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31 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Pauline Cheung on Confidence, Leadership and Inclusion
Confidence. It can be an elusive quality. Especially when we feel like an outsider, or 'other'. Pauline Cheung knows what it feels like to not fit in, and not feel good enough. Raised in a white working class town in England, Pauline felt the barbs hurled at her for her Asian heritage. Bullied by peers, she wanted to please her teachers by excelling in academics, and please her parents by taking care of her younger siblings. She discovered her compliance with other people's expectations were not enough. Pauline and I discuss what it takes to develop confidence, how to work with fear to achieve our goals and the value of inclusion in this week's episode. Thanks for listening.About Pauline: Cheung, a women’s leadership speaker and coach is on a mission to show professional women how to trust their voices and create professional and personal success – without conceding to people-pleasing and perfectionism. Despite 12+ years as an international executive working with Fortune 500 C-suite and senior-level leaders in the areas of strategy, marketing and business development, Pauline comes from humble beginnings. She knows how challenging it is to step into the unknown and navigate the fear of failure and judgment. Her deep compassion for women wrestling with similar desires and demons helps her coaching clients and audience members break out of their fears and step into full visibility as their unique and brilliant selves. Pauline is a professionally certified coach with the Co-Active Training Institute, a leading ICF-accredited organization, and she holds an MBA from Cass Business School. She also serves on the coaching faculty for the LEAP Organization (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics).
32 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Author Elizabeth Splaine on the 'Devil's Grace,' Healthcare and Ghosts
Hi and welcome to Embark. Today Elizabeth 'Beth' Splaine is in studio to talk about her latest novel The Devil's Grace. Aside from her excellent writing, we talk about healthcare, ghosts and the grace that comes with true forgiveness.A woman of remarkable and varied achievements, you can read more about Elizabeth on her website.A few details about her book in these liner notes:0.63 seconds. That’s the amount of time Angela Brennan has to process the oncoming truck that destroys half of her family and irrevocably alters her life. Not long after the accident, death intervenes once more and snatches her remaining family member. Facing life alone, Angela returns to work as a cardiac surgeon, saving other people’s lives, but questioning why hers was spared. Desperate and distraught, Angela makes the decision to join her family by taking her own life. Before she acts on her plan, however, she receives an anonymous note indicating that her daughter’s death could have been avoided. The information provides Angela with renewed purpose and she becomes determined to find meaning in her catastrophic loss. Angela confronts the healthcare power brokers and discovers lies, complicity, and corruption at the highest levels. As she uncovers the truth about her daughter’s death, barriers are thrown in her way that threaten to destroy all she has left: her career and reputation. Devil’s Grace follows Angela’s path from devastation to redemption, as her decision to choose hope over despair and kindness over cruelty tells a timeless, yet timely tale. Elizabeth B. Splaine wrote the Dr. Julian Stryker series of “Blind” thrillers (Blind Order and Blind Knowledge), as well as Devil’s Grace, the winner of the When Words Count writing competition, released through Greenwriters Press. Her next book, Swan Song, an historical fiction novel, will be released in October 2021 through Woodhall Press.Prior to writing, Elizabeth earned an AB in Psychology from Duke University and an MHA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She spent eleven years working in health care before switching careers to become a professional opera singer and voice teacher.When not writing, Elizabeth teaches classical voice in Rhode Island where she lives with her husband, sons, and dogs.
30 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Embark on Your Third Act: Mind Your Money with Nancy Butler
We like to mix it up a little on Embark, so every third Thursday of the month, we'll Embark on Your Third Act. InANutshell Consulting's Rebecca More and Third Act Quest's Diana Place join me to ponder what's on our minds as we enter that phase of life where we hopefully have a little more wisdom, while we hold onto that joie de vivre to follow our hearts.After a short conversation about what Diana, Rebecca and I we wish we knew when about finances when we were younger, we bring in expert help to talk about what we can do to stay financial -- and emotionally -- healthy. Welcome Nancy Butler from Above All Else.Nancy built a business from scratch as a single parent with no other source of income, from $2,000 to $200 million in assets under management. Since selling the business she has coached businesses in different industries assisting them in providing a better level of service for their clients and customers while increasing their business an average of 300%. Nancy is a professional motivational speaker and award-winning author with over 40 years of experience managing businesses and helping individuals live happier more successful lives. Nancy was appointed a delegate to The United Nations for The Commission on The Status of Women in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has been quoted in many local and national publications, including Money magazine, USA Today, Forbes, US News and World Report, The Financial Planning Association magazine, AARP, The Chicago Tribune, The New England Real Estate Journal, and many more.
37 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Bobbie Carlton on Innovation, Speaking Gigs and Multitasking
One of Bobbie Carlton's missions is to transform the 'manel,' what she calls the 'all-male, all pale and all stale conference panels. In a quest for more diversity, and promote women as thought leaders, she has established Innovation Women. We talk about the job market, VC funding, how to get those sought-after speaking gigs, and when to trade your value as an expert for long-term opportunity.Bobbie Carlton is the founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, or, as she calls them, the day job, the night job and the dream job. She’s an award-winning marketing and PR professional who speaks regularly on marketing, public speaking, startups and women’s issues. During the pandemic, she engaged in some retail therapy and bought two additional companies, My Speaker Leads, and Lioness Magazine. She still gets the occasional comment on having an “NPR” radio voice when she appears on a podcast and still remembers all her call signs from her years as a DJ and radio newsperson during the 80s.
33 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Episode 18 - Ean Price Murphy: Helping Creatives Be Profitable without Selling Their Souls
You’re a creative. Talent just flows through you, and you love what you do. One hitch: You don’t know a thing about business, or how to make what you do profitable. No worries. Ean Price Murphy has your back. Born into a family of creatives, Ean founded Moxie Bookkeeping and Coaching to show small businesses – especially creative ones – how to manage their finances and become profitable without ‘selling your soul’. Ean and I talk about how a lack of clarity about our money stuff can create paralysis and block us from achieving our goals. We look at the root of these feeling and how many creatives don’t like to ‘sell out’ their art. Profit and integrity can go hand in hand. You need only a clear head, a sense of what you want, and someone to help you track what you do. Free your mind and time to do what you really love, while you learn to become the confident boss you really are. Discover four simple steps to permanent profitability without selling your soul at Moxie Bookkeeping.
32 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Episode17: Body Image, Gender Identity and Creativity with Actor and Filmmaker Lyralen Kaye
So, what does a creative do when a pandemic cancels their gigs? If you’re Lyralen Kaye, you stay home, devise a web series, then collect accolades, including an award from the the Los Angeles Internation Film Festival’s Indie Short Fest. Kaye brought 23 actors from around the world together through Zoom to create Assigned Female at Birth: A Web Series about Some Bodies.A hybrid narrative/documentary series Assigned Female at Birth (AFAB) is the story of 23 AFAB people fighting everything they've been taught about their bodies never being good enough.Season One of the docu-dramedy is on YouTube. Season Two drops later this month.Creative director, executive producer and founder of Another Country Productions , Lyralen talks with me about body image, gender identity, connection and creativity. Lyralen Kaye, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, is an actor, screenwriter, playwright, and director. Their acting film/web credits include Assigned Female at Birth, The Last Poker Game, 27 Dresses, The Naturals, The Man at the Door and Mama’s Boy. In Theatre they have played such classic roles as Emma in Betrayal, Lulu in The Dutchman and Polina in The Seagull. Assigned Female at Birth has five times won Best Web and New Media in film festivals world wide. Lyralen's first screenplay for Saint John the Divine in Iowa won them a place in the 2015 Writers Lab supported by Meryl Streep, was a finalist for the 2018 Blacklist Women in Film Lab and 2011 Roy W. Dean Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pride Plays and Films Award. In 2018 Lyralen won the San Francisco Best in Fringe and Techie Best in Fringe for their solo show, My Preferred Pronoun Is We. Lyralen has also been nominated for the 1997 Pushcart Prize in fiction and won the 1998 Boston Amazon Slam Poetry Finals. They are a radical queer activist and social justice artist.
10 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Embark On Your Third Act - A Conversation with Diana Place & Rebecca Moore
Let's give some credit to the boomers. And GenXer's. They do things on their own terms. Rather than embrace their parents’ model of seniority which was defined by retirement and a move to Florida, If you're 50-plus, you may go back to school, start a new relationship, explore your creativity, 'embark' on a new career -- or spiritual path -- or take up a cause. You might see it as a way to enjoy a third act, which may include many more scenes, subplots and twists. Each third Thursday of the month, we welcome you to Embark on Your Third Act.Rebecca Moore of InANutshell Productions, and Diana Place of Third Act Quest, join me for far-reaching conversations about what's next for our life's third act. We'll invite a wide range of guests to address subjects from financial literary to sexual health to career advice. Today we talk about regrets, the plasticity of our brains and our potential to change and achieve great things.Join the conversation, and bring your questions: liz@embark the podcast.com. And please subscribe.
33 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
A Conversation on Race, Secrets, Love and Memoir Writing with E. Dolores Johnson
Change is not easy, nor does it happen quickly. One need only look at our continuing conversations and conflict over race to understand that truth. Embark revisits a conversation with E. Dolores Johnson, who explores her own racial identity in her debut memoir. In 1946, E. Dolores Johnson's black father and white mother fled Indiana's harsh laws against interracial marriage. The subject of an FBI search, which concluded she was dead and a victim of foul play, Dolores' mother was raising a family in Buffalo, New York. As a young woman, Dolores decided to find her white family, and hoped to reunite her mother with loved ones. She writes about her experience in her book, 'Say I'm Dead: A Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love.' Published last June by Chicago Review Press, it is now an audiobook on Dreamscape Media. Johnson's work has appeared in Narratively, Buffalo News, Writers of Color Anthology, Hippocampus and others. She spent her career as an international business executive in tech. She also consulted corporations, as well as Berklee College of Music, on diversity. Dolores directed the digitization of john F. Kennedy's papers at his presidential library in Boston, which launched at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She has a BA from Howard University and MBA from Harvard Business School and completed an MFA equivalent Creative Writing Program. Through Delta Sigma Theta, she chairs human trafficking conferences for black girls and serves on the Boston University International Review Board and the Board of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
37 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
How Your Email Marketing Can Rise Above Noise with Susan Finn
We collectively send and receive over 300 million emails a day. How many of those do you automatically delete? How can you make sure people are opening and responding to yours?Email strategist Susan Finn believes marketing is an act of service to those who are currently looking for what you have to offer. That's where thoughtful, effective email practices come in. She created the Rise Above Noise five-pillar process, which offers heart-centered entrepreneurs a step-by-step guide to create a digital marketing strategy that saves time, attracts clients and allows them to show up in their own integrity. Susan discusses how to tame the pesky organizational aspect of marketing to present our message consistently and generously share it at scale.Find her Facebook group and discover her work here.
41 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode Thirteen: Social Geek Radio's Jack Monson on Podcasts, Franchises, Clubhouse and a Little More Conversation
Social Geek Radio's Jack Monson and his guests discuss social media and digital marketing trends for brands, small businesses, and franchises. Social Geek Radio was listed as one of 20 Best Business Podcasts according to Emerge and was named to the Best Small Business Podcasts by FitSmallBusiness.com. Recently we finally made the Top 25 podcasts in the Marketing category of Apple Podcasts / iTunes.Jack is seasoned in social media marketing, franchise marketing, brand journalism, and public relations. He is the Chief Revenue Officer at Social Joey, and works with franchise systems, national brands, and their locations to get their local marketing hopping!In 2010 Jack and his partners started The Franchise Marketing Innovation and Tech Conference and presented by The International Franchise Association promoting digital marketing and innovation for the Franchise industry.More at socialgeekradio
36 minutes | May 20, 2021
Diana Dunbar Place on the Third Act Quest.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?This verse from Mary Oliver's poem The Summer Day inspired Diana Dunbar Place to explore what she wanted for her own life. She founded Third Act Quest to inspire others to embrace life's possibilities and transitions, and re-envision and rewrite their life stories.After a 35-year professional career that includes a decade with a leading international marketing & ad agency; ten years with America Online (AOL-Time Warner), Diana started three entirely different entrepreneurial ventures. She has mentored and advised several organizations to serve and connect women. In her fifties, the coinciding emotional challenges surrounding a cancer diagnosis, closing my latest entrepreneurial venture, and becoming an empty nester as my daughter headed to college was not filled with anger or regret, but deep gratitude, joy and reignited passion for this next phase of my life. Through retreats, courses, group and private coaching, and a special event series, she helps reframe the experience and perceptions of aging among people of all ages. Third Act Quest is working to shift the experience and perception of aging for individuals, in the workplace and in our culture in general; inspiring people to reimagine what it means to grow older. Importantly as well, she want to help bridge understanding, connection, and mutual support between generations.Visit her website: email@example.com to connect and learn more.
41 minutes | May 12, 2021
Rebecca Moore Talks Female Founders and Women's Work, In A Nutshell
What do you do when you work with women founders who are reluctant to call themselves 'founders'? You help them walk into their title, and power with integrity, support and some fun. At least that's what you do if you're Rebecca Moore, Founder of In a Nutshell Consulting.Moore empowers mission-based women entrepreneurs to harness their brilliance, crush doubt, and clarify their message so they can make a social impact AND earn a meaningful income. An entrepreneur and creative at heart, she leverages her experience founding a venture-backed dot.com and two consultancies (while juggling parenting, caregiving, and health crises) to provide perspective, strategies, and encouragement to first-time and unconventional business owners (many of whom. like her, are starting YOLO businesses in their '50s). She speaks on "Creating your new identity...as an unconventional founder", "The Founder Myth" ,"Telling Your Story in a Nutshell", "Monetizing Your Brilliance, and "Turning Your Setbacks to Success." Moore believes it is never too late to fulfill your purpose, to serve others, and to prosper.
38 minutes | May 7, 2021
Evelyn Starr on Brands in Adolescence and Getting Your Brand Unstuck
We all know the signs of adolescence: Identity crises, running with the wrong crowd, rebelliousness, oversleeping. Sound like what's happening with your brand? Your business?Well, your brand may be stuck in adolescence, and Evelyn Starr explains how your brand can find itself, grow up and thrive.Evelyn Starr is a brand expert and marketing consultant with over 25 years of marketing strategy and research experience. Evelyn uses her keen powers of observation and insight to help her clients wow their customers and grow their businesses. She specializes in working with Brands in Adolescence, brands that have stalled after their initial success. Her clients have ranged from small businesses like Laird Superfood and Harbor Sweets to global brands like Hasbro and Gillette. Before founding E. Starr Associates in 1999, Evelyn worked for some of New England’s most recognized brands including Dunkin’, Veryfine Products and The First Years. As leader of the Care & Safety category at The First Years, she launched one of the company’s most successful products, the Hands-Free Gate, which won The National Parenting Seal of Approval in 2002. Evelyn earned an MBA in Marketing from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and graduated with honors from Vassar College with a BA in Economics and French. Living in the Greater Boston area, her passions include travel, reading, writing, yoga, tea, dark chocolate and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in both her husband and her two children.
34 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Creative Messaging, Advertising and Audio Optometry with Michael Coleman
What makes an advertising message successful? What do the best commercials have in common? What exactly is Audio Optometry. We discuss all with Creative Director and Broadcast Producer, Michael Coleman.Recognized among media and entertainment industry leaders for innovative ideas that sell, ColeCuts Creative rose to prominence through their innovative work for major market radio and TV stations across the US and Canada. With over three decades of memorable commercials and promotional messages ColeCuts Creative is known for developing intelligent, humorous, and cutting-edge material. Their cerebral and irreverent wit earned them numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow, Marconi, Radio Mercury, RTNDA, Associated Press, and Silver Microphone. As a twenty-seven-year stand-up comedian, their two CDs Do Not Read This and Laughing to Beat the Band have received critical acclaim on radio stations throughout the US. They have also taught creative writing and sound production at Northeastern University and Boston College. More at colecutsound.com.
34 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Line by Line: Celebrate Poetry Month, and a New Wave of Poets with Sara Letourneau
Think poetry is relegated to dusty old library book shelves? Well, poetry is alive and thriving, thanks to emerging poets like Amanda Gorman. Today, another young poet shares her passion for verse, and why it's not only relevant, but essential. Sara Letourneau is a poet as well as the managing editor and writing coach at Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Services. In her editing work, she specializes in speculative fiction, literary fiction, YA fiction, memoir, and prescriptive nonfiction. Her poetry has been featured in or will soon appear in Aromatica Poetica, Constellations, Mass Poetry's Poem of the Moment, Soul-Lit, Amethyst Review, Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene, Golden Walkman Magazine, and The Aurorean, among others. She is also a former music journalist and tea reviewer, and her articles about writing have appeared in blogs such as DIY MFA, Writers Helping Writers, and Grub Street. She lives in Massachusetts and is known for always having a book, a journal, a pen, and a cup of tea handy.--
41 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Opera Creativity and The Bodice Ripper Project with Singer Maren Montalbano
In this week's episode, Liz Solar speaks with opera singer Maren Montalbano about creativity, myths around opera, performing during covid, and the 'bodices' that constrain us all.Maren Montalbano is an opera singer, business coach, and writer, whose voice can be heard on three GRAMMY Award-winning albums. When live performances disappeared during the pandemic, she turned her focus to the online world: writing, producing, and premiering a one-woman show called The Bodice Ripper Project as an interactive digital performance at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. That show, along with the accompanying podcast of the same name, became an exploration of sexuality, feminism, and the journey to self-empowerment through the lens of romance novels. A graduate of Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, Maren has sung at Carnegie Hall in NYC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, multiple theaters in Europe, and even performed on stage with the Rolling Stones. She is passionate about uplifting and amplifying new and diverse voices in classical music, which has fueled her work as a business coach for musicians. You can read more about Maren’s brilliant career in opera, romance novel writing and The Bodice Ripper podcast at marenmontalbano.com.
44 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Bipolar Disorder Uncovered : In Conversation with Gabriela Perreira
"Life is what happens while you're making other plans." How many times has the universe interrupted or curtailed those dreams we set up for ourselves? In Gabriela Perreira's case, a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and the medications involved in treating it, led her to a life-altering choice. She'll talk about the journey from early diagnosis to acceptance to sharing her diagnosis to help other people, and assure them, they are not alone..We are not our disorders or disease. In the best case scenarios, we are able to come to terms with what life throws us and find grace and discover other ways to live life as richly as we imagined. Gabriela Pereira is the founder of DIYMFA.com, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She is also a speaker, podcast host for DIY MFA Radio, and author of the book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community.
33 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Market a Better Message: A conversation with Message Artist Deb Goeschel
Marshall McLuhan famously said. "The medium is the message." Okay, but it's the message -what you say, the way you say it and how you present that to the world - that really counts. Whether you’re talking with your partner, your children, or your colleagues – good communication is essential. It can also be difficult to get right. It's true with the words we speak, and the written messages we send out into social media and on our websites.The ability to convey your message can positively impact many areas of your life for the better, but it takes practice. And the right elements to tell a powerful and unique story to draw people to you and your brand. We brought in an expert to guide you to tell an effective, and affecting, message.With an extensive creative background — writing, editing, acting, photography, yoga, and graphic and web design — Deb brings a unique, intuitive, and story-telling perspective to branding, messaging, and content strategy and creation. With 20 years of marketing and communication experience behind her, she currently runs her own branding and marketing company serving entrepreneurs, small- and mid-sized businesses, and nonprofits to provide stellar branding and compelling print and digital content. Learn more at messageartist.com
25 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
The Troubling Trend of Suicide in Young Children. A Conversation with Jon Mattleman
Suicide is a leading cause of death in US elementary school–aged children, and the suicide rate in black school-aged children has increased in recent years. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control show a dramatic rise for young children and adolescents since the epidemic started. From March through October, 2020 mental health-related emergency department visits rose 24% for children ages 5 to 11 and 31% among adolescents ages 12 to 17 when compared with the same period in 2019Disruptive routines, fear of sickness or family loss, economic and housing mobility have proved to be significant stressors for adults as well as children. Social isolation caused by being quarantined and widespread social inequities may prove the heaviest burdens for adolescents and young children who go through an an even more intense period of growth and social learning,Although little is known about the factors precipitating suicide among young children, Jon Mattleman offers some insight on Embark. Jon's life work as a counselor is to help parents better understand their children, and encourage children and adolescents to make meaningful change, as well as good decisions. QPR Suicide Prevention is Jon's enlightening and empowering training on the myths around suicide and how to effectively identify and support loved ones who may be suffering. More at jonmattleman.com
28 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
The Pandemic Within the Pandemic: On Food Insecurity with Catherine Drennan Lynn
Global problems have been amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some are readily solvable, some will take time. Others have no immediate or foreseeable solution. There is one issue that can be solved right now: Hunger. A widespread disease that’s easily treatable, and totally curable.Embark speaks with Catherine Drennan Lynn, Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Greater Boston Food Bank, which works with Feeding America. Their mission is to end hunger through public policy and awareness. GBFB works with state and federal government, and 600 partners to find ways to safely reach and feed our most vulnerable.Catherine most recently led a successful state legislative campaign on school breakfast and built a statewide coalition to support this effort called Rise and Shine Massachusetts. The Breakfast After the Bell bill, which will expand access to school breakfast for more than 150,000 low-income students in Massachusetts. At the federal level, she is actively engaged in the national dialogue on the COVID-19 response, Child Nutrition Reauthorization, healthcare and tax reform and the recent 2018 Farm Bill. Her work advances the mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts and position GBFB as a national thought leader on hunger and poverty.We can all help end this epidemic. Donate your time, write a check, call your legislators. It will take all of us to end this widespread public health issue. Find resources on my most recent blog at lizsolar.com.
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