Diversity & Inclusion: A Conversation with White House Champion of Change, Deena Pierott

Today's episode is the final in our series on how women can achieve more money success and joy in the workplace.

I had the pleasure of spending time with Deena Pierott,  founder of the award winning Mosaic Blueprint, a Pacific NW firm specializing in diversity consulting and recruiting, career readiness and mapping, and multicultural branding. We talked about her long career as a change-agent in bringing diversity and inclusion to our workplaces. Deena was awarded The White House Champion of Change Award in 2013 and more recently she won a Global Impact Award in 2016. 

Always an advocate for equity and inclusion, Deena has framed all of her social enterprise brands under that umbrella. She has also successfully launched a STEM+C program for youth of color called the iUrban Teen which she has received national recognition for its work with youth and families.  Ms. Pierott is also a public speaker, speaking on topics such as Every Day Biases in the Workplace, The Art of Leadership, Women's Leadership, Women and the Hidden Color Barrier, and Diversity Recruiting and Retention. Deena Pierott has both corporate and public sector experience working for companies such as Exxon, Mattel Toys, Hughes Aircraft, and the City of Portland.

She holds the following awards and honors:

  • Global Impact Award 2016
  • Whitney M. Young Award 2015
  • Black Enterprise Magazine Innovator 2013
  • White House Champion of Change 2013
  • Ebony Magazine Power 100 List 2013
  • Rockefeller Innovation Award Nominee 2013
  • Business Journal Orchid Award 2013
  • The Delta's Woman of Excellence 2011
  • MED Week Minority Business of the Year 2010

She recently created the Portland Metro Diversity Employment Network which consists of over 90 Human Resource Managers and Corporate Recruiters to create a whole new model for diversity recruiting and onboarding.

Deena has been featured in the following publications: Government Technology, Essence Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, Deliver magazine, Jet magazine, Colors of Influence, Neurology Now, the Chicago Tribune and NPR.

I hope you enjoy this incredible conversation!

 

Holacracy and the New World of Work with Alexis Gonzales-Black

Today's interview is with Alexis Gonzales-Black, co-founder of Thoughtful Org Partners. Alexis helps companies self-organize and at 30 years old, she's a powerhouse. Her story to becoming a leader in the Holacracy movement is a teaching moment for many women, but her work in Holacracy is something everyone should be familiar with.

Alexis co-led the widely covered rollout of Holacracy, an innovative self-organization system, at Zappos.com.  She is the co-founder of Thoughtful Org Partners, a consultancy specializing in transitioning companies from traditional management hierarchies to adaptive organizational models.  

In 2012 Alexis ran for office and was elected to represent Congressional District 1 on the Nevada State Board of Education where she served for two and a half years crafting state education policy for the state of Nevada. She has appeared on many media outlets including; Fox and Friends and CNN Money.  

I hope you enjoy!

The Broad Experience: An Interview with Podcaster and Reporter, Ashley Milne-Tyte

Today's episode is with my podcast hero, Ashley Milne-Tyte. 

Ashley Milne-Tyte hosts The Broad Experience podcast on women and the workplace. She's been a radio journalist since 2003 and learned most of what she knows at Marketplace, the public radio business show. 

She teaches radio storytelling skills at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Broad Experience has been featured on various ‘best podcast’ lists including the Guardian’s and Fortune’s. 

In this conversation we discussed her journey to creating The Broad Experience and her background in journalism. Topics include podcasting, being a business owner, teaching, piecing together a body of work and her advice for any woman thinking of taking the leap to become an entrepreneur. 

I hope you enjoy!

Women Entrepreneurs: An Interview with Linda Weston, Executive Director of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Today's interview is with Linda Weston and I was so excited to have her on the show because she leads an incredible organization in Oregon that supports entrepreneurs across the state. 

Linda has been the Executive Director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network since 1999. Since then OEN has increased the number of programs to support entrepreneurs, helped to expand the capital network, and has extended its programs statewide.

Prior to that, she spent 18 years in the tourism industry in Eugene, 15 of those with Travel Lane County, and the last eight years as CEO.

In 1996, Linda was recruited by the American Basketball League to serve as the startup General Manager of the Portland Power women’s professional basketball team. Although the ABL was undercapitalized, and ultimately failed, the Portland Power was successful.

In 2002 and 2005, Linda was selected by Portland Business Journal as one of 25 outstanding Women in Business. In 2005, she was one of three national finalists for the “Supporter of Entrepreneurship” award in conjunction with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In 2007, she was recognized by Northwest Women’s Journal as one of “100 Most Powerful Women” in the Northwest.

I just LOVE this conversation because Linda talks about what it was like to be the only woman in a room of entrepreneurs when she first took the position as Executive Director for the organization in 1999 and how she managed to become the leader she is today. 

She also highlights opportunities she sees for female entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground and what she believes it takes to succeed in the start-up environment. 

I hope you enjoy! 

Reinventing Education: An Interview with Wayfinding Academy Founder Michelle Jones

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Today's interview is with Michelle Jones, a woman that exemplifies inspiration and courage. I was honored to host her in my home for this conversation where we had an intimate discussion about her journey as a Ph.D in traditional universities across the country to the creation of her own university -- The Wayfinding Academy

In this conversation we explore Michelle's mission and vision for the future of education. her experience as a TEDx Organizer, and her title of Magician for the World Domination Summit.

If you're working in education at any capacity, this is a must listen. You'll hear why Michelle is dedicated to going a year without salary so that employees of The Wayfinding Academy can earn a good wage. You'll also be inspired by her commitment to serving students in higher education so that they are empowered to find their true, authentic way with the support of a powerful community. 

Michelle Jones is a former traditional model college professor who is starting her own college, The Wayfinding Academy. Her 16 years teaching leadership and organizational behavior courses at colleges and universities across the country has prepared her well to re-imagine what higher education can be with this new endeavor. She is also drawing on her experience organizing events and communities with TEDxMtHood and the World Domination Summit and founding non-profit organizations such as SuperThank.

I hope you enjoy!

Women in Tech: An Interview with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN

Today's interview is with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of The Nonprofit Technology Network, an international nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. 

Amy is dedicated to educating and supporting organizations in using technology to create meaningful community engagement and make lasting change. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.

In addition to serving as NTEN’s CEO, she is a speaker, author, and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology.

In this conversation we discuss opportunities for women leaders in the technology sector and how tech empowers you to take on more leadership in your career and for your organization. 

I hope you enjoy!

Mothers at Work: An Interview with Glaucia Martin-Porath, Founder of Women's Plaza

Today’s interview is with my friend, Glaucia Martin-Porath. Glaucia is a social entrepreneur who founded Women’s Plaza - the first co-working space dedicated to women and working mothers. 

In this conversation we not only discuss the challenges facing working mothers in our culture, but also what Glaucia hopes for the future of women who join her movement. Glaucia’s mission is to create a place where women can be fulfilled, empowered, nurtured and connected to their children.

Every woman that I encounter inspires me; warriors of the daily routines, the daily struggles, who conquer social isolation and prejudice everyday with a gentle heart. Women who put their children and family’s needs first no matter what, and renounce their own well being and balance in the process. Women who keep going and keep fighting and keep doing the best they can in every area of their lives without giving up. For these women: mothers who want to be with their newborn babies, professionals who have a career to build, women who must nurture their heart, body and soul, and women who have a family to raise and relationships to deepen. For these women, I developed the Women’s Plaza.
— Glaucia Martin-Porath

The Women’s Plaza is a co-working and shared office space that offers a high quality childcare center, wholesome meals and well-being services to support the personal growth of working mothers and their children. The vision for Women’s Plaza is to become a world leader in supporting and realizing working mothers' full potential: 

• Co-working and shared office space for women entrepreneurs, remote employees, and independent contractors that require office space and business amenities with flexible hours. 
• Childcare center on premises.
• Kitchen and communal eating area that offers fresh organic meals and packaged meals for take-away. 
• Access to development programs that target physical, emotional and professional growth.

I hope you enjoy!

Equity for Women: An Interview with Emily Evans, Executive Director, Women's Foundation of Oregon

Today's interview is with Emily Evans. 

Born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, Emily Evans is the Executive Director at the Women's Foundation of Oregon - the only statewide, public foundation dedicated solely to promoting gender equity in Oregon. In 2015, Emily led the organization through an exciting inaugural year that included recruiting over 600 founding members, launching an ambitious three-year strategic plan, and surpassing $4.5M in total assets.  

Prior coming to the Women's Foundation, Emily spent five years as the Director of Foundation Relations at the Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit think tank in Washington DC. Emily has a long history of dedication to gender equity that includes:

  • Helping to launch the Women’s Leadership Institute in Washington DC;
  • Serving as President of the Women's Caucus at Syracuse University while getting her masters degree, and; 
  • Graduating from Bryn Mawr, a women's college outside of Philadelphia. 

I really enjoyed this conversation! Not only is Emily is a delightful person, full of joy and humor, but she's a life-long feminist and activist for women. We talked a lot about her family lineage of strong feminist women and what the data shows about the inequities facing women in Oregon.

If you're interested in the fight for women's equality, you don't want to miss this episode! Emily is a powerhouse of information and we dive pretty deep into her work at The Women's Foundation of Oregon and how she believes we can make a difference in the lives of women in the United States. 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Carve Your Own Path: An Interview with Yoga Instructor, Narrator and Philanthropist Erin Moon

In today's interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with Erin Moon. I was first introduced to Erin's work from an interview she did on The Good Life Project (my favorite podcast). 

Erin is quite extraordinary and our conversation touches on a variety of topics including managing your career after the loss of a loved one, cobbling together various modalities to build a body of work, listening for the call and dealing with fear, doubt and uncertainty. 

Erin Moon, a 13 year New Yorker, now lives in beautiful Vancouver Canada. She is an E RYT 500 Yoga instructor, actor, award winning narrator of over 150 audio books, world traveler, blogger and philanthropist. She is a 5 time contributor to Good Life Project Podcast and part of the Camp GLP yoga team www.goodlifeproject.com.

She will be completing her certification in Applied positive psychology in the Fall of 2016. Erin is the director and co-creator of the Yoga Project with World Spine Care www.worldspinecare.org . She has been teaching yoga since 2005, teaching and mentoring hundreds of instructors since 2009 through Three Sisters Yoga (NYC and Portland OR), Lila Vinyasa (Vancouver Canada), Illumina Yoga (Paris, France).

For more information and musings www.msmoonyogiactor.blogspot.com and www.moonyogatherapeutics.com

The 3% Conference: An Interview with Founder, Kat Gordon

Today's interview is with Kat Gordon, founder of The 3% Conference. 

Kat has been called the “triple threat” of an entrepreneur, ad woman and marketing to women expert and was named one of "30 Most Creative Women in Advertising" by BusinessInsider in 2016 and one of “Forty Over 40” women disrupting the world in 2014. 

She is the visionary behind The 3% Conference. Started as a passion project to spotlight a huge business opportunity in advertising -- the lack of female creative leadership and its impact on connecting with an overwhelmingly female marketplace -- The 3% Conference has grown exponentially since its 2012 launch and has hosted events in 13 cities globally.

Last year I attended The 3% Conference in Portland and so I was excited to get to have this conversation with Kat. She and I talk about her journey to starting the conference, what she hopes for women in the creative industry and how she thinks you can get ahead in the field.

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Finding Your Voice While Being of Use: A Conversation with Megan Devine

Megan Devine is the founder of Refuge in Grief, and the author of Everything is Not Okay: practical tools to help you stay in your heart & not lose your mind.

She’s a licensed clinical counselor, writer, and widow. Her Writing Your Grief courses have connected grieving people all around the world, helping them speak the truth about their pain. She’s a sought-after speaker and workshop leader, known for her inability to tolerate platitudes and stick-a-rainbow-on-it solutions to pain.

In this truly honest conversation about finding your calling and building your body of work we discuss the beauty and hardships of finding your way as a woman. Please be advised there is adult language in this episode. 

I love this interview because Megan is a straight-shooter and she has a talent for talking about hard topics like death and grief with an incredible sense of grace and ease. We ended up having an incredibly transparent conversation on specific gender issues that are a reality for many modern women and how you can overcome them. We get really deep on what it means to claim your voice and your space as a woman. So I hope you'll take a listen. 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Finding Career Happiness: An Interview with Christie Mims, Founder of The Revolutionary Club

Today's interview is with kick-ass entrepreneur, Christie Mims. This woman has so much contagious energy that you find yourself wanting what she's having!;) I'm incredibly inspired by her work to build a global revolution of career happiness (now that I can get behind!). Christie is the Founder and CEO of The Revolutionary Club, the number one destination for smart women who are unwilling to settle for anything less than career happiness.

Compassionate, caring, and a little kick-ass, Christie is here to make sure that you love what you do (note: life is too short not to love what you do). A certified professional coach and recovering consultant with a background working for Fortune 500 companies, Christie has been there, done that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes. She’s dispensed career advice for Forbes, LearnVest, Brazen Careerist, Yahoo! and many more, and can be seen speaking at the University of VA, The Daily Muse, Women for Hire, The US Army, and at a variety of other organizations. Her website has been named a Forbes Top 100 for careers, and she herself has been named one of the top 29 coaches to follow in 2016.

We talk about the number one skill to building a career you love (yes, networking!) and what you need to know to find and build the work you love. Again, this is another interview you cannot miss! 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Being a Mother and Building Brands: An Interview with Mary Nichols

Today's interview is with mother of six and marketer extraordinaire, Mary Nichols.  

There are so many things I love about this conversation! We talk about her journey to becoming a leader in the marketing industry while also raising six(!) children. 

I appreciate Mary’s willingness to have an honest conversation about the challenges of being a mother and rising to a position of leadership in her industry. She provides very practical ideas for working moms and those working in the marketing and branding fields. From solutions like the “chore board” and hiring an au pair, to how to build your own business…this is a real conversation with a real-life super woman that you don’t want to miss. 
 
Mary has an extensive marketing background, having worked with both major brands and small businesses across the country. 

A winner of the American Marketing Association’s Master of Marketing award, Mary was bitten by the marketing bug as a little girl, sitting in on her real-life Don Draper dad’s pitches at the famed Leo Burnett agency. 

When Mary’s not obsessing over clients and marketing campaigns, you can find her volunteering for Street Roots (a newspaper that creates income opportunities for those in poverty), promoting Portland’s emerging fashion industry, serving on the board of the Portland Social Media Club, and keeping fit by trying to stay at least one step ahead of her kids. You can connect with Mary at Karmic Marketing or on LinkedIn

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Rising to Leadership: An Interview with Sunny Petit, Executive Director of The Center for Women's Leadership

Today's interview is with my friend, Sunny Petit and is an inspiring conversation about her journey to become an advocate for women and the challenges women face when rising to positions of leadership in the workplace. We talk about networking, informational interviews and building relationships to support a thriving career. 

Sunny Petit is the Executive Director for the Center for Women's Leadership in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the Center, she was Regional Director for a counter-human trafficking organization in South Asia and ran legal advocacy and educational programs in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. She was formerly chair of the Oregon Commission for Women, appointed by Governor Kulongoski, and currently serves on the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing.

I love this conversation because we touch on a variety of societal, cultural and institutional issues facing women in the workplace and how to overcome them. 

I hope you enjoy!

Finding Your Career Courage: An Interview with Katie Kelley

Today’s interview is with Katie Kelley, author of Career Courage — a book to help you uncover your passion, step out of your comfort zone and create the success you want. Here is a handout Katie mentions in the interview that you can use to follow along. 

Katie Kelley is People Development Director for Fuerst Group, parent company of KEEN footwear and Chrome Industries. Her own career pivots include stints as a psychotherapist, a medical salesperson, an ABC Television contributor, and, most recently, as an executive coach with clients that included Google and Time Inc.

Katie is author of Career Courage, an executive coaching book that walks readers through the vital process of analyzing their motivations and taking stock of strengths to muster the courage to take the next step in their career.

Including inspiring stories of people who hit critical junctures and broke through fears and limitations to make a change, Career Courage offers guideposts for finding your true calling and improving your ability to take risks, build alliances, project confidence, and create trust and goodwill in your life and work. It offers strategies and insights from a seasoned career
coach who serves as a personal guide through the questioning and development process ahead.

In this interview Katie dives into 10 keys to finding career courage where she offers a unique view on what it takes to achieve more money, success and joy in your work. 

Not only is Katie a rockstar Superwoman, but she and have known each other for years and I was honored to have this opportunity to talk to her about her life’s work. 

An Interview with Duana Welch, Ph.D. and Author of Love Factually

Today's interview is with leading love and relationship expert, Duana Welch, Ph.D.

This woman is incredible and I just loved how she was able to apply her expertise on love and relationships to the workplace. I also think you're really going to enjoy hearing her incredible career journey (a story she has never publicly told before) from tenure-track professor to solo-preneur. Not only is she dynamic and enthusiastic to talk to, but she's got a warmth and kindness about her that is quite unique and inviting.

Duana (pronounced DWAY-nah) Welch is known for using social science to solve real-life relationship issues.  After earning her Ph.D. in psychology in 1998, she began coaching clients who want more love in their lives.  She is the author of Love Factually--the first book that uses science rather than opinion to guide men and women through every stage of dating--and also contributes to Psychology Today and eHarmony.  She taught psychology at Austin, Texas universities, the University of Florida, and Cal State Fullerton. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, daughter, and assorted critters, where she continues to teach and see clients. 

After a breakup neither dark chocolate nor the charity of friends could console, Dr. Duana (DWAY-nah) Welch had the epiphany that transformed the way she lived her love life, leading to verifiable, objective answers to her questions—and yours.  The only fact-based book to take men and women from before-you-meet until you commit, Love Factually blends heart, soul--and science. In a genre long on opinion and short on proof, Love Factually puts all the evidence in your corner for the most important and daunting task of our lives: finding and keeping The One.

Love Factually is available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book at Amazon, iTunes, and other major retailers; you can get a free chapter and learn more at lovefactually.co.

I hope you enjoy.

With love,

The Business of Yoga: An Interview with Jill Knouse

Today's interview is with leading yoga instructor and business owner, Jill Knouse. In 2005, Jill left the corporate world behind to pursue her love of yoga full-time (she's pretty bad-ass ya'll and this interview rocks).
 
Jill has completed and led numerous teacher trainings. In 2012, she created and successfully launched Elevate Yoga Trainings, a mentorship program for yoga teachers looking to catapult their teaching to the next level and dramatically deepen their knowledge base. In 2015, Jill launched her very own 200-Hour Teacher Training Program.  In addition to her trainings, Jill currently teaches yoga events and workshops, she offers private sessions, yoga for large and mid-sized corporations and holds weekly classes in Portland, Oregon. She participates in conferences and festivals plus leads group yoga adventures somewhere around the globe twice a year! Jill’s enthusiasm, intuition and inspiration pour from her heart and into every one of her classes and trainings. 

She is passionate about sharing the healing power of yoga. Jill joyfully creates powerful and flowing sequences, linked together by breath and great intention. Her mindful teaching style naturally leads students to a state of strength, balance, flexibility and overall well-being. While Jill’s classes may be challenging, she makes them accessible to everyone. She strives to support her students in cultivating a devoted practice infused with immense joy.

She is dedicated to helping students and teachers discover what makes them feel truly alive. As a massage therapist, anatomy, safe alignment, loads of hands-on assists and nurturing support are a huge part of her classes. 

I LOVED this discussion because Jill shares her personal journey of leaving the high-power corporate job to pursue her passion of yoga as a full-time career. For anyone thinking of going out on their own to follow a dream, this is one episode you don't want to miss!

I hope you enjoy.

With love,

Jessica

The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work During the Age of Disruption. An Interview with Farai Chideya

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Today's episode is with author, journalist, professor and lecturer, Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.

She is the author of six books, the first of which was Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation about African-Americans, and the most recent of which is 2016’s The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. She has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events around the globe. With deep knowledge in a variety of disciplines, including work, politics, culture, race, and technology,

Chideya frequently appears on public radio and cable television, commenting for ABC, BET, CNN, Fox, HBO, MSNBC, NPR, and other media. Moderating a Democratic Presidential Debate in 2003, Chideya is also the former longtime host of National Public Radio's News & Notes.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chideya graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, where she was elected Chief Marshal, the highest honor accorded to a member of the graduating class.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

I'm so excited about this interview because we dive into how the nature of work is changing and ways you can take advantage of this change when building a thriving career. Farai is such an inspiration and a generous woman, and I was thrilled to be able to have this conversation. 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Women and Wealth: An Interview with Barbara Stanny

In today’s episode I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing Barbara Stanny

Barbara is the leading authority on women and money. As a bestselling author, teacher and wealth coach, Barbara has helped millions take charge of their finances and their lives.  

Barbara's background in business, her years as a journalist, her Master's Degree in psychology, her extensive research, and her personal experience with money give her a unique perspective and makes her the foremost expert on women's financial issues. She is a bestselling author, sought after speaker and workshop facilitator who empowers women to live up to their financial and personal potential.
 
Barbara Stanny has been featured on Good Morning America, The View, Extra, The O'Reilly Report, and many times on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, PBS and NPR, as well as the New York Times, and USA Today.

Barbara is the author of 6 books:

  • Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money
  • Secrets of Six-Figure Women 
  • Overcoming Underearning 
  • Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles.
  • Finding a Financial Advisor You Can Trust
  • Breaking Through: Getting Past The Stuck Points in Your Life

In this incredible conversation, we talk about bringing spirituality to your approach with money and becoming a powerful woman in the modern world of work. You really don't want to miss this one! 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

Advice on Making Career Decisions and Being Boss: An Interview with Susan Hyatt

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In today's episode I interview Susan Hyatt, Master Certified Life Coach whose fierce, fun and fresh approach to personal development has won her thousands of fans on Facebook, glowing praise from icons like Dr. Martha Beck and Maria Shriver, and a sold-out coaching calendar.

Her motto? “Life is precious. Go make it delicious.Learn more about Susan’s private coaching options and programs like Clear Coaches, Make a Scene and BARE at: SHyatt.com.

I'm so excited about this interview because Susan is so fun and engaging! Not only does she offer amazing insight on starting your own business, but she also dives into what it means to follow your own internal compass to achieve your dreams. 

In this episode we discuss how to experience more freedom in your work life and she dives into what it’s like to be a life-coach. 

I hope you enjoy! 

With love,

Jessica