Episode 45: A Message from Your Host, Jessica Williams

Everyone needs a break from time to time and I'm no exception. 

I've been on a radical journey of healing, self-expression and creativity this year and I'm stoked to have completed the first season of The Superwoman Chronicles. 

Forty-four episodes of rock-solid interviews with extraordinary women and sound-offs to help you achieve greater success, money and joy in your career are complete. Thanks to everyone who listened, who volunteered their time to come on the show and who offered up their praise, positive reviews and subscriptions. 

The Future

I'm going inward for the winter to devote energy to work that is cracking open inside of me, but I'll be back in the spring with a fresh new approach to the show and a whole new season to inspire, motivate and educate you to be a great leader and to excel in your career. 

In the meantime, I invite you to "be the questions to the answers you seek -- the meaning discovered there." {Rilke} Let your curiosity guide you, your creativity crack you open and your work heal you. 

With all my love and in solidarity for your success,

Jessica

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Episode 44: Elaine McGhee on Thriving Working Moms

Today’s guest is Elaine McGhee, founder of ThriveMomma.com.

Elaine is a Working Mom Support Coach on a mission to empower moms. From her own emotionally traumatic return to work after her first child, ThriveMomma.com was born. 

Elaine blends research, expert collaboration, training in motivational interviewing and a passion for mindfulness to help moms thrive as working mothers. She coaches clients on the topics of return-to-work readiness, time management and mindful living.

Building upon her many years working in corporate America, Elaine now helps corporations retain female employees with her return to work programs and transition coaching.

We discuss topics such as:

  • Transition coaching for working mothers
  • Corporate consulting for greater employee satisfaction
  • Challenges facing working moms from returning to work after maternity leave and managing responsibilities

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 43: Danielle Savory on Self-Empowerment Through Intimacy

Today's episode is with my friend and colleague, Danielle Savory

Danielle started The Practice of Pleasure, a female focused company, because her wish is that every woman feel free and happy being exactly who she is and loving ALL that she is - that she can see her own beauty, allow the full range of her emotions, know how to give herself the kind of love and attention she gives others, and not be bullied by the inner-self-criticizing a-hole. Her mission is to help women find the courage and provide them with the guidance to do this.

Danielle believes that when we take a closer look at our sexuality and intimacy, battles and challenges from other parts of our lives also show up -- insecurities, resistances, compassion for ourselves and others, the ability to seek out pleasure and receive it, boundaries, focus, you name it -- all tucked into how we relate to our vagina and her accessories. Going after and communicating what you want, and making pleasure and joy a priority in your life is the most empowering gift you can give yourself, and it’s a much more fun and fulfilling way to live!

Every woman has the potential to experience extreme pleasure, wholeness, and happiness and Danielle helps women see this potential and realize it through classes, events, workshops, coaching, and sisterhood.

She is a certified Life Coach by Dr. Martha Beck, certified yoga teacher, and trained in meditation, mindful self-compassion and a trained mind-body coach. Her biology and neuroscience education complement these ancient and modern teachings and allow her to bridge the gap between science and the ‘woo-woo.’ Her approach is matter-of-fact, personable and humorous, sprinkled with a sh*t load of love.

I think you're going to love this episode as we dive into:

  • Sexual pleasure and intimacy as self-empowerment
  • Danielle's Kickstarter "Craft Your Coochie Kit"
  • Her story for becoming a life coach that specializes in mindfulness, sex and pleasure

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 42: Deena Pierott on Diversity and Inclusion

In today's episode, 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 with a leading woman. 

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 41: Alexis Gonzales-Black on Holacracy

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!

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Episode 40: Adi Shakti on Entrepreneurship as Spiritual Practice

Today's conversation is with Adi Shakti on how entrepreneurship and business can be a spiritual practice, a topic dear to my heart. 

Adi is a yoga teacher and conscious entrepreneur, and has led yogis through the sexual slavery districts of Kolkata, petroleum raped Amazon of Ecuador, and under-served indigenous regions of Costa Rica. She commits to awakening the divine feminine, and she harnesses that power to support sustainable global projects and empower women on and off of the mat. 

Adi Shakti means primordial divine feminine energy. Mother of the Earth. Goddess of the Goddesses. Manifestation of energy. It is a name gifted to her by her teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, in Rishikesh India.

Creative Director of Passion Yoga School, host of the Six Figure Yogi, Creative Mastermind of the Maha Shakti Center, author, and humanitarian, Adi Shakti is a born leader, empowered creator, and active force of nature. She enjoys a global freedom lifestyle of empowered entrepreneurship. She lives full time in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica.

Topics discussed in today's episode include:

  • Awakening the divine feminine
  • Healing core wounds
  • Yoga as a healing practice for business owners
  • Balancing the masculine and feminine energies in our inner and outer worlds
  • Adi's journey in doing global humanitarian work
  • Advice for new entrepreneurs

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 39: Kimi Marin on the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Today's conversation is with Kimi Marin, a Portland-based yoga teacher. She is the founder of Yogic Lore Flow, a yoga therapist, and a freelance writer. Through yoga and myth she helps people find clarity in their mind, body and spirit.

Kimi has a master’s degree in literature, and loves to combine the power of stories with yoga. She often weaves the myths and stories about various poses into the class. Her transformative Yogic Lore Flow workshops are a fun combination of stories, asana, meditation, and mudra.

In this interview we discuss Kimi's journey to combining storytelling with yoga and she shares some of her favorite myths that demonstrate the power of self-transformation, awareness and the stories we tell ourselves. 

Kimi was featured in Portland Monthly Magazine, Origin Magazine’s Inspire Series, and was the featured ambassador for Ahnu Footwear June 2013. Her writing is published on several online sites including Yoganonymous and BeYogi. You can find her at http://www.kimimarinyoga.com/. 

Topics discussed in today's episode include

  • The power of yoga for self-transformation
  • Building a yoga business
  • Mythological stories 
  • Limiting beliefs and stories we tell ourselves
  • Getting into your body for greater insight

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 38: Susan Hyatt on Making Career Decisions and Being Boss

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." You can learn more about Susan’s private coaching options and programs like Clear Coaches, Make a Scene and BARE at: SHyatt.com.

I'm excited to share 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. 

Topics discussed in this episode include: 

  • How to experience more freedom in your work life
  • What it’s like to be a life-coach
  • How to make career decisions 
  • Using your body as a compass 

I hope you enjoy! 

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 37: Sarah Cooper on "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings"

Today's conversation is with Sarah Cooper, founder of TheCooperReview.Com.

Sarah is a writer, comedian and creator of the satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, which attracts 500K+ pageviews per month. You might have seen her work in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Huffington Post.

Previously at Google, Sarah has over 15 years experience in the corporate world, leading to her first viral article, “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” and the subject of her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, to be released on October 4, 2016.

In this interview, we talk about her book and her journey from being an actor, to working for Google and then her transition to becoming a well-known comedic writer and speaker.

Topics discussed include:

  • Bringing humor into the workplace
  • Showing up authentically in your work
  • How to appear smart in meetings
  • The power of empathy in comedy

I hope you enjoy! I sure did:)

With love,
Jessica
 

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Episode 36: Pat Welch on 30 Years of Leading a Recruiting and Consulting Agency

Pat Welch is the co-founder of Boly:Welch, a multi-division, full-service recruiting and consulting agency based in Portland, Oregon.

This year Boly:Welch is celebrating its 30 year anniversary, and in this interview Pat takes us into her journey to being a leader of this 40+ person company. 

A lifelong film buff, Pat originally intended to make movies but after completing film school at Boston University she accepted an interim job in recruiting, and the rest is history.

Recruiting is all about relationships and people, a key driver for Pat throughout her career. This conversation really dives into her belief in the power of people, curiosity and connection. 

Topics discusses include:

  • Recruiting and consulting
  • Succession planning
  • Women in leadership
  • Curiosity as a key driver of success
  • Family friendly workplaces
  • Worklife balance and integration
  • Career and leadership development

I'm so excited to share this conversation with you and I hope you're as inspired as I am by Pat's authenticity, warmth and generosity. 

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 35: Barbara Stanny on Women, Wealth and Power

In today’s episode I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing author, speaker and coach, 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! 

Topics discussed include:

  • The relationship between money and power
  • A Course in Miracles
  • Speaking your truth
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Being of service
  • Receptive surrender
  • The power of integrity

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 34: Jodi Flynn on Women Taking the Lead

Today's interview is with Jodi Flynn, founder of Women Taking the Lead and I'm so thrilled to share this wonderful conversation with you. After a succession of rapid promotions Jodi left her executive position in Mutual Fund Operations to set off on a new entrepreneurial adventure.

Through her coaching business, Women Taking the Lead, she helps entrepreneurial-minded women who want to go big to overcome self-doubt so they can lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor. 

The Women Taking the Lead podcast inspires women from humble beginnings to overcome self-doubt and lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor. The podcast has hit #1 in 3 categories of iTunes New and Noteworthy: Business, Careers, and Society and Culture.

Topics discussed in today's episode include:

  • How to overcome the challenges facing women in leadership
  • Career development advice 
  • Leadership development as self-development
  • People pleasing and boundary setting
  • Being liked versus being respected as a leader
  • How to reset your leadership if you realize you've lost your way with a team
  • Jodi's journey to entrepreneurship 
  • The podcast Women Taking the Lead

I hope you enjoy this special conversation. 

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 33: Mary Nichols on Being a Mother and Building Brands

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 cannot even imagine! 

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

Topics discussed in today's interview include:

  • Managing a family and a full-time job
  • Taking risks in business
  • Writing a LinkedIn profile that includes your time as a mom
  • Proposal writing for marketing and branding consultants
  • Working for big brands

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 32: How to Position Yourself for More in Your Career

If you want more money and more responsibility in your job, then here are 10 ways you can create more opportunities for yourself starting TODAY. From taking a seat at the table to growing your network, if you start applying these tips in your work, you're guaranteed to garner more respect, attention and recognition for your work -- things every superwoman wants.

How have you created more opportunities for yourself in your career? I'd love to hear from you!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 31: BONUS EPISODE -- Live Interviews from The World Domination Summit 2016

Today’s episode was recorded live on the streets of Portland, Oregon with women from around the globe attending this year’s World Domination Summit to answer one question, “How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”

This year marked my fourth year as an attendee of WDS and so I talk a bit about my experience as a member of the World Domination Summit community as well as interview women about their professional lives and the creative and rewarding work they do to live an unconventional life. 

You’ll hear from:

  • Melissa Jones, founder of RouxRoamer.Com about her work as a photographer, writer and traveler. 
  • Activation coach, inspiration generator and purpose finder, Marli Williams about her Year of Yes program and how she helps clients go from “stuck to stoked.”
  • Sarah Andrews, founder of Oracle Playtime, as she leads us through an example of how she helps clients play with their world and immediate surroundings to access inner wisdom. 

In addition, I’m so EXCITED to introduce my friend and a member of The Superwoman Society in Portland, Oregon, Natalie Ayers:

Natalie is a public relations and marketing maven based in Portland, Oregon whose superpower is storytelling. So I invited Natalie to come on The Superwoman Chronicles to host interviews at The Superwoman Project Meetup as part of The World Domination Summit. 

The Superwoman Project Meetup at WDS 2016

The Superwoman Project Meetup at WDS 2016

Natalie did a stellar job interviewing The Superwoman Project attendees while I hosted the event in downtown Portland. In her segment, you’ll hear from:

  • Rebecca Palmer who helps entrepreneurs in crisis, challenge or change with strategies and conversations. 
  • Rebecca Smith, blogger, coach and an all around inspiration at FoodLaughterLove.Com.
  • Mieke Huizinga, the director of Smiley Notes, a nonprofit that provides music lessons for small children and their families. Mieke is also a music director for Angels on Stage, a nonprofit that enhances the lives of kids with special needs through performing arts. 

Also mentioned in this episode:

Here are a few photos of me and my closest WDS friends goofing off at the closing party:

Special thanks to Natalie Ayers, Stephanie Ockerman, Stephanie Zito and Jill Knouse for your support during WDS this year. 

I hope you enjoy this special bonus episode (because I had so much fun recording it!)

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 30: A Mantra for When You Feel Overwhelmed or Out of Control

Last week I was in a yoga class when the teacher had us all get into a circle. She taught us this mantra and I couldn't help but want to share it with you. I've been using it for weeks whenever I feel out of control or overwhelmed and I've even shared it with many friends who find it helpful as well. 

"I call all of my power back to me. I am complete and I am whole." 

Might this mantra help you feel more empowered when shit hits the fan;)

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 29: Erin Moon on Carving Your Own Path in Work and Life

In today's interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with Erin Moon, a 13 year New Yorker who 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 also a five time contributor to Good Life Project Podcast and part of the Camp GLP yoga team at www.goodlifeproject.com.

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. 

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. 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 visit her at www.msmoonyogiactor.blogspot.com and www.moonyogatherapeutics.com.

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 28: What to Do When it Hurts to Go to Work (and a little diddy on dream jobs).

This week's soundoff is in response to a lot of conversations I've been having with clients recently who are suffering at their job right now. Here are some of my best tips on how to get through a season of a job that you no longer enjoy and a little brief on dispelling the myth of the dream job (something I've been working up to for awhile). 

I hope you enjoy!

With love,

Jessica

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Episode 27: Christie Mims on Finding Career Happiness

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

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Episode 26: How to Be Helpful When Someone is Interviewing You For Information

In today's riff I discuss what it's like to be on the other end of an informational interview as the interviewee. I know as a leader in your industry or organization that you want to be helpful to others making their way up the ladder, but sometimes it's hard to know how to help. 

In this episode, learn ways you can be of greater service when someone is interviewing YOU for information about your career, organization or business. 

I hope it's helpful!

With love,

Jessica

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