, candidness, and ability to uncover powerful stories and universal lessons while conversing with her guests. Her favorite topics to cover on her podcast shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health. In less than two years (starting in summer 2019), Jen has been able to conduct nearly 500 podcast interviews.

Prior to podcasting and moving to the east coast, Jen received her Bachelor’s in Journalism emphasis Public Relations at San Diego State University and was fired from her fourth consecutive job in her young adult years. For a decade since, Jen has established a career in sales and in entrepreneurship with experience in the legal industry, online marketing, and now financial services.

website: jenamoscreates.com

Anniina Sandberg – Founder of Visit Natives

Anniina Sandberg is the founder of Visit Natives, a travel agency that promotes sustainable indigenous tourism in Tanzania, Norway and Papua New Guinea.

Anniina has a passion for exploring indigenous cultures. She has a MA in African Studies.

Anniina is raising funds for the Maasai women with her Mount Kilimanjaro Trek on 18-23 February 2024. You are welcome to join her expedition to climb the highest mountain in Africa!

To learn more about Anniina Sandberg and Visit Natives:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/theanthropologisttraveler/?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA%3D%3D
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitnatives?paipv=0&eav=AfaN4c1NeDbrHhvUpRnGngUKhpT4FFkZFhPRaUrwJSHm_A_5PfFX8wM0y4rI6nVm1Gw&_rdr
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/visit-natives/

Jessica Cox – Motivational Speaker, “Positive Thinking” Business Consultant, Guinness World Record Holder (Re-Release)

My guest today is Jessica Cox. Born without arms, Jessica drives cars, surfs, scuba dives, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She believes that the way we think has a greater impact on our lives than our physical constraints. To prove her point while also overcoming her greatest fear, in 2008 Jessica became the first pilot in aviation history licensed to fly a plane with just her feet. Since then, she has visited 27 countries sharing her inspirational message as a keynote speaker.

To learn more about Jessica:

Website: https://jessicacox.com/
Facebook: JessicaCox
IG: rightfooted
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rightfooted/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF7Ogv-CKkU

Ngozi Okaro – Founder of Custom Collaborative

Ngozi Okaro advocates for a fashion industry that honors planet and people. She founded Custom Collaborative to support immigrant & no/low-income women launching sustainable fashion businesses and careers. Custom Collaborative serves fashion-industry entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers who value ethical fashion. Ngozi is a Commissioner of the NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission, and a Director of …

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Hana Shannon – Artist (Re-Release)

Today, Tes speaks with Hana Shannon. Hana is a classically trained painter from the Czech Republic specializing in portraiture.  She received her Master’s degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and moved to the US over a decade ago to pursue her painting career. The energy and freedom of NYC have always provided great inspiration.

Maggie Kane – Founder of A Place at the Table

Maggie Kane first and foremost has a passion for loving people. Full on hype queen, she is a speaker, entrepreneur, and Executive Director with a special focus in nonprofits and small, killer coffee shops.

8 years ago, Maggie founded A Place at the Table, Raleigh’s, NC’s pay-what-you-can nonprofit cafe, which has fed thousands of humans some incredible food, and an even better community. She believes strongly in the power of unconventional communities and showing everyone she meets that they have a place at the table.

She is a proud member of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance board, Band Together Advisory Board, and Feed the Pack Food Pantry Advisory Board at NCSU.

She lives in Raleigh, loves to jump rope, and eats a large amount of peanut butter. She loves hiking in the mountains and hour-long tattoo appointments. You’ll find her watching movies at the theaters in those big comfy chairs, skydiving, or breaking away for a quick 2-day weekend trip.

To learn more about Maggie Kane:
Table Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tableraleigh/
Table Website: https://tableraleigh.org/
Segment on Kelly Clarkson Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkQJeAFzZHc

JoAnna Haugen – Founder of Rooted

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.

To learn more about JoAnna Haugen:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootedstorytelling/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahaugen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanna_haugen

Dena Prastos – Founder of Indigo River

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.


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.

To learn more about Dena Prastos and Indigo River:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denaprastos/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/indigo-river-consulting/

Amy Andersson – Conductor & Producer

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
released soundtrack.

Danniele Miller – Program Manager, Daughters for Earth

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.

To learn more about Danniele Miller and Daughters for Earth:
Website: https://daughtersforearth.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daughtersforearth/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Daughters4Earth
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daughters4earth/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@daughters4earth/

Megan Flood – Founder of Marine Lane

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.

To learn more about Megan Flood and Marine Lane:
Website: https://www.marinelane.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marinelane/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marine-lane/

Abby Pariser – A Member of Jane

Abby J. Pariser attended Barnard College, receiving her BA in American History in 1967. She also received her MA in 1975 at Roosevelt University, Chicago. Abby participated in the movement against the war in Vietnam during college and became part of Chicago Women’s Liberation Union at its founding in 1968. She joined Chicago Abortion Counseling …

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Marinel de Jesus – Founder, Brown Gal Trekker, Equity Global Treks, & The Porter Voice Collective

Marinel M. de Jesus, Esq. is a former civil rights lawyer from Washington,
DC, who turned her passion for hiking into a full-time endeavor as a social
entrepreneur, solutions-focused journalist, and speaker.

She is the founder of the award-winning media platform, Brown Gal Trekker, and mountain trekking enterprise, Equity Global Treks, both of which aim to elevate the status and
roles of women and indigenous communities in the outdoor and travel
industries. Marinel is a full-time global mountain nomad and travels to
mountain destinations regularly to explore adventure travel initiatives that are
community-led and/or focused on female leadership in the industry.

In 2019, she founded the non-profit human rights organization, The Porter Voice
Collective, which aims to advocate for the human rights of porters in Peru,
Nepal, and Tanzania and Workforce Equity Tourism as a form of sustainable
tourism through the use of storytelling and all forms of media.

Marinel has written for various outdoor & travel publications such as the Alpinist
Magazine, Outside, Fodor’s, Backpacker Magazine, Huffpost, and Adventure
Journal. She was a Board Member of the American Hiking Society & JEDI
Committee Chair from 2020-2022 and a Brand Ambassador for Osprey &
AKU Trekking Shoes.

To learn more about Marinel de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker, Equity Global Treks, & The Porter Voice Collective:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/browngaltrekker/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrownGalTrekker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgtexplorations

To learn more about The Porter Voice Collective, please go to:

The film KM82: The Porter Voices of Peru’s Camino Inca is having an advance screening from May 25th-June 8th. To view a private screening of the film, please fill out this registration form:

Adi Kaplan – Owner, Facial Healing by Adi

Adi Kaplan has a Masters in Industrial Engineering, but went a totally different direction. At the age of 40, when many of her friends decided to go the Botox way, she knew she was going to work her way into well-aging (as she is not “anti” anything 🙂 ) and decided to go the NOtox way! She will go a long way to reduce her wrinkles, get a glow to her face and look great THE NATURAL WAY. Besides, her motto is that every wrinkle she has – she earned with hard work 🙂 She loves treating people, loves seeing results, and most of all – loves getting compliments from clients after each and every treatment.

To learn more about Adi Kaplan and Facial Healing by Adi:
Website: https://www.fhbyadi.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/facialhealing/

Ofra Abramovich – Founder of Mamanet – Mothers League

Ofra Abramovich is the Founder of Mamanet – Mothers League, which is the largest women’s league and the 3rd most popular sports branch in Israel.

Mamanet has thousands of active mother players participating in close to 1500 teams
located in municipalities all over Israel, Cyprus, Austria, Italy, USA, Canada and Switzerland
Singapore and more.

She devotes her life to promoting Mamanet’s philosophy where mothers should be able to
belong to a sports team and thereby lead a healthy and active life. The motto is, “Every
mother can.”

As such, these mothers become a personal example and a role model for their children and
families. Mothers who participate in Mamanet have proven their ability to build a strong
community which becomes a platform to emphasize school pride, good sportsmanship,
professional competitions and enhancing community building and mutual aid. This model
was not only adopted by mothers from around the world, but also received recognition
from government agencies, the UN, sports agencies such as CSIT, the National Olympic
Committee, health & lifestyle companies and more.

The Ministry of Science is currently conducting a 3 year research which shows that Mamanet league increases social capital & promotes health and wellbeing.

Mamanet is currently in Las Vegas for its 3rd USA Mamanet Tournament between May 5th-7th, 2023. This tournament will have 200 players, 20 teams from around the state, as well as a Mamanet guest from Kenya and a guest team from Italy.
The final tournament will be held at CSIT World Games in Cervia, Italy on September 5-10, 2023.
Mamanet Mothers League(Israel), along with Mamanet Italy, has received an EU grant to establish Mamanet in 14 countries.

To learn more about Ofra Abramovich:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ofra-abramovich-ba4b66130/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ofra.abramovich?mibextid=ZbWKwL

To learn more about Mamanet:
Website: https://www.mamanet.org.il/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamanetisrael/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamanetisrael/?mibextid=ZbWKwL

Priyanka Modi – Alternate Learning Consultant

Priyanka Modi is an alternate learning coach and consultant who has worked in schools in various roles, including as a teacher and program coordinator. She has designed programs aimed at helping students gain volunteering experience. Her inspiration for writing comes from her nine year-old son, Adi.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Priyanka began exploring alternative approaches to learning, recognizing that the traditional schooling system may not be suitable for everyone. She researched various self-learning ideas, and incorporated them into her family’s daily routine. Priyanka and her family enjoy learning at their own pace, and utilizing the many online resources available to them. Adi’s interests change regularly, and as a result, his learning experiences vary as well. Priyanka appreciates that he has the freedom to explore whatever topics he’s interested in and is not restricted by a specific curriculum.

Priyanka studies the art of raising free learners and designing a lifestyle around it. She is passionate about writing and assisting others, which led her to start her blog. She is gradually getting to know numerous alternate learning explorers, and enjoys exchanging stories and sharing knowledge with them.

Priyanka’s objective is to demonstrate that other options exist and assist individuals in finding their own path in life. She strives to educate people about the numerous methods of exploring education, and believes that learning should be accessible to all.

To learn more about Priyanka Modi:
Website: https://www.educationnext.in/
To subscribe to her newsletter: https://educationnext.beehiiv.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyankamodi-educationnext/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/priyanka_educationnext/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/priyanka_optom

GG Stankiewicz – Artist

GG Stankiewicz grew up in Rhode Island and moved to New York City to pursue her art career.
She attended the Community College of Rhode Island where she received an Associate of Fine
Arts Degree. To continue her art studies GG headed to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
at Tufts University in Boston, MA where she earned a combined degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts
and Bachelor of Science in Art Education. GG completed her art studies by achieving a Master
of Fine Arts Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In
addition to her art practice, she served as a high school art teacher for the New York City
Department of Education. GG has co-founded artist-run organizations: SONYA (South Of the
Navy Yard Artists, Brooklyn, NY) and WBA (West Branch Artists, Walton, NY) and has served
on their events committees, assisting in all phases of planning and organizing community art
walks and art exhibitions for local artists. GG Stankiewicz is the recipient of the 2023 Delaware
County Individual Artist Grant, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York Legislature and administered in
Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group. This funding is making it possible for GG to create
her project: Patchwork Landscape, a new body of work inspired by the local nature and
ecology of Delaware County, New York. The artwork will be exhibited with an artist talk at the
Walton Theatre Parlor Gallery in Walton, New York in October 2023. The exhibition dates are
October 7th – November 5th 2023. GG lives in Delaware County New York and her studio and
gallery are in Delhi, New York.

About my art:
I am an abstract visual artist whose artwork is inspired most recently by the local nature existing
in the outdoor world where I live. When hiking the forests of Delaware County New York
experiencing the colors, lines, shapes, textures and patterns from the surrounding environment
they awaken my senses. Seeing the multiple horizons of the Catskills foothills, hearing the
sounds of running water from a nearby stream, glimpsing a pair of foxes, deer and other wildlife
in the distance, I am captivated by all of the activity within this unique landscape. I search for
reminders heart-shaped rocks, multi-colored leaves, wild flowers, or flotsam and jetsam along
the Delaware River. These vistas and artifacts forge a memory connection to specific times and
places. They are the inspiration for imagery and content in my artwork that is a compilation of
visual journaling, painting, papermaking, collaging and printmaking. My process involves
working with various media while referencing discovered objects, memory, photo
documentation, field guides, global and world art histories.

To learn more about GG Stankiewicz:
Website: https://ggstankiewicz.com/
Website: https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/gg-stankiewicz
Artwork Archive: It’s an art inventory platform/database that I use to showcase my
artwork, inventory my artwork and manage my art practice.
IG: @gg.stankiewicz.studio
WhatsApp: GG Stankiewicz
LinkedIn: GG Stankiewicz

Yazmin Castañeda – Founder of Origin Mexico

Yazmin Castañeda is a first generation Mexican-American that currently lives in Austin, Texas with her daughters and husband. She was born in California and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. After 20+ years in the Real Estate industry, Yazmin decided it was time to pivot and pursue a different path that would better align with her personal values and her entrepreneurship spirit. In 2020, Origin Mexico was born with a mission to share Mexico’s heritage through the beauty of artisanal goods while helping artisan women share the craftsmanship that has been passed down through many generations. She is on this life path due to the many sacrifices made by her family and her goal is to honor those sacrifices by helping others that are seeking a better future for their families, just as her family did many years ago.

Yazmin enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and is working on being more present to better enjoy those small yet beautiful moments in life.

Updates on Origin Mexico and Yazmin Castañeda:
Origin Mexico has grown their partnerships with Mexican artisans and now work with artisan families in 9 regions of Mexico. They have also expanded their pop-up events to cover Houston, Dallas, Waco, Austin, and soon, San Antonio.
Yazmin Castañeda recently joined the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas as a board member.

To learn more about Yazmin Castañeda:
Website: https://originmexico.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/origin_mexico/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/originmexicogoods

Patricia Greenberg – The Fitness Gourmet

Ushering in a new era of bite sized livable health, nutrition and fitness solutions, Patricia Greenberg, Aging Well Coach, is an expert in all aspects of living life to the fullest at any age. As the creator of Eat Well, Live Well, Age Well, she consults, teaches, and hosts a weekly show, and speaks at seminars nationwide. She has a special interest in enhancing the education of the general public, and providing accurate health information to today’s consumer.

Passionate about wellness for life, Patricia completed 20 marathons and 115 half marathons, and loves the sport of tower climbing, having conquered buildings all over the country. Married with a grown daughter, in her downtime she is an avid reader and knitter.

To learn more about Patricia Greeberg:
FB: Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet
IG: @thefitnessgourmet
Twitter: @fitnessgourmet
LinkedIn: Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet

Amy Impellizzeri – NYC Litigator Turned Author

Amy Impellizzeri is a reformed corporate litigator, former start-up executive, award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, and host of the Speak Studio original podcast, I KNOW HOW THIS (BOOK) ENDS. Amy’s novels have earned awards and recognition including INDIEFAB Book of the Year awards, the inaugural Francis Ford Coppola Books & Bottles Pick, National Indie Excellence Awards and more. New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristy Woodson Harvey calls her “a standout in the fiction world.” Kirkus Reviews (in a Starred Review) compared Amy’s latest novel, IN HER DEFENSE to Big Little Lies and called it “crackling courtroom drama.” Amy is also the author of LAWYER INTERRUPTED (published by the American Bar Association) and co-author of the newly available HOW TO LEAVE THE LAW, featured in Bloomberg Law, Boston Business Journal and more. New York Times Bestselling Author, Marie Benedict calls HOW TO LEAVE THE LAW “a wise and invaluable guide to lawyers.” Amy is a Tall Poppy Writer, a past President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, a 2018 Writer-In-Residence at Ms-JD.org, recipient of Ms. JD’s Road Less Traveled Award, faculty member in Drexel University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, and a frequently invited speaker at legal conferences and writing workshops. Connect with Amy at www.amyimpellizzeri.com.

Updates on Amy Impellizzeri’s work:
Her newest novel, BARR NONE, just hit shelves. A few blurbs are included below:

“Impellizzeri’s prose is shrewd and evocative ….”
-Kirkus Reviews

“The Firm meets the Devil Wears Prada in former attorney Amy Impellizzeri’s newest novel, Barr None, about the sacrifices required to succeed as a female attorney at New York CIty’s most prestigious law firm. A smart and thrilling page turner you don’t want to miss.”
-Danielle Girard, USA Today bestselling author of The Ex

“Dark, disturbing, and constantly unsettling. Amy Impellizzeri’s deep understanding of the perils of lawyering comes through in this cautionary tale about power, ambition, and the soul-crushing effects of stress and desire. Uniquely structured and instantly cinematic, Barr None is endlessly thought-provoking.”
-Hank Phillippi Ryan. USA Today Bestselling Author

“A twisty, jaw-dropping look at the rotten underbelly of a prestigious Manhattan law firm, BARR NONE’s tantalizing secrets unfold like the best true crime case. With the deftness and expertise of a former lawyer, Impellizzeri nails every hairpin turn with authenticity, telling a mesmerizing story where corporate law intersects with the darkest of human instincts.”
—Emily Carpenter, Bestselling Author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

“Razorsharp, Fierce with a capital F and with breathtaking twists, BARR NONE is a force to be reckoned with. Netflix, are you listening?”
-Barbara Bos, Managing Editor, BooksByWomen.org

To learn more about Amy Impellizzeri:
IG/Twitter: @amyimpellizzeri
FB: @impellizzeriamy@gmail.com

Simone Levine – New Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Candidate

Today, Tes talks with Simone Levine. Ms. Levine has dedicated her career to ensuring public accountability in the criminal courts. She is currently a major case prosecutor in the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting some of the most serious and violent offenses in the city.  Between 2015 and 2021, Ms. Levine ran Court Watch …

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Melissa Jaggernauth – Creator of OneZnality

Today, Tes talks with Melissa Jaggernauth. Melissa is the owner and creative genius behind OneZnality, an adjustable onesie. The birth of her daughter and feeling unprepared as a first-time parent inspired her to take the modern day onesie and give it a twist. The goal is for OneZnality to be a staple product for all parents to have in their home for their bundle of joy. Melissa believes every baby is unique and should have clothing to accommodate their uniqueness.

Melissa was born in the Caribbean West Indies on the island of Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Queens, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance from St. John’s University and her MBA from Wake Forest University. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is watching her inspiration behind OneZnality, her daughter, grow up right before her eyes. When Melissa is not dedicating time to growing OneZnality, she is working for an organization that builds affordable housing for low-income families, and she is traveling and creating memories with her family.

To learn more about Melissa Jaggernauth:
Website: https://www.oneznality.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneZnality-103625118852554
IG: https://www.instagram.com/oneznality/