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Join us as we talk with executive women who are leaders in their industries, leaders of their companies, and mostly importantly...leaders of their lives, share inspiring stories about the obstacles they've overcome to succeed in a male dominated world. Host & Creator: Susan Branscome

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Join us as we talk with executive women who are leaders in their industries, leaders of their companies, and mostly importantly...leaders of their lives, share inspiring stories about the obstacles they've overcome to succeed in a male dominated world. Host & Creator: Susan Branscome

    I Thrive in Situations of Chaos and Change

    I Thrive in Situations of Chaos and Change

    Elizabeth Mangan is CEO and partner of Miller-Valentine Group and the first woman to head the company. MVG has 225 employees in four markets.  In 2016, Elizabeth led the difficult and challenging task of implementing a strategic vision for this long-standing company which resulted in the spin-off of several divisions into separate companies. Elizabeth felt pressure to find work-life balance until she realized she could meet her career and family responsibilities with more fluidity. Her childhood prepared her for this pressure-filled and competitive industry and she is a true leader.
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    • 54 min
    Manage Your Own Career Path....and Own It.

    Manage Your Own Career Path....and Own It.

    Diane Morefield is a top executive with a long and successful career having just retired from CyrusOne, a publicly-traded, global data center REIT with revenue of over $1 billion. She is driven and a high-achiever and a self-proclaimed extrovert. As the youngest of four children, Diane grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago in a strong, family-focused home. When the public company COPART appointed Diane as the first woman to its board, she experienced being suddenly cast in the limelight with media giants including Wall Street Journal, CNBC and Bloomberg profiling her. While she was well-qualified for this position, people questioned whether she was the token woman. Diane believes our very politically correct environment has gone too far and we all need to lighten up a bit and not be so sensitive.
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    • 53 min
    What’s My Vision of Myself as a Woman?

    What’s My Vision of Myself as a Woman?

    As a top banking executive with Fifth Third Bancorp, Kris Garrett has always been ambitious and driven with a strong work ethic. During a time of employee feedback, she learned the value of being more vulnerable and reinforcing that she trusted her staff, which enhanced her leadership. Kris and her husband made the decision for their family and the raising of their sons that only one of them should work, so her husband sold his business and was primarily responsible for their sons. At this stage of her career, through her experience she’s learned to embrace being vulnerable as she leads with grace and wisdom.
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    • 48 min
    It Takes A Lot of Confidence to Admit What You Don't Know

    It Takes A Lot of Confidence to Admit What You Don't Know

    Kathy Fish heads the 7000-employee R & D division of Proctor & Gamble having worked with the company 41 years. She talks about a time when she was not satisfied her position and career with P & G and did not feel valued. She proactively took action by having an important conversation with her manager resulting in a positive and pivotal point in her career.  As an introvert, she developed skills to overcome weaknesses and believes leaders must embrace a “growth mindset” otherwise organizations and people can get stale and lose productivity. What a great podcast!
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    • 44 min
    Every Problem is a Gift in Disguise, You Just Have to Unwrap It

    Every Problem is a Gift in Disguise, You Just Have to Unwrap It

    Katy Hollister was one of the top female executives for many years with Deloitte, a 312,000 employee company.  She credits her success with being a strong team player, strategist and being resilient during change. Being in a male-dominated industry as a trained CPA with a law degree, Katy believes diversity within organizations and different opinions are important to achieving the best results for companies. Resisting the need to fit in, Katy utilized her unique qualities to her advantage throughout her career and often offered perspectives which had not been previously considered. In a time when our country is facing a pandemic and has acknowledged systemic racism, along with a change in our country’s administration, Katy believes there will be some very positive things which will arise from all of the changes occurring and we are headed toward a rapid acceleration of renewal.  
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    I Could Not Be the Mom I Wanted to be, and Be Gone that Much

    I Could Not Be the Mom I Wanted to be, and Be Gone that Much

    Mary Zalla was the first female CEO and President of the international brand design firm, Landor.  She grew up on a farm in a family with 10 children and her parents instilled a strong work ethic in her.  She brought this work ethic to her career which has contributed greatly to her success. Mary’s creativity was fired by starting a new hobby and offers these opportunities for expanded creativity to those on her team.   She believes part of being a good mother is preparing her kids for the future setting them up for success. 
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Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Krebs44 ,

Real and relevant!

I love that these podcasts are transparent and give you a lot to think of. One size does not fit all and these leading ladies give different perspectives based on what season of your career you’re currently in.

CREGeek ,

Interesting and relatable!

As a young lady in commercial real estate finance, I can totally relate to a lot of the issues/ solutions the speakers talk about in the quest for gender neutrality and equality in male dominated careers. Super helpful!

TessieBert13 ,

Inspiring & Entertaining

Susan and the amazing women she interviews are each unique and educational in their own way. I love the girl boss moments mixed with the vulnerability moments. It helps me relate, learn, and inspire! Thank you Susan!

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