Author Archives: Jaclyn Roessel

Episode 4: Mama’s Day


schmooze was founded on the idea all women are remarkable. We started this podcast because we wanted to share the stories of inspiring women we’ve had the pleasure to meet. Foundational to our lives are our relationships to our moms. Debra Perez and Karina Roessel are two women who have instilled in us a strong sense of self but also pride in being women.

In this episode, we sit down to have a conversation with our moms. Two selfless women who have worked hard to create and sustain our families while cultivating careers in education. We are delighted to share these two women with you as they are nothing short of remarkable. Thanks Mamas…for everything.

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Episode 3: Conversation with Sara Presler

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Tune in as Sara Presler J.D.,  CEO of the Foundation for Arizona Women, reflects on being a young professional, her experience as both the first youngest and female mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona and how the women of Arizona are critical to our state.

We continue to welcome your suggestions on remarkable women to include on the show. You can submit your suggestions via email found here or via Facebook. Click the badge above to listen to the episode and to hear more episodes check here.

Music “Fake French” by Le Tigre
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*Presler offered the following correction to the interview when discussing poverty differences between women with less than a high school diploma and women with a college degree. “The poverty rate among women with less than a high school diploma is six times higher than a woman who earns a Bachelor’s degree.” The information in the interview about this topic should reflect the above quote.

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Episode 2: Entrepreneurs

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Of the many roles women take on in the community, entrepreneurs are some of the most public. In this episode of schmooze, we talk with three Phoenix women who started their own venture from Ebone Johnson, the owner of Rejected Thrifts, Gerri Hormel, who started Almost There Foster Care and Jill Bernstein of Jill Bernstein Creative Services. Each of these women blazed their own trail to work their passions and begin a business. Listen as they share what surprised them most, what investments they won’t go without and other pieces of advice. We thank each lady for taking the time to take part in a candid conversation about their journeys. Click on the badge above or HERE to listen.

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schmooze thanks…

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There are many people behind the scenes who helped us get schmooze off the ground. First, a very special thanks is owed to Anna Consi and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership for consulting with us as we researched the recording process and for allowing us to use DPP’s equipment, we are grateful for our new collaboration.

The look of schmooze is deliberately fresh and bold, the resulting influence of two talented men. First, thanks to Victor Pascual of Digital Navajo who consulted with us about our design ideas. The creation of our logo and icons is the product of hard working Daniel Perez. We could not be happier with the results of our website!

Our first episode would not be possible without the participation of the brilliant, confident and beautiful women who took time from their lives to have candid conversations with us about what it means to be a woman today. Your friendship, support and mentorship drives us to make this project meaningful for women like you.

Thank you.

Jaclyn and Jovanna

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