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TWE RADIO: Trailblazer Sheila Ronning On Gender Equality in the Boardroom

Sheila Ronning, CEO Women in the Boardroom/Photo Courtesy of Sheila Ronning

Sheila Ronning, CEO/Founder Women in the Boardroom

By Stacey Gualandi/March 25, 2019

In honor of Women’s History Month, don’t miss my Brand New interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Sheila Ronning, the founder and CEO of Women in the Boardroom. With more and more women working their way up in companies nationwide, we wanted to hear Sheila’s advice on just how to make it to the boardroom.

Ronning is a sought-after speaker, as well as a networking and leadership expert. Seventeen years ago, as a PR executive who created successful networking events, she set out to increase the number of women getting the proverbial equal seat at the corporate table and that’s when Women in the Boardroom was born.

Women in the Boardroom logo/Photo Courtesy Sheila Ronning

To this day, the organization has successfully bridged the gender gap in the boardroom through “providing senior-level executive women with the tools, knowledge and connections for corporate board service.”

Ronning wants women to “show up, stand up and speak up,” and rather than focusing on the current negative gender statistics, she wants women to just “get off your butt and do the work.”

During our chat, we discuss why there is still gender parity, how to network and create the perfect “elevator pitch,” what are the steps to get in the seat, when to pursue corporate boards, and how to stand up to the resistance.

You will quickly see why Sheila Ronning is a trailblazer in working toward gender equality. “This isn’t a supply issue, it’s a demand issue,” she says.

And one last reminder from Sheila: “It’s never too early to start your path to sitting at the table!”

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TWITTER: @RonningSheila @boardroomwomen

FACEBOOK: @womenintheboardroom

LINKED IN: @Sheila Ronning

WEBSITE: www.womenintheboardroom.com

TWE RADIO: Filmmaker Kamala Lopez On the Movement to Ratify the E.R.A.

Stacey Gualandi chats with with Kamala Lopez, the award-winning actress, activist and director of the documentary Equal Means Equal. I think you will enjoy this fascinating “Her-story” lesson!

TWE RADIO: Filmmaker Kamala Lopez On the Movement to Ratify the E.R.A.

Kamala Lopez, actress, political activist and director Equal Means Equal/Photo Courtesy Kamala Lopez

Kamala Lopez

By Stacey Gualandi/March 1, 2019

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Kamala Lopez, the award-winning actress, activist and director of the documentary Equal Means Equal. I think you will enjoy this fascinating “Her-story” lesson!

In her 2016 film, Lopez tackled gender discrimination, legalizing equality and the mission long underway to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The film received Best U.S. Documentary (Audience Award) at Michael Moore’s TCF Festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

Equal Rights Amendment logo provided by Kamala Lopez, director of "Equal Means Equal"She also just received the inaugural YaleWomen Impact Award for Excellence, which she will accept at the National Press Club in March. It is described as an “unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today” and likely an early rallying cry for the current – and very timely –  E.R.A. ratification “movement.”

Many Americans don’t realize that the Equal Rights Amendment needs ONLY one more state to be ratified to the Constitution. (Myself included!) That’s right. Equal rights regardless of sex is still not in the Constitution. Congress passed the E.R.A in 1972, but it needs 38 states to be ratified.

So here we are, 57 years later, and women still don’t have equal rights under the law. Currently, intense efforts are focused on Arizona and North Carolina among others, having failed recently in Virginia; but as I write this, there is legislative and political push-back.

Lopez says she too was one of the 96% of Americans who thought we were already equal. “It really astonished me. How can we move forward if our foundation is quicksand?”  That is what motivated her to put this issue on a parallel track with her acting/producing career even though “people thought I was nuts!”

Lopez says, “The reality is [the E.R.A.] influences everything. It is the DNA of our country … if we don’t dig down and fix it, we’re never going to address these issues [of inequality] in a systemic, institutional way.”

Lopez hopes the attention on this high stakes ratification process will bring renewed interest in her documentary. Initially, she believes it didn’t get a lot of traction due to an “information vacuum” that she says continues to keep women from fully understanding how their rights are being “ripped off.”

Alice Paul's Woman's Party picketed the White House 1017/Photo: Library of CongressAlice Paul’s Women’s Party picketing the White House, 1917 (Library of Congress)

But her work is not done. Lopez says she is over halfway through Equal Means Equal The Sequel: This Time It’s Personal. She she says it will be completed when the E.R.A. IS ratified…this year! “The spirit of [women’s rights activist] Alice Paul will be proud. Women have waited way too long to be considered equal to men under our Constitution.”

If you would like more information about Equal Means Equal, host a screening party, or get involved in the E.R.A. movement, check out equalmeansequal.org.

From Kamala since the Virginia ruling, February 21, 2019:

“The fight is not over for E.R.A in 2019. There are strong movements in multiple other states and we WILL achieve equality for all Americans under law. Equal Means Equal will not rest until our Constitution reflects our principles and not those of 1787 when women were chattel.”

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Instagram: @equalmeansequal
Facebook: @equalmeansequalmovie
Twitter: @kamalalopez @equalmeansequal

TWE RADIO: Carole Brody Fleet On Loss, Widowhood and Taking Your Life Back

Stacey Gualandi chats with Carole Brody Fleet, widely credited as America’s go-to expert on grief recovery. She joins me in studio to talk about her latest book, Loss is a Four-Letter Word, a Bereavement Boot Camp For the Widowed, available now.

TWE RADIO: Carole Brody Fleet On Loss, Widowhood and Taking Your Life Back

Carole Brody Fleet, author, and Stacey Gualandi/Photo Courtesy of Stacey Gualandi | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio Show

Carole Brody Fleet and TWE Host Stacey Gualandi

By Stacey Gualandi/February 6, 2019

Be sure to tune in to my BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Carole Brody Fleet, widely credited as America’s go-to expert on grief recovery. Carole joins me in the studio to talk about her latest book, Loss is a Four-Letter Word, a Bereavement Boot Camp For the Widowed, available now.

Carole Brody Fleet's book "Loss is a Four Letter Word"/Photo: Courtesy Carole Brody Fleet | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio ShowWhen Carole Brody Fleet lost her husband Mike to ALS, she was a young mother of a 9-year-old girl. Resources on how to navigate this unimaginable and frightening “widowhood journey” were hard to come by so she began writing.

She understood what it meant to feel alone and marginalized, and “wanted to be someone that people felt they could turn to.”

This award-winning author is not only a wonderful writer and tireless advocate for widows, she is also a long-time friend of mine and TWE. I first interviewed her nearly a decade ago after my dad passed away.

Her first book Widows Wear Stilettos was well-received within the widow community and beyond, and was a tremendous help to both me and my mom. Since then, she has been a frequent and welcome guest on the show, and she is my “hero!” (How’s that for a four-letter word?!)

Loss is a Four-Letter Word is the fourth in a series dealing with grief (including Happily EVEN After and When Bad Things Happen to Good Women).

In this book, readers have to ask themselves, “What what am I doing to facilitate my own healing?”

Fleet then guides them through actionable, reasonable baby steps which can help them start moving in a forward-focus (not “get over”), positive direction…to a place of peace. Says the motivational speaker: “I’m needed to be compassionate, but beyond that, what are we going to do to fix this? That’s my job.”

Through her boot-camp style lessons and end-of-chapter affirmations she calls EKITA (an acronym for “Extra Kick In The Ass”!), Fleet says she hopes those suffering through a challenging life-journey will gain a sense of empowerment.

Widows Wear Stilettos Book Cover | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio ShowWhether you are dealing with the loss of a spouse, beloved pet, or even the end of a job, Fleet says it is an honor to be there for people at their most challenging moment and to offer hope and promise.

“There are … things that I never knew that widowhood had taught me, and I am grateful for that experience.”

If you are struggling with loss, and want to learn more about Carole Brody Fleet, please go to www.widowswearstilettos.com.

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Facebook: @carolebfleet
Instagram: @carolebrodyfleet

 

 

TWE RADIO: “Welcome Home” Host Treger Strasberg On Humbly Helping the Homeless

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Treger Strasberg on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi . Strasberg founded Humble Design, an organization that furnishes homes – and furnishes hope – to the needy. She is also the host of the CW’s new weekly show “Welcome Home!”

TWE RADIO: “Welcome Home” Host Treger Strasberg On Humbly Helping the Homeless

Treger Strasberg, host of "Welcome Home" with husband Rob/Photo Courtesy Treger Strasberg

Treger Strasberg and husband Rob from “Welcome Home”

By Stacey Gualandi/December, 2018

Be sure to tune in to a BRAND NEW interview with Treger Strasberg on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi . Strasberg founded Humble Design, an organization that furnishes homes – and furnishes hope – to the needy. She is also the host of the CW’s new weekly show “Welcome Home.”

In the words of one of her employees, “Treger is a tornado,” and it’s easy to understand why. In just ten short years, she started a small Detroit-based operation that gathers donated, gently-used furniture for families transitioning out of homelessness; transformed 1200 homes; opened three other branches in Seattle, San Diego and Chicago; and together with her co-host and husband Rob, launched “Welcome Home,” based on Humble Design.

Strasberg has been a big supporter of The Women’s Eye almost since day one! She first joined me in 2012, then again in 2013, and now – five years later – we wanted to check back in with this social entrepreneur to see how she and the non-profit she built is doing!

TWE Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Treger Strasberg about her nonprofit Humble Design and how she has turned empathy into action for the homeless.

Treger Strasber, host of "Welcome Home," and husband Rob/Photo Courtesy of Treger Strasberg

Treger and husband Rob

Strasberg says she likes to leave a place a little better than how she found it – something I prefer to call “The Treger Effect.” Only one percent of those they have helped have gone back to homelessness.

She says her biggest impact is working one-on-one with the families. An admitted “chronic crier,” Strasberg says watching the mother’s suffering ease touches her heart, whether she likes it or not. And it is those moments that ultimately led to her tv show.

“We want to humanize the process,” she says proudly. “What brings me the most joy is sitting on the floor of a barren house, with no beds, no furniture…looking at a mom’s eyes and telling her tomorrow is going to be better,” says Strasberg. “That is my favorite moment and I get to do it over and over again.”

So many lives have been changed by Humble Design and Strasberg says it is her life’s passion (“I’ll be 95 and dragging dressers, ha!”) to help keep people in affordable houses.

During our interview, she shares why she found success, how she navigates through fear, and what is the best advice for turning empathy into action. (“Take baby steps”).

Thanks, Treger, for being part of the Women’s Eye family! Good luck with all you do to help others!

To get involved, go to www.humbledesign.org.

Check your local listings for “Welcome Home” on the CW, Saturdays and Sunday mornings. https://www.facebook.com/CWWelcomeHome/

TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @humbledesign
TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @smtreger
WEBSITE: www.humbledesign.org
FACEBOOK/TWITTER: @cwwelcomehome

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TWE RADIO: Adventurer Susan Purvis On Finding the Lost with Trusty Teammate Tasha

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Susan Purvis, the author of Go Find: My Journey To Find the Lost – and Myself, about the bond we ALL share with (wo)man’s best friend. As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

TWE RADIO: Adventurer Susan Purvis On Finding the Lost with Trusty Teammate Tasha

Susan Purvis, author GO FIND, with Tasha/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Susan Purvis with beloved dog Tasha

By Stacey Gualandi/December 2018
Photos: Susan Purvis Collection

Don’t miss our BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio as Stacey Gualandi talks with Susan Purvis, the author of Go Find: My Journey To Find the Lost – and Myself, about the bond we ALL share with (wo)man’s best friend.

As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

Go Find: My Journey to FInd the Lost--and Myself by Susan Purvis/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Cover: Chris Ladoulis

I knew I’d love this book, and I could almost guarantee I would shed a few tears. I am a big dog lover (my license plate is “Muttmom” for goodness sake!) and my boss Pam Burke also is a dog devotee.

So it was quite touching to chat with Purvis from her home in Whitefish, Mont., the “creative haven” where she wrote about their personal journey to “go find” the lost.

An avalanche that took the life of a 6 year old inspired Purvis to adopt a 5-week-old puppy in 1995 and train her in avalanche, wilderness and water recovery. Purvis says it would become a relationship like none other.

“I know I’ll never bond with another being like I have with Tasha,” she writes in her first memoir.

Purvis shares dramatic stories of dozens of missions they led. Miraculously, some lives were saved, and sadly, many were lost forever.

As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

While they were determined to help those who needed saving, Purvis says she made a discovery of her own along the way: she had lost herself. It was Tasha, she writes, who was “saving me from being buried in my own avalanche.”

Susan Purvis, author Go Find, at Javits Center NYC/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Susan with friend at NY Book Expo America.  Javits Center, NYC

With unflinching honesty about fulfilling promises, accepting divorce, competing in a male-dominated profession (“I had to prove myself three times more than men”), and saying goodbye, Go Find shows how making a canine connection can help one “find passion, purpose and philanthropy.”

Purvis says this journey is one of her greatest achievements.

Looking for adventure, or want an inspiring book to gift travelers this holiday season? National Geographic has just selected Go Find as one of the best travel books to read now. Congratulations, Susan!

TWITTER: @susan_purvis

FB/INSTAGRAM: @susanpurvisauthor

WEBSITE: Susanpurvis.com

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TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Author Beth Howard, about life, language, her book “Hausfrau Honeymoon”.

TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with guest Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio Host

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany/Photo: Beth's selfie

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon

By Stacey Gualandi/October, 2018

Don’t miss our NEWEST episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi and Beth Howard, the author of her third book, Hausfrau Honeymoon – Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany.

AKA the “Pie Lady, Howard is no stranger to The Women’s Eye. She joined us on the air once before to talk about her last book, Ms. American Pie, which is full of recipes, stories and creative ideas on all-things-pie.

Beth Howard book/Photo: P. BurkeThe prolific writer, who once lived in the historic American Gothic house in Eldon, Iowa, now resides on an Iowa farm, and that’s just where I caught up with her to talk about her latest memoir.

The self-described adventurous free-spirit (“I’m not good at following rules.”) has worn many hats: Kenyan coffee company entrepreneur, pie stand owner, dotcom web producer, PR specialist, blogger and even a former “baker to the stars.”

And for four years in the 2000s, she was an out-of-her-element newlywed, living with her husband Marcus in Stuttgart, Germany.

In her signature “lively”style, Hausfrau Honeymoon could be considered an anti-love letter to Germany as Howard tackles the language barrier, chauvinism, and (lack of) car cupholders in her newly adopted home.

“Nothing against Germany, but it doesn’t fit my personality. It may be my rebellious nature,” says Howard.

Beth Howard i nfront of her Gothic House rental, Iowa/Photo Courtesy Beth Howard

Beth and her pups at the American Gothic House

Beth Howard, author of a “Hausfrau Honeymoon” discusses her book, love, life and language.

She shares the good, the bad and the ugly about Germany but admits living there “totally expanded my life experience. You don’t know how much time you have left so I always write with a sense of urgency, especially after a sudden loss.”

Howard wrote the book 12 years ago while struggling to adjust to her foreign surroundings and new marriage. Now, it is a prequel of sorts to her first book, Making Piece, about the sudden death of her husband, and how baking pies helped her cope with the horrible grief.

Howard says Hausfrau Honeymoon is about girl power and learning to take charge of your life, no matter the circumstances. Despite her first uneasy go-around in Germany, she says she’d definitely do it again. After all, it gave her a bookful of material and, as she says, “My life is so much richer for it.”

You can see evidence of Beth’s piemaking skills below. For more info, check out Beth’s website.

Beth Howard pies from a piemaking session

Delicious strawberry pies right out of Beth’s oven/2014

FACEBOOK: Find Beth on Facebook

TWITTER: @worldneedspie

WEBSITE: Beth’s Website
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TWE RADIO: Patient Advocate Katie Golden On Living a Fulfilled Life with Chronic Migraine and Pain

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Katie Golden, professional patient advocate for people dealing with chronic migraine attacks on coping with the pain.

TWE RADIO: Patient Advocate Katie Golden On Living a Fulfilled Life with Chronic Migraines and Pain

Katie Golden’s personal mission – through her site Golden Graine – is to help those living with any type of ongoing pain “feel like they are heard, understood and supported.”

KatieGolden & Stacey Gualandi, TWE Taping, Las Vegas/Photo: Katie Golden

Patient advocate Katie Golden and Stacey Gualandi

By Stacey Gualandi/September 19, 2018
Photos: Katie Golden

In honor of September’s “Pain Awareness Month,” don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and “pain blogger” Katie Golden, a professional patient-turned-advocate for those dealing with chronic migraine attacks.

Her personal mission – through her site Golden Graine – is to help those living with any type of ongoing pain “feel like they are heard, understood and supported.” According to Katie’s research, there are roughly 40 million Americans with migraine: 1 in 10 men, and 1 in 4 women.

As someone who has periodic migraine attacks that can be debilitating, I want to know more about why I get them and how to deal when them when they do strike. I first met Golden when I moderated a Facebook Live event on Migraine for Patients Rising. Golden was one of the experts on the panel, so I was grateful to see her again and help spread her message of hope.

Katie Golden/Stacey Gualandi at TWE Podcast Taping, Las Vegas/Photo: Courtesy Stacey Gualandi

Katie and Stacey at Adrenaline Studios, Las Vegas

Golden’s journey began before her 30th birthday with episodic migraine. But seven years ago, the attacks never went away. She says she has developed coping mechanisms and can manage her daily condition, but admits, “I’m never without pain.”

While a “blissful” day for the interview, Golden says over the summer she went weeks not being able to get out of bed.

Katie Golden/pain advocate/Photo: Courtesy Katie Golden

Katie competing in her first 5K race for Miles for Migraine, 2016

Now, as an avid writer for many publications including www.migraine.com, and a spokesperson for the INvisible Project, U.S. Pain Foundation and C.H.A.M.P., Golden has become a voice for many who feel they are alone. Her goal is to change the stigma about chronic pain for good.

During the conversation, you’ll learn about what triggers migraine, the need for more affordable access to care, how to cope and living your best life.

Golden says, “YOUR ILLNESS IS INVISIBLE. YOU ARE NOT.” Hope you will listen in!

TWITTER: @GoldenGraine

FACEBOOK: Golden Graine

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TWE RADIO: CNN International Anchor Natalie Allen On the State of Journalism and Inspiring Women

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Natalie Allen, the award-winning broadcast journalist for CNN International on the state of journalism and inspiring women.

TWE RADIO: CNN International Anchor Natalie Allen On the State of Journalism and Inspiring Women

Natalie Allen, a CNN International Anchor discusses living out her dream job reporting many of the world’s biggest news and environmental stories as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.

CNN International Anchor Natalie Allen/Photo: Elaine's selfie

Natalie Allen, CNN International Anchor

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with guest Natalie Allen, a CNN International Anchor/Photo: Selfie

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio Host

By Stacey Gualandi, August 24, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and my guest, Natalie Allen, the award-winning broadcast journalist for CNN International and host of the 12th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on August 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For over 25 years, Allen has been living out her dream job, reporting many of the world’s biggest news and environmental stories as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.

Natalie Allen at Women's Leadership Conference, Las Vegas/Photo Courtesy WLC | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio ShowWhile she says she never intended to be on television, it was her perseverance and love of storytelling that kept her on the beat. She jokes, “On my deathbed, I’m going to say I just didn’t learn enough.”

As someone who has watched CNN since day one, I have always admired Allen’s career. She admits this is a difficult time to be in the media business with many journalists feeling “beat up,” but she explains how networks are keeping their integrity in check and conveying that through their reporting.

After shooting, writing, and producing a 3-part series of her own on child trafficking in 2011, Allen says what now “feeds her soul” is getting out in the real world with real people and doing stories herself.

Women's Leadership Conference Logo/Photo Courtesy WLC | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio Show

What also feeds her soul is the opportunity to inspire other women. This year marks Allen’s fifth time as host for the Women’s Leadership Conference. It’s a chance to address a momentous year for women’s issues like #MeToo, pay equity and how to help women move ahead.

Be sure to tune as Allen gives advice to “Natalie wannabes,” describes overcoming insecurity and emphasizes the importance of a good eyeliner.

Stacy Escalante, pr for WLCLV, Natalie Allen CNNi, Stacey Gualandi, The Women's Eye/Photo Courtesy Stacey Gualandi

Stacey Escalante, Natalie Allen, Stacey Gualandi–The Women’s Leadership Conference/2018

TWITTER: Natalie Allen
TWITTER: Women’s Leadership Conference

#wlc2018
#TheTimeIsNow

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