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Welcome to the Iridescent podcast, created by women, for women. Through real experiences and conversations, we champion, encourage, and inspire each other to explore our own unique brilliance. All women are capable of greatness and we believe speaking to the depths of our potential allows us to shine.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 42 Ratings

Welcome to the Iridescent podcast, created by women, for women. Through real experiences and conversations, we champion, encourage, and inspire each other to explore our own unique brilliance. All women are capable of greatness and we believe speaking to the depths of our potential allows us to shine.

    Freedom & Flexibility in Your Career with Afton Negrea

    Freedom & Flexibility in Your Career with Afton Negrea

    In this episode of season 3, we interview digital freelancer and founder of Free Birds, Afton Negrea. Afton is on a mission to help women from around the world discover freedom and flexibility in their lives by becoming successful digital freelancers through the Free Birds community and online mentorship. From the stay-at-home mom to the burned-out professional, Afton is helping women everywhere wake up to the true potential of building thriving freelance businesses and creating a life by their own design.
    How do we take control of our careers? With more and more businesses impacted by the pandemic, how can freelancing bring financial security and opportunity? How can we do more and more of the work we love? And how can we actively design work and life rhythms that work for us? These questions and more will be explored in this latest episode.
    The Iridescent Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
    More about our guest Afton Negrea:
    For more info, visit https://www.thefreebirds.co/ Follow Afton on instagram @thefreebirdsco BONUS Special:
    Join the Freebird’s 6-Month Business Mentorship for women who want to start a freelance lifestyle and business. The Free Birds Business Mentorship is an incubator program designed to create and transform your digital freelancing into a thriving legitimate business that you can run from anywhere. Throughout the mentorship, you'll learn proven strategies to massively grow your business, find the perfect clients, make more money, create more freedom in your life, and truly love what you do - all by your own design. Learn more, here.
    And Read This Iridescent Article by Afton:
    Starting Your Own Freelance Business: What is Obvious to You is Amazing to Others by Afton Negrea

    • 34 min
    Exploring Grief with Shelby Forsythia

    Exploring Grief with Shelby Forsythia

    We are kicking this new season off with a timely and compelling interview exploring the effects of grief and loss with Shelby Forsythia, the author of Permission to Grieve and podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. 
    How do we process grief? How do we navigate the loss of loved ones, relationships, jobs, health, opportunities, and seasons? How do we love and support those close to us who are experiencing deep grief in their lives? How do we make sense of a pandemic that has left everyone experiencing loss in different ways? These questions and more will be explored in this first episode of Season 3!
    More about our guest Shelby Forsythia:
    After the unexpected death of her mother in 2013, Shelby became a “student of grief” and set out on a lifetime mission to explore the oft-misunderstood human experience of loss. Through her book, weekly podcasts, and one-on-one grief guidance, she helps grieving people find direction, get support, and cultivate radical self-compassion after devastating loss.
    Shelby is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, and Intuitive Grief Guide. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Bustle, and The Oprah Magazine. 
    For more info, visit http://www.shelbyforsythia.com/. Follow Shelby on instagram @shelbyforsythia Listen to Shelby’s podcast Coming Back, here. BONUS Special:
    Sign up for Shelby’s latest online course, Life After Loss Academy, here!
    Feel safe in the world again, say goodbye to "the perfect griever," and love the person loss has forced you to become in this 12-week online course.
    And For More on the Topic of Grief:
    Download your copy of the video recording and interactive workbook Navigating Loss: How to Process Grief & Disappointment in Healthy Ways here.
    Check out these articles:
    “The Grief of Change” by Alexandra Brown “Being a Mother with Empty Arms: My Journey with Grief and Loss” by Michaela Taylor “Learning How to FLY: An Interview with Dr. Alisha Reed” by Serena Tuomi “It’s Okay to Grieve Loss at This Time” by Michaela Taylor “How to Cope with Sudden and Unexpected Loss” by Victoria Bardega Sheppard “How to Support a Grieving Friend” by Alexa Mamoulides “Why I Let Myself Grieve” by Bridgett Blood “How I Learned to Grieve with Hope After My Boyfriend’s Death” by Meg Capone Watch this video: “How Do We Deal with Unexpected Loss?”

    • 42 min
    The Power of Story with New York Times Bestselling Author Renée Watson

    The Power of Story with New York Times Bestselling Author Renée Watson

    In this final episode of Season 2, you’ll meet Renée Watson, a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, 'Piecing Me Together' received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children's picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renowned places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan. 
    We’ll hear more about the creative process for her poetry and fiction that often centers around the experiences of Black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renée also shares her personal journey as an educator and author, and the self-discoveries she made along the way. Renee shares the crucial role the arts play in social justice work, and how we can leverage creativity to help youth heal from trauma. 
    You can learn more about Rene Watson and her inspiring work by visiting reneewatson.net and make sure to follow @harlemportland on Instagram.

    • 41 min
    From Burnout to Success with Nickey Andree, Founder of The Nannyhood

    From Burnout to Success with Nickey Andree, Founder of The Nannyhood

    In this latest episode of Season 2, you’ll meet Nickey Andree, founder of The Nannyhood, which creates community and fosters friendships for nannies in their cities. It advocates for, resources, and places value on nannyhood. Nickey is also a professional career nanny with 15+ years experience working with children from all over the globe! She is passionate about helping nannies find their squad and assisting them in eliminating burnout. We’ll hear more about Nickey’s career as a nanny, her experience with burnout, and how she bounced back to found The Nannyhood. Nickey also shares leadership lessons she’s learned as a founder, the need to find community in your profession, and how to set healthy boundaries in your career. Bonus: Nickey offers some practical ways families can make the most of online schooling during stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic!

    • 34 min
    Thriving In Disability with Nas Campenella

    Thriving In Disability with Nas Campenella

    In this inspiring episode of Season 2, you’ll meet Nas Campanella, journalist and newsreader with the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and Triple J.. Nas became the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air. She also travels the world to speak at events, helping to motivate students, teachers, parents and industry on issues ranging from inclusive education, adaptive technology, accessible travel and the importance of empowerment and leadership for women.
    Dedicated to disability advocacy, Nas was part of a Disability Empowerment Skills Exchange in Fiji in 2016 where she worked in a media communications and advocacy role with the Spinal Injury Association in Suva. Nas devised a social media strategy for the organization, assisted in the design and launch of a disability awareness training program for the United Nations and ran workshops in public speaking, press release writing, and interview skills. She’s also an ambassador for Motivation Australia and the Royal Institute For Deaf and Blind Children and sits on the board of Directors at disability NGO Fighting Chance.
    We’ll hear more about how Nas’ journey from growing up with a disability to pursuing journalism to finding love and becoming a passionate disability advocate. Nas also shares the challenges she has overcome, the myths and misconceptions around blindness, and the importance of shattering glass ceilings for those with disabilities.

    • 46 min
    Male Feminism Redefined with Artist Andre Veloux

    Male Feminism Redefined with Artist Andre Veloux

    You’ll meet British artist Andre Veloux. His art explores modern feminism and gender roles by standing up for women and standing against male entitlement which causes discrimination, oppression and violence against women. Innovative and masterful, Andre’s work is created entirely from Legos and is showcased in private collections and galleries worldwide. We’ll hear Andre’s journey as an artist, husband, father, and advocate, and how he’s redefining male feminism through art.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

Marianna O ,

Love this podcast!!!

I’m new to the world of podcast. Iridescent is the first podcast that I listen to and I’m proud to say that I’m fully caught up! You’re a breath of fresh air. I love listening and learning from the strong women conversations. Thank you and God bless! ~Fan from San Antonio 😘

Kyra Schaefer ,


Every single week I'm blown away by the conversations that are being had-- because they are always exactly what I need to hear! Both the hosts and the guests have so much wisdom to offer, and the topics being discussed are so necessary in our current culture.
Keep it up Iridescent!!! You women are killing it! I feel more empowered each podcast!

Cassie Geiger ,

Love this podcast!

Such a wonderful collection of inspiring stories by women for women! Listening to each testimony and learning from each journey of the lives of Iridescent’s contributors has proven to be uniquely insightful, greatly encouraging, and highly relatable every time. Keep up the good work, Nicole and Alex, and I encourage everyone to take the time to tune in to the incredible content these women have to share.

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