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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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    • 5.0 • 44 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.

    Becoming Business Savvy with Female Founder and Coach Melissa Lin

    Becoming Business Savvy with Female Founder and Coach Melissa Lin

    In this episode of season 3, we interview Melissa Lin, businesswoman, sales & content expert. Melissa left her $86k Chemical Engineering career to go all in on her business and now runs her own multiple 6 figure company! And now through The Fierce Business Academy, she helps other women find success with their online businesses!
    In fact, over the past few years, Melissa has  helped hundreds of women start their online businesses, leave their 9-5’s, increase their monthly business income 2-3 times over, and make more while working less.
    How can you turn your passion into profit? What are the pitfalls to avoid when starting your own business? What mindsets keep women from succeeding in their careers? How can women take control of their careers during a pandemic? These questions and more will be explored in this latest encouraging and empowering episode. 
    The Iridescent Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
    More about our guest Melissa Lin:
    For more info, visit www.themelissalin.com Subscribe to Melissa’s podcast The Fierce Business Babe here. Follow Leissa on instagram @themelissalin Check out these Iridescent articles for more career advice: 
    How I Launched a Business During a Pandemic by Annabelle Evangeline Building the Career You’ve Been Dreaming About: An Interview with Founder & CEO of Thr3efold, Jessica Kelly by Nicole Smithee How to Combat Zoom Fatigue by Savannah Lee Bring Your Team Closer Together During the Pandemic by Courtney Monasch Navigating a Toxic Work Culture Like a Boss by Arabhis Nicholson Check out these bonus Iridescent podcast episodes interviewing other #BossBabes:
    Freedom & Flexibility in Your Career with Afton Negrea Planning for Success with Tamara Ellison Unlocking Your Potential with Chanel Dokun

    • 39 min
    Motherhood without Judgment with Lori Beth, founder of YayaMamas

    Motherhood without Judgment with Lori Beth, founder of YayaMamas

    In this episode of season 3, we interview Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A. a work from home mom who manages multiple businesses and homeschools her three children on the island of Maui. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication for the Child and Masters Degrees in both Children’s Literature and Creative Writing for Children. She is the host of the international podcast Elevating Motherhood and creator of the blog yayamamas--both the blog and podcast focus on bringing sisterhood, perspective, and support to mamas all over the world. 
    How can we build a community of supportive women around us? How can mothers create time for connecting with other moms? How can we ditch mommy-shaming as a culture? What ways can women invest in their personal development and self-care when they’ve got a lot on their plates? What practical ways can mothers help their children navigate online learning? These questions and more will be explored in this latest honest and hopeful episode. 
    The Iridescent Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
    More about our guest Lori Beth:
    For more info, visit http://www.yayamamas.com/ Subscribe to Lori Beth’s podcast Elevating Motherhood available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. Follow Lori Beth on instagram @loribethauldridge Check out these Iridescent articles exploring parenting and motherhood: 
    7 Tips for Homeschooling in a Pandemic from 3 Seasoned Homeschooling-Moms by Elissa Esher Parenting: The Stuff No One Told Me by Brianne Brown You Can’t Do It All (and That’s Okay) by Crystal Marie Changing the Parenting Stereotype by Elizabeth Oates To the Working Dads… by Alexandra Brown Mental Health and Motherhood by Nikki Newbauer Navigating Modern Motherhood by Annie Willmot

    • 40 min
    Courage on the Ground with Journalist and Editor Zahra Hankir

    Courage on the Ground with Journalist and Editor Zahra Hankir

    In this timely bonus episode of season 3, we interview Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese-British journalist who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East and Muslim communities around the world. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vice, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Businessweek, Roads & Kingdoms, and Literary Hub, among other publications. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship in International Journalism to attend the Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in politics and Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut and the University of Manchester, respectively. She is the editor of the best-selling anthology Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, which was published by Penguin Books in August 2019.
    How is Beirut rebuilding after the recent devastating explosion? What unique challenges are female journalists experiencing in the Arab World? How are they able to bravely tell local stories that need to be heard? What myths about life in the Middle East need debunking? Can the media be trusted? These questions and more will be explored in this latest powerful and eye-opening episode. 
    The Iridescent Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
    More about our guest Zahra Hankir:
    For more info, visit https://www.zahrahankir.com/ Follow Zahra on twitter @zahrahankir Follow Zahra on instagram @zahrahankir  Purchase your copy of Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World wherever books are sold. 
    Zahra is currently documenting first-person testimonies from survivors of the blast in Beirut. Read the 12 testimonies at https://medium.com/@ZahraHankir.

    • 41 min
    Advancing Cultural and Policy Change through Film & Media with Heidi Nel

    Advancing Cultural and Policy Change through Film & Media with Heidi Nel

    In this episode of season 3, we interview Heidi Nel, the Head of Raben Impact Entertainment, a division of The Raben Group. Heidi is a storyteller and impact strategist using art, film, and media to change the world. She works with leaders across media, entertainment, tech, and philanthropy, including the American Film Institute, MACRO, One Community, PBS, Sony Pictures, and YouTube, as well as independent filmmakers, artists, and change makers.
    With nearly two decades working in entertainment, advocacy, strategic communications, and public engagement, Heidi is a leader in the social impact field, with unique insight and expertise in advancing cultural and policy change through stories and film.
    In addition to her work on Just Mercy through the Represent Justice public campaign, she has led impact strategy and successful engagement campaigns tied to award-winning films, such as Batkid Begins, The Best of Enemies, Food Chains, Happening, The Human Experiment, The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War, and more. Her issue-area expertise includes criminal justice reform, immigration, sexual assault, and gender and racial equity.
    What’s it really like building a career in the entertainment industry as a woman? What leadership and life lessons has Heidi learned along the way? How does story-telling through film impact social change? How can we actively advocate for cultural and policy change? These questions and more will be explored in this latest episode. 
    More about our guest Heidi Nel:
    For more info, visit heidinel.media  Follow Heidi on instagram @heidinel  Iridescent Bonuses: 
    For more Iridescent articles about making a social impact and advocating for change, check out Iridescent’s Advocate for Change. To receive the Iridescent’s weekly Advocacy in Action email dedicated to educating ourselves on different issues of injustice and how we can make a difference, subscribe here. Check out our Iridescent movie review of Just Mercy by Joy Attmore. 

    • 40 min
    Winning in Fitness with CrossFit Athlete and Trainer Andrea Montalvo

    Winning in Fitness with CrossFit Athlete and Trainer Andrea Montalvo

    In this episode of season 3, we interview 2x CrossFit Games competitor and a life-long committed athlete Andrea Montalvo. Andrea excelled in many sports and spent the last 10+ years as a fitness trainer and seminar instructor. She resides in Astoria Queens as a Certified Personal Trainer and an entrepreneur who started her own movement workshops called AgerBomb Seminars and has taught 120 events all over the world. This past July, Andrea launched Embrace MVMNT, an Instagram-based business providing daily workouts, tutorial videos and faith encouragement to help women grow together both physically and spiritually.
    How do we take control of our health and wellness? What do we do when depression and other mental health struggles impact our motivation? What does it take to create a fitness routine we actually enjoy? How does simple movement impact our overall wellness? How can cultivating the mentality of a competitive athlete help us overcome obstacles? These questions and more will be explored in this latest episode. 
     
    More about our guest Andrea Montalvo:
    For more info, visit www.embracemvmnt.com Follow Andrea on instagram @ager_bomb and Embrace MVMNT @embracemvmnt  
    BONUS Special:
    Need help checking off two important priorities - health for your body and health for your soul in under an hour? Join Embrace MVMNT for dynamic workouts guaranteed to make you sweat, increase your strength, and are scalable for every fitness level. The goal is to get people moving five days per week, helping you move safely and boosting your confidence. Plus, the faith sessions will give you a refreshing perspective that leaves you feeling grateful for the simple joys of life. 
    Start your 2-week free trial, by clicking here. 
    For more Iridescent conversations about health and wellness, check out these recent articles:
    How I Got My Health Back on Track by Perla Cantu-Arroyo  Finding Comfort in a Time of Chaos by Sally Kuhlman 6 Ways Your Breathing Habits Affect Your Mental and Physical Health by Jessica Peters Little Changes That Make a Big Difference to Your Health by Victoria Bardega Sheppard

    • 40 min
    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

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44 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 ,

#Bossladies

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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