#148 Kelly Lyndgaard and Unshattered’s “Ambassadors of Possibility”

Kelly Lyndgaard is the CEO and President of Unshattered and has been a leader and trailblazer for women throughout her lifetime.

In addition to her impact in the non-profit world, she spent 16 years in the IT industry building, running, and transforming technology organizations. In 2015, she stepped away from her executive career to focus solely on the social enterprise she founded named Unshattered.

Kelly is an engineer and physicist by training, but a problem solver and strategist at heart.  Inspired by the strength and commitment of women doing the hard work of recovery, she wanted to help them build them a path forward to sustained sobriety and economic independence. Her heart was broken seeing relapses occur for those who had worked so hard to attain sobriety but had no safe place to return to after recovery.

Kelly is ignited by challenge – in any arena of life – and loves nothing more than seeing potential where others do not and bringing it to life. She’s on a mission to end relapse by providing job skills and employment for those who traditionally have difficulty finding employment.

Unshattered employs women in recovery to craft handbags and accessories out of repurposed materials such as retired military uniforms, sets from Broadway shows, manufacturing scrap and more. They have been awarded by the President of the United States for their creative and effective work in fighting the opioid crisis and were the 2018 Hudson Valley nonprofit of the year.

Unshattered boasts a 0% relapse rate for the women employed with the company.

Kelly and her husband live in Dutchess County, NY. She is a graduate of Taylor University and a Praxis Fellow. Outside of being an entrepreneur she loves reading, conquering challenges, and finding unexpected delight! On her days off you’ll find her curled up with a mug a tea, a stack of books, and her rescue dog, Bell.

You can find her on Instagram and Twitter and learn more about Unshattered at http://www.unshattered.org.

Today we talk about being a physicist and engineer, walking away from it to pursue her passion to help others, overcoming judgment, how choices aren’t character, how to grow a social enterprise, the strength of women, and the power in women helping women. You can purchase an Unshattered handbag from their website and even work with them on custom bags from repurposed materials that are near and dear to your heart. With your purchases AND your donations, they are able to help women coming out of recovery get back on their feet, find an apartment, and gain employment so that they can break the powerful cycle of addiction. Unshattered conservatively estimates that they save the state $103,000 a year in costs associated with addiction and incarceration for each woman they are able to help break the cycle. Become an ambassador of possibility by giving them your support!

Today’s show was engineered by Nick Panken of Freedom Highway on Radio Kingston.

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#28 Theresa’s Nieces (Roadtrippin) / Jamie Sanin (CelebrateWomxn845) “Being a Girl and Supporting Womxn”

Shana’s holding down the studio while Theresa is reporting in from Wisconsin. In Girl Talk, we talk about a new show idea of street interviews of hip grannies that Shana has affectionately dubbed "biddies." Which leads us to a shout out to Antonio from la Voz and his coverage of Grannies Respond and their caravan to the border at Texas to protest the government’s treatment of immigrants seeking asylum. Then Shana and Theresa take a trip down memory lane to talk about life as they remembered it as a 5th grader, what it means to be a cool kid, and the challenges of not feeling like one.

Intro to Theresa’s roadtrippin interview with her nieces Eva (9 years old) and Amelia (12 years old) which was recently recorded on a car trip where Theresa tries to get into the head of a young girl. They are big into Youtube, no surprise there, like to dance, play sports, do math, and go tubing.

Our in studio guest is Jamie Sanin, artist and educator who works for Orange County Arts Council and founded CelebrateWomxn845. Jamie shares her memories of being a 5th grader, how she was big into music and choir and how she continues to be an artist and create art to this day. She enjoys breaking down access and the resistance or fear of art from the viewers perspective. How CelebrateWomxn845 began and how it was consciously inclusive of womxn who also identify as.

Self care talk is all about forgiveness today. Both Shana and Theresa have been exploring forgiveness in their own lives and how it feels like a form of self care, so this will probably not be the end of the conversation. If you’re looking for support in helping yourself forgive someone else, or even yourself, here’s an initial resource that Theresa found which may be helpful to you.

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas from Radio Kingston, and we heard music from our very own Shana Falana. Until next week, love yourself and uplift one another!

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#10 Rebecca Moore (Musician, Avant-Guard Performer, Activist) “From Art to Veganism”

On today’s show Shana and Theresa talk with Rebecca Moore, musician, actor, performance artist, educator, activist and co-founder of Hudson Valley Veg Fest. She talks to us about what it was like growing up in NYC, collaborating with pioneers of the 80’s and 90’s NYC art scene, making and playing music, and fighting for the rights of artists and tenants during the height of Manhattan’s gentrification. Rebecca befriended a chicken at summer camp when she was 10 years old which would forever have a profound impact on who she is and what she does. Now, as a full-time animal rights activist she has The Institute for Animal Happiness , Rebecca talks about the ways she educates others on the agriculture industry, and how she is building a Vegan movement in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Her work is all about creating a culture of compassion which includes compassion for self and others. Words of wisdom from Rebecca, activists, be sure to take care of yourselves, don’t fall prey to guilt trips, and surround yourselves with those who support you!

Next week we sit down with Rebecca Martin, musician, environmental and political activist, and community builder. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this!

Rebecca Moore

Hudson Valley Vegfest

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