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Emilie Given, She's a Given Executive Virtual Assistant Services, CEO & Founder
Whew. I thought we were going to spend this hour talking about how the world of virtual assistants works and what it's like founding and running an agency.
We did, of course.
What I hadn't accounted for is the experience of not only starting a business like this and making it successful but the mindset, fortitude, and perseverance it takes to make the decision -and do the work- to get to the starting point.
The wisdom and vulnerablity Emilie shares in this epidose is empowering, inspiring, and practical. Emilie is not somebody who is trying to build a business through here message, building her business is what gives her the wisdom and inspiration to share her message.
This interview stuck with me long after we were finished talking and editing it was a gift. Give yourself the gift of listening to Emiie Given, Founder and CEO of She's a GIven Executive Virtual Assistant Services.
Here are some links that were mentioned in the show. You can click on the links to get to them:
She's a Given Executive Virtual Assitant Services
She's a Given Academy
Emilie's Birth Story
You can google Emilie's birth story. When she said it went viral she meant it! There are pages and pages (and pages!) of her story covered by news outlets all over the world! I cannot imagine the terror that made up her experience. If you get a chance to read her story before you listen to this episode, do. It will make it all the more powerful and empowering.
Beth Tykodi, Genealogist
There has been so much talk about genealogy in the last few years with new accessibilty to it through websites and apps. Do you know what a genealogist does though? Do you know how she gets her information? How she connects with clients? For what purposes people want their genealogy investigated?
Listen in as Beth Tykodi shares both her passion and professionalism for Genealogy. Beth talks about how she got started, what training was like and how she works with clients. It's fascinating and heartwarming.
Dottie Janson, Amateur Competitive Figure Skater
What's something you have always wanted to do but felt too afraid? My list is too long to share! Not Dottie's though. In this episode Dottie talks with me about what it was like to start figure skating competatively in her 30's. From competeing against teens to finding a club with other adults, Dottie stayed the course and her efforts have have rewarded her over and over again.
One of the things I most love about this episode is the ripple effect it will have on each of us. The next time we really want to try something but are tempted to say "no" for a reason that doesn't need to stop us, I believe we will think of Dottie. We will remember her words and the experiences she shared and we just might say "yes"!
Enjoy this episode with Dottie Janson, Amateur Competitive Figure Skater and if it resonates you please share Dottie's episode with someone else who would like to hear it!
Julia Schuster, Core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver
Many white people wonder how to be effective in dismantling systemic racism. We can get stuck while trying to say, learn, or express the "perfect" thing. We are not sure how to learn the stories of, and support, Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) without burdening them. We know we need to call other white people in, and we want to make sure we are not taking the lead or centering ourselves.
Listen in as Julia Schuster, core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver, shares her own insights, paradigms, and tools for engaging in the essential work of dismantling system racism.
EPISODE NOTE: The SURJ Denver team receives feedback from local accountability partners, all of which are community leaders or organizations led by BIPOC, as part of their work. The work that SURJ Denver engages in is requested by their accountability partners. Though participation in this podcast was not a direct request from an accountability partner, SURJ Denver has received the request to take on more of the work of calling in and educating other white people during this time.
NOTE: Julia would like to note the following corrections:
1. There are 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy.
2. Julia discusses looking for actions organized by organizations led by People of Color. She meant to say look for actions organized by organizations or groups led by People of Color. Sometimes actions are led by groups without formal name recognition or other status that may typically deem them as an "organization," and lack of formal "status" should not discount their work. SURJ Denver encourages white people to generally look for actions and community events organized by a collaborative group as opposed to those organized by a single individual.
Works Rerferenced and Recommended in this Episode:
Books and Workbooks:
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
“Two years after Obama’s election, Alexander put the entire criminal justice system on trial, exposing racial discrimination from lawmaking to policing to the denial of voting rights to ex-prisoners. This bestseller struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Time
Dismantling Racism by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun
"Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) is
pleased to offer our workbook and other resources.
We hope you find the material here useful
to you, your organization, and your community. "
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
"Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources."
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
"In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations ab
Parenting through Covid-19 with Roya Dedeaux Marriage and Family Therapist
Whoa. Don't you feel like you are going to wake up tomorrow and all of this will have been a dream- or rather a nightmare?
We went from living one way to living another way in the span of about 24 hours. There is so much legitimate fear right now. We have no answers. We cannot wrap our heads around this because we don't even have a strong sense of what "it" is.
We want our kids to feel safe. How do we help them when we ourselves don't even feel safe? Should we be strict and regimented? Let them do whatever they want to keep them distracted?
There are also the practical challenges like working and schooling from home by necessity. Living together literally 24/7 is new for a lot of people.
Roya Dedeaux is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a focus on parenting and play. In this episode Roya offers us a shift in the way we think that could turn this time from chaos and disconnection to a time that might offer beauty, connection, and new understandings of each other.
Here are the links referenced in today's show:
Find Roya and schedule a 1/2 price texting session by clicking here.
Find Jane McGonigal's Super Better by clicking here.
Find Darcel White of The Mahogany Way by clicking here.
Civil Rights Attorney with Sandra Hanshaw Burink
Social justice takes many forms. While we tend to think of marches, boycotts, and petitions, there are women who have devoted their lives and careers to taking practical action for social justice. Civil rights attorney Sandra Hanshaw Burink is one of those women.
Sandra tells us about how she determines whether a case exists, how she prepares, how she communicates with her clients and how she prepares for a case. In addition to all of this, Sandra shares wisdom, courage, and sheer bravery as she not only learned how to take depositions and try cases, but as she learned how to navigate life transitions, like divorce, while exemplifying integrity and grace. You won't want to miss today's incredible episode.
HOST NOTE: As mentioned in the break I am working on an offering for women. "Wholehearted Self-Love for Women" is a set of carefully curated tools to help women love themselves more. It is not a teaching, program, or course. It is an offering- an opportunity for us to love ourselves more. It is low-key, low-pressure, and all women are welcome. Here is the link to learn more: Click here for Wholehearted Self-Love for Women
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Uplifting & Inspiring Real Women’s Life’s Stories...
What a great program to be shared with us all (Women),
Who can take from each story some inspirational strength
that can in so many cases be applied into our own personal lives. Thank you!
What a fabulous idea for a podcast! It’s really fun and inspiring to listen to the ins and outs of what these women do for work.