words have wings
I have enjoyed most everything I have listened to from Brene Brown
I especially loved her Ted Talks:
Her SuperSoul Session:
A few of the episodes I really enjoyed from her podcasts:
and Roxane Gay
on Unlocking Us
on Dare to Lead
Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow
Her Netflix special:
what are your intentions
Many, but not all, of Oprah's interviews, speeches, and books I have found interesting and inspiring.
I really love the question she asks herself and others:
What are your intentions?
I especially enjoyed many of the interviews on her podcast,
do the next right thing
A favorite activist and author of mine is Glennon Doyle.
She is brave.
Follow her on Instagram.
Her interview on Work in Progess
soften your muddled heart
When searching for a podcast to help me articulate my politic viewpoints more succinctly, I came across 2020 Politics War Room with James Carville and Al Hunt featuring an interview with former Republican Senator, Jeff Flake. Although it did not seem like something I would usually be attracted to, I gave it a try. I agree with Jeff Flake's viewpoints on Donald Trump, specifically how there is no longer an inviting space for civil discourse in the white house.
The episode also included an advertisement for Nice White Parents by Chana Joffe-Walt. I am glad I took the time to listen; it was a very interesting 5 part series about the relationship between race and the public school system.
I believe we need to create more inviting civic spaces and engage in compassionate dialogue if we are to heal and prosper as a society and nation.
neutrality is not enough
Neutrality is Not Enough was created while listening to the Ted virtual conversation, The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist with author and historian, Ibram X Kendi
see things differently
has been a favorite publisher of mine for years.
Recently I came across a few talks by their Executive Publishing Director Christine Amini
work in progress
I don't watch much television, but I had seen Sophia Bush on One Tree Hill years ago; a show I was familiar with because my sister-in-law's sister, Moira Kelly played a character on it.
After discovering the Goop podcast, I recognized the name Sophia Bush and listened to her interview:
I am so glad I did because I really enjoyed the interview and it led me to her fabulous podcast:
advocate for what you believe in
is an American Journalist who hosts the podcast Next Question
Lilla Rodgers is known as a leading international art agent, but I think of her as a change agent.
Through a multitude of courses she designs and teachers at Make Art that Sells, she mentors and inspires women in a multitude of ways to believe in themselves and live their best life.
Beth Kempton, an amazing author and producer and her co-partner in Make Art That Sells, interviewed Lilla Rodgers on her podcast Freedom Seeker Chronicles in the episode, On a Thriving Creative Career.
you deserve to feel seen
interview with Sophia Bush on Work in Progress
really articulates why visibility matters
I didn't really know what intersectionality meant when I first heard it on a podcast (I don't remember which one).
It is a term coined by
Through my search I was led to her
Ted Talk: The Urgency of Intersectionality
I believe understanding intersectionality would encourage more compassion in our society.
different is not deficient
is a palliative doctor, author, and activist.
There is a plethora of interviews and information about him.
Two to start with are:
His Ted talk
and his interview on
our sacred duty
An eye opening conversation with Sophia Bush on
no lasan hara
reminder No Lashon hara
in her interview on the Goop Podcast:
It is not possible to create an inclusive environment when gossip is present
When I came across Goop's interview with Brene Brown:
I didn't know anything about Goop other than it was started by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Most Goop podcasts are done by Goop's Chief Content Officer, Elise Loehnen.
I was happy to be re-introduced to Sophia Bush in the interview:
Since then, I have enjoyed many of the interviews on The Goop Podcast
not all of course,
developing discernment is essential when exploring information and sources.
popularize the language of love
I didn't know much about Russell Brand when I came across his podcast,
in the episode
I really love his style and how he interacts with people.
I disagree with most everything Candace Olsen's said in the interview, but I believe it is helpful to listen with an open mind and open heart to all people we encounter.
be color brave
Mellody Hobson is helping spark the dialogue sincerely needed.
Ted Talk: Color Blind or Color Brave
The TED Interview: Mellody Hobson challenges us to be color brave
I came across Alice Wong's podcast
when exploring where and how art and diversity intersects.
I found episode 68: accessibility
with Shannon Finnegan very interesting.
tell your story
I wanted to learn more about white privilege from a variety of sources.
I listened to Reniqua Allen's Ted Talk:
and two interviews:
and at The Strand Bookstore
about her book:
I am realizing to create a more inclusive environment, I must first deepen my own knowledge and understanding of institutional racism.
a spark for your soul
Is a non profit that stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
I have enjoyed Ted Talks for many years.
Here are a few of interest:
I will add more to this list in the future.
I recently came across the TED Interview
I'm looking forward to more interviews from the curator of TED, Chris Anderson
ignite your openness
In 2008 another mom in my daughter's elementary school invited me to join a book club she was starting. The first book chosen was, Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea. Although this would never be a book I felt I would have picked, I did laugh out loud reading it and the book club (aka drinking club) went on for many, many months.
After discovering the podcast Work in Progress,
I came across Chelsea Handler's episode.
This led me to watch her Netflix special
After viewing Chelsea Handler's Netflix special,
I am challenging myself to think of ways I can expand my social circle to be more inclusive.
be a student of life
While I draw, I listen to wide range of topics.
Here is a list of documentaries/podcasts/ episodes that are not directly related to visibility and inclusion, but I still found interesting...
Taylor Swift Documentary: Miss Americana
Interviews with creatives at: Morning on the Dock
Thought provoking conversations about parenting at: Light the Fight
The Road Less Traveled
Goop Interview Owning our Awkwardness
During my 13 year tenure working for the Gap, I was often charged with recruiting and hiring. One focus for the company in the 1990's was to adopt a diverse work force; we were encouraged to seek out people in the neighborhood. I enthusiastically embraced the idea that each store's staff reflect in clothing and employee, the community surrounding the four walls of the location.
My wardrobe is far less complicated than when I had to be a brand ambassador of style; most days I wear leggings and a long tunic with a cardigan bought at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. While I was creating Weathered and Worthy I searched various online retailers for a red dress to wear on Christmas.
On every search engine and web store there was an obvious default;
the vast majority of models were thin white women with smooth skin, good vision, and able-bodies.
The reality is:
The average women's clothing size in America is 16.
More than 50 percent of women wear glasses.
The majority of the world's population identifies as non-white.
My hope is that these images and words will spark a dialogue, inspire you, and offer amity.
All Weathered and Worthy Women deserve to feel seen.