Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

On Women Worldwide, we often talk to influential women about their passion and how it has inspired the product or service they provide. But what if your product involves sharing a piece of your own spirit? Such is the case in the art world, where a professional’s product is as deeply personal as it gets.


Joining me on the show is New York-based artist Kathy Butterly, known for bringing a painterly sensibly to her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. Kathy Butterly was born in 1963 in Amityville, New York. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California Davis. She lives and works in New York alongside her husband and fellow artist Tom Burckhardt. Kathy has exhibited across the United States, and many of her works are in the Permanent Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.


Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of an incredible artist as Kathy shares her inspirations, breaks down her relationship with her materials and work, and talks about blending her professional and personal lives.


Today's episode of Women WorldWide, which features a Visionary Woman Award winner, is being sponsored by Moore College of Art & Design. Moore's the first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates in the United States.


In This Episode

  • The amount of time that goes into creating a piece of work
  • How different art materials behave
  • Challenges women artists face today
  • How an artist blends and balances her professional and personal lives
  • The importance of having a positive, nurturing support system


Quotes in This Episode

“I'm just trying to make work that really resonates with my heart, my mind. Formally and also on a deeper level.” —Kathy Butterly


“With art materials, you build a relationship with them. You nurture a relationship with a certain color or a certain pigment, and it's very personal. It's a weird thing to explain somebody who's not an artist, but color and materials, they're very personal.” —Kathy Butterly


“I think that there are, there's definitely some challenges, especially if you decide to have a family where you have to juggle a lot. But you manage how to do it… Or I did, because being true to myself and making my work is one of the most important things other than making sure my kids are healthy and good.” —Kathy Butterly


“There's always challenges, and that's life. It would be really boring if there weren't challenges or if things didn't go wrong. When things go wrong, that's when you have to problem solve. And that's where things get better.” —Kathy Butterly


“Everything's about the journey. I, in a way, part of my thinking and my making work is I'm not in it to make something. I'm in it to figure something out along the way and for all my thoughts and all my hard work, to achieve something in the end that has meaning. That's my success is to achieve something with meaning.” —Kathy Butterly




See Kathy’s work at the James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea or the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica

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Category:Business -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

The concept of “mind over matter” is incredibly powerful, especially when it comes to your health and healing. You may not have control over everything in your life, but you do have complete power over how you feel. You have control over your dreams, your goals, and how you pursue them.


Perhaps no one understands that better than today’s guest, Alexa Carlin. After a near-death experience that put her in a medically induced coma at 21, Alexa became a full-time speaker to share her story. Since then, she's gone on to found the Women Empower Expo and Be a Public Speaker. All of her business endeavors serve the same passion and goal: she wants to see people’s lives change for the better.


Listen in as Alexa shares her incredible story, advice on how to chase your professional dreams, plus incredible insights on how you can impact other people’s lives.


In This Episode

  • Why it’s important to take ownership of your goals and dreams
  • Little daily actions that can have a big impact on others’ lives
  • The number one way to stand out as an entrepreneur
  • Different approaches public speakers can use to prepare
  • Why the phrase “work/life balance” can be a misnomer


Quotes in This Episode

“I truly believe that everything that we work towards leads us to that bigger picture of who we're supposed to be in life, as long as we never give up and continue to persevere and follow our passion.” —Alexa Carlin


“That's how I've made a difference in thousands of people's lives. I say, ‘I'm going to make a difference in at least one person's life, every single day.’ When you start on the individual level, that creates a ripple effect.” —Alexa Carlin


“The impact you're making in the world is happening, you just may not see it. But that's the thing—you don't have to see it. All you have to know is that you are doing your best to create that positive impact.” —Alexa Carlin


“Confidence is a lifelong journey. You have to work on it every single day.” —Alexa Carlin


“It's not like you have so many hours of work and so many hours to live…. This is your life. This is your chance to do everything that you want to do. How are you going to make the most of it?” —Alexa Carlin



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Category:Business -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

I was at a conference recently and I heard kind of an alarming statistic — the largest demographic leaving our state (New Jersey) to go work in other states are millennials. The future of the workforce doesn’t want to stick around our area! That’s a problem.


Today’s special guest has keen insight on how to reach younger generations and encourage them to stick around for business opportunities. Joining me is Alissa Carpenter, millennial workforce expert and leadership trainer. Alissa is the founder of Everything’s Not OK and That's OK, a company that creates and administers professional development workshops and helps organizations enhance leadership, teamwork, interpersonal skills among employees. She has a special focus on the millennial workforce.


Tune in as Alissa helps me unpack why millennials choose to work in certain areas or for certain companies over others, plus explains ways your business can recruit young talent.


In This Episode

  • Why businesses aren’t keeping pace with education when it comes to innovation
  • What companies need to better understand about the millennial workforce
  • How millennials compare to Gen Z at work
  • Ways top companies are supporting millennial workers
  • How building relationships on social media can bolster your business


Quotes in This Episode

“What's taught in school isn't necessarily productively applied in the workplace. We can read about theory, we can read about change management, organizational dynamics, but really experiencing it is different.” —Alissa Carpenter


“[Millennials] really want to know that there's opportunity to move around for advancement or really gain that new skill set. “ —Alissa Carpenter


“It's sometimes really hard to step back and look at your people, and try to grow your people, but your people make your organization what it is. It's so important to often reflect on how are your people? Are they happy in the organization? What can I do to help them grow so we can be more successful?” —Alissa Carpenter


“[Owning a business] is a rollercoaster of emotions. It's crazy sometimes because every business ebbs and flows. I'll get a ton of requests, and the next week I won't get anything. That's a challenge for somebody who wouldn't necessarily consider themselves a risk-taker because it's not stable.” —Alissa Carpenter


“We overlook our successes sometimes, big or small, and don't take the chance to celebrate them and really be grateful for them and reflect on them. We've already moved on to the next thing.” —Alissa Carpenter



Everything’s Not OK, and That’s OK

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Direct download: AlissaCarpenteronWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT