168 episodes

Leadership positions in corporations are overwhelmingly held by men. Women who want to advance their careers and have equal representation at the table face enormous obstacles in today's society. They are frequently viewed through the lens of stereotypes, making it difficult for them to demonstrate their worth. In response, it's only natural that they keep their heads down and wallow in their insecurities. Don't you wish there was a guidebook for women to use as they enter the workforce? With this, they could have a much easier time navigating the complex environment.

Since there isn't anything like it out there, Jen Pestikas created a podcast called Brave Women at Work to fill the void. This show encourages women to believe in themselves and take charge of their professional lives so that they can progress to the next level.

Each episode is devoted to a different set of issues that prevent professional women from reaching their full potential and obtaining the leadership positions they seek. Burnout and imposter syndrome are two common causes of self-sabotage. Learn to break free of the victim mentality and the distractions that prevent you from speaking up, and you will have taken the first step toward removing those obstacles. Get out of your comfort zone and into the path to achieving much larger objectives. Use the information you gain from this show to help you realize your full potential, then stand firm against the unjust demands of the business world.

Listen in on discussions that teach you how to advocate for yourself and let others recognize the value you bring to the workplace. Don't let the long hours you spend at work make you feel bored or unappreciated. Find out when it's appropriate to negotiate your salary, your hours, and your position to get the most out of your job. One should not put their professional success in the hands of others. Take advantage of your unique abilities to make significant strides in your career.

For over twenty years, Jen has worked as a Certified Career and Leadership Coach in the business world, and now she's bringing that knowledge to the podcast audience. She'll show you how to succeed professionally without sacrificing your personal life or putting on a false front. Gain self-assurance and knock down roadblocks to success with the help of Jen's insightful advice.

In addition to her extensive expertise, Jen shares uplifting takeaways from her own corporate experience. Both burnout and the "imposter syndrome" have affected her. She struggled with many self-limiting beliefs and experienced her share of professional dissatisfaction. After spending many years in the predominantly male investment services industry, Jen learned what it takes to stand out as a strong, career-focused woman. She overcame adversity and is now the Senior Vice President of Business Development at a thriving financial institution. She is a shining proof of how far one can go in their careers by playing to their strengths and removing any self-doubt that may have been holding them back.

On the podcast, Jen not only discusses her own life but also features interviews with other remarkable women. Find out how they overcame the obstacles they encountered in the business world and how they turned their setbacks into opportunities. These outstanding individuals were once in your shoes, and now you can benefit from their experiences and insights as you propel your own career to new heights.

As long as men dominate the corporate world, it will be difficult for women to advance. Don't let the gender gap stop you from pursuing your professional goals. Acquire the resources you need to fully realize your potential by following Jen's guidance and the examples of her amazing guests. Luck will not make you a good leader. Instead, make people listen to what you have to say, become your own advocate, and take bolder action in everything you do.

Listen to Brave Women at Work at https://bravewomenatwork.com/.

Brave Women at Work Jen Pestikas

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 56 Ratings

Leadership positions in corporations are overwhelmingly held by men. Women who want to advance their careers and have equal representation at the table face enormous obstacles in today's society. They are frequently viewed through the lens of stereotypes, making it difficult for them to demonstrate their worth. In response, it's only natural that they keep their heads down and wallow in their insecurities. Don't you wish there was a guidebook for women to use as they enter the workforce? With this, they could have a much easier time navigating the complex environment.

Since there isn't anything like it out there, Jen Pestikas created a podcast called Brave Women at Work to fill the void. This show encourages women to believe in themselves and take charge of their professional lives so that they can progress to the next level.

Each episode is devoted to a different set of issues that prevent professional women from reaching their full potential and obtaining the leadership positions they seek. Burnout and imposter syndrome are two common causes of self-sabotage. Learn to break free of the victim mentality and the distractions that prevent you from speaking up, and you will have taken the first step toward removing those obstacles. Get out of your comfort zone and into the path to achieving much larger objectives. Use the information you gain from this show to help you realize your full potential, then stand firm against the unjust demands of the business world.

Listen in on discussions that teach you how to advocate for yourself and let others recognize the value you bring to the workplace. Don't let the long hours you spend at work make you feel bored or unappreciated. Find out when it's appropriate to negotiate your salary, your hours, and your position to get the most out of your job. One should not put their professional success in the hands of others. Take advantage of your unique abilities to make significant strides in your career.

For over twenty years, Jen has worked as a Certified Career and Leadership Coach in the business world, and now she's bringing that knowledge to the podcast audience. She'll show you how to succeed professionally without sacrificing your personal life or putting on a false front. Gain self-assurance and knock down roadblocks to success with the help of Jen's insightful advice.

In addition to her extensive expertise, Jen shares uplifting takeaways from her own corporate experience. Both burnout and the "imposter syndrome" have affected her. She struggled with many self-limiting beliefs and experienced her share of professional dissatisfaction. After spending many years in the predominantly male investment services industry, Jen learned what it takes to stand out as a strong, career-focused woman. She overcame adversity and is now the Senior Vice President of Business Development at a thriving financial institution. She is a shining proof of how far one can go in their careers by playing to their strengths and removing any self-doubt that may have been holding them back.

On the podcast, Jen not only discusses her own life but also features interviews with other remarkable women. Find out how they overcame the obstacles they encountered in the business world and how they turned their setbacks into opportunities. These outstanding individuals were once in your shoes, and now you can benefit from their experiences and insights as you propel your own career to new heights.

As long as men dominate the corporate world, it will be difficult for women to advance. Don't let the gender gap stop you from pursuing your professional goals. Acquire the resources you need to fully realize your potential by following Jen's guidance and the examples of her amazing guests. Luck will not make you a good leader. Instead, make people listen to what you have to say, become your own advocate, and take bolder action in everything you do.

Listen to Brave Women at Work at https://bravewomenatwork.com/.

    How To Move Past Burnout And Reclaim Your Vitality With Sara Spencer

    How To Move Past Burnout And Reclaim Your Vitality With Sara Spencer

    Sometimes, our lives are like candles with flickering light, but at times, that spark goes out, and reigniting those flames can be difficult. Reclaiming vitality after burnout can be a journey, but it's absolutely possible! In this episode, sharing her burnout story, Sara Spencer shares the details of her journey to reclaim her vitality. She delves into the warning symptoms of burnout and how the Burnout Cafe came about and what it does. Sara also shares the resources you use today to prevent and recover from burnout. Do not deprive yourself from this chance to move past burnout and reignite your spark because you deserve to reclaim your vitality and live a fulfilling life! So, why don't you tune in to this episode and join Sara Spencer and Jennifer Pestikas today?
     
    During my chat with Sara, we discussed:
    Reclaiming Vitality
    The details of Sara's burnout story and what she needed to do to reclaim her mental, physical, and emotional health
    The warning symptoms of burnout
    The Burnout Café
    How women continue to experience burnout in record numbers and lean out from their careers?
    The resources you can use today to prevent and recover from burnout

    • 49 min
    The Silent Epidemic: Advocating For Yourself At Work While Battling A Chronic Illness With Julie Hamilton

    The Silent Epidemic: Advocating For Yourself At Work While Battling A Chronic Illness With Julie Hamilton

    Hello everyone! How are you doing out there?
     
    Here are some scary statistics:
     
    In the United States, 6 in 10 or 60% of Americans have 1 chronic condition.
     
    4 in 10 or 40% of Americans have more than 1 chronic condition.
     
    This information is from the Centers for Disease Control.
     
    This is unbelievable.
     
    When I met my guest, Julie Hamilton, fibromyalgia coach, I knew that I needed to talk with her about this silent epidemic.
     
    During my chat with Julie, we discussed:
    ●       Julie’s diagnosis of fibromyalgia and her healing journey
    ●       How she advocated for herself, especially being in Human Resources and understanding her rights
    ●       Julie shared more information on FMLA policies and other advice she would provide employees with a chronic illness, as well as managers and employees supporting those with chronic health conditions.
    ●       How we can build more inclusive workplaces that support so many people in the United States and worldwide.
     
    We touch on Julie’s book, Chronic Illness at Work: How Managers Can Support Employees with Chronic Illness.
     
    And more.

    • 48 min
    Three Hurdles To Delegation: How To Get Started And Save Time With Jennifer Pestikas

    Three Hurdles To Delegation: How To Get Started And Save Time With Jennifer Pestikas

    “Time is the only commodity that matters.” - Randy Pausch.
     
    Since Jennifer is entering a busy season with Brave Women at Work and her corporate work, she has been thinking a lot about delegation. In this episode, Jennifer Pestikas shares the three hurdles to delegation she faced. She also shares tips to get started with delegation. Jennifer Pestikas brings a treasure trove of insights. Tune in to this episode so you won’t miss a thing today.
     
    These are the questions Jennifer Pestikas asked herself:
    • What things am I currently doing that I should not be doing?
    • What feelings come up when I think of delegating something?
    • What else could I be doing with my freed-up time?

    • 27 min
    In Her Own Voice: The Rise To CEO With Jennifer McCollum

    In Her Own Voice: The Rise To CEO With Jennifer McCollum

    Here’s a sneak peek at what’s happening with Brave Women at Work in 2024. I am working on building a course for you. Yes, that’s right, a new course with a group coaching component is coming your way. I am looking for women to interview about professional confidence, so if you would like to be part of my research, email me at hello@bravewomenatwork.com. You can also always find me on LinkedIn and send me a private message there too.
     
    One of the key themes I am finding in my research is women struggling with communication at work. It may be fear of sharing because they don’t want to be seen as incompetent, having to twist their communication a certain way to get others to do things, act like they don’t know something and play the damsel in distress, so they don’t come off as a know-it-all or intimidating, I feel like I’ve heard it all. And you know what? It’s sad that in 2024, we as professional, capable women often feel like we can’t own our voice and stand in our power. This and so many other things act as large barriers to our ascent into leadership.
     
    So, let’s change that, shall we?
     
    My guest today, Jennifer McCollum, and her new book In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO: Overcoming Hurdles to Change the Face of Leadership, aims to do just that.
     
    During my chat with Jennifer, we discussed:

    1.     Jennifer’s own professional journey to CEO of Linkage.
    2.     What stirred Jennifer to write the book.
    3.     Why she believes only 10% of women are Fortune 500 CEOs and less than 30% are senior leaders.
    4.     What are some of the barriers that hold professional women back and what we can do about it.
    5.     How our male counterparts and companies as a whole can support women and their professional growth.
    6.     And the benefits of women-led companies.

    • 53 min
    Seeing Through The Money Fog: Unlocking Financial Confidence, Clarity, And Control With Mikelann Valterra

    Seeing Through The Money Fog: Unlocking Financial Confidence, Clarity, And Control With Mikelann Valterra

    I’m excited to share that we have a repeat guest today! Mikelann Valterra, a money coach, and more specifically the Seattle Money Coach is back on Brave Women at Work.
     
    We’ve had a few shows on money lately. I think that is because, at the beginning of the year, we are thinking about our money. According to an article in USA Today, the top resolution in 2024 is to save more money, especially with inflation and how expensive our cost of living is today.
     
    If you enjoy this conversation, and I’m sure you will, I also encourage you to go back into the Brave Women at Work vault and listen to episode 107. During that show, we touched on the money fog. Now that Mikelann has written an entire book on the subject, we dive much deeper into the topic in this conversation.
     
    During my chat with Mikelann, we covered:
    Her book, Rise Above the Money Fog, The Key to Confidence, Clarity, and Control Over Your LifeWe dove deep into what the money fog is and where it comes from (hint, hint, it’s childhood)The money stories we inherit from our familiesHow trauma and even so-called perfect families can leave a mark when it comes to how we manage our moneyHow we can start to overcome our money stories and build a better relationship with moneyWe chat about money traps such as overspending, underearning, and even over-earning or golden handcuffsAnd we round out our conversation with the concept of receptive surrender, which was fascinating.

    • 50 min
    Dr. Anne Welsh On Finding Peace And Freedom From Perfectionism

    Dr. Anne Welsh On Finding Peace And Freedom From Perfectionism

    Hello everyone! How are you doing out there?

    Quick Pestikas household update. I need more time off after the holidays. LOL. I’m sure you can relate. I’m not ready for everything to get into the swing of things again, between school drop-offs and pick-ups, my older daughter is in Poms and theatre, so I feel like my husband and I are taxi drivers all over town. And we’re not even a sports family like so many other families I know. Much respect for the traveling sports families. Much respect. Anyway, I am not ready for things to get to full speed this January.

    Speaking about expectations, perfectionism, and parenting, I loved my conversation with Dr. Anne Welsh today. Dr. Anne not only is a trained psychologist and executive coach, but she is also a mom of 4. FOUR. I can barely keep it together with two kiddos, let alone four. Regardless, Dr. Anne shared great nuggets of wisdom during the show that I’m sure you will enjoy.

    During my chat with Dr. Anne, we discussed:
    The difference between coaching and therapySigns you may be struggling with perfectionism or a pattern that is no longer serving you.Why Dr. Anne created the Working Mothers LifelineHow we can let go of unrealistic perfections at work and homeHow companies can retain working parents And more

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

T. Intag ,

Delightful discussion!

Jen is wonderful to chat with! She is brilliant with her guests and love her discussions! Highly recommend!

GVandegrift ,

Must listen for all women!!!

Such a great resources for all working women. Jen provides both great solo and guest episodes providing advice, tips, resources and real life stories that all women can relate to. Must listen for sure!

WIrelands ,

Seasons Leadership Co-Founder / Leadership Coach

Jen Pestikas has created an informative podcast for leaders at all levels! I found myself binge listening as each episode was helpful and relatable to my life and work. Jen is a great host by keeping the conversation moving and ensuring the key points are clear. This podcast is worth your time!

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