Welcome to the Two Boomer Women Podcast
Two Boomer Women is hosted by One Boomer Woman – Agnes Knowles – while the second Boomer woman – Mar Sulaika Ochs – is on sabbatical.
Currently the second Boomer Woman chair is a revolving door of guests who have something to say to Boomer Women. If you’re ready to listen, tolerate and maybe learn something, click the button above and listen in to the podcast.
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Meet the guests!
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Dr. Leslie Kasanoff is a Health Coach & Consultant, having spent her life in healthcare, including 25 years as a holistic chiropractor on the Central Coast of California and 10 years before that as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Recently, she’s combined her “science geek” side and the alternative care practitioner to help women through health coaching and consulting. She works with women who want to lose weight, address hormone issues, and resolve or reverse chronic health issues, not just treat them, using food and lifestyle as medicine.
The things that make her successful with this new endeavor are being what she calls an ‘idealistic skeptic,’ having a science mind but a caring heart and a passion for helping people with simple effective tools. This gives her the willingness to dive deep and uncover what works.
Dr. Joseph Casciani has a 40-year history in aging as a psychologist and manager of mental health practices. He was awarded the first contracts from the California Department of Aging in 1982 to develop mental health training for the state’s nursing homes. He is past President of Psychologists in Long Term Care, and former Board Member of a national consortium of geropsychology training programs. He is the author of the Handbook of Health and Behavior, Living Longer IS the New Normal, and other publications. In 2018, he extended his professional interest in aging to his new venture, the Living to 100 Club. The website, www.Livingto100.Club, offers a collection of strategies and resources on successful aging, and his weekly podcasts on aging and longevity continues in this tradition with guests who share their professional insights and individuals with personal stories about overcoming their own obstacles.
Chelle Johnson climbed high on the rungs of the Fortune 50 corporate ladder during a Talent Acquisition and Human Resources leadership career that spanned 20+ years and three continents. She loved what she did until eventually she didn’t.
At the height of her career, she hit a wall. It wasn’t a brick wall or even a glass ceiling. It was more of an existential wall.
The Universe was calling her to prioritize wisdom and faith over fear and control. Chelle found the courage to listen and followed her heart to make a massive shift, leaning hard into her passions and strengths to design her best life.
The journey wasn’t easy, but it was transformational. Now, she guides other high-achieving but under-fulfilled professionals who are ready to dig deep and do the work, to make their own transformational journey.
Madonna Hanna was the only African-American student in her elementary school class and one of only 8 African Americans in her graduating high school class. Despite her creativity and talent, she faced bullying, racial prejudice, and isolation at school due to the color of her skin.
Her high level retail education led Madonna into the corporate headquarters of a national women’s apparel manufacturing corporation. Later embarking on a 32 year career teaching Fashion Marketing in Washington State, she developed numerous anti-bullying programs, and was recognized for excellence in teaching at the state and national level!
Today, as a retiree and widow, Madonna wins awards as a senior athlete in track and field and is also a motivational speaker committed to preventing bullying in schools and promoting an active second act. She utilizes her skills, talents and experiences to assist others with achieving their goals and dreams, while building their self-esteem.
Nancy Poland, owner of Nancy R Poland Connect, is a writer and speaker focusing on caregiving. As a volunteer educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, she brings her experience as a caregiver for her dad, who was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. She published her first book, “Dancing With Lewy: A Father Daughter Dance Before and After Lewy Body Dementia Came to Live With Us”, narrating their experience. Her second book, being released in November 2021, is “Remarkable Caregiving: The Care of Family and Friends.” This book is a collection of true stories from six caregivers thrust into unplanned circumstances as they emerge wiser and more resilient.
Nancy issues a monthly newsletter, “Caring for the Caregiver”, blogs about caregiving and self-care, and shares stories and helpful information to groups virtually and in person (as travel allows). A Contracts and Compliance Manager, she utilizes her writing and negotiation skills to support the mission of a non-profit corporation. She is a trainer and mentor, both professionally, and in a volunteer capacity.
David E. Frost is a NFPT-certified Master Fitness Trainer, a rowing coach, champion competitor and award-winning adjunct professor. After decorated careers in the US Navy and business world, he founded Well Past Forty LLC to promote wellness and longevity. He specializes in nutrition, endurance and strength training; adapting sessions for people dealing with cancer, MS, PD, CP, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. He is a volunteer coach for veterans in Wounded Warrior & Freedom Rows projects.
David earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy, and his Master of Systems Management degree from University of Southern California with a focus on human factors. He also gained post-graduate education at the Naval War College and the National Defense University. He is a national and world champion Master’s rower, which directly aligns with his fitness training. With his professional NFPT certifications, Koach Dave provides certified group, one-on-one online training sessions for athletes of all ages to add life in their years and years to their lives.
Brenda Florida is a certified life coach, and an expert at liberating her clients into the freedom, clarity, confidence and empowerment they crave.
She is fun and practical. Irreverent and spiritual. She knows she has to “live it to give it,” so she lives what she coaches.
Brenda is the host of the podcast, Liberate Your People Pleaser, she is a regular blogger on Medium, has a YouTube channel and Private Facebook Group, Liberate Your People Pleaser.
Gail Hamilton is an NSA certified international motivational virtual and live speaker, consultant, trainer, author: Soaring into Greatness, a Blind Woman’s Vision to Live her Dreams and Fly, and, is totally blind. Many people allow their fears, negativities, and Self-blinding beliefs to stop them from experiencing life to the fullest. This is not the case with Gail. Gail motivates, facilitates, educates, and exhilarates her audiences, unlike any other presenter, … to fully open their eyes and change the way they see and change the way they live.
Her astounding experiences, immense knowledge and unparalleled determination have inspired thousands to live lives of vision and purpose. Gail believes that all things are possible and with a positive attitude and persistent action everyone can live an unstoppable, unforgettable, and unbelievable life.
Wendy Taddeucci is caregiver coach who supports adult children who are just beginning to caregive/care-decide for an aging parent. Through her proven step by step path, Wendy guides her clients and students through navigating these uncharted waters. Wendy knows this path well as she walked it herself as she has been caregiving for 85 year old mother over the past 9 years.
Through her 1-on-1 coaching, Wendy helps to support adult children of aging parents through the role reversal between themselves and their parent so that they can more easily deal with what’s next – because in caring for an aging parent – there is always a what’s next.
Regina Andler enjoys life as a Life Strategist, working with women over 40, helping them create more harmony and balance in their lives.
Over the past decade plus, Regina has reassembled her own building blocks to create the life of her dreams and is now living her passion of helping others do the same for themselves through her educational programs that teach them how to find the ‘X” on their own treasure maps.
Regina is a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer and certified in Wholebeing Positive Psychology.
She currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband Eliot, her feline daughter Syd (the crazy one) and her canine son (the angel) Ryder.
Meet Susan Cox, Confidence Creator and Founder of Fiercely50ish where she helps midlife women get visible with their style. What we wear everyday matters and the most exciting part is that we get to decide how we want to feel-each day and what and who we want to attract. Our style is a way to speak without opening our mouth.
Using the Fiercely50ish Formula, Susan uncovers important beliefs with her clients when it comes to style, life experience and more! She works works with them to meet their style persona, dress for their body shape as they say, “Goodbye to Invisibility and Hello to Confidence!”
As a coach, Sharon supports professional women and men 55+ transitioning from a career to create a plan as they step into the next phase of their life, to have the confidence they can have and truly enjoy the lifestyle they desire and know they can manage the changes that come along.
Sharon has experienced firsthand what it takes to transition out of a full-time career and learn to use the skills, knowledge, interests, and experiences gained to continue to be active and engaged doing something she loves and she helps others figure out their path as well.
Kathleen Wolf spent 25 years at Whirlpool Corporation in various branding, marketing, communications and corporate reputation roles. She has worked on nearly every brand withing their global portfolio including Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Gladiator GarageWorks, Consul, Bauknecht, and Indesit.
She now helps forward-thinking organizations and individuals create meaningful business growth and career success. Based on her experiences in corporate and her own business, Kathleen developed the Experience Ecosystem®, a proven framework that guides organizations and individuals, recentering around their purpose and building meaningful growth based on their strengths.
Marena Drlik helps women 45+, who are transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, make the mindset shift that is necessary for their success. She helps her clients create their entrepreneurial identity and the focus, motivation, and flow needed in their new world. Marena is a Transformational Life Coach. She uses coaching skills, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Core Transformation, and hypnosis.
Guest: 11 August 2021
At 53, Leanne started blogging about authenticity, positivity, simplicity, gratitude, and finding our voice again in Midlife. Then life took a radical turn when, at 57, she resigned from a toxic workplace, and decided to leave the 9-5 behind and embrace early retirement. Her blog was the perfect place to work through the transition from long term employment to being at home full-time. She advocates for an “Unbusy” retirement – one that is all about “being” rather than constantly “doing” – and finding joy in the flexibility and freedom of living life on our own terms.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, Keenan works with clients to help them optimize their diet and health. The key to a healthy body is found in a healthy diet.
With over 5 years of education at Pacific Rim College and over 270 hours of clinical experience related to helping change a person’s diet to optimize their dietary experience, Keenan has a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition and is a Member of the CANNP.
We all have dreams… or had dreams… that got put on a back burner because life happened.
Apparently raising three sets of twins, running a home and having two careers wasn’t enough for Fran Pitre because her former life as “the singer in the band” wouldn’t stop itching her.
Fran Pitre talks about how she put a former dream back on the stove and cranked the heat!
At her website she talks about parenting multiples and her music career…
Susan’s career path has taken winding turns; from an undergraduate art degree, to being a registered nurse working mainly in mental health; to co-founding a thriving counselling center and enjoying a thirty year counselling and psychtherapy general private practice; to specializing in retirement and third stage of life coaching.
She has a Masters degree in counselling. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Certified Retirement Options Coach and a Certified Virtual Coach.
Bob started working on computers in 1973, when a computer took up walls of space, and he’s been at the forefront of everything corporations (and all of us) take for granted today: hardware, software, networking, internet.
After a career in corporate tech support, first traveling around with a big toolkit fixing almost anything and everything and then as a tech trainer, in 1998 Bob decided to start his own company. He offered local consulting, keeping company computers running, working on servers and software, and web hosting.
More recently, he was part of a beta team testing a membership SAAS, and offered training to his followers.
Needless to say, he’s more than qualified to talk about computer security, password management, computer backups and cloud storage!
An award-winning artist and author, Tech Savvy Senior Sheila Finkelstein, is an 81-year-old grandmother whose “kids” (educators and business people) often come to her for “how-to’s.” As a former teacher and current life coach, Sheila has had years of experience in honing her communication skills. She now uses them to support boomers and seniors in having fun while learning how to thrive in the age of technology.
Many people, when looking at their computers, smart phones, or tablets, feel overwhelmed and out-of-touch about how to navigate in what feels like “foreign” territory and the need to learn a whole new language. Her goal is that boomers and seniors also find the path of technology to be an easy and exciting journey…that they never need to feel isolated.
Coming from a farming and Quaker background, DurgaMata married a Bengali and discovered a global identity which embraces thought and wisdom from every corner of the globe. She has been practicing meditation for over 40 years – a student of Sri Chinmoy – who named her DurgaMata.
After retiring from teaching, DurgaMata started experimenting with ways in which she could share the joyful energy of her meditation with others to reduce stress and increase happiness. Silk-Paintng Workshops and Playing the Pipe and Tabor developed together. Public Speaking and Authorship followed. Then came her unique Seven Steps to Happiness Programme.
John has decades of experience in Project Management and Strategic Planning for large organizations, he ran his own solo side gig serving operation within municipal givernment with custom built software, AND he taught at college and university.
John retired early knowing he’d have to re-engage to pay his way in retirement.
Eight years into retirement – he calls it ‘rejuvenation’ – he is now living what he preaches. Play At Creation is his fun and meaningful venture. Its purpose is to inspire, train and support retirees to truly savour life by creating their own fun and meaningful ventures.
Janae is an inspirational speaker and life purpose coach. As the founder of Inspired U School, her free “Inspired You” Blueprint will help motivate/guide you to finding and being your best self as you begin to wrap your 9-5 and design your signature legacy in retirement.
Penny is, in so many ways, so typical of many Boomers who, during this pandemic, have found themselves unable to visit or assist with aging parents or visit children in another country. We’d like to know your experience or any tips you have.
Learn how to handle what might be the most important conversation of your life in this episode with Michelle, mother of a trans daughter, who knew more about the situation than most of us and helped her withdrawing child become the radiant, vibrant daughter she is today.
Whether the actual conversation includes you, or you just aren’t sure what’s going on as more and more people speak out about their gender identity, Michelle breaks it down and helps us understand how to be and what to say when transitioning touches our life.
Phyllis’ first word was why. This simple word has led her into various fields of inquiry and years of study. Metaphysics led to Western Astrology, which led to Psychology and a Master’s degree (1986) in Human Relations. (Working with community counselling and psychiatry (Schizophrenia)). These paths prepared her for an introduction to Jyotish (Eastern or Vedic Astrology) and that led to the Veda of India. The Veda led her to world history, physics and back to her original question: why do we act the way we do.
Michelle is a Gen-X-er who had a great career but, after the birth of twins, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Might sound familiar? So many of us can identify with all the stages of personal reflection and evaluation that mothers go through – seems to be a generational constant?
Judith is a senior enjoying her third phase life. She is active, mobile, engaged in creating a business of her own on-line called Creative Life Change Strategies Her current project is the creation of an online course to help mid-life women begin to plan for a future in which they can thrive.
Author of Permission Granted and your True Self Life Journey coach. Judith wrote the book (literally) on designing your life of choice and then pursuing it.
While Mar is technically on sabbatical as co-host of the Two Boomer Women podcast, she does, as she is able time-wise, present Mar-velous Mondays – The Story Goddess Remembers, a look back on some of the most memorable stories from her career in investigative research and production.