In the Kitchen with Cathy Whims

January 12, 2017
Hosted by Laure Redmond

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In the food and restaurant industry, women don’t need the same courage as men. They need more. The Culinary Institute of America, the nation’s premier culinary school, didn’t accept women until 1970, but now 44% of its students (out of 3,000) are women. Leading the way for women is Portland, Oregon's Cathy Whims. She's considered a rockstar in a city that puts a high value and quality on their food scene. Cathy has been a leader in the restaurant world for over 30 years and is a six-time James Beard Award finalist. I can't wait to share the conversation with her and to learn more about her courage muscles.

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Laure Redmond

Laure Redmond is a world renowned Confidence Coach. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Feel Good Naked,” which was twice featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the TV host of “Feel Good Friday” on KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon and is the creator and master teacher of the popular movement program, “Stretch Appeal.” Laure is an inspired motivational speaker and workshop leader. Laure began her career in the fitness industry in the early 1980’s, eventually owning and operating one of New York City’s well-known establishments. She has endorsed dozens of impressive wellness products and has produced and starred in DVD workouts, including Mary Tyler Moore’s Everywoman's Workout. With more than 30 years as a dynamic mind/body/spirit leader, Laure has become one of the country’s most trusted experts. Laure maintains a private Coaching practice in the Pacific Northwest. She is also a proud mother, passionate dog lover and recreational painter.

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  • 1/26/2017: Back By Popular Demand: Carol Ferris / Astrology Listen Now
  • 1/19/2017: Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life Listen Now
  • 1/12/2017: In the Kitchen with Cathy Whims Listen Now
  • 1/5/2017: Breath and Self-Compassion in The New Year Listen Now

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