69 episodes

Influential women’s voices are best highlighted through the rich stories they tell. The Talismanic Ten come alive through storytelling. Influential SHE podcasts will help you think deeper about high leverage practices that can help accelerate your influence!

Influential SHE Podcast Influential SHE

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

Influential women’s voices are best highlighted through the rich stories they tell. The Talismanic Ten come alive through storytelling. Influential SHE podcasts will help you think deeper about high leverage practices that can help accelerate your influence!

    Leveraging Story with Jenny Q & Myshkin Warbler

    Leveraging Story with Jenny Q & Myshkin Warbler

    In 2014 Jenny became dramatically ill, fighting sepsis for her life.  Losing both legs below the knees, five fingers and multiple organs, enduring well over fifty surgeries and rising above opioid withdrawal, her story is one of always making the choice to step into life.  This is her tale shared through the voice of her beloved wife Myshkin, about how woven strands of support showed up from around the world to hold them when all seemed lost.  Jenny and Myshkin will inspire all with their lived story of always choosing love, joy, and community, even when life is in the darkest place.
    Jenny Qaqundah, born to Palestinian immigrants, is an R.N. and an herbalist that opened the Grateful Desert Apothecary in Joshua Tree, CA.  In 2018 she published Held Together:  A True Story of Love’s Victory, a collection of vignettes from the perspectives of a community that rose up becoming warriors in the fight for her life.
    Myshkin Warbler is a poet and a musical artist with over three decades of celebrated work in independent music.   In 2018 she released Trust and the High Wire, songs that form a narrative of finding growing love through some extraordinary hardships.  
    Together Jenny and Myshkin created a worker owned company, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Grateful Desert and opening a second location, Grateful Rain, in Astoria, Oregon where they live with daughter Yazzy.  Creating a production that weaves their talents and stories, they have shared the Held Together journey with multiple audiences in the country.

    • 37 min
    Leveraging Voice with Susan Young

    Leveraging Voice with Susan Young

    It’s your worst nightmare - learning that your fifteen-year-old daughter has been sex trafficked right under your nose for 1 ½ years.  Susan brings voice to this incredible horror that shattered her entire family.  Her compelling story will open the eyes of all to understand that it can happen anywhere, at any time, to any family.  With incredible strength and courage, she and her husband took this “living death”, and started to piece their  family back together.  All will be inspired by how Susan rose from the depths of despair to become the “voice for the voiceless”.


    Susan Young, a subject matter expert and surviving parent, has trained thousands of personnel, private entities, doctors, law enforcement, houses of worship, teachers, and communities across the nation and around the world about the dangers and indicators of sex trafficking. She has worked alongside governors and the U.S. Congress to ensure proper legislation is passed to prosecute the traffickers and provide aid to victims and their families. Susan knows that trafficking not only affects the victims themselves, but the family as a whole and is tireless in her advocacy for needed changes,


    Susan is the Founder/CEO of the Parent Coalition to End Human Trafficking which she started in 2017.  With a mission to bridge the gap for families struggling to overcome the devastation left by traffickers. She created a support curriculum to aid families in their journey toward healing, provides guidance to locate resources, helps others navigate the criminal justice system, and delivers support for siblings and other family members. Susan has participated and led numerous conferences, delivered training, and provided mentorship and advisory at all levels of government and industry.  Additionally she is part of a call-in center for parents and victims all over the world, providing information, aid, and support.  www.preventht.org

    • 51 min
    I She in Ten - Ep8

    I She in Ten - Ep8

    Why in the world did we (Deb and Mel) start Influential She in the first place?  We took a hard look at what existed to unleash the crazy good influence of women and came up wanting.  So we simply decided to do something about it,  And the result?  An incredible podcast journey where nuggets of wisdom are shared by kickass women.  Join in and be inspired to live your best life!

    • 10 min
    Leveraging Self with Erleigh Wiley

    Leveraging Self with Erleigh Wiley

    With values mentored by her ‘force of nature’ mother Fern, she is clear-eyed about who she is and how she belongs in every room.  As a judge, wife, mom and community leader, she had the courage to step into the District Attorney role after two professional prosecutors were slain in cold blood for doing their jobs.  As author of memoir Target on My Back, be inspired by how her strong sense of self gave the confidence to step into the sphere of danger before the killer was identified or apprehended.  
    Erleigh Wiley is a native Texan, born and raised in Kaufman County.  She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the unexpired term of the office of the Criminal District Attorney of Kaufman County after he was murdered.  She was re-elected in 2014 and has been the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney ever since.  
    In her current and previous roles as elected judge of Kaufman County Court at Law and with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, she has been a tireless advocate in helping abused and neglected children, developing treatment courts and fighting for the most vulnerable.  She graduated from Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business and Texas Law.

    • 38 min
    Leveraging Doing with Cynthia Newberry Martin

    Leveraging Doing with Cynthia Newberry Martin

    As a novelist and woman living on her deepest heart terms, she shares how important it is to “decide what you want and take a step toward it.”  When the world pressures how life should be, Cynthia will inspire all by her “doing” built around being separate and together.   
    Cynthia Newberry Martin writes novels about marriage.  About how characters navigate between separateness and togetherness.  About how they balance the need for both time to themselves and time together.  About what compromise does to a person’s sense of self. Her website features the How We Spend Our Days series, over a decade of essays by writers on their lives.  Tidal Flats is her first novel.
    Cynthia holds an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Her early stories, essays and reviews appeared in multiple publications.  She grew up in the sixties in the heart of Atlanta, went to college in North Carolina, spent a year teaching English in France, practiced law, and had kids.  Through it all she was a reader, and in the late 90’s thought books were cool and writers were cool.  She got about ‘doing’ to become one.
    She now lives in Columbus, Georgia with her husband and in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in a little house by the water that is her favorite place on earth.   www.cynthianewberrymartin.com

    • 41 min
    Leveraging Connection with Grace Koh

    Leveraging Connection with Grace Koh

    The daughter of Korean immigrants, she lives up to her namesake in fostering influential connections.  From negotiating D.C. “food fights” to being present and courageous when conversations are difficult, she will inspire all to grow in the skill of connection.  Through her story-telling Grace uncovers how implicit connection has always been in her life, and now claims it as truly explicit and a  driver for her authentic place in the world. 
    Grace Koh is the Vice-President of Legislative Affairs for Nokia, advancing public policy priorities on Capitol Hill and in the Administration.  As a 15-year veteran of Washington, D.C., she has earned a reputation for bipartisanship and strategic advice influencing change in 
    Congress.  She has extensive experience in the cross-section of geopolitics, technology and trade both domestically and abroad.
    Grace’s rich experience includes being U.S. Ambassador to the 2019 International Telecommunication Union’s World Radiocommunication Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where she led the 125 member delegation in negotiating successful outcomes for U.S. spectrum (5G) and satellite policy.


    Koh also served as Special Assistant to the President for technology, telecom and cybersecurity policy in the White House, and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  In the private sector, Grace worked as a lawyer in multiple capacities.  She has a B.A from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Lotus&Rabbit ,

Game Changer for Women

Deb and Mel are two leaders at the top of their game. Influential She is a great listen for savvy women wanting the live their values and change the world.

Nikkiet435 ,

Influentially Unkind

I has a professional experience working with these ladies and left feeling belittled and disappointed. They may seek to empower others but do not have the skills to see beyond simple mistakes. How someone treats the “little man” is truly a reflection of the kind of person they are behind the curtain. If my experience was any indication, these ladies are simply here for clicks and likes. They lost a follower in me and I will make a point to discourage my circle of influence to spend their time consuming their content.

KWS-SD ,

Love this!

I’m loving this podcast! Great insight and advice from two amazing women!