The broad topic on this edition of The Enrichment Hour is women’s activism and women’s leadership from two very talented guests who walk somewhat different but possibly convergent trails. My guest in the first half hour of The Enrichment Hour is author, activist, blogger and actor Anita Finlay. Author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin, an explosive book about the continuing war on women, Anita chronicles Hillary Clinton’s sexism-plagued run in the 2008 presidential election, and the apparent denigration of women that continues until today. The book has been #1 on Amazon’s Women in Politics books for 16 weeks. And it is on the curriculum of Pasadena City College and a part of the Clinton Presidential Library. Anita is also a regular commentator on the top-rated Jerry Doyle Show, nationally syndicated to an audience of 8 million listeners per week; and America’s Radio News Network, and she’s a contributor to Epic Times. She is also a very prolific and popular blogger. As an actor and native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Anita Finlay has worked in television for over 20 years, recurring and guest starring on such network series as Perception, Castle, Brothers and Sisers, 24, Hannah Montan, Boston Legal, Gilmore Girls, Six Feet Under, Vanished (the list is too long to cite here). She spent seven years on The Young and the Restless as Dr. Nora Thompson and starred in a number of feature films and made-for-television movies. The list goes on and you’ll find the rest at her website, AnitaFinlay.com. Anita lives in Los Angeles with her husband David and their two children, Caruso and Midge.
My guest in the second half hour is Lisa A. Berkley, founder and president of PeaceLeadsUs, an organization that maintains, strengthens and builds peace through advisory and educational services and consultation, programs, workshops, seminars and trainings with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors). Lisa is also the president of WIIS West, the west coast chapter of a national organization called WIIS, Women in International Security, the only global network actively advancing women’s leadership at all stages of their careers in the international peace and security field. Their website is at www.wiiswest.org. Lisa is presently earning her PhD in the Leadership and Change Program at Antioch University, with a unique focus on peace leadership and changing consciousness. She is a member of the International Leadership Association, International Society of Political Psychology, and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Ms. Berkley is co-authoring a book chapter entitled Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: A Case Study of Israel/Palestine, to be included in the book currently titled, Women as Global Leaders, Volume III, which will be published by the International Leadership Association next year, in 2015. Now her credentials and experience are too long to cite here, but I will add that from 1999 through 2003, while living in Israel/Palestine during the Second Intifada, Berkley pioneered a variety of peace-building education and training programs. As the Founding Director of Joy of Life, she developed a groundbreaking series of original programs for the development of self-awareness and personal empowerment in the midst of conflict. This experience still informs her work today. Dedicated to further peace and security in the world, she integrates psychological understanding, emotional and spiritual intelligences, and cultural relevancy into the public, private and not-for-profits sectors of society. And her work has been written about in a number of Israel/Palestine, UK and US publications with worldwide distribution. Lisa’s native language is English. She is fluent in French and Italian, has an intermediate level of spoken and written Hebrew, and a working knowledge of Arabic.1 Anita Finlay