Empowering Women - Got a Minute?

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Empowering Women – Got a Minute? celebrates the women leaders within our community. Join our hosts as we introduce you to women that are making a difference in business, health, education, non-profits, and more. ­If you are interested in learning about dynamic women that are working to create a balanced community, this is the podcast for you. From the creators of Prescott Woman Magazine – a bi-monthly publication celebrating women.

Season Six

Life is an Adventure with Carissa Maxwell

Today, we are chatting with Carissa Maxwell. Carissa is the 2024 Prescott Woman “Adventurer” Award recipient. She is also a real estate broker with Glow Realty, a mom, and an entrepreneur, and she seeks adventure every day out in the world. Learn about her adventures in the real estate world and her proudest accomplishments to date.

Learn more about Carissa online at https://www.glowreaz.com/

Check out the Prescott Woman Award Recipients

Being Fearless with Leslie Zann

Leslie Zann is a sought-after keynote speaker with a unique talent for helping people overcome their “limiting beliefs” to create positive change in all areas of their lives. 

She has presented live to over a hundred thousand people worldwide and helped thousands more through her online courses. 

The National Speaker’s Association awarded her the highest honor of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). 

Leslie was a spokesperson for KPBS Public Television on air for a decade. 

Her latest book is the Amazon #1 Bestseller Outrageous Achievement. She is s currently working on her next book, Inspired Retired. How To Live Your Best Life at Any Age. 

Leslie moved to Prescott in 2022 to be closer to her mom. She loves living in Prescott and, when not working, enjoys skeet shooting, hiking, and the local music scene.

Learn more about Leslie at lesliezann.com

Courageous Conversations with Lori Decker and Barbara Estes

Lori is a retired school nurse, and Barbara is a retired private practice Prescott psychologist. Both volunteer for Braver Angels, a non-profit, grassroots, non-partisan national organization promoting civil discourse.

Learn more about Braver Angels at braverangels.org

Take a Braver Angels workshop at OLLI at the Yavapai College Campus https://www.yc.edu/v6/lifelong-learning/olli.html

For more info reach out to Barbara at [email protected]

Season Five

Making Connections with Carissa Maxwell

Carissa Maxwell is the owner/Designated Broker of Glow Realty, a boutique real estate brokerage focused on giving high-touch service and connecting/supporting our local communities.

The Glow brand reflects what draws people to Northern Arizona-

“They want to be outside and are seeking a lifestyle around that. This is the future of real estate. Building business relationships around the lifestyle that people move here to experience…that is what our community wants to get behind.”

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/GlowREAZ/

Talking Postpartum Health & Wellness with Emilie Wilson

Dr. Emilie is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Prescott.  Her healing journey has inspired her profession, where she’s focused on mental health, women’s hormones, cardiometabolic health, and weight loss.  Emilie is also a new mom, and in her postpartum year, she realized how underserved postpartum parents are, and how postpartum is the best time for us to get our best health and body, ever.  She is also a published author and is about to release her first book called POST: The Essential Guide to Creating Your Postpartum Self-Care Plan in Pregnancy.  Emilie’s goal is to get it into the hands of every pregnant and postpartum woman in the world, so they can be empowered to take control of their postpartum experience and focus on what matters: their health, and their relationship with their new little one.  

Visit: https://www.sanoswellness.com/

The Six Essential Steps to Postpartum Self-Carehttps://sanoswellness.lpages.co/postpartum-support/ 

Feminine Redefined with Halle Ann Fernandez

Halle Ann Fernandez is a 22-year-old Prescott resident, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., who is a self-proclaimed “Arizona Transplant”. Halle is an accelerated Master’s student at Prescott College studying Critical Psychology in the undergraduate program and Outdoor Education Leadership in the Graduate program. When she moved across the country to pursue higher education at Prescott College, she quickly fell in love with the community. She began to immerse herself in service work with local non-profits such as the Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank and the Western Heritage Center. 

Halle is an Education Specialist for GEM Environmental and a Challenge Course Facilitator at Camp Way. She has held the titles of Miss Prescott 2022, Miss Granite Mountain 2023, and Miss Peoria 2024 in the Miss America Organization. As Miss Peoria, Halle uses her platform to share her community service initiative, ‘LNT For You & Me,’ where she teaches young children through high schoolers socioemotional skills like empathy, compassion, and boundary setting through Leave No Trace practices. She also uses her platform in the Miss AZ Org. to encourage adolescents and young women to shine in their individuality and authenticity regardless of what others think.

Being Colorful with Tiffany Isenberger

Local mother of three young girls who went from management to opening a face painting business. Nuggy Bug Parties takes on the county fair, rodeo, and many other large events in Prescott including training and staffing other moms and women within the community. 

Learn more at https://www.nuggybugfacepainting.com/

Talking the Art of Wearing Multiple Hats with Leslie Jacobs

Leslie Jacobs was a single mom at rock bottom with no money when she started in real estate. At the lowest point in her life with no Christmas presents to give her kids, she determined through tears to go from victim to victor. With sheer determination and grit, and with the help of a steadfast mentor in her life, she climbed her way up to a multimillion-dollar realtor here in Prescott.

Leslie has four children and is now happily married. She is smart, authentic, and compassionate.  She has an incredible story to tell that encourages and empowers the women in her life.

Learn more at http://www.lesliejacobsteam.com/

Talking Prescott Area Shelter Services with Katee Norris

Katee Norris has been working at Prescott Area Shelter Services since 2012. She stepped into this role through the AmeriCorps Program as a VISTA, and after two years of service, she became the Director of Programs. Katee makes sure the shelter runs smoothly, and that the guests have a clean and safe environment, feel cared for, and are treated with kindness. She ensures we have volunteers to support the guests through meals, advocacy, and empowerment as the volunteer coordinator, and she dedicates endless amounts of time to writing grants, planning fundraisers, and creating new programs and expansions to better support the guests. Katee also became a Registered Nurse and works at a hospital in Flagstaff as an RN, BSN. Katee takes her experience at both the shelter and the hospital and learns from them to better serve and help people in need, no matter what situation they are in.

Learn more at https://prescottshelters.org/

Talking Sisterhood & Entrepreneurship with Gina & Lola

The owners of Rockin Smiles are sisters, mothers, and entrepreneurs. Today they talked to us about finding balance and the art of finding your smile.

Rockin Smiles is proud to serve the beautiful communities of Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ, specializing in professional teeth whitening services. Their team of experienced professionals is committed to enhancing your smile and boosting your self-confidence.

Utilizing advanced whitening techniques and top-of-the-line products, Rockin Smiles ensures that your smile shines brighter. Their in-office procedures are complemented by our specially designed take-home products, providing you with the tools to maintain that gleaming smile and achieve lasting results.

Rockin Smiles website

Talking Self-Clarity with Brittany Tatum-Flores

Today we chat with columnist, self-care guru, and podcaster Brittany Tatum-Flores about self-clarity.

Brittany Tatum-Flores (or Britt) is the owner of The Practice of Self-care and has been a contributing columnist for The Daily Courier for the last five years, her contributions primarily discuss self-care, the importance of self-care and generally, how to manifest more love and positivity into your life, to create a life you don’t want to escape from with poor habits!

Season Four

Talking S.T.E.A.M. with Shana Lujan

Shana Lujan, the mother of 5 children, has lived and been a teacher in Yavapai County for over 20 years. She has taught everything from 3rd grade to high school and subjects varying from theatre to English. She loves education and working with local youth. Currently, she works at PACE Preparatory Academy High School and is a founding board member/director for One Stage Family Theatre.

Shana was the 2023 Prescott Woman Award Recipient for S.T.E.A.M.

Making Connections with Dr. Kimberly Albarran

Dr. Kimberly Albarran, PT, DPT, CFNP is a physical therapist since 2013 and a certified functional nutrition practitioner since 2021. She officially started her business Hope Health Healing in 2018, in the Prescott area, with the vision of serving her community as the premier provider for individuals with chronic pain, resulting in the highest quality of life for her clients. 

Dr. Kimberly’s mission is to provide solution-oriented, holistic, and compassionate care through physical therapy, both online and in-person nutrition coaching, and wellness classes, which now include Radical Rebounding!! 

Her goal is to empower individuals with chronic pain to take control of their health using her four pillars of health: mindfulness, nutrition, sleep, and movement to restore health and healing. Dr. Kimberly loves to motivate, encourage and lift up her clients along their journey. 

Learn more at https://hope-health-healing.org/

Talking BeYOUtiful with Maddie Layne

Maddie was born and raised in Prescott, AZ, and has worked as a stylist for three years now. She has been extremely blessed by the ladies at Strada Salon who have mentored her and taught her so much about hair and life. Maddie’s passion is curly hair, and she loves doing bridal hair as well. Maddie herself has curly hair and she enjoys being able to come alongside people who hate their hair. Her goal is that they will always fall in love with it! Maddie loves Prescott and the community we have in this great city. I’m thankful to be a small part of the small business community and for all the amazing women in this community!

Maddie was the 2023 Prescott Woman Awards BeYOUtiful Recipient

Talking Multiple Hats with Alexes Niecamp

Alexes (Lexe) Niekamp was born in Northern California and moved to Arizona at a young age, she takes pride in starting to dance at the ripe age of four years old and being actively involved in theatre and her community as well. She is the owner of two local businesses Lessons by Lexe: Dance Studio for 7 years and Quest Character Parties for 4 years.a

She is also going on her third year as the NAZ WRANGLERS IFL pro team dance team coach.  She is also the current Miss Saguaro 2023 with the Miss America Organization. Her Social Impact is and always will be ARTTS IN ACTION: Applying Remarkable Talents to Succeed. She wants to ensure that as our youth development, they have access to the world of arts because growing up the arts has always been her outlet.

With the courage of a lion, she gives so much of herself to her community and encourages all to apply themselves in the art world to keep confidence instilled in all generations to come.

Learn more about Lessons by Lexe at https://lessonsbylexe.com/

Talking Adventure with Lauren Sherwood

After visiting her first Overland Expo in 2014, Lauren said, “This will be my life.” Later that same year, Lauren turned wrenches and drilled holes at AT Overland Equipment here in Prescott, the only woman in a shop of men. Three years of gearing people up for their adventures encouraged Lauren to embark on her own.

In 2017, Lauren set off on 6 magical months of solo travel through Mexico, immersing herself in the culture and becoming fluent in Spanish.

Commonly referred to as “Lolo”, some of her travel/adventure accomplishments include having open water and advanced diving certifications, as well as being a 52 Hike Challenge Finisher (47 hikes of which she did in Arizona). Lolo has been to the top of Humphrey’s Peak and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon backpacking from Rim to Rim, Coyote and Buckskin Gulch, Havasupai, and more.

Lauren is also the 2023 Prescott Woman Award recipient for Adventurer

Launching Forward featuring The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad is INCITING TEEN CONFIDENCE AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT. They are an all-inclusive, youth-driven, and focused space, providing programming that is culturally relevant to teens in Yavapai County. On this episode, we speak to two teens – Sophia and Giada, and the director of The Launch Pad, Courtney Osterfelt about their WEB conference, Better Together, and much more!

For more information visit:

Talking Social Impact with Katie Machado

Katie Machado, a Prescott native, has been involved in the community since she first organized a can drive fundraiser at Washington Elementary School in 1998.  She is actively involved in Prescott-Caborca Sister City and the Prescott Frontier Rotary Club.  She loves that the people of Prescott work hard to better our community by helping our world.  She loves being a part of these efforts.  She and her husband, Danny Machado, made a decision upon leaving the Army to build a business and home in her hometown so they could raise their two children, Daisy 3, and William 1, around the same people, environment, and culture she experienced as a child.  She enjoys traveling, tennis, golf, and running with the silliest dog in the world–Bossy.  She loves art and especially acrylic painting but can frequently be found enjoying good friends, family, and the great foods of Prescott.

Katie is also the 2023 Prescott Woman Award recipient for Social Impact.

A Fearless Family - Featuring the FidgetPockets Crew

Introducing the FidgetPockets crew, who not only make clothes for wiggly people, they also have introduced AAC Communication Boards throughout the area, have initiated Making a Difference, and are working to make the community Better Together.

The goal of FidgetPockets is to spread world autism awareness, reduce autism anxiety, and make the world a better place.

Learn more at: https://fidgetpockets.com/

Season Three

Work/Live Balance with Christina McKlevy

Christina is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in working with children, parents, and caregivers. She provides consultation to professional caregivers focusing on self-care and grief support. Christina also writes, which is largely informed by her clinical work, and does photography on the side.

Learn more about Colibri Counseling & Consulting, PLLC and more at: https://linktr.ee/christinalynn33

The Art of Wearing Many Hats with McKenzie Lain

McKenzie Lain literally has gardening experience in her blood as the 3rd generation of her family to carry on the Watters legacy. She is thrilled to be following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents and taking the garden center to the next level under her ownership. Like her mother before her, McKenzie began her love with gardening as a cashier and by watering plants after school. Education became her major focus after high school, and she received a degree from Fresno Pacific University in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary. Now, she’s passionate about making sure Watters Garden Center continues to be a major part of the Prescott community by providing jobs and educating the public on the best gardening practices for success.  She also supports local organizations like Prescott Area Young Professionals and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, McKenzie loves running through the garden center with her Mini-Schnauzers, playing pick-up basketball, and hiking our local trails.

Learn more at https://wattersgardencenter.com/

Talking Transformation with Heather Burgoyne

Heather was in the fashion industry for over a decade working with photographers and producing shoots. While it may seem glamorous (yes, sometimes it was exciting and fun!), it was demanding and took all of her energy. Heather found Pilates and it was truly her saving grace. Because of the impact Pilates had on Heather’s life, she was determined to one day leave fashion behind and become a Pilates instructor to really give to others something she finds so transforming.
Flash forward to 2020 when Soar Pilates was born – out of a deep desire to create something that was attainable for the everyday person and would change their lives for the better. Heather adores every client that walks in their door (truly, the community is amazing) and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing team of women that she is proud to call her instructors – she learns from each of them every day.
For more information visit https://www.soarpilates.com/

Being Fearless with Anne-Marie Szabo

Midwesterner, Anne-Marie made Prescott home 20 years ago and made a name for herself as a licensed insurance representative/office manager. Anne-Marie then founded and became the Owner/Editor of Maitre’D Magazine, a dining and culinary guide well-known across Northern Arizona. Her savvy sales and marketing skills led her to B2B sales in telecommunications with Sparklight Business. Now celebrating seven years with Sparklight, Anne-Marie uses her expertise in creating and maintaining long-term business relationships on a local level. Anne-Marie shows community support as an avid volunteer of many nonprofits including, Arizona Community Foundation Yavapai County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona.

Learn more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-marie-szabo-8820009/

Facing Fears with Aileen Casillas

Aileen is a mom, an entrepreneur, a former Firefighter/EMT, and always keeping life guessing; not the other way around. She has a mind that can handle both the left and right sides with a natural ability to let the proper one rule at just the right moment.

She brings experience in floral design from working her way up as a Floral Design Assistant to Floral Designer in a variety of regions from California (San Diego, Del Mar), Illinois (Naperville, West Dundee), and Arizona.

During her time in the fire and emergency services, she demonstrated a keen sense of observation, providing a compassionate listener to her crew and her patient. It is this skill that provides the ability to listen to her customers’ desires and needs in order to execute the vision sought after. It is her drive and determination that bring the vision to fruition.

Learn more at www.florianfloral.com

Being a Mom & Entrepreneur with Hilary Dartt

Hilary Dartt loves great adventures, whether she’s writing, reading, or living them. The author of nine women’s fiction novels, Hilary lives in Arizona’s high desert with her husband, their three children, her Weimaraner, and running partner, Leia, a failed barn cat, and a flock of chickens. She loves camping, exploring in the Jeep, and dance parties with her kids.

Learn more at https://hilarydartt.com/

Work/Life Balance with Heather DeSousa

Throughout Heather’s career, she has had the great pleasure of traveling all over the country, working in many industries and with creatives of all kinds. From restaurants and breweries to the outdoors and sustainable living to music and local bands, to travel and farms. Now here in Prescott, Arizona, she has expanded into her own business, DeSousa Creative, and works with local businesses and musicians including Prescott Center for the Arts and Prescott Downtown Partnership.

For more info visit: https://www.desousacreative.com/

Sexual Health with Hedda Fay

Hedda Fay is the Community Outreach and Program Manager for Northland Cares.  Northland Cares is a 501c3 QCO Non-Profit.  They are a specialty healthcare provider for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C.  We provide HIV prevention and education and offer free harm reduction as well.  Hedda joins us to discuss women’s sexual health, safe dating tips, and more.
For more info visit: https://www.northlandcares.org/
FREE Condoms, PEP or PrEP, contact Northland Cares at:  Prescott: 928-776-4612 or 928-771-0023  Cottonwood: 203 S Candy Lane #3B, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 Phone: 928-649-0833

Season Two

Professional Branding with Sarah Haynes

Sarah Haynes is the founder of Pixel Parfait, which provides graphic design, web design & online marketing services to small-medium size businesses around the country. Sarah has been in the design & marketing field for over a decade and specializes in helping businesses and individuals develop their brands.  Sarah has a passion for designing full branding identities and helping companies refresh their branding through fresh, clean, and cohesive design pieces.

For more info visit: https://www.pixelparfait.graphics/

Importance of Mentorship with Lesa West

Lesa West, is the owner of New Life CPR, in Prescott, AZ but is originally from Tennessee. She says the best thing about what she does is having someone come up to her and say “I heard your voice in my head” when they had to either perform CPR or a First Aid situation. She says about mentorship: Our job here on earth is to be there for each other – teach and not give but really TEACH, Listen, Hug, help people breathe, and give others strength in themselves – when we do all these things, we grow!

For more info visit: https://newlifecpr.com/

Building Your Brand with Ariana Bennett

Ariana is a passionate, self-motivated, and career-driven individual with years of experience working in the marketing and advertising industry. Ariana finds that her success is accomplished in environments where she is surrounded by a team of creative minds that are excited to exceed their goals through hard work, unique approaches, and a love of laughter.

For more info visit: https://www.arianabennett.com/

Wearing Multiple Hats with Liberty Casarez

Liberty Casarez worked as a financial aid manager before entering the automotive industry. Liberty joined the Findlay Automotive Group in Bullhead City in 2014 and she started her career as a salesperson before being promoted to Internet and Marketing Manager positions.

For more info visit: https://www.findlaytoyotaprescott.com/

Finding Balance Between Mom/Entrepreneur with Sarah Vincent

Sarah Vincent is the Education Director at the Highlands Center for Natural History. As a member of the Education team, Sarah brings a passion for science and a love for education.

Sarah brings experience in environmental and educational leadership – constantly learning from and celebrating the communities that make up the Central Highlands, human and non-human. She works hard to facilitate meaningful experiences for people in nature, about nature, and most importantly, with nature. She is the *brand new* mother of Sylvia and the wife of Andrew

For more info visit: https://highlandscenter.org/

Being Fearless with Colleen Biggs

Colleen Biggs is an Award-Winning Business Coach who empowers women entrepreneurs who are ready to lean into their peak performance and take action so they can expand their influence, attract the right clients and generate more money.

With over 22 years of experience, she has launched over 340 businesses, is an International Speaker, and Author to five #1 International Best-Sellers with the latest being Step Into the Spotlight to Expand your Influence, the CEO and founder of L.E.A.P. and was awarded the Local Businessperson of the Year award and Top 10 Women Business Leaders of 2021. Colleen is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and fueling purpose-filled, powerful female voices — like yours — and giving you the tools to make it happen!

For more info visit: https://colleenbiggs.net/