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Dec 21, 2017
Virginia Montanez has been writing about Pittsburgh in some form or other for more than a decade, first with her blog PittGirl, which evolved into That’s Church, and later with a popular column in Pittsburgh Magazine. She’s the co-founder of the Mario Lemieux Foundation’s Make Room 4 Kids initiative which delivers video game units to kids at Children’s Hospital.

Here's where you can donate to Make Room 4 Kids 

A longtime presence on Pittsburgh’s social media scene, Ginny decided recently to step away from Twitter. We had a really thoughtful discussion with her about social media's good and bad sides to close out our podcast's first year.

Dec 14, 2017
Kate Dewey will soon depart the Forbes Funds after four years at the helm, but her career in nonprofits spans half a century.  She's going to continue overseeing the UpPrize social innovation competition,  which has already funded several notable projects aimed at helping others. Dewey spoke to us about Pittsburgh's reputation as a city of nonprofits, and the challenges facing nonprofit companies and workers in the current political and economic climate.  
Dec 6, 2017
In November, Ashleigh Deemer co-founded the new political action committee Women for the Future of Pittsburgh along with outgoing City Councilor Natalia Rudiak, mayor-elect of Wilkinsburg Marita Garrett and County Controller Chelsa Wagner. Deemer has a bachelor’s in environmental policy from Chatham University and has worked for Rudiak's office since 2011, where she currently serves as chief of staff.  Deemer ran for the Democratic nomination for the District 4 City Council seat herself but lost in the primary earlier this year. We talked to Deemer about the new PAC which aims to “disrupt the crippling political inertia in western Pennsylvania” by helping raise money for female candidates (something she knows about firsthand) and why Democrats in Allegheny County should be thinking more about diversity. Find Deemer on Twitter and check out WTF Pittsburgh (that acronym!) for info about their launch party on Dec. 11.
Sep 28, 2017

Sara Innamorato, owner of Innamo Co. is the cofounder of She Runs Southwestern Pa., one of many organizations focused on getting more women to run for office.  Pennsylvania ranks 40th when it comes to female representation in government.

She talked to us about why she decided to run for office.; she says both the results of the 2016 election and her father's struggle with opioid addiction are big motivators. Innamorato wants people to feel more connected to their elected officials, to know that someone is listening to their concerns.

Sep 20, 2017
  Sarika Goulatia is a sculptor/installation artist who comes to Pittsburgh by way of Gorakhpur, India. She has a Bachelors and Masters degree in textiles at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India and a BFA from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She spoke with the Broadcast Podcast about what inspires her work and her thoughts on cultural assumptions and appropriation. Check out her work at her website.
Sep 14, 2017
Joy KMT is founder of the Tabernacle of Immaculate Perception, a performing and healing arts group for women of color. She is also co-founder of Ujamaa Collective, an organization dedicated to economic justice for women of African descent. Joy is a healer, artist, activist, lover and mother, and is a Macdowell Fellow and recipient of the Heinz Fellowship. She spoke with us about the ongoing challenges of healing race relations in Pittsburgh and across the country.  Find her writing at
Sep 6, 2017
Shahira Wahba is an event designer for Luxe Creative, and helps people create the special events they're envisioning for important occasions. The Toronto native talked about how she came to Pittsburgh via Punxsutawney and even offered suggestions for sprucing up the annual Groundhog Day shindig.
Aug 31, 2017
Deanna Tomaselli of Havas PR got her start in public relations just as social media was becoming a crucially important tool for communication.  Her PR experience spans 10 years, and she's managed her share of Facebook crises. We talked with Deanna about the importance of a strategy when handling public relations and got her take on how she might handle things if she worked at the White House communications office.
Aug 23, 2017
Vivian Lee Croft and Andrea Laurion cofounded Girls Write Pittsburgh to give teenage girls in Pittsburgh a safe space for writing and self-expression. They talked to us about how their weekly sessions helps build confidence and critical thinking skills among the girls who participate.  They're in Garfield and Brookline now, with plans to expand to other Pittsburgh neighborhoods soon. For more on Girls Write Pittsburgh, visit their website and find them on Facebook
Jul 6, 2017
Latasha Wilson-Batch is the Executive Director of Best of the Batch Foundation, with a vision of making the impossible possible for countless Pittsburgh- area kids.  The result is a community committed to becoming the “best of the batch” in life. The foundation reaches more than 3,300 boys and girls from financially challenged communities annually.  Latasha’s direction has resulted in new and innovative educational and extracurricular activities which collectively encourage children to become engaged and active participants in their education and in after-school activities.   She is a constant presence at “The Clubhouse” and the participants know that they can talk with her about anything.  She has developed special programs for young girls and women with emphasis on education, sports and fun. Latasha is married to former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch and together they have five four-legged kids: Roxie, Bunz, Snoop, Nate and Aysia. She talked with us about her work with children and her vision for the future of the Best of the Batch Foundation.
Jun 29, 2017
Joerose Tharakan is an Alliance Partner Manager with Microsoft Corp. Originally from Cochin in south India, she holds a BA in Mathematics & Economics from Colby College and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She is actively involved with a number of organizations including The Colby College Board of Trustees, Ivy Child International, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh. She enjoys traveling, theater, soccer and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Joerose talked to us about her work in the tech industry and her long and fascinating journey from India to the U.S.
Jun 21, 2017
Rachel Ekstrom Courage has spent her 15-year publishing career working with debut, bestselling, and award-winning writers. She started out in the publicity departments of St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin and is currently an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Rachel is the co-founder of Littsburgh, which showcases Pittsburgh’s vibrant literary scene. We talked to her about favorite books,  why she co-founded Littsburgh and what it's like being a woman in the publishing industry.
Jun 15, 2017
Nina Barbuto is founder and director of Assemble, a community space for arts + technology. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. She holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty. She talked to us about growing Assemble and how the organization's youth programs help instill confidence in boys and girls.
Jun 7, 2017
Libby McKnight is an actor born and raised in Pittsburgh.  She fell in love with theatre while performing and training with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Point Park University, and Carnegie Mellon schools of Drama and Music. She currently lives in New York City, and this fall she will begin her final year of training at The Juilliard School, where next May she will receive her Masters in Fine Arts.
Libby talked to us about the challenges of being a woman in the acting profession and why she prefers "actor" to "actress."
May 17, 2017
Glasgow, Scotland native Julie Shields will have you rethinking your basic black wardrobe. As a consultant for the UK-based company House of Colour, she helps clients figure out how to look their best by finding their ideal color palettes.  The former police officer and travel agent (really) says looking your best isn't about impressing others, it's about giving yourself the confidence you need to take on the world.  Instagram:  and at
May 10, 2017

Tereneh Mosley is a Pittsburgh fashion designer who created an eco-design collection with OMWA, the Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya, which became the catalyst for Idia'Dega, Mosley’s global eco-design fashion project. Tereneh talked with us about her goals for the fashion line and the collaboration and why she wanted to work with indigenous women to help them become self-sufficient.

May 3, 2017
Gisele Fetterman is a nutrition activist, a hugger and the First Lady of Braddock, Pa. Born and raised in Brazil, Gisele emigrated to the US when she was 9 and lived in the shadows as an undocumented immigrant for a decade. She founded Freestore 15104 in Braddock, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need.  The Freestore has inspired five spin-off locations. Gisele co-founded 412 Food Rescue, a community-wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste, working with food retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food to feed the food insecure. It came about through her work with the Freestore. She also is co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise. She's married to Braddock mayor John Fetterman and the mother of three children. Since she has so much free time (ha!) Gisele spoke with us about how she came to Braddock and her motivation to try to spread kindness in her corner of the world.
Apr 26, 2017
Heather Arnet is CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization focused on creating equality for women and girls. Heather talked with us about the work Women and Girls Foundation does, as well as the importance of getting more women to run for office, and what she learned about the process when she threw her hat into the ring.
Apr 19, 2017

La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is a nationally recognized leader in the field of reproductive justice, human rights, and leadership development for women and girls of color. She's the founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Philadelphia and Cleveland. La'Tasha is a passionate reproductive justice activist, native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women. She spoke with Kim and Natalie about the challenges of protecting reproductive rights in the current political climate and the need for intersectionality. To learn more about La'Tasha, visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram @duxfemfac.

Apr 11, 2017

As Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto, Betty  Cruz led the strategic development of numerous mayoral priorities in the City of Pittsburgh including Welcoming Pittsburgh, a comprehensive plan to build a more welcoming experience for the city’s growing immigrant community, and Live Well, a wellness agenda focused on increasing access to affordable healthcare and expanding participation in meals programming for youth. In 2016, she launched Change Agency, a social enterprise to elevate civic initiatives including implementation of a countywide community-designed immigrant integration plan that exists independent of government. Originally from Miami, Betty is the daughter of Cuban refugees and knows first-hand the challenges immigrants face seeking to establish a better tomorrow. She is a first-generation college graduate and  was recently selected as one 40 attendees to the Next City’s 2017 Vanguard conference in Montreal. Betty talked to us about her work helping immigrants feel more welcome in Pittsburgh, made more daunting by the 2016 presidential election.

Apr 5, 2017

Liana Maneese is an entrepreneur and activist born in Brazil and raised in Pittsburgh. She's co-founder and CEO of  The Good Peoples Group,  an organization that specializes in creative and cultural problem-solving through identity navigation, building and honoring resilience and dynamic team building. Through the Good Peoples Group, Maneese and her team work toward having constructive conversations focused on healing racial divides.

Mar 29, 2017
Katie Dudas (aka Dudders) is a social media rock star, and director of sales and marketing at Pittsburgh haunt The Scarehouse. She also works with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation coordinating their charity raffles. Katie talked to us about what it's like trying to scare people for a living (spoiler: it's super fun) and how being a woman in the haunt business is becoming less unusual.
Mar 22, 2017
Sara Bauknecht is a multimedia producer, educator and journalist, with specialties in fashion and dance writing. Her career in fashion journalism started as an intern in the fashion editorial department at Conde Nast's Modern Bride magazine in New York City. At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she coordinates style coverage, which includes stories about Pittsburgh-based designers, local fashion events and features from the runways of New York Fashion Week. She also co-hosts a weekly Web show called "Setting the SEEN" that spotlights style and social happenings in Pittsburgh. Sara talked to Kim and Natalie about how visible the intersection of politics and fashion are in the current political climate.
Mar 15, 2017

sarah huny young is a tech founder, creative director, artist, and photographer from New York City. Her grant-winning project, AMERICAN WOMAN, is a multimedia portrait and documentary series about Black American women. huny loves big hair, red lipstick, and Ghostface and considers herself equal parts music head, whiskey enthusiast, awesome mom and geek on fleek. huny talked to us about the American Woman project, and what it's like being a black female developer in a field of mostly white guys. Find her on Twitter at @huny and on Instagram at @hunyrocks.  Her portfolio of work is at

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon,  author,  speaker and change-maker. She is one of only a few female orthopedic surgeons in the country and specializes in sports medicine and in powerful and growing population of athletes over 40. She is the CEO and Founder of Women’s Health Conversations, a health education and innovation company and a millennial-focused B2C health innovations platform, HOT for your health.  Follow her on Twitter & Facebook @DrVondaWright or Follow her on Twitter & Facebook @DrVondaWright Vonda joined us to talk about her mission to keep women and men mobile into their older years (hint: it's not as hard as you think it is!)

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