This week we talk with Jennifer Lentfer, Director of Communications from Thousand Currents and the woman behind about her work and in particular the recent book she co-edited with Tanya Cothran, Smart Risks (and which can be found at  The book is about how small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems and came out earlier this year. It features the growing community of grant makers that find and fund visionary grassroots leaders around the world. Talking about the book leads us into a fascinating conversation about how aid and development are viewed, why we should refocus our efforts on challenging power and inequality and how we can lead and facilitate in new ways to create the positive change which the world needs right now.

Jennifer describes herself as a farm girl turned international aid worker and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @intldogooder. She is constantly looking for ways to portray the realities of people’s lives, their struggles, their strengths – as well as outsiders’ roles and mistakes – in an impatient, “silver bullet solutions” world. With her students at Georgetown University, she also published “The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty” in 2014.

Connect with and find out more about Jennifer and her work:

Jennifer’s blog, How Matters:
Thousand Currents Website:

Find the book at:
Twitter: @Tintldogooder

This week we talk to Janelle Hardy about the importance of our life stories, how getting in touch with how we feel in our bodies can help us transform our lives and the lessons she has learnt as an apprentice carpenter.

Janelle teaches memoir-writing as transformational work – awakening creativity through creative writing, embodiment prompts and exploration through fairytales. She is an artist in the ways she finds solace, discovery and truth are through her writing, dance and painting. A severe case of curiosity and wanderlust drives her and her insatiable urge to create motivates her. Raising a child on her own grounds her. Most of all, she is seeking answers for the unknown – the mysteries of the unknowable and that spurs on her explorations. Creative expression, in all it’s forms, keeps her clear and helps her to share what she does do, it is her driving force.
She says that life bursts her heart each day.

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An article about what Janelle has learnt from being an apprentice carpenter that we discuss during the show:

This week we talk to Tanya Geisler, a coach and self-confessed ‘reluctant expert’ in the Imposter Complex about why you shouldn’t let your own self-doubt stop you from making the difference you are passionate about making in the world. We talk some common signs of the Imposter Complex, why if you feel it you definitely aren’t a fraud and concrete strategies for moving through your fears and getting on with the work you long to do.

Tanya Geisler is certified Life and Business Coach (CPCC), TEDxWomen speaker, and writer – she teaches women how to step into their starring roles, own their authority, and overcome the Impostor Complex in their life, in their work, and in their life’s work.

Connect with and find out more about Tanya and her work:


Facebook: Tanya Geisler Coaching

Twitter: @TanyaGeisler

Instagram: @tanyageisler

This week Walker Thornton speaks with Mary Ann about her work as an educator, public speaker and author advocating for women’s sexuality and encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. We talk midlife, women’s right to stay focused on their own wants and needs and why being in touch with our own sexuality is important and vital at every age.

Walker Thornton is an educator, public speaker and the author of Inviting Desire, A Guide for Women Who Want to Enhance Their Sex Life. She is a strong advocate for women’s sexuality, encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. Walker is the Sexual Health columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about sex and the older adult for and other sites.

You can connect with her on her website,
Twitter: and