Introducing Me

Introducing Me

Join Sarah each week as she talks with a new guest on Introducing Me, a podcast where people of many different backgrounds share their stories. With a focus on inclusion and diversity, Sarah’s guests talk about culture, advocacy, race, ability, gender and sexual identities, or whatever else they want heard.

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June 28, 2022 44 min

Marjorie Turner Hollman is an author of five books about Easy Walks - which aren’t just short walks. After surgery from a brain tumor she ended up paralyzed on her right side and while regaining movement, she would still get outside. She ventures out with her husband on a custom tandem bike and started using hiking poles at his suggestion. Marjorie shares her story to be a voice and advocate for others. 

 

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Madeline Jhawar had an international upbringing and has always been filled with wanderlust. From French immersion in Edmonton, Canada to hosting multiple exchange students and her own exchange in Italy at 18, it’s no wonder that Madeline started a travel company. Madeline shares her experiences of jobs in other countries and working in other languages to starting her own businesses Italy Beyond the Obvious and Travel Beyond the Obv...

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Katherine is an artist, graphic designer, and lover of music with osteogenesis imperfecta. At 2’7”, she uses an electric wheelchair for mobility, prefers to lie down for most things, and has an aide for assistance with most daily tasks. Starting off by painting patients at her parents’ veterinary practice, Katherine now specializes in professional watercolor paintings, graphic design, and making jewelry. 

 

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June 7, 2022 46 min

Rach has worked through the pandemic in a hospital, and has suffered PTSD from some of that work. She also has controlled bipolar and has dealt with a brain tumor. Through all of this, she is a podcaster with her partner Cris and the mother of five biracial children. Living in Minnesota, Rach supports her children being in the LGBTQ+ community and making sure they understand Black education. 

 

Rach’s Podcast: https://www.infus...

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A junior in high school, Filimon has found a passion for mental health and started the podcast, The Brief Dive. From his own personal experiences he wanted to share and teach others about mental health. He also shares about life in general as a high school student and moving during the pandemic.

 

Filimon’s Podcast: https://thebriefdive.buzzsprout.com 

 

Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/introducingmepodcast 

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Genesis Amaris Kemp is a visionary life coach with a background in the corporate world and the author of Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From the Pit to the Palace. A first generation American, most of her life has been in predominantly white areas, but Genesis is now speaking up and staying strong to her morals in values. In this episode, she also shares about being a patient advocate for her late father.

 

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Larry is a writer, physician, health advocate, and opera lover. He was the first to write about AIDS in the press and has published 5 books. These include an anthology, We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer; a memoir, Confessions of a Jewish Wagnerite: Being Gay and Jewish in America, and its sequel On the Future of Wagnerism: Art, Intoxication, Addiction, Codependence and Recovery. In this episode,...

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A native Texan, Sharyl West Loeung works in the DEI space while raising a multicultural family. With her Cambodian-American husband, they’re raising two sons to understand culture and embracing their identity. Sharyl discusses invisible identities including her religion and her disability.

 

Resources: 

https://dystonia-foundation.org/

https://www.abbey-research.com/resource-lists/

https://kardiahouse.com/

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Lee Hopkins (he/him/his) is a transgender man who helps people create lasting friendships. He’s moved across the United States in hopes of finding friends and fitting in. During and after transitioning, he still felt different even as he was living more of his “authentic self.” He shares fears he had during this process and how he helps to combat loneliness. 

 

Connect with Lee: https://www.patternsofpossibility.com/morepossibility

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Richard Rieman had a successful career in news radio and then transitioned into being an audiobook narrator. Known as “The Audiobook Wizard,” Richard can imitate many well-known characters and characters of varying backgrounds. He founded the non-profit Imagination Videobooks to make children’s picture books accessible. They have a Kickstarter running from May 3 to June 4 to support a fully accessible movie-length version of Winnie...

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April 19, 2022 53 min

Shelly Houser has a congenital hemipelvectomy such that she was born without a hip in her right leg; a situation 1 in 8 million. This hasn’t stopped her from learning to ski or raising three boys. With her business Inclusive Consulting and her passion for supporting new amputees, she shares how it’s important in include accessibility when talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

 

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Scottie Jeanette Madden is a late-stage trans woman. From a young age she hid that she was truly a girl and after twenty years of being a husband, came out to her wife. Together, Marcy and Scottie Jeanette worked through the changes and continued their strong marriage until her passing in 2018. Professionally, professionally, Scottie Jeanette is an author, writer and director. She is also a Showrunner in adventure and survival tele...

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Marsha McCurdy Adell was the first Black woman to graduate from the Connecticut Fire Academy, but also the first Black female firefighter she knew herself. As an athlete, she went from fighting fires to now helping strategically prevent them as West Hartford’s Deputy Fire Marshal. Marsha is also a proud mom to her twin daughters.

 

Association of Black Professional Firefighters: https://iabpf.org 

 

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Lola Adeyemo grew up in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States as an international student. She quickly joined the biotech industry and has since transitioned into DEI work. Having found inclusion and belonging in employee resource groups (ERGs), she now helps other people and businesses thrive with their own ERGs. Her upcoming book presale campaign opens on March 31st, for more information, connect with Lola on social media.

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March 22, 2022 57 min

Suzi Dent is a film and television make up artist whose life took many turns. Since a young age she was taken advantage of by men and in 1986 at the age of 23 she was groped by famous entertainer, Rolf Harris. In 2014 she was a bad character witness at his child sexual assault trial, given lifetime anonymity from the judge, but goes public 5 years later. She also went out on a limb and joined the Mrs Earth Australia Pageant even th...

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March 15, 2022 51 min

From a young age, Robert Paylor’s identity was defined by sports including contact sports, football and rugby. During his sophomore year at UC Berkeley, what should’ve been a legendary day at the 2017 Collegiate Rugby National Championship ended in a broken neck due to illegal moves by the opposing team. After being told he will never walk again or move his hands, he went through life changing surgery, has been in rehab ever since,...

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March 8, 2022 42 min

Atlas Growing (they/she) is creating sustainable clothing that defies the binary with the new business, Jupiter’s Art. They’ve been connected with the dance community throughout life and coming to the term genderfluid has been important for her journey to now.

 

Connect with Atlas:

https://jupitersart.com 

https://www.tiktok.com/@atlasgrowing 

https://www.instagram.com/atlasgrowing/

 

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Anya has struggled with mental health for a long time and was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At the age of 11, they started their recently published book, Queen of All, around the same time as developing anorexia. They showcase their own experiences throughout the book to break some of the typical tropes of YA fantasy. Anya is also a social work student and hopes to help others with their own mental health recovery.

 

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February 22, 2022 49 min

When Janice Lintz’s daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss and she started to see how inaccessible many things are, she took action to make life more accessible for her daughter and others who are hard of hearing. Many accommodations were found to be non-existent or not even working when members of the deaf community need qualified interpretation, auditory, and visual aides. Janice’s passion and advocacy for hearing access is cle...

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Chris Furr has been a pastor for more than 15 years and strives to be in community with others. His educational background helped influence how he sees life in the church and the need for inclusivity. Author to the upcoming book, Straight White Male: A Faith-Based Guide to Deconstructing Your Privilege and Living with Integrity, Chris aims to help people figure out the next steps in handling their privilege in the world around them...

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