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

5/28/23 – Sarika Jain

Sarika Jain is a love strategist, dating coach, and author whose book is titled: “The 90-Day Soulmate Plan: Get Out of Your Own Way and Attract the High Love You Deserve.”  Sarika also leads workshops, coaching individuals about self-love, mindful dating, and relationship skills. Sarika shares a quote from Rumi at the beginning of her book, telling us a great deal:  “You are searching the world for treasure, but the real treasure is yourself.” And in this wisdom, Sarika lives and works and shares with us.

5/21/23 – Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis is a Crusader and Warrior, who’s been battling MS for 31 years. All while the foundation she created, “Race to Erase MS”, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a grand gala and fundraiser June 2nd. Nancy was instrumental in connecting some of the leading doctors and clinics in the country to find treatments for MS, uniting them at a point when she’d have to prepare for life in a wheelchair, being diagnosed early. That is not her life today. It’s important to note, of the 1 million persons diagnosed with MS every year, 70% are women. Great strides have been made over the last couple of decades, however. Details of her work, and how to support the cause, can be found at her website.

5/14/23 – Shanisty Ireland & Lucy Chick

Shanisty Ireland, a food blogger and mom of 5 brings us some good ideas on salads – which since May is national salad month, brings us good nutrition. She introduces us to “Queen of Hearts” salad dressings – all natural, founded by women, and located just across the border in Oregon. 
Lucy Chick is a Beat the Bridge Ambassador at just age 10! Lucy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 3. And for all the years since, she and a whole cavalry of family and friends join together to raise awareness and funds for a cure. You can join on May 21 at Husky Stadium, or certainly donate online.
www.jdrf.org  Look for “Team Lucy”.

5/7/23 – Diane Height

Diane Height was a retired teacher who asked herself what she would do in her retirement, and quickly signed on to that next great adventure.  Diane’s is such a motivational story, one where there is so much life to be lived, so long as we are open to the idea.  Diane shares this next chapter, in her book “A Mongolian Memoir.” Living and teaching in Mongolia – just imagine!   And Diane is planning a summer adventure, a reunion in Mongolia this summer, with no clear plan just yet where that might lead her.  Here’s an inspiration for adding zest into life at any age!
http://dianeheight-thewanderingnomad.blogspot.com , or on Instagram @mafdet12

4/30/23 – Saige Fitzpatrick & Heidi Wills

Give Big Washington is now in full swing, and ready for all of our commitments to support them, and in return, support our community. It’s an important time raising important funding.
Saige Fitzpatrick is Director or Engagement for Lifelong. While you may not know the name, you will be aware of at least some of the work they do – supporting people with chronic health issues, primarily. Said work began 40 years ago during the AIDS epidemic. They are also very involved with a few Tiny House Villages, providing wraparound services to some residents.
Heidi Wills is CEO of PAWS in Lynnwood, where we know them as being great protectors of animal life, both our domesticated friends and our wildlife. Heidi updates us on the changes and growth occurring, including a new aquatic center in Snohomish which will care for injured sea mammals. 

4/23/23 – Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is a local author whose 4th novel, the hugely engaging “Women Are the Fiercest Creatures”, incorporates the local tech industry. All while drawing us into the lives of 3 women who have a strong connection and intertwined lives. We will find ourselves relating and having a range of strong feelings as we are drawn into family lives, women’s challenges, and an authentic slice of life in the 2020s. Andrea is also the host and creator of the true crime podcast, “Nobody Should Believe Me”.

4/16/23 – Gabby Salazar

Gabby Salazar is a National Geographic Explorer, a nature and conservation photographer, and a social scientist. Gabby, along with Clare Fieseler, are the authors of a phenomenal new book from National Geographic, “No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice.” While the book is written for middle school students, its appeal spans all ages, and we can all learn so much from it, to help support girls and women in the growing scientific field.

4/9/23 – Blanca Villagomez

Blanca Villagomez is a student affairs professional at a California university and a higher education consultant at Intelligent.com, a great platform to support and guide students, particularly women students, through the winding paths of college entry and navigation.  We discover that Blanca couldn’t be more perfect of a guide, as she shares how her life followed a similar path, having the opportunity of mentorship beginning in junior high. To achieve success for those who are first-generation college students, mentorship and guidance is key. 

4/2/23 – Emily Fego

Emily Fego is an assistant editor for the National Geographic Kids Books team. She joins us this week to discuss the company’s newest release “That’s Fact-tastic! Mind-blowing, Eye-popping, Jaw-dropping Stuff About Our World”. While this is a book for kids, best to consider kids of all ages. There are about 100 different topics with 10 items for each one. Consider: on the International Space Station astronauts season their food with liquid salt & pepper, grain might float away and clog the air vents! Or, when it comes to spicy, the extremely hot PepperX is more than 1200 times hotter than a jalapeno!

3/26/23 – Laura Black

Laura Black is a retired attorney and award-winning businesswoman, turned author and speaker. She conceived and co-founded one of the first temporary legal staffing companies in the U.S., moving on to become its CEO after it was acquired by a public company. The company emerged as the largest of its kind in America. Laura sits on numerous boards including The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and was a past president of Network 2000 (now called Executive Alliance). She strives to help women embrace their second or third, even fourth, acts through her speaking and writings.  Laura validates challenges of women with humor and affirmation, as evidenced in her new book “Climbing Down the Ladder: A Journey to a Different Kind of Happy.”
https://laurablack.net/  Facebook.com/agingwomanconfessingstuff