Podcast by I Choose the Ladder
Ep 75 - Goal Setting
In this episode we discuss everything that's required to create goals that work, and we are not talking SMART goals.
EP 74 - Meet Stephanie Smellie, Head of Creator Marketplace Partnerships, Spotify
In this episode, you meet Stephanie Smellie, the Head of Creator Marketplace Partnerships at Spotify. In this role, she leads the company's strategic partnerships with platforms and brands that enrich Spotify's offering to artists, with an eye toward helping them grow, engage, understand and monetize their audiences.
Prior to Spotify, she was Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at iHeartMedia and led distribution and content partnerships across a variety of industries, including partners like Amazon, Samsung, Hilton, Comcast and Sonos.
Stephanie started her career as a CPA, working on Wall Street and was committed to making a career switch to an industry and function that she was passionate about. Since that shift, she's also worked in Business Development at Sony Music Entertainment and Brand Marketing at Under Armour.
In her spare time, she's an avid traveler, a budding DJ, and serves on the Steering Committee of Alvin Ailey's Young Patrons Circle.
Some of the things that we discussed that stood out to me were:
- Maximizing your network
- Not being a salesperson for business school
- Career pivots
- How she's using the skills she acquired in corporate America to build a side hustle
- Giving yourself options
- Clarity about your job criteria
- Stepping outside of your comfort zone
EP 73 - Quarterly Check-In
In this episode I Choose the Ladder Founder & CEO, Watchen Nyanue discusses what you should be doing to wrap up Q1. What performance receipts should you be gathering. What meetings should you be having. What progress you need to document.
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EP 72 - Meet Terrie P. Sterling, Chief Nursing Advisor, nDorse
In this episode you meet Terrie S. Sterling. Currently, Terrie is the Chief Nurse for nDorse and serves as Principal and CEO of her own healthcare management services firm. She was recently appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards as Co-Chair of the Resilient Louisiana Commission, along with Don Pierson, Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development. Ms. Sterling was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC), w here she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the largest hospital in Louisiana with more than 800 beds. Under Ms. Sterling’s leadership, OLOLRMC was recognized among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017-18 “Best Hospitals” rankings. OLOLRMC achieved Magnet Designation Awarded for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® and earned Hospital of the Year honors five times under Ms. Sterling’s leadership. Immediately prior to her retirement in January 2020, Ms. Sterling served as the Executive VP for Strategic Initiatives at OLOLRMC where she led the development of the freestanding Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Sterling has served on the Core Leadership Team of the Louisiana Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action since its inception in 2011. She plays a pivotal role with the Nurse Leader Institute and the Nurse Mentorship Program. Ms. Sterling recently presented the role of the public-private partnership in transforming healthcare in Louisiana at the Future of Nursing 2030 Workshop in Philadelphia. Ms. Sterling serves on the Board of the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Leaders. She previously served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, and has also been involved with the Capital Area United Way, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Capital Area American Heart Association, and the Louisiana Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Sterling has been a member of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge since 2006, was inducted in the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Hall of Fame in 2016, received the Louisiana State University Women’s Center Esprit de Femme Award in 2014 and is a past recipient of the Influential Women in Business Award from the Baton Rouge Business Report.
- Planning for a gap year a decade in advance
- Taking a state of your financial union
- Being in career purgatory
- Building a diverse career while working for the same billion dollar business
- The importance of discernment periods
- Having a personal mission statement
- What to look for in a long term partner
- The garden of Ignore
- Finding your passion at any age
EP 71 - Meet Nona King, Founder & CEO, Career Catalyst Group
In this episode you meet Nona King. Nona is a career strategist and global marketing leader who coaches young professionals of color to learn practical career planning and job search tools and builds their influential networks to establish and navigate the professional world.
After spending over 25 years building an impactful and rewarding career as a senior marketing executive at companies like L’Oreal, Coca-Cola and Himalaya, where she grew global brands to peak performance and created high performance teams, Nona’s passions and core differentiator are centered around developing future leaders. Nona knows what truly drives job promotions, leadership opportunities and pay advancement - and it’s not mastering job tasks. It’s how well you know your value, build meaningful connections and lead by serving others.
Complementary to Nona's widely successful career, she is an MBA graduate of Washington University John M. Olin School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Vanderbilt University.
Nona King celebrates life as a wife and mother of two and resides in Houston, Texas.
Some of the things that we discussed that stood out to me were about:
- Finding your passion
- Putting yourself out there to get unstuck
- The importance of writing things down in a journal
- How she’s using the skills she acquired in corporate America to build her business
- Depositing into your success bank
- The benefits of living by a calendar
- Stepping outside of your comfort zone
Prioritizing family above all else
EP 70 - Meet Lizette Williams, Global Head of Vertical Solutions Marketing, Facebook
In this episode you meet Lizette Williams. Lizette is a leading marketing and advertising executive with expertise at driving the convergence of brand, culture and tech. She has worked across Fortune 50 companies driving consumer-centric growth strategies focused on cultural relevancy. In 2020 she was named one of “Advertising Woman of the Year” by the Chicago Advertising Federation. She is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in the field and was also inducted into the American Advertising Federation Advertising Hall of Achievement, the premier industry recognition for leaders under 40 who are making a significant impact in the industry and their communities. She has been listed as Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40,” Advertising Age “Women to Watch,” and Black Enterprise “Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing.”
A respected thought leader and subject matter expert, Lizette is a sought-out speaker, lecturer, and advisor on marketing and culture. She has provided expertise as a keynote speaker and panelist at several premiere industry conferences, including SXSW, Advertising Week, Essence Fest, and multiple Association of National Advertisers conferences. She is frequently invited to keynote events at major companies to discuss cultural growth strategies including the Kraft Heinz Company, LinkedIn, and Ogilvy & Mather.
Lizette serves as the Global Head of Vertical Solutions Marketing at Facebook where she leads a global marketing team tasked with developing the business marketing strategy and approach across 7 industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Gaming, and eCommerce. This combination of platform and digital work allows her to continue to drive cultural relevance and impact on a broader scale.
Lizette has worked in major marketing roles at McDonald’s, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and PepsiCo. She has consistently remained at the cutting-edge of driving innovative approaches that bring brand, culture and tech together.
Lizette’s love of all things “culture” comes from being a born-and-raised New Yorker (and proud “Afro-Latina.”) Currently based in Chicago, she serves on the Board of the Chicago Advertising Federation where she chairs the Diversity Thought Leadership Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors of RealSelf, the leading healthcare marketplace for people considering an elective cosmetic treatment. Additionally, Lizette chairs the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement Selection Committee. She has a passion for serving young people and women and as a result, has a countless number of mentees across the country.
She spends her free time inspiring college students and has keynoted events at Northwestern University and Lincoln University as well as guest lectured classes at several other universities. Lastly, Lizette is a proud mother of two children who keep her filled with laughter and purpose.
Lizette received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Economics/ Political Science through a joint program with Columbia University in New York City and the London School of Economics.
Some of the things that we discussed that stood out to me were:
• Being a regular girl from the Bronx
• How having a daughter influenced her relationship with her natural
• How to survive be being tested professionally
• Maintaining your authentic voice regardless of where you work
This pod is worth listening to, whether or not you’re black, a woman, or otherwise. The stories here exemplify what it takes to survive in a world that may not always value you, but that benefits from your experience. Awesome stuff.
We lift as we climb
For Black women, leadership isn’t optional, it is necessary for us to exist. But how we reach our goals, what success for us looks like and feels like and how we empower each other has had to be innovative, inventive, and nonconforming. This podcast delivers the stories of many different journeys and pathways. It uplifts the resilience, brilliance and determination of these women leaders and, in doing so, guides listeners to blaze their own paths. The lessons are many and for anyone with ambition to improve this world. Add to your “must listen” list now!
Something for everyone
I understand that the focus of the podcast is on black professional women, but I’m a white gay man and there really is so much here for anyone interested in furthering their career and professional development. Highly recommend giving it a listen!