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A podcast offering tips and tricks for reinventing yourself by former More Magazine Editor In Chief and creator of CoveyClub.com, Lesley Jane Seymour.

Reinvent Yourself Lesley Jane Seymour

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 60 Ratings

A podcast offering tips and tricks for reinventing yourself by former More Magazine Editor In Chief and creator of CoveyClub.com, Lesley Jane Seymour.

    #163: When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)

    #163: When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)

    Susan Schoenberger always knew she wanted to be a writer. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in English, she launched her journalism career in newspapers. But when the market crashed in 2008, the publishing industry faltered, and Schoenberger’s career of over 30 years came to a standstill. As she applied for new work (more than 50 applications over the next 2 years), Schoenberger never gave up on her writing. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how a personal trauma informed her stunning new novel. 


     


    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”


     


    Bio:


    Susan Shoenberger serves as Director of Communications for Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, a graduate school with an interfaith dialogue focus. Her first novel, A Watershed Year was published in 2011. She is also the author of The Virtues of Oxygen, published in July 2014 and The Liability of Love, published in July 2021.


     


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    Time Stamps


     


    [00:3:02.00] Becoming a writer and working in journalism


     


    [00:5:18.00] Struggling to work freelance and landing current job


     


    [00:14:30.00] First book and burying stories


     


    [00:16:06.00] Revision and reproduction 


     


    [00:19:12:00] Sexual violence and #MeToo


     


    [00:22:02.00] The importance of telling your story 


     


    [00:29:15.00] Secret skills she learned throughout her writing life that you can use


     


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    • 36 min
    #170 From Nun to Fortune 500 Founder: How One Woman Overcame Her Fear of Reinvention (Ellen Snee)

    #170 From Nun to Fortune 500 Founder: How One Woman Overcame Her Fear of Reinvention (Ellen Snee)

    Ellen Snee grew up in New Jersey, the oldest of five children in an Irish Catholic family. When she was 12 years old, a priest friend came to the house for dinner and gave everyone a blessing. Young Ellen then announced to her family that she wanted to become a priest when she grew up, for the opportunity to bring peace and joy to others. When her elders enlightened her to the fact that women are not allowed to become priests in the Catholic church, a young rebel was born. Snee decided instead to become a nun, discovering the Sacred Heart community while attending Fordham and going on to teach for Sacred Heart University. One of many reinventions caused her to transition to a career in women’s development, and after 18 years she left her convent. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Snee recounts the reinventions of her life, including launching a Fortune 500 business, moving to California and meeting her husband, helping women claim leadership roles in the business world, and writing her book, “Lead: How Women in Charge Claim their Authority”. Learn Snee’s steps for dealing with fear of transition and how to take the leap to follow your passions.





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    Bio:

    Ellen Snee has been at the forefront of women’s leadership for more than 25 years. Dr. Snee brings strategy, research and executive experience to global companies and their top female talent. Her original research at Harvard University on women’s experience in roles of authority formed the foundation of her consulting and coaching work with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Goodyear, Marriott, Pfizer and Schwab.  Later, as the Global VP of Leadership Development at VMware, she launched the company’s groundbreaking business initiative, VMwomen, designed to attract, develop, advance and retain talented women. Her new book Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority makes her wisdom and experience accessible to all women seeking to accelerate their careers. Dr. Snee lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to coach and advise women leaders and executives worldwide, and frequently speaks to companies and conferences.

     

    Time Stamps:

    3:19 – Catholic family and childhood dreams

    6:32 – Life changing books and female empowerment 

    8:52 – Starting coaching business 

    13:02 – Writing her book 

    19:20 – What the younger generations are doing right 

    22:28 – What you can do to get ahead

    25:20 – How to lead effectively 

    32:50 – Coaching stories

     

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    • 39 min
    #169: Reinventing After 50 to Recover Your Life’s Passion (Jennifer Lewis McKay)

    #169: Reinventing After 50 to Recover Your Life’s Passion (Jennifer Lewis McKay)

    Jennifer McKay is no stranger to reinvention. Born and raised in New Orleans, she completed a communications degree before moving to Los Angeles and starting a twenty-year career in marketing. Later, married with children, she moved with her family back to Louisiana and a new career as a stay-at-home mom. After five years, however, McKay was restless. She knew she needed to get back to work but the idea of returning to corporate America was daunting. Her reinvention as an entrepreneur began when her sister started a direct sales company. Soon, McKay was part of the #1 skincare brand in the country, raising a team of consultants and building her own organization within the company. Listen to her conversation with Covey Club founder Lesley Jane Seymour to discover how McKay rediscovered her passion for fine art in her 50s and embraced her identity as an artist. “It’s such a personal thing to create,” McKay advises. “And it’s such a generous thing to offer for the world.”





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    Bio:

    Jennifer McKay is a Louisiana artist currently living in Lafayette, LA. Her abstract art consists of mixed-media paintings and sculptural pieces.

     

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    Time Stamps:

    2:33 – Growing up in New Orleans and starting in marketing

    3:20 – Stay-at-home reinvention 

    5:00 – Starting sales with older sister

    10:48 – Working up to the top of the company

    11:38 – The art of failing 

    13:28 – How you can balance success and stress

    17:37 – Why you need a mentor

    23:20 – Joy and learning 

    27:05 – The importance of positive self-talk 

    30:50 – Success at any age

    • 34 min
    #168: How to Reinvent Your Relationship to Your Children’s Education (Caitlin Meister)

    #168: How to Reinvent Your Relationship to Your Children’s Education (Caitlin Meister)

    New York City native Caitlin Meister began teaching even while she was still learning herself. A lifelong learner, she developed a passion for igniting the curiosity in young minds. Her first reinvention came when her son was born, giving her a new understanding of working with children – but as a mom. She went on to create The Greer Meister Group, a NYC-based private educational consulting and tutoring practice. And, like many of us, when Covid hit in March 2020, Meister was forced into another reinvention. She saw the loss of community that kids were experiencing and witnessed the need for connectedness in her own son. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Meister explains how she reinvented her approach to teaching, bringing a sense of connection to children in the time of Zoom calls and quarantine. Most importantly, she shares her insights on how parents can reinvent their approach to educating their children, how you can find the “teachable moments”, and most importantly how you can foster a lifelong love of learning in your child.





    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”

     

    Bio:

    Caitlin Meister is the Founding Director of The Greer Meister Group, a New York City-based private tutoring and educational consulting practice. Her interest in education began when she was young, and she began teaching children and teens while pursuing her own education. Inspired by her own educational experiences at the Little Red School House, Stuyvesant High School, and Wesleyan University, she went on to receive additional training through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in the Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching students with language-based learning differences. Meister has extensive experience working with gifted learners and supporting neurodiverse students, and she is dedicated to a strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming approach.  





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    Time Stamps

    02:54 - How giving birth to her first son changed her relationship to teaching

    04:30 - Reinventing her personal identity as a mom

    09:43 - Perserving the growth mindset in kids

    11:07 - How you can foster your child-like curiosity

    14:45 - Pivoting business protocols during COVID

    20:45 - How to create opportunities for your children without force

    26:00 - How to reduce parenting stress 





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    • 33 min
    #167: When Job Loss Leads to Understanding Your Own Story (Kate Eckman)

    #167: When Job Loss Leads to Understanding Your Own Story (Kate Eckman)

    Kate Eckman assumed she’d follow the rest of her family into a medical career. Quickly, however, she realized the path wasn’t for her and she turned to journalism. Eckman’s career took her from red-carpet reporting in Hollywood to covering politics in DC, courts in Chicago, and even wildlife in Florida and Africa. When she moved to New York for a television job, Eckman was forced to reinvent–and quickly–after the job unexpectedly fell through just one week later. Being in New York City allowed Eckman, who happened to meet the physical qualifications, to begin modeling for the plus size industry, which brought her face-to-face with her own insecurities about body image. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, Eckman explains exactly how the trajectory of her life was changed by loss and spiritual upheaval and how it finally led to her telling her story in a book.







    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”







    Bio:


    Kate Eckman empowers high-achieving individuals to actualize their full potential. She leverages her experience as a well-known communications, performance and mindfulness expert, accomplished entrepreneur, and elite athlete to equip leaders with the tools, methodology, and energetic boost they need to excel at the game of life. 


     


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    Time Stamps


    5:17  -  Growing up, going to Penn State, starting her journalism career


    7:10 -  Moving to New York


    7:48 -  Modeling, body image struggles, and beginning to write more vulnerably


    8:20 -  Losing two people to suicide and focusing on public speaking


    11:09 -  Writing Full Spirit Workout 


    15:20 – Why questioning who you are is a good thing


    22:00 – Normalizing losing a job as an opportunity to grow


    29:12 – Kate's tips for mitigating judgment


     


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    • 35 min
    #166: Reinventing Your Sleep During Menopause: Solutions! (Hasti Nazem)

    #166: Reinventing Your Sleep During Menopause: Solutions! (Hasti Nazem)

    With a family of 12 physicians, Hasti Nazem didn’t hesitate before going pre-med. Her beloved aunt’s passion for medicine and emigration from Iran had sparked a family-wide love of healthcare. But for Nazem, lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression left her feeling burned out, and she did what few in her family had done before: she chose to put her mental health first and reinvented. Unfortunately, she moved into the world of finance just before the 2008 market collapse. When a personal loss prompted her to return to school, she found herself connecting with two partners and starting a wellness company focused on sleep. Today, Nazem is the head of product and education for CoveyClub sponsor Kindra, a women’s wellness company that focuses on menopause. Listen in to her candid conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour as they dig into the science of how to fall asleep–and Nazem’s secrets to staying asleep during these years of hormonal disruption.


     


    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”


     


    Bio:


    With nearly 10 years of experience at the intersection of life sciences, health and wellness, and consumer brand-building, Hasti Nazem integrates product development with technical advancements. She is particularly passionate about drawing from deep scientific communications experience to empower consumers to better understand their health, encourage engagement with the medical community, and bridge gaps often overlooked in menopause.


     


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    Time Stamps


    07:10 - Growing up pre-med; reinventing for mental health


    10:16 - When her aunt dies, Nazem decides to return to school, meets partners, launches a wellness business


    12:02 - Leaving her start-up 10 days before the pandemic shut-down


    12:31 - Learning the signs of burn-out


    16:33 - Discovering Kindra; exploring the underlying relationship between sleep and menopause


    20:00 - Why is there a lack of visibility for women going through menopause and post-menopause?


    25:00 - Nazeem’s 5 unexpected tips for falling asleep


    28:23 - Journaling for menopause and better sleep


    32:19 - Finding the right bath products during menopause


    36:34 - Stay-asleep tips








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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

lovelylady562 ,

Perfect for self-development and discovery after 40!

As someone who is totally changing careers at 45, I always gain insight and encouragement listening to Leslie and her guests. It’s definitely an important segment of society (women over 40) because many of us fall between the Millennial and Baby Boomer generations with our own unique struggles and experiences. I would say, just as a side note, it gets a little uncomfortable with the extended silence on the interviews. It almost feels choppy at times because of it- I am definitely more sensitive to those types of things and I’m sure many people don’t even think twice. Just an insight! Keep it up!

Modernager Casting ,

Always a Learning Experience

Leslie has a gift as an interviewer and knows how mine gold from her subjects. No matter the subject I always walk away with many takeaways.

tommye w-c ,

Inspiring

Incredibly uplifting for anyone going through a major transition, or reinventing themselves.

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