Women in Politics – Shirley Sagawa

Serene Mastrianni and Carole Murko’s series on Women in Politics started off with a bang. Shirley Sagawa was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Chief-of-Staff, was instrumental in starting Americorps, was named the “Most Influential Working Mothers in America” by Working Mother Magazine, and “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by Newsweek. Again passion is a driving force but Shirley’s humility is what is truly impressive. Pick up her latest book, The Charismatic Organization.

Guest(s) included: Shirley Sagawa, co-founder of the sagawa/jospin consulting firm.

Say Yes to the Dress

The wedding dress, that is!! Serene and Carole interviewed Mara Urshel, the co-owner of Kleinfelds – the famous bridal boutique in New York City. As part of Serene and Carole’s Women in Business series, Serene queried Mara about her her journey to owning Kleinfelds. And it’s not surprising that passion for fashion was her driving force. Mara put Kleinfelds at the center of the bridal industry worldwide by cleverly approaching TLC with her show idea – “Say Yes to the Dress.”

Guest(s) included: Mara J Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld.

Getting Fit and Trim now and forever!!

Serene and Carole brought Elizabeth DiMeo back on the show to launch their journey with the nutritionist to combat extra pounds and jump start our exercise programs. Elizabeth is a great coach and we plan on tracking our progress on the air. So stay tuned and join us on our journey to optimal health.

Guest(s) included: Elizabeth DiMEo, MS,CNS,LDN Interactive Clinical Nutrition- Supporting Lifestyle Change..

Women in Powerful Places – Julianne Boyd

Serene and Carole launched their exciting series about women in powerful places with the Barrington Stage Founder and Artistic Director, Julianne Boyd. Words that describe Julianne – inspired, passionate, self-effacing, warm. Her vision has driven her not only to start the Barrington Stage using a high school auditorium to then moving the company to Pittsfield and buying a dilapidated theater building. She joked that people thought she was crazy. Her vision and drive is infectious.

Guest(s) included: Julianne Boyd, Founder and Artistic Director.

Berkshares – Buy Local with Local Currency

Serene and Carole want to jump start the new year by encouraging everyone to shop local – if we do that we help keep our economy alive. One very specific way is to use Berkshares – a local currency – that’s accepted at over 350 local businesses including Guido’s. Currently available at Berkshire Bank, Lee Bank, Lenox National Bank, Pittsfield Co-op and Salisbury Bank. The current exchange rate offers a 10% discount – i.e. for every $100 exchanged you get 110 Berkshares which are accepted $1 for $1. Visit www.berkshares.org for more information.

Guest(s) included: Sharon Palma, Executive Director of Bershares, Inc.