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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

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    • 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

    Triumph From Trauma with Alreen Haeggquist

    Triumph From Trauma with Alreen Haeggquist

    Growing up in a home where she had to withstand physical, mental, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse, Alreen Haeggquist was desperate to escape her reality.  After failed suicide attempts, Alreen’s journey took a turn when she realized going to college would give her the opportunity to escape the abusive environment. Through therapy and a lot of intentional work to overcome Alreen turned her traumatic past into a mission to help other women stand up for themselves and own their power.  Alreen has a fervent passion to advocate for women who suffer from sexual abuse, harassment or discrimination.  As a lawyer with 21 years of experience, she has recovered millions of dollars for clients in cases involving sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. In addition,  Irene has an unwavering commitment to not allow wealth, power, influence or status to exempt anyone from the rules of society. 
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    2:23 Alreen’s Personal Journey
    8:38 Lessons learned
    12:04 Challenges faced while transitioning from victim to advocate
    16:00 Gender impact in the courtroom and the  Me Too Movement
    19:58 Advice on helping women speak out and working through trauma
    Quotes
    “When you’ve been abused, when you’ve experienced trauma, t doesn’t just leave you because you’ve left it.”
    “If I change my beliefs, I can change the entire experience I'm having about them.”
    “When more women can see that they are not alone, and if they talk about it, it's actually going to help them.  By keeping it inside, the only person you're hurting is yourself.   Speaking out, the only person you are helping is not only yourself, but others around you to give them the courage to stand up and say something.”
    “Even if you don't want to take action, at least know what actions you can take.”
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    Mentioned:
    Joe Dispenza
    Alreen's Website
    Alreen's Instagram
    Fired Up by Alreen Haeggquist
     
    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.
     

    • 31 min
    Fierce Litigator with Kristen Gibbons Feden

    Fierce Litigator with Kristen Gibbons Feden

    Kristen Gibbons Feden has always had a knack for the art of argument.  After earning a bachelors in neuroscience, she redirected her focus from medicine to law.  Kristen’s passion for fighting for victims of sexual abuse was ignited after working in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Family Violence unit where the stories of young girls who had survived horrific violence inspired Kristen to become the powerful voice piece she is today for those who have been silenced. A celebrated trial attorney and legal expert, known as the female litigator who stared down Bill Cosby, Kristen joined Anapol Weiss as a shareholder in March 2024. In addition to being internationally recognized as a fierce and relentless litigator in the MeToo movement and for her world renowned closing argument in the Bill Cosby trial, Kristen is known for many eight figure verdicts that she's won.  Between 2023 and 2024 alone, there was a $10. 5 million verdict against the survivors of singer and entertainer R. Kelly, and  a $22 million verdict for a sexual abuse survivor of a renowned, pediatrician in New York. She's had many, many successes beyond the courtroom as well.  Kristen serves as a powerful voice for survivors nationwide and is frequently sought after for expert commentary on high profile matters by attorneys and various international and national media outlets. media outlets, including MSNBC, NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, Fox, NPR, and BBC.
     
     What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    2:28 Kristen’s personal journey
    6:48 Challenges faced along the way, overcoming biases
    11:30 Lessons learned
    15:41 Pillars of Kristen’s success
    20:34 Bill Cosby trial
    27:55 Overturned verdicts, Cosby, Weinstein and and the MeToo movement
     
    Quotes
    “Transparency is really the pillar of integrity. “
    “I speak to people for a living. I speak to them and I become the voice piece of those who have been silenced. “
    “Speaking from the heart, trusting your gut, you make the right decisions.”
    “I'm going to teach my future generations, my kids, my nieces, my nephews, whoever I'm mentoring to treat human beings as human beings, and that requires a level of dignity to individuals. And once we begin to learn to do that, then violence, I hope, will begin to be eradicated.”
     
    Mentioned:
    Anapol Weiss
    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.

    • 40 min
    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

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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