Powering Up! with Anne Doyle
The Powering Up! Podcast

Anne and Monica Doyle in the Motor City Woman recording studio

POWERING UP! with Anne Doyle is the all-new podcast about women and power – what it looks like, why it's important and what we can all do to claim our power – individually and collectively. Listen to recent episodes below or subscribe to the podcast in your favorite iPhone or Android app by searching for "Powering Up."

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COMIQUECON: Diverse Women Raising Their Voices & Profiles in World of Comics

August 13, 2019

The world of comics has long been one more world ruled by white males -- both as characters and creators.  But that is changing as young women who grew up reading comics featuring female superheroes (such as "shojo" Magna books created in Japan specifically for girls) are looking for adult content they can identify with.  So, they're creating it themselves.  We explored this growing, cultural phenomenon at Comiquecon -- a conference specifically for female and female-identifying illustrators, writers and creators in the comic world.  A world that co-host Monica Doyle knows well.  

Robin Jones: The Reality Is That Most Disabilities Are Invisible

August 6, 2019

We recorded this episode the day after two mass shootings killed at least 31 people and injured dozens of others in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.  Were the young, white males who perpetrated these hateful, horrible acts suffering from mental illness? Perhaps, but not necessarily.  Robin Jones, Director of the Great Lakes  ADA Center (Americans with Disabilities Act) talked with us about her work training, consulting and providing technical assistance to business, schools, employers , architects, families and individuals related to disabilities.  Handicapped parking, wheelchair ramps and accessible bathrooms are just the beginning. "The reality," says Jones, "is that most disabilities are invisible to others, including learning disabilities and mental illness." And how about the growing number of  so-called "emotional support" pets on airplanes? Robin has insight on that, too. 


Robin's broad understanding of the many issues surrounding human ability made Monica and me realize that we all have abilities and disabilities! The challenge is to make sure we are providing the assistance and services people need to use all of their abilities and we do not stigmatize individuals for getting help.  


 


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In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Re-Inventing the Road Ahead

July 29, 2019

Enlightened Sexism author and Communications Studies Professor Susan Douglas makes the case for "life span feminism," her upcoming new book --  In Our Prime: How Older Women are Re-Inventing the Road Ahead -- and why it's time to destroy the media myth that older and younger feminists can't get along. 

Sports Columnist Christine Brennan Talks Soccer, Gender & Purple-Haired Leadership

July 15, 2019

USA Today Sports Columnist and TV Commentator Christine Brennan has covered every major sporting event imaginable for nearly four decades -- including 18 Olympics and all four World Cup championships of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.  Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and their 2019 USA Women's Soccer team have delivered revenue, viewing audiences, championships and the all-time best-selling soccer jersey in U.S. history. Now they are demanding equal pay.  Brennan says, "Love  'em or hate 'em, they are strong, tough, have changed the conversation about women's sports and they're not going away!"  With over 1,000 women covering sports today, Brennan encourages girls and women to learn more about sports journalism careers through her website: ChristineBrennan.com.

A Leadership Conversation with General Linda Singh on Racism, Sexism & Ending Sexual Assault in the Military

July 8, 2019

General LInda Singh, the first African American and first woman to head up all military operations for an entire state, made national news earlier this year when her Maryland leadership team became the first all-female National Guard command staff in the United States. A leader who believes in the value of talking openly about difficult issues, Adjutant General Singh spoke candidly with me about racism, sexism and sexual harassment and assault, including her personal experiences.   


 

In the Game! Women's Sports Progress

July 1, 2019

Hall of Fame Women's College Basketball Coach Sue Kruszewski Hardy and Vice President of Marketing for the Detroit Tigers Ellen Hill Zeringue, one of the few executive women in major league sports, join Anne and Monica to talk about women's progress in the world of sports -- as athletes, coaches and executives.  Their "In the Game" conversation was recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Second Annual Detroit Podcast Festival, hosted by Robin Kinnie, founder of Motor City Woman Studios.  In photo L to R: Monica Doyle, Sue Kruszewski, Robin Kinnie, Ellen HIll Zeringue and Anne Doyle. 

THE "Girl Effect" & the Global Fight to Educate Females

June 25, 2019

Education is transformational, with the power to break cycles of poverty, child marriage and violence. The "Girl Effect" is particularly powerful because it extends the benefits to families and communities more than when only boys are educated. Yet 130 million girls around the world are not in school because of poverty, custom or conflict. In places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, girls school are under attack. Anne talks with Totsie Memela of South Africa and Shamim Jaward of Afghanistan -- two leaders on the front lines of the fight to changes ideas, cultures and policies about why educating girls lifts the entire human family.  Their conversation was recorded in Barcelona, Spain at the Spring 2019 Cornerstone Conference of the prestigious International Women's Forum. 

1,000 Toys Silently Proclaim, "Remember the Children!"

June 17, 2019

At least three thousand young children have been separated from their refugee parents, seeking asylum in the U.S. They have been held in cages, shipped to foster care all over the country, some have been sexually assaulated, and several have died. Can you imagine having your baby or very young child pulled from your arms, perhaps never to see them again? Determined that these children must not be forgotten, Michiganders Elaine Roseborough and Laurie Lisi tied 1,000 teddy bears, dolls and toys to stakes and displayed them along a busy, Detroit-area highway as powerful reminders of the several thousand missing migrant children. Leaders take action and inspire others to find the courage to act, as well.  For information on how to follow their lead, indivisiblefighting9.com or Facebook @Fighting9.  How about you? 


 


 

Men as Gender Allies: YWomen Founder Jeffery Tobias Halter

June 10, 2019

What do men have do with women's power and progress? Everything! As fathers, husbands, colleagues, bosses, brothers or lawmakers, men impact women's personal lives, careers and legal rights every day. Women contending with sexual harassment, toxic workplaces, gender bias, extreme laws violating our right to privacy and growing male backlash against the #MeToo movement, need male allies. Jeffery Tobias Halter, president of YWomen, is the USA's leading expert on engaging men to advance women.  A two-time TEDx speaker who has been known to don red women's heels on stage to make a point tells Anne why he believes, "It's time to stop urging women to lean in and start asking men to stand up!" Check out his "FAther of a Daughter" initiative and his Gender Advocacy Quiz. 


 

Anxiety, Stress and Suicide On the Rise. Talking About It Helps.

May 28, 2019

Millennials have been called "the stressed out generation," as record numbers are dealing with anxiety and depression.  Psychotherapist Dr. Jane Shure, a nationally-recognized expert on self-esteem issues and co-founder of The Resilience Group in Philadelphia, joins Anne, Monica and millennial Kevin Farrell to talk about how 21st Century culture increases anxiety and how we can help ourselves, our kids and our friends manage it. "Worrying is a human survival instinct and perfectly natural," says Shure. Understanding how to manage it well can change your life. 


 


 

Finding Your Purpose

May 13, 2019

Nancy Trites Botkin, a Leadership Guide, Founder of Think8 Women and Author of Living on Purpose, has been helping women tap into and pursue their unique purpose, for decades. Graduates of her intense, intimate, one-on-one personal discovery sessions like to call themselves, "Wonder Women." She joins Anne and Monica from Montreal to share steps each of us can take to unlock our individual power by discovering and releasing our deeply-ingrained blocks that hold us back.  

Vote Run Lead: Just Do It!

May 6, 2019

Record numbers of women in the USA, particularly young women are running for and winning elected political office.  An unprecedented number of women -- SIX -- are currently running for president, and there are now 127 women in the U.S. Congress -- 25 in the Senate and 102 in the House, nearly 25%.  Better, but nowhere close to equal representation for female citizens. And the numbers of Republican women in national office, meager as they have been, are getting worse.  VoteRunLead is a bi-partisan organization training thousands of women to master the political skills needed to run for office and run campaigns. We talk with VoteRunLead alums from both sides of the political aisle: Heather Barmore and Tina Barton. 

Becoming: The Impact of Michelle Obama's Powerful Memoir

April 29, 2019

Once described as an "angry black woman," Michelle Obama is now one of the most admired women in the world. Her memoir has sold over three million copies and her speaking tour has been extended to 21 more cities, including Canada and Europe. Why is the story of her personal journey resonating across generational, class and racial lines? Guests Marilyn French Hubbard and Tatiana Wheeler are generations apart, but both were so moved by the book they have created platforms to engage with other women around Obama’s powerful mantra to all women that, “Yes, you are enough!”  

Girls and Sports: Why It Matters

April 6, 2019

Fifty Years after Title IX began opening opportunities for girls to compete in sports, barriers to participation still exist -- particularly for inner city girls. We talk with Dr. Ramona Cox, who runs the "Girls Changing the Game" sports and leadership programs for Detroit PAL (Police  Athletic League) and young athlete Mackenzie Fordham about why sports is a critically important confidence-building laboratory for girls. 

Our Dogs as Leadership Mentors

April 1, 2019

We continue our conversation with Cheryl Carlson, founder of Cher Car Kennels, whose over four decades of experience as a skilled trainer, competitor and breeder includes developing highly-trained police canines.  She shares safety tips on avoiding injury from unfamiliar dogs, insight on the qualities of terrific police dogs, and tips on matching the right activity with your dog's personality and physique. She even puts in some good words for why pit bulls can be great family dogs. You'll also love our fascinating Part One conversation with Carlson, What Dogs Teach Us About Leadership. 

What Dogs Teach Us About Leadership

March 25, 2019

Cheryl Carlson, one of the best known experts in the world of dog training, breeding and competition, and founder of Cher Car Kennels explains why our dogs need leaders, not best friends. Whether you are a new dog owner, a veteran looking for new challenges to tackle with your pet, or a professional handler, you'll learn something from this fascinating conversation with a respected dog lover, teacher and breeder who has done it all!  


 

Behind the Scenes with the Congressional Women's Caucus

March 18, 2019

A newly-elected surge of young, diverse and bold U.S. Congresswomen has increased the size (102) and power of the Congressional Women's Caucus to historic levels.  Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI, co-chair of the bi-partisan caucus, talks leadership, gender issues and the challenges of tapping the collective power of three very different generations of powerful leaders, from Nancy Pelosi to Alexandra Octavio Cortez.  


 


 

A Leadership Conversation With One of the Greatest Female Athletes of the 20th Century

March 11, 2019

Anne talks "life in leadership" with Donna de Varona, named by Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest female athletes of the 20th Century. Besides her storied swimming and sports broadcasting careers, Donna has long championed sports opportunities for girls and women, including co-founding the Women Sports Foundation with Billie Jean King.  

Podcasting Power

March 4, 2019

Podcasts are hot. But only 22% of podcasts hosts are women. Robin Kinnie, owner of Motor City Woman studio in metro Detroit and a contributor to Podcast Business Journal, is committed to amplifying the voices of women through podcasting. Whether you have just discovered podcasts (there are over 600,000 already!) and want to know what the fuss is about, or are thinking of hosting your own, this episode is for you. 

Meet Anne & Monica

February 26, 2019

Here's your chance to get to know POWERING UP co-hosts Anne and Monica.  It's a frank conversation between a Baby Boomer and a Millennial probing the generational differences, life experiences and values they bring to their weekly, cross-generational conversations about power and leadership -- through a female lens. 


 

Overcoming Confidence Demons

February 18, 2019

Fortune magazine recently reported that even highly accomplished women still struggle with confidence demons and the Imposter Syndrome.  The earlier in your life that you tackle these debilitating "gender viruses" the better! An Executive Coach is a secret weapon that is no longer just for executives! Joscelyn Davis, Founder and Chief Strategist of Jade Strategies, and Alba Contreras Rodriguez, CEO of Focus on Solution, share their insights on the cultural quicksand women that sucks women down. Working with an Executive Coach is an investment that can set you free. 

Disempowering Journalism . . . What's Happening to REAL NEWS?

February 11, 2019

Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor and Columnist Brian Dickerson and Michigan State University Journalism student Jessie Cohen join Anne and Monica to talk about the precarious state of journalism. Whether you get your news from the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Steven Colbert, Facebook or Saturday Night Live, your capability to be well-informed is both easier and more challenging than ever before in history.  

Baby Sleep Training

February 4, 2019

Natalie Nevares, Founder and CEO of MommyWise, was recently featured on CBS Morning News for her work as one of the top "Baby Sleep Training" experts in New York City. Whether you are the parent of a baby and desperate to get more sleep, or a grandparent worried about the stories you're hearing from your adult kids about sleepless nights with "wide-awake" babies, this episode is for you. I think of Nevares as "The Baby Whisperer" for her years of success teaching young families the secrets to sweet dreams -- for all! Joining the conversation with hosts Anne and Monica is Margaret Siebers, a young mother of two who'd gladly trade cuddling her baby through the night for a good night's sleep!

Social Media Tips

January 21, 2019

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS. Ashley Whitlock, VP & Social Media Guru with Edelman Global Marketing & Communications, joins Anne & Monica to share tips on smart ways to build your brand and networks on social media. Whether your favorite platform is Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or all of those, you’ll pick up great ideas from this branding and social media pro.

Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts? Long-time Rivalry Heats Up

January 14, 2019

The recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to start recruiting girls to join their troops has opened up a new chapter in their long-time rivalry with the Girl Scouts. Is the Boy Scouts organization, which is facing possibe bankruptcy, attempting a hostile take-over of their "girls-only" counterpart? Have the Girl Scouts, increasingly focused on building leadership skills in girls, gotten too progressive for conservative families? And, are girl-only or boy-only youth organizations reinforcing gender limitations?

POWERING UP! Co-hosts Anne and Monica tackle all of those thorny topics and more with Denise Dalrymple, CEO of the Girl Scouts of SE Michigan and Dan Root, long-time Boy Scout Troop leader.

Death, Memorable Goodbyes and THE TALK

January 8, 2019

It's the conversation no one wants to have, but everyone should. THE TALK about how you want to be remembered at the time of your death. And even more difficult, having those conversations with the most important people in your life. Our guest this week is an expert in helping people have those uncomfortable conversations and live through the toughest goodbyes. David Techner of the Ira Kauffman Funeral Chapel, which is part of the cultural soul of the Jewish community in metro Detroit, brings over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry to this unusual conversation with POWERING UP co-hosts Anne and Monica. Techner is also a nationally-recognized expert in talking with children about death.

Women in Law Enforcement.

December 16, 2018

In the late 1970's, less than 2% of police officers in the USA were women. Today, nearly five decades later, those numbers have grown -- but not enough. Only 13% of police officers in this country are now women. Why so few? You might find clues in a new book, "Thriving in an All-Boys Club: Female Police and Their Fight for Equality." Anne talks with three generations of women police officers who acknowledge the challenges of the career, but also believe that women bring valuable skills to the field. And their advice to women considering a career in law enforcement is unanimous:"Go for it!" Guests: Recently retired Auburn Hills, MI Police Chief Doreen Olko, one of the longest serving female chiefs in the U.S., Lashinda Stair, 1st Assistant Chief of Police, City of Detroit; and Officer A'shya Watkins, who is just beginning her law enforcement career.

Stilettos and Sneakers: Bridging the Baby Boomer/Millennial Divide

December 10, 2018

Imagine eavesdropping on a fast-paced conversation as two, professionally-accomplished and thoughtful Baby Boomers face off with two impatient and ambitious Millennials! That's our podcast this week as Anne and Monica talk with the creators of Stilettos and Sneakers, a new, inter-generational initiative to create strategic conversations and tactics forthree very different generations of female High-Achievers in the workplace today (Baby Boomers, Gen Xs and Millennials) to stop sniping and start supporting one another to leverage their collective power. Florida lawyer Janice Zarro brings the "stiletto perspective; her grandniece, Nicole Spiotta, an athlete about to earn her Master's in Sports Administration adds the "sneakers POV."

Handwriting: What It Reveals About Ourselves & Others

December 3, 2018

Nationally-recognized handwriting examiner Ruth Holmes, founder of PENTEC, joins Anne for a fascinating look at what our handwriting reveals about our talents, strengths and weaknesses, as well as how improving our writing can improve our lives. Sought-after by police for identifying forgers or authors of ransom notes, by attorneys for selecting jurors and corporations for hiring decisions, Holmes also reveals what handwriting reveals about the personalities of public figures as different as Aretha Franklin, Donald Trump, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. www.pentec.net.

Thanksgiving Table Hot Topics

November 26, 2018

Anne's Millennial son, Kevin Farrell, joins the cross-generational conversation with Monica and his Mom as they kick around hot topics that ruffled feathers at many a Thanksgiving table this year, including the recent Midterm elections, whether Nancy Pelosi should lead or let go and the trouble brewing between the Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts.

The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, Part 2

November 19, 2018

Anne continues her conversation about race in America with Hall of Fame Journalist Rochelle Riley, author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. Also joining the conversation: lawyer and activist Amanda Wolfman of Unsilence and Robin Kinnie, owner of Motor City Woman studios.

2020 WOMEN ON BOARDS

November 12, 2018

On Nov 15th, in 25 major U.S. cities thousands of women and male allies gathered to strategize progress and next steps for achieving 20% women directors on corporate boards by 2020. Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020 Women on Boards (WOB), and Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum, are leading the national conversation on women’s progress in the board room, its importance, and why women at every stage of their careers should care!

Conversation with Rochelle Riley, Author of The Burden.

November 5, 2018

THE BURDEN: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, an important new book by Hall of Fame Journalist Rochelle Riley. Part I of Anne’s two-episode conversation with Rochelle, Amanda Wolfman of UNSILENCE, and Robin Kinnie of Motor City Woman about the damaging residue of racial bias that still holds America in cultural bondage.

Opening Sports Locker Rooms to Female Journalists: Anne's Story

October 30, 2018

POWERING UP Host Anne Doyle was one of the first trailblazing female journalists who helped to open professional and college sports locker rooms to women journalists. She was on the front lines of those fights in the late 1970's and 1980's and was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame for literally "opening doors" for generations of female sports journalists who have followed in her path. She was recently asked to tell a story about her experiences on stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for the globally broadcast storytelling series, The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers.

The Healing Power of Storytelling

October 19, 2018

Satori Shakoor, creator and host of the acclaimed “Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers", a live, curated storytelling event streamed internationally from Detroit, talks with Anne about how sharing our stories can heal individuals and communities. Satori is as hilarious, revealing and raw as the true stories she has taught thousands to tell. With co-host Monica Doyle. https://www.twistedtellers.org/. Episode will be posted Tuesday, Oct. 24th.

Record Numbers of Women Running for Office as Gender Gap Grows!

October 15, 2018

Never before in history have so many American women stepped up and thrown their hats in political rings at every level. From the U.S. Congress to state legislatures and local school boards, new generations of women are tired of men hoarding political power and are doing something about it! Anne talks with Detroit Free Press journalist Kathy Gray; Shannon Garrett, co-founder of Vote, Run, Lead; MI State House candidate Brenda Carter and MI State Senate candidate Kelly Rossman McKinney.

Kavanaugh Hearing Aftershocks: Millennial POV

October 8, 2018

Anne talks with three Millennials in her own extended family about their reaction to the bitter divide, even in families, over the nomination, accusations, protestations and confirmation of one of the most controversial Supreme Court justices in U.S. history. Co-host Monica Doyle and guests Kevin Doyle Farrell and Lucy Doyle.

Women in Skilled Construction Trades: Where The Money Is!

October 1, 2018

Are you tired of working your tail off but not getting the money, benefits or joy to make it worthwhile? How does getting paid equally with your male peers sound? If you've never thought about a career in construction and skilled trades, you'll think again after hearing this conversation with Millennial Generation "Rosie the Riveters" -- Nicole Rice and Andria Pakkala -- and Scott McDonald of the Michigan Laborers' Training & Apprenticeship Institute. Their message: The money is great and working in skilled trades is a great way to Power Up! You Can Do It!! More info at: http://mltai.org/

Next! A Matchmaker's Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong and Everything In Between

September 25, 2018

Matchmaker and Relationship coach Barbara Summers will leave you in stitches, but her advice on finding your soul mate, releasing yourself from relationships gone wrong, and getting yourself ready to love again is no laughing matter. She’s one of the most sought-after matchmakers in San Diego and an in-demand speaker on romance, love, sex and all the steps in between. Author of, Next! A Matchmaker’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong and Everything in Between, “Babs” earned her Detroit credentials during her years married to popular Detroit Tiger Champ Summers. She is convinced there is “someone for everyone” and is determined to find the right man for POWERING UP host Anne Doyle! http://barbaramatchmaker.com

Explosive Growth of Girls & Women’s Hockey

September 25, 2018

One of the fastest growing sports in the world is Girls and Women’s Hockey! In 1990, when the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) first recognized it, there were only 6,300 registered players. Today, there over 75,000 females of multiple generations lacing up, hitting the ice and earning respect. The U.S. women’s team just won Olympic Gold and successfully fought USA hockey for financial investments to grow the sport. Listen to 7 ½ year-old Fiona Daniels explain what hockey means to her and how millennial hockey coach Monica Doyle found her sports passion and you’ll begin to understand why Title IX has been a gift that keeps on giving to girls. Guests: Fiona Daniels and her father, Rodney. Co-host: Monica Doyle

#MeToo, the Garden of Eden and the Rise of the Feminine Divine

September 24, 2018

Spiritual leader, Tamara Kolton, an ordained Jewish rabbi and author of the upcoming book, Oranges for Eve, talks with Anne about the shaming and blaming of women around sexuality that can be traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden. The #MeToo movement, decades of sexual abuse of young, female gymnasts by an Olympic doctor and a bitter, political fight over the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault have brought the issues of sex, gender and power to the fore. Kolton, a recent winner of the Next-Gen 2019 Speaker Competition by Celebrate Your Life, one of the largest spiritual speaker platforms in the world, sees the rise of the Feminine Divine as salve to our souls. For more on Rabbi Tamara Kolton: https://rabbikolton.com

Aretha Franklin: The "Natural Woman" Behind the Legend

September 16, 2018

When the Queen of Soul died recently at age 76, millions of fans all over the world mourned the loss of not just one of the greatest singers and musicians of our times, but a legend. Her week-long funeral and "HomeGoing" celebration in Detroit lasted for a week and drew some of the biggest stars in entertainment and politics from Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson to Jessie Jackson and former President Clinton. What was it about Aretha that earned her Eternal Respect? Listen to Detroiters who knew her best and shared their stories.

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