Sylvia & Me

Sylvia & Me

Sylvia & Me, conversations with extraordinary women who are changing the world by making a difference in their lives and the lives around them. Life changing events can be frightening, exciting, overwhelming; a range of emotions. They are usually followed by decisions made by some bold, strong, independent, persevering women who open the door to a new journey. We’ll be taking journeys through conversations with these women. ‘Sylvia & Me’ can be found on most popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and iHeart Radio. And our website, https://lifeapres.com/podcast Listen, subscribe for free and take us with you wherever you are.... Show More

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March 2, 2021 34 min
Diversity and the 'Token' How does one start with be diverse without having a ‘token?’ Meet Crystal Byrd Farmer. She teaches organizations who acknowledge the need for diversity but don’t know where to start. She works with organizations and people who are dedicated to social justice and the diversity of people they want to employ, across identities of race, LGBTQ, education, socioeconomics and disability. In today’s atmo...
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Bestselling Author and Psychological Thrillers Wendy Walker is an internationally known bestselling author of psychological thrillers. This particular segment of novels suits her quite well in turbulent times. Especially when those times call for quick action. Her newest book Don't Look for Me, was supposed to be released on September 15th. As they say: 'timing is everything'. In early March preview copies had just bee...
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With her passion for perfume, Jessica Murphy uncovers the history and empowerment of scent. Jessica is a Scent and Art Historian and a Museum Professional.  She's always looking for new ways to connect art, fragrance, history and popular culture. Jessica shares the continuing results of her curiosity and research skills and along the way, she enriches the enjoyment of perfume. Since 2006, Jessica has been a contributor for the...
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Who do Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Serena Williams have in common? Shilpa Yarlagadda, Founder of Shiffon. What do Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Serena Williams have in common? A Shiffon Duet Pinky Ring. They believe in the symbolism of the ring: the power of mentorship between women. Each of these women unite in showing the beauty behind this gem. And the 'Pinky Promise' to pay-it-forwar...
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‘A huge part of my daily job is earning my patient’s trust – it cannot be demanded’. – Dr. Natalia Spierings An honest, no-nonsense approach. Let's add tackling the myth behind perfect skin, 'anti-aging' and expensive skincare. The answer: Dr. Natalia Spierings. Dr. Spierings' approach combines European style and sensibility with the energy and quirkiness of London. Now add her positive American attitude. This comb...
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The Power to Empower is key to the mission of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Alyse Nelson. For more than 20 years Alyse has worked for the organization. A Co-Founder, Alyse started as Vice President and Senior Director of Programs. Then in 2009 she took over as President and CEO.  Under her leadership, Vital Voices expanded their reach to serve over 18,000 women leaders, across 182 countries. 'One of the things I've l...
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Yes, a nightmare for most women is the thought of shopping for a bathing suit. Actually, it’s usually more like a hunt – hunting for one that you not only would wear, but would make you feel good wearing it. That hunt led Melanie Travis to Founder and CEO of Andie Swim.  It had nothing to do with the garment industry or wanting to start a swimwear line. What it did have to do with was the frustration of trying to find one for a com...
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Three best teenage girlfriends living in Bihac, Bosnia. They had grown up together - a Muslim, a Serb and a girl who was half Jewish. Best friends until the start of the Bosnian war and the Serbian military siege in 1992. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess was only 16 when it started. For 1,150 days Amra lived under the Serb’s siege and survived the ethnic cleansing. 1996 saw Amra emigrate to the United States with the help of four people – a Qu...
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'Bringing what's written on the page to life with just your voice.' - Therese Plummer This week's conversation is with a very inspiring woman, Therese Plummer. Therese has performed over 400 audiobooks. The performance of audiobooks and a candid conversation A very candid conversation with an amazing actor, storyteller and all around extraordinary woman. Therese has helped many of us to be able to escape, even fo...
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December 29, 2020 7 min
Goodbye 2020...Hello 2021 The New Year is almost here. Yes, two days from today. The last few months have been tumultuous to say the least. Baking and jigsaw puzzling were among the craze. For me it was connections - old and new. Connecting with extraordinary and inspiring women - a diverse group of women from all over the world. And a diverse group of topics to have conversations about. Happy, sad, inspiring and candid, we were l...
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CrunchyTales.com Michela Di Carlo is the founder of CrunchyTales.com. A ‘Late Bloomers’ Advocate, Michela is on a mission to reset the meaning of middle age. And so many women get stuck thinking about the number instead of thinking about the opportunities. The opportunity to find their ‘sassiness.’ Meet Michela Di Carlo A Manchester-based content producer and presenter specializing in lifestyle, food, arts and travel, Michela fo...
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December 15, 2020 61 min
Just Hang On - that's what we're doing. I decided to release the Just Hang On webinar from last week because this discussion made such a phenomenal impact on me and the women who attended. These women really broke down what is important right now for us and how we need to remain positive as we live through these next couple of months.  I spoke with Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs, Debbie Gravitte, Kristen Jensen and Kitt Shapiro, a...
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At 64, Renée is taking a 1956 Porsche 356A to Antarctica to raise awareness about child trafficking. Talk about a road trip of a lifetime! Her goal is to have raced in all seven continents. Antarctica will be the final continent for Renée to complete that amazing goal. Renée turned her hobby into Valkyrie Racing and then launched Project 356 World Rally Tour, raising awareness about child trafficking along with money to help fight...
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Leslie Gray Streeter is Black and Baptist, her late husband Scott was White and Jewish. They had met back in 9th grade when they were both in the same high school. They reconnected some 20 years later through Facebook. It didn’t take them long for them to fall in love and marry. We were both very respectful of each other's backgrounds and faiths because we respected our own and I think we saw that in each other. And it never s...
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The Avid Gardener Sue Stuart-Smith, is an avid gardener, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and the author of The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature. Don’t let the title fool you; you do not have to be a gardener to read this powerful book, but you may want to become one after you have. You may discover the mental health benefits that come with tending a plot or just a plant. Really, just a plant and your mental we...
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Not just a gal from New Jersey. The Black Fairy Godmother. The Black Fairy Godmother, Simone Gordon, is not just a gal from New Jersey. She's a community organizer in New Jersey for black African American and Latino families. Simone is a mother of an autistic child, motivational speaker, special needs advocate, and domestic violence resource specialist. She also serves as the Executive Director for the nonprofit organization H...
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Hazell Jacobs goes by the saying ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.' Hazell lives in London. Over 80 years of travelling with her late husband, saw Hazell accumulating hundreds of scarves. Each scarf holds a story. When the pandemic hit, Hazel knew that there were many people having a difficult time adjusting to this new reality. Finding herself stuck in lockdown back in March, Hazell made a plan to start blogging. Mind you, Hazell had ...
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Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water, and the author of Undaunted, Overcoming Doubts & Doubters. She is an active speaker & writer and hosts the podcast Unstoppable with Kara Goldin where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and other disruptors across various industries. Kara turned her unsweetened flavored water into one o...
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Love, loss, healing, camping, adventure, misadventure and that RV Laura Fahrenthold is a former NY Daily News crime reporter. She has worked as a government press secretary, private investigator and content editor at Woman's World Magazine for over two decades.  Her memoir, 'The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles, A Love Story' has been ranked as a 'Top 20 Hot Pick' on Amazon. Laura has appeared on national televi...
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Climate change is a crisis and action needs to be taken now. This is not political. The science has been very clear about it. This is a crisis that even for adults, is hard to grasp. So how do we talk to our children about it without freaking them out even though for a lot of us adults, we ourselves, are ‘freaking out’? I turned to Harriet Sugarman, Founder and Executive Director of “Climate Mama”. Harriet is the author of How to ...
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