Are you a badass woman trying to figure out how this thing called “adulting” works? Do you also feel like school didn’t properly prepare you for important things like managing your money, how to maintain long-distance friendships, building your professional brand or how to find community in a new city?
On the Femme Hive Podcast, Thamina Stoll, a 2017 college grad, gender equality activist and Sales professional at a global technology company who suffered from post-graduation depression, is having genuine conversations with a diverse group of women to discuss the struggles of adulthood and establishing a new sense of post-college identity. Join Thamina on this journey to empower young women who are - just like herself - still in search of a fulfilling, purpose-driven life.
How to be happy
“I just want to be happy.” Raise your hand if you have either heard someone say this before or if you yourself have expressed this wish to those around you.
Being happy is a very valid goal to have in life and on this episode we are exploring why most of us aren’t there yet.
To help us uncover some happiness myths, we are joined by Stephanie Harrison, Founder & CEO of The New Happy, a company with the mission to redefine happiness. A former Deloitte consultant and Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, Stephanie used to listen to society’s narrative about the things that we should do in order to be happier and she was really surprised and disappointed when that didn’t work. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania to further research the concept of happiness.
Today, Stephanie shares with us why most of us are blocking ourselves from finding true happiness by following the “Old Happy” cultural narratives and why these narratives are particularly cruel to women. Stephanie believes that if we as a society shifted our mindsets towards the “New Happy’, scientifically proven approach, we would be able to create a world of equality, justice, safety, and joy where everyone would be much happier.
[Bonus Episode]: Allyship & Growth Mindset
This week we have an additional bonus episode for you. Earlier this year, our host Thamina was interviewed by Davidson Hang for his podcast, The Davidson Hang Podcast.
As Founder of the "Asians in Sales" Community at LinkedIn and former Women@LinkedIn co-lead, Davidson and Thamina are both very passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. On this episode, they talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, their role as allies to the Black community, and what it means to have a growth mindset. Thamina also spends some time talking about her upbringing in Germany and some cultural differences between Americans and Europeans.
How to take care of your mental health
There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health. If you are struggling, you might feel too embarrassed to ask for help. You don’t want to be a burden to your loved ones or you don’t even know how to find a good, affordable therapist. Sound familiar?
On today’s episode we turn to Mackenzie Drazan, Founder of the mental health non-profit TEAM and CEO & Founder of the startup MiResource. After losing her sister to suicide freshman year of university, Mackenzie has dedicated her life to defeating the stigma surrounding mental illness and increasing access to mental health care.
We talk about how mental health awareness is gaining some momentum during this global pandemic and how someone with mental health problems can involve their loved ones in their healing process. Mackenzie and Thamina also vulnerably share their own experiences with PTSD and anxiety attacks.
If you are on the fence about whether you should seek professional help, Mackenzie provides some helpful pointers and tips on how to take better care of yourself.
Trigger warning: This episode contains information about depression, anxiety and suicide which may be triggering to survivors and loved ones.
How to pivot in life
As college students and young professionals we oftentimes think that either the major we choose in school or our first full-time job will define our professional trajectory for the rest of our lives. There is this self-inflicted burden among us young ambitious people setting an unrealistic expectation that we have to have everything figured out by the time we graduate college or within the first few years of our young professional life.
Loretta Falcone is the living and breathing testament that we actually do not have to have everything figured out. Loretta is a NASA scientist and is currently planning NASA's first robotic mission to the moon (casual!). She was also part of the team that discovered the correct rotation of the planet Uranus, which baffled the scientific community at the time. From working for NASA to being a former ballerina, living in Italy, being a full-time mom, and TEDx speaker, Loretta has been reinventing herself over and over again throughout her life.
On this episode, we explore the importance of humility, vulnerability, and believing in yourself. Loretta shares how she helped doctors identify the rare disease of her son and how she was able to overcome her fear of space. One of the biggest take-aways: Let go of your ego!
How to excel in your job application process
Are you one of those people who just applies to 100+ jobs, hoping that something will stick? Do you see recruiters as the enemy? Are you a college student or recent grad who wants to find out how you can stand out as an applicant?
This week, we are talking to Career Strategist Lizzie Jones. Lizzie is the the Founder of “Hey Lizzie Ann”, a career consultancy for early-in-career tech professionals. As a former recruiter at Amazon and Expedia, Lizzie knows exactly how you should approach your job search and how you can increase your chances of landing your dream job.
On this episode we address the network gap many first-generation college graduates and immigrants are confronted with when searching for jobs. Lizzie and Thamina also talk about common misconceptions job candidates have about the job of a recruiter. Did you know that the relationship between an applicant and a recruiter is actually a mutually beneficial partnership? Additionally, Lizzie gives some helpful insights to encourage women to become more confident about applying in the first place and negotiate their salary. Lastly, she provides some great examples of how college students and recent grads can significantly improve their resumes.
How to manage your money (Part 2)
You have an emergency fund, you are investing in a 401(k) or other type of retirement account and you have some savings. Now what?
For this week's episode we brought back Financial Coach and Founder of Common Wealth Coaching, Lesley Chen-Young (now Ihionkhan because Lesley got married whoop whoop), for another insightful conversation on personal finance. Once you have the basics of how to manage your money down, that's when the real fun begins and you can start dreaming big.
Lesley and Thamina are talking about aligning your financial goals with your personal values, the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement and whether real estate is a feasible investment option for young adults in their 20s. Additionally, we are addressing the super scary biological reality of thinking about the financial implications of starting a family one day. Thamina and Lesley also share some tips on how to live below your means and live off only 60-70% of your salary.
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