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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

    • Philosophy
    • 4.7, 16 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.

    Alka Joshi, Writer, Author The Henna Artist: NY Times Bestseller List, Reese Witherspoon’s May 2020 Book Club Pick

    Alka Joshi, Writer, Author The Henna Artist: NY Times Bestseller List, Reese Witherspoon’s May 2020 Book Club Pick

    Alka Joshi’s mother married at 18 in an arranged marriage, as was the custom in India in the 1950’s. The choice was not hers. But what if she had fled and not married? What if she had been able to make her own choices? The Henna Artist is Alka’s story of what if. Ten years of research, ten years in the writing and we have the story of one woman’s journey to be self-made and discover herself. Choices that we have and those we don’t have or didn’t have, Alka expresses it all through the artistry in The Henna Artist.
    Alka Joshi’s debut novel is on the New York Times Bestseller List, Reese Witherspoon’s May Book club pick and one of Ms. Magazine’s ‘8 Books That Will Transport You’. Born in the desert state of Rajasthan in India, her family immigrated to America in 1967. Alka has lived in India, Italy and France. She and her husband currently live in California. Alka earned her BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts in San Francisco. Alka has spent over 30 years in marketing and is the CEO of Alka Joshi Marketing.

    • 37 min
    Donna VanderPoel, Creator Stamford CT Rocks, Spreading Happiness Everywhere & Lauren Zajac, Fulltime Working Single Mom of 3, Spreading Gratitude Everywhere

    Donna VanderPoel, Creator Stamford CT Rocks, Spreading Happiness Everywhere & Lauren Zajac, Fulltime Working Single Mom of 3, Spreading Gratitude Everywhere

    This week I talk with two different women, each making an impact in these crazy times.  One who is spreading Happiness and the other, Gratitude. 
    Donna VanderPoel, Creator of Stamford CT Rocks, Mother, Student, Former Teacher and ‘I Spy’. ‘I Spy this, I Spy that’ was a game that Donna noticed so many parents were repeatedly doing with their children. The pandemic and social distancing were having parents pull from their childhood. An oldie and sometime goodie, Donna thought that there had to be something a little better. And so, Stamford CT Rocks was born. Yes, rock painting, hiding rocks, and finding the hidden rocks was not new. But this was different, it was taking place on social media for her New England town of Stamford, CT during a pandemic. Within 3 weeks Stamford CT Rocks had over 738 members. And its members now include people from near and far. Seems that spreading happiness and bringing smiles to people, is not a small thing.
    Lauren Zajac, Chief Legal Officer for WorkHuman, single full time working mom of 3, stumbled at the beginning. Twin teenage girls and a fifteen year old son, home schooling, working from home and running the house, just a slight change to her her daily life. Lauren discovered the opportunity to gain a balanced perspective due to the pandemic. Her children were deputized, yes deputized. Life may not always be perfect and days may be different than planned but Lauren took a deep breadth and realized that this could be the time to take a pause, look around and be grateful for things that she taken for granted. Gratitude is what Lauren is spreading. Her journey has not always been easy and the house may be messy at times, but even when life is not all roses, gratitude is what has led to her success. She is sharing her journey.
    Both women are spreading happiness and gratitude during these strange times. Two things that can sometimes make days easier, even for just a little while.

    • 34 min
    Indie Lee, Creator and Founder Indie Lee Skin Care, Former Planner, Healthy Living Educator, ‘Welcome to the Rest of Your Life’

    Indie Lee, Creator and Founder Indie Lee Skin Care, Former Planner, Healthy Living Educator, ‘Welcome to the Rest of Your Life’

    How would your life change if you were told that you only had six months to live? That was over 10 years ago and Indie Lee is still going strong. She knew what she needed to do and nothing was going to stand in her way. A planner all her life, the plan that she had created for herself was not going to work anymore. We’re given bumps along the way of life, Indie was given mountains. From making organic ‘tush’ cream for her new nephew, to creating a clean skin care company, Indie speaks to me about the life changing words she heard: Welcome to the rest of your life.
    Educating people about what we put on our skin, is Indie’s mission. After learning that 60% of what we apply to our skin may be absorbed in as little as 26 seconds, Indie’s journey has led her to the creation of a clean beauty collection, inspiring and empowering people to be mindful as to what we put on our skin as well as into our body.

    • 31 min
    Mom, Writer, Marketer, Lover of Cooking, Winner Covid -19 Cooking Challenge, #MorrisFamilyKitchen CEO

    Mom, Writer, Marketer, Lover of Cooking, Winner Covid -19 Cooking Challenge, #MorrisFamilyKitchen CEO

    Ida Morris is a mom, writer, marketer, lover of cooking and CEO of the Morris Family Kitchen. And oh yes, winner of the Covid-19 Cooking Challenge.
    Food has always been a symbol of family and bringing people together. In these strange and uncharted times, we need connection. Meet Ida, MacGyver and Mary Poppins rolled into one amazing lady. Ida is an inspiration to all, cooks or not. She not only cooks, but she gathers her family and friends in ways that some of us would never have thought possible. People are following her not just for her recipes, but to see what she has discovered. Discovered in that pantry of hers. Ida is our cooking MacGyver. She’s able to adapt on the run – don’t have a specific ingredient, Ida to the rescue.  Ida is Mary Poppins, you never know what she is going to pull from her pantry.
    Hope, inspiration and creativity. Let’s not forget that part. Many have followed her example of a Covid Cooking Challenge and many are waiting with watering mouths for her next meal. Vicariously that is. Listen to a fun conversation in times that we could all use a reason to smile.

    • 23 min
    Illana Raia, Founder & CEO Être Girls, Author, Knowledge Strategy Attorney, Columbia University Guest Lecturer, Mogul Influencer

    Illana Raia, Founder & CEO Être Girls, Author, Knowledge Strategy Attorney, Columbia University Guest Lecturer, Mogul Influencer

    Illana Raia is the founder of Être Girls. ‘Who exactly do you want to be?’ – Être Girls, a knowledge strategy and a resource and mentorship platform for girls approaching high school.  Do your children know much about your career? Do they think of you as the cook, driver, cleaner, supplier of your clothes and other various items? When Illana realized that her daughter had no clear idea of what she actually did or that the women who she was around were accomplished women in their own right, Illana decided she wanted to change that. Illana was determined to make sure that young girls knew that there are many options to choose from. And so, the beginnings of Être Girls.
    Illana is the author of Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be?, a former Skadden Arps lawyer, guest lecturer at Columbia University, and a contributor to HuffPost, Ms. Magazine and Thrive Global. Illana was named a Mogul Influencer in 2017 and has appeared in the HuffPost “Talk To Me” video series and participated in the 2019 #WomenWhoRock campaign.

    • 30 min
    Gillian Anderson, Founder My Friend Abby, Young Adult Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate, Mental Health Revolutionary

    Gillian Anderson, Founder My Friend Abby, Young Adult Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate, Mental Health Revolutionary

    “Say their name. Say their name out loud.”
    Gillian Anderson is starting a mental health revolution. Abby was just 15 when she succumbed to suicide. Abby is Gillian’s daughter.
    The rate of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the United States who have died by suicide, has sharply risen in the past couple of years. Suicide is thought to be the second leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34.
    Gillian’s mission now is to get rid of the stigma and shame of depression and anxiety. How did Gillian stay strong enough to make sure that Abby’s friends understood that Abby suffered from an illness? She founded My Friend Abby whose mission is to empower youth and young adults to actively create peer to peer connections. And to make sure that the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness is eliminated.
    Before founding My Friend Abby, Gillian worked as Development Director for WSHU Public Radio.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Elizabeth Jacobs ,

Sylvia and Me, Episode one, Candace Lightner and ALL episodes!

Big kudos to Sylvia for creating inspirational podcasts just when we need it! Don’t miss any- but especially don’t miss Scarlett Lewis who was able to forgive the madman who murdered her 6 year old at Sandy Hook. Her message (that came from her son) is one that everyone needs to hear right now! Thanks again Sylvia!!👏👏👏👏

It was so inspiring to hear Candace Lightner‘s incredible story! Can’t imagine surviving such a big loss much less transforming it in such a powerful way. Sylvia makes her interviews sound so effortless, like she is talking to a neighbor, yet she’s interviewing one of our nations greatest advocates. Thank you to Candace for saving so many lives, and thank you to Sylvia for sharing this. I can’t wait for the next one!

Stonesleep ,

Super Insightful and Entertaining

Sylvia has a way of not only finding really unique guests for her show but is able to ask them intriguing questions about their story. The episode with Wendy Kaufman (the Snapple Lady) was incredibly eye opening and just goes to show you have no idea what people are going through below the surface. Excited for this second season and her lineup.

Whitney roxs ,

Great Show

I love this show! I love hearing Sylvia talk with such incredible women and learn more about who they are and what their stories are. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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