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Episode 7 – Reka Lashawn

Reka Lashawn took time out of her busy schedule during the Covid-19 outbreak to talk to us about her experiences as an APRN and her new role as a motivational speaker. The daughter of a teen mom, Reka also had her first child at a young age and worked her way up to a master’s degree in nursing with determination and grit. She founded a local group called WOW, Building Women of Worth to provide young women with the tools and resources to help them learn and to be active in their communities.

Show Notes:

You can find Reka also under the name Ericka Small. Find her on LinkedIn.

You can also find her on her website:


WOW teens on a trip!

Episode 6 – Jackie Maker

Jackie Maker is a woman on the go. She has her own consulting business helping clients with motivation–she loves helping people to be all they can be. She’s also on the board of Charity Reimagined and on the board of W.I.N., The Women’s Impact Network of North Idaho. She is enthusiastic and energetic in a way that left us both buzzing after our interview.

Show Notes:

Find Jackie on LinkedIn and on her website,

She also has an Etsy shop!

Episode 5 – Chief Toni Washington

We are so excited for you to meet Chief Toni Washington. She’s led the city of Decatur’s department in Georgia for eleven years and along with her leadership team of Deputy-Chief Morrison and Assistant-Chief Violante, she has the only all female fire command staff in the entire nation. In a world where only three percent of firefighters are women, this kind of leadership is a triumph.

Show Notes:

A little more about Chief Washington

Here’s a link to what her fire department is all about.

Episode 4 – Lisa Corcoran

This week’s guest is Lisa L. Corcoran! In addition to being the current project manager for the Planning and Engineering Department at Spokane International Airport, Lisa reaches out to our local Spokane community colleges and elementary schools to spread her love of STEM. We had a great conversation with Lisa about her views on leadership and STEM careers for women.

Show Notes:

Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.



Episode 3 – Jen Ranney

For our third episode, we’d like to introduce you to Jen Ranney–she’s a leader in the Spokane community and we were honored to get to spend a few hours talking with her about leadership, management, and education. Jen is the current director of the Next Generation Zone in Spokane and we are so excited for you to meet her.

You’ll also be hearing a new voice on this episode; Trace Kerr has joined the Taking Her Lead team as a new co-host. She’s thrilled to be able to join in the conversation about women in leadership!

Show Notes:

Want to learn more about Jen Ranney? You should. Here’s her Linkedin.

Check out the Next Generation Zone!

The Next Generation Zone provides the young adults of Spokane County with a one-stop location for education, career skills training, and community and employment resources, in order to set them up for success in achieving their life and career goals.  We envision a thriving community where our region’s young adults are educated and prepared to become the workforce of tomorrow.


Episode 2 – Tina Bray

Hello listeners!  Welcome to Episode 2!  We get the privilege of interviewing Tina Bray this episode.  Tina Bray is the current Chief Nursing Executive of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA.  We talk about her leadership journey, needed changes in healthcare and how women are poised to lead those changes.  Leave comments as to your impressions!

Joshua, for the team.

Show Notes:

Applying Sutter Safe Care at California Pacific Medical Center

Roaming nurses helping the homeless in Sacramento, CA.

Pilot Episode – Patricia Littlejohn

We found, truly, a gem, for our first episode – the guest for our pilot – or, perhaps, the pilot for our first flight.

Patricia gives us her best!  What an inspiring listen this will be – it has been for Libby and I, both to participate in and listen to now.

Joshua, for myself and Libby, my friend and honored guest co-host.


Show Notes:

The missing link: using emotional intelligence to reduce workplace stress and workplace violence in our nursing and other health care professions

Dec 2012 – Patricia Littlejohn MBA, RN: J Prof Nurs. 2012 Nov;28(6):360-8. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.04.006.

Because of our poor emotionally intelligent responses and interactions, many nurses and other health care staff have become scarred emotionally from abusive, demoralizing, or hostile acts inflicted on one another. Rude, disruptive behavior among health care professionals can pose a serious threat to patient safety and the overall quality of care. The expectation of regulating bodies is that health care professionals focus on effects disruptive behavior has on a culture of safety for both patients and staff. Relatively recent research in training and development, and behavior change, specifically on emotional intelligence, suggests that it is possible to improve the emotional competence of adults. I posit it is possible to increase emotional competence to reduce health workplace stress and workplace violence.

Link to the entire published paper in Science Direct