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.

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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!

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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.

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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/

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Her passions are clean eating, dance, hiking, peopling, and her favorite, cooking. She believes “there are things you do because they feel right. It may be the real reason we are here: To love each other, to enjoy others’ cooking and say it was good”

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

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Some facts about Aileen: -Studied design, art, graphic design, color theory -Floral Design Institute Graduate 2007 -Certified Firefighter I/II, EMT 2013 -Yavapai College AAS Fire Science 2015 -Yavapai College Certificate Fire Service Officer/Manager 2015 Aileen has garnered recognition in Prescott Woman Magazine, was awarded by Yavapai College as the 2019 Alumni of the Year, and most recently the honor and privilege of working on parade floats as a Rose Parade Florist since 2019.

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/

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What draws Heather to marketing and photography is sharing the story and passion behind the project and then connecting it to a community that is inspired in the same way.

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/
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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/

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Outside of her office, Sarah can be found spending time with her two young daughters and husband, traveling, hiking, swimming, and loving the amazing scenery that Arizona offers.  Sarah is also known to enjoy true crime, reading, and personal arts and crafts projects in her free time.

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/

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Ariana works with businesses and brands of all sizes and is widely recognized as a hardworking, forward-thinking, and leader in her industry and in her community.

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/

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Before transferring to Prescott, Liberty was influential in helping to propel Findlay’s Bullhead City dealership to a level of community prominence it had yet to realize. Liberty volunteered her time and services when needed. She was involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River leading to joining the board of directors in many of the organizations. You will find Liberty throughout the Quad-Cities wearing one of her multiple “hats” – either as a leader, a volunteer or maybe sometimes just enjoying some downtime.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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!