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Women are becoming stronger, claiming our power, and being true badasses. Host Bonnie Marcus interviews some of the most groundbreaking badass women and shares their stories of doing extraordinary things to change perceptions and challenge the status quo

Badass Women at Any Age Bonnie Marcus

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Women are becoming stronger, claiming our power, and being true badasses. Host Bonnie Marcus interviews some of the most groundbreaking badass women and shares their stories of doing extraordinary things to change perceptions and challenge the status quo

    From Betrayal to Reinvention with Jillian Romero Chaves

    From Betrayal to Reinvention with Jillian Romero Chaves

    Jillian Ramirez Chaves’s life took an unexpected turn when she faced the painful discovery of infidelity by her soon to be fiance.  This life altering experience shattered her self-confidence and left her questioning her ability to make healthy relationship choices.  Refusing to let this define her, she embarked on a profound journey of healing, discovery, and personal growth. Jillian is a dynamic visionary who has pioneered transformative changes in the dating and relationship health landscape as the founder and CEO of Clara.  For daters, she leads a revolution that empowers individuals to make informed purposeful choices in their dating lives. Her journey from a successful career in the male dominated automotive industry to becoming a trailblazing entrepreneur in the tech world is a testament to her resilience and passion.  As a female minority founder and CEO, Jillian embodies the spirit of resilience and innovation. She is a staunch advocate for mental wellness in the context of dating, a subject often overlooked but of paramount importance in today's society. Her mission is to guide individuals in embracing intentional dating thereby  enhancing their overall wellbeing. 

     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    2:30 - Jillian’s Personal Journey
    10:20 - Bouncing back & finding your mission
    20:45 - Jillian’s dating app, Clara for Daters
    28:09 - Challenges for women in dating
     
    Quotes
    “I had to figure out how to learn from my mistakes and not let them happen again on an expedited level.”
    “We have all these ways to meet people, dating apps, social media, yet we're still facing a loneliness epidemic because we're not actually converting them into social connections.”
    “When it doesn’t work out that means that you learn something and you’re going to keep going.”
    “Being hopeful is not a bad thing, but we have to be smart and hopeful”
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    Mentioned:
    The Rules of Love by Jay Shetty
    Esther Perel
    Clara For Daters
    Instagram 
    Jillian's Instagram
    Jillian's LinkedIn
    eConnect with Bonnie
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup
     
    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.
     

    • 39 min
    Navigating the Patriarchy with Dr. Joshua Klapow

    Navigating the Patriarchy with Dr. Joshua Klapow

    As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Joshua Klapow recognized a pattern of professional women attempting to navigate a workplace culture that was never set up for them to succeed.  Inspired to affect change, Dr. Klapow re-focused his career and is making an impact in that culture through performance coaching. Dr. Klapow is a clinical psychologist, behavioral scientist, and performance coach who helps women in leadership positions leverage their unique style and build influence to successfully navigate the male dominated culture in which they work.  Josh is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of University of California, L.A. with a Ph. D. in clinical psychology from UCLA San Diego.  He's authored over 100 scientific publications and is the author of Living Smart:Lifestyle Change Made Simple. He's also the co-founder of Chip Rewards, a privately held company with proprietary software that delivers incentive offers to influence population health behaviors. The success of this venture led him to be one of the top entrepreneurs 2020 by Yahoo Business.
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    1:53      Dr. Klapow’s journey into performance coaching
    5:47 Gender biases in corporate culture
    10:09    Where the culture stands now, 
    18:51    Authenticity and humanity
    23:18    Toxicity, insecurity and balance
    33:23    The benefits of working with a male coach
    Quotes
    “ As a clinical psychologist, I can't unsee what I'm trained to see.”
    “It's a no win situation because we're asking you to be “more like men”, but when you are, that scene is threatening.”
    “I see a lot of women that I work with who absolutely get lost because they are literally forced to play all of these different roles, many of which are not true to their own persona.”
    “We all have these different personas that are who we are.”
    “ There are a lot of scared men, this is part of the problem, who are in leadership positions who have no clue  how to be. They have all the power in the world in that organization, and they don't know how to leverage it in a supportive way because they're insecure.”
    “Look for the healthy psychology or psychological adjustment in the person. Not necessarily the gender.”
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    Mentioned:
    mentaldrive.com
    Mental Drive (Facebook)
    Mental Drive (Instagram)
    Mental Drive (TikTok)
    Dr. Joshua Klapow (LinkedIn)



    eConnect with Bonnie
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup
     
    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.

    • 39 min
    Love of Money with Judy Wilkins Smith

    Love of Money with Judy Wilkins Smith

    Sparked by the tragic loss of her father, Judy Wilkins Smith set out on an unexpected journey as a writer that developed into much more.   Judy is a highly regarded Family Patterns, Systemic Work, constellations expert, transformational coach, motivational speaker, and author who is passionate about individual growth, visionary leadership, and positive, accelerated, global change. The Founder of System Dynamics for Individuals and organizations, she has 18 years of expertise assisting high-performance individuals, Fortune 500 executives (Chevron, JP Morgan, Kellogg's, ExxonMobil), and legacy families end limiting cycles and create lasting breakthroughs and transitions into peak performance. She is a regular guest on TV news and entertainment shows and is the author of Decoding Your Emotional Blueprint: A Powerful Guide to Transformation Through Disentangling Multigenerational Patterns.
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    1:55 Judy’s personal story
    5:20 Constellation work defined
    12:26 What we can learn about money from our generational DNA.
    15:33 Our relationship with money
    19:49 Gender and money
    26:55 Common blocks regarding our relationship with money
     
    Quotes
    ”Money is not a commodity, it is a relationship, and the way you show up for money is the way it will show up for you.”
    “It’s really creating the environment to have a healthy relationship with money that opens up the ability for money to flow to you.”
    “You've gotta invest in money, if you want money to invest in you.”
    “When you start to realize that you are valuable and you can add value and you have something to give and you offer it, the money will flow.”
    “You are as valuable as you think you are.”
     
    Mentioned:
    JudyWilkins-Smith.com
    Instagram
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    eConnect with Bonnie
    https://bonniemarcusleadership.com/
    https://web.facebook.com/bonnie.marcus/ 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniemarcus
    https://twitter.com/selfpromote
    https://www.instagram.com/self_promote_/
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup



    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.
     

    • 34 min
    Aligning Your Talent with Jennifer Ritvo Hughes

    Aligning Your Talent with Jennifer Ritvo Hughes

    A life long lover of music,  Jennifer Ritvo Hughes found her calling as a college student sitting in the back of a concert hall.  A musician herself,  Jennifer was passionate about integrating her business savvy and love of music into a successful career supporting the arts.  Jennifer is CEO of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra overseeing their daily operations, fundraising efforts, community engagement, and promotion of the globally renowned Israel Philharmonic in the United States.  Jennifer received a master's degree in musicology from Brandeis University and has led a variety of performing arts organizations and initiatives, including Boston Bass Chorus. Cantata Singers and Wellesley College's first ever Arts at Wellesley initiative. 
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    1:18 Jennifer’s personal story
    6:31 Greatest challenges
    10:19 Lesson learned and work life balance
    14:32 Challenges relative to gender and age
    20:05 Confidence and courage as a young executive director
    23:28 The role of the arts in cultural change
     
    Quotes
    ”I really love bringing creativity to  the business side of things as much as the artistic side of things. And I think that when you are challenging yourself to be as creative as your counterparts on stage. That's when magic happens.”
    “Your strengths can also be your weaknesses if they're on overdrive.”
    “I don't think music is a universal language, but I think that music can communicate universally.  I think that music has that power to create a shared experience, a shared emotional response beyond language and to me, that is the essence of our shared humanity.”
     
    Mentioned:
    American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Youtube
    Boston Early Music Festival
    eConnect with Bonnie
    https://bonniemarcusleadership.com/
    https://web.facebook.com/bonnie.marcus/ 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniemarcus
    https://twitter.com/selfpromote
    https://www.instagram.com/self_promote_/
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup



    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 

    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.

    • 28 min
    The Love of Story with Lydia Sherrer

    The Love of Story with Lydia Sherrer

    Raised with a lot of personal agency, Lydia Sherrer learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility from observing how her entrepreneurial father ran his business.  Lydia is the award-winning and USA today bestselling author of Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus Universe of Books, which has sold over half a million copies worldwide.  Most recently, she published her Gamelit series, Trans Dimensional Hunter, with New York Times bestselling author, John Ringo, and has written stories for several Black Tide Rising anthologies. Lydia Co-owns Chenoweth Press with her husband David Cher, and together they publish their own books and games to a growing audience of science fiction  and fantasy fans.
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    1:40 Lydia’s personal journey
    7:40 Choosing writing as a career
    24:70 Advice for women interested in writing as a career
    31:05 Self publishing
     
    Quotes
    “We as humans have incredible powers to over come things….if we just believe we can.”
    ”It’s really important to understand your personality, your working strengths, your weaknesses, where your passions lie, and where your abilities lie.”
    “Moderating expectations and having realistic expectations is very important in the publishing industry, and it is possible to get realistic expectations, but you have to be willing to reach out, to make relationships, and to ask bold questions with the knowledge that when people say no, it's not personal.”
     
    Mentioned:
    LydiaSherrer.com
    Love Lies and Hocus Pocus
     
    eConnect with Bonnie
    https://bonniemarcusleadership.com/
    https://web.facebook.com/bonnie.marcus/ 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniemarcus
    https://twitter.com/selfpromote
    https://www.instagram.com/self_promote_/
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup



    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.
     

    • 40 min
    Fierce advocate for women 50+ with Michela Di Carlo

    Fierce advocate for women 50+ with Michela Di Carlo

    Annoyed by the lack of representation and the  way society media portrayed middle aged women, Michela Di Carlo decided to do something about it.  She embarked on a journey and launched an online magazine to help empower women over 50 and reframe midlife as a colorful journey.  Michela is a seasoned, bilingual lifestyle journalist (Italian/English) with a Masters in Communication Sciences from the University of Rome.  Living between Manchester and The Eternal City,  former feature writer for the most influential Italian National newspaper “La Repubblica”, regular contributor for ANSA, the italian major news agency, she is the founder and chief editor of CrunchyTales.com, the popular first solely illustrated online magazine for sassy, badass women over 50.  Focusing her work on inspirational content to empower women feeling stuck in the second act of their life and highlighting the bright side of growing older, Michela is also the creator and producer of the first pro-age live radio show format called “The Beauty of Aging”.  She also has curated and chaired several talk-shows around the UK promoting a refreshing approach to aging, partnering with several charities and players including Chester University, StoryHouse and the Open University.  Currently holding the role of Adjunct Professor in Food Design at The University of Tor Vergata in Rome, she believes mature students are the best and she continues to be a fierce Late Bloomers advocate determined to change the narrative on aging while promoting the benefits of lifelong learning.
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    2:57 Michela’s personal story
    6:23 Biggest challenges in launching her magazine, Crunchy Tales
    10:57 Things Michela learned about women over 50
    15:01 Crunchy Tales format,  illustrations and popular articles
    22:10 Gendered ageism in UK vs Italy
    30:56 Writing Crunchy Tales in english
     
    Quotes
    “I think that midlife is a time of reawakening, it’s a time when you finally pursue what you always   dreamt about.”
    “We wanted to show that midlife is anything but a gray, dull time of life, so we encourage women to develop a new path maybe a more authentic path.”
     
    Mentioned:
    CrunchyTales.com
    MichelaDicarlo.com
    eConnect with Bonnie
    https://bonniemarcusleadership.com/
    https://web.facebook.com/bonnie.marcus/ 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniemarcus
    https://twitter.com/selfpromote
    https://www.instagram.com/self_promote_/
    Gendered Ageism Survey Results
    Forbes article
    5 Tips to own the superpower of your age
    IAMMusicGroup



    Purchase my book Not Done Yet on Amazon: 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode of Badass Women Podcast, then make sure to subscribe to the podcast and drop us a five-star review.
     

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Debbie Waidl ,

A must listen for those struggling with menopause!

I am a big proponent of natural healing and as a functional health coach support women struggling with migraine pain and symptoms that often come during menopause.

Your podcast: Supporting Women Through Menopause With Catherine Balsam-Schwaber really hit home with what I teach my clients through my Migraine Freedom Protocol....discussing the challenges of menopause and the importance of women listening to their bodies.

A must listen for those struggling with menopause!

mendingtrauma ,

Empowering!

Bonnie does a great job of empowering women regardless of their circumstances. She is an excellent interviewer and packs each episode with value. Highly recommend!

brettelizabeth ,

Inspired!

Resilience implies a return to an original point, which can be a valid goal, but these interviews show people evolving - not backwards and forwards in a linear sense, but more three dimensional. Grateful to Bonnie for pulling these narratives together!

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