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Coffee Chats with Inspiring Women

Author: Alyson Clayton

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Building a community for women to show up in their truest form and to inspire others through telling their story. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, changing careers, corporate life, knowing how to use your voice, setting clear boundaries, or learning how to be your best self, this podcast is for you. If you get inspired by other women who are authentic and living out their dreams, you are in the right place! It's simple...women supporting women through storytelling! You can follow along with more content and resources on instagram. @alysonholisticwellness
19 Episodes
Hey Podcast Friends, I am thrilled for you to listen to this episode with Pamela Penrose. She bravely shares her journey to finding her passion! Pamela is an Entrepreneur who took major risks in her life to find her true purpose and alignment. She is currently wrapping up graduate school to begin her journey as a licensed clinical mental health counselor. She owns her own business, Penrose Creative Healing, where she coaches others, and has become a certified astrologer. She  facilitates a group and community for divorced women called A League of Divorced Women. Pamela  hosts a podcast called, A League of Divorced Women, where she interviews divorced women about their stories of resiliency and strength.  I enjoyed my conversation with Pamela and I hope you do too!Pamela's Resources:Instagram: @penrosecreativehealingWebsite for Therapy: 
Valencia Harris is the President & Founder of Empower All, Inc. She is an educator that has taught both elementary and STEM education for over 12 years. Harris is a third-year doctoral student studying Educational Equity at North Carolina State University. Her educational and career experiences have fueled her drive to diversify the teacher pipeline, push culturally relevant pedagogy as standard, increase the presence of students of color in STEM, and create an equitable education for all students. Valencia shares her story of bringing passion, education (STEM), inclusion, and mental health together to create a place for all children to be fully human! She desires to integrate these critical aspects of life to create equitable education for all. We discuss her early resistance to becoming a teacher, her experience as a black woman in the school system, her experience owning a non-profit, and her encouragement to other women who struggle with infertility. We cover all the things! Take a listen my friends; it's a good one!Details: Instagram Handle: @empower_all_inc 
My dear friend Blair Watson and I chat about her story and all things Physical Therapy. She opened her own practice 6 months ago and she shares the joy and learnings of the experience. Blair is the kindest, most compassionate woman I know and I am honored to have her as a guest! She brings light & love to all she encounters and I am so thrilled for all of you to meet her.  Website: blairwatson_pt
Check out my amazing conversation with Lori Jones, the CEO & Founder of Black-ology Coffee Company. She shares her journey through entrepreneurship and the importance of having a great community to support you! Lori is an incredible mother, business owner, and community member who is impacting the Southeast Raleigh community in big ways! Check out her company and information below.Website: Instagram:@blackologycoffeecompany
Hello Friends! I chat with Jessica about entrepreneurship, the importance of intention, the pandemic, and the good and hard parts of owning your own business. We keep it real in our conversation! Jessica is such an inspiration and I believe in her company and what services they provide to this community! If you are local in Raleigh, you should check out Momentum. Details are below!Websites:
Ebony is a busy mama, forever educator, and tech executive located in Raleigh, NC. Ebony and I have a great conversation about  her story and how she has navigated life through the pandemic. She began her passion in the middle of all the craziness and shares how her life has unfolded this year. Going through a divorce, starting a new job, and launching The Affirmed Kid, Ebony shares inspiring lessons she learned along the way! I loved getting to know Ebony through this process and look forward to continuing to watch her flourish! Check her website out:
Emily and I talk about hard things. She shares her personal journey on how she got to where she is out her dreams and giving back to the world in amazing ways! We chat about how she started the Flourish Market, her courage to step into the unknown, how she created a space for women to show up as their authentic selves in beautiful ways. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to speak with Emily. She is changing the world in so many ways and I am thrilled to have her as a part of this community!You can find her store: 
This conversation is filled with knowledge around yoga, the Raleigh community, and the ups and downs of starting a business during the pandemic. If you are local to the Raleigh area, this episode will inspire you to learn more about the community that Jolene & Katie are continuing to build. This space has been a game changer for me personally and I hope you enjoy our conversation!You can find more information about their studio and offerings here: 
Brit and I chat about her personal journey and how she decided to open her own wellness center. If you are interested in learning more about integrative wellness through mental health and body movement, you should listen! Brit is very passionate about creating a safe space for anyone to feel welcome and she brings a lot of knowledge around body image and the fitness world.  Her wellness center offers so many options to create connection. I love this conversation and I know you will too. Check it out!Here is her website: 
Nicoa and I chat about her story and all the learnings that came from creating her Life by Design. She started her own coaching business after leaving the corporate world and she shares some bold & vulnerable stories on how she got there. If you are looking to be inspired and learn ways to ensure you are authentically connected to yourself, make sure you listen. She is on FIRE and brings her full self to our conversation and I am here for it! Hope you Enjoy!
This episode is just me discussing my experience while attending a workshop focused on this this past year and how to transition into our next phase collectively. I share my personal struggles during this  last year and some helpful perspectives to encourage connection, community and movement. Resources are below that I discuss in this episode:Jolene Johnson: Little:
This episode is with Jourdan Saunders who is the CEO & Founder of The Resource Key.  I have known Jourdan for many years but just recently reconnected. We discuss her personal story, her new business which focuses on Inclusive Branding to ensure People with Disabilities are included, and making meaningful connections with brands. She also shares some great insights for women seeking to start their own businesses! Enjoy!!
Rebecca and I chat about all things Human Resources and all the lessons learned through the years. She shares how she started her company, HRuprise and her intentions behind the platform. If you have ever struggled with how to handle situations in a work environment, this is the episode for you.We also dive into her personal story through the pandemic. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer right before lockdown occurred for the pandemic. Rebecca bravely shares the last year of her life. Such an inspiring woman who has persevered and fought like hell this last year! She is a badass and I am so thrilled to have her on my podcast.
Emily and I chat about why she started Growga and what that journey has been like through the pandemic. If you are a mother, this is a great episode for you to listen to! She gets vulnerable about her personal struggles and how her company has helped her, other yoga teachers and most importantly children navigate mindfulness! I was so inspired by our conversation and I hope you will be too!
Donna Tate has been a mentor of mine for many years. She leads fundraising efforts for Methodist Home for Children that assists adoption, foster care, juvenile justice, and a host of other services to take care of families during transitional times. She is an incredible advocate for care and she is one of the most humble humans I have ever met. Please enjoy our conversation about her story and how she ended up in her dream career! 
Chasta and I chat about her story and the book that she wrote about her journey called Trash the Trophies. Chasta has an incredible story that everyone can relate to. She has a determination, outstanding work ethic, and the ability to speak her truth and go against the norms in her industry. Chasta is an inspiring woman that I am so thankful to know and celebrate all that she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish in her life. Take a listen...I promise you will be inspired!
Brooks shares her story about how she became her own boss. I have known Brooks for several years and I am so thrilled to have her share her journey. It has been so inspiring to watch her grow her business this last year. Enjoy!
This episode is with one of my dear friends Nicole Case. We have known each other for ten years now and this episode is a conversation about her personal career journey, how she became her own boss, and what she learned through the process. Nicole is a career and leadership coach located here in the triangle. She provides valuable insights on what worked for her and how she approaches her decisions in life. We discuss the importance of networking, when you should start looking for another job opportunity, and how fear can be a game changer if you use it in the right way. I hope you enjoy!
I introduce the reason I started this podcast and a little about my story. I walk through the learnings I have had over the last 2 years related to boundaries and self care. I am no expert but just sharing my experience. Hope you enjoy!You can follow along on my instagram page: @alysonholisticwellness
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