38. COVID-19’s Exponential Growth with Amy Simpkins

38. COVID-19’s Exponential Growth with Amy Simpkins

In this bringing the podcast back episode, I interview self proclaimed data nerd Amy Simpkins about COVID-19’s exponential growth.

I’ve been personally off the grid due to the death of my father. He was one of my favorite people to walk the earth. A good egg. He went on hospice in December and then passed away in January. While we sat together each evening, with my mother too, we saw reports about a virus in Wuhan which eventually became a global pandemic.

Not quite sure what to do – who really knows right now? – I decided to create a series of resources Notable Women might need to get by right now, and they’re all housed in “The Social Distancing Summit.” You can find that in The Society of Notable Women right here. 

We’ve got experts on fear. anxiety, and stress; activities for tiny humans, and interviews like this one here with Amy Simpkins.

Amy is the CEO of muGrid Analytics, and she and her husband Travis created a data project looking at the exponential growth of COVID-19. You can find their work at humansvsvirus.com. The more we flatten the curve, the more likely we can beat the virus!! (I always see Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day in my head at this moment.)

One of the things I’ve noted as I talk to people about this virus is that don’t understand why people freak out when there’s 3, or 7, or even in the case of New York City, 300 cases in your community. Ah, my friend, that is what Amy is here to explain.

IN THIS EPISODE, I EXPLORE:
  • Why Amy’s the right person to talk to about this
  • Why Amy’s personally interested in the data around COVID-19
  • An explanation of some of the terms you’ve been hearing – R naught value and CFR
  • What COVID-19’s doubling time is
  • How we can #flattenthecurve

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Amy Simpkins

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About Amy Simpkins

Amy Simpkins is the Chief Executive Officer of MuGrid Analytics, and has over 15 years of experience in technical engineering and project management of complex systems and software.
 
Prior to joining muGrid, Amy was an engineer and spacecraft systems architect with Lockheed Martin, where she worked on advanced R&D and design integration for earth observing and manned spacecraft. In this capacity, she assessed architectural choices based on design performance, operational power constraints, and program finance. Amy also spent several years in flight operations for unmanned scientific exploration spacecraft, where she helped monitor and manage the solar array performance, energy storage systems, and power budgets of long duration deep space missions. Her technical expertise includes system and software architecture, system-level performance modeling, and design tradespace analysis.
 
 
Amy has coached and consulted on product innovation, business strategy, marketing, and sales for startups and small businesses in the renewable energy, healthcare, and SaaS sales spaces. She is an internationally recognized speaker on innovation and integration for entrepreneurs and is author of the book, Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion (Amazon). She holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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TNW32: Disrupt Your Thoughts, Disrupt Your Life with Cristin Downs

TNW32: Disrupt Your Thoughts, Disrupt Your Life with Cristin Downs

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I give you a taste of the Super U Summit with my talk: Disrupt Your Thoughts, Disrupt Your Life.

Super U Summit 4.0 begins on May 6th, but if you’ve never attended before, you might not be sure if it’s for you. That’s why I decided to give you a taste of the summit with my talk from Super U 3.0 – Disrupt Your Thoughts, Disrupt Your Life. The Super U Summit is all about empowering women, and in this talk, I take aim at the thought patterns that are determining the actions you take. Might you be stuck because your thoughts are actually keeping you there? Until we examine them, we don’t really know. 

This talk is for anyone who has ever been stuck, and they’re not sure why.

IN THIS EPISODE, I EXPLORE:
  • What the Super U Summit is
  • What it means to disrupt our thoughts
  • How our thoughts determine our judgments determine our actions
  • How we can examine what we think
  • How we can get started changing what we think
  • How you can sign up for the summit (right here!)

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did creating it. You can listen now, right here from this webpage by clicking the play button below.

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Today’s Guest

Cristin Downs

About Cristin Downs

Cristin Downs is an alchemist, theatrical thinker, producer, educator, speaker, and podcaster. She rules her tiny roost at Pace University as the director of the continuing studies unit. She’s had a pretty eclectic career, but moments that truly defined her sense of self: becoming a strong woman leader and independent thinker at Cedar Crest College, learning arts exceptionalism at UC Irvine’s School of the Arts, experiencing first-rate business processes with the mouse at Disneyland Resort, and becoming an activist at Riverside Church. Meeting Ruby Dee, Robert Downey Jr., James Earl Jones, Ntozake Shange, and Dana Reeve were all fairly awesome moments. Cristin loves to read, the theatre, dancing in the kitchen, and her family and friends.

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TNW30: How a Dog Can Change Your Life with Gila Kurtz of Dog is Good

TNW30: How a Dog Can Change Your Life with Gila Kurtz of Dog is Good

In this episode of The Notable Woman, I interview 7 figure entrepreneur, speaker, and dog lover Gila Kurtz.

Gila is a professional dog trainer turned 7 figure business owner turned author turned professional speaker. Actually “turned” isn’t the right word because she is still all of those things. And she loves to read! Could she be any more fabulous!?! I don’t think so. This is a great episode for dog lovers and owners, entrepreneurs, small business owners and anyone who has a passion they would love to turn into a business.
IN THIS EPISODE, I EXPLORE:
  • Who Gila is
  • How she started on this journey with Dog Is Good
  • Why she wrote her book and started speaking

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did creating it. You can listen now, right here from this webpage by clicking the play button below.

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Today’s Guest

Gila Kurtz

About Gila Kurtz

Gila Kurtz is a professional dog trainer who turned her love and passion for dogs into a successful 7 figure a year business, authored the #1 Amazon International Best Selling Book: Fur Covered Wisdom: A Dog Can Change the Way You See the World, and now speaks to audiences and inspires people to “Fetch a Life Worth Barking About” by offering a new approach to living, working, and playing, all inspired by Dog. 

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TNW28: the hurricane pod is a force of nature with Sophia Simon-Bashall

TNW28: the hurricane pod is a force of nature with Sophia Simon-Bashall

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Sophia Simon-Bashall of the hurricane pod. 

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Sophia Simon-Bashall of the hurricane pod. She shares her story of living with mental illness and how her podcast creates a community for others living the same life. Sophia is fabulous for many reasons, but what I love in particular is her mission to show that you can survive and thrive and cry with mental illness and there doesn’t need to be a heartwarming story about you beating it. The story can be that you’re living.

This is a great episode for everyone. Period, the end.

IN THIS EPISODE, I EXPLORE:
  • About Sophia
  • Why Sophia loves music and how it helps her
  • Why she started the podcast
  • Why it’s important to tell the stories of people with mental illness who are living their lives

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did creating it. You can listen now, right here from this webpage by clicking the play button below.

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Today’s Guest

Sophia Simon-Bashall

About Sophia Simon-Bashall

Sophia Simon-Bashall is the host of ‘the hurricane pod,’ a podcast about living with mental illness. She is a student of English Literature but dedicates much of her life to mental health advocacy, body acceptance, LGBTQ+ issues, and feminism. She is a sister, a friend, and a One Direction superfan, which she believes are the most important aspects of her.

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20. Intimate Partner Violence with Kelley Rainey

20. 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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18. Get involved with Feygele Jacobs

18. 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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