Rise and Rouse

Rise and Rouse is a deep exploration of what it means to give a damn and keep showing up to do hard work in the face of never-ending challenges. You’ll hear stories from folks who are on the front lines of social change about why they do their work, what keeps them hopeful, and how they avoid burning the fuck out. Each episode is a source of inspiration and a call to action for changemakers from all walks of life.

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Wednesday Dec 20, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
This time of year is a natural time to reflect and envision the future. As season two also comes to a close, Erin shares her thoughts on what has made organizing for change particularly challenging this year, and how we can look to the beauty and joy around us to keep the movement going.
Stay tuned for new episodes next year!

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
What holds back the emergence of your true confidence as a leader and change maker?
For this season finale, Erin is joined by Dr. Deena Brown, founder of The Leadershift Movement and author of the forthcoming book Confidence: Unmasking the Imposter Within. 
Deena believes that the ability to find our true power lies within us all, and she wants to help us learn how. In their conversation, Erin and Deena discuss the power of what Deena calls “the chrysalis phase” and what confidence in ourselves really means. 

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
Sometimes our failures turn into our biggest successes. 
This week, Erin is joined by Leah Krahl, senior director of strategy and innovation at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Leah believes that the success of an organization rests largely on its culture. 
In their conversation, Erin and Leah discuss building good workplace practices, how new perspectives can change our lives, and what failure can teach us. 
Innovation for Social Change by Leah Kral
Think Again by Adam Grant

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
In this episode of Rise and Rouse, Erin sits down with Alyssa Wright, a passionate advocate and founder of The Wright Collective, a community-based consulting agency. 
Alyssa discusses the importance of understanding different perspectives, tackling wealth inequality, and the need for culturally appropriate midwifery care. She also highlights the value of relationships, and the power of saying no to toxic contracts.

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
How does community involvement contribute to building a more inclusive and supportive community?
Today Erin is joined by Courtney Daniel, award-winning Administrative Professional at The Courtney Daniel Brand. Courtney is a powerhouse in her community, serving as vice chair of WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio and sits on the Advisory Panel for Arts in Reach. She also hosts the podcast and event series No To Patterns™, where she features BIPOC business owners, change-makers, and supporters of change. 
Erin and Courtney talk about community, equity, and what true belonging looks like. 
Being Black in a White State: What it Means to Belong

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
What does community-minded business look like?
Today Erin is joined by Logan Ares Snyder, owner and lead strategist at hasOptimization, a small business focused marketing agency based in central NH.
Throughout their conversation, Erin and Logan discuss the trials of launching a small business, what a supportive community looks like, and why holding room for understanding others is so important. Logan also shares their experience as a guardian ad litem at CASA of NH, and speaks to the reciprocal nature of belonging. 
Affirming Spaces Project

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
Where do you focus your fundraising efforts?
Today, Erin is joined by Sabrina Walker Hernandez, president and CEO of Supporting World Hope. With over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership, Sabrina shares her insights on the importance of building relationships in fundraising. 
Erin and Sabrina discuss the power of authenticity, the value of community support, and the transformational journey of supporting and empowering others.

Wednesday Oct 11, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
Do conversations around branding leave you feeling like the creativity has been squashed right out of you?
In this episode, Erin sits down with branding expert and designer Solveig “Petchy” Petch, who believes that building an impactful and profitable brand can be done without compromising your integrity or pretending to be someone you’re not.
Creator of the Brand It!™ framework, Petchy is interested in strategy, incorporating lived experiences, and tweaking ideal client profiles. In this conversation, she also shares her  journey as a quiet rebel in the industry and the importance of genuineness. Learn more about Petchy’s work at petchy.co and on the Brand It! with Petchy podcast.

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
What’s the best way to embed equity and justice in the core of your organization?
In this week’s episode, Erin welcomes guest Carol Hamilton as they delve into the complexities of equity and strategic planning. 
Carol helps nonprofit and association board, staff and key volunteers become more focused and aligned. She brings clarity to their purpose, strategic priorities and builds roadmaps to move forward through future opportunities and challenges.
Together, Erin and Carol present an insightful and thought-provoking conversation for anyone dedicated to building equitable and effective organizations.

Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

Welcome back to Rise and Rouse!
This week, Erin is joined by guests Nicole Meier and Perri Doll to discuss intentional parenting, anti-racism, and the challenges of balancing work and self-care. Nicole runs Vermont’s Hunter Education Program, and Perri joins us from Washington state where she she builds community with a special eye towards intersections of shame in both structural and embodied white supremacy
They dig into breaking gender norms, generational trauma, the importance of community in parenting, and share insights for creating a more inclusive and mindful approach to all areas of our lives.

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