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54 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Episode 22 - Nika Kermani
Our Episode 22 guest is artist and dancer Nika Kermani. I first met Nika when she and her sister did some modeling for my swimwear brand, and over the last year or so I have enjoyed watching her develop as an entrepreneur. Chrissy and I spoke with Nika about her time volunteering in Israel and the Caribbean, the importance of her Bahai faith and how it is a source of strength for her, her most recent series of paintings and how they were influenced by Georgia O’Keefe, how she started dancing and what it was like to dance with the USC Trojan Dance Force, and opening up her own dance studio in her father’s former auto body shop. Website www.nikakermani.comInstagram @nika.kermaniKickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/nkstudios/
49 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Episode 21 - Sensi Graves
Professional kiteboarder and entrepreneur Sensi Graves joins us this week to chat about life and business. When she isn’t traveling around the world kiteboarding, Sensi designs and manufactures a line of sustainable, made in the USA swimwear for women. Chrissy and I spoke to Sensi about how she started kiteboarding, learning how to design swimwear and run a business, advice that she has for young entrepreneurs, and how she maintains her hustle. Website sensigravesswim.comInstagram @sensiswimFacebook @sensiswim
59 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Episode 20 - Tarnna Simpers
Teacher, winemaker, and water woman Tarnna Simpers joins us for Episode 20. Melissa and Chrissy chat with Tarnna about the year she spent teaching in Micronesia, her love of the water and how she is sharing it with her daughters, growing up in Hood River and why she moved back, managing a teaching career, a business, and motherhood, and advice that she has for parents heading into a challenging year of homeschooling and distance learning. Instagram@tarnnasimps@willowwinecellarsWebsiteHttp://tarnsandtides.comHttp://willowwinecellars.com
66 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Episode 19 - Britt Oase
Our Episode 19 guest is Britt Oase, CEO of Special Olympics Oregon. From the minute we started chatting, Britt felt like the best friend I hadn’t met yet. Chrissy and I spoke with Britt about her incredible experience working on Super Bowl LII, how she got started in the male-dominated world of football and basketball, why she made the switch from professional sports to the non-profit world, what it was like finding out the organization she had just been put in charge of was completely out of money, and why she decided to stick it out and turn things around. For more information on Special Olympics Oregon visit https://soor.org
71 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Episode 18 - Robin Allen
Robin Allen is a stylist, television personality, lifestyle guru, and activist. Melissa and Chrissy spoke with Robin about growing up biracial in rural Montana, finding her identity at art school, and why she moved back to a small town after years in LA. We talked a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement, and Robin had some wise advice for white women wanting to be allies. We also discussed the roles people play in a revolution, the impact of the Wall of Moms in Portland and why it is getting attention, the responsibility that business and fashion have in promoting diversity and change, and bringing that ethos into our own personal and businesses lives. Because we can’t seem to have a conversation without discussing the pandemic, we also talked about how Robin is pivoting her business model in response to our new normal and her new YouTube show, launching in August. If you’d like to connect with Robin:www.robinallenstyle.comwww.robinallenstyle.com/ra-by-nature-tees (fundraiser for BLM organizations)YouTube Channel “All the Things with Robin Allen”Instagram @robinallenstyle
52 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Episode 17 - Tess Barr
Melissa and Chrissy spoke with Tess about how she earned multiple scientific patents with no formal scientific education and which of her many talents is her biggest passion. We also chatted about recording her new album and how she came to work with some of the most important producers and musicians in the industry, the ways that her Hood Crest winery is keeping staff and customers safe, the future of music and live performances in a post-Covid world, and which of her many accomplishments she is most proud of.
70 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Episode 16 - Janet Hamada
Melissa and Chrissy interview Janet Hamada, executive director of The Next Door, a local non-profit that manages 39 programs to support and empower people in our community. Janet talks about how a trip to Bali as a young teenager triggered her interest in social work, her family’s experience in the internment camps in WW2, her time spent helping refugees at Guantanamo Bay, the importance of the services that TND provides, and how the pandemic is bringing to light the disparities in our community and what we can do to fix them.
57 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 15 - Bekah Rottenberg
Melissa and Chrissy interview professional mountain biker Bekah Rottenberg, a former teacher who started her own strength training and coaching business a few years ago. We spoke with Bekah about how she started mountain biking, the inequities between men and women in her sport, how boys and girls approach risk differently, why she decided to start her own business, and how the mountain bike industry can make the sport more accessible.
61 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Episode 14 - Karen Bureker
Karen Bureker is an exceptional athlete, a mom of three, and one of the kindest people I know. Melissa and Chrissy spoke with Karen about winning the first women’s pole vault national championship, why she became a firefighter, how diversity within a team only makes it stronger, and how the firefighting profession is changing to be more accessible to women and minorities.
3 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Elevating BIPOC Voices
We will not be releasing an episode of the Most Girls Podcast this week, and instead will be using the platform to amplify the voices of BIPOC women who need to be heard right now. Please check our blog each day this week for a list of women worth following.
58 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Episode 13 - Judge Karen Ostrye
Judge Karen Ostrye was a soccer mom until she was thirty, when she decided to finish college and then attend law school while raising two young boys. After a little over a decade as a lawyer, Karen was appointed to the circuit court and became the first woman to sit on the bench from Hood River County. Chrissy and I spoke with Judge Ostrye about what it was like to attend law school as a mom, serving as a judge in a small community, why there aren’t more women on the bench, her advocacy work for children, and how we can better help children in foster care.
56 minutes | May 25, 2020
Episode 12 - Ali McLaughlin
Ali graduated from the University of Oregon and worked in Bend for a few years before moving to the Southwest with her husband, who was in the military at the time. She had two children and worked in medical sales while her husband was deployed out of the country for long stretches. The family made their way to Hood River, where Ali combined her love for wine with her love for being active and started her own business hosting bicycle wine tours. Chrissy and I talk to Ali about why she started her business, pivoting during the pandemic, the future of tourism and the delicate balance between commerce and safety, and how she is finding balance in her life.
59 minutes | May 18, 2020
Episode 11 - Katie Crafts
Melissa and Chrissy talk to adventurer and entrepreneur Katie Crafts about how she ended up working in the world of polar tourism, pushing through fears and overcoming imposter syndrome, balancing her need for adventure with the need for some basic stability, the importance of preparing for polar bears, and how her adventure in Greenland was similar to being quarantined during the pandemic.
60 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 10 - Gabriella Garcia
Melissa and Chrissy talk to Gaby about how and why her family ended up in Hood River, her journey from DACA recipient to green card holder, her activism around the environment and Latino social justice, the concept of generational decolonization and how it relates to her family, and what it is like to balance working from home and homeschooling a seven year old as a single mom.
61 minutes | May 4, 2020
Episode 9 - Jennifer Hackett
Melissa and Chrissy talk to anti-trust attorney Jennifer Hackett about how her bi-coastal work life has changed since the self-quarantine started, how the pandemic might affect the professional development of women, how she is spending her free time these days, and how her kids are holding up while stuck at home.
59 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Episode 8 - Molly Schwarz
Melissa and Chrissy talk to singer, actress, and music teacher Molly Schwarz about her life as a struggling actress in LA and NY, how she ended up in Hood River, why she started her annual sell-out I Hate Cancer concerts, and what life is like in quarantine with three small children.
59 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Episode 7 - Eva Jones
Melissa and Chrissy chat with high school student and activist Eva Jones about activism and her take on feminism, the pressures of speaking to a Senate subcommittee, how the quarantine and school closure have affected her, and her plans for the future.
69 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 6 - Anna Williams
Melissa and Chrissy speak with Anna about why she decided to run for office and how her experience has lined up with her expectations, changes that would make our state government work better, the value of women in legislative leadership, how campaigning will work in our new normal, and the state government’s role in steering us through this pandemic.
42 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 5 - Lisa Kosglow Part 2
Olympian and author Lisa Kosglow talks about why being an Olympian was a blessing and a curse, how she transitioned out of Olympic sports and eventually into writing books and running outdoor camps for kids, and the annual six week adventures that her family has in Mexico.
64 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 3 - Molly Fauth, MD
Melissa and Chrissy talk to Molly about her path to becoming a doctor and a mother, the ways that medicine has changed since she became a doctor, how she finds time to volunteer, how she changed from being an introvert to one of the most outgoing people we know, what fills her cup, and who inspires her.
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