Sep 15, 2020

Mama Gloria Allen

You're about to meet and get to know one helluva woman! 75-year-old Gloria Allen is a transgender woman who grew up in the 50s and 60s on Chicago's South Side and transitioned from George to Gloria after high school, but obviously before the Stonewall Uprising. Her story is riveting, empowering, inspirational. Case in point - while in her 60s, Gloria started a charm school for homeless trans youth - hence the 'Mama.' And....Mama Gloria is the title of a documentary (directed by former CWCW guest Luchina Fisher) that chronicles the life of this amazing woman. This is a conversation you won't want to miss!

Aug 11, 2020

Ashley Lyn Olson - Founder of wheelchairtraveling.com

When it comes to living her life, nothing seems to stand in Ashley Lyn Olson's way. At 14, a horrific car accident killed her father, crippled her mother, injured her younger sister and left Ashley paralyzed. Her physical limitations didn't stop her from seeing the world. And...in 2006, she founded wheelchairtraveling.com, a resource for people with disabilities. The site averages 25,000 monthly visits and its 70+ videos have been viewed half a million times. You'll want to meet this passionate, ballsy, determined, young woman.

Nov 5, 2019

The Carr-Petrova Duo

Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova make beautiful music together and audiences around the world are so grateful!  Acclaimed international soloists, the two joined forces and formed the Carr-Petrova Duo. In August, 2018, they launched "Novel Voices," a year long initiative aimed at raising awareness of the lives and struggles of refugees around the world. They visited 8 camps in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East performing, holding workshops and filming the life stories of their diverse audience members. This is an important, moving conversation with 2 committed, talented and not easily intimidated women who are making a difference!

Oct 29, 2019

Barbara Miller and Leyla Hussein, Filmmakers & Social Activists

You are about to meet and get to know two extraordinary, passionate, committed women. Swiss filmmaker Barbara Miller* is the woman behind the powerful documentary #Female Pleasure. It follows five courageous women from different cultures as they struggle for justice and equality as they take charge of their own bodies. And one of those women is Leyla Hussein, a Somali-born, British psycho-therapist and social activist who was genitally mutilated at the age of seven. She has made it her mission to fight against female genital mutilation or FGM, as well as for the sexual determination of Muslim women worldwide. This is one empowering, moving, critically important conversation.

Oct 22, 2019

Joan Myers Brown, Entrepreneur

Aug 13, 2019

Perri Peltz, Documentary Filmmaker

A broadcast journalist, radio host, documentary filmmaker, public health advocate, PhD candidate, Perri Peltz's career is a rich and rewarding one. As a filmmaker, her focus has been on health and social justice. However, her newest for HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS takes us 'outside the box.' ALTERNATE ENDINGS: Six New Ways to Die in America," explores the varied and non-traditional options of those who have chosen to celebrate life and take control of what will happen when they die. It is an intimate, illuminating, empowering film. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation with this committed, passionate, accomplished, creative woman.

Jul 16, 2019

Liz and Lucy Lareau, Childrens’ Graphic Novel Authors

Family businesses are nothing new, but the GEEKY FAB FIVE STEM is not your ordinary mom and pop partnership. Actually, it's a mom and daughter venture. 13 year old Lucy Lareau and her mom Liz are the co-creators of this graphic novel series based on Lucy's elementary school experiences, where students learn to make a difference. Their goal is to inspire girls to reach their potential and work together for a better world. We guarantee our conversation with this creative duo will inspire you!

Jun 11, 2019

Beth Prevor, Executive Director of Hands On

You're about to meet and get to know Beth Prevor, Co-founder and Executive DIrector of Hands On. For the past 30 years, this service organization has been advocating for access to the cultural arts for members of the Deaf community and audiences with disabilities. She has produced more than 500 sign-interpreted productions at some of New York's most prestigious theaters and has led workshops on accessibility and the arts for organizations throughout the U.S. Beth, by the way, is the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center's Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apr 30, 2019

Marian Licha, Actress, Playwright, and Storyteller

Actress, playwright, story teller - all describe Marian Licha. She combines them all in her one-woman show, "Frida VIce-Versa." Born in Puerto Rico, Marian draws on 'real life' stories, especially those that empower women. And to that end, her play conveys how Frida Kahlo's spirit prevailed despite the male-dominated artistic world. Frida Kahlo, nothwithstanding, Marian also finds plenty of humor in the inevitable culture clash that comes with being a Latina in an Anglo culture.

Mar 26, 2019

Nancy Schwartzman, Filmmaker

Talk about an accomplished, creative, committed woman! A globally recognized human rights advocate, Nancy Schwartzman also happens to be a director, producer, and media strategist. She uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Her debut documentary, "Roll Red Roll," chronicles the sexual assault of a teenage girl by several members of a revered high school football team in the tight-knit community of Steubenville, Ohio. This searing, visceral, awarding winning film goes behind the scenes to expose the 'boys will be boys' culture. Nancy also created the White House award winning app, Circle of 6, aimed at reducing sexual violence among America's youth. This is one conversation you won't want to miss.

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