80 episodes

Admit it: You’re not in love with the career/business you’ve built cause you're different now. And you need a podcast with some honest realtalk so you know you’re not alone (and strategies to get unstuck along the way).

Your host, Elaine Lou Cartas, a first-gen Filipino immigrant, is an award-winning Business and Executive Career Coach for women of color and allies. Elaine is like you - she’s been fired 3x, quit 1 job, got let go of another job, changed careers 3x, and been in debt 3x. Elaine’s success story? She’s always done what’s true to her and wants you to know it’s possible, too. She’s a former grassroots organizer and nonprofit fundraiser. LA Weekly awarded Elaine as the #1 Thought Leader to follow, and Apple News featured her as one of the top 5 business coaches to follow.

On the WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk™ Podcast (formerly known as the Color Your Dreams® podcast), Elaine gets vulnerable and also provides you with some aligned action to do less and live more. Elaine's podcast guests include team members, clients, friends, and even family members to discuss real challenges and how they overcame them. As a business owner and career leader, this podcast is here to help you build a life around what you want in this current season of life. So bring your coffee, tea, or boba for some realtalk every Thursday! @elainelou_ // www.elainelou.com

WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk Elaine Lou Cartas

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Admit it: You’re not in love with the career/business you’ve built cause you're different now. And you need a podcast with some honest realtalk so you know you’re not alone (and strategies to get unstuck along the way).

Your host, Elaine Lou Cartas, a first-gen Filipino immigrant, is an award-winning Business and Executive Career Coach for women of color and allies. Elaine is like you - she’s been fired 3x, quit 1 job, got let go of another job, changed careers 3x, and been in debt 3x. Elaine’s success story? She’s always done what’s true to her and wants you to know it’s possible, too. She’s a former grassroots organizer and nonprofit fundraiser. LA Weekly awarded Elaine as the #1 Thought Leader to follow, and Apple News featured her as one of the top 5 business coaches to follow.

On the WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk™ Podcast (formerly known as the Color Your Dreams® podcast), Elaine gets vulnerable and also provides you with some aligned action to do less and live more. Elaine's podcast guests include team members, clients, friends, and even family members to discuss real challenges and how they overcame them. As a business owner and career leader, this podcast is here to help you build a life around what you want in this current season of life. So bring your coffee, tea, or boba for some realtalk every Thursday! @elainelou_ // www.elainelou.com

    79: How To Create Psychological Safety With Starbucks VP Global Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer Chéla Gage

    79: How To Create Psychological Safety With Starbucks VP Global Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer Chéla Gage

    Have you ever not felt safe at work?

    Maybe you’ve dealt with microaggressions, gaslighting, and bullying…

    And even if you have a senior title, you’ve also questioned yourself if you are even experiencing any of this.

    In my recent podcast episode, I am joined by a friend who I was honored to coach, and Starbucks’ new VP Global Chief Inclusion & Diversity Office, Chéla Gage, where we talk about how to create psychological safety so you don’t feel like this…

    6 years from now, 2030 will be a big year for Americans. According to the US Census Bureau, the majority of the population will be the minority.

    An important question for companies to start strategizing is:
    What procedures and systems are you putting in place with this demographic shift?And how can you ensure your employees feel safe?Because here’s the reality that you’ve probably experienced:
    A lot of companies are doing performative things like hosting workshops, but is it really solving the deep-rooted problem?Companies brag about having an increase in diversity, but that’s with their rank and file. How about C-Suite? Why are companies C-Suite still NOT diverse?In today’s podcast, I have Starbucks' new VP Global Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Chéla Gage, joining me. Chéla is not only a former client but also a good friend. Her greatest achievements include being an amazing wife for 20 years and a mother to 3 wonderful boys.

    Chela has extensive talent and DEIB experience spanning over 25 years. She has successfully led global teams in various industries, such as high technology, automotive, and aerospace. Her leadership roles have taken her to different countries, including the U.S., Brazil, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, and the U.K.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    Challenges for Women of Color in Corporate rolesThe Importance of Creating Diversity Changes in Processes and Systems (a workshop won’t solve your diversity problems)Understanding The Role of External Coaches and MentorsIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your own checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Related Podcast Episodes
    Episode 28. The Importance of Trauma Informed Spaces
    Episode 31. How to Advocate For Yourself asa WOC in Corporate America with Lindsey Ingram
    Episode 47. Scripts and Strategies for Boundaries and Negotiation for WOC Leaders with Accion Opportunity Fund
    Episode 40. Why Difficult Conversations Improve Our Life + Work Relationships with Erica Courdae and India Jackson

    Resources Mentioned:
    Subscribe to the Business & Career Diaries Newsletter: elainelou.com/join
    Connect and follow Chela: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelagage/

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to the Business & Career Mastermind: elainelou.com/mastermind

    • 53 min
    78: Motherhood, Parenting Our Parents, ADHD, Marriage, and being a 9-figure Multi-passionate Entrepreneur With Danielle Kitzes

    78: Motherhood, Parenting Our Parents, ADHD, Marriage, and being a 9-figure Multi-passionate Entrepreneur With Danielle Kitzes

    As the only daughter (I have 2 brothers), I find myself doing a lot of the caretaking for my parents.

    I’m getting ready for my dad’s knee replacement surgery next month where I’ll be with him for the first 10-days of his recovery. And I’m attending all the doctors appointments with them.

    I also want to share, I am choosing to do this and understand I have agency.

    But what’s frustrating is that THIS is the SILENT role that a lot of women take on by default -- being the “caregiver” for others whether it’s our kids, parents, partner and friends.

    While at the same time as women we also have:
    Mental health challenges like anxiety, ADHD or other neurodivergenceA career or business that we are passionate aboutWanting to escape in our closet, move our bodies or just take a napWe're often expected to be SUPERHEROES -- when sometimes every day we feel like this.

    My former client, now neighbor living only a 1-mile away, Danielle Kitzes, is a living example. She's a powerhouse – a 9-figure entrepreneur, a mother of three, and a spiritual mentor.

    We get together and dive into everything. We share real-life stories and the struggles we're facing right now, embracing the chaos and the triumphs of our daily lives.

    Danielle Kitzes is a transformative guide with a diverse background as a Medical Intuitive, Medium, Psychic & Empath Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, and a successful Multi-Entrepreneur. Danielle co-owned an escrow company for 15 years where she oversaw 9-figure deposits. She’s also a survivor of intergenerational trauma, anxiety, PTSD and depression.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    The silent roles that women are given, and not talked aboutHow to communicate with siblings, spouses and kids on what we need (aka boundaries)The chaos and struggles of everyday life and how to fill into our own cupIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your own checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Resources Mentioned:
    Subscribe to the Business & Career Diaries Newsletter: elainelou.com/join

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to the Business & Career Mastermind: elainelou.com/mastermind
    Schedule a Business & Career Audit call with me to see if it’s a good fit to work together: elainelou.com/call
    Follow the Podcast on Apple: WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk
    Follow the Podcast on Spotify: WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk
    Follow Elaine on Instagram: @elainelou_
    Connect with Elaine on LinkedIn: Elaine Lou Cartas
    Check out our other podcasts for Women of Color

    • 1 hr 13 min
    77: How To Find A Meaningful Career With Luna Clara Muñoz

    77: How To Find A Meaningful Career With Luna Clara Muñoz

    Is it wise to pursue a new career in this challenging economy?

    When is the appropriate time?

    How can you stay true to your beliefs and values despite the presence of capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy, which contradict them?

    Damn. I know I got DEEP.

    Today, I am joined by my client, Dr. Luna Clara Muñoz, a TEDx speaker and career coach for academic misfits.

    We delve into the process of discovering a fulfilling career and how she had to unlearn many things from working in higher education, like trying to do the most.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    Practical Steps for Career TransitionHonoring Values in a Capitalist SocietyOvercoming the Struggle MindsetIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your own checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Luna Clara Muñoz
    Subscribe to the Business & Career Diaries Newsletter: elainelou.com/join

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to the Business & Career Mastermind: elainelou.com/mastermind
    Schedule a Business & Career Audit call with me to see if it’s a good fit to work together: elainelou.com/call
    Follow the Podcast on Apple: WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk
    Follow the Podcast on Spotify: WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk
    Follow Elaine on Instagram: @elainelou_
    Connect with Elaine on LinkedIn: Elaine Lou Cartas
    Check out our other podcasts for Women of Color

    • 49 min
    76: Why I'm Bringing Back My Mastermind To Simplify My Business With Monica Schrock

    76: Why I'm Bringing Back My Mastermind To Simplify My Business With Monica Schrock

    Two years ago, in episode nine, I shared why I decided to end my mastermind and simplify my business.

    This episode was one of my top-rated podcast episodes where  I shared how I was managing:
    5 different servicesDid 1-2 events per monthUltimately burned outHere we are 2 years later, and I’m bringing back the mastermind (but different AND better).

    Last month, all of January, I dedicated time to deleting and simplifying more of my business and, more importantly, figuring out how I can ensure BETTER client results.

    The big news?

    I'm bringing my mastermind back but BETTER on all accounts:
    By inviting both business owners AND executive career leaders who are women of color and alliesAdding a sales, marketing, AND systems/operations audit with a 12-month recommendation for business ownersAdding a life and career audit with 360-degree feedback for executive career leadersLimiting myself to 24 clients at one time to ensure client results and focusHere's a secret: I've been quietly testing this comeback for the last 6 months. While it might seem new, it's been part of my business under the radar.

    In my latest podcast episode, I share all the behind-the-scenes of WHY I’m bringing back my mastermind with my team member, Monica Schrock.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    What’s different about my Business & Career Mastermind, and how it’s different from beforeHow I used intuition AND data by analyzing 3 years of P&L reports to create an intentional annual planHow before I create anything new, I ask AND integrate feedback from my clientsIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your own checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Related Podcast Episodes
    Episode 9. Why I decided to end my mastermind + how I’m simplifying my business (and how you can simplify your business too)

    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Monica Schrock
    Follow Elaine on Instagram
    Connect with Elaine on LinkedIn
    Business & Career Mastermind

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to schedule a call to see if the Color Your Dreams Inner Circle is a good fit for you
    Schedule a call with me
    Join my bi-weekly Business & Career Diaries
    Follow the Podcast
    Follow Me on Facebook
    Follow Me on Instagram
    Connect With Me on LinkedIn
    Check out our other podcasts for Women of Color

    • 1 hr 1 min
    75: How To Sell In This Economy with Jamie Gulino Davis

    75: How To Sell In This Economy with Jamie Gulino Davis

    According to the Federal Reserve, we have hit our highest inflation since 1982. *big collective sigh* That's more than 40 years ago!

    Time is wild, and so is this economy, so it was fitting to do a podcast on making money during times like these.

    Side note: Anyone still feel like 1999 was just 5 years ago?

    Because of inflation, it has affected consumer spending habits to be more conscious spenders.

    And for you, maybe like me -- I’m being more conscious of ALL my spending.
    I’ve been cutting off costs from both business and personal that are not necessarily. For example, I took out Netflix.At the same time, I’m making sure I pick and choose what trips are important for me to save up for.I’ve also noticed more people taking their time to decide to work with me.What do I think about all this? I think it’s great!

    This means all businesses NEED to focus on improving their client services and experience. Including me and my team!

    For example, I’ve been updating my services to ensure that what we create for our clients makes better client results.
    I’ve been asking for feedback from current clientsRecently, I invested in a new executive and leadership training program to become a better coach and consultant for my clientsI spoke with sales strategist Jamie Gulino Davis, my former mentor and friend, to navigate these economic changes. We explored effective sales strategies during these economic times.

    With nearly two decades of experience in sales, leadership, and team management, Jamie has led companies to hit multi-million dollar revenues.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    Setting Yourself Apart from the CompetitionThe Value of Providing Individualized AttentionHow I create and provide high touch points throughout my sales process to stand outIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Resources Mentioned:
    Find Jamie Gulino Davis
    Follow Elaine on Instagram
    Connect with Elaine on LinkedIn
    Get Elaine’s GIFS + Gifts Newsletter

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to schedule a call to see if the Color Your Dreams Inner Circle is a good fit for you
    Schedule a call with me
    Join my weekly Color Your Dreams Newsletter
    Follow the Podcast
    Follow Me on Facebook
    Follow Me on Instagram
    Connect With Me on LinkedIn
    Check out our other podcasts for Women of Color

    • 39 min
    74: How To Be A Gentle Parent With Boundaries With Justine David

    74: How To Be A Gentle Parent With Boundaries With Justine David

    Are you a parent? If so, you may have heard of the term gentle parenting. It's a different approach from how many of us millennials were raised, including myself.

    Instead of shaming, blaming, and punishing. Gentle parenting emphasizes empathy and communication.

    However, some parents take it too far and don't set boundaries for their child's behavior. So, how can we balance gentle parenting and setting boundaries? This discussion isn't limited to just parents; it applies to everyone in romantic relationships and relationships with our family and friends.

    Today’s guest is my client and friend, Justine David, OTR/L, founder and clinical director of The Sensory Brain, Justine specializes in treating individuals of all ages with various challenges, including Sensory Processing Disorder, Tic Disorder, Tourette's syndrome, Autism, ADHD/ADD, and motor skills difficulties.

    A USC occupational therapy alumna, she educates professionals about neurodiversity and sensory behaviors through workshops and presentations. Additionally, she serves as a parenting coach and trained birth doula, advocating for client empowerment and education.

    Outside work, Justine enjoys hot yoga, cooking from scratch, and adventures with her dog, Bowie.

    What We Cover in This Episode:
    How the pandemic increased parenting challenges and behavioral issues in childrenTechniques for parents to handle their OWN emotional triggersThe importance of validating children's feelings and meeting them at their levelStrategies for helping children self-regulateThe role of screen time in children's development and its effect on attention and behaviorIf you would like to see how to work with me to create a more sustainable life where you can be more present with yourself and create your checklist of success that’s not created by society and loved ones, then schedule a complimentary legacy business and career review at elainelou.com/call

    Resources Mentioned:
    Find Justine David Online
    Follow Elaine on Instagram
    Connect with Elaine on LinkedIn
    Get Elaine’s GIFS + Gifts Newsletter

    Where We Can Connect:
    Apply to schedule a call to see if the Color Your Dreams Inner Circle is a good fit for you
    Schedule a call with me
    Join my weekly Color Your Dreams Newsletter
    Follow the Podcast
    Follow Me on Facebook
    Follow Me on Instagram
    Connect With Me on LinkedIn
    Check out our other podcasts for Women of Color

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

lunakick ,

Support from someone who gets it!

This podcast has been so helpful for my whole journey from thinking of leaving my professional job, the navigation of what’s next, the pondering of non-profit work, to the “welp, I’m gonna create my own business”. Elaine-Lou talks candidly about her experiences which resonate with my own. I’ve also gone on to follow her guests because they are top-notch. I’m a big fan!

Ruckerville ,

A unique blend of knowledge, community and empowerment

Elaine’s podcast stands out as a beacon for the BIPOC community and their allies, masterfully blending career insights with community building. Her exceptional interviewing skills bring forth a range of advisors who are not only experts in their fields but also deeply relatable to her audience. This platform is more than a source of information; it’s a hub where a community of skilled, diverse advisors is fostered, resonating particularly with BIPOC listeners and those who support them. Elaine’s talent in connecting her audience with these trusted, relatable professionals makes her podcast an indispensable resource for anyone navigating a career change or venturing into entrepreneurship, offering a unique blend of knowledge, community, and empowerment.

Miriam Schulman ,

beautiful conversations

i especially enjoyed the episode with erica courdae and india jackson

@schulmanArt host of The Inspiration Place podcast and author of the book Artpreneur

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