How many times have you stopped short of being you in order to fit in? Or you acted out of alignment with who you are (without even being aware you were doing it)? And how did it work out for you?
Today’s topic is bringing the whole you (including the feminine) to the workplace and leadership and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to step into your power as a leader with all of your self in order to make a bigger impact in your work and the world. If you feel you’ve been holding back, or trying to fit it by acting in ways that are not aligned with your true self, this episode is for you. Not to mention the powerhouse guest I have on this week to talk about this and a whole lot more.
My guest today is Jennifer Palmieri. Palmieri is one of the most accomplished political and communications strategists in America today. Jennifer served as head of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and White House communications director under President Barack Obama. She was also White House deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton and national press secretary for the Democratic Party. She is currently President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other national print outlets, and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC news shows.
In her new book, Dear Madam President, Jennifer Palmieri uses hard-earned experiences and lessons from her days in the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign – to name a few – to pen an empowering letter to the first woman president and, by extension, all women seeking positions of power. She aims to forge a new model of leadership that fully embraces their feminine qualities and demonstrates that women can best serve by being themselves.
What you’ll learn in this episode:
What Jennifer did the morning after the 2016 election
Which event planted the seeds for her book, Dear Madam President
Why she wanted to change the conversation about women and leadership
The issues she’s focused on now
How she felt she let the country down and what she did about it
What she figured out sitting on the tarmac in Florida just days before the election
We all seek to create or contribute to work that aligns with our inner principles. When we contribute to something that matches our sense of morals, we are approaching our working from a pure, authentic place while simultaneously encouraging growth and balance in ourselves. For architecturally-trained preservationist Rachel Prinz, this means using readily available resources to achieve her goals. She does this in her work, by creating architectural projects that use local resources and traditional building techniques, as well as in her internal life, by turning within and finding strength and a positive perspective from her own reserves.
Rachel is an architecturally-trained American author, designer, preservationist, documentary filmmaker, artist and speaker working primarily in sustainability and preservation research and architectural engagement. Rachel has served as a preservation commissioner in Taos, as the host of the UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute, and as co-host of TEDxABQWomen. She has given multiple TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks on modern applications of vernacular design and critical regionalism, landscape preservation, pattern languages, and photography and epicanurism. Rachel gives presentations, tours, and lectures and has writes articles that integrate archaeology, architecture, place, culture, and emerging trends in sustainability. Today I talk with Rachel about the work she does and the importance of using sustainable resources, how she learned to let her intuition guide her, and how she is able to see one of the biggest challenges, a loss of eyesight, as a blessing.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- Rachel’s tips for persevering and pushing forward even when you’re feeling lazy or apathetic
- How to use others’ criticisms as a way to develop fearlessness and strength
- How Rachel is able to adjust her perspective around devastating news to use it to her advantage
More About Rachel
Rachel learned to turn inward for strength at a young age. As a schoolchild, she “drove my teachers crazy. I was curious about everything.” Rachel was always asking for more knowledge, and this led her to being ostracized for her curiosity and eccentric interests. Instead of being defeated, she “developed a bravery from being considered weird.” As she got older she came to use this bravery as a source of strength and a teaching tool for others; “I could use my fearlessness to show people how to be fearless.”
This fearlessness came into play a few years ago, when Rachel received the devastating news that she was losing her eyesight. This information is particularly catastrophic for someone seeking an architectural license, a feat that demands long hours and constant use of eyesight. Initially, Rachel was devastated. Her dreams of becoming an architect were dashed. But she turned to that inner fearlessness and found strength. And “it’s work,” she admits. “It’s coming up against the wall and saying ‘I have to find a way up, over, or around this. No one else will do it for me.’” Today, Rachel sees the loss of eyesight as a gift. It has taught her to “not take for granted what could go away tomorrow.”
Rachel’s solution seeking attitude is reflected in the work that she does. As a preservationist, she is always looking for ways to make her architectural projects sustainable, locally sourced, and created through traditional techniques. When somethings goes wrong, breaks, or loses its efficiency, she can easily and locally find a fix. This approach mirrors her attitude about life: “We’re trying to create something with our lives when we’re working in alignment with our highest good.”
I struggle with remnants of an eating disorder, so any practice that makes me want to nourish my body and soul is a delicious thing!
Practice listening carefully.
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Personal Branding and Personal Growth with MaryLou Kayser
No one wants to be just another forgettable face in a crowd. We all want to stand out and we all have unique skills and attributes to offer. Whether you are a freelancer, an entrepreneur, or an employee for a corporation, large or small, determining that which sets you apart is can be a huge impetus for success. The fact is we all have something to offer that no one else does. And this is an important point to realize, for the sake of your own identity and for the growth of your career!
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Today I speak with author, business strategist, ghostwriter, and personal brand expert MaryLou Kayser. MaryLou works with emerging and established businesses to help them create their best-in-class assets, primarily from a writing standpoint. MaryLou has written three books, the most recent of which is a book about personal branding: Personal Branding Secrets for Beginners. Today we discuss the importance of personal branding, MaryLou’s journey to where she is today, and the growth she realized she needed to have to get here.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- Why personal branding is important for everyone, no matter where they are in their careers
- Routines for self-care
- Integrating the emotional and professional sides of yourself
- Tips for accessing your creative side
This realization came about six years after her divorce when a life-changing event occurred at a conference in Portland. At the two-day conference she found herself in an environment of people that were truly investing in themselves and eager to learn what they needed to do to succeed. She felt a spark of inspiration, and realized she needed to take herself off of autopilot and dedicate time to her personal growth and emotional health.
This was the first step toward MaryLou’s rediscovery of self. Following the conference she took on the task of writing an e-book, and soon thereafter began a yearlong joint venture with a friend from the Portland conference. These experiences reminded MaryLou of her unique, powerful skills and were further steps toward reconnection with self.
MaryLou’s final step in truly discovering her ‘super power for success’ came at another conference a year later in Baltimore. She recalls the event as if she was outside of her body watching it happen. The speaker, Bo Eason, emphasized the importance of telling your own story, and something clicked for MaryLou. She realized that writing has and always will be her superpower, and has since dedicated herself to it in both a professional and personal way.
For MaryLou writing is more than her career; it’s her passion. She reflects that one of the reasons she was so unhappy following her divorce was because she stopped journaling. Today she journals every day, from five minutes to twenty, and feels that this is her greatest outlet and tool for self-care.
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Todays topic is Mom Power, and hopefully by then end of this show you will be ready to take action, whether you are a mom or not, whether you have kids at home or not. If you’re invested in raising the next generation of kids as a mom, aunt, grandmother or friend, you’ll want to listen up!
My guest today is Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising and she’s the author of the Motherhood Manifesto: what America’s moms want and what to do about it.
Today I’m going to talk with Kristin about the power of raising the next generation. Whether you’re a mom, sister, aunt or grandmother you’ll learn about the issues and what you can do to help. That’s what this episode is all about.
I talk to Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner about making time in your busy schedule, juggling things, realizing that you can’t do everything, working in a team so you’re not alone, having lots of partners, finding mentors, and also embracing failure.
And, the free give away today is a worksheet I developed called “The Elements of a Well Woman Life” and listeners can download it here. Get the FREE worksheet “Four Elements of a Well Woman Life” now!
I love the worksheet because it offers a quickie self assessment so you can see where you are with the necessary building blocks and outcome areas for all Well Women. I’m thinking about doing a bonus episode dedicated to this topic so stay tuned for details about that.
Motherhood in America
When we reflect on the state of women say, one hundred years ago, it is clear that phenomenal progress has been made toward gender equality. So much has changed and improved to make opportunities more accessible for women that many of us don’t feel that gender equality is an issue anymore; it’s a problem of the past. However, when you take a look at stats in areas such as pay equality and healthcare accommodations, women, and in particular, mothers, come out on the bottom. Many people aren’t aware of these inequalities until they affect us directly as women, wives, or mothers.
For Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, Director, CEO and Co-Founder of Moms Rising, that realization didn’t happen until she became a mother, trying to balance her career with the care of an ill child. She suddenly saw that women are discriminated against for fulfilling one of the most important roles a person can undertake: motherhood. This realization led her to embark on a journey to fight for women’s and mother’s rights that has led to a thriving nationwide movement.
Today I talk with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner about her journey to creating MomsRising, the work that MomsRising does and how she runs a successful business and finds time for friends, family, and herself.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- Some of the issues that MomsRising tackles, and why they matter to you
- How MomsRising’s work has led to changes on the national scale, and how you can contribute to their work
- Kristin’s advice for creating a successful national business, including tips on working with others and bringing together great minds for a greater whole
More About Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
Prior to founding MomsRising Kristin had worked in environment science. In that field, gender inequality didn’t come up regularly, so she was able to balance her roles as career person and wife fairly smoothly. Only after the birth of her son did it become clear to her that there is something wrong with the treatment of mothers in our country. As she looked more closely at the issue she came to see that not only are there serious barriers for women to maintain a reasonable income while mothering; women are actually discriminated against for being mothers. While she had to leave her job to be a full-time at-home mom, she realized that was lucky. For women who do not have a supportive partner or health insurance, motherhood means poverty. She recalls looking at a ring on her hand, a family heirloom passed down from her mother and her mothers’ mother before her, and feeling a calling to band together with other women and work for women’s rights around this issue.
Today Kristin functions as the Executive Director and CEO at MomsRising. The work she has contributed has led to policy changes such as the banning of junk food from school lunches, the development of laws protecting pregnant workers, and advancements in affordable childcare. MomsRising enacts changes through four avenues:
- Bringing the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to local, state, and nation’s leaders
- Amplifying women’s voices and policy issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more)
- Accelerating grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country
- Holding corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products.
There are many ways to get involved with the important work that MomsRising does, and as MomsRising likes to say, the door to get involved is open to who has a bellybutton; if you’ve had a mother motherhood impacts you. Check out the links at the bottom of the page to find out how you can get involved!
While Kristin has a lot on her plate, she still makes self-care a priority. She says she can thank her team for creating a work environment that allows everyone to prioritize self-care. Kristin clearly has experience running a successful business, and I was so impressed to learn about some of her leadership secrets. While there’s often a ‘fight your way to the top’ sort of attitude in the business world, Kristin’s success comes from doing the exact opposite. She emphasizes the team over the leader and explains again and again how this team mentality has allowed MomsRising, and her, to find success as well as maintain a social and family life.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
The super power of her family legacy to fight for women’s rights.
What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?
Stick to it.
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