Reinvent Yourself

Lesley Jane Seymour

A podcast offering tips and tricks for reinventing yourself by former More magazine Editor In Chief and creator of CoveyClub.com, Lesley Jane Seymour.

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#176 Reinventing Your Job Search in Your 40s, 50, and 60s (Gillian Williams)
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#176 Reinventing Your Job Search in Your 40s, 50, and 60s (Gillian Williams)
"If a company is looking past you then you don't want to work there anyway," says Gillian Williams. "It's almost a way to avoid working at a place that would have probably been incredibly toxic." These are words of wisdom from someone who knows a thing or two about job placement. After moving to Maine to pursue an unsuccessful romance, Williams found herself back in New York in her 20s with no career, no connections, and a growing battle with depression. With nothing else to do but take a risk, she founded her own recruitment firm, Monday Talent. Almost 20 years later, Monday Talent has grown into a thriving business focused on marketing communications and creative strategy across multiple industries, from consumer to healthcare and beyond. The “why” of Monday Talent is focused on diversity and inclusion, with people of color making up 50% of the company. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Williams discusses everything she’s learned from her industry and shares the most important job search tips she’s uncovered for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Gillian Williams is a Partner and Founder of Monday Talent, a recruitment firm with a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, that specializes in finding talent within the marketing, communications & creative arenas. Coming from a creative/editorial background herself, Gillian brings her in-depth understanding of these industries to the search process. With over seven years of recruitment experience and an inherent understanding of people, Gillian has become a trusted thought leader in the talent acquisition space. Her expertise and insights have been featured in several iconic publications including Forbes, Marie Claire, Business Insider, BuzzFeed & Well + Good. Raised in a multi-racial family in the heart of New York City, Gillian is a fierce social activist who sits on the Board of Directors of Ardea Arts and can often be found rallying for change.   Key Links: Website Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.  Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#176 Reinventing Your Job Search in Your 40s, 50, and 60s (Gillian Williams)
Yesterday
#176 Reinventing Your Job Search in Your 40s, 50, and 60s (Gillian Williams)
"If a company is looking past you then you don't want to work there anyway," says Gillian Williams. "It's almost a way to avoid working at a place that would have probably been incredibly toxic." These are words of wisdom from someone who knows a thing or two about job placement. After moving to Maine to pursue an unsuccessful romance, Williams found herself back in New York in her 20s with no career, no connections, and a growing battle with depression. With nothing else to do but take a risk, she founded her own recruitment firm, Monday Talent. Almost 20 years later, Monday Talent has grown into a thriving business focused on marketing communications and creative strategy across multiple industries, from consumer to healthcare and beyond. The “why” of Monday Talent is focused on diversity and inclusion, with people of color making up 50% of the company. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Williams discusses everything she’s learned from her industry and shares the most important job search tips she’s uncovered for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Gillian Williams is a Partner and Founder of Monday Talent, a recruitment firm with a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, that specializes in finding talent within the marketing, communications & creative arenas. Coming from a creative/editorial background herself, Gillian brings her in-depth understanding of these industries to the search process. With over seven years of recruitment experience and an inherent understanding of people, Gillian has become a trusted thought leader in the talent acquisition space. Her expertise and insights have been featured in several iconic publications including Forbes, Marie Claire, Business Insider, BuzzFeed & Well + Good. Raised in a multi-racial family in the heart of New York City, Gillian is a fierce social activist who sits on the Board of Directors of Ardea Arts and can often be found rallying for change.   Key Links: Website Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.  Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#175 When Trauma Forces Your Reinvention (Carrington Smith
Sep 23 2022
#175 When Trauma Forces Your Reinvention (Carrington Smith
When Carrington Smith had a traumatic experience in college, she found very little support from family and friends. Her mother told her to never speak of “it” again. Burying the memory, she went on to become a lawyer before reinventing her career as an executive search consultant for Fortune 500 companies and law firms. With a successful career and a fabulous social life, Smith had it all. But unhappiness led her to finally uncover and take ownership of the experiences she had avoided long ago. Through therapy, writing, and “doing the work” she began to heal, ended her unhappy marriage, and created a  life with a new sense of self. Unfortunately, some friends, threatened by her reinvention,rejected her for giving up a seemingly ideal life in order to live her truest self, forcing her to move communities and change schools for her kids. “It’s those experiences that help us build emotional resilience,” she tells CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour in this intimate, vulnerable conversation. “People who pretend to be perfect are oftentimes the people who are hiding the most,” she says. Listen in to learn how Smith overcame adversity and trauma, embraced her identity, and told her story in her new book, Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life.   A gift from our speaker! Go to our website for an opportunity to receive a free copy of Carrington Smith’s Gratitude Journal and create your own 30-Day Gratitude Challenge   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!” Bio: Carrington Smith is a single mom, attorney, business owner and executive search professional. In her debut best-selling memoir, Carrington combines wit and wisdom to share her journey through life’s tough moments, with a positive attitude and a shift of mindset, into a life bursting with joy, opportunity, and purpose. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Tulane Law School, Carrington resides in Austin, Texas, with her two teenage boys.   Connect with Carrington: Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube LinkedIn   Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.  Time Stamps 9:29 - Leaving a law career to begin her first reinvention 11:49 - What happened in college that her mother told her never to speak about 16:20 - Writing about and reliving the trauma 18:28 - Ending her marriage and being rejected by her friends 22:54 - Giving up her dream house to escape toxic relationships and starting over 26:26 - Learning a growth mindset at any age 30:00 - Why gratitude is important and how to start a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#174 When Injury Leads to Innovation (Ivy Slater)
Sep 20 2022
#174 When Injury Leads to Innovation (Ivy Slater)
Ivy Slater always wanted to be a dancer. She earned a degree in dance and went on to become a professional dancer, something many young ballerinas don’t achieve. But at 23 years old, an injury brought her dance career to an immediate halt. Heartbroken, Slater knew it was time for a reinvention. Living in New York City with no idea where to begin next, she went through several reinventions, as an exercise instructor, as executive assistant to the powerhouse woman behind a global athleticwear brand, and more. At 27, Slater entered into the hardest negotiations of her life - with her father. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Ivy Slater discusses what it was like to reinvent from the wreckage of tragedy to build a multi-million dollar company. She explores her midlife crisis at 45 and the secrets for success that led to her newest reinvention, Slater Success Coaching, a firm that helps women scale and grow their businesses. A truly resilient force, Slater gives listeners insights into tapping into their power and taking ownership of their lives and careers.   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Ivy Slater is an entrepreneur, internationally-bestselling author, speaker, podcast host, and professionally-certified business coach. As the CEO of Slater Success, Ivy works closely with C-Suite executives and upper-level managers to advise and create clear strategies that provide instant and longterm impact on businesses. From generating team synergy and launching new sales initiatives, to holding mastermind retreats and corporate trainings on communication, finances, or strategic planning, Ivy is an expert at cultivating and facilitating relationships that are the hallmark of any successful business.     Key Links: Website From the Barre to Boardroom - Ivy’s book Podcast Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps 3:00 - How her parents inspired her to believe that anything was possible 7:00 - Losing her career at 23 after an injury 11:30 - Becoming the right-hand assistant to business owners 18:00 - Asserting herself to become a partnership in her family's business 20:50 - Navigating a midlife reinvention as an empty nester 22:18 - Finding your "what" 28:00 - How to stand out in the coaching industry   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#173 Helping Women Scale Their Business to $1 Million (Eleanor Beaton)
Sep 16 2022
#173 Helping Women Scale Their Business to $1 Million (Eleanor Beaton)
“Money is power,” Eleanor Beaton’s mother told her at a very young age. “Always make your own.” Growing up in Nova Scotia with an economist father, Beaton learned all about finances. She began her career in advertising, where she opened her own communications consulting agency before later reinventing herself through business journalism. By her mid-20s she had brought her love of storytelling together with her passion for personal development and founded SafiMedia. An acronym for Self-Actualized Female Innovator, SafiMedia aims to double the number of female founders who scale past $1,000,000 in revenue by 2030. Ten years after creating SafiMedia, tragedy struck when her father passed away from a sudden illness. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Beaton discusses the dissolution of ambition she experienced at the loss of her father, how her grief became the catalyst for reinvention, and her advice for women who are ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Now the host of the Power + Presence + Position podcast, Beaton helps other women reinvent their lives and their careers on a daily basis. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Eleanor Beaton is the founder of Safi Media, a business coaching and advisory firm for women entrepreneurs. Eleanor and her team provide business coaching, learning programs and custom content to thousands of women entrepreneurs globally, as well as the conferences, associations and corporations who champion them. Eleanor and her colleagues at Safi Media are on a mission to advance global gender equity by doubling the number of women entrepreneurs who scale past $1M in revenues by 2030. In addition to running Safi Media, Eleanor hosts one of the country’s top-ranked podcasts for women entrepreneurs, Power + Presence + Position. Eleanor’s work has been published or quoted in publications including The Globe & Mail, The Atlantic, CBC, Chatelaine and Readers Digest. She has spoken at conferences and events throughout Latin America, North America and Europe.   Key Links: Website SafiMedia Podcast LinkedIn   Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.    Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#172 From Famous Family to Fashion Pioneer (Liz Lange)
Sep 9 2022
#172 From Famous Family to Fashion Pioneer (Liz Lange)
Liz Lange was fresh out of college when she landed her dream job as an assistant at Vogue. With a degree in comparative literature from Brown, Lange never expected her career path to lead her into fashion design. Nevertheless, after watching her pregnant friends struggling to fit into regular clothes, she couldn’t let the need for fashionable maternity wear go by. In 1997 she reinvented herself as a designer, launching Liz Lange Maternity. Ten years later, the brand became the biggest-selling maternity line in the US. Now the Creative director and CEO of the Figue fashion brand, Lange is also the co-host of the Just-Enough Family podcast, a series in which she chronicles the rise and fall of her once-untouchable Stienberg family in 1970s New York City high society. In this conversation with Covey Club founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Lange discusses what it was like to work with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, how she navigated her many career reinventions, and what advice she would give to aspiring entrepreneurs FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Liz Lange is a retail and fashion pioneer. In 1997, out of a one-room office, she created Liz Lange Maternity, changing forever the face of maternity fashions. A decade later in 2007, after dressing every major pregnant celebrity, forging license deals with Nike and Target, and opening three flagship Liz Lange boutiques, Lange sold her business. She is the author of “Liz Lange’s Maternity Style: How to Look Fabulous During the Most Fashion-Challenged Time” (Random House, 2003). Lange is actively involved in many charities and is spokesperson for cervical cancer awareness. She lives in Manhattan with her 12-year old son, Gus and her 10-year old daughter, Alice.   Key Links: Instagram LinkedIn The Just-Enough Family on Spotify The Just-Enough Family on Apple   Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.  Time Stamps 02:30 - Vogue, working in fashion and pioneering maternity wear 09:45 - Acquiring FIG, a French fashion line of travel wear 11:10 - Developing her "memoir" as the Just-Enough Podcast 15:00 - Exploring the history of her famous family 20:00 - Navigating indecision in career reinvention 25:00 - Liz's advice for pursing an idea even when you don't feel supported 32:46 - Where to find Liz online   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#171 Reinventing Yourself All Over Again From Scratch (Kathleen Smith)
Sep 2 2022
#171 Reinventing Yourself All Over Again From Scratch (Kathleen Smith)
Kathleen Smith’s first career was as a lawyer, particularly an assistant prosecutor working in juvenile justice in New Jersey’s Hudson County. Smith loved her work, but after giving birth to the second of her three children her career became overwhelming, and she gave it up to raise them. After fifteen years away from her industry, Smith found herself with no connections and no idea what to do next. Feeling stuck, she decided to reach out to other women in the same predicament for inspiration. She traveled around the country interviewing women on video, a project that grew into the lifestyle website MorphMom.com. Smith went on to teach classes and speak at conferences before launching a radio show, a podcast, and most recently a television show. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder,  Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how she handled the challenges of starting all over from scratch and mastered working from home in a post-Covid world. Smith also shares her advice for starting your own business and for avoiding the mistakes most people make when first stepping into entrepreneurship.  FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Kathleen Butler Smith is the founder of morphmom.com. After graduating from Holy Cross and from Georgetown Law, she served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, New Jersey for six years. She stopped working following the birth of her second child, and later discovered that re-entering the workforce would be difficult. Kathleen quickly noticed that she was not alone and that there were, in fact, many women who found themselves in a similar position, struggling to discover their next step, be it work related, volunteer-based, or simply rediscovering their passion. She began to chronicle the inspirational stories of women (whom she named "Morphmoms") who had managed to chart their own course with the hope of helping other women do the same. Since its launch in 2012, Morphmom has become a platform to promote and to support these women and their remarkable stories. Kathleen and her husband, Jim, have three children in various stages of leaving the nest.   Key Links: Website Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Twitter   Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.
#170: Her Reinvention as a Writer Happened at 63 (Stephanie Raffelock)
Jun 9 2022
#170: Her Reinvention as a Writer Happened at 63 (Stephanie Raffelock)
For Stephanie Raffelock, reinvention runs in the family. After her parents divorced when she was four, she watched her mother constantly reinvent herself as a single woman in the ‘50s, moving across the country every year. At just 17, Raffelock dropped out of school and moved to LA, where the drug-laden culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s led to self-medicating and homelessness. A passion for writing inspired her reinvention and she became a college freshman at 35. But life intervened and it would be three decades before she wrote her first book. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, Raffelock explains how it’s never too late to reinvent–she attended a Buddhist college, interviewed luminaries such as Allen Ginsberg, and ultimately began her publishing career at 63.   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!” Bio: Stephanie Raffelock is the author of Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women. (She Writes Press in August, 2021).  She also penned the award winning, bestseller, A Delightful Little Book on Aging.  A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, Stephanie was a contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger, in Oregon.  She’s blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, Care2.com as well as SixtyandMe.com.   Key Links: Books by Raffelock: A Delightful Little Book on Aging on Amazon Creatrix Rising on Amazon   Social media: Website LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps   [00:3:02.00] Becoming a writer and working in journalism   [00:5:18.00] Struggling to work freelance and landing current job   [00:14:30.00] First book and burying stories   [00:16:06.00] Revision and reproduction    [00:19:12:00] Sexual violence and #MeToo   [00:22:02.00] The importance of telling your story    [00:29:15.00] Skills learned throughout writing life Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#169:  When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)
May 27 2022
#169: When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)
Susan Schoenberger always knew she wanted to be a writer. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in English, she launched her journalism career in newspapers. But when the market crashed in 2008, the publishing industry faltered, and Schoenberger’s career of over 30 years came to a standstill. As she applied for new work (more than 50 applications over the next 2 years), Schoenberger never gave up on her writing. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how a personal trauma informed her stunning new novel.    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Susan Shoenberger serves as Director of Communications for Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, a graduate school with an interfaith dialogue focus. Her first novel, A Watershed Year was published in 2011. She is also the author of The Virtues of Oxygen, published in July 2014 and The Liability of Love, published in July 2021.   Key Links: Susan’s novel The Liability of Love on Amazon LinkedIn  Website Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps   [00:3:02.00] Becoming a writer and working in journalism   [00:5:18.00] Struggling to work freelance and landing current job   [00:14:30.00] First book and burying stories   [00:16:06.00] Revision and reproduction    [00:19:12:00] Sexual violence and #MeToo   [00:22:02.00] The importance of telling your story    [00:29:15.00] Secret skills she learned throughout her writing life that you can use   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#168 From Nun to Fortune 500 Founder: How One Woman Overcame Her Fear of Reinvention  (Ellen Snee)
Apr 8 2022
#168 From Nun to Fortune 500 Founder: How One Woman Overcame Her Fear of Reinvention (Ellen Snee)
Ellen Snee grew up in New Jersey, the oldest of five children in an Irish Catholic family. When she was 12 years old, a priest friend came to the house for dinner and gave everyone a blessing. Young Ellen then announced to her family that she wanted to become a priest when she grew up, for the opportunity to bring peace and joy to others. When her elders enlightened her to the fact that women are not allowed to become priests in the Catholic church, a young rebel was born. Snee decided instead to become a nun, discovering the Sacred Heart community while attending Fordham and going on to teach for Sacred Heart University. One of many reinventions caused her to transition to a career in women’s development, and after 18 years she left her convent. In this conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Snee recounts the reinventions of her life, including launching a Fortune 500 business, moving to California and meeting her husband, helping women claim leadership roles in the business world, and writing her book, “Lead: How Women in Charge Claim their Authority”. Learn Snee’s steps for dealing with fear of transition and how to take the leap to follow your passions. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Ellen Snee has been at the forefront of women’s leadership for more than 25 years. Dr. Snee brings strategy, research and executive experience to global companies and their top female talent. Her original research at Harvard University on women’s experience in roles of authority formed the foundation of her consulting and coaching work with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Goodyear, Marriott, Pfizer and Schwab.  Later, as the Global VP of Leadership Development at VMware, she launched the company’s groundbreaking business initiative, VMwomen, designed to attract, develop, advance and retain talented women. Her new book Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority makes her wisdom and experience accessible to all women seeking to accelerate their careers. Dr. Snee lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to coach and advise women leaders and executives worldwide, and frequently speaks to companies and conferences.   Time Stamps: 3:19 – Catholic family and childhood dreams 6:32 – Life changing books and female empowerment  8:52 – Starting coaching business  13:02 – Writing her book  19:20 – What the younger generations are doing right  22:28 – What you can do to get ahead 25:20 – How to lead effectively  32:50 – Coaching stories   Key Links: Website Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, please support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub.com for more inspiring conversations.
#167: Reinventing After 50 to Recover Your Life’s Passion (Jennifer Lewis McKay)
Apr 1 2022
#167: Reinventing After 50 to Recover Your Life’s Passion (Jennifer Lewis McKay)
Jennifer McKay is no stranger to reinvention. Born and raised in New Orleans, she completed a communications degree before moving to Los Angeles and starting a twenty-year career in marketing. Later, married with children, she moved with her family back to Louisiana and a new career as a stay-at-home mom. After five years, however, McKay was restless. She knew she needed to get back to work but the idea of returning to corporate America was daunting. Her reinvention as an entrepreneur began when her sister started a direct sales company. Soon, McKay was part of the #1 skincare brand in the country, raising a team of consultants and building her own organization within the company. Listen to her conversation with Covey Club founder Lesley Jane Seymour to discover how McKay rediscovered her passion for fine art in her 50s and embraced her identity as an artist. “It’s such a personal thing to create,” McKay advises. “And it’s such a generous thing to offer for the world.” FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Jennifer McKay is a Louisiana artist currently living in Lafayette, LA. Her abstract art consists of mixed-media paintings and sculptural pieces.   Key Links: Website Instagram Facebook Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations. Time Stamps: 2:33 – Growing up in New Orleans and starting in marketing 3:20 – Stay-at-home reinvention  5:00 – Starting sales with older sister 10:48 – Working up to the top of the company 11:38 – The art of failing  13:28 – How you can balance success and stress 17:37 – Why you need a mentor 23:20 – Joy and learning  27:05 – The importance of positive self-talk  30:50 – Success at any age
#166: How to Reinvent Your Relationship to Your Children’s Education (Caitlin Meister)
Mar 25 2022
#166: How to Reinvent Your Relationship to Your Children’s Education (Caitlin Meister)
New York City native Caitlin Meister began teaching even while she was still learning herself. A lifelong learner, she developed a passion for igniting the curiosity in young minds. Her first reinvention came when her son was born, giving her a new understanding of working with children – but as a mom. She went on to create The Greer Meister Group, a NYC-based private educational consulting and tutoring practice. And, like many of us, when Covid hit in March 2020, Meister was forced into another reinvention. She saw the loss of community that kids were experiencing and witnessed the need for connectedness in her own son. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Meister explains how she reinvented her approach to teaching, bringing a sense of connection to children in the time of Zoom calls and quarantine. Most importantly, she shares her insights on how parents can reinvent their approach to educating their children, how you can find the “teachable moments”, and most importantly how you can foster a lifelong love of learning in your child. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: Caitlin Meister is the Founding Director of The Greer Meister Group, a New York City-based private tutoring and educational consulting practice. Her interest in education began when she was young, and she began teaching children and teens while pursuing her own education. Inspired by her own educational experiences at the Little Red School House, Stuyvesant High School, and Wesleyan University, she went on to receive additional training through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in the Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching students with language-based learning differences. Meister has extensive experience working with gifted learners and supporting neurodiverse students, and she is dedicated to a strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming approach.   Key Links: Website Facebook Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps 02:54 - How giving birth to her first son changed her relationship to teaching 04:30 - Reinventing her personal identity as a mom 09:43 - Perserving the growth mindset in kids 11:07 - How you can foster your child-like curiosity 14:45 - Pivoting business protocols during COVID 20:45 - How to create opportunities for your children without force 26:00 - How to reduce parenting stress  Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#165: When Job Loss Leads to Understanding Your Own Story (Kate Eckman)
Mar 18 2022
#165: When Job Loss Leads to Understanding Your Own Story (Kate Eckman)
Kate Eckman assumed she’d follow the rest of her family into a medical career. Quickly, however, she realized the path wasn’t for her and she turned to journalism. Eckman’s career took her from red-carpet reporting in Hollywood to covering politics in DC, courts in Chicago, and even wildlife in Florida and Africa. When she moved to New York for a television job, Eckman was forced to reinvent–and quickly–after the job unexpectedly fell through just one week later. Being in New York City allowed Eckman, who happened to meet the physical qualifications, to begin modeling for the plus size industry, which brought her face-to-face with her own insecurities about body image. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, Eckman explains exactly how the trajectory of her life was changed by loss and spiritual upheaval and how it finally led to her telling her story in a book. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!” Bio: Kate Eckman empowers high-achieving individuals to actualize their full potential. She leverages her experience as a well-known communications, performance and mindfulness expert, accomplished entrepreneur, and elite athlete to equip leaders with the tools, methodology, and energetic boost they need to excel at the game of life.    Key Links: Website Full Spirit Workout Website Full Spirit Workout on Amazon   Social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook   Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps 5:17  -  Growing up, going to Penn State, starting her journalism career 7:10 -  Moving to New York 7:48 -  Modeling, body image struggles, and beginning to write more vulnerably 8:20 -  Losing two people to suicide and focusing on public speaking 11:09 -  Writing Full Spirit Workout  15:20 – Why questioning who you are is a good thing 22:00 – Normalizing losing a job as an opportunity to grow 29:12 – Kate's tips for mitigating judgment   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#164: Reinventing Your Sleep During Menopause: Solutions! (Hasti Nazem)
Mar 11 2022
#164: Reinventing Your Sleep During Menopause: Solutions! (Hasti Nazem)
With a family of 12 physicians, Hasti Nazem didn’t hesitate before going pre-med. Her beloved aunt’s passion for medicine and emigration from Iran had sparked a family-wide love of healthcare. But for Nazem, lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression left her feeling burned out, and she did what few in her family had done before: she chose to put her mental health first and reinvented. Unfortunately, she moved into the world of finance just before the 2008 market collapse. When a personal loss prompted her to return to school, she found herself connecting with two partners and starting a wellness company focused on sleep. Today, Nazem is the head of product and education for CoveyClub sponsor Kindra, a women’s wellness company that focuses on menopause. Listen in to her candid conversation with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour as they dig into the science of how to fall asleep–and Nazem’s secrets to staying asleep during these years of hormonal disruption.   FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Bio: With nearly 10 years of experience at the intersection of life sciences, health and wellness, and consumer brand-building, Hasti Nazem integrates product development with technical advancements. She is particularly passionate about drawing from deep scientific communications experience to empower consumers to better understand their health, encourage engagement with the medical community, and bridge gaps often overlooked in menopause.   Key Links:   Kindra special offer to podcast listeners: Try any of the specially-designed Kindra products for 20% off using the coupon code COVEY20.  LinkedIn Twitter Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe to CoveyClub for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps 07:10 - Growing up pre-med; reinventing for mental health 10:16 - When her aunt dies, Nazem decides to return to school, meets partners, launches a wellness business 12:02 - Leaving her start-up 10 days before the pandemic shut-down 12:31 - Learning the signs of burn-out 16:33 - Discovering Kindra; exploring the underlying relationship between sleep and menopause 20:00 - Why is there a lack of visibility for women going through menopause and post-menopause? 25:00 - Nazeem’s 5 unexpected tips for falling asleep 28:23 - Journaling for menopause and better sleep 32:19 - Finding the right bath products during menopause 36:34 - Stay-asleep tips Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#163: Investing Your Life’s Savings in Your Career Reinvention (Janet Gurwitch)
Feb 25 2022
#163: Investing Your Life’s Savings in Your Career Reinvention (Janet Gurwitch)
Mississippi native Janet Gurwitch was destined to join the fashion industry. Her father owned a chain of shoe stores and she herself graduated college with a degree in retail. After spending 14 years with Houston department store Foley’s, Gurwitch went on to become the Executive Vice President for Neiman Marcus. While there, she met make-up artist Bobbi Brown, then just beginning to launch her make-up line. Although she never intended to become an entrepreneur, Gurwitch was inspired by Brown to start her own business. At the age of 42, Gurwitch left Neiman Marcus and sought a makeup artist with whom she could build a beauty brand. After networking with beauty editors at Vogue and other magazines, she made her choice, invested her life’s savings, and created Laura Mercier. But after 13 years, when Nemain Marcus was sold to a private equity company, their 51% investment in Laura Mercier went with it. Gurwitch was forced to sell and she once again faced a career reinvention. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how Gurwitch joined the private sector and bought five beauty brands in the course of ten years. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!” Bio: Janet Gurwitch is an operating partner with Advent International, where she serves on the board of Olaplex, Inc. Gurwitch is the founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics & Skincare, a global brand of high-end niche cosmetics.  Prior to founding Laura Mercier, Janet Gurwitch was the Executive Vice President of Neiman Marcus, where she developed strategy and managed 80% of Neiman Marcus’ $2 billion sales volume across 35 doors.    Key Links:   Social media: Instagram LinkedIn Join CoveyClub: If you like what you hear, you can support the CoveyCast podcast with a five-star rating, and subscribe for more inspiring conversations.    Time Stamps 4:40 – Growing up in Mississippi and fashion 5:38 – What being an entrepreneur means and makeup brands 7:33 – Giving up everything to start a business  14:16 – The secret to a good elevator pitch 19:00 – The importance of headhunters in private equity  23:13 – Knowing the industry vs educational background  29:50 – How you can work past doubt 30:53 – How to use networking to your advantage   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#162: Paula Floyd (When a pandemic trashes your business)
Feb 4 2022
#162: Paula Floyd (When a pandemic trashes your business)
Paula Floyd is no stranger to transition. After seventeen years working with giants of the beauty industry such as MAC, Benefit, and Urban Decay, she felt the need for a shift. In her 50s, she was making $500,000 a year with an incredible title, but something didn’t feel right. She decided to look at what stood to be changed within the industry, and she found self-reinvention along the way. Leaving her six-figure job and selling her house, she founded HeadKount, a retail education service for small beauty brands looking to get their products into big retail stores. Things were going well...until the global pandemic. “Part of my business model was planning for the worst,” Paula says. Worried she might have to lay off the team-members who were relying on her, she stepped back and figured out how to shift her approach during a once-in-a-lifetime disruption. “How do you sell a skincare item you can’t open up and smell or touch on your hand?” she asks. In this conversation with Covey Club’s Lesley Jane Seymour, Paula explains how the many transitions in her professional life have impacted how she lives and thinks. “Follow what you love,” she advises us. “It’s really true: you’re worth it.”   Time Stamps:   [00:03:16.00] Introduction to makeup and start of career   [00:06:38.00] Meeting the ‘big guys’ of makeup and maturity   [00:11:44.00] Dealing with loss and insecurity    [00:16:10.00] Beauty industry secrets you should know   [00:21:35:00] The pandemic and starting a company     [00:27:55.00] Money, consumerism, and storytelling     FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”
#161: Christine Bader (When a literal explosion forces you to rethink your professional identity)
Jan 28 2022
#161: Christine Bader (When a literal explosion forces you to rethink your professional identity)
Business was a driving focus for Christine Bader from a young age. Growing up in Manhattan with two parents both working in corporate America, she followed their lead and received her MBA from Yale. Community interest was also a focus for her, working both with AmeriCorps and in NYC government to support misplaced youth. Bader enjoyed serving in communities that needed support, but when John Browne, then-CEO of BP, spoke to her business class in 1998, Bader knew she’d found her company. She went on to work for BP for eight years and fell in love. But then the Deepwater Horizon explosion spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and everything changed.    Bio: Christine calls herself a “Thought leader, community/program builder, consigliere/facilitator/advisor/evangelist on all things business and society.” She is the Co-Founder, Storyteller, The Life I Want.co.    Key Links: Christine’s Book: The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist When Girl Meets Oil. LinkedIN Her website: Storyteller, The Life I Want.co   For everything reinvention: Join the lifelong learners at CoveyClub  FREE! Download: CoveyClub’s starter guide “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”   Please leave us a review or 5 stars! Subscribe to the podcast and share with friends who are reinventing!    Timestamps  [00:03:02.650] Falling in love with her job in sustainability at British Petroleum, BP. [00:07:52.990] Working on human rights and community issues in Indonesia [00:14:27.820] What happens when the Deepwater Horizon rig explodes [00:17:35.210] Writing her book: The Evolution of A corporate Idealist When Girl Meets Oil [00:26:13.140] Quitting Amazon and giving up the identity she’d worked to build for 20 years [00:26:45.040] Moving the family to Bali [00:35:50.140] Christine’s 3 best steps for people transitioning from corporate life (plus one you’ve never heard before)   Social & Website CoveyClub website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn
#160: Ariel Garten (Science as a Platform for reinvention)
Jan 21 2022
#160: Ariel Garten (Science as a Platform for reinvention)
Toronto native Ariel Garten was 23 when she had her first collection showcase at Fashion Week. The owner of a budding clothing label that was making newspapers around the city, she was bewildered when her father suggested she leave the industry. Garten went to school while producing her designs at the same time, eventually graduating with a degree in neuroscience Something in her was prompted to follow her father’s advice, and she found herself on the cusp of a radical reinvention. Having worked in neurological research and early brain computer interface systems, Garten decided to commercialize the technology - a process that involved raising millions of dollars from investors. The result was the award-winning Muse Headband collection, a brain-sensing headband that gives real-time feedback during sleep and meditation. At 5’2”, a petite female in a male-dominated industry, Garten was able to fund and create a product that has now been used in studies by Mayo Clinic and other major research institutions. “I was so scared,” she says, “that it wouldn’t be good enough…but at the same time, I had this deep confidence in myself and I had the ability to really silence my inner critic.” In this candid conversation with Covey Club founder Lesley Jane Seymour, Garten explains her choices and the passion that inspired her along the way. FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”
#158: Laurie James (Reinventing when life makes you a double caregiver)
Jan 7 2022
#158: Laurie James (Reinventing when life makes you a double caregiver)
For Laurie James, giving birth to four daughters in five years called for necessary life changes. Leaving her career as a recruiter, she took on the role of a full-time mom. “My third pregnancy were a set of identical twin girls,” she says, “so that was a pretty big shock to the system.” An even bigger shock came when her mother developed dementia. This meant Laurie now found herself raising four children while also managing her mother’s care. “I became one of the first people in my friend group to enter into the Sandwich Generation.” The Sandwich Generation, Laurie says, is described as having at least one child you are supporting and at least one parent that’s over the age of 65. Her attention diverted,  Laurie also found her marriage struggling. Turning to therapy and yoga for support, she was inspired when an acquaintance suggested she write a book. Laurie James talks to CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour about how she poured her struggles, her accomplishments, and her lessons along the way into Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding On and Letting Go. The book chronicles her personal journey through the sandwich generation while also revealing many of the dangerous flaws within the caregiving industry. As a result of writing the book, Laurie found new strength in the power of writing and reflection. “Find that time to reflect,” Laurie advises us, “because that’s where our growth happens.” FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”
#157: Nicole Malcolm-Manyara (Running her side hustle on one hour a day)
Dec 31 2021
#157: Nicole Malcolm-Manyara (Running her side hustle on one hour a day)
What do you do when you have an MBA from Stanford with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, but you’re also loving your corporate job? That was the conundrum Nicole Malcolm-Manyara faced after spending ten years at P&G.  “I worked in their oral care portfolio for kids...the Gillette business. I worked in their incubator...so it was pretty much like working for a startup but at a big company,” she says. She also worked on their CVS customer team and at Duracell. But Malcolm-Manyara always had “the entrepreneurial bug.”  After Duracell, she took a job working--mostly remotely-- for Organic Girl, the salad company.  “During that translation this whole idea came to me for Rad Royals,” cool satin pillowcases for young Black girls. Her three-year-old daughter was refusing to tie her hair in a satin scarf or bonnet to protect it from getting tangled overnight.  “And so I thought, well, why don’t I get her a satin pillowcase.” But Malcolm-Manyara couldn’t find anything that was made sustainably or whimsically designed to intrigue her daughter. For two years Malcolm-Manyara, who lived on the east coast, worked her day job on California time and used her mornings for motherhood and Rad Royals: “It evolved very quickly into a business, a brand.” She says:  “If you really want to do something, you figure out how to do it...That has driven me to carve out time...and be really really focused….I try to say, ok, if i can spend one hour a day on Royals then, you know I’m good.”  One of the things Malcolm-Manyara learned when working in the incubator was the concept of figuring out your killer issue. “If you have an idea, you sit down and try and figure out what the two or three things that absolutely have to be true in order for [you] to be successful with this idea...and you solve for those things.”    FREE GIFT! Don’t start your reinvention without downloading CoveyClub’s starter guide called “31 Badass Tips for Launching Your Reinvention Without Fear!”