Voice for Possibility Podcast

Possibility is possible, right here & right now.

Find your voice and listen to others who have done the same. Subscribe today.

Welcome to the Voice For Possibility Podcast!

My name is Nicole Kolenda, and I am absolutely obsessed with finding and sharing stories of possibility.

I've been a pediatric speech language pathologist for over 20 years, and I wear many “hats”.  As a professor, a mentor, a therapist, and a mother I want to help women understand their power to break through the fears of what we consider to be attainable.

I started this podcast to share the stories of strong, courageous women who are living out their very own versions of extraordinary possibility.

In October of 2020, right after I recorded Season 1 of this podcast, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was found during a routine mammogram that I had put off a bit due to the pandemic.  I was 44 years old. Since this moment, I too, have been sharing my story in hopes to help others.

This season, we will dive deeper to show that no matter what the obstacle is before us, there is ALWAYS a possibility. 

As I navigate this world immediately after cancer, I also continue to seek out possibilities.  This diagnosis is beckoning me, every day to be present and find joy, and to figure out what is possible when things can sometimes feel impossible.

My hope is to inspire you to do the same.

Deb Kern

How To Own Your Joy
Deb Kern

Dr Deb Kern is a health scientist, visionary teacher, and guide who is dedicated to helping women live divinely embodied lives. She’s created the healing movement practice called PranaShakti Dance, and a transformational online program called The Shakti Sisterhood. In this powerful final episode of season 2, Nicole and Deb explore the impactful ways that we can take charge of our lives and own our joy.

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Kim Hale

Finding Possibility From Cancer
Kim Hale

Kim Hale is a public relations specialist and professional dancer who created her own career path after working in the entertainment industry for decades. Kim has discovered a new purpose “behind the scenes” guiding and supporting artists at every stage of their career. In this powerful episode, she shares with Nicole how she’s found possibility after cancer and was able to pivot to a new career.

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Jay Ell Alexander

Changing Lives Through Movement
Jay Ell Alexander

Jay Ell Alexander has established herself as a communications professional with a true commitment to community engagement through her passion for health and fitness.

She’s the owner of The Vaughn Strategy, a public relations consulting business, and also serves as the owner and CEO of Black Girls Run.

In this inspiring episode, Jay Ell discusses her choice to help change the lives of women through running.

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Graci Harkema

Creating Possibility for Marginalized Voices
Graci Harkema

Graci Harkema is the owner of Graci LLC, a diversity, equity & inclusion speaking, and consulting firm. She specializes in diversity, inclusion and implicit bias training, and talent management within Fortune 500, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. In this episode, Graci shares her story that begins with her dramatic birth in the Republic of Congo through her present-day work in anti-racism. This impactful episode shows how Graci has used her experience to help others find possibility.

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Heather Chauvin

Showing Up For Yourself In The Face of Adversity
Heather Chauvin

Heather is a speaker, coach, cancer survivor and host of the popular and ever inspiring Mom Is In Control Podcast. She shares how to find freedom in surrendering, how to identify the thing that lights your soul on fire. Heather and Nicole discuss her book, Dying To Be a Good Mother and how she learned to show up for herself in the midst of a cancer diagnosis.

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Amber Mundinger

How To Turn Your Passion Into Possibility
Amber Mundinger

Amber Mundinger is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategic Partnerships for The Artists Den. She’s also Co-Founder of Bring Music Home- the brand and project she started in March of 2020 to document what was happening to live music venues, their owners across the country during the age of COVID-19. Nicole and Amber discuss how to pursue your passion and push beyond the fear.

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Vasavi Kumar

Sitting In The Discomfort to Create Possibility
Vasavi Kumar

Over the past 10 years, Vasavi Kumar has helped thousands of women overcome major life obstacles to create new heights of success. She is a licensed therapist, mindset coach, business strategist, Vasavi is the founder of the MIND Your Own Business membership community, and the host of the Being Human with Vasavi podcast.

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Richell Fredson

Finding your purpose in a cancer diagnosis
Richelle Fredson

In this powerful episode, Nicole Kolenda is the guest. She is interviewed by Richelle Fredson about her current cancer journey and the new focus for this season of The Voice For Possibility. Richelle Fredson is the Founder of Purposeful Platforms, a consulting and coaching agency working with authors to grow their promotional platforms. Together they discuss the courage it takes to find possibility even in the midst of an extreme challenge.

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A Diagnosis is Not a Definition
Panagiota Tampakis

Panagiota Tampakis is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Visiting Professor in the Communicative Sciences Department at NYU. She has worked in the New York City Department of Education, providing therapy for high school students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, expressive-receptive language disorder, central auditory processing disorder, as well as childhood apraxia of speech. She holds a clinical certification from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Panagiota reveals how a cancer diagnosis was unable to stop her from making her dreams come true in this inspirational episode.

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Julia Gabor

Creating Possibility During The Era of Covid-19 Julia Gabor

Julia Gabor is an award-winning educator and co-founder of kid-grit. kid-grit is a curriculum with a new, holistic approach to youth development that encompasses mindfulness, social and emotional learning, character education, digital, and social media awareness and she finishes off with a project in service-learning. Julia has spent the last 17 years working with esteemed organizations such as the LA-All Stars, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS. Today she’s changing the way people teach and how students can learn during the pandemic. Julia brings inspiring stories of thriving during challenging times to this episode of The Voice For Possibility.

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Podcast Episode with Michelle Garside

The Power of Authentic Representation
Michelle Garside

Michelle Garside is co-founder of Soul Camp, the transformative sleep away camp for adults, and Soul Camp Creative, a full-service Marketing Agency devoted to working with conscious companies and brands that are positively impacting the planet. Her clients include coaches, teachers, healers, wellness practitioners, retreat centers, and wellness facilities. Michelle & her companies have been featured in Oprah Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Fitness, Women’s Health, and Good Morning America. Michelle shares her journey of learning to love herself and how she finally found freedom in being authentic.

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The Possibility of Trauma Recovery Kristen Boice

Kristen Boice is a licensed marriage and family therapist, Close The Chapter podcast host, a member of the American Association of Family and Marriage Therapy, American Counseling Association, and EMDR International Association, as well as a trained EMDR clinician. Her goal is to inspire us to get on the path of becoming more self-aware, taking ownership of our “stuff” and acknowledging the person we most want to be—so we can become them. Kristen brilliantly helps shed the shame that surrounds trauma recovery in this conversation with Nicole.

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The Other Side of Divorce
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen

Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is the CEO and founder of the online divorce course —Afterglow: The Light at the Other Side of Divorce. This 14-week course teaches women how to heal, grow, and ultimately thrive after divorce no matter how difficult the process has been. She’s been featured on the Tamron Hall Show, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, and many more. Nicole and Elizabeth help reframe people’s perceptions of divorce and reveal that this tough decision can allow you to live a more fulfilled life.

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Take a Risk To Create a Possibility
Richelle Fredson

Richelle Fredson is the Founder of Purposeful Platforms, a consulting and coaching agency working with aspiring and published authors to grow their promotional platforms, as well as create impactful book concepts & competitive book proposals. Many of Richelle’s clients go on to receive multiple six-figure offers from their dream publishers. She serves as a publishing guide, guest teacher, and marketing strategist for multiple bestselling authors. Before owning her current successful business, Richelle had to take a risk to allow her a bright future to unfold. She shares this very compelling story with Nicole.

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Creating Boundaries Creates Possibility
Nancy Levin

Nancy Levin is a Master Coach and bestselling author of several books including her latest, Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free. Formerly the Event Director at Hay House for over a decade, Nancy is the creator of Levin Life Coach Academy and offers in-depth coaching and training programs designed to support students and clients to make themselves a priority by setting boundaries that stick. Nancy and Nicole have an insightful conversation about why creating boundaries can be a challenge for women but are needed to create a healthy life.

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The Power of Personal Choice
Stef Ziev

Stef Ziev is a former TV executive turned life and executive coach who helps people choose to live and lead with more joy and freedom. She heals what divides us from the inside out through our choices, and fiercely reminds people they have the power to permit themselves to choose. She’s recently launched her Podcast called Permission to Choose, which is a wonderful combination of tough love and cheerleading to name the places where we hide and keep ourselves stuck, and ultimately release the beliefs that keep us there. Stef and Nicole discuss the ways that we can make empowered choices to help create the lives we want to live.

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