When she wasn't able to find the haircare products she wanted, LaShesia Holliday founded her own line of natural beauty products for women of color, and called it Naptural Beauty Supply. We talked with LaShesia about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and the importance of creating safe, natural products for Black women to use on their hair.
Shimira Williams a community-focused innovator integrating technology with informal educational environments that support children, youth, and their families. She uses her voice and passion to advocate for early learning in resilient communities. She's a co-founder of C.C. Busy, a startup that uses digital assistants (like Amazon Alexa) to give the power of voice to family child care homes
Kinsey Casey currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Pittsburgh under Mayor Bill Peduto.
She comes to the City of Pittsburgh after serving as the inaugural Chief of Staff at Emerge America, a national nonprofit that trains Democratic women to run for office. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
Kinsey also served in the Obama Administration for seven years, as Chief of Staff for Secretary John Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. State Department. Prior to her time at State, Kinsey was the National Security Director for Presidential Personnel at the White House, where she managed political appointments across national security-related agencies. She began her service in the Obama Administration at the Department of Homeland Security, where she managed domestic and international travel logistics for Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Kinsey has worked on local, state and national campaigns and has held leadership roles in a number of large-scale events, including President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration and the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
We talked to Kinsey about what exactly her job with the city involves (spoiler: there's no "typical" day) and her love of bureaucracy (really!)
AmyJo Brown is project editor for the Pittsburgh Media Partnership, a new collaborative of local news organizations working in the greater Pittsburgh region.
A veteran investigative reporter and western Pennsylvania native, Brown has worked in local newsrooms around the country, at publications of all types — from the East Oregonian in the cowboy country of Oregon to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock to Pittsburgh’s alt-weekly, the City Paper.
Brown also teaches journalism as an adjunct instructor at Point Park University and is the secretary/treasurer of the Pittsburgh Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
We talked with her about her goals for the Pittsburgh Media Partnership and got her thoughts about local journalism and the potential for collaboration.
In the second half of our conversation with Pittsburgh icon Sally Wiggin, she talks about her work with the Pittsburgh Zoo and her love of animals
The queen mother of Pittsburgh TV journalism came on the show and spoke candidly about how she got started in TV (she wanted to do sports!) and some of her more personal challenges. Part 1 of 2.
Two new co-hosts, Pam Eichenbaum and Jennifer Van Dam, join Kim in the studio for the relaunch of the only podcast in Pittsburgh that passes the Bechdel test every episode.
We talked with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania about what it's like being a scout in the 21st century (hint: there are a lot more badges now!)
Kelly Miller of Haute Sauna told us why she got into the wellness industry and about the benefits of the spa's sauna pods.
Dr. Elizabeth Spaar is a family medicine physician and owner of Spectrum Family Practice. She specializes in integrative medical care with a focusa on medical marijuana, IV vitamins, opiate addiction, and the pediatric condition PANDAS. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her training in family medicine at the Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She has five children and spends her free time writing, baking and attempting to rein in the three ring circus she calls her family.
Dr. Spaar talked to Natalie and Kim about why she decided to pursue a medical degree after being dissatisfied with her son's care.
Erica Peterson is a mother of two, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker who founded Moms Can & Co., and Moms Can Code, an online community for moms who code. She's won numerous awards and accolades for her work trying to expose more women and girls to STEAM careers. She talked with Natalie and Kim about her 2019 plans for Moms Can Code.
Jessica Strong is the co-founder and co-CEO of Flexable, which provides on-site, on-demand childcare at events, conferences, and workplaces, allowing these places to be more inclusive and accessible for parents. She has a few undergraduate degrees from Ohio State, and a master's in public policy/non-profit management from Carnegie Mellon. She has worked in education, mental health, as a freelance grantwriter, and created a coworking space with on-site childcare prior to launching Flexable in 2016 with her co-founder, Priya Amin. She has 3 kids, a husband that runs his own company, and a dog, and this combination means that she doesn't really have time for any hobbies that don't involve napping or coffee.
We managed to get her on the show despite her crazy schedule for a very interesting conversation about childcare, workplace equality and how the women in Pittsburgh's startup scene support each other.
Helen Behn is the creator and founder of Spand-Ice, which makes wearable clothing to treat back pain with ice and heat. Her personal experience with chronic back pain motivated her to work with product designers in Pittsburgh to develop Spand-Ice's products, including some that are designed specifically with pregnant women in mind.
Kim talked with Helen about how she started Spand-Ice and how she's benefited from the support of startup incubators in Pittsburgh.
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Olivia Benson is community engagement director for the Women and Girls Foundation. She oversees the organization's communications, membership program, volunteer projects, and external community engagement activities. Her experience includes leading communications for political campaigns, working as the director of youth policy for the city of Pittsburgh. She holds a bachelor's degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Point Park University, and a master's in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Olivia spoke with Kim and Natalie about the WGF's GirlGov program, the importance of getting young girls involved in the political process and the challenges ahead for protecting Roe v. Wade.
Felicia Savage Friedman is owner of YogaRoots on Location, which provides anti-racism professional development, integrative group and individual yoga classes, and yoga teacher training in and around the city of Pittsburgh. She teaches yoga-based techniques for people to manage the trauma and stress of their daily lives.
Felicia holds a bachelor's in natural sciences: mathematics, geology and biology, a master's degree in elementary education and teaching certification, all from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kim and Natalie talked to Felicia about how she approaches her yoga practice, and how she fine-tunes her instruction to suit her audience.
Abigail Gardner is the founder of Scottie Public Affairs, a strategic communications consulting firm in Pittsburgh that serves corporate, non-profit, and political clients locally and nationally. She has worked with campaigns since 2004 and is founding board member of Emerge Pennsylvania, a group that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office.
Kim spoke with Abby about what Democrats can learn from the midterms as they prep for the presidential election in 2020, and how women candidates are affecting politics and political strategy.
Pittsburgh native Andrea Robinson is the founder and CEO of the new restaurant Sugar and Smoke in the city's Bloomfield neighborhood. Her goal was to recreate a feeling of southern hospitality. Andrea is passionate about people, food, and serving others. With over a decade of experience in Chemical Manufacturing, Andrea knows a thing or two about ingredients. She talked with Kim and Natalie about starting a restaurant on her own, and how her daughter inspires her.
Julia Poepping is Principal Consultant with Copasec LLC. She's a Pittsburgh-based independent IT consultant with 30 years of experience in the field.
Julia has a BA in Management Information Systems from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh-Katz Graduate School of Business. She is actively engaged in the community, serving on volunteer boards with Pitt’s MBA business simulation program, 412 Food Rescue, Red Chair Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University’s Center for Cyber Research and Training. She is an adjunct teaching professor for Carnegie Mellon University’s IS project course and guest lectures for Pitt’s Risk Management program in the business school.
Julia spoke with Kim and Natalie about the ongoing challenges for women in the IT field (including one stat that really blew our minds), and how companies can be more inclusive to emerging and mid-career women in tech.
Shaunda McDill joined The Heinz Endowments in October 2017 as the program officer for arts and culture, following more than a decade of nonprofit executive and arts management experience.
Shaunda has worked for theater companies across the country, including The Goodman Theatre of Chicago, Second Stage Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Cornerstone Theater Company. She also founded demaskus, a nonprofit, service-oriented collective of artists and administrators who produce theatrical projects sharing stories of the marginalized.
In Pittsburgh, Shaunda served as vice president of programming and cultivation at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, where she managed all artistic and educational programs. As the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s director of public relations, she headed both national and local public relations campaigns, including the North American premiere of Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project.
Shaunda spoke with Natalie and Kim about the depth of culture in Pittsburgh, and her work connecting artists with resources.
Jessica Lewis is the director of operations for two of Pittsburgh's hottest new restaurants, or, the Whale and Merchant Oyster Co. The former contestant on Hell's Kitchen and alumna of the Smallman Galley's incubator program, Lewis came to Pittsburgh from the NYC restaurant scene to run the Steelers' catering program, and opened the Hotel Monaco's Commoner and Biergarten restaurants.
Her latest project is the upcoming Raw Vegan Dinner Series, held at Heirloom Superfood Market. Jessica talked to Kim and Natalie about her philosophy behind cooking (or not cooking) and her approach to food.
Lara Dalton is a wealth advisor at Waldron Private Wealth. In this role, she’s responsible for providing comprehensive wealth planning for clients through customized and integrated trust, estate and multigenerational strategies. In addition, Lara guides the development and implementation of Waldron’s concierge service vision.
A Pittsburgh native, and Gateway High graduate, Lara has a B.S.
in International Business from Florida International University and a certificate in Financial Planning from Kaplan University and is a Certified Financial Planner
She talked to us about what women need to consider when it comes to saving and investing, and what it's like being a woman in the (still) male-heavy financial planning industry.
Shenay Jeffrey is the Outreach Coordinator at the office of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners who are interested in providing service opportunities to students.
Shenay was born in Georgetown, Guyana and attended secondary school in Nassau, Bahamas. She's active in community organizations including The Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, PUMP and New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Shenay is a 2016 One Young World US Ambassador, an alumna of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation 2015 Health Innovator’s Fellowship and the Fast Track Social Justice Fellow with Get Involved Inc!
We talked to Shenay about the challenges of being an activist in the current political climate, and what issues she views as the most urgent.
Samantha Story-Camp is the Owner, Operator, and Goddess of Soap for Pip & Lola’s Everything Homemade, a Munhall-based vegan and vegetarian soap company. Her company makes over 150 different varieties of handmade hand and body, shave, facial, and shampoo soaps. She's also an actor and foster parent, and a believer in doing good/paying it forward/being an all-around awesome human.
PublicSource executive director Mila Sanina (and friend of Kim and Natalie) talked about the challenges of leading an independent newsroom in a time when journalists and journalism are frequently under attack. A very timely conversation with a fascinating Pittsburgher.