Moxielicious, hosted by Alexia Vernon, is the podcast for entrepreneurial and corporate leaders who want to unapologetically speak up for themselves, their companies, and the ideas and issues that matter most to them. It’s for industry leaders who have been called to develop the voices of their people but who know they need to dial-up their own voices right along-side them. It’s for those who know they have massive thought leadership potential but often feel like they are best-kept secrets in their fields - and they are over it. Whether you call yourself a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, business or nonprofit leader OR you are in HR/talent development, you sit in the C-suite, or you sling mai tais on the beach in Hawaii half the year, if you love practical self-improvement as much as you love strategy served up with ample helpings of sass, this is the podcast for you. Learn more about Alexia's speaking, coaching, and training programs at www.AlexiaVernon.com.
409: Elevating Marginalized Voices Through Her Speakers Bureau with Nicole Anderson
When Nicole Anderson didn’t see enough women and people of color getting keynote speaking opportunities, she decided to do something about it. She started NAL Speakers.
Nicole Anderson Legacy Speakers (known as NAL Speakers) is a contemporary agency connecting respected thought leaders, innovative thinkers, and connectors for learning businesses to audiences around the world through virtual or face-to-face keynotes, workshops, and summits.
With 25+ years of operations and business development experience, Nicole is known for building collaborative working relationships, driving productivity, and motivating others to continuously deliver superior sales results.
NAL Speakers works with a selected group of executives, scientists, public intellectuals, authors, consultants, and entrepreneurs – thinkers and doers who continuously strive to change the world (and the people in it) for the better.
In episode 409, the final, thought provoking episode of Moxielicious® season 4, Nicole and I discuss:
How to stand out as a speaker if you don’t have representation (yet) The key materials speakers need for associations, organizations, meetings planners, and eventually, speakers bureaus, to consider them The most popular speaking topics for live and virtual events (Hint: they look quite a bit different now than even just one year ago) What makes NAL Speakers different than traditional speakers bureaus How Covid has democratized who has access to learning and conferences and why, Nicole hopes, virtual events always play a prominent role in the speaking space Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
Learn more about NAL Speakers and connect with Nicole Anderson at NALSpeakersBureau.com. Follow NAL Speakers on LinkedIn. Get Step into Your Moxie® certified and support your clients (or employees) to amplify their voices, visibility, and influence (while you do the same). Apply here. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
408: From immigrant to thriving CEO and business coach with Elena Ledoux
Elena Ledoux is the definition of a multi-passionate, successful, and values driven entrepreneur. She is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a shareholder of Boss Security Screens, a leading security screens company in Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. She’s also a co-founder and CEO of Superb Maids, the #1 professional house cleaning company in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, servicing over 5,000 clients. Elena is also a certified business coach with the Conquer program which helps hundreds of service businesses throughout the US and Canada to systemize and scale.
Elena Ledoux has won numerous awards, including being named the 2019 SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Nevada, 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, and a finalist for 2020 US Chamber of Commerce’s Dream Big Awards – Minority-Owned Business. For her philanthropic work, Elena has won several awards: HealthySunrise Foundation’s Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year Award and NiceJob’s Community Impact Award. Most recently, Elena became one of the Women Who Inspire Nevada 2021 award recipients.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Elena Ledoux enjoyed working as a defense attorney for a busy private firm in Honolulu. And prior to that, she clerked for two civil division judges in Woodbury, NJ. A first-generation immigrant from Uzbekistan, Elena holds a master’s degree in International Economic Relations from Tashkent State Institute where she studied Chinese and Arabic and a juris doctorate from Widener University in Wilmington, DE. Elena is active in assisting fellow immigrants to overcome assimilation challenges, and she is the author of the book, 98 Tips for Achieving the American Dream.
In my interview with Elena Ledoux, we discuss:
Why Elena is driven to create opportunities for fellow immigrants and how her friendship with a fellow immigrant was the catalyst for her first multi-million dollar company The unique benefits Elena offers employees, including the ability to fire difficult clients and support with buying their first homes How Elena spends an average of 1 hour per week as CEO of Superb Maids (Hint: She uses the Entrepreneurial Organizing System (EOS) and creates a lot of videos for her teams.) How Elena does (and does not) work with business partners, including her husband, so that each leader has autonomy and can stay in their lane Why Elena’s favorite question to ask herself is “Am I a cow?” or “Am I a buffalo?” Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Learn more about Elena’s companies including Superb Maids, Boss Security Screens, and MommyGo. Follow Elena on Facebook and read her writing on Quora. Get Step into Your Moxie® certified and support your clients (or employees) to amplify their voices, visibility, and influence (while you do the same). Apply here. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
407: It’s Not Burnout, It’s Betrayal with Lora Cheadle
Lora Cheadle is an expert in overcoming betrayal and confidently engaging in life again – whether betrayal is from an intimate partner, one’s body, life, or the realization that a person has betrayed themselves.
Lora is a former attorney, podcast host, and the author of FLAUNT! Drop Your Cover and Reveal your Smart, Sexy, & Spiritual Self. She uses her experience of being shattered by her husband’s infidelity to help others reclaim their identity, self-worth, and enthusiasm for life after betrayal. Named a Top Influencer by Success Women’s Conference, she has spoken on numerous stages, including the Women’s Economic Forum in New Deli, India. Her work has been published in Thrive Global, Yoga Magazine, and Om Yoga Magazine, among others.
In episode 407 of Moxielicious®, Lora and I discuss why the feeling of burnout is often our body’s wake-up call to our real work of overcoming betrayal.
During our conversation, we discuss how to:
Spot the various forms of betrayal that can show up in our lives Recover our self-trust after betrayal Identify if our “burnout” is really an issue of self-betrayal Radically untangle ourselves from other people’s judgements and expectations Move betrayal through our body (Hint: Lora shares a fun and effective burlesque move to do this) If you have a sense that “overcoming betrayal” is important healing work for you, and an important part of leveling up your career or business, be sure to listen in.
Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Download Lora’s free Overcoming Betrayal digital guide at BurnoutOrBetrayal.com and learn more about Lora’s Overcoming Betrayal coaching programs. Grab a copy of Lora’s book, FLAUNT! Connect with Lora in her Facebook Group, on Instagram, or on Twitter. Get Step into Your Moxie® certified and support your clients (or employees) to amplify their voices, visibility, and influence (while you do the same). Apply here. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
406: Centering Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices in DEI with Carissa Begonia
Carissa Begonia is a first-generation Filipina-American who is committed to centering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices. She is the founder of CONSCIOUSXCHANGE and serves as an executive, leadership, and business coach helping BIPOC leaders and entrepreneurs pursue meaningful careers, build their own values-driven businesses, and design a life of purpose. Carissa is a certified Emotional Intelligence coach and the former head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) of Zappos.
As a fractional COO and equity consultant with over 15 years of experience working on both the operations and the human side of business, Carissa helps organizations develop and operationalize their DEI strategy with an anti-racist, anti-oppression lens. Carissa is the co-founder of Green Mango International, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit supporting educational opportunities for underserved school children in the Philippines. She is also the co-founder of AARISE – Asian American Racialized Identity and Social Empowerment for AAPIs, a holistic program centering Asian American experiences, emotional processing, and somatic healing in pursuit of justice and liberation for all.
Carissa and I met half a decade ago when she had just started a women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), before that was really a “thing”, during her time at Zappos. It’s been a privilege and a joy to watch Carissa find her voice and grow her thought leadership in the DEI space.
In episode 406 of Moxielicious®, Carissa and I discuss her work as a coach for BIPOC leaders and the importance of centering AAPI voices, plus:
How the lack of AAPI (and immigrant) business coaches motivated Carissa to pave a path in coaching (and DEI) for those who look like her How Carissa created her position at Zappos as the head of DEI – and her sage advice for other entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who want to do something similar How being an independent contractor first enabled Carissa to merge her experiences in operations & DEI while she began to grow a coaching business Why somatic healing is a core part of Carissa’s AARISE program and community, and why it belongs in racial and social justice and leadership development conversations, coaching, and training Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Learn more about centering AAPI voices and connect with Carissa on LinkedIn. Learn more about Carissa’s three ventures: CONSCIOUSXCHANGE, AARISE, and Green Mango International. Get Step into Your Moxie® certified and support your clients (or employees) to amplify their voices, visibility, and influence (while you do the same). Apply here. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
405: Coach-the-Coach Episode with Tosha Schore
In my coach-the-coach podcast episode of season 4, I had the pleasure of coaching (and, as I explain early in the episode, strategizing with) Tosha Schore about opportunities in the “professional development speakers for teachers” space. Tosha is a parent educator committed to creating a more peaceful world, one sweet boy at a time, who wants to break into speaking to educators and parents.
A coach, speaker and co-author with Hand in Hand Parenting founder, Patty Wipfler, of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, Tosha is mom to three boys and an advocate for boys and their families worldwide. She is committed to creating lasting change in families and in the world by supporting parents to care for themselves, connect with their boys deeply, set limits lovingly, and play wildly. Tosha holds a BA in Women’s Studies and Language Studies from UCSC, an MA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA, and is a certified teacher and trainer of instructors in Parenting by Connection.
During our coach-the-coach episode, we dive deep into what it takes to break into the “professional development speakers for teachers” market.
In episode 405 of Moxielicious®, Tosha and I discuss how to:
Identify the focus for a signature presentation that can be adapted for educators and parents Leverage speaking opportunities at national, regional, state, and local professional development conferences to connect with educational leaders for speaking opportunities at their institutions Price speaking opportunities in the K-12 education space (Hint: It’s about selling daylong opportunities within a school) Avoid being vague or dismissible by being unapologetic about having a specific focus in professional development Whether you are curious about opportunities in the “professional development speakers for teachers” (and parents!) space, or you are looking for interesting speaker marketing tactics, I think you will enjoy this episode.
Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Learn more about Tosha Schore on her website. Applications are open for the next cohort of Step into Your Moxie® Certification. Learn more about the first-of-its-kind vocal empowerment certification program for coaches, consultants, trainers, and business leaders who want to amplify their voice, visibility, and influence (while getting paid to show their clients and employees how to do the same). Grab all the details here. Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
404: Asking for Support as a Coach, Consultant, or Business Leader With Elayne Fluker
Elayne Fluker is an expert in asking for support, and she is the author of the new book, Get Over “I Got It” – where she encourages unapologetically ambitious women to learn how to embrace support not only for their success but also their peace of mind. As a speaker at organizations such as LinkedIn, the United Nations, the Women Presidents’ Organization, NYU, Columbia, Spelman College and Howard University, she gives women a roadmap for making empowered asks and living a fulfilled life.
Elayne is host of the Support is Sexy podcast where she has interviewed more than 500 diverse women entrepreneurs around the world, and she is the founder of SiS.Academy – an online learning platform educating and empowering Black Women entrepreneurs. Most recently Elayne was named a “Founder of Change” for SiS.Academy as part of the American Express “100 for 100” program featuring 100 innovative Black women entrepreneurs.
During our conversation on asking for support, Elayne and I discuss:
Top areas where “helpers” (aka coaches, consultants, and business leaders) struggle to ask for support and Elayne’s suspicion about why that is Native American social worker Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart’s model for historical trauma – and why asking for support is both an individual act of self-empowerment AND a way to disrupt systemic oppression Unique ways of asking for support when you know you need support but you aren’t clear on what support would actually look like The 5 Rs for making an empowered ask The extra book chapter Elayne would write if she could Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Learn more about Elayne Fluker and her new book (and grab book bonuses!) at GetOverIGotIt.com The Harvard Business Review (HBR) article – Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome Sign-up for my free virtual workshop – Amplify Your Voice, Visibility and Influence While Getting Paid to Show Your Clients (or Employees) How to Do the Same Please leave a review and subscribe to Moxielicious® via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or Spotify so you never miss an episode!
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