Being Human Podcast - Episode 99: Diversity, Gender, and the Genius of Women, w/ Simone Rizkallah

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 99 of the Being Human Podcast: Diversity, Gender, and the Genius of Women, w/ Simone Rizkallah

This week, Dr. Greg welcomes Simone Rizkallah to the show for a powerful conversation focused around femininity,  the genius of women, complementarity between the sexes, and cultural differences! Simone is currently the Director of Program Growth for Endow Groups where she helps women cultivate their feminine genius and personal vocations, and offers a unique cultural perspective as the daughter of immigrants from the Armenian Diaspora in Cairo, Egypt. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • The work of Endow Groups as an apostolate; 
  • The difficulty in defining the feminine genius due to it being something deeper and richer than stereotypical roles and responsibilities;
  • Growth in the “genius” of the opposite sex as the key to getting out of “battle mode” in the battle between the sexes; 
  • Social communities rooted in truth as an answer to the social contagion and gender confusion affecting young women;
  • The impact Simone’s Armenian Egyptian culture and background has had on her viewpoint; 
  • Differences between the East and the West, and how we have downgraded our humanity by de-prioritizing the feminine;
  • The dark side of the prosperity and independence enjoyed in Western culture;  
  • How our biology reflects the genius of each gender; 
  • The importance of taking the human heart and human emotions seriously. 


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.