Now, more than ever, there is a thirst for meaning and substance. People want to go beyond scrolling, scripted reality and filters and get to the heart of the story. The Millie Podcast is for women who want to rip up the script and explore new ideas, places, and possibilities. Each episode, Millie Travels creator & Millie podcast host, Chelsea Brown will introduce us to an extraordinary woman who inspires a new way of thinking and invites us to see the world in a different way. Think about it: Isn't it when we open up, get vulnerable and share our stories that we really connect, laugh, cry, and ultimately grow and expand our perspective? Together, let's uplift the conversation – and each other. Learn more @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.
Luisa Kahlfeldt, Berlin-based Product & Industrial Designer and Co-Founder & Creative Director of Sumo
Meet Luisa Kahlfeldt, an award-winning product and industrial designer, creative consultant, and co-founder of Sumo, the Berlin-based creative lab behind the award-winning Sumo Baby reusable cloth diaper. This next-generation diaper uses pioneering skin-caring materials that are gentle on babies, and the environment. Luisa and her co-founder, Caspar Böhme, launched Sumo in 2019 because they wanted to design status-quo-challenging products that make daily rituals more beautiful. Prior to Sumo, Luisa worked for Barber Osgerby in London and Konstantin Grcic Design in Berlin. She’s also the recipient of the 2018 Foundation USM Design Grant and the 2019 Swiss James Dyson Award. In 2021, her work was awarded the German Sustainability Awardand the Red Dot Design Award.
EstElle Penain, French Author, Poet, Artist and Intentional Speaker
EstElle’s career is the synthesis of incredible talent and courageous awakening – and then sharing this with others through the performing and healing arts. She leads workshops, performances, and readings and has published fiction, poetry, and memoirs, including ‘Naître fille, devenir femme,’ where she writes about reclaiming her feminine and the discovery that, to make peace with oneself is to make peace with the world. Millie founder, Chelsea Brown and EstElle discuss how an endometriosis diagnosis changed the course of her life, Estelle’s relationships before spiritual awakening, how our birth story influences our journey, meeting the 13 Mothers, and so much more. Get ready for a fascinating, illuminating, and heartfelt hour of discovery.
Stella Johnson, Greek American Photographer and Educator
Stella Johnson is a passionate and open-hearted photographer and educator – and this shines through her work. Her approach to photography is thoughtful and deliberate: Stella takes the time to not only get to know her subjects, but to also cultivate lifelong relationships with them – whether they are people or places.
Stella is widely recognized for her skill and unique vision, receiving a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006, and Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, in 2008. Her work has received numerous honours, including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.
Shona Gupta, founder and CEO of Marharindee Skincare Line
In this episode we welcome Shona Gupta, the founder and CEO of Marharindee, a multidimensional skincare line that combines ancient Indian wisdom with CBD science. Like her skincare line, Shona is a force of nature. A passionate and digitally-savvy leader, when Shona couldn’t find products for her own unexpected skin issues, she created them herself.
Ricarda Bochat, Coordinator of the Open Kitchen Program at Give Something Back to Berlin
Leaving behind a successful career in fashion for a new one in social impact, Ricarda’s passion is fuelled by her values and the risks she’s taken to blaze a new path for herself. Ricarda completed her Master’s Degree in Fashion Marketing in the UK, moving back to her native Germany, where she was briefly involved with Give Something Back to Berlin. She left Germany to spend a year in Nepal and India, primarily doing earthquake relief work and teaching English to Tibetan monks. This trip changed the direction of Ricarda’s life. She talks to Millie Podcast host Chelsea Brown about the events that prompted this life change, falling in love with a Tibetan Monk, why it’s important to have people from both sides creating dialogue and change, and so much more.
Bonus Panel Discussion: Celebrating International Women's Day #BreakTheBias
Happy International Women's Day! We hope you enjoy this passionate panel discussion between three dynamic, gracious, and smart Canadian women who will, at different points in the episode, reassure you, inspire you and encourage you.
This globally recognized day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as a call to action to accelerate women's equality! In that spirit, internationalwomensday.com has raised the theme #BreakTheBias. They invite us to imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. We are honoured and excited to change up our format and engage in a panel discussion with three incredible women who embody this day, and BOTH these themes, in their own unique, authentic way.