Welcome to Hiding in the Bathroom! We examine the secret life of leadership, work, and success. From anxiety, work-life balance, figuring out what you want, and building the kind of business you love, we hear from leaders of all stripes.
Each week host Morra Aarons-Mele invites her favorite, most interesting friends and colleagues from politics, feminism, business media and psychology on to talk about creating the career and life you want, driving social change, smashing the patriarchy, and what to do when you want to hide in the bathroom.
It's like a "nerdy dinner party conversation between two great minds."
Margaret Brennan: the Big Picture of the News
Hosting CBS News' Face the Nation every Sunday has forced journalist Margaret Brennan to take a step back from the relentless Twitter driven news cycle and think about the bigger picture. We talk through how to process the news in a healthier manner, how to connect the dots, and how to make sense of the changing lives of women in our politics and our workplaces.
Fixing Digital in Politics
Morra is joined by strategist Tara McGowan to talk progressive change in the post Cambridge Analytica world. Digital fundraising, organizing, and campaigning are fundamental to how we run for office now, but we're rightly nervous. Social media is a hugely powerful tool, and online fundraising a cash cow enabling grassroots power. As we head into the midterms, Tara and I talk through the path forward for digital strategy and politics.
How Do You Fix a Failed System?
Kelly Wickham Hurst says "Once writing started to happen for me, there was power there." She used her many years as an educator and the power of her voice to create Being Black at School, which advocates for equity and safety for Black students. This episode will be useful for those wondering how to make the leap from personal writing into activism, or how to take a lifetime of professional knowledge into a brave new place.
Dirty Energy is No Match for Mothers Out Front
From the time she was five, Kelsey Wirth's dad Tim was up for reelection in Congress every two years in a swing district. Kelsey says she grew up in the spirit of both unpredictability and standing up for what you believe in. A successful entrepreneur, she now runs Mothers Out Front, where local moms and grandmothers take on often giant, entrenched utilities and corporate interests. If you're an organizing nerd you'll love listening to how Mothers Out Front has grown!
How Can I Do My Dream Work and Pay the Bills?
If there's one question I get over and over, it's "How can I pursue a dream career as a content creator/artist/inspirational speaker/influencer and still pay the mortgage?" Is this you? On paper everything is perfect, and yet: you're a talented, well-paid professional seeking a path of much less security, and probably, less income. Karen Walrond is a renowned speaker, coach, author, photographer and blogger. Learn about her shift from engineer and corporate lawyer to multi-hyphenate.
The Mothers Are Coming: Shannon Watts on Building a Grassroots Movement to Fight Gun Violence
"There is nothing a gun extremist has as much love for as we do for our children." That's the true theory of change behind Moms Demand Action, a 50 state strong movement of over 4 million Americans who demand legislators fix our epidemic of gun violence. What is life like as a grassroots organizer working in the perfect storm of a startup and politics? What's the organizing model that allows Moms Demand to function? Go inside how Moms Demand works, from social media to volunteer guidelines.