She Lift Project Podcast

Cynthia Kirkpatrick

Women are experiencing higher levels of career success than ever before. How did they get there? These are their stories. What do they do? What was their journey like? What challenges did they face along the way? What advice do they offer? Cynthia Kirkpatrick, a Senior Financial Advisor at Moneta Group, conducts face to face interviews with women who are at the top of their fields. They reveal the secrets of their success and share their wisdom with you. The shows contain many unexpected twists and turns, and no rise to the top is without sacrifices. Learn what these women went through and are still going through as they pursue personal and professional greatness. read less
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Episodes

#30 - Cathy L. Davis: Somebody Needs to Hear Your Story
Apr 16 2024
#30 - Cathy L. Davis: Somebody Needs to Hear Your Story
"Somebody needs to hear your story," is an earnest call to action from Cathy L. Davis, an experienced book publisher and strategist. She and her authors have received countless reviews and thank you notes that express the life changing effects of the stories shared. We may not think our story matters, but Cathy says that's not true. No matter who you are, she insists that you have some sort of wisdom that needs to be shared.  In this episode, Cathy L Davis, explains how she helps people share their stories and wisdom through books and anthologies. They discuss how everyone has a story to tell and the power of storytelling in creating connections and providing hope. Cathy shares her journey of starting Davis Creative and explains what an anthology is—a collection of stories written by multiple authors on the same subject. She also highlights the importance of community and how anthologies can fill the need for hope and connection, especially during challenging times like COVID-19. Cathy's team includes writing coaches who support authors throughout their writing process, whether they have little writing experience or need assistance with emotional topics. She emphasizes that sharing one's story can lift both oneself and others up while creating positive ripples in the world. Additionally, Cathy reveals her wish list for future book ideas, including more male contributors sharing their experiences as fathers or sons. Overall, she encourages people to overcome their fears about writing by recognizing that everyone has wisdom worth sharing. They discuss the logistics, economics, and benefits of writing a chapter in an anthology. The cost of writing a chapter for the anthology is one-tenth of the cost of writing a solo book. Authors retain ownership of their own words, but the sponsor retains ownership of the theme and title of the book. Authors can sell their books individually or as part of the anthology, but Amazon takes most of the money from sales made by solo authors. The program also teaches authors how to buy books at cost and distribute them through various channels, such as local printing companies or global distributors like Ingram. It emphasizes that self-publishing allows authors to keep 100% royalties and copyright control. Cathy explains the strategy of using books as marketing tools, additional income streams, and ways to promote oneself as an author through speaking engagements, social media, and networking events. Overall, it encourages individuals to take a chance on themselves and share their stories with others.
#29 - Katherine Flett - Don't Be A Jerk
Apr 2 2024
#29 - Katherine Flett - Don't Be A Jerk
"Don't Be A Jerk." - This is sage advice that Katherine Flett received while taking a class in law school called "Lawyering". It's proven to be practical wisdom that has come in handy for Katherine, who is a Principal and Attorney at Danna McKitrick, P.C. (https://www.dannamckitrick.com/) In episode 29, Cynthia and Katherine discuss various topics including their introduction, Katherine's expertise in business law and litigation, her journey to becoming a litigator, the concept of being a full-service law firm, the importance of character and dealing with adversity in sports and professional life, the challenges of balancing work as an attorney with being a mother of two children, overcoming impostor syndrome, tips for effective networking such as finding the right group and not focusing on selling but building genuine relationships. Katherine, an attorney at Danna McKitrick, discusses the importance of networking and building relationships in her profession. She emphasizes the need for intentionality and continuous effort in networking, even during busy periods. Katherine also shares tips for effective networking, such as being genuine, avoiding immediately selling a service or product, and focusing on building relationships rather than solely discussing personal matters. She highlights the significance of social capital and how it can benefit one's career in the long run. Additionally, Katherine reflects on her experiences as a litigator and offers advice to fellow attorneys about not being a jerk and maintaining professionalism in court. Finally, she expresses her passion for helping people and small businesses navigate legal issues proactively to avoid potential problems down the line.
#28 - Tamara Keefe:Trading Golden Handcuffs for Genuine Happiness
Mar 19 2024
#28 - Tamara Keefe:Trading Golden Handcuffs for Genuine Happiness
Tamara Keefe is the CEO, Founder, and Flavor Temptress of Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, an ice cream shop with eight locations in the Greater St. Louis Area that serves unique small-batch ice cream flavors, including alcoholic and vegan options. Clementine’s is one of the few Micro Creamery’s in the world, a designation that requires strict ingredients and production methods that helps them produce the best ice cream in the world. Clementine’s is a two time winner of the North American Ice Cream Association’s Flavor of the Year (2019 and 2023), the most distinguished honor in the ice cream world.   Tamara talks to Cynthia about her love and passion for ice cream, dating back to her early childhood, and how it helped her carve out her current lifestyle and path to genuine happiness. Tamara started out in corporate America, rising steadily through the ranks to become a highly successful executive. She exceeded her wildest dreams of achievement, but it wasn’t what she thought it would be. She was miserable and had to get out. This episode describes what she did next and how she was able to trade suits for scoops.   She doles out the truth on the sacrifices she had to make personally and professionally to make her dream come true, including downsizing her home and adjusting her management style. This is a masterclass on entrepreneurship, leadership, and betting on yourself. When it’s over, if you need a little taste of happiness, then don’t forget that Clementine’s ships!
#26 - Dr. Nancy L. Weaver: Support Over Silence
Feb 20 2024
#26 - Dr. Nancy L. Weaver: Support Over Silence
Nancy L. Weaver, PhD, MPH, helps businesses, schools and communities develop and use public health programs and policies in ways that work for them.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in biostatistics and a PhD in behavioral science. As a tenured, full professor of Behavioral Science at Saint Louis University, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Foundation for Health, among others, and has led to the widespread dissemination of effective programs.  More recently, she launched Support Over Silence to provide bystander training to support parents and children struggling in public.  Dr. Weaver is Co-director of the Community Engagement Core of the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Weaver is also a performer and improvisational theater coach, and she uses tools from applied improv to strengthen collaboration and innovation in work settings. Using a systems lens, Dr. Weaver grounds her research, teaching, and practice in the rigor of the scientific approach, the art of storytelling and the importance of connection across people and sectors. Dr. Weaver talks to Cynthia about the various hats she wears - wife, mother, professor, entrepreneur, researcher, improv coach, and many more. She personifies her philosophy of mixing science and creativity into a form of play that helps her students internalize concepts and be battle tested for the real world. Dr. Weaver’s career path is non-traditional in every sense, and she embraces that for others. She encourages us to use all of our gifts to live the most fulfilling life possible. This is a fun episode with and abundance of practical advice for becoming a better version of yourself.
#24 - Heather J. Crider: From Frantic to Focused
Jan 16 2024
#24 - Heather J. Crider: From Frantic to Focused
Heather J. Crider is a keynote speaker, certified neuroperformance coach and leading expert in high-performance growth and thought transformation. She empowers overwhelmed professionals to unleash brain-powered breakthroughs, unlock unstoppable performance, boundless energy, and deeper human connections. Having served as a CEO who collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 companies, Heather understands the daily demands and stresses of life. Her interactive and practical approach has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations worldwide develop emotional intelligence and focus, with an emphasis on AI enablement.  Heather is also the host of the Go Reflect Yourself Podcast, and has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Brainz Magazine, and Thrive Global. She talks to Cynthia about how the brain works and why she got involved in neuroperformance. She tells her story of “having it all” only to see multiple pillars of her world crumble in a very short period of time. She came to understand how the brain drives behavior and how that can be guided to our advantage. This led her to coaching and speaking on this very topic, which she does in her own powerful keynote speeches. She also takes the stage with her legitimate rockstar partner, Mark Schulman, and they deliver an interactive keynote that gets rave reviews. You will learn how past traumas influence your current decisions, and how to change negative behavior patterns. It’s a fun episode full of valuable insights and takeaways.
#22 - Carolyn Mancini: Taking Your Seat at the Table
Dec 19 2023
#22 - Carolyn Mancini: Taking Your Seat at the Table
Carolyn Mancini works in the Strategy Enablement group of one of the largest agricultural companies in the world. In her 24 years with the company, she uses her accumulated customer knowledge and insights to lead the business perspective in the development and transformation of their digital eCommerce tools. Her goal is to improve the experiences with customers, distributors and employee facing digital platforms.   She talks to Cynthia about growing up on a farm surrounded by strong females, and her unexpected path into the business side of agriculture. As a driven young woman, she talks about moving to the south to take on a sales role. Her first sales call was a traumatic failure, but she found a way to recover and learn one of her most important career lessons. She also shares advice on recognizing you’re in a toxic work situation, and how to move on. She is an impact player in every role she takes on, including motherhood, and she offers several tips she’s learned along the way to achieve growth and success. Carolyn is a lifelong learner with a track record of setting and achieving big audacious goals. 1 - Intro 00:24 2 - What Carolyn does today 01:48 3 - Growing up on the farm 03:20 4 - From the farm to business 03:53 5 - Advantage of having farm experience 04:40 6 - How did you choose your initial career path 05:15 7 - Geographical nuances 06:17 8 - Getting into Agriculture 07:48 9 - Early career 08:10 10 - Networking tips 09:39 11 - More on networking 10:50 12 - Importance of being a good communicator 13:04 13 - Taking different roles across the country 14:24 14 - What was it like to move to Louisiana 17:14 15 - Would you handle that sales call differently now 21:53 16 - Did your experience impact how you approached this sales call 23:49 17 - Would you play down any part of your knowledge 26:04 18 - Having the courage to ask for help 27:13 19 - What did he say at the next meeting? 29:02 20 - Why leave Louisiana 29:40 21 - Moving to Nebraska 31:01 22- Collaborating in sales vs competing 32:09 23 - When people don't like me 32:39 24 - Did you know right away she didn't like you 35:56 25 - Stay true to you 37:05 26 - Managing relationships business and personal 38:10 27 - How did you leave that manager 39:23 28 - Female approach to a job 41:37 29 - Moving Back to Missouri 43:13 30 - How do you view changing roles and growing in your career 43:55 31 - The role of strong women role models 46:12 32 - Wife and motherhood 46:28 33 - Being a professional woman among stay at home moms 48:29 34 - Taking time for yourself 50:51 35 - Other personal care tips 53:44 36 - Obstacles overcome 55:12 37 - Power of being vulnerable and showing you don't know everything 58:12 38 - Recapping Carolyn's advice 59:58 39 - Value of showing up in person 1:00:55 40 - Engaging in meetings 1:01:53 --------------------------------- She Lift Project Podcast Taking Your Seat at the Table | Episode 22 Host: Cynthia Kirkpatrick, Moneta Group Guest: Carolyn Mancini, Supply Chain Program Manager ***NOTE*** This podcast and all She Lift Project content represents the opinions of Cynthia Kirkpatrick and her guests. The content here is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional advice - financial, legal, medical, or otherwise. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and across all She Lift Project media channels are our own and do not represent that of our places of work. While we make every effort to ensure that the information we are sharing is accurate, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.