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Sole Source is brought to you by Red Shoes Inc. and brings you the stories you will only hear here. This podcast is hosted by Emmy award-winning former journalist, Raquel Lamal and it shares stories that are influencing our world today. A new episode of Sole Source drops each Monday going straight to the source of the information to give you the best insight and to show you what's being done about the issues facing our world and how you can help make a difference!
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It's a stressful time and it's only made more stressful by being confined into your house with your partner 24/7. We love our partners. We do really, but those small things that used to be sort of annoying now seem to be incredibly irritating.Licensed couples therapist, Laura Demetrician is speaking with Sole Source about ways to cope and deal with being together all the time, instead of calling it quits or losing your cool on each other. The original version of this episode aired in July 2020, but as the Sole Source crew works to secure new guests for 2021, enjoy this throwback episode!Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
We're all anxious for life to go back to "normal" whatever that will look like. The first step in that process is getting kids back to school, in-person, learning the way they traditionally learned. However, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and waiting for vaccines to rollout to the general public.Still, many schools are bringing kids back in the new year to in-person classes. This can cause stress and anxiety for both parents and children, despite excitement about being back to class.Dr. Krystal Lewis from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) spoke with Sole Source in the fall about these stressors for parents and children, how to recognize them and how to cope with them. Now as kids prepare to go back to school in-person again following the holidays, we thought this would be a good podcast to rerun while we work to line up new guests for you all in 2021!Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
The fearless leader of Red Shoes Inc., the company who makes Sole Source possible, is back!This time Lisa is talking about running an all-female small business that has been able to maintain its earnings, while adding additional staff members and working remotely for the past year during a global pandemic. It has not been easy, but Lisa is discussing how Red Shoes has done this and more and why she believes it's working for women and is a model that can be replicated by other companies.To learn more about Red Shoes Inc. and Lisa Cruz, visit Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
She was our guest once before but Stephanie Bellin is back to show us how to practice mindfulness during stressful times.In this episode of Sole Source Stephanie is walking us through three exercises in mindfulness, each with a different purpose.This is one episode you won't be able to just listen to. You need to participate to feel the full impact of these easy, simple and free mindfulness practices.To learn more about Stephanie Bellin and her services, visit her LinkedIn account here 
This pandemic has forced many women to choose between career and caring for their families. It seems to be taking an unfair toll on women and according to one article, written in the Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Women still can't have it all." The article states that in order for women to have it all they must have a flexible profession. We posed this question to our followers in the Sole Source Society and many of you disagreed with the author.That brings us to our guest for this week's podcast, Beth Borgen, first female president at Lakeland University in its more than 100-year history. Beth is breaking the glass ceiling and shaking things up at the university with a fresh and female perspective and she says it's something she hopes to see other companies implement in the future.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
As the holidays are upon us and we enter cold and flu season in the midst of a global pandemic, there is no more important time than now to give your immune system a boost.Stephanie Matulle is the owner of Arise Balanced Wellness and she is a certified Ayurveda practitioner. The practice of Ayurveda allows for natural immune system support and tailored approaches to individuals to ensure a healthy lifestyle.Matulle says her family only gets sick once a year on average and they never fully get sick because they are able to nip a cold in the butt early due to this Ayurveda practice. She is sharing her tips with us in this episode.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
So many of us have older adult loved ones in assisted living centers or nursing homes and during this pandemic seeing them can be challenging.Dr. Craig Thomas serves as the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) director of population health within the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  He is speaking with Sole Source about a growing problem of social isolation and loneliness within in the older adult population and how it poses serious risks to the public's health.A recent study from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shows that before COVID-19 social isolation was associated with 50% increased risk of dementia. And, it's likely even worse now. However, there are ways to combat loneliness and the symptoms that can result in the older population even with social distancing measures recommended by the CDC.For information on the older adult population at social isolation, visit COVID-19 resources can be found here, for older adult isolation and loneliness include:Area Agencies of Aging (AAA)Alzheimer's Association - offers a 24/7 helpline at 1 (800) 272-3900.Eldercare Locator - free national service helping find local resources for seniors such as financial support, caregiving services and transportation.AARP - provides helpful information to seniors to improve quality of life and provides access to Community Connection Tools.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
In this episode of Sole Source we're speaking with Karlene Grabner, director of donor services for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Women's Fund, about isolation.Isolation is a big problem as people are being asked to quarantine and avoid interacting in person, but it was an even bigger problem before this pandemic struck. Many felt isolated even when surrounded by hundreds of people. How is this possible? We'll explain in this episode.For more information about the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, visit 
This episode is extra special to the Sole Source team because we are speaking to one of our own. In this week's episode of Sole Source Maria Nelson, Red Shoes Inc.'s agency director is sharing her battle over the past year with breast cancer and speaking about what she has learned in regards to gratefulness.During this Thanksgiving week, it's important to look back on the past year, and although 2020 has been difficult for many, find the reasons to be grateful for what we do have. Maria explains how she learned to see the silver linings during the bleakest of times.
Josh Kozlowski is the owner of Nature's Best Floral & Boutique in Green Bay, Wisconsin and he is making it his mission to support other small businesses during this holiday season. He has started a campaign on his own business social media pages to encourage people to shop and eat local.Kozlowski knows first hand the challenges small business owners have faced this year and he thinks by supporting each other and showing a little love for these businesses, we can all help our communities thrive.To learn more about Nature's Best Floral & Boutique or this initiative, visit 
Three-time Emmy nominated journalist and published Forbes author, Allison Norlian talks with us on Sole Source about having a sibling with a disability and what some of the challenges are for that community. She is sharing her story in the hopes of normalizing disabilities and the stories about them.She is speaking at the WisconSibs fundraiser, Sibling Voices: Stories of Hope event on November 17 at 6 p.m CST.To register for this virtual event, visit 
In this episode of Sole Source we're talking with Bellin Hospital's infectious disease specialist, Dr. Michael Landrum.Dr. Landrum gets real and honest about why COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to rise as the dairy state remains one of the hottest hot spots in the U.S. for COVID-19. We also talked about heading into the holidays and what that could look like as well as the toll the battle on COVID-19 is having on medical staff. We also discussed if cases continue to rise what could happen to hospitals and what that means for you if we can't get COVID-19 under control.Sole Source wants to extend a huge thank you to all medical staff who are on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and saving lives every day. You guys are the real heroes.
COVID-19 is shaping our current and future generations and that is going to have a huge impact on what our world looks like post-pandemic. In Episode 6 of Sole Source, we're talking with generations expert, Jessica Stollings-Holder, founder of ReGenerations about what COVID-19 means and how it will change our world.This episode was first published on April 27, 2020.
Sole Source is speaking with the League of Women Voters of Appleton, Wisconsin about all things election day.This is a non-biased, non-partisan interview outlining how to register, what rights you have as a voter and how to weed out fake news from real news to make the most educated decision on your ballot this year.For information on voting and voter registration, visit you want information on the League of Women Voters, visit
Do you find yourself even more anxious than normal these days? Anxiety is a real problem in the U.S. and a lot of it stems from overstimulation. We are receiving information at nearly every turn, so how do you make sure you are getting the correct and accurate information to make the best decisions for you and your family.Phillip Clampitt, University of Wisconsin- Green Bay communication department chair and Blaire endowed professor is helping people sift through the noise and hype and find a sense of calm while also learning to think critically.To read Phil's book, "Clear Thinking in an Age of Hype, Nonsense & Anxiety" visit 
Vicki Updike, owner of New Sage Strategies LLC, is talking with us on Sole Source about what holds women back from becoming the leaders they were born to be. She is hosting a Women's Leadership Conference on October 15 to help women empower themselves to go for those challenging moments that many fear to go after.To learn more about New Sage Strategies, visit register for the Women's Leadership Conference on October 15, visit 
Two business owners under the age of 30-years-old, Joel and Tamrah Ellenbecker own Fortitude Krav Maga in Neenah, Wisconsin.They opened their training facility right before the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to shut down. As a fitness facility, things were bleak but through the use of fortitude and lessons they learned through years of martial arts training, they were able to not only keep their doors open and keep everyone safe, but also have record numbers of new members all while many businesses were forced to close.They are sharing with Sole Source how they did it in this episode.If you would like to learn more about Fortitude or take a free introductory class, visit
With an aging workforce and not enough people in line to fill those jobs, the United States' manufacturing sector is facing a crisis.As Ann Franz, executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Manufacturing Alliance states, manufacturing is the backbone of the U.S. and without these jobs, many of the products we use would not be available. During the pandemic, manufacturers were many times considered essential workers, making much of the needed personal protective equipment, ventilators and other products needed for health care workers.Ann is talking to us about what these jobs are really like, what a career in manufacturing could mean for you and how manufacturing jobs have completely changed since the 1900's.
Are you finding it a little hard to live in the moment right now? Is stress weighing you down causing anxiety to run rampant and depression to sink in?If that sounds like you than you will want to list to this episode of Sole Source with Stephanie Bellin of Bellin Training Solutions. She is a corporate trainer and HR consultant who helps businesses and individuals thrive. One of the topics she speaks on often is mindfulness, self-care and being present in the moment and you are going to love her no bull approach.To learn more about Stephanie and her mindfulness programs, connect with her on LinkedIn here:
We're talking with the international vice-president of the United Steelworkers' union (USW) in this week's episode of Sole Source. It's Labor Day and this holiday wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the unions, nor would many work privileges most of us take for granted each and every day.Although labor unions have come a long way, there is still a long way to go when it comes to women's equality and COVID-19 resources for union workers. To learn about what a union can do for you and how the union is taking COVID-19 head on, give this week's episode a listen.For more information on the Steelworkers' Union, visit learn about COVID-19 resources the union has available to members, visit learn how women can get involved with the Steelworkers' Union, visit
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