100 episodes

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

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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.

    #104: Heidi Diamond (Reinventing your job when your boss is sent to jail)

    #104: Heidi Diamond (Reinventing your job when your boss is sent to jail)

    “My twitter handle is ‘Warrior,’” says Heidi Diamond, “You want to be in the foxhole with me.”  And a foxhole is exactly where she found herself on her first day at work as President of  Martha Stewart Living Ominimedia in August 2002. Stewart was in trouble for insider trading and the television partner wanted out. “Every day I went to the court house,” says Diamond of the trial. “Every evening at five it was crisis management.” By being a “good communicator” and “transparent with the team,” however, she was able to pivot the brand and save the jobs of people who depended on Stewart’s show. “There were days when my eyelashes hurt,” Diamond says. “But we rose [Martha] back up like a phoenix….She’s still relevant to popular culture today.”

    • 35 min
    #103: Jeanne Rosner (From pediatric anesthesiologist to high school teacher)

    #103: Jeanne Rosner (From pediatric anesthesiologist to high school teacher)

    “In medical school, they don’t teach you much about nutrition or lifestyle,” says Jeanne Rosner, M.D., former pediatric anesthesiologist and now founder of SOULfoodSalon.com, community-based get-togethers that teach about healthy living and eating. “But kids were receptive. That was my ah-ha moment.” Rosner says she “loved her [surgery] patients” and being a source of comfort for their parents for twenty years. But after her third child was born, the workload became “too stressful to be 100% [doctor plus] mom and wife.” When a life-coach friend asked her to put together a vision board (which she still uses for inspiration) she knew she had to create a more balanced lifestyle. Rosner began by teaching science, health and nutrition to her son’s 5th grade class and the rest, as they say, is her-story. 

    • 32 min
    #102: Candace Freedenberg (Opting back in after opting out)

    #102: Candace Freedenberg (Opting back in after opting out)

    She had an engineering degree and an MBA. She had a 15-year job at Eastman Kodak that she was “passionate” about. But Candace Freedenberg also had a baby who had flown 13 times before age 1, just to keep up with her mom’s commute from Washington, DC to upstate New York where Kodak was based. When her third child was on the way, she realized, "Logistically I couldn’t do it,” she says.  “My husband said, one of us has to opt out.” And so she did. Fifteen years later she opened up Untapped Potential, Inc. to help women like herself relaunch.  “Corporations, businesses, and the GDP are missing out on capital—in women!” she says. "We curate roles with corporations, start ups, non profits.”  Post Covid19, Freedenburg sees opportunity: “Companies would be smarter to work with skilled, mature, flexible talent which offer a cost advantage and low risk."

    • 39 min
    #101: Mary Lou Heater (Landing her doctorate at age 60)

    #101: Mary Lou Heater (Landing her doctorate at age 60)

    "To find your fit, it’s not a linear path…but a fluid process,” says Mary Lou Heater, who worked her way up to a Doctor of Nursing Practice at age 60. “It’s not a puzzle piece that fits neatly into one spot.”  Heater left school for early marriage before working for 15 years in sales for a steel company. Around age 40 she asked herself: “Am I giving back? Am I doing the right thing?” After diving into the new age wave of meditation and philosophy, she quit her job to help her husband. When he lost his job (“we had zero income”), she returned to school to study gerontology and get a certificate in aerobics. She later snagged her RN, then followed her interest in psychiatry to her doctorate. At 66, she’s still asking herself “what’s next?”  “Women don’t retire,” she says, “they reinvent themselves."

    • 35 min
    #100: Celebrating 100 episodes and reinventions

    #100: Celebrating 100 episodes and reinventions

    What do you learn by talking with 100 reinventors from every state, industry, financial status, and starting point? The answer is: That anyone can do it —  as long as you have the guts to put your heart’s desire out there and can risk abject failure. And that reinvention is a contact sport  — but it can quickly catapult you into a life you love.  Here, Lesley Jane Seymour, founder of CoveyClub.com, looks back at her 10 most interesting moments in the podcast so far, where unbelievably interesting and honest women share their most heartfelt learnings with all of us.

    • 42 min
    #99: Bonnie Chan Woo (A more purposeful way of shopping)

    #99: Bonnie Chan Woo (A more purposeful way of shopping)

    Bonnie Chan Woo, Founder of WomanBoss, grew up in Hong Kong and the UK, moving into banking because “it sounds successful, like what a high achiever would do.” After segueing into the marketing and branding area of the bank and working with “the biggest brands in the world”,  Woo found herself frustrated when a client would reject her ideas. She left to create her own space where she could “feel creative, feel I was building something”.  It’s called  WomanBoss.com, a platform "for women seeking the goodlife who are looking for merchandise from mission led female-owned businesses.” Currently highlighting 26  brands from around the world, WomanBoss also tells the stories of the entrepreneurs who create the product and engages customers in the designer's journey.  “Now a days it’s all about being authentic,” Woo says.  “Our Zoom calls are revealing what our houses look like. We are no longer dressing up. We have to bring our real self.”

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

get912 ,

Insightful podcast for mid-career women

Thank you for this podcast. I just started listening and can relate to quite a few stories. The challenges are starting as early as mid 40s - being invisible, not valuing experience, etc. Many women want and deserve more, including me. I’m learning so much from the guests you interview - keep them coming!

Gar-Land ,

Lesley is the real deal!

I have followed Lesley through her career, and when she launched her Covey Club and The Reinvent Yourself podcast, I subscribed right away, and have been SO IMPRESSED by her focus on reinvention. LOVE the focus on diving in behind the scenes to get to the deep learning and specific success tips.

2labs4su ,

Chopra Interview

Lesley this was a fabulous interview. I have almost an identical story with the addition that I ended up in a psych hospital for a week. It’s been 6 months since my “break” and I have reinvented my life. I’m happier and healthier than I have been in years.

Love your podcast❣️

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