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The Women’s Advocate is hosted by civil rights attorney Sarah Nichols where she discusses how women can negotiate and support each other to close the wage gap.

The Women’s Advocate is hosted by civil rights attorney Sarah Nichols where she discusses how women can negotiate and support each other to close the wage gap.


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The Women’s Advocate is hosted by civil rights attorney Sarah Nichols where she discusses how women can negotiate and support each other to close the wage gap.




Actualizing Dreams

In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with San Francisco native, Akeisha Johnson, founder and business leadership coach at An Inspired Coaching to discuss everything from Akeisha’s inspirational career, and how she uses her skills to help women acknowledge their accomplishments to the importance of cultivating discussion and conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Akeisha also shares her advice for women dealing with multiple identities and oppression, plus...


Parental Support is More Than Ticking a Box

In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with fellow Aussie and co-founder of Circle In, Jodi Geddes, to learn how Jodi started a successful business all while on maternity leave. The two also discuss everything from running a business as working mothers, to the progression of parental leave policies, and the importance of empathetic leaders supporting their employees in the office and at home. Plus, the “taboo” topic of menopause in the workplace, and how managers can support women going...


Being an Authentic Leader & Taking on New Challenges

In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with the new and dynamic CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation, Sheila Warren, to discuss everything from authentic leadership as a working mother, to the importance of diverse teams and positive company culture. Plus, Sheila shares why we could all benefit from reading more fiction and the benefits of a creative mindset.


Speaking Out Without Blowing Up Your Career

In this week's episode, Sarah sits down with the Founder & CEO of ChairmanMe, Sarah Lacy, to discuss how women can speak up, the likability conundrum, tearing down the patriarchy, Dolly Parton and just how freaking inspiring our kids truly are.


Law's Lag on Recognizing Our Multifaceted Selves

In this week's episode, Sarah sits down with Partners Felicia Medina and Shauna Madison of Medina Orthwein, LLP - a Bay Area firm specializing in discrimination law - to discuss their intersectional approach to law practice and those that are most affected by workplace/pay disparities.


The Women Behind the Law

In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Equal Rights Advocates’ Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy, Jessica Stender. Join us as the two cover topics from the current gender wage gap to employment law and worker protections. Jessica also discusses the process behind passing a bill in California and her current advocacy work.


Leading with Neurodiversity

If women are good leaders, they risk being branded “too bossy” or “too tough.” If they set boundaries, or ask for what they need to succeed, they’re “too demanding.” If they are passionate about their work, they’re “too emotional.” Every day women across the world face a barrage of double standards that men are not subjected to. As Podge Thomas says, the system wasn’t built for us or by us, so it’s up to us to continue to build a better one. In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits...


It's OK to Demand Things

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, whether it be professionally or personally. Many of us have gone through different lifechanging experiences - marriage, divorce, parenthood, changing careers. Through it all, you learn to pivot (albeit not always gracefully) and to make the most of new opportunities. In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Visionary Sales & Marketing Executive, Irina Kapetanakis who discusses how her career has evolved through her own various life...


Being Your Authentic Self - You Don't Have to Take Feedback from A**holes

Joanna Lovering is the Founder of Copper + Rise, an executive coaching firm dedicated to helping you raise your presence and claim the room as your stage. She is also an organizational psychologist and fashion stylist who teaches women to show up and stand out. Joanna's spirited approach to coaching has left her clients filled with confidence and equipped with the skills needed to take charge of any presentation. In this episode… Joanna Lovering, Founder of Copper + Rise, knows the...


Name Your Imposter - Don't Slay Them

Allison Davis is a Sales Trainer, Coach, and Consultant with 15 years of experience in the publishing industry and nearly 20 in sales. Allison focuses her vast experience in digital marketing, strategic partnerships, and event sponsorship on helping others gain more sales and expand their reach. She has worked with National Geography, Goldman Sachs, and many more, allowing them to fine-tune their sales channel. Allison's drive for crushing expectations, and showing her Imposter Syndrome,...


Dancing with the Lady Boss of Data

Asha Saxena is a CEO Coach with CEO Coaching International and the Founder and CEO of Women Leaders In Data and AI (WLDA). She also serves on the Board of Directors for several for-profit companies, including Future Technologies, an international data management solutions firm, and Shindigz. Asha's drive to innovate has allowed her to build her own e-commerce company and serve as CEO of Future Technologies for the past 20 years. With a passion to pass on her expertise, Asha is also an...


The Kairos of Powerful Women

Michelle Markwart Deveaux is the Founder and Owner of FaithCultureKiss, a voice and business coach who takes your voice and business to the next level. She is an award-winning actor and vocalist and has hosted workshops and masterclasses on business ownership, entrepreneurship, voice work, and acting. For the past 20 years, Michelle has worked with countless entrepreneurs and business owners to realign their goals and raise their voices. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music...


You Don’t Have to Get Old Before You Can Get Wise

Susan Freeman is a Stevie Award-winning CEO as well as the Founder of Freeman Means Business and Co-Founder of The Conscious Inclusion Company. Armed with her expertise in communication, she’s dedicated herself to helping people achieve workplace equity in professional environments. Susan is also a speaker, coach, author, and host of the podcast, Wonder Women in Business. In this episode… In today’s episode of The Women’s Advocate, Sarah sits down with Susan Freeman, public speaker, CEO,...


How to Bring Your A-Game

Kathryn O'Connor Gardner is the co-founder of Park Bench Capital, a financial services firm that focuses on diverse founding teams that always include at least one female leader. Prior to this, she worked as a senior vice president and corporate credit research analyst within AllianceBernstein’s high-yield research group, focusing on the energy sector. She oversaw all energy-related investments for traditional high yield portfolios with roughly 35 billion in assets under management. Kathryn...


Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Nancie McDonnell Ruder is the President of Noetic Consultants, working with brands to define their markets, clarify their strategies, and build agency-client relationships. Before working with Noetic Consultants for the last 18 years, she started her career at the renowned Leo Burnett USA as a director before moving on to Noetic Consultants. Her past and current clients include AKQA, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Discovery Channel, General Motors, Inc CEO Project, Whirlpool, Leo Burnett Global, Nike,...


Don't Stay in Your Lane with Cynthia Pong, Founder of Embrace Change

Cynthia Pong is a lawyer-turned-career coach, feminist career strategist, speaker, and the Founder of Embrace Change, an organization that provides mid-career women of color professionals with tailored coaching and training. Cynthia is also the author of Don't Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color. After studying law at NYU and practicing as a public defender for 6 years, Cynthia decided to change course. Now, she’s on a mission to empower women of color to get the...


You Either Win or You Learn with Cynthia Cleveland, Partner at CEO Coaching International

Cynthia Cleveland is a 5-time CEO and an expert in developing, translating, and monetizing intellectual property rights into major global consumer brands and new businesses across diverse industries. She has led companies that have generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales across consumer products, entertainment and retail and have helped countless companies build their brand and capitalize on the market to create new sales funnel and successful marketing campaigns. Cynthia is currently a...


Harnessing Your Emotions and Money

Jacquette Timmons is a financial behaviorist, speaker, coach, and the President and CEO of Sterling Investment Management. With her expertise, she has helped countless individuals understand their financial decisions and put them on track to financial freedom and well-being. Jacquette is the author of Financial Intimacy, a book that delves into relationship problems that may arise and how to mitigate them. She is also the More than Money podcast host, where she discusses the connection...


Salty Wisdom

Sue Bunnell is the Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo as well as the President and Co-Chair of Leading Women in Technology (LWT), a women's professional development nonprofit. LWT’s mission is to help professional women develop the skills and experience they need to achieve their goals. Recently, Sue also joined the Board for the Professional BusinessWomen of California, which provides skill development, networking opportunities, and inspiration to women at all...


We Can't Do Everything but We Can Do Anything

Elise Holtzman is the President and Founder of The Lawyer's Edge and the host of The Lawyer's Edge Podcast. The Lawyer's Edge focuses on empowering attorneys and teaching them the tools for success that aren’t part of the law school curriculum. Her experience as a lawyer has given her expertise on where lawyers can improve their business and connect with clients. Elise has worked with practicing lawyers, professionals, and business leaders to further their business goals. In this...