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Subscribe now to hear this popular and influential show with host Janice McDonald. You’ll hear Inspiring Conversations with Fearless Women trailblazers in business,sports, arts and culture, politics and more. Listen as they share their stories, the challenges and insights into how they’ve been driven to change the world and make it a better place, in whatever arena they are competing in. Practical tips. True Stories. Authentic Leadership. Real People. Big Ideas. Serious Inspiration.

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Subscribe now to hear this popular and influential show with host Janice McDonald. You’ll hear Inspiring Conversations with Fearless Women trailblazers in business,sports, arts and culture, politics and more. Listen as they share their stories, the challenges and insights into how they’ve been driven to change the world and make it a better place, in whatever arena they are competing in. Practical tips. True Stories. Authentic Leadership. Real People. Big Ideas. Serious Inspiration.

    Ursula Eysin - CEO and Founder of Red Swan Vienna

    Ursula Eysin - CEO and Founder of Red Swan Vienna

    Well, My fearless listeners, these remain challenging times and our resilience continues to be tested … and tested. Sometimes, It can feel like we’re swimming in an ocean of uncertainty. The future is uncertain but what if I told you you can turn that uncertainty into a competitive advantage?

    My next guest, Ursula Eysin has answers on how to do this. She’s a creative strategist who helps, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and governments do precisely that. To turn uncertainty into an advantage using the scenario thinking method. She’s the CEO and founder of Red Swan Vienna and will help us imagine and create our future. I love the sound of that.

    Listen till 11:44 to hear Ursula talk about why people don’t like uncertainty and where that feeling comes from.

    “No one likes uncertainty. People hate uncertainty. But actually, we have this basic human uncertainty, which already starts with do other people like me. And that sounds very trivial, but actually, our psychology did not really change in the last thousands of years. So when we were not liked by the group, by the others, in a tribe or in the caves, there was actually a question of life and death.

    So we still do have this reaction. So this is our basic uncertainty and it's actually quite frightening. So I would not try to tell people just, uh, give up on certainty because I know we need, in some places, we need some kind of certainty. We need to feel safe.”

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    • 25 min
    Renée McGowan - President, AMEA Region Mercer

    Renée McGowan - President, AMEA Region Mercer

    We need inspiration now more than ever… and I’m excited to introduce you to my next guest. Global citizen and inspiring leader, she has a fascinating story to tell of her life so far.

    Welcome to the show, Renée McGowan!

    Let me tell you a little more from Renée’s very impressive bio.

    Based in Dubai, Renée is Mercer’s President, Asia Middle East & Africa (AMEA), leading Mercer’s business across 18 markets in this fast-growing, dynamic region. She is also Chairperson of Mercer in Japan, Executive Director on Mercer boards in China and Hong Kong, and Marsh McLennan’s Country Corporate Officer for Hong Kong.

    She has helmed businesses in Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Sydney. She is also a regular speaker at major international forums and a contributor to international media, including WEF, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post and CNBC. And won tons of awards including the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian Government for delivering humanitarian services overseas.

    Listen till 9:02 to hear Renée talk about one of the hardest but most impactful times in her life when she was an exchange student.

    “You know you’re a teenager you think you’re invisible. But I think it still takes an element of being fearless to make that decision as a teenager to throw yourself into a local town. In central Java, not knowing a word of Indonesian, living with a local family and attending a local school for twelve months. And noting that it was the early nineties, so it was pre-internet. Snail mail took weeks or months, phone calls didn’t work just because of the nature of infrastructure there. So it was probably the hardest period of my life but looking back on it now, probably the most impactful thing I did in my life as well.”

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    • 35 min
    Cynthia Williams – President, Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming

    Cynthia Williams – President, Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming

    Cynthia Williams is President of Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming at Hasbro. In this role, Cynthia leads the strategy for two of the biggest names in gaming, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, while driving continued global growth for the division and leading new fan and story-led tabletop and digital experiences. She is focused on building and expanding on the outstanding foundation laid by Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks, under whose leadership Wizards of the Coast doubled its revenue from 2018 to 2021.

    Cynthia has a deep understanding of technology and e-commerce, along with cloud and console-based gaming, with expertise in scaling businesses to drive profitable growth. She previously served as General Manager and Vice President, Gaming Ecosystem Commercial Team at Microsoft, notably driving the expansion of Xbox Gaming and the acceleration of game-creator growth. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cynthia spent more than a decade at Amazon, where she led the global growth of their e-commerce direct-to-consumer business, Fulfillment by Amazon.

    She serves as an advisor to Mana Up Hawaii, a product incubator focused on empowering Hawaiian entrepreneurs to scale globally. Cynthia graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Summa C*m Laude and received her MBA with Distinction from Wake Forest University.

    Listen till 14:39 to hear Cynthia talk about the importance of play and why women should give gaming a try!

    “I would encourage women to give gaming a try if they haven’t in the past. Perhaps you thought, when I was growing up my first experience with DUNGEONS & DRAGONS was with a group of guys I knew and they were playing and I asked if I could play and they were like no this isn’t for girls. Well now more than fifty percent of the people who play DUNGEONS & DRAGONS are women and so I would encourage women who maybe thought they weren’t invited to the party to give it a try because it is a terrific way to connect with people, to relieve some stress and to have fun. Play is a human need, it’s not just for children and so I would encourage the women listening to your podcast to spend more time in their life playing.”

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    • 27 min
    Adrienne Rivera - Spiritual Business Coach

    Adrienne Rivera - Spiritual Business Coach

    Adrienne Rivera is a Spiritual Business Coach who specializes in teaching healers and coaches how to grow their businesses online. She started her coaching journey as an online fitness + mindset coach, grew it to a 6 figure business, and discovered her passion and talent for business coaching. Adrienne focuses on helping her clients find alignment with their business on a soul level with breathwork. She is the founder of Breath of Gold--a breathwork company that hosts weekly breathwork and also trains breathwork facilitators.

    Listen until 7:46 to hear Adrienne talk about finding peace within.

    “With my story of overcoming the eating disorder, I used to feel like food was that thing to fill the void, or food was that thing to give me pleasure. Or even you know dating and relationships was the thing to give me pleasure and shopping or buying new things was the thing to give me pleasure and novelty. When really everything is within ourselves and that is a lesson that comes through almost every single time I do breathwork and it’s a reminder because I think our human selves often forget that it’s all within us.”

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    • 27 min
    Jennifer Jackson - Accenture Canada Technology and Cloud Lead

    Jennifer Jackson - Accenture Canada Technology and Cloud Lead

    Hey everybody!

    A big shout out to our listeners from all around the globe including: USA, UK, Canada, Norway, Australia, France - and so many more countries…hello!

    Love having you join us. I’m thinking about you and hope you’re doing alright out there. We need inspiration now more than ever!

    So, On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women across all aspects of society and, at the same time, recognize hurdles still remain to achieve gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.

    The theme of breaking the bias reminds us we still have a way to go and my fearless guest today has an impressive bio as a tech trailblazer Jennifer Jackson, is the first woman to lead Accenture’s technology business in Canada and passionate advocate for mental health - an interest we share.

    Let me tell you a little more about her.

    Jennifer Jackson is a Senior Executive at Accenture and runs the Canadian Technology and Cloud First business. Jennifer has worked across multiple industries but has focused on Retail the last 10 years. Jennifer has a passion for Mental Health and is the executive sponsor for the Mental Health Employee Resource Group. We have lots to talk about … welcome to the show Jennifer Jackson.

    Listen until 23:41 to hear what Jennifer is most excited about when it comes to the future of technology.

    "We, right now, are exploring a lot about the Metaverse, and how that will re-shape how we interact with each other. How businesses interact with their customers. How we can even do things, like, bring therapy right to people who may not have access through the Metaverse, and, so, I think that's going to completely change the way we as human beings work, and really spend time with each other. So, that I'm really excited about."

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    • 28 min
    Isabella Alveberg - CEO of Snøhetta

    Isabella Alveberg - CEO of Snøhetta

    As we’ve stayed closer to home these past two years, whether looking out the window or going for walks, we’re keenly aware of our surroundings and the important role design and architecture play in our enjoyment of spaces.

    I am delighted to welcome someone who is actively seeking new opportunities to improve and create world-class architecture and design. She’s an impressive leader who has wide-ranging experience within global leadership, sales, marketing and operations. We met when she was a tech exec at a cyber security company and I was training one of her teams.

    Let me tell you about Isabella Alveberg. She is the CEO of Snøhetta. It’s an integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture, graphic and brand design, with offices all over the world including the home office of Oslo, Norway.

    Listen until 12:07 to hear Isabella talk about the best piece of advice she received.

    "The best piece of advice that I ever got, that I didn't wish I knew earlier, cause I was told that pretty early. But I wish I'd listened to that advice. Is really listen more than you speak. I did have a tendency to, uh, you know, to overcompensate and kind of push my ideas forward. And I think as, at least as I get older and take on more, you know, top-level of management positions.

    I think it's really a good practice to ask for advice. You know, surround yourself with people that are a whole lot smarter than yourself. One of my New Year's resolutions with this year is really to actively seek dialogue, not just conversation, but dialogue to really, truly understand the other person and their point of view.

    And then, in the end, I have to make the hard decisions. But again, I wish that they not only told me to listen more than I spoke but actually, I had listened to that piece of advice."

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

zoe183729171 ,

Inspirational!!!

One of the most amazing podcasts I’ve heard in a long time. Janice has an amazing ability to ask the exact questions I would ask these women if I were to interview them! I always learn a thing or two each episode I listen to and always end the episodes inspired!

Ebeaton ,

Amazing interviewer and show

I draw so much inspiration from these fun and fearless conversations. Janice is an incredible interviewer. It was an honour to be a guest on the show AND I'm recommending this podcast as a must-listen to my audience!

Marcmo123 ,

Inspiring and necessary

This podcast is a gift! Constant reflection and inspiration. Love Janice’s Fearless Women book as well! Highly recommend both.

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