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The She-Suite Podcast
39 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Performing Under Pressure: The Power Of Being A Resilient Leader
This week, Melissa sits down to break down the topic of performing under pressure, and how hard times can actually build you into a more resilient leader. Listen in as she shares three tips for performing through pain, and ways that you can become a more future-ready leader.
35 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Leading Through Motherhood: Making Bold Moves While Creating Boundaries
My guest this week, Iliette Frontera, is the Vice President of Operations for the Boston Scientific (BSC) Dorado (Puerto Rico) manufacturing site, which oversees over 1,100 employees in the manufacturing of Rhythm Management and Neuromodulation devices.Listen in as Iliette shares her career journey and lessons learned, from realizing the importance of listening to those close to her, to stepping into new roles to help her become a stronger, more rounded leader. All the while, how she balances her role as a mother of two young daughters, and a wife.
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The Power Of Self Reflection: Creating Change Across Your Life
Self reflection is a powerful tool that any of us can implement. And when done effectively, it can help you create that change that you wish to see across your own life. This topic (and more) is exactly what Christen Smith joins me to chat about in this episode. Christen is the Vice President of Federal Health and Civilian Market for LMI, a mission-oriented consultancy that provides management and advisory services, logistics strategy and support, and digital and analytic solutions to federal government agencies. Listen in to hear her story, and her own personal transformation through self reflection.
47 minutes | May 24, 2021
Greatness Through Adversity: Living and Leading with Authenticity
Dealing with adversity is often what drives us to greatness. Nothing could be more true for Laurinda Rainey, United Airlines CoBrand General Manager at JPMorgan Chase. Tune in to hear how her strength in the face of serious health challenges provided her with the opportunity to live a more authentic, transparent life; on her own terms one hundred percent of the time.
31 minutes | May 10, 2021
Finding Your Fire: The Guts to Go All-In on Your Passion
It’s no surprise that leadership success follows when passion drives your purpose. In this episode, I’m joined by Sheri Shapio, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Listen in to hear about her passion for healthcare, her leadership “leap of faith” moments and how moving through change has shaped her leadership style. Sheri has managed her journey to the c-suite through commitment to continuous learning and staying true to her core values and beliefs.
36 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Transformative Compassion: Leading with Authenticity to Drive Passion and Purpose
This episode has heart! I sit down with Elizabeth Adefioye, SVP and CHRO for Ingredion, a Fortune 500 company located in the suburbs of Chicago. Elizabeth is a forward thinking leader whose success is characterized by her ability to turn challenge into strengths and adversity into opportunities. Join us to hear about her amazing journey, how she embraced changed as a platform for her own growth. Her career has been a global adventure and her passion for helping others find their purpose is inspiring!
37 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Female Entrepreneurship: Leaving the Corporate Grind and Pursuing your Passion
Welcome back to Season 2 of The She-Suite Podcast, I'm so excited to be back at it! For this first episode, my friend Laurin Mills joins me to talk about one of everyone's favorite things... food! Laurin is the CEO and Founder of The Dinner Daily, and most recently of Grocery Cart IQ. Listen in to hear all about her journey, how she wound up where she is now, and what has worked for her to successfully go about launching and marketing her self-funded, personalized meal planning service. Her story will leave you feeling inspired.
47 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
What Matters Most: On Living Life Abundantly & Intentionally
For our final episode of Season 1 of the She-Suite Community podcast, Anitra Marsh joins our host to talk about work life blend and balance, her career journey, and the many passionate and delicate pieces that surround it.Anitra is the Vice President of Global Sustainability, Citizenship and Brand Communications with Procter & Gamble Beauty. She and Melissa have been friends for over 20 years now, and have some heartwarming stories to share as they talk through topics such as finding common ground, building authentic relationships, and truly prioritizing your time and life.
60 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Lessons on Leadership: The Power of Design-Driven Thinking To Transform Companies & Careers
True leadership is a skill that is rare to come by, but can be both learned and refined with time. This week, President & CEO of Logitech Bracken Darrell joins me to talk about his journey, how he has gone about leading many amazing businesses across his career, and why learning by doing is key. When Bracken first stepped into his role with Logitech, he had to approach it with a very strategic, design-drive mindset on how to turn the direction of the company around, and what the long-term visions and goals would look like. Tune in as he walks through how he did just that, and took Logitech through a very strategic shift towards success, with a company that is now worth 15 times more than when he first started.
40 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
The Power Of Choice: On Stepping Back & Recreating Your Life
This week, Lucy Puttergill joins Melissa from London, England to share her story, and why she chose to step away from her successful job in finance last year. After stumbling upon an inspiring article that Lucy wrote and shared, Melissa invited Lucy to join the podcast, share her thoughts, and put words to what so many women struggle with. Her story is both fascinating and insightful, and has something for every women to walk away with.
43 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Defining Your Social Legacy & Living With Authentic Purpose
This week, guest Emily Chang joins me from across the World in Shanghai, China. Emily is the CEO of McCann Worldgroup, China, and has quite the story to share in regards to how she got where she is, and how that time has shaped her own leadership and life identity. Prior to accepting her CEO role, she took a year off to write a book called The Spare Room, the topic of her first TEDx Talk. The newly published book The Spare Room provides inspiring yet practical guidance on how to live a richly purposeful life by defining your Social Legacy, which you can learn more about here. This energetic episode is full of ideas surrounding both purpose and intention; tune in to learn more about how you can start defining your own social legacy.
40 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
How To Align Your Passions Across Your Life
My sorority sister, friend, and CEO of Sundial Brands - Cara Sabin joins me to tell her story and journey, how she moved into leading Sundial Brands, and has truly defined down her sense of purpose as a woman in business. With over 20 years of general management, business strategy, consumer marketing, digital and innovation experience, Cara is currently the CEO of Sundial Brands (owner of brands Shea Moisture, Nubian Heritage, Nyakio and Madame CJ Walker Beauty Culture). Prior to her current role, she held management positions in prestige beauty, leading Global Marketing for Clinique $1B Makeup and Fragrance portfolio as well as Marketing for NARS Cosmetics’ Americas business.
26 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Taking A Leap Of Faith: Create Your Brand, On Your Terms.
The journey of getting in shape, and staying in shape, can feel intimidating and hard - especially this time of year! Today's guest specializes in this topic, fully understands it, and has build her own personal niche brand within the fitness industry. Kim Dolan Leto is a Best Selling Author, Brand Founder & Developer, Host of the Strong.Confident.His.Podcast, and so much more. She joins me to share her story and tips around developing your OWN brand on your terms, no matter what that might look like. Kim has followed her faith to create space in the world, leaving her own mark. Listen in to learn more, and be encouraged to take your own leap of faith!
36 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Being An Extraordinary Female Leader: How To Walk Strong, & Own Your Personal Brand
My guest this week is Diane Dietz, previous colleague and now the CEO and President of Rodan + Fields. When it comes to leadership, and growing your personal brand... Diane is a wealth of deep, dynamic knowledge that you won't want to overlook. Since stepping into the CEO position with Rodan + Fields, the company has seen unprecedented growth, exceeding $1 billion in sales. Listen as we talk through Diane's leadership and personal brand journey, how she grew to develop her own authentic voice in the corporate environment, and learned to be comfortable, being uncomfortable.
39 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Protecting Your Wealth and The Power of Purpose Partners
There aren't many things more personal than a woman's bank account, and her love life. This week, we cover both, with guest William Alfred Simkins III, a wealth advisor and more importantly... my husband! Will has over 20 years of experience in financial services spanning retirement, business planning, life insurance, and more, helping many clients with their long-term financial strategy. He joins me to discuss the challenges and the joys of life partnership, and the struggles that we have endured as a couple. Not only that, but we dig deep into what it means to have a vision for your value, and how to make investments now that will pay it forward with future stability.
28 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Creating an Uncluttered Life and Finding Joy in the Journey
Does this year have you struggling with organization, or feeling overwhelmed with clutter across your workspace, home - or even your mind? Then listen on, this episode is for you! My friend and Organizing Expert, Rachel Rosenthal, is rooted in the belief that organization can be achieved by all, and she has the tips and systems to back it up. She's the founder of Rachel & Company, a wife, mother of identical twins, and is here today to help you uncover the power of organization, across your life.
29 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
How To Negotiate So That Everyone Wins (Including You!)
Almost everything in life is a negotiation; so how are your negotiating skills? Today’s guest, Ron Shapiro, is an Expert Negotiator, Attorney, Sports Agent, Educator, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Civic Leader. He joins me in Episode 3 to share his simple playbook on how to negotiate for exactly what you want. Listen as we break down some tips on how you can get your worth, and never sell yourself short. Ron’s four award winning books have received an array of accolades, including recognition on the New York Times, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal’s best seller lists. He is frequently referred to by parties representing each side in a negotiation as the ultimate “Win-Win” negotiator.
24 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Winning as a Woman of Color
In episode 2 of the She-Suite Community podcast, Julie Spencer Washington of Trinity Health joins Melissa to talk about discovering her voice as a woman of color, creating her own story to define a path of success, and how her and her husband bet on her career as she took a risk to pursue her next level.
33 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Welcome to The She-Suite Community Podcast
In this first episode of the She-Suite Community podcast, the host, Melissa Dawn Simkins, introduces herself, and shares her history as an entrepreneur, wife, mom, and woman of faith. She also walks through her vision for the podcast, and why establishing your personal brand journey can be one of the most important things that you do for yourself, today.
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