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What is the leadership journey? Is it different for women and men? And what does it look and feel like to get into your discomfort zone to allow yourself to grow and develop as a leader? How does visibility affect you? Can anyone be a leader?

Join us on Discomfort Zone, a podcast that explores the facets of the leadership journey from women of all ages, countries and walks of life from across the globe.

Got an idea you'd like us to discuss in an episode? Let us know at discomfort.zone.podcast@gmail.com!

Discomfort Zone Roshni Sharma

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What is the leadership journey? Is it different for women and men? And what does it look and feel like to get into your discomfort zone to allow yourself to grow and develop as a leader? How does visibility affect you? Can anyone be a leader?

Join us on Discomfort Zone, a podcast that explores the facets of the leadership journey from women of all ages, countries and walks of life from across the globe.

Got an idea you'd like us to discuss in an episode? Let us know at discomfort.zone.podcast@gmail.com!

    11 Climate Change as a Discomfort Zone (HB5 Virtual Voyage Episode 3 Part 2)

    11 Climate Change as a Discomfort Zone (HB5 Virtual Voyage Episode 3 Part 2)

    What are our moral and ethical obligations to the living beings and the habitats they need to survive which we impact upon as humanity? And what are some things that we can all do, whether big or small actions or behaviours, to help reduce the impact of humanity on the planet? 



    Join us as we discuss these questions with  Eleri Harris (an environmental and geoscience specialist originally from Wales but currently based in Canada), Julianna Kadar (an American shark movement ecologist currently living in Sydney, Australia), Nirvani Devcharan (an information technology specialist based in Cape Town, South Africa), Anna Colluci (a biologist and  environmental manager from Italy currently based in Germany), Paula Silva (an integrated water systems engineer from Mexico) and Rebecca Wade (a Senior Lecturer in environmental science based in  Scotland but originally from Wales), hosted by Roshni Sharma (a  spatial scientist and project manager based in Sydney, Australia).

    • 51 min
    10 Climate Change as a Discomfort Zone (HB5 Virtual Voyage Episode 3 Part 1)

    10 Climate Change as a Discomfort Zone (HB5 Virtual Voyage Episode 3 Part 1)

    What does climate change mean to you? And besides the obvious impact on the environment, what are some of the other ways that climate change will shift the dynamics, routines and habits of our lifestyles? 



    Join us as we discuss these questions with Anna (a biologist and environmental manager from Italy currently based in Germany), Helen O'Connor (A UK Civil Servant currently living in Ireland specialising in climate change and environmental advisory), Jodi Salmond (a marine researcher specialising in citizen science reef ecology and personal development from the Gold Coast, Australia), Judit Jimenez-Sainz (originally from Spain, now working at Yale University as a biochemist and geneticist researching female cancers and how to prevent and cure them), Marga Lopez (a marine researcher specialising in marine ecology and climate change, based in Spain), Natalie Barefoot (a Canadian lawyer working on international ocean protection and wildlife conservation), Nirvani Devcharan (an information technology specialist based in Cape Town, South Africa), Priya Gandhi (an American living in Melbourne, Australia, working as a sustainability consultant to design buildings better for people and the planet), Rachel Villani (a wetlands scientist based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Yanhui Wang (a communications specialist in a climate change think tank in Beijing, China, who joined us for this recording at 4am her local time!) and Rebecca Wade (a Senior Lecturer in environmental science based in Scotland but originally from Wales) and hosted by Roshni Sharma (a spatial scientist and project manager based in Sydney, Australia). 

    • 50 min
    09 A New Leadership: Authenticity, Vulnerability and Empathy (HB5VV Special 2)

    09 A New Leadership: Authenticity, Vulnerability and Empathy (HB5VV Special 2)

    Part 2 of the HB5 Virtual Voyage special, this episode draws upon the value of authenticity, vulnerability and empathy in our leadership toolkits. It delves into the interplay between these three traits, how we develop them and use them to bring groups and people together. We explore why leadership increasingly needs us to show our human side, how we can connect on deeper levels with the people we represent to help better understand their vision and problems, and how we can also connect more deeply with our fellow leaders. 

    Joining us in this episode, the largest we have ever done, are a suite of incredible women from all corners of the globe: Anna Madlener (a marine robotics engineer in Berlin), Monica Green (an environmental and sustainability tertiary educator in Australia), Nirvani Devcharan (an information technology specialist from Cape Town, South Africa), Roshni Sharma (a spatial scientist from Sydney, Australia), Nancy Glenn (a Professor of remote sensing of the environment from Sydney), Amie Figueiredo (a scientist working on environmental sustainable development policies in Switzerland), Carole Durussel (a Swiss marine scientist working on high seas biodiversity conservation in Germany), Joanna Sumner (a herpetologist managing the wildlife frozen tissue collection at Melbourne Museum), Judit Jimienez Sainz (a research scientist and molecular biologist from Yale Medical School), Jodi Salmond (a marine scientist based on the Gold Coast, Australia), Kristina Baltutis (a Veterinarian from North Carolina, US), Laurie LaPat (an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and an environmental engineer), Charlotte Francesiaz (a researcher studying migratory birds in France), Rachel Villani (a wetlands scientist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Priyanka Das Rajkakati (Indian-origin French who is an aerospace engineer, PhD candidate in GNSS and an artist), Xhi Hu (Sisi, originally from China, now working on infrastructure assistance modelling and climate change adaptation in the US) and Phillista Malaki (a Kenyan based in Nairobi, a Senior Research Scientist at the National Museum of Kenya).

    • 55 min
    08 Disruption and Leading Ourselves: How COVID-19 has changed the way we care, connect and lead (#HB5VirtualVoyage special)

    08 Disruption and Leading Ourselves: How COVID-19 has changed the way we care, connect and lead (#HB5VirtualVoyage special)

    Join us for this special episode of the Discomfort Zone Podcast, the first in a series of three celebrating the Homeward Bound 5 Virtual Voyage, deep diving into the leadership journey of women in STEM. Today, we delve into how the pandemic has brought a silver lining for us in some new ways of connecting with each other despite not being able to see each other in person safely. We explore how we as leaders can manage the emotional toll of the roller coaster of emotions that COVID-19 has brought for us and supporting our colleagues, direct reports, managers and friends through these as well, and the collective grief that we are all learning to manage together. We also examine the different leadership styles which are more effective with different groups impacted by the pandemic in different ways, as well as ideas for finding a broader circle of support for yourself as you climb the ladder, especially in our newly very-digital world.

    See you next time for Episode 2 of the HB5 Virtual Voyage Mini-series, where we speak about leading Authenticity, Vulnerability and Empathy!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    07 - Lenses as Comfort and Discomfort Zones (Part 2)

    07 - Lenses as Comfort and Discomfort Zones (Part 2)

    All of see the world through lenses - lenses formed by our values and personalities, our life experiences, the people around us, the interests we have, the places we work. These things make us who we are, influence our strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly, impact the ways in which we respond and react to the people and world around us. These lenses form from our conscious and unconscious biases, which place us in various positions of privilege and oppression, depending upon the contexts which we flow through in life. Today in the Discomfort Zone podcast, we're exploring the first half of a two-part series that considers diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and its relevance to leadership. In the last episode, we delved into the experiences which we have had with unconscious bias, on both the receiving and giving sides, and how we strive to become more aware of our unconscious biases. This time, Jodi, Nancy, Paula, Nirvani and Roshni are diving into the link between shame and facing or changing our unconscious or conscious biases, how our biases impact the experience of networking in different cultures, how we can use an awareness of diversity and inclusion when speaking with people of different values or worldviews to ourselves, and the professional benefits to organisations of adopting diverse and inclusive cultures.  So without further ado, joining us today are:

    • 47 min
    06 - Lenses as Comfort and Discomfort Zones (Part 1)

    06 - Lenses as Comfort and Discomfort Zones (Part 1)

    All of see the world through lenses - lenses formed by our values and personalities, our life experiences, the people around us, the interests we have, the places we work. These things make us who we are, influence our strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly, impact the ways in which we respond and react to the people and world around us. These lenses form from our conscious and unconscious biases, which place us in various positions of privilege and oppression, depending upon the contexts which we flow through in life. Today in the Discomfort Zone podcast, Jodi, Julianna, Marga, Nirvani, Priya, Reina and Roshni explore the first half of a two-part series that considers diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and its relevance to leadership. In this first episode, we delve into the experiences which we have had with unconscious bias, on both the receiving and giving sides, and how we strive to become more aware of our unconscious biases. 

    • 49 min

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