Interview: Colette Chretien, founder and principle designer at La Fille Colette

Recorded September 1, 2017 in Newton, MA  | Subscribe

Colette Chretien is the founder and principle designer at La Fille Colette, a boutique dress company. Though La Fille Colette started as a way for Colette to bring her dress-designing skills to market, it has grown to incorporate a strong ethical premise. Not only does Colette design dresses that are utilitarian–designed to be as comfortable and fashionable at work as they are for after-work drinks and a night out–she also uses materials and production practices which are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Kerry found Colette in Newton, MA. They talked fast and slow fashion, dress designing, and entrepreneurship.

Released July 3, 2018

 

 

Interview: Rebecca Goodale, book artist

Recorded August 27, 2017 in Freeport, ME  | Subscribe

Rebecca Goodale is a book artist and Art Department faculty member at The University of Southern Maine. Her passion for making books started when she was quite young–she sold her first book, My Chicken, to her mother for a quarter.

Her teaching career started much later, when she took a position in Georgia State University as a way to fund her burgeoning career as an artist. Since then, she’s grown to embody the teacher role, even if she will always be an artist first.

Though many of her pieces (which can be seen here) are solo works, Rebecca also loves to collaborate. As she comments, “I think when I collaborate, we’re no longer [two people], we’re this new being. And that’s really fun.”

Kerry found Rebecca at her home in Freeport, ME. There, they talked about making a life from art, working in collaboration, and being a feminist.

Released June 26, 2018

 

Interview: Beth Leonard, sailor, author, and world circumnavigator

Recorded August 13, 2017 in Arlington, VA  | Subscribe

 Beth Leonard was once an international business consultant for McKinsey. After a harrowing flight, plus some encouragement from her husband, they quit their consulting jobs and headed out for a quick sailing adventure. Coming back home after their first 3 years of circumnavigation didn’t feel right. So, they decided to return to the ocean once more.

Now, more than 20 years later, Beth is back ashore with new insights on life. She’s found a job helping a business grow, rather than intentionally shrinking, she’s learning how to translate the priorities she gained at sea back into her shore life, and she’s looking forward to writing more soon.

Kerry found Beth at her home in Arlington, VA. They talked about partnership, sailing, and fulfilling one’s own needs.

Released June 19, 2018

 

Interview: Lora Woodward, previous Program Director at Venture Outdoors

Recorded August 6, 2017 in Connellsville, PA  | Subscribe

Lora Woodward spent 10 years working for Venture Outdoors, helping Pittsburghers get outside and enjoy nature in western Pennsylvania. She started working for Venture Outdoors after attending college in Pittsburgh, and then living and teaching English in Thailand. Though she loved this time away, she felt called back to Pittsburgh because of all the things this area has to offer outdoorswomen.

Starting out at Venture Outdoors as a Program Coordinator, Lora built her skills enough to eventually become the Program Director. This steady increase in knowledge and capacity is a defining characteristic of Lora’s life path. Now, she’s working as a life coach and trainer, using her skills to help others move toward their personal life goals. Check out her new company, Coach Outdoors!

Kerry found Lora in Connellsville, PA. They talked about learning new things and how to find the next right opportunity.

Released June 12, 2018 

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

 

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

 

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