The Manifista Podcast with Portia Mount

Portia Mount

The Manifista podcast explores the career paths of ambitious women and how they charted their own unique path to success. Each episode we have fresh and inspiring conversations with successful women about their careers the lessons they've learned along the way. We also have spirited discussions about issues such as managing your fertility, balancing career and home life, how to know when it's time to quit or start a new job, salary negotiation and why we should all care about childcare policy.

Bold career moves with Jen Gresham
Dec 17 2020
Bold career moves with Jen Gresham
“We are wired to want simple” - Jen GreshamJennifer Gresham is the executive director of Work for Humanity, an organization that is making bold moves to fundamentally rethink the nature of employment and solve one of the biggest challenges the US economy faces today, rebuilding the middle class. If this sounds like a big, audacious goal, well it is. And you will hear why Jen is the perfect person to tackle it. Jen is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a scientist with a background in human performance. In this episode we trace her career from her early days as assistant chief scientist in the Air Force to her bold decision to leave the Air Force just a few years short of retirement. We also explore her journey from successful blogger and business coach helping thousands of professionals achieve their career aspirations. Jen shares her ups and downs along the way and what finally led her to found Work for Humanity. In this episode you will learn about why we need to embrace complexity, risk taking and why you should bet on yourself. The future is female, let’s get started!Have a question or comment? Email us at themanifista@gmail.com.Topics discussed in this episode:Embracing complexity and being comfortable not knowingWe often don't solve a complex problem, we evolve with a complex problem.There's untapped human potential, which is something I'm really interested in.We need the intellectual and emotional capacity for complexity, because we are so wired to want simple.The importance of being comfortable not knowing and having to experiment and find your way. Work for Humanity and envisioning a better future Income inequality is the highest it's ever been in 50 years.My vision for the future of work is that everyone has a job that enriches them financially, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.We need to upskill the workers and employers in small businesses, so they can start to work together as a strategic team.Our system is inhumane by design. We all need to really understand that we are part of that system, and therefore we are part of the problem. Resources Mentioned Jennifer Gresham (link)The report: Reimagining Inclusive Economies (link)Work for Humanity (link)Peter Diamandis (link)Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas (link)Humanocracy by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini (link)
Love your career with Tiffany Waddell Tate
Nov 20 2020
Love your career with Tiffany Waddell Tate
“A career maven is someone who really takes ownership of her career story and is charting her own path” - Tiffany Waddell TateIn this episode Tiffany Waddell Tate, founder of Career Maven consulting, talks about her advice for job seekers and her ambitious goal to help one million women find careers they love. She also shares her advice for standing out on social media and how to stay connected in a virtual world, as well as her best working-from-home tips. Have a question or comment? Email us at themanifista@gmail.com.Topics discussed in this episode:Career advice   Success is not a place, it's not a destination. It’s really a well rounded vibe.A career maven is someone who really takes ownership of her career story and is charting her own path.We need to shake the patriarchal dust off and really create the workplace and the work community that we want to see. Standing out on social media People absolutely need to be on LinkedIn, that’s where professional people are.Let your LinkedIn profile reflect who you are as a professional, I like to believe that we are a lot more than whatever our day job may be.Be socially generous, respond and amplify the work of others.Working from home Just take a beat and make sure that your next step is your best step.Real agency is having the option to have both a career and a family rather than choose.I can still hit my deliverables and not hold up a desk chair for eight hours. No one needs to do that.Resources Mentioned Career Maven (link)Brené Brown podcast (link)I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (link)
The future of work with Hasbro’s Samantha Lomow
Nov 5 2020
The future of work with Hasbro’s Samantha Lomow
“Really be fearless from the start” - Samantha Lomow Samantha Lomow is the president of branded entertainment at Hasbro, the global play and entertainment company. She is currently responsible for leading popular brands such as The Transformers and My Little Pony, beloved by kids and parents alike. In this episode she talks about the importance of early risk taking and how she creates value for herself at work and at home. She also shares her view on the future of work in the light of the pandemic. Have a question or comment? Email us at themanifista@gmail.com.Topics discussed in this episode:(How to) excel in your corporate career  I've always been a listener, and that has definitely served me well.Take risks early, and really be fearless from the start.I got to be involved in everything from T-shirts to theme parks.The Future of Work There's never been a more opportune time for women leaders to bring innovation and creativity to the table. We (as women) often don't recognize the strengths in ourselves.Think about taking on a bigger role for broader exposure, through a board seat.The Future of Entertainment I think people will continue to platform surf, there's gonna be a lot less loyalty there. The trend of family viewing is going to continue and grow even stronger.Resources Mentioned Hasbro (link)The Autobiography of Malcolm X (link) How I Built This with Guy Raz (link)Ted Radio Hour with Manoush Zomorodi (link)Sway with Kara Swisher (link)The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova (link)The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger (link)Circe and Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (link)