146 episodes

Hi. Jen Estill and Karen Stefl here. In The Speak Easy Podcast, we share years of expertise in marketing, branding, video production, strategy—not to mention management, employee development, mentoring, sales, creativity, maintaining life balance, managing money, and.. you get the idea. It takes a lot to keep a couple of creative studios thriving.

We developed this podcast after years of "how do you..." boss lady conversations. It was clear that if we were both in such similar places with regard to business growth, and personal growth, and work/life/motherhood/bossland balance, then other women may be, too. We'd been sharing confessions over cocktails for quite a while—solving problems, asking for advice, and whispering the secret fears and disappointments that successful women are never supposed to have. (You've had those, right? It's not just us?)

Thus, Speak Easy was born. Our goal and our promise is to speak with honesty about the challenges that experienced women in the creative industry face. To create a community where we can support one another and abandon the mantra that we put on a good face and make it look like we have it all together, even when we don't. You can expect honesty, complete vulnerability and even a good laugh.

And cocktails. You can expect cocktails.

The Speak Easy Podcast Jen Estill and Karen Stefl — creative studio entrepreneurs, brand and video experts, boss ladies, moms

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

Hi. Jen Estill and Karen Stefl here. In The Speak Easy Podcast, we share years of expertise in marketing, branding, video production, strategy—not to mention management, employee development, mentoring, sales, creativity, maintaining life balance, managing money, and.. you get the idea. It takes a lot to keep a couple of creative studios thriving.

We developed this podcast after years of "how do you..." boss lady conversations. It was clear that if we were both in such similar places with regard to business growth, and personal growth, and work/life/motherhood/bossland balance, then other women may be, too. We'd been sharing confessions over cocktails for quite a while—solving problems, asking for advice, and whispering the secret fears and disappointments that successful women are never supposed to have. (You've had those, right? It's not just us?)

Thus, Speak Easy was born. Our goal and our promise is to speak with honesty about the challenges that experienced women in the creative industry face. To create a community where we can support one another and abandon the mantra that we put on a good face and make it look like we have it all together, even when we don't. You can expect honesty, complete vulnerability and even a good laugh.

And cocktails. You can expect cocktails.

    Dru Montri: Increasing Food Security in Michigan

    Dru Montri: Increasing Food Security in Michigan

    Food security and access is the very basis for strong, thriving communities — something Dru Montri understands intimately. Dru is a passionate food access expert and works as the Vice President of Agri Food Engagement for Feeding America. She also owns a family farm where they grow a variety of vegetables on three acres.

    Join us as we discuss Dru’s interesting career path, farm-to-table systems, and how to increase food security in Michigan.

    • 30 min
    Long "Marriages" — Keeping It Fresh

    Long "Marriages" — Keeping It Fresh

    We both are in long marriages and career placements — two things that require nurturing and growth to succeed. Last week we discussed work boundaries, but home boundaries are just as important.

    This week we discuss what keeps us committed to our respective long-term businesses and what it takes to keep our work and home lives healthy.

    • 16 min
    The Boundaries and Norms That We Used to Know

    The Boundaries and Norms That We Used to Know

    As it turns out, Zoom calls might be the window to the soul. When we hop on a virtual meeting, we see kids waddling through the background and what books are on people’s shelves. It’s humanizing and makes us more compassionate, but not all broken boundaries are as charming.

    Many people report working more hours with fewer breaks when working from home, and it can even be hard to get out of your house. It’s time to reevaluate our personal boundaries.

    This week, we discuss why communication, saying no, and taking time off is important to maintain boundaries in a virtual workforce.

    • 13 min
    Monique Stanton: Advancing Equity in Michigan

    Monique Stanton: Advancing Equity in Michigan

    Monique Stanton, President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), is committed to social justice, advancing equity in Michigan, and promoting the well-being of our communities. She has dedicated much of her career to public advocacy and improving the lives and circumstances of those facing tremendous barriers. With inequities increasing due to COVID-19, Monique’s work is more important than ever.

    • 32 min
    How Do I Get Out of Here

    How Do I Get Out of Here

    When you get to a certain point in your career, as a business owner, you should start thinking about a succession plan. Even if you feel like you’re nowhere near your entrepreneurial sunset, planning for what’s next provides a little peace of mind.

    The way we see it, there are three paths to consider when planning for retirement. You can shut it down and cash in your chips, work until you drop, or devise a plan for someone else to take over the reins. Join us this week as we discuss our own business’ futures and the best way to transition into the next chapter of your life.

    • 17 min
    Getting the Right People in the Right Seats

    Getting the Right People in the Right Seats

    Assembling the right team takes a lot of thought. Not only is skill important, but the way a person interacts with others needs to be considered. This week we talk about how to know you have the right people on your team and the qualities that make a work environment successful.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Miriam Schulman ,

Empowering!

I completely related to the 3am alarm clock!
Looking forward to more episodes

@schulmanArt host of The Inspiration Place podcast

megan@podcastingyou ,

Amazing Content!

Jen and Karen do such a good job covering a variety of topics. The show is filled with beautiful insights and wit. Their guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to be inspired!

Gaia1976 ,

Classy and Witty

I love to listen to these two classy ladies talking with such confidence, knowledge and power behind their words about issues that face all of us not only in the workplace but also at home.

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