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2 GIRLS TALKING PODCAST LAUNCHES TO ADDRESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP, PARENTHOOD, & SANITY

Hosts Anna Davalos and Ashley Bernardi Tackle Topics On Boundaries, Rejection, Social Media, & More In Season One Of New Podcast

Alexandria, VA - Veteran news journalists and entrepreneurs Ashley Bernardi and Anna Davalos have launched the new podcast “2 Girls Talking†to address the dizzying world of entrepreneurship, raising families, and attempting to stay sane as mothers, wives, and business owners.

As friends, former journalists, and working moms, Ashley and Anna started their businesses at the same time, and together maneuvered the world of entrepreneurship, all while managing households, kids, and marriage. Season one of 2 Girls Talking will address issues that Ashley and Anna believe many women, mothers, and business owners face on a daily basis - including boundaries, rejection, self care, social media, and business mistakes. A new episode will be released once every two weeks.

“Our lives are crazy as we live our dreams of entrepreneurship and raising a family. Sometimes those worlds collide, sometimes they co-exist and some rare times they work together. And that’s why we wanted to talk about it,†says Bernardi.

“We know we’re not the only business owners and parents who have these questions and struggles, so we decided to talk about them. We talk about anything and everything: our businesses, our kids, our lives, and how work affects our lives,†says Anna.

2 Girls Talking is available on iTunes, Tunein, Google Play, and Podbean. Look for the “2 Girls Talking†logo, leave a review, and subscribe. The podcast is accepting guest recommendations. Email 2girlstalkingpodcast@gmail.com.

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ABOUT ASHLEY

Ashley knows how to get a story out to the masses. For years she was the producer booking guests for The Early Show at CBS News. She has more than a decade of experience as a booking producer for national television shows and online programs, such as Energy Now!, where she met Anna and the two have been talking ever since. Then she took her talents to the other side of media and opened Nardi Media.

As founder and Director of Media Relations of Nardi Media she focuses on media relations, with an expertise in broadcast, print and online press, and loves working with non-fiction book authors on publicizing their book launches. And of course, never misses a chance to build relationships with reporters and producers. Ashley has helped her author clients grow from zero exposure to household names with placements from the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and People Magazine, to name a few!

But Ashley’s real passion is her family; three girls under 10 keep her on her toes! She loves to cook too and even hosted her own cooking show, Pots and Pans! So where does she find the time to be a regularly featured guest on television stations in Washington, DC? Who knows? But she does!

Now you can hear her tell you all about it on Two Girls Talking!

ABOUT ANNA

Anna Davalos has always been a creator. At an early age she won an art contest then transferred her talents to the writing field. And in college she focused on video and broadcasting. She is an Emmy award-winning producer with more than 20 years of experience in video production. Anna began her career as a small-market producer before working her way up to national-level assignments (read worked long hours, low pay and still loved all the experiences she's had) During an eight-year stint as a freelance producer, she was intricately involved in the writing, producing, editing and other elements of a wide variety of television and cable network news productions. She moved to online media in 2006 with the Associated Press before she became the Executive Producer of nationally syndicated EnergyNOW news magazine. Where she met Ashley and the two have been talking ever since (just ask their husbands)

But then she decided to take a step back from the fast paced world and start a business, she says with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Now Anna owns and runs Alejo Media, creating marketing videos for corporations, non-profits and individuals. She has a great team she works with to find the right way to put your story together. She also worked with the team behind "Pushers", a comedy web series about the lives and good times of pharmaceutical representatives (and I have to admit, it's pretty funny!). Of course, her biggest production is her husband, kids, and an incredibly annoying, loud dog. 

All the while talking constantly with Ashley.

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Tracy Mccubbin

AUTHOR, MAKING SPACE, CLUTTER FREE

"The biggest piece of advice a first-time author is given is to “hire your own publicist,” but what they don’t tell you is to “hire your own Ashley.”  Looking back, I don’t know how I could have released my book without Ashley & her team.  We started working together before the book was published.  First local TV and small blogs and as I got more seasoned and the book got closer to coming, she booked me appearances on bigger and bigger outlets. 

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Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

New York Times Best Selling Author of Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free

"The biggest piece of advice a first-time author is given is to “hire your own publicist,” but what they don’t tell you is to “hire your own Ashley.”  Looking back, I don’t know how I could have released my book without Ashley & her team.  We started working together before the book was published.  First local TV and small blogs and as I got more seasoned and the book got closer to coming, she booked me appearances on bigger and bigger outlets. 

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Susan McGinnis

Correspondent, CBS Newspath

“I am so pleased that Ashley is embarking on this new venture. For many years she has shined as an outstanding booker and producer at CBS News and at start-ups including Clean Skies News.  She was my first hire at Clean Skies, and was the shining star among the pack. She has always had  tremendous dedication to her work, and an untiring ability to accomplish whatever faces her, letting no obstacle stand in the way of an outstanding product.  She consistently goes above and beyond expectations, and never takes “no” as an answer, and never settles for less than outstanding. I would hire Ashley again. And again. And again.”

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Jennifer Oko

Partner, Mad Squid Media

“Ashley and I have worked together is a few different capacities, including CBS News, energyNOW!. I cannot say enough good things about her. Ashley is smart, thorough, quick, creative, and incredibly hard working. Most importantly, to be a successful media liaison and guest booker, relationships are everything. Ashley is a genuinely lovely person, and she wins the respect and trust of everyone she works with. She is the first person I call whenever I need a guest booker or segment producer.”

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Margaret Ryan

Energy Journalist & Analyst

“Ashley Bernardi is a dynamic professional who consistently produces excellent results.  In my three years working with Ashley as the head booker at Clean Skies News/EnergyNOW!, I never saw her fail to complete a job she had been assigned – and complete it admirably. Ashley is creative, energetic and goal-oriented, a true team player who works congenially with other professionals but can also be relied on to execute an assignment on her own. Ashley is the person I wanted on my team when I faced a challenging assignment!”

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Hardy Spire

Senior Producer, CNN’s Reliable Sources. Former General Manager at CleanSkies News and Senior Producer at CBS News.

“Ashley Bernardi has every rare quality in a TV producer — aggressiveness, insight, creativity, a strong work ethic, and pure charm.  She has all this plus she’s a kind and positive person.  And she has great contacts!”

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Silvio Marcacci

Principal, Marcacci Communications

“Ashley is hands down the best media trainer I’ve ever worked with, and she uses her considerable producing experience to make clients feel at ease and ready to learn. In addition, her ability to book clients on television and radio interviews is quite impressive – be ready for hours of interviews if you’re working with her!”

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Mary Jordan

Washington Post National Correspondent and Founding Editor of Washington Post Live

“There is nothing Ashley Bernardi cannot do when it comes to media.  She books top people for TV shows and national conferences and knows the business inside out. I worked closely with Ashley at the Washington Post  and she is not only savvy, but great to be around. She is the always cheerful, smart voice on the other end of the phone who persuades busy people to drop everything they are doing and do what Ashley tells them.”

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Scott Behson, PhD

best-selling author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home

“I was a relatively unknown first-time author and Ashley was fantastic in getting my name out there, and ultimately booking me on national TV and radio, as well as major podcasts. She also provided top-notch media training and was always a great listener and advisor. Finally, she was on top of everything and we communicated constantly. I couldn’t have been happier about her efforts on behalf of my book launch!”

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Ron Friedman, Ph.D

author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

“Ashley Bernardi is extraordinary at her job in every way. Smart, strategic and relentlessly energetic, Ashley is someone I’d want on my team in any public relations campaign.”