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The Women Wave is a space for women who are change-makers, conversation starters, and unapologetically works-in-progress.

We want this space to help women feel connected, empowered, informed, and inspired to give a shit about the world and the people in it.

Each week, we invite you to eavesdrop on our conversation through our podcast, take a deeper dive with written weekly content and connect with other badass women in our private Facebook community.


Meet Sterling.

Sterling Cates is a Senior Associate Producer for E's LadyGang and go-to source for pop culture news. She is a fierce fighter for women’s rights, social justice, and doing good in the world. As a burn survivor, she advocates for healthcare and children with physical differences. Don’t ask her why Beyoncé is her role model if you don’t have at least an hour.

Sterling graduated from the School of Media & Journalism at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2013. There isn’t a town in the world that isn’t on her bucket list.

Karaoke Song: Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa

Favorite Books: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown, and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Spirit Animal: Elephant


Meet Tricia.

Tricia Cleppe is a freelance writer and marketer for the legal cannabis industry. She’s at her best when working on creative solutions to hard problems like drug policy reform, mass incarceration, and electing bad ass women to positions of power. In the past, she has worked on legalization campaigns in California and lobbied on Capitol Hill for medical marijuana patient protections. She loves a debate and if you ask her, she’s never lost an argument. Except maybe that time she, unironically, wrote a paper arguing that global warming was a hoax in 9th grade. Luckily, she's always willing to change her mind.

Tricia graduated in 2014 from the School of Media & Journalism at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill. She loves cheeseburgers and her pit bull named Slip.

Favorite Books: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go To Karaoke Song:  Stacy’s Mom

Spirit Animal: Otter

We believe women are complex, imperfect, smart, driven, beautiful, capable, courageous, and craving authentic conversations about our experiences. We’ve created a space where women can feel welcome, supported, and inspired to DO good things in and for the world.
— Sterling Cates & Tricia Cleppe