POWERFUL WOMEN: LET’S TALK

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POWERFUL WOMEN: LET’S TALK

is a series of POWERFUL PODCASTS by WOMEN, about WOMEN.

Women’s strength has shaped the world in which we live in all possible aspects.  We’re talking about government, education, health, science, business, spirituality, arts, culture and so much MORE. 

These podcast are hosted and produced by NPR-WGVU Public Media’s own team of powerful women, Shelley Irwin and Jennifer Moss.

Interviews with diverse women who are trailblazers shaping our communities and transforming who we are and how we live. Hear them tell their stories in their own words.

POWERFUL WOMEN: LET’S TALK

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  • Monday, January 25, 2021 9:42am
    Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age 12, Wife, Mother, and Nana Lori Hastings is the Founder of Lori's Voice, a non-profit that helps assist children with medical items that insurance doesn't cover. Welcome Lori to Powerful Women: Let's Talk. Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.
  • Monday, January 18, 2021 9:53am
    This is Jo Ellyn Clarey: Co-President/Director of The Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council. A literary scholar by profession, Jo Ellyn Clarey has redirected her path into the world of local women’s history in Grand Rapids. For the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, she continues advancing long term projects highlighting the roles of local women in the Michigan Suffrage movement; overseeing a complete electoral history of the city’s women and so much more. She’s this week’s guest on Powerful Women: Let’s talk. Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.
  • Monday, January 11, 2021 9:30am
    Beth Fisher is an author, speaker, business leader, cancer-survivor, and marathoner with a passion for helping others overcome. After spending over twenty-five years in corporate sales, today she is following her true professional calling at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids. Beth Fisher joins us on this episode of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.
  • Monday, January 4, 2021 10:09am
    Bridget Clark Whitney is the President and Founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket; KFB is the children’s food equity organization that nourishes thousands of children and families in West Michigan. Bridget talks about “leaning in to joy” as she continues to lead this dynamic organization. She shares her incredible journey from college student to CEO. Kids’ Food Basket has become one of the largest anti-hunger and childhood nutrition programs in Michigan. Her Bridget Clark Whitney’s story on this edition of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk. Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.
  • Friday, December 18, 2020 11:18am
    As founder of Kennari Consulting, Sandi Frost Steensma believes in raising expectations and building connections to create more successful fundraising in a changing landscape. She has served her community as a Board Chair for the Kent County Commissioners and in her downtime she enjoys the hiking trails of northern Michigan and travelling abroad. We welcome Sandi Frost Steensma to Powerful Women: Let’s Talk Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age 12, Wife, Mother, and Nana Lori Hastings is the Founder of Lori's Voice, a non-profit that helps assist children with medical items that insurance doesn't cover. Welcome Lori to Powerful Women:  Let's Talk.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

This is Jo Ellyn Clarey:  Co-President/Director of The Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council. A literary scholar by profession, Jo Ellyn Clarey has redirected her path into the world of local women’s history in Grand Rapids.  For the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, she continues advancing long term projects highlighting the roles of local women in the Michigan Suffrage movement; overseeing a complete electoral history of the city’s women and so much more.  She’s this week’s guest on Powerful Women: Let’s talk.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Beth Fisher
@nicolesiemborphotography

Beth Fisher is an author, speaker, business leader, cancer-survivor, and marathoner with a passion for helping others overcome.

After spending over twenty-five years in corporate sales, today she is following her true professional calling at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids.  Beth Fisher joins us on this episode of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Bridget Clark Whitney is the President and Founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket; KFB is the children’s food equity organization that nourishes thousands of children and families in West Michigan. Bridget talks about “leaning in to joy” as she continues to lead this dynamic organization.

She shares her incredible journey from college student to CEO.  Kids’ Food Basket has become one of the largest anti-hunger and childhood nutrition programs in Michigan.

Her Bridget Clark Whitney’s story on this edition of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

As founder of Kennari Consulting, Sandi Frost Steensma believes in raising expectations and building connections to create more successful fundraising in a changing landscape. She has served her community as a Board Chair for the Kent County Commissioners and in her downtime she enjoys the hiking trails of northern Michigan and travelling abroad. We welcome Sandi Frost Steensma to Powerful Women: Let’s Talk

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Starla McDermott’s journey to where she is today has not been easy nor direct. After nearly two decades of years excelling in corporate sales and marketing, she was unfulfilled – and ready for a career change. She persevered through multiple job rejections, a difficult divorce and a bout of homelessness to pave a new career path in nonprofits and philanthropy. 

Her determination ultimately landed her the leadership position she holds today as development director of Guiding Light.  She’s today’s Powerful Woman.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Dr. Nancy Summers
Mary Otto, Photographer

She’s celebrating 20 years at the podium of the West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles as Music Director. Her career journey includes directing, teaching, and playing the oboe. She also can be found performing aqua yoga or making bread in her spare time. We introduce you to Dr. Nancy Summers on this edition of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.


Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. When appointed Dean in 2018, she was the only woman of color to lead a top 30 law school  in the country. A leading expert on criminal law as well as implicit racial and gender bias, Richardson frequently speaks to public and private industries across the nation about the science of implicit bias.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Angie Hicks
Angie Hicks

It’s a household name that many will recognize, you may have even used them for your home repairs, it’s “Angie’s List” the popular home services company that took the honey-do list to another level.  We’re talking with Angie Hicks. The co-founder of Angie’s List on Powerful Women: Let’s Talk!

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

A small business owner, a former Director of Planned Giving, and now the CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, meet Bonnie Nawara. She is the recipient of many awards, gives back to her community, and loves to sing even though she says she can't carry a tune. Be inspired with words from Bonnie on this edition of Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

Powerful Women: Let’s Talk is created by WGVU NPR and made possible by WGVU NPR sustaining monthly donors. Become a sustaining monthly donor now at wgvu.org/donate to support WGVU NPR’s local programs, including Powerful Women: Let’s Talk.

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