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The Broad Experience tackles some of the big issues facing women in the workplace today. Host Ashley Milne-Tyte and her guests discuss the things everyone's thinking about, but not always talking about. Each show is around 20 minutes. Also at

The Broad Experience tackles some of the big issues facing women in the workplace today. Host Ashley Milne-Tyte and her guests discuss the things everyone's thinking about, but not always talking about. Each show is around 20 minutes. Also at
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The Broad Experience tackles some of the big issues facing women in the workplace today. Host Ashley Milne-Tyte and her guests discuss the things everyone's thinking about, but not always talking about. Each show is around 20 minutes. Also at




The Broad Experience 44: The motherhood factor

For years, motherhood was considered our only job. Today, many women head back to work full-time not long after becoming parents. For some, everything goes smoothly, but for others, the return to work is challenging and confusing: they may not want the same things from their job that they did before, they crave flexibility (and can’t seem to get it), or their employer’s perception of them as a worker has changed – and not for the better. In this show we look at the transition from worker...

Duration: 00:25:09

The Broad Experience 43: Navigating expectations

What happens when you're a woman at work who doesn't look traditionally feminine? We meet a couple of young women who know what it’s like to look for a job when you don’t appear the way society expects. And when you’ve had experience working as both genders, you have a unique perspective on the workplace. We meet Lisa Scheps, who had great success when she presented as a male entrepreneur, but as a woman in the workplace, her career has stalled.

Duration: 00:17:31

The Broad Experience 40: The hell of networking

Ask a group of women how much they enjoy networking and most will shudder. They see it as fake, transactional, not something they want to spend time on. Research backs this up: women do not connect with other people in their industries or even within their companies as much as men do, and it's hurting their careers. In this show three guests talk about how to get over the dread of networking, why it's worth engaging with strangers on a regular basis, and why it's never too late to follow up.

Duration: 00:19:41

The Broad Experience 39: Daughters in Charge

Traditionally it was always men who followed their fathers into the family business. But in the last 15 years or so, the number of women joining family firms has almost quintupled. More and more daughters are choosing to go where once only their brothers did - and some are taking over the reins. But even today, women face different challenges than men when they enter family companies.

Duration: 00:20:31

The Broad Experience 36: Emotions at the office

How OK is it to show your emotions at work? Traditionally, not very. Some of my guests say that's changing. Others say we still work in male-dominated companies where crying or getting angry will damage your reputation - if you're female. Tune in for some good meltdown stories, a few facts on the science of tears, and some sage advice on not letting workplace eruptions get you down.

Duration: 00:17:02

The Broad Experience 34: Make them laugh - women, men, and humor at the off

You've heard it before: women aren't funny. Or at least not as funny as men. Well it turns out if you're a senior woman in a corporation, perception is reality. Always a devotee of the self-deprecating joke, I was surprised to learn from my guest, professor of linguistics Judith Baxter, that these self-directed barbs don't go down well when women deploy them in board meetings. Tune into the show to find out what happens when senior men and women use banter or otherwise joke around at work....

Duration: 00:10:11

The Broad Experience 31: Tips for success from an entrepreneur

In the second show in the Tips for Success series, we're sticking to a creative theme. A lot of women dream of starting their own business. My guest actually did it. She's Alexandra Ferguson, CEO of the company of the same name, prolific maker of pillows and makeup cases with cheeky sayings that sell in the US and around the world. She started sewing in her living room five years ago. These days she works out of a small factory space in Brooklyn and has more then ten employees - and...

Duration: 00:13:04

The Broad Experience 30: Women in academia

To an outsider, being a professor can look like a great job (I'm thinking vigorous intellectual engagment, flexibility, and long vacations). Often it is, and not just for those reasons. But just because you work in a center of higher learning doesn't mean everything that goes on there lives up to humanity's highest ideals. From maternity leave to work/life balance to getting promotions, life in the ivory tower is often tougher for women. We look at the statistics, talk about why women are...

Duration: 00:15:22

The Broad Experience 29: Show me the money

In this show I explore women's attitude to money, something I've reported on quite a bit over the years and still find fascinating. Many women still have an ambivalent relationship with money - it's tied up with their feelings about themselves and how they do, or don't value themselves. I interview Natalia Oberti Noguera, CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, and financial behaviorist (yes, that's a thing) Jacquette Timmons.

Duration: 00:20:49

The Broad Experience 27: Rise of the well-paid woman

In this show author Alison Wolf discusses how the rise of elite women has created a less equal world. The gap between the highly educated and everyone else is bigger than it's ever been, and Wolf explains how we got here, why Sweden isn’t the beacon of equality many of us think, and how pizza helped get women into the workforce.

Duration: 00:16:30

26 Get Ahead. No Guilt.

In this show we talk to two women with different perspectives on getting ahead at work. One is a Generation Y journalist who's worked for Newsweek and Tumblr, and is still navigating the new world of journalism-slash-content-creation. The other is a seasoned business owner and newspaper columnist. She says if women could just rein in their guilt, they might achieve their ambitions.

Duration: 00:19:06

The Broad Experience 25: Killing the Ideal Woman

In the first show of the fall season my guest, author and management professor Jodi Detjen, says women aren't making it to positions of power because they're too busy trying to be 'the ideal woman' - attempting to do everything perfectly at work and at home, all the while looking great and, of course, being nice. But all that striving for perfection doesn't leave much time for anything else. Detjen and I discuss why women still fall into this trap and how to adjust your assumptions in...

Duration: 00:15:12

The Broad Experience 24: Women in tech speak up

Let's face it, no matter what women do for a living, they're far less likely than men to feel comfortable in any kind of spotlight. The Write/Speak/Code conference for women in technology set out to change that. Tune in to hear three different voices discussing Why women have trouble saying what we think in a professional context Why it's hard for women to claim expertise (and how to get over that) The importance of speaking in public Bluffing (start cultivating your bluffing powers) Why...

Duration: 00:10:31

The BroadExperience 22: The Mean Girls Edition

It’s a cliché , but true: women can be truly horrible to one another at work. In this show we look into the origins of female aggression, why it plays out in such an underhanded way, and what you can do if you’re caught up in an office bitch-fest.

Duration: 00:16:36

The BroadExperience 21: 50 Shades of Em & Lo

"We have the independence and freedom of being freelancers but without the fear and horror of being out there on your own." - Em and Lo Entrepreneurs - and sex and relationship writers - Em and Lo began working together at in the late '90s. They left the mother ship to form their own 'sex writing empire' (or close enough) in the mid 2000s. Many entrepreneurs are advised to take on at least one partner. These two women did that, and the partnership is still going strong many years...

Duration: 00:15:45

The Broad Experience 20: The Man Show

This week The Broad Experience sits down with three guys to talk about how men and women interact at the office, political correctness, women-bashing on the internet, and men’s evolving roles as caregivers. Will The Hangover’s premise — that men looking after a baby is funny — be hilarious ten years from now? More candid conversation on everything to do with women, men, work, the relationship between the sexes, stay-at-home dads and sexism.

Duration: 00:17:28

The Broad Experience 19: Women, work, and sex

Ever read a book or article about a superwoman and secretly wondered about her sex life (i.e. does she have one)? This is an aspect of successful women's - and men's - lives that's rarely discussed, and certainly not openly. But for many people sex is an important part of a healthy, happy relationship. Sexuality counselor and author Evelyn Resh says many busy professional women are putting their sex lives to one side as work and kids swallow their time and energy. She wants to change that....

Duration: 00:23:21

The Broad Experience 18: The power of image

What you look like matters when it comes to your career. But not always in the way you think. The suits and makeup that may be pretty much required in one workplace could look absurd in another. But whether you dress up or down, the image you present to your bosses and colleagues can affect your progress. And it's not just women who have to think about this stuff (why else did they invent nose and ear-hair trimmers?)

Duration: 00:12:17

The Broad Experience 17: Female in Silicon Valley

It's tough to raise money for a startup, regardless of your gender. But when women go out and seek funding they sometimes come up against some interesting attitudes. Tune in to hear LaunchBit co-founder Elizabeth Yin share some tales from Silicon Valley. And in part two of the show we talk to women from two global companies that have just won awards for their efforts on behalf of women in the workplace. Apparently, Icelandic men couldn't be happier to have more women in their midst.

Duration: 00:18:29