Inspirational Women

Inspirational Women is a weekly podcast that features women who are leaders in their field, entrepreneurs, authors or women carving new paths in education, the environment, charities, crime prevention, health care, domestic issues, and youth outreach.


Inspirational Women

2-10-19: Vanessa McGrady, motherhood/adoption, author

Vanessa McGrady is a woman of many talents, of a great sense of adventure, a woman sharing a special love story in her memoir : Rock Needs River--A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption. Vanessa felt the call for motherhood, and adoption was her best option, and a big journey. Her very open adoption involved receiving her very aware and wise daughter, Grace, from bio parents who felt they were not prepared to have a child. When they became homeless Vanessa invited them to live with her and Grace for a period of time. We receive a great gift in Vanessa sharing her story with us.
00:31:44 2/10/2019

Past Episodes

Laurie Trachta is a former educator and school counselor with over 20 years experience working with kids in the formative years--grades 1-8. Laurie is also an author. Her book: Can the Sad Come Out? is a children's book that suits all ages, and provides important insights and a basis for good heartfelt conversations about death, dying, grief and acknowledging it as a process of life. Laurie shares that she has had response from parents and grandparents about how it has helped them, and has been a good connection with young children, teens, and even those with terminal illnesses
00:30:53 2/3/2019
Go Red for Women--wear red on Friday February 1. The Ambassadors for the 2019 American Heart month, Dr. Marina Jansen, cardiologist at CHI Franciscan, and Miriam Barnett, a Survivor, who underwent open heart surgery 2 years ago--share important information about women and heart disease. Heart disease continues to be the number 1 killer of women, so we need to know that it is different than it is for men. It may manifest as nausea, pain in the left arm, profuse sweating. Dr. Jansen tells us that knowing our numbers is key: blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index. Attend one of the 2 luncheons in our area: Seattle, at the Sheraton on March 21, and in Tacoma, at the Murano Hotel, March 13.,
00:30:50 1/27/2019
Olympia LePoint is a contemporary "Hidden Figures" woman--recall the movie from a couple years ago. Olympia is a 'rocket scientist' who helped launch 28 space missions in her nearly 10 year career with Boeing. She shares her story to encourage us to push beyond perceived failures. She failed math and science until the 11th grade and then in university graduated 5th in her class of thousands. She was the youngest scientist hired by Boeing at age 21. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Boeing Professional Excellence Aware. She is an author and has a must listen to Ted Talk: Reprograming Your Brain to Overcome Fear.
00:30:42 1/20/2019
Allison Tenney is the founder of Seattle Ignited Women Project, an event dedicated to redefining what success and strength means as a woman. For any of us who want to be instruments of change in the world, this is the experience that is essentially like a lab where we learn some things, test them out with a group of women seeking to also be a force of change in the world, and then continue to collaborate with new found friends and connections to put the solutions into action. The next Ignited Womxn Summit is Saturday, February 9, 8:30-4 in the Capital Hill area.
00:31:07 1/13/2019
Elizabeth Emens is a Law Professor at Columbia University, a mother of 2 youngsters, and now author of an important new book: Life Admin--How I Learned to do Less, Do Better and Live More. The book is important because it is an education--one that provides insight into the things /stuff of our own life, it presents experiences of others, and thus the means of making our life work more efficiently for ourselves. 'Life Admin' is a great term to cover all the time it takes to deal with all the extra things in our life, such a an insurance company to navigate the costs and issues dealing with claims. Or dealing with the cell company when things are flying north with our necessary device. Information is power!
00:30:44 1/6/2019
Elizabeth Primamore is Professor of English at City University of New York, and an author, most recently of 'Shady Women: Three Short Plays'. Elizabeth uses the plays to discuss some of the events of this past year including the Me 2 movement, and the various ways women have been encouraged to find their voice, to address the issues that have impacted them/us over time.
00:29:21 12/30/2018
Eileen Heisman is President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, and a recognized expert on charitable giving. Eileen has a few tips about this for us--to include taking the $$ we earmark for charity, and donating a larger sum to fewer organizations. Eileen shares about work life balance and finding the work that brings us fulfillment.
00:32:24 12/23/2018
Rabbi Sara Berman is a broad certified Chaplain, a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid, and is now manager of spiritaul care at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Rabbi Sara is also a writer and share insights from her new book-- From Sorrow to Strength: My Journey with Depression. One in Five of us is affected. Rabbi Sara's book is a wonderful gift that helps us to embrace compassion, and be both a support and advocate for more attention and better treatment for mental illness.
00:31:11 12/16/2018
Kate Atherley is a talented and creative woman. Her hobby--knitting, has become her work, and it seems like great fun. Kate comes from a Mathematics and Software background, and combining all these things seems quite creative in itself. Kate's story about her life path which included working for Microsoft, and has evolved to transferring the math knowledge to her love of knitting. She relates the results in her latest book: The Knitter's Dictionary--Knitting Know-How from A to Z. Knitting is and continues to grow as a hobby for many people. The book is a great gift idea for any level of knitter. Kate will be at Seattle Yarn in West Seattle through the weekend.
00:31:15 12/9/2018
Gina La Roche Co author of " The 7 laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance". Gina and her coauthor, Jen Cohen, guide us though 7 principles, including "I am enough", to "I belong" and "Joy is Available". This is sage direction is a world that clamors for more and more stuff. The book is presented as a workbook that we can use as a journal. When we find that we truly have all we need for our personal life, we have the potential to live in harmony in the planet, with all life. Gina offers 3 questions we might use at a dinner table during the holiday period, that can be supportive and encouraging: 1. what are a few highlights of the past year. 2. what are the lessons learned. 3. what are your hopes and dreams for the coming year.
00:30:54 12/2/2018

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