Posts Tagged ‘woman’

040 The Female Voice in Politics with Ellen Malcolm

What does the word ‘feminism’ mean to you? Do you struggle over whether or not you identify as a feminist Many of us exemplify feminism in our actions in its true meaning, yet some of us have an aversion to identify with the term due to negative associations. EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm has seen the rise and fall and rise again in popularity of the term. To her, the word itself is not as important as fighting for what it really means: equality between men and women. Today I speak with Ellen about how she advocates for gender equality and greater female representation in politics.

My guest today is Ellen Malcolm, founder and board chair of EMILY’s List, an organization that seeks to give female political candidates credibility and resources to win by developing a a donor network that encouraged members to contribute to the candidates EMILY’s List recommends. Ellen is a veteran Democratic activist and fundraiser who began her career as an organizer at Common Cause and later served as press secretary for the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 1980, Ellen went to work at the White House as the press secretary for President Jimmy Carter’s special assistant for consumer affairs. Ellen is a recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Margaret Sanger Award — the organization’s highest honor and has been named one of the most influential women in America by Vanity Fair, one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year, and one of Ladies’ Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women in America. Today I speak with Ellen about the changes and challenges EMILY’s List has faced over the years, the importance of including female voices in politics, and how she has been able to make real, sustainable change nationally.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • What you can do today to encourage more female and family friendly policies
  • How Ellen avoids burnout and why she thinks taking a break from work makes her a better, stronger worker
  • How you can get involved in the political system to make a difference from the inside out

More About Ellen

Ellen has been active in politics since the 60’s. After graduating college in 1969 she became involved in the anti-war movement and participated by demonstrating and becoming active in rallies; fighting from the outside. Ellen says she recognizes herself in Bernie Sanders-supporting millennials today. There is dissatisfaction with the way the government is running, and people want change. For Ellen, after trying to change from the outside and having little success, she “decided that I wanted to go inside the system and make a difference.” She knew that there was little female representation in politics, and decided to take this on as her challenge.

Ellen began EMILY’s List in 1985 to help connect funders with female candidates to ultimately introduce more female voices in to our government. “EMILY’s List is an acronym, standing for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” (i.e., it makes the dough rise),as Ellen recognized that financial backing is the starting point to get women into office. Thirty years later, EMILY’s List has seen the election of 11 female governors, 19 Senate members, 110 House of Representative members, over 700 state and local office successes, and the first female presidential candidate.

Today, EMILY’s list is proud to have seen such incredible change in a short period of time, but Ellen recognizes that there is still significant work to be done. She suggests the best way to initiate more change is for women to run for office, and she encourages any and all women to consider it.


Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Walk my dogs.

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

Public speaking.

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

Expose yourself to a lot of different things.


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EMILY’s List

When Women Win by Ellen Malcolm

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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039 How to Be Efficient When You Are Spread Thin with Kate Kennedy

When friends ask you how you are doing, I bet the response is often ‘busy.’ Most of us would probably be hesitant to add more to our schedule. Particularly if we already juggle more than one roles and struggle to fit everything in each day. For former Santa Fe City Council candidate Kate Kennedy, adding a huge new endeavor into her schedule actually made her become more efficient and pragmatic with her time. Since her time was limited, she learned to make “the time I was spending on each thing become dedicated.” Sometimes it’s those intensely wearing episodes that lead us to step up and find the strengths we didn’t even know where there.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Kate Kennedy is the Managing Partner of Skylight, a locally owned and operated music and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Her community involvement includes: Chair of the Santa Fe Prom Closet Board, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board, Member of City of Santa Fe CBQL (City Business Quality of Life) Committee, Santa Fe Prep Alumni Board, NM Cocktails and Culture Advisory Board, Youth Shelters Board, Served as Co-Vice Chair for Santa Fe’s Nighttime Economy Taskforce, and she ran for City Council in 2016. Kate is a graduate of the University of Miami and a proud community advocate. Today I speak with Kate about the challenges of working in a male-dominated field, bringing a female perspective to nightlife, and how running for City Council taught her the importance of using her time efficiently.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How to make your voice heard in a typically male-dominated field
  • Tips for managing and prioritizing your time so that each minute is used meaningfully
  • How to deal with criticism and attacks without taking personal offense

More About Kate Running for City Council was not Kate’s first experience balancing many responsibilities. After graduating from college at University of Miami, she moved back to her hometown of Santa Fe and began working as marketing coordinator for Los Alamos National Bank. She soon became involved in the nightlife of Santa Fe, taking on a partnership at Skylight nightclub. Kate is also an an activist, so she was “working at a bank during the day, nightlife in evening, and [participated in] nonprofit boards.” When she decided to run for City Council, she knew she had to make some changes to simply have the time and stamina to make it work. She recalls, “my head was in one place and my heart was in another and my body was exhausted.” Kate decided to leave the bank and focus on Skylight and City Council, (still a lot for one person), which forced her to “prioritize and compartmentalize, which was interesting and rewarding and scary all at the same time.” Although Kate was not voted into City Council, she is grateful for the experience. “I learned that I’m a lot stronger than I thought that I was.” She doesn’t deny that the experience was difficult. Being in the public eye, and being faced with public scrutiny, forced her to reach within and find inner sources of strength. As a woman in the male-dominated field of nightclub work, Kate is familiar with having to work harder than the rest to prove herself, and learn to keep her ground. She’s come out stronger from the experience, and hopes to have “made the path a little smoother for those behind me.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Adult coloring books.

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

Her voice

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

Slow down, enjoy the moments you have, and support those around you.  


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Skylight Santa Fe

Kate for Council Facebook page


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037 Discovering The Power of Your Hidden Resources with Rachel Preston Prinz

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.

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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

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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.”

Rachel’s Superpowers for Success
What does success in life mean to you?
Success is more than just a financial thing to me, but I do think there is a financial element to it. Success, to me, means enough money to not have to worry about day-to-day life, enough time to both be able to take good care of my self as well as some to share to make others’ lives more comfortable, and plenty of inspiring friends to surround myself with so I can keep going when my stores are depleted.
When did you know you were really good at what you do?

A few years ago, when people started referring to me as successful and then asked me to come talk to their groups or interview me about my life. I still fight imposter syndrome every day, but knowing how important my inspiring friends are to me, I try to keep paying it forward and hoping that my story will inspire others. This outward focus also allows me to not get caught up in my own limitations.
Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being?
I love to dance. When I do, I get very prayerful. I love the me that I become when I transform into my dancing self~! It’s a great stress reliever and it makes me hungry!
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!
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Love is my super power, and mine comes with an unlimited battery backup! The more I give away, the more I get.
What advice would you give your 25 or 30 yr old self?

Practice listening carefully. 
Do you identify as a feminist?

What are you reading right now?
Alan Webber’s Rules of Thumb, which I got as part of a leadership cohort I was named to. Several of my other peers from the cohort are also reading it, and it’s a great way for us to stay close!

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Rachel’s Book: Hacking The Earthship

Archinia, the company where Rachel acts as Firm Principle


Rachel’s Blog

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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.

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Michelle Baca Bio

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

Jack Canfield’s Website

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026: Conquering Fear with Fernanda Santos

In American media, there are stigmas associated with certain professions. Nurses are traditionally portrayed as women, firefighters are traditionally depicted as men, and reporters are native English speakers. For reporter Fernanda Santos, none of the usual stigmas ring true. As a Brazilian born reporter, Fernanda moved to the US when she was twenty-five to pursue writing. Eighteen years later, she is a staff writer for the New York Times, and has recently come out with a book about the lives, networks, and experiences of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Fernanda will assure you, her untraditional decisions were not easy ones to make. She has faced many times of dread, self-doubt, and questioning as she’s moved forward in her career as a journalist. Today I speak with Fernanda about the obstacles she had to overcome to get where she is today, how she came to use fear as a motivating tool rather than a ‘trap,’ and why her unique perspective is so useful in telling the stories of the fallen firefighters.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • What you can tell yourself when fear creeps up on you
  • Tips and secrets for beginning a massive project and seeing it through to completion
  • How to overcome doubts and insecurities when starting a new project
  • Fernanda’s advice for women seeking out nontraditional work

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More About Fernanda

Fernanda moved to the US from Brazil to pursue journalism when she was twenty-five. Growing up, her father had always told her that as a woman, she could “do exactly what a man could do, and [she] can do it better if [she] wants.” For Fernanda, this meant pursuing her dreams of becoming a successful journalist, which she has achieved successfully.

In her most recent endeavor, recounting the lives of the nineteen Hotshot firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, AZ, Fernanda met a lot of obstacles; externally and from within herself. The lives of firefighters are usually excluded to a male voice, but Fernanda sought to explore the story from a female perspective. By using her unique narrative style she created a side of the story that perhaps would never have been shown, including an emphasis on the families and loved ones of those involved.

Fernanda feels that in a way the fact that she is a woman allowed her to become closer to her subjects. The partners, wives, and mothers of the firefighters were able to connect with her in a way they may not have with someone else. Fernanda recalls feeling that “there was a sense of ‘you understand what I’m talking about,’” as Fernanda is also a wife and mother.

Despite years of success, Fernanda still finds herself having moments of self-doubt or fear that she isn’t good enough. She’s learned to deal with fear by accepting it as a necessary part of her creative process, rather than something to be pushed away. In this way, she is able to accept it, examine it, and move past it without it burdening her down.

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

The ability to juggle ten things at a time.

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

You don’t have to be like other people.

Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting

Fernanda’s Website

“What We Fear” Ted Talk

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The free giveaway is excerpted from THE FIRE LINE: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting. Copyright © 2016 by Fernanda Santos. Excerpted by permission of Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Available for purchase.