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59 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Ep 42 - Working Moms & Entrepreneurship with Erin Erenberg, Totum Women
Did you find yourself at a loss for support when you became a mom? Did you feel like EVERYTHING was geared toward motherhood and not the other aspects of your life and identity? Were you looking to be welcomed and lifted up as a “whole” woman versus bits and pieces of who you were and what you needed? Enter this incredible woman, someone I consider a dear and immediate friend, Erin Erenberg. Erin is a mom of three, an attorney, a serial business builder, fund advisor and the founder and CEO of Totum Women, a community-powered platform to help women feel supported in motherhood. Totum means “whole” in Latin and is born of Erin’s experience as a new mother who wanted more information and resources for her as a whole woman, not just a mother. As topical as you can imagine, in this conversation we discuss the burnout of Moms and those in their communities, the importance of knowing where you’re happiest and most fulfilled from a career perspective, giving yourself permission to step away, or to pivot, finding your financial dignity, and the importance of creating your personal narrative, and value prop - what you are uniquely able to do. (SO IMPORTANT) We also discuss the amazing Brene Brown’s concept of “shame growing in silence” (so critical to breadwinning women!) and ironically, ice cream. Yep, it always comes back to ice cream. You can connect with Erin and the Totum community on social channels @totumwomen or on their site, totumwomen.com. Enjoy, my conversation with Erin!
59 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Ep 41 - Power Moms with Joann S. Lublin
Joann S. Lublin is an extremely established and recognized leader in the journalist world who raised two children while rising to management news editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she’s been recognized with a shared Pulitzer Prize and the highest accolade in business journalism, the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award. She also inaugurated the Journal’s career advice column in 1993, continuing to write its “Your Executive Career” column until May of last year. She’s now written two books, her first: Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World and now POWER MOMS: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life where she interviewed 86 Power Moms - Baby Boomers from the first wave and Gen Xers from the second wave -- along with 25 adult daughters of those first wave boomers. Together we discuss the differences and similarities across generational power moms, perspectives from adult daughters of power moms (ditch the mom guilt!), the importance of supportive partners, as well as how women navigate and are perceived in the workplace as they make more humans (spoiler alert: motherhood makes us better leaders!) We also cover how to think about the ever elusive work-life sway. You can connect with Joann via @joannlublin on social channels and on www.joannlublin.com
51 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Ep 40 - Workparent with Daisy Dowling
OK, we know ALL parents work, they just don't all get paid. For those of us that DO work for pay, are we thriving or just surviving?! Is parenting harder now than ever? Is that generational, or the pandemic? What gives? And how do we give...to ourselves, our families and our work in a way that feels fulfilling and sustainable? Today’s episode will unpack just this. Daisy Dowling is the Founder and CEO of Workparent, an executive coaching and training firm dedicated to helping working parents lead more successful and satisfying lives. She began Workparent with a simple, bold vision: that all working parents could succeed on the job and remain true to themselves while raising terrific kids -- and take pride in doing so. Her new book, “The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids” has been called “the definitive guide for working parents”. In addition, Daisy is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, the editor for The HBR Working Parents Series of books and her advice has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Times (UK), Bloomberg and CNN. Together we break down the evolution of working parents through the past few generations, we discuss the challenges working parents face throughout the various ages of their children, we talk about finding flexibility within your workplace or when looking for a new opportunity, and tips on how to set up a contract with yourself, and boundaries, to ensure you are keeping all legs of your stool grounded. Enjoy this insightful, validating and timely conversation with Daisy about making the most out of your one unique life, both as a parent and a professional. You can connect with Daisy via www.workparent.com and LinkedIn #workparent
51 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Ep 39 - Money Magic with AJ Bishop
I just can’t get enough of women talking about money, amirite!? What is your relationship with money? Can money be spiritual? How do you define wealth? What does wealth mean to you? Joining the WWHL podcast, we are so lucky to have AJ Bishop, the most down-to-earth and honest real-talk financial leader, entrepreneur, stepmom, and yoga teacher. She combines all of her incredible talents into her mission to build wealth consciousness for ambitious women, helping them to build mindful strategies that increase their financial confidence, redefine wealth, and secure their financial legacies. She’s the founder of My Wealth Conscious Coach and has over 15 years of experience in wealth management across the top players in the space. Together we dive deep into the relationship women have with money; the technical and spiritual work around money (that’s right, spiritual -- I mean...love). We introduce her incredible program called Money Magic (#moneymagic), we explore money mindsets (are you a Spender, a Saver or a Planner -- or all three?!) and we unearth ways to define what wealth means to YOU, because wealth is a “worth concept”, not a hard number. Get ready to be empowered and enlightened by her enthusiasm and ease around this favorite topic of mine!! You can connect with AJ through www.mywealthconsciouscoach.com or via @mywealthconsciouscoach on social channels.
60 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Ep 38 - Advancing Women & Girls w/ Author & Founder Joan Kuhl
Do you sometimes feel like you are crazy or alone in your experiences in the workplace? Do you struggle to put a name or phrase to some of the behaviors you swear you see, but others dismiss...or miss altogether? Well get ready to feel seen, heard and valued with today’s guest whose primary goal is to champion girls’ leadership and advance women in the workforce. Joan Kuhl joins us to discuss the many struggles girls and women face, across generations through a systemic, pragmatic, informed and empathetic lens. She is the author of Dig Your Heels In: Navigate Corporate BS and Build The Company You Deserve (April 2019) and Misunderstood Millennial Talent (2016). After 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter/The Kuhl Co., a training, research and consulting company that focuses on raising awareness about the value of investing in the early career workforce and advancing women in the workplace in global corporations and business schools. Joan is an international speaker, a #SheBelieves Champion of the U.S. Soccer Organization, a Contributor to ForbesWomen and NBC Know Your Value and serves on the board of Girls Inc of NYC. Together we discuss the toxic trio (Imposter Syndrome, Perfectionism and Intentional Invisibility), how her work with Millenials made her realize that what they wanted is actually and frankly what women deserve, how single women have shouldered so much responsibility throughout the pandemic, the three C’s (Courage, Confidence, Connections), inequities in professional sports and so many other relevant and thought-provoking topics. I know this conversation will resonate with so many of you on so many levels. You can connect directly with Joan at www.JoanKuhl.com or @JoanKuhl on all social channels or via LinkedIn.
67 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Ep 37 - Father Figure with Jordan Shapiro
Oh hey, Dads! Oh hey, Feminists! Now let’s talk Feminist Dads ... and who better to do it with than with today’s guest, Jordan Shapiro, PhD. This conversation is equal parts hilarious and compelling. Jordan is a globally celebrated American thought leader, speaker, consultant and professor who is deeply committed to the topics of education, psychology, digital play, kids, culture and food. His first book, The New Childhood: Raising Kids To Thrive in a Connected World (Little, Brown Spark 2018) changed the cultural conversation about parenting and screen time. In his new book, Father Figure: How to be a Feminist Dad (Little, Brown Spark 2021), Shapiro offers a norm-shattering perspective on fatherhood, family, and gender essentialism. Together we discuss dad-psychology, gender equality, the importance of words to shape possibilities and how all roads lead to feminism … even bison sales. We cover “habits of mind” and the importance of moving through life and society with more intention to change our perceptions. His insights, drive and humor will drive home these incredibly complex and urgent topics, especially as we get ready to celebrate fatherhood across the US in a couple weeks. If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, his book is available everywhere books are sold and he has some great gift boxes at https://feministdad.myshopify.com/! You can learn more at https://www.jordanshapiro.org/, connect with Jordan via @jordosh on all social channels.
53 minutes | May 25, 2021
Ep 36 - When Women Win w/ Rana Nawas
Today’s conversation will bring you so much joy and hope through the pragmatic assessments and optimistic mindsets shared by one woman whose singular mission is to help other women. Rana Nawas is an entrepreneur, a keynote speaker, a strategic advisor and the host of iTunes’ number one podcast in the Middle East, When Women Win. Prior to this, she was the youngest sales executive globally, at GE Capital and the president of the Ellevate Network chapter in Dubai. With justice as her #1 value, this cancer-surviving, no-BS Mama shares how she remains focused and intentional amidst chaos. Additionally, we discuss the global nature of the challenges women face in the workplace; how to amplify the achievements of women and under-represented voices, “strategic visibility”, the notion of women being expected to “look young” but act & know old, the concept of “stereotype threat”, caring for yourself first, asking for help and a great tip to help you pick yourself up and “feel good” when you need it most. When Women Win just wrapped up it’s 4th season with its 100th episode earlier this month -- congrats! You can follow her podcast on Instagram and connect directly with Rana via LinkedIn and Instagram
56 minutes | May 11, 2021
Ep 35 - Sensitive Strivers w/ Melody Wilding
Are you sensitive and ambitious? Do you go through life and work battling with what you "should" do/say versus what feels more natural? Do you hate the idea of office politics? Well, get ready to feel seen ... Melody Wilding is with us to discuss her new book, TRUST YOURSELF: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions at Work. Melody is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and executive coach, who has coached hundreds of private clients, from CEOs and Fortune 500 execs to leaders from the US Dept of Education, the Federal Reserve and the United Nations. Being highly attuned to your emotions, your environment, and the behavior of others can be the keys to success, but they can also lead to overthinking everything and burnout. In her new book, Melody examines the intersection of sensitivity and achievement in the workplace and offers neuroscience-based strategies you can use to reclaim control of your life and reach your full potential. Trust Yourself offers concrete steps to help what Wilding calls “sensitive strivers” – empathetic, driven individuals—break free from stress, perfectionism, and self-doubt to achieve confidence, overcome imposter syndrome, speak and act with assertiveness, build resilience, and find the confidence to work and lead effectively. Sound good? Listen in and feel seen through this incredibly insightful and validating conversation with Melody Wilding! You can learn more via Melodywilding.com and connect with Melody at @melodywilding on Instagram & Twitter.
56 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Ep 34 - Think Like a Breadwinner w/ Jennifer Barrett
Oh hey, breadwinning ladies! So excited to bring this episode your way!! Jennifer Barrett is the Chief Education Officer at Acorns, a saving and investing app and the author of the new wealth-building manifesto for women, Think Like A Breadwinner. This book is the cultural fix we need to reframe expectations that we as women are likely to, at some point, be financially responsible for ourselves and our families. How different would it have been if we expected this versus the “Oh wow! I’m the breadwinner!” awakening so many of us had?! Together, we discuss becoming a breadwinning woman by choice versus chance, the freedom that comes through having more agency over our lives, the importance of very-specifically identifying your “why”, intensive motherhood and more. We talk about the POSITIVES of being a breadwinner (hallelujah!) -- the pride, satisfaction and confidence that builds when we surpass our own expectations. This is the book I so needed a decade ago, and this is the conversation we all need to be having loudly and proudly up ahead! You can learn more at jenniferbarett.com.
52 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Ep 33 - Talking about Money & Wealth w/ Jennifer Risher
What’s your relationship with money? How about your partner’s relationship with money? Do you talk about it? Does it make you uncomfortable? What do you wish you could say but don’t to those around you when it comes to money? Unpack all of these questions and more with today’s guest -- Jennifer Risher joins us as the author of the memoir “We Need to Talk: A Memoir about Wealth”. Jen grew up with middle-class values, saving her pennies, wary of the rich... and then she joined their ranks. She is an extra-lucky beneficiary of the dot com boom. We Need to Talk tells her story and explores the impact of wealth on identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. This book uncovers so much of what we talk about on this podcast, emotional relationships with money, how our perceptions and engagement with money are influenced by our upbringing, how money does and doesn’t change you, how we connect, or disconnect, on the topic and more. Regardless of your net worth, money is a universal topic which is directly tied to some of our deepest and most personal emotions. It’s influence plays out not just in our lifestyle choices and physical assets, but more significantly in our relationships with those closest to us and the world around us. This book and conversation is a very deep and personal window into how money impacts our lives -- whether you have too much, too little or just enough. I devoured this book in one day and cannot wait for you to share in this enlightening and powerful conversation about money. You can connect with Jen at www.jenniferrisher.ocm and learn more about her work to inspire more giving through www.halfmydaf, an effort to move money from donor advised funds to nonprofits — now. Last year, #HalfMyDAF moved $8.6 million dollars from DAFs to nonprofits in 5 months. This year, #HalfMyDAF has $3 million to give away. If you have a donor advised fund, find out how you can make your giving go even further by joining the #HalfMyDAF challenge today.
55 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Ep 32 - Career (& Life!) Advancement w/ The Forem
In a bit of a career rut? Feeling like investing in yourself but unsure how to get the most bang for your buck? Want a personalized program that also allows you to engage with others? Curious how these types of programs and businesses even get started?! This episode covers career advancement and development programming soup to nuts with Alli Young and Katie O’Malley from the Forem. Alli is the Founder and CEO of the Forem, and Katie is their newly appointed Chief Revenue Officer; they are also both former Google colleagues. The Forem is a platform of career advancement programs which teach you how to raise your visibility, maximize your opportunities and open new doors in your career. They believe in giving YOU the tools you need to navigate and accelerate your career. I’ve participated in several of their programs and have to say the approach is unique, personal and actionable -- and most importantly not at all one of these overwhelming career development programs in terms of commitment and mindspace. Throughout our discussion we talk about Alli’s impetus for starting The Forem, she describes some of their top programs including The 5 Skills to Advance a Career, we dissect the cost of “having it all” (spoiler alert -- there’s always a cost but there is power in choosing, and being ok with, that cost). Together we explore unpacking fear and reframing what success means. This conversation will be a bright spot in your day and The Forem will make you nerd-out on wanting to invest in yourself and refine some critical skill sets, I promise. Learn more at www.theforem.co and connect with @theforem.co on Instagram.
42 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Ep 31 - The Lost Art of Connecting w/ Susan McPherson
Do you dread networking and small talk? Wonder why we always talk about the weather? Lose sleep about what the future of interaction looks like post-pandemic? Well listen up because today’s guest Susan McPherson, Founder of McPherson Strategies and Author of the new book “The Lost Art of Connecting” offers ways to build and maintain your community as well as tips on how we can all re-emerge from this odd world in terms of human interaction with intention. Susan is warm, funny, thoughtful and sincere. By fully embodying all of these traits, she guides you with recommendations that replace any daunting thoughts of relationship building into an incredible adventure in humanity. Throughout this incredible conversation, we discuss the root of it all: human connections -- how to make them deeply meaningful opportunities to learn from and about one another with each engagement. Susan has 25+ years of experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications, speaking regularly at industry conferences, and contributing to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and has received numerous accolades for her voice on social media platforms from Fortune Magazine, Fast Company and Elle Magazine. She resides in Brooklyn. You can connect with Susan on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
45 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Ep 30 - Beating Burnout At Work w/ Paula Davis
#Burnout We all know it, we’ve all felt it. But do we really know what it is, where it stems from, and how it differs from stress? Paula Davis is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level. She has an incredibly impressive journey from law firms to working with the military to founding her own Institute to author of her new book, BEATING BURNOUT AT WORK: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience. Throughout this conversation we dissect and define this common phrase “burnout”, we differentiate it from stress and ways that this is actually not a “YOU” problem, meaning it’s a symptom of the system not an indication of you not being able to hack it. Thank GOD! Please take a listen to further understand what you as an individual and you as a leader can learn about burnout; how to recognize it, how to avoid it and most importantly how to address it. You can learn more about her work and get additional burnout prevention and resilience resources by visiting www.stressandresilience.com and can connect with Paula on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauladavislaack | Twitter @pauladavisSRI | Instagram @stressandresilience
44 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Ep 29 - Launching your Inner Entrepreneur w/ Charlene Walters
OH MY GOD, this episode needs to be a meditation. Not like, pull over and close your eyes-style meditation, but like write the advice nuggets on a post-it and stick it on your bathroom mirror-type meditation. Charlene Walters is an entrepreneurship coach, a branding mentor and the author of LAUNCH YOUR INNER ENTREPRENEUR: 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity and Achieve Financial Success. This book serves as a guide for any fledgling entrepreneur with her candid, compelling, and practical playbook for building a business—and a life—from the ground up. Charlene is compelled to support women-many of whom, like her, are the primary breadwinners in their families. This episode is packed with so many practical and digestible tips to make your life more simplified and put yourself first. Tips on burnout, schedule tracking and time sucks, imposter syndrome, how to reset when focusing on the negative, building your side hustle, nailing your personal branding, building presence, getting rid of the need to be perfect, organizing your goals and finding an “ups and downs” buddy. Charlene serves as a mentor on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Ask an Expert” forum and has taught hundreds of courses and led workshops for entrepreneurs and intrapraneurs. She is also a contributor to many digital media outlets, including Entrepreneur, Business Insider, The Financial Post, Thrive Global, Bustle and more. You can connect with her via social media, www.charlenewalters.com or www.LaunchYourInnerEntrepreneur.com. Website: www.charlenewalters.com Book page: www.LaunchYourInnerEntrepreneur.com Book trailer: https://youtu.be/yb8I3SyosZY Twitter: @CWaltersPhD Instagram: @CharleneWaltersPhD LinkedIn: Charlene Walters, PhD Facebook: Charlene Walters, PhD Clubhouse: @CWaltersPhD
47 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Ep 28 - Fast Forward To Your Bold Vision with Lisa McCarthy
Lisa McCarthy, CEO and Co-Founder of the training and coaching company The Fast Forward Group is an absolute force. Throughout her decades in corporate America, Lisa experienced first-hand the toll that the pace and pressure of the modern workplace takes on all areas of life. Focusing only on what’s urgent and deprioritizing personal commitments thinking “this is what it takes to be successful.” She knew it could be different. So she started a business focused on creating a new kind of workplace: one where professional and personal success go hand in hand. Fast Forward’s program, used by Fortune 500 companies around the globe, inspires people to dramatically expand what they see as possible, change limiting mindsets, and go after their goals and dreams with intention and discipline. In this episode we discuss finding what success and happiness look like for you, how you “step off the track” of your life to ensure you are not just “doing” but “being”. We discuss retraining your thoughts at length and how to avoid a “power outage”. We also discuss the Bold Vision exercise, one which you can take advantage of right now at https://fastforwardgroup.net/vision/ (actually, no - listen to the episode and THEN do the Bold Vision exercise!). I would also encourage you to earmark 30 minutes and devour her YouTube video about Choosing a New Story. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by connecting with her on LinkedIn and exploring the site FastForwardGroup.net.
58 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Ep 27 - Investing in you with Class Rebel! Lifelong education and finance strategies w/ Brooke Harley
Brooke Harley is the Founder & CEO of ClassRebel, an education company on a mission to deliver modern skill sets- taught live - accessible to all - affordable to all. Kicking off with Side Hustle & Wealth streams, ClassRebel currently offers 8 hour courses (live & on-demand) on Fundraising 101 (Money for Your Startup) and Angel Investing 101 for $50 - and its pay once, attend forever – refresh live as much as you need to, to cement the knowledge! In our chat, we discuss how foundational education is to our happiness in this new 100-year life, and the social change that could follow if we got more women and people of color into position to control more capital and risk more capital. We also discuss why the ‘job market’ is only one market where you can make money, and why investment markets may be much more meritocratic. This episode is chock full of sound advice (grab a pen and paper!) and an accessible and inspiring platform to make it all a reality - you don't want to miss this one!
61 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Ep 26 - Inclusion, Current Events & Parenting w/ Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey
In today’s episode I sat down with Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfery (@i_am_slg) who I am so honored to call a friend. She is also a colleague at Google who is the Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color. Additionally, she is a Thought Leader in doubling-down on support and advocacy for caregivers globally. Prior to this role, she was a Retention Strategist, acting as a coach, advisor, and advocate for underrepresented employees to get satisfaction in their role, feel included at work and find opportunities to develop and grow. This mother of three is a force of knowledge, empathy and drive that has led her from a degree in Electrical Engineering to a 10+ year career in media and tech. Steph and I discuss her educational and career path, bringing her passion for her professional life into her personal life with her initiative Parenting Backwards (@parentingbackwards) and her credo that “when children are silenced, their questions don't go away, they just go unasked.” She offers up great tips on talking to your kids about race and current events as well as including some key resources on these topics. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss - thanks for tuning in!
49 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Ep 25 - Board Service & Senior Leadership w/ Coco Brown of The Athena Alliance
It’s a new year, and whether you are looking for a new, improved or same you, WWHL is here with more conversations to address just that! In today’s episode, we hear from Coco Brown, the founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, a digital ecosystem and platform designed around community, learning and access to opportunity for the top women in business. Throughout this conversation we cover the many resources found through The Athena Alliance as well as Coco’s POV on how corporate governance boards are strategically evolving, including some of the new formalized recommendations addressing diversity on boards. We also discuss the challenges of being the “only”, whether at senior ranks within a company or when committing to board service. Learn about Coco’s impressive career journey, her mission to create a community she herself was craving (girl after my own heart!) and her killer negotiation years ago that turned her from a soon-to-be stay-at-home mom to the primary breadwinner for her family. Enjoy this fantastic and inspiring conversation with Coco Brown and learn more at www.athenaalliance.com!
47 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Ep 24 - Girls in STEM, Educators View with Urban Assembly Institute
It’s been said that children are 1/3rd of our population yet they are all of our future. How we invest, focus and strive for the betterment of our children is a direct investment in a better world. In this episode, I sit down with the Co-Founder and Director of Student Support Services of the Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women in Brooklyn, NY (@uaimathandscience). UAI’s mission is to empower all students. Through a rigorous curriculum engaging students in science, technology, engineering & mathematics, their students develop their voice, confidence and capacity to thrive and equitably compete in any college or career of their choice. Tune in for an incredible discussion focusing on the opportunity, versus the gaps, of the pandemic, the importance of students to be self-directed and educated, not just in the subjects but in core life skills, the evolution of girls in STEM education and the need for connectivity, both in humanity and literally with hotspots. If you are interested in getting involved with the school in any way, donating your time, money, skills or (seriously!) hotspots, you can visit them at uainstitute.org.
69 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Ep 23 - Wealthy Single Mommy with Emma Johnson
The stigma of the single mom. She’s harried! She’s sad! She’s lonely! She’s broke! Get the picture? Emma Johnson is on a mission to debunk these stereotypes. As the Founder of Wealthy Single Mommy, Emma aims to close the pay gap by helping #singlemoms build family, career, money & dating. Emma promised herself she wouldn’t be a single mom, and guess what. Life turns out a little differently than we all expect. So how do you turn surprise into success? What are the best first steps you can take when facing a divorce? Why is equal parenting so important in most cases? Tune in to hear Emma’s brilliant and inspirational take on her journey, her vast level of knowledge and research on the topic and her perpetual support of the incredible strength, resilience and opportunity of the #singlemom!
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