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In this bonus episode, we sit down with special guest and dear friend Kaylee Morgan to discuss what honoring Black History means to her. Kaylee is a writer, speaker, youth pastor, and racial justice educator who is passionate about Jesus, the next generation, and Biblical justice. In this interview, she not only educates us on tangible ways to purs…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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.⁠…
 
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…
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Ready to tackle another heavy hitter as part of our special four-part mini-series exploring current and controversial topics that are shaping culture at the moment? In this episode, we are exploring what is shaping our political identity at the moment. What led us to our current landscape of political polarization in both the United States and glob…
 
It’s a new year! And we’re celebrating with a special four-part mini-series exploring current and controversial topics that are shaping culture at the moment. In this first episode, we are tackling the hot topic of cancel culture. Is cancel culture an effective way to affect change? Is this trend going too far? Should celebrities, companies, and pu…
 
In this last episode of the year, we interview Caitlin Bartley, the Founder and CEO of a boutique PR agency, cred. Prior to cred, Caitlin worked in brand strategy and planning working at an advertising agency in Australia. Prior to moving abroad, Caitlin ran all marketing and communication efforts at LiveRamp, a leading company in data connectivity…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Heather Hansen, a trained mediator with a psychology degree, the author of “The Elegant Warrior–How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself,” and the host of The Elegant Warrior Podcast. She's appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, CBS and Sirius Radio, and is currently working on her second book, tit…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Tasnim Sulaiman, the owner of Taz Talk Therapy, a private practice specialized in relationships, couples and sex therapy with over 15 years of experience. Tasnim is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also the Founder/Executive Director of Black Men Heal, a nonprofit …
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Annie Pace Scranton founder of Pace PR. Prior to forming Pace Public Relations, Annie worked for eight years as a seasoned television producer, booking for major networks such as CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC & ABC. Now, Pace PR has multiple clients on national + local TV every single day, including CNBC, Fox …
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Sara Lind, a candidate for City Council on the Upper Westside of Manhattan and the Interim Executive Director of 21 in '21, an organization dedicated to electing at least 21 women to the City Council in 2021. Sara has worked on several campaigns in her career- always for women candidates - and has managed o…
 
In honor of #BFRBAwarenessWeek, in this episode of season 3, we interview Aneela Idnani, Co-founder & Marketing/Design Lead at HabitAware. For more than 20 years, Aneela hid her battle with compulsive hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), a mental health condition. After sharing this secret, she began HabitAware and created Keen, a patented sma…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Melissa Lin, businesswoman, sales & content expert. Melissa left her $86k Chemical Engineering career to go all in on her business and now runs her own multiple 6 figure company! And now through The Fierce Business Academy, she helps other women find success with their online businesses! In fact, over the p…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A. a work from home mom who manages multiple businesses and homeschools her three children on the island of Maui. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication for the Child and Masters Degrees in both Children’s Literature and Creative Writing for Children. She is the host…
 
In this timely bonus episode of season 3, we interview Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese-British journalist who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East and Muslim communities around the world. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vice, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Businessweek, Roads & Kingdoms, and Lit…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview Heidi Nel, the Head of Raben Impact Entertainment, a division of The Raben Group. Heidi is a storyteller and impact strategist using art, film, and media to change the world. She works with leaders across media, entertainment, tech, and philanthropy, including the American Film Institute, MACRO, One Communi…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview 2x CrossFit Games competitor and a life-long committed athlete Andrea Montalvo. Andrea excelled in many sports and spent the last 10+ years as a fitness trainer and seminar instructor. She resides in Astoria Queens as a Certified Personal Trainer and an entrepreneur who started her own movement workshops ca…
 
In this episode of season 3, we interview digital freelancer and founder of Free Birds, Afton Negrea. Afton is on a mission to help women from around the world discover freedom and flexibility in their lives by becoming successful digital freelancers through the Free Birds community and online mentorship. From the stay-at-home mom to the burned-out…
 
We are kicking this new season off with a timely and compelling interview exploring the effects of grief and loss with Shelby Forsythia, the author of Permission to Grieve and podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. How do we process grief? How do we navigate the loss of loved ones, relationships, jobs, health, opportunities,…
 
In this final episode of Season 2, you’ll meet Renée Watson, a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, 'Piecing Me Together' received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children's picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given read…
 
In this latest episode of Season 2, you’ll meet Nickey Andree, founder of The Nannyhood, which creates community and fosters friendships for nannies in their cities. It advocates for, resources, and places value on nannyhood. Nickey is also a professional career nanny with 15+ years experience working with children from all over the globe! She is p…
 
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