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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!
37 Episodes
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
In this episode of Sole Source we're talking with Johanna Garton, author of the book "Edge of the Map." This book tells the story of Christine Boskoff, an Appleton, Wisconsin native who became a national mountain climber. Unfortunately, Christine and her partner died in an avalanche a few years back, but her legacy still lives on today.What is the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity? How does human endurance keep us going? What lasting image will your legacy be?We discuss these topics and more with Johanna Garton. To learn more about her or to purchase her book, "Edge of the Map," visit A portion of all proceeds from purchases of "Edge of the Map" will benefit the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region.
Parents are stressed out. Kids are anxious and stir-crazy and it's all the perfect storm for anxiety as families start the new school year during COVID-19.We're talking with Dr. Krystal Lewis from the National Institute of Mental Health about ways to get through the school year for parents, young kids and teens whether you're going back virtually or in-person.
In this episode of Sole Source we're speaking with Julie Keller, the executive director of the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region about COVID-19's impact on women and girls. Studies have shown women are being disproportionately impacted by this virus, whether it's through higher rates of job loss or more work being taken on inside the home in addition to working a full-time job.The idea for this podcast came after reading an op-ed in the New York Times by food blogger, Deb Perelman titled "In the COVID-19 Economy, You Can Have A Kid Or A Job. You Can't Have Both."To learn more or to register for the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region Luncheon, click this link:
In this episode of Sole Source we're talking with Jason Rae, president and CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.He breaks down the Supreme Court's ruling against discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace and outlines what strides still need to be taken to achieve true equality for everyone.To learn more about the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, visit find a LGBT Chamber of Commerce near you, visit
In episode 20 of Sole Source we're talking about the upcoming school year. What is the best decision for kids? Should they go back to brick and mortar classes or is virtual learning safer?We're speaking to Andrew Spar, vice president of the Florida Education Association (FEA). The largest teacher's union in the Sunshine State is suing the Governor of Florida, Ron Desantis as well as Commissioner Richard Corcoran, The Florida Department of Education, The Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez in an effort FEA says is to safeguard the health and welfare of public school students, educators and the community at large.To learn more about this lawsuit and how it is impacting the upcoming school year, click here.Red Shoes Inc. Red Shoes Inc. specializes in crisis and strategic communications, media relations and social media.
Is your small business struggling while COVID-19 wages on? Is financing running out? The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has a COVID-19 Loan Program.Melanie Manuel owns Celesta Restaurant a vegan restaurant and small business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She says WWBIC has helped her keep her doors open and taught her how to fill out certain government forms so she can eliminate some stress and put her focus on innovative ways to move her business forward and support causes she cares about, like the Black Lives Matter movement which went right past her restaurant numerous times.To learn more about Celesta Restaurant or how you can support this small business, visit learn more about WWBIC and its COVID-19 Loan Program, visit
Whether you're a new business owner looking to start your dream job or a long-time business just looking to improve, the Wisconsin Women Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) can help.WWBIC provides individuals with financial resources, education and training. They specifically focus on women business owners and minorities, however everyone is welcome.To learn more about WWBIC and its services, visit 
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