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Women make up almost half the workforce and receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Even so, on average women make less than men by at least 20 percent (more for minorities) in every single occupation where the data is available. No matter what industry you work in: It’s time to reinvent the company model.

Beth Monaghan, CEO of InkHouse, is a passionate advocate for gender equality both inside and outside of the office. She has served on a Women in the Workplace Taskforce and she’s currently the Vicechair of The Alliance for Business Leadership. Recently, Inkhouse worked on the nationwide Women’s March in January.

Tune into this episode to better understand what systemic changes need to take place at work if we truly want to see women hold equal footing to men on the job.

In This Episode

  • How workplace environments reward masculine behaviors
  • Simple ways businesses can reinvent how they approach the gender divide
  • The ways in which women can—and should—embrace who they are at work
  • How men can be better partners in helping women excel
  • Why it’s so important to develop the confidence to trust your gut

 

Quotes in This Episode

“When [women] show up, we get heard.” —Beth Monaghan

“The culture we’ve inherited privileges confidence over competence.” —Beth Monaghan

“I have seen far too many panels on diversity—whether it’s multicultural diversity or gender diversity—populated by 100% white men. How is that representative?” —Beth Monaghan

“When you help employees in their personal lives, they will be more likely to help you in your business life.” —Beth Monaghan

“Women have been playing by these biased rules for a long time…But we need to just own what we’re good at and stop apologizing for it.”—Beth Monaghan

Resources

The Miracle Morning

InkHouse

Contact Beth on Twitter and LinkedIn

Direct download: BethMonaghanonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

Are government contracts worth the effort they take to pursue? Or do the certification process and compliance requirements take too much work? Many small businesses, especially those owned by women, don’t know how to take advantage of the opportunity and lose out on the potential perks.

After working for years in the financial industry, Jean Kristensen joined her family’s security business. In an effort to really help them scale and grow, she started to pursue government contracts and explore different certification programs for working with the government. Through her experience, an idea was born: There was no company or program helping business owners leverage their certifications and understand the process to getting and ultimately managing government relationships. Now Jean runs a consulting firm, Jean Kristensen Associates, that helps women-owned businesses pursue and manage government contracts to boost sales and grow their businesses.

Follow along as Jean shares the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and how bidding for government contracts can grow your revenues in ways you haven’t expected before.

In This Episode

  • The characteristics of a true entrepreneur
  • How to figure out how your business fits into the government marketplace
  • Affordable business resources for female entrepreneurs
  • How government contracts can transform a business
  • Common mistakes new entrepreneurs make

Quotes in This Episode
“Entrepreneurship is not for everyone… Above and beyond having the vision for setting your own goals, you have to be extremely disciplined. Because the buck really does stop with you.” —Jean Kristensen

“Doing business with the government is like jumping into the ocean.” —Jean Kristensen

“The government has different goals they’re trying to obtain with women-owned businesses… and certification makes you visible [to them].” —Jean Kristensen

“One of the biggest mistakes that I made early on… is the belief that you know it all, even if you’ve done it already.” —Jean Kristensen

“You need to find ways to constantly reinvent yourself… It’s my responsibility to grow so the business can grow.” —Jean Kristensen

Resources
The Small Business Administration

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

jeankristensenassociates.com

Call Jean Kristensen Associates at 917-397-7242 for a free 30-minute consultation

Direct download: JeanKristensenonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

How focused are you on building your personal brand? Maybe it’s something that you strive to grow every day—maybe you think you don’t even have one. That’s where you’re wrong, says today’s guest. Leonard Kim, CEO of InfluenceTree, has built a business and career out of showing fellow professionals how to build their personal brand by boosting their influence online. And he’s certainly made it work for himself. He has 500,000 social media followers, he’s been read over 10 million times, and you can find profiles on him Fortune, Inc, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and a variety of other publications. But it wasn’t always this way. It was only a few short years ago that he found himself truly down on his luck. Follow along as Leonard shares his incredible journey, offers advice for building up your own brand, and shares the power of facing your fears to pursue your dreams.

In This Episode

  • How achieving the American Dream can be fraught with obstacles
  • Identifying (and adjusting) how the world sees you at work and online
  • Ways to repurpose and revamp content to spread your brand far and wide
  • The importance of finding a team of partners for your business
  • Why both good and bad feedback from your friends and colleagues is a gift

Quotes in This Episode

“I had to recognize what my fear was. And after I recognized it, I realized that I needed to face it, and do something about it.” —Leonard Kim “Every single person out there has a personal brand, whether they know it or not.” —Leonard Kim “I don’t think I know a single person out there who has all the skills possible to go out there and create a business by themselves… It’s impossible to have a one-person team.” —Leonard Kim “[My work] is actually improving the lives of others. I think that’s the greatest impact of all.” —Leonard Kim “If you’re scared of doing something, use that fear as an indicator that you’re onto something great.” —Leonard Kim

Resources

InfluenceTree LeonardKim.com

Direct download: LeonardKimonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

Do you feel beautiful? Inside and out? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you felt incredible all the time and had a foolproof diet, fitness, and beauty routine? That’s the goal of today’s guest.

When Jacqueline Schaffer’s mother was diagnosed with skin cancer, Jacqueline found herself feeling defeated. She was a physician, and yet she felt she couldn’t heal the most important woman in her life. Together, she and her mother began to explore medical alternatives from across the globe. What she learned by combining Eastern and Western medical philosophies has set her on a new career path. In addition to her work as a doctor, Jacqueline is now also a bestselling author and founder of Schique Skincare, a company that enhances the lives of women by helping them look and feel more beautiful throughout their lives.

Tune in as Jacqueline explains different beauty philosophies from around the world, the importance of focusing on a whole-body approach to beauty, and what other entrepreneurs can learn from her journey.

In This Episode

  • When people should start paying attention to their health and beauty regimen
  • The current trends in the beauty industry
  • When to use Eastern medicine and when to use Western medical principles
  • What entrepreneurs can learn from fellow ambitious professionals
  • Jacqueline’s advice for people seeking a lifestyle change

Quotes in This Episode

“Everything in life needs balance.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“To have a healthy body, mind, and soul, your everyday life is very important. Your nutrition, your fitness, your sleep, the people you surround yourself with—yes, that is Eastern medicine. That’s every day. That’s a lifestyle.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“You’re going to make mistakes. People are going to not believe in you, and tell you that you can’t do it…. You’ve just got to snap back and be resilient. And not let that bring you down.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“I’ve been scared so many times and thinking, oh my goodness—but I’m not going to give up… It’s important to also know that it’s okay if you’re scared. It’s completely normal. Just don’t give up.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

“Try to get all the best resources and mentors... But also know that your journey to getting to that end goal is going to be so beautiful and so different from the mentor before you. And that’s what makes you special.” —Jacqueline Schaffer

Resources
Irresistible You: Smart Solutions for Clear, Radiant, Youthful Skin

jacquelineschaffer.com

Schique Skincare

 

Direct download: JacquelineSchafferonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

There’s no denying we’re living in a digital era (and have been for a decade or so). Tech rules everything—and I mean everything. It’s not just the obvious industries like SaaS or mobile. Tech has advanced how we approach everything from healthcare to travel to retail. And now, you can add education to the list. Teachers are using burgeoning technologies to provide more enriching learning experiences for their students.

 

Meet Nanda Krish, who can shed quite a bit of light on how educators are embracing digital platforms. He’s the Executive Chairman and CEO of Wisewire, an online marketplace focused on creating high-quality digital learning materials and assessments for teachers. Their goal? Enable professionals while fulfilling the educational needs of students on a global level.

 

Follow along as Nanda shares how Wisewire is helping teachers gain some of their time back so they can better personalize their lesson plans, impact students’ lives, and change the education landscape.

 

In This Episode

  • The fundamental misunderstanding about teachers’ time and resources
  • How tech is enhancing a more personalized approach to learning
  • The role of big data in school systems
  • The similarities between teachers and entrepreneurs
  • How to encourage young girls’ involvement in STEM

 

Quotes in This Episode

“The most valuable human resources are teachers.” —Nanda Krish

 

“The motivation of teachers and administrators and others to get equipped with the right amount of data has been eye-opening.” —Nanda Krish

 

“It goes without saying that teachers have a love of knowledge and are lifelong learners. It’s the same thing with an entrepreneur. You have to be in a constant mode of learning.” —Nanda Krish

 

“A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom.” —Nanda Krish

 

“Having the right mentors over time is instrumental from a growth perspective… That ability to kind of validate the direction you’re taking, what you’re doing—I think that is something that pays huge dividends.” —Nanda Krish

 

Resources

Wisewire

Wisewire on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

 

Direct download: NandaKrishonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

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