With Her Two Hands

Formerly known as Trades Lady Happy Hour, With Her Two Hands is a weekly podcast dedicated to celebrating women in the trades. Live, Candid and Unscripted conversations with women who work in the trades building, fixing and making things with their own two hands. Women make up less than 10% of trades people, and in some industry the numbers are as low as 2%. This podcast seeks to change that by shining a light on these incredible women. Celebrating them, sharing their struggles as women in incredibly male dominated fields, and increasing their visibility to attract, retain and create space for that number to start to increase. If she can see it she can BE it. And if HE can see it, he can BELIEVE it. Tune in for these candid conversations every week. Listen, learn, laugh and get to know the women who keep the world running.

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3 days ago

Join us on this episode of With Her Two Hands to meet the incredible Brooklynne Morse. From her early days in Corning, NY, through a pivotal shift from culinary arts to automotive technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Brooklynne’s journey is a testament to following one's passion. Discover how with the support of friends and mentors, she transitioned into the Honda PACT program and excelled to become not only a Honda Master tech, but in 2020 became one of only a handful of Honda Technicians nationally to achieve the title of Super Tech! Tune in to hear how Brooklynne’s relentless drive and love for cars fuels her continuous success in the automotive world.
Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more weekly episodes featuring women who build, fix, and create with their own two hands. Join us next week to meet another trailblazing woman in the trades!
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime!***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
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And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jul 11, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we sit down with Annastacia Plaskos, CEO and founder of Fix It Females, Canada’s largest female-owned and operated full-service home renovation company. Discover how Annastacia, who started her entrepreneurial journey at 18, is reshaping the trades with her innovative approach to combating sexism and empowering women through her booming business. She'll share insights into the highs and lows of business ownership, her creative use of social media to challenge industry norms, and her relentless drive to inspire change.
Check out some of my favorites of their videos: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4s0VEWLsL9/?igsh=MWtkNnRlaHIwa2g2Yw==  https://www.instagram.com/reel/CrcL2LMu9Fq/?igsh=MWczZDFwcXYyaXV0eA==
Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more weekly episodes featuring women who build, fix, and create with their own two hands. Join us next week to meet another trailblazing woman in the trades!
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media
Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Facebook ~ https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jul 04, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, Bogi gives an update on the current All Female Charity Build going on at her shop Girl Gang Garage. She chats about the shop, the challenges and the opportunities facing women in the trades as we approach 200 episodes of With Her Two Hands, and…. whatever other squirrels her brain decides to chase.
Tune in for a rare solo episode with our host!
Support Maggie's Place! https://www.maggiesplace.org/donate/
Support Girl Gang Garage! https://girlganggarage.com/donate/
Get Involved on the Charity Build! https://girlganggarage.com/get-involved/
Buy Some Merch! https://girlganggarage.com/shop/
 
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media
Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
 
And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Facebook ~ https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

On this episode of "With Her Two Hands" we chat with Bernice Berry - a trailblazer and leader in the automotive industry over the last 34 years. Starting at age twelve she began working on cars with her father and then professionally at age 22. Tinting and detailing were skills she developed just to get food on the table but led to a deeper passion.
Throughout her career, Bernice has played pivotal roles in various aspects of the industry, from design and efficiency to marketing and sales. Her relentless pursuit of innovation and customer satisfaction has earned her a reputation as a visionary and results-driven entrepreneur. Her broad breadth of accomplishments range from starting her own tint and detailing training studio, to inventing Gluoff, appearing on Velocity channel and the first female to win Female detailer of the year in the US. On top of it all she gives back by sharing her knowledge. Bernice collaborated with a local Native American Non profit organization, training foster children between the ages of 16-20, who are aging out of the program.
Listen in on this insightful interview to learn more about Bernice’s many accomplishments and also how she left a violent marriage leading to homelessness with her two children. Don't miss this empowering and important episode!
Check out Bernice here: Http://www.instagram.com/pureluxury_1
This episode proudly brought to you by DriveTime Check them out here: https://www.drivetime.com
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media
Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Facebook ~ https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jun 20, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we’re joined by Katie Freeman, a skilled designer and woodworker whose journey started with engineering, took a turn doing wood carving and custom furniture design and creation, and has now led to the pursuit of a Master's in Fine Art in 3D Design. Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Katie has spent nearly two decades honing their craft and breaking barriers.
In this episode, Katie shares their path from graduating with a degree in manufacturing technology to launching their own woodworking business, and their current adventures back in academia. They also delve into how their work, often characterized by organic shapes and textures, not only challenges the aesthetic norms of design but also embodies their personal and community advocacy for LGBTQIA+ and minority representation in the woodworking, design and maker industries.
Join us as Katie discusses the intersections of identity, creativity, and professional growth in a conversation that is as inspiring as it is enlightening. Tune in to hear how Katie Freeman is not just making furniture, but also making a difference, paving the way for more inclusive representation in the world of design and woodworking.
Check out Katie here: https://www.instagram.com/freemanfurnishings and https://www.instagram.com/kf.designs.art
And you can listen to their Podcast - Crafting a Revolution anywhere you listen to podcasts!
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media
Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Facebook ~ https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we are joined by a remarkable and inspiring woman who has been molding metal and shaping her destiny for over 25 years. Starting as a high school student in the welding shops, she's navigated the high demands of trade school, unions, and challenging work environments from pipe welding in shipyards to demanding restoration projects. Amidst personal challenges from an unsupportive partner to raising children as a single mother, then finding a supportive new partner who was in the military which had her relocating frequently and having to continuously prove her mettle in the male-dominated world of welding, she never let it stop her.
Now, in a bold move to reinvigorate her career, she's diving head first into the art of automotive restoration and coachbuilding, showing her children—and us all—the importance of chasing dreams and embracing change, no matter the stage in life. Join us for an inspiring episode as she shares her journey of overcoming, challenges and complacency, rekindling her passion, and taking risks that redefine her craft and life. Tune in to learn how one woman's resilience and ambition are forging a new future in metalwork.
 
Check out Kristin here: https://www.instagram.com/kristingfabrication
 
Proudly brought to you by DriveTime Learn More about DriveTime ~ https://jobs.drivetime.com/
 
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
 
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media: https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
 
And follow your host - Bogi!
https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
https://www.bogisgarage.com
https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we’re thrilled to welcome Nerissa Cerny, a Systems Engineer at Harley-Davidson who's fueling innovation with engine calibrations and emissions. Born and raised in Wisconsin and recently relocated to Phoenix, Nerissa brings a decade of engineering expertise to the table, along with a dynamic background in motorcycle riding across various terrains—from street and track to dirt and ice.
Join us as Nerissa shares insights from her journey in the male-dominated field of mechanical engineering and her passion for mentoring young women in STEM and motorcycling. We'll dive into her role in developing the Milwaukee-8 engine, her leadership in founding the Iron Angels—an all-female high school team that transforms street bikes into flat track competitors—and how she balances her high-octane hobbies with her groundbreaking work.
Tune in to catch this empowering discussion. Discover how Nerissa not only navigates but excels in her field by breaking barriers and paving the way for the next generation of female engineers and riders.
Check out Nerissa here:
  / nerissa_nonstop   or
  / sheknowsmoto  
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And follow your host - Bogi! 
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Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com
https://www.girlganggarage.com

Thursday May 30, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands we meet Annika Ernstrom. Though she is still currently a student at McPherson college, she found her calling and passion back in high school and has already made a name for herself in the world of antique tractor restorations and repair. The love affair began in her junior year when her buddies were doing restoration and though sh could barely identify a spark plug at the time, she found herself inspired and curious enough to participate in a High School program called the JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Education Program. She was fortunate enough to find some great mentorship and hasn’t looked back since. She has competed in several competitions, and when she is not in school she is traveling to tractor shows around the states or workin got clients tractors through her newly founded business. Tune in for this inspiring conversation.
 
Check out Annika here: https://www.thattractorchick.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/thattractorchick/
 
Proudly brought to you by DriveTime Learn More about DriveTime ~ https://jobs.drivetime.com/
 
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media: https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
https://www.facebook.com/withhertwohands
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
 
And follow your host - Bogi!
https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
https://www.bogisgarage.com
https://www.girlganggarage.com 

Thursday May 23, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we’re thrilled to welcome Brandy Aubé, a designer and fabricator with over 2 decades of experience in creating exquisite metal creations. From intricate furniture pieces to unique home fixtures, Brandy’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of artistic and functional creations. In addition to her prowess in metalwork, Brandy brings a vibrant energy to everything she does, including her role as a vocalist in a classic rock band.
Bogi and Brandy explore the impact of welding on personal and professional development, discuss the importance of shop classes for both young women and men, and delve into the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. With insights drawn from her former career as an art teacher, Brandy shares how creativity and technical skills can be interwoven to forge not just metal, but strong, empowered identities. Tune in for this inspiring conversation. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the world of welding, this episode promises a blend of inspiration, empowerment, and rock 'n' roll.
 
Check out Brandy here:
  / brandy.studioaube   or https://www.studio-aube.com/
 
*** Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime! ***
 
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media:
  / withhertwohands  
  / withhertwohands  
 
Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com
 
And follow your host - Bogi! 
  / bogisgarage  
  / bogisgarage  
https://www.bogisgarage.com
https://www.girlganggarage.com

Thursday May 09, 2024

On this episode of With Her Two Hands, we're excited to welcome a special guest, Robyn, the Head of People at DriveTime, a long-standing partner of our series. While Robyn may not wield the tools of the trades herself, her journey mirrors the challenges and triumphs of many women in male-dominated fields. Join us as we delve into Robyn's path to the automotive industry, her role in fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment, and DriveTime's proactive efforts to empower their technicians and dismantle barriers for newcomers.
Hear firsthand about DriveTime's active participation in the last all-female build, the Iron Maven, including a transformative takeover day at the shop. Discover why these initiatives are not just impactful but crucial for growth and diversity in the industry.
But that's not all—stick around for a special announcement at the end of the episode that you won't want to miss! Tune in live on YouTube or Facebook tonight at 5 PM Pacific | 8 PM Eastern to catch all the details. As always, the episode will be available on your favorite podcast platforms the very next day.
This is an episode full of insights and inspiration, perfect for anyone passionate about driving change in the automotive world.
Learn more about DriveTime and employment opportunities with them here: https://jobs.drivetime.com/
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Join us LIVE on YouTube and Facebook every Wednesday for new episodes, and every Monday for a new archived episode! Or listen on your favorite podcast platform anytime!
***
Make sure to subscribe and follow along on social media
Instagram ~ https://www.instagram.com/withhertwohands
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Listen to the audio version of past episodes https://www.withhertwohands.com  or wherever you listen to podcasts
And follow your host - Bogi!
Instagram ~ https://instagram.com/bogisgarage
Facebook ~ https://facebook.com/bogisgarage
Website ~ https://www.bogisgarage.com
https://www.girlganggarage.com
 

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Your Host: Bogi

Bogi is a committed automotive industry advocate, dealer-trained BMW and ASE master certified technician, and a fierce proponent for inspiring women to pursue opportunities within the automotive and skilled trade industries. Her passion for empowering women led her to start her first shop 180 Degrees Automotive, which she successfully ran for 13 years. That experience, combined with her strong belief in advocacy, inspired her current shop, Girl Gang Garage. This shop provides women of all ages and experience levels a unique environment to come together and collaborate in practical learning opportunities. Bogi is also a prominent speaker and educator, leveraging her 20+ years of industry experience, passion, and genuine love for cars. You can also find Bogi regularly on All Girls Garage on Motortrend TV.  Keep up with her on Instagram and Facebook!

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