Inspirational Women

Inspirational Women is a weekly podcast that features women who are leaders in their field, entrepreneurs, authors or women carving new paths in education, the environment, charities, crime prevention, health care, domestic issues, and youth outreach.

Latest Episodes

Healing the experiences of our childhood brings peace to our life, Kari O'Driscoll

Kari O’Driscoll is an author and speaker from our Puget Sound area, a woman very involved both in her personal healing and growth, and with the desire to share with others so we can build a better, a healthier world. Kari is joining us to discuss her new book, her memoir, Truth Has a Different Shape–a sharing of life in the 70s & 80s. Kari also spends time helping the community and volunteering a a local foodbank, and shares how we might consider alternate ways of helping our friends and neightbors in need.


Sharkie Zartman: Treat 'Aging' as a game, and age well through the years

Sharkie Zartman is a professor of health and fitness at El Camino College. She is an athlete, a former All American volleyball player who competed for UCLA. And she is an author–of 9 books, and joining us to talk about health, and her latest book: Win at Aging–How to Stay Fit Free, and Love Your Retirement. This is a book for all ages, using the metaphor of sport to represent Aging, and to thus do it well right from the outset, but it’s never too late to start!


Dr. Susana Stoica shares stories of Healing Touch

Dr. Susana Stoica is an amazing and multi-faceted woman. Her career began as a computer engineer, and after suffering a brain injury, she realized the similarity of computers with our brain and found a way to heal her brain, and wrote a book on the subject. She is a certified Healing Touch practitioner, and the author of a new book: Healing with a Loving Heart–Discover the Power of Energy Healing.

A simple exercise for our health: Good to do outside when possible: Deep Breathe in the sunshine. Do 10 Times, and Repeat at least several times a day.


Gray Matters–key insights on aging and Living Well, Ellyn Lem PhD

Ellyn Lem PhD is a Professor of English and Gender Studies at UW-Milwaukee-Waukesha. One of her courses is ‘Women in Popular Culture’. She is the author of a new book: Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life. Dr. Lem’s research for Gray Matters involved a survey of over 200 persons over age 65, some with further phone conversations. It combines cultural texts, gerontology research, and observations from older adults that gives us all a fuller picture of the struggles and pleasures of aging and avoids over-simplified representations of the process as all negative or positive.

The gift of Life! Corrie Schumacher tells of son, Sam's, organ donations!

Corrie Schumacher is a mother whose 22 year old son, Sam, died tragically in a motorcycle crash. Corrie is an inspiration in her decision to tell Sam’s story–a young man who loved riding fast on his bike. And he also made the decision when he got is license to check the box to be an organ donor. So while Sam’s life ended too soon, he had a traumatic brain injury, he was able to change the lives of countless other people. 5 people received his major organs, including a young child. Think of their chance for life, and the impact for them an their families. Other people are benefitting as well from his corneas, his skin, his veins–science is doing so much more. Corrie is passionate about sharing the reasons it’s so important to make this decision and to have the conversation with family members. And contact Life Center Northwest who does this work in the most kind and compassionate ways.


Lorene Cary, the storyteller, bringing healing at all levels to all with open hearts

Lorene Cary is an author, Social Activist, Playwright and Lecturer at U Penn. Lorene has a recent memoir, now in paperback: Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century. This is a book rich with language, stories, and in the stories about early American history, African American History, as well as life, aging, care-giving, and self-care.

www.lorenecary.org #VoteThatJawn –about bringing young voters to the polls in Philadelphia in 2020

Lifeboat by Maggie Craddock a perfect metaphor for our current reality & how to navigate.

Maggie Craddock is the founder of Workplace Relationships. She is a former Lipper-award winning portfolio manager on Wall Street, and author. Maggie’s newest book : “Lifeboat: Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption” is just the antidote we need for these ‘interesting’ times we live in. Maggie uses the metaphor of the Lifeboat from the sinking of the Titanic. In 8 chapters she takes us throught a life and death situation, with critical questions–such as how do I find inner strength under pressure. So many applications to our current circumstances.


The Health Care Price Transparency Act. Act now! Cynthia Fisher.

Cynthia Fisher joins us once again both to remind and inspire us to “Act”–to contact our Senators Murray and Cantwell to support — the Health Care PRICE Transparency Act. The vote for another stimulus package is up, happening the beginning of August, so ‘this ask’ of them to support this bill that allows us to know prices of hospital care before hand, is hugely important. Cynthia is the founder and Chairman of PRA, Patient Rights Advocate.org…a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides a voice for consumers –you and me, to have transparency in healthcare.


Dr Rosie Ward is an advocate for Rehumanizing the Workplace, and it's the title of her new book

Dr. Rosie Ward is a strong advocate for humanity, who companies seek out to help rehumanize workplaces. Rosie Ward is the author of: Rehumanizing the Workplace: Future-Proofing Your Organization While Restoring Hope, Well-Being, and Performance. This couldn’t be more timely with our world in such flux and change, highlighting things that really have needed tweaking, and this is an ideal time to reevaluate and institute positive changes. Dr. Ward serves on the leadership team for the Twin Cities chapter of Conscious Capitalism.