Kristin Shapiro joins to discuss this month’s IWF’s policy focus: paid leave and the pandemic. As more lawmakers argue that a paid leave entitlement will help “workplaces and communities respond more effectively and equitably” to a pandemic, we discuss whether or not that’s true and also what some of the unintended consequences may be.

Kristin is a Senior Fellow with Independent Women’s Forum. Kristin clerked for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Kristin practiced law as an associate at Williams & Connolly where she litigated numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court. Kristin then served as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for three years, and is now an attorney for the federal government.

Kelsey Bolar, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, talks with Iowa state senator Waylon Brown about what occupational licensing is, why it’s necessary and how Iowa is leading the nation in making these reforms.

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

Janice Dean returns to the podcast this week. She joined last year to talk about her book Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days and now she is putting her own advice into practice after the tragic loss of her in-laws due to COVID-19. Janice talks about the bad nursing home policies, issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that led to this tragedy and how bad policy can affect all Americans.

Janice currently serves as senior meteorologist for the FOX News Channel (FNC). She joined the network in 2004 and during her time, Janice has covered a slew of devastating storms including: Hurricanes Harvey and Huricane Katrina. In addition to her role at the FNC and her book Mostly Sunny, Janice is the author of “Freddy the Frogcaster” a series of children’s books tailored towards teaching the weather.

Kira Davis, Editor at Large at Red State, joins the podcast this week to discuss school choice, the on-going battle over whether schools will and should reopen, and the state of civil rights in our country.

Kira Davis is an accomplished op-ed journalist and commentator. She has interviewed President Obama and has appeared on various shows across the nation and the world including BBC radio, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox News, and the Dr. Phil Show. Kira is a dog person but has been known to tolerate the occasional cat.

On this pop-up episode, Jennifer C. Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, talks with Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley about racial disparities, police brutality, and whether Americans embrace a shared definition of “racism.”

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

On this week’s episode, Harris Faulkner joins to discuss her impressive career, share best practices for how she worked her way to the top, and ways to persevere in hard times. She also gives insight on news of the day like the debate on “back to school” and explains what it’s like to record her show from her husband’s man cave.

Harris Faulkner is a multiple Emmy award-winning newscaster, anchor, and trailblazer in her field. She currently helms two daily daytime programs – Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner and serves as the co-host of Outnumbered. Harris has received six Emmy Awards for her successful work in broadcast. She is the author of “9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat’s Guide to Life and Success. Outside of her work as a journalist and a writer, Harris is a motivational speaker and philanthropist.

On this pop-up episode Julie Gunlock, director of Independent Women’s Forum’s center for progress and innovation, talks with Laura Fuentes about the topic of schools that are still providing school meals to kids during the Covid shutdowns. This puts school personnel at risk and removes the parent as the main provider of food to kids. During a pandemic, schools should be allowed to fully shut down. For food needs, more money can be provided through increases in already existing food assistance programs. This will help parents purchase needed food for their families while keeping school officials safe and more people home.

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

Veronique de Rugy joins this week’s episode to discuss the national debt, which totals over $26 trillion dollars. As Congress debates more COVID-19 funding packages, we consider the future of our country with an ever-increasing debt and what it will take for Washington to control spending and stick to a budget.

Veronique de Rugy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her charts, articles, and commentary have been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News. In 2015, she was named in Politico Magazine’s Guide to the Top 50 thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American Politics.

In this pop-up episode, Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer Braceras and Independent Women’s Forum Senior Policy Analyst Inez Stepman discuss the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Bostock v. Clayton Cty, how the Court twisted itself into a pretzel to achieve the outcome, and what the ruling means for women’s sports and the Equal Rights Amendment.

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

Inez Stepman joins to discuss this month’s policy focus: The Impact of COVID-19 on our Education System. With so much uncertainty around schools reopening, we discuss the effectiveness of online learning—have public schools successfully adapted, what can we expect as we approach the typical back-to-school-season, and have we been presented with an opportunity to view educational choice and parental involvement as a posture that’s likely to remain.

Inez Stepman is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. Her research focuses on educational freedom, school choice, and the cultural impact of empowering parents with control over their children’s education. Her thoughts on education policy have been published in numerous outlets, such as Washington Examiner, The Hill, and others, and she frequently testifies as an expert in state legislatures across the country. She also is a senior contributor to The Federalist, where she writes on subjects ranging from feminism to fashion, and the Thursday editor of BRIGHT, a women’s daily newsletter.

Yasmine Mohammed, a Canadian human rights activist, joins to share her personal story of an arranged marriage to a member of Al-Queda and the trauma she faced as a result. She’ll also shed light on the many challenges women in Islamic majority countries face today and what we can do to advance the basic human rights that all women deserve.

Yasmine Mohammed advocates for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism. She is also the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds, an organization that provides psychological support for freethinkers living within Muslim majority countries- where the state sanctioned punishment for leaving Islam is death. Her book, Unveiled, is a memoir that recalls her experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic household and her arranged marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda. In it, she sheds light on the religious trauma that so many women still today are unable to discuss.

On this week’s podcast, Bryan Soukup covers the topic of occupational licensing and how burdensome regulations have impacted the industry of interior design. We also discuss how the emergence of COVID-19 has changed the way interior designers do their job.

Bryan is the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). He leads the Society’s strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society’s sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Previously, Soukup worked in law, politics, and government relations. He has worked on statewide political campaigns in Tennessee, has been the chief legislative advocate for a variety of national organizations and charities, and is an internationally published author on several law and policy subjects.

On this week’s episode, we discuss the litigation that is ever increasing in the election law field. With November 3rdjust five months away, it’s the perfect time to learn about effective ballot management and how to prevent election interference.

Jessica Furst Johnson is Of Counsel at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC, focusing her practice on political committees, campaign finance and election law, lobbying and ethics compliance, and tax-exempt organizations. She joins the podcast to explain what we need to consider as election day approaches.

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to families across America, including lack of control and fear of the unknown. IWF’s EVP Amber Schwartz and retired psychiatric nurse Marlene Mieske discuss the psychological toll of COVID-19 and the importance of keeping things in perspective.

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

On this week’s episode, Claudia Rosett joins to discuss this month’s policy focus: Facing Down the Rising Threat of China. She covers the historical context of the US/China relationship, explains why China poses a great threat, and shares what can and should be done about it.

Claudia Rosett is a foreign policy fellow with Independent Women’s Forum, and an award-winning journalist who has reported over the past 37 years from Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and the Middle East. She is widely credited with groundbreaking reporting on corruption at the United Nations. Claudia is frequently on TV and radio, and has appeared before six U.S. Senate and House committees and subcommittees to testify on such topics as U.N. corruption and reform, and the Iran-North Korea strategic alliance.

Chris Rufo joins the podcast to talk about poverty in America. In his new documentary America Lost, Chris spent five years exploring life in three of America’s forgotten cities—talking directly to the people impacted by floundering economies. But this film doesn’t just paint a dire picture—it also offers hope through real world examples of communities rebuilding.

Chris is an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He is a filmmaker, writer, and policy researcher and has directed four films for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including his latest film, America Lost. He is the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, and is a contributing editor at City Journal. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, FOX News among others.

Joni Rogers-Kante, SeneGence® Founder and CEO, and creator of LipSense, joined Independent Women’s Forum’s Patrice Onwuka for an exclusive chat entitled: “Making Sense of It All: Getting Through COVID-19 and Tapping Your Inner Entrepreneur.”

During this live event, Patrice Onwuka, a senior policy analyst at IWF, spoke with Joni about her career and her business tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur. Listen to this event audio to learn tips from someone who has been in your shoes, and who has built a large enterprise that’s given countless women a platform to create their own businesses, be their own bosses, and change the course of their lives. IWF has turned this live event into a pop-up podcast to provide resources like this to help women impacted by coronavirus pave their own path forward.

On this week’s episode, Nora Zimmett, Executive Vice President of The Weather Channel, joins the podcast to talk about her career. She explains how she rose through the ranks of a male-dominated industry, and the lessons she learned along the way. Nora also gives us some tips on hurricane preparedness as we head into another hurricane season.

Nora Zimmett serves as Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President for The Weather Channel television network. Nora oversees all aspects of the network’s live and original programming, and its world-renowned storm coverage. She also oversees all weather content for the network’s digital platforms. Nora joined The Weather Channel in September 2014 from CNN, but has previously held senior producer and producer roles at Bloomberg Television and Fox News Channel. Nora is an Emmy award-winning journalist.

Former federal inmate Tanesha Bannister discusses her story of redemption after spending 16 years behind bars and the challenges to work that people with criminal records face including securing occupational licenses. You can learn more about her story here:

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

Morgan Zegers talks about the rising popularity of socialism among Millennials and Generation Z. We discuss the current definition of socialism—is it the same socialism of the Cold War era?—why it’s gained traction, and what are the best arguments against this rising tide.

Morgan Zegers is the founder of Young Americans Against Socialism, a non-profit organization that enlightens young Americans to the dangers of socialism. In 2018, Zegers was the Republican candidate for New York’s 113th Assembly District and is a frequent speaker at events and college campuses. She has appeared on Fox News, BBC World News and CNN. And last but not least Morgan is the owner of Zegers Freedom Flags, a small woodworking business that creates and sells handcrafted wooden American flags across the country.