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#24: Kate Germano – Author Of Fight Like A Girl – The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained

This is a fascinating story about how a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marines, Kate Germano, set out to improve the performance scores of the female recruits under her command. Using historical data, and implementing the advice and training improvement suggestions of her peers and even supervisors, she managed to bring the results of her recruits up to par with that of the men they would serve with - in under 9 short months. This, after 40+ years of women never coming close to qualifying...


Episode #23: Julie Kratz - How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality

Julie Kratz is the founder of Pivot Point, a career and leadership coaching company that focuses on developing leaders using a gender equality lens. Julie is a highly-acclaimed leadership trainer and coach who, after experiencing a few of her own career “pivot points,” developed a process for women leaders to build winning career game plans. She focuses her work on mid-career women because, in her words, This is the time where we tend to get held up in our careers. It's still the toughest...


#22: Angela Lussier - Founder & CEO, Speaker Sisterhood

One day, while running her career coaching and consulting business, Angela Lussier realized she was tired of constantly filling her new client funnel and trading her hours for dollars. Deciding there had to be a better way to bring her valuable insights to more people, and make money while she slept, Angela took out her journal and asked herself three important questions. The answers to that self-inquiry helped her realize that public speaking was what she loved, what people asked her about...


#21: Tina Alexis Allen - Actress, Director, Author of Hiding Out - A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives

Tina Alexis Allen's book is not about women in the workplace. It's about her life, growing up with an authoritarian, staunchly Catholic father who one day acknowledges he knows about her relationship with a woman and shares his own background with her as a gay man, leading a double life. The story is full of intrigue, secrets, Tina's road to recovery from sexual abuse, and so much more. So no - it's not a business book or even meant as guidance for women dealing with work-related...


#20: Katherine Dean, "The Financial Empowerment Woman"

Katherine Dean, Founder & CEO of Living Your Worth Inc., has an ambitious goal: to impact one million women with her message of financial empowerment. And its not just an audacious business goal. It’s a purpose driven statement that she hopes will impact these women’s daughters and families so that the important message of women’s financial independence becomes commonplace. After the totally unexpected breakdown of her first marriage, Katherine had an epiphany: she was completely...


#19: Janice McDonald, Co-Author of Two Groundbreaking Studies on Women's Entrepreneurship in Canada

Entrepreneurship is hard. That's a given but what most people don't realize, is just how much harder it can be for a woman than a man because men don't face as many hurdles in their road to success. Indigenous and other women of colour have many more hurdles to clear and its long past time to be talking about these problems openly. In this episode, Janice McDonald and I get into the nitty gritty of what makes this conversation so difficult, what many incubators, accelerators, financial...


#18: Jenn T. Grace “The Professional Lesbian” On Founding Her Innovative Company, Publish Your Purpose Press

Jenn T. Grace, in her own words, is “a get shit done kind of gal” and she excels at recognizing an opportunity that’s right for her, and going after it. Jenn even named her company, Publish Your Purpose Press, accordingly. She’s purpose-driven, purpose-centred and has a lot to teach those of us looking for how to master this discipline. She has a fabulous blog post on her site called The Power of Commitment, if you want to know more about what makes Jenn awesome. Jokingly referring to...


#17: Leading diversity & inclusion expert, Jennifer Brown, on the power of sharing our diversity stories

Jennifer Brown's personal diversity story isn't obvious at a glance. A blond, white woman, she admits people are often confused to find out she's the diversity & inclusion keynote for the day and they wonder why she was hired to speak about the challenges people of colour or other visible minorities have in the workplace. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Jennifer says she separated her true self from her work until she couldn't anymore. Jennifer believes everyone has a diversity story -...


#16 - How Diverse is Your Network? With Amy C. Waninger, Author of "Network Beyond Bias"

Have you ever wondered how many opportunities you've missed out on because your network is too small? I'm willing to bet most of us have. But have you ever considered the diversity of your network and how it's impacting your work, your business or your opportunities? Amy C. Waninger is the founder of Lead at Any Level, LLC, and the author of the new book "Network Beyond Bias - Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career". In this episode, she helps us see the risk associated...


#15 - Women Need Mentors, Not Rescuers - with David G. Smith, PhD, co-author of "Athena Rising - How and Why Men Should Mentor Women"

When I started this podcast, I imagined all my guests would be women. But David Smith breaks the mold in a unique way - as a much needed expert male voice in the gender equality conversation. I couldn't wait to meet him and hear about his work helping men learn to be better allies and more effective mentors for women at work. David and his co-author, Brad Johnson, wrote Athena Rising - How and Why Men Should Mentor Women when they realized many of the gender equality policies and programs...


#14 - Mary Chaney - Lawyer, Cybersecurity Professional and Former FBI Special Agent on Diversity & Inclusion in her Male Dominated Industry

Mary Chaney is Vice President of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), founder of her own law practice at The Law Offices of Mary N. Chaney - The CyberSecurity Law Firm of Texas and a former special agent with the FBI, working in the cyber crimes unit in Los Angeles. She has also had a successful corporate career in information security for companies like Discovery, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson and GE Capital. The combination of all this experience and...


#13 - Dana Bookman, Founder & CEO Canadian Women's Baseball Association and Co-Founder Girl Expo Canada

Dana Bookman, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Women's Baseball Association (including Toronto Girls Baseball, Manitoba Girls Baseball and Nova Scotia Girls Baseball), and co-founder of Girl Expo Canada. This is an amazing story of a mom who couldn't find a girls-only league for her baseball loving daughter and didn't let that stop her. With zero baseball experience, she has created a blossoming league of over 600 players in three provinces that in two short years has caught the eye of the...


#12: Money mindsets and finance lessons for women from Bola Onada Sokunbi of Clever Girl Finance

Bola Onada Sokunbi is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), a money expert for women and founder of Clever Girl Finance and “Clever Girls Know – a podcast for women on all things money”. Bola decided early in her career that she wanted to help other women be accountable for their financial independence, get out of debt, save for the future and learn how to build wealth. She watched too many of her mother's friends face financial ruin following divorces or losing their husbands...


#11 - Heather Barnabe, CEO, and Vandinika Shukla of G(irls)20 on Giving Young Women a Voice at Decision-Making Tables

My guests are ambitious for themselves and, quite literally, every other woman in the world, and spend their days actively working to empower women in all walks of life. I was fortunate to host TWO guests for this episode - the CEO of G(irls)20, Heather Barnabe, and Vandinika Shukla, a 2014 delegate to the G(irls)20 Summit from India who now works at UN Women's Heardquarters in New York City, and was recently named Vice-Chair of the G(irls)20 Global Steering Committee. This is an impressive...


#10 - Amy Impellizzeri - Author and "Reformed Corporate Litigator"

What do you do when you’ve always loved your job – the job you planned to have for life – but suddenly it doesn’t seem to fit you anymore? Today’s guest had just this experience after 13 years as a successful corporate litigator in New York City. Amy Impellizzeri loved the law and will never stop calling herself a lawyer (a title she earned through years of hard work and study), but the day to day work of being a corporate lawyer soon began to encroach on her family life in an unacceptable...


#9: Maggie DiStasi - Career Transition and Leadership Coach On Breaking The Glass Ceiling, Negotiating While Female And More

Maggie DiStasi spent years in the world of corporate finance and financial technology, with her last role as Vice President, Technology for a brokerage department of a major Canadian bank. Several years ago, after a medical crisis and a desire for change inspired her, she took a huge leap and become a career transition and leadership coach. And now, she brilliantly helps others navigate their own transitions – those ready for the next step in the careers, wanting to start new businesses, or...


#8: Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, Ontario

Pam Damoff was elected to represent the riding of Oakville-North Burlington (just outside Toronto, for my non-Canadian listeners) in the House of Commons in Canada's 2015 federal election. Prior to the election, Pam served as an Oakville Town Councillor from 2010-2015. During her time on council, she served on the Oakville Public Library Board, the budget committee and the Oakville Tourism Partnership. And all of this came after a 25-year career in corporate real estate. Pam was named Vice...


#7: Karen Karbo - Author, In Praise of Difficult Women - Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules

Today we’re talking about Karen Karbo's latest book which just launched yesterday (Feburary 27) called In Praise of Difficult Women – Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared To Break The Rules. The book is a series of essays about Karen’s list of women, highlighting the aspects of these women that makes them "difficult" in the way they react to societal expectations, how they cultivated unexpected careers, and generally showed up in the world ready to be themselves, regardless of who else...


#6: Komal Minhas - Founder, KoMedia Inc and Producer of Dream, Girl

Sometimes, just when you think you have the world on a string, life chooses that very moment to remind you you're not in control. What's that saying...if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans? It feels unfair at the time, but if we're lucky enough to survive those moments, we can usually find what Komal Minhas refers to as collateral beauty. Otherwise known as a silver lining...the ancillary lessons we can take from a miserable experience to help us not only get through it, but...


#5: Michele Viner

Michele Viner believes in the power of words to change minds, lift up, inspire, and in short, be day or even life-changing. She started A Little Wordy after quitting her job to be at home, supporting her daughter who had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It’s an inspiring story of how sometimes, the trials of motherhood can also instigate really good ideas that are helpful beyond the scope of our own families. Yes, we need more women in science and tech – but we also need more...