Today is a really fun episode of Midwest Misfits. We bring to you a discussion on our most recent Book Club pick, Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Joining Colleen and I are our favorite pod friends Portia Burch, Marti Carrington, and Beaufield Berry-Fisher.
Beaufield Berry-Fisher has an upcoming podcast debuting Feb. 7 called “Say Her Name” paying tribute to Black Women whose lives ended too soon by law enforcement. Beaufield is a playwright, podcaster, content creator, activist, and (most importantly) a mother.
Beaufield is currently the Performing Arts Editor at the Reader and Resident playwright at Creighton University. Her last play Red Summer premiered at the Bluebarn Theater, taking on Omaha’s tragic history of racial violence and the mob lynching of William Brown.
Her next production In The Upper Room (Oneill 2018 Finalist) will be produced at the Denver Performing Arts Center in 2022. While living through the pandemic, with three small kids, Beaufield started the Village Co-Op, an alternative to traditional and remote schooling that allows families to survive and children to flourish in their early (and odd) first years in school. Beaufield lives in Omaha with her husband Rob and babies, Shine, Oscar and Georgia Pearl.
Portia Burch is a Black queer activist and Omaha native, with a specific focus on anti-oppression. Portia was activated by the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. and the subsequent protests and riots in Ferguson, MO. As consciousness shifts towards reckoning with racism and white supremacy in the world, Portia is working to create a just and brave space in the training and development industry. Portia also has a focus on the aftercare of those that have been system impacted, as well as the fight for prison abolition. She believes that by addressing the systems of oppression that lead to incarceration, change can be made at the forefront. She works to amplify resources surrounding mental health care, safe and affordable housing, and employment assistance that are necessary solutions.
Marti Carrington is an Iowa transplant who has called Omaha her home for 20 years. Marti is a lifelong learner, centering joy and liberation in her life. She has a passion for changing organizational culture from the inside out, believing this can be done in partnership with activism, political change, and social reconstruction. Marti’s consulting firm, Equity Nerd, partners with HR professionals, organizational leadership, and executives to develop a culture of trust and safety for everyone. This involves the “nerdy” work of creating equitable policies and procedures, developing handbooks and materials that reflect the company’s values and empowers employees, training and coaching, and creating a culture of feedback.
Marti serves as the Board Chair for Omaha Girls Rock, serves on the Leadership Team for The Women’s Fund of Omaha Circles, was selected as a 2021 Fellow for New Leaders Council, and is Chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party Women’s Caucus. Marti is a mother of three kids and in her limited free time enjoys reading, running with friends, and solving the world’s problems over a cocktail with her husband, Bucky.