Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

What would you do if you landed in prison for a crime you didn’t commit? Would you let it break you, or would you use your experience to change the lives of the men and women around you?

Jennifer Wilkov was an award-winning certified financial planner when she was pressured into pleading guilty to a crime she didn’t commit. Prosecutors took everything she had and sent her to Rikers Island—but her sentence wasn’t without its small silver lining. Since her release, Jennifer has gone on to become an author, speaker, and coach, making it her mission in life to help others make the most of their circumstances. As she explains it, “You have the right to remain fabulous.”

Tune in to find out how to be resilient, find your voice, and speak up about what you want in your short time on earth.

In This Episode

  • The incredible true story of Jennifer’s time in Rikers
  • Why you need to speak up for what you want in life
  • Three pieces of advice for people going through life-changing battles

Quotes in This Episode

“We are a community and society of human beings. The more you believe in yourself, the more you have faith in yourself, and the more that you are able to look out into the world and really see people for who they are… You have to understand that unless we all help one another, we’re not going to get very far.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“My personal ‘why’ in life is moving humankind forward.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Most people don’t understand the magnitude of a project and what’s required before they jump into the deep end of the pool. They have to understand the ‘hot points’ as I call them—when do you have to be available and present—and make sure they calibrate the rest of their lives, including their personal lives, to make sure they can be present and available.” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Who are you working with? You need to understand that absolutely before you say ‘yes.’” —Jennifer Wilkov

“Time is such a small thing for human beings. Most people don’t understand that it’s going to fly in a minute. So, if you really want the life that you want, you have to go out and get it!” —Jennifer Wilkov

Resources

jenniferswilkov.com

Your Book Is Your Hook

The Speak Up Women Conference

It Could Happen to You

Boys Before Business

Find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Direct download: JenniferWilkovonWomenWorldwide.mp3
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Where do you draw the line between business and pleasure? It’s possible your job is more like your marriage than you think!

Malini Bhatia’s passion for supporting people through the journey of building and sustaining positive, healthy relationships, combined with her business acumen, led to the creation of her online platform marriage.com, the world’s largest resource and of experts that acts as your advisors by providing information & support for healthy, happy marriages.

Listen in as Malini explains the importance of having passion and commitment in both your personal and professional life, the pillars of a healthy business, and what it’s like to build a business based on creating something meaningful in people’s private lives.

In This Episode

  • The ways in which creating a community that serves as a safe space can replace social media
  • The biggest challenges of launching a new platform by taking an existing business and completing changing its purpose
  • How a solid business plan and a strong marriage are often similar
  • The best ways to manage your energy between work and your personal life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I really wanted to do that one thing that helps people and adds meaningful value in their lives.” —Malini Bhatia

“What I really love about technology is… the fact that it really has the ability to change people’s lives—and that’s what we’re trying to do.” —Malini Bhatia

“Every business requires strong pillars to be successful, and in your personal life, too. In your marriage you require strong pillars to really survive the ups and downs.” —Malini Bhatia

“It’s really about being mindful… Am I approaching [a task] with the right mindset? Keep that your focus when you’re getting on to something.” —Malini Bhatia

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. You just have to start doing it! The more you practice it, the better you will get at it.” —Malini Bhatia

 

Resources

Marriage.com

About Malini Bhatia

Direct download: MaliniBhatiaonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am EST

Do you take pride of ownership in your company? Do you consider yourself a forward-thinking creator? If you’re an entrepreneur, I’m sure you’re nodding your head ‘yes,’ but even if you don’t own your own business, you can still be innovative and express the same satisfaction for your work as owners do.

Jane Boyce is the President of Tru Vue, a manufacturer of high-performance glazing products for the custom picture framing, museum, and engineered optics markets. Tru Vue is known for exemplifying growth and diversification in innovation within its industry. As President, Jane has used this reputation and company culture to lead her team in multiple state-of-the-art project launches.

Tune in today to find out how Jane has inspired her team to be more innovative and take a greater pride of ownership in their work, regardless of their role at the company.

In This Episode

  • The actions and behaviors that make a leader more responsive and appreciative
  • How focusing on the customer affects company culture
  • If trust should be given freely or earned in business
  • How to handle tough days with big challenges
  • The best way to prioritize your business and prioritize your life

Quotes in This Episode

“I think it’s really important to show that I’m in the boat with everybody, that we’re all in this together. People are watching everybody’s actions, and they’ll see if you’re true to what you’re saying.” —Jane Boyce

“Nobody is too good for anything. And I think that’s really important. It’s really demotivating when you think you’re a second-class citizen…. And so we try to show that everybody is willing to do everything.” —Jane Boyce

“As much as anything, people really want to do a good job. And I think they really appreciate when their jobs are being acknowledged.” —Jane Boyce

“Everybody has a bad day once in awhile, but I truly believe that if you drive into work, and two out of ten days, three out of ten days you’re dreading it… Find something else. There’s lots of great opportunities, and there’s something right for everybody.” —Jane Boyce

“If you take pride of ownership, there’s an emotional connection to [business decisions].” —Deirdre Breakenridge

Resources

Tru Vue

Tru Vue on LinkedIn

Direct download: JaneBoyceonWomenWorldwide.mp3
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How Genevieve Weeks Franchised Ballet, Creating a Business Opportunity for Women Across the U.S.

What do you do when your business is experiencing unprecedented and exponential growth? When your business is changing faster than you can follow, sometimes your best bet is to bring in some extra entrepreneurial help through franchising.

Like most little kids, Genevieve Weeks got her start dancing in her parents’ living room, putting on shows for her family. But unlike most little kids, her love of ballet went on to manifest itself in a lifelong business career. While dancing in San Francisco, Genevieve started teaching a local school’s preschool ballet program—and it was love at first twirl. After seeing how frequently the youngest dancers were kept on waiting lists to take classes, she realized there was a need in the community she could serve.

Genevieve went on to start her own dance education program specifically for toddlers and school-age children, Tutu School, which she later franchised. Hear all about how Genevieve made the jump from ballet dancer to business owner, plus everything she’s learned along the way, in this week’s episode of Women Worldwide.

In This Episode

  • How seeing an opening in your community can lead to an explosive business opportunity
  • The critical difference between licensing and franchising and its effect on a brand’s identity
  • What core values Genevieve has found most important for a franchise business model
  • How to embrace your “Step on the Stage” moment
  • Her number one piece of advice for new business owners

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I do see a lot of the time that people sort of maybe confuse [franchising] with licensing. They think they are just going to allow someone to use their name or their brand—with franchising you want to give someone a whole business in a box… It’s a lot more than people imagine.”

“We try not to micro-manage, but since we are a very detail-oriented business, we try to make sure we’re creating a culture where all of the owners are taking those details as seriously as we do."

“You think, ‘I can’t wait for expansion,’ and don’t really foresee that expansion comes with its own set of challenges. The trickiest part for us has been pacing the growth.”

“These classes, when they are done with the values we really hold dear, I think they can be incredibly body positive, and that’s certainly one of our main goals.”

Resources

Tutu School

Facebook

Instagram

Taste Buds Kitchen

Barre3

Direct download: GenevieveWeeksonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am EST

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