Sexual Abuse, Sobriety and Becoming Our Best Selves with Maria Leonard Olsen
(Season 2 | Episode 67)
[Tessa] Maria Olsen found herself living alone, on her own, at 50 years old… for the very first time.
Divorce, broken relationships, alcoholism. A wake of trouble behind her.
What would have broken many people somehow inspired Maria to make changes. Lots of them. In her book 50 After 50 Reframing the Last Chapter of Your Life Maria takes us through her process of renewal and the 50 things she did to rebuild her life. In this stand-out interview on The Open Nesters Podcast, you get to hear my conversation with Maria. Truly thrilled to share this one!!
About Our Guest This Week – Maria Leonard Olsen…
is a biracial woman whose parents were forbidden by law to marry in their home state of Maryland in the early 1960s. She is the mother of two children, a lawyer, journalist and author of two children’s books and two non-fiction books. She leads writing/empowerment retreats for women, hosts the “Becoming Your Best Version” podcast and is a co-host of the Inside Out radio show on WPFW-fm, 89.3, in Washington, D.C.
Maria graduated from Boston College and the University of Virginia School of Law, served in the Clinton Administration’s Justice Department, fostered newborn babies awaiting adoption, and has been on the boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, GirlsUp and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington. While in private practice as a litigator in then one of the then-largest law firms in Washington, D.C., Maria was awarded Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by the D.C. Bar Association.
She has written for The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, Parenting, BabyTalk and Washington For Women, and is a contributor to Thrive Global, Up Journey and BreaknLinks. She recently returned to practicing law now that her children are launched. Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? is her first children’s book. Healing for Hallie is her second children’s book. Not the Cleaver Family–The New Normal in Modern American Family, was released in November 2016. Her latest book, 50 After 50–Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life, was published in hardcover in 2018, and in paperback and on Audible in 2019.
Maria has spoken at numerous schools and corporate and nonprofit events, including the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles, The Japanese American National Museum’s Family Day, the Washington Independent Review of Books, the National March to End Rape Culture, a motivational speaker at corporate and trade association meetings, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Asian American Month Celebration (as the then-highest ranking Asian American political appointee at the Justice Department). Maria is available for speaking engagements and book or diversity festivals. Her book talk has been featured on C-Span’s Book TV show, and her latest book was selected for the National Press Club’s Book Fair. She spoke at TEDx CUNY in 2021.
With the extensive marketing experience Maria has had in marketing her titles and helping other authors, Maria began a formal book marketing service in 2020. Check out her Events and News pages to see the opportunities she has made for herself and how she can help other authors add to their book’s exposure.
The Radiant Women’s Retreat (May 28, 2022)
Gathering Mothers & Daughters for Embodied Holiness
Hosts: Amanda Ananda and Tessa Krone
117 Chester Rd, Killingworth, CT 06419-2302, United States
- Ancestral forgiveness for release, acceptance, attunement & celebration
- Transforming, transmuting
- Embodying our wholeness & Holiness as we honor The Divine
Flow of the Day
10:00 – 10:30am Welcome Circle
10:30am – 12:30pm Forgiveness Ceremony
12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30pm – 3:30pm Movement & Sound
3:30pm – 5:00pm Fire & Tea Women’s sharing circle
Register Here: Facebook Event Link