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42 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
Episode 18: Tips to Know if You Should Have Your Child Tested for Learning Disorders
When a child is struggling in school, parents are rightfully confused as to what they can do at home to help the child succeed in school and when it's time to consider testing. When it comes to testing, there are also options parents need to consider that may help a child avoid a stigma that sometimes comes with "being labeled" in the eyes of a teacher. We tackle this topic and things parents can do and things they may want to consider.
37 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
017: The Anger We Should All Feel After the Golden Globes
In this issue of Girl, Let's Talk, Elizabeth and Jeri take on Hollywood, from the Golden Globes to Netflix's latest show normalizing human sex trafficking of kids.
57 minutes | Dec 11, 2017
016: Why is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace So Common?
For Human Rights Day, Jeri and Elizabeth tackle the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace and discuss their own experiences working in those types of environments, as well as give guidance on what to do about it if it's happening to you.
28 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
014: 'It's a Man's World'
Oklahoma mom, Rebekah Wheeler, talks about working in the oil and natural gas industry and how to stick up for yourself in the workplace when you work in a predominately male career. She also addresses gender stereotypes and what we can say, or not say, around our children that will make a BIG difference in their lives, and surviving an eating disorder. Links: Instagram: @iamrebekahwheeler @youareenoughmovement Website: www.mrsrebekahwheeler.com Bio: Rebekah Wheeler loves rhinestones, recipes, healthy hacks, fitness, positive self-image, and all things girly. She grew up in a small town in the Texas Panhandle and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Speech Communications from Oklahoma State University in 2006. Rebekah is married to her handsome husband, Dustin, and together they have two young boys. A recovering eating disorder survivor, she is passionate about healthy eating and fitness, promoting self-love and believing You Are Enough. She is a National Ambassador for ProjectHEAL and has been a political advocate with the Eating Disorder Coalition and the National Eating Disorder Association. Rebekah is serving in her eighth year as an active member in the Oklahoma City Junior League and loves to run 5Ks in the community. She loves brunch with friends, hot yoga, true-crime podcasts and spending quality time with her family.
21 minutes | Nov 12, 2017
Episode 015: Celebrity Makeup Artist Talks About Beauty, the Red Carpet and Advocating for Adults with ADHD
Marta Bota is a pro celebrity makeup artist with more than 25 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include television makeup, special event and red carpet makeup application, bridal beauty and more. Marta started her career in the fashion industry in New York City and has worked for more than 20 years in the television industry with networks such as CNN, FOX News Channel, HBO and Comcast-NBC Universal. Some of her celebrity clients include Anna Kendrick, Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, to name a few! She is a beauty style editor for two publications and has her own company, MB Face Design. Marta holds the title of Mrs. DuPont Circle DC America 2014 and Ms. Virginia America 2016. She is a philanthropist and is actively involved with many charitable organizations. She is an ambassador for CHADD, a non profit organization that advocates for, educates and supports individuals and their families with ADHD. She is also an ambassador for the Northern Virginia chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, helping to raise awareness and funding in the fight against Blindness. Marta received the Presidential Gold Medal for volunteerism at the Ms. America 2016 Pageant. Links: Instagram: www.instagram.com/mbfacedesign Website: http://www.mbfacedesign.com/ CHADD: http://www.chadd.org/Advocacy/ADHD-Champions.aspx
21 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
013: Mission Entrepreneur
Jen Griswold met her husband at the Air Force Academy. She knew being a dual military couple would be hard, but when they started having children, she decided it was time to hang up her camo boots. However, Jen didn't want to completely stop working and when she couldn't find a magical part time job that would bring home six figures, she went out to make one. Now, she helps other military spouses do the same. 100% of her book's proceeds will go back into providing entrepreneurial education for the military community through sending more books to military spouse groups, troops overseas and we provide scholarships to select military community members to her online course launching in 2018. FB: @MissionEntrepreneurJenGriswold Twitter: @msnentrepreneur Insta: @msnentrepreneur Website: www.jengriswold.com Book website: www.msnentrepreneur.com Bio: Jen Griswold is both an accomplished entrepreneur and military officer with a big heart for serving. She is committed to educating military spouses, sharing resources, and inspiring them to start businesses of their own. Her career began as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Academy in 2000 and continued as a successful military officer. Jen was always called to serve. However, after marrying a fellow military officer and having children, Jen was ready to serve the military community in other meaningful ways. She left the Active Duty Air Force, determined to find a flexible solution somewhere in between full-time work and stay-at- home mom. Jen found it by leaning on her skills and training and starting her own businesses. Today, Jen leads the training, development and production of a team of over 8,000 cutting-edge entrepreneurs and co- founded Team G.i.V.e, a group who produces over $20M in skincare sales annually. With several successful business ventures under her belt, Jen now pursues her passion to show members of the military community how they can find fulfillment through entrepreneurship too. Jen’s approach is unique because she believes that service and giving are just as important to business ownership as they are to military life. In her blog (www.missionmilpreneur.com) and upcoming book (Mission: Entrepreneur), Jen builds a community and encourages the rise of more military ent
22 minutes | Oct 10, 2017
012: After Cancer Diagnosis, Mom Decides to Leave a Legacy for Her Children
Valerie Ross had already exceeded everyone's expectations as a mom, a nurse and an entrepreneur. But after a cancer diagnosis, and wondering how long she had left to live, she wanted to make sure she was leaving a legacy and an example to her children about what we do in the time we have. Listen as Valerie, now Mrs. Pennsylvania America, talks about how that sparked a movement to work with at-risk youth. Links: www.yabproject.org https://www.facebook.com/mrspennsylvaniaamerica/ https://www.instagram.com/mrspaamerica17 Bio: Valerie Ross is Mrs. Pennsylvania America 2017 and was crowned on June 10, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. She touts the platform,“You Are Beautiful,”a project she founded in 2015 to help bring focus to high-risk youth. The “You Are Beautiful Project” works with youth that have been fostered, trafficked, homeless, disabled or have lost a parent to military service. “The mission is to help these youth see their self-worth, to know that they are worthy of being loved, at that their past does not define their future. Our goal is to help them redefine what their future can look like,” Valerie said. Valerie graduated from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She attended graduate school at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Anesthesia. She became board certified as a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and works with an anesthesia group in Chester County. In 2002, Valerie married Thomas (Tommy) Ross, a Pharmaceutical Representative for Endo Pharmaceuticals. Tommy and Valerie have a very strong sense of family and are proud parents to two children, Francesca and Jake. In addition to working as a Nurse Anesthetist and running her non-profit organization, Valerie is an entrepreneur. She and Tommy are consultants for Rodan + Fields, premium skin care, and Valerie is a business partner at Beautiful You Custom Skin Care, providing medical aesthetic services and skin care consultations. Valerie also serves as the Director of Volunteers for My City Gives in Philadelphia, providing volunteer services for various events and foundations. Valerie vol
30 minutes | Sep 19, 2017
011: Introducing the New Co-Host of 'Girl, Let's Talk'
There has been an exciting change at Girl, Let's Talk! In this episode, you'll meet the new co-host of the show, Jeri Ward. Bio: Jeri Ward is an active volunteer, advocate, social worker, counselor and Autism specialist. Originally from southwest Virginia, Jeri currently resides in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Dean, and their cat, Snickers. In a previous life, Jeri was a Disney princess (Yes, really!) at Walt Disney World. When Jeri isn’t working or volunteering, she is cheering on her husband on the soccer field as a coach’s wife. Jeri is an avid volunteer in her community, working closely with agencies to provide services to families in need of parenting courses and mental health services, as well as community outreach services. Since 2015, Jeri has worked closely with homeless shelters and agencies in the area to provide the homeless with job and skill training, and mock interview and business attire to prepare them for the workforce. In 2016, Jeri created an Autism program to assist in providing children who are on the spectrum the opportunity to learn school readiness skills and behavior management skills. These weekly classes focused on providing families with the tools they need to ensure success in the child’s public classroom setting. Currently, Jeri works for the state of Ohio in assisting families with reunification services to strengthen the families of Ohio and ensure children’s safety. Jeri regularly acts as an advocate for children and individuals with disabilities in the abuse and neglect court system. Based upon Jeri’s career path and philanthropic interests, it’s no shock that with more than 20 years of experience in the pageant industry, Jeri’s platform is that of working to strengthen families across America. As the current Mrs. Montgomery County, Jeri is working closely with families to teach parents how to break the generational cycles of poverty and abuse. Her goal is to assist parents in reaching their best potential by breaking barriers, and ensuring less children are born into abusive households. Jeri believes in the power and importance of the fam
36 minutes | Sep 14, 2017
010: Mrs. New Mexico Finds Her Voice
It's been more than a decade since Mrs. New Mexico fled an abusive relationship but it wasn't until her recent trip to compete for Mrs. International that she said she really found her voice. As a domestic violence survivor, Breezee founded the “Confidence Is Beauty Movement” to promote positive living. Breezee believes despite life’s challenges we can be an inspiration to our family and community. Breezee Morrison is a wife and co-pastor at Open Door Church in Phoenix, Arizona. After 10yrs as an In-Home Child Care Provider she closed her business and is now a Teacher’s Aide at her children’s school. Family means a lot to Breezee, therefore no matter what career choice she makes it’s important that she is available to her family. She and her husband have been married 13 yrs and is a blended family of 3. She and her family love to travel. Breezee believes traveling is a great way for her children to experience history and culture. In addition, Breezee enjoys cooking for friends and family. Being a mix of Hawaiian, Asian, and Puerto Rican descent she utilizes food to introduce culture to her family as well. Her experience in a domestic violence relationship taught her the importance of living a purposeful and positive life. She is mindful not to fill her time with commitments that take away from what matters most to her; faith, family, food (cooking), fitness, and travel. All of which keeps her accountable from the darkness of her past. She travels and uses social media as a tool to break the silence of domestic violence. Domestic violence thrives in the shame of silence which is why Breezee speaks boldly of her testimony. Breezee has partnered the Confidence Is Beauty Movement with No Longer The Face Foundation as the Awareness Ambassador. Both organizations work to help bring awareness to the signs of domestic abuse and help those restore and heal from the abuse. Those in pain are stronger with the help from those who’ve experienced the pain and have been restored. She is passionate to empower women and reminding them that confidence is your true beauty!
26 minutes | Sep 4, 2017
009: The Year of 'No'
In 2014, life was not going the way Aisha Miller planned for it to go. Dubbed the year of "no," everything Aisha applied for and went after was promptly denied. Listen to episode 9 of "Girl, Let's Talk" to hear the steps Aisha took to overcome her difficult year, and turn it into not only three amazing years for herself since then, but also the lives of the children she's impacted on her journey. Bio: Ashia Miller is a 27 year old alumna of South Effingham High School class of 2008 where she was the DrumMajor her senior year and received the prestigious John Philip Sousa Band Award. Her private music lessons in middle and high school were fully funded by the local non profit, SONATA, Inc. Because of her years of success in band on the French horn, she earned a full out of state tuition waiver to study Classical Music at Florida State University. Upon graduation, she returned to work pro bono with SONATA as a music teacher and marketing assistant. This past Christmas, she hosted, planned, and organized a fundraiser to benefit SONATA where she raised over $2000 and had the support of 17 sponsors to cover the expenses for the event. As Miss GA United States 2016, she made over 60 appearances around the state and worked tirelessly for her platforms of: ending senior hunger and supporting music education through SONATA, Inc. In 2015, she was a News Intern and On-Air Personality for the internationally successful brand: The Pageant Planet and hopes to continue a career in broadcast journalism with her sights set on CNN and Entertainment Tonight. She most recently published her first book on Amazon entitled, “5 Keys to Success: A Plan to Win” and plans to publish other books in the future. She currently works as an Account Manager at OnBrand24 in Savannah, GA and is planning a "5 keys to Success School Tour" where she will speak to inner city youth at various schools on the importance of dreaming big and the power of a vision board.
45 minutes | Aug 22, 2017
008: 'I'm Not Beautiful Like You'
Four years ago, I was asked to give a speech at a Christian girls' camp. That speech, however, applies to so many of us: girls, boys, teens, adults. I decided to share this talk because I find myself not only needing to remind myself of these things that I talk about in the speech, but also I seem to be having this very conversation with my friends lately! Links: www.jelizabethpeace.com www.blueprintcampaign.com www.instagram.com/mrsepeace www.facebook.com/girlletstalkpodcast
22 minutes | Aug 15, 2017
007: Rainbow of Hope
Julie Cangialosi knows it's a topic women don't like to talk about, but it affects a quarter of all women in the country. Many women suffer through miscarriage silently, but Julie wants women everywhere to know they're not alone. Links: http://www.juliecangialosi.com/ http://www.rainbowsconnect.org https://www.facebook.com/MrsDCAmerica2017 Bio: Julie Cangialosi is Mrs. District of Columbia America 2017. The judges crowned Julie, on March 18, 2017, at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. She competed highlighting her platform of pregnancy loss and miscarriage awareness. As a mother of a double rainbow, she emphasized the need to bring awareness to a cause that is often not spoken about but affects many. Julie graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, with a degree in Nutrition Science. Immediately following graduation, she started her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, where she co-authored a research paper that was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2003. After working as an ICU dietitian, Julie used her science background to parlay it into a pharmaceutical sales career, currently working for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Julie's love for health and fitness inspired her to become a fitness professional instructing Barre and Pilates classes at Vida Fitness in downtown D.C. In 2011, Julie married James Cangialosi, a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, in a beautiful ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. James and Julie are the proud parents of two children, Landon and Elle. Julie's hobbies include traveling, trying new recipes and enjoying sporting events with her family, especially the Washington Capitals.
35 minutes | Aug 7, 2017
006: What this GenX Female Business Owner Learned from Her Male Business Partner
Heather Anderson has always had an entrepreneurial spirit; she launched her first business in the 7th grade making custom barrettes for friends. She’s worked in journalism, marketing and sales, and is currently principal and co-founder of the San Diego-based OmniChannel Communications, which provides marketing and publicity to financial technology firms. Heather has worked from home for more than 12 years and sometimes forgets people still work in offices. She has a 6-year-old son who is non-verbal autistic, and she shares autism parenting tips on her blog, autismgroove.com. She is also a natural health enthusiast. Subscribe/Listen on iTunes Links: Facebook: Gen X Rules Blog: Autism Groove Instagram: GenXSBlog Bio: Heather Anderson has always had an entrepreneurial spirit; she launched her first business in the 7th grade making custom barrettes for friends. She’s worked in journalism, marketing and sales, and is currently principal and co-founder of the San Diego-based OmniChannel Communications, which provides marketing and publicity to financial technology firms. Heather has worked from home for more than 12 years and sometimes forgets people still work in offices. She has a 6-year-old son who is non-verbal autistic, and she shares autism parenting tips on her blog, autismgroove.com. She is also a natural health enthusiast.
17 minutes | Aug 1, 2017
005: Mrs. Nevada America Gives Back to the Community that Helped Her Family
When Adam and Stephanie Barrett's son was once again life flighted to Children's Hospital, the family relied on the Ronald McDonald House to be close to their son while providing stability for their other children. Now, years later and after a clean bill of health for her youngest, Mrs. Nevada America 2017 is using her title to give back to those who once helped her family in their time of need. Links: Podcast website and free Self-Care Daily Guide download Mrs. Nevada on Facebook Mrs. Nevada on Instagram Stephanie Barrett on Instagram Bio: Growing up, my life revolved around basketball and took me to places I never thought possible. I played Division I basketball for Arizona State University before my career ended due to numerous foot injuries. It was a difficult decision to close a chapter that had been a huge part of my life for so long, but with it came new adventures and aspirations. I transferred to Brigham Young University to finish my schooling at a top 5 business program in the country and graduated with a B.S. in Business Finance, a year ahead of all my peers. Upon graduation, I met the love of my life, got married and had children. My husband had an opportunity to coach Division I Women’s Basketball and I put my work on hold to be a stay-at- home mom. In addition to my duties with my own children, I became a “mother” away from home for the players my husband coached; we opened up our home to them for regular team dinners, fun activities, birthday celebrations, holidays, make-up tutorials, etc... We built incredible relationships with those young women that will last a lifetime. While living in a small town in Pennsylvania in 2014, my husband was coaching at Saint Francis University. Just before Christmas, we started to notice our youngest son, who was three-and-a-half-months old at the time, retract when he would breathe. To make a long story short, we ended up at Children’s H
26 minutes | Jul 25, 2017
004: Working Girl
Heather DeSantis was burnt out when she was given a choice to put in even more hours at her "9 to 5" or choose another route. That new route not only turned into a a hugely successful PR Firm, but also allowed her to work with entrepreneurs who care as much as she does about giving back to communities. About Heather: My career in PR began at a top PR agency working with entrepreneurs, health coaches, nutritionists, and even the NFL (seriously, how fun, right?). I was responsible for securing 35 placements per week for clients (yep, you read that right!). What I learned was that I thrive on a results-driven environment, and that results are 100% attainable when you work hard. My job at the PR Firm was a dream job in some ways – I got to work with amazing clients, really honed my pitching skills, and learned a lot along the way. What was missing from my life was the ability to take time off when I wanted to, flexibility to travel, and my desire to be more involved in philanthropy. In my heart and soul I knew I was made to do much more, so I made a really big decision. I took a big leap and moved back home with my mom to pursue my true calling in life – to create a PR community to help my fellow entrepreneurs, and that’s when Heather DeSantis Public Relations was born! I got a part time job in the fitness industry (another big passion of mine) and set out to partner with my tribe and take them to the top! Now I get to work with amazing clients, helping them grow their businesses, and get paid in the process. Seriously, pinch me!!! My expertise combined with my drive for results means that my clients enjoy Guaranteed Results.I am seriously so excited when it comes to getting press for my clients because I know the effect that well-placed press can have on your business (Hint: It’s huge!) While my time at the PR Firm helped me figure out that I wanted to have my own PR agency, my entrepreneurial spirit began at a much younger age. Read more at www.desantispr.com/my-story
24 minutes | Jun 29, 2017
003: From Miss USA to Mrs. America, Mekayla Diehl Eppers still fighting for body positivity
Miss Indiana USA 2014 and Mrs. Indiana America 2017 Mekayla Diehl Eppers is well known across the country as the beauty queen who graced the Miss USA stage with a "normal body." But what may not be so well known is the difficult childhood that taught Eppers to be the strong woman she is today. In this podcast, Eppers talks not just about the social media outcry, the following appearances on national TV, including GMA, but also how she learned to forgive after being sexually abused by her mother's cocaine dealer as a child. In a podcast that every adult should listen to, Eppers discusses the conversations that she had with her husband prior to getting married, and how he helped her continue her journey as a role model to others and herself. Links: https://www.instagram.com/mrsindianaamericapageant/ https://www.instagram.com/missmekaylafitness/ Bio: Mekayla has over 16 years in the pageant industry, getting her start in the Miss America Organization and, then, competing in the Miss Universe Organization. In 2014 she was crowned Miss Indiana USA and became a semi-finalist at Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After receiving praise about her "normal body" on social media, she had live interviews on national networks like CNN, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America. This phenomenon sparked her passion to helping others to become truly healthy. As the 2017 Mrs. Indiana America, Mekayla has evolved that passion into her new platform; The Feather Project. Mekayla will compete for Mrs. America in Las Vegas in August and hopes to have the opportunity to spread her native teaching nation wide! When she isn't on the stage, Mekayla spends her time working on her new house with her husband in Bristol, Indiana while working as a real estate broker, fitness coach, and promotional model while volunteering as a Co-Director of the Miss Collegiate North pageant.
24 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
002: From 'The Bachelor' to Mrs. America
In this podcast, we chat with former Bachelor contestant, Miss Idaho and Mrs. Idaho, Christi van Ravenhorst on what she's doing now to take on the entire state of Idaho and a law from breastfeeding moms she says desperately needs to be passed. She also takes us behind the scenes and explains that "crying scene" in The Bachelor, talks about competing at Miss America on the day of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attack and later, how she met her husband and competed at Mrs. America. Links: https://www.facebook.com/Christi-van-Ravenhorst-1820975964824511/
32 minutes | Jun 6, 2017
001 Bonds of Brotherhood: How Female Marines Have To Fight Against Their Own
Former U.S. Marine Erin Kirk-Cuomo is fully aware of what her sisters in the Marine Corps are going through as they battle Marines United; a group of 30,000+ men who stored and shared thousands of photos of female Marines on Google Drive and Facebook. Some of the photos were taken without permission, some were nude photos shared without permission. In many cases, male Marines encouraged each other to find these women and rape them, even posting their duty stations, full names, addresses and phone numbers. Erin knows because it happened to her. As co-founder of Not in My Marine Corps, she's helping to lobby for federal laws that will make non-consensual photosharing illegal on a federal level, and providing support for victims. But like many before her, she's sometimes fighting an uphill battle not everyone is sure she can win. Show Notes: Links: https://www.facebook.com/NotInMyMarineCorps/ https://www.notinmymarinecorps.org/ Biography: Erin Kirk-Cuomo is a former United States Marine, business owner, activist, co-founder of Not In My Marine Corps, Coast Guard wife, and mother. Ms. Kirk-Cuomo is a 2002 Graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and a 2005 Graduate of the University of the Arts in Photojournalism. Upon graduating from the University of the Arts in 2005, Ms. Kirk-Cuomo enlisted in the Marine Corps as a combat photographer. After completing basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, Ms. Kirk-Cuomo completed combat training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina before attending the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland where she graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Ms. Kirk-Cuomo was assigned to Camp Pendleton where she briefly worked at the base combat camera unit before being transferred to 1st Marine Division Combat Camera, deploying several times to Fallujah as a combat photographer. During her deployments in Iraq, Ms. Kirk-Cuomo was deployed with various infantry units in and around Al Anbar to include Ramadi, Al Qaim, Saqlawiyah, and Korean Village. Ms. Kirk-Cuomo was also a member of the lioness team and later a member on the very first female engagement team created in Fallujah in 2008. Upon the end of her deployment to Iraq in 2008, Ms. Kirk-C
7 minutes | Jun 2, 2017
Launching Girl, Let's Talk
The launch of "Girl, Let's Talk" and why you need to hear this podcast!
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