After four years and 99 episodes with leaders, thinkers and innovators from in and around Arkansas, The Ghidotti Podcast has officially shifted to a new series format. We’re still connecting our listeners with interesting stories, business strategies and new ideas from all the movers and shakers, but episodes are now released simultaneously with each guest interview reflecting an exciting and new content theme.
“This new style provides our listeners with more of a deeper dive into a specific theme or subject,” host Natalie Ghidotti said on a previous episode of The Ghidotti Podcast. “We’ve got lots of ideas that we’re working on and I’m excited for everyone to experience the podcast in this new format.”
Kicking things off under this new format is a six-part series called the Empowering Women Spotlight. From business leaders and government officials to authors and state Supreme Court Justices, The Ghidotti Podcast Empowering Women Spotlight discusses issues and topics with a focus on empowering women no matter where they are in life. Join us as we sit down with those in Arkansas and beyond who are leading women and uplifting their voices in business, politics and life.
Episode 1 of 6: Treasurer Dennis Milligan and Fran Jansen
Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan has been a champion for improving women’s financial education since his election in 2014. Providing women the opportunity to learn the necessary information to take control of their financial lives, Milligan’s commitment to this cause was reinforced with the Smart Women Smart Money virtual conference held in September. With a goal to make financial education available to everyone, the conference was FREE for all attendees. Along with Director of 529 Programs Fran Jansen, Milligan kicks off our Empowering Women Spotlight by sharing more about the conference and how the State Treasurer’s office promotes financial education for Arkansas women.
Episode 2 of 6: Rachel Martin
As an author and blogger, Rachel Martin provides encouragement for mothers with a bit of intentional living mixed in. Featuring serious and funny posts about motherhood along with content about struggles in finance, divorce and single parenting, Martin is the voice behind the Finding Joy website and blog. Several of her blog posts achieved viral status, eventually leading her to write her first book, “The Brave Art of Motherhood” and she also served as keynote speaker for the Smart Women Smart Money conference.
In episode two of our Empowering Women Spotlight, Martin shares more about how she got started in the early days of motherhood blogging, how Finding Joy has grown since its inception and what it means to her to help other women on their own journeys.
Episode 3 of 6: Erin Hohnbaum
A previous guest on The Ghidotti Podcast, E. Leigh’s founder and CEO Erin Hohnbaum has always been passionate about inspiring and elevating women. From co-founding PowHer Players to serving as a mentor for fellow female entrepreneurs, Hohnbaum has seemingly done it all. However, as we’ve learned with the recent launch of The Nest, Little Rock’s first coworking community and social club, she remains committed to doing even more to support the women around her.
Partnering with host Natalie Ghidotti as co-founder, The Nest will serve a diverse community of women looking for ways to learn from each other, better connect and build on each other’s strengths and ideas. Ghidotti and Hohnbaum share more about their vision in episode three of our Empowering Women Spotlight.
Episode 4 of 6: Tamika Edwards
Encouraging representation and participation of diverse groups of people, Tamika Edwards has dedicated her career to providing and improving opportunities for women. She currently serves as Special Advisor to the CEO on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement at Central Arkansas Water. Previously the Executive Director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College and Director of Governmental Affairs at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Edwards is widely known in the community as a leader in women empowerment.
In episode four of our Empowering Women Spotlight, Edwards provides clarity on what it means to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement with action and why it’s an important practice for all businesses and organizations.
Episode 5 of 6: Barbara Sugg
Southwest Power Pool President and CEO Barbara Sugg has always strived to equip women to succeed. As a founding member of Arkansas Women in Power and the Leadership Foundation for Women, she helps educate women about leadership and opportunities for personal growth while encouraging networking and professional relationship building among women. With more than 30 years of experience in the male-dominated electric utility industry, Sugg has also been a longtime advocate for recruiting, maintaining and promoting women in the energy industry.
After a unique journey from an IT background to her current role, Sugg joins us on episode five of our Empowering Women Spotlight to share more about the opportunities and challenges she’s faced and how she’s championing women’s empowerment across our state.
Episode 6 of 6: Justice Rhonda Wood
Associate Justice Rhonda Wood has served the Arkansas Supreme Court since her appointment to Position 7 in 2014. A former Circuit Judge for the 20th Judicial District and judge for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Wood is also a five-time recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award and was previously named Arkansas Elected Official of the Year by the Arkansas Federation of Business. Along with fellow State Supreme Court Justices Bridget McCormack of Michigan, Eva Guzman of Texas and Beth Walker of West Virginia, she serves as co-host of the Lady Justice: Women of the Court podcast.
In the last episode of our Empowering Women Spotlight, Wood shares more about how Lady Justice came to be, what she and her co-hosts are hoping listeners gain from their discussions and future plans for the podcast after a successful first season.
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