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Hey Change Maker! Welcome to The Constellation Coalition Podcast, where we’re connecting the dots between women to change the world! I’m your host, Ashley Johnson. In each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories of women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation from all over the world! Plus you’ll receive practical tips on how you can make a difference in the world right where you are.

At The Constellation Coalition, we believe that every woman is a star. Each of us shine brightly on our own.… Continue Reading >>
Hey Change Maker! Welcome to The Constellation Coalition Podcast, where we’re connecting the dots between women to change the world! I’m your host, Ashley Johnson. In each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories of women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation from all over the world! Plus you’ll receive practical tips on how you can make a difference in the world right where you are.

At The Constellation Coalition, we believe that every woman is a star. Each of us shine brightly on our own...but when you connect the dots between us, we create beautiful pictures, tell beautiful stories, and become a guidance system for other women. When women connect, we change the world.

Let’s go…

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037 - Dr. Janette Habashi, Darzah Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Dr Janette Habashi of Darzah.  Darzah is a project of a nonprofit organization called Child's Cup Full that aims to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank and celebrate their heritage tatreez.
 
ABOUT DR. HABASHI:  
Dr. Janette Habashi was born and raised in the Old city of Jerusalem. She now works as a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Habashi knows firsthand the value of education, as it has been a catalyst in her journey. She is committed to extending opportunities to women in Palestine and created Child’s Cup Full to empower women in the West Bank by offering ongoing training and employment.
 
ABOUT DARZAH:
Darzah is a project of the nonprofit organization Child's Cup Full that aims to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank and celebrate their heritage tetreez. 
 
CONNECT WITH DR. HABASHI:
Website:  https://www.darzah.org/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/darzahdesigns
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/darzahdesigns
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
Zeki Learning:  https://www.childscupfull.org/zeki-learning
Kate Spade:  https://www.katespade.com/
Child’s Cup Full:  https://www.childscupfull.org/
Tatreez Archive:  https://tatreezarchive.org/
Banksy:  https://www.banksy.co.uk/



Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
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JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
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037 - Dr. Janette Habashi, Darzah Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Dr Janette Habashi of Darzah.  Darzah is a project of a nonprofit organization called Child's Cup Full that aims to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank and celebrate their heritage tatreez.
 
ABOUT DR. HABASHI:  
Dr. Janette Habashi was born and raised in the Old city of Jerusalem. She now works as a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Habashi knows firsthand the value of education, as it has been a catalyst in her journey. She is committed to extending opportunities to women in Palestine and created Child’s Cup Full to empower women in the West Bank by offering ongoing training and employment.
 
ABOUT DARZAH:
Darzah is a project of the nonprofit organization Child's Cup Full that aims to empower Palestinian women in the West Bank and celebrate their heritage tetreez. 
 
CONNECT WITH DR. HABASHI:
Website:  https://www.darzah.org/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/darzahdesigns
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/darzahdesigns
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
Zeki Learning:  https://www.childscupfull.org/zeki-learning
Kate Spade:  https://www.katespade.com/
Child’s Cup Full:  https://www.childscupfull.org/
Tatreez Archive:  https://tatreezarchive.org/
Banksy:  https://www.banksy.co.uk/



Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/
JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
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036 - Linda Mandrayar, The White Rainbow Project Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Linda Mandrayar of the White Rainbow Project, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering destitute widows in India by giving them love, hope, job skills, counseling, ​food, & medical care.
 
ABOUT LINDA:  
Linda Mandrayar is the Founder of the White Rainbow Project.  Linda and her husband, Dharan, created a film called White Rainbow to tell the story of the widows’ plight and encourage change within society. The White Rainbow Project was launched as a result. It is a faith-based, nonprofit, humanitarian organization empowering women of India with a focus on deconstructing the stigma of widowhood by teaching sustainable skills.
 
ABOUT WHITE RAINBOW PROJECT:  
White Rainbow Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destitute widows in India by giving them love, hope, job skills, counseling,​food, & medical care.
 
CONNECT WITH LINDA:  
Website:  www.whiterainbowproject.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRainbowProject
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/whiterainbowproject
Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRainbowProject
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
White Rainbow Movie:  https://www.whiterainbowproject.org/movie.html
Vrindavan, The City of Widows:  Article
Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRainbowProject
Laura Eastman Malcolm:  https://pearlsofhope.info/
Advocate Program:  https://www.whiterainbowproject.org/advocate-program.html
Sponsor a Widow:  https://www.whiterainbowproject.org/sponsor-a-widow1.html
International Widows Day/Walk For Widows:  https://www.whiterainbowproject.org/walk-for-widows.html
Sign Up:  https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTUxMzk5

Mother Teresa:  https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1979/teresa/biographical/



Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
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JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
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035 - Tammy Nelson, CONQUERing Hey Change Maker!  My guest this week is Tammy Nelson of CONQUERing.  CONQUERing is a global jewelry brand on a mission to help people feel empowered.  Their interchangeable fidget jewelry helps people feel calm, focused and inspired.
 
ABOUT TAMMY:  
Tammy Nelson is the founder and CEO of CONQUERing, a global jewelry brand on a mission to help its customers feel empowered. Her company has been featured in BuzzFeed, Beauty News NYC & Fashion Magazine. Through their CONQUERcares Program, her company donates a portion of its profits to organizations who share their passion for empowering others. 
 
Besides running her own business, she is currently the CMO of an insurance company and has served in similar roles at three Fortune 500 companies during her career.
 
ABOUT CONQUERING:  
CONQUERing is a global jewelry brand on a mission to help people feel empowered. Their interchangeable fidget jewelry helps their customers feel calm, focused and inspired. With the mantra, "Our rings won't change the world, but those who wear them will," they’re driven to create products that encourage our customers to live with the intention to “conquer their day.” They’re committed to inclusivity and support charitable organizations that share their passion for empowering others. Their products are patented and their Cincinnati, OH-based company is a WBENC-certified women's business enterprise.
 
CONNECT WITH TAMMY:  
Website:  https://myconquering.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/myCONQUERing/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/myconquering/
TikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@myconquering
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZisvUe6AOYodAzRSGkqsQA
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
Conquer Cares:  https://myconquering.com/pages/giving-back
Make Waves Program:  https://myconquering.com/pages/make-waves
Change the World Disc:  https://myconquering.com/products/silver-change-the-world-spinner
C180:  https://c180ring.com/



Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/
JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
AMAZON SMILE:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-4261368
034 - Jennifer Long & Keisha Head, AEquitas Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are Jennifer Long and Keisha Head of AEquitas.  AEquitas is a nonprofit organization focused on developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices related to gender-based violence and human trafficking.  They are a team of former prosecutors working globally to hold offenders accountable and promote victim safety.
 
ABOUT JENNIFER:
Jennifer began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where she prosecuted cases involving adult and child physical and sexual abuse as a member of her office's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. 
 
Through this work, she sought justice on behalf of victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. Many of those victimns were sexually exploited women. This fueled her early commitment to improve a system that seemed to work against, and often failed to protect, countless victims of sexual violence and exploitation. 
 
Intent on improving the systemic response, she joined the National Center on the Prosecution of Violence Against Women as a Senior Attorney in 2004, working for Teresa Scalzo, recognized as one of the foremost leaders on issues related to sexual violence. Later, she served as Director. In 2009, she co-founded AEquitas to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices.  
 
ABOUT KEISHA:
​​Mrs. Keisha Head is more than just a survivor of child sex trafficking.  For the past 10 years, she has served as a nationally recognized speaker and advocate aiming to end all forms of human trafficking.  She has been called upon by the US Department of Justice and advocates for legislation that protects victims of human trafficking.  She has also worked closely with the Children’s Advocacy Center and she uses her personal story of being a victim, turned survivor, emerged leader, to serve as an inspiration for others.
 
In 2011, Head was awarded the Paul Howard’s Fulton County District Attorney “Voices for Victims” Award.  Head has been featured in numerous local and national news articles and appeared on various televised broadcasts, including Fox News and CNN, to spread awareness nationally.  In 2012, her first televised interview “How To Stop the Candy Shop” conducted by PBA’s Ross Scott received the Southeastern Emmy.  In 2013, Head was awarded the “Voice of Courage” Award from Darkness to Light, an organization that advocates and provides services for sexual abuse victims.  Head was also featured in the November 2014 Special Men’s Edition of Ebony Magazine.
 
Head currently serves as Secretary of the Board for the Sun Gate Foundation, an organization that provides educational assistance to survivors of human trafficking.  In 2018, Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus, Georgia, declared April 12th “Keisha Head Day” and awarded Head with the key to the city.
 
In 2020, Keisha started CEO Bizness and CEO Biz Kids, a company that serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs to become successful business owners while breaking the cycles of generational poverty.  She is also the lead case manager for the Salvation Army Haven ATL Program.
 
Apart from Advocating, Head is a wife and mother of four beautiful children.  She is also a passionate writer and plans to publish her first novel titled “Survival Mode” in the near future.
 
ABOUT AEQUITAS:
AEquitas is a nonprofit based in Washington DC and is the go-to resource for assistance related to the prosecution of human trafficking, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and exploitation. They leverage our unparalleled staff expertise and broad network of professionals to empower prosecutors to more effectively respond to these crimes. In doing so, they are fighting to end impunity for offenders while centering and enhancing support for the victims and survivors who are so often left behind in the fight for criminal justice reform. 
 
Their Just Exits Initiative is a partnership between AEquitas and the Just Exits’ Advisory Committee comprised of 8 highly-qualified experts who ensure the practices are survivor-informed and survivor-centered. They support prosecutor leaders in closing onramps to and creating offramps from the Life (sexual exploitation) for survivors. We do this by: (1) Educating criminal justice professionals on the dynamics of sexual exploitation and human trafficking; (2) Collaborating with Communities to Ensure Survivor Access to Services; (3) Implementing Best Practices in Pilot Jurisdictions; (4) Developing a process for measuring data to make meaningful, continuous improvements. 
 
CONNECT WITH JENNIFER & KEISHA:
Website:  https://aequitasresource.org
SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR PANEL - Episode 3 ***CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING***
This episode discusses the topic of sexual assault that may not be appropriate for younger listeners or survivors who are not ready to discuss the subject.  Listener discretion is advised.
 
Welcome back to the 3rd and final episode of our Sexual Assault Surivor Panel Series.
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
Foothills Alliance:  https://www.foothillsalliance.org/
 
Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
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SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR PANEL - Episode 2 ***CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING***
This episode discusses the topic of sexual assault that may not be appropriate for younger listeners or survivors who are not ready to discuss the subject.  Listener discretion is advised.
 
Additional Content Warning:  This episode deals with the subject of sex in a way that most people likely aren’t used to women in particular discussing it.  Depending on your circles, you may find some things shocking.  You have been warned!
 
Welcome back for week 2 of our Sexual Assault Surivor Panel Series.
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  
Beth’s Survivor Story:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CY9huAjKTg_/
Rachel Held Evans:  https://rachelheldevans.com/
Sarah Bessey:  https://www.sarahbessey.com/
 
Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
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SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR PANEL - Episode 1 ***CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING***
This episode discusses the topic of sexual assault that may not be appropriate for younger listeners or survivors who are not ready to discuss the subject.  Listener discretion is advised.
 
Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are 3 survivors of sexaul assault.  Each of these women has a unique story to share and are in different stages of their healing journey.
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
The Liberation of Beth:  https://www.instagram.com/theliberationofbeth/
Beth’s Survivor Story:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CY9huAjKTg_/
Rainn.org:  https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence
 
Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/
JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
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033 - Amanda Kozlowski & Shannon Sloan, Ring True Company Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are Amanda Kozlowski and Shannon Sloan of Ring True Company, a social enterprise out of Michigan.
 
ABOUT AMANDA:
Amanda is married with 3 kids.  She works full time with a non profit organization called Abide Ministries  as well as co-owns Ring True with her sister, Shannon. Her role with Abide is to help develop new non profit organizations that are just getting started.
 
ABOUT SHANNON:
Shannon is the co-owner of Ring True as well as a Constellation Coalition Sponsor!
 
ABOUT RING TRUE:
Ring True makes stackable ring sets that are meant to encourage the wearer, then uses the profits to invest in non-profit organizations that are making an impact for good in the world. 
 
CONNECT WITH RING TRUE:
Website:  https://ringtrueco.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ringtruecompany
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/ringtrue_co/
 
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Abide Ministries:  https://abide.community/
Sanctuary Services:  https://www.sanctuaryservices.org/
House of Providence:  https://www.thehofp.org/
Our Daughters International:  https://www.ourdaughtersinternational.org/
Door of Hope:  https://abide.community/doorofhope/
Ruby and Clover:  https://www.rubyandclover.com/
Willow and Fernn:  https://www.willowandfernn.com/
Bellagio Hair Studio:  https://www.bellagiohairstudio.com/
Frank and Me Boutique:  https://www.instagram.com/frankandmeboutique/?hl=en
Sincerely Betty:  sincerelybetty.com
Fall Out Boy:  https://falloutboy.com/
 
Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!
 
CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org
LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org
SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/
JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders
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032 - Calista Hargrove & Lisa Mauthe, Cincinnati Works Hey Change Maker!  My guests this week are Calista Hargrove and Lisa Mauthe of Cincinnati Works, a private non-profit organization with the mission of eliminating poverty through personal, professional, and financial wellness growth.

 

ABOUT CALISTA & LISA:

Calista is the VP of Workforce Development, over 30 years of experience in the workforce development & poverty elimination industry. Lisa is the Director of Financial Wellness with over 10 years of experience in Financial Wellness supporting poverty elimination. Both have a passion for supporting people through their journey out of poverty & fighting for system change to eradicate poverty. 

 

ABOUT CINCINNATI WORKS:

Cincinnati Works is a private non-profit organization with the mission of eliminating poverty through personal, professional, and financial wellness growth.  Cincinnati Works partners with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.  They provide a variety of services including career coaching, financial coaching, legal coordination, behavioral health, and soft skill training.

 

CONNECT WITH CALISTA & LISA:

Website:  https://cincinnatiworks.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CincinnatiWorks

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cincinnatiworks/

THE Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CincinnatiWorks

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Infant Mortality Rates in Cincinnati

Madame CJ Walker- https://madamcjwalker.com/

 

Thanks for listening to The Constellation Coalition Podcast!

 

CONNECT: podcast@theconstellationcoalition.org

LEARN MORE: www.theconstellationcoalition.org

SPONSOR AN ENTREPRENEUR:  https://theconstellationcoalition.org/sponsorship/

JOIN THE COMMUNITY:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConstellationCoalitionInsiders

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