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Elizabeth Ward Land is known for her standout roles on Broadway, most recently as a member of Sarah Silverman's off-Broadway musical, The Bedwetter. She's also been featured in numerous television and movie roles. Using her powerful and resonant voice, Elizabeth's new album, "Still Within the Sound of My Voice, - The Songs of Linda Ronstadt," is a …
 
Meet Emmy-nominated filmmaker and award-winning writer, Cynthia Lowen whose work uses the power of story to catalyze meaningful change and confront timely social issues. And to that end, her searing documentary 'Battleground,' penetrates the anti-abortion movement as never seen before. Completed before the recent Supreme Court decision overturning …
 
Raised in a small town in southern Poland, Zuzanna Surowy stars in the powerful film, My Name is Sara, despite having no acting experience and competing against 350 other hopefuls during an open casting call. My Name is Sara tells the true story of Sara Goralniak, who is Jewish and manages to escape after her family was murdered by the Nazis in 194…
 
Talk about a mouth-watering conversation! You're about to meet Johanne Killeen, who along with her late husband, opened the highly successful and respected Al Forno Restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island in 1980. It's credited with pioneering a number of recipes and is the birthplace of grilled pizza - pies flash grilled at high heat. The author of…
 
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…
 
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 fasc…
 
Raena Ashley spent a good part of her teenage years getting in trouble while living in a tough East Las Vegas neighborhood. But all that changed when eyelash extensions entered the picture. When she was 18, Raena learned all about eyelash extensions. Three years later, she started her own beauty education company and in the years since, has generat…
 
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 att…
 
As far as Arriel Biggs is concerned, you're never too young to be exposed to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, philanthropy, and problem-solving skills. And to that end, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Biz Kids, a non-profit that teaches those skills and more to the leaders of tomorrow. Arriel has quite the personal story to …
 
An award-winning filmmaker, Debbie Lum's projects give voice to the Asian/American experience and other unsung stories. Her documentary, TRY HARDER!, shines a light on San Francisco's iconic Lowell High School as it follows members of the senior class as they navigate the system and the pressure they feel applying to Ivy League colleges. It premier…
 
Author Anne Whitney Pierce is a lifelong Cantabrigian (it's an adjective that refers or pertains to Cambridge University in England, or in Anne's case, Cambridge, Massachusetts). The author of several books, her most recent, DOWN TO THE RIVER, references Harvard Square in the 60s. It follows the privileged Potts family who falls apart during the ra…
 
Warda Mohamed Abdullahi has one hell of a story to share and she does so in her powerful memoir, "Warda: My Journey from the Horn of Africa to a College Education." Her degree comes from a college in the U.S. How she got there is the basis of this riveting story told by a fierce young woman, who overcame endless obstacles to achieve her goals. We m…
 
It's been a while, but former guest, Director Abby Epstein, is making a return appearance. Abby and Executive Producer Ricki Lake's latest collaboration, THE BUSINESS OF BIRTH CONTROL, examines the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women's health and liberation. The documentary traces the feminist movement to investigate and e…
 
Born in Curacao and trained in the Netherlands, Gabri Christa is an accomplished filmmaker, curator, choreographer, performer and writer. She's passionate about social justice, multiculturalism and personal stories that have universal appeal. Gabri, who is also an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College, conceived and curate…
 
Shirley Woodson made her artistic debut in 1960 and in the decades since, her brilliant and intensely colorful paintings have been exhibited here, there, and everywhere. And at 85, her first one-woman show at the prestigious Detroit Institute of Arts, which happens to be her hometown museum, is the talk of ‘the town.’ The solo exhibition, “Shield o…
 
You're about to meet multi-talented, accomplished, determined Vashti Cunningham. A track and field athlete specializing in the high jump, this young woman has her share of impressive stats and then some. An important part of her coaching help and support has come from her dad, Randall Cunningham, retired NFL quarterback, and her mom, Felicity de Ja…
 
Singer, songwriter Carol Lipnik weaves together folk, traditional pop, world music, and art into a unique hybrid. Acclaimed for her multi-octave range and original songs, The New York Times calls Carol an “ethereal vocal phenomenon,” and Michael Musto of Out Magazine wrote that she "is a wonderful amalgam of Joni Mitchell, Lotte Lenya, Theda Bara, …
 
Therese Shechter is an award-winning filmmaker/writer and founder of Trixie Films, a feminist production company that combines humor, activism, and personal storytelling to 'upend' what's considered sacred about motherhood. Her most recent film, "My So-called Selfish Life,' focuses on one of society's biggest taboos - women who choose not to become…
 
Expanding our world, pushing boundaries, indulging our curiosity - Katie Winter's passion and personal mission. And to that, Katie's flagship program, The Museum of Education Foundations, takes a holistic look at schooling, exploring it in ways that combine history, philosophy and art. It does so through the Winter School, a one-room schoolhouse in…
 
Crystal Berger is developing a product that makes it easier for digital platforms, local and national networks, and podcasters to discover, vet and book on-air talent. Her work has been featured on the FOX News Channel, Dr. Oz, and Trinity Broadcasting. She's the author of "Be Extraordinary: Claiming a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Prosperity. And …
 
Nix is an eighth-grader at R.J. Grey Junior High School in Acton/Boxborough, Mass. They participate in Destination Imagination with their STEM Team. Nix is also on the swim team. They are applying to a technical high school to pursue their interest in multimedia engineering. You're in for a 'tell it like it is' conversation with one engaging, brigh…
 
You're about to meet and get to know one of the foremost conductors of our time, who just happens to be, the first woman to serve as head of a major orchestra not only in the U.S., but South America, Austria, the U.K. Born into a musical family, Marin Alsop took violin lessons as a child and says she knew at age 9 that she wanted to be a conductor.…
 
Deborah Feingold happens to be one of the world's most lauded, respected, iconic photographers. She's captured images of everyone from Mick Jagger, to Prince, to Madonna to Barack Obama to John Boehner, to Danny Meyer. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek. Deborah's skill and talent putting her subject…
 
Dance has been an integral part of Constance Stamatiou's life since she was a little girl. She began her training at Pat Hall's Dance Unlimited and the North Carolina Dance Theater in her home state. She eventually made her way East and was awarded a Fellowship at the Ailey School. A member of Ailey II, joined the Company in 2007...and rejoined in …
 
Lauren Hadaway is an LGBTQ+ writer/director with a background in sound editing and mixing, who has worked on a roster of films. Setting her sights higher, Lauren's debut feature, THE NOVICE, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival winning multiple awards. The film is a gritty, dark, coming-of-age story that follows a college freshman who joins …
 
Renowned anchor and correspondent for ABC News, Diane Macedo covers breaking news and special events. She's appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, and hosts ABC News Live Update. She is also an author. A former insomniac, Diane's book, THE SLEEP FIX: Practical, Proven and Surprising Solutions for Insomnia, Snoring, Shift W…
 
We've had the honor and privilege of having another conversation with the very creative, innovative and multi-talented artist Dell Marie Hamilton. She's back to share her latest project for the ICA/Boston Foster Prize: "The End of Susan, The End of Everything." The multi-media installation is an homage to her mentor and friend, art historian Susan …
 
Karen Mason makes music. The Broadway actress and concert artist is a 13-time MAC winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), and in 2019 she received a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. Karen has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and has performed in concert as well as in the recording studio. Listen in as she shares the highl…
 
Amy Gravino in a word? Cando. A force of nature, Amy was diagnosed with autism at the age of 11 and is currently a leader on sexuality, autism, and neurodiversity in sex education. And to that end, she is President of ASCOT, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for various organizations, schools, and individuals …
 
For Darsie Alexander, it's all about art. Since 2018, she has been Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum located on New York City's famed Museum Mile. Founded in 1904, it's the first institution of its kind in the US and one of the oldest Jewish Museums in the world. Darsie's resume is an impressive one: Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Talk about a creative woman! Samantha Holmes is a sculptor / visual artist based in both the Bronx and Ravenna, Italy. Her work explores the impact of "distortion on patterns sourced from science, religion and art history." She works in stone, metal and paper, creating intricate, lace-like sculptures - her most recent, Mundillo - a monument to wome…
 
Award-winning journalist Erin Moriarty has spent the past 30+ years at CBS NEWS, and since 1990, as a correspondent on 48 Hours, TV's most popular true-crime series. A 9-time Emmy winner, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Women in Media in 2019. Erin's also the host of "My Life of Crime" podcast which focuses on many o…
 
New York-based Uli Beutter Cohen is the creator of Subway Book Review, a social movement that explores belonging to a time and place through writing and photography. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Magazine, Esquire, Glamour and The Guardian. Uli's first book, “Between the Lines: Stories From The Underground” (as in the NYC Subway Sys…
 
Marissa Licata and the violin? Perfect together. She was given her first violin at the 'ripe old age' of three! And in the years since, Marissa's been making music - passionate, fiery, eclectic music. She's performed nationally and internationally with a Who's Who in the music world including: Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, Wyclef Jean, Dave Stewart …
 
Sugar Hill Creamery. The name says it all. Harlem's first family-owned handmade ice cream shop opened its doors in 2017 and was followed 3 years later by a second location in Hamilton Heights. Sugar Hill is the brainchild of Petrushka Bazin Larsen and her husband Nick Larsen. Their confections include homemade, small batch ice cream, non-dairy froz…
 
Stephanie Lucianovic has lots of stories to tell. She's written a slew of books including, “The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral”, “The League of Picky Eaters”, and “Hello Star”. This picture book was inspired by her son, who became very upset after learning at school that stars eventually explode as part of their…
 
Kim Harris has been there, done that. She's the founder and managing partner of PAINTING IT RED, a New York-based event and marketing company. An affirmed "foodie," she's also consulted on restaurant openings in various U.S. cities. Kim also happens to be one of the 3 co-founders of HARLEM HOPS, the first 100% African/American owned craft beer bar …
 
Lina Roessler, who has numerous film and tv credits to her name, makes her feature directing debut with BEST SELLERS, starring the legendary Sir Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, and Cary Elwes. It tells the story of an ambitious young woman, trying to find success in the shadow of her father's legacy running a thriving publishing company. She discovers…
 
What's in a name? Plenty when you meet and get to know GLORY Crampton. A musical force to be reckoned with, she has appeared in more than 40 productions and can be heard on 14 Broadway cast and compilation recordings, including her sold-out performances with the National Symphony at London's Abbey Road Studios. As a global concert soloist, she was …
 
Born with Larsen Syndrome, a genetic physical disability, Emily Ladau is a wheelchair user. At the ripe old age of 10, she was featured on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate youngsters about living her life with this disorder. And she's been on that mission ever since. Emily's the author of "Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to …
 
What hasn't Ava Thompson Greenwell accomplished? Since 1993, she's taught broadcasting, writing, reporting and producing at Medill/Northwestern University and has held several administrative positions. In addition to her Bachelor and Masters degrees in journalism, Ava has a Phd in African American Studies. She directed and produced "Mandela in Chic…
 
Owner Betsy Lay, along with partners Kate Power and Jen Cuesta, are the co-founders of Lady Justice Brewing, based in Aurora, Colorado. The three met while working at AmeriCorps VISTA. In 2014, they joined forces and their community-focused brewery was born. Its mission? - "brewing great beer to make the world a better place." And to that end, Lady…
 
Ann Hu's's personal story would make for a great bio pic. Knowing no one, she was among the first students to come to the U.S. from mainland China after the Cultural Revolution to attend college. After graduating from NYU, she made her mark in the business world, but eventually wound up switching gears. In 1992, she took courses at NYU's Film Schoo…
 
The recipient of several prestigious honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellowship, Tracy Droz Tragos' work focuses on issues involving women, inequality, rural America, and education. Her latest film, "The Smartest Kids in the World," based on the New York Times bestseller, focuses on the crisis in…
 
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 da…
 
New York Times bestselling author Emily Lockhart of "We Were Liars" has written children's picture books, young adult novels, and adult fiction. "Genuine Fraud," was also a Times bestseller and LA Times Book Prize finalist and her novel, "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" was a National Book Award finalist. Emily's latest work, "Whi…
 
Christina Fontana has been a force in the film and tv industry for more than two decades. She was an editor on documentaries and unscripted tv projects for Fox, NBC, CBS, Netflix, A&E, The History Channel to name a few, and received an Emmy nomination for her work on The Amazing Race. Christina makes her directorial debut with "Relentless," a 6-epi…
 
Jess deCourcy Hinds is a fiction/nonfiction writer and founding library director of the Bard H.S. Early College in Queens, N.Y. A New York Times Modern Love columnist, her writing has also appeared in Newsweek, Ms. Magazine, Literary Hub and Quarterly West. Jess, a queer feminist, is completing a novel about bisexual and sexually fluid graffiti art…
 
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