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The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of entrepreneurial women from San Diego to New York and beyond. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise. TheStoryExchange.org

The Story Exchange The Story Exchange

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of entrepreneurial women from San Diego to New York and beyond. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise. TheStoryExchange.org

    We're Talking Beer (as an Agent of Social Change, Of Course)

    We're Talking Beer (as an Agent of Social Change, Of Course)

    Crack open a can with us and listen while we share the story of Jacquie Berglund, who sarted Finnegans back in 2000 as the first beer company in the world – that we know about – to donate 100 percent of its profits to charity. We love women entrepreneurs who give back, and she is a great example of how one person can make an incredible difference in this world. Proceeds from Finnegans go to the Food Group and fight hunger and food insecurity.

    • 13 min
    The Moments That Made Urban Farmer Mama K's Career

    The Moments That Made Urban Farmer Mama K's Career

    The little girl who grew up in the public housing projects of New York City becomes an urban farmer, helping establish community gardens around the city and founding Rise & Root farm for the BIPOC community in Hudson Valley. Listen to the remarkable tale of Karen Washington, who fans and food activists now refer to as "Mama K." We share the poignant moments of her long and illustrious career.

    • 16 min
    Her Fashion Brand Empowers Women in Guatemala

    Her Fashion Brand Empowers Women in Guatemala

    We hear so many stories of immigrant families making the painful decision to leave their homes and cross the border... but what if there were more economic opportunity in places like Guatemala? We talk to social entrepreneur Ruth Alvarez-DeGolia, who came up with the idea of fashion brand Mercado Global. She connects hundreds of women sewers in Guatemala to major fashion retailers (Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Levi Strauss. As a result, women artisans make about $14.50 a day, far more than the average $2 a day, and are able to send their kids to school and provide for their families. Listen to the inspirational story of how Mercado Global came to be.

    • 10 min
    Giving Up Cardiology for Public Health

    Giving Up Cardiology for Public Health

    There's been an incredible uptick of interest in public health since the Covid-19 pandemic. So we wanted to talk with a woman (and CNN Hero) who's had a long and widely admired career in public health. We wanted to ask: What's it like to work in public health? Dr. Roseanna Means, who created Health Care Without Walls to care for Boston's homeless women, recounts how work with refugees in Cambodia forever influenced her life. "I wanted to do something that involved social justice and something that's going to be more meaningful," she said, telling us she ultimately decided to give up a prestigious cardiology fellowship as a result. "I thought they were going to take my stethoscope and break it in the public ceremony." For anyone considering a career in public health, it's an inspirational story.

    • 14 min
    Healing With Animals

    Healing With Animals

    Come with us to Winslow Farm in Massachusetts, where owner Debra White runs a tranquil animal sanctuary that also happens to double as a place of healing for people, too. Hear Debra's inspiring story, starting from when her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when she was a young child and she needed to be his hands and voice. Today, visitors come to Winslow Farm to spend time with the horses, llamas and even an African tortoise named George.

    • 15 min
    Recycling Fashion's Cast-Offs

    Recycling Fashion's Cast-Offs

    Jessica Schreiber is fascinated by trash. And in New York City, where she runs a fashion recycling startup, there is plenty of it. In 2016, Schreiber left the agency to launch Fabscrap, a nonprofit that heads directly to the city’s world-famous fashion industry to pick up and resell textile cast-offs — yards of cotton, strips of wool, pieces of luxurious silk, linen and leather. As commercial waste, the scraps aren’t eligible for the city’s residential recycling programs, and, more often than not, end up in landfills. “That to me was unacceptable,” she said.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

lorbs ,

Great storytelling

As a big podcast fan, I recommend this podcast. It’s podcast storytelling at its best and always worth a listen.

Lolizzle ,

One of my favorites!

I love this podcast! It’s uplifting and informative.

ArlinaAllen ,

Inspiring and engaging

Great podcast! The format is helpful and I was able to learn a lot in a short amount of time. I look forward to hearing more :)

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