In today’s episode:
“Everything you do and don’t do matters,” Fetterman says. “Your children want to see you happy. They do.”
Pennsylvania’s second lady, Gisele Fetterman, joins us on Empower by Example to tell you all about her work in communities across the state. Fetterman is an empathetic, compassionate and courageous entrepreneur, as well as mother and wife to Lt. Governor John Fetterman. The Fettermans are a Pittsburgh power couple and they mix initiatives, relationship building, optimism and their incredible work ethics to make drastic positive changes in their hometown of Braddock, in the city of Pittsburgh, and throughout Pennsylvania, county by county.
Gisele reminds us each day via social media that everyone — women, immigrants, LGBTQAI+ — is welcome in every space. She backed up this position by opening the pool at the Lt. Governor’s home in Harrisburg to the public this summer. We talked about her recommendations for children’s books that promote inclusiveness and diversity. You learn more using the hashtag #brattybedtimestories.
We both have connections to Philly, so I asked where Gisele is visiting when she is in town. She will be meeting with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) this week and headlining their Octoberfest event on Sunday, October 13th.
We discuss harm reduction, the stigma of addiction and Gisele’s support of Narcan. You can learn more about a supervised injection site that is opening in the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia.
Action Steps: Philadelphia, check out this page of actions you can take to help children in poverty at PCCY’s website.
If you are interested in learning more about the Free Store 15104 you can email email@example.com. Are you interested in working with The Hollander Project? You can reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some other initiatives that Gisele leads where she makes it easy to volunteer and make a difference in Pittsburgh.
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Laura Rock With a background in software and sales and marketing, Empower by Example host Laura Rock found that those skills did not translate easily to being a stay at home mom of two little kids. She tried network marketing, writing a blog and volunteering, but those endeavors did not fulfill her part time. In 2017 Laura founded The Rock Family Foundation to serve young women of color who are exiting foster care and other county run services. Going from for-profit sales to non-profit management was a huge switch, and Laura found ways to pull in the strategies and benchmarks from her past career into the private foundation. With an emphasis on collaboration and synergy The Rock Family Foundation attempts to build relationships between traditional funders and unconventional programming. And a central awareness campaign focusing on nonprofit leaders in urban PA became important to showcase those relationships, as did telling the stories of the young women transitioning to the next phases of their lives.
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