This Buffalo-centric episode of Womankind focuses on Kristy Michelle, founder of the webzine Qween City! Kristy and I have a fun chat about the many offerings of Qween City, Kristy’s personal journey that led her back home, and the “badass bitches” that inspire us daily in this city.
As a Korean American woman who has called several countries “home”, Esther Kim has often felt “rootless” and as if she has not been able to find a country to claim as her own. In this episode of Womankind, Esther speaks of her intersecting knowledge and experiences of the Eastern and Western worlds, and of her work as an aspiring YA writer, a teacher, and the lead singer of Tokyo and the Boy.
When Karen Magill was thirty-five years old, she woke up to find an entire side of her body paralyzed. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with MS and found herself in financial crisis. Nearly twenty years later, Karen has redefined her life and joins Womankind as a published author, motivational speaker, and debt reduction coach.
This special mini-episode features Senator Karin Housley! Minnesota State Senator Housley has been many things throughout her life: a mother, an author, a broadcaster, a real estate business owner, and, now, a senator. During this episode, she gives Womankind listeners advice for juggling career and family life as well as advice for how to enter politics.
The American Flag. Girl Scouting. Bruce Springsteen. These are some of the topics of discussion with Womankind’s latest guest, TV producer and Girl Scout leader, Emily Berens.
Mother-daughter team Susan and Ciara Morreale are the owners of Her Story and Her Sanctuary, two Buffalo-based businesses that feature all female-produced products. In this episode, these two entrepreneurs discuss the dynamics of running a business together and the importance of self-care. Breast cancer is an issue that is close to these women’s hearts, and they are on a mission to change the conversation to reflect the true struggles of people with this deadly disease.
Rochester native and professional ballerina Aesha Ash is Womankind’s 25th guest! Aesha, creator of The Swan Dreams Project, is using her platform as a former ballerina to challenge stereotypes about black women and reach out to young girls to inspire them to dream big and see themselves as multi-faceted.
Maura Kutnyak, self-proclaimed “intellectual wanderer”, and host Kelsey Novits have a quality conversation about Maura’s journey into the field of public administration, her dabbling with forms of dance and performance (especially aerial dance arts), and the evolution of the podcast she hosts with her brother (Radio Ellipsis). Determined to “have it all”, Maura also discusses the unfair choices women are forced to make when balancing family and career.
Early in her career, Jackie Stroh quit her job at a bank to start her own consulting business. Nearly thirty years later, she hasn’t looked back! On this episode of Womankind, Jackie uses this journey to give listeners advice about life balance, taking leaps of faith, and being “fruitful” instead of busy.
Erin Bagwell is a girl who follows her dreams. She is the creator and director of Dream, Girl film, blogger at Feminist Wednesday, and host of BeaverTalk podcast. In this episode of Womankind, Erin shares what it takes to get a creative project off the ground and tells the story of how she met Oprah!