Aligning Your Productivity and Purpose with Elise Enriquez
In this episode, Elise Enriquez joins host Diann Wingert to delve into the topic of being productive with purpose. They explore the societal pressures for women to deny their needs and the importance of setting boundaries. Elise emphasizes the value of experimentation and taking risks, even in the face of uncertainty. They discuss the need for a program that teaches women how to fail, take risks, and make mistakes without feeling like losers.
The episode also covers the significance of self-acceptance and recognizing what one truly needs. Elise and Diann share personal anecdotes, practical tips, and thought-provoking insights to help female entrepreneurs achieve productivity and fulfillment in their businesses. With her unique approach to productivity, Elise has helped numerous female entrepreneurs unlock their potential and make strides towards their dreams.
Why Women Get Stuck Climbing the Corporate Ladder with Erica Anderson Rooney
If you are a driven woman who has been climbing the corporate ladder, you have no doubt noticed that diversity is not the norm. The broken rungs on the ladder start early on in the climb and are often camouflaged. We blame ourselves, experience gaslighting from other women who think there’s only room for one of us at the top and so many more challenging circumstances that it’s no wonder an increasing number of women are opting for entrepreneurship.
In today's episode, my friend Erica Anderson Rooney and I delve into the challenges faced by women in reaching positions of power in the corporate world. We expose the reality of the "broken rung," as the first of many challenges as women attempt to advance where gender disparities are the norm, and women often learn far too late in the game that the game is rigged.
Overcoming Perfectionism by Embracing Mindfulness with Meg Burton Tudman
So many women are discovering that conforming to the norm and following the prescribed path is just not working for them, and an increasing number are finding themselves feeling disillusioned when they check all the boxes and follow all the rules for having a great career and a successful life, but feel completely empty and miserable inside. Many of them will hunker down and stay on the path, trying to ignore the growing disconnect and dissatisfaction within. Others give themselves permission to figure out what’s missing.
Today’s guest, Meg Burton Tudman spent the early part of her life as a perfectionist and people pleaser, like so many of us recovering “Good Girls.” In spite of giving the impression that she had it all together along with her achievements and successful career in prestigious companies, Meg felt deeply unhappy and unfulfilled. She realized that her seemingly perfect life was simply not sustainable and desperately yearned for a change.
Your Business Should Support Your Life, Not Consume It with Kris Ward
When you ask most women why they decided to leave their career and start a business, they will tell you that they wanted more freedom. But, years later, they are working more hours, for less money and are feeling less freedom than they did before. What’s wrong with this picture? Well, in order to create a business instead of a job without benefits, we need to develop systems that are reproducible and start building a team (even if its just one part time, virtual assistant) to take on the tasks that you aren’t good at.
Spending the time and energy to learn how to do all the things necessary to run a small business is a trap, and systems and outsourcing are the way out of that trap. Today’s guest, Kris Ward knows first hand that productivity is not getting more done, it’s getting the right things done and delegating the rest.
Making Your Business Memorable with Stephanie Scheller
Ever wonder what’s possible when you go “all in” on your magic (what makes you unique, special and memorable) in your small business? And what does that even look like, when so many conform to the norm and follow the herd? Well, today’s guest, Stephanie Scheller, a small business marketing strategist for entrepreneurs with ADHD is here to share how she does exactly that and helps others do the same.
Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Grow Disrupt, which hosts experiential events for ADHD entrepreneurs who want to market more strategically. Stephanie goes the extra mile to create a unique learning environment, carefully selecting venues with attached gardens to help reset the learning portions of the brain. This emphasis on neuroscience also extends to customized scents, music, and coffee blends to optimize the event experience.
Curious & Empathic? You Can Sell with Aleasha Bahr
I was first attracted to Aleasha Bahr because of the name of her podcast, “Sales is Not a Dirty Word” and the audacious claim on her website that she teaches “Sales That Don’t Suck”. Because so many self employed women struggle with selling, I just had to know more. Aleasha is a sales strategist that has developed her own unique approach called “The Matchmaker Sales Method,” based on the way women sell. Women, in general have a distinct advantage, because for most of us, curiosity and empathy come naturally.
The Matchmaker method is all about fitting, not closing, and it’s a way for even the introverts, rejection sensitive and sales avoidant among us can learn to sell in a way that does not feel gross or out of alignment with our values and personality.
The Hidden Costs of Social Media With Meg Casebolt
Learn about the importance of making intentional choices and setting specific times to be online to alleviate the pressure to constantly perform. We explore the societal shift towards a digital focus and the benefits and challenges it brings. Meg shares her personal experience of taking 100 days off social media and how it affected her mental health.
We explore the power of genuine relationship building, as well as the pitfalls of transactional networking. Come along on this thought-provoking conversation as we encourage critical thinking and aligning your actions with your true self. If you're craving deeper conversations, this episode is for you. Join us as we unpack the costs of social media and explore alternative marketing approaches that go beyond the superficial.
Standing Out in a Crowded Market with a Signature System with Claudia Schalkx
In today's episode, Claudia Schalkx will share the power of implementing a signature system in your business as a way to stand out and help you be more consistent with your marketing. A signature system can be used for marketing, sales, content generation, and even business decision-making, so you save time, stay focused, position yourself as an expert, and potentially elevate your pricing. If your marketing is all over the place, attracting the wrong people or eating up too much time and energy, it’s time to consider a signature solution of your own. Claudia is the person I turned to when I decided to create my own signature system and has become a good friend and biz bestie.
Mental Health Challenges for Female Entrepreneurs with Shulamit Ber Levtov
Today’s guest, Shulamit Ber Levtov is a clinical social worker who specializes in supporting female small business owners and who calls herself The Entrepreneur’s Therapist. Shulamit started her own business in her fifties after a career shift left her searching for new opportunities. She discovered that entrepreneurship was not only fulfilling but also provided the flexibility and autonomy she craved. In her work, Shulamit aims to change the conversation around mental health in entrepreneurship, helping women recognize their strengths, acknowledge their struggles, and build businesses that serve them holistically.
Trusting Your Instincts & Building Something Authentic with Jessica Lackey
I’m excited to share my interview with business coach, consultant and fractional COO, Jessica Lackey with you. Since we talk about courage and authenticity in this episode, I think it’s important that I acknowledge something. When I was first introduced to Jessica Lackey by a mutual mentor, I expected to be a little bit intimidated because she has an MBA from Harvard, was a consultant for top-ranked McKinsey & Company and also had a successful corporate career at Nike. I am certainly no slouch, with a master's degree from UCLA and a resume with plenty of high profile employers of my own, our culture teaches us to compare and compete, so those insecurity vibes were there.
Designing a Membership Program That Fits Your Business and Clients with Lisa Princic
On this episode of The Driven Woman Entrepreneur Podcast, we dive deep into the value of membership models for business owners who have reached capacity with one-on-one work or want to scale and don’t want to run a group coaching program. Our guest, Lisa Princic, shares her insights into the flexibility of membership programs, which she has been specializing in helping coaches and consultants launch and grow for several years. We also discuss the key pillars for a successful membership program, including mentorship, education, and community, and how to align these with your pricing and value offerings.
During our conversation, I share some of the misconceptions I had about the membership model and how learning from Lisa helped me to see the value in the different types of membership structures that can appeal to different people.
Reach & Serve Busy People Using Audio with Lindsay Padilla
Today’s guest, Lindsay Padilla is the co-founder of Hello Audio, an audio content creation tool for entrepreneurs. She is also a former college professor who turned to entrepreneurship after feeling unfulfilled in her long-standing position. Lindsay is passionate about simplifying content creation processes and making it easier to learn on the go, through audio.
In this episode, Lindsay and I talk about why audio is the ideal way to reach and serve busy people, and why private podcasts are the way to go for entrepreneurs to explore the benefits of audio in long-form learning, Lindsay provides invaluable insights that any entrepreneur can use to create high-quality content. Because both Lindsay and I are female entrepreneurs with ADHD, we also chat about why audio is the ideal medium if you have ADHD, both as a content creator and as a content consumer or client.
Forget Generic Advice: Tailored Email Marketing Strategies with Bev Feldman
Ever felt like you don’t know what to write to your email subscribers, or don’t even know why you have a list, to begin with? If you find yourself spinning in circles trying to figure out how often to email your list, what to include in your emails, and what metrics to measure, you are not alone. Most of the mass-marketed advice we have been subjected to is meant for course creators and coaches who build their list with Facebook ads, a 2% conversion rate, and plenty of unsubscribers just looking for the latest freebie, what are the standards for experts and thought leaders?
Enter Bev Feldman, Your Personal Tech Fairy. Bev is a seasoned email marketing strategist with a passion for helping small business owners grow their reach and impact. As a consultant, Bev focuses on the unique needs of her clients, providing them with personalized strategies that align with their business model and goals.
Marketing Your Expert Identity with Michelle Mazur
Expertise is often undervalued in today's online culture, especially when the coaching industry deems anyone an expert who is "two steps ahead" of their client, but Dr. Michelle Mazur is determined to change that. With a Ph.D. in communication, and a brilliant framework called "The Three Word Rebellion", author, speaker, podcaster, and messaging consultant, Michelle Mazur has a lot to say about expertise, the anti-expert bias that is flooding the internet with cookie-cutter programs, short-sighted advice and leaving people feeling duped.
If you are a legitimate expert, chances are you think you suck at marketing and don't know how to stand out from the crowd without feeling like a sleazeball about how to help clients who value what you have to offer to find you and hire you.
Rising Above Tall Poppy Syndrome: a Chat About Diversity & Inclusion with Lisa Mulligan
It's time to delve into the fascinating and often maddening topics of ambition shaming, gender bias, tall poppy syndrome, and the challenges faced in promoting equity and inclusion in both male and female-dominated industries. Meet today's guest, Lisa Mulligan, who brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective working in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Lisa is the founder of The Culture Ministry and host of the "A Dog Called Diversity" podcast.
In this interview, Lisa & I discuss ambition envy and the role that privilege plays in undermining the achievements and potential of capable women. Mulligan's account highlights the breadth of this global phenomenon and establishes the need for supportive networks and self-understanding.
Cultivating Authenticity, Vulnerability & Belonging with Sacred Walker
In this conversation, my guest, Sacred Walker, and I share our thoughts on being driven women in a world that projects assumptions onto us, and the courage it took to carve out our own unique paths of being and belonging.
Sacred's journey began in Kingston, Jamaica, and her experiences have taken her across the globe, including India and the United States. Using her expertise in creating intentional community spaces, Sacred has become a beacon of hope and inspiration for those seeking to foster genuine relationships while maintaining their own unique identities. Her ability to blend, code-switch, and adapt to various environments has made her an invaluable resource for leaders from all walks of life.
From Limiting Beliefs to Leveling Up with Elyse Archer
Elyse Archer was stuck at the same income level for 10 years, trying to figure out how to break through without success. After a download of inspiration, she made the decision to invest in coaching and didn't tell anyone, knowing her decision would be met with doubt and skepticism. This 'burn the boats” approach involved putting the deposit on a credit card and having absolutely no plan B. Elyse realized that no one was coming to save her and that she was the only one who could make the changes she wanted. This kind of decision can lead to a total disaster, but in Elyse’s case, it turned out to be exactly what she needed to get out of a ten-year holding pattern and start moving forward in a dramatic and powerful way.
Uncovering the Psychology Behind Writing Copy with Erin Ollila
Erin Ollila is an experienced writer and copywriter with an MFA in creative writing and a background in mental health. She is passionate about understanding human nature and using her expertise to help people make informed decisions about their businesses, especially in the words they choose and use to convey who they are, what they do, and the clients they are best suited to work with. In other words, copywriting.
Erin knows that the key to engaging copy is to speak to the reader and create an inviting journey. She believes that everyone has the capacity to write their own copy, but needs to keep an eye out for the pitfalls of poor advice that can make them think they are successful when they really aren’t.
Unpacking Marketing Strategy with Claudia Schalkx: Standing Out With Your Secret Sauce
Today’s guest is Claudia Schalkx, my consultant, friend, and trusted advisor for all things marketing. Claudia is a marketing strategist known for un-complicating marketing so your life gets much easier and you get better results from strategies created around YOU & YOUR business.
She firmly believes in customized things, whether it is clothing, coffee, chocolate, or, for that matter, marketing solutions, and developed a proprietary method that creates a customized marketing roadmap for her clients - in a way that’s both methodical and personalized! I have been working with Claudia for over a year and can say firsthand that her approach is truly transformational.
Owning Who You're Not & Fully Embracing Yourself: Unpacking Nicole Kalil's Confidence Journey
Nicole Kalil is an author, speaker, and leadership coach who has dedicated her work to helping women build their confidence and reach their full potential. She is the author of the book "Validation is for Parking" which explores the journey of self-discovery and embraces the unique gifts and talents of each individual.
We talked about how Nicole had a dream of writing a book for years but allowed fear to hold her back. Eventually, she realized her reasons were just excuses and took the leap. She eventually learned to trust herself, overcome the false messages of society and recognize her unique abilities while understanding that her worth lies beyond her physical appearance and pursuing success through the masculine lens.
Transforming Your Identity by Writing a Best Selling Book with Kim O'Hara
Today's guest, Kim O'Hara was a Hollywood movie producer and screenwriter before transitioning to book coaching over 8 years ago. Kim believes that everyone can write a book and that they often discover more about themselves through writing. Writing a book is much different than other forms of communication as it requires a transformation of identity and letting go of preconceived notions about ourselves and the book we are meant to write. Kim works with experts and thought leaders to help them write their books and believes that the process can lead to a great sense of both discovery and visibility.
Uncovering the Bottleneck in Your Business with Amber de la Garza
The story of how Amber de la Garza came to be a guest on this podcast is not the typical one. It started over 3 years ago at Podcast Movement 2019. I was a listener to her popular productivity podcast, Productivity Straight Talk, and recognized her at the conference. Even though I did not have a podcast at the time, I approached her, introduced myself, and pitched her on the spot.
In this episode, Amber shares how her past career and life-changing events led her to focus on helping small business owners with their productivity, which leads to the concept of being the bottleneck in one's business, why it can be difficult to recognize, and why it tends to be a recurring pattern.
Pacing Your Ambition, The Anti-Hustle Alternative with Jadah Sellner
I am a driven woman entrepreneur, like you, and wanted to end this year with something more than platitudes and positive thinking. Instead, I want to stimulate conversation about why we are all feeling so fatigued and offer an alternative to the extremes of manifestation and hustle. Some of the biggest names in the coaching industry have learned everything they know from male mentors and then turned around and sold them to other women, without disclosing their own privilege and what it actually takes to run their business. Maybe we need a different approach altogether, one that resonates with most women, women like you and me.
Stop Attracting Less Than Ideal Clients for Your Coaching Program with Heidi Taylor
When I first talked with Heidi Taylor about being a guest on the podcast, I initially expected to interview her about her specific niche as a consultant - how to use an intake form or questionnaire to pre-screen potential clients for your group coaching program. Clearly, this is something I am interested in learning before re-launching The Boss Up Breakthrough again, and I know it would be of value to my podcast listeners as well.
After we confirmed and started planning the episode, Heidi send me a Voxer message asking me about my Strengths Finder Top 5 and my enneagram number. After I shared my answers, Heidi told me she had an idea for the episode, but it would require a lot more vulnerability and courage, and once she explained what she had in mind, I knew I had to say yes.
Playing the Long Game in Business with Sandra Scaiano
Sandra Scaiano is a web designer and brand strategist for female entrepreneurs. After a 20-year corporate career, she created a business that brings her joy and allows her to be present for her family and partner with clients who become raving fans and long-time friends. While many business strategists try to sell you on their "proven system", Sandra brings out the brilliance in each of her clients and helps them create and amplify their unique brand voice so they stand out and shine. When it comes to client attraction, it’s not about doing things better, it’s about being the singular choice for your just right clients. To do that, you need to lean into what makes you special, and that’s where Sandra comes in.
Why Women Think They Suck at Making Money with Tara Newman
Tara Newman is an organizational psychologist, certified Profit First consultant, host of the Bold Money Revolution Podcast, and leader of The Bold Profit Academy. Tara is exactly the kind of woman I want in my inner circle because she knows firsthand that being an expert, serving with purpose, and working your ass off doesn’t add up to a profitable business for most women and she’s on a bold mission to change that.
We also chat about what Tara calls an Owners Statement and how she differentiates between personal values and business values. This was an eye-opener: Most women want a fully remote business but that does not mean they want an online business.
The No-BS Business Coach with Neena Perez
Women who have the audacity to speak their truth without guilt or apology are absolutely some of my favorite people and today’s guest, Neena Perez and I became instant friends. As soon as I saw the name of her podcast, “Straight Talk, No Sugar Added”, and the title of her book, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot, How I Overcame a Hard Hitting Life”, I knew I was going to connect with business and performance coach, author, podcaster, and total baddie, Neena Perez. Neena is also a chef and director of culinary operations, so believe me when I say this woman is a powerhouse and I am excited to introduce you to her.
Instead of giving into the mindset and way of life she saw growing up, Neena was determined to not only survive but to succeed. She knew that the key to overcoming her challenges was by changing her thinking, doing the work, and finding people to surround herself with who did not accept limits. Neena and I had such a great convo because she is just as direct and straightforward as I am.
Writing Emails They'll Want to Open with Meera Kothand
Today’s guest, Meera Kothand began her online business journey as a blogger and began writing books for other bloggers, several of which became Amazon best sellers. She now focuses on helping digital marketers write emails that convert subscribers to customers in a way that is both strategic and sustainable by making them more simple and fun, which was music to my ears.
Even though I have purchased several of her books over the past few years, there were a couple of moments during this interview where some really critical strategies finally made complete sense to me. It was a really good reminder to be compassionate with myself about how long it really takes to learn to be successful as a solopreneur because of all the different skills we juggle on a daily basis with or without a team.
Creating Confidence Through Personal Styling with Scarlett De Bease
Today’s guest, Scarlett De Bease is a personal wardrobe stylist who shows female entrepreneurs what clothes to wear so they'll make more money and attract better clients. She guides her clients to create their own unique signature style, feel fearless and confident about being seen and heard, and excited to put themselves out to the world in a way that is game-changing.
As the founder of Scarlett Image Consulting and author of “Stop Stressing About Dressing,” her one-of-a-kind in-person and worldwide online workshops reveal how a more powerful presence leads to more opportunities and more profit for solopreneurs and business owners.
Scarlett and I are both members of a couple of different groups for female solopreneurs and even before I got to know her, she always stood out in a positive way through personal branding and image styling.
Fearless Negotiation for Solopreneurs with Joanne Zuk
I recently connected with leadership coach and consultant, Joanne Zuk, and liked her immediately. We both came to solopreneurship after long and successful careers in another sector. Joanne was in public service and I worked in nonprofits. In her current role, Joanne is on a mission to help female solopreneurs overcome their fears of negotiation so they can go after and get what they deserve and desire.
In this lively convo, we talk about the 5 blindspots that cause women to settle for less than they want in negotiations, and how to get comfortable going from the minimum level to the dignified level to the generous level. We talk about feminine conditioning, why negotiating like a man just won’t work for most women, and how we can use empathy to create better outcomes for both sides, instead of allowing empathy to be used against us.
Leading With Your Values with Laura Eigel, PhD
I recently connected with today’s guest through our common belief that high-achieving women are most fulfilled when they are working in alignment with their core values, setting boundaries that honor them, and mentoring other women to do the same. Laura has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and is a college professor, author, podcaster, advocate, and coach. She is also a wife and mom to two young sons.
Laura’s company, The Catch Group, was founded on the principle of living a life guided by your values. They believe that leaders should bring their authentic leadership to the workplace to build inclusive teams and that leaders should be able to have big career goals AND career fulfillment.
Marketing Your Genius: A Client Success Story with Meredith Ferguson
I love helping female solopreneurs find their Zone of Genius, so they can create a satisfying and sustainable business doing what they do best. Today’s guest is client Meredith Ferguson, who decided to work with me because she had two fledging businesses and neither of them was profitable. She had a lot of natural talent but no systems and no boundaries. She wanted a legitimate business but was literally giving her work away and because she wasn’t taking herself seriously as a business owner, no one else did either.
What Does Trauma Have to Do with Your Business? with Nicole Lewis-Keeber
I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has noticed the dramatic increase in the number of coaches who refer to themselves as ‘trauma-focused”, ‘trauma-aware” or “trauma-conscious.” There is no question that there is a tremendous need. Half of all women have experienced trauma at some time in their lives and there is a significant percentage of traumatized people who become entrepreneurs.
She created her signature program “Do No Harm” because simply having a personal history of trauma and the desire to help others does not qualify anyone as “trauma-conscious.”
You Need a Virtual Assistant with Belinda Sandor
A business workflow and productivity expert with 25 years of experience, RocketGirl Solutions Founder Belinda Sandor has been hired by small businesses on a contract basis to act as their part-time “business manager.” She turned her experience into founding The VA Connection, a professional online community with the goal of educating and connecting independent virtual assistants around the world.
Belinda is also a sought-after speaker on the subjects of small business growth, business technology, brand communication and development, and more.
Becoming Confident on Video with Helen Polise
Helen Polise is my inspiration and today’s guest on the podcast. A successful producer of TV commercials for the past three decades, Helen knows her way around a camera and how to attract and engage an audience. When the Covid pandemic put her producing career on hold, she discovered TikTok and quickly went from consumer to creator to teacher. Helen is not only a natural teacher, she is a relentlessly positive, upbeat, and optimistic human and a grown-ass woman, not a Gen Z ‘influencer.” I started following her, bought her course, and signed up for her free teaching platform, Socialize, which is geared towards making social media accessible for the over-50 crowd.
Embracing Creativity: A Client Success Story Episode With Lauren Hirsch
I love working with creatives and today’s guest, my client Lauren Hirsch was one of my favorites. Lauren decided to work with me after interviewing several other coaches and even having the first session with one of them. She had just been diagnosed with ADHD and was struggling to find direction in her career, create consistent habits, and feel more confident and intentional. She wanted help with career direction, self-confidence, creating more structure and routines in her life, and managing her impulsivity as a multi-passionate creative. What she got was all that, and a whole lot more.
Client Success Story with Coach Pam Peterson
I just love inviting someone I have worked with to join me on the podcast for a Client Success Story episode. As you will hear in the preview to this one, I do not interview my clients during or immediately after we have completed my 12 week coaching program, when the bond is strong and they are flying high on how much we have accomplished together.
In this convo, you will meet my client Pam Peterson, who is a health and wellness coach, specializing in working with women with chronic pain in a mind-body-brain framework. Pam has a masters degree, a bunch of certifications and has learned what actually works for chronic pain, because she has been living with it for years.
The $250K Business Breakthrough with Laura Khalil
This is a conversation I have been looking forward to having for quite a while because my guest, Laura Khalil specializes in helping female consultants make $250k. First off, I was intensely curious, why $250k, when the majority of business coaches and consultants are talking about helping their clients hit 6-figures or 7-figures? I already knew that the skills and strategies that get you to 100k are not going to get you to 250k, but when you are not promoting group programs, courses, or having the leverage and scale convo, what else is there? Well, this is where we are going in today’s super exciting conversation. I am so rarely speechless, but it literally happened in this interview because of all I learned from Laura and can’t wait to share with you.
Writing Your Own Rules in Online Business with Deanna Seymour
The celebrity coaches and online marketing gurus have made multi-million dollars selling their courses and coaching programs, and they have pages and pages of testimonials gushing over them, so it had to be “The Way” only it wasn’t.
So, is poor Deanna doing something wrong or did she simply get caught up in the “results not typical” marketing hype that has made celebrity coaches fabulously wealthy while leaving most of their students blaming themselves for not being one of the success stories they bring on stage at their high ticket sales events?
Eliminate Clutter to Make Room for What Matters with Kathi Burns
Once I learned that Kathi had been a travel writer who literally lived out of a suitcase and that she has also lived on a boat, I knew she was a bona fide expert in doing more with less. This conversation was both informative and fun, because I know quite a bit about productivity, but learned so much from Kathi about the benefits of tackling our problems with paper.
Addressing our paper piles is an easy way to create more order in our environment and eliminating them frees up both space and energy, reduces distractions, and increases clarity. We all have better things to do than spend an average of 3 hours a week searching for things, which is one of the eye-opening facts Kathi shared in this lively conversation.
Breaking the Box for Married Female Entrepreneurs with Naketa Thigpen
My guest today, Naketa Thigpen, and I have so much in common that this interview is actually our third or fourth conversation since we were introduced. We both have a background as licensed clinical social workers, we both have a childhood trauma history and we share very similar views about women and ambition, the patriarchy, and being a bit too out of the box to ever fit in.
The number of female entrepreneurs continues to rise, but there really aren’t too many people talking about women and ambition, giving ourselves permission to want, do and have more or the impact of entrepreneurship on marriage.
The Client Journey in 6 Steps with Abby Herman
Today’s guest, Abby Herman was an elementary school teacher who took her talent for writing and teaching and launched a business as a content strategist over a decade ago. She helps online entrepreneurs to create awareness, educate and inform, demonstrate their expertise, convert consumers to customers, and long-lasting relationships.
She has a way of thinking about content creation that takes the guessing and stressing right out, making it more simple and sustainable than you ever dreamed of.
The NFA (No-F*cking-Around) Money Mindset with Dr. Amanda Barrientez
Today’s guest, Amanda Barrientez, also known as Dr. Amanda, The Money Healer has the kind of story I love the most. Because I was a social worker and psychotherapist who worked with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds in a former life, Amanda’s early life experiences sounded all too familiar. Fast forward to marriage, kids, grad school, divorce, and Amanda found herself on the professor track but paid so poorly that she and the kids qualified for food stamps. This was her NFA turning point.
PR & Pitching for Experts with Michelle Glogovac
Today’s guest, Michelle Glogovac, CEO of MLG Collective, a boutique PR & Podcast Pitching Agency that helps authors, entrepreneurs, and experts share their stories.
Michelle and I became pals during a business retreat and decided that interviewing one another for our podcasts was a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Her superpower is seeing the story inside of experts that it is hard for them to recognize and share. This girl understands that she is in the relationship business, not the PR business or jet fuel business.
Becoming Unstoppable with Amira Alvarez
In this fascinating interview, I talk with my guest Amira Alvarez, founder and CEO of The Unstoppable Woman, speaker, podcaster, and leadership coach about some of the topics so many women steer clear of. But we don’t shy away from the tough stuff here on The Driven Woman Podcast, so Amira and I do a deep dive into the shadow side of being driven and ambitious. The shadow side is what ruins our health, our relationships, and often, the business we are trying so damn hard to grow and scale.
F*ck Fearless & Choose Bravery with Heather Vickery
In this guest episode, Heather is a leadership and success coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, podcaster, and author. I found a card promoting Heather’s podcast, The Brave Files. I picked it up and saved it because I liked the message and branding. Eventually, I met the fabulous Annie P. Ruggles, who was our guest on episode # 86, and she introduced us. The world of female podcasters is a fabulous network of generous and supportive people.
Lean Out to Level Up with Crista Grasso
I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest on The Driven Woman Podcast; Business Strategist for online entrepreneurs, Crista Grasso. Crista and I met at the She Podcasts Live conference and I totally fell in love with her brilliance. Her genius is helping other entrepreneurs remove the unnecessary complexity in their business so they become more profitable as they grow.
Crista’s system, The Lean Out Method is designed to create simple, sustainable, strategic systems that scale. She is known as The Business Optimizer and her superpower is helping entrepreneurs cut through the noise and see their business with clarity, so they can maximize both value and profitability.
Non-Sleazy Selling with Annie P Ruggles
I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest on The Driven Woman; fellow podcaster, non-sleazy sales consultant, and all-around genius-for-brains, my biz buddy, Annie P Ruggles. We met online, hit it off automagically because of our mutual interest in the intersection of feminism, mental health, and entrepreneurship. Annie is a magician in helping female entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and service business owners be more successful on their own terms by teaching them how to sell with integrity.
If you have ever struggled to ask for the business, ask for the money, or raise your prices, you are definitely going to want to listen to this one.
Balancing Passion & Profit with Heather Zeitzwolfe
Many of us start out with one goal in mind - creating a business around something we are passionate about. In fact “Follow your passion and build a business you love” is probably the most popular headline for a huge number of online business coaches nowadays. It’s a very seductive promise and a glamorous fantasy, but it is simply not enough to keep your business boat afloat.
Now, don’t get me wrong, passion is important, and maybe even necessary, especially in the beginning when you are scared shitless and have no clue, but unless you also keep your eye on the bottom line and balance your passion with profit, your business just might sink instead of sail.
The Multipassionate Creative Career with Sarah Mac
Growing up singing and dancing in the UK, Sarah Mac fell in love with the theater and decided that a career in the performing arts was the one for her. A believer in manifesting opportunities in alignment with her desires, Sarah found herself taking advantage of one exciting experience after another. In a matter of years, her “say yes to everything” motto lead her to the edge of burnout and she realized she needed to find another way.
Sarah reinvented herself as a creative business coach who works with coaches, healers, and artist-entrepreneurs who are ready for 5-figure months, more freedom, and fun in life and business.
The Not-so-Secret Secrets of Confidence with Nicole Kalil
Today’s guest, Nicole Kalil is a speaker, trainer, and host of the This is Woman’s Work Podcast. She left a successful corporate career in the male-dominated industry of financial services and is now an executive coach for women in leadership positions in a variety of industries. As you will hear in this interview, Nicole is just as passionate about helping women to reach greater levels of confidence and success as I am.
Nicole shares her favorite definition of confidence, the 5 limiting beliefs that derail our confidence, and the 5 beliefs we can replace them with that are confidence boosters. This convo will not only motivate and inspire you, but you can put Nicole’s advice into practice today.
Women & Money: It's Complicated with Melanie Lockert
The more women I talk to, the more I realize that almost all of us have “issues” with money. We either aren’t earning enough, are living beyond our means, are caught in the trap of student loan and/ or credit card debt, or are terrified to ask for what we actually need to float our boat.
So, I invited speaker and writer, Melanie Lockert, author of the best-selling book ‘Dear Debt”, host of the Mental Health & Wealth Podcast, and a woman who has learned a thing or two about money, the hard way. Melanie is passionate about empowering women, helping others get out of debt, and mental wellness.
Authentic Networking with Juliet Peay
Today’s guest, Juliet Peay, who recorded our interview on her 28th birthday, is one of those people who have really good instincts and trusts herself enough to follow them. She decided a few months ago that corporate life was not for her and took a leap into entrepreneurship. She had no connections, no referrals sources, and no portfolio and instead of venturing into journalism where she at least had a degree, she followed her intuition to copywriting for online coaches, helpers, and healers.
Even though she is at the very beginning of her entrepreneurial journey, she is already making really good choices and setting herself apart from the masses. I predict this driven woman is destined for success and I’m thrilled to share her with you.
Planning for Success with Mridu Parikh
Far too many female entrepreneurs fail to reach their goals because they don’t plan for success. They think that passion, energy, and creativity are enough and may reject the idea of planning as unnecessary, irrelevant, or just too painful. I used to be one of them and gave myself every possible excuse for why I couldn’t plan when I was actually afraid I wouldn’t follow through.
Today’s guest, Mridu Parikh, a former professional organizer turned productivity coach, author, podcaster and speaker is obsessed with planning and believes that not only does planning create freedom, but that we will never reach our most important goals without a plan.
Something to Prove with Kellie Roy
Today’s guest, Kellie Roy, knew from the age of 18 that she wanted to be a casting director, even before she knew what it was called. She loved movies and had her favorite actors and actresses, often thinking “I wish this actress would get a chance to appear in bigger movies so more people would know how awesome she is.” Once she learned that there was a job where she could do exactly that, she was determined to follow that path and has never looked back. Kellie is an excellent example of how we can gain confidence by facing our fears, embracing failure, and developing resiliency along the way.
Driven by Purpose with Kyra Mitchell-Lewis
My special guest today is Kyra Mitchell Lewis, who started Glow Up, Gyrl, an online membership community for women who are looking for balance and purpose in their lives, and Glow Getter University, with tracks for personal evolution and entrepreneurship. As you listen to this interview, you will readily see that her mindset is her biggest asset. Nothing is going to stop her, discourage her or slow her roll. She is probably one of the most positive, optimistic, and resilient women I have met since starting this podcast.
The Side Hustle Entrepreneur with Vanessa Zamy
Today's guest is an impressive young woman named Vanessa Zamy. She is a keynote speaker, bestselling author and business consultant who is dedicated to helping full-time employees transition to entrepreneurship by developing their business as a side hustle while they are still employed. Her motto: keep it simple, then keep it movin’!
If you have ever heard the expression, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person”, (or, as I say, a busy woman…) they must have been thinking of Vanessa. She knows a thing or two about the side hustle and she’s here to drop some wisdom today. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, this one’s for you.
The Six Habits with Laura DiBenedetto
Today’s guest, Laura DiBenedetto, was a shooting star - an entrepreneur at 19, retired at 37, having overcome a backstory of bullying, burnout, bankruptcy. Laura is an example of so many women I have met who are fueled both by their own innate drive, but also by the effects of trauma. More often than not, the harder they strive for happiness, the more it evades them, even if the world sees them as highly accomplished and successful.
Overcoming Sales Avoidance with Erika Tebbens
Far too many fabulous female entrepreneurs are falling short of their income goals because they are brilliant at what they do, they suck at selling, so I invited sales and marketing consultant Erika Tebbens to join me on the podcast. Erika helps women and gender expansive entrepreneurs get comfortable getting paid.
Her clients are solopreneurs, coaches, consultants and service based small businesses who have trouble with visibility, marketing and asking for the money. Her non-sleazy sales strategies mean uncomplicated and organic conversations that actually convert.
Helping Women Take Their Next Step with Tricia Dempsey
Today’s guest, Tricia Dempsey always knew she was driven and ambitious, but she got a lot of messages about what girls can’t do growing up that lead her to make choices that felt like a too-tight pair of shoes.
Tricia is the CEO of Thrive-Her, a vibrant online business, empowering other women to start their own businesses through coaching, content and community. She works with women who have experience and skill, want to start their own business but just don’t know what their next step is or how to take it.
Transforming Pain into Purpose with LY Marlow
Today I am joined by LY Marlow, who is an award winning author, speaker, podcaster, entrepreneur, philanthropist and women’s empowerment advocate.
We talked at length about identity, resiliency and the awareness that there is another way, from an early age. Her mission and message to help women recognize that the things we are afraid of, what LY calls “Monsters”, don’t have to stop us. We can not only stand up to our Monsters, but we can actually learn to use our fear as fuel.
How to Love Your Business with Nicole Lewis-Keeber
Today I am joined by Nicole Lewis-Keeber, who is a therapist, coach, consultant, speaker, certified Daring Way and Dare to Lead facilitator, and author of a brand new book we are going to talk about in detail.
She has developed a fascinating body of work around the intersection of trauma and entrepreneurship and as a business therapist, Nicole is on a mission to help entrepreneurs create a trauma-free business, where their inner kiddo becomes a true CEO.
Elevating Women's Voices Through Story with April Adams Pertuis
April believes every woman has a story to tell and it’s her mission to teach them how. There are so many fears to be identified and overcome, but there is so much power in our stories and when we share them, we inspire others to do the same.
If you struggle with fear of being seen, rejection sensitivity, imposter syndrome or the belief that your story doesn’t matter, pull up your chair and turn up the volume. This one’s for you!
Preventing Entrepreneurial Burnout with Cait Donovan
Like many driven women, Cait learned about burnout the hard way, by going through it. She figured out how she ended up there, how to bounce back and now she is on a mission to end burnout culture. If we want to stay in the entrepreneurial game long enough to have a business that it both profitable and sustainable, staying alert to where we feel resentment and setting healthier boundaries is a must. You are going to love this conversation as much as I did!
Leveraging ADHD as a Serial Entrepreneur with Angela Proffitt
Today I am joined by Angela Proffitt, who describes herself as “a southern gal with a potty mouth” (so you know I was taken with her instantly) and is the founder and CEO of Angela Proffitt, LLC a consulting firm out of Nashville, Tennessee.
Her story is full of twists and turns, good luck, and bad choices, but what is most impressive to me about Angela is her mindset and how she made over her life from being a total workaholic on the verge of burnout to one where she is in control of her time, energy, clients, and money.
How to Keep Fear from Holding You Back with John Sovec
I am excited to share today’s guest, John Sovec with you. The Driven Woman Podcast is produced with the driven but distracted female entrepreneur in mind, so you might be surprised to see a man joining us as a guest.
One of the things that John is an expert in is how to move through fear, the subject of today’s podcast interview.
If you have a goal and find yourself holding back out of fear, whether it’s fear of failure, fear of success, fear of being seen, imposter complex, or all of the above, this episode is for you!
Toxic Entrepreneurship with Casey Jourdan
I am excited to share today’s guest, Casey Jourdan with you. Casey is a business strategist and mentor who works with early-stage, primarily female entrepreneurs.
Casey rejected the traditional life of the 9-5 so-called secure career path with benefits. This is not just because of the effects of the impact to her brain from having been blown up in Iraq while she was serving in the military, but also as a result of some residual PTSD, but because of her feelings about how entrepreneurship is being promoted on the internet, in particular, something she calls Toxic Entrepreneurship.
Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos with Sarah Mikutel
Sarah is a transformational coach, consultant, and podcaster, I love the way Sarah follows her curiosity, shares what she learns, and makes the world a better place in the process. Her mission is to help those who are looking for self-exploration and personal transformation who understand that freedom is about more than getting on a plane. This conversation is about how to use the ancient wisdom of Stoicism to create calm when life feels out of control.
Eliminating Content Creation Frustration with Jen Liddy
The pressure to come up with something interesting, entertaining, or informative every single week for your blog, podcast, YouTube, FB Lives, can become overwhelming, but Jen Liddy is a former school teacher so she knows how to break things down for even the most overwhelmed and confused among us. I am personally following Jen’s Crack the Content Code program and wanted to make sure you got the chance to meet her too.
The Fierce, Female & 50-Something Entrepreneur with Rhonda Glynn
My guest for this podcast is Rhonda Glynn who joins me from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Rhonda is the owner of Zoma Business Solutions and is a perfect example of the fast-growing trend of first-time entrepreneurs who are over 50 and female. She started her business as a side hustle toward the end of a long and successful career in the aviation industry and at an age when many women are slowing down, Rhonda is just getting started. I can’t wait to share her with you.
If you are a later in life entrepreneur, you’ll want to listen in as Rhonda and I discuss how he stood out in a male-dominated industry
ADHD, Disclosure & Gender Bias with Nicole Grey
In this episode I am joined by Nicole Grey, a 27-year-old single mother of two who lives in New Zealand. I saw Nicole’s story online and reached out to see if she’d be willing to share it with the Driven Woman Podcast audience. Like most of us, Nicole had no idea that she had ADHD until well into adult life.
- Nicole was homeschooled and raised in a very supportive, religious community so she never received negative feedback about her behavior.
- She always wanted to be a police officer since she was a teenager because she was attracted to the excitement and adrenaline rush.
Freedom from Overwhelm with Kate Moryoussef
Most women with ADHD often feel overwhelmed, and this year has been much more overwhelming than usual. So, I decided to invite my new friend, Kate Moryoussef, who is an EFT Coach, host of the Ambitious Mum Podcast, and a fellow entrepreneur with ADHD. Kate is just beginning to speak openly about her own ADHD diagnosis with family, friends, coaching clients, and podcast audience.
As a woman with unidentified ADHD, Kate was struggling and didn’t understand why, but her life changed completely about ten years ago when her therapist suggested that she might have ADHD and shared EFT / Emotional Freedom Technique with her.
The Organized Entrepreneur with Barbara Trapp
In this lively conversation with professional organizer, Barbara Trapp of Zen Your Den, we discuss:
How Barbara went from “not particularly organized” to a professional organizer
When the perfectionism - indecision - procrastination cycle leads to chronic disorganization, especially if you have ADHD
Why disorganization is a better challenge for women (hint, gender conditioning…)
Sleep Your Way to Success with Special Guest Yishan Xu
Many entrepreneurs are not getting enough sleep. This is partly due to the hustle culture of entrepreneurship and partly because they tend to bootstrap their business, even when they can afford to hire or outsource. I work with female entrepreneurs who identify with ADHD traits, very few of them are getting the kind of sleep that they know they should (and wish they could.)
In this interview, we will be talking about how sleep is essential for entrepreneurs, how to get quality sleep, and the do’s and dont’s of sleeping (among others).