135 Courageous Conversations about Race and Equity with Jenn Roberts

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What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • what talking about race and equity in your company or institution means
  • when to know you’re ready to have a courageous conversation about race and equity
  • knowing when you’re really good at what you do

Jenn Roberts is an educator, facilitator and mother who brings over 15 years of experience and passion in race and equity work. She began her career in education teaching 3rd grade in Chicago Public Schools. After teaching she went on to support new teachers in the classroom, develop curriculum for new teacher certification, and train school leaders in best practices in human capital. In 2011 she moved to DC Public Schools, where she helped to lead the DCPS Office of Human Capital in developing the will, skill, and courage to interrupt inequities and create more equitable policies and outcomes for DC students. She founded Versed Education Group in 2015 to continue this work, assisting organizations in developing their skill to operate from a place of equity as a habit. She served as the Equity and Inclusion Lead on the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project and is a proud alumna of Spelman College, which she credits in nurturing her desire to lead through service. Jenn lives in DC with her spunky and creative 6-year-old daughter, Nia.

Resource from Jenn:

Liberating Structures: http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls-menu/

134 Choosing Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae

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Choosing Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae
“wonder gets socialized and conditioned out of us”

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What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How to reignite wonder and stop the worry
  • How to stop pushing or forcing outcomes and start flowing
  • How to pause to integrate and still reach your goals!

 

Other episodes mentioned in this interview:
Julia Cameron https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/018-trusting-your-inner-voice-with-julia-cameron/id1089410150?i=1000398662234&mt=2
Byron Katie https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/075-how-to-identify-question-stressful-thoughts-that/id1089410150?i=1000398662189&mt=2

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133 Characteristics of Leadership with Lillian Montoya

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While women are half the population and earn about half of all law and medical degrees, and represent half of the college educated workforce, according to the Pew Research Center data on women leaders, the share of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies topped just 5% for the first time in the first quarter of 2017, with 27 women heading major firms. As recently as 1995, there were no female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list.

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The share of women sitting on the boards of Fortune 500 companies is also low though it has more than doubled, from 9.6% in 1995 to 20.2% in 2016.

And according to the Center for American Progress, as recently as 2016, 43 percent of the 150 highest-earning public companies in Silicon Valley had no female executive officers at all.

And we know that women in top US political roles and academic leadership are also lagging, with numbers well under what would be considered equal representation.

In order to understand the challenges women leaders face and provide tools and resources to grow female leadership, I co-presented the first Women’s Leadership Summit with Albuquerque Business First earlier this week.

On the show today, I interview one of the keynote speakers at the Summit, the new CEO of Christus St. Vincent, Lillian Montoya. Montoya is the first female in the position. We talk about her leadership style, her confidence and her vision while getting to know her personally during the superpowers for success segment.

Lillian Montoya is a seasoned operations professional with extensive leadership experience spanning 25+ years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, consistently orchestrating sustained advantages in the face of uncertainty and resistance. She is the new president and CEO of Christus St Vincent, a Santa Fe-based not-for-profit health care system serving more than 300,000 people in seven counties, employing more than 2200 physicians and associates with nearly $400 million in annual revenue.

What you’ll learn in this episode: 
1) How to prepare for the moment you will need compassion and patienct
2) What Montoya considers to be a good leader
3) Why you don’t always need to be an expert and give yourself the permission to not be the expert in the room

 

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Book mentioned on the show: Everybody Matters https://www.everybodymattersbook.com/

Data Sources:

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/03/17/the-data-on-women-leaders/
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2017/05/21/432758/womens-leadership-gap/

132: Does networking have to be awful? with Suzanne Garber

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This week we talk to Suzanne Garber about networking and about her experience making a documentary about healthcare.

Guest bio:

Co-founder of Gauze, the worlds most comprehensive digital network of international hospitals, Suzanne Garber directed and produced GAUZE: Unraveling Global Healthcare a PBS documentary that highlights her journey to 24 countries, 174 hospitals and interviews with 65 healthcare experts. Her work as COO, International SOS and Managing Director, FedEx South America has taken her to 100+ countries and all 7 continents. Holding Master and Bachelor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University respectively, Suzanne has been featured in US News & World Report, The New York Times, Businessweek and hundreds of other media outlets and conferences that focus on globalization, risk mitigation, and international healthcare. She is a two time ovarian cancer and adult congenital heart defect survivor.

131 Preview of SuperPOWER Retreat with Kimberlee Maresma

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Today’s topic is mental health and nutrition, and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to take action to support your health through mindfulness practice.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
How mental health and nutrition impact women’s lives
How sleep issues and anxiety are related to what you put in your body
What women know innately about their health and mental health

Kimberlee Maresma is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a background in exercise physiology and holistic nutrition. She was first introduced to Mindfulness Meditation at age 25 with her studies of Ayurvedic Medicine/Yoga with Dr. Lad. She teaches mindfulness skills to clients to ease anxieties and depressive traits. She has a deep love for family, positive community, the great outdoors, meditation, physical movement, reading as well as a passion for cooking healthy and beautiful food.

130 How to Communicate to Show Confidence in the Workplace with Andie Kramer

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Have you ever said something in a meeting and someone else basically repeats your idea and gets credit for it?Or you keep being interrupted in meetings or discussions?

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It’s time to claim your space, well women. Stand your ground. Say your piece. We are socialized to politely defer to others, because what we are saying couldn’t be that important right? Wrong. Or we make a statement that sounds like a question…it’s so easy to give away our power and confidence. But you know what? It’s also easy to claim it.

Andrea Kramer is co-author of the book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, She is also co-author of What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation, as well as over 150 articles and blog posts on promoting diversity and overcoming gender stereotypes and biases.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
1. tips on how to avoid being interrupted in meetings and discussions;
2. how to project power by claiming your seat at the table,
3. how to say “no” to projects that do not advance your career.

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129 Crushing Self Doubt with Jodi Aman

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Today on the show I’ll speak with Jodi Aman who has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years, helping clients recover from every problem in the book. Having clawed her way out of her own anxiety and depression, Jodi shares her story of personal transformation and that of many of her clients in her best selling book, You 1, Anxiety 0 Win Your Life Back From Fear and Panic. In it, Jodi helps readers make sense of life’s chaos, teaching them how to keep calm, feel peace and master happiness in life. As a result of her popular blog and YouTube Channel, Jodi has shared her message with thousands of followers all over the world.

What you’ll learn on this episode:
1. why you have doubt
2. how to build trust in self
3. one daily practice

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128 Disrupt to Innovate

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Today’s topic is Disrupting to Innovate. We disrupt the narrative that you have to hustle, compete, and succumb to hate in order to get ahead as a woman, as a nurturer, as a leader or as a business owner in order to create what we know to be true – that we can lead with self care, collaboration and love as our focus to achieve our goals and live the life we desire. I will walk you through the four stages of the Well Woman Life Cycle as we disrupt in order to innovate. Then, I’ll talk to an incredible group of women who are disrupting current systems and norms around breastfeeding and pumping in order to innovate in research and tech, change public and private policy and shift social norms.

For high achieving women, it’s hard to sit by and watch our lives unfold in ways that don’t live up to the expectations we have for ourselves, whether it’s relationships, our health, our financial success or our career. We know that there is so much more we can contribute to the world and we are ready to step up, meet the challenge and be rewarded for investing in ourselves and for serving others. But there are challenges. We are hard workers, yet we tend to over do it. We are determined and strong, and we sometimes don’t know when to slow down, or how to. We are focused and driven, and realize we need to course correct in major areas of our lives, which can lead to huge shifts and that can be difficult to manage.

The self help world relies on individual behavior change (work on yourself first in order to change the world) – that we have to hustle, compete, and succumb to the many forms of hate in order to get ahead as a woman, as a nurturer, as a leader or as a business owner. I believe we have to disrupt this narrative in order to create what we know to be true – that we can lead with self care, collaboration and the many forms of love in order to achieve our goals and live the life we desire. I propose that real change is determined by the interaction of two factors, not one: individual change AND environmental or external change. And the interaction of these two factors determines which stage we’re in.

If you want to find out which stage you’re in, go to wellwomanlife.com/quiz to learn more. And we’ll be going deep into this at the retreat on September 9th so definitely check out wellwomanlife.com/eventsfor more information.
For more about the framework, listen to episode 50 at wellwomanlife.com/059show

 

In the United States, only 22 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed for the recommended six months. New parents face challenges including stigma, lack of access to education and resources related to breastfeeding and pumping, unfriendly employer policies, unforeseen costs, and racial bias in the health care system.

The first Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon, in 2014, focused on the technological and physical difficulties of pumping because the basic technology and structure of the standard breast pump hasn’t changed much since its creation in the 1850s. This year’s breasfeeding festival included over 175 engineers, advocates, health care experts, parents, and students to address the many challenges of breastfeeding and pumping.

I caught up with some of the Make Breast Pumps Not Suck Breastfeeding Festival team at the recent US Breastfeeding Committee conference in Atlanta, GA. I talked with Binta Beard/Policy Summit Lead, Catherine D’Ignazio/Executive Director, Rachael Lorenzo/Community Innovation Team Leader, Becky Michelson/Program Manager and Jenn Roberts/Equity and Inclusion Lead. You can read their full bios below.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
1) how the Well Woman Life Cycle works and what each stage means
2) how to start noticing things that don’t work for your gender, culture or body
3) how a festival and hackathon disrupted the dominant culture of breastfeeding and pumping


Guest Bios:
Binta Beard is Managing Partner at Equinox Strategies, where she provides strategic consulting to clients on a range of health and public policy issues. As a veteran staffer of both the House and Senate, she understands the dynamics of the administration and Congress. With this experience and her background in public health, she possesses the knowledge needed to navigate today’s complicated public policy issues.
As a Principal at the Podesta Group, Binta was client manager for multi-national companies, one of the country’s largest foundations committed to the well-being of children, and a non-partisan children’s health advocacy group. On Capitol Hill, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to Majority Whip Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), where she led the senator’s health portfolio. In this position, she drafted legislation and amendments enacted into law, worked with committees, and partnered with public and private stakeholders. Prior to Sen. Durbin, she served in the House of Representatives as Legislative Assistant to then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Binta managed health legislative priorities, including passage of health care reform.
Before arriving to Capitol Hill, Binta worked in the public health sphere in many capacities. She conducted obesity and cancer prevention research at Dana-FarberCancer Institute, examined barriers to and the indirect costs of health care at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and investigated disparities in children’s exposure to toxins at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta. She received a doctorate in health and social policy and a master’s in health and social behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

Catherine D’Ignazio is a hacker mama, scholar, and artist/designer who focuses on data literacy, feminist technology and civic engagement. She has designed global news recommendation systems, run women’s health hackathons, and created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures. She is the Executive Director of the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project that convened 300 innovators at MIT to envision the future of breastfeeding and paid leave in the US. D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, a Senior Fellow at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab.

Rachael Lorenzo (Mescalero Apache/Laguna Pueblo/Xicana) is a queer mother of two and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico to young parents and was raised on her father’s ancestral land in Laguna, New Mexico. Rachael graduated with a BA in political science and a Masters in public administration, focusing on public health; both degrees are from the University of New Mexico. Rachael studied political campaigns, participated policy analyses, and has been consulted for her expertise in public health policies that could impact indigenous communities.
Rachael was not only raised on her traditional values but also on politics. Throughout her academic career, she volunteered for political campaigns, ranging from city council elections to presidential campaigns. She was selected as a fellow for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Obama For America (OFA). She was also a part of cohort of brilliant change-makers in the Western States Center’s Western Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) and completed Emerge New Mexico in 2017.

Becky Michelson is a Boston-based strategic partnerships lead and design-researcher for social impact initiatives at The Engagement Lab at Emerson College. She is passionate about how marginalized communities can leverage participatory design and storytelling methods. Her approach incorporates design-thinking, playfulness, and qualitative research. This is why her work broadly spans from media literacy game development to civic media network building and NGO capacity building.
Trained in Cultural Anthropology at University of California Davis, Becky has applied her passion for applied ethnography to research studies on storytelling for social change. Her work has been published in media literacy and social computing journals. She has facilitated dozens of games and design-thinking strategy sessions for leadership with: the United Way, Greenpeace, the Participatory Budgeting Project, and and the Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration. She managed the production of The Public Engagement Roadmap – a suite of creative planning resources for cities and governments.
Currently, Becky is the Program Manager for the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” research, hackathon, and Policy Summit. She also strategizes for several multimedia projects at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College that focus on meaningful engagement in the public sector.

Jenn Roberts is an educator, facilitator and mother who brings over 15 years of experience and passion in race and equity work. She began her career in education teaching 3rd grade in Chicago Public Schools. After teaching she went on to support new teachers in the classroom, develop curriculum for new teacher certification, and train school leaders in best practices in human capital. In 2011 she moved to DC Public Schools, where she helped to lead the DCPS Office of Human Capital in developing the will, skill, and courage to interrupt inequities and create more equitable policies and outcomes for DC students. She founded Versed Education Group in 2015 to continue this work, assisting organizations in developing their skill to operate from a place of equity as a habit. She served as the Equity and Inclusion Lead on the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project and is a proud alumna of Spelman College, which she credits in nurturing her desire to lead through service. Jenn lives in DC with her spunky and creative 6-year-old daughter, Nia.

127: Integrating and Applying Traditional Knowledge with Nicolle Gonzales

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The topic today is integrating and applying traditional knowledge and my guest is Nicolle L. Gonzales, BSN, RN, MSN, CNM. She is Navajo and her clan is Tl’aashchi’I, Red Bottom clan, born for Tachii’nii, Red Running into the Water clan, Hashk’aa hadzohi, Yucca fruit-strung-out-in-a line clan, and Naasht’ezhi dine’e, Zuni clan. Growing up on and off the Navajo reservation near Farmington, New Mexico her traditional healing practices have always been apart of her life. While obtaining her graduate education, it became apparent that her traditional healing practices and philosophies about “health” and “wellness” were vital to the care she provided as a Nurse Midwife. It is with this deep understanding and respect for her way of life as indigenous peoples that her worldviews are based on and are reflected the projects she participates in. Her primary goal as a Nurse Midwife is to keep birth sacred and in native communities, by integrating and applying traditional knowledge. She received her Bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters degree in Nurse Midwifery from the University of New Mexico.

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On this episode, we talk about:

supporting women to be who they are
supporting women on their terms
having the courage to stand up for yourself, without apologizing
indigenous feminist framework and its use for healing sexual and physical violence

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126 Taking Risks and Running for Political Office as a First Time Candidate with Alessandra Biaggi

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Today’s topic is Taking risks and running for political office as a first time candidate and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to identify your authentic leadership and start failing fast in order to get to your goal. And we hear the blow by blow story of her election night in Javits Center in New York City.

My guest today is Alessandra Biaggi. Before launching her campaign for state senate, she served in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration in his Counsels Office. During the 2016 presidential election, she was the Deputy National Operations Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Her run for office is preceded by a decade of advocacy, national leadership, and service to the people of New York, interning for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County D.A.s Office, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, and working as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery. Biaggi was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She’s a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, New York University, and Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. In 2014, she attended the Womens Campaign School at Yale University.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
1. what’s possible when politicians have integrity
2. being an authentic leader // speaking truth to power
3. why failing fast is one of the roads to climbing the mountain