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Aug 1, 2018

Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, talks about the importance of owning and sharing your mistakes and how to bounce back from failure. 

You’ll hear:

  • Why you need to own your mistakes
  • How to think about the mistakes you’ve made
  • Why it’s important to share your mistakes


Book:  The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed,



FB: jessicapottslahey

Twitter: @jesslahey

Instagram: @teacherlahey

Additional resources:

Podcast: #AmWriting with Jess & KJ 

Let’s keep the conversation going!
Sara can be reached on Twitter and Facebook @tomyyoungerme, and on LinkedIn.

Jul 18, 2018

Stephanie Brown, author of Fired: Why Losing Your Job is the Best Thing that Can Happen to You, shares how to make the most of the experience of finding yourself out of work.

You’ll hear:

  • what to do right after you lose your job
  • the importance of maintaining a schedule while out of work
  • how to make the most of your time between jobs
  • why you should have a side hustle, even if you love your job





Additional resources:

First chapter of book available for free:

Article - The key phrase I used that unlocked interviews with Google, and Facebook, amongst others:

Let’s keep the conversation going!

Sara can be reached on Twitter and Facebook @tomyyoungerme, on LinkedIn at  and on the Advice to My Younger Me website –


Jul 4, 2018

Nataly Kogan, author of Happier Now, shares the practices you can use to be happier at work (and in life).


You’ll hear:

  • That happiness is a skill that you can cultivate
  • The five practices that will make you happier at work (and in life)
  • Why you should take a midday break from work







Additional resources:

Video of 5 Core Happier Skills:

Happier app:


Jun 20, 2018

Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, shares tips on how to spend your time so you feel more relaxed and less frazzled.


You’ll hear:

  • The actions that differentiate people who feel more relaxed about time from those who feel more frantic
  • Why it’s valuable to plan “mini-adventures” into your week
  • How interacting with friends rather than social media will affect your time perception

Books: Off the Clock; 

I Know How She Does It 

168 Hours

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast



Additional resources:

 Podcast: Finding Time for What Matters - Episode 19 -

Article:Track your time for 30 days: What you learn may surprise you

Download a time tracking worksheet:


Jun 6, 2018

Caroline Webb, CEO of Sevenshift and author of How to Have a Good Day, shares brain-based research on how to have the best workday possible.


You’ll hear:

  • How to share bad news so you get the best response possible
  • How your expectations can affect your reactions
  • Why multitasking doesn’t work
  • How to end your day so you have a great evening



Book - How to Have a Good Day


Social media

Facebook ( 

Twitter (@caroline_webb_).


Additional resources


Good Day Index quiz  

May 23, 2018

Manar Morales, President and CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, discusses how to craft a flexible schedule that works for you and your employer.


You’ll hear:

  • Why it is important to get clear on what you want from a flexible schedule
  • How to prepare to negotiate for a flexible schedule
  • How to keep your career on track while working a flexible schedule

Don’t assume a flexible schedule is not possible





May 9, 2018

Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less,  shares what she learned about mindful spending (and living) from her “shopping ban” year. 


You’ll hear:

  • Why you should track your spending 
  • The difference between buying things for “you” vs. “the idealized you”
  • How you can become more mindful in your spending


Be a mindful spender.  Don’t spend money unconsciously.


Book:  The Year of Less:  How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store 

Twitter: @caitflanders 

Instagram: @caitflanders 


Additional resources:  Save Money and Reset Your Financial Life with a Shopping Ban 

Apr 25, 2018

Svetlana Saitsky, life coach and artist, discusses how you can bring your authentic self – whether it is a creative, an entrepreneur or a storyteller -  to your corporate job.


You’ll hear:


How bringing your authentic self to work can make you better at your job

An exercise to do each day to help you tap into your authentic self

How to decide if it’s time to leave your job.


Website: svetlanasaitsky 

Facebook: @svetlanasaitsky 

Twitter: @Svetshop 

Apr 11, 2018

Olivia Christian, Own Your Story workshop leader, shares advice on how to craft a personal story that can help others understand who you are and what you do.


You’ll hear:

  • Why you need a personal story
  • Why it’s important that your story touch both heart and head
  • How to develop your personal story


Instagram:  Own Your Story via Instagram 


Additional resources:


The Game Last Night  via YouTube, via Facebook, via Instagram, and via Twitter  

Mar 28, 2018

Liz O’Donnell, author, and founder of, shares a realistic picture of what it’s like to care for aging parents and gives advice on how to manage it all.


You’ll hear:

  • The importance of building career equity early in your career
  • Why you need to talk with your parents about what they want in the future, before a crisis happens
  • How to juggle taking care of aging parents, kids and your career


Book:  Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman

Website: – Liz O’donnell’s service company for caregivers

Facebook:: @LizODonnellAuthor/

Twitter:  @LizODTweets


Additional resources:

Caregiver Bill of Rights.

Working Daughter Manifesto:

AARP Caregiving Guide - 

Caregiver checklist – 


Mar 14, 2018

Marion McGovern, an expert in the gig economy and author of Thriving in the Gig Economy, shares advice on how to succeed as a gig worker.

You’ll hear:


  • What personal qualities are needed to succeed as a gig worker
  • How to position yourself to succeed in the gig economy
  • The importance of your digital presence to success in the gig economy

To be a successful “gig worker”, you need to be resilient, tolerate ambiguity, communicate effectively and have basic business skills


Book: Thriving in the Gig Economy Website:


Facebook @gigmaven.  

Twitter:  @marionmcgovern


Additional resources:

Getting to Like: How to Boost Your Personal and Professional Brand to Expand Opportunities 


Feb 28, 2018

Mary Cranston, trailblazing lawyer, law firm CEO, and public company and non-profit board member, shares the five most important things that women can do to achieve career success.

You’ll hear:

  • Why it’s important to have “authentic” goals
  • How to overcome fears that get in the way of your success
  • How taking risks can lead to unexpected benefits


Additional resources:

Now Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton

Feb 14, 2018

 Susan Bird, CEO of Wf360, shares how to have a conversation with anyone.


You’ll hear:

How to have a conversation with your boss

What the key to a great conversation is

Why to approach conversations with “beginner’s ears”


Facebook: Susan W. Bird 

Twitter @susanwbird


Conversation 360 podcast:


Jan 31, 2018

Nora McInerny, host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking and author of It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) shares her advice about how to deal with life’s inevitable losses and setbacks.


You’ll hear:


  • How to respond when bad things happen to you and others
  • How to deal (and not deal) with mistakes you make
  • How to stay focused on the present


Additional resources:


Podcast episode mentioned

Link to book: It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)



Still Kickin: 

Twitter: @noraborealis

Instagram: @noraborealis

Facebook: @hellonoramcinerny  


Jan 17, 2018

Melissa Hereford shares advice on how to successfully negotiate for what you want – at work and in life.


You’ll hear:

  • How to prepare for a negotiation
  • How your mindset affects how you negotiate
  • Why being curious is an important part of negotiating successfully







YouTube channel


Additional resources


Negotiating on your own behalf with Carol Frohlinger  

Jan 3, 2018

Host Sara Holtz shares the questions she asks herself before she makes her resolutions for the new year.


Questions for reflection:


-  What were your most significant professional accomplishments in 2017?


-  What were your most significant personal accomplishments in 2017?


-  What are you most excited about right now?


-  What are you most grateful for in your professional life?


-  What are you most grateful for in your personal life?


-  What do you want more of in your life?


-  What do you want less of in your life?


-  What are you most concerned about?  (No more than three)


-  What is one major work-related project that you want to focus on in 2018?


-  What is one major personal project that you want to focus on in 2018?

Dec 20, 2017

Ted Marsden, millennial filmmaker, shares the advice – both good and bad - he’s gotten from his Mom (Sara Holtz) and others


You’ll hear:

  • Why all advice can be valuable
  • The questions to ask yourself if you’re having an awful day
  • The fashion advice his Mom gave him


Pull quote:  Take care of yourself before taking on the world’s challenges.




Dec 6, 2017

Ashley Milne-Tyte, host of The Broad Experience podcast, talks about what she’s learned from talking to the all the women she has interviewed over the years.


You’ll hear:

  • Why you need to “rock the boat”, at least a little
  • That working hard is not enough
  • How important it is to be protective of your time




Twitter: @ashleymilnetyte



Nov 22, 2017

Lori Schwanbeck, a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, coach and trainer, shares how you can bring more joy to your workday.


You’ll hear:

-      How you can cultivate joy throughout your day

-      How you can become more joyful in just three breaths

-      The benefit of giving your complete attention to what another person is saying

Nov 8, 2017

Morra Aarons-Mele, author of Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home), talks about how ambitious introverts can succeed in their careers.

You’ll hear:

  • Why you need to understand who you are and accept it.
  • How charting how you feel during the day and throughout the week can help you craft a happier work experience
  • Tips for surviving networking events

"Advice to introverts: understand who you are and accept it."

Book: Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home)






Additional resources


Oct 25, 2017

Cara Hale Alter, author of The Credibility Code, shares how you can come across as confident, capable and credible in the workplace by employing behaviors you can learn.


You’ll hear:

-       Specific behaviors that will increase your confidence and credibility

-       How you can tame the adrenaline you feel in challenging situations

-       Why its important to be both authoritative and approachable


Book: The Credibility Code


Twitter:  @CaraHaleAlter


Additional resources available:

Oct 11, 2017

Alexis Krivkovich, a partner at McKinsey & Company, discusses the findings from the 2016 Women in the Workplace study which show that women are promoted less often and receive less valuable feedback than men. She also discusses what’s lacking from many women’s networks.


You’ll hear:

o   The facts showing that women receive fewer promotions and get less valuable feedback than men

o   How to get career-enhancing feedback

o   Where women’s networks fall short


Additional resources: 

2017 Women in the Workplace report –


2016 Women in the Workplace report -


Article –Are Female Only Networks Hurting Women in the Workplace


Sep 27, 2017

Lisen Stromberg, author of Work, Pause, Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, debunks the myth that women who “pause” to raise children never return to satisfying careers.  She also provides concrete tips on how to plan for and manage your “pause”.


You’ll hear:


-      Statistics show that most well-educated mothers paused their careers, returned to the workforce and didn’t regret their pauses

-      The importance of nurturing your career, whether you’re in the paid workforce or not.

-      The optimal length for your ”pause”

Sep 13, 2017

Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One, talks about her four step process for deciding whether you should “stay or go” in your current job.  Along the way, she asks thought-provoking questions we all should be asking about our careers.


You’ll hear:

-       A process you can use when you are deciding whether to “stay or go” at your current job

-       Questions you should be asking yourself about where you want your career to go

-       How friends can help you identify your strengths

Aug 30, 2017

Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO of the Diversity Lab, shares the some somewhat surprising strategies that top performers use to get to the top.


In this episode you’ll learn:


How focusing on your strengths can be a great strategy for success

Why you may not want to use your company’s formal flexible work program 

How high performers maximize their time at home and with their families



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