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The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Podcast

The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Podcast

By WOMAN, Inc.
We are W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. supports survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. These conversations will cover topics across levels of practice -- from nonprofit leadership to working with survivors to exploring our collective healing work.

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Helper vs. Fixer
In this episode, Sabrina and Mary break down what it means to be a Helper when working with survivors of domestic violence, rather than a Fixer. Oftentimes our society’s go-to is to want to fix a situation for someone (offering advice, giving ‘cold’ referrals, etc.) and while it might feel easier, we're curious if it’s out of comfort? Listen along as we go over the principles of working with survivors and how it can be more impactful by building trust, meeting them where they’re at, listening to them, and overall providing emotional support to someone who’s experienced abuse in their relationship(s). Mary Martinez (she/her) is a queer, Mexican-American who is not fluent in Spanish :), and who comes from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the soon-to-be Co-Director of WOMAN, Inc., who started at the organization as a support line volunteer back in February 2008. For the most part she’s done all things support line-related from covering shifts, to helping recruit and train new volunteers, to managing the program, to providing emotional support to the advocates. She also represents WOMAN, Inc. in the community, works one-on-one with survivors, and continues to do the deep work alongside the WOMAN, Inc. team of upholding their value of centering Black, Indigenous, and other people of color while also holding the organization and one another accountable in abolishing white supremacy and anti-Blackness. During her free time you can find Mary attempting to be best friends with all the feathery, furry, slimy, slithery friends. She also loves a good meme. Sabrina (she/her) started out as a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N. Inc in Summer 2016. Prior to becoming a part of staff, she worked in the beauty industry, but was feeling unfulfilled and unhappy with where she was at career-wise. When a position opened up at W.O.M.A.N. Inc., she saw this as a sign to make some life changes and do something completely different. Sabrina knew her passion was in helping people and wanted to empower and center survivors. She joined staff as the Support Line Program Assistant and eventually grew into the position of Support Line Manager. In addition to all of Sabrina's incredible contributions, she also keeps the staff entertained with her beauty industry stories!
01:04:14
May 29, 2021
Echando Pa'lante's Vencedoras
In this special edition Spanish episode, members of Echando Pa'lante talk about what it means to be part of this group as well as their goals for the future. They also share what they want the community to know about domestic violence in hopes of letting survivors know that they are not alone and deserve to feel safe in their bodies, home, and community.  Hosts bios: Stephanie Colorado (she, her, hers) & Adilia Preciado (she, her, hers) both started out as a volunteers with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the summer of 2012. As volunteers, they helped out with the support line, drop ins, and the Latinx Program. They both now Co-manage the Latinx Program offering in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors.
54:26
May 19, 2021
Echando Pa'lante (EPL)
In this episode, Stephanie Colorado & Adilia Preciado talk about the Echando Pa'lante (Moving Forward) program and their experiences with the group throughout their time at W.O.M.A.N., inc. Stephanie Colorado (she, her, hers) & Adilia Preciado (she, her, hers) both started out as volunteers with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the summer of 2012. As volunteers, they helped out with the support line, drop-ins, and the Latinx Program. They both now Co-manage the Latinx Program offering in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors. If you would like to support this work, please consider making a donation at womaninc.org/donate!
27:16
May 12, 2021
Interview with Shannon Wise, Manager at the GLIDE Women's Center!
Join us for a powerful conversation with Shannon Wise! Here, we get the pleasure of hearing about her work & the personal journey that brought her there. A Bay Area native, Shannon is the new Women's Center Manager at Glide Foundation. GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice, dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. The Glide Women's Center provides a safe haven for women on the road to recovery from trauma, violence, and isolation with a particular focus on African American women, who battle additional systemic barriers. Having previously worked in the Bayview at SFHDC, the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, as a Senior Housing Counselor, she facilitated first-time homebuyer workshops and financially empowered clients to find affordable housing in the Bay Area. Shannon finished a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco in 2011 and being a justice impacted woman that turned her life around 20 years ago, she co-founded Solutions for Women, a women’s empowerment program, as a way to give back and support women impacted by life’s challenges similar to her own. Her passion and focus has been to teach women the necessary life skills and enough emotional support so they too can live strong, independent lives. Learn more about Glide & the Women's Wellness Fair (MAY 7th, 2021) mentioned in the episode here: https://www.glide.org/hub/ ----------------------------- This podcast is hosted by W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. We support survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. Host Bio: Jill Zawisza (pronounced Za-we-za) (she/her/hers) is a white woman of Polish descent and serves as a director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. She has been in the anti-DV movement since 1996, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for 13 years. In addition, Jill has served as an anti-Sexual Assault advocate and counselor. She represents W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the community, aids in program development, provides mentorship to staff, and participates in active community outreach. Her current focus is offering counseling and advocacy to survivors, and delving into how to share power & dismantle white supremacy culture within the leadership structure at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and beyond.
40:57
May 4, 2021
Interview with Jeanie Morrow, Former W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Staff
In 2018, we had the pleasure of meeting with Jeanie Morrow (she/her), a member of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.'s leadership team through the 80's and 90's. As we talked, we updated her with our current efforts and learned about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.'s past work including the formation of programs specific to working with lesbian survivors of domestic violence. In this episode, Jeanie shares her rich history with W.O.M.A.N., Inc., first as a volunteer in 1984 and eventually as Executive Director 14 years later. Currently, Jeanie is a licensed therapist in the Bay Area. She grew up in Philadelphia, but has lived in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. She is employed with another organization now but continues to provide direct service through my volunteer work at the Kaiser Bereavement program, and through Red Cross disaster mental health services. Jeanie continues to be active politically with the support of her partner and their voting-age ( he is 18 now!) cat.  Read more about Jeanie's involvement with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. on our blog: https://womaninc.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/meet-jeanie-morrow-former-w-o-m-a-n-inc-executive-director-leader-of-thewoman-to-woman-domestic-violence-program/ Host Bio:  Shaena Lee S. (she/her/hers) is a mixed-race woman of Japanese, Korean and white descent, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014. Starting as a Support Line volunteer, she has since supported in various capacities including peer counseling, support group, education, outreach, and DVIRC coordination. Shaena also has experience as a sexual assault peer counselor and medical advocate with SF Women Against Rape. She currently lives in Washington and is pursuing her Master of Social Work with a focus on community-centered praxis. Shaena is deeply invested in movements that bring us closer to collective justice, healing & liberation.
21:23
April 30, 2021
Interview with Paméla Tate from Black Women Revolt Against Domestic Violence!
We're excited to share this conversation with author, domestic abuse advocate, and community organizer, Paméla Michelle Tate! In this episode, Paméla shares her aspirations as Executive Director of Black Women Revolt Against Domestic Violence, a Black family violence-focused resource center serving families in San Francisco. Her work focuses on domestic abuse prevention, understanding the barriers to victims seeking services, and assisting survivors to thrive. She is a member of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, serves on the San Francisco District Attorney’s Victim Services Advisory Council as a Board Member, is a member of the MegaBlack COVID Task Force, and she has recently started working with the Californians for Safety and Justice organization. Learn more about Black Women Revolt Against Domestic Violence & Pam's work at blackwomenrevolt.org.  This podcast is hosted by W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. We support survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. Host Bio: Jill Zawisza (pronounced Za-we-za) (she/her/hers) is a white woman of Polish descent and serves as a director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. She has been in the anti-DV movement since 1996, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for 13 years. In addition, Jill has served as an anti-Sexual Assault advocate and counselor. She represents W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the community, aids in program development, provides mentorship to staff, and participates in active community outreach. Her current focus is offering counseling and advocacy to survivors, and delving into how to share power & dismantle white supremacy culture within the leadership structure at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and beyond.
34:35
April 23, 2021
Interview with Luz Argelia Gómez, PsyD!
We're chatting with a long-time advocate and friend a part of the W.O.M.A.N, Inc. team, Luz Argelia Gómez! A recent graduate of the Wright Institute, she is currently a Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the UCSF Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ICAP), and professor of Psychology. Argelia has been with us since 2007 and has been a huge part of our Latinx Program, and 24/7 Support Line programs. Join in to hear about her history with W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and more!  Host Bio: Shaena Lee S. (she/her/hers) is a mixed-race woman of Japanese, Korean and white descent, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014. Starting as a Support Line volunteer, she has since supported in various capacities including peer counseling, support group, education, outreach, and DVIRC coordination. Shaena also has experience as a sexual assault peer counselor and medical advocate with SF Women Against Rape. She currently lives in Washington and is pursuing her Master of Social Work with a focus on community-centered praxis. Shaena is deeply invested in movements that bring us closer to collective justice, healing & liberation.
24:58
February 19, 2021
Navigating with Integrity: Core Values
Who or what does your organization center? Who would you want to be if funding & outside expectations weren't apart of the equation? What strengths do you embody? These are the kinds of questions that help us locate & nurture our core values. In the first installment of this series, we talked about how being intentional about our values supported W.O.M.A.N., Inc. through challenging times. In this episode, we chat about our cultural praxis and the process that brought W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to our most recent Theory of Change.  Navigating with Integrity is a conversation series mind-mapping crisis response in nonprofit leadership & exploring what it means to dismantle white supremacy culture in our workplaces. You can find this visual mapping here. This podcast is hosted by W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. We support survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. Host Bios: Jill Zawisza (pronounced Za-we-za) (she/her/hers) is a white woman of Polish descent and serves as a director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. She has been in the anti-DV movement since 1996, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for 13 years. In addition, Jill has served as an anti-Sexual Assault advocate and counselor. She represents W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the community, aids in program development, provides mentorship to staff, and participates in active community outreach. Her current focus is offering counseling and advocacy to survivors, and delving into how to share power & dismantle white supremacy culture within the leadership structure at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and beyond. Shaena Lee S. (she/her/hers) is a mixed-race woman of Japanese, Korean and white descent, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014. Starting as a Support Line volunteer, she has since supported in various capacities including peer counseling, support group, education, outreach, and DVIRC coordination. Shaena also has experience as a sexual assault peer counselor and medical advocate with SF Women Against Rape. She currently lives in Washington and is pursuing her Master of Social Work with a focus on community-centered praxis. Shaena is deeply invested in movements that bring us closer to collective justice, healing & liberation.
52:19
January 26, 2021
Navigating with Integrity (Intro): Adapting to Crisis & Confronting White Supremacy Culture
In this introductory episode, we provide some context around white supremacy culture (WSC), and what inspired this series. Framing the conversation series to come, you will hear a 101 break down of Tema Okun's & Dismantling Racism Works' synthesis of WSC, and how we've seen it show up in past and present crises. Navigating with Integrity is a conversation series mind-mapping crisis response in nonprofit leadership & exploring what it means to dismantle white supremacy culture in our workplaces.  This podcast is hosted by W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. We support survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. Host Bios:  Jill Zawisza (pronounced Za-we-za) (she/her/hers) is a white woman of Polish descent and serves as a director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. She has been in the anti-DV movement since 1996, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for 13 years. In addition, Jill has served as an anti-Sexual Assault advocate and counselor. She represents W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the community, aids in program development, provides mentorship to staff, and participates in active community outreach. Her current focus is offering counseling and advocacy to survivors, and delving into how to share power & dismantle white supremacy culture within the leadership structure at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and beyond. Shaena Lee S. (she/her/hers) is a mixed-race woman of Japanese, Korean and white descent, and has been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014. Starting as a Support Line volunteer, she has since supported in various capacities including peer counseling, support group, education, outreach, and DVIRC coordination. Shaena also has experience as a sexual assault peer counselor and medical advocate with SF Women Against Rape. She currently lives in Washington and is pursuing her Master of Social Work with a focus on community-centered praxis. Shaena is deeply invested in movements that bring us closer to collective justice, healing & liberation.
37:05
December 23, 2020
Introducing Navigating with Integrity: Mindmapping Crisis Response in Nonprofit Leadership
Introducing Navigating with Integrity: Mindmapping Crisis Response in Nonprofit Leadership  We're excited to share with you our very first podcast series -- this one is all about mind-mapping crisis response in nonprofit leadership. We'll be breaking down what comes up for us when we're talking about dismantling white supremacy culture in the workplace and navigating all of this with integrity. Read more and locate the mind map here: https://womaninc.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/dismantling-white-supremacy-culture-and-navigating-with-integrity-mind-mapping-crisis-response-in-nonprofit-leadership/.  Stay tuned for episode 1, releasing soon! 
03:23
November 14, 2020
#CommunityFeels, Our DV Awareness Month Campaign
As October approaches, we hope you will join us in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s theme, #communityfeels, is a reflection of our work. With social distancing becoming our current norm, community connectedness feels more important than ever. When we consider how survivors of domestic violence are impacted by the pandemic, that community connection takes on a whole new meaning. Without their community, survivors are susceptible to escalating abuse that happens in the shadows. With their community, survivors can stay connected to others, receive help, love and support. Abusive claims that reinforce isolation for survivors hold less power and meaning. Community can help enrich our lives, and in some cases, save a life. Throughout the month of October, we are inviting you to share your thoughts; let us know what community means to you? What does community feel like? Use our hashtag #communityfeels and let us know what you think…We will be posting responses all through October. Help us get the word out, and post on your social media! #womanincDVAM  #communityfeels
23:15
October 14, 2020
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Podcast Trailer
We are W.O.M.A.N., Inc., a San Francisco based nonprofit that has been serving the city and larger Bay Area since 1978. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. supports survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones along their healing journeys, bridging value-rich networks designed to address intersections of violence. These conversations will cover topics across levels of practice -- from nonprofit leadership to working with survivors to exploring our collective healing work. Stay tuned for more!
01:44
October 14, 2020