Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

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:Business -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Today's episode is part one 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.

 

Our guest is the incredible Liz Harrington, manager of wellness and work-life strategy at PNC. Liz has been with the organization for over six years and currently oversees the strategy and execution of the corporate-wide wellness program, designed to support employees' endeavors in living a healthy lifestyle, and being engaged with their families.

 

Tune in to all the hustle and bustle of the conference as Liz shares how PNC is building programs that create a culture of mental and physical wellness for all their employees.

 

In This Episode

  • How to activate employees as brand or program ambassadors
  • Why companies need to build work-life strategy programs to support their team
  • The modern family in the age of millennials
  • Using video to educate and engage employees
  • Building up company culture to support health and wellness outside of work

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Employees are not just an employee. They have a whole life outside of what they do… and we want our employees to feel like they can bring their whole self to work.... When you go to work, you don't leave everything behind you.” —Liz Harrington

 

“Dads are more invested early on and want to be more engaged and actively part of their child's life.” —Liz Harrington

 

“You might be a marathon runner—or you might take a thousand steps, and that feels like running a marathon for you. We recognize that and make sure that our programs run that spectrum.” —Liz Harrington

 

“A business isn't products. A business is people. You take the people out of it, you have very little left.” —Liz Harrington

 

“Culture is very important, but if you don't have the culture, it shouldn't discourage you from trying to impact the culture in a positive way, because culture shifts and changes over time.” —Liz Harrington

 

Resources

PNC

PNC Careers

Connect with Liz Harrington on LinkedIn

Direct download: LizHarringtononWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

Every mom knows the importance of finding your tribe. Juggling careers, motherhood, and marriage while maintaining your sense of self is so important. But it can be difficult to do it all without the help of likeminded women! What they say is true: it takes a village. And now that village lives online.

 

Maria Hunt is a tech entrepreneur who got her start back in the early days of Myspace. Now, she’s the founder of Unicorn Moms, an online community with more than 70,000 women. In addition to an active Facebook group, she's also launched the platform's mobile app to allow moms to embrace their individuality and to connect with other unicorn moms in their areas through increased geolocation capabilities. Both the Unicorn Moms sites and app cover topics that moms want to talk about, ranging from their favorite deals, cocktails and recipes, to airing their dirty laundry, or even seeking advice on their career goals and marital challenges.

 

Listen in as Maria breaks down the myth of the perfect mom and shares why there is power in confiding in one another, supporting one another, and laughing through the challenges of motherhood online as a community.

 

In This Episode

  • The illusion of the perfect mom
  • Why it’s important to support a woman’s individuality outside of motherhood
  • The reason people love connecting through online communities
  • How to build an online community made up of brand champions
  • The skills every entrepreneur needs to succeed

 

Quotes in This Episode

“We're all struggling in this together. We all got shit going on. We're all somehow killing it at this mom thing, so let's just embrace it and support one another.” —Maria Hunt

 

“We're social human beings, everyone. We love to be a part of something, we love to communicate and be around people, and I think that's one of the big things with any successful business. I think there has to have that social aspect, because it's very, very important.” —Maria Hunt

 

“I have this platform, I would be doing a huge disservice if I didn't use it for good. That's what I love about having my own business, is that I'm doing good for these women, making them better as wives, as mothers, as sisters, as friends, because of the community and the support.” —Maria Hunt

 

“What I felt, and opinions and view on certain aspects of anything have changed within the last five years. I'm like, ‘Wow, I really thought this way about this?’ You grow. It's an evolution, and I think as we get older, we get better. We get better in everything,” —Maria Hunt

 

“Patience, drive, hustle—those are the key elements. You can't be afraid, you can't have fear. I think, a lot of the times, fear stops us. We're like, ‘We can't. I can't do that.’ I just think you got to do it, you've got to have it in you. No risk, no reward.” —Maria Hunt

 

Resources

Unicorn Moms

Become a Unicorn Mom on Facebook

Connect with Unicorn Moms on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Direct download: MariaHuntonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Across nearly every industry, men outrank women at the highest levels of career advancement. Today’s guest has learned first hand how women can make intentional choices and fight harder to kill it in their careers.

 

Sally Hubbard went from practicing and teaching law to investigative journalism to creating a movement where women celebrate each other's successes. She currently works as a journalist for The Capital Forum and serves as the founder and host of Women Killing It: a podcast dedicated to how powerful women got where they are today, and what they wish they knew sooner. The result is “mentorship by podcast – women helping women unleash their superpowers at work.”

 

Follow along as Sally shares the professional trends and differences across genders that she’s witnessed from her peers, plus tips for how you, too, can become a woman who’s killing it.

 

In This Episode

  • The different ways men and women approach career advancement
  • The importance of women seeing other women succeed
  • How age and experience can transform your career
  • Steps to help you kill it in your career
  • Why women need to prioritize networking

 

Quotes in This Episode

“The other big thing that I think doesn't work for women in any field was that tendency of women to put their head down and think, ‘I'm gonna work really hard, and my hard work will be rewarded,’ without taking affirmative steps to make sure that your handwork is noticed and recognized and that you're making the necessary contacts and connections to get your career to the next level.” —Sally Hubbard

 

“We already have a lot of responsibilities between home and work, so most women are walking around in a constant state of overwhelm, and the idea of affirmatively looking for more work that doesn't pay might seem not worth it. But I think it really is worth it. It really is important, and it's important for other women to see those women out there as experts.” —Sally Hubbard

 

“If you actually take that time to step away and imagine your ideal life, it's going to save you a lot of time because there's nothing that's more wasteful of time than racing and racing toward a life you don't want, right?” —Sally Hubbard

 

“Possibility is actually just a belief, right? Our own minds and our own limits on what we believe are possible really constrains us.” —Sally Hubbard

 

“You will hear a lot of no’s before you get to the yes. That was a skill that I had to develop, kind of a thicker skin. I've realized that developing that skill of being able to handle the no’s—not let it slow me down, move on, and keep trying—is just a very valuable skill for anything.” —Sally Hubbard

 

Resources

Women Killing It

Follow Women Killing It on Facebook and Twitter

Connect with Sally on Twitter and LinkedIn

 

Direct download: SallyHubbardonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

According to the Women's Media Center’s 2017 report The Status of Women in the U.S. Media, men still dominate media across all platforms: television, newspapers, online, and wires, with change only coming incrementally. In fact, at 20 of the nation's most widely read and heard news outlets, women still report far less of the news than men do.

 

Today we’re joined from the road by one of my favorite women in media, Taryn Winter Brill. Taryn is currently a host at C-Suite TV interviewing authors of the world's leading business books. You can also catch her interviewing Hollywood's A-list as a host on NBC's First Look, a lifestyle show airing after Saturday Night Live. Taryn has also worked as the in-house correspondent for Everyday Health, working alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta and as a correspondent for the CBS Early Show.

 

In this episode, Taryn popped into our studio by phone to discuss storytelling, the state of women in the media, and the importance of doing what you love.

 

In This Episode

  • The truth behind the phrase, “It’s who you know”
  • Tips for presenting yourself on camera
  • Differences between traditional broadcasting and digital TV
  • The representation of women in media
  • How to stay calm and embrace obstacles you face at work

 

Quotes in This Episode

“At my heart, I'm a storyteller. I like hearing people's stories, and I'm just curious by nature. I like asking questions, and translating and being the conduit of good messages, really.” —Taryn Winter Brill

 

“I just like to learn, and I like to soak up as much as I can, and as many different disciplines and capacities, which is why I've been so fortunate and lucky and blessed to wear so many different hats.” —Taryn Winter Brill

 

“[Guests] ask me about the camera, and I say, ‘What camera? What are you talking about, what camera? Pretend the camera's not there.’ I always like to say we are just hanging out, we're having lunch… When you put it into those terms, and you frame it that way—think about it—we've all been to lunch with friend where we want to tell them some exciting news. And that's how I try to psych up my guests. You're just telling me some exciting news in your life, and it's not an interview.” —Taryn Winter Brill

 

“My mantra is just stay calm, and I think staying calm when an obstacle is in front of you, and you tackle it the best you can.... I mean in life, you can't expect everything to be perfect. If everything was perfect, I think life would be boring, to be perfectly honest.” —Taryn Winter Brill

 

“I am a perfectionist. I like it to be perfect in the way that I like it and up to my standards. But I know if I make a mistake—and believe me, we all do—and if things don't go the way I want, it happens. I say what can I learn from it, and I remind myself nobody got hurt.” —Taryn Winter Brill

 

Resources

Taryn Winter Brill on C-Suite TV

Connect with Taryn on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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

When business is booming, how do you know when it’s time to step back and maybe take a pause in your career? Can you recognize the signs you need to build a stronger, better, and healthier you?

 

Taryn Rose is an orthopedic surgeon turned shoe designer and serial entrepreneur. She married fashion and function in 1998, changing the footwear industry forever when she created one of the most successful and highly coveted brands in the industry. It’s an endeavor that started as a dream in her garage and grew to a $40 million business with boutiques all over the country. But even with her incredible success, her life was still missing a key element to happiness. So she sold her business—and took a step back to reset personally and reevaluate professionally.

 

Tune in as Taryn shares some of the fascinating stories from her transition from surgeon to entrepreneur, plus advice on how to maintain balance and a sense of self, even as a high-powered business professional.

 

In This Episode

  • The importance of pursuing your passion, sometimes despite the data
  • How an entrepreneur can (and should) make the most of their relationships
  • The power of taking time away from work to reset
  • Why risk-takers need non-risky colleagues to succeed
  • Ways women can empower each other professionally

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Being an entrepreneur is not just about the numbers. They play a big part, but you also have to have that love and passion that makes you run out the door and get to work every day and really dream your wildest dreams.” —Taryn Rose

 

“My philosophy is not about an age demographic, but about a psychographic… The common denominator is confidence. All these women are confident and you can be confident at any age.” —Taryn Rose

 

“The great thing about being a serial entrepreneur is that you get to reflect on what has happened in the past and use the functional things—as well as get to address the dysfunctional things—and make changes.” —Taryn Rose

 

“Get rid of judgment, judgment of yourself, judgment of others. It's a prison that we don't need to live in. It's a self imposed prison and you can be much freer and really connect to who you are if you are not bound by those judgments.” —Taryn Rose

 

Resources

Taryn Rose Footwear or online at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Zappos, Dillard’s, and other retailers

Taryn Rose Footwear on Facebook and Instagram

Connect with Taryn on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

Direct download: TarynRoseonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

How do you consume video? Do you mostly watch network TV? Have you ditched the cable box in favor of digital-only companies like Netflix and Hulu? Or maybe you exclusively take in short-form clips online through social sites like YouTube, Facebook, or Snapchat. No matter how you watch video, you can bet it’s different from how you did it 10 years ago. The landscape is changing.

 

Joining me on the show today is Liza Glucoft. Liza is a senior digital content creator, showrunner, producer, and director with nearly 10 years experience. She has been at the forefront of a lot of different digital companies, from FX to Who, What, Where to PopSugar and Conde Nast. She’s now the Executive Producer of Programming at AwesomenessTV.

 

Listen as Liza shares her insights into the transformation of the video content landscape, how younger audiences consume content, and finally, how women can support one another and build each other up professionally.

 

In This Episode

  • How the video landscape has evolved in recent years
  • Gen Z’s content preferences
  • How female producers can lift up the generations coming after them
  • Ways to stay on top of your work when it has a hundred moving parts
  • Important characteristics for members of a high-functioning team

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Digital is in full force now so it's nice. It's nice to be in a place where people are recognizing now that this is the way people consume content.” —Liza Glucoft

 

“[Young audiences] are more concerned with feeling like a part of the experience and feeling like what they're watching is authentic and not staged and set up.” —Liza Glucoft

 

“Women are realizing they can be boss bitches or whatever it is, girl bosses, but there is this final top layer that's almost impossible to penetrate. And it's tough.” —Liza Glucoft

 

“That is so important to me, us all helping each other and helping younger women find their voice too. That's one of the most fulfilling parts of my job now is… there are some younger female producers I work with, and I feel like I get to help them find their voice in a way maybe a male producer couldn't do.” —Liza Glucoft

 

“People just get scared of failure. They get scared someone's going to get mad at them… I think changing the dialogue for people and making them feel more empowered [is important] because, honestly, men don't apologize all the time. They don't feel the need to be like, ‘Oh sorry. I messed up.’” —Liza Glucoft

 

Resources

AwesomenessTV

AwesomenessTV on YouTube

Liza Glucoft on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram

Direct download: LizaGlucoftonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Who doesn’t wish they could give back more to their community? But getting started and making a habit of it can be really difficult. That’s why today we’re talking about women and philanthropy.

 

Wendy Steele is the founder of Generosity Matters. Through her own experiences with giving back to her community, she has come to understand the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life. In 2001, she launched Impact 100, a foundation that brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.

 

Hear the story of how Wendy is making it easier than ever for women to build up the communities around them, plus her advice for fellow entrepreneurs trying to do it all.

 

In This Episode

  • The personal story behind Impact 100
  • How “stop and think” gifts engage community members
  • Struggles all powerful women face
  • Tips and tools for managing stress
  • The key to making networking more enjoyable

 

Quotes in This Episode

“As women, we love to say that we give 110% to everything we do.” —Wendy Steele

 

“When you're happy and fully engaged in the work you do, you're happy and fully engaged when you're home, too… They feed each other.” —Wendy Steele

 

“If you are in the habit of continuously learning, you will continuously learn. If you're in the habit of being focused, and setting goals and attaining them, you just do it.” —Wendy Steele

 

“All of us, what I call high-capacity women, women who are out there running on all cylinders and trying to do what we do to make the world a better place, it can be hard for us, especially as leaders and solution providers, to ever raise our hand and even admit that we have stress, or that we need a break or we need to do something for ourselves.” —Wendy Steele

 

“You've got to have a place where you can be real, and sometimes real isn't pretty or perfect, or well put together. Sometimes real is bumpy and uncomfortable, but it's important.” —Wendy Steele

 

Resources

Generosity Matters

Impact 100 Council

Connect with Wendy on Twitter

 

Direct download: WendySteeleonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

Let’s talk about leadership. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager of a single department, or even a solopreneur: you’re leading someone. Are you leading your company or your teams effectively? Are you taking a holistic strategy to operating your business efficiently?

 

After spending over 20 years working as an executive for HGTV, Traci Barrett was looking for a career change. She decided to merge all the skills she had spent two decades developing: leading, strategizing, managing, and mentoring. Together with her husband, she started an executive coaching and consulting firm called Navigate the Journey. Navigate the Journey helps individuals and organizations discover their motivations and strengths, build their leadership skills, strategize on cultivating business, and, ultimately, realize their full potential.

 

Tune in to this episode to hear what skills and traits all great leaders need to carry in their back pockets, advice for how women can become more confident leaders, and the importance of identifying and naming your management blind spots.

 

In This Episode

  • Why leaders can benefit from consultation and training
  • How to identify your blind spots
  • Skills that help you become a more balanced leader
  • Tips for women who want to become more confident in the boardroom
  • How to gain perspective in both your personal and professional life

 

Quotes in This Episode

“Everybody has a blind spot. If you don't think you have a blind spot, that's probably your blind spot. All of us have something to work on and to learn.” —Traci Barrett

 

“Sometimes people get nervous and think that, oh [empathy] means weakness. It doesn't mean weakness. It just means putting yourself in other people's shoes, understanding how they're feeling, and acknowledging that.” —Traci Barrett

 

“What I always encourage women to do is: Just don't try to be anything else but yourself. Don't try to be a man. Don't try to be what you think your boss should want you to be. Just show up, and participate by being thoughtful and smart.” —Traci Barrett

 

“Understand what your own personal purpose and mission are and what your vision is for your life and how you plan on getting there—before you start digging into your own company. You want to have that purpose across all domains of your life personally, professionally, and with your family.” —Traci Barrett

 

“Our opportunity to learn and grow is greater than it has ever been, and most of it's free. I think: Take advantage of that. If you're not creating time and space to learn as a leader, it's really a shame. We should be carving time out of our day to learn every day.” —Traci Barrett

 

Resources

Navigate the Journey

 

Direct download: TraciBarrettonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Today on Women Worldwide, I’d like to discuss the challenges that come from change. Change is a constant in the life of an entrepreneur, and with change comes ambiguity, surprises, personal fears—sometimes it can really feel as if you’ve been upended.

 

Our guest Kristina DiPalo is the founder and driving force behind DailyWorkLife. Having worked in corporate America for many years, first in financial services, then in pharmaceuticals and HR, Kristina finally launched her own consulting firm, Elysian Communications, in 2011. Her firm focuses on two main objectives: helping companies deal with big change and helping leaders become better reflections of their true selves through coaching.

 

Follow along as Kristina shares the personal truths all entrepreneurs must understand, why women leaders need built up in business more than ever, and how her own personal career has been one of happy accidents.

 

In This Episode

  • How gender differences affect politics, company cultures, and the way we communicate
  • The dangers of supporting a business-first or business-only culture
  • Why we need to empower more women leaders
  • The unique challenges of being a solopreneur
  • Questions all entrepreneurs must ask themselves about their business

 

Quotes in This Episode

“There are certain social and cultural stereotypes, archetypes, that we're all ingrained in and we all follow one way or the other. There's a way that women are judged in political environments, in business environments, in social environments, that is different than the way that men are judged.” —Kristina DiPalo

 

“There's an incredible amount of talent that's left out of the conversation. Less than 20% of all Fortune 500 CEOs are women... Yet women are, if you look at global statistics, slightly under 50% of the global population. Half the population is really not represented, so half the ideas, half the experience, half the ability is just being left off the table. That, to me, has very broad long-term implications.” —Kristina DiPalo

 

“People who are entrepreneurs, or solopreneurs (to use that catchphrase): We have to give ourselves the permission to invest, even if we don't see a direct one-to-one payoff.” —Kristina DiPalo

 

“With each experience that I have had, I've tried to go toward work that I am curious about, something where I know that I am going to be growing and learning.” —Kristina DiPalo

 

“There are going to be good periods. There'll be not-so-good periods. You have to be willing to step into space that is very new and very different. It may feel kind of uncomfortable and strange at first, but also quite wonderful.” —Kristina DiPalo

 

Resources

DailyWorkLife

Elysian Communications

Connect with Kristina on LinkedIn

Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works

Direct download: KristinaDipaloonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT