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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

I’m sure you can relate: Between family ties, work obligations, and my passions and hobbies, I often find myself wishing there were more hours in the day to tackle everything I want and need to get done. Especially if you own your own business, the portion of your life devoted to work obligations sometimes rules the roost, taking away precious amounts of time you could spend with family and friends.

 

Enter Jess Ostroff and her team of virtual assistants at Don’t Panic Management. Jess started working as a virtual assistant in 2009 (and eventually incorporating her business in 2011) because she wanted to help other people become more efficient. With that goal in mind, she has spent the better part of a decade guiding fellow entrepreneurs on the path to outsourcing all the day-to-day tasks that prevent them from focusing on their passions.

 

If you’ve been feeling overworked and overwhelmed, you won’t want to miss this episode. Tune in as Jess shares how finding the perfect virtual assistant you trust can help you scale your business for growth, be more intentional about your business, and get you back to doing the things you love most.

 

In This Episode

  • The signs an entrepreneur is ready to outsource some of their workload
  • How a virtual assistant can fit into your business model
  • Which tasks you can (and should) outsource
  • Why there is an assistant out there for every entrepreneur
  • The importance of listening to your instincts

 

Quotes in This Episode

“When you find someone that you really trust and that you can train and get really ‘on’ your team, there’s nothing better. Because you get so much of your time back and you get so much of your brain space back.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“A lot of people start their own businesses because.... [they] have a passion for something… And when your business becomes successful, all of a sudden you don’t even have time to work on that thing that you started your business for because all of the tasks of running that business get in your way.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“The cool thing is that there are so many different kinds of assistants out there now and so many different people who want to work virtually and have this lifestyle. So you can really find an assistant for anything that you want.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“Sometimes taking a risk is great, and it can work out really well for your business. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned… it’s listening to my gut and learning when to say yes, and more importantly when to say no.” —Jess Ostroff

 

“When you can slow down a little bit and be more intentional about your decision-making process and say, ‘Is this right for me,’ you’ll end up making better decisions for the long run.” —Jess Ostroff

 

Resources

Don’t Panic Mgmt

Email Jess

Connect with Jess on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

Direct download: JessOstroffonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

As the millennial generation becomes the driving segment of the modern workforce, industries like media and PR are adapting and evolving around them. Today’s guest understands that perhaps better than anyone.

 

Lindsey Green ended up in digital media purely by accident. When she first moved to New York, the world of blogging and digital content was in its infancy, and even though she was pursuing other fields, Lindsey found that she had quite a few friends dipping their toes in new media and tech startup industries. A long and winding road spent utilizing those relationships to bolster the fashion and PR industries led her to where she is today: the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Bustle, a new force in media produced for and by women.

 

Grab your headphones and tune in as Lindsey talks about new media and the millennial generation, what’s it’s like working for a young company that’s growing at lightning pace, and why curiosity online is good for everyone.

 

In This Episode

  • The content that’s resonating with millennials today
  • The perks of working with a passionate, nimble team
  • The importance of engaging younger generations through social
  • How a strong company culture can help a company scale for growth
  • Why women should surround themselves with a network of other smart women

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Millennials, in general, as a generation are really interested not just in what’s going on in the U.S. but what’s going on the in the world—and how they can help.” —Lindsey Green

 

“PR is hard. In PR, you don’t really ever get to have good days because as soon as some goodness happens, something else is going off the rails.” —Lindsey Green

 

“I don’t particularly want to be [less connected]... I would like to be more connected. I like knowing I can work from anywhere if I want.” —Lindsey Green

 

“Mentors are important, but I think also they can come in many different forms. You can have one for one time in your career, and another for another time in your career. It can kind of shapeshift in that way.” —Lindsey Green

 

“Sometimes rejection is the best thing that can happen to you. Sometimes challenges are great… always absorb the information and be flexible.” —Lindsey Green

 

Resources

Bustle

Romper

Elite Daily

Bustle Digital Group

Bustle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: LindseyGreenonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

As an entrepreneur, you have more power than you realize. And if you harness that power correctly, you can turn your life around.

After her first startup venture failed, Cam Kashani and her partner created Coloft, the first-ever coworking space in Los Angeles. During her four years there, Coloft had over 1400 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, and Tinder, leading her to earn the nickname The Godmother of Silicon Beach. But after a trying personal experience, Cam found herself looking at Coloft in the rearview mirror and facing an identity crisis that set her on the path to become who she is today: an expert speaker with the US State Department and now three-time founder. Through her company co-founded with Jasmine Hannaby, COACCEL: The Human Accelerator, she has worked with over 4,000 entrepreneurs and 700 startups, boosting female founders and their products to new levels of excellence.

Follow along as Cam shares her personal journey, talks through the importance of embracing your own power, and explains how women can create a more harmonious environment for us all.

In This Episode

  • How believing in the strength of your own potential can boost entrepreneurship
  • The power of choice and deciding what world to create for yourself
  • The trait every entrepreneur must share
  • How to prioritize your goals by making the most of productivity tools
  • Why it’s important to be kind and forgiving of yourself

Quotes in This Episode

“The only thing you can control is yourself. The power is within you. YOU are the ultimate product.” —Cam Kashani

“Your mind functions very much like a computer. Whatever programming you give it, is what it will in turn spit out. ” —Cam Kashani

“Nothing falls into place. As an entrepreneur, you are the creator. You are creating the vision and passion and purpose that you have—so it’s always a challenge.” —Cam Kashani

“Your passion is going to fuel you in those times when you have nothing left (because those times will come).” —Cam Kashani

“Give yourself permission to be human.” —Cam Kashani

Resources

COACCEL: The Human Accelerator

camkashani.com

Find Cam on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Direct download: CamKashanionWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

As kids we probably all heard it at one time or another, and as adults we surely say it to our own children if we have them: “What do you want to be when you grow up? You can be anything you want!” Some little kids have pretty predictable dreams of being a doctor or a teacher, but some kids dream really, really big. They want to grow up to be explorers, superheroes—or even kangaroos and lions.

Fiona Smart, a classically trained singer and songwriter, is the author of the song and accompanying book, I Can Be a Superhero. Written about and for her first daughter, Fiona wanted to encourage kids to use their imaginations, dream as big as they possibly can for their futures, and foster a love of reading in families.

Follow along as Fiona shares how she transitioned from late-night jazz singer to children’s book author, the in’s and out’s of the publishing world, and what it’s like pursuing her passions from home as a mother of three.

In This Episode

  • Why creative pursuits require a strong support system
  • The rewards of having children as your number one audience
  • How to keep an eye on your personal passions
  • Fiona’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

Quotes in This Episode

“We read all the time… It’s really important I think.” —Fiona Smart

“I think we all wish there were more hours in the day to achieve the things we would love to.” —Fiona Smart

“If I feel like I need to re-energize and I’m feeling a bit lackluster, I find just a bit of yoga and pilates really help… If I’m feeling tired, the best thing I can do is exercise.” —Fiona Smart

“You have to focus on yourself as well and do things you love.” —Fiona Smart

“If you’ve got a passion, a dream, a vision, just go for it!” —Fiona Smart

Resources

Fiona Smart Books
”I Can Be a Superhero” Version One and Version Two
Fiona Smart on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Direct download: FionaSmartonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Have you ever felt really run down to the point where you aren’t feeling like yourself? (In fact, you don’t even feel healthy.) Who do you turn to when you’re facing this level of burnout? Many professionals feel they have to face exhaustion alone—but that’s not the case.

Paula Davis-Laack is a former lawyer turned burnout expert. As CEO of The Stress and Resilience Institute, she coaches everyone from CEOs to drill sergeants on how to manage stress in high-profile jobs. You can also see her work and get her advice in The Huffington Post, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Fast Company.

Tune into this episode as Paula explains how she’s working to normalize the experience of burnout and help entrepreneurs, doctors, and other professionals across the country manage the stress of their lives a little better.

In This Episode

  • The three warning signs of burnout
  • Why a lot of people try to cover up their exhaustion or overwhelming feelings
  • The positive trade-off that comes from entrepreneurial stress
  • The formula for ending each day on a positive note
  • Simple strategies for decreasing stress and boosting feel-good vibes

Quotes in This Episode

“We should have some stress in our lives, both at work and at home. The trick is: are we managing it well?” —Paula Davis-Laack

“There’s a lot of stress that goes with owning your own business… When you’re the one responsible for making all the decisions, there is no day off. There’s no off button.” —Paula Davis-Laack

“Sometimes resilience is just muddling through. Sometimes it’s just putting one foot in front of the other and making it through the day—and that is a success.” —Paula Davis-Laack

“Trying to tap into [the things that give me energy] really helps to balance the tough days. And wine. I’m not going to lie, a glass of wine here or there helps a lot!” —Paula Davis-Laack

“Ask yourself: where do I have a measure of control, influence, or leverage in this situation? We spend so much time, energy, and emotion on trying to fix or change things that aren’t fixable or changeable.” —Paula Davis-Laack

Resources

Stress and Resilience
Strong: Stress Relief Strategies When You Have 10 Minutes or Less

Direct download: PaulaDavis-LaackonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT