Being a woman building a business or trying to break out in an industry can feel more like you’re hitting your head against a brick wall, on repeat, daily. Have you ever written an email starting with, “Per my Last Email, Karen”? People don’t listen. Or read. Oh, and what ever happened to feeling empowered?! Should we just stop trying? Absolutely F-ing NOT. This podcast is a place for us all to chat, share experiences and hear each other’s successes, failures and ridiculous stories wherever you create your best professional self.
Grab a glass of ANYTHING, unwind with us girls and join the happy hour. We’ve earned it! Hosted by Michaela Gordon. Owner of MG Home Chicago, a real estate and design business servicing the city and suburbs of Chicago.
Retirement at 30, Now What? with Olympian Emily Brydon
Today is a special episode because it is part two, of the Emily Brydon series. If you haven’t listened to part one yet, go back to episode 10 to hear all about Emily’s experience as a three-time Olympian on the Canada ski team before you drop into today’s conversation. Today, they explore how Emily got into the oil and gas industry after hanging up her professional skis and entering the corporate world, what it takes to build a whole new identity in life, and the unexpected skillsets, lessons, and strengths that transferred seamlessly into her new world.
Olympic Athletes Burn Out Too with Emily Brydon
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an Olympic athlete? Have you ever really thought about the level of dedication, sacrifice, and focus it would take? Have you ever thought about what happens when you decide to retire and are then faced with recreating your entire identity and purpose at age 30? I have one more for you - have you ever thought about what it is like to do all of that, as a woman? Today’s guest is Canadian, three-time Alpine Olympic skier, Emily Brydon. She is a change seeker with a passion for continuous improvement and someone who thrives under challenging and dynamic environments. It is her goal to leave this planet better off than she entered it and as someone who gets to call her a friend, I can attest that she is doing just that. Hit play on this two-part series to hear how Emily became an Olympian and what is up next for her.
The Magic of Saying Yes with Dr. Marcie Claybon
Are you someone who thrives off of the checklists in life? Do you make a plan and stick to it regardless of how hard the path might become? Or are you someone who says yes to the opportunities sent your way, even if it doesn’t look anything like what you envisioned? Dr. Marcie Claybon has a unique story. She knew she wanted to be a doctor and live in Chicago since age eight but the rest was up to the Universe. Dr. Marcie Claybon, MD is a board-certified Internal Medicine doctor, concierge physician, and Medical Director at Chicago’s newest and most stunning wellness club, BIÂN. Listen as Marcie and Michaela talk about the professional space, the woo-woo, and everything in between.
Becoming Your Own Person with The Sanchez Sisters
Have you ever felt you were living in the shadow of someone else? Maybe it was their name or their success or maybe it was a dream they chose and then projected onto you. So many of us have been there and honestly, so many of us still are. But, not Samantha and Korina Sanchez. They broke out of the shadows and have made a name for themselves in Chicago and I couldn’t be more proud of them. In this episode, you will get to know these two restaurant industry entrepreneurs, who I have known since I was 22 years old when I started working at one of their Dad’s restaurants. So much has changed for all of us and this conversation highlights the importance of following your own intuition and dreams in order to become your own person. And how at the end of the day, you never know where life will take you.
Don’t Call me Strong
Have you ever been pushing through hard things in life only to be met with someone saying how strong you are? Doesn’t it somehow leave you feeling even more overwhelmed, unseen and tempted to pull your hair out? I don’t know about you but, I hate that. Because I’m not strong, I am BRAVE. In today’s solo episode I recount my RV trip that left social media aghast and me remembering that I am brave. Be sure to stay until the very end so you can get a glimpse into what podcast life is really like.
Tech Bros and New Cities with Hillary Fortin
Have you ever caught yourself thinking about how random it is for you to have a career in your current industry? Have you ever told someone that you “sort of just fell into it?” Have you wondered if maybe you should leave it all and move to a cabin in the woods instead? Well, you are not alone. In today’s episode, Hillary Fortin finds herself on Michaela’s dining room bench sharing it all from how she fell into the land of “Tech Bros”, to her experiences from living in LA, NYC, San Francisco, Boston, and most recently Chicago. This will leave you laughing, feeling understood, and inspired to get out there and live a little.
Oh yes she did!
Best 45 minutes of my day! Your host Michaela just dives right in, no holds barred. Relatable, funny, important topics. Can’t wait for more episodes
High quality conversations and real insight!
Per My Last Email hits a variety of topics on real life professional and everyday experiences that everyone can relate to. Hearing in depth stories/interviews with amazing people from different backgrounds makes for a great listen!
Fun girl talk
As a stay at home mom, I don’t get to go out with girlfriends very often. This podcast makes me feel like the old days… I’m getting drinks after work with girlfriends to discuss the craziness of the day. There is always something to connect to and Michaela’s solo episodes are raw, real, and relatable.