Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

Are you thinking about your next career adventure? Perhaps your job no longer gives you purpose or you’re feeling burned out. If you’re ready to make a change, there are tools—and possibly even counsel—necessary to get you where you want to go.

 

Emily Kapit is an industry-leading career strategist and the founder of ReFresh Your Step, a career advisory firm with national and international clients. Emily is one of the youngest global professionals to become a three-time certified master resume writer. She’s been profiled by Forbes, she’s a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and was recently noted as one of the nation's 10 Resume Experts We Love by Recruiter.com.

 

Tune in as Emily discusses how more professionals are unhappy at work than most people realize, and if any of the feelings sound familiar, how you can work with a team of experts to start on a brand new career path.

 

In This Episode

  • How emotional intelligence plays a key role in career advising
  • Connecting your skills and achievements to a new career path
  • Why business owners need to automate and delegate
  • Using an accountability partner to keep your goals on track
  • How to leverage social media (and why you should)

 

Quotes in This Episode

“It's a safe place [to open up], and a lot of clients are in desperate need of that, because they're dealing with whatever's going on at work.” —Emily Kapit

 

“And so I'm trying to navigate this opportunity that I have in front of me to really, really grow the business in a little bit of a different way, and have a different structure for other client work, but trying to do that while keeping the business going and I also have a family, and I try not to burn out. So, trying to balance all of that is a challenge.” —Emily Kapit

 

“Whether it's work life or home life, I need to let go and let other people—that I know can learn, and want to learn, maybe grow into their skills a little more, and not just want to immediately take over—which any parent out there will tell you is skillset for being a parent. It's just all really true.” —Emily Kapit

 

“An accountability partner helps you to recalculate. The right person will understand real life happens and then work with you on a plan to actually reach those goals, whatever they might be.” —Emily Kapit

 

“As anyone running a small business knows, you need all the cheerleading you can get, right? It is a challenge each and every day, in a beautiful way, but to stop and actually celebrate those successes… You need to do it, because it helps you keep going and moving through the challenges that you're facing and moving towards increasing success.” —Emily Kapit

 

Resources

ReFresh Your Step

Connect with ReFresh Your Step on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook

Connect with Emily Kapit on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Suzanne Brown on Women Worldwide

Direct download: EmilyKapitonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

What is art without community? For many artists, their work exists to create a dialogue with their audience or a greater collective. For today’s guest, looking, listening, sharing, and collaborating are inseparable from the paint, the place, and the form.

 

Meg Saligman, internationally recognized American artist, has produced over 40 permanent public artworks worldwide. Her practice stems from a deep desire to give a voice to communities through public art. She's received numerous awards in addition to the Visionary Woman Award, including the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Visionary Artist Award and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts. Meg has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Artnet, and on the Today Show.

 

Follow along to hear Meg’s advice for pursuing a creative career, how to become more integrated into our communities, and the positive ripple effect you have the power to create.

 

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

 

In This Episode

  • Experiences that led Meg to become an artist
  • How a digital world is influencing creative careers
  • One question everyone should ask themselves when choosing a career
  • How to create an open dialogue in a community
  • The ripple effect caused by positive experiences in your life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I was probably in about junior high I saw my art teacher paint a watercolor flower and I remember just seeing that thinking, ‘Oh my god, if I could ever do that, that would be the most wonderful thing. I actually think about that moment sometimes when I'm out there painting in a community or out on the street like, ‘What if someone like me at that age sees me painting and somehow I turn a light on?’” —Meg Saligman

 

“Whatever your goals are—I am so motivated by just playing with paint all day. That's the way I want to spend my days—if that's your motivation you're willing to work hard, I believe the money will follow. I say go for it and see where it takes you.” —Meg Saligman

 

“I would want to tell [aspiring young women artists] you can't have everything but you can make conscious choices and set your mind on getting what you choose.” —Meg Saligman

 

“I consider myself a vessel with a vision. But the vessel can hold the collective and individual voices of the community.” —Meg Saligman

 

“There is no one path or there is no set of rules that a woman has to follow in order to be a good mom, a good wife, a good whatever role she's adapting I think. So that's the inner compass that I think should find it.” —Meg Saligman

 

Resources

Megsaligman.com

Connect with Meg on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

Direct download: MegSaligmanonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

This year (and every year), how will you create the greatest possible impact in your career and in your life? Figuring out how to reach your maximum potential requires a great deal of passion and introspection. To get there, perhaps the best place to start is with a bit of motivational thinking.

 

Joining me on the show is Holly Dowling, global keynote speaker, inspirational thought leader, trainer, and consultant. Holly spends her time helping professionals to live life with a passion and to reach their fullest potential and serves as an expert in strength-based leadership, change of management, and corporate women's empowerment. If all that wasn’t already enough to keep her busy, she’s also the host of the podcast A Celebration of You.

 

If you need a January pick-me-up, look no further. Holly’s advice for surrounding yourself with positive people, pursuing your lifelong dreams and passions, and turning your darkest periods into your brightest days will energize you for the entire year ahead.

 

In This Episode

  • What it means to have a butterfly dream on your shoulder
  • How to energize and uplift the people around you
  • The positive impact dark periods of life can have
  • Where to find “balcony people” in your life
  • Three qualities all successful people share

 

Quotes in This Episode

“My mantra began, ‘Tell me no. Watch me go.’ … No matter what I want in this world, no matter what adversity I face, I can still do something magnificent. I believe everybody has that.” —Holly Dowling

 

“If there's one person in this room that [this experience] can make a difference for them, and it rekindles a hope and a spark of light in their own personal darkness, then that is why I'm there.” —Holly Dowling

 

“I chose to not live in ‘woe is me.’ I choose to live in ‘wow is me.’ And I'm not going to say it's easy. But I do believe it's a choice, and I choose joy every day.” —Holly Dowling

 

“Take these next 30 days to fall back in love with who you are. It's never too late to dream. How about relishing and celebrating who you are? And that has a lot to do with the stuff you've been through.” —Holly Dowling

 

“Is it networking or is it just being open to the world and the serendipitous moments that are around us and in front of us? I'm allowing myself to be open to everybody I meet.” —Holly Dowling

 

Resources

HollyDowling.com

A Celebration of You Podcast

Connect with Holly on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Direct download: HollyDowlingonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

We live in a lightning fast world. How do you make sure your business is keeping pace? According to today’s guest, the answer is by embracing failure and by preparing to change–fast.

 

Meet Brandi Boatner, the Social and Influencer Communications Lead for IBM Global Markets. Brandi has been working with IBM since 2010, and she has also served as a Digital Experience Manager for IBM Global Technology Services. She's currently the Chair of the IBM Black Network of New York Business Resource Group (BRG), and she's a founding member of the IBM Marketing Communications and Citizenship MCC Diversity Council. Through her work with IBM, she’s become an expert in adopting an agile framework to build more flexible, fast-paced teams.

 

Follow along as Brandi shares the inside-baseball on becoming an agile marketer, ways to embrace failure (and why you should!), plus the best advice she has ever received.

 

In This Episode

  • What it means to be an agile marketer
  • How agile principles apply to everyday tasks
  • Ways to combat (or keep up with) warp speed change
  • The best career and life advice Brandi’s ever received
  • How mindfulness can transform your life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Fail fast and embrace that failure so that you can iterate, course correct, and then try again can apply an agile framework to whatever it is that [you’re] doing.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“We live in a three-second world, right? A three second, right-swipe world. If I can't do what I need to get done in 10 days, why am I doing this? Why?” —Brandi Boatner

 

“I've gotten rid of that mindset of, ‘This has to be perfect.’ It does not have to be perfect. There has to be progress made on the task… I celebrate progress not perfection.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“Change and comfort can't coexist, so you should be willing to have that uncomfortable conversation in order for you to implement the changes that you need as a professional and then as a business.” —Brandi Boatner

 

“People can define their success differently. You might ask somebody else, and they say success is money. Someone might say success is happiness, somebody might say anything, but for me I would really say success, for me, is growth. ” —Brandi Boatner

 

Resources

Email Brandi or connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

IBM

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Direct download: BrandiBoatneronWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

In our time producing Women Worldwide, I have spoken with people from all walks of life. I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs, inventors, and educators from around the world. But today is a first. I don't think we've ever had a volcanologist on the show. Meet Jess Phoenix, a professional field scientist who's running for the California Congress.

 

In addition to her hands-on work as a volcanologist and burgeoning political career, Jess is executive director, principal investigator and co-founder of a revolutionary environmental scientific research organization called Blueprint Earth. She's also a fellow in the Explorer's Club, a featured scientist on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel and a TEDx speaker. Her work has been covered in Popular Science Magazine, NASA's FameLab on National Public Radio, CNN international and on This Week in Science. Her mission is to inspire everyone to tap into their innate curiosity, igniting wonder about our planet and the world we live in.

 

Stay tuned to hear incredible stories from Jess’s professional life and find out how she’s using her scientific background to fuel political change and encourage people around her.

 

In This Episode

  • What entrepreneurs can learn from Jess’s episode with horse thieves
  • Proof it’s never too late to learn a new skill or passion
  • The benefits of leveraging social media
  • How doors open when you don’t shy away from saying ‘yes’
  • Why you don’t have to be the best at what you do

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Being curious about a number of different things is okay. You don't have to focus or specialize too early because you can change directions… You can get into things at any age. It doesn't require you doing it from when you're five or anything like that.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“You always have to think about what the greater cause is and that's what keeps you going even when it's rough 'cause it's not all fun and games. It's not all campfires—I mean sometimes you deal with horse thieves.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“We are humans, we are so adaptable. So that's what we have to do. We have to adapt to the challenges and that means be flexible, be creative, and solve those problems.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“It doesn't matter what your problem is, if it's an erupting volcano, a flat tire, God knows what! You just look at it, and you just take it apart, piece by piece. And you figure out how you're gonna get out of this situation you're in, and you just do your job.” —Jess Phoenix

 

“You don't have to be the best, but you have to be so good that they can't ignore you.” —Jess Phoenix

 

Resources

Jess Phoenix for Congress

Volcano Jess

Connect with Jess on Twitter, Facebook, and here and here on Instagram

Direct download: JessPhoenixonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

Would you say you or your business has reached your limitless potential? Have curiosity and passion helped you to impact others and to reach your goals? According to today’s guest, nurturing your curiosity is exactly what you need to elevate your business to the next level.

 

Nikki Barua is a change agent, and she's leading a movement to empower people and organizations to thrive amidst disruption. She founded BeyondCurious in 2011 to help large companies innovate like startups, and since then, the award-winning digital accelerator has created massive impact by guiding brands to achieve their digital transformation goals. Nikki was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE in 2014, recognized as Top Woman Entrepreneur in North America by Ernst & Young in 2015, and as LA Woman of Influence by The Business Journals in 2016.

 

Tune in to hear why you should be fostering your own curiosity, why you should learn to pivot like a small business, and how to turn your business’s challenges into opportunities to level up.

 

In This Episode

  • Why every child needs heroes
  • The ways education can help you think differently
  • How to nurture your own curiosity
  • Why big organizations should think and operate like small startups
  • What makes entrepreneurship like a video game

 

Quotes in This Episode

“I grew up with a belief that it's possible for us to do absolutely anything. And with that belief in my heroes, I learned very early on to really dream big and be bold and take courageous action.” —Nikki Barua

 

“The gift that I got from education was in how to think. The most powerful gift or tool we can be equipped with is being able to frame great questions, because when you know how to approach a problem, the answers emerge from within you.” —Nikki Barua

 

“As we grow, we tend to lose that curiosity because we're afraid to ask or we're afraid to simply pursue something where there's a potential of failure. And so our fears tend to get in the way of our curiosity, and when we let that fear overtake our curiosity, it limits our ability to learn and to grow and to give back. ” —Nikki Barua

 

“As an entrepreneur, your challenges are never ending. I've learned to frame it in a way that I measure my progress as an entrepreneur based on the size of my problems. So if my problems are getting bigger, I know I must be getting better.” —Nikki Barua

 

“One of the most important lessons of leadership is the humanity of being authentic and vulnerable and really being grateful for the opportunity to lead and to bring out the best in all of the other people.” —Nikki Barua

 

Resources

BeyondCurious

Follow BeyondCurious on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Nikki Barua

Connect with Nikki on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Direct download: NikkiBaruaonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

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

 

Resources

kathybutterly.com

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

Direct download: KathyButterlyonWomenWorldwide.mp3
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

 

Resources

Women Empower Expo

Women Empower Expo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Connect with Alexa on Instagram

Be a Public Speaker

Direct download: AlexaCarlinonWomenWorldwide.mp3
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

 

Resources

Everything’s Not OK, and That’s OK

Connect with Alissa on Twitter

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

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:Business -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT