Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting “My Grief is not Like Yours” with Theo Boyd

Writer, Speaker, Teacher, and Farmgirl Theo Boyd shares the Story of Her Parents—Their Inspiring Lives and Their Tragic Deaths—and
Her Difficult Path to Acceptance, Purpose, Comfort, and Hope in Her New Book.
My Grief is not Like Yours: Learning to Live After Unimaginable Loss, A Daughter’s Journey
Theo talks about a domino of losses in a very short amount of time that caused her to lose her faith for a while. With the help of her “Fairy Blonde Mother’s” she was able to walk through the grief and use her story to help others. 
Theo’s Book and Website
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide Hotline is 988

Spotlighting “Purposefooled” with Kelly Needham

Author and Bible teacher Kelly Needham reveals how we’ve been fooled into chasing meaning and purpose in all the wrong places, identifies the source of our hunger for the extraordinary and shows us the steps we can take today to build a purpose-filled reality without turning our lives upside-down. Her book is Purposefooled: why chasing your dreams, finding your calling and reaching for greatness will never be enough. Her podcast is Clearly.

Spotlighting Susan G Komen

Tyler Pagel with Susan G Komen joins us along with breast cancer survivor Rob Hedquist. They talk about male breast cancer awareness and Rob shares his story. The big fundraiser is coming up the first in person since Covid and they are so excited to be meeting at the Woodland Park Zoo for the More than Pink Walk. It is September 23rd.
Susan G Komen

Spotlighting Orion Industries

Orion is a non-profit 501(c)(3). They define themselves as a social enterprise. Orion combines their successful aerospace manufacturing business with the social impact objectives of a traditional non-profit. The two sides of the organization are inseparable.
They operate out of two locations – Auburn and Mukilteo where they offer an array of services. They know that jobs provide more than just a paycheck, and that people with employment barriers just want what we all want – to be self-sufficient contributors to society. 
Our guests:

Kathy Powers is Orion’s Vice President of Services. Kathy has been with Orion for over 20 years. She has supported the program growth including designing the current program, building funding and service structure to achieve their mission.

Stephanie Maxwell is Orion’s Sales and Estimating Manager.  She has been with Orion for 5 years. (add / check)

Janet Zello – Janet joined Orion as a staff in 2022. She had previously gone through the program and returned as she connected with their mission.

Diane Lyons Director of Development

Orion Industries

Spotlighting It’s Not Your Fault with Laura K Connell

It’s Not Your Fault: The Subconscious Reasons We Self-Sabotage and How to Stop. Author Laura K. Connell talks about the root cause of self-sabotage and how we can overcome it. She also talks about dealing with toxic people and ways self sabotage tries to keep us safe. Good news, there is an antidote and once you recognize self-sabotage you can kick it to the curb and live your best life.
Laura K Connell

Spotlighting Washington Music Therapy Task Force

Washington Music Therapy Task Force is working to allow insurance to pay for music therapy. It has been a long journey to get to where they are today, but they aren’t done yet.
Megumi Azekawa and Evelyn Stagnaro are co-chairs of the task force and along with Peter Diedrick a Lobbyist tell us what they have accomplished so far and what is in the future.  
The WA Music Therapy Task Force is a grassroots advocacy team lobbying for better policies for music therapists and Washington residents. Dedicated to gathering resources, sharing information, and standing up for the needs of community members, clients, and clinicians.
Megumi Azekawa, MM, MT-BC, Co-Chair, Washington State Music Therapy Task Force, Music Therapy Coordinator, Ted Brown Music Outreach in Tacoma
Evelyn Stagnaro, MM, MT-BC, Co-Chair, Washington State Music Therapy Task Force, Founder and Director, Life On Music in Seattle
Peter Diedrick, Owner, Diedrick Governmental Affairs LLC in Olympia
Washington State Music Therapy Task Force
American Music Therapy Association 
Life On Music
Ted Brown Music Outreach

Spotlighting Network Marketing Myths with Geoff Belleville

Geoff Bellville is a top earner globally in a network marketing company. He is here to bust some myths about network marketing and social selling. With the possibility of a recession on the horizon people are looking for answers and ways to create more income for their families.
Contact Geoff Belleville

Spotlighting Art Soiree for Boomers with Sharon McNeil

Sharon McNeil talks about the mental and physical benefits of art for baby boomers. When people retire they often need something to challenge them to keep learning and continue or even begin being creative. Her art soiree is for beginners/novice artists who are open to giving it a try and learning something new. This is an incredible way to keep your mind engaged as you age.
Sharon McNeil Art

Spotlighting Dr. Jessica Peck Trafficking is Happening on Our Kids Smart Phones

Dr. Jessica Peck Author of “Behind Closed Doors: a Guide to help parents and teens navigate through life’s toughest issues” talks about sex trafficking. She says it has moved from the streets to the smart phones and parents need to know how to protect their children. She is also the host of the popular podcast DrNurseMama. Dr Jessica Peck.
Sound of Freedom is the story of Tim Ballard, a former U.S. government agent, who quit his job in order to devote his life to rescuing children from global sex traffickers. his life to rescuing children from global sex traffickers. 

Spotlighting Because We Matter

Ashley Carr, the Executive Director of Because we Matter is on a mission to save all the animals! Because We Matter is dedicated to helping all species of exotic animals who, for various reasons, find themselves without a place to live out their lives. Due to new circumstances beyond their control legal fees are eating up the funds and with out the support of the community they won’t be able to save the animals. You can help “Operation save the sanctuary.”
Because We Matter.org