Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Coming up April 10th 9:30am - Dr. Greg Chasson, author of FLAWED: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management (on sale April 16)


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Dr. Greg Chasson, author of FLAWED: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management

Drawing on his work as a renowned psychologist and expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, Chasson reveals that perfectionism is not the asset many employers think it is. Although managers might seek out perfectionists for their work ethic and attention to detail, their high standards can also result in inefficiency, toxic work environments, and dysfunctional relationships.

Offering practical strategies grounded in psychological theory and evidence, FLAWED is an invaluable guide for employees and managers who want to create more successful teams, become more effective leaders, or improve their own performance at both work and home.

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Is a perfectionist good or bad for your team?

Step into a world where perfectionism isn't a virtue but can be a disruption to management in Greg Chasson's compelling book, Flawed: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management, a powerful addition to the realm of leadership books.

As a renowned psychologist and expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, Chasson unravels the complexities of perfectionism, making this book an essential read for those seeking self-growth, effective leadership, and successful team building.

In Flawed, Chasson dissects the double-edged nature of perfectionism and its detrimental effects on organizational productivity.

Tailored for managers and business leaders striving for effective team building, the book provides a roadmap for understanding, detecting, and solving five common ways perfectionism disrupts the workplace.

What sets Flawed apart is its practical approach to solving the perfectionism puzzle and fostering a growth-oriented work environment. Chasson offers a range of anti-perfectionism strategies and tactics, empowering leaders to build cohesive teams and drive success.

Trust in Chasson's authority is well-founded. As an Associate Professor and Director of Behavioral Interventions at the University of Chicago's Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders Clinic, he draws on extensive research and practical experience.

Flawed is not just a book; it's a transformative guide for leaders committed to effective team building and mitigating the adverse effects of perfectionism on both individuals and organizations.

Don't let perfectionism hinder your team's success—discover actionable solutions within the pages of Flawed.


About FLAWED:

In their interviews, it’s not uncommon for job seekers to claim that perfectionism is the flaw they bring to the table. A seemingly safe assertion, this claim is designed to assure the potential employer that the candidate would be a good fit for the company. After all, perfectionism is usually considered more of an asset than a liability, as it produces high achievers and results that exceed expectations. Or so many employers assume.

However, perfectionism does not necessarily equate to excellence. As Dr. Greg Chasson reveals in Flawed: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management (Translational Mental Health Press paperback, on sale April 16), perfectionists don’t always make model employees. Although they are typically high achievers, those who establish such a high standard of rigid ideals for themselves often become paralyzed, afraid that they will make mistakes or fail to meet expectations. What is worse, they may also project those perfectionistic ideals on colleagues or those they manage, thereby creating a toxic environment for everyone around them.

Drawing on his work as a renowned psychologist and expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, Chasson offers practical strategies grounded in psychological theory and evidence to help employers manage their teams more effectively and aid employees with establishing boundaries with perfectionistic managers. Using proven methods to help employees meet deadlines, quell nervous reassurance-seeking, and overcome all-or-none thinking, Chasson offers invaluable advice for those seeking to create a more functional and efficient workplace.

Designed as a handbook to help readers quickly identify and address their challenges, Flawed offers a much-needed guide for those seeking to create more successful teams, become more effective leaders, or improve their own performance at work and home.



About the author:

Dr. Chasson is a licensed clinical psychologist, board-certified cognitive-behavioral therapist, Associate Professor, and the Director of Behavioral Interventions of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, Dr. Chasson has provided cognitive-behavioral therapy for clinically severe perfectionism and has owned and operated two mental health practices. As an active scholar, Dr. Chasson has authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific publications and one academic book (Hoarding Disorder: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice). He also serves as the editor of the scientific journal and the behavior therapist, and he has served on the board of directors for a variety of professional non-profit organizations.

Coming up 4/10 9:00am - THE WEIGHT OF NATURE by neuroscientist-turned-environmental journalist Clayton Page Aldern


THE WEIGHT OF NATURE is a deeply reported, eye-opening book about climate change, our brains, and the weight of nature on us all. 

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Aldern discusses:

· The Unseen Impact of Climate on the Brain: Climate change’s invisible stressors, like heat and atmospheric carbon dioxide, are silently exacerbating neurological diseases, including cognitive impairments and neurodegenerative conditions, amidst a worrying lack of public awareness.

· Immediate Stories: The time to address climate change is now. Its effects are already inside us, altering our physical and mental landscapes in profound manners. Students lose points on tests on hotter days and at higher atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide; higher temperatures are associated with higher incidence of domestic abuse, riots, and online hate speech.

· From Global Crisis to Personal Struggle: Aldern can highlight concrete examples such as the link between extreme weather and increased risks of developmental disorders in children, and how climate-strengthened phenomena like harmful algal blooms are posing direct threats to brain health.

· Generational Ripple Effects: Post-traumatic stress from extreme weather events can impact not only the mental (and physical) health of those living through the events—but via epigenetic routes, also the generations that follow.

· Policy and Innovation for Brain Health: We must consider neuroprotective technologies and the importance of integrating environmental health considerations into urban planning.

· Community-Led Adaptation and Education: We have to think about solution strategies beyond the realm of climate anxiety as we navigate the new normal. Community initiatives (from green space development to those that reduce neurotoxin exposure) and educational programs can enhance brain health resilience against climate change.

· And more.


Press kit here.


The march of climate change is stunning and vicious, with rising seas, extreme weather, and oppressive heat blanketing the globe. But its effects on our very brains constitute a public-health crisis that has gone largely unreported. Based on seven years of research, this book by the award-winning journalist and trained neuroscientist Clayton Page Aldern, synthesizes the emerging neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics of global warming and brain health. A masterpiece of literary journalism, this book shows readers how a changing environment is changing us today, from the inside out.

Aldern calls it the weight of nature.

Hotter temperatures make it harder to think clearly and problem-solve. They increase the chance of impulsive violence. Immigration judges are more likely to reject asylum applications on hotter days. Umpires, to miss calls. Air pollution, heatwaves, and hurricanes can warp and wear on memory, language, and sensory systems; wildfires seed PTSD. And climate-fueled ecosystem changes extend the reach of brain-disease carriers like mosquitos, brain-eating amoebas, and the bats that brought us the mental fog of long COVID.

How we feel about climate change matters deeply; but this is a book about much more than climate anxiety. As Aldern richly details, it is about the profound, direct action of global warming on our brains and behavior—and the most startling portrait yet of unforeseen environmental influences on our minds. From farms in the San Joaquin Valley and public schools across the United States to communities in Norway’s Arctic, the Micronesian islands, and the French Alps, this book is an unprecedented portrait of a global crisis we thought we understood.



Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Coming up 4/3 9:00am - Jennifer Rosner, National Jewish Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Bird Sings, shares her new riveting book based on the true stories of children stolen in the wake of World War II - Once We Were Home

From Jennifer Rosner, National Jewish Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Bird Sings, comes a riveting book based on the true stories of children stolen in the wake of World War II.

Once We Were Home

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“Rosner’s novel reflects personal interviews and in-depth research...She illuminates the complex and opposing political and religious viewpoints...Rosner’s heart-wrenching revelations in Once We Were Home will persist in readers’ minds for seasons to come.”
–Historical Novel Society



“[A] complex tale about fear, survival, and what it means to be a family.” –Booklist


“An engrossing story inspired by the postwar lives of Jewish children who were hidden during the war. Fans of Jewish historical fiction will be moved.” –Publishers Weekly


“[A] moving story about identity, family, and the meaning of home…An excellent addition to historical fiction collections.” – Library Journal


“A carefully crafted and heartbreaking book.”
–Kirkus

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Rosner is the author of the novels ONCE WE WERE HOME and THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS, both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. She is also author of the memoir IF A TREE FALLS: A FAMILY'S QUEST TO HEAR AND BE HEARD, and the children's book, THE MITTEN STRING, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. Jennifer's books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her short writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Times of Israel, The Massachusetts Review, The Forward, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, Jennifer has taught philosophy. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.

Ana will never forget her mother’s face when she and her baby brother, Oskar, were sent out of their Polish ghetto and into the arms of a Christian friend. For Oskar, though, their new family is the only one he remembers. When a woman from a Jewish reclamation organization seizes them, believing she has their best interest at heart, Ana sees an opportunity to reconnect with her roots, while Oskar sees only the loss of the home he loves.


Roger grows up in a monastery in France, inventing stories and trading riddles with his best friend in a life of quiet concealment. When a relative seeks to retrieve him, the Church steals him across the Pyrenees before relinquishing him to family in Jerusalem.

Renata, a post-graduate student in archaeology, has spent her life unearthing secrets from the past--except for her own. After her mother’s death, Renata’s grief is entwined with all the questions her mother left unanswered, including why they fled Germany so quickly when Renata was a little girl.


Two decades later, they are each building lives for themselves, trying to move on from the trauma and loss that haunts them. But as their stories converge in Israel, in unexpected ways, they must each ask where and to whom they truly belong.

Beautifully evocative and tender, filled with both luminosity and anguish, Once We Were Home reveals a little-known history. Based on the true stories of children stolen during wartime, this heart-wrenching novel raises questions of complicity and responsibility, belonging and identity, good intentions and unforeseen consequences, as it confronts what it really means to find home.

Read Additional Reviews:


Chronogram


Bookpage


Review by Leah Grisham


From The Washington Independent Review of Books



“Under Rosner’s talented pen, simple prose turns into poetry and ordinary stories become complex, poignant. I found this forgotten history of displaced WWII children and the return to their roots captivating, thought-provoking, enlightening, and bittersweet.”

— ALKA JOSHI, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HENNA ARTIST, THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR AND THE PERFUMIST OF PARIS

“Utterly gorgeous! This lyrical story of lives in the aftermath of war and displacement breaks our hearts, and mends them back into a stronger love.”

— MEG WAITE CLAYTON, INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS AND THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON

“Rosner’s new novel is about the ways we seek family despite the wounds we carry. The stories of her characters fit beautifully together like nesting boxes, building to become an ode to love in its many forms. A brave and ultimately life-affirming book.”

— JAI CHAKRABARTI, NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF A PLAY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Professor Stephanie Reich, UCI professor of education and expert on youth and social media


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UCI professor Stephanie Reich

Stephanie Reich, UCI professor of education and expert on youth and social media who served on the committee that produced “Assessment of the Impact of Social Media on the Health and Wellbeing of Adolescents and Children” for the National Academies joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm.

Over the past 15 years, mental health among youth has seen a decline, one that coincides with the rise of smartphone technology that has changed the relationship between teens and the internet.

According to “Assessment of the Impact of Social Media on the Health and Wellbeing of Adolescents and Children” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Released last month, the report urges industry-wide standards for social media to minimize harm and maximize benefit to adolescent health.

“Currently, there is limited legislation and industry standards focused on protecting kids online, especially those 13 years and older. There is a need for more transparency, data sharing and accountability,” says Stephanie Reich, a UC Irvine professor of education who served on the committee that wrote the report.

You can read more about the committee’s findings and recommendations here. Reich, whose research focuses on understanding and improving the social context of children’s lives, is enthused to engage in conversations about what is currently known and what can be done in the future to learn more about how to better support youth in a socially and digitally connected world. Though the report focused on adolescents, Reich’s work spans diapers to college and considers school and family contributors to children’s and teens’ media use.

ABOUT
Reich is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society for Community Research and Action. Her research focuses on understanding and improving the social context of children’s lives, centering on direct, indirect, and reciprocal influences on children, specifically through the family, digital, and school environment. Reich is a recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Applied Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology Award from the American Psychological Association and serves on the advisory boards of Raising Good Gamers, Future of Childhood, Children and Screens, and Next Gen Public Media (By/With/For Tweens and Teens).

UCI's Richard Matthew, professor of urban planning and public policy and director of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, shares details about The Drake Gives nonprofit, contributing $1.5 million to UC Irvine’s Power of Music initiative - leveraging music for social good


Richard Matthew (left), UCI professor of urban planning and public policy,
will lead the Power of Music initiative, in close collaboration with
Alec Glasser (center), founder and CEO of The Drake Gives,
and Jon Gould (right), dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology.
Han Parker / School of Social Ecology

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The Drake Gives contributes $1.5 million to UC Irvine’s Power of Music initiative

New School of Social Ecology effort will leverage music for social good

Irvine, Calif., March 7, 2024 – A donation of $1.5 million from The Drake Gives will support a novel initiative at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Social Ecology focused on leveraging the power of music to galvanize students, other individuals and communities for social progress and well-being.

The contribution will spearhead the new Power of Music initiative, which will be led by Richard Matthew, professor of urban planning and public policy and director of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, in close collaboration with Alec Glasser, founder and CEO of The Drake Gives.

“With this generous support, we can develop novel pathways for research and action,” Matthew said. “Whether integrating music into psychology, health or environmental advocacy, we are poised to advance groundbreaking initiatives here on campus.”

Echoing his appreciation for Glasser’s dedication and philanthropy, Jon Gould, dean of the School of Social Ecology, pointed to the prospective impact of the Power of Music.

“Mr. Glasser’s remarkable contribution will empower students locally and globally to harness music’s potential in addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues,” he said.

Glasser underscored the initiative’s significance, calling attention to its ability to pioneer a movement toward positive change: “The Power of Music will establish diverse platforms for students and individuals to engage and advocate using the compelling medium of music. This endeavor resonates deeply with our mission to drive meaningful progress.”

Matthew emphasized the initiative’s capacity to shape innovative curricula and opportunities catering to diverse interests and disciplines.

He said the Power of Music aims to establish a vibrant hub at UCI, fostering collaboration among scholars, students and practitioners dedicated to using music for social good across myriad contexts.

It will also enable the expansion of partnerships between the Blum Center and organizations in three African countries that promote social change through music.

“Our partners are Yole!Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform in Nigeria and Kakuma Sound in a refugee camp in Kenya,” Matthew said. “They are building radio stations and recording studios, and through music, young people are mobilizing to bring people together. The technologies they’re using to build the stations and studios are helping kids acquire skills such as spatial analysis and geographic information system data science, which are really valuable for environmental sustainability, climate resilience and climate change adaptation.”

The Power of Music, Gould noted, “represents a significant step forward in harnessing music’s enduring power as a catalyst for positive change, reaffirming the UCI School of Social Ecology’s commitment to innovation and social impact.”

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation's top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About The Drake Gives: The Drake Gives is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect and inspire underserved youth by providing them with the music education, materials and instruments they need and deserve to fuel their passions and experience the power of music. Founded in 2021 by Alec Glasser, The Drake Gives has raised more than half a million dollars to support the Save The Music Foundation,, which has funded public music education in underprivileged Orange County school districts.



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Coming up 3/13 at 9:00am - Armita Jamshidi, Founder of Aunt Flo’s Kitchen, a company Run By Women, For Women. She is also a student at Cornell University, where she studies Women’s Health and Computer Science, as she builds Aunt Flo’s Kitchen.

Armita Jamshidi,
Founder of Aunt Flo’s Kitchen, 
a company Run By Women, For Women.


Today's show featuring 
Armita Jamshidi

 Aunt Flo’s Kitchen’s first product, Cramp Bites, is designed to nutritionally help with menstrual cramps. These treats are based on clinical research and traditional Middle Eastern medicine. She is also a junior at Cornell University where she studies Women’s Health and Computer Science as she builds Aunt Flo’s Kitchen. They are currently selling online and are in 7 retailers in the Ithaca area.

Her backstory

From Armita, the Founder


"Cramp Bites began in 2022 after being transported to the emergency room: I had fallen out of consciousness, turned extremely pale, and couldn’t move or speak due to the extremity of my period cramps. I consistently had cramps leading up to and during my period, but I couldn’t bring myself to take medication every single month. I went searching for a better alternative, and I found that I wasn’t alone in this issue – a lot of people felt the same way.

Why wasn’t there a solution that worked with my body to sustainably rid the hormonal imbalances causing period cramps, not against it? Something more than medication or implants that would artificially add hormones to my body and have detrimental long-term effects. There had to be a better way.

And so Cramp Bites was born. A Middle Eastern delicacy my grandmother would make, and one made of real food only. Sweet-craving indulgences that worked with my body on my period.

Cramp Bites may have started the conversation, but there was much more work to be done. Periods won’t go away, but the stigma around how we discuss them and treat them can. So we set out to do just that.

Now we’re here as the first doctor-recommended snack for menstruation – born out of the hair-on-fire problem that got us started: taking agency over our own cycle. The start to a healthier and happier life – and one where you can change the world, regardless of your menstrual agenda."


Armita Jamshidi
Founder, Aunt Flo’s Kitchen

You can learn more about Armita, as well as the clinical results of her product by visiting the link below.

https://auntfloskitchen.com/

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Coming up 3/6/24 - Caroline Paul , author of TOUGH BROAD: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age




TOUGH BROAD

From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking How Outdoor Adventure
Improves Our Lives as We Age


By Caroline Paul

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Gutsy Girl, a funny, inspiring, deeply researched exploration into the science and psychology of the outdoors and our place in it as we age.

“This arc of a critical life blueprint comes from the toughest broad I know, Caroline Paul. You turn the last page of Tough Broad and promise yourself to spend every minute possible in the Great Outdoors. You are determined to test new horizons, to abandon your fears, to breathe your deepest breath. I’m 74. Caroline leads those of us of mature and wise ages to the very real hope that we all of us have much more to explore.” ―Diana Nyad, subject of the new Netflix movie and the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, at age 64

“Oh, how I love--and need--this book! Paul's subjects don't deny or mask their years: they embrace who they are with gusto and vitality, seizing the opportunity to enjoy, to grow, to challenge themselves mentally and physically. And they remind us of a fundamental truth about women and aging: even as we become invisible to the culture, we become more visible--in the best of ways--to ourselves. I am here for you, tough broads!” ―Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Unravelling


“In Tough Broad, Caroline Paul takes the prevailing view of how women age—the ‘long slow rot theory’ of aging—and completely upends it. By masterfully pairing the latest research on aging along with stories of amazing, adventurous women who are taking risks and playing outdoors well into their 80s and beyond, she demonstrates that women can not only survive but thrive during this period of their lives. Prepare to be inspired!” ―Juliet Starrett, New York Times bestselling author of Built to Move, and 3x Whitewater World Champion

“Caroline Paul has long been my North Star for what it is to be an adventurer in the world. I'd follow her anywhere.” ―Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and Sarah and the Big Wave

“Caroline Paul and her fellow tough broads know how to live life to the fullest. Every story in this book reminds us that life is truly what we make it and that our curiosity, love of the outdoors, and appetites for adventure don't have to end in middle or even old age.” ―Natalie Baszile, bestselling author of Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other's Harvest

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New York Times-Bestselling author Caroline Paul (The Gutsy Girl) has been an outdoor adventurer her whole life. From mountain biking in the Bolivian Andes to pitching a tent, mid blizzard on Denali to flying experimental planes, Paul has never been a stranger to the beauty and benefits of outdoor activity. But as she hit her mid-fifties and was often the only woman paddling a surfboard or riding a skateboard, she began to wonder why women, like men, aren’t encouraged to keep adventuring into old age. “Isn’t being outside a vital elixir?” she writes. “Isn’t adventure enlivening, and an important challenge? Why, then, aren’t older women out here with me?”

In her newest book, TOUGH BROAD: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking―How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age (March 5, 2024; 9781635576498), Paul embarks on a quest to understand how not just to live a dynamic life in a changing body in defiance of societal expectations but why we must. Along the way, she uncovers the science and the psychology that shows how outdoor adventure may be the single best solution for a healthy brain, a vital body, a confident mindset, and a longer, happier life, and meets women whose outdoor activities have changed their outlook on growing older, bringing them fulfilment, community and endless joy.

Combining scientific research, cultural studies, medicine, psychology, and memoir, Paul travels the country sharing women’s narratives alongside her own incredible experiences, illustrating how outdoor activity positively affects a person’s spirit, body, brain, and heart. From BASE jumping with 54-year-old Shawn Brokemond in Yosemite National Park to scuba-diving with 80-year old Louise Wholey, riding BMX bikes with 74-year-old Miss Kittie, the oldest female racer competing in the United States today, to meeting the weekly group of septuagenarian wave catchers who boogie board together in the San Diego surf, these women’s stories offer important insights into our own physical and emotional health as we age, showing that growing older is no reason to sell yourself short.

TOUGH BROAD is a funny and fearless call for women to embrace the outdoors in our fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond, casting our own futures in a new and dazzling light.

Main themes of the book include:

  • The five pillars for fulfilling aging (community, health, novelty/challenge, purpose, and a strong positive mindset about aging itself)

  • How going outside is the most complete way to bring all five pillars of fulfilling aging into your life as a man or a woman

  • How going outside and adventuring is a direct rebuke to beliefs - society’s and our own - that women become less competent physically and less interesting overall as we age. When we upend that we begin to reimagine other parts of ourselves.

  • Why adventuring outside as we age is especially important for women

  • The importance of a positive mindset as we age

  • How to combat the negative messaging around aging

  • The different types of activity that lead to joy as we age - getting outside can mean walking in parks, or it can mean learning to swim, or it can mean mountain biking and scuba diving 

  • The medicinal benefits of nature and of finding awe in our surroundings

  • The biggest misconceptions about aging for women – especially, that it’s dangerous for women to engage at a later age in the uncertainty and physical risk of an adventure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

About the Author: 

Caroline Paul is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure and Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, which has been translated into fifteen languages. She is also the author of the memoir Fighting Fire, the middle-grade book

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World, and the novel East Wind, Rain. Her TED Talk, “To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage

Adventure,” has been viewed over 2 million times. A longtime member of the Writers Grotto, she lives in San Francisco.


Featured women and stories in the book:

Shawn Brokemond, a 54-year-old BASE  jumper who jumps from El Capitan in Yellowstone National Park;

Miss Kittie, aka Kittie Weston-Knauer, a 74-year old BMX racer who is the oldest
female racer competing in the US today, based in Des Moines, IA. Miss Kittie competes all through the season but since there’s no one her age she ends
up racing against men, and those younger than her, but she continues to do it. 

When she taught the author to BMX race, she ended up in a heat with her
and a 12 year old girl named “Lucy Tough Cookie” Cooke;

71-year old Cynthia Hicks, whose kids posted a video of her online wing-walking and facing her fear of heights after conquering breast cancer. Paul follows in her footsteps and takes a class on walking on the wing of an airplane at altitude;

80-year- old scuba diver Louise Wholey, who takes a trip with Paul to dive in Monterey, California, and teaches the author about the importance of
mindset and curiosity;

69-year-old Illona Aguayo, who had recently become a widow, and uses sea kayaking as a way to grieve;

93-year-old hiker Dot Fisher-Smith, who is a local celebrity in her town of Ashland, Oregon and known for her passion for walking; 

Boogie boarding with a group of sixty, seventy, and eighty year old women in San Diego who call themselves the Wave Chasers and who taught Paul the importance of play for our health and our confidence

Austin, Texas based Virginia Rose, age 64, who found birding in her 40s, and went on to found Birdability, a non-profit that aims to share the joys of birding with people who have disabilities, and to ensure birding is accessible for everyone;

Paul’s mother in Oregon who thought of herself as a big “scaredy cat” but skydived at age 52. Ten years later when she picked up cycling at 62, it was a time in her life when she was looking for distraction and recovery from heartbreak;

74-year-old Vijaya Svrivastava and 59-year-old Diane Espaldon, who decide to
learn how to swim later in life;

And the author, Caroline Paul, 61, who becomes a pilot of a gyrocopter after being inspired by the women she interviews for the book


Praise for The Gutsy Girl & Caroline Paul:

"Caroline Paul’s inspiring and sometimes astonishing stories of the adventures that she and other great women have undertaken, alongside Wendy MacNaughton’s beautiful illustrations, make The Gutsy Girl the book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all ages." ―Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

"The perfect book for young feminists, or really any woman who needs a dose of inspiration in her life . . . Viva la Gutsy Girl!" ―Buzzfeed

"A modern manifesto for bravery, perseverance, and breaking the tyranny of perfection." ―Maria Popova

"Part high-energy how-to guide, part hilarious memoir, and part interactive adventure journal designed to help girls of all ages build confidence, pluck, and bravery by venturing outside." ―Outside Magazine

"An incredible book for raising ‘gutsy’ girls and a must-read for adventurous women . . . Paul’s book will convince any woman that she, too, is destined for a life of epic adventure--whether it’s in the woods or in the boardroom." ―Quartz.com

"Paul's exuberant prose helps to place us in the adrenaline-fueled scenes . . . An adventure tome, field manual, journal, and self-help book all in one. The book aims to help young women widen their comfort zone, face fear, and manage insecurity." ―Sierra

2024 US TOUR FOR TOUGH BROAD By Caroline Paul

Sunday, March 3

Potero Hill Neighborhood House & Booksmith

In Conversation with Bonnie Tsui

San Francisco, CA


Tuesday, March 5

Mrs. Dalloway’s

In Conversation with Elaine Lee

Berkeley, CA


Wednesday, March 13

Wisconsin Book Festival & Madison Public Library

In Conversation with Jill Nadeau

Madison, WI


Monday, March 18

Ashland Public Library & Bloomsbury Books

In Conversation with Alexandra Paul & Dot Fisher-Smith Ashland, OR


Wednesday, March 20

*Virtual Event* - 6pm ET / 3pm PT

92NY / Spark Your Health

New York, NY


Wednesday, March 20

*In-Person Event* - 5:30pm PT

Commonwealth Club

In Conversation with Julia Flynn Siler

San Francisco, CA



TOUGH BROAD TOUR cont.

Tuesday, March 26

Austin Public Library and BookPeople

In Conversation with Virginia Rose

Austin, TX

Wednesday, April 3

Warwick’s

San Diego, CA

Tuesday, April 16

Beaverdale Books

In Conversation with Kittie Weston-Knauer

Des Moines, IA

Saturday, May 18

Cornwall Public Library

Cornwall, CT

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Writer, cultural influencer, and former professor Lyn Slater—better known as her viral Instagram handle Accidental Icon—shares her characteristic optimism, forward thinking, impeccable fashion style, and “rules are meant to be broken” philosophy in her new memoir, HOW TO BE OLD: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon


"Now we can add Slater’s memoir to our essential texts that rethink aging in an image-centric world."—BookPage, starred

 

“Slater’s genuine enthusiasm radiates throughout the text; her tales of resilience and about the evolution of her self-confidence suffuse each page, effectively challenging societal constructs about age. A charming, relatable tale about the power of reinvention."—Kirkus

 

One of Elle's Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2024.

A personal memoir in which Lyn Slater, known on Instagram as “Accidental Icon,”brings her characteristic style, optimism, forward-thinking, and rules-are-meant-to-be-broken attitude to the question of how to live boldly at any age.

When Lyn Slater started her fashion blog, Accidental Icon, at age sixty-one, she discovered that followers were flocking to her account for more than just her A-list style. As Lyn flaunted gray hair, wrinkles, and a megadose of self-acceptance, they found in her an alternative model of older life: someone who defied the stereotypes, refused to become invisible, and showed that all women have the opportunity to be relevant and take major risks at any stage of their life. Youth is not the only time we can be experimental.

How to Be Old tells the ten-year story of Lyn’s sixties, the sometimes-glamorous, sometimes-turbulent decade of Accidental Icon. This memoir is about the hopeful and future-oriented process of reinvention. It shows readers that while you can’t control everything, what you can control is the way you think about your age and the creative ways you respond to the changes in your mind and body as they happen. Rather than trying to meet standards of youth and beauty as a measure of successful aging, Lyn promotes a more inclusive and empowering standard to judge our older selves by.


In this paradigm-shifting memoir, Lyn exemplifies that even with its unique challenges, being old is just like any new beginning in your life and can be the best and most invigorating of all of life’s phases, full of rebellion and reinvention, connection and creativity.


This March, writer, cultural influencer, and former professor Lyn Slater—better known as her viral Instagram handle Accidental Icon—brings her characteristic optimism, forward thinking, impeccable fashion style, and “rules are meant to be broken” philosophy to the question of how to be old in a youth obsessed world, in her personal memoir, HOW TO BE OLD: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon (on-sale 3/12.)

Slater has been featured by the TODAY Show, Cosmopolitan, W Magazine, and The Cut, and her over 750 thousand followers found in her an alternative model of older life: someone who defied the stereotypes, refused to become invisible, and showed that anyone can take a major risk at any stage in their life. Slater is available for interview and can discuss:

  • How to use reinvention as a bold strategy when one meets a challenge in life regardless of what stage of life you’re in or what that challenge might be

  • The pivotal moments when she reinvented her own life: first deciding to enter the digital sphere at age sixty as the Accidental Icon, where she became an alternative model of someone who defied stereotypes and the expectations put on older women; her decision to walk away at the height of her career as a result of reckoning with influencer culture and consumerism to pursue a new life that’s more aligned with her own values as an author and cultural essayist.

  • Why the standards of successful aging and self-worth should be focused on achieving our own personal goals and not trying to meet the standards of youth and beauty on a specified timeline.

  • How reinvention exists not only within us as changing a mindset, but also how we can externally show our reinvention through choice and action—whether that is taking new classes to explore new ideas, creating something new out of an old wardrobe, or committing to what is important to your values and goals.

  • Stories that show the highs and lows of a career spent in fashion and on social media, as a former influencer and model who attended international fashion weeks and created campaigns for Hermés, Dior, and more.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Coming up 2/21/24 9:00am PT - Filmmaker and co-director Keri Pickett joins host Janeane to talk her about extraordinary, acclaimed and feel-good movie of the year, “Finding Her Beat”


SYNOPSIS


For thousands of years women have been locked out of Taiko drumming. Not anymore. In the dead of a Minnesota winter, Asian drumming divas smash gender roles and redefine power on their own terms. FINDING HER BEAT dives into the rhythms and struggles that lead to an electrifying historic performance that changes everything.

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World Premiere Scheduled - Fall 2022

Directed by Dawn Mikkelson & Keri Pickett

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Extraordinary, acclaimed and the feel-good movie of the year, “Finding Her Beat” completed a more than 50 Film Festival run worldwide –earning more than a dozen awards –most recently Best Music Documentary at Award This! A critical darling cinema verité style feature documentary film “Finding Her Beat,” crisscrossed the globe in theatrical release this fall inspiring audiences with electrifying LIVE Taiko drumming with local artists and Q&A with filmmakers. The film will now be available for audiences everywhere digitally – offering February 2024 to be a month of love – for self, community, and cinema. This is an important story of women paving their own road by banging their own drum.

A moving and immersive cinematic experience from filmmakers and co-directors Dawn Mikkelson (“Minnesota Mean,” “Risking Light,” “The Red Tail”) and Keri Pickett (“Ribbon Skirt Warriors,” “First Daughter and the Black Snake,” “The Fabulous Ice Age”), Indie Rights will release the film to audiences in The UK, Australia, North America (USA & Canada) and Japan, and so many more will have a chance to watch this electric music documentary in the comfort of their homes on February 14th, 2024.

In the dead of a Minnesota winter right before the world shut down for a global pandemic, Asian drumming divas from around the world met to perform, smash gender roles, and redefine power on their own terms. The rhythm revolution includes rock stars from the world of Taiko: Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Kaoly Asano, Chieko Kojima, Megan Chao-Smith, and Jennifer Weir. “Finding Her Beat” dives into the rhythms and struggles that lead to an electrifying historic performance that changes everything.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Coming up February 14th - Annabel Abbs-Streets Best-selling author of: SLEEPLESS Unleashing the Subversive Power of the Night Self


Best-selling author Annabel Abbs-Streets talks about her new book SLEEPLESS: Unleashing the Subversive Power of the Night Self (On-Sale February 13, 2024), a remarkable blend of memoir, science and history that traces women's relationship with the darkness, grief, insomnia and the productive, creative opportunities waiting in wakefulness. Lyrical and meticulously researched, SLEEPLESS is groundbreaking in its focus and depth on the subject of insomnia and disrupted sleep.

“This book asks one of the most beautiful questions a Big Soul can ask herself: What if our insomnia was a wondrous, life-thriving thing? As a reader, we answer it together with weary but deeply fulfilled relief, yes, yes, it is!” —Sarah Wilson, author of This One Wild and Precious Life

“Sleepless is a multi-faceted book: part memoir, part cultural history, part popular science…If you, like me, have berated yourself for your inability to go back to sleep, this book will inspire you to get up, light a candle, and experience your own Night Self.” —Financial Times

Best-selling author Annabel Abbs-Streets is the first to admit that the personal journey revealed in her new book was not something she planned or prepared for, nor was it a journey she ever expected to make. In the winter of 2020, after a trio of sudden painful losses left her reeling, she was hit by a persistent and alarming bout of insomnia that would change her life.

Tossed into an emotional storm with no guide or map, Abbs-Streets spent months plagued by crippling anxiety and even paralyzing fear as she sought balance, understanding, and self-acceptance. Within a year Annabel had found a place of sanctuary within the dark of night and emerged with a fresh new perspective on life after midnight.

Now she’s ready to share illuminating truths and lessons learned, particularly regarding the power of women, phases of grief, and a surprising upside of insomnia. The result is SLEEPLESS: Unleashing the Subversive Power of the Night Self (G. P. Putnam’s Sons; On Sale February 13, 2024), a fascinating and inspiring guide to making peace with what often derails us.

Part memoir, part science and history retrospective, SLEEPLESS traces the uneasy relationship women have had with the darkness for hundreds of years. It’s unsafe. It’s unknown. It beckons. But across generations many women figured out how to navigate sleepless nights to mine creativity, wisdom, and courage. Like Annabel Abbs-Streets they learned to recognize the brain’s nocturnal shape shifting that allowed brilliance to appear. From sculptors and painters, novelists and poets, to astronomers, photographers, and others who came fully alive in the deep of night, their contributions to the world were well documented. These intrepid women laid the groundwork for those who followed.

SLEEPLESS weaves their exploits with Abbs-Streets’ dizzying descent into the black hole of insomnia after the startling deaths, in quick succession, of her father, stepfather, and beloved family pet. Like many women the author believed she’d simply power through the grief and pain, but she soon discovered that tenacity was not the key to healing. Instead she refused drugs and sleep aids and stopped fighting her internal demons. She eventually learned to embrace what she calls her Night Self, where her wakeful, naturally altered night brain offered solace and serenity.


· It is the first book to consider and share the latest science of how circadian rhythms—especially in women—change the awake-at-night brain and what it means for those who cannot sleep at night.


· It’s the first to introduce the novel idea of a Night Self, an alter ego of sorts that frees us to tap into the benefits of sleepless periods during the night.


· Many famous women appear in SLEEPLESS, including Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, and Lee Krasner, as well lesser known artists, such as Katherine Mansfield, Louise Bourgeois, Daphne du Maurier whose sleeplessness sparked remarkable contributions to art, science, and culture over centuries.


· In an age of unprecedented insomnia and sleep anxiety, the book introduces an utterly new way of seeing one’s wakeful nights—not as dementia-inducing doom and gloom, but as an opportunity for reflection, creativity and wonder.


SLEEPLESS stresses that we need to learn to love the darkness again, as our ancestors once did. According to experts, this current age of round-the-clock LED light and sleep anxiety is damaging female health. It also presents the latest data on the negative effects of light pollution and what it does to productivity and mental health around the globe.

For Annabel Abbs-Streets embracing her Night Self was a revelation and a relief. She was able to conquer fears, restore her balance, and nourish herself. She was also reminded that what we need isn’t always what we are prescribed. More important, there are many ways to sleep. In SLEEPLESS she delivers a gentle and comprehensive blueprint for disconnecting from the anxiety of insomnia to recapture strength, imagination and, finally, the ability to sleep.


Suggested Interview Questions:


1. In SLEEPLESS, you trace your year-long journey through grief. How did you first make the connection between devastating loss and the later onset of persistent insomnia?

2. What was the most powerful lesson you learned in the process of writing this book?

3. In doing research for the book what surprised you the most?

4. SLEEPLESS addresses how trauma can affect sleep patterns and well being, particularly in women. Are women more susceptible to sleep disturbance? How do women’s experiences differ from men’s?

5. SLEEPLESS reveals that a woman’s brain works differently from day to night. Are men’s brains similar?

6. What are the most common causes of sleeplessness?

7. How did you first discover the Night Self?

8. What is a Night Self and how do we recognize it?

9. Does everyone with sleep difficulties become aware of a Night Self?

10. You traveled extensively and took on intrepid adventures in the quest to conquer your fears. How did you prepare for the challenges you faced?

11. Many famous women experienced severe sleep disturbances including Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Lee Krasner, as well as more obscure women whose contributions to art, science and culture were invaluable. How did their experiences differ from women going through it today?

12. You lived through it and learned to embrace the dark of night. What advice would you offer someone struggling with night fears, sleep disruptions, or insomnia?

13. You’ve written international bestsellers in two genres, non-fiction and fiction. Which comes more naturally to you? How is your research and preparation the same or different for each genre?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Annabel Abbs-Streets is a writer of highly researched, award-winning fiction as well as both narrative and practical non-fiction. Her non-fiction includes Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women, 52 Ways to Walk, and The Age Well Project. Abbs-Streets also wrote the novels The Joyce Girl, the story of James Joyce’s daughter Lucia, and Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen, an international bestseller optioned by CBS Studios. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in London and Sussex with her family.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Coming up TODAY on KUCI 88.9fm at 9:00am - Eric Ebel, Senior Program Manager, NAMM | The NAMM Foundation

 



Eric Ebel currently manages several of NAMM’s Market Development / NAMM Foundation programs, including Music Educator and Music Advocacy programming, The Day of Service, Roomful of Pianos, and The Grand Rally for Music Education at the annual NAMM Show. Since joining the NAMM team in 1997, Mr. Ebel has had diverse experiences with the trade association. 

Before his current position, Ebel was show manager for NAMM’s “Music and Sound Expo” and was senior trade show sales representative for NAMM’s world-renowned international trade shows. For the past 40 years, he’s held various positions within the music industry ranging from products specialist and sales director for an international percussion manufacturer, professional touring musician, faculty at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, and percussion specialist with the United States Marine Corps Far-East band. He maintains a moderate performance schedule with various commercial agencies based in Southern California.


https://www.namm.org/

NAMM Foundation Day of Service Returns to Anaheim School District — Musical Workshops and $10,000 Donation to Sunkist Elementary Kicks off NAMM Show Festivities



NAMM Foundation Day of Service Returns to Anaheim School District

— Musical Workshops and $10,000 Donation to Sunkist Elementary Kicks off NAMM Show Festivities


WHAT: The NAMM Foundation and its members will return for a musical Day of Service in Anaheim, CA, Tuesday, January 23. Happening two days before The NAMM Show, the world’s largest global gathering of the music industry, the hands-on service event supports the organization’s year-round efforts to provide every child in the district with the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music.

Sunkist Elementary (K-6) has been chosen as this year’s host location for a day of high-energy, mixed genre, constructive musical learning opportunities. In addition to serving the community and students, NAMM will present a $10,000 check to support the continued growth of music making in Anaheim.



Workshops include:

· Music and Movement - "Move to Mariachi," led by Lynn Brinckmeyer and Marcia Neel

· Ukulele and Singing, led by Lenny ‘Ukulenny’ SanJose

· Guitar and Songwriting, led by Jess Baron, GITC (Guitars in the Classroom)

· HipHop, led by Scott Burstein (Music Will)

· Drumming, led by Mike DeMenno (Remo)



WHO: NAMM President & CEO John Mlynczak; NAMM Executive Committee Members as well as additional NAMM member volunteers, including Tom Sumner (Yamaha Corp. of America), Chris White (White House of Music), Whitney Brown Grisaffi (Ted Brown Music), and more.



WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 8:30AM - 12:00 PM


WHERE: Sunkist Elementary School

500 Sunkist Street, Anaheim, 92806

Learn more about The NAMM Foundation by visiting nammfoundation.org / #supportmusic




Jeanne O’Keefe

The Lippin Group for NAMM

jokeefe@lippingroup.com

818-399-2464

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

UCI welcomes Year of the Dragon with annual Lunar New Year celebration 9:00am-6pm Monday, Feb. 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

https://news.uci.edu/2024/01/22/uci-welcomes-year-of-the-dragon-with-annual-lunar-new-year-celebration/

Contact: Cara Capuano
949-501-9192
ccapuano@uci.edu
Jan. 22, 2024



UCI welcomes Year of the Dragon with annual Lunar New Year celebration

EVENT: UCI will celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year – heralding the Year of the Dragon – with cultural games, hands-on arts and crafts, food, musical and dance performances, an academic discussion, a dragon parade, a lion dance and more.

WHEN/WHERE: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, with activities and performances beginning in the UCI Student Center’s Pacific Ballroom ABC (bldg. 113, grid D5 on campus map: https://parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-MainCampusMap-REV081120-23.pdf). A discussion with author and lawyer James Zimmerman on his book The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China will take place at 1 p.m. in the Student Center’s Moss Cove. The Lunar New Year Festival will start at 3:30 p.m. across the street (Pereira Drive) at the Irvine Barclay Theatre (bldg. 1, grid D5 on campus map).

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Cara Capuano at 949-501-9192 or ccapuano@uci.edu. Attendance is free and open to the public. Hourly parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure, located near the intersection of Pereira Drive and West Peltason Drive on campus. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance. Information on the event can be found here: https://www.socsci.uci.edu/files/announcements/240205_lny/2024.html.



HIGHLIGHTS:

9-11 a.m. – Cultural activities and performances

UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom ABC



UCI’s Department of East Asian Studies hosts a variety of cultural activities, including origami, Chinese arts and crafts, a Japanese karuta game, kimono and hanbok try-ons, and traditional Korean games, followed by musical and dance performances by UCI student groups.



1-3 p.m. – Fireside chat with author James Zimmerman

UCI Student Center, Moss Cove



Join the UCI Long-U.S. China Institute for a fascinating discussion with author James Zimmerman, who will take the audience on a thrilling journey through his book The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China, the remarkable true story of train-robbing revolutionaries and passengers who got more than they bargained for.



3:30-6 p.m.* – Lunar New Year Festival

Irvine Barclay Theatre



*The feeding of the lions begins at 3:45 p.m.



UCI’s Lunar New Year Festival creates an atmosphere of pure enchantment, in which captivating performances and traditional customs come to life – from the enthralling dragon parade and lion dance to the cherished wishing tree; energetic beats of UCI Hansori, Hikari Taiko Drummers and KKAP UCI; and delicious food from local vendors. There will be welcoming remarks by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences, as well as a special event designation presented by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.



BACKGROUND: UCI’s Lunar New Year celebration is possible through the generous support of the UCI Long-U.S. China Institute and its partners – the School of Social Sciences, the School of Law and The Paul Merage School of Business – in concert with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the School of Humanities, the School of Social Ecology, UCI Libraries, the Center for Critical Korean Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies. Additional key sponsors include South Coast Plaza, Charlie and Ling Zhang, the Long Family Foundation, Eugene and Carol Choi, Disney, and the Office of Vice Chancellor Brian Hervey.



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Friday, January 19, 2024

Debbie Gibson, Britt Lightning, Kelsy Karter, Sylvia Massy, and Laura Karpman among those to be honored at the 2024 She Rocks Awards. She Rocks Alumni Susanna Hoffs to co-host.




The Women’s International Music Network presents 12th annual event celebrating women in music on January 25, 2024 in Anaheim, CA. Tickets on sale now. This year’s awards take place on January 25, 2024 at the Ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA and is open to the public.


ANAHEIM, Calif., November 8, 2023 – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) reveals Debbie Gibson, Laura Karpman, Britt Lightning, Kelsy Karter and Sylvia Massy as the first announced honorees at the upcoming 2024 She Rocks Awards. Susanna Hoffs will co-host this event that recognizes women who stand out as innovators and role models in the music industry. The 12th annual live awards show, which is now an official NAMM-sponsored event, will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom in Anaheim, CA. Tickets to attend are on sale now here.

Debbie Gibson made history at 16 with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Foolish Beat,” becoming the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a number one hit—she is still the youngest female to hold that record for over 30 years. She’s sold over 16 million albums and showcased her talent in 17 musicals, from Broadway’s Les Misérables to the West End’s Grease. In 2019, Gibson joined NKOTB on The Mixtape Arena Tour and judged Nickelodeon’s “America’s Most Musical Family.” Her 2020 single “Girls Night Out” reached No. 4 on both the U.S. Billboard and U.K. MusicWeek charts. In 2021 she guest-starred on “Lucifer,” and released her first pop album in 20 years, The Body Remembers, which quickly rose to No. 2 on the Apple Pop Sales Charts. In 2022 she embarked on a U.S. solo tour, celebrating the 35th anniversary of her debut album Out of the Blue, and released her first full-length holiday album, Winterlicious. She recently announced a book deal with Gallery for her upcoming memoir. And in 2024 Gibson will celebrate 35 years of her #1 album Electric Youth.

Boasting one of pop’s most beloved voices, Susanna Hoffs was born and raised in Los Angeles with an ever-present soundtrack of ’60s music. Co-founder of the Bangles, a seminal band with three platinum-selling albums, Susanna has recorded four solo albums, including her latest, The Deep End, produced by Peter Asher. After working together in the Austin Powers films, Susanna and Matthew Sweet released three volumes of their acclaimed Under the Covers series. Susanna has collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Tom Petty, Chris Martin, Mike Campbell, Jack Antonoff, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Maya Rudolph, and many others. In 2023, she released her first novel This Bird Has Flown, hailed by The New York Times called it the “smart, ferocious rock-star redemption romance you didn’t know you needed.” NPR called it “a love story — and a valentine to music.” Susanna was honored at the She Rocks Awards in 2015.

Britt Lightning is the lead guitarist for the all-female Platinum selling 80’s rock band Vixen. She is also the Musical Director at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, which helps change lives through music and allows people to live their rockstar fantasies and jam with their musical heroes. During COVID Britt hosted and helped to produce over 200 online Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp masterclasses with legendary artists including Roger Daltrey (The Who), Alice Cooper, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) and more. Britt has toured with 25-time Grammy Award winning artist Alejandro Sanz, pop artists Rachel Platten and Jason Derulo, and continues to tour with Vixen while working on their upcoming studio album.

Kelsy Karter is an Australian singer, songwriter, musician and the frontwoman of Kelsy Karter & The Heroines, a four-piece Australian/British rock & roll band. She is famously known for pranking the world in 2019 with a fake tattoo of Harry Styles on her face for the promotion of her breakout hit “Harry.” In 2020, after the release of their debut album Missing Person, Rolling Stone Magazine called Kelsy “a beacon for female rock stars.” Kelsy and her band have spent the past several years touring the world as headliners, support and festivals, most recently in 2023 supporting Billy Idol across the US. They are currently working on their second album.

Producer Sylvia Massy is best known for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Skunk Anansie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins, Johnny Cash, Prince, Jason Isbell and more. She’s received over 25 gold and platinum record awards throughout her career. Sylvia is a vintage audio equipment expert and owns the world’s largest vintage microphone collection. Sylvia’s book “Recording Unhinged” is an Amazon best-seller. She’s an accomplished Fine Artist and Illustrator, Author, Educator and relentless Entrepreneur. But to her many friends, she’s just Sylvia, the Radiant Being.

A bold, incandescent talent, composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious fresh spirit. Her accolades are many, and include multiple Emmy’s, a GRAMMY and a Critic’s Choice Award. Laura was elected the first female Governor in the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year is perhaps her most prolific to date, with six film and TV projects alone — Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed (Max), 61st Street (The CW), and American Fiction (MGM/Amazon), while being a leading composer across the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her projects What If? (Disney+), Ms. Marvel (Disney+), and the latest feature from the studio, The Marvels (Disney).

The She Rocks Awards is the premier event during the NAMM Show, bringing together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and the media. The annual event honors women who are groundbreakers, innovators and have displayed exceptional leadership within the music and audio industry. Past honorees of the She Rocks Awards include The Go-Go’s, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Lzzy Hale, Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, Judy Collins, The B-52s, Colbie Caillat, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Orianthi, The Bangles, and many more, plus a collection of trailblazers and role models from all walks of the music and audio industries.

The 2024 She Rocks Awards will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at The Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom in Anaheim CA at 7:00 p.m. This celebratory evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, amazing gift bags and so much more! Tickets to the event which include dinner, and are now on sale. The She Rocks Awards is open to the public; a NAMM Show badge is required to attend the She Rocks Awards. Find out more and purchase tickets at sherocksawards.com.

The 2024 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by NAMM (presenting), PRS Guitars, Positive Grid, Monster Energy, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Foundation, Reverb.com, Roland, Taylor Guitars, Exploration.io, Martin Guitar, Fishman, D’Addario, Ernie Ball, Freeman, Shure, Berklee Online, M.A.C Cosmetics, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Sennheiser, Earthquaker Devices, WRiiG, dw Drums, Cuccio, DiGiCo, Guitar Girl Magazine, The Hollywood Times, Music Connection, AXS TV and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

More 2024 She Rocks Awards honorees will be announced soon. Learn more about the She Rocks Awards and get tickets at sherocksawards.com.

Coming up April 10th 9:30am - Dr. Greg Chasson, author of FLAWED: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management (on sale April 16)

LISTEN to today's show Dr. Greg Chasson , author of FLAWED: Why Perfectionism is a Challenge for Management Drawing on his work as a ren...