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Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast containing interviews with women who have achieved success and men who help women develop their leadership; topical episodes giving insights and how-to's in the areas of leadership and personal and professional development, as well as "on-air" coaching episodes. The aim of Women Taking the Lead is to inspire you to overcome self-doubt so you can follow your true calling, earn the money you deserve, create more time for fun on your journey, develop relationships that support you, and to silence your inner critic, and make working on your mindset for success a top priority.
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Mar 20, 2016

Heather Ann Havenwood, CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC and Chief Sexy Boss, is a serial entrepreneur and is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing. In 2006, she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Heather Ann is the Author of Sexy Boss - How Female Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rule Book for Money, Success and Even Sex, and How You Can Too! Heather Ann Havenwood is smart, sexy, savvy and now stepping out from behind the curtain to educate, enlighten and empower women entrepreneurs to grow or start an online business and live a fearless and fulfilled life.

Playing Small Moment

Heather played small when she was at an event with three of her male co-workers. Heather’s boss told her she better step up her game. She went to the conference and was selling her butt off. The CEO came up to her and asked her what she was doing. Heather was worried she did something wrong. The CEO says, you have $120,000 in sales and the guys, combined, only have $10,000 in sales. The CEO wanted to know what her secret was for selling. Heather was downplaying herself and she realized at that moment that she was good at what she did. Heather was highly focused on proving that she was worth something. She constantly felt like she needed to catch up to the boys’ club.

The Wake Up Call

Heather’s aha moment happened when she moved to a retirement island in Southern Florida. She realized the happy retired people were the ones who had been entrepreneurs, and the not so happy retirees had been in corporate jobs. Heather realized at that moment that she wanted to be an entrepreneur.

Style of Leadership

Leading a conversation is Heather’s style of leadership.

What Are You Excited About?

Heather is focused on one-on-one coaching. Her ideal client is the person who has been in their career or business for 15-20 years, and that has the knowledge and wants to take that information to the marketplace. She also works with people who have online businesses and want to take their message to another level. 

Leadership Practice

She is a listener. She takes it even one step further by recreating what she has heard and repeating it back.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn 

Advice for Younger Self

Don’t worry, you are unemployable and it is OK! Let it go, you are an entrepreneur, which is what you are supposed to do.

Inspirational Quote

“Does this feed my confusion or Strengthen My Clarity?” ~ Richard Flint

Interview Links

www.HeatherHavenwood.com

www.SexyBossInc.com

Facebook.com/HeatherHavenwood

http://www.amazon.com/author/heatherhavenwood

http://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherannd/

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/heather-havenwood

Mar 16, 2016

Lindsey is the founder of Fearlessly Authentic Living, a graphic apparel brand for women who are not afraid to do their own thing and live a life they love. Lindsey hopes to inspire a movement in which we all live authentic lives and pursue passions that invigorate our souls. Her current obsessions include fuzzy socks and gelato.

Playing Small Moment

Early on in Lindsey’s college years, she wanted to start a community for women. Lindsey asked others what they thought of her idea. They said she was too young and should focus more on college. Lindsey realized she was letting others influence her. She realized there was never going to be a time that she would be ready. Lindsey decided to get started and she has been learning as she goes.

The Wake Up Call

When Lindsey launched Fearlessly Authentic Living, she initially received some push back. These naysayers shook her because they were challenging one of her core values, which is to be true to yourself. Lindsey came to the realization that she needed to listen to herself and quit obsessing over what others were saying. She needed to stay original and do what felt right.

Style of Leadership

Lindsey is an introverted person, she is a behind the scenes type gal. Lindsey believes in leading by example, which allows her to be open and vulnerable with the people she is working with. This in turn helps her to build more trust and comradery within groups and relationships.

What Are You Excited About?

Lindsey is starting a community for women that want to jam on the art of self-expression and learn about the power of learning the truth. She is also working on building an online hub, packed full of resources for women to go to on living an authentic life and business.

Leadership Practice

Everyday Lindsey starts her day by naming off her desires. She writes them down in her daily planner. Lindsey takes those desires and figures out a way to do something that will make her feel that way. This practice allows her to be more present with others.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/thedesiremap/

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Don’t let naysayers stop you from pursuing your dreams.

Inspirational Quote

“Do your thing, do it unapologetically. Don't be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances, and have fun. And no matter what don't ever stop doing your thing.  ~ Asher Roth

Interview Links

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fearlesslyauthenticliving/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fearlesslyauthenticliving/

Website: http://www.fearlesslyauthenticliving.com/

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/lindsey-allen/

Mar 13, 2016

Kerry Heaps is the Founder and President of Kerry’s Network, Inc., a marketing organization that provides business-to-business marketing services. She is also the host of Strictly Marketing Talk Radio and publisher of Strictly Marketing Magazine. The magazine has recently spun off an online community for Strictly Women in Marketing, and for Women (and Men) looking to gain more media exposure. Kerry also has part ownership in other businesses in the fashion and beauty industry. Her passion is to help other entrepreneurs with their marketing efforts to continue their dream of running a successful business.

Playing Small Moment

Kerry realized she was playing small when she would take on clients in a desperate need, instead of waiting for the right ones to come along. Kerry would devalue herself by lowering prices or giving discounts that could hurt her business in the long-run.

The Wake Up Call

During Kerry’s trade-show networking days, is where she had her ‘aha’ moment. Other people were trying to lure away her members, which created an unhealthy competition. It got to the point where it would keep her up at night. She decided to go to a colleague to vent and he told her, “If you won the lottery would you still be doing these trade-shows?” She has never done a trade-show again.

Style of Leadership

Kerry’s leadership style is different from other women. She doesn’t sugar coat anything. She tells people the things they don’t want to hear. Kerry is sympathetic; however, if she feels you need to hear something she isn’t afraid to tell you.

What Are You Excited About?

Kerry has a 30-day Publicity Boot Camp. She wants women to feel less intimated, instead of talking themselves out of opportunities. Everyone is welcome, this isn’t just for women.

Leadership Practice

Listening is a key to being a good leader. Listen to your people and where they are having troubles. Kerry follows these rules for actively listening: be quite, have a talk one-on-one, take notes, and be open minded.

Book to Develop Leadership

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WEAI4E/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Kerry would tell her younger self to trust her gut. She says if there is something in your business that you don’t feel right about, stop until your feeling goes away. Women are intuitive, follow your instincts.

Inspirational Quote

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

-Bert Lance

Interview Links

Strictly Women in Marketing (SWIM) http://www.strictlywomeninmarketing.wildapricot.org

Strictly Marketing Magazine & Talk Radio:  http://www.strictlymarketingmagazine.com

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/kerry-heaps/

Mar 9, 2016

Nikki Wetherell is a licensed Counselor in Portland, Maine. She empowers clients to find their natural strengths and overcome challenges in order to live happier, healthier lives. Nikki provides mental health and substance use counseling for adolescents with Day One in South Portland. She has a private practice in Portland with services geared specifically towards the unique needs of women, and volunteers for the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health services.

Playing Small Moment

Nikki realized she was playing small when she applied for a job that was out of her wheelhouse. She packed up and moved to Colorado to work with children who had lived through one trauma or another in their lives. She had to learn how to stand on her own two feet, with a 50 lb backpack on top of a mountain. She realized at the moment how strong she actually had become.

The Wake Up Call

While Nikki was in Colorado, she met a 13-year-old girl. One day the teenager came up to Nikki and told her the story of the horrific abuse she had been through. Nikki didn’t know how to help her at the time. She quickly realized that she was going to have to be the one to help her. The ripple effect of helping this girl back in Colorado was the wakeup call Nikki needed, which changed her whole life path. 

Style of Leadership

Nikki’s leadership style is all about quiet empowerment. People often have much more inner wisdom than they realize, but they are rather afraid to trust it.

What Are You Excited About?

Nikki is excited about her private practice, which is geared towards the unique needs of women.

Leadership Practice

Recognizing that she is stuck, or needs help is her way of growing, which in turn keeps her human and humble.

Book to Develop Leadership

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Nikki would tell her younger self to do things even though she is scared. That it is OK to be scared and do it anyways. Embrace the fear and lean into it.

Inspirational Quote

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

Interview Links

www.nikkiwetherellcounseling.com

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/nikki-wetherell/

Mar 6, 2016

Laura Brandenburg started an online business in 2008. In 2012, shortly after the birth of her first daughter, she landed on a mix of digital project offerings that enabled her to build a 6-figure business while working part-time from home. Now, Laura empowers women to build online businesses the ‘mom style’ way – profitable, flexible ventures that nourish your creative spirit.

Playing Small Moment

Laura realized she was playing small when she found out that her boss was hiring someone else to take over a third of her team. She didn’t speak up at that moment. Laura reflects on that day, thinking if she could’ve focused on what she thought was right, she would have made a much bigger impact in that situation.

The Wake Up Call

Laura hired a coach to figure out what was happening with her business. Her coach pointed out that her plan wasn’t leading to her goal. She wasn’t setting the proper financial expectations for the amount of people she was making offers to, which in turn was putting undo stress on her while trying to maintain her business goals.

Style of Leadership

Leading by example is Laura’s style of leadership. By being transparent, Laura has found it easier to connect with people.

What Are You Excited About?

Laura has been working on a Money Mindset Master Class Workshop. This workshop is going to be geared towards her knowledge on the taboo topic called money.

Leadership Practice

Laura found her leadership practice is about getting out of her own head. She takes a look from someone else’s perceptive and utilizes that information to give her a broader view.

Book to Develop Leadership

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

 

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

The sooner you embrace that you can't please everyone, the sooner you can do more impactful creative work.

Inspirational Quote

Stepping into her power is Laura’s mantra.

Interview Links

http://laurabrandenburg.com

Facebook group for momprenuers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momstylebiz/

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/laura-brandenburg/

Mar 4, 2016

As a psychology major, a corporate executive, a coach and a Director Consultant for BNI I’ve gotten tons of training on building relationships and managing my reputation. I don’t always do it perfectly but I’m constantly learning and integrating this learning into my life and my business.

Because of this training I’m also really good at identifying when others are doing things that hurt relationships and hurt their reputation. What also catches my attention is when they do these things oblivious to the consequences.

I see it all the time and it is very concerning to me because I know it’s hurting those people’s opportunities to grow in their career or grow their business.

People want to do business with people they know like and trust. The same is true within organizations. Managers want to promote those they know, like and trust.

What I’m going to address is TRUST.

I want to help you to not only avoid losing trust; I want to help you to know what you can do to build trust as well.

Here are five things that will cause people to lose trust in you.

I’m also doing a free webinar on How to be Recognized and Rewarded for the work you do. Go here to stay in the know on when the next one is coming up: https://womentl.com/webinar-interest

Post to accompany this episode: https://womentakingthelead.com/credibility/

Mar 2, 2016

Marina Darlow is a project manager and a productivity expert. She views her job as helping impact-driven entrepreneurs get 10-20 more productive hours a week, stop leaking money, and prevent stress-fueled breakdowns. An engineer by training, Marina came to a realization a couple years ago that working for a conglomerate is not as inspiring as she wants her life’s work to be. Marina’s quest for inspiration brought her to found Vision Framework, a company that builds small, purpose-driven businesses from the inside, helping entrepreneurs run their companies with ease by putting effective, easy-to-use and fun (yep!) systems in place.

www.womentakingthelead.com/102

Playing Small Moment

Marina felt lost, having panic attacks, and was in a confused frame of mind. She signed up for a career coaching leadership program, because she wasn’t certain of her career path.

The Wake Up Call

On a trip to New York City, Marina realized - while lying in bed in a swanky hotel - that she had exceeded her goal. Marina was ecstatic because at that moment she realized she can create her own reality.

Style of Leadership

Independence with support is Marina’s style of leadership. She believes people need to learn how to do stuff on their own. She can guide, but you are the one that has to do the work.

What Are You Excited About?

Marina recorded a podcast mini-series with Cameron Gott. This mini-series is based on the emotional needs related to the creation of systems for global visionaries with ADHD.

Leadership Practice

Marina believes there are non-negotiable qualities that one must possess to be a great leader: focus, determination, and empathy.

Book to Develop Leadership

Rising Strong by Brené Brown Ph.D.

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Make as many mistakes as you can. Staying put, out of fear, is not OK.

Inspirational Quote

Change is possible. We can change our reality.

Interview Links

http://www.vision-framework.com/

https://visionframework.leadpages.co/appguide/

https://visionframework.leadpages.co/systemsforcreatives/

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/marina-darlow/

Feb 28, 2016

Kim Eisenberg is a Career Counselor and an Organizational Development Consultant who helps people and businesses create healthy relationships with work. She blends her expertise in corporate career services, counseling, and organizational leadership to deliver candid, strengths-based approaches to career and business development.

Playing Small Moment

Kim noticed her playing small moment after she first started her own business. Kim was fearful that she wasn’t making enough money, so she went out and got herself a full-time job. This job was a step down from what she was doing in the past and ended up being a complete disaster after only one month.

The Wake Up Call

Although Kim doesn’t like to focus on aha moments, she does remember some wake up calls. While Kim was working at the full-time job mentioned, she received high praise from one of her clients that she was coaching at the time. During this time, Kim also heard one of her research papers was being published by a peer review journal.

Style of Leadership

Kim has two different styles of leadership: situational and strength-based. She realized that people perceive themselves as much smaller than the world perceives them. Kim loves to delegate and feels that being the boss doesn’t mean she knows it all. Kim surrounds herself with people who have talents that she doesn’t have.

What Are You Excited About?

The launch of her programs geared toward woman negotiating. Kim doesn’t just mean negotiation for jobs; she is talking about all aspects of life.

Leadership Practice

Kim practices active listening. She believes the more substance the better. She also practices being a leader who can be in the present moment with people and not think about her own agenda.

Book to Develop Leadership

Body of Work by Pamela Slim

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Kim would tell her younger self that the entire world is not falling apart. Just hang in there and keep chipping away at it.

Inspirational Quote

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Strive to be happy.

— Excerpts from the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Interview Links

www.kimeisenberg.com

https://www.facebook.com/KimEisenbergConsulting

https://twitter.com/kim_eisenberg

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimeisenberg

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/kim-eisenberg/

Feb 24, 2016

To celebrate the 100th episode on Women Taking the Lead I've collected and strung together the first 100 quotes shared on this podcast by our amazing guests.

https://womentakingthelead.com/100-quotes/

Sign up for this free webinar on How To Be Recognized and Rewarded for the Work You Do: https://womentl.com/webinar-interest 

Feb 21, 2016

Carl helps coaches to get clear and visible, and to get clients through heart-centered entrepreneurship, so that they enjoy freedom and wealth. Carl believes that clarity is crucial to business success. His mission is to help coaches build a solid business that fully reflects their vision, skill set and strengths. So they can attract the right customers.

Carl has more than 20 years of experience, in marketing and communication in the UK and The Netherlands, working for major companies like Air France and British Telecom. He is also a certified life coach and motivational speaker.

 

A Woman Who Has Influenced Your Life

Carl has been influenced by many women throughout his life. However, one person really strikes a chord with him, his mentor Jennifer Hermenes. She taught him how to sell using his heart and how to serve people not just sell them.

 

What He Sees That Hold Women Back

Carl has noticed a trend; women seeking help and comradery from other women. He suggests you need to encourage everyone to work together and to not exclude others.

 

What He Has Learned from Women

Working with many women in his life, Carl has learned how to use his intuition. Carl is grateful to those women that have taught him how to hone in on this skill.

 

What Changes Does He See That Are Necessary for Women to Step Up as Leaders?

Carl says women should not be afraid to get in front of a camera and get themselves visible. He suggests recording a 30-second video on standing for what you believe in.

 

What He is Excited About

Carl is excited about his 2nd Business, Retreat for Women in Tuscany. It’s a week-long retreat to get women out of their everyday habits and focus on how to market using a heart-centered connection. You can find more details at eatpraylearn.com.

 

Inspirational Quote

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Interview Links

www.carlbrooks.com

eatpraylearn.com

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/carl-brooks/

Feb 19, 2016

What is the definition of a leader and what am I talking about when I refer to “taking the lead?”

In my view a leader is not limited to the person heading up a group. It is well recorded in history that certain famous individuals became leaders, not because they sought the role. Rather, they were living according to their values and following their conscience and that inspired others to join them on their journey and they were nudged into taking authority.

I remember from my corporate days learning the distinction between the position of leader and the actual leader. Though often the same person had the position of leader and was the actual leader, it wasn’t always the case.

The person who had the title or position of leader was not always the person that eyes wandered to when important announcements were being made. The person the eyes wandered to, that was the person that people were actually taking their cues from. However that person responded to the announcement would influence how other people responded.

So what had this person be so special?

Well, they usually were really good at forming close relationships. They didn’t have to be outgoing but people had a sense of who they were as an individual and where they stood on common issues.

They were responsible. Meaning they would respond to what was going on around them. They weren’t waiting for someone to give them direction. If they saw a problem they would get involved. Appropriately or inappropriately, it didn’t matter; they were somehow involved.

These people had an awareness of themselves. They knew what they liked and what they didn’t like. Though they could compromise and collaborate with others they didn’t comply because they didn’t have an opinion – they were just choosing their battles and thinking about the good of the group.

This awareness also extended to their strengths and weaknesses. Though we are all continually getting to know more about ourselves these individuals seemed to have a better sense of what they wanted to call attention to and what areas or characteristics to downplay.

They also knew their sphere of influence. They knew who would go along with their ideas and who would need convincing and how to convince them.

Sometimes these individuals could be convinced to take on the position of leader if they didn’t have it already and sometimes their preference was to lead from the trenches.

In my view, someone is “taking the lead” when they are responding to what is going on inside them or around them. They are not waiting for permission to respond or to respond in a way that feels good for them - they are responding.

When I first started the Women Taking the Lead podcast my thought was I wanted to inspire women to take initiative and be change makers in their professions or their businesses. But since launching my intentions have broadened.

I want to inspire women to take initiative and be change makers in any area of their life they are drawn to.

And here is what I know: when you make changes in one area of your life it ripples over to other areas because in order to cause change we have to change who we are being. When we change who we are being in one area we naturally take that evolved version of ourselves into other areas.

If you are taking the lead in your health and wellness and are gaining confidence in that area, that will ripple into having more confidence in your finances, your relationships, your spiritual awareness and so on.

If taking the lead for you means you’re going to do something about the lack of fun you’ve been experiencing lately I’m here to support you. I know that by making sure you are having more fun you’ll have more energy and enthusiasm overall that you can put toward anything you’d like.

If taking the lead means you finally say no to that group or association that no longer serves you, I’ve got a virtual high-five for you. Because I know that by saying no to this obligation you’ll be able to say yes and give more of yourself to the things that are truly important to you, reflect your values and feed your soul.

Here are some steps you can take to begin taking the lead in your life:

  1. Take stock of where your attention is drawn

Your attention might get pulled in certain directions because you want more or you want less of whatever is getting your attention.

For me, right now my fitness and nutrition keep pulling on my attention – mostly because I would like to feel tired less and have more energy.

  1. Visualize what you want

How would life be if you had more of what you want and less of what you don’t want?

Really imagine the details of what that would look like.

How would it feel in your body? How much fun would you be having? What would you be doing with your extra time, energy or money?

  1. Set some goals

Choose goals wisely and choose goals that are worthy of you. Choose goals that will take you from where you are now to what you visualized.

For the example I gave above, I’m being more active and moving more. I’m getting more vegetables in throughout the day and I’m cutting back on alcohol. Alcohol for me is an energy drainer but it may not be for you. Pay attention to your body when you consume different foods and drinks

  1. Declare your intention.

Don’t keep it to yourself, tell others about it. Talking about your goals out loud will make them more real and will give you some energy and momentum.

  1. Lastly, take action.

Respond. Respond in a way that is true to you and honors your values. Continue to share your progress with trusted friends and partners.

Now that’s what I call taking the lead in your life.

Do you have a particular area in mind?

https://womentakingthelead.com/leadership-title/

Feb 17, 2016

Entrepreneurs and executives seek the business coaching, training and keynotes of Penny Zenker for her strategic thinking and ability to transfer these skills to others. Penny is one of the very few business and entrepreneurial coaches that merges her own high level success with extraordinary coaching skills to offer motivated individuals an exceptional resource. 

Playing Small Moment

Penny undervalued herself after selling her IT company. She was working too many hours, so she decided to work for another Tech Company. After getting hired, she realized they wanted her to become the CEO of the company. Penny was dripping with fear and felt like she was over her head. She ended up staying with her job for longer than anticipated because her boss, who became her mentor, explained what his real expectations were.

The Wake Up Call

One of Penny’ wake up calls was when she ended up in a big fight with her 3-year-old. She realized she wasn’t giving him the attention and the presence he needed, because she was focused more on her work.

Style of Leadership

Penny has a coaching style of leadership. She comes from a place of curiosity and uses a collaborative way of coaching.

What Are You Excited About?

She is excited to announce that at the end of February, she is launching her new TV Talk Show, called Excellence Success.

Leadership Practice

Penny’s leadership practice is viewing the big picture and the whole picture by stepping back and getting perspective.

Book to Develop Leadership

Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Penny would tell her younger self to compare herself to the best version of herself. She has a book coming out next year called Compared to What, which speaks to this idea.

Inspirational Quote

Stop managing your time and start managing your energy.

Interview Links

http://p10app.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PennyzPerspective/

https://twitter.com/pennyzenker

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pennyzenker/

 

https://womentakingthelead.com/penny-zenker/

Feb 14, 2016

Cloris Kylie is a performance coach and branding expert. She helps coaches, authors, consultants, speakers, and other service-based professionals expand their client base through the power of social media, mass media, webinars, speaking, blogging, podcasting, and networking. Cloris has been featured on television and radio, and her articles have been published on websites with millions of followers.

Playing Small Moment

While Cloris was on a job interview, she realized the culture wasn’t a good match. She ended up getting the job; however, when they called to make her an offer, she thought about it and said no thanks she was no longer interested.

The Wake Up Call

Rebranding herself was Cloris’s wake up call. She realized she needed to cater to a specific niche. This made her message less confusing to her audience.

Style of Leadership

Inclusion is Cloris’s style of Leadership. The sign of a good leader is, wake up and say “I’m a better person today than I used to be.” You need to take the constructive criticism, breathe through it and thank the person, and then you can begin to unpack it.

What Are You Excited About?

Cloris has two major things happening in her business. One is the launch of the Lead Generation Academy; the second is the two-day event she has coming up on May 21-22 called the Client Attraction Bootcamp. Both of these events are focused around how to build and own your list of contacts.

Leadership Practice

Get out of your comfort zone and take chances that might seem scary at the time.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Power of No by James and Claudia Altucher

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Give yourself time and space to think about a decision. Don’t do something you don’t want to do because you think it is something you have to do.

Inspirational Quote

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb

Interview Links

https://www.cloriskylie.com

Live event: https://myplatform.info/client-attraction-bootcamp

Free eBook to expand your client base at https://myplatform.info/free-pdf-ebook

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cloriskylie

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cloriskylie

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cloriskylie

https://womentakingthelead.com/cloris-kylie/

Feb 10, 2016

From climbing the corporate ladder to entrepreneurship, Erica Castner is not a stranger to the professional development world. She is the founder of Queen of Results Business Coaching & Consulting, a company dedicated to helping CEO moms go from "I wish I could" to "I know I can" and communicate their message with power and poise.

Erica is a member of: the National Association of Professional Women, the Dress for Success SW Florida Advisory Board, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Above Board Chamber of Florida, and the American Business Women's Association.

Playing Small Moment

When the chaos started to consume her life, Erica came to the realization that she needed to take control.

The Wake Up Call

Not worrying about what others think was Erica’s wake up call. We all have a story; there are good, bad, and indifferent parts to each story. You can choose to lead with only the good, but there is no grit to that.

Style of Leadership

Erica’s style of leadership is leading with a team mentality not a dictatorship.

What Are You Excited About?

Erica is launching The Queen Bee Revolution, hoping to end the worker bee mentality.

Leadership Practice

She asks herself three questions each night: “What are the things I did really well today?”, “What were the things I could do better?” and “What are my intentions moving forward into the next day?”

Book to Develop Leadership

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

To trust herself first and foremost. What you feel in your gut, will probably work out in your favor.

Inspirational Quote

“You were a warrior; you go through the finish line not to it.”

Robert be Apel

Interview Links

Website: www.thequeenofresults.com

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blog-podcast-queen-results/id964825673?mt=2

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thequeenofresults/?fref=ts

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/powermomsproclamation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QueenofResults

Feb 7, 2016

Lori believes that developing people’s true potential is the single most important job of any leader. After serving 14 years in education, she now helps entrepreneurs and new leaders build their leadership capacity so they can maximize their potential, performance and impact. 

Lori has worked with top online entrepreneurs, local small business owners and highly successful professionals to provide business strategies, personal development and leadership coaching. Her mission is to change the world through leadership and influence.

Playing Small Moment

Lori has a track record of staying in relationships too long without realizing it was time to leave. She would recognize there had been a long lasting problem after she had stepped out of the relationship.

The Wake Up Call

Lori felt that she wasn’t receiving the mentorship she needed, she wasn’t being pushed to grow. Her next step was hiring a life coach. Lori’s life coach asked why she kept going to a place that wasn’t allowing her to grow, which opened up her eyes to the situation.

Style of Leadership

Lori creates a supportive and positive environment, but also giving it to them straight and laying out her expectations clearly.

What Are You Excited About?

Lori is excited about her new launch of a 14-day challenge with 14 micro-actions that leaders can take to improve their impact.

Leadership Practice

Lori surrounds herself with like minded people to keep up her success.

Book to Develop Leadership

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

If Lori could tell her younger self one thing it would be to research scholarships and be careful with the money she invests into college.

Inspirational Quote

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” - Martin Luther King

Interview Links

www.theleadershipinfluence.com

https://www.facebook.com/theleadershipinfluence

https://twitter.com/HeislerLori

 

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Feb 6, 2016

Commitment.

Committing to ourselves.

It’s so easy as women to advocate and commit to others but when it comes to doing this for ourselves – we back away.

Why is that?

I believe it’s because we are hard-wired to take care of others. We are also nurtured to do this. We are rewarded as children for doing thoughtful things for others but not for speaking up and asking for what we need or want.

We may have even had an experience where we were chastised for asking for what we needed or wanted.

When I was growing up making sacrifices for others was always acknowledged and celebrated. And it should be; it’s wonderful.

But there is something I believe must come first. There has to be a commitment to you and as much as I cringe saying this because of my conditioning, you have to come first.

If you don’t come first everything else will suffer as a consequence. Click to Tweet!

I’ve been struggling with this one. I have to be completely transparent that there is a part of me that resists commitment altogether.

I sometimes joke that it’s because I’m Sagittarius. I love my freedom too much to tie myself down to too many commitments and that it’s probably the reason why I’m single.

I make plans to meet up with friends for dinner and I’m really excited about it. Then the day comes and in the afternoon I get overwhelmed with the desire to just get into my pajamas at the end of the day and watch reruns of The West Wing.

I feel a pang of regret that I’ve made plans for the evening but my commitment and my integrity – that I’ve given my word – wins over and instead of pajamas and TV I’m with friends laughing enjoying a good meal and I don’t regret it.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always something fun that I’ve committed to and sometimes it’s just the satisfaction that I was true to my word that rewards me for overcoming any desire to be somewhere else or do something else.

Making and keeping commitments, especially to yourself, will help you to keep moving forward in the direction of your dreams despite any short-lived cravings to play it small, play it safe and play it comfortable.

Here are some things you can do if you struggle with making and keeping commitments to yourself:

1.     Make Sure What You Are Committing to is 100% Relevant

How often have you found yourself committed to something that has no real value or meaning to you. These are the times you find yourself saying, “I don’t even know why I agreed to this?”

Be very clear on what you value and what your goals are and only make commitments that are a reflection of them.

Everything else is a “no.” And if you find yourself saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no” take a look in the mirror and uncover what it was that compelled you to say yes. This can often range from a need to be liked to avoiding conflict.

Just know that whatever compelled you, in that moment, you gave it more power than your values and your goals. Think about how you can handle that situation differently in the future so when it comes up again, and it will, you will be able to navigate it with more power and ease.

If your commitment is relevant, if it does reflect your values and goals, it will be much easier to overcome the urges to break the commitment. You can remind yourself why this commitment is important and how it will improve your life in the long-term.

2.  Focus on What You’ll Enjoy About the Commitment

I’m in a phase right now where I have gotten off-track with my workouts and I’m trying to get back to the level of fitness I was at over the summer. Over the holidays and when I was in an intense period of catching up after the holidays my workouts took a nose-dive and I knew I needed to get back into a rhythm.

Knowing this would be a struggle, I committed to - at the very least - getting 10-15 minutes of cardio in everyday to start building up my endurance again. Easy, right?

Wrong.

Every day there was “one more thing and one more thing” that needed to get done before I could do my workout and before I knew it there wasn’t even 10 minutes to workout. Iin fact I was running late and barely had time to take a shower and get ready before I need to race out the door.

When I took a look at the list of things that made up the “one more thing” they were all tasks that could have waited. I was just using them to procrastinate because I hated the reminder, when I was working out, that I was no longer as physically fit as I once was. I didn’t look forward to this and so was avoiding it to my own detriment.

I made a conscious effort to change my mindset and focus on what I do enjoy about my workout: it’s 10-15 minutes just for me, I get to listen to my favorite music or podcasts, I can focus on the progress I’m making, I can enjoy the endorphin rush and the feeling of satisfaction that comes when I’m done and I can check my workout off my list. It’s not hanging over my head for the rest of the day that I skipped my simple workout yet again.

3.    Ask Others to Hold You Accountable to Your Commitment

Many people resist accountability because it sounds like being taken to task and is just another way to feel bad about making and breaking a commitment.

However, accountability is only meant to be a check-in and not a disciplinary hearing. It’s an opportunity to communicate the status of your commitment and make any adjustments or recommitment if necessary.

Accountability is for you and not for the other person.

Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before and co-host of the podcast Happier, talks often about the four tendencies when it comes to forming and keeping habits: upholder, questioner, obliger and rebel.

You can TAKE THE QUIZ HERE to see what your tendency is.

I’m an obliger and I’m not surprised. That means that I am motivated to make others happy. I don’t like to disappoint people so accountability works great for me.

However, if your tendency is to rebel then accountability will probably not work for you.

As an obliger I also have to be cautious of over-committing, which I do often, because overcommitting will cause stress, resentment and ultimately, backing out of commitments.

Questioners will want to know everything about the commitment before they agree to it and Upholders will resist new commitments unless they can give 100% to it because they will give 100% and then some once they’ve committed.

Know what works for you and set yourself up for success.

And lastly…

4.    Choose Yourself Everyday

I had a conversation with my father one day about marriage and the long haul and getting through tough times. In his wisdom my father shared that a commitment was not something you set and forget. It takes thoughtfulness, care and nurturing.

He told me that he chooses my mother every day when he wakes up. He recommits himself to her every day.

That’s the kind of love we need to have for ourselves as well. We need to choose ourselves every day.

Every day, regardless of how you feel, you need to commit to honoring your relationship with yourself.

This is how you develop self-worth and personal power.

You are worth the commitment.

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Feb 3, 2016

Stacy Curtis interviews fascinating people on her podcast at WriteOfYourLife.com. Her latest project – Lifestorytelling.com, a Lifestory Laboratory (and memoir writing course) – is taking off. This life story and memoir telling project is the culmination of years working to understand the psychology and art of life story writing, and making it easy for others to write their stories. It’s valuable to trace your trouble, transcribe your tale, and transform your life.

Click to tweet: .@WriteOfYourLife is sharing her story to inspire you on Women Taking the Lead! ▶ www.womentakingthelead.com/094

Playing Small Moment

Stacy’s first husband cheated on her. After he told her he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay with her or leave, she sat by the phone waiting for him to choose her. During a memoir writing class, she realized that she had never raised her hand. Not speaking up had become her life theme.

The Wake Up Call

Stacy ended up in a second marriage, this time with a sociopath. She signed onto her computer for her daughter and spotted her husband’s Craigslist ad, soliciting himself to couples. Stacy’s realized that her kids would end up in similar relationships if she didn’t get up to show them how to stand up for themselves.

Style of Leadership

Stacy leads by encouragement. She guides people through her course by trying new things and encouraging experimentation.

What Are You Excited About?

Stacy is excited about her podcast, writeofyourlife.com, which gives her the chance to connect with so many different people. Her work helps her learn more about herself.

Leadership Practice

Grace to herself and to others. Stacy has been given grace so many times when she has failed, so she is sure to spread it to others.

Book to Develop Leadership

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do by Phil Cooke

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Raise your hand! Take the spotlight; you are not responsible for other people’s feelings.

Inspirational Quote

“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” ~ Thomas Edison

Interview Links

http://www.writeofyourlife.com/

http://lifestorytelling.com/

Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WriteOfYourLife

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/WriteOfYourLife/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriteOfYourLife

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WriteOfYourLife

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Writeofyourlife/posts

Instagram: https://instagram.com/writeofyourlife/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacycurtis

 

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Jan 31, 2016

Felicia Knight is the president of The Knight Canney Group, a strategic consultancy based in Portland, Maine. Previously, Knight worked in Washington, DC, where for five years she served as Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts, and for the prior five years as Director of Communications for United States Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine. Before that, Felicia Knight enjoyed a 20-year career as an award-winning broadcast journalist in Maine.

Playing Small Moment

When Felicia found out a new male coworker was earning so much more than she was for the same job, she marched down to her boss to ask why. He responded that this coworker had a family to support, and Felicia took that and didn’t push back. She saw the question as answered.

The Wake Up Call

Sometime in her early 40’s, Felicia realized that she was a bonafide adult. At this point she could use the powers of yes and no. It was time for her to make the decisions for herself.

Style of Leadership

Felicia tries really hard not to micromanage. It was hard for her to delegate, but once she did – it was life changing. She does have a low tolerance for missed deadlines and no attention to detail.

What Are You Excited About?

Felicia is excited about a new enterprise called The Portland Science Center, which they are handling media and PR for, and is a very popular science museum in a great part of town.

Leadership Practice

Listening is Felicia’s strongest practice. She also tries to see from others’ point of view.

Book to Develop Leadership

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Pay Attention. Life goes by very quickly and the average life is made-up of many small moments. Pay attention during that camping trip or that ordinary family dinner, and appreciate what is in front of you.

Inspirational Quote

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” ~ Felicia Knight

Interview Links

www.knightcanney.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fkk2014

Jan 27, 2016

Sandy Weiner, founder of Last First Date, is devoted to helping women achieve healthy, off the charts love in the second half of life. An internationally known TEDx speaker, dating coach, speaker, and workshop leader, Sandy specializes in helping women communicate effectively, set clear boundaries in relationships, and value themselves. She believes that a woman of value attracts her best partner. Sandy has contributed hundreds of articles to several prestigious publications, including the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Good Men Project, and she is the dating expert at Better After 50. She is also the host of Last First Date Radio, an acclaimed show about attracting and sustaining healthy relationships in midlife.

Playing Small Moment

Sandy had the opportunity to do a TED Talk after discussing her love for TED Talks with a friend, but she was petrified of public speaking. She hired a speech coach and was able to deliver the speech with phenomenal affect. Sandy had to make the choice to play it small or be amazing.

The Wake Up Call

Sandy looked to the future of her marriage, realized that she would be alone with her husband, once the kids were older, and moved out. This was a thought that she was not looking forward to, and the more time they spent apart, the more their differences surfaced. 

Style of Leadership

Sandy teaches her clients to be their own coach. She says “It’s not about powering over, it’s about powering with.” Sandy believes that empowering to change is much more powerful than shaming into change.

What Are You Excited About?

She is re-launching Find Love Online After 40, a pre-recorded course that helps women learn how to find love online, successfully.

Leadership Practice

Having and accountability partner has been greatly beneficial for Sandy. They meet a couple of times a week and set small goals, then discuss their success or what they plan to do if they didn’t succeed.

Book to Develop Leadership

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time, by Susan Scott

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Get more support! She tried to do it all, and lost herself. Self-care is so important, and it is essential to delegate, even at home.

Inspirational Quote

“Strive not to be a success, but rather be a value.”

Interview Links

LastFirstDate.com

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourlastfirstdate/

Jan 24, 2016

Amber Lambke is the president of the Somerset Grist Mill, LLC and its Maine Grains label, which is carried by specialty food stores and used by fine restaurants and bakeries throughout Northeastern US. She is also the executive director of the Maine Grain Alliance. Amber has worked with local business leaders and community members to successfully bring the cultivation and processing of heritage grains back to Skowhegan, Maine, which is a driving force behind Maine’s sustainable foods movement. Her efforts through the Maine Grain Alliance have generated a broader understanding and appreciation of the nutritional and economic value of heritage grains and oats, as well as their exceptional flavor. The alliance’s Kneading Conference, co-founded by Amber, now draws thousands of attendees from across North America each year and has spawned similar conferences across the country.

Playing Small Moment

Amber began to volunteer with an organization called, Main Street, from 2005-2007. Her mindset was focused on recruiting someone to start a business to help her town. Amber never considered that someone would be her.

The Wake Up Call

Amber’s wake up call was recognizing the power of a project to unite people around a common cause. Leadership has been her biggest wake up call.

Style of Leadership

Amber leads by example. She likes to engage in a task with her eyes wide open in order to see who else could do it before they realize it, so she can bring more to the table.

What Are You Excited About?

Maine Grains is now 3 years into their launch and is recognizing the increasing demand for their rolled oats. New equipment has been purchased from Germany and Amber is excited to start upping their production to reach out to new businesses.

Leadership Practice

Amber always tries to keep her own thoughts in check and saying the right things to herself to be stronger.

Book to Develop Leadership

“Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the ‘Great Good Places’ at the Heart of Our Communities” by Ray Oldenburg, Ph.D.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Amber would tell her younger self to trust her instincts earlier. She always had a vision in business, and she didn’t know where it came from. Amber believes that everyone has intuition about where their life is headed.

Inspirational Quote

“You need to have an affection for place, and people and animals; and you need to have an affection for hard work and the soil and all of the things that come together to make a successful and productive life.”

From: “It All Turns on Affection” by Wendell Berry

Interview Links

www.mainegrains.com

https://www.facebook.com/Maine-Grains-110335742314892/

https://twitter.com/mainegrains

Jan 20, 2016

Kristie Kennedy is a motivational speaker, a personal development coach and an established author. Kristie has a rich treasury of insight and knowledge for women who are challenged in three areas: self-worth, self-starting and self-growth. She is a visionary leader, who serves as women’s beauty, business, brilliance and body image speaker with a passion for empowering individuals to live magnificently in the face of adversity. 

Playing Small Moment

Kristie is an artist at heart and didn’t know she could use those skills to be expressive and was often held back by her own fear. In college, she was afraid to contribute to class discussions for fear of being wrong and realized that her professor was enabling her fear and holding her back.

The Wake Up Call

This year has been a year of transformation for Kristie, which is pivotal for her role as an entrepreneurial leader. After being terminated unexpectedly from her spa career, she realized that she was worth so much more than what she was working for.

Style of Leadership

Kristie leads from within. She builds herself up with affirmations from her book so that she can be strong form the inside out. Kristie is also a firm believer in doing unto others as they would do unto you.

What Are You Excited About?

Kristie is pumped about her new online radio show, Massive Momentum. Her show talks about small steps with massive power and how effective you can be once you overcome your fears.

Leadership Practice

Journaling has been therapeutic for Kristie, ever since middle school. She journals everything internally and externally, and finds peace in it.

Book to Develop Leadership

“Aim for Greatness: See it, Say it and Soar!” by Kristie Kennedy

“The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur” by Mary Kay Ash

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

“Dear Kristie, one day you are going to wake up and realize that all of your pain was a divine oyster housing a pearl of unrevealed power.”

Inspirational Quote

“Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.” Marva Collins

Interview Links

www.kristiekennedy.com 

Jan 17, 2016

John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of Entrepreneur on Fire, a top ranked business Podcast where he interviews today's most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7 days a week.

An army veteran and dabbler of professions, he felt unfulfilled in his career until he hit upon his mission – to inspire and motivate would-be and newbie entrepreneurs, to keep going and to find success through all the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial roller coaster.

A Women Who Has Influenced Your Life 

When John first had the idea of the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, it was just an idea. He had no clue how to start, nor did he have any background experience. John found someone in a place where he wanted to be, Jamie Tardy. He asked her for mentorship but also made sure to ask how he could add value.

What He Sees That Hold Women Back 

John sees a lot of women hold themselves back from within. In the military, he saw many females shy away from command, but he could not understand why, and knows he would have obeyed their orders. If you know you can deliver, you can create the results people want, that’s all they care about.

What He Has Learned from Women 

John has found that women are quicker at finding their voice as an entrepreneur than men; and that while some women might struggle, they often feel more comfortable being themselves.

What He is Excited About

Throughout 2015, John has been hard at work on The Freedom Journal, which can help you set and accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days.

Inspirational Quote 

“Try not to become a person of success but a person of value.”

Leadership Practice 

John’s main leadership practice is focusing on his morning ritual. Making sure he takes care of himself and then he can take care of fire nation the rest of the day. Focus on yourself first.

Interview Links 

www.thefreedomjournal.com

www.entrepreneuronfire.com

“Like a girl” videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhB3l1gCz2E 

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Jan 13, 2016

Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker and author. She is the founder and CEO of CorpNet.com - an online legal document filing service - where she helps entrepreneurs start, grow and maintain a business. Nellie shares her expert tips with readers at Forbes, Entrepreneur and Mashable and is a regular guest expert on the Fox Small Business Center. Nellie has presented a workshop at Small Biz Expo and sat down with members of Girls in Tech, General Assembly, and more, to inspire and motivate others to make their business dreams a reality.

Playing Small Moment

Nellie started her first business straight out of law school and right at the start of the Internet. The business took right off, as there was not a lot of competition. In 2005, the company was sold for a large sum of cash. Nellie took time off to focus more on being a mom. After her non-compete clause ran out, she realized she was too young, bored and passionate to take early retirement. So, Nellie jumped back into the game and started CorpNet in 2009, at the height of the recession. She was bombarded by competition and felt out of place with the new social media world we were in. After Nellie’s quick success in the past, she suffered from a false sense of being able to do the same thing again. Nellie had to adapt to a new way of doing things, and rethink her approach.

The Wake Up Call

Nellie is very public about her panic attacks, even writing about them on The Huffington Post. A year ago she went to an Intuit convention and listened to Ariana Huffington speak publicly about her panic attack. Nellie realized she was not alone, and wanted to share her experiences.

Style of Leadership

Nellie is not your typical CEO. She expects a ton from her team, but she is very ‘all for one, one for all’. A great big company is a result of the sum of its parts.

What Are You Excited About?

CorpNet is updating their CRM software into a new, more engaging platform for their clients and employees.

Leadership Practice

Nellie has an open door policy where any of the employees can talk to her about what is going on. There should be a balance between keeping your clients and your employees happy. Nellie always makes sure her employees are thriving in a positive environment. She focuses on the positive rather than the negative.

Book to Develop Leadership

“Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life” by Teri Hatcher

Inspirational Quote

“Make the impossible your reality and it will ultimately become your reality.”

Interview Links

www.corpnet.com

twitter.com/CorpNetNellie

linkedin.com/in/nellieakalp

facebook.com/nellie.akalp

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Jan 10, 2016

Sara Millman is an independent filmmaker and writer whose work has been screened and distributed on five continents. She envisioned backHer to enable fellow artists, activists, and entrepreneurs to grow budgets, while at the same time to support women who are rising from poverty and oppression. Sara has devoted much of her life to actively caring for people and animals. Social and economic justice has been a factor in her life from the start and Sara is especially passionate about creating and growing the backHer Rise Together Fund.

Click to tweet: .@filmworks7 is sharing her story to inspire you on Women Taking the Lead www.womentakingthelead.com/087

Playing Small Moment

Sara’s film was the closing night film at a London film festival. As she was sitting in the limo that was provided, she suddenly felt super anxious about the upcoming events. Throughout her whole life, Sara wanted to be seen, but now that all eyes were going to be on her, she began second-guessing her decisions. Being at these fancy parties and being treated like royalty while not being able to afford a cup of tea, Sara struggled with a prince and pauper sentiment, still feeling like an outsider who did not deserve to be there.

The Wake Up Call

In school, a science teacher ridiculed Sara for her veganism after her refusal to dissect frogs. Inside a closet, the science teacher came in and shoved dead kittens in her face. Sitting in the closet that day, a powerful knowing came over her and she left. Sara suddenly knew she did not have to go through that.

Style of Leadership

Sara seeks the leader in others; she tries to always live and work in a state of empowerment. It’s about encouragement of self-empowerment and leadership in everyone.

What Are You Excited About?

BackHer is a crowdfunding platform for women to fund their projects and ideas, while also helping underserved women. BackHer supports organizations that help women who are rising out of poverty and oppression. Their goal is to use crowdfunding to help women reach the next step while helping women in need get an education and the help they need.

Leadership Practice

Sara focuses on compassion; putting heart before ego. She tries to become more aware of the interactions she has with each person every day. Each of us deserves to be treated with respect.

Book to Develop Leadership

Ted Talks

Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads? by Dame Stephanie Shirley

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Vernā Myers

What Would You Change?

Greenlight yourself. Don’t try to be part of the mold that doesn’t have room for you.

Inspirational Quote

“If you manage to stay on your path in life, you will always be at the perfect place.” ~ Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

Interview Links

https://www.backher.com/

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Jan 6, 2016

Christie Mims is the Founder and CEO of The Revolutionary Club, the number one destination for smart women who are unwilling to settle for anything less than career happiness.   Compassionate, caring, and a little kick-ass, Christie is here to make sure that you love what you do (note: life is too short not to love what you do). A certified professional coach and recovering consultant with a background in working for Fortune 500 companies, Christie has been there, done that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes. She has dispensed career advice for Forbes, LearnVest, Brazen Careerist, Yahoo! and many more; and she can be seen speaking at the University of VA, The Daily Muse, Women for Hire, The US Army, and at a variety of other organizations.

Why is career transition so important?

Christie says we treat our jobs as Disney treats love. That is not really the case, though. Your career is something that is going to span 50+ years. When you enjoy your work, you tend to live a healthier and longer life. The more we invest in our careers, the happier we are in our careers.

What is the #1 thing that holds people back in making a career change?

Fear holds people back. Fear of failure, of not liking your new choice of career. Most people let the fear seep in and talk ourselves out of this big change. Sometimes it is easier to stay stuck than to make a change.

What can people do to overcome their fear?

The best way to conquer your fears is to find a sense of community. Once you know that others feel the same and you get to talk about your fears and feel normal about it, it can help you face your fears. Also, get expert support and a plan. If you knew the answers, you would do it. So, let someone guide you towards getting over your fears.

What is the career happiness revolution?

When you find your passion, you are reconnecting with who you really are, which we tend to cover up by our safe jobs. When you stop following everyone else, it is a revolution. It can feel like you are shaking up your life. The revolution club is a space where people can talk honestly about their careers. She believes that if we can change the talk about work, we can change people’s lives.

What are the benefits of your free program, New Year, New Career, No Fear?

After taking this program, students have said they found their passion or asked their boss for a raise. People said they have never felt better in their careers. There is no better time to be thinking about your career. The economy is finally getting better. Companies are changing their structures to allow for more freedom.

What is your favorite career success story?

After a change in the way she thought and a career shift, one of Christie’s students is now an environmental engineer and she says she would never have had the courage to do it without the course. She did not believe it was possible. Another student is going to make more money in his own business than he is now and has a year of work already lined up.

Interview Links

http://www.careerhappinessrevolution.com/

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