With Her Two Hands

With Her Two Hands

Formerly known as Trades Lady Happy Hour, With Her Two Hands is a weekly podcast dedicated to celebrating women in the trades. Live, Candid and Unscripted conversations with women who work in the trades building, fixing and making things with their own two hands. Women make up less than 10% of trades people, and in some industry the numbers are as low as 2%. This podcast seeks to change that by shining a light on these incredible women. Celebrating them, sharing their struggles as women in incredibly male dominated fields, and increasing their visibility to attract, retain and create space for that number to start to increase. If she can see it she can BE it. And if HE can see it, he can BELIEVE it. Tune in for these candid conversations every week. Listen, learn, laugh and get to know the women who keep the world running.

Episodes

February 15, 2024 66 mins

Guest: Grace Claudio - Master Certified/Master High Voltage Specialist for BMW

🎙️ Step into the ring of inspiration as Bogi welcomes Grace Claudio from New York on this week's episode of With Her Two Hands. Grace's story is a testament to resilience and determination, as she traded in her boxing gloves for a set of wrenches, carving her path from amateur boxer with dreams of going pro to a skilled master automotive technician.

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Guest: Paris McGowan - Harley Davidson Motorcycle Technician

🎙️ This week’s guest on "With Her Two Hands" literally went from grease to grease. Paris McGowan was working in the fast food industry and is now a certified Harley Davidson technician! Her love affair with bikes started when her mom bought a Harley. She originally got a job working at a Harley dealership selling merchandise, and she fell in love with the culture.

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Guest:  Danielle Browne - Master Plumber

Join us this week on "With Her Two Hands" for a live chat with Danielle Browne, affectionately known as Twig. Hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, She brings 16 years of plumbing expertise, coupled with a deep passion for addressing the important and often considered taboo topic of mental health in the trades.

Join us for what promises to be an insightful conversation as she shares her journey...

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This episode is about the journey of Jenna Nowicki, a Welder and Fabricator hailing from Manitoba, Canada. She is a construction welder currently in pursuit of her red seal certification. Jenna's story is a testament to passion and dedication. Discover how she not only excels in her craft but also champions the cause of encouraging young women to enter the trades. Enjoy listening to this empowering episode!

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Guest:  Athena Ransom - Custom Motorcycle builder

Gear up for an unforgettable ride on the latest episode of "With Her Two Hands" as we dive into the fascinating world of custom motorcycles with the extraordinary Athena "Chickie" Ransom.

A true trailblazer and owner of Vagabond Chopper in South Florida, Chickie started her career in the early '80s, defying the odds as one of few women in the male-dominated bike building scene. Join...

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Guest:  Whitney Buettner - Journeyman Carpenter and Entrepreneur 

This week’s guest found her career by chance when she graduated college and needed to find a job. Over a decade later, she hasn’t looked back. Whitney Buettner, a proud Metis woman, says of the trades “It’s rewarding. It’s extremely challenging. Every day is a blank slate.” She earned her Red AND Blue Seal Tickets in Carpentry in 2017 and has recently ventured into e...

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Guest:  Jenna Miranda - Journeywoman Electrician turned Harley Davidson Technician

First episode of 2024! We’re back with more great tradeswomen for you to meet! In this episode I’m thrilled to be joined by Jenna Miranda, a former Journeywoman Electrician, turned Harley Davidson Technician. Though she is still in her 20’s, Jenna has made a career out of the trades since before she graduated high school. She is proof of all the incr...

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Guest:  Lia Lamela - Journeywoman Electrician and host of the Sparky Life Podcast

Lia Lamela came to the skilled trades later in her career journey, but once she found her way to them - she dove in head first. A strong willed, spunky New Jersey Girl (like your host!) Lia did in 3 years what most do in 4 to 5 years. She quickly became an evangelist for the skilled trades and even has her own podcast that she produces and hosts calle...

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Guest:  Tamara Robertson - Biomolecular Engineer, Maker and co-host of MythBusters

Tonight’s guest, Tamara Robertson, may be best known for her roles as co-host and fabricator on the reboots of Mythbusters, but what you may not know is that she is also a Patent holding, OSHA Certified Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer with over a decade of experience as a Design Engineer working on Greenfield Startups, developing patentable techno...

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Guest:  Audee Batson - Collision Technician

This week's guest originally went to college to be an automotive technician. However, like so many others, she struggled to get her foot in the door as a woman in her small town. She ultimately got hired at a collision shop to do their mechanical work - but when that was slow she started to learn the collision side of things. Not long after, Audee Batson dove in. She moved to Southern Ont...

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Guest:  Trish Serratore - Senior VP of Communications for ASE

Trish Serratore’s passion for the automotive industry runs deep. Her career started at Motor Age Magazine as their business editor, and she never looked back. Today she serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE). Prior to her current position, Serratore was president of the ASE Education Foundation, th...

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Guest:  Hannah Stout Ortega - Auto Mechanic and Fabricator

She left her home state when she was 19 to pursue an education and a better life for herself. Not only was she successful at doing just that, but now she’s passionate about helping others less fortunate do the same. Hannah is an automotive technician and an aspiring fabricator who, at only 24, is just getting started with what is sure to be a phenomenal career.

She graduate...

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This week's episode was pre-recorded at @aapexshow in Las Vegas last Wednesday.

Due to technical difficulties we were not able to get it live that day, but it’s worth the wait! I had the honor sitting down with an old friend, Kathleen Callahan who is a force to be reckoned with! She is a shop owner and a powerful and inspiring leader within the automotive aftermarket. She is the incoming vice chair of Women in Auto Care, she was 20...

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Guest:  Lindsey Wood - Mechanic and Shop Owner

Tonight’s guest took a chance on a new adventure and life direction, and it has paid off! Lindsey Wood had always been interested in cars, but never really had an opportunity to explore working on them. She was in an established career when her brother approached her about going into the automotive business. She took the leap and dove in head first.

Lindsey is now the owner, manager an...

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Guest: Alana Wicker - Robot Technician and Metal Artist

While most people in their early 20s are still in school or figuring out what they want to do in life, tonight’s guest already has an established career in the trades and was financially stable enough at 21 to help her dad renovate houses and build a shop of her own! Alana Wicker is proof positive that there is more than 1 path to success in life and of the incredible opportun...

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Guest:  Meg Richards - ASE Master Automotive Technician

Margarette, or Meg, started her automotive career as a teen in high school. 20 years later, her love for the industry hasn’t waned. She is the Lead Technician and General Manager at her shop and is in the process of taking over the business from the current owner as he prepares to retire.

In 2022 Meg was the first female recipient of the NAPA ASE Technician of the Year award. ...

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Guest: Zoe Carmichael - Historic Automotive Restoration student

Zoe Carmichael was working an office job before her classic  VW Bug came into her life.  She quickly fell in love with classic cars and learning how to work on them.  So she rewrote her life.  Quit her office job and enrolled in the auto program at Wake Tech in Raleigh, NC to learn the basics.  That ultimately led her driving her bug across ...

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Guest: Serena Grundhauser - Welder, Machinist and small business owner

From regular viewer to guest - I’m excited this week to be joined by Serena Grundhauser! When the tragedy of multiple serious head injuries occurred, Serena wasn’t willing to slow down and she turned that tragedy into a major life change. She went from working in mental health, to attending college as an adult for the the first time in her life. She graduated wi...

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Guest:  Judaline Cassidy - Union Plumber and Founder of Tools & Tiaras

This week I’m very excited to introduce you to Judaline Cassidy, who hails from the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a warrior in a hard hat, a Founder, a L'Oreal Paris 2023 Women of Worth honoree, and one of CNN’s Champions For Change. As a history-making union plumber in NYC, Judaline has broken countless barriers over the last 25 year...

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Guest:  Jenny Kovacs - Senior Ford Master Auto Tech, ASE Master Technician

Jenny Kovacs has been killing it in the automotive industry for 14 years!  She is a graduate of the Ford ASSET program and is now a Ford Senior Master Technician and part owner of Chris and Jenny’s Garage.  She is is also ASE Master certified, and a certified Transmission specialist, mom of 2 AND sits on the board of the ASE Educa...

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