The Strong Women’s Club: Jewish women's stories, Jewish women entrepreneurs, Jewish women leaders, Jewish women in business, sports, and science

Join the Strong Women’s Club where Edie Berg interviews successful Jewish women who share the behind-the-scenes personal sides of their stories. Jewish women leaders whose life stories are fascinating, inspiring and will make you proud that you, too, are a member of The Strong Women’s Club. In the Strong Women’s Club, you will hear Jewish women talk about how they reached where they are today, and you will relate to their struggles, their small daily difficulties that sometimes feel insurmountable, and learn straight from one of our own members how they are able to reach their goals.
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Aug 10, 2016

Patricia Walsh will be competing in the first ever Paralympic Triathlon!

Patricia tells the story of her blindness and accomplishments on this week’s podcast. She explains how through sport she was able to get out of a deep depression, continue to university and competitive running. Patricia had multiple mountains to overcome, including her parent’s divorce, isolation in her blindness and being told that she must give up on her intellectual dreams.

You’ll hear the surprising details of how she ran marathons without a partner, learned to swim at a very late age despite having panic attacks and how her fist attempt at a triathlon was a half-ironman!

Patricia is a sought-after public speaker and author, and gives seminars on motivation, overcoming obstacles and creating a winning mindset.

Good luck Patricia at the 2016 Rio Olympics!! We are rooting for you!!


Links mentioned in this podcast:
• Patricia’s website 
• Patricia’s book: Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential and Achieve the Success You Want
Triathlon Summer Paralympics Rio 2016
US Association for Blind Athletes –Two Are Better Than One -
Patricia’s Talk
Patricia Walsh Ironman Triathlete: Operation Nice
Jessica Jones Meyers (Patricia’s Triathlete Partner)

Aug 3, 2016

Therese Hughes had a kidney transplant 19 years ago and it changed her life.
Therese is a photographer and a writer from California.
Her exhibition is entitled “In a Heartbeat”, where she shows photographs and tells the stories of American women veterans from WWII up until today.

In the podcast you will hear:
How Therese’s family never spoke about her mom being in the US Navy
How Therese discovered her own family history after both of her parents passed
How Therese celebrates two birthdays: the day she was born and the day she got her kidney transplant
How she now sees the world differently
How women in the military don’t have a voice, never received honors, are not recognized
How women who might look unremarkable have remarkable lives and stories to tell
Why women chose to serve their country
If, given another chance, would these women do it again??

Women in the military see themselves as peacekeepers.
Therese Hughes is celebrating these women with her exhibition and book.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

You can find Therese, learn more about her work and write to her on her Facebook community page:

Military Women: WWII to Present Project
Therese Agnes Hughes’s LinkedIn page
Navy Times
The United State of Women
African American Women from the Six Triple A Battalion
Women in International Security
Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery - The site for the Women's Memorial
In a Heartbeat: Military Women: WWII to Present Project
Therese Hughe’s Blog

Thank you for listening,
Have a really great day,
And Stay Strong!


Jul 27, 2016

Noelle Duncan is a recording artist, songwriter, and performer. She has also worked at Women’s Audio Mission for 5 years and before that as a marketing professional and copywriter for various nonprofit organizations such as Women Impacting Public Policy and Aorta Magazine. Noelle started interning at WAM in 2010 and was hired in 2011 and is now a Development and Communications Associate and instructor in electronic music production at WAM.

“In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet.”

In this episode you will learn:
• That Noelle is a music producer/song writer in her own right and loves teaching women to use technology. She loves empowering women/girls with tech. music knowledge.
• WAM (est. 2003) is a one of a kind nonprofit project that gives women the tools to learn and work in a male dominated industry
• Also the only built and run by women recording studio in the world
• Have an online audio training option - on Sound Channel with over 7,000 students from 93 countries (all gender). This course is also part of several College sound curriculums.
• Community events include adults and youth programs are free and serve over 850 girls in the Bay area yearly, funded by philanthropy and corporate sponsors.
• They have a project for girls to create their own podcasts - to really talk about things that matter to them, they have the ability, using technology, to reach a global audience - and WAM gives them the tools to do this.
• Also host community events such as the Local Sirens: Women in Music Festival, a free, quarterly performance series featuring incredible local women musicians and performers in neighborhood venues.
• Annually they go to the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention which is 95% men – they are the only women’s organization there.
• There is a link between the ways women are socialized around technology and to fear it – this is a barrier to gaining skills to produce content.
• There are also economic barriers to accessing creative technology tools.

Noelle’s advice to young women:
Be persistent and don’t be afraid of technology! It is a tool to get your ideas across.


Resources mentioned in the show:
Women’s Audio Mission
Sound Channel
Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention

Thank you so much for listening,
Have a really great day,
And Stay Strong!!

Jul 20, 2016

Dr. Judith Coche, owner and founder of the Coche Center in Philadelphia. She is a nationally recognized expert on intimate relationships and has been on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah, talking about her work.

In our conversation Judith talks about how:
--Women combine logic with intuition
--It’s very hard not to change when you’re in a group
--People can be committed to making changes in their lives, but have trouble doing it alone
--Groups create support and provide a foundation so that people can live optimal lives
--To love is the greatest human need
--Good self-care is the key so we need to take care of ourselves first

Plus a lot more!

Links and resources mentioned in the podcast:

-Can This Marriage Be Saved, cover story of New York Times Magazine, by Laurie Abraham 

--Coche Center

--The Power of Love: Judith’s TEDx talk 

--Judith’s books 

Be sure to take care of yourself first!
Your homework for this week is to do something you don’t usually do to take care of yourself. And then tell me what you did!

Tell me here:
Twitter @edieberg
Snapchat: edieberg

Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Thank you for listening,
Have a really great day,
And stay strong!!

Jul 13, 2016

Blair Braverman left her home and family in California to find her life in the north. She's a talented author, adventurer, dogsled racer, and a fulfiller of her own dreams. Blair fought and won struggles to succeed in a male-dominated world, but it wasn't always easy.

Blair's website:, where you can read excerpts of the stories she's written.

Blair's new book: Welcome to the Goddam Ice Cube comes out July 2016, published by Ecco/HarperCollins.

Read it!
And welcome to the world Buffy and her brothers and sisters!

Jul 6, 2016

Heidi Basch-Harod is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices Now, which promotes the free expression of women’s struggles for civil, economic, political and gender rights worldwide. WVN accomplishes this by providing free online platforms for film, art, writing, and social-media activism. Watch the short movies for free on the website at

Heidi knew she wanted to be an activist ever since she was 10 years old and heard her grandfather’s stories and advice after having survived the holocaust.
Heidi has gathered women’s stories and experiences from all over the world, and is devoting her work to giving these women a platform and a voice.

Jun 29, 2016

When the opportunity arose to have a real conversation with my daughter, Maya, and record it for the Strong Women's Club I grabbed it! Wouldn't you??

We talk about her work in the Israeli army, growing up with three brothers, how our divorce affected her, gender equality and more.

What does it mean for her, and others her age, to be a strong woman?
Do they even need to think about it, or can they take being treated equally for granted?

Jun 22, 2016

Lauren is a mom of four and a recovering spender who - with her husband - figured out how to get out of $40,000 of debt. They sold their house, Lauren waitressed and became an extreme couponer. She then started blogging about her experiences. Lauren and Mark now mentor others to take control of their finances. Lauren has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Today Show and other national TV shows.

Jun 15, 2016

Anat Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and is the director and a founding member of Women of the Wall.
Anat works 24/7 to bring equality and religious freedom to Judaism in Israel, particularly fighting for women's equality and for the freedom of Jewish expression and practice in Israel, where there is no separation of religion and state.

Anat talks about her life growing up in her brother's shade and how that contributed to her becoming the activist that she is.

She also shares her advice for when choosing a life partner.

You can contact Anat at

Let me know what you think of this episode and the subjects Anat brings up.
You can join the discussion on our Facebook group at:

See you there!
Have a truly awesome day,
and stay strong!


Jun 8, 2016

Today’s episode I talk to myself … a lot!

No special guest stars this week, only me, talking about what I’ve done so far, hardships and hiccups in the past, and plans for this show in the next year.

I tell you about my past experiences, the motivation behind the podcast, why I choose to empower women and motivate them to reach their dreams.

This is a wonderful new adventure for me that carries with it a heavy importance and a mission.

The mission is to teach women and show them through real life stories that it is never too late to fulfill their dreams.

This podcast is not fluff or abstract or cliché’s.
I talk to real women who have worked hard, had bumps and lumps along the way, and are sharing their stories with us so that we can learn from them.

Today's episode is personal and a little revealing, but not TMI, I hope.
And as I talk to you my thoughts become clearer and my message stronger.
Let me know what you think about today's episode.

You are the reason I do the podcast and I truly appreciate you, the wonderful women in this club!

Check out the mastermind program. The prices are still really low. See if it's something you would find beneficial to get to the place you want to me in 3 months time.
The website is

Thank you so much for listening,
Have a really great day,
and stay strong!!

Jun 1, 2016

This week’s guest is Lori Palatnik, who is a public speaker, a blogger, a teacher and an author of a number of books, the latest is entitled “Turn your husband into your soulmate”.

Lori and a group of other women established the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project which you can find at

Lori talks about becoming orthodox, establishing the JWRP and donating her kidney to somebody she didn’t know before the donation process began.

Today’s episode marks the end of the recent series of Strong Women in Israel.

Join the Strong Women’s Club at

I’m excited to meet you there!

Have a really great day and stay strong!


May 26, 2016

The International Women’s Forum Cornerstone Conference was in Tel-Aviv this week, May 2016. As a member of the media, I was able to listen to lectures, interview prominent women, soak up the positive energy that was buzzing throughout and talk to the organizers and one of the sponsors.
IWF understands the power of the group, the mentoring and teaching.
One of its main missions is to cultivate young women leaders, as well as exchange ideas, learn and inspire and build leadership.
In this episode you will hear:

  • How women can be confident without apology
  • How we can be leaders without belittling
  • How we can brag about our accomplishments without ego
  • How we can push limits and erase boundaries

    There are five short interviews in today’s episode:
  • Crosby Cromwell: Director of External Affairs and Partnerships at IWF
  • Dr. Mina Teicher: Professor of Mathematics and Neural Computation, ex-Chief Scientist of Israel
  • Dr. Cady Coleman: NASA Astronaut
  • Claudia Patton: Chief Talent Officer at Edelman
  • Asma Chaabi: Moroccan Parliamentarian, first Moroccan female mayor, artist
  • Mich Atagana: Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Google South Africa
  • Ziva Patir: Previously the Director General of the Standards Institution of Israel, currently co-CEO at Patir Consultants

    The podcast is very different this week to its usual format. I look forward to hearing your feedback. What do you think? Let me know on Facebook or at

    Have a great day and stay strong!
May 18, 2016

Ibtisam Erekat and Ruth Ebenstein met at a support group for Muslim, Jewish and Christian women with breast cancer. They became best friends despite both being devoutly religious and living on opposite sides of the green line. Their story is unusual and inspiring. If you want to learn more about them or have them speak at your event or school, you can find them at

When we are open to meeting people who we might not understand, who are different to us, who we don't necessarily agree with politically but have so much in common with it cannot be ignored, then we are open to learning and listening, and our hearts can open where our heads may be shut off.

I hope you enjoy this interview, it's important.

May 11, 2016

Joanna Landau talks about the process she used when, a bit late in the game, she changed her professional direction.

Joanna is the founder of Vibe Israel, a company that is rebranding Israel, with positive emphasis on Israel’s creative energies. You can check it out at
If you are also thinking of what your dream job would be, and how you could possibly use the skills you have now while changing your direction, then this episode has a lot of practical tips for you.

Remember to check out the details of our mastermind program at

Thank you for listening to the show,
Have a really great day,
And stay strong!!

May 4, 2016

All about mental toughness today!

Continuing with my series on Strong Women in Israel, Yael Arad is on the show!
Israel’s first olympic medalist, Yael talks about how mental resilience helped her break through the 7th-place barrier and go on to win a silver medal at the Barcelona olympics in judo and then the gold medal at the European Championships the year after that, as well as many other medals in her long judo career.

We also talk about mental toughness in general, elaborating on these points:
Make connections
Take care of yourself
Accept that change is part of living
Move towards your goals
Take decisive actions

The website has had a facelift! Check out the new site at the old address:

And have a look at the mastermind program. The introductory sale is still on, but only for the month of May,

So be sure not to miss it!

Have a really great day, and stay strong!

Apr 27, 2016

Hana Rado is not just talking about women needing to be at least 50% of speakers at conferences and of every panel, she is making it super-easy for organizers to find female speakers. Hana, with 11 other women, founded, where you can choose from over 1000 highly-qualified women to speak at your event, whatever the topic. Supersonas is global, with the first branch outside of Israel in New York.

Hana is energetic and inspirational, and her advice to young women: Surround yourself with people who fill you with positive energy and believe in you!!

Apr 20, 2016

Today’s interview was conducted in a hotel lobby, face to face, so there is quite a bit of background noise. Still, I find it’s a lot more fun to interview people this way, as opposed to over Skype, so I’ll keep doing in person interviews whenever I get the opportunity.

Barbara Stewart, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) researches and writes about women and finance. She speaks globally about issues relating to women, money and financial literacy.

Barbara has written many useful and easy to understand articles which you can find on her website
Barbara's advice is to work with your strengths, be deliberate about going for the things that interest you and try to talk more about your accomplishments to others.

Thank you, Barbara, for taking the time out of your schedule to talk to The Strong Women’s Club!

Apr 13, 2016

Dr. Romie talks about her life-changing illness and surgery and how she changed her entire way of thinking and treating patients. She uses mindfulness and integrative medicine in her clinic and is spreading the word all around the country.
Mainly, Dr. Romie says we are not alone and that we should all recognize our BSC (Bat Shit Crazy) and learn how to deal with it.
You can find her at

We are continuing with our introductory offer for the Mastermind program. Visit our website for all the information you need and to apply at

Thank you for listening,

Have a really great day,
And stay strong!

Apr 6, 2016

Professor Meg Urry is the President of the American Astronomical Society, and was the Chair of the Physics Department at Yale from 2007 to 2013.
Professor Urry also actively works at increasing the number of women in the physical sciences.

We learn from Prof. Urry how sometimes it’s good to work stage-to-stage, step-by-step, towards your goals. She also talks about how being pregnant can be empowering!
And… Check out The Strong Women’s Mastermind!
Joining one of these groups will be no less than life-changing for anybody who is committed to the journey. Plus, you’ll have a group of women you can lean on and trust from all over the world.

Get more info and check out the introductory offer at

Thank you for listening!

Have a really great day,
And stay strong!

Mar 30, 2016

Brittney Hogan built her business Virago Fitness one tank top at a time after her newlywed husband was killed as a marine in Afghanistan. Fitness saved her from her depression and drinking. Now Brittney's mission is to promote the use of fitness to cope with life's uncontrollable changes and inspire post-traumatic growth.

Check out her site at

And we have masterminds!!!

Read a bit more about our program at

Thank you for joining us,

Have a really great day,

and Stay Strong!!


Mar 23, 2016

We have Strong Women’s Masterminds!! Listen to the end of today’s show to get more details. And you can go to to get more information.

Today’s guest is Dr. Alyson McGregor, and Associate Professor at Brown University, who teaches us about the difference between the terms sex and gender, and how they need to be handled differently in emergency rooms and in treating women in general. Alyson is an Acute Care specialist. You can see her and learn more about the differences when treating men and women in her TED talk entitled: “Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women”.

Join us on our FaceBook group, in our Strong Women’s Mastermind, and on the website

Have a really great day,
And Stay Strong!

Mar 16, 2016

Strong Women in Israel!
In this episode Hilla Ovil Brenner talks about how:
• It’s important not to stay out of the game too long
• You should network with women who have the same mindset as you
• She founded Google Campus TLV for Moms
• Things will take longer than you think, so don’t get discouraged
• Investors need you just as much as you need them!

Thank you so much for listening and being part of the Strong Women’s Club!
Check us out at
Have a really great day and stay strong!!

Mar 9, 2016

Lina Khalifeh is from Jordan, and she is the Founder of SheFighter " A Self-Defense Studio for women in the Middle East". She has started her studio because of the high rate of violence against women in society and the region. She found the one real solution to violence against women is training women Self-Defense in order to protect themselves.

Lina has won first place at Women in Business that was held at the United Nations in Geneva, and she was mentioned by President Barack Obama during his speech at the White House in 2015.

Lina’s website:

Come on over to , get your free copy of “Strong Women Say”, and stay up to date with what we’re talking about.

Have a great day,
and Stay Strong!!

Mar 2, 2016

Christmas Abbott has broken down numerous barriers as one of the first women in NASCAR, a spearhead in the fitness community, a fearlessly authentic model, a National Best Selling author, and an inspirational figure to all.
You can find out more about her at

Come on over to and sign up to get your freebie, and join our club!

Can’t wait to meet you,

Have a great day,
and Stay Strong!

Feb 24, 2016

Rabbi Susan Silverman is an activist, teacher, and an author.
Susan is one of the brave women involved in WOW: Women of the Wall, where she was famously arrested.

Susan has five children, three daughters, two sons. Both sons were adopted from Ethiopia.

Susan has three sisters, two of which are famous comediennes, Laura and Sarah. Susan’s husband, Yosef Abramowitz is also very well known here in Israel as a human rights activist, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a global social entrepreneur who was the first to commercially harvest solar energy in Israel
In this episode you will hear Susan speak about her work with the African refugees in Israel, about her home life growing up, and about how she thinks you should just adopt.

The links mentioned in today’s show:

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
Jerusalem African Community Center (JACC)
Just Adopt
Book: Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World
STUCK by Both Ends Burning

Thank you for listening today, I very much appreciate you!
Join the Club at

Have a great day,
And Stay Strong!!

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