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268 Just Giovanna: Celebrate Your Bad Self

By Giovanna Rossi | Oct 29, 2021 |
This week on The Well Woman Show, we are celebrating ourselves as a window into the root causes of the obstacles we face. We look at the inner critic and reveal the old stories that keep us stuck. All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/268show You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

267 Credibility as a Form of Power with Deborah Tuerkheimer

By Giovanna Rossi | Oct 6, 2021 |

This month on the Well Woman Show, I interview Deborah Tuerkheimer, author and professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Yale Law School. Tuerkheimer served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in domestic violence and child abuse prosecution. She’s the author of Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers.

On the show we discuss:

  • Credibility as a form of power,
  • How those with greater privilege and authority in our society are more likely to be deemed credible while those with less social status are more likely to be dismissed
  • How everyday interactions are a perfect starting point for cultural change.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/267show

The books she recommended were:

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

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

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

266 Making New Rules in STEM Careers with Sangeeta

By Giovanna Rossi | Sep 23, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show this week, I talk to D. Sangeeta. She is the founder and CEO of Gotara, a global career growth platform for women in STEM+. Its mission is to close the gender gap and help STEM+ women stay and thrive in their careers. It’s a passion for Sangeeta because she came very close to being one of the 40% of STEM women who leave their careers within the first five years. The materials scientist said that at 32 she felt she couldn’t continue to navigate the roadblocks being thrown in front of her. Luckily, a mentor reached out, gave her guidance, and she stayed in her career for another two decades, achieving 26 patents, leading global teams of 5,000+ with budgets of more than $200 million. She worked at GE Aviation, Nielsen, and most recently was VP of Connections at Amazon. Sangeeta’s ultimate dream though was to build a scalable, for-profit career growth platform so 30+ million STEM+ women around the world have access to the advice they need to stay and thrive in their careers.

Today on the show we discuss:

The need for equality and representation for women in STEM.

Why do women need to get a voice at the table while in college and in their careers?

AND How we can encourage younger women to get into STEM?

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/266show.

The book she recommended was: THE OTHER EINSTEIN BY MARIE BENEDICT

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

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

265 The Urgency for Equal Rights with Carol Jenkins

By Giovanna Rossi | Sep 8, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, I sit down with Carol Jenkins. She is an advocate for human, civil, and women’s rights, an award-winning author, and Emmy-winning former television journalist.

Previously, Carol Jenkins was the founding president of The Women’s Media Center, a national nonprofit organization created to increase coverage and participation of women in media. She also serves on the boards of several feminist leadership organizations as well as groups supporting the arts, excellence in journalism, and international animal rights. Ms. Jenkins is also an author, the three-time NY Emmy-nominated host of Black America, on CUNY TV, the executive producer, writer and documentary correspondent of an award-winning film, a podcast host, and co-anchor of CUNY TV’s live election night coverage.

Today on the show we discuss:

  • The urgency for equal rights
  • Why the time is NOW to get the 28th amendment passed
  • Why being a feminist, regardless of your gender can change so many lives

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/265show

The book she recommended was Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems by Rita Dove – https://bookshop.org/books/playlist-for-the-apocalypse-poems/9780393867770

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

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

264 Empowering Diverse Leaders with Dr. Lizette Ojeda

By Giovanna Rossi | Sep 1, 2021 |

This week on the Well Woman Show, I interview Dr. Lizette Ojeda. She s a career psychologist and behavioral scientist specializing in an evidence-based intersectional approach to help diverse leaders do their best work as a whole self. She has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and has been honored with Fellow status by the American Psychological Association for her outstanding contribution to diversity initiatives on a national level. Her mission is to empower diverse leaders to unlock their best, most confident selves at work so they can have more success and less stress. She’s also an Associate professor Texas A&M University.

Today on the show we discuss:

  • How we can speak up with more confidence.
  • Dealing with hurtful systems that keep us from succeeding.
  • Beating isolation and lack of confidence in your leadership role.

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/264show.

The book she recommended was The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

263 Just Giovanna: Creating the Future of Business and Workplaces

By Giovanna Rossi | Aug 25, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, I share my thoughts on successful economic recovery and what it means for the future of business and workplaces.

Today on the show I discuss:

The opportunity and responsibility we have to rebuild and recover.

Why we have to stop referring to “getting back to normal” and what we can start doing instead.

The three pillars which, when implemented, create a robust foundation for businesses and their employees to thrive.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/263show

You can connect with Family Friendly New Mexico at nmfamilyfriendlybusiness.org.

You can view the article I mention at https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/commentary/dont-go-back-to-normal-create-a-new-one/article_500c8a88-fc56-11eb-a915-4b7c5f9b1b3f.html

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

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

262: Pro-Justice Storytelling with Eva Fernandes

By Giovanna Rossi | Aug 12, 2021 |

How do you share your life in an honest, justice-informed and engaging way? That’s the question Eva Fernandes is trying to solve.

This week on the Well Woman Show, I interview Eva Fernandes. She is a Pro-Justice Storytelling Coach from the Global South. She helps entrepreneurs, artists, thinkers, healers and activists share the wisdom of their life experiences without sounding cheesy, clueless or contrived.

She works especially with BIPOC and people from the Global South – who are trying to contextualise their life story within the framework of social justice and feminism.

It’s deep work and clients are usually trying to work on a book, series of essays or audio art with her.

As a former editor, journalist and corporate marketing executive, she uses a combination of deep listening, coaching, gentle nudging, editorial guidance and strategic thinking to get her clients closer to articulating their genius.

Today on the show we discuss:

  • How she became a pro-justice storytelling coach.
  • The importance of passion for your work
  • Slowing down and being intentional in life, business, and online.

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/262show.

The books she recommended were:

The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

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

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

261 Understand Your Brain and Keep it Healthy with Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin

By Giovanna Rossi | Aug 4, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, I talk to Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin. Dr Barbara is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has over thirty years of clinical experience. She also has a research and academic teaching background. In addition to her doctorate in psychology/neuropsychology, she has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Education degree (valedictorian). She also completed 450 hours of academic coursework in psychopharmacology sponsored by the Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy/New Mexico State University Collaborative.

Dr. Koltuska-Haskin was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. In 1989, she was awarded the AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Fellowship given to one out of thirty international applicants. She spent her fellowship year at UCLA’s postdoctoral training program in neuropsychology. She later received her US citizenship as an “alien of exceptional abilities” on the basis of her educational, research and clinical achievements. After her fellowship, she worked for many years as a neuropsychologist at the New Mexico State Hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Because she was the only neuropsychologist for the entire San Miguel and Mora Counties area, she was exposed to many types and stages of brain trauma, chronic mental illness, and addiction. It was challenging work, but an extensive and meaningful experience. She continued working for the state of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and was later a clinical director for a local nonprofit organization. Since 2003, she has been working full-time in her private practice, providing comprehensive and compassionate care for her New Mexico patients. She is the author of the book, How My Brain Works: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping It Healthy

She loves New Mexico for its sunshine, beautiful nature, and hospitality of the people. She always feels that she is “New Mexican in her heart.” She loves walking New Mexico’s trails, and the climate of the high desert cultivates her passion for organic gardening

We discuss:

– What Nerophyschology is

– How to keep your brain healthy

– Ways to help anxiety & depression right now.

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/261show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

260 Books for Girls That Look Like Me with Author Tina Wells

By Giovanna Rossi | Jul 21, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, I talk to Tina Wells, business strategist, advisor, author, and the founder of RLVNT Media, a multimedia content venture serving entrepreneurs, tweens, and culturists.

Tina has been recognized by Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and Essence’s 40 Under 40. For over two decades she led Buzz Marketing Group, an agency she founded at age 16 with clients like Dell, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and Apple.

Tina is also the author of seven books, including the best-selling tween fiction series Mackenzie Blue, its 2020 spinoff series, The Zee Files, and the marketing handbook, Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right. Tina’s board positions have included THINX, the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, The Franklin Institute, and Young Entrepreneur’s Council. She has also served as the Academic Director for Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World Program at the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

We discuss:

Why are tween girls so important?

Why is it so hard for young girls of color to find representation in media?

How do parents find books for their children with interesting storylines, that are age-appropriate?

The books she is reading are:

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/260show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

258: Being a Woman of Excellence with Precious Brady-Davis

By Giovanna Rossi | Jul 7, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, I interview Precious Brady-Davis. She is an award-winning diversity advocate, communications professional, and public speaker. She served for three years as the assistant director of diversity recruitment initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, her alma mater, implementing the campus-wide diversity initiative and providing leadership and oversight of national diversity recruitment and inclusion policies. Precious is married to Myles Brady and lives in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, where they are raising their daughter. On the show, Precious shares her profound journey as a biracial, gender-nonconforming kid in foster care to becoming a fully actualized trans woman.

We discuss:

  • The struggles of growing up in foster care,
  • The importance of advocating for yourself in the workplace,
  • and Precious Brady-Davis’s struggles of being a fully actualized trans woman.

The book Precious recommended was My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

You can find the episode on overwork that Giovanna mentions at wellwomanlife.com/255show/

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

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/258show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.