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Sweet but Fearless Podcast

Gale Northrop, Mary Sullivan, Cooper Alexander

Are you looking for a women's network that will help you to be successful? Are you Facing a Career Transition? Do you think you may get laid off? Are you worried about how to create a personal brand to get a new job? A woman alone has power; collectively we are fearless. Helping to create a roadmap for your next opportunity, Sweet But Fearless aims to motivate every woman to feel more in control and to live with a purpose. The podcast was created to help empower the working women to explore the obstacles and challenges when faced with a job transition. Every week we will be coming to you with a mix of solo and interview episodes to highlight stories of inspiring women, to encourage and celebrate each other’s successes, have panel discussions about current informative stories, and provide tools and tricks you can use today to step into your own fearlessness. Your hosts Mary Sullivan, Gale Northrop, and Cooper Alexander aim to create a community where women are encouraged, empowered, and inspired, while providing practical advice for women, from women…and having a little bit of fun along the way.

Podcast #88 - What's Your Listening Style?
May 23 2022
Podcast #88 - What's Your Listening Style?
In this episode, we talk about leadership listening skills and how to actively listen to those around you. As a frontline leader you need to understand the needs of your team, company, and clients. According to Fast Company, “High-quality listening is an underrated ability. How well and frequently you listen to others is a better predictor of your leadership potential than your actual intelligence or personally." We need to remember; hearing and listening are NOT the same. Today, we’ll discuss the 5-levels of listening and how you can apply them in the workplace. What to Listen For First level: Ignoring – 3:18Second level: Pretending aka Half-Ass Listening – 6:07Third level: Selective Listening – 8:30Fourth level: Attentive – 10:33Fifth level: Empathetic – 14:300Tips on being a better leader – 24:29Wrap-Up – 30:20 Resources from this Episode “How to Become a Better Listener, According to Science,” By Tomas Chamorrow-Premuzic, Fast Company Did you know, that as a leader, self-awareness is a critical quality? One study concluded that a high degree of self-awareness was the best predictor of success for executives. In the no-nonsense e-book, “Self-Awareness Audit,” we take you through a series of exercises and actionable tips to clearly, consciously, and confidently, tell your story of who you are and what makes you unique and remarkable. Check-in with Sweet but Fearless Website - sweetbutfearless.comFacebook - -
Podcast #87 - Be Curious and Create Your Future with Tais De Rada
May 16 2022
Podcast #87 - Be Curious and Create Your Future with Tais De Rada
In this episode, we talk with Certified Financial Planner, Tais De Rada, who’s passion is financial literacy and ensuring everyone understands the need for financial education. Her interest in economics led her to network during college, knowing early on that she wanted to make connections that could help her get her foot in the door. Being curious helped her explore the options available to her and where she saw herself. Tais takes us on her journey and provides tips on how to network, creating habits, and how to find your place.   What to Listen For Introduction – 2:15Networking in college – 4:45How to build that network – 7:00Applying discipline in your work-life – 10:20Reflection is necessary for progression - 12:45Habits can start out small – 14:10Tips and advice – 18:00Experience and getting the job – 21:50Final thoughts - 28:30 Resources from this Episode Books: Atomic Habits – James Clear The Power of Habits – Charles Duhigg Start with Why – Simon Sinek   Did you know, that as a leader, self-awareness is a critical quality? One study concluded that a high degree of self-awareness was the best predictor of success for executives. In the no-nonsense e-book, “Self-Awareness Audit,” we take you through a series of exercises and actionable tips to clearly, consciously, and confidently, tell your story of who you are and what makes you unique and remarkable. Check in with Sweet but Fearless Website - sweetbutfearless.comFacebook - -
Podcast #85 - What's Your Legacy with Donna C. Watson
May 3 2022
Podcast #85 - What's Your Legacy with Donna C. Watson
In this episode, we talk with Donna C. Watson, author of “My Legacy Experience: How my Mother’s Life Prepared Me For Her Death.” This powerful conversation provides a solid overview of the importance and need for a roadmap for all of us to ensure our Legacy is set and ready for what comes, planned and unplanned.  Donna is an estate planning attorney who has spent her career guiding others through their financial decisions and goals. At the Country Club Trust Company, she serves as a Trust Administrator where she oversees the day-to-day administration and operation of various trusts, estates, and charitable entities. She is a well-known speaker throughout the Kansas City, MO community, sharing her knowledge to help others avoid common pitfalls. Donna opened her consulting firm, The Legacy Experience, in 2017 to provide estate planning resources to her community.  Today she shares with us how she began her legal career and takes us through a candid account of the legal, financial, and emotional components of estate administration and how to create your LEGACY. What to Listen For Introduction – 2:22Donna’s story – 3:50The legacy experience – 6:10My mother, my inspiration – 8:30What legal documents should I have – 12:15Are you building an estate? – 15:20Be gracious givers – 16:03A is for…. – 17:36Understand the character of the assets you have – 18:05How to start that hard conversation with your family – 21:40Summing it all up – 27:02 Leaving a legacy is more than just a financial decision. It’s about creating a character, spiritual, and charitable legacy.   Resources from this Episode More about Donna C. Watson and My Legacy ExperienceOrder your copy of “My Legacy Experience: How my Mother’s Life Prepared Me For Her Death” to learn more about how to create your legacy. Did you know, that as a leader, self-awareness is a critical quality? One study concluded that a high degree of self-awareness was the best predictor of success for executives. In the no-nonsense e-book, “Self-Awareness Audit,” we take you through a series of exercises and actionable tips to clearly, consciously, and confidently, tell your story of who you are and what makes you unique and remarkable. What's new with Sweet but Fearless Website - sweetbutfearless.comFacebook - -
Episode #84 - The Power of the 3 C's of Effective Communication with Ashely Smith
Apr 25 2022
Episode #84 - The Power of the 3 C's of Effective Communication with Ashely Smith
In this episode, we cover effective communication as a front-line leader with Ashely Smith, Founder and Executive Director of mPerfectly, an organization that believes when a woman breaks free from outside expectations and learns to use her most powerful tool, her voice, she can create the life she wants and make a positive difference in her community. Ashley talks about the art and science of communication and the power of the 3 C’s. What to Listen For Introduction – 0.00Ashely’s career origin story – 2:00How mPerfectly came about – 3:54The Power of the 3 C’s – 7:15Tips – 10:40Understanding your punctuation mark! – 13:05Be more curious – 16:00Be seen. Be heard – 19:33Ashely’s sage advice – 22:28 It is important to remember that you have to practice being an effective communicator. It’s a muscle and it takes intentional practice to hone and perfect those skills. Women leaders are more likely to have doubts about their communication skills than their male counterpoints. When honing your communication skills, remember Ashely’s 3 C’s – speak with Clarity, speak Concisely, and speak with Confidence.  Resources from this Episode More about Ashely Smith and mPerfectlyJoin a Friday virtual Shine On Spotlight Community Talk (9-10am pst) - click here. Did you know, that as a leader, self-awareness is a critical quality? One study concluded that a high degree of self-awareness was the best predictor of success for executives. In the no-nonsense e-book, “Self-Awareness Audit,” we take you through a series of exercises and actionable tips to clearly, consciously, and confidently, tell your story of who you are and what makes you unique and remarkable. Check-in with Sweet but Fearless Website - sweetbutfearless.comFacebook - -
Podcast #83 - How to Create Your Positive Platform with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles (pt. 2)
Apr 20 2022
Podcast #83 - How to Create Your Positive Platform with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles (pt. 2)
We continue our two-part series with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles, co-founders of the Positive Platform, Lifting, and Living. In this episode, they break down how powerful your power of choice is and should be in your life.  It is up to the individual to dig deep within their soul and within their spirit to find the strength to hold on even when hearing negative thoughts and feedback. Even if it's one message to help lead them along the path, to success, whatever success means for you.  You could be the first generation college grad to go on and achieve an undergraduate degree and two advanced degrees, a master's in counseling and a master's in business administration and have been successful in climbing the ladder as Lori Gentles was able to achieve.  Lori Gentles shares how she really observed and watched others, she believed that there had to be something different. Even if she wasn't getting that positive message at home, she was observing those positive messages at school and at work.  The tip is to make that part of your drive when you see something, that you don't automatically discount yourself and say that's not for me. If you want it to go for it.  Please listen to Lisa and Lori as they share their personal stories along with tactics for making that change for the better.  To learn more: MASTERCLASS Explore Reshape Ignite. A virtual Masterclass. Saturday, April 30th. BOOKS: "Oh SLAP! My Choices Determine My Destiny," the #1 Guide to making better decisions and living a self-empowered life by Lori Gentles. "Looking for Love in a Garbage Can: A Journey of Healing. How I Survived an Alcoholic Environment," by Lisa M. Sanchez.
Podcast #82 - How to Create Your Positive Platform with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles (pt. 1)
Apr 20 2022
Podcast #82 - How to Create Your Positive Platform with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles (pt. 1)
In this special podcast Mary Sullivan talks with Lisa Sanchez and Lori Gentles, co-founders of the Positive Platform, Lifting and Living about their journey to creating their positive platform. They established their company in 2021. Lisa and Lori leveraged their experiences, talent as authors, life coaches, and HR practitioners. They co-founded their company to provide educational programs, to inspire and empower HR practitioners, women, and girls, to live their best and most fulfilled lives through self-empowerment and self-leadership skills. They share how they didn't always hear the most positive messages. In fact, they heard a lot of negative messages about their abilities. You know, things like you're stupid, or you're never going to have any friends, things that can really destroy a child during their formative years.  As they launched their career in HR, they saw how those negative words can impact people when they go into the workplace. Their focus on helping individuals reflect on their journey, and see the positive future, is what they share with us today.  Please listen to Lisa and Lori as they share their personal stories along with tactics to implement immediately for making that change for the better.  To learn more: WEBSITE MASTERCLASS Explore Reshape Ignite. A virtual Masterclass. Saturday, April 30th. BOOKS: "Oh SLAP! My Choices Determine My Destiny," the #1 Guide to making better decisions and living a self-empowered life by Lori Gentles. "Looking for Love in a Garbage Can: A Journey of Healing. How I Survived an Alcoholic Environment," by Lisa M. Sanchez.
Podcast #78 - Tips to Strenthen Your Leadership Influence
Mar 28 2022
Podcast #78 - Tips to Strenthen Your Leadership Influence
This week we wanted to discuss something that many of our guests have touched on…..influence, and specifically as a front line manager, how you influence others, how you drive change, and what actions you can take to increase your influence.  Think about your leadership style and how you command influence. Looking at the traditional definition of Influence, it’s the ability to affect the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. Hence, influence requires developing a strong emotional connection with yourself and others. In this episode, we talk about the two types of influence: transactional and transformational, and how each has its place in leadership. According to the Harvard Business Review’s article, “Strengthen Your Ability to Influence People,” Transactional leadership is a style that focuses on actual, actionable transactions between a leader and their subordinates. It focuses on improving an immediate situation by determining the steps that need to be taken in the short term. Transformational leadership is a style where leaders encourage, inspire, and motivate employees to innovate and create change that will help grow and shape the future success of the company. This type of leadership sees the leader acting as a role model and motivator who offers vision, excitement, encouragement, morale boost, and satisfaction to the followers. As you listen, think about how you influence others. Takes notes and reflect on what actions you can take today to accelerate your leadership influence. Till next time Fearless Nation!
Podcast #75 - A Conversation with Ashely Leftwich, COO of Rock The Street, Wall Street
Mar 7 2022
Podcast #75 - A Conversation with Ashely Leftwich, COO of Rock The Street, Wall Street
In a conversation with Ashley Leftwich, COO with Rock The Street, Wall Street, Ashley shares her story of how she pivoted from corporate life to the non-profit world and found a gratifying purpose in the process. She’d always lived a philanthropic lifestyle and was heavily involved in her community and supporting nonprofits growing up. After earning her undergraduate degree in marketing and her MBA from Middle Tennessee State University, she started her career, climbing the corporate ladder at a Fortune 100 company. Pivoting into the non-profit sector, she wanted to merge her passion for financial literacy, philanthropic drive, and working with young women to mentor. Enter Rock The Street, Wall Street, a financial and investment literacy program designed to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the skills to succeed financially throughout their lives. RTSWS empowers young women to break the vicious multi-generational financial illiteracy cycle that abets continuing poverty. Two out of three women in the US, state they know little to nothing about finance, nor financial products. Starting in one school in 2013, RTSWS program is now in 51 schools across 26 cities, including Vancouver Canada, with six more schools scheduled to start this year including one in London. Rock The Street, Wall Street is going across the pond! Ashley shares more about RTSWS and how YOU can get involved! To find out more, visit their website, www.rockthestreetwallstreet.com and Instagram,