Episode 30: Angel Joy Blue #DontGiveUp

IT IS EPISODE 30. Thank you so much to all of the listeners out there who have made this possible! I am so thankful for each and everyone of you and for all of the kind messages I get every week about how much you love the show. To celebrate episode 30, I could not be prouder to bring you this next episode. It took months of coordination, overcoming technology, and extensive work for the Resonate Recordings team to bring you this episode, but alas it is here and I hope you love it as much as I loved creating it. Please welcome Angel Joy Blue to the show. Months ago, Angel was nominated by one of our listeners to be on the show and finally here she is! Angel is quickly establishing herself as one of the best singers of her generation, having performed in over 35 countries in the last 6 years in venues like the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and The Met and Carnegie Hall in New York, along with many, many others. Currently singing the role of Musetta in The Met's production of La Boheme, the stunning opera singer with her Masters in Music in Opera Performance from UCLA is recognized all over the world for her beautiful timbre and incredible stage presence. Angel and her mother co-founded a foundation called Sylvia's Kids, a foundation that gives a scholarship award to support an inner city high school senior graduating and continuing their studies at a trade school, community college, or four year university. But beyond all of that, she is simply a wonderful human and you will feel that in every word of this interview. At the top of the episode, we also have a quick hello from our new intern, Molly Peterson! Welcome to the team, Molly! Enjoy the episode, ya’ll. And thanks again for getting us to 30!

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Episode 28: Savvy Shields #RainMakesFlowers

Happy Wednesday! Its the best day of the week because its What We Do Wednesday (and its October 3rd AND Wednesday…if you know what I’m referring to, than you just know) and we have a new interview for you! Last week we had a Miss USA on and this week, we thought it would be only right if we balanced that out by having on a Miss America! Please welcome none other than Mrs. Savvy Shields Wolfe to the show. Savvy was Miss America 2017 and I'm so proud to call her a Miss America Sister. Born and raised in Fayetteville Arkansas, Savvy, an art major at the University of Arkansas, spent her year as Miss America advocating for healthy life decisions with "Savvy's Choices", woking with CMN Hospitals, the USO, and much, much more. Savvy just got married and is literally living her best life with her new husband Nate. She continues to crush the social media game and is releasing some original art work soon! Today we are covering a lot, including her tips and tricks for social media, married life and planning a wedding, some of her big challenges leading up to and during Miss America, her favorite moments from the experience, mental health and dealing with our mental health in a positive way, and her hopes for the future! Please enjoy the episode!


Episode 27: Kristen Dalton Wolfe #TheSparkleEffect

Hello What We Doers! This week WWD welcomes Kristen Dalton Wolfe to the show! Kristen is a former Miss USA who helps women step into the radiance of their true identity. Since Miss USA, Kristen has used her passion for women coupled with her degree in Psychology to launch SheisMore.com, a faith blog to spread the truth that every woman is royalty. 400,000 readers are impacted every month by the site. Kristen and her husband are based in Los Angeles and run men and women’s ministries, retreats and conferences. They speak regularly in churches, conferences, events and universities. Kristen is also a TV host with her own nationally syndicated show and you may also see her in global print and commercial campaigns. Kristen is the author of Rise Up, Princess: 60 Days To Revealing Her Royal Identity and Rise Up With God: The Guided Journal. Her next book, The Sparkle Effect is coming soon! Today on the episode, Kristen and Kira discuss Kristen's road to and after Miss USA, her life based in faith, a spirited discussion on relationships, religion, and overcoming anxiety, the joys and challenges of being a new mom, launching a book product, and much more! Please enjoy!


Episode 26: KellyHawkins #TheDailyRally

Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of WWD! This week we are welcoming Kelly Hawkins to the show. Now like me and like many of us, Kelly is in the early stages of starting her very own venture called The Daily Rally. Kelly has worked for ESPN, ESPNU, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, the Jacksonville Jaguars and many others. After college she went to the PGA TOUR to serve as a reporter and producer which is how we met. Now Kelly is bringing her sports wisdom to the masses and providing fun content for guys and girls alike in a super witty and charming way. If any of you out there want to be better sports fans or just want to know what the heck is going on out there, you have to subscribe to The Daily Rally. For now, Kelly is sharing some of the lessons she’s learned along the way and giving a really relatable take on being an early stage female entrepreneur. Please enjoy!


Episode 25: Divya Gugnani #WanderBeauty

This week, WWD welcomes Divya Gugnani to the show! A serial entrepreneur and early stage startup investor, Divya is the CEO and cofounder of Wander Beauty, and Divya started her career in finance and venture capital. She's also quite the home chef, having graduated from the French Culinary Institute, truly a woman of many talents. Today on the show, we're talking advice for female entrepreneurs, employment tips, how to pivot in the face of failure, Divya's journey from a "normal" career to entrepreneurship, what it's like to experience "hypergrowth" and sell a company, and just really good life advice that everybody needs. So I hope you enjoy the episode!


Episode 24: We Back #MissedYa

Hello WWD fam! We are so excited to be BACK after a much needed summer break. Hopefully everyone has had a super productive and bad ass summer and of course a ton of fun in the sun. Ok so this week, Kira is just getting reacquainted with you all and touching on some of her summer experiences. We're telling a few road warrior stories anddddd also mentioning some Miss America drama thoughts. Basically we all just need to love each other and support the 51 women competing for the title of Miss America over the next few weeks. We don't get too into the details but if you want to know more, you can go to instagram @kirakazantsev to read the statement posted last week. Please take a listen, subscribe, and maybe even go nuts and leave us a comment!! As always, send in your questions, comments, compliments, etc. to info@whatwedo.live. See you next week!

 Keeping the Miss A excitement alive with this photo as the contestants are arriving in AC and this time of year always makes me nostalgic!

Keeping the Miss A excitement alive with this photo as the contestants are arriving in AC and this time of year always makes me nostalgic!

Episode 23: Gretchen Carlson #ByeByeBikini

This week, What We Do is a little off our normal routine because the Miss America Organization dropped some bombshell news that naturally shook our little world and made national news headlines. That's right, MAO is retiring the swimsuit competition and there are lots of feelings about that. Here to talk about those feelings and much more is Gretchen Carlson. Gretchen is a TV personality, Author, Mom, Advocate, Former Miss America, and the Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. I put it to my instagram followers to submit questions for Gretchen on the new changes and I got some amazing questions that resulted in a great conversation. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. We are clarifying some misconceptions, clearing up the confusion and doing a lot of explanation of what went into this decision. If you enjoy the episode or if you have any other questions please DM me @whatwedopodcast or send an email to info@whatwedo.live. Enjoy!


Episode 22: Bethany Coates #BreakLine


Bethany Coates is the CEO & Founder of BreakLine. BreakLine is an education and employment company that builds an affordable path to compelling careers. The company is currently focusing on careers for Veterans. Prior to founding BreakLine, Bethany was an Assistant Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she led global and social impact education. Her work included establishing Stanford business education throughout the world, including China, Europe, India, Mexico, and South America. Bethany co-led the creation of a GSB program that provides entrepreneurship education to Post-9/11 Veterans. She also developed case studies and curricular content used by Stanford GSB today. Prior to her time at Stanford, Bethany was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. a leading global management consulting firm. She earned her BA from Princeton University, and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bethany and her team are truly making a difference in the lives of Veterans. Today she is sharing about her lessons learned in entrepreneurship, building a business, success stories, finding your path, and more. 


Episode 21: Kelli O'Hara #RootForYourFriends

Hello listeners! It is Episode 21 and WWD is so excited to welcome Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara to the show! The Tony award winning actress from Elk City, OK has graced the stage in iconic productions like The King and I, South Pacific, Jekyll and Hyde, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and countless others. From Broadway to Opera at the Met to roles on the silver screen, Kelli has truly done it all and continues to be a force in the industry. Today, we're talking about her journey through the competitive world of show business, what it took to make it, being from a small town and moving to New York City, her most memorable roles, advice for those that want to follow in her footsteps, and much more. Listeners should also be proud that I didn't fan girl TOO hard over Kelli. Enjoy!