#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.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#143 Beth Bengston is Working for Women

Beth Bengtson believes that real change happens when business talent supports non-profit missions, when women achieve economic independence, and personal passion meets organizational focus! She started WorkingForWomen (W4W) to provide a new operating structure that taps into all these pillars.

She learned the power of purpose-driven business practices through years of education and professional experience. She has an MBA from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a BS in management from Penn State University; and is certified in empowerment design and facilitation through the Empowerment Institute. She has spent 20 years in leadership roles on the agency side and in-house at organizations large and small, facilitating change through communications internally and externally. Her focus is on helping organizations evolve and be purpose-driven.

Her work is strengthened by an energetic family – two adolescent boys, two dogs, and her husband – biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Any remaining free time is spent with friends or alone in nature.

Beth says the key to success is taking baby steps toward your goals each day.

Today we talk about how she’s fared personally during the pandemic, the state of women’s issues/work and funding, what she’s up to at W4W and taking care of our shared outdoor spaces. You can learn more about and make a donation to the Wallkill Valley Land Trust here.

Here’s the info for Raising Hope’s Fundraiser, Thursday, October 29th, 7-8pm.

Here’s the info for Seasoned Gives Domestic Violence Awareness Yoga with Tara Sanders, Saturday, October 31st, 12-1pm.

And here’s a link to my Full Moon Manifestation Zoom class on Friday, October 30th, 10am.

Want to explore Samhain, here’s a place to start!

Several other articles that were mentioned can be found here:

The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll on Women

Female Doctors Spend More Time and Earn Less

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#123 Raising HOPE with Amy Summers and Tasha Ortloff

Today I am joined by two phenomenal women from Raising HOPE!

Amy Summers, Program Director for Raising HOPE. She is responsible for the overall coordination and organization of the Raising Hope administrative and operational components, and programmatic components as well as recruitment. She was the former Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters satellite program at Amherst College where she interviewed and matched “Bigs” with “Littles”, supervised an onsite program, planned and ran program events, and provided support and trainings for program participants. She is also an experienced facilitator of women’s empowerment workshops, meditation and stress reduction classes, and conscious communication counseling, all of which she culls from to create, facilitate and coordinate programming & workshops for Raising HOPE participants. She has a degree in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Workshop Development and experience as an entrepreneur, as the former owner of Transformations Workshop Center and Gallery in Amherst MA, and currently operating Aquoga Aquatic exercise and adapted yoga classes in Ulster County.

AND

Tasha Ortloff who is the Raising Hope Assistant Program Director who brings administrative, operations, marketing, advocacy, technology, and interpersonal skills to Raising HOPE. As someone who attained her college degree while working, and being the single parent of two children, she knows first-hand the difficulty of achieving educational and career goals in the face of challenges. She is a Board Member for Health Care is a Human Right, and prior to her work at Raising HOPE, she was the Director of Operations and Development at the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of NY.

Raising HOPE, is a women’s mentoring women program through the United Way of Ulster County whose vision is to inspire a community of women to mobilize their time, talent, and financial resources to help other women achieve their potential. They offer H-O-P-E, Help, Opportunity, Passion and Empowerment to support women on their journey to self-sufficiency. Woman-to-woman mentoring, where a mentor supports, encourages and guides a mentee has an immensely powerful impact on the mentee’s ability to achieve her academic and professional goals. In short, having someone believe in you can make all the difference.

Raising HOPE serves women 18+ who want to achieve personal, educational, or vocational goals and seek support to reach them. Their Mentees have a broad range of life experiences, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to improve their lives, and those of their families, by making a commitment to their Mentors – and themselves – to work hard to achieve their goals.

They welcome all women 30+ who have life experience they’d like to share and desire to help others, to consider becoming a Mentor.

Their Mentors play a number of roles including:
-Partnering to achieve personal, educational, or vocational goals.
-Being a sounding board about choices and priorities.
-Providing feedback in communication and life skills.
-Motivating when encouragement is needed.

Raising HOPE offers regular online classes including Motivational Mondays which you can learn more about via their Facebook Page. They are accepting mentee applications now for a new matching that will take place this Fall, and stay tuned for info on their Celebration of HOPE event taking place this October, 16, 2020!

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#78 Endometriosis with Dr. Amy Novatt and Mel Toth

Wow, today was a powerful show of Mel Toth sharing her journey with Endometriosis. We start the conversation with Dr. Amy Novatt, Gynecologist and women’s health advocate, explaining what Endometriosis is, how to recognize the symptoms of the disease, why it’s hard to diagnose and treat, and how to manage the symptoms. Whether or not you suffer from this disease or are experiencing some other health concern, it seems there’s evidence enough for all of us to take the best care of ourselves as possible, reduce stress, eat nutritionally and prioritize our own health.

After this intro to "Endo," we get to learn about Mel, how she began her teaching career first instructing 4th graders and now teaching yoga at Shakti Woodstock and The Yoga House in Kingston. Mel openly and bravely shares the challenges that she’s faced with her health from painful and debilitating periods where she would often bleed for two weeks to the diagnosis of Endometriosis after discovering a large (22cm) mass on her ovary. After her first surgery, doctors warned her that if she wanted children she should begin to think about that as the Endometriosis could make it more difficult down the road. That sparked a journey to figure out what to do about children, leading to some time not worrying about it and then trying to get pregnant with the use of fertility enhancing drugs. Tune in to hear all that unfolds for Mel and her journey through fertility and surgery. She’s now on a path of deep self care, supported by a Canadian doctor and her practice, The Natural Endo Movement.

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Mel and was enraptured by her story. I hope to get her back on soon to go deeper into some of the big issues that she’s so gracefully navigating!

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