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A lawyer turned funtrepreneur's investigation into how some of the world's most inspiring people find their "yay", whether it's through work, rest or play and any other pearls of wisdom they have along the way.

Seize the Yay Sarah Davidson

    • Society & Culture

A lawyer turned funtrepreneur's investigation into how some of the world's most inspiring people find their "yay", whether it's through work, rest or play and any other pearls of wisdom they have along the way.

    Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney // The Real Dads of Melbourne in their first podcast EVER

    Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney // The Real Dads of Melbourne in their first podcast EVER

    I can't believe we've reached our last guest interview for the year! My gosh, we've had some touch and go moments in 2021 - in and out of lockdown (and therefore in and out of motivation) with rapidly changing schedules and everything in between, but we made it and I'm so proud of the yay we've created in our third year together.

    I can't say enough how grateful I am for the yayborhood, you've absolutely kept me sane this year and given me so many reasons to smile with our healthcare worker care packs, Q&A episodes and just your lovely messages each week. I'll be taking a proper break over the festive season but as usual re-releasing some favourites in case you missed any, and will be back early next year (with Ang of course) to bring you bigger and better yay next year.

    For today, I couldn't think of a more perfect guest (or should I say guests) to finish off the year on a high than the two amazing humans you're about to hear from. And this episode is all the more special because, despite amassing an enormous community with whom they share so much of their lives on social media, this is the first time EVER that they've shared their story on a podcast and I'm still pinching myself that they said yes.
    Of course, I'm talking about the Real Dads of Melbourne aka Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney who give the beloved sitcom Modern Family a good run for its money sharing ...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science // Dr Philippa Karoly, Dr Jiawen Li and Dr Olivia Harrison

    L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science // Dr Philippa Karoly, Dr Jiawen Li and Dr Olivia Harrison

    Welcome to the second segment of our second miniseries for the year showcasing some incredible women in science thanks to the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship program. While our running miniseries wasn't sequential and could be listened to in any order, I'd recommend going back to last week's episode for the full introduction to the program and the landscape before digging into this one.

    A stat that definitely deserves another mention, however, is that only 28% of researchers today are women with less than 20% making up the most senior leadership positions, and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women. So, L'Oréal, a company brought to life by scientists 100 years ago, are dedicated to changing those statistics and have awarded five outstanding women in the industries broadly referred to as STEMM - science, technology, engineer mathematics and medicine - a fellowship to help them further their groundbreaking research.

    One of the biggest challenges for women in these areas is a lack of exposure to career paths and role models, so L'Oréal has also created a Girls in Science program to highlight for school students how diverse, dynamic and deeply impactful pathways in science can be. And since the in person events weren't able to go ahead, I'm so honoured that these Seize the Yay episodes will take their place and be distributed to young girls who are just starting to think about their way to yay so that a new generation of young scientists might see a future for themselves in the sciences.

    Our first two guests last week absolutely bowled me over - Dr Mahdokht Shaibani is an Iranian battery engineer working on cleaner alternatives to lithium batteries and Dr Kirsty Nash is a marine biologist looking at the relationship between changing nutrient production from fisheries and coral reefs on one hand and micronutrient deficiencies in humans on the other. This week our three mini-interviews focus more on medical breakthroughs in epilepsy, neuroscience, cardiovascular health and anxiety. I hope you find Dr Philippa Karoly, Dr Jiawen Li and Dr Olivia Harrison as inspiring as I did!

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science // Dr Mahkdokht Shaibani and Dr Kirsty Nash

    L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science // Dr Mahkdokht Shaibani and Dr Kirsty Nash

    I'm so glad that you've all been loving our running miniseries and, as promised, I'm thrilled to have a second one for you kicking off today. This one has changed my perspectives and extended my knowledge just as much, but in a completely different way and in relation to completely different pathways to joy but that's exactly the essence of seizing your yay - it looks different for everyone.

    The thing is, so often you don't know what you want your future to look like until you can visualise it or see it represented out in the world, but lack of exposure can really hinder people in finding their purpose because they simply never know it exists. Enter, one of the biggest challenges facing women in science or the industries broadly referred to as STEMM - science, technology, engineer mathematics and medicine.

    Today, only 28% of researchers are women with less than 20% making up the most senior leadership positions, and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women. Numerous studies have found that women in STEMM fields publish less, are paid less for their research and do not progress as far as men in their careers.

    There are so many different factors contributing to this disparity, but one is definitely the misconceptions surrounding what scientists actually do and the industries they can end up working in. Beauty and cosmetics, for example, is not the first industry you'd connect with say, engineering or maths, but our partner in this miniseries, L'Oréal, was founded by scientists over 100 years ago - without science L'Oréal simply wouldn't exist.

    Which is why, for over the past 20 years, the L'Oréal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO have been committed to women in science, to increase the number of women working in scientific research. In 1998, L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science program to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science.

    Each year, the program recognises the achievements of exceptional early-career female scientists and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research. And I'm DELIGHTED to bring you this miniseries showcasing the five 2021 Fellowship recipients and the ground-breaking, mind-blowing work they're doing highlighting how diverse, dynamic and deeply impactful pathways in science can be.

    I've emerged kind of wanting to move into science myself and wish there had been programs like this when I was younger. Wonderfully, L'Oréal's work also includes a Girls in Science program in partnership with UNSW and Melbourne University where these fellows are connected with girls in school to empower young women to forge careers in STEMM and inspire them to be part of cultural change in the industry.

    Unfortunately, the in-person Girls in Science events were unable to go ahead, but fortunately, this miniseries has taken their place so that it's not just schoolgirls whose minds can be opened by these five fascinating women and the way they're changing the world. Even if you don't aspire to a career in STEMM, I was captivated by these amazing humans and hope that you all are too.

    Find out more about the FWIS fellowship here.

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    • 1 hr
    Colleen Callander // People with purpose + passion = profit

    Colleen Callander // People with purpose + passion = profit

    I hope you enjoyed our Power Your Inner Runner podcast series, it was such a pleasure to create and I've loved seeing all of your learnings and reflections. I did have the second miniseries of the year ready for #yaysofourlives this week, but it's been pushed back slightly to align with some official announcements relating to the guests, so it's back to your regular scheduling for now but keep your ears peeled.

    Today's guest is one of those people that I feel so lucky to be able to share with you because a one on one session with such a trail-blazing industry leader is so highly coveted, so we're very lucky to have her on the show. If you haven't heard of Colleen Callander, you've definitely encountered her work through 20 years across iconic brands Sussan and Sportsgirl, 13 of which she was in the top spot as CEO. You might assume she was a born leader with her sights set on something like an MBA to work her way to the top, but Colleen is all the more fascinating for not having finished school at all and starting as a retail assistant on the floor at Just Jeans. I also love how she perceives leadership as a lifestyle choice rather than something intrinsic that you have to be born with - you don't have to be an extrovert or even in a senior position to be a leader, you can work hard and speak through your results and she certainly has done so.

    There's also some very useful reflections on burnout leading to three months away from work altogether touching on all our favourite themes of unravelling our identity from productivity and achievement. And of course, then the bold choice to step away from the dream job when it starts to become a comfort zone to embark on a new chapter and restart as a beginner. Colleen is such a delight to learn from and I hope you guys get as much out of our chat as I did.

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    • 53 min
    Power Your Inner Runner // Refuel, replenish and recharge with Linden Hall

    Power Your Inner Runner // Refuel, replenish and recharge with Linden Hall

    Welcome to our final episode of the Power Your Inner Runner podcast series in partnership with Nike Running and Rebel, gosh that's gone so quickly! I feel so lucky to have been able to pick the brains of three amazing Nike athletes and Olympians on everyone's behalf - the tips and tricks they've shared have enhanced my training so much and I hope they've done the same for you. Whether you're a running beginner or a seasoned pro, they've jam packed so much universal advice into these chats that will be invaluable in the lead up to Melbourne Marathon and beyond. But even if you're not interested in running in the least, I think all three of these women still have fascinating pathyays that are empowering, motivating and just a joy to listen to.

    So, we've heard from Catriona on mastering your mindset and Sinead on distance, determination and defying the doubters but I still have some pretty specific questions left around FUEL. What and when does one eat and drink before, during and after a race? How lucky are we to have as our third and final guest Linden Hall, a 1500m Olympian, Nike athlete and VERY conveniently, also a qualified dietitian who headed to America after high school to get the college experience at Florida State University! Today we get into the guts of our guts and, again, in the few runs I've done since recording this episode, Linden has dramatically improved my running experience.

    As well as the practical stuff, we also hear how Linden went from being spellbound watching the Atlanta Olympics as a five-year-old to actually making it to the Olympics first in Rio and then again this year in Tokyo. It gave me goosebumps to hear Linden explain how it felt to actually qualify after dreaming of the moment since childhood and working so hard to become the fastest 1500m runner in Australian history. Even cooler? She got faster and faster in Tokyo from the heat to the semi-final and then the overall final where she finished in 6th place with a personal best. So we also get some fabulous tips on improving speed and why you often don't do so by running your competition speed but by doing all kinds of other runs instead - mind blown!

    As I've been recording these episodes, I've really been reminded of how powerful sport can be - I mean I get so teary during the Olympics for the way it connects people transcending language, boundaries and geography. Even on a very local, personal level, I've been reminded how transformative sport can be which is a big tenet of Rebel's Sport is Calling campaign. If you've been out of the sporting loop for a while, sport can be such an antidote to life's challenges whether you have professional or competitive aspirations or not so I hope some of you hear sport calling your name again and get motivated to move those bodies. Also, just a reminder, in case you were worried, the episodes aren't sequential, so if you're only tuning in now don't worry each segment stands alone and you can listen in whatever order you like.

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    • 54 min
    Power Your Inner Runner // Distance, determination and defying the doubters with Sinead Diver

    Power Your Inner Runner // Distance, determination and defying the doubters with Sinead Diver

    Welcome back to our Power Your Inner Runner podcast series in partnership with Nike Running and Rebel. This is our second of three episodes with elite Nike athletes who are sharing their best running tips and tricks - whether you're a complete beginner all the way through to a pro looking for a fresh perspective.

    It's been so wonderful to see how many of you enjoyed our kick-off episode on mindset with the wonderful Catriona Bisset and have already been implementing some of your learnings into your training. My top takeaway was the power of running with friends - I've been enjoying running alone for the mental benefits but hadn't realised how much harder it can be to push into new distances when you're on your own. So, I locked in my first long run with Ang and a few friends just a few days after this chat with Catriona and went from a solid 10km plateau to a lovely 18KM RUN and I could have kept going but didn't want to overdo it by going too hard too fast. I'm so thrilled with the breakthrough and hope that some of you found Catriona's chat useful too - do keep sharing your runs with us along the way, it's so much fun to do this as a yayborhood!

    Given I also had a sneak peek of this episode, I had the chance to implement some other tweaks recommended by today's Nike athlete which were equally as impactful so I'm VERY excited to share this one with you. In case you were worried, the episodes aren't sequential, so if you're only tuning in now don't worry each segment stands alone and you can listen in whatever order you like. I met this wonderful woman during my first foray into running when we were training for the half marathon in 2019 and even though I've heard her story before, I was blown away all over again this time. While Catriona was a sprinter focusing on the 800m, we've got a long-distance perspective today from a superstar Olympic marathoner.

    Yep, I'm THRILLED to have the inimitable Sinead Diver with us today who, like Catriona, took a less conventional pathway into running. She is not only one of our best performing marathon runners ever at the Olympics coming in the top 10 in Tokyo - she was also our oldest athlete competing at 44 years old to cross just the line just four minutes behind the race winner. The twist? Sinead only started running AFTER her second child at aged 33 when she was roped into a fun run at the Tan in Melbourne. In her debut marathon, she finished in SECOND place overall then won Melbourne Marathon just four years later and she just keeps getting faster and faster.

    So, if you've ever been told you can't do it or had sceptics doubting your potential, Sinead is your woman showing how she continues to surprise with her sights set on Paris 2024 as she continues to improve each year. She also answers so many of our burning questions specific to longer distances, especially around the elusive management of eating, drinking and nature calling along the way! Coming into running later in life, she's a fabulous brain to pick about getting your body and mind into those 30 and 40km distances and living to tell the tale! She's humble, funny and full of warmth - I hope you enjoy!

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    • 1 hr 3 min

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