Empowering Women - Got a Minute?
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.
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.
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/
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
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/
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
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!
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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.
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/
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
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/
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/
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
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/