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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

    Set Your Goals and Boundaries with Elizabeth Cantillon

    Set Your Goals and Boundaries with Elizabeth Cantillon

    Working her way up from entry level jobs in Hollywood, Elizabeth Cantillon used her love of film and storytelling coupled with her expertise in film theory and criticism to forge a path for herself in the film industry.   From secretary to studio executive and producer, Elizabeth learned the levers of power and the power of self advocacy through her climb.  Elizabeth serves as principal of Bisous Pictures, a romance label under MRC Film since 2020. She has served as principal of The Cantillon Company which was housed at Sony Pictures. She produced Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, released in 2019. She produced the follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, starring The Crown’s Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander. Her first film under her Columbia deal was Concussion starring Will Smith in 2015. The Cantillon Company include the film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s bestsellers, The Nightingale and The Great Alone, for TriStar Pictures. For MGM and Warner Bros, Cantillon is developing Tomb Raider 2 with producer Graham King. Elizabeth previously served as Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures. During her tenure at Columbia, she oversaw Academy Award winners The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the last four installments of the James Bond franchise, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, as well as Captain Phillips directed by Paul Greengrass, Eat, Pray, Love directed by Ryan Murphy and The Monuments Men directed by George Clooney. Prior to joining Columbia Pictures, she served as Executive Vice President at MGM Studios, where she was responsible for a number of movies, including Be Cool, F. Gary Gray’s sequel to Get Shorty, and Carl Franklin’s Out of Time, starring Denzel Washington. Elizabeth produced The Banger Sisters for Fox Searchlight, Galaxy Quest for Dreamworks, and co-produced Sunset Park for TriStar Pictures. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Theory & Criticism. Projects in development at Bisous Pictures include film adaptations of the bestselling novels 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand, The Return by Nicholas Sparks, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, and You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. Along with the adaptation of bestselling book Photos Of You by Tammy Faye, to be directed by Jenny Gage &Tom Betterton. Elizabeth is also developing original scripts by Pulitzer Prize finalist and playwright Christopher Shinn and James Beard-winning writer Aleksandra Crapanzano.
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Elizabeth's personal story Difference between a producer and a studio executive From secretary to Showtime Challenges as a woman in film Work/Life balance Advocating for yourself Equity and Inclusion Self inflicted obstacles  Mentorship in the industry Quotes
    “Advocacy is a big part of being a studio executive.”
    “It has to be more than just passion. You have to figure out the levers of the power.”
    “The lessons that I've learned is you have to advocate for yourself.  You have to set your own boundaries.”
    “It's always a reset every day. It's a work in progress every day. Everyday you feel masterful and every day you feel like you fail.”
    “I think that television as an ecosystem, has many more powerful women in it.”
    Mentioned:
    MRC Entertainment
    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
    Badass Optimism with Giovanna Moraga Clayton

    Badass Optimism with Giovanna Moraga Clayton

    As a self proclaimed optimist, Giovanna Moraga Clayton has kept joy and gratitude at the forefront of her endeavors.  A freelance musician in Los Angeles, Giovanna credits her optimistic outlook as the key to her successes.   As the daughter of professional musicians,  Giovanna was destined to have a life in music.  “She's going to be a cellist!”,  an exclamation made by her father within hours of her birth set the path for her future. Born in Touca, Mexico and raised in Southern California Giovanna earned a number of accolades as a young child. Making her orchestral solo debut at the age of 14 Giovanna has continued to solo with orchestras in the United States, as well as Central America, as well as holding tenured positions with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra working in the Los Angeles studio scene for the last 18 years.  Giovanna has played on countless movie soundtracks, records and television shows.  In search of a more creatively challenging project. Giovanna became a founding member of the Latin Grammy nominated group, Quattro.  Touring with the group, now known as Quattrosound, has provided a new platform for her to expand her musical reach.  Giovanna has shared stages with many greats, including Yo-Yo Ma, Pinkas  Zukerman, Daniel Hope, Andrea Bocelli, Prince, Beyonce, Adele, Barbara Streisand, Ariana Grande  and many more. Giovanna lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and dog.
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Giovanna’s personal story The impact of teachers Working as a freelance musician Gaining tenure in an orchestra A musical family Having a  creative outlet Stage presence and poise Challenges faced and overcome The power of optimism Quotes
    “One of the best things that we can give to our children is a space for them to have an outlet and be creative. I think that that would actually solve a lot of our issues as a society.”
    “Children emulate what they see. If you decide to become a parent, you have to keep that in mind. You are the example. “
    “If I have a moment to really think about what's in my soul and my spirit, then I'm motivated to create something of it.”
    “My big mission in life, through music or through whatever it is that I'm doing is to spread joy and bring light.”
    “Just by writing a song, or playing a tune, you can change somebody's outlook or  disposition and it's incredible. It's like magic.”
    “There's a time in life for everything.”
    “Give people time and they'll show you their true colors.”
    Mentioned:
    IAMMusicGroup
    IG: @giocellomusic
    Fb: @giovannamoragaclayton
    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
    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
    Centered Ambition with Amy Baer

    Centered Ambition with Amy Baer

    Growing up around the film business,  Amy Baer always loved movies and reading.  Unsure of what she wanted to do professionally, Amy was certain of one thing.  Whatever she chose to do post-college, it had to be something that she really cared about and that excited her as opposed to what she thought she should or shouldn't be doing.  Following her instincts and staying authentic to herself, Amy has navigated a successful, joyful and creative career.  Amy currently serves as President of Landline Pictures, a label within MRC Film (KNIVES OUT) that makes feature films about and for a 50+ audience. Launched in 2020, its first movie, JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE,  starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening, was released by Paramount+ on 6/17/22. Prior to Landline, Amy raised a 7-figure development fund in 2012 and launched Gidden Media, one of the industry’s only female-led, independently financed content incubation companies. Her first film as a producer was the 2013 hit LAST VEGAS (starring Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) which grossed $136MM worldwide. She also produced the 2017 romantic drama MARY SHELLEY and the 2019 inspirational true story BRIAN BANKS.  Prior to that, Amy  served as President & CEO of CBS Films (2007-2011), and spent the previous 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw such hit films as MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997), the Oscar-nominated ADAPTATION (2001), S.W.A.T. (2002), SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003), and the 2006 holiday hit, THE HOLIDAY. Amy also developed the 2011 Oscar-nominated Sony hit MONEYBALL, starring Brad Pitt. She began her career at Creative Artists Agency in 1988 as an assistant to the late Jay Moloney. Amy  has served as Board President of Women in Film since June 2018.
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Amy’s personal story Trusting your instinct Becoming a book reader at CAA Learning to be a studio executive Developing a script My Best Friend's Wedding Balancing executive life and motherhood Starting a new studio Taking time off and rediscovering her why The differences between being a buyer vs a seller  Gen X and making movies for an older audience Being authentic and staying grounded Quotes
    “I've always been able to access theme and emotion as a way of advocating material.”
    “The only way to understand good writing is to read good writing and, and to do that, you have to constantly be reading.”
    “I was extremely lucky that I was surrounded by senior women who had children and were empathetic to the balance.”
    “I had to deal with the notion that even though I didn't want that job, I was never really in consideration for it because I was having kids and I had to reconcile that reality.”
    “Launching my own business was the first time in my career that I felt like a grownup because the agenda was mine.”
    “Gen X are aging in a way that's very much more dynamic than earlier generations.”
    “A lot of times when you launch a new venture, part of your success early in your lifecycle is luck, literally. “
    “If I was someone that always took an opportunity to make a buck, I would probably have a lot more money, but I may not be as happy or as content.”
    Mentioned:
    Landline Pictures
    MRC
    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.

    • 48 min
    Rule Breaker and Lemonade Maker with Nancy Shenker

    Rule Breaker and Lemonade Maker with Nancy Shenker

    As a young girl, Nancy Shenker loved reading books that featured strong women who were breaking the mold and achieving greatness. Naturally self motivated and inspired by both of her parent’s strong examples, Nancy successfully climbed the corporate ladder and at 48, decided to leave the C-suite world and invest in herself.  A self proclaimed rule breaker, Nancy is a marketing innovator, brand builder, writer and speaker. She has dual citizenship in the analog and digital world. A  brand growth consultant and content strategist/writer, she established her own business, The ON Switch, in 2003.  She is a champion of cross-generational collaboration and published the Silver Hair Playbook: How to Be a Bad-Ass Over 50, as well as An Irreverent Guide to Dating Over 50.  Nancy is a former C-level executive at Citibank, MasterCard International and Reed Exhibitions. She's written eight books and publishes a tech site, Embrace the Machine, and travel site Bleisure Living.  She is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, the Rolling Stone Culture Council, and wrote a column for Inc called Bots and Bodies: The Human Side of Tech.  Nancy is on her 6th  professional and personal reboot. She has two grown daughters, two grandkids and although she keeps her suitcase in Scottsdale, she is a digital nomad, splitting time between coasts and traveling as often as possible.
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Nancy’s story Challenges of leaving the corporate world and starting your own business Lessons learned Resilience  Aging and technology Silver Hair Playbook: How to Be a Badass Over 50 The benefits of hiring older people Dating advice over 50 Lessons learned from online dating Being a lemonade make Quotes
    “You can never be afraid to reinvent yourself.”
    “It's so important to really stretch ourselves, get out of our comfort zone and try new things.” 
    “It's the little stuff that ultimately adds up. If you do one little thing every day, that's still 365 things at the end of the year.”
    “I was marginalized because everybody assumed that youth equaled digital savvy.”
    “Branding is very important. The first impression is powerful.”
    “We have to own our aging and be proud of our aging and educate the people around us that being older means being experienced and being resilient and having thick skin and sometimes being even more flexible than younger people because we've lived a lot of years and we've done a lot of stuff and we have a better sense of what it is that we really want to do with our lives and our careers.”.
    “Be fearless, talk to strangers, make new friends, wherever you go and embrace the moment.”
    Mentioned:
    TheONswitch
    IG @theonswitch
    The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink
    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.

    • 37 min
    Living Authentically with Michelle Martin

    Living Authentically with Michelle Martin

    Unsure of who she was in her teens, Michelle Martin  manifested the pressure of having to be perfect by creating different self narratives to fit her different environment.  Engulfed in shame, self judgment, insecurity and fear, it wasn’t until her son, who she raised as a single mother, left for college that Michelle realized the tremendous pressure and lengths she went to to keep up a facade of perfection.  Engaging in some true self exploration including therapy and blogging, Michelle eventually took off the masks and began living a life of increased authenticity, and greater well-being, with fewer façades, less role-playing and a lot more fun. Michelle is an associate professor of social work at California State University Fullerton. She's a social worker and, in addition to her university responsibilities, provides clinical services at Dee’s house, a substance abuse treatment center for mature women in Huntington beach, California. Michelle has an MSW and a PhD in peace studies and has decades of experience working with women, experiencing a range of life challenges. She is the author of three academic books in human services and is in the process of completing her first trade non-fiction book, Aging Naked, a self-help/memoir targeting middle-aged women. 
    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Michelle’s journey Personal reckoning and struggles with relationships Projecting perfection vs rebellion Shame  Taking off the masks and living authentically Toxicity of not being authentic Advice on how to be more authentic Owning your story Aging and self awareness Aging Naked Quotes
    “I thought that being more honest with complete strangers was easier than being honest with the people closest to me. “
    “The view that I had of the mistakes that I'd made in my life in my head were so big, they were unforgivable.” 
    “Authenticity is the key to aging well.”
    “To me, that’s bad-ass. It's owning all of who you are, your whole story.”
    “I don't want to be impulsive. I want to be thoughtful.” 
    “As I get older, I authentically care less and less about what people think.”
    .Mentioned:
    MichelleMartinAuthor.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.

    • 38 min
    From Rock Star to Gerontology with Brett Anderson

    From Rock Star to Gerontology with Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson is a great example of a woman who realized that her direction no longer served her and  made a huge shift in her life and career.  At the height of their popularity, Brett Anderson and her band, The Donnas, were rock stars. The Palo Alto band made eight records in the early 2000’s, performed on Saturday Night Live , The Late Show with David Letterman and The Main Stage at Lollapalooza. At a certain point though, Brett realized that she didn't want to, “burn hot and flare out early”. Now at 42, she's graduating from USC with a master's in gerontology and getting a master's in social work from UCLA. Brett has a specific interest in aging and addiction.  She says that in rock and roll, you wanna live fast and die young. In gerontology, it’s the total opposite of that. We're trying to live as long as we can and as well as we can. 



    What You Will Hear in This Episode: 
    Brett’s personal story. From teenage band to SNL. The combinations of miracles, luck, privilege, attitude, work ethic and values. Networking and authenticity. Business management Challenges in the music industry. The Donnas: slow build, slow taper. Going back to school. Age relativity and internalized ageism. What Brett has learned about herself. What it takes to own where you are and to make the most of it everyday. How to focus more internally vs. externally.  
    Quotes
    “You have to have luck and then you have to be able to back it up with your attitude.”
    “I had this awareness and  familiarity with the fact that it's difficult to age in this country. It’s getting worse and we need people to focus on the systems from the macro to the micro level of how we're 
    gonna deal with this”
    “Internalized ageism is one of the most toxic things around.”
     
    .Mentioned:
    IG @Brettelizabethanderson
    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.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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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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Take a Listen!

Bonnie is an astute journalist and her interviewing skills are on full display during the #BadassWomenPodcast. I enjoy her insights and her guests.

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Every episode is inspiring!

Nikki has a gift for bringing out the best stories! I look forward to each one and find myself rethinking how I approach the world. Authenticity at its best!

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