Episode 64: Sina Zere

This week, I sat down with Sina Zere, who moved out of a career in healthcare and pharmaceuticals and tackled a fear of success to open Edmonton's first wax bar, Buff Wax Spot.

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That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so, so much for tuning in! Next week I'll be chatting with the first trio to be on the show - sisters Robyn, Kate, and Miranda will be joining us from Cloud Nine Pajamas!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 63: Emily Chu

This week, I sat down with Emily Chu, illustrator, maker, and instructor at EDAC. This was an especially fun conversation for me because I've been a fan of Emily's work for a long time, AND she's part of my extended family, so it was very cool to learn more about her journey and her creative process.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this week's episode of the show. Next week, I'm chatting with Sina Zere, the wax maven behind Buff Wax Spot, Edmonton's first wax bar.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 62: Jacquelyn Cardinal

This week, I sat down with Jacquelyn Cardinal, who founded Naheyawin with her brother, Hunter, about a year a half ago. We dove into indigeneity, feminism, app obsessions, project management, diversity and representation, and so, so much more.

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Listen to our chat here:

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That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're getting colourful with Emily Chu, illustrator, maker, and general creative powerhouse.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 61: German Villegas

This week is another special episode and includes another venture off the "usual" here at That's So Maven! - we've got a man on the show! I sat down with German Villegas, youth mental health worker, masculinity researcher, and host of The Modern Manhood Podcast. I thought it would be really interesting to chat with German about his journey to starting the podcast and explore how things like gender stereotypes and inequality hurt everyone. 

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Listen to our chat here:

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Fun fact: The Modern Manhood Podcast and That's So Maven! are both members of the Alberta Podcast Network powered by ATB Financial. The network is also expanding to include a lot of other exciting Alberta-made podcasts as we speak, so be sure to check them out and tune in to something you haven't listened to before!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this second special episode of the show. If you enjoyed my deep dive into why I started the show, and this week's conversation with German, let me know! I'd like to develop more episodes like this as time moves forward, but I want to know that you, the amazing listeners of That's So Maven!, are into it.

Next week, we're exploring the connections between culture and business as I chat with Jacquelyn Cardinal, co-owner of Naheyawin, which focuses deeply on modern indigeneity in business and relationships between businesses and organizations.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 60: A Deep Dive into That's So Maven!

This week, I strayed from the usual path and decided to create a special episode of the show devoted to, well...the show! Throughout the last year and a bit, I've gotten asked a lot of the same questions, and I figured it was high time I opened up more about why I wanted to start this show, what goes into it, why I think it's important for women to support women, and the goals I have for the podcast itself.

As you'll hear me say near the beginning of this episode, really diving into the why or the show felt really big for me. In order to truly explain why I'm so passionate about this show, I had to open up a lot, and as I'm sure you can all agree, being vulnerable is always a challenge. I did my best to be clear and concise - whether I succeeded at that is up to you! Regardless, I am grateful to everyone who tunes in and listens. Episode 60 is raw and real and very close to my heart. I appreciate you taking the time and giving your energy to it.

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This episode has been in the works for weeks - and maybe for much longer than that, if you really look at the bigger picture. I have to say that I am so incredibly grateful to all of the past guests who contributed their voices to it: Karen Unland, Sarah Taylor, Pamella Heikel, Claire Theaker-Brown, Marliss Weber, Jacqueline Jacek, and Lindsey Walker. Your words made my heart soar. It was so cool to listen to your contributions after recording my story and see all of the connections. It was also incredible to hear that this podcast is important to you all. I may or may not have cried. Quite a bit. So thank you again for taking the time and for everything you had to say. Episode 60 wouldn't be the same without you. 

Listen to it here:

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Logo design by the amazing Shawna Iwaniuk.

While I have your attention, a friendly reminder than That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial.

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Again, thank you so, so much for tuning in to this episode of the show. If you loved this foray into deeper issues and want to see more in the future, tell me so. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and once again, I'm grateful that you've taken the time to listen.

Next week, we continue the special episode train when I sit down with German Villegas of The Modern Manhood Podcast to talk about sexism, toxic masculinity, and how they hurt everyone and shape our existences and experiences. We had a fascinating conversation and I can't wait to share it with you all!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 59: Jillian Schecher

This week, I sat down with Jillian Schecher, a photography, brand, and design specialist who joyfully helps her clients discover and share their KAPOW! with the world. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! I have two other big thank yous to shell out this week...

Firstly, you've hopefully heard by now that That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial, so I need to thank Karen, Katrina, and the rest of that team for their support! 

Secondly, you may have already seen the podcast's amazing new logo on social media, and I need to give a huge shoutout and thank you to Shawna Iwaniuk for her fantastic work on it. She did such a brilliant job of capturing the imagery, style, and spirit I wanted the logo to have, and I cannot recommend her enough! Click through to her website to see more of her work, and to hire her for your next project! 

Next week, we start a two-part series of special episodes. On Episode 60 of That's So Maven!, we'll be exploring the podcast itself as I dig deeper into why I felt compelled to start a podcast about women in business and leadership, and we'll hear from a number of past guests about why they feel it's important for women to support women, and for a podcast like That's So Maven! - or any space for women to have open and honest discussion - to exist. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 58: Taryn Leigh Taylor

This week, I sat down with Taryn Leigh Taylor, who on a whim decided to submit some work to a writing contest and ended up launching her career as a Harlequin romance novelist. 

Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! I have two other big thank yous to shell out this week...

Firstly, you've hopefully heard by now that That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial, so I need to thank Karen, Katrina, and the rest of that team for their support! 

Secondly, you may have already seen the podcast's amazing new logo on social media, and I need to give a huge shoutout and thank you to Shawna Iwaniuk for her fantastic work on it. She did such a brilliant job of capturing the imagery, style, and spirit I wanted the logo to have, and I cannot recommend her enough! Click through to her website to see more of her work, and to hire her for your next project! 

Next week, we're getting visual with photographer Jillian Schecher, who's always been a fan of capturing images of "stuff and things" and has turned that love into a career as a brand photographer (and beyond)! 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 57: Alexis Hillyard

This week, I sat down with Alexis Hillyard, who, with the help of a community of support on Patreon, has made her You Tube show, Stump Kitchen, her full-time job. At the same time, Alexis is building an incredible community of amazing vegan and gluten-free food, body positivity, self love, and just really fucking loving who you are!

Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

Thank you, as always, for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! I want to also thank the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial, which this show is now a proud member of. Next week, we're shifting gears from delicious food to delicious....reading? That's right - I'll be joined by Harlequin romance writer Taryn Leigh Taylor!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 56: Maggie Barton Baird

This week, I sat down with Maggie Barton Baird, self-proclaimed Theatre Kid turned event and wedding planner at MB&Company. Maggie's really open about being a feminist in the wedding industry and we had a great conversation about, well, starting and having the conversation about how the industry can feel exclusionary, and how important it is to create safe space in the industry to allow and encourage everyone to be who they are and do what feels right for them on their big day.

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As you may have already heard (if you've already hit play on Episode 56), I have some super exciting news to share with you all. I am honoured and absolutely thrilled to share that That's So Maven! is part of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

This is a huge opportunity for the show to reach a lot more listeners, and it's a great way for podcasts in the province to support one another, too. This is just the first wave of podcasts (there are 10 of us so far), and everything is brand new, so make sure you stay tuned to the network's website and social media in the coming weeks to learn more! I want to personally send a huge thank you to ATB for being such a strong part of the community in Edmonton and Alberta. This support is a big deal to relatively little podcasts like mine, and it means the world! 

Next week, I'll be chatting with Alexis Hillyard, who has been building an incredible community of support, body positivity, inclusion, love, and damn delicious vegan and gluten-free eats with her YouTube channel, Stump Kitchen!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 55: Jacqueline Jacek

This week, I sat down with chocolatier Jacqueline Jacek, who started her business Jacek Chocolate Couture in her basement and has since expanded to three locations - the most recent of which opened in Canmore last November. 

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There's no sponsorship info for this episode because I'll have some exciting news to share in the near future - you all will have to stay tuned!

Thank you so much, as always, for tuning in to the show! Next week we're talking events, weddings, and what it's like to be a feminist in the wedding industry with Maggie Barton Baird of MB&Company.

See you next week!

Andrea