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.

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.

Stephanie Gottesman & Jodi Leamon

This week in our season finale, Jodi Leamon joins us for a conversation about the work she does helping Fort Wayne learn to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost their waste. 

Stephanie Gottesman & Stephanie Henry

This week, Stephanie Henry shared her journey from a food insecure childhood to helping write and shape policy to help diversify our local food systems. Stephanie is a food systems activist, the Director of Cultivation Lab, the chairwoman of Slow Food Wayne, a member of Hoosier Young Farmers, the Indiana Farmers Union, and the Food Council of Northeast Indiana. She’s on the programming committee for the Local Food Forum, a grant reviewer for USDA SARE, and was named one of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s Forty Under 40 for 2019.

Stephanie Gottesman & Anne Marie Labenberg

This week, Anne Marie Labenberg joined us for an important conversation about social equity and implicit bias. She is the co-founder of RAISE consulting, a lifespan health advocacy consulting firm focused on underserved and underrepresented populations. Their primary areas of focus are women’s health, maternal mortality, infant mortality, and the effects of the opioid crisis on all populations. She is also an ambassador for The United State of Women, a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it.