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Posts by Rumaisa Khawaja

Ep. 38: Woman in Leadership – Changing the Narrative

Caitlin Russell is the Senior Vice President at Russell Construction.  She joined the Russell team in 2009 as a Project Engineer and became a Project Manager shortly after.  In the last few years, she has transitioned from construction operations to real estate development leadership, and Vice President of the company.   Caitlin graduated from Arizona State…

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Ep. 37: Feeling Safe Again After Gun Violence

As an aspiring dancer, Nurjahan Boulden was shot with an assault rifle in a random attack when she was 21 years old. She struggled with the physical and emotional impact of the shooting for years, believing that her dreams had been destroyed. She didn’t realize that the one night she thought had ruined her future…

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Ep. 35: A Call to Serve – Oppression and Injustice

Andrea Ranae is a coach, facilitator and a writer.   She is deeply committed to supporting others in making a unique impact in one’s life + the communities you call home. Much of Andrea’s life has been about two questions: “Why is the world the way it is?” “How can I grow/heal?” In her pursuit to…

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Ep. 34: Finding Your Shine

Rachelle Karstens serves as the President at Briar Cliff University.  A compassionate and proven leader with a background in higher education, law and fundraising.  An Iowa native and one of nine children, Rachelle graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, where she was involved in vocal music, band and mock trial. She then went…

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Ep. 33: A Journey Into Joy

In January 2019, THE Market was founded where Katie is bringing Market vendors, makers and curators into one common location for a year round marketplace focused on strengthening local small businesses. Ms. Thompson believes in the strength of community and THE Market defines this strength; businesses supporting each other to elevate each other’s potential.  A…

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Episode 32: The Shift

Samara Zelniker is dedicated to helping others transform into their healthiest versions of themselves.  Samara’s story to health and wellness started after years in the corporate workspace, where she was left feeling tired, unfulfilled and burnt out.  After a freak injury and life changing trip to Africa, Sumara began her own spiritual journey, she figured…

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Ep. 30: A Summer Check-In with Thy-Self

It’s time for a summer re-cap!  We are half way through 2019!  How are we doing with our yearly goals?  How are we navigating through the summer?  The kids are out of school, that means more activities, summer bbq’s, family gatherings, wedding season and more!  Are you getting the things that you need to get…

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Ep. 29: Addressing Social Justice in Higher Education – (Part 2)

Zachary Ritter received his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), focusing on Asian international students’ cross-racial interactions. He is currently an adjunct professor at UCLA, La Verne, and Redlands, teaching social justice history. Additionally, he is a diversity and inclusion consultant for Organic Communications. He was most recently the interim associate dean of the…

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