Episode 103: Michelle Millis Chappel on Being Your Own Superhero

Michelle Millis Chappel

This month's episode is with internationally-acclaimed musician, speaker, consultant, coach, and author, Michelle Millis Chappel on Being Your Own Superhero. 

MIchelle has a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton and was voted “Most Inspirational Professor” at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After ditching academics to follow her dream to be a rock star, she produced several overseas and US college radio hits and won 17 Billboard songwriting awards.

Concurrently with advancing her music career, Michelle rose in the ranks of the corporate world, from usability engineer to VP of Consumer Insights. As CEO of her own company--Creativity Rock Star Coaching and Consulting, LLC--she now leads superhero seminars, brainstorming sessions, and innovation research for companies such as Google, Yahoo, and TiVo. She's also inspired thousands of individuals to discover their superpowers and excel in work, school, and life. Her book "Be Your Own Superhero" is due out 2019.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Michelle's decision to leave a successful career in academia to pursue her passion for music
  • What it means to be your own hero
  • Michelle's work helping women own their superpowers to live more meaningful lives
  • How she worked to build up her own confidence and go after her own dreams
  • The ways your lack of confidence as a woman is a reflection of the culture in which we live
  • How to get into the state of flow in your work
  • Setting boundaries so that you can "balance" all the things in your life

You can connect with Michelle at www.michellechappel.com and  LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram,  and listen to her music on ReverbNation.

She will be playing LIVE at the Superwoman Summit on October 19, 2018. Tickets are available at superwomansummit.com

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Episode 102: Heather Laptalo on Overcoming the Odds

Heather Laptalo

In this week's episode I'm thrilled to share a discussion with Heather Laptalo on Overcoming the Odds. 

Heather Laptalo is an adventurer, storyteller and sponsored athlete. Even though doctors once labeled her as deformed and disabled, she is now described as "addicted to high altitudes, obsessed with open vistas, and a little too excited about heart-pounding suffer-fests that challenge her mental and physical boundaries."

Now she is telling her incredible journey to becoming an adventure athlete and elite runner despite all odds. I so enjoyed this conversation about:

  • How she overcame her physical disabilities to become an elite athlete
  • What she learned from this journey of overcoming the odds against her
  • What you can do in your own life to achieve your goals despite overwhelming challenges and setbacks

You can connect with Heather at www.heatherlaptalo.com and on LinkedIn and Instagram

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Episode 101: Natalie McGuire on Building a Successful Business as a Web Designer

Natalie McGuire

Today’s episode is with award-winner designer, Natalie McGuire

Natalie creates web designs and digital strategy with beauty and brains for purpose-driven solopreneurs. She knows your website shouldn't just be a pretty picture online, it should get results, too. 

She takes a design-meets-strategy fueled approach to her work, and works with clients, like PBS, David Siteman Garland from The Rise to the Top, and Amy Porterfield. She's also a Mentor & Coach for other designers looking to level up the business side of their design business by showing them how to bring in more prospects, manage clients, balance their projects, set income goals, and more. 

She believes the world is a prettier place when you make money doing what you love, and enjoy a few beers in the process.

In today's episode we discussed:

  • Natalie's career journey to becoming a freelance designer
  • When Natalie knew it was time to take the leap into entrepreneurship
  • How Natalie worked on her self-confidence to start charging for her creations
  • How to work with your limiting beliefs so that you can follow your dreams
  • Natalie's advice to entrepreneurs on web design (DIY versus custom designs)
  • Natalie's unique talent for balancing design and empathy for her clients
  • The impact of design on our culture and society
  • How to be more inclusive when designing websites
  • The kind of mindset you need to have to succeed as an entrepreneur

Also the last 40 minutes of this episode is super fun! Natalie had some great questions for me and we had such a great time. I hope you enjoy! 

Connect with Natalie at www.nataliemcguiredesign.com and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest.

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Episode 100: Scott Barlow on Finding Meaningful Work

Scott Barlow

Today's episode is with Scott Anthony Barlow, Founder and CEO of Happen to Your Career.

Scott has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo, CareerBuilder, Fast Company and Huffington Post and various Colleges and Universities as a top expert on Career Happiness. He lives with his wife and three kids in Moses Lake Wa (and sometimes Paris or London) When he’s not traveling he and his team run two of the top 5 “Career Change” Podcasts on iTunes. 

Happen to Your Career combines the latest research about human happiness and career change to help thousands of high performing professionals identify and change to well paying, meaningful careers they are absolutely enamored with. 

With 200+ Episodes over 5 years the Happen to Your Career Podcast shares stories of how “High Achievers” find career happiness and meaningful work. It is consistently in the top 5 "Career Change" podcasts on iTunes and has been featured as top 10 career podcast by over 30 different websites including Life Hacker and Monster.com.

In this conversation we touched on the following topics:

  • Scott's journey to launching a successful business helping others
  • How to piece together your strengths, values and passions to find career happiness
  • Finding meaning and fulfillment in your career
  • The differences between how men and women approach work
  • Salary negotiation and the gender pay gap

Be sure to connect with Scott at FigureItOut.Co and HappenToYourCareer.Com

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Episode 99: The Superwoman Way: Stories From My Life

The Superwoman Way Podcast Episode

In today's episode, we take a break from interviewing to talk to you directly about The Superwoman Way, our 7-step method to success and creating a life you love. 

You can use The Superwoman Way to achieve any goal you've got in mind and it works for small and BIG problems!

In this recording, I take you into what The Superwoman Way has looked like in my own life -- stories that demonstrate each step and how you can use it as a lens to accomplish any goal. 

I hope you enjoy!

Please check out superwomanway.com to learn more. 

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Episode 98: Mia Brett on Political Advocacy for Women and The American Women's Party

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Today's episode is with the co-founder of the American Women's Party, Mia Brett on political advocacy for women. 

Mia was born on July 5, 1987. Her mother encouraged her political interest from a young age, claiming that Mia sent a letter to Bush in 1989 to ask him not to go to war.

Mia’s mother, Laurel Brett, had been an activist in the 60s and 70s and taught English and Women’s Studies and raised her daughter to think critically and care about social justice.

At Barnard, Mia’s dedication to women’s rights and criminal justice reform were encouraged by the environment at a women’s college in New York City. After internships in criminal justice reform Mia went to law school, however after completing one year she left to get a PhD in history specializing in American legal history.

During the 2016 election season Mia’s interest in politics and social justice returned and she started one of the infamous secret Hillary facebook groups. Mia is currently living in Brooklyn, teaching legal history, finishing her dissertation, and working for the American Women’s Party.

In this episode we talked about:

  • The upcoming Win With Women Conference in Washington, DC May 14-16, 2018
  • Laws and policies affecting women's equal rights
  • The Me Too and Times Up movements effects on women's equality
  • Mia's work at the American Women's Party -- the challenges she faces and the opportunities she's excited about
  • The intersection of conservative women and feminist beliefs
  • The upcoming midterm elections and her hopes for the future of women

Mia spends a lot of her time on Twitter, so be sure to connect with her there or at americanwomensparty.org.

PS: In this episode, Tchotchke (Mia's dog) made a special appearance! Isn't he adorable? 

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Episode 97: Nicole Antoinette on Podcasting, Doing Hard Things and Changing Your Life

Nicole Antoinette

This week's episode is with the incredible Nicole Antoinette on podcasting, doing hard things and changing your life.

Nicole Antoinette is a writer and host of the Real Talk Radio podcast, where people come together to have honest conversations about their real lives. A recovering self-help junkie and former goal-setting coach, Nicole is obsessed with helping people get to the heart of what’s true without judgement, and with exploring how we can use grit and grace to close the gap between what we say we want and what we actually do.

In her offline life, Nicole is a long-distance hiker and newbie outdoors-person. In 2016 she completed the 460-mile Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and in 2017 she thru-hiked all 800 miles of the Arizona Trail. In July of 2018 she’ll begin southbound hiking all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and you can find her stories of being a beginning in the wilderness at citygirlgonewild.com.

In today's episode we go behind the scenes of the Real Talk Radio Podcast, and the Patreon Community that supports Nicole's work. We also dive into the following topics:

  • The gap between what we say and what we do
  • How to create change in your life
  • Nicole's journey to sobriety
  • The power of doing hard things

Listen to Nicole's podcast at nicoleantoinette.com/podcast and follow her on Instagram  and Twitter

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Episode 96: Stephanie Ockerman on Creating Culture Change in Your Organization

Stephanie Ockerman

Today’s episode is with Stephanie Ockerman.

This is Stephanie's second time on the podcast and you can listen to our first conversation way back at Episode 54. We've invited her back this time to talk about how to create culture change in your organization, agile mindset at work, servant leadership as a way of being and negotiating challenges and opportunities at work. 

Stephanie is a Co-Active Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer, and Steward of the Professional Scrum Master Curriculum for Scrum.org.

She help teams effectively use Scrum and an agile mindset to build amazing products with a focus on value and fast feedback. Stephanie also helps people amplify their impact as agile leaders.

I'm so excited to share this conversation! If you like what Stephanie has to say, you can meet her at this year's Superwoman Summit where she'll be leading a workshop intensive to support your leadership development. Register at superwomansummit.com.

In this episode we dive deep into some of the following topics:

  • How to facilitate culture change in your organization
  • Servant leadership as a way of being
  • Being in a state of flow at work
  • Coaching and facilitation in leadership
  • Negotiating challenges and opportunities at work

You can find Stephanie over at AgileSocks.Com and on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook


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Episode 95: Susan Lustenberger on Spirituality for Entrepreneurs

Susan Lustenberger

Today's episode is with Susan Lustenberger on bringing spirituality into your work as an entrepreneur.

Susan is an author, speaker, and medium, and she acts as Chief Prosperity Officer to entrepreneurs and corporations worldwide.

Through her mediumship, Susan has guided thousands of clients in creating vast wealth, success and whole life prosperity through infusing Spiritual Consciousness in their businesses. Susan also works with clients implementing business frameworks such as the Corporate Chakra System and self realization programs such as the Think Speak Be for high accelerating executives.

She also works privately with people seeking happiness, fulfillment and authenticity in their personal lives. Her book, Intuitive Excellence in Leadership is due out August 2018.

In this episode we explore such topics as :

  • Bringing spirituality into your business
  • How does manifestation really work
  • The importance of determining if your feelings are your own or someone else's
  • The congruency of love and abundance
  • The evolution of leadership for women in the professional world

You can connect with Susan @ susanlustenberger.com and on social media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Episode 94: Melissa Bird on Being an Imperfect Activist and Women Running For Office

Melissa Bird

In today's episode I dive deep into a conversation with Dr. Melissa Bird on what it means to be an imperfect activist. 

Melissa Bird, PhD, MSW is a passionate feminist whose education in social work has led to a career advocating for children, women, and their families.  

She is a fierce believer in social justice advocacy and preparing women for leadership roles in politics. She has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. 

As a writer, professor and fiery public speaker, Dr. Bird creates the genesis for a new brand of leadership. Her words awaken revolutionaries, trailblazers and powerful innovators in the quest for justice. When she’s not building her public speaking Empire, she can be found reading trashy novels, drinking fine whiskey, playing mom to three delicious humans, and loving her punk rock scientist James Thomas Kelly.

Connect with Missy at birdgirlindustries.com and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @birdgirl1001. She is currently accepting new clients and has an online advocacy program you can check out at https://birdgirlindustries.com/programs/.

In today's conversation we got real on topics including:

  • Allowing yourself to be imperfect in activism
  • Letting your passion drive you
  • The Resisterhood movement
  • Women running for office in 2018

And we wrapped up the show with a round of random 10 questions that turned into another half hour of fun, laughter and delight. We hope you enjoy! 

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Episode 93: Lara Dalch on The Intersection Between Self-Care, Health and Success

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Lara Dalch is a health and lifestyle coach to "women on the rise" – who crave practical tools for feeling healthy, confident, and powerful again – so they can have the career and life they really want.

As a former entertainment marketing executive and busy entrepreneur, Lara understands the challenges of balancing good health with a busy schedule and is passionate about helping women harness the power of good health to fuel their lives through a realistic, “whole life” approach to health. 

Lara is a regular contributor to popular health and wellness website MindBodyGreen and has been a featured speaker at Microsoft, Flywheel Sports, Orangetheory Fitness, the University of Virginia, and the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Pilates Instructor and received her training to practice health coaching via the State University of New York and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Get Lara's free guide to discover your unique way of getting in your own way when it comes to eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep, and kicking the habits that have gotten you out of shape and out of sorts.

In this episode, we shared about the following topics:

  • Fear, intuition and self-sabotage in achieving your goals.
  • The practice of self compassion and how to live with more grace.
  • The power of reconnecting to the body for clarity and decision making.
  • Observations and hopes for the “me-too” movement.
  • What is ‘primary nourishment’ and its relationship to food.

You can connect with Lara @ laradalch.com and on social media : Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.

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Episode 92: Andrea Leda on Social Entrepreneurship, Women's Empowerment, & The Coaching Industry

Andrea Leda

Andrea Leda is a sought-after master coach, teacher, and spiritual leader, she is dedicated to helping people understand that we don’t interact with our world by watching it, we create our world by how we see it. 
She brings a deep understanding and practical application of powerful coaching techniques, NLP, journal therapy, and mental and emotional release work to her coaching. Andrea leads women entrepreneurs, leaders, and coaches plus organizations such as the ICF, Nike, and the Integrative Wellness Academy through experiences and methods to reach their fullest potential in life and business. She believes that by supporting people to heal from within we can heal the world.

In today's episode we dived deep into topics we care about. Some ideas and concepts we covered in this awesome two hour conversation included:

  • The future of social good and how the entrepreneur is paving the way
  • What real empowerment looks like
  • Our opinions on the coaching, self-development and self-help industry
  • A deep dive into the law of congruency as the most effective way to grow a socially responsible business
  • Andrea's journey to waking up to her calling

This season we've also started a new segment where my cohost and I ask each other five unique and random questions. In today's conversation these questions were so good! Listen all the way to the end to hear our answers. 

You can connect with Andrea at andrealeda.com and if you're interested in joining her for an upcoming workshop, keep reading to learn more about a special offer she created just for Superwoman Chronicles listeners. 

Awaken Your Practice is for empath entrepreneurs who want to work from their heart center and who are ready to uplevel their business, make more money, and do work that is fully aligned with their higher vision or calling.

I personally attended in August of 2016 and was transformed. Now I am an AYP Ambassador and if you use my custom code JESSICA, you'll get TWO 60-minute coaching sessions with Andrea following Awaken Your Practice for support on the other side of the event.

Keep in mind that the price increases every month and there are payment plans too. You can register here and don't forget, use my custom referral code JESSICA.

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Episode 91: Sarah Centrella on the Power of Manifestation

Today's episode is with the incredible Sarah Centrella on the Power of Manifestation

Sarah is the author of the #1 best-selling self-help book Hustle Believe Receive An 8 Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream. She is also a master life coach who's worked with professional athletes, celebrities and people from around the world, helping them live their dreams. 

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Episode 87: Danielle Louise Ross on Intuitive Speaking

Danielle Louise Ross is a Master Speaking Coach and Marketing Strategist for visionary leaders. 

Danielle's clients are magnetic, mission-led experts who speak at high-profile conferences, seminars, TEDx Talks, as well as on a variety of online platforms. Her audience includes both emerging and seasoned experts who want to reach more people and make a bigger impact. 

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Episode 85: Kim Becking on Why Self Care Matters

Today's episode is with Kim Becking on the topic of self-care, grace, grit and gratitude. 

Kim is a keynote motivational speaker; entrepreneur; blogger and best-selling author of Nordie's at Noon; cancer, divorce and life thriver; communications strategist; recovering attorney and an expert on resilience and thriving change to create a more productive and happy life. Looking forward. Living fully. Loving more. Leading bravely. With a lot of grace, grit and gratitude.

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