The oppression of women locally and globally has come to the forefront in our culture with the #MeToo movement.

Many have said it’s about time. Others have been on the path of giving women a voice, fair treatment, and safety in the world for decades. At Women Speakers Association, we help women get their messages heard by offering the resources, strategies, and tool to help them reach those they have a passion for supporting.

When we think about women in oppressive situations, we must reach out and offer hope and wisdom. The mindset the oppressed have is not going to get them out of their situation. They must find their resilient potential.

On this November 29th WSA-TV Premier Show episode our experts speak from personal experience of rising from challenges including oppressive cultures and situations to achieving personal freedom, success, and joy.


Featuring: Liza Pavlakos & Misako Yoke

Advice from our WSA Experts

We asked our featured guests to share some of their valuable wisdom with us.

Liza says to remember “Mind over matter. Your voice matters. Turn your adversity into your triumph story.”

Misako implores us to “Please, please treat yourself as your best friend. When you are struggling, ask: How would I support my BFF in the same situation? It helps getting yourself out of your own head. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieved your goal. Celebrate small wins, too. If you are on tight budget, just saying “”Yay!”” with your both arms up will make you feel better!”

Rise and Thrive Nov 29-2018


Liza Pavlakos is Survivor, Entrepreneur and Speaker. She speaks to corporate audiences and women in leadership. She talks about a powerful mindset to overcome adversity because of what she has overcome. She makes an impact with other women because so many can relate to her story of adversity. Learn more about Liza and her speaking at

Misako Yoke is an Accountability Coach. She works with women in life transition (physically, spiritually, also longing for a change in her mind). She speaks and offers one on one online video consulting and text/email conversations to help clients get excited about their life again. Learn more about Misako and her work at

Our Host and Producer is Laura Rubinstein, Certified Hypnotherapist, Digital Media & Marketing Mentor and Business Transformation Strategist. Follow her blog here: