Badass in Heels

Women FBI Special Agents will introduce the world to women in the FBI. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a woman in the FBI, this podcast is for you!

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Friday Dec 08, 2023

Special Agent Amber Mann from the Omaha Field Office lets us in her journey in the world of the ATF and FBI. In her short tenure with the Bureau, Amber has worked white collar crime and human trafficking. She now leads the Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) task force, where she does extraordinary work saving children, teenagers and young adults from predators. Amber shares with us stories of "Runaway Girls," who perhaps had hope for a better life, but instead, fell pray to pimps and the on-line prostitution world. Listener discretion is advised.

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Sasha Taylor medically retired from the FBI after serving for 11 years as an Intelligence Analyst. Sasha supported several portfolios at FBI Headquarters from counterterrorism to counterproliferation. In this episode, Sasha starts by talking to us about her early years, a very challenging episode of her life, in which she was forced into marriage as a child. Sasha shares her story, how she came out a survivor, and how she made it to the Bureau. She talks to us about what it was like to work at HQ, in different units and with different people. Sasha also shares how difficult it was to prematurely part ways with the Bureau. Sasha concludes by talking to us about how she is now an advocate against child marriage and violence against women, an effort that she effects through her consultant company Reality of a Desi Girl. Sasha's story is that of pain, of gender inequality and loss of rights, of traditions that have made their way to the United States, of suffering in silence, but most importantly of resilience and survival. This is an emotional charging episode, one that I hope educates you on the matter, and hopefully, it helps someone in need. 

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

In the second part of episode 11, retired Supervisory Special Agent Rhonda Glover Reese talks to us about leadership. She tells us about the challenges of ascending the ladder into Senior Executive Service (SES) positions and how those challenges put her on the path of true leadership! She also shares with us about her many accolades, her decisions to start mentoring and coaching others, and her company the Rhonda M. Glover Group LLC.

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

Dr. Rhonda Glover Reese is a retired Supervisory Special Agent who served in the FBI for 34 years. She held various leadership roles from Program Manager/Program Coordinator, Supervisory Special Agent to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC). She also had temporary duty assignments within the Senior Executive Service at FBIHQ. In part 1 of episode 11, Dr. Reese talks to us about her mother, a hidden figure! Yes, she was a mathematician for NASA! and how her mother was her inspiration. Dr. Reese talks to us about her journey into the Bureau, beginnings, progressions, her work as an Undercover Agent and leading narcotic investigations, and we begin our conversation about her leadership journey! 

Thursday Oct 26, 2023

Larissa Knapp is the current Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the FBI's National Security Branch. EAD Knapp is the highest-ranking FBI Special Agent and the first Asian American woman to achieve such branch. Talk about breaking the glass ceiling! EAD Knapp and I engage in a candid conversation about her life and career. Tune it to hear how a girl raised in New York climbed to the top and how she leads the FBI with excellence! 

Friday Oct 20, 2023

Special Guest Bob Dougherty, a retired CIA Operations Officer, with 26 years of Agency experience, 23 of which he spent undercover working terrorism matters, and I have a conversation about the Israel-Hamas war. We have a candid discussion and provide our thoughts on the war, perspectives based on working the Hamas threat and potential impact on the homeland, and talk about how to stay vigilant during these heightened state of security.

Edición Especial: Doris Beaton

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

This is a Special Edition episode recorded in Spanish.  Retired SSA Doris Beaton has 27 years of federal government experience, 25 of those dedicated to the FBI. Doris started her career in the FBI in 1997 as a Clerk at the HIDTA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, then was promoted to FOIPA PA Paralegal Specialist. In the year 2000, she attended Quantico and became a Special Agent. During her career, Doris worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at HQ in Washington, DC. Doris worked investigations related to crimes against children, domestic and international terrorism, and, counterintelligence and espionage. She was the SSA for the domestic terrorism squad, HUMINT squad, and was a CHS Coordinator for the entire SJ office. Doris led counterintelligence efforts under the oversight of the White Office and she and her team received accolades and citations for their extraordinary work. Doris was also a firearms instructor, providing instruction for 15 years in the San Juan and in the Jacksonville, FL offices. Doris retired after 25 years from the Jacksonville office. 

Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

Retired FBI Special Agent Ida D'Antonio Hangen shares with us her journey into the law enforcement world and talks to us about her 22-year career in the Bureau. Ida who had a remarkable 28 year career in law enforcement, worked against human trafficking, crimes against children, and Indian Country Crime. From heart-wrenching cases to tips that can save our children and teenagers, this episode is not to be missed! Listener discretion is advised as there is sensitive content related to violence, sexual abuse, and suicide. 

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Retired FBI Special Agent Ida D'Antonio Hangen shares with us her journey into the law enforcement world and talks to us about her 22-year career in the Bureau. Ida worked against human trafficking, crimes against children, and Indian Country Crime. In this episode we learn about Ida and what motivated her to join law enforcement, from becoming a probation officer, to a cross-trained firefighter and police officer, to joining the FBI! A true Badass! She then talks to us about human trafficking. From heart-wrenching cases to tips that can save our children and teenagers, this episode is not to be missed! Listener discretion is advised. 

Tuesday Sep 12, 2023

This episode is dedicated to everyone who was affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to all of those who lost their lives that day, to their families, to everyone who responded from civilians to first responders, and to all of those whose lives were taken post 9/11 due to cancer and other health issues that arose from being at ground zero. Retired Special Agent Amy Loughney-Bytof, who had just joined the Bureau in 1998, and who was loving life in the Big Apple, joined me on the 22nd Anniversary of the attacks to speak about what it was like to be in the city that morning. Full of emotions, good and terrible memories from that tragic day, Amy reminisced about that morning. She is one of the many heroes nobody knows about. Amy put on her invisible cape and ran towards the epicenter to assist, not giving it a second thought; and, even as the towers were engulfed in flames, she searched for personal belongings and body parts at ground zero and at Fresh Kills landfill.  Luckily, she survived and was able to share with us her experience. She reminds us to never forget. God Bless America.


Badass Women, Extraordinary Stories

 Badass in Heels is a podcast by women for everyone who's ever wondered what women do at the FBI. If you've ever wonder what it takes to be a woman Special Agent and what type of work women really do, this show is for you! You will hear from current and retired women Special Agents, who also became firearms instructors, held jobs in specialized units, or ascended the ranks. You'll hear riveting stories about their amazing careers and badass roles, and you'll hear what it's like to be a woman in the best law enforcement agency in the world. Grab a cup of coffee & get ready to be introduced to the world of Badass in Heels!


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