Stories Of Disruption

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the disruption Podcast is About Activating Big, Bold Change.

The Disruption Podcast is focused on creating big, bold change through the disruption of systems and institutions that cause harm to others and through disruption in your own personal life leading you to find pathways to your own purpose, freedom, and power. We believe that disruption in these spaces activates transformational impact across society.

We are Tracey Breeden and Michelle Pelton, the hosts of The Disruption Podcast. We are queer activists, passionate about driving change, who will share our personal stories of disruption with you and lead you through discussions with fellow disruptors, including other activists and advocates, leaders on the inside and outside of organizations, and notable friends and influencers. We hope to inspire and activate you towards the big, bold change that you want to see in yourself and in the world.  

We will dig deep into those personal stories and into pressing topics like creating safe spaces and belonging, advocating for social change through activism in the most difficult places, personal elevation and radical leadership through living authentically, and sex positivity. We’ll even talk about closing the orgasm gap! It can get pretty serious, but we’ll also love, laugh, and weave lightness into our time together. The truth is disruption of self and the systems that surround us is not easy, and often requires us to lay down our safety. It all begins with giving ourselves permission to take that first step into personal truth and power. Look around and know you are not alone. We and our fellow Disruptors are people from all walks of life on that journey with you. Get ready to disrupt! 

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Ep 12 Part 1: Disrupting Your Understanding of the Trans and Nonbinary Experience with Stacy Fatemi

06/27/23

As we close out a month meant to celebrate queerness worldwide, we are so excited to start a special 3-part series highlighting the T in LBGTQIA+ by sharing our conversation with the delightful and fabulously talented Stacy Fatemi! Stacy (they/them) is a trans, nonbinary educator who, after coming out as trans at age 17, began casually educating others to address a gap in knowledge about the gender spectrum and experiences that affected their everyday life. Now, at age 26, they do transgender trainings and workshops for organizations all around the country, with an added focus on nonbinary people and the issues they face, as co-founder of TNET.

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Ep 11: A Woman on Fire: A Personal Story of Disruption with Debbie Phillips

06/13/23

in this episode, we talk to Debbie Phillips, the inspiring founder of Women on Fire®, and also author, coach, and podcaster, about the value of community, how to feel confident in yourself when you aren’t supported by the people around you, and why the five people you keep closest to you should be the most influential in your life. Join us so you too can take in the inspiration that Debbie so freely and lovingly gave us during our time together.

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Ep 10: Disrupting Serial Sexual Assault: A Movement Toward Healing and Justice with Tracy DeTomasi featured image

Ep 10: Disrupting Serial Sexual Assault: A Movement Toward Healing and Justice with Tracy DeTomasi

05/30/23

On this episode of The Disruption Podcast, we are honored to have an insightful conversation with Tracy DeTomasi, CEO of Callisto, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending serial sexual assault one match at a time. Tracy has held leadership positions across the nonprofit sector over the past 20 years, where she has developed and implemented trauma-informed programming and curricula. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tracy’s extensive experience in the gender-based violence space gives her a deep understanding of the ecosystem of survivors, offenders, and allies that she uses to effect instrumental change regarding domestic violence laws, education, and understanding in the US and globally.

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Ep 8: Disrupting the Solo Women’s Travel Game with Dianni Hall

05/02/23

In this week’s episode, we are talking all things solo traveling as a woman with Dianni Hall! Dianni is a solo budget backpacker, podcaster, and freelancer who has been nomadic for almost four years! She started her journey with a solo trip to India and hasn’t stopped since. Dianni hosts the podcast, While She’s Away, where she interviews women on their travel experience and expertise to help them live their best lives exploring the world.

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Ep 7: Disrupting the Gender Binary with Calen Otto

04/18/23

In 2022, the Human Rights Campaign tells us more than 149 bills were introduced across 36 states targeting the transgender and gender non-conforming community. The numbers continue to climb in 2023. The most recent is an anti-drag bill passed in Tennessee that restricts drag performances in public or in the presence of children and bans them from occurring within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, and places of worship. This legislation is just one way that the man-made concept of the gender binary is forced on people, causing harm.

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EP 5: Disrupting Business By Supporting Women and LGBTQ+ Businesses

03/21/23

In this episode, Tracey and Michelle share a conversation, starting with some startling statistics around the lack of funding that goes to Women- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses and then dig into some of their favorite businesses to support in elevating the voices of Women and LGBTQ+ business owners and entrepreneurs.

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EP 4: Disrupting Domestic and Sexual Violence with Pamela Zaballa

03/07/23

In this episode of The Disruption Podcast, Tracey and Michelle are honored to be joined by Pamela Zaballa, CEO of NO MORE, a leading global nonprofit organization. NO MORE works tirelessly across sectors, industries, and organizations to end domestic and sexual violence by increasing awareness, inspiring action, and fueling culture change. With more than 1,700 allied organizations worldwide, NO MORE creates public awareness campaigns, educational resources, and community organizing tools available to everyone free of charge, and advises leaders in all sectors on responses and prevention.

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Ep 3 Part 2: Encouraging You to Use Your Personal Power

02/21/23

This second episode in our two-part series continues the conversation from Episode 3 Part 1. Here, Tracey dives deep into two personal stories that have shaped her journey and why she believes that utilizing our individual and powerful voice is so important.  In sharing these personal stories, Tracey talks about her coming out story and the pain and rejection that came with coming out and her realization that she could not be silent in order to “protect” others but rather had to live authentically to truly create safety and hope for herself and others. This is a discussion that highlights how the each of us can embrace our personal power and share that power with others.

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