Jun 14, 2022

Deborah Mellen - Founder/CEO, The Impossible Dream

A horrific car accident on Italy's Autostrata in 1989 left newly married Deborah Mellen, whose husband was not injured, with a severe spinal cord injury. Not only did she lose the use of her legs, but many other vital life functions were also impacted as well. Two years later Deborah's husband died, and she moved back to the States - Florida, to be exact. That's where a surgeon turned her on to Shake a Leg - an adaptive sailing and water sport center. Hooked, Deborah bought a wheelchair-accessible catamaran and eventually created the Impossible Dream, a non-profit organization that provides similar experiences for other wheel-bound men and women. This is one riveting, fascinating interview you won't want to miss!

Jun 7, 2022

Melanie Breault - Social Justice Communications Manager, Website & Social Media Specialist

Melanie Breault has been the Web and Social Media Specialist for Conversations with Creative Women since 2015. However, her professional life also includes social justice issues - supporting non-profit organizations as they build their profiles to expand their reach and make the world a better place. We cover a lot of ground in this honest and fascinating conversation. We know you'll feel the same after 'meeting and getting to know' this committed, passionate, engaging creative woman.

 

May 17, 2022

H.H. Leonards - Founder and Chairman of the O Street Mansion and Museum in DC

H.H. Leonards purchased the O Street Mansion 50 years ago as an art space, but the impact it had helping Rosa Parks is a story many may not know. Leonards got a call from Brother Willis Edwards of the Beverly Hills branch of the NAACP asking if Ms. Parks could stay in the mansion until she was able to heal emotionally and physically after being attacked in her Detroit home. Leonards, who said she didn't know who Parks was, agreed, and a beautiful 10+ year friendship between the two women was fostered. And to that end, Leonards has written "Rosa Parks, Beyond the Bus: Life Lessons and Leadership."  This is truly one fascinating conversation that will simply blow your mind!

Nov 16, 2021

Geeta Gandbhir - Director, Producer, Editor

With more than 25 years in the business, Geeta Gandbhir has worked on a wide range of films - narratives and documentaries focusing on racial justice, social inequity and gender. Geeta's the recipient of 2 Emmys, four Peabodys and numerous other accolades. "Black and Missing," her latest project for HBO, is a 4-part series that follows 2 sisters-in-law who are founders of the Black and Missing Foundation. The pair works to expose Black missing persons cases that are marginalized by national media and law enforcement. This must-see TV takes on new urgency given the renewed conversation about the 'missing white woman syndrome.'

Nov 9, 2021

Roo Powell - Writer, Child Advocate, and Founder of Safe From Online Sex Abuse

A new Discovery+ series follows Roo Powell as she exposes some of the internet's most dangerous child predators. She and her team of professionals join forces with law enforcement to find and arrest these creeps. How? This 38 year old mother of 3 transforms herself into a 15 year old to reveal the true identities of the men who are reaching out to her. Join Roo in this race against time as she convincingly navigates these dangerous waters. This is one conversation you can't afford to miss.

Jul 20, 2021

Nyasha Williams - Author, Activist, and Former Kindergarten Teacher

Author, activist and former kindergarten teacher, Nyasha Williams - who was adopted into a trans-racial family - grew up in South Africa and the U.S. A former kindergarten teacher and author, her picture book, "I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids" was inspired by the words Nyasha and her students recited at the beginning of every day: "I am confident and capable. I learn at my own pace. I am loved, and I believe in me. I believe in us." Nyasha is pursuing social justice, decolonizing work and creating for her community full-time. You won't want to miss this fascinating conversation.

May 11, 2021

Betty Yu - Multimedia Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Activist, Educator

Betty Yu combines film, new media platforms and community-infused approaches in her work. A tireless promoter of social justice initiatives, she is a co-founder of Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective which uses art to oppose gentrification in the New York City neighborhood, resulting in the loss of affordable housing and mass displacement. Join us for an eye-opening and inspiring conversation with this passionate, committed activist-artist.

Mar 9, 2021

Tracey Rogers - Activist, Certified Life Coach, Professional Astrologer

Activist, Certified Life Coach, Professional Astrologer. It's not often these professions are part of the same resume, but they all describe Tracey Rogers. We cover a lot of ground in this wide-ranging conversation: from Tracey's tireless commitment to combat racial injustice and gender inequality, to learning how astrology can empower us to live empowered lives. This is one CWCW you cannot miss!

Dec 29, 2020

REVISIT Heather Booth - Organizer and Activist

For the last podcast of the year, we are revisiting our conversation with Heather Booth. Heather is a force to be reckoned with and that’s a very good thing! She is one of the country’s  leading strategists when it comes to progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections. Heather’s organizing and commitment to social justice began during the civil rights, anti-Vietnam War and women’s movements of the 1960s. She also started JANE, an underground abortion service in 1965 before Roe v Wade became law. We cover a lot of territory in this open, honest, impactful conversation with a compassionate, committed woman.

Sep 29, 2020

Ashley Rouse - Chef, Culinary Entrepreneur, Activist

Chef, culinary entrepreneur, activist - just three of the hats worn by Ashley Rouse. She also happens to be the founder of Brooklyn-based Trade Street Jam Company, a minority and woman-certified batch jam company. Ashley creates fruit forward and clean tasting vegan jams that are low in sugar, but high in flavor. A few enticing samples:  Blueberry-Lemon- Basil Jam, Smoked Yellow Peach, Strawberry-Chipolte-Fig. Join us for this mouth watering conversation with yet another creative woman.

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