What We Do



"It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but WHAT WE DO" -Jane AustenWelcome to What We Do! With new episodes every Tuesday, our host and former Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, sits down with some of the most inspirational women in the game to bring you their stories of triumph, failure, overcoming adversity, determination, success, and how they do what they do. Look forward to honest, raw, real, and sometimes hilarious conversations. From female entrepreneurs, to agents of social change, to reporters, hosts, hometown heroes making a difference in their community and beyond, the What We Do podcast aims to inspire women to do more, be more, and dream more. It truly is what we do that defines us, so let's do more, together.


  • What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 4

    What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 4

    13/08/2020 Duration: 26min

    In the final episode of the miniseries, Abe Arrington shares the ending to his story, at least the prison part, and tells us about what he’s up to now. Stacey, Brittany, and Abe offer their parting words and hopes for the future. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To7EwPeUwpM1fqM2swoyUXhwVdK5CxtlQRPmHArp_b0/edit?usp=sharing

  • What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 3

    What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 3

    13/08/2020 Duration: 35min

    Kira takes you back to the origin of the miniseries: Stacey Putka, Executive Director of Defy Colorado. Stacey discusses her journey and Defy’s complicated path to get to where it is today. We also listen to the incarcerated men at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility as they graduate from the Defy program after eight long months of study. 

  • What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 2

    What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 2

    13/08/2020 Duration: 39min

    Kira speaks with Brittany Lewis, PhD candidate at George Washington University, about the historical record behind why something like what happened to Abe Arrington could ever happen in America. https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1059&context=themis https://rachel-cargle.com/the-great-unlearn/

  • What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 1

    What We Do Presents: Defy- A Four-Part Miniseries, Episode 1

    13/08/2020 Duration: 32min

    Kira welcomes you back to the podcast and introduces a very special story. WWD has always featured the stories of incredible women, and that’s not changing. But over the last few months, as America’s problems of systemic racial injustice shifted to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness, we decided to use the pod as a vehicle to examine the intersection between race and the criminal justice system. You’ll hear about our justice system from three very different points of view and hopefully, you’ll take away something that will help us live in a more unified nation. https://www.defycolorado.org/ 

  • Episode 32: Nina Davuluri #GlowAndConquer

    Episode 32: Nina Davuluri #GlowAndConquer

    31/10/2018 Duration: 55min

    Happy Wednesday! We are back with another episode featuring the fabulous Nina Davuluri. Nina is the cofounder of the skincare brand Aavrani which is making a major splash in the skincare and beauty industry. She is an advocate for diversity and cultural competency and STEM education. She is a phenomenal host and on camera personality, and yes, she is a former Miss America. Nina is someone that I have looked to for advice in some of my most trying times and someone I see as a soundboard to bounce ideas off of to help me figure out the crazy game of life! Before we get to the episode, a quick WWD announcement. I mentioned before that I love true crime and I love women's empowerment podcasts, well I've found a way to bring the genres together. Something really major (at least to me) is coming up at the end of November and that is the one year anniversary of WWD which I can't even believe. To celebrate that, we're bringing you this project and it is completely different from anything that WWD has ever done. So lo

  • Episode 31: Laura Rutledge #TimingIsEverything

    Episode 31: Laura Rutledge #TimingIsEverything

    24/10/2018 Duration: 56min

    Hello WWD! This week I am having an amazing conversation with the one and only Laura Rutledge. A graduate of the University of Florida, you can catch Laura as the host of SEC Nation and a slew of other shows on ESPN talking college and professional football, basketball tournaments, championships, and basically anything under the sun when it comes to sports. On the podcast she tells you all about what she does, how she got there, what she's overcome, her advice for you, some of her most embarrassing moments on camera, and some of her most rewarding moments along with how she balances it all or at least how she fits it in to 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Laura is a true testament to working hard and earning your success. Ya'll are gonna love this episode!

  • Episode 30: Angel Joy Blue #DontGiveUp

    Episode 30: Angel Joy Blue #DontGiveUp

    17/10/2018 Duration: 01h01min

    IT IS EPISODE 30\. WHAT?! Thank you so much to all of the listeners out there who have made this possible! I am so thankful for each and everyone of you and for all of the kind messages I get every week about how much you love the show. To celebrate episode 30, I could not be prouder to bring you this next episode. It took months of coordination, overcoming technology, and extensive work for the Resonate Recordings team to bring you this episode, but alas it is here and I hope you love it as much as I loved creating it. Please welcome Angel Joy Blue to the show. Months ago, Angel was nominated by one of our listeners to be on the show and finally here she is! Angel is quickly establishing herself as one of the best singers of her generation, having performed in over 35 countries in the last 6 years in venues like the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and The Met and Carnegie Hall in New York, along with many, many others. Currently singing the role of Musetta in The Met's production of La Boheme

  • Episode 29: Kira on What all Those Successful People Do #MarkWahlberg

    Episode 29: Kira on What all Those Successful People Do #MarkWahlberg

    10/10/2018 Duration: 13min

    This week on WWD, Kira is taking a few minutes of your day to break down what successful people in the world actually do on a day to day basis as their lifestyle to set themselves up for success, what she does daily, and some of the new projects that WWD is working on. See you next week for Episode 30! What?!

  • Episode 28: Savvy Shields #RainMakesFlowers

    Episode 28: Savvy Shields #RainMakesFlowers

    03/10/2018 Duration: 59min

    Happy Wednesday! It's the best day of the week because it's What We Do Wednesday and we have a new interview for you! Last week we had a Miss USA on and this week, we thought it would be only right if we balanced that out by having on a Miss America! Please welcome none other than Mrs. Savvy Shields Wolfe to the show. Savvy was Miss America 2017 and I'm so proud to call her a Miss America Sister. Born and raised in Fayetteville Arkansas, Savvy, an art major at the University of Arkansas, spent her year as Miss America advocating for healthy life decisions with "Savvy's Choices", woking with CMN Hospitals, the USO, and much, much more. Savvy just got married and is literally living her best life with her new husband Nate. She continues to crush the social media game and is releasing some original art work soon! Today we are covering a lot, including her tips and tricks for social media, married life and planning a wedding, some of her big challenges leading up to and during Miss America, her favorite moments f

  • Episode 27: Kristen Dalton Wolfe #TheSparkleEffect

    Episode 27: Kristen Dalton Wolfe #TheSparkleEffect

    26/09/2018 Duration: 01h03min

    Hello What We Doers! This week WWD welcomes Kristen Dalton Wolfe to show! Kristen is a former Miss USA who helps women step into the radiance of their true identity. Since Miss USA, Kristen has used her passion for women coupled with her degree in Psychology to launch SheisMore.com, a faith blog to spread the truth that every woman is royalty. 400,000 readers are impacted every month by the site. Kristen and her husband are based in Los Angeles and run men and women’s ministries, retreats and conferences. They speak regularly in churches, conferences, events and universities. Kristen is also a TV host with her own nationally syndicated show and you may also see her in global print and commercial campaigns. Kristen is the author of Rise Up, Princess: 60 Days To Revealing Her Royal Identity and Rise Up With God: The Guided Journal. Her next book, The Sparkle Effect is coming soon! Today on the episode, Kristen and Kira discuss Kristen's road to and after Miss USA, her life based in faith, a spirited discussion

  • Episode 26: Kelly Hawkins #TheDailyRally

    Episode 26: Kelly Hawkins #TheDailyRally

    12/09/2018 Duration: 01h02min

    Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of WWD! This week we are welcoming Kelly Hawkins to the show. Now like me and like many of us, Kelly is in the early stages of starting her very own venture called the Daily Rally. Kelly has worked for ESPN, ESPNU, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, the Jacksonville Jaguars and many others. After college she went to the PGA TOUR to serve as a reporter and producer which is how we met. Now Kelly is bringing her sports wisdom to the masses and providing fun content for guys and girls alike in a super whitty and charming way. If any of you out there want to be better sports fans or just want to know what the heck is going on out there, you have to subscribe to the daily rally. For now, Kelly is sharing some of the lessons she’s learned along the way and giving a really relatable take on being an early stage female entrepreneur. Please enjoy!

  • Episode 25: Divya Gugnani #WanderBeauty

    Episode 25: Divya Gugnani #WanderBeauty

    05/09/2018 Duration: 45min

    This week, WWD welcomes Divya Gugnani to the show! A serial entrepreneur and early stage startup investor, Divya is the CEO and cofounder of Wander Beauty, Divya started her career in finance and venture capital. She's also quite the home chef, having graduated from the French Culinary Institute, truly a woman of many talents. Today on the show, we're talking advice for female entrepreneurs, employment tips, how to pivot in the face of failure, Divya's journey from a "normal" career to entrepreneurship, what it's like to experience "hypergrowth" and sell a company, and just really good life advice that everybody needs. So I hope you enjoy the episode!

  • Episode 24: We Back #MissedYa

    Episode 24: We Back #MissedYa

    29/08/2018 Duration: 19min

    Hello WWD fam! We are so excited to be BACK after a much needed summer break. Hopefully everyone has had a super productive and bad ass summer and of course a ton of fun in the sun. Ok so this week, Kira is just getting reacquainted with you all and touching on some of her summer experiences. We're telling a few road warrior stories anddddd also mentioning some Miss America drama thoughts. Basically we all just need to love each other and support the 51 women competing for the title of Miss America over the next few weeks. Please take a listen, subscribe, and maybe even go nuts and leave us a comment!! As always, send in your questions, comments, compliments, etc. to info@whatwedo.live. See you next week!

  • Episode 23: Gretchen Carlson #ByeByeBikini

    Episode 23: Gretchen Carlson #ByeByeBikini

    11/06/2018 Duration: 01h16min

    This week, What We Do is a little off our normal routine because the Miss America Organization dropped some bombshell news that naturally shook our little world and made national news headlines. That's right, MAO is retiring the swimsuit competition and there are lots of feelings about that. Here to talk about those feelings and much more is Gretchen Carlson. Gretchen is a TV personality, Author, Mom, Advocate, Former Miss America, and the Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. I put it to my instagram followers to submit questions for Gretchen on the new changes and I got some amazing questions that resulted in a great conversation. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. We are clarifying some misconceptions, clearing up the confusion and doing a lot of explanation of what went into this decision. If you enjoy the episode or if you have any other questions please DM me @whatwedopodcast or send an email to info@whatwedo.live. Enjoy!

  • Episode 22: Bethany Coates #BreakLine

    Episode 22: Bethany Coates #BreakLine

    30/05/2018 Duration: 57min

    Bethany Coates is the CEO & Founder of BreakLine. BreakLine is an education and employment company that builds an affordable path to compelling careers. Prior to founding BreakLine, Bethany was an Assistant Dean at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she led global and social impact education. Her work included establishing Stanford business education throughout the world, including China, Europe, India, Mexico, and South America. Bethany co-led the creation of a GSB program that provides entrepreneurship education to Post-9/11 Veterans. She also developed case studies and curricular content used by Stanford GSB today. Prior to her time at Stanford, Bethany was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. a leading global management consulting firm. She earned her BA from Princeton University, and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bethany and her team are truly making a difference in the lives of Veterans. Today she is sharing about her lessons learned in entrepreneurship, building a busi

  • Episode 21: Kelli OHara #RootForYourFriends

    Episode 21: Kelli O'Hara #RootForYourFriends

    23/05/2018 Duration: 42min

    Hello listeners! It is Episode 21 and WWD is so excited to welcome Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara to the show! The Tony award winning actress from Elk City, OK has graced the stage in iconic productions like The King and I, South Pacific, Jekyll and Hyde, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and countless others. From Broadway to Opera at the Met to roles on the silver screen, Kelli has truly done it all and continues to be a force in the industry. Today, we're talking about her journey through the competitive world of show business, what it took to make it, being from a small town and moving to New York City, her most memorable roles, advice for those that want to follow in her footsteps, and much more. Listeners should also be proud that I didn't fan girl TOO hard over Kelli. Enjoy!

  • Episode 20: Brittney Blackerby #BreakTheSilence

    Episode 20: Brittney Blackerby #BreakTheSilence

    16/05/2018 Duration: 01h04min

    I recently put it to my Instagram followers to nominate people they wanted to hear on the podcast. Many many messages later, an overwhelming number of people nominated Brittney Blackerby. Having met Brittney before and after receiving so many messages about her and her story, I knew she was the clear winner. A 2015 graduate of Henderson State, Brittney is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling while enjoying married life and being a dog mom. Brittney is a former Miss Arkansas competitor and is announcing something very exciting about her platform, "Break the Silence: Preventing Child Abuse”, on the episode. Brittney is also sharing a raw account of her experiences as a child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher. She is a shining light and an example to all that you need not be defined by anything that you have been through. Her story is remarkable and I am so honored that she chose to share it on What We Do.  WARNING: Content may not be acceptable for all listeners. Listener discretion a

  • Episode 19: Lauren Thompson #NeverSayNo

    Episode 19: Lauren Thompson #NeverSayNo

    09/05/2018 Duration: 47min

    WWD is back with this week's exciting guest, Lauren Thompson! You can catch Lauren most mornings as a Co-Host on Golf Channel's Morning Drive where she has worked for the past 9 years. Lauren is sharing her secrets to success, how she balances having two little boys with a full career, getting up at 3:00AM every morning, what some of her most difficult TV moments have been and how she maneuvered out of them, how mentorship has played a role in her life, how she came to be a TV host, and much more! Big thanks to Lauren for making the time and sharing her wonderful insights!

  • Episode 18: Kira on Public Speaking, Nervousness, and Confidence #Musings

    Episode 18: Kira on Public Speaking, Nervousness, and Confidence #Musings

    25/04/2018 Duration: 24min

    This week, Kira is mixing it up from her regular interview content and releasing another episode on a topic that she finds very relevant to our lives: public speaking. At some point or another, either for your job or an event or a competition, you will be forced to speak in front of an audience of more than one person. Regardless of if you’re comfortable with that or not, tune in to the podcast for Kira’s musings on public speaking, tips and tricks, ways to build your confidence, how to manage nervousness, her pet peeves and personal struggles with nerves. Apparently American’s number 1 fear is public speaking, let’s fix that.

  • Episode 17: Alexa Rogers #SocialLight

    Episode 17: Alexa Rogers #SocialLight

    18/04/2018 Duration: 31min

    This week's guest is one of my dearest friends and someone that I am so honored to have in my corner. Alexa Rogers graduated with a degree in business management, a Spanish minor, and an international business certificate from Arizona State University. She later went on to be Miss Arizona 2014 where she championed her platform of fighting homelessness for at-risk youth. With over 8 years of marketing & graphic design experience, she started Social Light Design where she creates custom Snapchat Geofilters and other promotional design material, as well as social media consulting. She believes that "What we do" with social media and branding can make a large impact on the community - both locally and globally. Alexa is a true representation of making it work and taking on that side hustle like a pro. We're talking about how to start your own business, being ok with your dreams changing, her tips and tricks for social media, some advice for any Miss America hopefuls out there and much more.

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