143 What’s Next with Laila Ali


Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder
of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two. The youngest daughter of late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, she is a two-time hall of famer and four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose record includes 24 wins (21 of which were “knockouts”) and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing. In 2012 when women’s boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time in history, Laila was the first woman in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports.

This week on the show, Laila Ali and I talk about her life as a boxer, author and lifestyle expert as well as her perspective on the pros and cons of being Mohammad Ali’s daughter. She also share about her latest project with the What’s Next Sweepstakes.

Astellas Pharma US, Inc., announced the launch of the “What’s Next Sweepstakes,” sponsored by Myrbetriq®. Fans ages 18 and older can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend a spring 2019 taping of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS).The “What’s Next Sweepstakes” runs through Nov. 25, 2018. No purchase is necessary. For official rules, including full details, and to enter, visit http://www.WinWhatsNext.com.

142 Strategic Quitting with Lynn Marie Morski


On the show today we talk about strategic quitting as well as:

1) How to know when to quit vs. persevere
2) How to overcome internal fears and not label yourself as a failure when quitting
3) How to prepare for a successful quit

My guest today is Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq., a physician, attorney, speaker, author, and…lifelong quitter. As the Founder of Quitting By Design, Lynn Marie is on a mission to help people carve out a successful life through strategic quitting. Since her first big quit at the age of 21, Lynn Marie discovered the power of quitting to inform your life’s true purpose and path. Her new book, “Quitting by Design,” was released in September 2018.


141 Finding Your Voice in Your Own Family and Community with Amy Whitfield


On the show today, I interview Amy Whitfield, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC, Inc.) and we talk about:
gender equality
sexual harrassment/metoo movement
toxic masculinity

Amy joined the DVRC, Inc. team in August 2017 and has been excited to come back to work in anti-violence. Amy’s career over the past 19 years in various non-profit fields has always given her the opportunity to be an advocate for women and communities of color fighting for equity. Amy graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maine and has since worked in numerous fields including: anti-sexual violence, substance abuse treatment, teen pregnancy and parenting, leadership mentoring, community organizing and non-profit program development.

Books Amy is reading:
The Tao of Leadership
Radical Acceptance

The United State of Women Summit is convening communities across the country and equipping women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity. And we’re coming to New Mexico next! Join us at the Galvanize Program in Albuquerque on December 1st for a day of connecting with local allies, learning about the work being done in New Mexico and across the country, and training breakouts based on how you want to make an impact, including: Advocacy and Organizing, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship.

The day begins with a high-energy mainstage session where participants will hear from local and national leaders and includes and attendees will be able to network with organizations and individuals making an impact in different areas of gender equality.

Giovanna’s Post-election Tips:
What can you do post-election to stay involved, make an impact and create change?

  1. ACCEPT where we are, and decide to work with what we’ve got.
  2. ACCOUNTABILITY Hold new elected officials accountable – Hold your newly elected officials accountable – they will be moving into transitioning into their new office in Nov/Dec. Make sure they hear from you as they are making their plans for appointments and hiring. Some transition teams rely on experts to guide the planning for taking office.
  3. VISIBLE Be visible, be heard and take up space. If you helped a candidate and she won, ask her to appoint you to a policy committee or task force. Look at a new or unlikely committee to join – bring your unique viewpoint to a topic you wouldn’t normally weigh in on.
  4. VOLUNTEER Find an organization that is leading the change you want to see on a particular topic and join them. Is it animal rights? Domestic violence and sexual harassment? The environment or issues related to small business? Serve as a volunteer, on a committee or on the board.
  5. INVITE Bring others along with you – is there an inauguration celebration you ‘ve been invited to? Ask other women to go with you. Expose them to what you now have access to.
  6. INTEGRATE How do I do all this you ask? I know it’s a lot. If you think about integrating your voice, your presence, on the topics you care about, you can create a committee at work, you can volunteer with your kids as a family activity – it doesn’t have to always be separate, another thing to do on the list. Think of integration and it will be smoother and more fun!


December 1, 2018 United State of Women Event in New Mexico:

The United State of Women (USOW) is a national organization who sees the need for a different America where all women thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. USOW seeks to amplify the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality by providing tools, access, and connections to help women further step into their power and break down barriers.

After the first United State of Women National Summit in 2016, participants made it clear they wanted to keep learning and connecting, and they wanted to do it in their own local communities. The Galvanize Program brings women and girls together to tackle our toughest challenges, together. And we’re coming to New Mexico next on December 1st! This year, we’re arming women with the tools and resources they need to keep organizing and fighting for gender equity, whether that’s through elected office, entrepreneurship, grassroots organizing, and everything in between. Attendees will receive in-depth and skills-based training developed by local and national partner organizations. Training tracks include:

  • Activism and Organizing in New Mexico
  • Entrepreneurship powered by BRAVA Investments
  • Leadership powered by Courtney A. Seard

Attendees will leave with the tools and knowledge to activate and mobilize locally and nationally and will hear from leaders in their communities who are working to increase gender equity in New Mexico and around the country, showing how women and girls can plug into action right away.

Get tickets

USOW has hosted previous Galvanize regional events in Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Atlanta, GA in 2017 and Miami, FL in 2018 with additional events are slated later in the year including in Philadelphia, PA, as part of the United State of Women’s nationwide mobilization to spur women into action in our local communities. For additional details about the Galvanize New Mexico, including registration details, visit the Eventbrite page. MEDIA REGISTRATION: The plenary sessions of the Galvanize New Mexico in Albuquerque will be open to the press, and media interested in attending should email press@civicnation.org with the subject line “New Mexico – RSVP” to request credentials. Media registration will be confirmed in the coming weeks. THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN: The United State of Women (USOW) is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, the United State of Women has hosted multiple regional convenings across the country and recently organized the second United State of Women Summit, bringing together 7,500 women and allies in support of gender equality. USOW serves as a convener, connector, and amplifier bringing women together across background and beliefs to engage and inspire each other. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

The United State of Women (USOW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For more information on the United State of Women’s Galvanize Program, visit unitedstateofwomen.org/galvanize and follow @USOWomen.

140 Your Role in Advocacy with Lucy Martinez Sullivan


What is your role in advocacy? I ask this question one week before the mid-term elections in the U.S.  Many of us have been reflecting on our role in advocacy, public policy and the electoral process and have already voted or will vote on November 6th. The notion that we are too busy or that we want to remain positive so we can’t get involved in advocacy or politics is a self-protective mechanism that doesn’t actually work. By amplifying our voice through our actions, we CAN make a difference.

On the show today I will talk to Lucy Sullivan about her role in advocating for women’s and mom’s rights to breastfeed their babies.

What we talk about on the show today:
Policies that impact the first 1000 days of a baby’s life
What you can do to support breastfeeding moms
How to begin to shift the culture around breastfeeding (ie. how do we address the sexualization of women’s bodies?)
New dietary guidelines being developed for children under two and pregnant moms

Guest’s bio:
Lucy Martinez Sullivan is Executive Director of 1,000 Days, a leading advocacy organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve maternal and young child nutrition particularly during the critical 1,000 day window of opportunity between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday. Prior to joining 1,000 Days, Lucy served as Executive Director at CCS, a philanthropic advisory firm, working with clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Action Against Hunger and the UN Foundation. Lucy worked as a marketing and finance executive for Fortune 500 companies such as Merrill Lynch and Loréal. She holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. with distinction from the University of Florida. She resides in Washington D.C. with her husband and two young daughters.

139 How to Be in the World with Bernadette Seacrest


Life is messy, isn’t it? On the Well Woman Show I interview women about their messy, fabulous lives. These women are making a profound impact in the world. A Well Woman is not someone who is perfectly fit, healthy and successful (though we are all those things at different times). Instead, a Well Woman is someone who is showing up, “learning how to be in the world” and intentional about living her best life, WHATEVER that is for her.

This week on the show I talk to Bernadette Seacrest about how she shows up in the world, about quitting and restarting creative projects, the awakening that led to her getting sober and how she found her “thing” at age 35. We also hear a clip from her latest album, Lust & Madness.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
The awakening that led Bernadette to getting sober
Which book changed Bernadette’s life
What one thing contributes to being a successful person

Links mentioned on show:
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Well Woman Show with Julia Cameron:  www.wellwomanlife.com/018show
Lust & Madness album, released 2016

Book she’s reading:
Of Human Bondage https://www.amazon.com/Human-Bondage-Bantam-Classics/dp/055321392X

“I ask for grace to be able to handle whatever comes up” -Bernadette Seacrest


Full bio:

Bernadette’s creative path reads like the back story to a mid-century Hollywood heroine: Ballerina, Fashionista, Hell Kitten, Sultry Chanteuse.

She spent her childhood in California and New York where she studied classical dance with the renowned Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre until an injury drove her love of drag and pageantry Northeast and underground. Coming of age amidst the gutter glam and jewel toned ink of New York and L.A.’s early 80s street punk scene the ballerina scraped by as a sometimes fetish model, makeup artist and clothing designer for the iconic punk rock apparel company Nana.

In 1993 Bernadette declared Albuquerque, NM home and in 2001 made her musical debut with one of the hottest roots rockabilly bands in the Southwest, the Long Goners. Working closely with Pat Bova, the band’s brilliant singer-songwriter, she belted out rebellious anthems in the style of Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson. Bernadette, with the Long Goners, shared the stage with Hank Williams III, Jonathan Richman, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rockin’ Lloydd Tripp, Al Foul and the Shakes, Tom Walbank and Spo-dee-odee.

2003 found the burgeoning chanteuse ready to wrap her voice around the more complex musical terrain of jazz. She collaborated with acclaimed bassist and composer David Parlato for a year before forming a new band – Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men- with bass player/songwriter extraordinaire Michael Grimes. The combo’s first album “No More Music by the Suckers” was released in 2004 and features desire drenched jazz standards as well as original songs by Grimes and former bandmate Pat Bova. Swing City Magazine wrote that the album was “… not an attempt for a one time rockabilly kitten to break into the modern day jazz scene but an attempt to break the mold, an endeavor she unconsciously accomplishes.” Their second album, “Live in Santa Fe” was released in 2005 and magically captures the smoke filled acoustics of a sold out live performance. Bernadette toured extensively with her Yes Men, playing to packed audiences across the U.S. and France. She and the boys have been featured on NPR and shared the stage with: Samarabalouf, Mat Firehair & the Imperators of Kool, El Senor Igor, Devil Doll and The Glenn Koster Trio.

In 2006 Bernadette followed her heart to Atlanta where she put together a new project – Bernadette Seacrest and her Provocateurs – with guitarist/songwriter par excellence, Charles Williams and bad-ass bassist Kris Dale. A unique group, with a lean sparseness distinguishing and defining their sound as one guitar, one bass, and a voice. Together they sow a cross-pollination of that which some call jazz, others may call blues, and still others may perceive as swing noire. In late 2009 the trio released their debut album “The Filthy South Sessions” to critical acclaim. A collection of songs penned by Williams that range from the All Mighty’s drinking habits to an epic late night lament inside a diner at the end of the world. The tunes infuse Ms. Seacrest’s signature dark vintage sound with a Deep South hue. With new record in hand Bernadette and her boys continued to tour extensively in France…..

In between her European tours, Bernadette can often be found holding court within the infamous Atlanta nightspot – Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium – which seems to have emerged as a pre-ordained vehicle for the unique experience that only Bernadette can deliver. Former trio disbanded, Bernadette’s allure continues to foster her own constellation of talented friends as Atlanta’s local heavy hitters appear regularly in the audience and on stage. Francine Reed steps up for a duet, Big Mike Geier drops in to play the snare, and of course Kris Dale and R.L. Martin are always nearby – guitar and bass at the ready. Her willing subjects recoil, laugh and blush as she relentlessly exorcises the demons of doubt, inhibition and lowered expectations carried with us from the daily grind. Fans smile knowingly while newcomers are buffeted through the sets, each new effort seeming to top the last. When it’s all over they carry their experiences home in a beguiled state of wonder. Something has been restored and reclaimed. It’s authentic…. it’s intimate….. and we are blessedly reminded of how music can make us feel when we’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

138: How to Say No so You Can Say Yes with Samantha Michelle


Check out our quiz to find out where you are in the Well Woman Life Cycle!

Hailed by Flaunt Magazine as one half of “London’s most exciting DJ duo,” international DJ/actress/filmmaker, Samantha Michelle makes her way back to the US with her hugely popular and spirited DJ sets that can only be described as distinctly vintage, upbeat and classical, as she fuses familiar tunes with rare records moving swiftly between the genres of rhythm and blues, ska, reggae, soul, and funk.

Samantha Michelle’s career as a DJ kicked off in 2012 one fateful evening at the Groucho Club in London where for the next five years she ran residencies around Soho and East London, working extensively within the members club circuit (Groucho Club, Soho House, 5 Hereford St., Lights of Soho, Devonshire Club, The Kings Head), and headlined at some of the world’s largest music festivals including Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party and The Toronto International Film Festival, and hosted her own music and culture radio show “The Smoking Guns Sessions” on Soho Radio alongside her fellow soul-music-loving co- host Iraina Mancini, where they would share their music expertise and interview accomplished guests from the music, art, journalism, fashion and entertainment industries.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Samantha moved to New York City at the age of 17. Directed by her love of music, she began her tour of nightlife and her passion for cinema and storytelling, and later graduated from NYU and Oxford University where she studied dramatic literature, politics, and art. She was the first student at NYU to pursue a self-designed major at the College of Arts & Science, studying “The Role of Religion in The Rhetoric of US Foreign Policy” with minors in Dramatic Literature and Studio Art. She has also studied European history, art history, sociology and drama at Herford College, Oxford University. After graduating in 2011, she moved to Los Angeles where she began her career as an actress, and has worked internationally on feature films including Atom Egoyan’s The Captive and Matthew Johnson’s Operation Avalanche, as well as, network TV programs such as Showcase’s Lost Girl and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain. She has starred in a number of theatre productions, from the classics, Strindberg and Ibsen to new writing.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
1. An appreciation for 60s soul, rhythm and blues, rock and roll music.
2. An understanding of how one can take their negative or challenging life experiences and transmute those experiences into projects and engagements that are fundamentally positive, creative and collaborative.
3.The limitlessness of one’s creative pursuits and the value in exploring a diversity of modes of creative expression.

137: Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama


On the show today, I interview Valerie Jarrett, United State Of Women co-chair and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama.

The United State of Women is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

On the heels of the 2018 United State of Women Summit, USOW is convening communities across the country and equipping women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity. And we’re coming to New Mexico next! Join us at the Galvanize Program in Albuquerque on December 1st for a day of connecting with local allies, learning about the work being done in New Mexico and across the country, and training breakouts based on how you want to make an impact, including: Advocacy and Organizing, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship.

The day begins with a high-energy mainstage session where participants will hear from local and national leaders and includes and attendees will be able to network with organizations and individuals making an impact in different areas of gender equality.

The cost to attend the Galvanize Program is $50 and a scholarship application is available. Attendees are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

What can you do? My list from the Santa Fe New Mexican Op-ed:

  1. Support and fund good journalism eg. news outlets that provides fact checked, unbiased reporting based on multiple sources.
  2. Support media literacy focused on gender issues in schools eg. http://www.medialit.org and https://medialiteracynow.org
  3. Support women in media eg. Women’s Media Center, Center for Media Justice, Common Sense Media, Women in Media & news.
  4. Help elect more women to public office and ask women in your life to run for office eg. Emily’s List, Emerge America, Women Elect
  5. Use your privilege to see that more women are elected to boards of directors.  Women Corporate Directors, https://www.womenonboards.net
  6. Support and promote girls and women’s mentoring programs, especially for careers in technology. eg. Women Who Code, Executive Women’s Forum.
  7. Reflect on how you contribute to sexism. Decide from this day forward only to measure girls and women by their accomplishments and not by how they look or their ability to bear children. Eg. Do you judge other women for the way they look? Do you ask or expect girls and women to look a certain way? Or subtly prepare girls for their child bearing role later in life by giving them only dolls instead of building blocks?
  8. Speak up yourself and support other people who speak up and hold others accountable.
  9. Support programs that focus on the “macho paradox” and the movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. eg. http://www.themachoparadox.com/
  10. Do what’s right, not what’s easy. eg. don’t watch movie after movie with your kids (male or female) with no female protagonist. Watch films that pass the Bechdel Test – films with women talking to other women about something other than men. See http://bechdeltest.com; speak up when you see someone behaving inappropriately.PLUS…..
  11. VOTE! Early voting is open
  12. Attend Galvanize NM on December 1st! https://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/galvanizenewmexico/

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman life community group at wellwomanlife.com/facebook.

The Well woman show is thankful for support from Natural Awakenings Magazine in New Mexico and High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque.

136 Learn How To Tell The Truth with Lauren Zander


Lauren Zander is a life coach, university lecturer, public speaker, and the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international coaching company based in New York City. She is the author of Maybe Its You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017) and has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients from around the world.

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What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • A new understanding of what it means to be an author of one’s life.
  • Why it’s imperative to learn how to tell the truth.
  • How to set up a system of promises and consequences to help you reach your desired results.

Find out which areas of life you may need to work on with the free coaching tool from Lauren Zander and Handel Group, The Current Reality Quiz. It’s an easy (and fun!) way to self assess. http://bit.ly/WWCRQ
Inner.U is the digital coaching course from Lauren Zander and Handel Group – 14+ hours of audio coaching, 50+ written assignments, community chat, and much more. Use code WELLWOMAN75 for $75 off a subscription level at checkout! InnerU.Coach

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Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life


135 Courageous Conversations about Race and Equity with Jenn Roberts


What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • what talking about race and equity in your company or institution means
  • when to know you’re ready to have a courageous conversation about race and equity
  • knowing when you’re really good at what you do

Jenn Roberts is an educator, facilitator and mother who brings over 15 years of experience and passion in race and equity work. She began her career in education teaching 3rd grade in Chicago Public Schools. After teaching she went on to support new teachers in the classroom, develop curriculum for new teacher certification, and train school leaders in best practices in human capital. In 2011 she moved to DC Public Schools, where she helped to lead the DCPS Office of Human Capital in developing the will, skill, and courage to interrupt inequities and create more equitable policies and outcomes for DC students. She founded Versed Education Group in 2015 to continue this work, assisting organizations in developing their skill to operate from a place of equity as a habit. She served as the Equity and Inclusion Lead on the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project and is a proud alumna of Spelman College, which she credits in nurturing her desire to lead through service. Jenn lives in DC with her spunky and creative 6-year-old daughter, Nia.

Resource from Jenn:

Liberating Structures: http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls-menu/

134 Choosing Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae


Choosing Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae
“wonder gets socialized and conditioned out of us”

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What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How to reignite wonder and stop the worry
  • How to stop pushing or forcing outcomes and start flowing
  • How to pause to integrate and still reach your goals!


Other episodes mentioned in this interview:
Julia Cameron https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/018-trusting-your-inner-voice-with-julia-cameron/id1089410150?i=1000398662234&mt=2
Byron Katie https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/075-how-to-identify-question-stressful-thoughts-that/id1089410150?i=1000398662189&mt=2

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