November 19, 2019
Hall of Fame photojournalist Linda Solomon was Aretha Franklin's personal photographer for decades, and given rare access to many of "The Queen of Soul's" most private family and behind-the-scenes musical moments. We talk with Linda about her unusual relationship with Aretha and her gorgeous new book, The Queen Next Door: An Intimate Portrait of Aretha Franklin. Solomon calls the book her "love letter" to one of the greatest musical talents of our time. We'll also hear about Solomon's career journey, which includes putting over one million cameras in the hands of children and inspiring homeless children through her Pictures of Hope program.
October 20, 2019
In the early days of rodeoing in the American West, cowgirls competed just as fiercely as cowboys in everything from roping to bronco riding. But women were gradually forced out of the sport, supposedly because it was "too dangerous." But professional "All Girl Rodeo" is making a comeback. Two of the driving forces behind this growing sport are sisters Nicole and Katie Schrock. Skilled horsewomen and visionary entrepreneurs, they are the first siblings to both win the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon. If you like cowgirls, horses and "That Western Life," you'll love this episode.
October 8, 2019
In addition to POWERING UP, I also host the "Game Changers" podcast for the International Women's Forum, which gives me the chance to talk with groundbreaking Sheroes from all over the world and share them here. Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta, the Chief Diversity Officer for the European Space Agency, has worked in science and space for 30 years. Our conversation ranged from why she believes studying science gives girls super powers to how her unusual mother taught her children, growing up in Italy, about chemical compounds in the kitchen!
October 1, 2019
Who ever heard of a franchising executive recruiter? Monica and I never had, until I reconnected with former ran Ford Motor Company executive colleague Kris Odeh. Now the founder and CEO of Momentum Franchise Group, Odeh draws on her 30 years of global executive and leadership credentials in the technology, finance, non-profit, retail and auto industries, helping ambitious entrepreneurs -- of all ages -- find their perfect franchise match. With a particular passion for working with women and veterans, Odeh also shared her perspective on leadership and the importance of aligning your talents and work interests with the lifestyle you want.
September 23, 2019
As an inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, I worry about the future of journalism, which is facing two crises. With newspapers going out of business and journalists losing their jobs, it is clear the old business model is broken. Plus, the value of a trustworthy free press, one of the cornerstones of American democracy, is under attack, with disagreeable facts labeled, "fake news" and respected journalists called "enemies of the people." Monica and Anne tackle the crisis in journalism with Bob Zaltsberg, who is recognized as "the dean of Indiana newspaper editors" and is now teaching Media Management at Indiana University to the next generation of journalists.
September 9, 2019
Millennials have led the way on new thinking and open conversations about gender. Co-host Monica Doyle invited two transgender friends – Grace, a transgender woman, and August, a transgender man – to talk about their experiences. As a Baby Boomer committed to equal rights and dignity for all humans, Anne learned a lot.
September 3, 2019
Meritor senior executive Linda Taliaferro has climbed the corporate ladder in the very male world of global commercial vehicles. So she understands the gender landmines and obstacles ambitious women must navigate throughout their leadership journeys. From confronting sexual harassers to mastering workplace politics, Taliaferro has experienced it all. That's why she founded The TEE (The Extra Effort) organization to share what she has learned (often the hard way!) and mentor other women. The critical differentiator for women, she believes, is the ability to find the courage to step into and claim our individual and collective power. She's a global executive in a tough, male-dominated field; she's authentic and she's committed to helping other women power up!
August 27, 2019
Rabbi Tamara Kolton, author of the upcoming book, "Oranges for Eve: My Beautiful, Brava and Badass Journey to the Feminine Divine," is a truth teller, spiritual leader and powerful voice for women. As growing numbers of states in the USA pass extreme legislation aimed at overthrowing women's right to privacy over our bodies, Rabbi Kolton provides insightful context on her position, published in the Jewish News, that the national debate over abortion is not truly about caring for babies or pregnant women, it is one more powerful example of our patriarchal matrix that protects the status quo in which men hold predominant power and social privilege -- and why women and our allies should not be silent.
August 13, 2019
The world of comics has long been one more world ruled by white males -- both as characters and creators. But that is changing as young women who grew up reading comics featuring female superheroes (such as "shojo" Magna books created in Japan specifically for girls) are looking for adult content they can identify with. So, they're creating it themselves. We explored this growing, cultural phenomenon at Comique-Con -- a conference specifically for female and female-identifying illustrators, writers and creators in the comic world. A world that co-host Monica Doyle knows well.