AMAZING WOMEN celebrates women who make a difference in the lives of others.

I started this show to share how women accomplish, encourage, legislate, live, and love. What we leave behind isn’t as important as how we live!  Whether it's healthcare, education, business, politics, or entertainment, their personal and professional stories will teach, empower and inspire you.

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GIGI DEBELLO

GIGI DEBELLO, has been Head of School at Sophia Academy since 2007 following in the footsteps of founder Sister Mary Reilly who started the non-denominational, middle school for girls in 2001. Gigi discusses gender specific classrooms and her vision for the school.

SIMONE JOYAUX

Every organization needs good board members, but what do you do when a board member is causing problems? SIMONE JOYAUX, author of Firing Lousy Board Members and the founder of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, discusses the serious business of board service and governance.

MEGHAN ROTHSCHILD

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in teens and young adults. MEGHAN ROTHSCHILD was diagnosed with melanoma at age 20. She discusses her survival and RI's new law banning anyone under 18 from use a tanning bed without a doctor's prescription or parental consent.

TERRY GASPARD

One out of two marriages end in divorce. How do you move forward with your life after a divorce? TERRY GASPARD is a licensed therapist specializing in divorce. She helps people, especially children, deal with the pain related to divorce and other losses.

COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND and SGT. VIVIANNE RICO

here are over 2 million women veterans alive today who serve as a constant reminder of the courage and sacrifice women make for our nation. Today, 14% of active duty military are women. COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND served from 1959 - 1996 and was awarded the Bronze Star. SGT. VIVIANNE RICO was deployed to Iraq for two years. They are two women serving our nation from different generations.

MARILYN WARREN

Since 1922, the Martin Luther King Community Center of Newport County has been a resource to the people on Aquidneck Island. MARILYN WARREN, executive director, and ALYSON NOVICK discuss how the food pantry, Feed- A-Friend and Art Therapy programs make a difference for so many people.

TOBY SIMON

One in 5 women will be assaulted on college campus. TOBY SIMON, the former director of Women's Center at Bryant University, has taught human sexuality and authored numerous books on the connection between alcohol and sexual behavior. She discusses what colleges need to do about sexual assaults on campus and the changing attitudes towards violence and sexual assault.

SUSAN RITCHER

30% of small business in this state are women-owned. SUSAN RITCHER, the CEO from the Center for Women & Enterprise, talks about starting a business, financing, networking, and what's needed for a business to succeed.

ANYA RADER WALLACK

HealthSource Rhode Island has been called a model exchange offering healthcare and containing costs, but others argue it should be run by the federal government. ANYA RADER WALLACK, the new Director of HealthSourceRI, discusses what's working and what she intends needs to change.

JANET COIT

JANET COIT, Director of Department of Environmental Management, is one of the few reappointments by Governor Raimondo. Her Lean Initiative, a process that promotes efficiency without eliminating the worker, has turned DEM around making it a more 'customer-friendly' state agency. Will other state agencies follow DEM's lead?

MOLLY DONAHUE MAGEE

The Defense Industry in Rhode Island contributes $3.7 billion dollars to our state's economy. MOLLY DONAHUE MAGEE, executive director of SENEDIA, Southeastern New England Defense Industry explains how this sector provides 33,000 jobs in the state and why it's important to protect future job growth.

SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL

SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL is a religious leader, attorney, and a lobbyist. As the Executive Director of NETWORK, she has extensive experience in public policy and advocacy. Sister Simone organized the now famous NUNS ON THE BUS tour where Catholic Sisters traveled through 9 states protesting federal budget cuts to safety net spending and immigration.

CHRIS CARR

Today is Mother's Day and we're we celebrating women who do it all. CHRIS CARR is a Rhode Island author and a mom herself. She shares a humorous and heartfelt account of today's modern mother.

SUSAN LUSI

Some Rhode Island students are opting out of standardized tests. SUSAN LUSI, Superintendent of the Providence Schools discusses the PARCC tests, "Opportunity By Design" high schools, and how technology and blended learning are changing the classroom.

KRISTIN ZHIVAGO

Why aren't sellers selling the way customers want to buy? KRISTIN ZHIVAGO is a revenue coach who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs increase sales. She discusses 'buyer scrutiny' and how you can sell the way a customer wants to buy.

DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING

Acts of violence, like the Boston Marathon bombings and the Colorado shootings, shake all of us. DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING, a nationally recognized leader in trauma work and victim support services, discusses human resiliency and how people heal after violence, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

HEATHER ABBOTT

Hundreds plan to run again in the Boston Marathon, two years after the horrific bombings where 3 people were killed and over 270 injured. HEATHER ABBOTT of Newport was one of those injured; she lost her leg from the bomb blast. She shares her story of courage and recovery from this life-changing event.

SYLVIA WEBER

There's politics in the workplace and in our families. How does power, control, and compassion relate to the political arena? SYLVIA WEBER, a clinical nurse specialist at Miriam Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry discusses how we can bring compassion into our work and family.

MICHELLE DUSO

There's a Chinese proverb - women hold up half the sky. So it's really important that young girls feel empowered and encouraged. MICHELLE DUSO, executive director, and 12 year old GEORGIA from GIRLS ON THE RUN discuss how 10 weeks, 20 lessons, is so life changing for 8-13 year old girls in Rhode Island.

DEB DEBARE

The NFL has provided a tipping point and teachable moment for domestic violence. DEB DEBARE, from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Dr. AMY GOTTLIEB discuss how the conversation has changed and the unique position healthcare workers play in preventing domestic violence.

LT. COLONEL KAREN PINCH

LT. COLONEL KAREN PINCH is the highest ranking woman in the Rhode Island State Police. She's a 21 year veteran serving as Commanding Officer of Department of Public Safety. She discusses her career and success in working in a male dominated culture.

MIM RUNEY

Finding a job after college isn't easy. There are many challenges after college from student debt to the job market. MIM RUNEY, president of Johnson & Wales Providence campus discusses the job market, tuition costs, and what lessons she's learned about leadership.

MORGAN GREFE

Rhode Island's history and heritage is one of its greatest economic assets. MORGAN GREFE, executive director of Rhode Island Historical Society explains the RHODI PROJECT - RI History Online Directory Initiative - and how the past helps frame the future.

CHRISTINE CROCKER

What are the current best practices and professional standards for Rhode Island police departments? Retired Police Captain CHRISTINE CROCKER executive director for RI Police Accreditation, explains RI is one of 24 states to develop an accreditation program and why it's needed.

KELLY RAMIREZ

KELLY RAMIREZ, executive director for Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island, discusses how companies can combine successful business skills with the ideals of non-profits to create "a social enterprise".

JOY FELDMAN

You are what you eat! JOY FELDMAN is a nutritional consultant and author of children's book, Your Hair is Made of Donuts. She discusses nutritional balance and how food plays an important role in our energy and emotions.

KATHLEEN GORMAN and MARIA CIMINI

Food is such an important part of the holidays. Many Rhode Islanders are unable to put food on the table. KATHLEEN GORMAN of the SNAP Outreach Project discusses how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps 1 in 6 Rhode Islanders. MARIA CIMINI talks about living on a food budget of $4.50 a day.

JENNIE JOHNSON

Nearly one in four kids in Providence drop out of school. City Year Rhode Island helps keep students in school and on track. JENNIE JOHNSON, executive director, discusses the mentoring program in four Providence middle schools and how it is changing lives.

TOBY SIMON

One in 5 women will be assaulted on college campus. TOBY SIMON, the former director of Women's Center at Bryant University, has taught human sexuality and authored numerous books on the connection between alcohol and sexual behavior. She discusses what colleges need to do about sexual assaults on campus and the changing attitudes towards violence and sexual assault.

DEB DEBARE and DR. AMY GOTTLIEB

The NFL has provided a tipping point and teachable moment for domestic violence. DEB DEBARE, from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and DR. AMY GOTTLIEB discuss how the conversation has changed and the unique position healthcare workers play in preventing domestic violence.

REAR ADMIRAL BARBARA MCGANN

Retired REAR ADMIRAL BARBARA MCGANN, spent over 32 years in the US NAVY serving at the Pentagon and in the Middle East. She formed the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough and is currently the Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools.

HAIGANUSH BEDROSIAN

Family Court is the setting for painful divorce hearings and angry custody battles. Chief Judge HAIGANUSH BEDROSIAN is the first woman to lead the Rhode Island Family Court and in her 30 years, she's seen it all. She discusses her efforts to increase the court's efficiency and create a mediation program for contested divorces.

MAUREEN MAIGRET

Nearly half of the Rhode Island workforce (47%) are women 55 and over. MAUREEN MAIGRET specializes in long term health care and aging services. She worked with the Women's Fund of Rhode Island to develop a report on the status of older women (65+) in Rhode Island.

JUDY BARRETT LITOFF

JUDY BARRETT LITOFF is a history professor at Bryant University who has researched over 30,000 wartime letters written by American women in uniform and on the home front.

DIANE GOUVEIA

DIANE GOUVEIA is a licensed social worker and program director for SSTARBIRTH a long-term residential treatment facility in Cranston that helps women, like JESSICA, recover from alcohol and substance abuse.

CARMEN RECALDE RUSSO

Know More. Do More. Together we can end domestic violence CARMEN RECALDE RUSSO, with the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence discusses how bystanders can do more to help stop domestic violence; and a survivor shares how she overcame an abusive relationship.

RHODI PROJECT

Rhode Island's history and heritage are economic assets. MORGAN GREFE, executive director of Rhode Island Historical Society explains the RHODI PROJECT - RI History Online Directory Initiative - and how the past helps frame the future.

KRISTIN ZHIVAGO

Why aren't sellers selling the way customers want to buy? KRISTIN ZHIVAGO is a revenue coach who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs increase sales. She discusses 'buyer scrutiny' and how you can sell the way a customer wants to buy.

DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING

Acts of violence, like the Boston Marathon bombings and the Colorado shootings, shake all of us. DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING, a nationally recognized leader in trauma work and victim support services, discusses human resiliency and how people heal after violence, sexual assault and domestic abuse.