38 episodes

The Power of Stories is a new podcast BY women, ABOUT women, and FOR women. In this podcast, we are inviting courageous women from around the world to share the experiences that are shaping their path to empowerment. In each episode, you will hear stories that remind YOU that you are not alone…stories about resilience, overcoming fears, pursuing your dreams.. AND believing in yourself. This podcast is hosted by... Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino, a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere, and founder of the storytelling platform, SayItForward.org and.... Yodit Kifle Smith, a creative dedicated to making sure the voices and stories of women are heard. We are grateful to Lisa DiGiovine, Editor/Co-Producer of The Power of Stories Podcast for agreeing to share her advice and expertise. Lisa is an Emmy nominated non-fiction producer, writer and director. Her many credits include writing and producing for CNN, E!, Dr. Phil, Discovery, The Outdoor Channel, Lifetime and NBC. And many thanks to Cali Wang for composing the Intro / Outro Music for this podcast. Listeners can connect with us at SayItForward.org and on our social media pages:Instagram and Twitter: @SayItForwardNow Facebook: facebook.com/sayitforwardnow

The Power Of Stories Podcast SayItForward.org

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The Power of Stories is a new podcast BY women, ABOUT women, and FOR women. In this podcast, we are inviting courageous women from around the world to share the experiences that are shaping their path to empowerment. In each episode, you will hear stories that remind YOU that you are not alone…stories about resilience, overcoming fears, pursuing your dreams.. AND believing in yourself. This podcast is hosted by... Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino, a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere, and founder of the storytelling platform, SayItForward.org and.... Yodit Kifle Smith, a creative dedicated to making sure the voices and stories of women are heard. We are grateful to Lisa DiGiovine, Editor/Co-Producer of The Power of Stories Podcast for agreeing to share her advice and expertise. Lisa is an Emmy nominated non-fiction producer, writer and director. Her many credits include writing and producing for CNN, E!, Dr. Phil, Discovery, The Outdoor Channel, Lifetime and NBC. And many thanks to Cali Wang for composing the Intro / Outro Music for this podcast. Listeners can connect with us at SayItForward.org and on our social media pages:Instagram and Twitter: @SayItForwardNow Facebook: facebook.com/sayitforwardnow

    Jamila Hammad, St. Croix, V.I. and Colombia

    Jamila Hammad, St. Croix, V.I. and Colombia

    Jamila Hammad was born in Colombia from a Colombian mother and a Palestinian father.  At age 12, her family migrated to the US, and Jamila set out to learn English, get a college degree and pursue a corporate career in Marketing Communications.  She accomplished all of those goals…and then walked away from it all to become an artist. Today she lives on St. Croix, in the Caribbean Virgin Islands, and creates art quilts and mixed media works that celebrate the spirit of the sea.
    In this episode, Jamila discusses how, as a 12-year-old, she acclimated to a new country, culture, and language… her view that “not belonging” offers an opportunity to find common ground… the courageous choice to leave a successful corporate career to pursue her passion for art… forging her own path through acts of independence… searching for ways to connect with her soul… discovering quilting as a path to artistic expression… discovering a lifetime of inspiration in the majesty of the sea… the importance of overcoming the distractions of the world to go within and connect with our truth.  IG: @jamilahammadart (St. Croix, V.I. and Colombia)

    • 19 min
    Denetra Hampton, USA

    Denetra Hampton, USA

    Denetra Hampton is the founder of For Nurses By Nurses Productions, a media platform committed to empowering the role of the nurse scientist and helping bridge the gap of health disparities. Denetra is a retired Naval Nurse Corps Officer of 22 years, a filmmaker, a philanthropist, a nurse storyteller and a renowned historian.  
    In this episode, Denetra discusses the incident in 2019 that called her to become a filmmaker… her latest film, “The Dixie 3: A Story on Civil Rights in Nursing” about Mildred Smith, Patricia Taylor McKenzie, and Agnes Stokes Chisman, nurses who stood up for themselves and for all African American nurses… how being an African American woman is a part of her own story as a leader, storyteller, and educator… the profound influence of her mother in her life… her Naval career… stories as a form of healing and mental health… and the importance of looking within and authentically believing in yourself. (USA)

    • 19 min
    Esihle Makitshi, South Africa

    Esihle Makitshi, South Africa

    Esihle Makitshi is a young South African who has lived in Austria, France, Canada, Belgium and now Ireland only to find out that people want the same things… love and respect. She works in the tech industry to make the tools we use safer and more equitable for all. 
    In this episode, Esihle discusses her endless curiosity… studying computer technology… being drawn to follow her passions… being comfortable with the decisions we make…the choice to “belong” everywhere… growing up and facing stereotypes in post-Apartheid South Africa… not wasting the opportunities in front of us… adjusting to  new communities when moving to different countries… what drew her to tech… recognizing and addressing subtle opposition and microaggressions… believing in ourselves and the power of our voice. (South Africa) 

    • 16 min
    Lauren Galley, USA

    Lauren Galley, USA

    Lauren Galley is an award-winning teen-mentor and President of Girls Above Society, a non-profit dedicated to empowering today's young girls to be confident, kind, and cyber-smart.  
    In this episode, Lauren discusses the experience of being cyber-bullied when she was in middle school… the power of one person's mean words in changing how we feel about ourselves… the important role of her mother in helping her deal with the experience and shock of being bullied… founding Girls Above Society initially by sharing her story by speaking with groups of girls in elementary and middle schools… imposter syndrome… self-confidence as a journey and a daily practice… and the importance of listening and recognizing that we have feelings and experiences that connect us all.  (USA)

    • 20 min
    Sahra Ahmed Koshin, Somalia and The Netherlands

    Sahra Ahmed Koshin, Somalia and The Netherlands

    Sahra Ahmed Koshin is a mother and has many other roles - she is a researcher; PhD Candidate in understanding the role of women in the rebuilding and mobilization of resources in Somalia during times of crisis; anthropologist; storyteller; poet; blogger and author. 
    In this episode, Sahra discusses how living in several countries shaped her life… having a strong Somali identity, even while living in other places… experiencing exclusion, not belonging, and being treated differently… living as an asylum-seeker in a refugee camp in The Netherlands, and beginning to write prize-winning poetry there… moving back to Somalia for a new job… the joys of motherhood… the importance of women taking part in the documentation of a country’s history… social media as a tool for women to creatively express themselves… the importance of understanding girls’ needs for female role models and mentors while they are in school. (Somalia and The Netherlands)

    • 18 min
    Jennifer Kayombo, Tanzania

    Jennifer Kayombo, Tanzania

    Jennifer Kayombo is a young woman leader who is passionate about girls' and women's rights. In 2021, Jennifer was recognized by New African Woman Magazine as a woman who is pioneering to make her community a better place.  
    In this episode, Jennifer discusses her mother's commitment to her education… volunteering in a local organization working with other girls, and then achieving a leadership role in high school to educate girls about reproductive health and rights… her mother as a “pillar of strength” in her life… using her own challenges and experiences to encourage other girls and young women… the importance of being resilient and optimistic… trying even when we know we may fail… encouraging young girls and young women to know that their own voice is powerful and that they can be whatever they want to be… and the importance of creating safe spaces and platforms for girls and young women to speak out. (Tanzania)

    • 17 min

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