The interviews feature CEO’s, and people who are leaders in their field and in their communities… people who are working to build their businesses and/or working to create positive change. On The Deciders, people share their stories and offer practical insights into their successes and their challenges, their struggles and achievements.

The future of California depends on the potential of our children | Camille Maben

November 12th, 2019|Camille Maben|

First 5 CALIFORNIA has been a leading advocate for children in California for over 20 years. Camille Maben (Executive Director of First 5 California) shares the history of how tobacco taxes fund improvements in education quality for pre-schools daycare centers and community organizations taking care of our precious future CALIFORNIA leaders.

As a leader in advocating for parents, teachers and CBO’s focused on families of children 0-5, First 5 CA has informed the state’s leaders on policies and programs that help kids flourish. Governor Newsom has shown a remarkable commitment to early education – listen and find out what that means for your family.

Fraser developed the Talk. Read. Sing. Campaign for First 5 CA in 2014. It is a nationally known, award winning program, that has educated patents and actively engaged them in activities that improve children’s brains. Beyond this campaign, First 5 have distributed 5 million kits for new parents – providing helpful information and resources regarding the well-being of newborns. In addition, the program runs a traveling public education and outreach exhibit called ‘First 5 Express’. This exhibit travels around every county in the state throughout the year, providing opportunities for in-person engagement and education.

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What is The Governor doing to help our children, and what is it doing for you? | Erin Gabel

November 12th, 2019|Erin Gabel|

Erin Gabel is the Deputy Director of External and Governmental affairs for First 5 California. In her role she recommends, develops, helps implement, and promote public policy related to early childhood education, and the other strategic goals of First 5 California. First 5 California advocates for the strong start all children deserve (with an emphasis on pre-natal to age 5).

Leadership in all three branches of government are rallying around the importance of early childhood -and how they need both strong families, and strong bootstraps to pull themselves up in life, and prevent the achievement gap we see in our K12 schools. Governor Newsom is matching the commitment we’ve already seen from the Speaker of the Assembly, and leaders in the Senate, around the importance of early childhood – ranging from prenatal care for all mothers, to early childhood education, and child health support.

Governor Newsom has committed 2 billion dollars to early childhood development. He has made it clear that Talk. Read. Sing. is his agenda, and that he believes every child deserves to have the opportunities that they need in the first 5 years of life to succeed. He is looking at new programs, as well as broadening existing initiatives. Listen in to the podcast to learn about these, including:

– Home visiting (parent coaching immediately following birth)

– Improvements to the medical care system (and how we’re taking care of mothers, families, and children in the post partum period)

– Early detection of developmental delays (70% of which aren’t discovered until kindergarten)

– Basic affordability of children, and the broadening of tax breaks

What role do companies play in this more divisive political environment? | Allen Adamson

November 12th, 2019|Allen Adamson|

Our guest today, Allen Adamson (Metaforce) is an expert in branding and marketing, and co-author of the book “Shift Ahead: How the best companies stay relevant in a fast changing world”.

When performing research for his Forbes column, Allen discovered whether to get involved in political dialogue or not, is one question the marketing department should pass on. Marketers are trying to figure out what customers think is right, and in a divisive political climate, asking customers is a difficult prospect because you’re going to disenchant a certain portion of your customers regardless of the stance. Allen suggests looking inside, rather than outside. Patagonia for example, has clearly defined values, and they are self-aware enough to be able to step out and express them. This made it easy, when national parks were threatened, to buy them up and have a clear point of view. This also tied in nicely with the fact they sell outdoor gear. Unfortunately, other companies develop values in a different time and place, where the words are very nice but they don’t express how they should act. Get your employees aligned, and find out what matters to them.

Expressing company values has to be a genuine, authentic and long term effort. It has to be strategically thought through, and implemented over the long term – not a knee jerk reaction. That is why Patagonia comes across as authentic. It’s been a twenty year effort; protecting the environment through recycling clothing, how they ship clothing etc. It’s a multi-faceted effort across everything they do. They live those values. The employees are also real believers in the values of the company. Sometimes that even means turning down big opportunities that don’t align with your values.

What is the pathway to getting more women on boards? | Betsy Berkhemer-Clayton

November 12th, 2019|2020WOB, Betsy Berkhemer Credaire|

Our guest this week, Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, is president and co-founder of executive search firm Berkhemer-Clayton – placing high profile candidates in corporations (and non-profits) across the country. Betsy is also CEO of a national non-profit – 2020 Women on Boards, and spearheaded California legislature SBA26, which mandated that publicly traded companies in CA must include 1 woman on their board in 2019, two in 2020, and three in 2021. Lastly, Betsy is author of the books ‘The Board Game’ and ‘Winning the Board Game: How Women Corporate Directors Make the Difference’.

Betsy and Renee are co-hosts of the 2020 Women on Boards event, taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles on November 22nd from 11:30am – 2pm. Sign up for the event at Tickets are $250 per seat.

2020 Women on Boards is a nationwide campaign (now global), educating women on how to get themselves onto, and how to strategically network, to be recommended for corporate boards. Research by both McKinsey and Credit Suisse shows that if women are on their boards – especially when there are at least three women – they are significantly more profitable and productive. We have seen a significant increase in the number of women on boards in the last year – from 17.7% nationwide to 20.4% of all the board seats in the Russell 3000.

When women are in the board room, the dialogue changes. Betsy recommends being seen in action as a powerful businesswoman; who brings digital marketing, HR, or a cyber security background, that most boards haven’t had previously. Because of the emphasis on having women on boards, the nominating members are looking for new board members who bring genuine added value to the board. Regardless of your background (e.g. if you’re an attorney), if you want to be on a board, you must have financial and business knowledge. Sit on an audit or finance committee and understand the numbers. Going to events such as the 2020 Women on Boards: Get on Board workshop – taking place at The City Club in Los Angeles, on January 24th – can also help you learn the skills you need to stand out from the crowd.

Building an Advertising Campaign | “The Good Guys of Advertising” – Fraser Communications

October 29th, 2019|First5, Fraser Communications|

What is the process of building an advertising campaign by the “Good Guys of Advertising” – Fraser Communications?

Today we talk to three key members of the Fraser team: Ilene Prince (Sr Vice President and Director of Client Services), Mollie Bauer (Director of Consumer Engagement), and Bruce Dundore (Creative Director).

Fraser Communications achieved 87% Awareness of the First 5 California, “Talk. Read. Sing.” Campaign. Of those, over 90% say they Talk, Read, and Sing to their children (5 and under) more because of the campaign. These campaigns are making a real difference to people’s lives. Research has shown that; for every dollar you invest early in childhood development, you can get up to eight dollars back, due to higher productivity, lower incarceration rates, lower teen pregnancy rates etc.

The team wanted parents and children to connect with the First 5 California song – so they created a memorable jingle – with the hope that it would be the children themselves who pushed the parents to read to them. Creating this connection with the children, was further deepened with the addition of creatures that personified each of the three pillars of the campaign. The Parrot for Talking, The Owl for Reading, and the Songbird for Singing. To make the advertisement even more memorable, the song was written by the songwriters from the first two Lego movies. Incredible, the writers even managed to include the URL in the song, which was pivotal in making the URL more memorable.

In the Talk Read Sing campaign, Fraser were charged with telling people about brain science – specifically the fact that the brain is developing at an early age, and that you develop about 90% of the physical brain by age 5 (80%-85% by age 3). Because the brain is developing at such a fast rate when they are young, parents and caregivers should Talk. Read. Sing to them. Focus Groups gave initial feedback that they understood the brain science, but they just wanted to know what to do. Fraser took out the rational part, and still told the brain science – but after the Talk. Read. Sing. Clients often want to lead with the rational, but the team has learned to lead with the emotion that people can connect with, and then give them the rational facts that support it.

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Can people do more to support the homeless in their communities? | Marilyn Wells

October 18th, 2019|Marilyn Wells|

Can people do more to support the homeless in their communities?

This week on The Deciders, Renee Fraser talks to a woman who says yes we can. She is Marilyn Wells, a philanthropist and an advocate for ending homelessness and she says if we all support new housing projects to provide shelter for the homeless we can combat the ‘not in my neighborhood’ thinking that prevents housing projects from being built.

She began by creating story telling events called ‘Stories from the Frontlines’ that feature people who have experienced homelessness and who talk about how gaining housing has changed their lives. Then she partnered these events with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and together they have created a program called Everyone In. This program hopes to move the needle in gaining community support for much needed new housing. These events with real stories from the frontlines hope to break the myths and stereotypes about homeless people.


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How can a doctor get addicted to opioids? | Travis Rieder

September 27th, 2019|Travis Rieder|


Following a horrific motorcycle accident, requiring six surgeries – Travis Rieder found himself stuck in the loop of opioid use. Travis subsequently wrote a book titled ‘In Pain’, detailing his experience as a patient being prescribed opioids, as well as research into why it’s so difficult to escape the cycle of opioid use.

On this episode of the Deciders, Travis discusses how many physicians didn’t see it as their job to help people get off the medication they prescribed. “We are comfortable getting people onto them, but not comfortable managing them over the long term, and then getting patients off of them”

Amazingly, the average number of hours spent in medical school on pain medication is less than 10. Many medical schools don’t require any pain classes at all, but as soon as you become a physician, you get an unrestricted PDA license and you can prescribe very dangerous/risky opioids. Among physicians, there is actually very little understanding of pharmacology.


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The Opioid Epidemic | Dr Gary Tsai

September 27th, 2019|Dr. Gary Tsai|

We have all heard about the ‘Opioid Epidemic’, but you may be surprised by the scope of the issue: Astonishingly, almost 6 out of 10 prescriptions written by health care providers are for opioids.

Thankfully, in recent years – medical practitioners, and local government have taken steps to attempt to alleviate some of the problems associated with the over prescription, and abuse of opioids.  Critically, people can now get help with addiction treatment, via MAT (medications for addiction treatment) – that improves the likelihood people can stop using opioids for chronic pain.

The Department of Public Health chose Fraser Communications to create and implement a fully integrated awareness campaign, throughout LA county – consisting of digital, social, radio, TV and outdoor promotions.

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If you, or anybody you know are struggling with opioid use, you can get more information at: 

American Physical Therapy Association. (2019). 7 Staggering Statistics About America’s Opioid Epidemic. [online] Available at:

LA County Opioid Public Health Campaign | Rachel Tyree & Bruce Dundore

September 27th, 2019|Bruce Dundore, Rachel Tyree|

Every 11 minutes, someone in America dies from opioid overdose.

This week on The Deciders, we talk with Rachel Tyree (Communications Director at the LA County Public Health Department), and Bruce Dundore (Creative Director at Fraser Communications) about a new LA County Public Health campaign. The campaign was  developed by Fraser Communications, and designed to help people addicted to Opioids.

We have all heard about the ‘Opioid Epidemic’, but you may be surprised by the scope of the issue. Astonishingly, almost 6 out of 10 prescriptions written by health care providers are for opioids.

In this episode, Rachel also discusses the concerns associated with Fentanyl (a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin), which are often cut into opioids purchased on the street.  It has been well publicized in the last 24 hours that well known rapper, Mac Miller (26 years old) died of an overdose in late 2018 due to this very process. Mac Miller was sold counterfeit oxycodone pills, laced with fentanyl.

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If you, or anybody you know are struggling with opioid use, you can get more information at: 



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American Physical Therapy Association. (2019). 7 Staggering Statistics About America’s Opioid Epidemic. [online] Available at:


Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Betsy Butler

September 27th, 2019|Betsy Butler|


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. The Violence Against Women Act provided $1.6 billion towards investigating and prosecuting violent crimes against women, allocated resources towards specialized police training, established a network of resources for survivors of abuse, provided protection for women across the nation, amongst many other things. The Act was established in 1994 under Bill Clinton, and has been reauthorized several times, until it recently stalled in The Senate (despite being passed by The House of Representatives).

California Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the potential of women through litigation, policy advocacy, and education. The law center is also involved with the Handbags of Hope campaign, which collects new (or gently used) handbags, filled with toiletries and personal care items. Contributors may include a $15 gift certificate for underwear and other essentials. These handbags are distributed to women escaping domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and poverty. If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause, you can bring donations to 360 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245 before October 11th, or drop them off on October 12th at the LASD Youth Center at 11911 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044. There are many other participating cities across America.


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California Women’s Law Center –  

National Domestic Violence Hotline – or call 800 779-7233

Family Justice Centers – 

Handbags of Hope Across America – or call 1-323-863-3747

Obtaining a restraining order against an abusive partner




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Are we making progress on solutions for homelessness in Los Angeles? | Elise Buik

June 25th, 2019|Elise Buik United Way|

On The Deciders with Renee Fraser this week is Elise Buik, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The homeless crisis in Los Angeles is a housing crisis. Although we have seen a 12% increase in homelessness this year, there is hope. With help from Elise and her program Everyone In, there are 3,000 housing units in the construction pipeline and 21,000 homeless housed in 2018 alone. Fighting NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), this program helps to lift the hidden stories of progress, activate residents to stand up for housing in every neighborhood and keep up the political pressure for real solutions in all parts of L.A. County.

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“I come first” Why that works? | Ashley Merrill

June 18th, 2019|Ashley Merrill|

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Ashley Merrill is the founder and CEO of a luxury sleep ware company Lunya. Using the benefits of performance clothing, she designs luxury sleepwear that is sexy but also restorative and comfortable. Boldly, Lunya uses the tagline “I come first.” Ashley explained this is about women putting themselves first and sexual innuendo.

Ashley is passionate about business. When she started running the business out of her house, she needed to hire people who she describes as the “swiss army knives” of people…people who can do everything. They are still with Lunya today – adapting even further.

Ashley’s mission is to make women’s lives better and designs her products to do just that.

Social Media, Love it or Hate it? | Jeff Howitt

June 18th, 2019|Jeff Howitt|

A recent poll for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News concluded Americans hate social media but they can’t or won’t give it up.

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Jeff Horwitt, one of the researchers who conducted that poll about the surprising findings. 82% say social media wastes our time and 55% say it spreads falsehoods but at the same time 70% report they check in once a day or more often.

The survey found Americans are struggling with social media and they want more government regulation. 57% say social media divides us, and 42% say they’ve made an effort to limit their time on social media.

The poll found that discomfort with social media is in all groups surveyed but highest among men, older people, Republicans, and supporters of President Trump.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your personal love story became a successful multi-million dollar international business? | Rosie O’Neill

June 4th, 2019|Rosie O'Neill, Sugarfina|

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Rosie O’Neill about how a movie date became the inspiration for Sugarfina, the luxury candy company for adults. Rosie and her partner created the company which now has an active online business and 40 retail stores in the U.S. and 2 in Hong Kong. They spent two years taste testing to find the best artisanal candy makers for their handcrafted luxury candies. They revived the lost art of high quality candies made by small batch candy makers around the world, some whose families have been making candy for centuries. Sugarfina has been named one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies and Rosie credits some of their multi-million dollars success to being very clear about their brand, keeping that small boutique feeling, and a philosophy that no idea is too crazy.

Sugarfina has been so successful they are able to give back by supporting KIVA an international organization that provides loans to women to help them grow businesses providing a reliable source of income for their families and their communities.


Is there a way to get involved and help people transition out of homelessness and gain employment? | Brit Moore Gilmore

June 4th, 2019|Brit Moore Gilmore|

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Brit Moore Gilmore, a woman who’s president of a company called ‘The Giving Keys’. They create inspirational jewelry and 100% of their production staff are people transitioning out of homelessness. Since they started the company they’ve employed over 120 formerly homeless people and have generated $5 million in revenues as they provide a living wage for people, and full benefits.

The company has been so successful in transforming peoples’ lives and creating a path to success for homeless people by helping people move up in their company or helping them gain other skills so they can find other jobs or in many cases, peole are able to start their own businesses. Their model has been so successful that they’re creating a toolkit to help and encourage other businesses and employers to join them in helping to create jobs for people who are homeless and give them a path to succeed.

Instagram photos and stories @thegivingkey

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be president of a large division? | Janet Lamkin

May 21st, 2019|Janet Lamkin|

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be president of a large division?

This week on the Deciders we talk to United Airlines President of California, Janet Lamkin, she shares her secrets of success.

Along the way in her career, earlier as California president of the Bank of America, and now as United’s President, Janet has also been a champion of women in leadership roles and she is working with United Way on an initiative called Empower HER to help women from all walks of life develop leadership skills so they can help make a difference in their own communities and spur social change.

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What’s the next chapter in my life going to be and how do I create it? | Nora Plesent

May 15th, 2019|Nora Plesent|

Ever wondered ‘What’s Next’…what’s the next chapter in my life going to be and how do I create it?

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to an accomplished professional woman who has been a lawyer for over 30 years and is still a managing partner at a legal staffing firm got to a point in her life when she wondered ‘What’s Next’. So after taking stock of her life and trying to figure out ‘what’s next’ Nora Plesent decided to become a meditation teacher and she is now hosting events for women to meditate and create and experience supportive opportunities. It’s called The Gathering, and she hosts events are small and always focused on bringing out the best in people. She says she’s a nurturer by nature and these ‘gatherings’ create a safe nurturing space and allow women to experience the magic to be inspired.

Why Mobile Phones & Social Media Play Such an Important Role in our Lives? | Dr. Marc Milstein

May 15th, 2019|Dr. Marc Milstein|

Have You Ever Wondered Why Mobile Phones and Social Media Play Such an Important Role in our Daily Lives?

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser explores new research about how digital media and screens affect our brains and our emotional well-being. In fact, Dr. Marc Milstein says frequently checking our phones is compelling to our brain because there’s an element of surprise and the anticipation of an unpredictable reward. He also says we should know that neuroscientists are hired to make social media sites and games addictive.

New research also says that social media and technology are contributing to loneliness and depression in teens because when they follow people on social media they often feel like everyone else is having a better time than I am.

Dr. Marc Milstein often lectures on the latest scientific and health research.

Why It’s Vital to Talk, Read and Sing to Babies and Young Children | George Halvorson

May 15th, 2019|First Five, George Halvorson|

The State of California has a $500 million dollar a year budget from tobacco taxes that’s called First Five and it’s aimed squarely at early childhood brain development. That’s because in the first 100 days of life a newborn child’s brain is still developing.

The First Five Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read and sing to young children because that changes everything. In the first 3 years children learn vocabulary and are learning ready and much more likely to succeed in school. By age 4, any neurons in the brain that haven’t been activated and used are purged, and it’s very hard if not impossible to get them back.

Renee Fraser talks to George Halvorson Chair of the First Five Commission about why First Five gives away a million books a year, and you can go to the First Five website and get their free kit for parents.

The FREE Kit for New Parents includes the Advice for New Parents DVD, Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel book, Resource Guide, and much more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

How a Small Medical Clinic Grew into a Full Service Medical Facility | Debra Farmer

May 15th, 2019|Debra Farmer, Westside Family Health Center|

Do you ever think about what happens to people who need medical care but don’t have any money or insurance?

Well many of these people end up receiving high quality medical care at the Westside Family Health Center and its President and CEO for the past 20 years, Debra Farmer is on the verge of expanding both the physical location and the number of services they can provide to better serve patients.

Providing high quality care to patients who often have no way of paying is no easy task…48% of their clients have no way to pay for health care, yet the Westside Family Health Center has been named one of the top 67 health clinics in the country. Debra says one of the keys to their success has been to create a team effort so patients feel empowered to make their own decisions about their health care.

Renee Fraser talks to Debra Farmer about the expansion of the Westside Family Health Center and their fund raising efforts so they can continue to serve a marginalized population of people who need health care, this week on The Deciders.


Some Women Just Keep Creating New Businesses | Renee Claire Bertrand

April 18th, 2019|Renee Claire Bertrand|

Do you ever wonder what it takes to build a successful business not just once but several times?

It takes not only a vision and determination but finding and partnering with people who can help execute the vision. That’s what Renee Claire Bertrand says was one of the keys to her success as the founder of Bedhead Pajamas, a company that for 20 years created, manufactured and sold high end pajamas. Renee had a vision to retire at 60 and sold the company. She also sold the building she bought to house the company, and buying that building she says is the smartest thing she ever did…it has allowed her to ride off into the sunset, so to speak…

But instead of retirement, Renee bought an art deco building near USC and is renovating it into an art gallery and a rental fashion studio space. She also bought 100 acre’s in Mendocino where she’s creating an organic farm.

Renee Fraser will explore how her experience of 20 years as head of Bedhead Pajamas led to new business ventures, this week on The Deciders.

Some People Just Have To Change The World | Gloria Allred

April 11th, 2019|Gloria Allred Lawyer, Lawyer|

It’s not everyone who has the power and the skills to actually change the world but this week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to a woman who will soon be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame…an honor that recognizes American Women whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history…that woman is Gloria Allred. Famed civil rights lawyer, feminist advocate and activist.

Over the course of her career her law firm has handled more women’s rights cases than any other private firm in the country and she’s won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims.

This week on The Deciders, Renee explores what Gloria Allred calls ‘The age of empowerment for women seeking justice’.


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Why Women Keep Getting Discriminated Against And How To Stop It | Kathy Spillar

April 5th, 2019|Feminist Majority Foundation, Kathy Spillar|

What stands in the way of equity in pay for women and fair rates for insurance? Learn about this on The Deciders.

Did you know that women do not have constitutional equality in the U.S.?

That’s because the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution guaranteeing women equality has still not passed. That allows employers consistently to underpay women. This week on The Deciders, Renee Fraser talks to Kathy Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation and of Ms. Magazine.

One more state is needed to ratify the amendment but, there is a time limit standing in the way. And there are powerful lobbying forces fighting the equal rights amendment. Renee Fraser will explore why this amendment has had such a tough time getting passed on The Deciders.

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How To Capture The World’s Largest Consumer Market | Bridget Brennan

March 26th, 2019|Bridget Brennan, Women Consumers|

A leading authority on the world’s most powerful consumers provides strategic advice about how to gain new customers by recognizing the world’s largest consumer market – Women. The secret to tapping into this market and how to win women’s business isn’t about excluding men it’s about excluding stereotypes and elevating the customer experience.

Author of Winning Her Business, Bridget Brennan discusses how women provide 80% of the buying power and influence that drive the consumer economy and provides suggestions about how businesses can tap into this enormous market.

For businesses to attract this enormous market, they need to upgrade the customer experience for women with a motivators’ framework. This includes connecting to female customers, inspiring them to buy from you, helping them feel confident in their decision, and making them feel appreciated and engaged.

Tune in to hear Renee Fraser explore how to upgrade the customer experience and tap into this growing international market on The Deciders with Bridget Brennan.

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Twitter: @bridgetbrennan

Instagram: @bridgetbrennaninsights

How To Access Free Legal Help At #TIMESUP: Sharyn Tejani

March 19th, 2019|Sharyn Tejani, TIMESUP|

If you’ve been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace you know how tough it is to report that experience or to fight it legally. But #TIMESUP is the initiative that connects people who have experienced workplace sexual harassment with legal and media assistance.

The Time’s Up Legal Defense fund has $24 million dollars for legal defense, especially for low wage workers who face many obstacles including retaliation for fighting sexual harassment.

On this episode of The Deciders with Renee Fraser, Ph.D., Renee finds out how the fund works and how you can access legal help as she speaks with the Director of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, Sharyn Tejani. Sharyn is an expert on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Website for the National Women’s Law Center:

To initiate contact with a funded lawyer:

If you have questions email

Phone for legal help: 202 319-3053

Sometimes One Person Really Can Change The World: Rene Jones

March 13th, 2019|Rene Jones, UTA|

Sometimes One Person Really Can Change the World

Often we ask ourselves is it really possible for one person to create change in the world? On the Decider’s Renee’s guest is an example that some of us really can create positive changes in the world. She is Rene Jones, she’s the Founding Director and Global Head of Philanthropy at United Talent Agency, a global media, talent and literary agency.

She’s created programs inside UTA for employees to contribute to positive changes and she travels the world with celebrity clients interested in issues like disaster relief, gender equity and mentoring programs. She’s infused philanthropy into the culture of the company and with them, is an example of how corporations can help create positive change in the world.

Tune in as Renee Fraser finds out how Rene Jones, has become a leader in the international corporate social responsibility space.

A New Foundation to Help Girls and Young Women: Shaun Robinson

March 6th, 2019|S.H.A.U.N. Foundation, Shaun Robinson|

You want to help improve the lives of girls and young women and help provide them with access to new opportunities but you aren’t a multi-millionaire, how can you help?

Our guest on The Deciders is Shaun Robinson, who spent 16 years as co-host and correspondent on Access Hollywood. She has created a foundation that partners with small and medium sized non-profits to help protect girls and young women by providing them with new opportunities.

The S.H.A.U.N. Foundation is an acronym of her name. The S stands for STEM, helping girls get involved in science and technology. The H stands for Health, not just healthy eating and exercise but the idea of helping girls understand how to set boundaries in relationships so they are safe. The A stands for Arts and how to help girls be involved in the arts. The U stands for Unity, helping girls advocate worldwide through programs like Girl Up as part of the U.N. and the N stands for Neighborhood and she has sponsored human trafficking panels across the country to help girls understand how human trafficking works and how to avoid dangerous situations.

Learn about the organizations she vets and funds on The Deciders with Renee Fraser, PhD. as she discusses the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation with founder Shaun Robinson.

Learn more about Shaun and the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation here:

Hope For Families Struggling To Survive Homelessness: Jill Bauman and Jennifer Nickerson

February 25th, 2019|ImagineLA, Jennifer Nickerson, Jill Bauman|

Would it surprise you to know that 53,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless and one third of those are families and young adults? How can you personally make a difference in homelessness in LA? Our guest, Jill Bauman, tackles that reality daily as President and CEO of Imagine LA…an organization that is dedicated to ending the cycle of family homelessness and chronic poverty through providing a variety of services to help stabilize families.

According to Jill, homelessness is like the tip of the iceberg, there is so much under the surface. Families need many resources to help in the struggle to end their poverty. The magic of Imagine LA is in their volunteer mentors who work with families to build sustainable successes. One of the mentor partners is Jennifer Nickerson from City National Bank. They provide financial wellness information to help people by providing tools for budgeting and banking for people to succeed.

Tune in this Saturday, February 23rd at 5:30pm on KABC radio when Renee Fraser, PhD. explores the challenges of ending chronic poverty and homelessness one family at a time.

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They’re Always Ready to Help: Jarrett Barrios

February 19th, 2019|American Red Cross, Community, Jarrett Barrios|

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer or get your company connected, here is a great option. From wildfires to flooding, if you or your community ever experience a disaster of any kind, the one team you want on your side is the American Red Cross. This fall they have been busy supplying disaster relief, but they also provide other services including disaster preparedness education, a program called sound the alarm that installs fire alarms in homes, veteran programs, and volunteer opportunities in communities across the city and around the world.

This week on The Deciders, our guest is Jarrett Barrios, the CEO of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.



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Aspirational Investing: Joe Sanberg

February 6th, 2019|Investing, Joe Sanberg|

How would you like a financial institution for banking and investments that has no fees but lets you decide what to pay them for their services? It’s an online service that helps you match you saving and spending with your values – where you can decide through their app how you want to spend your money. The online service is called Aspiration, and its’ co-founder is Joe Sanberg.

On The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Joe Sanberg about his company, Aspiration, and how it delivers financial services that he says will empower people to match their money and investments with their values.

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Investing in Yourself: Nadia Allaudin

December 29th, 2018|Nadia Allaudin, Women in Business|

What better gift than investing in yourself? This is one of many goals of Women, Wealth and Wisdom, a conference founded 12 years ago by Nadia Allaudin to bring women together to share stories and encourage taking risks, especially about money and investing. Nadia is a wealth advisor who encourages women to follow their instincts and was named Investment News’ 20 Women to Watch in 2018. On The Deciders, Nadia offers suggestions to help women become comfortable and confident investors.

What Millennials are Teaching Leaders: Susan Inouye

December 22nd, 2018|Susan Inouye, Women in Business|

What would change if everyone, especially your millennial employees showed up each day feeling valued and excited about contributing their gifts to the success of the organization? Renee Fraser, PhD interviews Executive Coach Susan Inouye about her amazing successes bringing Sawubona (Zulu for “I see you”) Leadership, now in over 30 countries, into the corporate world as documented in her best-selling book, “Leaderships Perfect Storm: What Millennials Are Teaching Us About Possibilities, Passion, and Purpose.”

Wise & Healthy Aging: Mollie Davies

December 15th, 2018|Mollie Davies|

The aging population brings with it complex physical, mental, and financial issues. Serving this community through programs and protective services is just one way that organizations like WISE & Healthy Aging are addressing these issues. Listen to hear from Molly Davies, LCSW, Vice President, Elder Abuse Prevention and Ombudsman Services at WISE & Healthy Aging on how they are providing education, training, peer counseling, help with abuse, and so much more to those over fifty.

Changing Unconscious Bias at Work: Iris Bohnet

December 8th, 2018|Iris Bohnet|

Unconscious bias is something we all experience because it’s ingrained in our culture. Dr. Iris Bohnet has been studying the phenomenon of unconscious bias and how companies can positively impact gender equality. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equity by Design as well as the Academic Dean at the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government Co-Director and the Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Helping Girls Be Strong, Smart & Bold: Michael Wayne

December 1st, 2018|Michael Wayne|

Helping girls to be strong, smart, and bold is the mission behind Girls Inc. LA. Their programs run in eleven elementary, middle and high schools in Los Angeles exposing girls to programs focusing on art, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), finance, and more. From elementary through college, Girls Inc. helps girls achieve their educational goals. Michael Wayne, CEO of Kin Community and Chair Of The Board of Girls Inc. LA joins Renee Fraser, Ph.D. on The Deciders to share how they are changing futures for girls in Southern California.

Gender in Media: Madeline Di Noono

November 24th, 2018|Madeline Di Noono, Women in Business|

Children watch films and television while it shapes their view of what’s possible in the world. That’s why the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media is determined to have more women represented in all forms of media, both in front of and behind the cameras. At the moment, males outnumber females in screen time two to one. Listen in as Madeline Di Noono, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute talks to Renee Fraser, Ph.D. about how to increase women in media.

A Call to Men in the Face of Kavanaugh: Ted Bunch

November 17th, 2018|Sexual Harassment, Ted Bunch|

Sexual assault and violence against women will only end if men decide it will… that’s coming from Ted Bunch, a man who is dedicated to educating men old and young about respecting women. Ted says we lose three women a day to violence and 75% of these women experience the violence after they have already left the relationship. Listen as Ted talks to Renee about A Call To Men and their new program called ‘Live Respect’.

To learn more about A Call To Men visit

Senate Bill 826 and Women on Boards: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

November 10th, 2018|Betsy Berkhemer Credaire, Women in Business|

It takes years to change history. It took California’s Senate Bill 826 seven years to become an overnight success! Hear from Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire who spearheaded the newly passed bill, the first in the nation to require public companies to include women on their boards, that opens doors for 684 women.

This Wednesday, November 15, in the sold out Dorthy Chandler Pavillion, Betsy and Renee celebrate this and other accomplishments at the seventh annual 2020 Women On Boards Luncheon.

To learn more about 2020 Women on Boards visit

Women & Cars: Scotty Reiss

November 2nd, 2018|Scotty Reiss, Women in Business|

One thing women don’t like shopping for is cars… according to Scotty Reiss the founder of A Girls Guide 2 Cars, women don’t like haggling over price and don’t feel dealerships make shopping easy or fun. Despite this, 85% of car purchases are influenced by women and that’s why Scotty, journalist and blogger, decided to focus on women and cars.

New Laws Protecting Women & Girls: Betsy Butler

October 27th, 2018|Betsy Butler, Sexual Harassment, Women in Business|

How has the #MeToo movement influenced new laws for women in California? This week on The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph. D. is joined by Betsy Butler the Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center. Together they uncover how new laws address the loopholes that allowed producers, directors, lobbyists and politicians to avoid responsibility and more.

Airport Solving Travel Stress: Mark Thorpe of Ontario International Airport

October 20th, 2018|Mark Thorpe|

Does the thought of flying out of LAX stress you out? Some describe the overall experience as a maze of lines starting from the freeway to your seat. Only the lucky know about alternatives such as Ontario International Airport (ONT) who pride themselves on their easy access, laid-back atmospheres, and stellar customer service. Renee interviews Mark Thorpe the CEO of ONT who tells her how they’ve transformed themselves into the “So Cal. So Easy.” airport.

Being a Social Media Influencer: Dena Amy & Kyla Herbes

October 13th, 2018|Dena Amy & Kyla Herbes, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews two social media influencers on their journey and how they work with brands.

Dena Amy started as a child star and has built her career from a plethora of creative talent including acting, singing, dancing, and DJing. She is often the only female featured in the common theme of male DJ lineups. Despite this, she is truly making the industry see her as a DJ with more to offer than just a pretty face. She’s a DJ that wears pants because it’s all about authenticity for her.

From ad agency creative director to social media influencer, Kyla Herbes of houseofhipstersblog (Instagram) and ihavethisthingwithpink (Instagram) says it all started as a hobby. Several years ago, Kyla took her passion for home décor online and learned about social media through trial and error. Today her followers see her as a trusted source for design ideas.

Social Media Strategy: Melissa Miller

October 6th, 2018|Melissa Miller, Women in Business|

Melissa Miller, Social Media Strategist and consultant to Fraser Communications shares her tips and tricks for working in the constantly changing space of influencers and platforms galore.

Tips for Small Business Owners: Maria Contretas-Sweet

September 29th, 2018|Maria Contretas-Sweet, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. talks to Maria Contreras-Sweet, a woman who has a long list of professional business accomplishments including head of the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Obama and the California Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing. Maria also founded and served as the executive chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, a commercial bank focusing on small to mid-sized businesses with a specialty in the Latino community.

Funding Female Founders: Gloria Hwang and Sabena Suri

September 22nd, 2018|Gloria Hwang and Sabena Suri, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews fellow female founders Gloria Hwang and Sabena Suri who are participating in the Women Founders Network 2018 Fast Pitch Competition. Gloria is on a mission to make bike helmets that people actually want to wear, and Sabena is part of an e-commerce gifting company that promises a brand-new gifting experience. Listen to hear how they are navigating the entrepreneurship world and the race to win funding for their companies.

The Fast Pitch event will be held on October 16 and Renee Fraser, Ph.D. will be one of the judges. For more information about the Women Founders Network and their events supporting women entrepreneurs visit:

Funding Female Founders: Catherine Geanuracos & Chelsie Lee

September 15th, 2018|Catherine Geanuracos & Chelsie Lee, Women in Business|

Entrepreneurs ask for funding in many ways including the annual Women Founders Network Fast Pitch competition. Two of this year’s finalists talk to Renee Fraser, Ph.D. about navigating the world of startups. Listen to hear the journeys of Catherine Geanuracos the Co-Founder and CEO of CityGrows a digital remedy for government paperwork and Chelsie Lee the Co-Founder and CEO of Shipsi, a one-hour or less delivery solution company.

The Fast Pitch event will be held on October 16 and Renee Fraser, Ph.D. will be one of the judges. For more information about the Women Founders Network and their events supporting women entrepreneurs visit:

Funding Female Founders: Rachelle Snyder & Rana Lustyan

September 8th, 2018|Rachelle Snyder & Rana Lustyan, Women in Business|

Entrepreneurs ask for funding in many ways including the annual Women Founders Network Fast Pitch competition. Two of this year’s finalists talk to Renee Fraser, Ph.D. about navigating the world of startups. Listen to hear the journeys of Rana Lustyan the founder and CEO of Edoughble the source for premium, all-natural, edible cookie dough and Rachelle Snyder the founder of Coozie Gear, a rental shop for all things outdoors.

The Fast Pitch event will be held on October 16 and Renee Fraser, Ph.D. will be one of the judges. For more information about the Women Founders Network and their events supporting women entrepreneurs visit:

Investing in Women Entrepreneurs: Darya Allen-Attar

September 1st, 2018|Darya Allen-Attar, Women in Business|

In 2013, Darya Allen-Attar recruited several colleagues to form Women Founders Network (WFN) a virtual accelerator that connects women entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed for success. This Saturday, on The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. talks with Darya about the organization as well as WFN’s annual Fast Pitch competition that awards women entrepreneurs with $45,000 and $200,000 in professional services.

The Fast Pitch event will be held on October 16 and Renee Fraser, Ph.D. will be one of the judges. For more information about the Women Founders Network and their events supporting women entrepreneurs visit:

The Cannabis Campaign: Public Health and Creative

August 18th, 2018|The Cannabis Campaign: Public Health and Creative|

This week on The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. of Fraser Communications talks about the Fraser developed #BiggerChoices campaign. It is a unique advertising campaign designed with the help of teenagers about smoking weed. The teens wanted to tell the facts so they could make their own, bigger choices. The campaign is funded by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and all work was produced by Fraser Communications. To check out the campaign visit the Let’s Talk Cannabis LA County YouTube.

Sexual Harassment and Revenge Porn Laws: Lisa Bloom

August 11th, 2018|Lisa Bloom, Sexual Harassment, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. CEO of Fraser Communications, continues to explore sexual harassment as she talks to Lisa Bloom the lawyer who won the defamation case against Bill Cosby and executed the legal strategy that brought down Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.

The Good Men Project: Lisa Hickey

August 4th, 2018|Lisa Hickey, Sexual Harassment, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. of Fraser Communications talks to Lisa Hickey, CEO and publisher of The Good Men Project, a fascinating website that includes conversations about what it means to be a good man in society. Listen in to hear Renee and Lisa discuss the project as well as seven tips to help men speak about against sexual harassment.

To learn more about The Good Men Project please visit:

A Call to Men: Ted Bunch

July 28th, 2018|Ted Bunch|

Ted Bunch is the co-founder of the international organization, ‘A Call To Men’. Ted’s organization has been working for 20 years to educate men all over the world on how to have healthy respectful relationships. A Call To Men is a violence prevention organization that seeks to educate men on issues of male socialization and its intersection with violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and gender-based violence. Listen as Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Ted Bunch on this episode of The Deciders.

Being Fierce and Workplace Sexual Harassment: Gretchen Carlson

July 14th, 2018|Gretchen Carlson, Women in Business|

Social media has kept the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace alive despite arbitration clauses in employment contracts keeping sexual harassment hidden. Secrecy is a big part of the problem but Gretchen Carlson is one of the many strong voices speaking out. Through her successful lawsuit against Fox News as well as the Gift of Courage Fund she created she’s been able to take her story and use it to help other women. Listen as Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Gretchen Carlson on this episode of The Deciders.

Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund: Maya Raghu

July 7th, 2018|Maya Raghu, Women in Business|

Over 3,000 people have contacted the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund feeling empowered by the twenty-one million dollar fund. On the Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. of Fraser Communications talks to lawyer Maya Raghu about the fund and the many low-wage earners who are especially vulnerable and risk retaliation when they experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

Workplace Investigations: Amy Oppenheimer

June 30th, 2018|Amy Oppenheimer, Women in Business|

How do you navigate confusing “he said, she said” situations in the workplace? Learn how Amy Oppenheimer the founder and past President of the Board of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. investigates allegations of sexual harassment on The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D.

Speaking Truth to Power: Gloria Allred

June 23rd, 2018|Gloria Allred, Women in Business|

On the Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews famed lawyer Gloria Allred about representing hundreds of victims of discrimination including a new class action lawsuit against University of Southern California.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Claire Cain Miller

June 16th, 2018|Claire Cain Miller, Women in Business|

There are at least four things everyone can do to help stop sexual harassment in the workplace… On the Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. of Fraser Communications talks to Claire Cain Miller, co-author of a study in the New York Times about How 615 Men Conduct Themselves at Work. Listen to hear their discussion on sexual harassment at work and how to stop it.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Lucie Barron

June 9th, 2018|Lucie Barron, Women in Business|

On The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Lucie Barron, Founder & CEO of ADR Services, the leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services in California. Lucie began as a single parent with seven children to feed and an idea about how this type of service could save people with legal disputes both time and money. Listen to hear how Lucie grew her business into an empire that handles over 9,300 cases annually.

Keeping Your Business Secure: Cathy Kirkpatrick and Rob Savage

June 2nd, 2018|Cathy Kirkpatrick and Rob Savage|

On The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Cathy Kirkpatrick the CFO and Rob Savage (pictured) the CEO of 360 Group International, an elite security firm that provides protection services. Their advice for security… prepare in advance and create penetration tests to see where you’re vulnerable.

The Opioid Crisis and Do No Harm: Harry Wiland

May 26th, 2018|Harry Wiland|

Harry Wiland the Co-CEO and President of the Media Policy Center speaks about his new film, Do No Harm. The film, about the opioid epidemic traces the origins of what he calls the worst man-made epidemic in history. Listen to hear more about the making of the film and the research he uncovered.

It Takes a Village to Solve the Homeless Problems in LA: Stephanie Klasky-Gamer

May 19th, 2018|Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. of Fraser Communications talks to Stephanie Klasky-Gamer the President and CEO of LA Family Housing who leads a team of people committed to finding homes, education and economic development for families in need. Listen as they discuss plans and strategies to deal with homeless issues.

How to Become a Corporate Director: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

May 12th, 2018|Betsy Berkhemer Credaire, Women in Business|

On The Deciders, Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire the President and CEO of Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. an executive search firm, and CEO of the national organization 2020 Women on Boards (goal to have 20% of women on boards by 2020). Listen as they discuss how lucrative board positions are, some paying hundreds of thousands of dollars, and how women need to and can attain those positions.

Helping Beginners Build a Business: Marsha Firestone and Jackie Keller

April 28th, 2018|Marsha Firestone and Jackie Keller, Women in Business|

This week on The Deciders, Renee Fraser Ph.D. talks to Marsha Firestone, President and Founder of Women Presidents’ Organization and Jackie Keller, Director and Founder of NutriFit who are organizing a FREE all-day event on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, called How to Build Your Business. This event will feature resources for women starting businesses including labor laws, tips on branding and social media as well as advice from successful women entrepreneurs.

Taking Risks in Business: Schenae Rourk and Wendy Barbas

April 21st, 2018|Schenae Rourk and Wendy Barbas: Taking Risks in Business, Women in Business|

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Schenae Rourk and Wendy Barbas who are organizing Strategies for Growth, a panel discussion and networking event featuring bankers and financial experts with advice to help women grow their businesses by raising the capital they need. The event, at the Skirball Center on April 26, 2018 will be emceed by The Deciders host, Renee Fraser, Ph.D.

Solving Homelessness: Elise Buik

April 14th, 2018|Elise Buik, Women in Business|

This Saturday on the Deciders, Renee Fraser of Fraser Communications talks to Elise Buik, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles about a new series of interactive programs designed to help families become part of the solution to homelessness. The first pop-up is this Sunday in Echo Park. Sign up at and tune in to the Deciders on KABC 790AM Saturday at 5:30 as they discuss new plans and strategies to tackle the growing homeless issues in our community.

Staying Relevant in a Fast-Changing World: Allen Adamson

April 7th, 2018|Allen Adamson|

Renee White Fraser, Ph.D. interviews Allen Adamson, a noted industry expert in branding. Renee interviews him about his new book, Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World. He gives concrete examples of how CEOs and entrepreneurs can watch for ‘red flags’ and stay ahead of trends. Tune-in to hear how to identify early warning signs and traps you fall into which prevent you from seeing when it is time to change your business strategy.

Find Your Entrepreneurial Tribe: Kalika Yap

March 31st, 2018|Kalika Yap, Women in Business|

The Deciders with Renee Fraser, Ph.D.’s debut episode featuring Kalika Yap, serial (concurrent) entrepreneur, and power CEO. Kalika shares her tips and tricks that help her run award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, Luxe Link, and the Tangerine Co. & the Lemonade Stand.