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Elevate Women podcast explores Personal Life Leadership topics such as self-care assessment, speaking for your needs, and negotiation in personal relationships. Talks with a wide variety of professional women illustrate what’s possible when we, women, prioritize our personal happiness. Women support women. Always. Host, Aisha-Sky Gates, is a personal development and relationship coach, educator, author, and founder of Elevate Women Collaborative (elevatingwomen.org).
 
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Formerly known as Raw Urban Mobile Podcast; Tokyo Speaks is a podcast that highlights Tokyo's international community. Cliff chats with featured guests about their careers, passions, and various topics related to life in Japan. Some episodes also include a guest co-host.
 
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In our first episode of the new year, we had the great joy of sitting down with returning guest and friend Chanel Dokun. Chanel is a certified Life Planner, Relationship Expert, and author of the newly released Life Starts Now: How to Create the Life You’ve Been Waiting For. As the founder of Women of Consequence, she helps women get clarity on the…
 
In this last episode of 2022, we sat down with Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate Rebecca Werts to talk about investing in our mental health during the holidays and beyond. Rebecca is a dear friend and trusted professional. Her insights on the intersection of mental health and faith are powerful, and throughout this interview she gives us pr…
 
In this bonus episode, our co-hosts and co-founders Nicole Smithee and Alex Brown sit down for an up-close and unfiltered look at motherhood. Nicole opens up about the challenges, surprises and joys of becoming a mother. Alex shares how the latest milestones in her daughters’ lives are impacting and shaping her as a mom. From postpartum recovery to…
 
In this latest episode, we had the honor of chatting with Jingyun Fan, the CEO & Co-founder of Shuni. In early 2020, Jingyun started Shuni to help people suffering from insomnia develop the skills for better sleep through cognitive behavioral therapy. Before Shuni, she was an AI research scientist at Accenture and a data scientist at Hello, the com…
 
We know that as a woman, a leader, and/or a mother, the juggle is real! In this bonus episode, your co-hosts Nicole Smithee and Alex Brown provide practical tips and resources to make your limited time work for you and not against you! Topics in this bonus episode include: Practicing the art of keeping the main the main thing Working smarter and no…
 
In this new episode, we had a blast sitting down with Small Business Strategist Melissa Koehler. Melissa is passionate about helping women build a business they can be proud of! What started as a career as a professional photographer has blossomed into the creation of several brands and businesses and a passion to teach others how to get started wi…
 
In this special interview, we were able to sit down with Katie Toop, the Senior Director of Transformational Development for World Concern. In this interview, Katie unpacks how she discovered her calling, what working overseas has taught her, and how working in the non-profit sector has personally changed her life. We’ll also discuss the truly tran…
 
In this first interview of our new season, we had the great honor of chatting with our dear friend and returning guest Nicole Zasowski. Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist, writer, and speaker. She lives in a small town just outside New York City with her husband, Jimmy and their children. In 2020, Nicole authored From Lost to Found:…
 
Welcome to Season 5 of the Iridescent Podcast! In this bonus episode, your co-hosts Nicole Smithee and Alex Brown sit down to discuss all the exciting things to expect in season five. From interviews with powerhouse women to bonus episodes designed to call out your greatness to opportunities to help those in need… get ready for a season like no oth…
 
As we record this bonus episode, I (Nicole) am 9 months pregnant with my first child. I am very ready to not be pregnant anymore, and can’t wait to hold and kiss my baby girl, but there are a lot of other emotions, too. For expecting parents and new moms there’s a lot to learn, a lot to process, and a lot of change. So today, we wanted to have a di…
 
For most people, the last two years and counting, have brought a lot of change. New jobs, new neighborhoods, new seasons of life, new work and social rhythms. New isn’t always bad, but even good change can leave us a bit disoriented. It can leave us struggling to find a clear path forward towards our hopes and dreams and unsure what habits and disc…
 
In this episode of The Iridescent Podcast, we have special guest Juli Boit, whose work and story is heartbreaking, inspiring and empowering. Juli Boit is the Founder and International Director of Living Room International, a non-profit providing hospice care services to adults and children in Kenya. She is a nurse practitioner who is challenged dai…
 
Get ready because this is hands-down one of our favorite interviews on The Iridescent Podcast. We had the great honor of chatting with the legendary Jo Saxton. Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneurial coach. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo brings a multicultural and international perspective to her leadershi…
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating with a special series called Black-Her-Story: Blackness from the Female Perspective. All month long, we will feature spoken word pieces, articles, interviews and poems from Black women in our online community. Make sure to subscribe to IridescentWomen.com so you don’t miss out on this phenomenal s…
 
We are ringing in the new year with brand new episodes of Season 4 of The Iridescent Podcast! Kicking off our 2022 lineup is this honest and inspiring interview with special guest Deborah Rhodes. Deborah is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and Co-Lead Pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, South Carolina, along with her husband Matt. T…
 
We are so thrilled to bring you this in-person interview with author, speaker, and brilliant mind Andi Andrew. With the release of her latest book, Friendship: It’s Complicated, we dive into a conversation about all the ups and downs of friendship. Andi is also the author of She Is Free and Fake or Follower and is the founding pastor, with her husb…
 
We are so thrilled to bring you this in-person interview with returning guest Andrea Montalvo. Prepare yourself for a major dose of wisdom, encouragement, and laughter! Andrea is an entrepreneur, athlete, fitness expert, and mother. She’s the founder of Embrace Mvmnt, a faith-integrated online fitness program that helps you prioritize both health f…
 
We are just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and then, of course, the Christmas season and Hanukkah, and lots of festivities, traditions, family gatherings, shopping and all the things, right? There’s something magical about this time of year, but often receiving and giving love, hope, joy, peace during the holidays is easier…
 
We are so excited to bring you this fun, inspiring and encouraging interview with guest Randi Smith. Randi is a business owner, wedding cake designer, confectionery artist, and a mama of three. She is the founder and lead designer at Sugar Euphoria - a boutique wedding cake and confectionery studio in North Carolina. Randi creates desserts that are…
 
In the year of the "Great Resignation" more and more people are quitting their jobs, applying for new positions, and reevaluating what they want out of their careers. In our latest bonus episode, co-hosts Nicole Smithee and Alexandra Brown explore: Why so many people are leaving their jobs How the pandemic is shifting our expectations in the workpl…
 
I enjoyed talking with Neelma about overcoming anxiety, female enculturation, and family culture. Neelma Pyfrom is a Life Coach specializing in anxiety, depression, sexuality, and spirituality. She helps women to build a vision for what they want to achieve. You'll be pleased to discover her new program, Anxiety Reimagined , that shows what it mean…
 
Episode 98: Lia Camargo, Global Business Manager for Fermata Inc., joins the podcast to talk about the company's three-day Femtech conference in Tokyo which centers on women's health and wellness. This women’s health innovation conference, titled Femtech Fes! 2021, is the first in Asia at this scale with a specific focus on emerging companies, show…
 
We are so excited to continue Season 4 with a rich, honest, and inspiring conversation with guest Kelsey Chapman. Kelsey is an author, podcaster, and personal cheerleader to women building their dream life and business. Earlier this year, Kelsey released her first book What They Taught Me: Recognizing the Mentors Who Will Take You From Dream to Don…
 
"We'll be talking about owning the full range of our emotions as women and how that positively contributes to our collective healing and to the strengthening and flourishing of personal relationships, in particular the relationship you have to yourself."---Isha Vela. Isha is a trauma psychologist, somatic-expressive energy alchemist and founder of …
 
Chari Orozco, author, teacher, podcaster, and showrunner, joins us as our first guest for season four... and it is a doozy of a kick-off! During this episode we tackle topics like, influence, leadership, motherhood, infertility, legacy, and of course, coffee! Chari doesn't shy away from the real talk and her authenticity shines through as she share…
 
Welcome back to season 4 of The Iridescent Podcast! Things are going to be a little different this time around. We have a new look and feel online with our website and are also adding bonus episodes to our podcast! Here at Iridescent not only do we want to provide you with quality conversations with extraordinary women, we want to make sure we are …
 
Katherine Golub, MBA, PCC, work/life coach, Center for Callings & Courage, offers specific ideas about facing overload, burnout, and anxiety. You can dissolve these negatives and live your life fully and with joy. Learn more about my guest at www.linkedin.com/in/katherinegolub, www.instagram.com/katherinegolub, www.facebook.com/CenterforCallingsand…
 
She believes in women: "Part of my responsibility as a member of Human Services Advisory Board for Olmsted County is to make sure women and their children are getting the services they need and help to break the cycle of poverty." You will hear my guest, August Jade Sterling, talk about women claiming their natural power and living life fully and w…
 
Dr. Sayantika (shy-AN-ti-kuh) Mukherjee-Amspacher is a R&D scientist in engineering and a Women's Confidence coach. Her program, WWISE, helps women in corporate careers who feel overwhelmed, burnt out, and are struggling with work-life balance, to confidently embrace their accomplishments and their feminine brain. Contact her at www.itsthefeelgoodf…
 
Award-winning African American author, Marian L. Thomas, has written many novels that depict characters surviving terrible events and life circumstances, which echo real women's triumphs over adversity. In each fictional case women mentored and otherwise supported other women. Our discussion is rich with specific ideas about how a woman can realize…
 
Misty Perry has much success in the business world but equally so in her personal life. She has a fascinating transformation story that all women should hear. Listen to her specific ideas about her high regard for self, about daily self-care, and about women standing firm against inequality. Misty Perry: mistyperry.com; https://www.linkedin.com/in/…
 
In our final episode of season three, we chat with Whitney Mestelle, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Inclusive Idaho. Inclusive Idaho exists to elevate inclusion and belonging in Idaho with an intentional focus on advocacy, support and coalition with and for the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and all underrepresented, underserved, and minority communities.⁠…
 
Enculturation is the process of becoming a member of your culture: you learn values, beliefs, and attitudes. Female enculturation is a set of beliefs and attitudes that privilege males over females and these are fed to babies, to little girls, to teens, to young women and reinforced throughout a woman's life. A few males hold power and that is the …
 
We are in season 3 and in this episode we are having a conversation with Cathy Fischer. Cathy is a speaker, executive, and Ohio native who embodies the Midwestern values of hard work and authenticity. Most recently she was a SVP of Marketing at Signet Jewelers, the largest diamond jewelry retailer in the world whose brands include Kay, Jared, and Z…
 
Episode 97: In this episode, we feature Yuuki Nakao and Mahi Patki of WomEnpowered International (WE Int.). Yuuki, Co-founder of WE Int., and member Mahi, talk to us about the following: The mission and vision of WE Int. Their affiliation with University of Tokyo Awareness of gender disparity in Japan The group's bottom-up management style We Int.'…
 
In this episode of season 3, we are chatting with Kristen Knowles, the founder of the Brave Leader Group, a consulting firm that exists to empower organizations to create brave cultures and develop courageous leaders, through transformational programs, coaching, and organizational development. Kristen is the leader we all want. She is a courageous,…
 
Episode 96: Kani Munidasa is CEO & Co-Founder of Code Chrysalis. Along with CTO & Co-Founder, Yan Fan, the pair founded this startup with a mission to not only change the way Japan trains software engineers, but to help people acquire the necessary soft skills (or what they call “success skills”) to be leaders in their respective careers. We discus…
 
On this episode of season 3 we have educator, podcaster, and author Kat Harris. Her first book Sexless in the City will be in print April 20, 2021. She has also been a full-time photographer for the last decade with her work featured in: Vanity Fair, GQ, Forbes, People, Who What Wear, US Weekly, Glamour UK, and more. Kat Harris = Powerful Woman. Ka…
 
It's time! You can design your life to meet your needs. Every woman can reach for and attain personal happiness. There is a two-part process explained in this episode. Elevate Womxn Collaborative promotes women supporting women. We can support each other to do the internal work and be there for each other as we transform our lives. Everyone benefit…
 
In this episode of season 3, we sat down with Meredith Boggs, the writer and speaker of 'The Other Half' blog and podcast - and it was truly like spending time drinking coffee with a friend! Meredith is such a genuine and real woman. She's known for sharing transparently the real half of life that doesn’t always make the social media highlight reel…
 
Elevate Womxn podcast explores Personal Life Leadership topics such as self-care assessment, speaking for your needs, and negotiation in personal relationships. Talks with a wide variety of professional women illustrate what’s possible when we, women, prioritize our personal happiness. Women support women. Elevate Womxn Collaborative (elevatewomxn.…
 
It’s our final episode of our special four-part mini-series exploring current and controversial topics that are shaping culture at the moment. In this final episode, we will be diving into the world of higher education and helping you decide whether attending college or university is actually worth it. Is there an age limit on acquiring a degree? I…
 
It’s time for part three of our special four-part mini-series exploring current and controversial topics that are shaping culture at the moment. In episode three, we will be discussing Performative Activism. What stops us from actively fighting for justice? How do we begin the activism journey and make it a lifestyle rather than a trend for the mom…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Diana Mao, President of Nomi Network, an abolitionist whose mission is to completely eradicate human trafficking in her lifetime. A leader in the global movement to abolish slavery, she co-founded Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about human-trafficking and creates economic oppo…
 
Episode 95: Yuna Maekawa is founder and CEO of kelluna. which is a fitness apparel made in Sri Lanka for Japanese women. Yuna shares the brand's story and how it bridges two cultures with a foundation of self-love. We discuss the following: The women of Sri Lanka who inspired her to launch a fitness apparel Beauty standards in Japan and the power o…
 
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