In this episode of Be Your Change, I talk to Vava Angwenyi about the importance of empowering women coffee growers. Being aware of where the coffee we drive comes from has a critical impact on women’s financial independence in Africa and Columbia. Vava was born and raised in Kenya. She decided to be part of the solution, and in 2009, she founded the social enterprise Vava Coffee. Vava saw smiles where others only saw poverty, corruption, and fears. She noticed the voices of coffee farmers and their need to be heard.

Women “make up around 43 percent of the…


In this episode, I talked to Alice Bosley, the executive director and co-founder of the social impact incubator Five One Labs. Alice and her co-founder moved to Iraq in their twenties to launch Five One Labs. They saw an opportunity where others saw a war-torn country. (This episode has been edited for this article)

Can you tell us who you are?

I am the co-founder of Five One Labs, a social impact incubator based in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. We support young people from all diverse communities in the Kurdistan region to launch scalable and innovative businesses.

Why did you launch a social impact incubator in Iraq?

The interesting thing about the Kurdistan region of Iraq if…


These humans really went crazy wild.

Some of my peers had to run away from massive wildfires. I wonder when humans will learn that not taking care of their habitat will hurt them. Look at me. I make sure I stay cozy at home. Run after squirrels. I never caught one, but I still try! It keeps me busy. I bark at deers to keep them away because I have to show that I own my territory. I make sure it stays in good shape. I fertilize as much as I can. …


how to start a podcast
How to get started with your podcast

Podcasting is the new marketing gold rush. Each day, thousands of people flock to the format for its many advantages. Whether you are trying to connect with like-minded audiences, build a community, demonstrate your expertise, or promote a service, podcasting is an excellent tool for attaining your goals. Let’s face it, it’s also a therapeutic tool for story sharing. But how do you actually start a podcast?

Does starting a podcast seem overwhelming? If you just aren’t sure where to begin, then this post is for you. …


how to start a podcast
How to get started with your podcast

Podcasting is the new marketing gold rush. Each day, thousands of people flock to the format for its many advantages. Whether you are trying to connect with like-minded audiences, build a community, demonstrate your expertise, or promote a service, podcasting is an excellent tool for attaining your goals. Let’s face it, it’s also a therapeutic tool for story sharing. But how do you actually start a podcast?

Does starting a podcast seem overwhelming? If you just aren’t sure where to begin, then this post is for you. …


Ruxandra Guidi recording for “South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie”, a multi-part storytelling project about the Bowtie Parcel along the LA River.

In our forthcoming workshop Find The Right Format & Story Structure For Your Podcast, Ruxandra Guidi will help you find your best podcast format. Guidi is a journalist, teacher and podcast pioneer. She has played an integral role at news outlets and well-known podcasts. We even spent time with her at last year’s BYC retreat. She is a generous resource for women exploring audio narrative formats. We are excited that she’ll be leading this helpful workshop for podcast producers. Guidi is eager to help you shape your podcast storytelling format. …


Fair Trade Company Malia Designs

This month, we celebrate women all around the world! It is Women History Month. At the same time, that we are celebrating women for their incredible contributions to society, women have been hit hard by the pandemic with ripple effects for years to come on society.

Women lost more than 5.4 million jobs in 2020. During the first 10 months of the pandemic, women — particularly women of color — have lost more jobs than men as industries that employ women have been hit the hardest. — Kristin Hull Ph.D

We are at a critical turning point in our society…


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Emily Elmore

Are you serious about podcasting? Do you love it? Want to grow your show and take it to the next level? Well, it might be time to look into hiring a voice coach. You might get surprised by how much work gets into making your voice sound good. You might ask what does sound good mean? Sounding good is different for everyone. However, it is really about honing your voice and identity and feeling comfortable on-air by showing who you are. To learn more about voice coaching, we are thrilled to talk with Emily Elmore. …


Just-StartUp Branding Kit

If you are a woman entrepreneur, my guess is that marketing strategy and branding is at the center of your growth plan. Being a woman entrepreneur means wearing many hats and learning marketing and branding skills is one of them. There are so many business opportunities for women, and it is still an untapped market in terms of the amount of investment that goes into women’s businesses. So get ready, the world is changing fast, black women are the fastest-growing small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. There is no more exciting time to start your business. …


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Esperance Gikundiro on Stage — Angelina Jolie with Refugee Girls in East Africa

In this podcast episode, we are talking with RefuSHE CEO, Jaydan Adlin and board member and a refugee herself, Esperance Gikundiro on what the reality is for refugee girls in East Africa and how RefuSHE has become a safe space and a home for women to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Today, I am excited to speak with two women changemakers who are sharing with us their work and journey on helping girls refugees to rebuild their lives: Jailan Adly and Esperance Gikundiro, board member and a refugee herself.

Juliette Roy

Founder Be Your Change Media. We amplify the voices of women social entrepreneurs and changemakers and provide training to start and grow your podcast.

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