Genre: Community

“The Empowered Whistleblower”

“The Empowered Whistleblower”

Dawn Westmoreland–“The Empowered Whistleblower Radio Show”

Dawn’s Bio:

In 1992, Dawn reported a high-level leader in the United States Air Force for unethical and illegal behavior. She incurred abusive retaliation for her fearless boldness. Despite death threats and a demotion, Dawn persevered in standing up for herself. Her story of bravery was used by the Air Force as training in a Senior Noncommissioned Leadership course.

In 2013, Dawn reported her former managers at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for nepotism and racial discrimination. Again, Dawn was retaliated against for being a whistleblower. She was harassed and placed on administrative leave for over 100 days. When the Department of Veteran Affairs cut off her paychecks, Dawn eventually lost her house.

Exhaustion overcame her and she passed out two times in her workplace. Ultimately, she was ambulanced twice and voluntarily was placed in the VA Medical Center’s mental health ward.  One of Dawn’s greatest “aha” moments occurred while she was recovering.

She realized that she didn’t have to feel like a victim. She stood her ground and held her bullies accountable as she filed charges against her former managers at the VA with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She later settled without signing a non-disclosure agreement.

Dawn believes that employees and employers deserve to work in safe and respectful work environments. Since 2013, Dawn launched a consulting business, wrote several books, and became a podcaster and a radio talk show host. Dawn’s work has been recognized and lauded by activist, Erin Brockovich, The Concerned Veterans for America organization, and the Christian Science Monitor. Sharing her expertise in how to create respectful work environments, Dawn has been featured on Access 21 TV and over 100 radio/podcast shows.

You can learn more about her work at


(Scroll down below the interviews to learn more about the show)

Felix Nater, one of the leading workplace violence consultants in the U.S., and I discuss workplace violence and ways to mitigate it, along with strategies for companies to employ to keep their employees safe in the workplace.


Keith Black, an employment attorney/HR director, and I discuss how workplace investigations can mitigate lawsuits, help employee/employer engagement, and help a company be more productive. You can reach him at and

You can learn more about my work and mission at


Each week, Dawn Westmoreland discusses workplace issues with her guest experts, every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EST, she talks about workplace conflicts, bullying in the workplace, equality and discrimination issues, leadership, engagement, and resiliency in the workplace. Dawn has nearly 30 years in Human Resources.  She is a certified Life Coach through iPEC, an HR consultant, advanced consulting hypnotist, speaker, mediator, and also is a podcaster on Mental Health News Radio. Dawn is a retired Air Force veteran after serving 20 years in the United States and Europe.

She became passionate about her work after exposing perceived racial and nepotism in her former federal job. Dawn understands what it feels like to be bullied in the workplace and it’s her mission to help employees and employers create psychologically safe and respectful work environments.

She has interviewed popular guests, such as Erin Brockovich. Dawn was sent to Washington, D.C. to educate Senators about the abuse of “Whistleblowers”, and she was featured in the Christian Science Monitor for her mission to help people have respectful work environments.

She provided advice on a TV special in Charlotte, NC, on Solutions to Workplace Bullying and Discrimination. It was a popular watched show in November 2018. It reinforced the idea that people are looking for respect and civility where they work.

Dawn’s hobbies are working in her garden, traveling, writing, and doting on her kitty cat (Smudge).



Laura WagenknechtIN AWE (Inspiring & Advancing Women’s Excellence) hostess Laura Wagenecht talks about all aspects of women in business. The show will cover various topics, ranging from climbing the ladder to success, sexism, racism, agism, being a female entrepreneur, being the only woman in the room, to trying to be superwoman and parent children and work full-time, women’s bias against other women, women in the military, and women in a variety of industries. The guests will be from all walks of life and share their stories to help other women advance their professional journey. Stay tuned on Thursday morning’s at 9:00 a.m. on WPVM 103.7!

Laura’s Story
Laura has been facing obstacles simply for being female since she was 10 years old. She encountered the first obstacle when she wanted to play baseball in the little league but was denied simply for being a girl. At that point, her father stepped in and she got permission to participate in the team. But then again, after playing for three years she was excluded again from advancing to the Pee Wee league just because of her sex.

Despite all difficulties, Laura has climbed the ladder to success and held many different leadership positions, including being an Executive Director/CEO of an organization. Because of this experience, she knows how tough it is to be in lower-, middle-, and upper-management – each bringing their own set of challenges.

During her 37 years in the workplace, she observed how women were treated and how the “rules” were applied differently to men vs women. Even amongst women, there was a lack of support for other female colleagues. Laura decided that she had to do something about it and became a Certified Executive Coach to help advance women in the workplace.

With these all-around experiences, Laura is a thought leader in helping women become the very best of themselves.

Laura Wagenknecht, MSW, CEC
Chief Executive
Mosaic Business Consulting, LLC
Phone: (828) 338-2833


Interview with Marcy Gallagher with Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream!


Interview with Davyne Dial, General Manager of WPVM, 103.7!

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a positive, community-based show that celebrates good music and engaging conversation by highlighting some of the many amazing writers, teachers, artists, activists, and musicians living in the area and the projects they are working on. Host Sebastian Matthews will play modern and contemporary jazz music—working to widen and deepen the notion of “jazz” as much as possible—while engaging in conversation with local and national figures.

The show has a simple three-part structure. Matthews will open the show with around 30 minutes of music. He will then introduce his guest and ask him or her to share a cut of music and tell us why they brought it in. The conversation will be carried forward for around 45 to 55 minutes, punctuated with songs brought in (or performed) by the guest. Matthews will then close the show out with 30 more minutes of music, at times in collaboration with his guest.


Goodwill  Radio (last Thursday of the month)

Goodwill Radio (last Thursday of the month)

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has served the community since 1926.  Through the sale of donated items in our stores, we fund employment and training programs that help people find hope, opportunity and jobs.  We are recognized nationally as one of the most efficient charities – channeling 89 percent of revenues to mission and sustainability – enabling us to serve more than 32,000 people each year in northwest NC.


Tara McCracken Director of Workplace Development and  Goodwill talks about what Goodwill does in the community.


Exploration with Michio Kaku

Exploration with Michio Kaku

Exploration with Michio Kaku, is an hour long radio program on science, technology, politics, and the environment. It is broadcast each week on WBAI New York City (99.5 FM), and re-aired on stations across the country via the Ku National Radio Satellite. Exploration can also be heard worldwide as a live streaming simulcast by various national terrestrial radio stations and online archive curated by KPFA Berkeley (94.1 FM) and Pacifica Foundation Radio.