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

Bernice Lerner, author of 'All the Horrors of War'–her mother a Jewish teen, survived WWII

Bernice Lerner is an author and senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility. Bernice joins us to introduce us to her mother, one of the main characters, subjects of her new book: All the Horrors of War–A Jewish Girl, A British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. This is a war story different than any we have read or seen before. We are at the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. We can commemorate it with reading 2 new perspectives of that time–truly compelling stories. Bernice’s mother, Ruth Mermelstein, was just 14 when her family was ripped from their Romania home in 1944. The fact she and 1 sister survived the horrific concentration camp can only be thought of as miraculous.


Teri Secrest encourages a natural path to good health, for our current situation, for our future

Teri Secrest is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Natural Health Educator, and CEO of the Joy of Living. Teri’s passion is to put the natural back into our life and our health. Teri has helpful, simple tips for maintaining health, strength, and a positive attitude, important at any time, and especially for this time. Power walk each day, and be sure to hydrate–water, and add a drop or 2 of essential oils–lemon or orange, for flavor if needed. Also balance the amount of news watched or read—What we focus on, expands (within our brain). Teri has informational webinars on her website.


Finances in the time of CoVID19, Deanna Brown CFP provides food for thought

Deanna Brown CFP has almost 20 years in the investment and financial services industry. And if we ever needed this education, this would be the time. We might be discovering our relationship with money is different and we might make some good, significant changes going forward, Deanna suggests. She stresses the need to communicate with banks and mortgage holders, landlords–make our case known. She notes that if we have an IRA or 401K that it’s a good source for a loan, with lessened ‘penalties’ than was the case previously. But important to communicate directly with our Investor. Apply for all available options for unemployment funds. And in some cases we may find that we are not really spending to the degree we had in the past, and find ways that we can save $$, and invest.


Janet McKee coaches us thru the negativity & fear, offering her book free now: Stressless Success

Janet McKee is a high performance Success Specialist, and author of: Stressless Success: The Surprising Secrets to a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Prosperity. Janet comes to this new phase of her life from experiences of being a Corporate CEO, suffering a debilitating health crisis, and more. Her passion is to help others/us to face challenges, much as we are now. Janet provides direction, support, quality education — to learn important tools for navigating and creating the life we want, that is our purpose And she has an incredible gift for us, her book! Simply by requesting it at her website.


Dr. Sanam Hafeez: neuropsychologist, mental and physical health challenges during this time of CoVID

Mental and Physical Health challenges during this time of CoVID. Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a neuropsychologist with a practice in New York City. It makes sense that the combination of her professional work, and being a mother of young sons, a wife, a daughter, a friend, provides a good foundation to look at our current circumstances and have a concern about the coping mechanisms. She addresses that some people will turn to alcohol/drugs/binge foods. It’s important to maintain a routine as close to what we did have, and continue the schedule to include shower, getting out of pjs, taking breaks. And for persons who have been in some kind of treatment, to continue with online–zoom, meet now, etc. to get/maintain support.

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Amy Shira Teitel, a rare spaceflight historian; Fighting for Space-Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight

Amy Shira Teitel is a spaceflight historian, one of very few academically trained women in the field, an author, and public speaker. She shares about her new and exciting book: Fighting for Space–Two Pilots and Their Historic battle for Female Spaceflight. This is such a great and informative read…something to definitely help us during this time when we have more time for things like reading. And the inspiration–the hopes, the dreams are just a great thing to embrace and share with our kids. Amy hosts a You Tube series, currently conducting virtual book tours that feature research that never made it into the book.


Anita K, Behaving Bravely: How to Mindshift Life's Challenges

Anita K is a certified Executive & Life Coach and author of “Behaving Bravely: How to Mindshift Life’s Challenges” . The title says it all–all of us can use a bit of shifting our mind during a challenging time–which is one description of our current reality. It’s tough to do on our own, so to have a coach, collaborate with friends (virtually) we can surprise ourselves with a new sense of self going forward, because the world has already changed. We can prepare ourselves with some ‘mindshifts’.


Vicky Durand: Never Too Late to Learn Something New!

Vicky Durand is the author of “Wave Woman–The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer”. That pioneer is Vicky’s mother, Betty Winstedt. It’s an amazing story–Betty was 40 when she decided to take up surfing in Hawaii, and go on to win championships. But this was the case with many things in her life, and she was a role model then and in reading her story we can capture a spirit and step out on a new adventure.


Operation Teddy Bear = positive action, Each bear matched by Bartell Drugs thru 4/12!

Hannah Kubiak, Communications Manager for Bartell Drugs gets us updated on all things Teddy Bear. First, to say this is now called: Operation Teddy Bear due to an expansion of reaching out to schools and counselors. Hannah also brings the good news that the time line has been extended–until Sunday April 12! What a great Easter gift, have our kids participate in donating teddy bear hugs to other kids! What has not changed is that Bartell Drugs matches each teddy bear purchased–a truly great deal! And considering there could be more need than ever this year, the goal to exceed the 2019 collection of 49,000 teddy bears is so understandable. This certainly is a great way to do ‘something’ when we might be at a loss of what to do!