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Join Kara Kavensky as she explores powerful stories of healing and transformation with Finding Joy with Kara. All of her guests have unique backgrounds and are each transforming the world in their own amazing ways.

STAND by Kathryn Bertine is a powerful memoir on activism. It’s also a how-to manual for progress.

When Kathryn Bertine was six years old, she rode her bike to kindergarten in Bronxville, NY. One morning on the way to school, the chain fell off. She reattached the chain by herself and that day in class, her teacher asked the students what they wanted to do when they grew up. Kathryn confidently, and legibly, wrote out, “I want to be a fix-it woman. I want to fix broken things.” This proclamation could not have been more prophetic.

Documentarian, professional cyclist, author of four books, founder of the Homestretch Foundation, Kathryn Bertine is the Katherine Schwitzer* of cycling.

Along her journey of exposing and repairing the ugly misogyny and sexism within professional women’s cycling, Kathryn experienced ordinary and extraordinary miracles. The ordinary miracles nudged her along and provided validation that she was doing the right thing. The extraordinary ones saved her life.

HALF THE ROAD is her documentary (crowdfunded via Indiegogo) on the inequalities of women’s professional cycling. It has been a literal uphill battle but Kathryn found solace within the peloton and helped create (revive) a women’s Tour de France event, “La Course by Tour de France” (you must say the entire thing…as branding with Tour de France was initially an issue and only applied to the men’s race).

“The mission of The Homestretch Foundation is to level the playing field of salary discrepancy in sport, so that female professional athletes have the same wages and equal opportunities as male professional athletes. Regardless of an athlete’s socioeconomic and/or life circumstances,  we want all women to pursue their careers as athletes without compromise, inequality or injustice.”    

— Kathryn Bertine, Founder.

Kathryn helps me close out Season 1 of Finding Joy with Kara, and I could not have selected a more ideal conversation.

We conducted our podcast recording (coincidentally) on #EQUALPAYDAY with Megan Rapinoe testifying on Capital Hill and the same day that the NCAA announced an investigative review of how it treats its female athletes (“March Madness” is a brand only affiliated with the men’s tournament, not the women’s). As a mom of a dual sport (rowing + soccer) D1 Big10 female badass athlete, I am all too aware of the sexism and misogyny that exists within FIFA and university sports — and inside top business schools — but I had no idea how BAD it was within the world of women’s professional cycling (think Dark Ages, folks). There is so much work to be done in the fight for equality. We are in the early stages of this long game.

I strongly encourage you to not only listen to this interview, but watch Kathryn’s documentary HALF THE ROAD, and read STAND — it’s a journey you will not regret taking with her.

*Kathrine Schwitzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon, at a time (1967) when men thought women couldn’t run that distance without their uterus falling out — no joke. You could not make up this level of ignorance.

(see kathrineswitzer.com  It’s upon her shoulders that we stand.

Connect with Kathryn Bertine

CEO, Homestretch Foundation: www.HomestretchFoundation.org

Author/Activist/Pro Cyclist: www.kathrynbertine.com

Documentary Filmmaker: www.HalfTheRoad.com

www.homestretchfoundation.org / @HomestretchFdn (IG and twitter) / @homestretchfoundation (FB)

www.kathrynbertine.com / @kathrynbertine (FB & Twitter) / @kathryn_bertine (IG)

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Phoenix Jackson is an award-winning social entrepreneur, communications strategist, tech investor, author, and speaker. Phoenix is the Founder of Phoenix Affect, a 16-year-old global public relations and marketing firm. She has worked with many small business owners, non-profits, professional athletes, entertainers, authors, speakers, politicians, and more helping them to manifest their desired outcomes within business. Her tagline is: Influence Something!

Phoenix is also the Partner and Chief Communications Officer of two financial tech firms that are changing the landscape of homeownership and credit worthiness for the American people. Rental Kharma and Achroma were created to level the playing field in bridging the wealth gap in America. RK reports your rental history on your credit report and Achroma is the first-ever anti-discrimination online mortgage marketplace, blind lending, circumventing all algorithms and systems that cause discrimination in the home buying process.

Our conversation goes beyond her corporate engagements. During the pandemic, Phoenix and her family experienced a devastating loss, her seven-month (in utero) son died. We discuss racial bias in the medical field and explore the potential for meaningful change.

Links and Resources

www.PhoenixJackson.com

http://www.phoenixaffect.com

www.rentalkharma.com

www.achroma.io

TEDx talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5vKNn_HVkc&feature=youtu.be

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Dija Henry is an actress, drama coach (instructs kids in film camp), author, YouTuber, wife, mom, and an all-around amazing creative spirit. As a youth, she was a competitive gymnast who studied engineering at Purdue and found a way to incorporate her love of theater into her life.

While battling postpartum depression, Dija found her creative outlet and has been blessed with a support network enabling her to follow her dreams. Dija encourages everyone to pursue their passions and not be afraid to shine.

Her work encompasses a strong sense of social responsibility and tackles issues related directly to mental health, racial equality, and racial justice issues through her powerful storytelling style.

Links:

https://medium.com/@dijahenry_70913

https://www.thebluehouse.co

http://youtube.com/dijahenry

Her daughter’s song: https://soundcloud.com/dessajoyy/silent-05292020

Dija’s mother-in-law’s nonprofit:

http://fhcenter.org

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Graehme Hall, founder of The Hermaden Institute

https://www.hermaden.com

events & workshops: https://www.hermaden.com/calendar-of-events.html

Sharing this interview feels intimate, as this is one of the most personal podcasts that I have recorded.

Graehme Hall is the founder of The Hermaden (her – MADDEN) Institute. The mission of The Hermaden Institute is empowering people with the knowledge of who they really are, helping them discover their true power so they can create happier and more fulfilling lives. This should be the focus of all organizations! Graehme is a teacher, an author, and a messenger for how to create your own life. She shares lessons on energy, frequency, and how to attract the life that you are intended to lead. Graehme has such a loving presence as she encourages us to open up to possibilities.

We discuss the law of attraction, how energy works, PTSD healing techniques, and so much more. The Hermaden Institute encourages us to discover the power within ourselves to design the life that we are meant to live.

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Betsy Murphy is a writer, performer, mother, grandmother, and a loving guide for women (and men) to retrieve the hidden parts of our stories. She is brilliant at creating safe space for individuals to discuss She speaks about the things we dont talk about” but does it in a way that makes you comfortable being in the conversation.

Betsy has created a few impactful documentaries: New York in the 50s based on a book by Dan Wakefield— a loving look at the generation of writers, poets, painters, musicians, and artists who planted the seeds for the cultural revolution of the 1960s

Something to Cheer About — the story of Oscar Robinson and his high school basketball team, who were the first all-Black team to win a state championship in the U.S. by overcoming racism and led to integrating college and professional leagues, and her 3rd documentary Althea & Angela — whose their race and religion made them outcasts and their game made them professional tennis champions — and she authored The Autobiography of an Orgasm and subsequent anthologies. and most recently authored Write On: A Daily Writing Practice for Anyone with a Story to Tell.

Betsy is one of the most loving, accepting, and most powerful humans on the planet for encouraging women to heal through movement and storytelling.

https://better.net/chicago/philanthropy/notes-from-zimbabwe-following-footprints-extraordinary-women/

http://betsybmurphy.com

Article:

https://karakavensky.com/orgasms-and-the-courage-to-write-about-them/

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Debbie Zipes and Cassie Stockamp had each, independently of one another and before they became friends, had made significant lifestyle pivots to minimize their worldly possessions and travel the world (to over 30+ countries) spreading love and positivity.

In this podcast we discuss how they upended their lives to pursue their deepest passions, knowing that you only have one life to live. We also explore how they satiate their innate sense of wanderlust during the pandemic.

Links and Resources

https://greatplainsguide.net/about-jeff/

workaway.com

cassiestockamp.com

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Former All-American and NFL star Marlin Jackson created the program he needed as a youth: the Fight for Life Foundation, which teaches social-emotional learning modules in schools. Marlin is a humanitarian, a social entrepreneur, a husband, and is the father he never had to his three young boys. Marlin has successfully turned his childhood pain into a purpose-driven passion for helping others. He’s one of the most humble humans I have ever met and is changing the world for the better.

Marlin shares his story with unabashed vulnerability, which is so refreshing since he’s an all-around badass athlete. IMHO, Fight for Life modules should be taught in every school across the country, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

He recently added tech founder to his ever-growing list of accomplishments. Marlin’s latest endeavor, which we did not discuss, is https://pulseanalytix.com

Links and Resources Mentioned

https://fightforlifefoundation.org

https://pulseanalytix.com

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Josh Driver has one of the biggest hearts and he is able to express his passion for helping others through his company, Selflessly. Inclusion and equality serve as his beacon for all individuals and organizations wishing to make the world a better place through their generosity.

We explore the early challenges that led to Josh becoming the founder of a tech company — and being a gay tech founder in the Midwest! Corporate social responsibility is made possible through his company, which has a fun way of expressing an organization’s culture by where its heart is. It’s Josh’s bulldog, Huckleberry, who is the real star of the show!

Selfless.ly was the first BCorp and registered Benefits Corporation in Indiana and is a proud LGBTQ+ company!

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Saidah Pearsall is a reluctant entrepreneur. As a child, she was a burn victim and her mother healed her wounds with homemade salves. When Saidahs daughter, a competitive gymnast, needed something to help her intensively dried hands, Saidah created a miracle balm. Her daughter was in awe of the product and said ” Mom, you should be selling this!” That statement launched a company — thus creating the Shea BODYWORKS product line, featuring the Happy Hands + Feet balm. It truly is a pedicure in a jar!

Shea BODYWORKS has experienced its challenges and when faced with the pandemic, Saidah recognized the need for her to step forward into the light as the head of her amazing product line. Easier said than done being a Black woman. Our conversation goes deep quickly. I realized just how little I knew about the depths of racism.

Shea BODYWORKS was selected as one of Yelp’s Sweet 16 Businesses for 2020 for their Maskin and Relaxin virtual event. Saidahs live virtual beauty tips filmed from her (stunning) kitchen make you feel like you are having a glass of wine with a friend while learning homemade recipes for facial peels. Saidah is an inspiration — and she’s a beautiful person inside and out.

Learn more at SheaBodyWorks.com

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Over a decade ago, I walked into a room that Iva lit up by her presence. Iva is the one whom Elizabeth Gilbert references in her memoir, Eat Pray Love when Liz is wanting to finalize her divorce. Iva suggests writing a petition to God (Universe). If you have not read this book, or it’s been a while, this scene is one of the more profound miracles in the book. This is what Iva does, she facilitates miracles.

Growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, Iva, and her family lived through a war and moved to the United States. Iva’s journey is thoughtfully captured in her own words in her memoir, From Rifles to Roses: Memories and Miracles. In our conversation, we explore her journey and the miraculous story of her mom’s healing.

Iva Nasr (NUHsir) is a teacher, seer, mentor, and author working internationally. In her anecdotal and light-hearted way, she guides a Modern Mind: Open Up • Align • Focus • Shine ™.

Her private Intuitive Readings, classes, on-going dialogues, and life testimonials give hope and inspire mind expansion and action. Iva’s very being is a beacon of light for the world. Learn more about her at www.IvaNasr.com

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The first time I met Charles, he said the most profound statement that I have ever heard, “I released the burden of being a black man through prescriptive yoga and meditation.”

Our conversation addresses his sagacious claim and explores how anyone can achieve internal peace. Charles is a Vietnam veteran, a yogi, and so much more. His book, Pathless Path: God, Grace, Guru is a powerful example of a journey to find peace.

Charles Crenshaw, Jr., MS, MDivW
Author, Pathless Path: God Grace Guru
He and his wife, Carol, are co-founders of the Inner Peace Yoga Institute in Indianapolis

Join Kara Kavensky as she explores powerful stories of healing and transformation. Her guests all have unique backgrounds and are transforming the world in their own amazing ways. Impactful and honest, the stories shared via Finding Joy with Kara can provide a distinctive healing salve. Subscribe now for updates.

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