4 episodes

Let’s face it. The stakes are higher today for leaders than ever before. Resilient, transparent leadership is not just needed, but required of all of us as leaders.

Several years ago, I set out to write what would eventually become my book, Gracious and Strong, a story about the very raw and highly rewarding moments of my career as the first female EVP of Walmart, Inc.

Fast forward to today. I’ve had the pleasure of working with and coaching thousands of leaders.

I’ll share with you what it means to lead with a “gracious and strong” mindset and will share not only the personal stories and case studies from my own Fortune 1 career, but also those of other Fortune 500 leaders who have faced — and overcome — leadership obstacles. My hope is to empower you to become not just a great leader — but a “whole” leader — in both work and life.

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Gracious & Strong Celia Swanson

    • Management
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Let’s face it. The stakes are higher today for leaders than ever before. Resilient, transparent leadership is not just needed, but required of all of us as leaders.

Several years ago, I set out to write what would eventually become my book, Gracious and Strong, a story about the very raw and highly rewarding moments of my career as the first female EVP of Walmart, Inc.

Fast forward to today. I’ve had the pleasure of working with and coaching thousands of leaders.

I’ll share with you what it means to lead with a “gracious and strong” mindset and will share not only the personal stories and case studies from my own Fortune 1 career, but also those of other Fortune 500 leaders who have faced — and overcome — leadership obstacles. My hope is to empower you to become not just a great leader — but a “whole” leader — in both work and life.

Subscribe to the Gracious & Strong podcast to receive real-time updates for new episodes.

    Six Strategies for Mastering Change and Building Resilience

    Six Strategies for Mastering Change and Building Resilience

    Today’s podcast is all about ‘Six Strategies for Mastering Change and Building More Resilience’, which is the #1 issue I’m asked to speak about and, of course, it’s top of mind as we experienced the past year. 

    • 26 min
    Fireside chat with Bic Company

    Fireside chat with Bic Company

    I recently had a fireside chat with the team at Bic Company during their North America town hall event. Their focus for Women's History Month was to hear from women who were the 'firsts' in their company and/or their industry.

    In this episode, I share some of the good, the bad and the ugly of the hard-right decisions and sacrifices that were made by both myself and my family. I even share thoughts about the very abrupt experience of losing my husband to a sudden heart attack at the height of my career.

    • 47 min
    Leading Through the Unknown with a Gracious and Strong Mindset

    Leading Through the Unknown with a Gracious and Strong Mindset

    The unknown can manifest itself in so many ways. During my career at Walmart Inc. - I led teams through seven CEO transitions under the most scrutinizing circumstances. Each new CEO brought their own priorities and leadership style. Some came from inside the company and culture; some joined from the outside. In every case, there was disruption and a sense of insecurity as we all adjusted to the new leader.
    So, for the very first episode of my new Gracious & Strong podcast, I’ve chosen to kick off with one of my favorite topics - The Gracious and Strong Mindset. I’ll unpack how the very best and most compelling leaders use this mindset to ignite a sense of purpose within themselves and those around them. I even share a very personal experience of how I faced the unknown after I was diagnosed with COVID-19, which I am thankfully fully recovered from.

    • 13 min
    Teaser: Introducing The Gracious and Strong Podcast

    Teaser: Introducing The Gracious and Strong Podcast

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Looking Forward to More Episodes

Subscribed and going to be great to supplement Gracious and Strong. We all need bright lines and Celia is just the leader to help you define and improve your leadership skills.

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Heart, Mind, Respect

Celia keeps it real with her advice and shared experiences. While I feel like it is a great time of uncertainty, there is no better time to learn from other leaders. Celia is certainly a good one to learn from. Thank you Celia for your advice. I look forward to future podcasts.

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Excited!

Looking forward to listen to this podcast, great leader, fantastic book, can’t wait!

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