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Voice Lessons Podcast
25 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
A Lesson On Doing It Anyway with Katie Keating
One in four Americans is a woman over 40. Katie Keating co-founded Fancy Inc., a 100% women-owned, operated, and focused advertising agency to help advertisers speak to them. In this lesson on “doing it anyway,” she talks about her mission, the 3%, and why women need to harness the power they possess as consumers to change the culture. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Katie’s journey to forming Fancy. At the time Katie got into advertising, only 3% of Creative Directors were women. Why Katie decided to quit her well-paying agency job to gain more control over her career. The hardest thing about starting your own agency, according to Katie. Why women are faced with “aging out” of their careers as they get older. Is the female competition still a thing? The article Katie wrote about women over 40 that went viral, and the response it received. How women can harness their purchasing power to affect the kind of change that they want to see in the world. 80% of women make the household purchasing decisions. Women’s resistance when talking about money and finances. How do you encourage brands to take the leap and have a conversation with women in a more inclusive way?
26 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
A Lesson On How To Think Like An Investor with Britt Baker
Britt Baker and her company Dow Janes are on a mission to get 10,000 women invested by the year 2025. Why? Because good things happen when women have money. In this lesson on "how to think like an investor", we speak to why it's time for women to take control of their money so they can have more choices, louder voices, and more financial confidence when it comes to investing and building a foundation for their future. How Britt got into investing at an early age. The concept of Dow Janes and the founder’s mission to help women invest. Dow Janes started as an investment club for women in Britt’s living room. The turning point when Britt and Laurie Anne teamed up to launch Dow Janes as co-founders. *Women donate their money more than men. The way that women invest. **About 39% of women have no retirement strategy, compared with 25% of men. Only 19% of women have a written retirement plan. Common misconceptions that women have about investing. How Britt defines confidence in investing. The subject of money is emotional and intangible. Your relationship to money drives how you relate to and use money. The 3 common themes that come up for women and money. Why Britt and Laurie Anne design what they are working on in their business based on their menstrual cycles Your cycles can be your superpower if you use them correctly. Why women need to understand money in this moment. Why leading with intuition can be more powerful than the numbers. How women can have a conversation about taking on finances with their spouse.
36 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
A Lesson On Being Seen with Crosby Noricks
Crosby Noricks is a pioneer in the Fashion PR industry. In 2006, she founded PR Couture, a career platform and sourcebook for lifestyle communicators, as a way to highlight where strategy and fashion intersect. In this “lesson on being seen”, we learn how she was able to pivot personally and professionally along the way to help more women become visible in their own businesses. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: It's common for creatives to be multifaceted. Feminist Fashion How Crosby got into her field. Why Crosby wanted to figure out where strategy exists within fashion public relations. The mindsets about PR that PR Couture is trying to change. PR is such a feminized field and it also reflects a lot of the ways that women are socialized to be these supporting characters only working behind the scenes. *70% of the global PR industry is women. **Only 2 of the 10 largest PR agencies worldwide have women running their North American operations. And the salary for a woman in PR is $20,000 less compared to her male counterpart. The thought-leadership piece around PR and how it has evolved in the digital world. What being a thought-leader means to Crosby. How to pivot in the culture of the conversation. How to recognize the time to pivot. How to thrive in an agency environment in the PR industry if you’re an introvert. You can ease into your own visibility. True visibility is internal. How certain career choices are subconscious decisions based on our own visibility issues. How personal decisions turn into personal branding. Active listening with your audience and yourself is key as you evolve and your business grows. Filling a gap in the market around service rather than profit. When men market to women they typically try and solve problems that don’t exist. Being in service to your creativity and curiosity to help move your business forward. Finding a PR professional who aligns with your mission and values. Women often go into entrepreneurship roles because they face diversity and wage gap issues. We cut off our ability to be accepted and loved in a certain way by not allowing ourselves to be seen. Feminine leadership leans toward collaboration and inclusivity.
38 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
A Lesson On Doing the Right Thing with Natasha Fritz
Women face misogyny at work every day but the construction industry is like the Wild West and has the second-highest rate of sexual harassment complaints in North America. Natasha Fritz experienced that harassment which is why when she heard a misogynist clip on a construction industry podcast, she decided to do something about it. In this episode, “A Lesson on Doing the Right Thing”, she shares why her choice to publicly call out the offensive remarks was the only choice. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Natasha’s experience growing up as sometimes the only female in her shop classes and on her job sites. Feeling like an outcast in your field, just by being the only woman. How Natasha broke out and created her own business. Why the construction industry is resistant to change in areas like gender equity, technology, & sustainability. Natasha’s Instagram post that went viral. Change does not have to be risky, it’s just unfamiliar. Sexual harassment towards women, especially at work is still a major issue. **The industry with the 2nd highest rate of sexual harassment in the workforce is the construction industry. How Natasha found confidence in her industry to speak up for herself more. The double standards women face when trying to speak out when something is not right. The particular masculinity associated with the construction industry and the toxic work environment it unfortunately presents. There are corporate ways to handle sexual harassment that have not been adopted by the construction industry. Sexual harassment incidents need to be called out more by men. What language do you use when you’re in a situation that is uncomfortable? Why some men don’t realize the importance of breaking gender roles. What Natasha learned from this experience. The internal misogyny women face at work and how to undo the jerk reaction to accept that kind of treatment. Why forgiveness is key to industry shifts. What feminine leadership could look like in the construction industry.
18 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
A Lesson On Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone with Kim Kuhteubl
If your mind, spirit, body, and soul have been out of alignment for a long, or even a short time, it’s going to take adjustments to get you back into the flow and that usually means stepping out of your comfort zone. In this episode, host Kim Kuhteubl shares powerful tools on how to get around your inner gatekeeper, unconscious beliefs and chart a course forward. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Kim’s definition of alignment. One of the most powerful tools that you have when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone is receiving. Confirmation Bias and why it keeps you stuck. If you can’t see anything new when it comes to your life and vision, your inner gatekeeper is the reason why. Stepping out of your comfort zone requires conscious decision-making and making new decisions will likely be in direct conflict with your old, unconscious beliefs. Growth doesn’t have to mean grueling or dangerous but it always is unfamiliar. Certainty is a flawed concept. Limiting beliefs and cognitive shortcuts How to own your own creative vision. Kim’s process on how to step outside of your comfort zone. Awareness is more powerful than thought. Smartcut your thinking by replacing old thoughts that no longer serve you.
35 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
A Lesson On Living Your Own Story with Lane McNab
Opera Singer turned Interior Design Founder @lanemcnabinteriors runs a thriving interior design firm and sustainable furniture company that is creating the next generation of heirlooms. How did she get there? By giving herself permission to keep embody her life and creativity fully. In this Lesson on Living Your Own Story, Kim talks about her early working relationship with Lane, how Lane built her firm as a designer, and how she's embraced her role as both a mother and creative and industry leader. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: How creatives can embrace spirituality. Lane’s first profession was singing and how she made the transition into design. Why lane decided to go with a sustainable business model. What “sustainable” means to Lane. Creating timeless pieces. Dealing with pushback from customers regarding budget and premium offerings. Designing with purpose to make products more beneficial to the environment. Lane’s 3 principles to her business. Not using motherhood as an excuse to not be your full self. How Lane speaks to issues that are important to her while keeping her brand value and reputation in mind. Being a mom and creative entrepreneur. How the shift happened for Lane to embody her own story. Transitioning from one career to the other. How women can step up and make their vision a priority, even in a family unit. How Lane views feminine leadership. How we can use feminine leadership to align principles with practices.
27 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
A Lesson In Finishing Your Damn Book with Beverly Jenkins
Beverly Jenkins never planned to be an Author. Growing up during the Civil Rights Movement, her mother passed along a love of books and history and she decided to become a librarian. In this episode, she talks about the journey from first-time author to becoming the primer writer of historical Black fiction in the United States with 49 books in an industry that rejected her. Beverly also shares intimate moments of her past, her process, and why she’s rooting for women writers to get off the sidelines and just "publish your damn book”. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Beverly didn’t plan on being an author. Beverly’s mother passed along her love of history and reading to her at a very young age. Black history was very important to Beverly’s great grandfather on her Mother’s side which can now be seen in her books. During Beverly’s childhood, libraries were still segregated. African American authors were never shelved in with the rest of the collection. When Beverly first started writing, Black characters were not prevalent in romance or history stories. There was also no place to get published as a Black author in these genres until the 1990s. Plotters vs. Pantsers Beverly’s writing process The point that Beverly knew she could write. How and why she started her first book. Beverly has written 49 books in her lifetime, typically in the Historical Romance genre. What is a sweet romance? How Beverly handled the rejections she faced in the publishing industry. How Beverly found her editor. How the portrayal of strong and determined Black women has changed in the model in the romance genre. Black women’s three gifts and how Beverly highlights these in her heroines. Beverly’s newest book Wild Rain and why her character came to be. Beverly’s new Women Who Dare series. How Beverly views feminine leadership. If you have the writing bug, it’s not going anywhere. It’s up to you to decide that you’re strong enough and brave enough to pursue your dream.
26 minutes | May 30, 2021
A Lesson on Following Your Intuition with Lyra Satyanarayana
Lyra Satyanarayana and her family packed up their belongings and headed to a new life, virtually overnight. Why? Intuition. In this episode, you’ll be taken along Lyra’s journey from leaving her multi-million dollar real estate business by connecting with her spirituality to realize the bigger vision for her life. How do women balance work life with personal life? The decision Lyra had to make between being a CEO and being a mother. Why it’s ok to start over and create the life you want. Your intuition leads you into darkness but sometimes that’s part of the growth. Divorce is not necessarily a bad thing. Why Lyra decided to close her multi-million-dollar real estate business essentially overnight. The shifts that happened to Lyra and her family and where her intuition led them next. The moment Lyra knew she would show up in the world differently. The teachings that Lyra uncovered on her new journey in Crestone, Colorado, and why she went to that particular town. How Lyra and her husband handled their divorce and how intuition tied into this decision. Why we are anxious about slowing down and focusing on our soul. Lyra’s new spiritually focused business. We are so far removed from the spiritual in today’s society. The separation between religion, government, and capitalism and alternative solutions around their messages. People have separated out divinity from humanity to the capacity that we compartmentalize it so much it’s unrecognizable. Lyra’s definition of the Unholy Trinity You can never exit the system while living inside of it. What is it that’s truly missing is something we need to get in touch with more. Your spiritual connection to yourself and how to extract yourself from your truest way of being. Whatever you're doing today is for you. It is the thing that you're supposed to be doing until it's not. People with their purpose use it as an excuse to not work hard in the moment and to not show up in the present. Women who are so successful often feel like something is still missing. Future Forecasting vs. Manifestation and your sense of the larger vision. Lyra’s definition of “Direct Knowing.” The unfolding of the larger vision can be fun and joyful because you’re not committed to the path because it rarely works the way you expect in the first place. Live in the present, even in the bad moments. How to turn “why is this happening to me” into “this had to happen to me for a reason.” Lyra’s message for what it means to be a woman leader in this moment. Feminine leadership principles and what they mean to Lyra. Intuition lead vs. Heart lead and how that applies to feminine leadership.
25 minutes | May 16, 2021
A Lesson on Leaving with Erynn Brook
“Friendly-feminist “and author Erynn Brook posted a tweet about a lesson she learned from her mom. It went viral. She posted about a concept that seems simple, but in reality is very hard for most of us to do, especially women. Leave. This lesson on leaving isn’t just for women. It is for all genders. Practicing and putting up boundaries is a human right. No one should be deprived of it. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: How Erynn got into professional writing. The first post of Erynn’s that went viral. Why Erynn is a “friendly-feminist.” The story that prompted Erynn’s viral tweet. Why is it radical for women to set boundaries? You don't have to tolerate another girl being mean to you. The social contracts women feel obligated to partake in. We need to give ourselves permission to leave. What was becoming instantly visible like for Erynn after her tweets went viral. Writers tap into things that are unspoken but felt, and they're able to give a voice to those things whether it’s an emotion or a movement. Writing is a call to leadership. Does Erynn consider herself a leader? Leaders are coming in unexpected places and look different than they did before.
35 minutes | May 2, 2021
A Lesson On Inner Wisdom with Leslie Salmon Jones
Yogi, Dancer, and Activist Leslie Salmon Jones went on a journey of healing to West Africa to find her roots. She not only came back with a newfound love for herself but with the foundations of new practice: Afro Flow Yoga®. Created in 2007 with her husband Jeff, Afro Flo blends yoga and meditation with dance movements from across the African Diaspora and creates an inclusive and diverse environment, free of any judgment for the Black community, and celebrates the beauty in diversity. (Additional original music by Jeff Jones) TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: What is Afro Flow Yoga® and its mission? Leslie’s background in movement and how it set the foundation for her work today. The lack of positive images representing Black women while Leslie was growing up and the self-esteem issues she had as a response. How Leslie rebuilt her self-image and never turned back. Leslie’s experience in Canada versus the United States. Leslie’s mission is to bring together our roots and to celebrate the beauty and richness and brilliance genius of people from all walks of life. Leslie’s viral Reebok ad and how she became a positive body image. How Leslie met her husband Jeff and how their journey to West Africa was the catalyst to finding her roots, healing deep trauma, and eventually the creation of Afro Flow Yoga®. There is an invisibility of Black people in yoga, in leadership positions, and in teaching. In the patriarchal system and colonized system, there's having power over. And in the divine feminine system, there's doing power with collectively thinking about the circle. What Afro Flow Yoga® has done for the Black community. Many of the transformative movements happening to uproot the system that is very broken have been started by Black women. Feminine leadership really is about care, how we care and how we systemize care. Divine feminine wisdom will help us find harmony and balance with nature. The 4 V’s of the Omega Women’s Leadership Intensive. Leslie’s work in women’s leadership and her advice for facing your fears. Beauty comes in many forms. When you come into self-love you are a light for others as you just reveal the fullness of your nature.
30 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
A Lesson on Equity. Period. With Laura Strausfeld
Together with 5 plaintiffs and the law firm Emery Celli Brinkerhoff, Laura Strausfeld and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of New York for taxing tampons. Since 2016, their organization Period Equity has helped 20 states repeal the tax. In this episode, Laura talks about the winding creative road that lead her to this fight and asks women to join together and speak up about taboo subjects that women are uniquely poised to solve. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: How being a twin tied into Laura’s career steps and her mission to get women to collaborate. Laura’s non-toxic perfume business started as an accident and turned into a passion. What Laura learned about environmental risk in the perfume business and how these government regulations started her interest in manufacturing practices. Why creatives often become unexpected entrepreneurs and how they succeed. What is period equity and why does it matter? States collectively make over $150 million annually from taxing menstrual products. The tipping point that got the legislature to take action against the period tax in the NY state case in 2016. Women were excluded from medical research until the 1980s and early 1990s. We need to overcome being embarrassed about the issue of menstruation and use our voice to ask for necessities such as menstrual products. Scotland has made period products free. The goal of Period Equity and how women can get involved in their own communities. How litigation can alleviate menstrual inequality and fund free products for those in need. Whey menstrual companies aren’t doing their job when it comes to fighting for period equality. Why are most of the world’s billionaires male? Why feminine leadership often represents those who don’t have a voice.
36 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
A Lesson On Shedding The Perfection Performance With Jenna Arnold
In the wake of the 2016 election, activist, social entrepreneur, and organizer of the Women’s March, Jenna Arnold, one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 hosted listening circles around the country to understand why 51% of white women voted for Trump. She wrote a book that captured those learnings called Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines. In this episode, Jenna tells us how the Women’s March changed her and how white women can show up in this critical time in our history, accept responsibility, and find their place on the new frontlines. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: The common theme in Jenna’s body of work and how she finds simplified, creative solutions to solve the world’s problems. How being dyslexic changes the world view. The founding story of the Women’s March and the most surprising thing Jenna learned about herself during the process of organizing it. What is a leaderless movement? Can they work? Women are trying to lead and topple systems at oppression at the same time. 74% of white women don't engage in political conversation because it's too uncomfortable, because it doesn't keep the peace. What sparked Jenna to write her book, Raising Our Hands. Women are hesitant to step in and engage out of fear of not getting it perfect. How a woman’s self-worth, or lack of it, gets translated to our political actions and our world views. Why we are not willing to take responsibility for history. Why we are intentionally invisible in our daily lives. Money is an expression of an internal belief that we hold value. Things white women can do to take action and join the fight on the frontlines of change.
25 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
A Lesson on Rewiring for Wealth with Barbara Huson
Barbara Huson has devoted decades to empowering women as a financial therapist, wealth coach, and author. In this episode, Kim speaks to her about her 7th book, Rewire For Wealth, and the three steps every woman can take to step into their power and program their brain for financial success. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: How Barbara’s father and first marriage didn’t teach her about money but prepared her to help women financially. Banks could refuse women a credit card until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 was signed into law. Prior to that, a bank could refuse to issue a credit card to an unmarried woman, and if a woman was married, her husband was required to cosign. Why women are afraid of their power. Being MetaFISCAL and what it means. How a women’s spiritual journey connects with her financial wellbeing. Barbara’s three levels of financial development: survival, stability, affluence. Are you an under-earner? The two emotions to recognize when going from survival to stability on your financial journey. Barbara’s 3-step formula to rewiring our brains for wealth. Why it can be difficult to rewire. The connection between our brain and our thoughts and how we can change the negative thoughts we tell ourselves. The balance between love and fear. Receptive surrender and how it relates to COVID-19 and what we are collectively going through as a whole. Why Barbara changed her last name. #LESSONUP: (2:50- 3:50) I realized very early in my work with women and wealth is that women's issues with money have very little of anything to do with money. And it has everything to do with their fear up or ambivalence about power because women don't understand power from a feminine perspective. And in my definition, a powerful woman is someone who knows who she is, who knows what she wants, and expresses that in the world unapologetically. So essentially our fear of power is our fear of becoming all of who we're meant to be, to really shining our light in the world, and dimming ourselves down. So we don't make waves. And for the patriarchy men see power as power over we don't, for us, power is power with, we are collaborative. We are all about power with. (4:09-5:00) I remember interviewing a psychologist who specialized in financial matters and I asked her, why are women so afraid of their power? And she said to me, something gave me full-body chills. She said powerful women have been burned at the stake. Yes. And I believe it is in our collective unconsciousness that we have this fear of being punished or having catastrophic outcomes if we are powerful. But in order to create wealth in order to make a difference in the world, we have to become a container that can attract, sustain and grow our money. And that's what's required of us. Mother Theresa said it takes a checkbook to change the world. And it's so true. (10:07- 10:20) Under-earning never feeds your soul. It is always an act of deprivation and not just of money, but of time of choices, of freedom, and most of all of self-esteem. (10:45- 11:20) Our brain which is a physical organ in our body controls our behavior. Everything we do inhaling, exhaling, saving, spending is controlled by our brain. Our mind is a non-physical entity, the source of thoughts and feelings. And what flows through the mind is what shapes the brain. So if you want to change your behavior, it's really hard. It's really, really challenging to change your behavior unless without changing your brain first, and the way you change your brain is by changing your thoughts and feelings. (13:28-13:56) All rewiring is unlearning the thoughts that don't serve you so you can, we can program into your brain thoughts that serve you. You recognize the thought you reframe it, but it's not enough to change your behavior unless you do the third step, which is respond differently. Don't want to do, do what doesn't feel. Right. Do what you think. This isn't me. This isn't me. Those are all signs that you are rewiring your brain. (14:55- 15:40) The effects of COVID are many, but one of it for us is enforcing us to reconsider our life. And are we going in the direction we need to go? And thing to do when you get the call, when you realize, Hmm, I need to make some changes. Whether you want to or not. The universe tells you time to make a change. What you need to do is step back and receptive surrender… to get quiet because the idea is to tune into your soul. And in order to hear our soul, we must be quiet. Our soul needs stillness. Our ego, which is telling us, telling you, you're not enough. You must do this. You should do this. It's so loud. It's screaming at you. So you need to get quiet to see what your soul has to tell you. (20:30- 21:50) I think we do not need to get to the state where I was, where it was feeling heavy. I do not think we need to get to this point. This is about you as a black woman asking for support because you give it to other people without question. So why can you not give it to yourself? And I think that is what I would say to any woman listening, give to yourself what you would give to others without question. And a lot of us do that, but we don't think that we are worthy of that. And that was a lesson that I had to learn because I do it. I show up for everybody and I show up in a way and give a hundred percent at all times. And yet I don't feel that I'm worthy of that level of support. (17:38- 18:00) I want women to know how much power they have to create the life that they want. How much power, how much is in their control. How absolutely much how their thinking is so powerful. The creative power of thought is mind-boggling. And then when you can shift your thinking, you actually rewire your brain and your behavior will change. And there's nothing you can't do.
37 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
A Lesson on Showing Up for Yourself with Trey Anthony
Why is it still so difficult for women who lead to ask for help, especially when it comes to their mental health? And, why are Black women even less likely to ask for it? In our special SEASON 2 launch on INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, Kim speaks to award-winning producer, writer, and speaker Trey Anthony, best known for her work “Da Kink in My Hair” and most recently, her new book “Black Girl In Love (with Herself).” In this lesson on showing up for yourself, Trey speaks openly and honestly about coming to terms with her own depression, and how we as women can find freedom in expressing the truths about our daily struggles and fall back in love... with ourselves. (This episode includes colorful language). TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: How Trey’s grandmother influenced her creativity, career, and eventually her voice. Why Trey started her first piece “Da Kink in My Hair” and what the show represents in regards to issues Black women face in their daily lives. How “Da Kink in My Hair” became an overnight sensation. Trey is the first Black woman in Canada to ever have a television show on a major prime-time Canadian network. Black Culture in Canada vs. the United States. How Trey made space for Black women in the self-help market. Black Girl in Love (with Herself) addresses the real things that occur to Black women as they move through spaces. There's a stigma in the Black community around depression and mental health issues that we do not talk about, and yet it's happening. How do we create a safe space for Black women to fall apart if they need to? If you look at so many of the movements of social change that are happening, Black women are at the forefront. When you are not recognized, you have nothing to lose. Many women leaders are viewed as the strong ones and have a hard time admitting when they are struggling, and how Trey navigated this personally. By the time Black women actually seek health for mental health issues, their symptoms are 5X more severe than white women. As women, we think we can handle more than we actually can and it’s ok to ask for help. There is a common misconception among women that receiving comes with strings attached. Asking for that support and being carried is part of the modeling of what the new success means. How mothering changed Trey and her journey as a solo parent. The rules that are written in the culture for the way we do things don’t actually make sense for busy women. Feminine leadership looks like in today’s society looks like so many different things, because we are doing it all.
44 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
A Lesson in Faith with Joy Bennett
Author, speaker, and activist Joy Bennett shares a story no parent can ever imagine being a part of. What happened to Joy and her family was the beginning of her spiritual transformation. This is the story of a woman who shifted from intellectual know it all, to a questioner. Listen to how she healed her unbelief in this episode in “faith”.
23 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
A Lesson on Trusting Your Gut with Christiane Lemieux
In this “Lesson on Trusting Your Gut”, Kim Kuhteubl pulls an interview with serial entrepreneur, author and visionary Christiane Lemieux out of the vault to talk about the growth of her business, saying “yes” and why this moment was meant for creative women who were born to lead. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE How the designer challenges “tradition in a quintessentially American way,” and her “American design visionary” status. Canada, does that feel ironic or did you always know you would end up in New York? Christiane’s first two strategic jobs including working with Isaac Mizrahi. The emotional experience of her brand DNA Christiane’s collaboration with target. Why young entrepreneurs should take the risk The changes in the online retail space and the importance of being nimble. Christiane’s collaboration with Target. Evolution of social media. When to say yes and when to say no. What is the hardest thing about being visible and the face of the brand?
20 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
A Lesson in Longevity with Vicente Wolf
Interior designer, author and visionary, Vicente Wolf's list of projects is an interior designer’s bucket list that includes hotels, retail spaces, apartment buildings and private residences across the United States and around the world. He's been recognized as a leader or legend in every design publication you know including the AD 100, Elle Décor’s A-List, NY Spaces Top 50 Designer and House Beautiful’s 10 most influential designers, to name a few. In this "Lesson On Longevity" from the vault, Kim Kuhteubl speaks with him about his journey to interior design, licensing and the business of being an interior designer. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Vicente’s circuitous journey to the interior design profession. Is there an emotional experience behind his rooms? Was his business built strategically or from the gut? How did he get into licensing? Is he comfortable with the visibility and being the face of the brand? How big is his team? Should designer's who want to be published work for free?
9 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
A Lesson on Embracing Creativity with Kim Kuhteubl
In this “Lesson On Embracing Creativity" Kim shares the big lesson she learned about creativity in the first writing class taught by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Liz Gilbert. Thanks to our listener All the Arts for All the Kids for the suggesting the idea! TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice on writing and what gets in the way of so many creatives expressing themselves. How creativity is linked to relationship. The exercise that changed Kim’s relationship with her creativity How to claim your own creativity and celebrate it As women, we can own and profit from our creativity like never before What your creative work teaches you about your inner life
26 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
A Lesson On Racism with Kennedy Mitchum
After the murder of George Floyd, Kennedy Mitchum found herself locked in battles on social media about race in America. Tired of people using the dictionary definition of racism in their defense, she contacted the editors at Merriam-Webster to argue that the entry for racism should be revised and better reflect how systemic racism is in society. In this, “Lesson On Racism”, you will find out their answer and why Kennedy believes now is the time for women to be brave. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Black history in our education systems is not prevalent enough How Kennedy’s own personal experiences as a black woman have motivated her to push for a greater understanding of what racism means The incident that prompted Kennedy to reach out to Webster to change the definition of racism The old definition of racism does not include systemic oppression and factors that are missing Fighting for what you believe in What gave Kennedy the courage to reach out and what gave her the persistence to continue until they said yes The response Kennedy has received for making this change and the visibility she has received from it Culture is a container and it needs to change based on the people who are in the container with you Using your voice for change Everyone’s narrative deserves to be part of the story You don’t make a change unless you ask questions Question everything, educate yourself and keep pushing Helping lead women for those who can’t #LESSONUP (4:05) And then combined with my own personal experiences as a black woman, being stereotyped, being looked over and things of that nature that hurt me and my mental health in college. The fact that people are understanding that a lot of these systems, whether it's in the healthcare, whether it's an education and things like that are it's continued to perpetuate racism. They didn't understand that connection. It's not just individual bias. It's not just disliking someone because of the color of their skin. It's a lot deeper than that. (7:55) I've had these same different conversations over and over again. And I just realized that that definition was the problem at that point. People continue to go there to justify ignorant behavior and it's a stay stagnant. (8:45) A lot of systemic oppression and a lot of the systemic factors that are missing from the definition. It's very passive and it doesn't show how active racism is in today's society. So I emailed them and said at this point, you guys are misinforming the masses by using this definition. People continue to go to the dictionary for a more nuanced way of understanding a word. And racism is a word that you should have. (9:55) I'm sick of you acting like you're for diversity and inclusion, but not taking care of your people, your students of color, not caring, not doing anything if they have to drop out because they can't can't afford it, but you brought them here. I'm sick and tired of it. We don't need words. We need actions. I need to see how you are actually for people of color at this point in time. (14:55) Question everything. We've been listening to narratives that aren't in our favor for so long, whether it's in the media or whether it's the history books o in the dictionary, I definitely want to create a way to continue. Advocate and educate (22:25) Keep pushing. Educate yourself. Start questioning this stuff because it's just so programmed, just going with the status quo. I definitely understand, and I've definitely been there, but you just reach out and find those resources for yourself. At the end of the day, they're comfortable in their spot. They're comfortable with the way they are right now, but you aren't and that's not okay. So if you're uncomfortable, you shouldn't be uncomfortable. So keep pushing, keep doing, find different routes. Find ways in order to bring about the change that you need. If one isn't working and find another one.
43 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
A Lesson On the Things We Hide with Matthew Chavez
Matthew “Levee” Chavez (our first male guest!) believes his art and creative tools can grow community dialogue and encourage positive activism. His Subway Therapy project started with only a table and two chairs, a table where New Yorkers would sit and share secrets while they were waiting for the subway. The day after the 2016 election, he brought sticky notes and what happened at that table went viral. TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: The Subway Therapy movement and Matthew’s nonlinear past that helped him spark the idea The Secret Keeper and why secrets are meant to be released Matthew’s second name and what it means for him on his journey towards creative openness Combining social service with performance art Conflict resolution and how people deal with conflic The one sticky note that stood out to Matthew and why? Violence in school and it’s direct relationship to the Trump campaign How do you see both sides and hold space for all while still having a stance? Navigating the rapid spread of a movement. How do you take care of the caretaker? The Secret Telephone installation The liminal space between male and female in creativity and leadership #LESSONUP: (4:05) I was a sophomore in high school and I would go and talk to middle schools about the transition between junior high and high school. And then in college, I was a peer counselor. In that liminal space between high school and college, I really liked it. You're active, you're there, you help people to transition. And so I started kind of developing this ideological framework around me being like the bag, like if you're a goldfish and you're going from the pet store to home, you need that bag that like scoops up the water you're in and then takes you to the new tank. And then you have to sit in the water for a little bit. Like that bag is super important for the fish, not feeling shocked when it transfers from the temperature water that it's in, into the new temperature water, even though the water is relatively the same. Always wanting to be in that liminal space, like the transition place between things really is what my mind was so interested in like always. (11:55) So I had that up and then I just sat there and invited people to write. I wrote express yourself. And then like thousands of people wrote, starting around two o'clock in the afternoon until midnight. There were about 3,000 people that wrote on sticky notes. (12:45) I guessed that people were going to write, but I didn't actually think that people were gonna write with such fervor. And so I didn't want to leave cause I didn't want to risk somebody vandalizing it or trashing it or whatever. And so I kind of wanted to be like gardener of that garden that I had started. (21:03) I know the moment where it felt like I had really done something and it was that same night…it's midnight. I'm trying to figure out what to do. And I stood back and I was just sort of trying to figure out how to process what had just happened. It just got interviewed by like New York One. There were all these notes. And I was just looking at it and I, the way that people had put the sticky notes on the wall actually had formed this shape. That looked like two wings that were coming from the table. And it like angel wings. I had that thought and I had this really, really strong, wash of emotion and I'm feeling it right now. And it was so powerful. Whoa, I don't really know what just happened, but it's definitely beyond me. Like, something really wonderful has happened that I channeled or like open the doorway for is really, really wonderful. Yeah. It's like a natural shape. You could think of the way people stick things to places. It kind of like there's this density right at the center. And then it kind of like shapes up to where people's arms are. And so it looked just like wings. It's really wild. (27:21) I think the goal has changed over time. When I was doing subway therapy, I was very much in the front seat driving and people could see me driving and really what I'm trying to create now are installations and opportunities for people to be the driver. If writing is the thing and that's the only experience that allows people to share themselves with other people, then they create the work by writing. And if I'm sitting at the table, people are asking me for permission to do it. And I actually don't like that. I don't want people to do that. I want them just to do it. And so I've been trying to find ways to eliminate myself from my public works so they can exist without me. (32:02) I think there's something so fun about secrets and it's childish. And a lot of people have secrets that they have accrued over a lifetime and I respect that. I think people have like a few that they don't even think of as secrets until they're presented with an opportunity to share one. So when you hear stuff that you wouldn't normally hear, it provides like something really interesting as like a human experience. I do think we like unearthing hidden stuff. And so that's very exciting. (34:55) I think about my role now, what I'd really like to do is create more of that. If we take a design perspective and look at some of the challenges that we have as a society and what we're missing, there's all this knowledge in religion and in ancestral knowledge and in different cultures that can give us and provide us with all the things that we need in terms of like connection and ritual and daily experience. And we just aren't using it. And I think how do you create that moment of connection randomly? The sticky note project is a really good version of it with subway therapy, being able to talk to a random therapist, that's sitting there, it's like obviously BS, but, but also like really serious stuff like marital problems and suicide and all these different things. And then secret telephone is like such a fun thing, but it does let you jump into someone's life for a second. And I think that regular experience creates empathy and it creates community and it creates connection. And you can imagine what those people's lives are like. And therefore it makes you a more well rounded person and better at making connections when you have the opportunity to make them with people. So that's sort of my mission now is to drive society towards connection and towards understanding by creating different experiences. (47:25) I think we are in profound need of what is considered feminine because it has been so diminished. And with this particular President has brought up all of the fire. I mean, femininity is fierce, right? It's brought it up in a new…and the moon moves the tides. So there's lots of things that in this moment are… it's interesting, the way that you're leading, because you're again, holding space for both sides, which I do consider feminine. (50:04) I am so lucky to have that because I know I have a lot of friends who are men who can't process the world in that way. And I just feel immeasurably lucky to have whatever it is that allows me to hold that space and be comfortable in that feminine energy. It’s such a blessing and I feel so good about it. If I could restart my life… I think about being a woman all the time. I dream as a woman. And I just think about it a lot. I would trade if I had the opportunity to…I know that I'm very privileged to live in like a white male society is like the power absorber. I'm a little envious of how powerful women are, not in contrast to men, but just to have like all, like I have like 50% or less, I have like a tiny piece, but to have like that whole feminine energy and fire and fierceness and power, that is just incredible. So in all of a lot of the people that are out protesting and doing different things and different arenas, it's like, man, look at all those warriors out there being fierce and powerful and awesome.
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