The Verdict? GUILTY

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Several years ago, I went through a painful breakup.  It all ended late on a Friday night.

But by 8 AM on Saturday, I was back in the office for a previously scheduled meeting. 

Some people would've cancelled or blown the meeting off.  But not me.

You know why I showed up?

Because of Guilt and Obligation. 

I prided myself on being reliable, consistent and following through on my commitments. 

ALL. THE. TIME.

That Saturday morning meeting was no different. 

At the time, I was caught in a vicious cycle of over-committing, feeling like I owed people whatever they asked for and neglecting my own care and needs.

It wasn't healthy. 

Soon after that weekend, I began to look at my life differently. 

I started making decisions for ME, not for other people. 

This meant stepping back from some work commitments, saying no to personal invitations that I didn't want to attend and drawing boundaries to protect myself from toxic people and situations. 

I felt a little lost at first because a lot of my self-worth was tied up in achieving and making other people happy.

And this new way of looking at things required me to let some people down. 

To guide my new outlook, I had to get clear about my priorities and what I wanted professionally and personally. 

This needed to be based on MY needs and desires, not other people's. 

Part of what allowed me to make this shift is that I had confidence in myself and I knew my value.

I started to feel comfortable saying no and learned to do so with a smile and tact so that people didn't hate me, write me off or roll their eyes.

You can do this too.

If you feel like you're on a hamster wheel just trying to keep up and make everyone happy, it doesn't have to be this way.

By getting clear about what you want and learning how to communicate your needs effectively, you can change things. (For more on this, check out my blog post). 

If you want to explore this further, shoot me a note and we can set up time to chat.  I'm here to help!

4 Ways To Get Results When Life Gets Crazy

These last several weeks have been a whirlwind for me. 

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I've been in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and San Francisco.

During this time, my business and personal life have been INSANE! You know what they say, when it rains, it pours...

I've had experience at the intersection of Busy + Overwhelmed before though, and this time, I was able to thrive.

Specifically:

  • In my consulting business, I expanded contracts with 2 existing clients and closed a new client
  • In my coaching business, I started working with 5 new, amazing women
  • I facilitated 5 workshops and boot camps at various conferences and meetings and have a 6th one scheduled for next week
  • I planned a networking event for my ladies in DC for 4/19 - I WANT TO MEET YOU!
  • I celebrated a number of occasions with family and friends, including my Dad's birthday, Passover and throwing my best friend a bridal shower
  • I even managed to exercise and eat right and I lost 6 lbs!!

I'm not telling you this to brag (although I AM proud of myself). 🙌  

I'm sharing this because there have been times in the past where I've been this busy and melted down.  

There have been times where I've been so overwhelmed by deadlines, obligations, meetings and requests for my time that I stood in the way of my own success.

But not anymore. 

You can also get results in times of extreme "busyness" with these 4 practices:

  1. Fiercely Protect Your Time - Figure out what you need to get done and build boundaries to ensure you can execute without distraction. I have a checklist at the start of each week broken down by day and have time blocks in my calendar dedicated to exercise, coaching calls, consulting client work, creative time and personal time. 
  2. Say "No." A Lot - Get comfortable saying "no." When something comes up that doesn't fit into my schedule or near-term strategic objectives, I say "no."  I don't re-arrange my already packed schedule and try to fit it in. I also don't shut the door on the opportunity entirely; you may be surprised how much people appreciate your candor when you explain why you are saying "no" or need to postpone something.
  3. Make Self-Care An Even Higher Priority - When you're operating at breakneck speed, it's even more important to take care of yourself.  For me, this looks like building in time to exercise and sleep, keeping healthy food at home, seeing family and friends, getting a massage and sometimes just sitting on the couch and doing nothing.
  4. Re-Prioritize What Must Get Done - In times of extreme "busyness", business as usual is not always the answer. Re-assess what you absolutely must do to stay afloat and deliver on your commitments.  Everything else can wait.  

Can you relate to any of this? If so, I'd love to hear how you kick ass even when it looks like your schedule may run you into the ground.

And if this is something you're struggling with, let's talk. I would love to see if I can help you not only come up for air, but also get amazing results during your busiest times.

Wishing you a productive week!

What I Didn't Tell You About My Career Slump

I don't talk much about it, but around the time I hit my professional low point, I was also experiencing some personal turmoil.

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This came to a head over the course of a few weeks when I had two panic attacks.  

One happened over a gyro salad in a Greek restaurant and another occurred in a shopping mall on the way to the movies.

Not exactly two of the most stressful situations...

Which is how I really knew things had gotten completely out of whack. 

At some point, my professional and personal stresses had merged into one giant mess. 

It sucked.

BUT, it was a turning point for me.

I realized that it's really hard to achieve and sustain professional development without doing work around your personal development. 

I'm not talking about intensive therapy or adopting a bunch of woo-woo, spiritual practices - although that's great if that's what moves you.

For me, it meant adopting better self-care habits. 

I hired a nutritionist. 

I switched to a lower stress job that afforded me a greater work-life balance.

I adopted a dog.

I committed to workouts on specific days.

And I slept more. 

That's what worked for me. 

What works for you may be entirely different. 

In my work coaching professional women, we dive deeper into the relationship between self-care and your professional success and joy. 

I'm committed to supporting you to identify what's not working for you right now and a plan to change that. 

If you're interested in learning more, I invite you to book a free 30-minute consultation with me right here.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Badass Professional Women Don’t #7: Pull All-Nighters

Science is very clear about the importance of sleep to our physical and mental well-being.

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However, not all high-charging, do-it-all professional women have bought into the benefits of sleep.

After all, how can they?

Then they wouldn’t be able to pack in 20 hours of activity each day? 

And they would have to say no to things and let people down - GASP!!

There was a time in my life where I pulled all nighters and/or regularly only got 4 hours of sleep.

I produced super-human amounts of work.

But I was always stressed, on edge and trying to stay busy so I didn’t crash.

After one particularly bad stretch of late and sleepless nights working, I had gotten in the habit of pounding 5-Hour Energy shots to function.

It kept me awake but came with side effects. 

Like the time I gave a presentation in front of about 50 colleagues and at the end someone remarked how nervous I seemed…because I had been shaking.

Turns out, I wasn’t nervous at all. I was literally SHAKING from all the chemicals I was pouring into my body to stay awake.

That embarrassing incident was a wake up call that I needed to get a handle on my sleep. 

What was the point of killing myself to do all this work if I couldn’t even appear calm and confident when I presented it to other people?

Sleep has been THE game-changer for me professionally and personally and the foundation of my self-care.

With 7-8 hours of sleep each night, I’m more clear-headed, calm and less stressed and triggered by things that are out of my control.

I no longer test the limits of how many hours I can work in a day and how many projects I can take on at one time.

Because I don’t have to.

I don’t need to prove how much work I can do to anyone or have my health suffer for my job.

If you feel like your plate is so full that sleep is a luxury you can’t afford, I strongly urge you to sloooooowwww down.

The work will still be there tomorrow.

And hopefully your colleagues and clients also want you to take care of yourself.

But, if you find yourself in an unforgiving situation where you truly can’t take your foot off the gas, then it may be time to evaluate whether that’s a place you want to stay.

Remember, we always have choices.

Sacrificing your long-term health for some fleeting glory at work is a risky play and worth taking a hard look at.

Badass Professional Women Don’t #5: Feel Guilty

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We have spent the past few weeks talking about how women can unlock their natural talents, set boundaries and ask for what they want. (See previous posts: 7 Things Badass Professional Women Don’t Do, Badass Professional Women Don’t #1: Put Your Head Down and Work Harder, Badass Professional Women Don’t #2: Compare Yourself, Badass Professional Women Don’t #3: Say Yes, and Badass Professional Women Don't #4: Accept the Hand You're Dealt.)

But we haven’t talked about what makes this so hard: GUILT.

I don’t know any woman that isn’t plagued by it, including me.

Most women have been conditioned from a young age to be nice and accommodating.

And that’s ok…to an extent.

But if too many of our decisions and choices are guided by other people’s feelings and perceptions, where do our own needs and desires fit in?

Therein lies the crux of the issue: we truly want to help others, often to the detriment of our own well-being.

So how do you take control of your guilt without turning into a selfish jerk?

First, it’s important to know what you want and set priorities.  These priorities may even include doing things for other people (i.e., picking the kids up from school, making dinner for your husband, etc.).  Once you have a list of your non-negotiables, everything else becomes much clearer. 

Use these priorities as guides to draw boundaries. This is critical to protecting your time and your sanity.  Once you find this alignment between your wants, priorities and what you commit to, it becomes easier to avoid feeling guilty. 

But the guilt may still creep in.

That’s where strong communication comes into play – you need to let people know about your priorities.  People who care about you don’t want to see you burnt out, frazzled and unhappy. 

The thing is, we’re often so busy trying to hold it all together and we don’t want people to see us sweat, so they have no idea that we are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and spread too thin.

You can change that by being direct, but compassionate with friends, family and colleagues.  Let them know how disappointed you are that you can’t say yes to ________ (i.e., working late, a destination wedding, dinner on Thursday night), but that you just don’t have the _______ (i.e., time, money, resources) right now.

Yes, this is scary.  And you may even make some people upset.

But you’ll find that the people who really care about you and want you to succeed will accept this explanation.

As you practice doing this more and more, the guilt really does start to fade. 

Another trick is to think about what you would tell a friend in your position. Would you encourage her to keep taking on more and to feel badly when she had to turn something down?  Probably not.  

Practice being as kind to yourself as you would be to other people you care about.

It also helps if you remember this: self-care ISN’T selfish.  You really will show up as a better employee, mother, daughter, partner and friend if you are taking care of yourself and your needs.  And that’s nothing to feel guilty about.        

 

 

Episode 41: The LivWell Health Series: Leveraging Metrics and Personalized Care to Keep Older Adults Healthy and Safe at Home

Today’s featured guest is Richard Jackson from Riverside Health System. Rick is the Executive Director of the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, which helps older adults and their families make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

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Episode 40: The LivWell Health Series: Digitizing Tedious Paper-Based Workflows and Referrals in a Large Health Care System with Sharie Torres

Episode 40: The LivWell Health Series: Digitizing Tedious Paper-Based Workflows and Referrals in a Large Health Care System with Sharie Torres

Today’s featured guest is Sharie Torres. Sharie is a registered nurse from Hawaii and has worked in a large healthcare system there for 20 years. She acts as a Utilization Manager and has witnessed firsthand how technology has helped one of the largest providers of the nation, improve their workflow and referral management processes. A lot of healthcare systems today are struggling with the transition to technological solutions. Moving from hundreds of paper processes to something quicker can be a huge and often tedious undertaking for a medical team. 

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Episode 39: The LivWell Health Series: The Role of Technology and Transformation In Senior Living With Denise Rabidoux of EHM Senior Solutions

Episode 39: The LivWell Health Series: The Role of Technology and Transformation In Senior Living With Denise Rabidoux of EHM Senior Solutions

Today’s featured guest is Denise Rabidoux, President, and CEO of EHM Senior Solutions. EHM Senior Solutions is a not-for-profit organization with a history dating back to 1879. Formerly known as Evangelical Homes of Michigan, EHM operates senior living, Medi-Care at home and private duty life choices programs.

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Episode 38: The LivWell Health Series: One Caregiver’s Journey to Impact 1 Million Lives with Alex Go

Episode 38: The LivWell Health Series: One Caregiver’s Journey to Impact 1 Million Lives with Alex Go

We are in for a treat with today’s featured guest, Alex Go. Alex is the CEO and Co-founder of LivWell Health, a technology-enabled service provider that assists seniors to live independently at home and also for families seeking assistance in their care. Their goal is to make caregiving easier for the 44 million Americans that are caring for older adults and special needs children. LivWell Health partners with senior service providers to expand the markets they serve with the goals of enhancing revenue and improving staff productivity.

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The LivWell Health Series: Modernizing the Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services to Improve the Social Determinants of Health

About LivWell Health

With an aging population that prefers to live independently in the setting of their choice (often their home), the demand for home and community-based service delivery is growing.

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LivWell Health is designed to meet this need for patients and their families, care coordinators, social workers and senior living providers.

  • Care coordinators and social workers have chosen LivWell Health's workflow-optimized, referral management solutions to easily manage community resources, create a patient-centric "personalized service plan" and streamline patient hand-offs to their preferred network partners. 
  • Senior living providers enjoy LivWell Health's interactive digital signage systems and tablets to register for social activities, submit service requests, review dining options or just keep up with community news.  This offers one information system to power all of the providers' signage, in-campus TV channel and resident portal solutions. 

Podcast Series

This four-part podcast series dives deeper into the role that LivWell Health and technology in general increasingly play in home and community-based services and care transitions.  The following episodes explore LivWell Health founder Alex Go's personal journey as a caregiver and how it inspired him to create LivWell Health, as well as examples of how several communities and care coordinators have incorporated LivWell Health into their programs with great success.

  • Episode 38:  One Caregiver’s Journey to Impact 1 Million Lives with Alex Go
  • Episode 39:  The Role of Technology and Transformation In Senior Living With Denise Rabidoux of EHM Senior Solutions
  • Episode 40:  Digitizing Tedious Paper-Based Workflows and Referrals in a Large Health Care System with Sharie Torres
  • Episode 41:  Leveraging Metrics and Personalized Care to Keep Older Adults Healthy and Safe at Home

How To Transform Your Daily Grind into Joy

As summer winds down and the kids go back to school, traffic congestion surges and job demands seem to multiply….

Time becomes an even more precious and scarce commodity.  Suddenly, the slower pace and summer lull many of us enjoyed in July and August comes to a screeching halt.

And reality sets in:  you are stretched thin and stressed. 

How do I know? Because I’ve been there. 

In fact, I used to experience this cycle several times a year before I learned how to consistently take better care of myself and make self-care a priority.

For many years, I accepted this vicious cycle of stress as a normal way of life. 

Most of the time I managed ok – I slept and exercised less than I would’ve liked – but I was still keeping all the balls in the air and doing well at work.

I even put Band-Aids on the problem by scheduling quick 4-day vacations to warm, sunny places to supply me with the relaxation and rest I needed. 

But every time when I returned to real life (which was approximately 689 unread emails, numerous requests from family and friends for my time, and the daily demands of running a household) – any benefits from my break were gone within my first day home.

About four years ago, a light bulb went off for me – if I needed to keep escaping my daily life for these mini-vacations, maybe vacations weren’t the answer.  I needed to change something about my daily life.

I’m probably not much different from you in that I spend most of my daily life at work.

Here are some of the transformational steps I took to examine what wasn’t working in my daily life and my career and how I broke my cycle of stress.

1. Slow Down

I like to think I’m a smart person but it took me far longer than I care to admit (literally years!) to realize that I was unhappy in my job – I was working too many hours and no longer found the work enjoyable. 

I was so worried about letting someone down at work or at home that I was pretty much on autopilot. 

I was moving so fast trying to keep up with everything, that I never took the time to reflect and consider if a change might be good for me.

It wasn’t until I started being honest with myself and my co-workers about how I was feeling, that I allowed myself to take the gas off the pedal and see what that felt like.

Even then, I didn’t have an epiphany over night. It still took over a year for me realize that I actually didn’t want to be a partner in a big consulting firm (despite working towards that goal for over 10 years) and that I didn’t want to continue to work 60+ hour weeks.

2.     Do Something

Once I figured this out, I had another problem.  For 10+ years, my identity and self-worth had been wrapped up in my career and my ability to be all things to all people.

If I walked away from that, who would I be?

Well, heck, I had no idea, but I knew I just needed to try something else.

So I did. 

I took a new job in a different industry doing something completely different than what I had done before.

I also started saying no to personal invitations when I didn’t want to go.

My days of people-pleasing were over.

It was scary and I had my doubts about whether I could succeed and if people would be mad at me.

But, you know what?

It literally forced me to take action and do something to change the path I was on. 

And my family and true friends were completely supportive of me putting myself first.

3.    Be Kind To Yourself

When I made the change to switch jobs, it was a big deal for me.

I had been at my firm for 7 years and was a known commodity.

Now I was going into a new environment, where I didn’t know anyone, and I had no track record and little direct experience with the type of work I was going to be doing.

Frankly, I was scared shitless.

I tend to be hard on myself and have high expectations for what I can achieve. I really didn’t know if I could do this job well.

So I decided to re-frame my definition of success.  

Leaving my previous job wasn’t just about starting a new job and changing the direction of my career.

It was about changing my entire life.

It was about leaving the rat race of Big 5 Consulting and taking more time for me.

So I decided to use this job as an opportunity to do just that. 

I used this role to hit the re-set button my life and looked for ways to create new routines and healthy habits (i.e., taking barre classes after work, seeing my nutritionist weekly).

These became measures of success along with my performance at work. 

I no longer based my success and self-worth solely on what went down in the office.

If I can make these changes, I’m confident anyone can.  I was a workaholic, people-pleasing, creature of habit.

And today, I’m still a creature of habit…but I have better habits. :)

Would you like to know how to assess and develop your own daily habits?

If so, click below for a free 1:1 consult with me to learn how to show up powerfully in the workplace and feel fulfilled, while having more time for yourself and the things you love.

How to Re-Ignite Your Personal Brand and Your Career

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When Your Career Stagnates and Your Opportunities Seem Limited….

It can be demoralizing, anxiety-producing and downright depressing.  Believe me, I know.

In my 20s and even still today as I approach 40, I frequently experience age and gender discrimination. 

I look young and enjoy fashion (a stint at Saks in grad school left me with an affliction for designer handbags and shoes).

And sometimes people equate that with a lack of experience, intelligence and business sense.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard “Oh, you wouldn’t understand this reference because you’re too young,” or “I can’t believe how much you have accomplished in your short career”…

It seems like more often than not, people are surprised by my expertise, professional accomplishments and network. 

However, those who know me are not. 

At work, I’m assertive, knowledgeable and confident.

But I wasn’t always this way. 

Early in my career, I was quiet, shy and afraid to speak up and share my ideas because I was afraid to sound stupid or be wrong. 

You ever felt that way?

There were a number of factors that changed my behavior over time but probably the biggest influence was a boss I had named Jacqui. 

Jacqui was smart, assertive and didn’t fit the mold of a typical corporate woman – she played in a man’s world, but was true to who she was and was also someone I genuinely enjoyed hanging out with. 

It was from working with and receiving feedback from Jacqui that led me to break out of my shell.  

But if you don’t have a “Jacqui” in your life, what can you do to establish your brand and stand out so you can get the promotion, raise and respect you deserve at work?

Well here’s a few things that I’ve done over the years that have helped me…

1.  Unlock Your Natural Talents

  • Take the time to understand what you’re good at.
  • You can do this by taking assessments, self-reflecting and asking others to give you feedback.
  • Equally important, understand your ‘non-talents’. 
  • Then, rather than try to improve on your ‘non-talents’, become more of who you already are by building on your natural talents.
  • We wouldn’t expect a goldfish to climb a tree right? :)

2.  Develop Personal Style

  • Like it or not, we live in a visual, superficial society. 
  • Appearance is important. 
  • You don’t need to be a model or spend a fortune to look polished and stylish but it does require a little effort. 
  • Figure out what styles make you feel the most comfortable and confident and stick with those. 
  • Sticking to certain silhouettes and colors can make getting dressed fast and simple. 
  • Develop an easy-to-maintain hair and makeup routine. 
  • You may need to get advice on these things – ask your stylish friends, your hairdresser and the makeup artist at Sephora for tips.  
  • It’s not silly and superficial…it’s part of how you present yourself and your brand.  

3.  Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Career

  • Successful women take care of themselves. 
  • They exercise, eat healthy and are cognizant of their mental health. 
  • Take the time to figure out how you can incorporate regular exercise and a healthy diet into your life. 
  • Stay away from toxic people who sap your energy.
  • Do things outside of work that make you feel good and rejuvenate you.

4. Own Who You Are 

  • Once you recognize your natural talents and develop your personal style, OWN IT. 
  • Don’t sit quietly in your team meeting waiting to be called on. 
  • Stand tall and confidently share your insights. 
  • If the thought of this is too scary, start by having 1:1 conversations with peers you trust.
  • You can bounce your ideas off them first and build up the confidence to share them in a larger group or with your boss.

5. Ask For What You Want  

  • Everyone is busy and most likely, your boss isn’t spending much time thinking about how to get you everything you want professionally.
  • YOU are in charge of your path, even if you work for someone else. 
  • Take the time to figure out where you want to be in 6 months, 1 year and 5 years and let people know. 
  • Even if they don't think you’re ready, ask them why and how you can get there. 
  • Then take this feedback and think about whether you can act on it or if you are better off looking outside of your current job for the type of opportunity you are looking for.

I realize these steps may not be easy for everyone.

But taken in small chunks over a period of time, they are doable and can help you take your career to the next level, even if you’re feeling stuck, underpaid and unappreciated.

If you want to learn more about how you can make a few simple, but transformational, shifts to get the promotion, raise and respect you deserve in your career, click below to schedule a free 1:1 consult with me. 

Episode 37: Creating An Organizational Culture to Serve Older Adults In a Consistent, Caring Way With Tristan White

Today’s featured guest is Tristan White. Tristan is the CEO and founder of The Physio Co, which helps Australian seniors stay mobile, safe, and happy. Onsite physiotherapy is their thing. In 2004, The Physio Co was just one person with a vision to change seniors' healthcare forever. Today, The Physio Co is ranked as Australia’s best place to work, has 100 team members and delivers over 200,000 physiotherapy consultations per year. 

Tristan is a qualified physiotherapist from the University of Melbourne. He has an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters degree from MIT for their Entrepreneurial Masters Program. Tristan also loves helping other people build strong cultures and be happier at work. He writes a blog called Culture is Everything, which Smart Company lists as one of Australia’s 25 Best Business Blogs and he is also a speaker. In today’s episode we hear all about Tristan’s work with The Physio Co as well as the systems he uses to create successful cultures in his organization and in others.

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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Why Tristan left behind a sexy career helping professional athletes to serve older adults
  • The role physiotherapists play in providing social engagement for the seniors they treat 
  • How a combination of in-person and tele-rehab can be powerful for PT patients
  • How to discover and live the core values of your business and create a consistent organizational culture
  • How to show employees love and appreciation
  • The importance of being flexible on what you deliver but consistent in how you deliver

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Episode 35: Transforming a MBA and Big 5 Consulting Expertise Into an International Wine Business With Courtney Kingston

I am so excited to introduce today’s featured guest, Courtney Kingston. Courtney is the founder of Kingston Family Vineyards in Casablanca Valley, Chile. She’s a graduate of Princeton University and she started her career as a consultant for Deloitte’s wine industry practice. There she began learning the ins and outs of the California wine business, and later as a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she wrote the vineyard’s original business plan using the Chilean cattle ranch that her family had owned and operated since 1922. 

After many discussions about the feasibility of converting the family farm into a vineyard, Kingston Family Vineyards became a reality in 1998. Courtney and her husband, Andy, have three daughters and share their time between Portola Valley, California and Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Today Courtney shares the story how how it all began, as well as the ins and outs of what it’s really like to start and run your own vineyard.

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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • The three things to know about Kingston Family Vineyards. 
  • The turning point that convinced Courtney to leave her full-time job.
  • How Courtney grew her business, starting out with her office in a closet.
  • Why using a direct-to-consumer business model was key for the Kingston Family Vineyards.
  • The inflection point in Courtney’s life, and what she learned from the experience.
  • Self-care tips to give you energy and help you to listen through the noise in life.
  • Why you can't allow fear to prevent you from pursing your dream.

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    Episode 34: How Balance Training Keeps You Healthy and Young with Jim Klopman

    Today’s featured guest is Jim Klopman. Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He was born with brain damage, ADHD, and dyslexia and used athletics to overcome these challenges. After years of being an athlete and unsure of his purpose in life, Jim found his purpose and developed his own business called The SlackBow Balance Training System. 

    After five years of development, Jim believes that with the right neural whole-body training to optimize the human balance system, everyone can improve physically and mentally, and can even live longer and feel younger. Prior to starting SlackBow, Jim worked as a VP of Marketing at Intera Corporation and at Russell Athletic as a Management Turnaround Specialist and Product Developer. Today Jim is here to share more about balance training and what the SlackBow System is all about.

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    What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

    • The three things everyone should know about balance and the SlackBow System. 
    • The Klopman Balance Index and how it is designed to categorize balance.
    • Why we live in a world that is designed to degrade our balance system.
    • Everyday tips and strategies for improving your balance. 
    • The complexity of the balance system, and how it involves every aspect of your body.
    • Recovering from balance issues and the role it plays on our mental health and quality of life.
    • The importance of perseverance and having an absolute belief in what you do.
    • Why timing is everything when it comes to adopting new innovations in the market.
    • As an innovator, why taking action on your ideas is absolutely crucial.

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    Episode 32: Building a Competitive Business in the Healthy Beverage Industry With John S. Lee

    Today’s featured guest is John Lee. John is the co-founder of Capital Kombucha, which is Washington D.C.’s first kombucha brewery. He founded the company with two classmates from GW’s business school in 2012. Prior to business school, John worked as a structural engineer, which was a far cry from the world of healthy beverages. John and his co-founders identified a market in D.C. for the fermented sweetened tea drink that’s believed to support a healthy gut and strong immune system. 

    Unlike the West Coast, which is saturated with these types of health and wellness beverages, D.C. was pretty low on kombucha offerings, yet had a very active, health-conscious population. So Capital Kombucha was born and they began selling their drinks at local markets before expanding to larger retail outlets, like Whole Foods and Safeway. Today they distribute to hundreds of locations from Virginia to New York, all along the mid-Atlantic. 

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    What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

    • The three things everyone should know about kombucha and building a business in the beverage industry.
    • The costs and challenges faced when you have a product that is not shelf-stable.
    • How to be competitive in the beverage industry and have your product stand out.
    • Implementing a just-in-time inventory system when you do not yet have baseline data.
    • Future trends in the beverage industry and how to leverage partnerships. 
    • How to avoid burnout by taking a step back from your business to get a new perspective.

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    Episode 24: How to Channel a Successful Career into a Start-Up Venture With Jay Newton-Small

    Today on the podcast we are delighted to welcome Jay Newton-Small. Jay is the co-founder of MemoryWell, which is an online platform that empowers caregivers to provide compassionate and empathetic care. They do this by having journalists tell the stories of people who can’t tell their own, which helps caregivers understand them and improve their quality of life. MemoryWell was launched in September of 2016, and it’s off to a really impressive start. Just a few weeks ago, in March 2017, Jay and her team took home the top prize of $130,000 in the Launch category at the Inaugural WeWork Awards. 

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    Prior to her life as a startup founder, Jay served as the Washington correspondent for Time Magazine and is also the author of Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works. Jay has written about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. She’s covered stories on five continents for Time from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti, to the Scottish Independence Movement, and attacks in Paris. She has also covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns for Time, as well as Congress and the White House, and interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Obama, and George W. Bush, along with senators, governors, and foreign dignitaries. She has written more than half a dozen Time cover stories and contributed to dozens of others. Jay is also still a regular contributor on MSNBC and CNN and continues to contribute to Time Magazine

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    What You’ll Learn From This Episode:  

    • Three things that everyone should know about MemoryWell.
    • How MemoryWell helps caregivers provide additional support and emotional care.
    • The role that technology plays in helping MemoryWell make an emotional connection.
    • What inspired Jay to write her book, Broad Influence.
    • How Jay determines how much time to devote to her original career as a journalist and author and her newer start-up venture.

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    Episode 21: Building an Authentic Brand with Julia Landauer

    I am so thrilled to introduce today’s featured guest, Julia Landauer. Julia is a two-time champion NASCAR racer from New York City. Since making history at the age of 14 as the youngest and first female driving champion from the Skip Barber Racing Series, Julia has explored and won in all types of racing, from go-karts, to formula cars, to stock cars. Now at 25-years-old, Julia has her NASCAR license and is making history with her wins in a local NASCAR series in Virginia. 

    In the K&N Series, Julia finished fourth in the series championship, becoming the highest-finishing female in the series’ 62-year history. Julia is the only woman among 11 drivers picked in the 2016-17 NASCAR Next Program that highlights future stars. As she climbs the NASCAR ladder, Julia uses her racing platform to continue advocating for women in sports and STEM, for education and following your dreams despite hurdles. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was recently selected as one of the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees. 

    Today Julia joins us to talk about her story of becoming a professional race car driver and how she followed her dreams despite the doubt from others in her life. She believes in building an authentic brand and truly believing in yourself to follow the path that is best for you. 

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    What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

    • The three things everyone should know about being a NASCAR driver.
    • The demographic makeup of NASCAR drivers and the role of diversity.
    • What trends are happening now and in the future for NASCAR drivers. 
    • The need for NASCAR to blend new technology and long-time traditions.
    • Julia’s involvement with STEM and educating women to follow their dreams. 
    • How Julia first got into racing and made her first sponsor pitch at age 15.
    • Why authenticity, networking, and believing in yourself is key to building a strong brand.
    • Julia's tips on perfecting your elevator pitch and understanding your unique offer.
    • How Julia prioritizes her health and well-being to emphasize self-care.

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    Episode 19: Disrupting the Hearing Aid Industry with Patrick Freuler

    Today’s featured guest is Patrick Freuler, the founder, and CEO of Audicus, which offers high-tech, affordable hearing aids by selling them straight to consumers, online. Audicus is changing the way hearing loss is diagnosed and treated by providing remote hearing test solutions, which they do by offering free hearing test apps on desktops and iOS. This unique model is truly disrupting the hearing aid industry. In fact, it is so disruptive that Audicus has become the leading eCommerce retailer of hearing aids and has saved consumers more than $30 million to date.  

    On top of that, Patrick recently pitched to Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island alongside only a handful of companies in the Extreme Tech Challenge. Patrick was born in Switzerland but he was raised in and went to school in Brazil and Amsterdam. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and before Audicus he worked as a private equity healthcare investor at Bain Capital and also as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey.

    Patrick joins us today to talk about the three things that everyone should know about Audicus, including how they are streamlining the hearing aid acquisition process with a consumer- centric focus. He shares how Audicus is revolutionizing the hearing aid industry by taking a completely new approach and offering consumers an alternative to purchasing hearing aids. Patrick outlines exactly how they were able to grow Audicus by tapping into the tech- enabled, younger consumer segment with their unique business model. The press and word of mouth that the company received from this approach was what really put Audicus on the map.

    Ultimately, Audicus is all about bringing people together by taking a consumer-based focus to their branding. Patrick also shares how they aim to educate their consumers to take healthcare decisions into their own hands to have a drastic improvement in their quality of life.

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    What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

    • The three takeaways that everyone should know about Patrick’s company, Audicus.
    • How Patrick is steering Audicus to disrupt the hearing aid industry by providing consumers with an alternative channel to purchase.
    • The strategies Patrick used to grow Audicus, competing in two different customer segments and bypassing audiologists.
    • How to identify your ideal customer segments and how to uniquely market to each one.
    • What motivated Patrick to leave his prestigious positions in Corporate America and start his own company.
    • How Patrick finds balance within his work and personal life.

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