60 episodes

Office Baggage is a podcast that “unpacks” the week of two successful corporate women. Hosted by Rae Parent and Marcy Twete, Office Baggage tackles topics that are all too often brushed under the office rug. Unafraid to take on the taboo, Marcy and Rae discuss their most frustrating moments on the corporate ladder and the topics professionals want to discuss to get ahead, understand the corporate construct and start climbing the ladder instead of holding onto a rung for dear life. Our resident Millennial, Marcy is a “recovered entrepreneur” turned corporate responsibility and sustainability leader for one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Gen X-er Rae is an executive at a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company and brings to the table 20 years of experience in the corporate sector, most of them happy. Rae and Marcy met in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program and bonded over sarcasm and raw ambition. Originally titled “The Fat Chick and the Token Jew,” this podcast is about business – seriously, it is!

Office Baggage Rae Parent and Marcy Twete

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    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

Office Baggage is a podcast that “unpacks” the week of two successful corporate women. Hosted by Rae Parent and Marcy Twete, Office Baggage tackles topics that are all too often brushed under the office rug. Unafraid to take on the taboo, Marcy and Rae discuss their most frustrating moments on the corporate ladder and the topics professionals want to discuss to get ahead, understand the corporate construct and start climbing the ladder instead of holding onto a rung for dear life. Our resident Millennial, Marcy is a “recovered entrepreneur” turned corporate responsibility and sustainability leader for one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Gen X-er Rae is an executive at a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company and brings to the table 20 years of experience in the corporate sector, most of them happy. Rae and Marcy met in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program and bonded over sarcasm and raw ambition. Originally titled “The Fat Chick and the Token Jew,” this podcast is about business – seriously, it is!

    S3E26 – Cultivating a Rest Ethic and Taking Time Off with Author John Fitch

    S3E26 – Cultivating a Rest Ethic and Taking Time Off with Author John Fitch

    Our society is obsessed with work ethic, but at the same time overworked, under rested, and seems to always feel a bit frazzled. Especially in this time of a global pandemic, our work lives and home lives are less separated than ever before, and it’s harder to truly find “time off.” John Fitch’s book tackles just that subject – how we, as individuals and as a society, can cultivate a “rest ethic” and spur creativity like never before. This isn’t just another time management book, it’s truly a new way of living.















    Our Guest Today: John Fitch, Co-Author, Time Off















    John Fitch is a business coach, angel investor, and writer. He is a recovering workaholic who wrote Time Off for a former version of himself. John studied Business and Media at The University of Texas at Austin. He has built a career designing digital products and as an active angel investor in technologies that are automating the mundane work that most people don’t enjoy. He cares deeply about the future of work and is optimistic that everyone has the opportunity to join the creative class in the near future. He cultivates great ideas and inspiration by hosting a dinner party, training Jiu-Jitsu, farming watermelons, playing music, and dancing.







    Find John Online:







    TimeOffBook.com







    @JohnFitch







    @Take.Time.Off















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    • 41 min
    S3E25 – Financial Building Blocks All Women Need

    S3E25 – Financial Building Blocks All Women Need

    Joined today by Jessica Merino from Merino Wealth, we’re continuing the conversation on women, money and the building blocks we all need to build financial independence and long-term success. From negotiation to charitable giving, from choosing ESG funds to taking risks, Jessica covers the finance topics you need to consider in your life today.















    Our Guest Today: Jessica Merino, CIMA®, CFP®, President and Founder, Merino Wealth















    Jessica’s interest in finances started back when she was about 9 years old, long before she knew what financial planning was. For birthdays, she passed up the usual doll and board game requests and instead asked for shares of stock, as she was fascinated with the stock market. While in high school, she began investing her own money after receiving 1 share of Walmart stock from her grandparents. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Investments, & Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She took a position as a financial advisor at a large firm where she worked for 11 years before starting Merino Wealth in 2016.  







    Jessica has helped clients in all walks of life and has built up a specialty working with high income earning female service professionals like attorneys, consultants, and women in tech who are in their 30s and 40s. She understands their challenges so her goal is to help them feel more confident and less stressed as they pursue their financial goals. Jessica loves her work and is passionate about helping women work towards financial equality.







    Jessica’s a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, providing financial planning services as a “fiduciary”—acting in the best interest of her financial planning clients. She was also awarded as 2019’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also received the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA) certification through the Investments & Wealth Institute™. Since only 17% of financial advisors are women Jessica’s also passionate about mentoring and collaborating with other female financial advisors.







    In her free time, Jessica volunteers with Step Up, mentoring young women in under-resourced communities. She’s also a member of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, TIC’s Women Advisor Group, and the Fairway Network.  Jessica lives on the Near North Side of Chicago with her wonderful husband Mike and their adorable dog Finnegan.  







    Follow Jessica Online:







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    • 51 min
    S3E24 – Navigating the Issues of Employment and Change Management During COVID-19 (in Partnership with Table Stakes Podcast)

    S3E24 – Navigating the Issues of Employment and Change Management During COVID-19 (in Partnership with Table Stakes Podcast)

    Today’s episode is a special “crossover” between Table Stakes Podcast and Office Baggage Podcast. In the environment of COVID-19, the issues surrounding employment and change management are affecting everyone whether through layoffs, furloughs, working from home, or training and safety for essential employees. All of us are dealing with both macro and micro economic issues as we consider a return to work and continued change and transformation in our work. CEO of the Prinz Law Firm, Kristen Prinz, and The Parker Avery Group’s Kathi Toll join us with expert commentary.























    Our Guests Today: Kristen Prinz, CEO, The Prinz Law Firm















    Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyer, business counselor, and founder of the Prinz Law Firm. She focuses on providing clients with strategic and cost-effective legal and business planning solutions to assist business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in building and realizing their potential.







    Ms. Prinz uses strategic planning and policies to protect businesses from liability in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, assessing and separating from employees. She has helped businesses launch, grow and thrive by leveraging their employee and business relationships.







    Kathi Toll, Senior Manager, Change Management, The Parker Avery Group















    Kathi Toll is a management consultant who collaborates with retailers and brands to design and implement transformational business initiatives through change and project management, as well as education design and delivery. From Fortune 500 companies to mid-size firms, Kathi navigates intricate organizations and leads complex projects, while guiding effective internal and external communications.







    Kathi’s experience spans organizational change management, learning and development, and project management. She specializes in luxury beauty and works with retail clients that include many of the world’s leading brands and labels. Kathi holds a B. Ph. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and completed her M.S. is Communication and Leadership at Northwestern. She also holds certifications from the Prosci Change Management program and the Kellogg School of Management. When Kathi has a break from consulting or studying at home in Chicago, she stays motivated by swinging kettle-bells, cycling, and hunting for the perfect shade of red lipstick.















    Find Kristen Online







    * The Prinz Law Firm* Twitter* LinkedIn* Kristen’s Podcast – Tales from Around the Watercooler







    Find Kathi Online







    * Website* LinkedIn* Twitter







    Shownotes







    The list below details any key topics, issues, articles, notes mentioned in today’s show.







    * The Guardian: Women’s domestic burden just got heavier during coronavirus







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    • 59 min
    S3E22 – Processing Career-Related Grief with JT O’Donnell from Work It Daily

    S3E22 – Processing Career-Related Grief with JT O’Donnell from Work It Daily

    All of us have experienced job loss at some point in our lives and careers. Today, in the wake of COVID-19, millions of Americans are experiencing the acute pain, fear and grief that accompanies that loss. Joined by the CEO of Work It Daily, JT O’Donnell, we’re unpacking the uncomfortable stages of grief that often come with job loss or change, and how to weather that process well.







    “Your network is your net worth right now.”JT O’Donnell, CEO, Work It Daily















    Our Guests Today:







    JT O’Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, the world’s top online career growth club. She’s also a LinkedIn influencer, author, guest speaker, and host of the JT Talks Jobs podcast. Her advice has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and Inc. Magazine.J.T. has 18+ years in the staffing and recruiting industry. She started Work It Daily back in 2008, when the Great Recession hit. She saw the need to drop the economic and geographic boundaries for career coaching, and that’s just what she did. She’s proud to say that Work It Daily offers affordable, accessible (they have their own app!), and comprehensive career coaching for everyone, not just those who pull six figures.















    Connect with JT and Work it Daily:







    * Website: www.WorkItDaily.com* LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jtodonnell















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    • 37 min
    S3E21 – Sharing the Same Storm – Rae and Marcy Catch Up Over Crisis

    S3E21 – Sharing the Same Storm – Rae and Marcy Catch Up Over Crisis

    As we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis, Rae and Marcy catch up on their coping mechanisms during this crisis. As Rae eloquently says in today’s podcast, “We’re not all in the same boat, but we’re all in the same storm.” Here’s how we’re weathering that storm.















    Articles/Books/Podcasts we talked about on the podcast:







    * Adam Grant’s WorkLife Podcast and his most recent episode on “How Science Can Fix Remote Work”* Sarah Cooper, the comedian famous for “lip syncing Trump”* Samatha Irby’s new book “Wow, No Thank You”* Alive Rescue* Tiny N Tall Rescue* Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book”















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    • 45 min
    S3E20 – The Must Have Skills for Leaders in Times of Change with Alexis Gladstone

    S3E20 – The Must Have Skills for Leaders in Times of Change with Alexis Gladstone

    As we all navigate the biggest change most of us have ever seen in our lives and our careers, the question of personal and leadership development is paramount during this time. Leaders who can adapt, change and lead effectively during times of crisis will certainly come out ahead when this is all over. Today, with Founder of Intelead Alexis Gladstone, we are tackling topics from leadership development to skills development, from the glass ceiling to personal branding.















    Our Guest Today: Alexis Gladstone, Founder, Intelead















    Alexis Gladstone is the founder of Intelead, a Chicago-based consulting practice dedicated to aligning people strategies and business results. Intelead designs strategies and programs to help clients develop current and next generation leaders, increase the effectiveness of individuals insales, and drive organizational change that delivers results.







    Alexis has a passion for empowering women and helping them succeed and is a sought out voice, trainer, and coach on the topics of women and leadership and helping clients attract and develop female talent. She has worked domestically and internationally across a variety of industries,including manufacturing, financial and legal services, and not-for-profit.







    Follow Alexis Online:







    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisgladstone/Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexisgladstoneWebsite: https://www.intelead.com/Instagram: @inteleadinc







    Books/articles/other we talked about in today’s show:







    * Alexis’ blog post: 20 Ways to Stand Out Without Bragging























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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Camille Virginia ,

Loved Marcy's insightful questions

Marcy Twete does her homework on her guests, and goes deep with them. It was a pleasure and an honor to chat with her on offline dating and human connection issues - and, more importantly, solutions you can instantly and easily apply in your own life.

momodottie32996 ,

Filling a Significant Void in the Podcast Market – with Humor and Empathy!

As a young woman just entering the corporate world (starting in a role where women make up only 30% of my peers!), I have been feeling out-of-place and anxious about navigating my male-dominated workspace. After scouring the internet for advice, I was thrilled to come across this podcast. I love how Marcy and Rae incorporate both high-level women's issues that are broadly being discussed today, like the Me Too movement, as well as smaller-scale issues/incidents that women encounter in the workplace everyday, like constantly being interrupted by men, that don't get as much attention in the media (side note: does anyone feel like some men have been conditioned to talk AT women, rather than WITH them?). I sincerely hope Marcy and Rae continue to air more episodes of "Office Baggage," because I have been really enjoying this podcast, and I haven't seen any other podcasters tackling the same important women-in-the-workplace issues with humor, self-awareness, and understanding!

nesliec ,

Can’t wait for Season 2!

I just got the email that the first episode of season 2 is out! I will be listening at my desk today! I am so looking forward to hearing about all the adventures Marcy and Rae have been on. This is one of my favorite podcasts! Thanks for a great show!

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