Join me each week as I talk to friends, special guests about our identity and visibility as women. Basically asking the big question: Where are the WOMEN?! What defines womanhood and what does even being a woman mean?! We want to talk about successes, challenges, and everything in between. Some of our guests we may agree with or we may not. Regardless, we as women are here. We’re talking about it. We’re quirky, definitely awkward, on occasion funny, and sometimes wise. We’re more than just some pretty faces.
In the season one finale of More Than a Pretty Face, I get to talk to the incredible Celina Caesar Chavannes, MP! Celina is a member of the Canadian Parliament for the riding of Whitby. In this episode learn how she turned failure into success and how she uses her platform to be a voice for the voiceless. As one of six black members of Parliament and only one of two black women, Celina knew it was her responsibility to step up and change the game. She was different and made her uniqueness known; whether she had her hair in braids or not wearing a suit jacket. She never shied away from difficult topics from racism to mental health. Never being afraid to speak her mind, Celina's time in office has been championed by raising awareness about mental health in the black community and building a more equitable society for all. In this episode you'll hear her top ten lessons for life and why she's definitely more than just a pretty face!
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On this week’s episode, I had the utmost pleasure of speaking with former Naval Officer, current Reservist and all around kick butt lady, Kaitlin Smith. Kaitlin served our country as a Naval Officer for several years before separating from the military to pursue other career goals. She is currently finishing up her graduate degree in public policy at the George Washington University and previously worked as an intern with the Obama Foundation. On this episode Kaitlin and I discuss her path to the Navy and what it meant to her. She talks about the challenges that come with serving as a women and what she saw her fellow women shipmates experience. We get into the weeds about everything including female representation in the military, sexual assault, and what it really means to respect our veterans. Over quiche and some wine - Kaitlin and I get real on this episode of More Than a Pretty Face. Things mentioned in the show (Click on the links!):Learn about our VetsSchooling for our VetsConnect With Us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: email@example.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
On this week’s episode I get to talk to the amazing ladies of the podcast She’s All Fat - April K. Quioh and Sophia Carter- Khan! They’re all about body positivity and chill vibes only. These ladies are champions for body positivity. They understand that no matter your gender, size, race or anything else, you and your body deserve nothing less than respect. We cover everything from self love to the harms of diet culture. It was truly such a pleasure to talk to this awesome ladies!Connect with the ladies of She’s All Fat!Sophia!Her Corner of the InterwebsTwitter: @sophiackInstagram: @_SophiaCK_April!Her Corner of the InterwebsTwitter: @aprilkquiohInstagram: @aprilkquiohPodcast!She's All Fat WebsiteLike Them on FacebookTwitter: @shesallfatpodInstagram: @shesallfatpodConnect with us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMerch: MTAPF Merch
This week I have the pleasure of speaking to self proclaimed internationalist, Johanna LeBlanc. She is a Domestic Policy, Foreign Affairs, and National Security Professional. Emigrating from Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the young age of ten, Johanna knew that education and the pursuit of professional happiness was her main focus. She achieved this goal through getting her BS in Political Science, MS in Public Administration and her law degree. Now pursuing her Master of Laws in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Johanna is continuously using her voice to be a voice for the voiceless. She is a survivor of sexual assault and uses her story to inspire others. Given her very difficult childhood, it may not seem like Johanna could have achieved so much as she has. But regardless, she stands as an impactful leader. Serving as pilar in her Haitian community, she’s looking to build a network of mentors to lift up others in her community. From sexual assault to building mentors to the her complicated view of the Kavanaugh hearings, all these topics are covered on this week’s episode of More Than a Pretty Face.*Trigger Warning*: This episode discusses sexual assault and childhood abuse.Connect with Johanna!Twitter: @iamjohannaInstagram/ Facebook: @iamjohannaleblancEmail: Johannaleblanc1804@gmail.comConnect with the show!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: email@example.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
This week I have the pleasure of speaking with the incredible Susannah Wellford. Susannah is the President and Founder of Running Start, a nonprofit and non partisan organization that trains young women to run for office. Susannah has had an amazing career from working on health care issues in the Clinton White House to becoming a lawyer. She also started the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) before transiting to founding Running Start. Being part of an activist household since birth, Susannah fondly remembers being taken to protests and having parents that actively engaged in social justice. She knew from a young age that she too wanted to be a social justice advocate. In this episode we discuss Susannah’s trajectory into the political sphere and what she believes a true politician should look like. We discuss power v. people and how it helps or hinders us in life. We talk about her dreams of disrupting the current political system and putting young women at the forefront. She believes that to live in a better world we have to dare to make change and if we don’t try we’ll never see progress. Susannah doesn’t believe we should see everything as an ‘us v. them’ mentality but rather look as each other as people. So listen to this eye opening episode with an incredible lady!Links for Running Start!Facebook: Running StartTwitter/ Instagram: @runningstart Website: https://runningstartonline.org/Connect with Us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMerch: MTAPF Merch
On this week's episode I have the utmost pleasure getting to speak with the delightful Yaerin Park. Yaerin is More Than A Pretty Face's first international guest! She is getting her PhD is Public Policy and Public Administration from the Trachtenberg School at the George Washington University. Coming from the nation of Korea, Yaerin discusses what it was like stepping into a new culture and all the challenges that come along with it. But interestingly enough she also relishes in the fact of being free of some of the gender norms placed on her by Korean culture. In this episode we chat about everything from school, family to food and music. With all the stress that comes with pursuing your PhD, Yaerin is making sure she also carves out time to pursue happiness. While she was worried that her story wasn't glamorous enough to share (which I immediately shut down that thought) Yaerin definitely proves she's more than just a pretty face.Plugs:Jennifer Heemstra, a classical pianist and the founder of Pitch Pipe Foundation, which helps to empower trafficked women: https://www.jheemstra.com/press, http://www.pitchpipefoundation.org/Connect with us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceInstagram/ Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Email: email@example.com Merch: https://www.rageon.com/a/users/82tabsofpolicy
This week I have the pleasure of talking with lawyer, activist, and writer Jennifer Blemur. Heavily involved with the DNC's and Women's Congressional Black Caucus initiative "A Seat at the Table", Jennifer is also a writer for our parter, 82Tabs of Policy. In this episode we dive in discussing everything from black excellence to representation of black women. In this episode we call out the problematic policy changes of our nation and how it effects communities of color and the role black women play in fighting black. Jennifer sheds light on the lack of black representation in media, culture and politics and how we need to start lifting up our communities. We wrestle with the issues of white feminism, discuss the idea of not seeing color, and what it takes to move from ally to advocate. We as black women are tired of carrying the baggage and we tell you how you can help. Jennifer and I get harsh, we get real, and we call out everything in this latest episode of More Than a Pretty Face*Warning this episode does use adult language*All (and by all I mean most) of the things plugged in this episode. Jennifer's social media: @jablemuresqPodcast: Bougie and the Beard: @bougieandthebeardTogether Restoring Economic Empowermenthttp://www.restoringempowerment.org/TreEmpowerment - Instagram@TREEmpowerment - TwitterTREE on Facebook Book: Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry Connect with us!Twiter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week Natalia is joined by dear friend, fellow Women's Leadership Fellowship Program alum and former Americorp vista - Shanise Williams! This week the talk about what's it's like to getting fired, the unique struggles black women face in life and the workplace, and our "progressive friends". This episode gets real, it gets deep. Shanise talks about knowing who she is and what it's like to be more than just a pretty face.Connect with us! Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face Instagram/ Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Email: email@example.com Merch: https://www.rageon.com/a/users/82tabsofpolicy Get 20% of using the code MORETHAN on all Good for Her Soul Products through the end of September! https://goodforhersoul.com/
This week I get to talk with the incredible Sarah Scarcelli. Sarah is currently the Deputy Director of the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs and Learning in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State. Yes, her and I both agree her title is way to long. But any who, listen as Sarah tells about her interesting past of joining the AirForce, having an epiphany, then deciding to go to the State Department. She calls herself Queen of the Misfits because she thinks you have to be at least a little strange to work in peace and stabilization operations. Connect with us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceInstagram/ Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Merch: https://www.rageon.com/a/users/82tabsofpolicyGet 20% of using the code MORETHAN on all Good for Her Soul Products through the end of September! https://goodforhersoul.com/
Hey pretty face listeners! This is a mini-sode. I really wanted to take a moment to talk about Dr. Ford and all survivors of sexual assault. I wanted to highlight the ways in which we can lift up women through different organizations and support. Below are incredible organizations working to end sexual violence and sharing their stories. Share with your friends - lift each other up!Resources:End The Backlog - http://www.endthebacklog.org/Love is Respect - https://www.loveisrespect.org/RAINN - https://www.rainn.org/National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1.800.656.4673End Rape on Campus - http://endrapeoncampus.org/
This week on More Than a Pretty Face, I get to talk to the lovely Juliana Cardona!! Juliana is the founder and CEO of Street Entrepreneurs. Street Entrepreneurs is an amazing organization helping people take back control of lives by starting their own businesses. Juliana believes that all who aspire to work hard should be given a chance to succeed - she believes in a grit based economy. As a Latina women from Colombia, she knows what it's like to be different but also what it's like to thrive. We talk about what a balanced life could look like, starting a non-profit and how incredibly powerful women are. Listen and learn from a truly inspiring lady.Street Entrepreneurs is looking for partners! Interested? Email: email@example.comFollow them on instagram and twitter: @streetentrepreneurs Connect with us!Twitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgMerch: https://www.rageon.com/a/users/82tabsofpolicy
This week I talk to the amazing Jessica Hogle. Jessica is the Senior Director of Federal Affairs for PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She is an Air Force brat and having moved around a lot, doesn't like to stay in one place for too long. Jessica needs her skills to match the mission of whatever organization she's working on. We talk about her very interesting career path and how she got to where she is now. From certified dog masseuses and sassy California day care workers, we cover everything in this latest episode. Later on, we gab about problematic favs - Netflix's original series Insatiable and the Real Housewives franchise -but all in the name of self care! Connect with us!Facebook: More Than A Pretty FaceTwitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: email@example.comRemember all More Than a Pretty Face listeners are getting 20% of all Good for Her Soul (www.goodforhersoul.com) products through the end of September using the code MORETHAN
This week on More Than a Pretty Face, I talk to the delightful Emily Denny! Emily has many titles - writer, playwright, comedienne, performer, podcaster, higher education professional and all around sunshiney spirit. Emily and I went to undergraduate together and gush about our love of our school's Thanksgiving dinner and our theatre obsessions. She talks about her transition to being a writer to playwright (accidentally), what it's like being an adult after college and leaving behind a legacy. Later on in the episode we discuss Sandra Oh and her FINALLY getting an Emmy nomination and why #OscarsSoWhite. We question the lack of representation in movies and everyday culture while highlighting the beautiful works that have started to pop up.Check out Emily's podcast: Ex- Theater Kid Podcast https://www.facebook.com/extheaterkidpodcast/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdyoGnU2Jw1H4EkzaFfY_W9mo2OwWzlvCYldNMUEzRecmw%3AAdxxk5_qhO4t2DStyzXYcuI2xnQVltq_VmUBa3hKKWkpvQLike us on Facebook at More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWe have Merch!!! https://www.rageon.com/a/users/82tabsofpolicy
This week I talk to the incredible Charlotte Clymer. Charlotte is currently the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign. It was truly an honor to hear her story. We discuss her coming out story, her service in the military and how she always knew that she was a little bit different. Hear Charlotte's story of standing up for herself while kicking but and taking names!Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: email@example.com
This week I talk to the incredible Becky Johnson. For one so young she's accomplished so much! Becky began her career working in the Bush Administration under the Secretary of Commerce. Now she is the Executive Director of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. In this episode we discuss how she transitioned from working as a political appointee to working with both parties for a common goal. You'll also hear about her untrained intern Howie Johnson - the dog. Because once again, it's always a man trying to steal the spotlight. Join us this week as we laugh and and talk about little soda cans!Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Like us on Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, I'm joined by the one and only Caroline Ely from the very funny podcast Good Christian Fun! On this episode we reminisce about going to Christian camps and asking do those summer romances really last? Caroline talks about her life as a podcaster and as a full time working lady. And how she's managed to navigate her new found space on quest to making sure her voice is heard. She delves deep into what it's like being a pastor's wife even though it wasn't her ideal role. We get real on womanhood and what it's like finding your mission field. Join us as we laugh, make sarcastic comments and manage to discuss Al Capone and golf all in the same sentence!Also - we give a shout out to the new all female podcasting network start up Earios! Check out their kickstarter and help them bring their vision of helping other awesome ladies dreams to life! Embody their mantra: Podcasts by women, for everyone, no creeps allowed.Link to the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1936438128/earios-a-woman-run-podcast-networkEarios Website: https://www.earios.net/Make sure to also check out Good Christian Fun wherever you get your podcasts!Instagram and Twitter: @christianfunpodWebsite: www.goodchristianfun.com Connect with More Than a Pretty Face!!!Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: email@example.com
This week I get to talk to the awesome lady that is Catherine Wemette!! Catherine wears many hats - or in her case shoes. She's started not one but two businesses on her own while still maintaining a full time hustle. She is the Director of Employee Learning and Engagement at AIA. At her two companies, Good for the Soul and Good for Her Soul, she is the Chief Goodness Officer. So listen this week as Catherine and I gab about how she's taken many turns in her life and now she's at a point where she's just gonna roll with it. She's funny, she's sassy, she doesn't know where she's going to be in 5 years, she's more than a pretty face.Catherine is also offering a 20% promotion to all her goods and services through her company Good for Her Soul!!! Just use the offer code "morethan". Listen to the episode to hear about this awesome organization! Here's the link: https://goodforhersoul.com/ Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Like us on Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face
This week I talk to Cory Lancaster. She is a coder, writer, emerging media mogul and all around amazing human. We talk about what it means to stand in your power, dismantling the patriarchy, black womanhood and giving a shoutout to YouTube University! This episode my be a little long but Cory offers such a wealth of knowledge and honestly can't wait to have her back on the show!Cory has recently started a media nonprofit - check it out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @82tabsofpolicy!
This week I am joined by the amazing Denise Riebman! Denise is currently the Director of Career Development and Alumni Services at the Trachtenberg School for Public Policy and Public Administration. This week, we talk about what it's like forging your own career path and allowing yourself to be really human. Denise describes how she learned to play as an adult and how she learned to own your strengths. In addition to her career at Trachtenberg (which she loves), Denise has a side hustle (as all the great do) coaching people on their career happiness! Check out her website and see the services she offers so you can experience her awesome for yourself! http://www.careerhappinesscoaching.com/
This week, Natalia talks to dear friend Maggie Jeffries! In this episode they talk about the indentured servitude that is unpaid internships and why they can't handle happy hours. Later on they discuss why women's reproductive and health rights are so important and what we need to keep RBG alive. This episode is a little longer than usual but well worth the listen as Natalia and Maggie delve deep into the wonderful world of pretty face ladies.
On this episode, Natalia talks with long time friend Ashley Rivera. She is currently serving as an Associate Missionary with the Assemblies of God Church. She is fabulous and funny, showing that women can do anything no matter their age. Ashley and Natalia discuss how Ashley got into this mission field, where life is taking her and and why she does not think she is that cool. In reality, she is pretty fabulous and definitely for than just a pretty face. ** Because of the nature of her work, Ashley may seem vague when discussing certain topics or people. This is done in order to protect her work and the people she worked with during her first term.
This week, Natalia is joined by dear friend and Knowledge Management Advisor for World Vision International's Global Campaigns Team - Brittany Persinger! On this episode they discuss what it's like trying to get ahead in your field with set backs. You'll also hear why men need to stop asking women to smile and about their obsession with Jean Val Jean from Les Mis! It's an episode you definitely don't want to miss!
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