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Mar 9, 2018

Pam Eichenbaum is business development associate at Innovation Works.  She supports fundraising activities from foundations, government entities and corporations — all set on spurring growth of the region’s economy. In addition to her role with Innovation Works, she serves as part of the Repair the World Advisory Committee, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, Adele’s Circle of Women at the University of Maryland, and Gateway Committee of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. We talked to Pam about Pittsburgh's startup ecosystem and what makes it special to her. 

Mar 2, 2018
Varsha Mathur is a life coach and entrepreneur. She lives by the principles of her business, KnowingLuxe: Life Unleashed by an Exceptional Existence. 
Before becoming a life coach, Varsha owned a management company and practiced law in the areas of mediation, real estate, and land use. As a South Asian, born and raised in the United States, she uses her personal story of divorce, love and re-marriage to help remove the taboo of these topics that still exist in some communities.
Varsha talked with us about her experiences as a life coach and about her love for cooking, especially Indian food. 
Feb 23, 2018

Evelyn Castillo is the owner and creative director of Sterling Events (even though she has a degree in biology!). She's on the board of the Pittsburgh chapter of ILEA, and is a trustee for Awesome Pittsburgh, which awards microgrants to "forward the interest of awesome in the universe." She talked to us about planning events for nonprofits and what's on the horizon for Awesome Pittsburgh.

Feb 15, 2018

For our first anniversary episode, we've invited back one of our first and most entertaining guests, the one and only sarah huny young.  We got the latest on her American Woman photo project, which has taken her to New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago.

Thanks for listening to the podcast over the past 12 months. We've got more to come, so stay tuned!

Feb 8, 2018

Raji Sankar is the co-founder of Choolaah, a new Indian restaurant in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood.

She co-founded restaurant development company Wholesome International in 2004,  co-founded and sold a technology company, co-founded a media company, and held leadership positions in technology and media companies in Pittsburgh. She has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University

We talked to Raji about Choolaah, what Indian fast-casual food looks like, and how the restaurant industry has evolved. 

Feb 1, 2018

The inventor of the Pittsburgh Fish Fry Map, Hollen Barmer is a bit of a local celebrity in Pittsburgh. She talked with us about the tradition of fish frys and her work in STEAM at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Jan 25, 2018
Jan 18, 2018
Rebecca Lucore is Head of CSR and Sustainability for Covestro LLC’s America’s region, responsible for innovating new approaches to social programs, philanthropy and donations, community relations and partnerships and sustainability initiatives in North and South America. We talked to her about the company's recent THINC30 summit and the concept of reverse mentoring, where younger and older workers learn from each other.
Jan 11, 2018
Erika Strassburger is the longtime chief of staff for city councilor Dan Gilman, and is running for his seat. She got the job by replying to a Facebook post. Her previous work includes advocacy for Penn Environment, and she is a board member of Conservation Consultants Inc. We asked her about dealing with constituents and their concerns, and why she thinks she's the person to represent District 8. Bonus: Natalie and Kim talk New Year's resolutions.
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.

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