100 episodes

Sylvia & Me, conversations with extraordinary women who are changing the world by making a difference in their lives and the lives around them. Life changing events can be frightening, exciting, overwhelming; a range of emotions. They are usually followed by decisions made by some bold, strong, independent, persevering women who open the door to a new journey. We’ll be taking journeys through conversations with these women. ‘Sylvia & Me’ can be found on most popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and iHeart Radio. And our website, https://lifeapres.com/podcast Listen, subscribe for free and take us with you wherever you are.

Sylvia & Me Sylvia Beckerman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

Sylvia & Me, conversations with extraordinary women who are changing the world by making a difference in their lives and the lives around them. Life changing events can be frightening, exciting, overwhelming; a range of emotions. They are usually followed by decisions made by some bold, strong, independent, persevering women who open the door to a new journey. We’ll be taking journeys through conversations with these women. ‘Sylvia & Me’ can be found on most popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and iHeart Radio. And our website, https://lifeapres.com/podcast Listen, subscribe for free and take us with you wherever you are.

    Just a Girl from the Bronx

    Just a Girl from the Bronx

    Just a girl from the Bronx. That’s Francine Farkas Sears, the first American businesswoman invited to China after President Nixon re-established trade relations. The groundbreaking trip included twenty-five men and Francine.

    Francine's first leap into entrepreneurship began in her teens with a babysitting business. Her second was revolutionizing a salon armed with an idea, $1,000 cash, 7th Avenue and Pucci-like dresses. Next an entry level at Alexander’s Department store followed by a stint as a famed Wall Street stockbroker leading the path for women. Alexander’s called her back where she worked her way up to become Fashion Director and Vice President. Francine was simultaneously raising a young family. Today she is the proud mother of five grown children.

    That girl from the Bronx turned herself into one of the most influential, successful women.

    • 37 min
    Historical Fiction Madam Secretary

    Historical Fiction Madam Secretary

    Frances Perkins is a woman I’ve come to know, admire and am in awe of through Stephanie Dray’s newest novel Becoming Madam Secretary. The first female cabinet member in U.S. history, she was Labor Secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In a political time dominated by men, Frances Perkins was America’s leading advocate for workers’ rights and industrial safety. Fair Labor Standard Acts, Social Security…thank you Frances.

    • 36 min
    Retail Pioneer, Global Trendsetter

    Retail Pioneer, Global Trendsetter

    Retail pioneer and global trendsetter, Liz Lange, transformed maternity wear in 1997 and gave women the empowerment to shine. Her brand, Liz Lange Maternity, became a game-changer for celebrities and regular women alike.

    In the early 2000s, Liz Lange became a household name as a retail pioneer and global trendsetter. Her licensing deals with Nike, Target, and HSN established her as a fashion icon, with her maternity collaborations and ready-to-wear line becoming wildly popular. Lange's book, "Liz Lange's Maternity Style: How to look Fabulous during the Most Fashion-Challenged Time," published by Random House in 2003, further cemented her status as a fashion expert.

    • 38 min
    Small Legacies and a Trophy

    Small Legacies and a Trophy

    It started with a piggy bank, well sort of. Among Amanda's late husband's passions was financial wellness. Not finding anything but plastic children's piggy banks, Amanda made her own, a solid wood piggy bank. A piggy bank with three compartments: giving, saving and spending. Her son's financial education was not going to start in a plastic piggy bank. It was part of his father's legacy, the Enduring Legacy Bank. And it turned out to be the start of Small Legacies. 

    • 27 min
    The Women and Vietnam

    The Women and Vietnam

    March is Women's History Month. Let's take a moment to acknowledge the forgotten heroes of the Vietnam War- the women veterans. Approximately 10,000 women served in Vietnam as nurses, medical personnel, and military intelligence in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Award-winning author Kristin Hannah's newest historical fiction, The Women, sheds light on the untold stories of these brave women.

    • 31 min
    Politics of Adoption

    Politics of Adoption

    Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood. The title is quite powerful as is its author, Gretchen Sisson, PhD.  Gretchen has been making waves with her groundbreaking studies on abortion and adoption in the US. Her work sheds light on the experiences of women who have relinquished their child for adoption since Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court's dissent in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health from Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor cited Gretchen's research. The stories of relinquishing mothers reveal a larger societal problem of our country's refusal to care for families at the most basic level.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

TheHennaArtist ,

Energetic and professional interview!

Talking to Sylvia is like chatting with a friend over coffee. She’s professional, sensitive, and dynamic. As an author, I appreciate interviewers who have read my books closely because their questions reflect the depth of their understanding of the narrative. Sylvia asks interesting questions and always allows me enough time to answer questions fully. I never feel rushed. When the interview is over, I can’t believe almost an hour has passed. I wish every interview were like Sylvia’s!

Susan Bandes ,

Stellar interviewer

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sylvia recently. She is such a talented interviewer! She’s empathetic, incisive, extremely well prepared, and so good at weaving a story together. She asks terrific questions and really listens. One of my favorite conversations!

CarolineMcB ,

Women United!

Sylvia is a dynamic podcaster with a wide array of female guests who share their insight and passions with her. She's a delight! Women empowering women!

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