Giving Voice to Women: Women in Business

Jan and Serene have got a tasty show for listeners this week. Their guest Donatella Arpaia is an attorney-turned-restaurateur, who gave up years of school and the corporate fast-track to pursue her passion for food. She tells listeners what it takes to make it in the business, and what it’s like once you’ve got your dream. Her fabulous Manhattan restaurants have earned her critical acclaim and a reputation in culinary circles, but she lets listeners know that anyone can get to where she is if they put in the effort. She’s an inspirational woman who is not to be missed!

Guest(s) included: Donatella Arpaia, restaurateur.

Artists and Writers in the Berkshires

Jan is in the studio this week talking about the tradition of writers and artists of the Berkshires. She’s joined by Louise McCue, the executive director of The Berkshire Historical Society, and Dr. Carole Owens, a scholar for The Berkshire Historical Society, who have a exhibit up at the Arrowhead Museum called “Fertile Ground: Berkshire Artists and Writers 1846-1861.” Herman Melville’s famous (and infamous) Moby Dick was written right here in the Berkshires, and he’s only been one in a long tradition of creative thought in the area. Carole and Louise share some interesting things that may make you love the area even more.

Guest(s) included: Dr. Carole Owens, author, lecturer, and scholar for The Berkshire Historical Society, and Louise McCue, executive director of The Berkshire Historical Society.

What’s in a Poem?

Poetry may be one of the hardest things to write well, but one of the most wonderful to enjoy reading. Jan and Serene have Michelle Gillette in the studio, a writer and poet who’s been recognized by the Mass Cultural Council. The hosts get her talking about whether or not poetry needs to rhyme, whether it needs to make sense or not, and if its a talent that exists in everyone, just waiting to be discovered. Do you have an inner poet? Take a while to nourish that part of yourself with some of Michelle’s experience, advice, and her own amazing poetry, and you’ll be happy that you did.

Guest(s) included: Michelle Gillette, poet and contributing writer the The Berkshire Eagle and The Women’s Times.

Getting to ‘Next’

This week Serene and listeners will learn how to get to ‘next’ from Carole Hyatt, an author, speaker, and seminar leader who works to accelerate peoples’ careers and helps them to find the next step in their lives. Special co-host Elizabeth Mastriani, Serene’s niece, has just returned from two years of teaching English to grade school students in Hungary and gets walked through Carole’s process of finding ‘next’ in her own life. Use the simple steps to evaluate your direction and explore your undiscovered potential to make the changes you’ve always wanted.

Guest(s) included: Carole Hyatt, author, speaker, career specialist, researcher , and founder of the Getting to Next workshop, helping to accelerate careers filled with change.

Art in the Berkshires

As another segment in the Art in the Berkshires series, Jan and Serene have one of their favorite guests back to talk about theater in the Berkshires. Gray Simons is an artistic associate at the Berkshire Theater Festival who self-describes his job as that of a writer/actor/director/teacher. The three of them get down to details talking about the theater scene in the Berkshires and what BTF brings to that. Gray also talks about a less known aspect of BTF: their education programs, and the work they’re doing in our community with 3-8 graders to help bring theater alive for them.

Guest(s) included: Gray Simons, artistic associate for Berkshire Theater Festival..