This podcast is for the millions of women who take a career pause to raise their family - whether you are contemplating a pause, in the trenches at home with your kids, or ready to relaunch the next phase of your life. We provide weekly insights and interviews with women who have successfully returned to work, as well as experts working to make it easier to hit pause and unpause on your career.
109. Saying Yes When the Opportunity Arrives
Some people would look at Colleen Butler's resume and be surprised to see the diversity of jobs: entrepreneur, lawyer, mortgage broker, media salesperson, to name a few. Some were full time and some were the part-time gigs that fulfilled her when her kids were small. But, the truth is that she's always been willing to say yes, which has now landed her in the job she loves so much she calls it "the last job she ever wants."
Today, she is the Business Development Lead for The W Marketplace, a digital marketplace featuring women-owned businesses.
108. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: What You Need to Know
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) isn't just a new corporate buzzword or department. It's an important value that can impact you whether you are job searching, interviewing, onboarding, or finding your way to success in a new company.
In this podcast, I break down what each of the words means - as well as several more. If you've been away from the workforce for a few years or more, you'll find the vocabulary in this space has changed. And, since you may even find yourself in an interview responding to your views on DEI, I include a few real-world questions that candidates have recently been asked to respond to.
107. From Empty Nester to Digital Nomad in Bali
At first glance, Jessica Seiders is not what I would consider a good candidate for life as a digital nomad - someone who finds a way to work vitually from any country in the world.
Two years ago, she didn't have a passport, she'd never left the United States, and she didn't speak a foreign language. But when her daughter left for college and she found herself lost and depressed, she made a radical shift in her life.
She sold all her belongings, traveled to 17 countries, and, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was closing in, she settled in Bali. It turns out to be the perfect path and she's found an entirely new life there.
Today, you can find her helping fellow empty nesters on her Fearless Empty Nester website and in her Empty Nester Zoom Moms Facebook group.
106. 4 Strategies to Focus your Back to Business Search
Nancy McSharry Jensen and Sarah Duenwald founded The Swing Shift four years ago to help women navigate their return to work. Now, they've launched a book, Back to Business, to share all their wisdom on finding your confidence, embracing your skills, and landing your dream job after a career pause.
We chat about their take on what's changed in 2021, the value of a personal brand, and the importance of connections. Nancy and Sarah share 4 Back to Business strategies they outline in the book:
Boomerang Try and Buy Lilypad From Pro Bono to Paid Tune in to see which of those 4 strategies might work for you and to learn from these career pause experts.
105. Is Fear of Failure Costing You Your Dreams?
Today, we're talking about failure as a good thing. Yes, a good thing! I truly believe that failure has helped me create who I am today and I want to take a deep dive on that with you. We're tackling your fear of failure, why we fail in advance, and how we can benefit from failing forward.
104. A Nurse Discovers a New Passion as a Microgreens Farmer
Laura Patterson never realized how much of her identity was wrapped up in her role as a Registered Nurse until she stepped away from the career to raise her 3 children.
As she brought the next generation of children into the world, she started to think about her role in the world. In particular, she was fascinated by the food that nourishes all of us and the way children have become so disconnected from the source.
Laura found that microgreens - essentially baby plants packed with nutrition and flavor - were the perfect entry point for young kids because they have short (Post-pandemic she's shifted her business Hand-Grown Greens and found a new love in teaching others how to incorporate microgreens into their own families.