Happy Mother’s Day! Podcast Movement is proud to recognize a few mothers in our community. We could not recognize them all in this featured post, but we love them and appreciate all that they do! We hope that everyone enjoys this special day!
Elsie Escobar – She Podcasts and The Feed
Elsie is a ten year plus veteran in the podcasting industry and inductee to the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. She knows the heart and soul of podcasters and podcasting beyond Apple Podcasts and public media.
It is with this primary point of view of the average podcast listener (via thousands of hours of podcast listening) and independent podcast producer that she brings a unique perspective to the podcasting industry.
Her passion within the industry is podcasting’s rapidly-changing environment, impact, access, community building, and advocacy.
She welcomes the opportunity to elevate existing conversations around podcast consumption and initiate ways to reach new listeners above focusing on metrics, advertising and monetization into social change and using podcasting as a tool for personal growth and transformation.
Katayune Kaeni – Mom & Mind
Dr. Kat is a psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health through pregnancy and postpartum. She started specializing after her own experience of postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD. She is on a mission to end stigma and raise the volume on the realities of the transition to motherhood and parenthood. The Mom & Mind Podcast aims to bridge that gap and give moms the information they need before they find out the hard way. There is help, you are not alone!
Kristie McCollum – CEOMom Talk
Kristie serves her online community as a marketing and branding consultant. She thrives on helping entrepreneurs reach their big goals and crafting creative strategies to rock their business. Kristie hosts the CEOMom Talk podcast where she shares tips and interviews to help entrepreneurs rock at business and mom life. She is a single homeschool mom of three.
Ramona Rice – The Spapreneur Podcast
Ramona Rice has been a podcaster since 2015, but her favorite podcast is the one she co-hosts with her mom Lynn Graves called Spapreneur. Based on the things Lynn and Ramona learned from owning a successful day spa in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area for 20 years, The Spapreneur Podcast is a mix of humor, adult language, and charm to help independent day spa owners grow their business. Plus Ramona also hosts a podcast with her kids called The Tiny Potters, making podcasting a family business.
Lara McElderry – Married To Doctors
Lara has been navigating the medical world for the last sixteen years as she has supported her husband through medical school, residency, a specialty change, fellowship, as well as raising five boys. She is the founder and podcast host of Married To Doctors. Her show is an interview based weekly podcast. Spouses of physicians share their stories and experts share advice as Lara leads a discussion asking personal and hard questions that explore the joys and challenges of being Married to Doctors.
Recently, Lara shared her 5 different birth stories (she has delivered at home, with an epidural, and has had a c-section) and the decisions of how and when to have children during medical school and residency. http://marriedtodoctors.com/23-having-kids-during-medical-training/
Michelle Villarreal Leschper – Life’s a Mother
Michelle is a mom of two toddler girls and owns Life’s a Mother podcast. Her two sisters cohost the podcast with her and they all talk about their daily mom-life struggles and share real motherhood stories.
Tara Darnley – Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast
Tara Darnley is a wife, mom, inventor, entrepreneur and new Podcaster from Brooklyn, NY. Together Tara and her husband Co-Founded Darlyng & Co., an award-winning Eco-Friendly baby brand. National attention has come their way via features on the Steve Harvey Talk Show, Marie Claire, Black Enterprise, What to Expect & Newborn and Pregnancy Magazine to name a few. Sold and distributed worldwide. The idea for their first product, a teething mitten was inspired when their then 2 month old began teething early.
Like many, She worked in a toxic work environment and definitely did not want to return to that atmosphere after their first child. She didn’t want to miss any important milestones in her daughter’s life and this motivated her more than any thing to make sure she had a successful and profitable company to enable both of them to do so. With little capital, She was persistent in pushing forward, even if that meant filing and securing our own patent and trademarks through extensive research.
Dreams Inspire Reality is an extension of her company, she believes in helping others succeed. Whatever success may look like to them. She recently launched a podcast that would highlight everyday creatives and entrepreneurs living their best lives possible. Sharing practical and strategic tips, where she “picks their brains” for her audience. Her hope is that each guest will leave something practical for her listeners to take away to start living their Dream life.
Leah Saliter – Gomorrah
Leah is a mother, wife, and the creator of the Gomorrah podcast. After briefly working in the television industry, she now works for herself, writing for podcasts and blogs.
Judy Davis – Mighty Parenting
Judy Davis, aka The Direction Diva is a sought after motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and host of the Mighty Parenting Podcast. She is a parenting and teen suicide prevention expert as well as an influencer in the military spouse community. Judy is passionate about providing programs and resources to families across the nation and is the CEO of DASIUM – a brand leading the way in depression, addiction and suicide prevention in teens and young adults.
A recipient of the 2016 Dove Real Beauty Award, Judy has also been quoted, featured, and profiled in a variety of publications and interviews including Smart Money Magazine, Hiring America TV, The Jim Bohannan show, and more. She is regularly featured as a parenting and military lifestyle expert/guest on radio shows, podcasts and panels highlighting the challenges and issues facing families today.
Stacey Simms – Diabetes Connections
Stacey Simms is the host of the award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections and was named one of American Diabetes Association’s “12 People to Know for 2017” in their magazine, Diabetes Forecast. Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two, and Stacey started blogging about her family’s experience with T1D a few week later. She started the podcast in 2015 to bring information and inspiration to the diabetes community. From 2002-2012 Stacey hosted Charlotte’s Morning News on WBT-AM, the city’s top-rated morning radio news show.
Jane Johnston – VancouverIslandTime
Jane is passionate about family and community. A former teacher, wife and mother of two teenagers, she’s been a top selling realtor in Victoria BC at RE/MAX’s Briar Hill Group for 12 years and is also the host of Vancouver Island Time. This podcast promotes her community by highlighting neighbourhoods and entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island. It’s great for those wondering what real life is like on Canada’s wild and crazy west coast.
Sarah Powers – The Mom Hour
Sarah Powers is a podcaster, writer, and mother of three who lives in Orange County, CA. Together with mom-of-five Meagan Francis, Sarah hosts The Mom Hour podcast, a weekly show for moms who want to enjoy their parenting journey more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. The Mom Hour’s success led to the founding of Life, Listened, a boutique podcast network featuring weekly shows on a variety of lifestyle topics. Sarah serves as Life, Listened’s Creative Director and splits her work between that role and The Mom Hour.
Sarah Li Cain – Beyond The Dollar
Sarah Li Cain is a finance writer, author and holistic money coach. She calls herself the “money storyteller” because she weaves practical tips and strategies into her work so that those trying to change their money mindset can see themselves in the starring role. Her work aims to help others integrate physical, spiritual and mental wellness so that money becomes a tool to enhance their lives.
Brittany Peete – Hear Ye
Be. is the Memphis native, Texas implant that feels conflicted when others ask “Where are you from”. Mother, Nurse, Midwife student and lover things Southern Hospitality, Be. does it all as well as host weekly podcast with best friend Tan via Hear Ye Podcast. A muted 3 way conversation in high school forever bonded Tan and Be. Each week they provide their raw advice answering questions from their listeners on topics ranging from hating your man’s friends to advice on dating your homeboy’s niece. You can catch these two every Friday on your favorite podcast platform.
Frantzces Lys – Chronicles Abroad
Frantzces Lys is a single mom to a 20 year old young man who’s an aspiring music producer. She sold everything she owned and moved abroad over a year and a half ago. She’s lived in Thailand and Japan. She currently spends her time inspiring others to pursue their dreams to travel and or live abroad. But most importantly to take risks, have no regrets and live a meaningful life.
Loi Laing – The Art of Creative Living
Loi is a visual artist, educator, and attorney. She started the Art of Creative Living podcast in 2015 for less than $100, and is working to help increase the number of women of color within the podcast landscape.
Maria Fuller – Raising a Powerful Girl
Maria Fuller is the Founder and Thought Leader behind Raising a Powerful Girl an online education and community platform that connects professionals from all over the world to parents raising girls to educate and empower them on their parenting journey with the goal of fostering Independence, Leadership and Strong Personal Identity in Girls so they can change the world.
She Graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center with a BS in Health Science, minor in Emergency and Disaster Management and concentration in Women Studies. She holds a Certificate from MIT in Leadership in Times of Disruption and A Certificate in The Science of Parenting from UC SanDiego. She worked as a critical care paramedic for years until a permanent injury on the job caused her to change her life direction with work but not without first teaching her of the importance of Independence, Leadership and Personal Identity which are the foundations of her work.
She is a mom to two little girls and has spent nearly a decade working with women of all ages to help shed unhealthy beliefs and breakdown stereotypes surrounding pregnancy, motherhood, body image, self esteem, parenting, women in leadership and much more.
She Believes each of her daughters was sent to her to remind her of a piece of herself she has lost or not loved during her journey. She lives with her husband and girls on a little river in Southbury CT. She and her girls can be found listening and singing to “Fight Song” in the car on the way to school
She believes that the change we need to see in this world begins with Raising a Powerful Girl and her lifes work is to help you understand what this means and how you navigate this journey so that we can Raise a Generation of Strong, Independent Women Leaders with high personal integrity and morals that will push for the changes we so desperately need.
Christie Wheeler – Underwhelmed
In the Summer of 2017, best friends and sorority sisters, Christie Wheeler and Nicole Kokinos, decided to start a podcast centered around the ridiculousness and hilarity that has ensued during their everyday lives working in mediocre jobs (Recruiter and Teacher accordingly) in the mediocre cities of Richmond, VA and Baltimore, MD. They decided to name this masterpiece Underwhelmed.
One half of the self proclaimed dynamic duo, Christie, is also a mom to the highly energetic, funny, and most adorable toddler in all the land, Madeline. Madeline recently made her podcast debut during Episode 29, however, she didn’t have much to say at the time.
Aside from being a cool mom while hanging out with Madeline, Christie also enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and dog, Galileo. When she can find time she enjoys exercising and cooking, and she loves watching Dateline, comedy specials, and anything Bravo. I guess you could just call her Basic.
Although being a full time working mom and podcaster can be exhausting at times, Christie wouldn’t change it for the world. She has loved every moment of her podcast journey and all the extra time she has gotten to spend with Nicole while they work on their “craft”.
Giovanna Rossi – Well Woman Show
Giovanna Rossi is the President and CEO of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that works with organizations that support women and families. Giovanna is also the Founder of Well Woman Life, which supports women to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being, and the host of The Well Woman show, a radio show on NPR affiliates and a podcast on iTunes. Giovanna holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico.
Josie Ong – Affirmation Pod
This mom of two delivers super soothing affirmations and positive self-talk for basically any situation you need. There’s affirmations for waking up, keeping calm, focusing at work and so much more!
Julie Neale – Mother’s Quest
Julie Neale is the founder and community builder of the “for-purpose” venture, Mother’s Quest, provides inspiration, coaching and community so other mothers can live their E.P.I.C. lives. Julie honors both the magic and the mess of parenthood and believes our children challenge us to grow into our best selves. She is on a mission to live a truly E.P.I.C. life and, through her example, inspire her children to do the same.
Through her 20-year career as a leader in youth-serving non-profit organizations and her parenting experience, she realized that mothers need an opportunity to reflect on their own growth, dreams, and plans and created Mother’s Quest to champion them. She shares about the transformative experience of parenting in her own life at mothersquest.com and hosts the Mother’s Quest Podcast.
Ileane Smith – Ms. Ileane Speaks
Ms. Ileane is your Digital Media Tour Guide. She started her first podcast in 2009 and since then she’s helped content creators around the globe create meaningful content for their audiences. Ms. Ileane even encouraged her daughter, Nicole Purvy, to start the wildly successful podcast called “Better Than Success” which was recently rated one of the top podcasts by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Heather Vickery – The Brave Files
Heather Vickery is a single mother of four (all girls!). She is a success coach who specializes in helping people design work-life harmony and have new levels of personal and professional success. She is also the host of The Brave Files Podcast. An interview series featuring people who are living courageously. These interviews connect us on a deeply human level, offer inspiration, motivation and a beautiful new perspective.
Meredith Marsh – Video Pursuit Podcast
Meredith Marsh from the VidProMom YouTube channel and blog bridges the gap between blogging and YouTube with weekly episodes that help bloggers get serious about video marketing so they can expand their reach and make more money.
Elizabeth Cush – Woman Worriers
Elizabeth Cush is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Annapolis, Maryland. She specializes she helping women with anxiety make the changes in themselves and in their lives so that they feel more balanced, more focused and better able to manage each challenge they face. She started her podcast because she wanted to help women call a truce with their anxiety through a greater understanding of the causes and providing strategies to help manage anxiety.
Karen Millsap – InvestHuman
Karen began her career in human resources and talent acquisition where she lead countless training, new process, and change initiatives. At a young age, she suddenly became a widow when her husband was tragically murdered which completely changed the trajectory of her life. After experiencing a domino effect of other losses, she became acutely aware of the overall lack of support in our society for grieving people. We are all connected through our struggles, from the death of loved ones, to life-altering illnesses, divorce, even job loss. This realization ignited Karen’s desire to turn her pain into purpose and pay it forward to help others.
Karen’s work has been featured in Forbes, SHRM Magazine, on Good Morning Washington, MSNBC, and many others! She’s also a regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s THRIVE Global community.
Karen is a TEDx keynote speaker who inspires audiences to embrace compassion and empathy to help alleviate other’s suffering by becoming advocates for their own adversaries. She also founded Egency, a training and leadership development firm that helps organizations create a human-centric culture with compassion and empathy.
Karen’s passion to help create healthier workplaces lead her to two other women business owners with the same passion, but different missions. This is how Karen Millsap, Dr. Charlene Rousseau (also a mom) and Melissa Powell started their podcast, InvestHuman.
Jamila Souffrant – Journey To Launch
Jamila Souffrant is a podcaster, blogger, money coach and founder of JourneyToLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Independence and helps others do the same. Her mission is to teach, inspire and help others reach Financial Freedom through her platform.
Because of her money habits, Jamila and her husband saved $169,000 in the last two years and are debt free besides their mortgage. She is a mom of three small children, Zach 4yo, Luke 2yo and the newest member of the family, 2 week old Blake.
Since starting the the Journey To Launch podcast 10 months ago, it was named one of “27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018″ by BuzzFeed. Jamila is also the resident financial expert on a weekly segment on News12, the most watched local TV news-station in NYC and has been featured in other notable media outlets such as Money Magazine, CNBC, CBS & Refinery29.
Lee Uehara – The House of Lee NYC
Lee Uehara is the host and producer of The House of Lee NYC, where listeners can come on in and meet regular folks doing interesting things and get Lee’s tips for resourceful living. Lee started her podcast in February. But, she is already thinking of starting another one to share practical parenting tips from the viewpoint of a teacher-turned-mompreneur.
Lee is one of those mamas who loves DIY stuff. She Her current favorite hack is refillable applesauce pouches! And, she always carries her mom must-have, a Sharpie, and her wireless headphones to catch up on other podcasts! Lee says that if you ever need some tips on producing a Pokemon-themed party, please feel free to reach out to her!
Art Steele – Legal-EASE for Entrepreneurs
Art Steele is a intellectual property, tax and estate planning attorney for creatives and small businesses. She is also the host of the Legal-EASE for Entrepreneurs podcast – the only podcast dedicated to educating and empower minority business owners to tackle the legal needs of their business.
Art has a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She’s also a part-time law professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
Art’s mission is to help creatives build their legacy through protecting the true value of their intellectual property and to help families and individuals create generational wealth through estate planning.
Her latest episode (released on May 8) discusses the balance of motherhood and entrepreneurship.
Amanda Bocchi – Kingdom of Rock
Amanda Bocchi is a songwriter, guitarist and co-host on Kingdom of Rock podcast for DIY musicians. Her focus is to increase dialogue surrounding feminism and music. She is also a speaker and advocate in the heroin crisis, and shares her experience, strength and hope with different audiences. Amanda is also the mother to two beautiful girls, Scarlett and Cleo.
Atiya Brown – Live Financially Savvy
Atiya is a mom to 2 little ones, an 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. They are part of her reason for being passionate about building generational wealth. Atiya created the Live Financially Savvy podcast to help others live their best lives so they can create wealth for their families.
Sandy Fowler – Mighty Parenting
Sandy Fowler is a wife, mom, and business owner whose passion is teaching people to make powerful choices. She is a co-founder of DASIUM: Upstream Solutions for Preventing Depression, Addiction, and Suicide in Teens and Young Adults and co-host of the Mighty Parenting Podcast: Real, Raw, and Relevant Talk About Raising Teens and Parenting Young Adults. Sandy loves to inspire young people and their parents to create an emotionally healthy life. Through her podcast, talks, print materials, and coaching she shares real, usable, down-to-earth techniques for living better.