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115 How to Lead A Movement with Ellen Bravo

“A long time ago, I realized that we can never achieve gender equity or racial equity if we don’t revalue women’s work, and that includes care giving. As long as women are punished by losing income and jobs and opportunities in the workforce because they have a baby or because they’re caring for a parent, or a partner, or themselves, we’ll always be behind.” – Ellen Bravo on The Well Woman Show (www.wellwomanlife.com/115show)

Today’s topic is how to lead a movement based on issues that impact you personally but that you also see could have a much bigger impact and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to be part of the movement to re-value the work of caregivers and not take it personally when you experience a setback.

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On the show today is my guest, Ellen Bravo who directs Family Values @ Work, a network of coalitions in 27 states working for policies such as paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance. Previously, Ellen was the director of 9to5 and has written several non-fiction books.

What you’ll learn in this episode:
How Ellen inspire’s people and how you can too
After decades of working to support working families, how Ellen takes care of herself
What the most successful people in social justice work value the most
Where the US is compared to other states on valuing caregivers work and paid family leave
What Gloria Steinem says about equality INSIDE the home.

“And Gloria Steinem has often said, if we want women to be equal outside the home, men need to be equal inside the home. I know many, many men who are and would be good fathers, sons, and husbands, but get punished for it at work. That needs to change. And also there are a lot of same sex couples who would like to care for each other in sickness as in health, and care for their children and are stymied because there is no leave.” – Ellen Bravo

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Links mentioned on the show:
Family Values @ Work
Zero Weeks

Links to books mentioned on the show:
Happiness by Aminatta Forna 
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran 
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Alternate Side- Anna Quindlen

034 How to Harness and Use Your Feminine Power with Michelle Baca

As we grow as women, mothers, entrepreneurs, and leaders, we inevitably come to see that we all have strengths. Reflecting on our past accomplishments, it is undeniable that we are capable and skilled. Yet sometimes, often for some of us, we still find ourselves doubting ourselves, lacking confidence, or plainly put, feeling like we aren’t particularly powerful. According to The Art of Feminine Presence Instructor Michelle Baca, as women we have an innate, feminine power. We just need to learn how to access and harness it.

Michelle is a Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Confidence Coach helping people develop confidence, charisma, power and persuasion. As a consultant with ConvergenceCoaching, LLC, she aids leaders in achieving success by helping them develop and implement leadership, succession, marketing, and training and development plans. Michelle teaches entrepreneurs and self-employed people how to develop a strong presence and public speaking skills so that they are always ready to make a great impression. Today I talk with Michelle about how she went from being a shy, quiet person to be a successful and persuasive public speaker, how women can use their feminine presence to get ahead and make great impressions, and skills and tips for developing and exuding confidence.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Specific tips you can take to access your Feminine Presence
  • Pre-performance rituals you can learn to be more confident, charismatic, and powerful in presentations, meetings, and everyday affairs
  • How to connect with people on a deep level, to create true communication, meaningful networking, and deep connection
  • How you can ‘bring your comfort zone with you’ instead of trying to ‘get out of your comfort zone’ when trying, and succeeding, at new things

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More About Michelle

Michelle was not always a powerful public speaker and coach, nor was she always in touch with her feminine wisdom. Michelle began her career in Information Systems Management. In college she chose this path because it paid well, and that seemed like a good enough reason to pursue it. After graduation she worked as a programmer, made money, and was miserable. Michelle had headaches everyday; she “had MRIs, cat scans, went to neurologists,” and no one could figure out what was wrong. Then, the company for which she worked went bankrupt. While her coworkers were devastated, Michelle felt that “this is my chance to not go get another job in this field.” She hired a life coach to help her figure out what to do next, and was so inspired by the coaching itself that she went on to pursue that field.

While Michelle used to be a quiet and shy person, by accessing her Feminine Presence she has become more in touch with her inner power, and as a result is able to speak to that power in other people. Michelle’s approach to accessing this inner power is unique. While we are familiar with the idea that we ought to ‘get out of our comfort zone’ to get ahead, Michelle suggests you “take your comfort zone with you wherever you go.” By accessing our inner feminine power, we find our inner strength, and we can take that with us wherever we go. It is not unfamiliar or uncomfortable because it has been there all along. Michelle suggests that when we use this secret skill, “we communicate with people in a really honest way.” It allows us to be “confident, grounded, and expressive” in our actions, and embody the power and strengths that we know we have.

Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Michelle Baca Bio

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

Jack Canfield’s Website

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024 Relationship Building for Greater Success with Micaela Brown

As entrepreneurs, we have the tendency to look inward for career support, ideas, and decisions. Our businesses and ventures are our personal dreams and goals, and therefore we often feel that no one else can offer the kind of stamina, dedication, and commitment than we can provide. According to Inspire People Media founder Micaela Brown, the best ideas and support systems often come from entrepreneurs putting their heads together. When a handful of entrepreneurs are working on the same problem together, their combined efforts are inevitably more potent than the efforts of one mind.

Micaela is chief Inspiration Officer and owner of Inspire People Media, a New Mexico-based experiential and lifestyle people, media, marketing, and special events agency. Prior to starting IPM, Micaela was President of Heritage Productions LLC, CEO of Target Market International, LLC. Micaela was producer of the Santa Fe Foodie Classic, founder of Diner en Blanc Albuquerque, and producer of Christmas at Hogwarts. Today I speak with Micaela about using networking and support systems to get ahead, problem solving in groups, and recognizing when it is time to take a step back from your business commitments and focus on personal wellbeing.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How to use social media and other resources to develop a hugely successful event in a short period of time
  • When to say no to your business and focus on yourself, to have greater wellbeing and a stronger business.
  • How to throw an event that is unique, successful, and creates buzz about you and your brand
  • How to use your community and fellow entrepreneurs to skill share and problem solve, so everyone can get ahead

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More About Micaela

Micaela’s professional life began in politics, where she developed precise organizing, management, and multi-tasking skills. Finding success in her various pursuits, she turned to develop her own business. Today she has come to recognize that she has found her niche in consulting and marketing.

Micaela has worked both in startups, where you have to “crank it out” and as a manager of large teams. She has always been one to rely on herself for the answers, and seek help only when necessary. Currently, this means that she has independently launched her business in 1.5 months, hosted two successful events, has eighteen event concepts in the works, and runs seven facebook accounts, five instagram accounts, eight twitter accounts, three linkedin accounts, and six websites.

I met Micaela at a ‘fortuitous moment.’ Having dealt with a list of health issues over the past year as she’s been developing her business, she recognizes that she is pushing herself too hard. She explains that she has now “made a conscious decision that I need to learn that my business does not need to occupy every moment of my time.” While she has come to rely entirely upon herself, she understands that she cannot function efficiently when she has no help in any of her ventures.

This has recently translated in her development of a supportive group of women entrepreneurs in Albuquerque called the League of Extraordinary Women. In this group the members provide support to one another by offering free service in each of their unique skillsets. The womens’ backgrounds range from experience in banking, social media, and nonprofits to name a few, and they all come together to offer support to one another. The group also problem solves together, as “it takes a different type of mind to solve a problem than the one who created it.” For Micaela, the group is a step toward finding balance between independence and community, to function at her best.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

I can do a lot by myself; I’m self sufficient.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t take things so seriously.

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Inspire People Media

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022 Leadership Through Listening with Tamara Thorpe

We often associate strong leadership skills with a strong voice. A leader gets their voice heard and has the ability to unite others behind their vision. The piece that is often forgotten in successful leadership, though, is the role of listening. If a leader wants to be successful in achieved their goals, they must be able to listen to those that they are leading to make sure everyone’s input is included, not just their own. Otherwise their followers will feel unacknowledged and look elsewhere for support.

According to leadership expert and founder of The Millennials Mentor Tamara Thorpe, the importance of listening if integral in every facet of our lives; be it work life or family life. Today I speak with Tamara about true leadership skills, the importance of listening, working and communicating with millennials, and organizing time to make sure that your attention is truly on whatever task you are currently handling.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How you can use compassion and listening to be the best leader possible
  • Tips for being a stronger leader by using a secret tool
  • How you can pull yourself out of difficult times by using your community and resources
  • What you can do TODAY to figure out your leadership strengths

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More About Tamara

Prior to starting her consulting work with millennial aspiring leaders, Tamara consulted with people her age or older. Although she was achieving success, she continually found herself more frustrated in her work than fulfilled. Finally one day it hit her, “as an entrepreneur there’s no reason to put all of your energy into running a business if you’re not happy.” She took a leap and refocused her business to work exclusively with millennials, and she hasn’t looked back.

Tamara loves working with a younger generation because she finds that there’s a sense of “reciprocity in the knowledge sharing”; she both gives and receives. One of the key points that Tamara stresses to millennials is the importance of listening, something that she had to learn when she was just starting in her career. At a young age she found herself in a position of power and acted as she thought leaders ought to: with an air of bossiness. She didn’t listen well and put her own ideas first, and it didn’t work out for her. She urges millennials to avoid the mistake she made, and make listening a priority if they want to become successful leaders.

Tamara has found that listening has been her saving grace in moments of success and in hard times. By listening to her inner voice she was able to the take career leap she knew she needed. Also, by listening to her loved ones and community in difficult times she is able to take comfort in their support and benefit from the wisdom of their words.

While Tamara leaves her leadership role in the workplace, she does continue to value the importance of listening when she is at home. Once work hours are over she turns her phone off and is present with her family. No phone, no distractions, just attention. For those of us that feel like our family members are always on their phones and never seem to listen to us, perhaps we should model Tamara’s methods. Lead by example and listen first.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Being a good friend.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Continue to do the hard work.

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TamaraThorpe.com

 

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020 Forgiveness as a Tool for Self Care with Carolyn Tadamala

When people harm us, hurt us or sabotage us in some way, we often jump to anger and revenge. How can I get back at them? How can I gain back the power or status that they stole? According to entrepreneur Carolyn Tadamala, forgiveness is the answer. By forgiving them for their attacks, you allow yourself to take lessons form the incident and grow, rather than stagnantly dwelling on angry emotions and using your energy in petty, nonproductive ways. This tactic, Carolyn explains, is particularly useful when the failure was the result of your own actions. Imagine how much time and energy you would save if you simply forgave yourself for your mistakes, rather than wasting time suffering over them?

Today I chat with Carolyn Tadamala, India-based entrepreneur and founder of Éclair Patisserie, a bakery in Hyderabad. 90% of the profits of Éclair Patisserie go toward finding education for impoverished children and covering medical bills for children who are fighting cancer. Carolyn and I talk about incorporating family into your business, surrounding yourself with supportive people (and cutting out those that bring you down), burn out, and how to use forgiveness as a tool for self care.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How you can surround yourself with the people that support you and cut out those that bring you down
  • Tips for handling and avoiding burnout
  • How you can involve your family in your business and inspire them to support and love it
  • How to move on when you’re angry with yourself or a coworker

More About Carolyn

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Carolyn’s café, Éclair Patisarrie, is evidence of the growth she has had throughout her adulthood. She recalls a time earlier in her life when she was miserable to those around her, and as a result attracted miserable people. Carolyn made a decision to improve herself and to improve her surroundings, removing herself from people that hurt her or brought her down while at the same time working on herself to make sure she was treating herself and her loved ones kindly.

Improving the lives of those around her has become a central focus for Carolyn, in her work raising money for impoverished children, and in her personal life. While many of us struggle to care for the wellbeing of our family and the success of our business, Carolyn does the two together. From the very beginning she has included her family in the decisions around her business, finding that “Once they felt they were a part of it, it was easier for them to be accepting of the hard parts.”

Today I caught Carolyn at a pivotal moment; she was on the brink of burnout. She had been traveling, not getting enough sleep or exercise, and simply dealing with too much on her plate. In these moments Carolyn “jumps out.” She puts all of her responsibilities to the side and remembers her own self-care. She prioritizes rest, healthy diet, and exercise, and she asks herself a series of questions. “Who am I? What do I want to do? What do I need to get rid of to get to what I want? Who do I need to forgive?” By remembering the answers to these questions she is able to put herself back on track, and by offering forgiveness to herself and those around her she’s able to move forward and “jump back in.”

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Happiness.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t worry. It’s all going to work out.

Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Éclair Cafe

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Shwartz

The Law of Attraction by Esther Hicks

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