TNW20: Intimate Partner Violence with Kelley Rainey

TNW20: Intimate Partner Violence with Kelley Rainey

About this episode

Intimate partner violence. No matter what walk of life you come from, no matter how educated, intimate partner violence can affect you. Woman, man. Gay, straight. Black, white. Intimate partner violence does not discriminate.

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Kelley Rainey, Director of Domestic Violence Programs for Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, Inc. Kelley and I went to college together, and I have been impressed from afar in how committed she is to improving the lives of women through her work. When I asked her if she would do an interview with me, she immediately said, “YES!” and also that this topic, intimate partner violence, was what she wanted to speak with me about.

I truly love doing this podcast, and this is my favorite interview to date. We talk about a heavy, important, and impactful subject in a way that I think can help, not harm, while also being respectful and still having a laugh and a chuckle because that’s what we do.

This is an excellent resource for people who want to be better prepared for how intimate partner violence is already affecting their lives, if they’re concerned about someone they love and don’t know what to do, or just want to experience solidarity with a woman who cares about you and makes it her life’s work to say, “I see you.”

About Kelley Rainey
I see you.
Kelley Rainey , LGPC, is the Director of Domestic Violence Services for the Domestic Violence Unit with Family and Children’s Services (FCS). In her position with FCS, Kelley oversees the victims and offender programs offered by the Carroll County and Baltimore County offices as well as works one on one with clients for domestic violence education and support. Before this position, Kelley worked as a Court Advocate for victims of Intimate Partner Violence and assisted with presentations and training for the Lethality Assessment Program. Kelley has worked in a number of different positions in Carroll County since 2005 that have all been non-profits and community wellness related. Formerly, Kelley was a board member for Sylvia’s Acorn (great article here), a group that raises money for low-income families with atypical needs, and was President of the Westminster Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG, Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, from 2010 to 2014. In the Fall of 2015 Kelley was elected to the sit of the Board of Director’s for the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.  Kelley is a 2008 graduate of McDaniel College, receiving her MA in Community Mental Health Counseling.
Episode Resources

Family and Children’s Services
Westminster Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG, Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
McDaniel College
Pennsylvania case of intimate partner violence mentioned in this episode (story here)
Alabama case of intimate partner violence (story here)
http://www.thehotline.org/ > website can hide the fact that you’ve ever been there + safe escape
The hotline to call > 1-800-799-7233
Violence Against Women Act (drafted by Joe Biden’s office)
One Love Foundation

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TNW19: Build a Business You Love with Kristi Brown

TNW19: Build a Business You Love with Kristi Brown

About this episode

Build a business you love with a little guidance from the beautiful Kristi Brown. In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Kristi Brown, business strategist and rocking boss over at Significantly Successful. We talk about how she went from working with small business owners at Living Social, working for the Mouse (she at Disney World, unlike my Disneyland), and launching a very successful social media campaign for Ron Paul when he ran for President of the United States!

I love Kristi Brown. I credit her Significant Business Academy with giving me the idea to start this very podcast. She’s got great ideas and thinks outside the box. Her exercises are fabulous. I’m a big fan. We chat about how to build a business you love, why that matters, and why you need to.

This is a great episode for anyone looking to start their own business, whether as an entrepreneur or small business owner. Even if you’ve already started your journey, Kristi has great tips. Enjoy!

About Kristi Brown

Most of the people that are into self-development enough to listen to any podcast, let alone one that’s Notable Women, you’re going to be able to start your own business if that’s what you want to do.

Kristi Brown is the co-founder of Significantly Successful, a digital marketing and consulting agency. Kristi has had the amazing opportunity to work with innovative and cutting-edge companies such as Groupon, MGM Grand and the Walt Disney Companies, along with over 400 small businesses throughout the world. She specializes in marketing strategies, social media and automation.

She understands how to create marketing campaigns that will drive results – instead of driving you crazy! Kristi has worked with over 100 start-ups and has helped them go from an idea to reality.  She can teach you how to bring the magic and creativity of the huge international companies into your own small business. Her belief is that people start their own businesses because there is something better and bigger out there.

Her strategies and techniques have helped people to build a business that they love. Kristi’s passion is teaching others how to create the success and freedom they desire in their lives to grow their business into something that far exceeds their expectations. Kristi gives her clients actionable steps that lead to success.  She shows how to manage all these “techy” things so that they can stay focused, accomplish their goals, and grow the business without feeling overwhelmed!

…And sometimes she even throws in a little *pixie dust*…

Episode Resources
Recommended Reading

Psycho Cybernatics by Maxwell Maltz (you want the original edition, not the updated)
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Dr. Adam M. Grant

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TNW18: Get involved with Feygele Jacobs

TNW18: Get involved with Feygele Jacobs

About this episode

Fall in love with notable woman Feygele Jacobs in this episode of The Notable Woman podcast. Her main takeaway of this interview is “Get involved!” and she truly lives that mantra. I met Feygele when she volunteered at a jazz performance fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy at The Riverside Church, and we have stayed friends ever since. I even took this fabulous headshot of her when she started as CEO at RCHN Community Health Foundation (RCHN CHF).

In this episode, we talk about Feygele’s job at the foundation and how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act might affect them, particularly because she and the organization focus on policy. We also talk about her beautiful mother, and how her mother influenced Feygele’s decision to go back to school. There’s also the beautiful love story of how Feygele’s mother and father met when they tried to return to their homes after the Holocaust. It’s a great story, and you know I’m a sucker for love.

This is a great episode for advocates, folks going back to school, boss notable woman, and anyone who loves a good story.

Enjoy!

About Feygele Jacobs

Get involved. Get involved, get involved, get involved, stay involved. Pick your cause, pick your passion, it doesn’t matter what it is.

Feygele Jacobs is the President and CEO of the RCHN Community Health Foundation (RCHN CHF). She provides overall leadership and management of Foundation programs, sets the Foundation’s strategic goals, and oversees program development. She also buys the coffee.

She came to RCHN CHF as EVP and Chief Operating Officer at its founding in 2005, after serving as executive vice president and chief of staff of the Ryan Community Health Network (RCHN) and CenterCare, Inc., a health center owned managed care plan serving low-income people across New York City. Prior to joining the RCHN family of organizations in 1997, her early career included positions in New York City’s and Boston’s public health care systems, and in hospital administration at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, a major teaching hospital network in New York.

She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.P.H., M.S.U.P.) and pursued post-graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a certificate in Public Health Informatics from the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, where she is a candidate for the DrPH in in Public Health Leadership. She presently serves on the boards of directors of National Center for Farmworker Health, CALL FOR HEALTH/UNA VOZ PARA LA SALUD and Community Health Ventures.

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TNW17: Outdoor Adventures for You and Your Child with Rebecca P. Cohen and Marni Penning Coleman

TNW17: Outdoor Adventures for You and Your Child with Rebecca P. Cohen and Marni Penning Coleman

About this episode

Adventure awaits you in the great outdoors, or your own backyard if you can use your imagination! And if you need a place to get started or a little help, PJ is here to help in the wonderful children’s series PJ’s Backyard Adventures. Today’s interview, my first duo interview, features notable women Rebecca P. Cohen, author, and Marni Penning Coleman, illustrator. Marni is a friend of my dear love Tia Shearer Bassett (from The Notable Woman Podcast Episode 1 fame), and she reached out to me about being on the show with Rebecca. I have wanted to get authors and illustrators on the show so I was super happy to be introduced to them and was totally floored to discover during the interview that they are sisters. How cool is that?

In our conversation, we talk about outdoor play, why it’s important for both adults and kids, and how we can incorporate it in our lives even when it’s cold! We also chat about Marni’s life as an actor turned illustrator, Rebecca’s first book and going both the traditional publishing route as well as going independent.

This is a great episode for authors, illustrators, parents, aunties/uncles, people who know they need to get time outside but aren’t sure why, and those interested in creating their own work. Enjoy!

About Rebecca P. Cohen and Marni Penning Coleman
So the fact that your inspiration can come from filling the needs in your own life, and that the needs that you’re filling in your own life can help other people, that’s, I think that’s a pretty big takeaway. (Marni Penning Coleman)

Rebecca P. Cohen believes time outside transforms our lives for the better. Rebecca is author of the new children’s book series PJ’s Backyard Adventures, as well as author 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. She is also host of the video series, Get Out of the House, which shows fun ideas for time outside in every season. For Rebecca’s inspiring blog and free downloads, visit BeOutsideAndGrow.com.

Marni Penning Coleman is a playwright, teacher, VoiceOver artist, children’s book illustrator, two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, and other-award-winning Shakespearean actress who lives with her husband, son, and dog in Falls Church, VA. She co-founded Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in 1994 and made a living during the 2008 election as a Sarah Palin impersonator. When not playing with her son or drawing “PJ’s Backyard Adventures,” Marni narrates audiobooks for the blind for the Library of Congress. For more information, visit MarniPenning.com.

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TNW16: Rockin’ Your Social Justice Business with Missy Sturtevant

TNW16: Rockin’ Your Social Justice Business with Missy Sturtevant

About this episode

Missy Sturtevant is so impressive! I am so jazzed by her and her social justice business, but let me start at the beginning. Missy and I went to college together, and I was a total fan even before this interview, even before I knew what she does now. But let me lay it down for you — Missy was a social worker and wasn’t 100% happy with how she had to do her work within the structure already set up. And you know what she did? She didn’t whine about it, she didn’t wallow, she went ahead and started her own business! Maebright Group, LLC works with Massachusetts-based state agencies on working with the LGBTQ population, using actual best practices and research.

In our conversation, we talk about how Missy wanted to start a business, how she became the mentor that she needed and now helps other people, and how she does the actual work with her state agencies.

This is a great episode for social justice advocates, business owners, entrepreneurs, and people who have an idea for a movement but haven’t gotten started yet. Enjoy!

About Missy Sturtevant
I actually much more prefer it when people disagree with what I’m saying, if they bring it up and challenge me, because if you can put something out there and we can have a conversation and I can listen to what are the things you’re nervous about, what are your concerns, which are usually legitimate concerns and I can address, we can have that kind of engagement together.
Missy Sturtevant, LCSW is the Director and Founder of MaeBright Group, LLC. Missy holds over a decade of training and facilitation experience. She studied social work at Wheelock College and has a BA in Psychology with minors in Health and Wellness as well as Theatre from Cedar Crest College. Missy has direct and macro-level social work experience that includes policy research, youth leadership development, group home care, and inclusive comprehensive sexuality education.
Episode Resources

MaeBright Group, LLC – Missy’s website
Hamlet the Cat on Facebook
Center for Women & Enterprise – Missy used this excellent resource to start her own business
The StartUp Podcast – Missy used this great podcast to start her business

Recommended Reading

Stone Butch Blues: A Novel by Leslie Feinberg
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedia Paperback by Alison Bechdel

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TNW15: Cloth Diapers Easy Peasy with Diaper Dawgs with Aisha Sequeira

TNW15: Cloth Diapers Easy Peasy with Diaper Dawgs with Aisha Sequeira

About this episode

Cloth diapers – a blessing? A Curse? Love ’em, hate ’em? Well, Aisha Sequeira has created Diaper Dawgs to make it easy peasy for you to use them and keep them clean, which is a never ending battle.

When we had our son, my husband and I wanted to use cloth diapers to help make a difference to the environment, but we soon learned how complicated it was, especially when you have this tiny human depending on you! So when Aisha reached out to me about her business and product, I knew I had to have her on.

This is a great episode for Moms who are interested in using cloth diapers or already do, and anyone who has an idea for starting a business.

About Aisha Sequeira

If you have something inside of you, if you have an idea, just go for it. Again, time is something that you can never earn back. You can always earn back money.

Aisha Sequeira is a professional designer, accidental inventor, and born serial entrepreneur. She successfully created, manufactured, and marketed Diaper Dawgs,a household products company that makes cloth diapering more sanitary with less hassle.

She has since created a line of products that tackle the unglamorous side of cloth diapering and speaks at conferences about the inclusion of more minorities in eco-industry advertising.

Episode Resources

Recommended Reading

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