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

 

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

 

Interview: Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Recorded June 27, 2017 in Denver, CO  | Subscribe

Vicki Cowart has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for 15 years. But, this isn’t where her career started. Vicki spent the first 26 years of her working life in the geological sciences.

A self-described nerd, Vicki loved the challenge of math and geophysics. But, as she progressed in her career, she realized much of her engergy and lots of her excitement was put into women’s issues. From helping found the Association for Women Geoscientists to trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to serving on the board of NARAL, much of Vicki’s life has been dedicated to leveling the playing field for women. Repotting herself in the world of Planned Parenthood has been a natural extension of this passion.

Kerry found Vicki at her home in Denver, CO. They talked about the importance of Planned Parenthood, following your passion, and how to keep positive energy in hard times.

Released May 14, 2018

 

Interview: Maureen Beck, world champion adaptive rock climber

Recorded June 26, 2017 in Boulder, CO |Subscribe

Maureen Beck is a badass rock climber who happens to only have one hand. Though people often tell her she’s an inspiration, she’d much rather be a motivation. What’s the difference? Well, she thinks the problem with inspiration is that you don’t ever have to take action. When you’re motivated, you do something.

And, Maureen does plenty of things. She trains in the gym four evenings a week, and on the weekends she’s out in the mountains: hiking, climbing, or backcountry fly fishing.

She grew up in Maine, and went to school in Vermont, but now she calls Colorado home. Kerry found her at a coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado. They talked about motivation, adaptive life, and being a world champion.

Released May 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview: Lorraine Moller, 4-time Olympic runner

Recorded June 26, 2017 in Boulder, CO |Subscribe

 

Lorraine Moller is a four-time Olympic running and bronze medalist in the 1992 marathon. She started her international running career when she was 16—back when the longest Olympic race open to women was the 1500m, and women were considered the “weaker sex.” Throughout her 25-year career, Lorraine has seen the dismantling of many barriers to women’s athletics and has been a pioneer in women’s running.

Since retiring from her elite running career, Lorraine has helped found numerous races around the world, and has dedicated herself to continuing Arthur Lydiard’s seminal coaching methodologies. Currently, she achieves this through her leadership of the Lydiard Foundation.

Kerry found Lorraine in Boulder, Colorado. They talked about breaking barriers in women’s athletics and the mindfulness that arises from long distance running.

Released May 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview: Amy Hatch, founder of Garage Grown Gear

Recorded June 12, 2017 in Driggs, ID |Subscribe

 

Amy Hatch is the founder of Garage Grown Gear, a company that finds, reviews and sells good outdoor gear made by small start ups. She started Garage Grown Gear after years of finding new outdoor gear by crawling through online message boards and stopping passersby. Figuring that other people would also be interested in an easier way to find small gear companies, Amy jumped full-force into starting Garage Grown Gear.

Three years later, Garage Grown Gear has grown into a flourishing online gear commerce site and online magazine. Along the way, Amy has learned a few things about being a business owner.

Kerry found Amy at her offices in Driggs, Idaho. They talked about starting companies, getting outside, and the importance of being honest.

Released April 24, 2018

 

 

 

Interview: Ilona Popper, poet, writer, and naturalist

Recorded June 8, 2017 in Gardiner, MT  | Subscribe

 

Ilona Popper is a poet, writer, and naturalist. Her interest in both writing and wildlife started at a young age; but, at first, she made her life only from writing. To support her creative work, both then and now, she works as a writing teacher and editor.

In her 40s, Ilona decided she needed to reengage with wildlife, and increase her wildlife observation skills. Eventually, she found her way from the east coast to Yellowstone, to be closer to her animal of greatest interest: wolves. Now, she balances her focus between writing, citizen naturalist activities, and working.

Kerry found Ilona in Gardiner, Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park. They talked about being a naturalist, managing a non-mainstream life, and strategies for good self care.

Released April 17, 2018

 

 

 

 

Interview: Carol Hasse, sailmaker and owner of Port Townsend Sails

Recorded May 24, 2017 in Port Townsend, WA  | Subscribe

Carol Hasse is a sailmaker in Port Townsend, WA. She’s owned, designed, and made sails at Port Townsend Sails for nearly 40 years.

But, Carol’s path to sailmaking was not direct. She grew up on the shores of the Colombia River, with dreams of becoming a doctor. But, after a year in college, she took off to explore the world–first, by hitchhiking from Europe, then throughout the Pacific by boat.

Along the way, she realized she loved the Pacific Northwest. So, she returned to the area to help some friends build a boat. In the process, she learned how to make sails from a master sailmaker, and has been doing it ever since.

Kerry found Carol at her sail loft in Port Townsend. After a tour of the loft and the nearby Marine Center, Kerry and Carol talked world exploration, hiring an all-female crew, and guiding life principles.

Released April 3, 2018

 

 

Interview: Su Embree, president and principal of DHM Research

Recorded May 16, 2017 in Portland, OR  | Subscribe

Su Embree is president and principal of DHM Research, a research firm dedicated to bringing accurate public opinion data to lawmakers and other big decision-makers. Su came to DHM as the 3rd employee. After her first year, rather than ask for a raise, she asked for a stake in the profits. Since then, she’s worked hard to grow the company.

In addition to her work at DHM Research, Su sits on numerous boards, including being president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Portland. As president she’s working on an incubator program for women- and minority-owned businesses.

Kerry found Su at the DHM offices in Portland, OR. They talked about the importance of using numbers to tell as story and the fallacy of the work/life balance.

Released March 27, 2018