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Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

WATCH: A Mother’s Day in Portage Substance Abuse Rehab Facility

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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Sunday is Mother’s Day- a day to celebrate and honor mothers everywhere. Today is not your typical WomenOnTheFence.com Mother’s Day blog post. No, today, I decided to spotlight Portage, a substance abuse rehabilitation facility with a special Mother-Child program, helping mothers and children with addiction. I wanted desperately to give some of these nameless women who have fallen through the cracks, a voice for Mother’s Day.

I have to give credit my father, for it was his idea to do a mother’s day segment on the women at the facility. My dad is on the board of Portage, one of Canada’s leading substance abuse rehabilitation facilities with locations across the country, and he told me about all the trailblazing work they are doing in the arena of addiction. Unique to Portage, they have en entirely separate Mother-Child facility where substance addicted mothers can live with their babies, and where newborns who are born drug-addicted can safely undergo drug withdrawal and not have to be separated from their mother. I walked the halls and saw these mothers and their children, and heard their stories. I was nervous going in, but so eager to hear the stories and showcase Portage’s work in this arena. I only hoped I would do a good enough job to do their organization justice. I sat down with the facilitators who run Portage and asked them about what makes them so successful at what they do.

And finally, I wasn’t able to interview the women on camera as coincidentally, all the women who were there at this time were under youth protection. But in being with them, walking with them, smiling at them, I saw in their eyes and in their souls that life has been hard on them. Life has been very difficult for these women.

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INTERVIEW: The Secret To Success and How To Live Your Passion With Adam Braun

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“Four years ago, I sat at my desk overlooking the Manhattan skyline from the 25th floor of 3 Times Square. I was in my mid-twenties, earning a six-figure salary at Bain & Company, which has now been rated the #1 global consulting firm by Consulting Magazine for 11 years straight. I looked down at the drafted email on my desktop, took a deep breath, and pressed send. The email notified more than 400 coworkers and friends that I was leaving what I’d previously believed was my dream job to pursue the non-profit I had founded, Pencils of Promise (PoP).

What began as a $25 deposit and a request for donations on my 25th birthday to build one school in the developing world had morphed into a 501(c)3 organization run by passionate young professionals who believed that bringing business acumen to humanitarian idealism could produce real innovation. When I left Bain in March 2010, PoP had completed two schools. Today, we have broken ground on more than 200 schools across four countries (Laos, Ghana, Guatemala and Nicaragua) that have served more than 20,000 students.” - Adam Braun, TIME Magazine

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A Mother’s Day Interview with Brooke Burke-Charvet

Friday, May 10th, 2013

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, I decided to spotlight a multi-taking, working mom this year whom I also consider a friend. Brooke Burke, Host of Dancing With The Stars and Co-CEO of ModernMom.com was an early supporter of my writing, my book and myself in general. She has given me her unwaivering support, and therefore today I’m thrilled to give you our interview, as well as a great Mother’s Day giveaway! Brooke is rocking motherhood, marriage and a career, so let’s find out how she does it…

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ED – Brooke, you take multitasking to the extreme – Co-Founder of ModernMom.com, Host of Dancing with the Stars, Workout DVDs, Lingerie lines and more. How do you do it, and please share with our community your top 3 tips for moms how to maintain their sanity in a world of too many demands.

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The Little Things are the Big Things

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I don’t often share the press we receive, but yesterday, two nice interviews came out and I wanted to share them with you. One of the interviewers used my answer to title the article. I’m so glad they did, because it is how I feel. The little things truly ARE the big things in life. I don’t think we realize this enough.

I was honored to be named ‘Super Mom of the Week’ on a great website Big City Moms that features super moms. Looking at the list of women, I am humbled to be in their company.

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Interview With Denise Richards – Career, Motherhood, Body Image, Charlie Sheen and More…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I spent the afternoon in New York last week with long distance friend, mom, and actress Denise Richards. We chatted over tea and scones, and then I decided to ask her some questions and find out what it’s like to be a single, working mom in the spotlight.

Denise was candid, honest and sincere about her life. I give you, our interview…

ED – Denise, can you tell us a little about your upbringing. Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress? When and how did you get that lucky break?

DR – I grew up in a small town outside outside of Chicago. I grew up very differently than how my girls are growing up today. My mom was a stay at home mother. We were actually a Nielsen family – we were your all around typical American family. Family of 4. Very close. My father, my sister and I were part of a father-daughter group called The Drifters. My mom had dinner on the table every night at 6 o’clock. Everything was about family growing up.

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INTERVIEW: Erica Diamond Gets Up Close and Personal with Kristen Johnston

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I was watching 20/20 about three weeks ago, and saw the familiar, funny girl that is Kristen Johnston. But, it wasn’t so funny. It was deep, and it was dark. I was mesmerized. Her story was riveting. I chased her down until I found her, and am thrilled to feature her today on WomenOnTheFence.com.

I give you, actress, author, and activist Kristen Johnston.

 

ED – Kristen, take us through your childhood, and how you came to acting, namely your role as Sally Solomon in the hit series 3rd Rock from the Sun.

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Interview with Soledad O’Brien: On Career, Marriage, Motherhood and More

Friday, September 14th, 2012

When I met Soledad O’Brien for the first time in August at Blogher in New York City, I was truly intrigued. She is the CNN anchor we watch daily cover hurricanes, disasters, and important news. Yet, when you speak to her in person, she has this other side. This aura to her. A sweet, fun-loving, and exceptionally charming side. To top it off- she’s a mom of four children. I loved her essence, and so I asked her for an interview. Her response, “I will never forget Women On The Fence. You have my word, I will give you an interview.”

And so here we are. Soledad was on her day off when we chatted. She was leaving the gym, and en route to do some errands as a multi-tasking career mom. Just a regular gal trying to fit it all in.

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