More Than a Pretty Face

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An episode of More Than a Pretty Face

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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.
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So about this adulting thing...
This week on the pod, I get to chat with the delightful Katina Mountanos! Katina is a kick-tush lady entrepreneur. She is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business. Katina knew within the first few weeks of her finance career in New York, that it wasn't her passion. She started by sending a newsletter to her friends and family and they said 'girl we love you but...' She quickly grew her blog following on - cue the birth of On Adulting - and now is her own full fledged brand! Katina wants to see people achieve their fullest potential. She focuses on mindset and conscious decision making coaching. Hear about Katina's beautiful journey to entrepreneurship on this episode of More Than a Pretty Face! Connect with Katina! Instagram: @onadulting Website: On Adulting Subscribe to her newsletter! Work with Katina!  Mentioned in the episode! Freelancing Females Connect with the Show! Instagram: @prettyfacelady3 Twitter: @prettyfacelady3  Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face  Email:  Merch:
May 4, 2019
17 Reasons
On this episode of More Than A Pretty Face, I get to talk to the beautiful soul that is Zhaklina! Zhaklina is a 26 year old singer-songwriter from New York but who has found her home in Nashville. She has a soulful voice with a powerful message. We talk about her faith journey and how it's influenced her incredible music. Dropping her latest EP, 17 Reasons Why, in January, was meant to make people feel connected and that they deserve to feel loved. Each song shares a story and a message. Getting the chance to talk with Zhaklina was such a powerful experience! Please join us on this episode of More Than A Pretty Face! P.S. All the music you hear on today's episode is her's!! Connect with Zhaklina! Instagram: @iamzhaklina Twitter: @iamzhaklina Facebook: Zhaklina Page Website Part of the proceeds from her EP go to Not Stigmas! So check them out! Music: SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify Connect with the Show!  Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3  Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face  Email:  Merch: 
April 26, 2019
Don't Kill The Daydream
This week on the pod I get to talk with the incredible multi-hyphenate professional, Kemi Adegoroye! Kemi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Indicoe - an artist based website and company promoting, uplifting and providing tips and tricks to and from emerging and veteran creatives. She, herself, is an accomplished singer. She is also the founder of her own production company. And if that wasn't enough - she's also a lawyer! Join us this week as we act like two foolish goats and discuss black experiences. We dive into what it means to accomplish your dreams and not paying attention to the challenges thrown in your face. Kemi is so much more than a pretty face! Connect with Indicoe and Kemi! Twitter/Instagram: @indicoecollab Facebook: Indicoe Kemi's version of the Nigerian national anthem *proceeds go to charity: Anthem Kemi's production company: 13 Roses Productions Connect with the Show!  Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3  Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face  Email:  Merch: 
April 19, 2019
Pass the Skirt!
This week on More Than A Pretty Face I'm joined by the sweet bb angels that are Laura Orsi and Clara Mitchell. These incredible young ladies are the masterminds behind the Pass the Skirt movement at their high school. However, this movement quickly spread beyond their Arkansas school and has reached as far as some parts of Europe and Singapore. Clara shares how she was "dress coded" and how that inspired Laura to birth Pass the Skirt. Listen as both ladies talk about the over sexualization of girls' bodies in their school and how they've made allies out of their male classmate. This movement embodies body positive vibes, standing up for your friends, and fighting racial prejudice. Let's pass the skirt with these pretty face ladies! Pass the Skirt Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @passtheskirt Website: Connect with the Show!  Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3  Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face  Email:  Merch: 
April 12, 2019
Salt and Pepper - Back at it!
This week I'm joined by my dear friend, the pepper to my salt, Kelsey Clary. Currently, Kelsey is a Research Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. (But she's also on her way to becoming Dr. Kelsey!) In her line of work she focuses on mental health specifically in minority communities and those who are or were formally incarcerated. In this episode we talk about her forged path into the mental heath field and what it's like being an effective ally and advocate as a white woman. We even dive into the difficulty of getting mental health help and the barriers that keep so many, herself included, from getting the help they really need. Join me for this episode of More Than A Pretty Face with the amazing Kelsey! Connect with the Show! Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3 Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face (@prettyfaceladies) Email: Merch:  Things we mentioned: Hidden Figures Bio: Mental Health Access:
March 29, 2019
Some Fine Bone China and a Lydia
And we're back! In the season two premier, I get to chat with the one, the only, the roommate extraordinaire Lydia Cardona! Lydia is an all around bad ass lady. We discuss our origin story - becoming roommates, close friends and to now. In this episode we dive into our feelings about identity and family. Lydia talks about what it's like to be a white-presenting Latina and still trying to be a voice in her community. We keep it real about growing up in ethnic and immigrant households.  We're staring off season 2 off with a bang! Connect with the Show! Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3 Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face (@prettyfaceladies) Email: Merch: 
March 22, 2019
1.58 GPA to Member of the Canadian Parliament
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! Connect with the Show! Twitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3 Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face (@prettyfaceladies) Email: Merch:
November 30, 2018
Thank You for Your Service...And for the Quiche
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: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
November 16, 2018
Let's Keep it Super Duper Funky
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: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
November 9, 2018
Intellectual, Internationalist, Inspirational
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: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
November 2, 2018
Us v. Them...?
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: with Us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comMerch: MTAPF Merch
October 26, 2018
Pursuing Happiness
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:, with us!Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceInstagram/ Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Email:    Merch:  
October 19, 2018
From Ally to Advocate
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 Empowerment - Instagram@TREEmpowerment - TwitterTREE on Facebook Book: Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry Connect with us!Twiter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail:
October 12, 2018
"Because I know My Worth"
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: Merch: Get 20% of using the code MORETHAN on all Good for Her Soul Products through the end of September!
September 30, 2018
Queen of the Misfits
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: Merch: 20% of using the code MORETHAN on all Good for Her Soul Products through the end of September!
September 28, 2018
I call BS - A Mini-sode
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 - is Respect - - Sexual Assault Hotline - 1.800.656.4673End Rape on Campus -
September 27, 2018
Grit Based Economy
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: info@streetentrepreneurs.orgFollow them on instagram and twitter: @streetentrepreneurs Connect with us!Twitter/ Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comMerch:  
September 21, 2018
Certified Dog Masseuse... And the Multi Hustle
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: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comRemember all More Than a Pretty Face listeners are getting 20% of all Good for Her Soul ( products through the end of September using the code MORETHAN
September 14, 2018
Memories of Theatre and Thanksgivings Past
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 us on Facebook at More Than a Pretty FaceTwitter/Instagram: @prettyfacelady3Email: prettyfacewomen@mtapfpodcast.comWe have Merch!!!
September 7, 2018
It's Just Me
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:
August 31, 2018
She Low Key Did That
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:
August 24, 2018
2nd Service: Ladies Only
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: Website: sure to also check out Good Christian Fun wherever you get your podcasts!Instagram and Twitter: @christianfunpodWebsite: Connect with More Than a Pretty Face!!!Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Facebook: More Than a Pretty FaceEmail:
August 17, 2018
Shoes: A Catherine Wemette Story
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: Follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @prettyfacelady3Like us on Facebook: More Than a Pretty Face
August 10, 2018
Learn the Look!
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!
August 3, 2018
She likes to play and owns a T-Rex Lamp
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! 
July 27, 2018
We try to be ladies, but we keep forgetting our business cards
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. 
July 14, 2018
We as Women, Bring Dreams to Life
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. 
July 6, 2018
Stop Telling Me to Smile!
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!  
June 28, 2018
To Be Clear....
Welcome to episode one! We talk about our vision for the podcast, introduce a couple of new segments and some how end up discussing Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!
June 18, 2018
The Trailer
This is our TEASER! Here at More Than a Pretty Face HQ we wanna be known more for what we are for rather than what we are against. So we are:actively working on creating an inclusive spaceimperfect womena space to talk about what nobody else wants to talk abouta place to create a battle plan for life We’re quirky, definitely awkward, on occasion funny, and sometimes wise. We're more than just some pretty faces.
June 7, 2018
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