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Welcome to The Mentor Files.   Join host Monica Royer, Founder and CEO of Monica + Andy as she chats with leaders across the fields of entrepreneurship, parenthood, health, lifestyle, and more.  This season, we're digging deeper than ever before to learn the story behind their stories.Think of this show as one part audible MBA, one part certification to be the confident CEO of your own life.  Here we go!

The Mentor Files Monica Royer

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    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

Welcome to The Mentor Files.   Join host Monica Royer, Founder and CEO of Monica + Andy as she chats with leaders across the fields of entrepreneurship, parenthood, health, lifestyle, and more.  This season, we're digging deeper than ever before to learn the story behind their stories.Think of this show as one part audible MBA, one part certification to be the confident CEO of your own life.  Here we go!

    S3 E8: Danielle Brown - Healthy Girl Kitchen on Plant-Based Eating that Fits Your Lifestyle

    S3 E8: Danielle Brown - Healthy Girl Kitchen on Plant-Based Eating that Fits Your Lifestyle

    In this episode of The Mentor Files, host Monica Royer sits down with Danielle Brown, the plant-based living advocate and creator behind Healthy Girl Kitchen. They delve into Danielle's personal journey from a culinary enthusiast to a wellness entrepreneur, her transition to a plant-based diet during college, and how she turned her passion for healthy, easy-to-make food into a thriving social media presence and a successful business.

    Key Points Discussed:
    Danielle's early love for cooking and how watching cooking shows inspired her.The unhealthy eating habits Danielle developed in college and the health issues that prompted her to explore a plant-based diet.The transformative effects Danielle experienced after switching to a plant-based diet, including improved energy levels, clearer skin, and better digestion.The motivation behind starting Healthy Girl Kitchen and Danielle's mission to make healthy eating accessible, affordable, and enjoyable.Insights into how Danielle grew her social media following by sharing valuable content and staying true to her unique perspective.The evolution of content creation from pictures to short-form video content and how it has changed the way people engage with recipes.The process of creating her cookbook, "Healthy Little Kitchen," and the importance of making it user-friendly, with easy recipes and pictures for every dish.Tips for grocery shopping, meal prepping, and minimizing food waste.Resources:
    Healthy Girl Kitchen website: https://healthygirlkitchen.com/Danielle Brown's cookbook: "Healthy Girl Kitchen": https://sites.prh.com/healthygirlkitchenMonica + Andy: https://www.monicaandandy.com

    • 42 min
    S3 E7: Irene Ortiz-Glass - Finding Your Purpose

    S3 E7: Irene Ortiz-Glass - Finding Your Purpose

    Welcome to another episode of The Mentor Files. Today, we are thrilled to have a conversation with an exceptional human and guiding light for many, Irene Ortiz-Glass.

    In this episode:

    Discovering Coaching:
    Irene shares her journey into life coaching, beginning with her early career and moving into an eventual senior partner role.

    The Impact of Early Experiences:
    Irene opens up about her personal life, discussing the profound impact of her childhood experiences on her path to becoming a coach. She talks about dealing with abandonment and abuse and how these experiences fueled her drive to help others.

    The Essence of Executive Coaching:
    We delve into what executive coaching entails, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, motivation, and willingness to do the work. Irene explains how coaching helps leaders navigate their personal and professional lives by understanding their behavioral patterns and mindsets.

    Chemistry in Coaching Relationships:
    The importance of chemistry between a coach and their client is highlighted, and Irene discusses how she assesses potential clients for coaching compatibility.

    Understanding Yourself and Others:
    Monica shares insights gained from coaching, such as the importance of recognizing one's natural tendencies, like flexibility or structure, and how this understanding can improve relationships both at work and at home.

    Higher Purpose and Second Half of Life:
    Irene talks about the concept of higher purpose and its significance as leaders transition into the second half of their lives. She reflects on her own purpose, which involves helping others grow and learn about themselves, and how this has become her focus in recent years.

    Healing and Wellness for Women:
    Addressing the often-taboo subject of menopause, Irene discusses her recent work in helping women navigate hormone issues and overall wellness. She emphasizes the need for healing and the importance of addressing these topics openly.

    Resources:
    "The Body Whispers Before It Screams" by Irene Ortiz-Glass on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Whispers-Before-Screams-Emotionally/dp/195682202X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2BI1A6UM5BKML&keywords=the+body+whispers+before+it+screams&qid=1707778057&sprefix=the+body+whisper%2Caps%2C261&sr=8-1

    Connect with Irene: www.menocoaching.com

    If you enjoyed this episode and found value in our conversation with Irene Ortiz-Glass, please subscribe to The Mentor Files and leave us a review.  Your feedback helps us bring more inspiring stories and valuable lessons to listeners like you.

    • 42 min
    S3 E6: Dr. Sonya Bhole - Embracing the Journey in Medicine and Motherhood

    S3 E6: Dr. Sonya Bhole - Embracing the Journey in Medicine and Motherhood

    In this episode of The Mentor Files, host Monica Royer sits down with Dr. Sonya Bhole, a breast imaging radiologist at Northwestern Medicine. They dive into a candid conversation about finding one's purpose, the importance of embracing every step of the journey, and how inspiration can strike from the most unexpected places.

    Key Takeaways:
    - Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places, including outside of your professional field.
    - It's important to embrace the journey and not just focus on reaching the destination.
    - Early career experiences, even those at the bottom of the ladder, are valuable learning opportunities.
    - Finding a balance between cultural values, personal experiences, and parenting is a continuous process.
    - Surrounding yourself with a diverse community can help prevent burnout and add richness to your life.

    Join host Monica Royer, founder and CEO of Monica + Andy, every week as she engages with leaders across entrepreneurship, parenthood, health, and lifestyle.

    • 29 min
    S3 E5: Catherine McCord - Founder of Weelicious on Simplifying Mealtime for Families

    S3 E5: Catherine McCord - Founder of Weelicious on Simplifying Mealtime for Families

    In this episode, we dive deep into the challenges and triumphs of feeding a family. Catherine McCord, the brain behind Weelicious and the author of four game-changing cookbooks, shares her journey from culinary school to becoming a mom, and the  creation of Weelicious, a platform designed to empower parents in the kitchen.  Catherine emphasizes the importance of making mealtime fun, approachable, and nutritious, especially when dealing with picky eaters or managing a busy schedule.

    In this episode, Catherine and Monica discuss:

    • The inspiration behind Weelicious and how it evolved with Catherine's growing family.
    •  Strategies for dealing with picky eaters and making mealtime less stressful.
    •  The significance of bento box-style lunches and how they can make school lunches more engaging and enjoyable for kids.
    •  Catherine's personal routine for meal prepping and how it helps maintain a healthy, balanced diet throughout the week.
    •  The transformative power of a daily smoothie and how it can positively impact your family's health.
    •  Essential kitchen appliances that make meal prep a breeze.
    •  The balance between the business and creative aspects of running a food-focused brand.
    Catherine's insights are not only valuable for parents looking to streamline their mealtime routines, but also for anyone interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship and lifestyle.  Whether you're a seasoned home chef or just starting to navigate the world of family mealtime, this episode is packed with practical tips and heartfelt advice.  Don't forget to check out Catherine's cookbooks for more delicious recipes and inspiration!

    Resources mentioned:

    - Weelicious
    - Cookbooks:  "The Smoothie Project",  "Meal Prep Magic", "Weelicious Lunches" & "Weelicious: One Family, One Meal"
    - Monica + Andy

    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review and share it with other parents and entrepreneurs who might benefit from Catherine's wisdom. Stay tuned for the next episode of The Mentor Files for more insights from leaders in entrepreneurship and lifestyle.

    Remember, you can always be the confident CEO of your own life.  Until next time!

    • 33 min
    S3 E4: Manuela Zoninsein - Founder of Kadeya on Building a Sustainable Future and Balancing Motherhood with Entrepreneurship

    S3 E4: Manuela Zoninsein - Founder of Kadeya on Building a Sustainable Future and Balancing Motherhood with Entrepreneurship

    In this inspiring episode of The Mentor Files, host Monica Royer sits down with entrepreneur Manuela Zoninsein, founder and CEO of Kadeya.  Manuela delves into the challenges and rewards of motherhood, her experiences living abroad, the importance of building a supportive network as a parent and business owner and her vision to visionary entrepreneur determined to eliminate single-use beverage containers with her innovative company, Kadeya.

    The sisters-in-law discuss:

    • Manuela discusses the mission behind her company Kadeya, which aims to revolutionize the way we hydrate by eliminating single-use beverage containers with a low-waste vending machine system.

    • Manuela shares the path that led her to become the entrepreneur she is today and the lessons learned along the way.

    •  Manuela and Monica discuss the complexities of being a parent and a CEO, the importance of self-forgiveness, and how to celebrate small wins in both domains.

    •  Manuela emphasizes the importance of trust and autonomy in her team, and how a culture that respects personal time and responsibilities can lead to a more productive and satisfied workforce.

    • Manuela offers insights into the entrepreneurial mindset, including the need to be good rather than perfect and the power of compounding small, consistent efforts.

    Join Monica and Manuela in this heartfelt and enlightening conversation about entrepreneurship, environmental innovation, and the balancing act of motherhood on this episode of The Mentor Files.

    Resources:
    - Follow Manuela on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuelasweb/
    - Kadeya: A sustainable hydration solution aiming to eliminate single-use waste. https://www.kadeya.com/
    - Monica + Andy: https://monicaandandy.com/

    And be sure to subscribe and follow our YouTube channel.

    • 39 min
    S3 E3: Navyn Salem - Founder of Edesia Nutrition On Tackling Global Malnutrition and Balancing Motherhood

    S3 E3: Navyn Salem - Founder of Edesia Nutrition On Tackling Global Malnutrition and Balancing Motherhood

    In this deeply impactful episode of The Mentor Files, host Monica Royer sits down with Navyn Salem, the founder of Edesia Nutrition, a non-profit organization on a mission to end malnutrition globally. Navyn shares her journey from being a mom of four to spearheading a global initiative that produces life-saving food products for malnourished children. Tune in to hear Navyn's story of resilience, innovation, and her vision of a world where every child has access to the nutrition they need to thrive.

    In this episode:


    Navyn Salem shares her inspiration for starting Edesia Nutrition along with the challenges of juggling motherhood, the origins of Edesia and the initial steps she took to address malnutrition on a global scale.Navyn shares the profound impact of malnutrition and her perspective on problem-solving in global health.Monica recalls her first encounter with Navyn and the powerful story that stopped her in her tracks.Navyn explains the difference between hunger and malnutrition and the critical importance of addressing both.Navyn explains the development and significance of Plumpy'Nut -- its life-saving capabilities in the way how malnourished children are fed, as well as the challenges and logistics of scaling up production to meet the increasing global need.Navyn shares complexities of delivering these essential nutrition packets to children in crisis zones and the strategies and determination required to overcome logistical challenges.Navyn shares personal insights into her life as a mother and entrepreneur, and the sacrifices made to balance both worlds, and reflects  on the emotional weight of her work and the responsibility to deliver without excuses.Monica and Navyn discuss the emotional challenges of parenting while addressing a global crisis, and Navyn delivers a message of hope and the continuous effort to find solutions for malnutrition.

    Resources:
    Edesia Nutrition: https://www.edesianutrition.org/
    World Food Programme: https://www.wfp.org/
    UNICEF: https://www.unicefusa.org/
    Monica + Andy: https://monicaandandy.com/

    If you're inspired by Navyn's story and want to learn more about Edesia Nutrition or support their cause, visit their website and consider making a donation. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

    • 38 min

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