34 episodes

Beyond Her Grind is a weekly podcast that gets at the root of what motivates women of color to want more in their career. We have real and honest conversations about how we let life, relationships and societal pressures get in the way of our full potential. In each episode, I offer strategies and advice to help you refocus on your goals, self-care your way out of career burn-out, make the money you’re worth, and use your inner power to find the courage to move beyond the grind.

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Beyond Her Grind Esther Leonard

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Beyond Her Grind is a weekly podcast that gets at the root of what motivates women of color to want more in their career. We have real and honest conversations about how we let life, relationships and societal pressures get in the way of our full potential. In each episode, I offer strategies and advice to help you refocus on your goals, self-care your way out of career burn-out, make the money you’re worth, and use your inner power to find the courage to move beyond the grind.

Instagram @beyondhergrind
www.beyondhergrind.com
hi@beyondhergrind.com

    On my mind: My grandmother, Sedona and reevaluating my career

    On my mind: My grandmother, Sedona and reevaluating my career

    In the last episode of the season, I share why I've been M.I.A. I discuss the passing of my grandmother and reflect on a part of her career that is so closely tied to mine. Secondly, I discuss how her passing has forced to reevaluate my values and what I want out of my career. Finally, I discuss how a solo trip to Sedona is helping me to re-center.

    • 31 min
    5 Tips to Help you Find a Job after you Graduate

    5 Tips to Help you Find a Job after you Graduate

    Congrats, Class of 2021! You are one of millions of graduates that made it through all those virtual classes in a year of a pandemic! Now you may be thinking about your next steps. For many of you it is to find a job. My job is to help you do that. In this episode, I am sharing some tips and strategies to help you land a job as soon as possible. 

    Tune in to learn:


    Statistics about the current job market 
    How to create a job target
    The importance of creating an online presence 
    Online job search and networking as a strategy
    Tracking and organizing your progress
    Reaching out to employers

    Links mentioned:

    How Long Does it take to get a Job? In Her Sight

    How Long Does it take to get a Job? NACE

    U.S. Student Loan Statistics 2021

    $10K Student Loan Forgiveness? That won't cut it for many black and Latina women

    The Workforce added just 266,000 jobs in April, what that means for Workers

    • 47 min
    Andrea Calahorrano keeps our food safe during the pandemic and educates the Latino/x community about public health

    Andrea Calahorrano keeps our food safe during the pandemic and educates the Latino/x community about public health

    This week I'm talking to Andrea Alejandra Calahorrano Silva about navigating the STEM field as a Latina. Andrea shares her experience about being one of the few women as an EHS advisor at U.S. Compliance in which she ensures that food companies are following health and safety protocols. She discusses the challenges of navigating this white male dominated field and shares advice for other women in STEM fields. We also discuss her passion for educating the Latino/x community about public health issues during Covid-19. Andrea is from Ecuador and has settled in the Chicago area to pursue her education and career. She received her baccalaureate degree in Biotechnological Processes Engineering from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and her Master in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health from University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Tune in to hear her:


    Passion for biological sciences and her hope for more women, especially women of color to join STEM Careers
    Work in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 as an EHS Advisor
    Advice on building a community of women to support you during your career journey
    Experiences addressing patronizing colleagues
    Encouragement to young girls to follow their dreams in STEM

    • 43 min
    How I paid over $30,000 off my Student Loan Debt

    How I paid over $30,000 off my Student Loan Debt

    I paid off over $30,000 of debt and I still have 50 something thousand dollars to go! Let me tell y'all how I did it! Today, we're going to talk about my relationship with money, specifically student loan debt. I am going to be transparent about my bank account with y'all. I will share my student debt payoff journey. I'll discuss why I decided to pay off my debt, how I paid off debt and some tips to help you with your own journey to becoming debt free. 

    Tune in to hear:


    How a trip to visit my family motivated me to start paying off my debt
    The steps I took to turn my $0 savings account to $10,000 in 6 months
    Why loan interest is a villain!
    Tips to help you pay off your debt
    Statistics about the student debt crisis
    My new goal to save in order to be self-employed and pay the remainder of my debt

    Resources 

    The Dave Ramsey Show

    Clever Girl Finance

    Aja Dang

    The Broke Black Girl

    "The Average Student Loan Debt of Borrowers under 25"

    "Average American's savings account is $3500"

    • 40 min
    How Grounding Yourself in your Identity and Culture can Help you Create Wellness Habits that Clarifies your Purpose

    How Grounding Yourself in your Identity and Culture can Help you Create Wellness Habits that Clarifies your Purpose

    I'm talking to Kemi Asani, a Dance Wellness Educator, Owner, Lead Sweat Coach and Choreographer of Afrobeat Fit®. She is currently leading the movement of the Diaspora known as Afrobeat Fit®. Since 2016, Afrobeat Fit® has hosted over 500 small and large scale virtual and in person experiences centered around African street dance, history and holistic wellness in various metro cities in the United States and Panama! Some most notable clients include The United States Coast Guard Academy, Tiem Athletic, Massachusetts General Hospital, P&G Gillette Headquarters, Boston Chamber of Commerce, Harvard University, Black Health Matters Conference, and Qualcomm, to name a few.

    Tune in to hear:


    The connection between identity, community, wellness, culture and history within the African Diaspora 
    How Kemi stopped doing a million things for everyone so that she could focus on her purpose
    Advice incorporating health effortlessly into your busy life

    Check out her website, Afrobeat Fit 

    Instagram: @afrobeatfit

    • 41 min
    Black women among fastest growing entrepreneurs until Covid

    Black women among fastest growing entrepreneurs until Covid

    In this episode, I share my desire to be a full-time entrepreneur, discuss my goal to get rid of my student loans, talk about how hard it is to be your own boss and share some statistics on the fastest growing group of women entrepreneurs.

    Tune in to hear:

    Why I and so many other black women are flocking to be their own BOSS
    Unique challenges that black women entrepreneurs face
    Misconceptions of entrepreneurship versus what it really is
    Advice on how to persevere as an entrepreneur


    Resources:
    Black Women Among the Fastest Growing Entrepreneurs then Covid Arrived
    Yes, Podcast Listenership is still on the Rise

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

Shadae16 ,

10/10 Would Recommend

Awesome podcast! If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation and someone you can relate to, Esther is the one! I enjoy the transparency and hopeful commentary she provides. Listening is like listening to a friend in your head. Thank you for creating this!

nunovyobiznis ,

Great Podcast!

I enjoy this show! Esther feels like a friend giving amazing advice.

bizmatthew ,

Great Podcast for ALL Entrepreneurs

Awesome podcast for those who may or may not fit the traditional mold of an entrepreneur. Esther is perfect for this role and communicates well that anyone has a chance to reach their dreams.