51 episodes

Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

Smashing The Ceiling Naomi Mellor

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Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

    50. Emma Mosey - from writing novels to donning her wellies

    50. Emma Mosey - from writing novels to donning her wellies

    Today is our 50th episode! I am SO pleased that for this milestone I’m joined by a lovely friend of mine, Emma Mosey. Emma's first novel, How To Be A Good Wife, was published to significant critical acclaim in 2013. Since the publication of her second book however, her career has taken a different turn & she has - for now - put down her pen and donned her wellies. Emma is now the co-owner of a free range poultry farm with her husband Ben, where her 6,000 hens lay eggs to be sold in their farm shop, Minski

    • 37 min
    49. Kelly Pollock - on action, activism and politics

    49. Kelly Pollock - on action, activism and politics

    Imagine if your Instagram bio read, "First of her name, smasher of the patriarchy, mother of sons, leader of committees, warrior for social justice, dweller by the water, knitter of hats, Master of Religious Studies". WHAT AN INTRO! 
    Today we're talking to Kelly Pollock, she of the amazing bio, and we'll be discussing her work in politics, what made her take action and get involved (spoiler: It was Trump) and plenty about the upcoming American presidential election.
    Kelly is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Chicago in the Division of Social Sciences, but on top of that, is a Democratic Party activist and host of Two Broads Talking Politics, a massively influential podcast which aims to discuss the current state of US politics, champion women in all aspects of politics and shine a light on what others can do to help. Kelly started out by knitting pussy hats for the Women's March, and she's now got nearly 30,000 Twitter followers, so she knows a thing or two about growing a following. We also talked about anxiety, pressure, fashion in politics and loads more - she's a fascinating woman!
    Where to find Kelly:
    Website - https://twobroadstalkingpolitics.com  
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/TwoBroadsTalk 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TwoBroadsTalk/ 
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRBBEsItifWwqRiesz7cSg 
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/two-broads-talking-politics/ 
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/twobroadstalkingpolitics/ 
    David Fleischer's TED Talk on Deep Canvassing - https://www.ted.com/talks/david_fleischer_how_to_fight_prejudice_through_policy_conversations 
     
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    • 49 min
    48. Career Skills - Networking

    48. Career Skills - Networking

    We're back on career skills this week, and today we are talking about NETWORKING. Love it or loathe it, building your network is key to building your career. For most of us, the word networking brings to mind excruciating post-work events standing around looking awkward. Fear not! This episode will have plenty of tips & advice to help you feel more confident.
    If you've got any networking stories (good/bad/ugly) send them over to me at smashingtheceiling@gmail.com and I'll read out the best ones next week

    • 20 min
    47. Lilach Saperstein - cardiology? radiology? No, audiology!

    47. Lilach Saperstein - cardiology? radiology? No, audiology!

    The sound of a child's laughter, waves crashing on the shore, birds in the trees - there are so many sounds that we take for granted.  Dr. Lilach Saperstein is an audiologist, whose role involves diagnosing and assisting those with hearing loss, whether that's babies in the ICU, older people, trauma patients or children in schools - the role of an audiologist is SO varied. We discussed Lilach's career so far, the future of technology in treating hearing loss and much more besides. 

    • 38 min
    46. Gloria Mitchell - from homelessness to a Stanford MBA

    46. Gloria Mitchell - from homelessness to a Stanford MBA

    Gloria Mitchell is an audacious woman. From bluntly telling the owner of a night school that she was homeless and needed help, to going on her first business trip in a limousine whilst living in her own car, Gloria’s story is one of twists and turns on her route to success. Now, as a performance and crisis coach for entrepreneurs and public figures, she helps others to deal life at the very top. She has recently by featured on NBC, Fox News and Yahoo Business and discusses her career with me here.

    • 40 min
    45. Josephine Anselin - on making your career an adventure

    45. Josephine Anselin - on making your career an adventure

    Josephine Anselin has a true spirit of adventure. After a childhood spent abroad, her adult life has taken her from her home in Luxembourg to the oil rigs of the North Sea, the wilds of New Zealand and the islands of Indonesia. I chatted to her about her career as an engineer, quitting to follow her passion for adventure, completing an MBA from her home in Jakarta, and how she has now launched her new business, the Outventure Hub, to help others in the adventure world succeed in pursuing their dreams.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

Jerri Williams ,

Skillful Interviewer

Naomi Mellor recently had me on her show, and like other skillful interviewers (Barbara Walters?) Naomi had me revealing stories from my past that I hadn't planned to discuss. Haha. Insightful and entertaining. I'm now a regular listener and a fan of the show.

cmwalk26 ,

Inspiring!

So many great stories of incredible women and how they got to places where they impact the world. Really interesting and inspirational!

SheriBennefeld ,

Inspiration for women to achieve what they deserve

Every episode has great advice, insight and inspiration for women looking to advance their career. And so fun to hear about the fascinating work these women are doing. Thanks Naomi

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