Welcome to She's Talking Back, a show where the women leaders you admire speak their truth. Hosted by best-selling author Michelle McGlade, each week you’ll hear from C-Suite executives who have struggled and overcome self-doubt, listened and led with intuition, and run against the popular vote and are willing to share their authentic voice with you.
Known as the Modern Leader’s Maven, Michelle McGlade is helping clients focus on aligning from the inside out and becoming a modern leader. After a successful fifteen-year stint in the corporate world, Michelle felt the pull to do something bigger, so she took the leap into serial entrepreneurship starting with a brick and mortar business in the health and wellness industry. Her talents were recognized early on and she received a business excellence award for best woman owned business that ignited the flame to see what else was possible. The adrenaline launched her on the path to starting a series of successful businesses.
Her evolution journey truly began when fibromyalgia hit her hard in her 20s. Never one to accept defeat, Michelle became a wellness junkie and kicked it to the curb. Her personal health detour and successful clinic ownership opened her eyes to how many health and wellness entrepreneurs needed help building their businesses. Wanting to help as many entrepreneurs as possible to get their knowledge out into the world, she launched her podcast called Making the Maven. After more than 200 episodes and a global audience, wanderlust kicked in again. Her most recent call has led her to go deeper within than she had before, upcycling and doing an internal audit and combining all of her experience in a new way.
Now, she’s helping leaders create a deep connection between heart and mind, because as our leadership grows, this piece tends to get lost. This disconnect is so often the piece that holds us back when on the surface life looks grand. It is the piece she helps clients reclaim and the path to a more authentic voice. With a talent for building trust and asking tough questions, she’s getting people to unleash the same in themselves on this podcast.
If you’re a high performing woman on the success train but feel like you have lost connection with yourself or you desire to seek something more – more self-awareness, self-knowing, and self-exploration – we invite you to join Michelle here on She's Talking Back. Follow your intuition. Lead from the inside out. Learn how to overcome your self-doubt and fear as a leader through stories from experts and C-Suite executives. We’ll be featuring guests who are willing to put themselves out there to speak their truth.
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Creation Creates Transformation — Michelle McGlade
Michelle McGlade is baaaaack after a short break. And she’s stronger than ever! Michelle wanted to take some time to just talk about fear and its blocking abilities to your transformation. You can’t get from one place to another without facing a bit of fear, but the trick to all of this is to do it anyway. As adults, it becomes easier and easier to completely stop dreaming and because of this, we start to lose alignment with ourselves. Don’t wait till a divorce or illness for you to start this journey of creation.
Michelle needed a break! And now she’s back stronger than ever! Michelle wanted to read a blurb from the book Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh. A modern leader will be an inside-out leader. Are you going nowhere in your business and your life? You have the power inside of you to create. Creation creates transformation, and that transformation creates evolution. Our pesky mechanisms keep us safe, but they also sabotage us. Most of us wait to have the confidence to achieve our dreams. We need to first address the fear. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. Most people let go of dreaming, altogether, as life starts to get too busy. Keep your head out of the past or in the future. You need to keep yourself present. Success is on your terms! Michelle shares a couple of examples of how you can transform yourself. When you take action, despite the fear, a huge transformation and cascading effect can start for you. When Michelle was working her way up the corporate ladder, she had to take pause. “Wait, is this what I want?” To create something from completely nothing is a powerful transformation tool. The only thing that’s standing in the way is fear!
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, by Thich Nhat Hanh
“The way out is in. If you get deeply in touch with the inside, you get in touch with the outside, too.”
“You have everything you need. You are a creator and whatever you put your intention to, you have the power inside of you to create.”
“Because of that one choice, to do it despite the fear, to take a risk, my transformation began.”
Be Proactive: Find that Mentor — Sherry Lowe
Sherry Lowe is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist turned Silicon Valley marketing executive. She has experience in building marketing programs for rapid-growth tech companies. As a professional that served both in sports journalism and tech companies, she was completely used to being the only woman in the room. Today, she shares how she was proactive in searching for powerful mentors and being very conscious in bringing up younger professional women.
Sherry shares her first experience with being the only woman in the room. Sherry focused her efforts on mentoring younger women and preparing them to fill leadership seats. How does someone find a good mentor? Don’t wait for a mentor to find you. Sherry’s mentors made her feel safe and allowed her to take risks without feeling like she’d lose her job for it. How did she create that/find that? What does Sherry do to work on herself? A stable and strong support network was huge for Sherry’s career. Give people the space to find the best way to do a task or the job. When it comes to Zoom calls, it’s important to look professional despite it being a ‘work from home’ day. Get ready for work. Sherry started in the sports industry; did she see a lot of workplace discrimination? Whatever you do, speak out. You will pay a price for it, but do it because it is worth it, not only for you but for future employees, too. How do you find good companies to work for? Interviews are two-way streets. They want you, but you should always want them. Trust your first impressions about people!
Sherry on LinkedIn
Michelle’s quote: “Most great leaders work on themselves so that they’re more stable within and they’re showing up more powerfully.”
“The mentorship started with me watching [successful women] and trying to learn, and then asking a lot of questions.”
“Don’t wait for your mentor to find you.”
“Getting space around yourself where you have time to think and create is very important.”
You Stop Yourself More Than the World Is Stopping You! — Jody DeVere
Jody DeVere is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, often-quoted industry pundit and spokesperson for the automotive industry on the women's market. Jody’s company, AskPatty.com, Inc. serves as the first point of contact for many women who are seeking the very best experience to buy a car and service by visiting Certified Female Friendly® automotive retail locations across the United States and Canada.
Everything needs to be filled with compassion and empathy so that you can properly support your team. How do you shift as a leader and tap into your creativity in times of overwhelm and crisis? Jody takes an hour every morning to meditate and tap into her creative self. What do you want to be known for? Like truly? Jody has had to start over a few times. If your goal is to just make money, it’s not going to be enough. So many women have negative self-talk. Stop it! Why are you still doing this? Is it still valuable to you and your goal? You stop yourself more than the world is stopping you! What is your concept and relationship to money? Is it helping you or hurting you? Women are starting their own businesses about 10X the rate of men! Why? What was Jody’s very first car buying experience? Twenty years in, Jody is still passionate and loves what she does.
Jody on LinkedIn
Michelle’s quote: “Whether you’re choosing it or not, your team becomes like you.”
“What do you want to be known for? With that, you crystalize that thinking and that vision for yourself, everything else becomes easy.”
“Women I talk to, they talk themselves out of a big audacious vision because they feel like they lack something. You stop yourself more than the world is stopping you.”
“I have partnered with numerous large brands, joined together on a mission, to make our industry a place where not only women want to work, but know they can break the glass ceiling and work at the highest levels.”
Clarity in The Fog — Michelle McGlade
Michelle is back with another solo episode and she wants to share with you her strategies to finding clarity when you’re so clearly lost in the fog. She has a couple of mechanisms she uses, and would you have guessed it, one of them includes breathwork! Really, really do not underestimate the power of your breathing because a lot of great nuggets of wisdom can flow through you.
True leadership is an inside-out game! Everyone struggles with clarity! From the startup founder to the CEO running a multi-million dollar operation. What is the definition of clarity? Michelle talks it out when she needs to find more clarity. Michelle finds a lot of her answers when she is out in nature. Another positive mechanism that helps for Michelle is… breathing! Breathing helps with a couple of things, like getting your head out of the past/future. It took Michelle a while to get clarity on this podcast show name. When it comes to you, hear it, trust it, and take action on it. In the end, remember to trust your intuition.
“Every time I get quiet, every time I take a walk, go for a drive, and start talking it out, insights start coming to me and they will come for you as well.”
“Breathing gets you out of the past, it keeps you from thinking ahead, and it gets you into the present moment.”
“Whatever would come to me, would be correct.”
Be Direct and Unapologetic. Express Your Truth — Catherine Hamilton
Catherine Hamilton is the Vice President of Consumer Services and Strategic Planning at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Catherine is also a certified yoga instructor and prides herself on prioritizing her wellness first before serving others. In this episode, Catherine encourages women to not apologize for having good ideas. Be confident in the way you talk, and don’t second guess yourself. If you’ve ever wondered how a superwoman ‘can do it all,’ then you’re asking yourself the wrong question!
How do you do it all? Catherine has never really been a perfectionist. We put so much pressure on ourselves to appear perfect. Why? So many women want to be strong and powerful leaders, but then they also want to be the good girl and not rock the boat. Why do smart women feel like they have to apologize for making a good point? Speak your truth and do not apologize. You have to train your inner voice to speak up and talk. As an overachiever, Catherine needs the support of her female friends to help her keep balance. Catherine gets asked, “How do you do it all?” But she doesn’t think that’s the best question to ask. Catherine creates time for herself and that helps her get more done. When Catherine was 40, she had twin boys. Her pretty stable life was thrown out of control and it took some time to adjust to. How was Catherine able to maintain and respect the boundaries she set for herself? It’s your responsibility to take care of yourself inside before you can show up as a leader. Catherine shares how she has adapted her self-care practice now that she is at home and working remotely. The more that Catherine gives, the more energized she feels. Everyone needs to be careful of their social media use and watching someone else’s perfect life. How can women better support other women?
Catherine on LinkedIn
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, by Debora L. Spar
Michelle’s quote: “I’m not going to let you off the hook. Going inside and taking care of you, establishing practices for wellness day in and day out creates that stable foundation that you need as a leader.”
“Although women and men both suffer from perfectionism, women tend to ruminate more and feel pressure to live up to the perfectionist standards they have to fill.”
“I make the mistake of trying to please everybody at work and not say anything that anyone objects to.”
“If we want to change the world and our organization for the better, we have to be willing to say things that not everyone will like.”
Women are Struggling with Confidence! — Dr. Sam Collins
Dr. Sam Collins works with communities and organizations to create the right conditions for empowerment, equality, and change. Throughout her 20 years of experience, she has worked with women and has seen some common themes appear over and over, like lack of confidence, fear to speak out and share their voice, and being fit into a blueprint that women have to take on all of life’s responsibilities. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! Dr. Sam shares her thoughts on this week’s episode.
Sam has been doing this for over 20 years. How did she get into this field? When Dr. Sam first got into this, well-intentioned people were worried she was alienating half of her target market. Her dad was worried people would call her a — gasp! — feminist. As women, we have very unique skills and talents that have not been valued up until now. The good news is, things are changing. The whole system needs to change right now. We’re at a time where we all want change. Sometimes we ask ourselves the wrong questions. Women have been given a blueprint that says, if you do this, you will have to sacrifice something else. Over the years, Dr. Sam has not seen a lot of progress in a woman’s confidence. By us sharing our stories, you inspire other women to speak up, too. People think you’re born brave, the truth is, you have to learn it. Sam has consciously worked on being bolder and not worrying about what people think. It’s a lifelong journey. Sam shares what her experience was like when she first visited the Congo. Do not compare yourself to others. You are on your own journey. Take your own steps, and they can be small ones! You don’t need to take huge leaps and bounds in order to feel productive. Sam recognizes it can be challenging to speak up, but people need to hear your voice. What does Dr. Sam like to do in her free time?
Dr. Sam on LinkedIn
Michelle’s quote: “It’s a time to start challenging ourselves and one another to come together, but to think differently.”
“Let’s measure empathy. Let’s measure femininity. Have you seen a performance review measuring our level of feminism? I haven’t.”
“There will be a consequence to the things I say, and I am okay with it.”
“It’s a huge deal to speak up at a meeting when you wouldn’t normally and there could be all sorts of judgment and consequences happening as a result of doing that. So, the more we make that okay, that’s how we learn and grow.”
Michelle has a knack for guiding her guests into meaningful, deep conversation that is raw and inspiring for anyone who listens. This one is worth your time.
Powerful women speak up!
This is such an incredible collection of interviews. Host Michelle McGlade has done her research and asks great questions. I love that all the interviews feel like conversations over coffee, not in the board room. And I am in awe of what these amazing women have created in their careers, businesses and in life. I especially loved the conversation with Paige Goss on Vulnerability in Leadership.
Great energy and insight
I love the format, the energy, passion, and messages Michelle brings to the table. Thought so of the advice is just for women, the general advice is applicable to us men to! How do you manage being you!