Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

The world is becoming more and more robotic by the day. That’s why today we’re talking about artificial intelligence and consumer emotions, fears, and reactions to AI and machine learning.

 

My special guest is an alum to Women Worldwide. Coming back on the show is Megan Harris, Managing Director of SYZYGY New York, a digital marketing agency. In her role as Managing Director, Megan is responsible for executive management of the agency from setting vision to driving growth and managing operations. She also speaks on a number of topics including digital marketing, travel marketing, managing millennials and now artificial intelligence.

 

You won’t want to miss this episode—Megan is sharing the results of SYZYGY’s recent study “Sex, Lies, and AI.”

 

In This Episode

  • The confusion around artificial intelligence
  • A four-part ethical regulation for marketers using AI
  • How the human experience and AI can amplify each other
  • Reactions and feelings about artificial intelligence from different demographics
  • Ways social media and the digital world are forcing business professionals to evolve

 

Quotes in This Episode

“There's a lot of talk about artificial intelligence. It's real. It's here. It's already a growing part of our lives. Many of us already interact with AI through services like chatbots, when we buy things online from our favorite brands, or virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa.” —Megan Harris

 

“People want to know how [AI is] going to affect their lives and if there's going to be checks and balances. That tells me that everyone is on board in some respect; they just need to be educated. And that's doable.” —Megan Harris

 

“Any company or any brand that has consumers and has a footprint in society should have a code of ethics and should regulate how they use technology and AI.” —Megan Harris

 

“Women are a little bit more fearful than men around AI... And more women are reporting that they feel concerned and a little bit skeptical while more men than women report that they're feeling excited and optimistic.” —Megan Harris

 

“No longer is it just cut and dry with your personal and professional life. It's not about work-life balance anymore. It's more about kind of taking a holistic view on your life and things fitting in so you can live your best life.” —Megan Harris

 

Resources

SYZYGY

Connect with Megan on LinkedIn and Facebook

Direct download: MeganHarrisonWomenWorldwide_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

When was the last time that you took a really long walk to clear your mind? I find that walking is a great way to get my body moving, to lessen stress, and to provide myself with a much-needed sense of calm.

 

With that in mind, today’s guest is a woman after my own heart. Diana Liberto is a big proponent of getting up off the couch and walking. So much so that she founded Walk My Mind, a platform that provides walking, learning, listening and community all in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. Walk My Mind focuses on engaging the mind with walkcasts, audiobooks and live guest speakers, which you listen to while you're up and moving. Prior to launching her platform, Diana was an in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 company.

 

Diana shares how her life has impacted her career, her definition of success, and the power of going for a nice long walk.

 

In This Episode

  • The profound impact taking a simple walk can have
  • Challenges women face across industries
  • How Diana’s childhood influenced her career journey
  • Different paths a person can take to become successful
  • Weak link thinking versus strong link thinking

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I thought, well, if I could just get outside and take a walk—you know, breathe the air, take a walk on the beach—it would help me.” —Diana Liberto

 

“If starting a company was easy, everybody would be doing it… If it's not challenging, it's probably boring, and you wouldn't want to do it anyway. ” —Diana Liberto

 

“I know now what's driving me is to try to help other people. I do really want to do that. I want to do it on many levels and in many different ways. My mind really runs with that.” —Diana Liberto

 

“What is success? Is success just pushing yourself and grinding yourself and climbing and trying and punishing if you don't make ‘this’ or you don't make ‘that’? ...You know, I think you don't quite know what success really is going to be for you.” —Diana Liberto

 

“You know it's a real balancing act too. When you get to this point and you look back I think one of the really important things is don't beat yourself up because you did what you thought you needed to do when you did it.” —Diana Liberto

 

Resources

Walk My Mind

Walk My Mind on Facebook, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: DianaLibertoonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

In the digital age, technology is changing practically every industry around us: finance, education, even health and wellness. Today’s guest has followed and worked within the changing health tech industry for years.

 

Dr. Patricia Salber is a board-certified internist and emergency physician with more than 15 years experience as a physician executive. She’s a speaker, an author, and the founder and CEO of The Doctor Weighs In, an online content platform for doctors, med students, and other experts to share evidence-based stories about almost every topic in healthcare: Policy, Tech, Lifestyle, Medical Care, and Psych.

 

Tune in as Pat shares stories from her time working in healthcare, her take on the future of health and technology, plus the challenges of monetizing a content business.

 

In This Episode

  • How Google’s search rankings can dramatically change a business
  • The ways being a woman in the medical field has evolved
  • Future trends and changes you can expect to see in health tech
  • Why it’s normal to need a career reset after a certain number of years
  • Challenges of monetizing content without sacrificing your mission

 

Quotes in This Episode

“We promote all our stories, so we're not trying to be like a newspaper, where you would come and read our site cover to cover, because we have something like 2,000 stories on the site. Rather, we promote the stories using social media and other mechanisms, so each individual story kind of becomes a destination on its own.” —Pat Salber

 

“[Med school] teachers were used to teaching men, so they still did things that were sexist, both in their lectures and, you know, on the wards. You can imagine that the first group of women who got in, that we were not shrinking violets.” —Pat Salber

 

“Lots of exciting things coming down the path [in health tech]. The real question is how we're going to pay for it.” —Pat Salber

 

“It's really hard to monetize content. The ways that you can monetize content oftentimes restrict what I want to do.” —Pat Salber

 

“Explore what you want to do, and do it. Hanging in there for 30 years when the last 15 aren't fun anymore is really not a good use of your time.” —Pat Salber

Resources

The Doctor Weighs In

Learn more about Dr. Patricia Salber

Direct download: PatriciaSalberonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

Today's episode is the final part of a special series. We're podcasting live from Working Mother Media's Work Beyond Summit in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. The conference focuses on work-life balance, with a lens on evolving next-generation strategies, and it also salutes the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

 

Today’s guest Jennifer Allyn is a diversity strategy leader at PWC. She's responsible for designing initiatives to retain, develop, and advance diverse professionals in her organization. As a recognized DNI subject matter expert, Jennifer has been widely quoted in the media. She also hosts a podcast called Pursuit of Happiness, a PWC podcast that explores how people juggle work, their personal lives, and the everyday challenges that often otherwise go undiscussed.

 

Follow along as Jennifer shares the importance of working with people who look and think differently from ourselves, plus how we can all care for ourselves at work to renew our physical and mental energy.

 

In This Episode

  • How to consciously and intentionally think about workforce diversity
  • The potential podcasting has to help companies share stories more intimately
  • The four domains of energy we all carry
  • How transparent storytelling can be good for a company’s wellness program
  • Why you need to build trust with your teams, with society, and with yourself

 

Quotes in This Episode

“We talk about some of the unconscious biases that we see in the workplace over and over again, and one is the similarity effect, right? ‘I'm attracted to people who are like me, because there's that instant familiarity, which leads to comfort and then to trust.’ That can be okay, right? That's not necessarily a bad human dynamic, if you will, but it's a problem if we don't see talent in the people who are really different than us.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“We're trying to transform the metaphor from managing time, that we all have limited time— everyone's super busy—to managing energy. It's not about balance. It's about energy and renewal.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“The notion of responsiveness means that I have to be instantaneously responding to anything that you ask from me, but that really diminishes my long-term capacity to think, to have that bigger picture, and to write, to analyze, to solve problems if I'm constantly on my device, or on my phone, or on my laptop responding to emails.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“Everyone's struggling with similar things. They're making choices. They're making trade-offs. They're revisiting some of those decisions and saying, ‘It doesn't work for me now.’ The course of a career is long, so sometimes the strategies you used at the beginning aren't the same as you would use at the end.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

“We can't do everything. We all get the same 24 hours, and we have to manage our energy, not the time. I think that when you're clear about your priorities, both on the homefront and in the workplace, that is when people feel at their best, at their most productive.” —Jennifer Allyn

 

Resources

PWC

The PWC Pursuit of Happiness Podcast

Direct download: JenniferAllynonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

Today's episode is part three of a special series. We're podcasting live from Working Mother Media's Work Beyond Summit in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. The conference focuses on work-life balance, with a lens on evolving next generation strategies, and it also salutes the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

 

And our guest is behind the scenes with it all. Subha Barry is the SVP and Managing Director at Working Mother Media. Subha joined as Vice President and General Manager at Working Mother Media back in January of 2015. Her career spans 30 years in frontline business operations and leadership roles. She has a proven track record of building cohesive productive teams, work change agents, linking people and leadership to business results and leveraging opportunities to drive profitability.

 

Don’t miss this must-hear episode where Subha shares how some of the top companies in the country are recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce, including the best and brightest women around.

 

In This Episode

  • Why companies need to consider their employees’ home lives, not just their work lives
  • How company culture impacts work program usage
  • The importance of policies and programs that support diversity
  • How different generations can work together to build more innovative companies
  • Examples of innovative company policies that attract the best female talent

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Home and work no longer sort of start at one spot and stop at the other. It used to be that you walked in the door and you left your home life back there beyond the door. And at work, you worked, and when you left work you left your work behind and you went home. Now everything just melds and blends together.” —Subha Barry

 

“If you offer a great program, but nobody uses it because your company culture is resistant to it, does it even matter that you offered those wonderful programs? Not really.” —Subha Barry

 

“The reality is, if you want the best talent, best talent is not always male, and that best talent is not always white. So if you are not more inclusive—whether it be around gender or race or ethnicity—you're going to miss out on the best talent. The question you have to ask yourself is, can I afford to miss out on the best talent?” —Subha Barry

 

“I really believe that this next generation is going to bring a human aspect to working.” —Subha Barry

 

“What a leader now actually needs to grow as a leadership competency is the willingness and ability to be vulnerable. To make mistakes and not have to hide it, to be open about it.” —Subha Barry

 

Resources

Working Mother Media

Working Mother Surveys

Direct download: SubhaBarryonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Today's episode is part two of a special series. We're podcasting live from Working Mother Media's Work Beyond Summit in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. The conference focuses on work-life balance, with a lens on evolving next generation strategies, and it also salutes the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

 

Today’s guest is Toan Huynh, Managing Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation at Accenture. She's a seasoned cloud and digital leader with over 18 years working with financial services firms to design and implement digitally focused transformation programs. She's been in the development of technology and business assets for insurance companies seeking to do business in new innovative ways by leveraging cloud-based and digital tools.

 

Tune in as Toan unpacks some of the cool and exciting programs at Accenture, plus hear how your company can prioritize innovative technologies.

 

In This Episode

  • The three components of FinTech
  • How companies can leverage cloud-based and digital tools for innovation
  • A shift in thinking towards cloud tech over the past two decades
  • How innovative tech is like Game of Thrones

 

Quotes in This Episode

“When we say FinTech, it doesn't necessarily mean just a technology. It could also be a way of doing things differently or selling differently to your customer.” —Toan Huynh

 

“If you think about the whole idea of innovation, you have to kind of balance between, ‘Well, if I put my resources into running the business that now generates 95% of my revenue today versus investing in what I believe will be my new business, and that's the other five percent of my revenue base today.’ There's always that sort of, tension, right?” —Toan Huynh

 

“Culture is the number one reason or obstacle to not being able to innovate and be digitally enabled.” —Toan Huynh

 

“You won't believe [innovation] until you see it. But once it's here, then it's gonna be here—and you don't wanna be obsolete. ” —Toan Huynh

 

Resources

Accenture

Connect with Toan on LinkedIn

Direct download: ToanHuynhonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EST

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