The Well Woman Show Giovanna Rossi interviews high achieving, professional women who have overcome anxiety, burnout and insecurity to become healthy, fulfilled and powerful. We share our challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs, mothers, daughters and sisters. On the "Just Giovanna" episodes, she shares insights and coaching based on mindfulness, feminism and her 20+ years working with women claiming their power and living with joy and ease. Whether it's physical or mental health, juggling life, work and family, professional development or financial success, a Well Woman is passionate about achieving her highest level of well being. Each episode is packed with tips and best practices for women who are doing something innovative in order to make a difference in the lives of others, and maintain a sense of well-being while doing it all!
The Well Woman Show

The Well Woman Show

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Giovanna Rossi interviews high achieving, professional women who have overcome anxiety, burnout and insecurity to become healthy, fulfilled and powerful. We share our challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs, mothers, daughters and sisters. On the "Just Giovanna" episodes, she shares insights and coaching based on mindfulness, feminism and her 20+ years working with women claiming their power and living with joy and ease. Whether it's physical or mental health, juggling life, work and family, professional development or financial success, a Well Woman is passionate about achieving her highest level of well being. Each episode is packed with tips and best practices for women who are doing something innovative in order to make a difference in the lives of others, and maintain a sense of well-being while doing it all!

Most Recent Episodes

332: Parenting in a Changing Climate with Elizabeth Bechard

Hello Well Women! On the show today, I Interview Elizabeth Bechard, Senior Policy Analyst for Moms Clean Air Force leading the organization's work on climate change and mental health. She is author of Parenting in a Changing Climate: Tools for Cultivating Resilience, Taking Action, and Practicing Hope in the Face of Climate Change. Elizabeth also holds a Master's of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where her thesis research focused on climate change and parents' mental health. Before joining Moms Clean Air Force, she worked as a health coach and clinical research coordinator. Elizabeth is a member of the Early Years Climate Action Task Force and lives in Vermont with her husband and twins. On the show we discuss: How parent-focused climate activism is important for mental health, Effective ways for parents to support their kids' mental health. The EPA's recent rules strengthening emissions protections for vehicles, and` Her new book, Parenting in a Changing Climate: Tools for Cultivating Resilience, Taking Action, and Practicing Hope in the Face of Climate Change. Also, The Well Woman Show is a proud media partner of the Work and Family Researchers Network conference happening on June 19-22, 2024 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada. You can hear our interview with conference chair Ellen Gallinsky at xxxx and coming up next month on the show, you can hear from Prof. Marcy Karin, a long time contributor to the Work and Family Researchers Network and she'll be presenting there this year as well. The 2024 conference theme is Big Questions in Work-Family, which will be part of a two-year agenda. These are the cutting-edge global questions that are not yet fully answered or recognized, including: CHANGES IN WORK – What are the meanings of work at different life stages, for different groups, and in different kinds of jobs? How is work organized? What is the future of work and for whom? CHANGES IN FAMILY LIFE – How are families and family experiences changing around the globe and what changes might we expect? For example, fertility rates are declining in high-income countries and there are reports of an epidemic of loneliness. What other changes are evident and what are the implications? CHANGES IN WORK-LIFE INTERFACE: What theories, concepts, and measures best explain new and emerging intersections between work and family? THE LIFE COURSE – How do changes in work and family impact children and their capacities to enter adult roles, for adults to successfully navigate transitions, and for older populations to age well? SOLUTIONS AND PROMISING PRACTICES – What are the most promising solutions in policy and practice in the global north and south? What are the challenges and best opportunities for advancing equity and social justice? The conference's objective is to chart an agenda for the future of work-family research, policy and practice. And there will be numerous events to connect a global community of scholars with thought leaders in media, philanthropy, practice, policy, and social change. Find more information at wellwomanlife. com/radio [for show notes include wfrn.org) The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies – a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz

331: IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, WORK AND WELLBEING WITH SWETA VIKRAM

On the show today, I interview Sweta Vikram, a Doctor of Ayurveda and author of 14 best-selling books. The goal of her work is to alleviate stress and elevate the overall quality of her clients lives through Ayurveda-based health and wellness coaching. Sweta specializes in addressing disordered sleep, anxiety, digestion, appetite, and mood. With a Master's degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and a post-graduate degree in Sports Nutrition, she applies her expansive knowledge to shape her approach. Sweta's upcoming book, "The Loss That Binds Us, set to release this month is a heartfelt guide through grief. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC, as well as a documentary collaboration with Dr. Deepak Chopra. On the show we discuss: Self-care, trusting women's wisdom, and menopause from an Ayurvedic perspective. Her new book called "The Loss That Binds Us" about grief and loss after experiencing the deaths of her father and father-in-law. How Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to health issues, looking at all contributing factors rather than just treating individual symptoms. Also happening next month, 100 Women Albuquerque will be meeting May 1st at 5:30pm in Albuquerque to amplify our impact and assist under-supported organizations. Come be inspired by the collective power of women. Join us to meet like-minded women committed to making a difference. Members can nominate local nonprofits and, promote a business or event during our meeting – I'll be there facilitating the community sharing portion of the event and I'd love to see you there! www.100WomenABQ.org Ready to make a meaningful impact while staying active? Girls on the Run Rio Grande is all about empowering young girls through running, building confidence, and promoting healthy habits. Here's how you can be part of the action: Our SoleMates adult running group kicks off on April 13th. Find all the details on our Instagram @girlsontherunriogrande or Facebook at Girls on the Run Rio Grande – Central New Mexico. This is a casual running group that benefits the young girls in our community. Your registration gives you access to our community, free coaching, free race registration, discounted coffee and so much more! Save the date for May 11th! Join us for the Ladies Night 5K, where your registration directly supports Girls on the Run Rio Grande. Expect a fun run with music, vendors, celebration and more! On May 19th, join us and our girls for the End of Season 5K hosted by Wise Pies Pizza. Keep an eye on our social media or visit WisePies Pizza Run for updates. This is your chance to be a part of empowering the next generation of strong, confident girls! The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies – a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz

330 Changing the Narrative Helps Us Heal with Jennifer Lunden

Coming up on the Well Woman Show this month, I Interview Jennifer Lunden. She is the recipient of the 2019 Maine Arts Fellowship for Literary Arts and the 2016 Bread Loaf–Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship in Nonfiction, Jennifer Lunden writes at the intersection of health and the environment. Her essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Orion, River Teeth, DIAGRAM, Longreads, and other journals; selected for several anthologies; and praised as notable in Best American Essays. A former therapist, she was named Maine's Social Worker of the Year in 2012. She and her husband, the artist Frank Turek, live in a little house in Portland, Maine, where they keep several chickens, two cats, one Great Dane puppy, and some gloriously untamed gardens. Her new book is "American Breakdown: Our Ailing Nation, My Body's Revolt, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Who Brought Me Back to Life." We discuss: Chronic illnesses affecting women like MECFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) and long COVID. Gender differences in healthcare and medical training that lead to delayed diagnosis and inadequate treatment of illnesses. Illness stigma, the importance of recognizing women's experiences, and empowering personal narratives for societal change and well-being. Jennifer Lunden's book is "American Breakdown: Our Ailing Nation, My Body's Revolt, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Who Brought Me Back to Life." She also recommends "Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing," by Jen Soriano. The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies - a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/330show

329 Celebrating Latina Leadership for Women's History Month with Raquel Benavidez

On the Well Woman Show this week in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, I interview Raquel Benavidez Let's talk a bit about International Women's Day recognized each year on March 8. UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting women's needs worldwide. UN Women recently called on investing in women as the best solution to face growing crises – really centering women in the solutions. In a news release from the United Nations, UN Women stated that in a year where almost half of the population lives in a country undergoing an election, this International Women's Day is a crucial opportunity to define the future we want. As conflict, climate change and polarizing societies are eroding decades of progress in gender equality, UN Women is calling on "Invest in women: Accelerate Progress" to realize the gender equality dividend for all. Ensuring pay equity is important to businesses not just from a legal compliance perspective, but also because research shows that employees have a high level of awareness around pay equity issues (and legislation), and are more likely to want to work for employers who are transparent about pay equity. As employees become more willing to talk about their pay with their coworkers, transparency from employers about pay, and pay equity, will become a critical differentiator for employers seeking to hire top talent in the future. Learn more at Family Friendly New Mexico. Now, in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Raquel Benavidez is on the show today. She's an advocate and leader for Latina Equal Pay and CEO of Bien Loca Industries, a medical and recreational cultivation and processing company with delivery/distribution and retail licenses in New Mexico. On the show we discuss: The importance of self-awareness and discernment in embracing one's unique identity while letting go of negative traits. Reevaluating competition, while advocating for women and addressing challenges women face in male-dominated fields. Fully embracing one's unique perspectives and abilities without worrying what others think in order to effectively express oneself and one's leadership. For the full interview, including a deep dive into the Four Agreements work Raquel has been leading, listen to Episode 329 available on NPR podcasts tomorrow, 3/13. Raquel recommended The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. ,and The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies – a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/radio

329 Celebrating Latina Leadership for Women's History Month with Raquel Benavidez

328 Equity Centered Employee Engagement Leads to Collective Liberation & Joy with Viva Asmelash

Hello Well Women! Today on the show I interview Viva Asmelash. She is a passionate workplace consultant and certified inclusion strategist specializing in forward-thinking employee engagement, equity-centered strategic planning, values-driven branding, and critical team conversations. Viva's professional purpose is to create environments where people feel truly seen and are inspired to be their best and most authentic selves. She often facilitates inclusive executive group coaching, delivers engaging keynotes and panel discussions, and crafts org-wide education experiences for clients like IDEO U, MiQ, and Reading Partners. As the co-founder of Liberation Labs, she proudly co-designed the first-of-its-kind Culturally-Aware Feedback Training™. She also co-authored the viral 2023 Harvard Business Review article, Creating Psychological Safety for Black Women at Your Company. As a first-generation Eritrean-American, Viva leverages a unique, lifelong perspective on race, gender, culture, belonging, privilege, and education access. With this lens and her breadth of experience, she takes deep care in helping teams evolve their people + inclusion ethos and efforts—all in hopes of planting seeds for collective liberation and joy. We discuss: How to Gain awareness of how identity factors into our pathways to emotional and psychological safety at work How we can Swap "saviorism" for solidarity And why making workplaces safer and better for Black women actually benefits everyone. In celebration of Black History Month, I also want to highlight past episodes featuring the work and lives of Black women. 265 The Urgency For Equal Rights - Carol Jenkins was President and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality, which aims to amend the U.S. Constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment, something many Americans believe already happened. 298 How to Make and Keep Friends with Dr. Marisa G. Franco author of NYT bestselling book Platonic 303 When Black Women Thrive at Work with Ericka Hines, author of Black Women Thriving, a report and call to action which seeks to define what it means for Black women to thrive in the workplace and determine how they find joy, success, and stability at work. 245 Leading Inside the Beltway with Dr. C Nicole Mason, the past president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading voice on pay equity, economic policies, and research impacting women. The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies - a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz

328 Equity Centered Employee Engagement Leads to Collective Liberation & Joy with Viva Asmelash

327 Thinking Bigger Than Roe With Sylvia Ghazarian

Today on the show I interview Sylvia Ghazarian, Executive Director of Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, the largest national independent abortion fund. As former Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women for 12 years, she has championed policy advocacy on healthcare, poverty, domestic/sexual violence and human trafficking in Los Angeles. Sylvia is from California, and identifies as middle eastern and a woman of color. We discuss: Importance of our national abortion fund and the need to destigmatize this common health procedure. Thinking Bigger Than Roe as we head into what would have been the 51st anniversary of Roe v Wade. How leadership development and career paths can be formed in unexpected ways. She recommended the book Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown and the documentary The Burning Times. Some other podcasts about Roe vs. Wade: 326 50 Years of Ms Magazine with Kathy Spillar 296 Reclaiming Abortion as Healthcare With Joan LaMunyon Sanford I want to personally invite you to the Bioneers Conference. As Bioneers celebrates its 35th-anniversary conference, the urgency of transformative change is starkly evident. It is more important now than ever that we connect and scale brilliant social movements to enact the kinds of breakthrough solutions that this earth needs. The clock is ticking. The call to action resounds: We must recognize our collective power, understanding that what we do to one another resonates with our treatment of the Earth. Previous episode with Nina Simons, the co-founder of Bioneers, https://wellwomanlife.com/captivate-podcast/297show/ Register now for #Bioneers2024 at conference.bioneers.org Use discount code WellWoman20! The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies – a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz

326 50 Years of Ms Magazine with Kathy Spillar

Hello Well Women! Today on the show I interview Kathy Spillar, the Executive Director of Feminist Majority, a national organization working for women's equality, empowerment, and non-violence. One of the founders, Spillar has been a driving force in executing the organizations' diverse programs securing women's rights both domestically and globally since its inception in 1987. In December 2001, the Feminist Majority Foundation became the sole publisher of Ms. magazine (founded in 1972). And they just published their new book: "50 Years of Ms. The best of the pathfinding magazine that ignited a revolution. The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies – a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlifecom/quiz As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/radio

325 Thriving Workplaces with Ellen Galinsky

Today on the show I interview Ellen Galinsky, the President of Families and Work Institute and the elected President of the Work and Family Researchers Network. She serves as a senior advisor to the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary of Youth Mental Health at the Administration for Children and Families and between March 2016 and September 2022 was Chief Science Officer of the Bezos Family Foundation. Her research has focused on work-life, children's development, youth voice, child-care, parent-professional relationship, and parental development. Galinsky is the author of Mind in the Making and The Breakthrough Years. She's also the author of 90 books/reports and 360 articles for books, journals, magazines, and the Web. We discuss her work with women and children, her upcoming book, The Breakthrough Years, and what the most common thing kids wish for their parents. ‌The book she recommended was: Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner by Barbara Kingsolver Girls on the Run Rio Grande is a social and emotional development program, driven by an evidence-based curriculum that helps 3rd-5th grade girls build confidence, kindness and decision-making skills. Dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between physical and emotional health. We operate in Sandoval, Valencia and Bernalillo counties. In our 12 years of operation, we have never turned a girl away based on her ability to pay. Our programming is delivered by our incredible volunteer coaches, which we are in need of! The impact of a Girls on the Run volunteer coach is as boundless as it is beautiful. As a coach, you will also reap countless benefits, including deepening your leadership skills, finding joy in helping others, and earning new perspectives – just to name a few! Girls on the Run coaches are: · Trained to lead small teams through engaging lessons that build confidence, inspire healthy habits and foster meaningful connections · Not required to be runners or athletes · Fully prepared and supported by GOTR · Available for practice once or twice week for 90 minutes for the 10-week season · Compassionate and empowering leaders who want to support the next generation of change-makers. Our coaches bring our evidence-based curriculum to life and are at the heart of what makes Girls on the Run one of a kind. At every practice, their encouragement inspires girls to activate and reach their limitless potential. Remember: We provide coaches with all the training and supplies necessary, so prior experience is not required! Lead the way for more girls in your community and watch your own life transform. If you have any questions about our program, its impact or volunteering, please contact us. Our website is Girls on the Run Rio Grande or check us out on instagram and facebook @girlsontherunriogrande. The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies - a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/325show

324: How to be Brave with Lisa Niver

Hello well women! On the Well Woman Show today I interview Lisa Niver. Lisa is the author of Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. For her print, podcast, digital and broadcast segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist 22 times. Niver is also the host of the award-nominated podcast Make Your Own Map. We discuss today: The transformative potential of embracing change. The importance of setting bold goals for personal growth. Strategies for overcoming fear and self-doubt. As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/324show The books she recommended were: Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant 50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution by Katherine Spillar Here is Giovanna's episode about turning fifty: Part 1 Part 2 The WWS is thankful for support from Collective Action Strategies - a consulting firm that supports systemic change so that women and families thrive, and by the Well Woman Life Movement Challenge Quiz at wellwomanlife.com/quiz If you're in burn out or major transition, this is YOUR time to figure out what is holding you back from making the changes you need to make in order to live your fullest, most joyful life! The cause of all our challenges (personal or professional) can actually be rooted in the lack of Internal Superpowers and/or External Supports. Our Well Woman Life Framework tells you which stage of the WWL Cycle you're in and what to do about it so you can truly live your best life. You can find out more at http://www.wellwomanlife.com/quiz

323 Choosing Love Over Fear at the End of Life with Danielle Slupesky

On the Well Woman Show today I interview Danielle Slupesky. Danielle is a certified End of Life Coach and Death Doula. She takes a non-judgmental, heart-centered approach to working with those who are thinking about, preparing for, and near the end of their lives. She offers non-medical, practical, emotional, spiritual and physical support to the dying, as well as to their caregivers and loved ones. Through public education and community engagement her goal is normalize conversations surrounding death, grief and loss. She aims to desterilize and demedicalize death and the dying process. After a near death experience in 2013, Danielle says, "I came back with a mission. I want to bring death back home. Back into the hands and hearts of our families and communities. Death, like birth, need not be a medical event. You've prepared for this journey your entire life. Embark without fear and full of love. We discuss today: No one makes it out of here alive - lets talk about what that means and how it feels to accept this fact. If you knew you were going to die within three months, what would you focus on or do differently? And how we can bring beauty, ritual and ceremony and sacredness to any space - even a heavily medicalized ICU! If you want to know more about Women Empower Sessions hosted by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, please visit https://web.santafechamber.com/events/WomenEmpower Featuring The 2023 Business of the Year Kitchen Table Santa Fe-3674/details?mibextid=Zxz2cZ 1. If you want to know more about the December 1st Csw listening tour, please visit https://nmcsw.org/listening-learning-event-registration-silver-city/ The books Danielle mentioned were: The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from The Well Woman Academy at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for the community, mindfulness practices, and strategy to live your Well Woman Life. As always, all the links and information are at wellwomanlife.com/323show