Interview: Afreen Rahman, software engineer

Recorded July 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN | Subscribe

Afreen Rahman is a software engineer. She started her computer coding life as a high school student in Qatar, where she never heard the idea that “women can’t code.” College in India and graduate school in the United States introduced Afreen to this pernicious belief. Now, she fights for gender inclusivity in the computer sciences.

Since our interview, Afreen has started Fabricode, an apparel company for women in tech. She also graduated from her program at Bradley University, and has recently started a position at Microsoft.

Kerry found Afreen in Indianapolis, IN. They talked about women in tech around the world, Afreen’s mission to get more women into the field of computer science, and the strength of hijabi women.

Released June 5, 2018

 

 

Interview: Jerusalem Singleton, Writer, Speaker, and Musician

Recorded July 17, 2017 in Chicago, IL | Subscribe

Jerusalem Singleton is a writer, speaker, and musician from Chicago, Illinois. While growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Jerusalem started writing poetry. Soon, she was recognized for her commanding stage presence and blunt truth-telling, and was invited to speak at galas, events, and conferences.

Since then, her writing and speaking have taken many forms. She’s written motivational speeches, wedding speeches, and a book to help you write your own wedding speeches. She hopes you know your voice matters.

Kerry found Jerusalem in Chicago. Over deep dish pizza, they talked about finding your own voice, speaking your truths, and learning how to listen.

Released June 5, 2018

 

Episode 12: On to Chicago

Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL | July 12-18, 2017 |Subscribe

 Two final days in Minneapolis include more interviews than bike riding, which makes for a nice period of extended rest. Then, it’s time for an early morning ride to catch the train to Chicago.

In Chicago, there’s a weekend of fun, followed by many more Women Who Dare events. Project interviews, a panel discussion, and an interview recording session for The Jam TV show. Still, Kerry finds some time for sight-seeing.

Released May 29, 2018

 

Interview: Nancy Feldman, retired CEO of UCare

Recorded July 13, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN  | Subscribe

Nancy Feldman led UCare, a health plan covering low income and senior persons, for 20 years. During her tenure, UCare grew from a small demonstration project to a plan covering more than 400,000 individuals.

Nancy came to be the CEO of UCare after working in various government positions related to health care and then at a major private health plan. Each of these jobs was a little bigger than the last, and the sometimes-scary transitions taugt her many things. Including that you should never predict what’s going to happen next in your career based on what’s happening in the present. She says, just do your best work and there will always be a next thing.

Kerry found Nancy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They talked about leadership, learning to fill bigger and bigger positions, and the importance of humor.

Released May 29, 2018

 

Interview: Ann Bancroft, Polar Explorer

Recorded July 13, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN  | Subscribe

Ann Bancroft started her professional life as an elementary school teacher, working at a gear shop on the weekends to keep her foot in the outdoor world. Then, she learned of a polar exploration leaving from Minnesota. And she wanted in. When they opened a spot for one woman on the team, she applied. And they offered it to her! Thus started her time as a real-life polar explorer.

Since reaching the North Pole–as the first woman to do so–she’s led a group of women across Greenland and to the South Pole. She’s also crossed Antartica, and is now exploring waterways on all seven continents.

Kerry found Ann in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They talked about the appeal of the polar regions, difficulties in finding funding, and Ann’s continued mission to educate others (and herself).

Released May 29, 2018

 

Episode 11: Long Ride to Minneapolis

Ankeney, IA to Minneapolis, MN | July 6-11, 2017 |Subscribe

Before leaving Ankeny, Kerry spends some time researching camping spots. Come to find out, most Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Iowa are fair game. So, she circles them on her map and heads off. Turns out, this part of Iowa is as flat as she expected.

Though, at first arrival, the Big Wall Lake WMA seemed totally deserted, Kerry actually had lots of company. All of them kind and curious, some of them particularly generous.

Camping at Harmon WMA was equally successful, complete with a beautiful sunset. (And mosquitos polite enough to wait until Kerry was in her tent before descending in hoards.)

While the first day in Minnesota provided some tricky construction detours, Kerry eventually makes it to Minneapolis for the start of a long stay.

Released May 22, 2018

 

Interview: Jennifer Christensen, Teacher at Prodeo Academy

Recorded July 11, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN  | Subscribe

Jennifer Christensen is a teacher at Prodeo Academy, a charter school in North Minneapolis. Though she never expected to become a teacher, she’s been teaching kindergarten ever since she left college. For her, teaching is the perfect combination of psychology, social work, and learning.

Jen is a huge believer in the need to listen and understand to overcome difference. As a teacher in a low-income, predominantly non-white area, Jen spends much of her time thinking about race and interconnected systems of disadvantage.

Kerry found Jen at her home in Minneapolis, MN. They talked about race, education, and how to have hard conversations about race and privilege.

Released May 22, 2018

 

 

 

Interview: Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Recorded July 10, 2017 in St. Paul, MN  | Subscribe

Sarah Stoesz has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for more than 15 years. During her long professional career, Sarah has worked in social justice, politics, and corporate health care. Along the way, she used her carefully honed moral compass to guide her decision-making.

Kerry found Sarah at her offices in St. Paul, Minnesota. They talked about how to cultivate a moral compass, the importance of asking for help, and what YOU can do to help right now.

Released May 22, 2018

 

Episode 10: Bliss in the Midwest

Denver, CO to Ankeney, IA | June 27-July 5, 2017 | Subscribe

 

Part 3 of the Women Who Dare ride starts with a train ride from Denver, CO to Lincoln, NB. Arriving in Nebraska during the wee hours of the morning, all Kerry can think about is sleeping.

Once she’s awake, though, she finds the Midwest to be quote delightful. Despite the fact that Iowa is hillier than she expected, Kerry enjoys the humid heat and the bountiful green fields.

Plus, the people she’s meeting are unbelievably kind. All of her hosts bend over backward to make her feel comfortable. And, in Winterset, IA, her bike even gets the royal treatment.

Released May 14, 2018

Interview: Sarah Cooper, ultra endurance biker

Recorded July 4, 2017 in Urbandale, IA  | Subscribe

Sarah Cooper is a really fast biker. Especially over ultra long distances. She won the 2017 Race Across America (RAAM) by riding the 3,000 miles from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD in less than 12 days.

But, she wasn’t always this competitive. Her years spent at the back of the pack in triathlons helped teach Sarah that there are other things to enjoy at the finish line than winning. Though she really does like winning, she is driven by her desire to give every race everything she has.

Kerry found Sarah just 10 days after the finish of RAAM, near her home in Urbandale, IA. They talked about the race, recovering from race-induced injury, and what’s next.

Released May 14, 2018