Women Are: Fort Wayne

Women Are: Fort Wayne is a local podcast about the big-picture issues we all face as women. Each week, host Stephanie Gottesman will highlight a different topic – entrepreneurship, motherhood, arts & culture, community building, health & wellness, women’s rights, and more. Join us as we dig deep into the stories of women who’ve built their lives here in Northeastern Indiana. We’ll be hearing about their (often unexpected) journeys to success, the hurdles they’ve overcome, and the tools they’ve learned to use along the way. We’ll also be featuring music by local female artists, sharing info about upcoming events, and giving you all the chance to call in and share some love with the women who are making a difference in your lives.

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As she reaches the end of her first year in office, Councilwoman Michelle Chambers returns to Women Are: Fort Wayne. She and host Stephanie Gottesman discuss the city’s response to Covid-19, the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer following the death of George Floyd, the Mayor’s Commission for Police Reform and Racial Justice, the importance of this upcoming election, and how she has stayed positive during her recent battle with breast cancer.

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Alison Gerardot, Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, joins host Stephanie Gottesman to discuss the results of a new study on the lives of women and girls in Allen County. This study is being used to establish a Women’s Fund, which will use research, education and advocacy to make systemic change for women and girls in our community. 

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Stephanie Gottesman is joined by two women with direct experiences around transgender issues. Amanda L Grimes shares her story of growing up transgender in Northeast Indiana and becoming an advocate for the transgender community. She created two support groups at 3Rivers Wellness, and is working on forming a Fort Wayne LGBTQ Resource Center. Jenna Shock, a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Cameron Psychiatry, works with transgender clients and is the parent of a transgender teen.

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Stephanie Gottesman seeks answers on all her questions about the novel coronavirus by interviewing Erika Pitcher from the Allen County Department of Health, Nicki Meier, who is recovering from having COVID-19, and Jenna Shock, a mental health professional.

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We are back!  And we have sure missed you all! As many of you can relate, we were thrown for a loop when the stay at home orders for Indiana were put in place in March.  It’s taken a minute but we are up and running, and happy to bring host Stephanie Gottesman’s interviews with women speaking on the impact to education in response to COVID 19. 

Stephanie Gottesman & Britney Breidenstein

Britney Breidenstein joins host Stephanie Gottesman to talk about the courage, vulnerability, and creative perspective needed to pivot away from a stagnant career.

Stephanie Gottesman & Mary J. Montes

Mary J. Montes, Executive Board Member of the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, joins host Stephanie Gottesman to share her story as a Dreamer and DACA recipient, her passion for community outreach, and the work the GFW Hispanic Chamber of Commerce does to strengthen networks and create opportunities for the Fort Wayne Hispanic and Latino communities.

Stephanie Gottesman & Crystal Vann Wallstrom

Crystal Vann Wallstrom, Managing Director of Innovation of Electric Works, joins host Stephanie Gottesman for a conversation about innovation districts, the history of the General Electrics campus, and her ambitious vision for Electric Works.

Stephanie Gottesman and Denita Washington

Denita Washington, Adams Township Trustee and Executive Director of Fort Wayne Girlz Rock, joins host Stephanie Gottesman for a conversation about her work empowering young women to find their purpose.

Stephanie Gottesman & Megan Butler

Megan Butler, the Program and Events Manager for Riverfront Fort Wayne, joins host Stephanie Gottesman to discuss the development of Promenade Park and the Hello, New Park event last August.