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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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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

    Unstoppable with Linda Schreyer

    Unstoppable with Linda Schreyer

    As a child, watching her mother paint everyday, Linda Schreyer learned that with persistence and a creative spark there wasn’t anything that she couldn’t achieve. Linda is a music composer, television screenwriter, published author and writing teacher. She graduated from New York University and The School of Visual Arts studying electronic music with Steve Reich and Philip Glass, and began her entertainment career as a composer of film scores.  A Clio award nominee, Linda became a jingle writer for General Foods, Coty Perfume, Lady Stetson, Xerox, Chrysler, Caloric Kitchens, L’Eggs, Heinz, Jello, and more.  In the late 1980s, her career as a writer shifted to words instead of music.  Linda has  written over 1000 hours of serial television including  Port Charles,  Sunset Beach, General Hospital, and the Bold and Beautiful. She co-wrote and produced the television movie, A Place at the Table for NBC for which she received a Christopher award and an Ollie award.  In 2004, she traveled to Moscow for Sony Pictures Television International where she wrote for the series, Poor Anastasia Sins of the Father and created dear Masha for Russian television.  Linda taught a team of Russian writers  how to write for serial television. She received a grant from the Austrian Ministry of Culture to write The Goldsmith’s Daughter,  a play-in-progress about her family and pre-war Vienna.  Linda has mentored countless writers on completion of their books, taught classes since 1995, and conducted large writing workshops for organizations. Her books include From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster, a biography of producer Mark Damon.  Tears and Tequila with Joanne Lawman is her first novel. 
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Linda’s personal story. Linda’s first scoring projects. Writing jingles.  Songwriting and activism Writing and producing for film. Christopher award.  Writing a script vs writing a screenplay Learning to stand up for herself. Longstory writing.  Soaps and Russia Teaching writing. From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster. Advice for aspiring writers. Finding a writing coach/mentor. Quotes
    “It never really occurred to me to do anything else, but be a creative person.”
    “One of the things I learned is that I can do anything that I set my mind to.”
    “I am an experienced learner. I don't learn from people telling me. I learn from doing it.”
    “I've suffered from imposter syndrome, but the truth is I never let any of it stop me. “
    “If you wanna do something, learn from the craft that already exists.”
    “There's no magic in writing. There is extreme hard work. To be in a community of writers, even if it's only a two person community is essential because writing is a solitary profession.”
    Mentioned:
    David Lucas
    Alan Menken
    Heart and Soul Music
    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
    Living Your Dream with Margo Brown

    Living Your Dream with Margo Brown

    After a 25 year successful career in technology, Margo Brown decided to pursue her passion of being a singer. Quitting her job and setting a year long goal, Margo reached her goal one day before the year mark, landing a paying gig as a singer.  Singing professionally for the past 12 years, Margo has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Don't Tell Mama and the Metropolitan Room in New York City.  Margo also appears in various nightclubs, theaters and private venues across the country.  She is the winner of Broadway World's Best Debut in 2018 for her show Margo sings Mercer.  In addition to singing, Margo is an award-winning professional dancer.  She acts in commercials, TV shows and movies.  She has  appeared in Burn Notice, Graceland, Bloodlines, The Glades and Rock of Ages. 
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Margo’s personal journey Inspired by Marilyn May and Jeff Harner  Creating Margo Sings Mercer The music industry across the country Licensing music Being told no Greatest challenges Schedule and exercise Advice for women on pursuing your dream Ageism Quotes
    “At 25, you don't have the fear of the future. You just get up and do.”
    “I've been told no more times, and I just keep picking myself up, dusting myself off and going forward because nobody else is gonna do it for me.”
    “You don't have to be tough as nails to get ahead in this world.”
    “Please and a thank you and a thank you note and promptness go a long way.”
    Mentioned:
    www.margobrownentertainment.com
    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.

    • 33 min
    Changing the Age Narrative with Jeanette Leardi

    Changing the Age Narrative with Jeanette Leardi

    In her 40s, Jeanette Leardi sequentially and simultaneously became the primary caregiver to both her parents.   The traumatic experience was life changing for Jeanette.  Astonished at how poorly older adults are viewed in our society, Jeanette decided to go back to school and learn what aging is about.  Jeanette is a social gerontologist, educator, writer, editor, public speaker, and aging wellness leader who has a passion for older adult empowerment and finds special personal fulfillment, helping boomers and older generations identify and share their wisdom with others. Jeanette's decade of experiences as the primary caregiver to both of her parents inspired her career goals of changing the perceptions about the aging process and helping people appreciate elders' inherent dignity, wisdom and unique value as mentors and catalyst for social change. She accomplishes this through her publications and successful presentations classes in journalism, spiritual writing, memoir, writing, brain fitness, health literacy, age-ism, intergenerational communication, creativity, and caregiver support to all people of all ages. Jeanette's publishing experiences include positions at Newsweek, Life, People, Conde Nast, Traveler, Sesame Street magazines, and the Charlotte Observer. She has a masters degree with honors in English, from Rutgers university and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte..
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Jeanette’s personal story. Having an advocate and being your own advocate. Age and gender bias in healthcare. The U curve of happiness. Treatment and effects of certain drug interactions. Advice on being your own advocate.  6 point  H.E.A.L.T.H.  Vetting gereatric care doctors. Enlisting a care partner. Things to know about the aging process. Changing perceptions towards aging. Quotes
    “Even though doctors and nurses try to give person centered care, a lot of times they're unable to because of the system that they work under pressures them in their time.”
    “To be our own advocates, we need to speak up when we, when our needs are being met or when we have questions that aren't being answered, we need to advocate for ourselves.”
    “Noncompliance can really affect your health. If you don't take the medicine in the way that it's prescribed, that can affect you.”
    “Aging is a natural process. we're supposed to do it. It's natural.” 
    “We can't help being ageist because we are inundated with all kinds of negative messages all the time, all around us.”
    “Research has found that the most productive work teams are the ones that are intergenerational.”
    “​​What's good for any subpopulation is probably good for the entire population.” 
     
    Mentioned:
    JeanetteLeardi.com
    Ageful Living Blog
    Becca Levy
    Tracy Gendron
    Ashton Applewhite
    Susan Golden
    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
    Meet The Queenagers with Eleanor Mills

    Meet The Queenagers with Eleanor Mills

    Despite being the only woman in the room early in her career, Eleanor  Mills had a successful, rocket propelled  career in journalism.  Blindsided by her termination at the age of 49,  Eleanor was determined to do something different and counteract the perception of women in the media. Eleanor is founder and CEO of Noon, a new platform for women in midlife.  She campaigns to challenge gendered ageism and to change the narrative around the later stages of women’s lives to one which is more optimistic and fit for purpose.  She believes that 50 is the age of opportunity where we become the women we were supposed to be.  She wants women to look forward to midlife as their prime.  Eleanor became a founder at 50, having spent 25 year as an editor, columnist, interviewer and editorial director of the Times of London.  She was chair of Women in Journalism UK from 2014-2021 and has campaigned around the media’s male lens and diversity for 3 decades.  She, along with Accenture,  recently undertook the largest research project  to date on women 45-60 called Meet The Queenagers.  Eleanor exists to help women through the pinch points of midlife and into a new chapter and to challenge the cultural story that midlife women are peaches, one wrinkle and you’re out, while men of the same vintage are seen as fine wine, improving with age.  Eleanor is challenging this framing as the last bastien of feminism.  The voices of older women go unheard in nearly all cultures and Eleanor says, “This must change.”
     
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Eleanor’s personal story. The culture and perception of women in media. The male lens. Creating Noon to showcase the stories of women doing incredible things in midlife. Midlife women are a huge audience. Queenagers. The scandal of lack of representation of older women. Women forged in fire. Reevaluating purpose and legacy. Helping women make a shift by bringing focus to it. The power of the demographic. Gender assumptions and stereotypes. Gendered ageism, ridiculous, unfair and bad business.  
    Quotes
    “I knew that what had been had gone and I was definitely looking at a whole new future.”
    “What’s wrong with looking a little bit older?  We are all going to age.”
    “Women like us appear in less than 2% in advertising and less than 6% of those making marketing and advertising decisions are over 50.”
    “It’s actually older women who are controlling the spend.”
    “By 2025 50% of the workforce in the US will be over 50.”
    “Senior women in organizations are 70% more likely to encourage other women of color and more diverse folk within an organization.”
    “In the 2019 UK census women of over 40 started earning more money than women under 40 for the first time ever.”
     
    Mentioned:
    Noon
    The Queenager on Substack
    Avivah Wittenberg Cox
    Susan Golden - Stage Not Age
    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
    Grief, Loss and Liberation with Eleanor Beaton

    Grief, Loss and Liberation with Eleanor Beaton

    Eleanor Beaton learned at an early age that money is power from her mother who told her, “Money is power, always make your own.”  Influenced by her mother’s words,  Eleanor became a business owner but lost her ambition after her father died in 2014.  Doing the bare minimum and eventually  ceasing to run her business, Eleanor turned to journaling as an outlet to deal with her grief.  Through her journaling and self evaluation, she eventually decided to take the leap of starting Safi Media, an education and coaching company for women entrepreneurs with the mission of helping women unlock their leadership and entrepreneurial potential.  As an entrepreneur and an award winning journalist, Eleanor was personally asked by Canada's Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, to give economic advice at the World Economic Recovery program in 2021.  Eleanor has given talks at Yale School of Management, the Professional  Business Women’s Association of California, ACC foundation, Shio and many more.   Safi Media is committed to advancing global gender equity through women's entrepreneurship and is on a mission to double the number of women entrepreneurs who scale past 1 million dollars in revenue by 2030. What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Eleanor’s personal story
    The effects of Eleanor witnessing her mother’s power and disempowerment.
    Losing her father and the constellation of emotions and shift of family dynamic.
    The conflict of relief and guilt.
    Evaluating  expectations and true self.
    Journaling leading to Safi Media.
    Storytelling structure and dissent into the dark feminine.
    Processing grief individually and collectively.
    Practical support vs. emotional support.
    Willingness to be successful and scaling.
    The power of words
    Quotes
    “Even inside a marriage and a family that is very healthy in many ways, economic disempowerment can be incredibly painful.”
    “Money is power, always make your own.”
    “A part of how you define yourself is often in relation to other people.”
    “Dissent into the dark feminine: who we are and what we really want is so critical for women.”
     “Grief and Loss and necessary endings provide a sort of creative fuel for so many of us.”
    Mentioned:
    EleanorBeaton.com
    Power, Presence, Position Podcast
    The Hero’s Journey
    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. 

    • 33 min
    Building Your Business Your Way with Becky Robinson

    Building Your Business Your Way with Becky Robinson

    Upon graduating from college Becky Robinson happily focused on her marriage, home and raising her children.  After turning 40 she shifted her focus from homemaking to business.  Motivated by her love of helping people, a flexible work/life balance and her experience in social media, Becky’s ambition led her to create a company that combined all of these elements. Becky is the Founder and CEO of  Weaving Influence, a full service marketing agency that specializes in digital and integrated marketing services and public relations for authors, business leaders, coaches, trainers, speakers and thought leaders.  Since launching a decade ago, the firm has provided a wide range of services to help their clients launch over 150 books, enabling authors to build their brand, acquire more business customers and increase book sales.  This past April, Becky published her own book called Reach! Create The Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book or Cause, which shares how to create the biggest possible audience for your idea, book, business or cause.  Becky holds a masters in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and received her BA in English Creative Writing from Miami University.   What You Will Hear in This Episode:  Becky’s personal story.
    Launching Weaving Influence.
    Inspired to think bigger by Whitney Johnson.
    Lessons learned early on about starting your own business.
    Values, culture and  service.
    Challenges faced.  Hiring and cultivating the right team.
    Writing and publishing her first book.
    Prioritizing time.
    Tips on getting published.
    Advice on finding a PR partner.
    Quotes
    “I wanted to build my business in my own way, furled by my own metrics for success and my own values.”
    “I would rather, at 10 years, own my own business completely, than to have chosen to take on investors who could dictate how I wanna run my business.”
    “I’m capable of more than I had ever imagined.”
    Mentioned:
    Weaving Influence
    BeckyRobinson.com
    Reach
    Book Plate
    Paul@weavinginfluence.com
    Whitney Johnson
    https://bonniemar
    cusleadership.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. 
    5/31/2022

    • 35 min

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