The Bold Lounge

Leigh Burgess

Everyone has a bold story, and every story is important. This podcast presents bold stories that will inspire and enable you to free your own boldness. There is a continuum of boldness where each of these stories belongs. From true vulnerability and service to making the tough choices and taking the big leap, each episode will feature an extraordinary journey of hope and perseverance. So tune in and take your seat at The Bold Lounge, the place where bold stories are freed.

Henna Pryor: Boldness Favors the Awkward
Sep 16 2022
Henna Pryor: Boldness Favors the Awkward
About This EpisodeAs a TEDx Speaker, Executive Coach, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor has had many bold moments in her personal and professional life. But that doesn’t mean that they were perfect or that she had no doubts along the way. In reality, she has felt awkward and nervous, and in this episode, Henna explains how embracing our awkwardness is an important key to being bold. Throughout our lives, we are conditioned to fit in certain norms within society and within the organizations we work for. And if being bold feels difficult, Henna encourages us to peel back those inner layers to fully understand ourselves first. She discusses how recognizing what we value most, especially when we have to choose between likability and doing the right thing, will unlock our inner boldness. She also talks about how to identify and amplify true vulnerability, in ourselves and especially across social media. All of this inspired her upcoming book, Awkward and Upward, which will be released next year. Take a listen to find out how you can embrace your own authentic and awkward self to be bold.  About Henna PryorHenna Pryor, PCC is a highly sought after Workplace Performance Expert and an award-winning keynote speaker, executive facilitator, and coach. Her clients call her their “secret weapon for impossible change,” an honor she wears proudly. She’s known for her ability to improve the performance, habits, and actions of hungry high achievers – in her fun, no-nonsense, no-jargon way – to move them from their first level of success to their next one. Henna founded Pryority Group – a fast-growing performance growth firm – to expand on her belief that the key to most people’s success is leaning into awkwardness a little bit longer and worrying about stinking a little less. (She might just have you do both.) Additional ResourcesWebsite: Instagram, Facebook: @HennaPryor
Iman Oubou: Stop Self-Sabotage & Empower Yourself
Sep 9 2022
Iman Oubou: Stop Self-Sabotage & Empower Yourself
About This EpisodePreviously serving in medical missions around the world, supporting R&D as a cancer research scientist, and competing in beauty pageants, Iman Oubou has always embraced change and led with an impact-focused mindset. In this episode, Iman discusses how each of these experiences not only taught her something about herself but acted as a steppingstone towards the career and life she wanted. Along the way, she redefines feminism and empowerment in a way that encourages women to champion their own autonomy and take greater control of their lives. For Iman, the key to this is accountability. By first reflecting and understanding ourselves, including our specific strengths, weaknesses, and trigger points, we are able to build self-assurance, hold ourselves accountable, and embrace our full power. She also recently published a book, The Glass Ledge: How to breakthrough self-sabotage, embrace your power, and create your success, that expands on this. Tune in to hear how you can be your own best supporter and take full control of your path forward.   About Iman OubouIman Oubou is a Moroccan American self-made entrepreneur, former beauty queen, and published scientist on a mission to change the women's media landscape. Through her diverse experience with business, pageantry, and STEM, Iman noticed gender disparities in the workforce and an omnipresent bias across printed and digital media. She founded SWAAY, an all-in-one publishing platform for women, to champion the voices of female change-makers through the power of storytelling. Her podcast, Women Who SWAAY, was number 2 on iTunes, and was ranked in the top 5 best podcasts for women entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine. Iman has also recently written and published her first book, The Glass Ledge: How to breakthrough self-sabotage, embrace your power, and create your success.  Additional ResourcesWebsite: Her Book, The Glass Ledge: Twitter & Linked-In: @ImanOubou
Monique Kelley: Embrace Your Bold Side
Sep 1 2022
Monique Kelley: Embrace Your Bold Side
About This EpisodeWith a 92% bold factor, Monique Kelley has always embraced new opportunities and not been afraid to go off-script. One of her earliest moments of being bold happened while she was a track athlete. As in life, performing well in track requires setting the right pace, embracing that you can’t control every variable, and taking calculated risks. Monique discusses how she unintentionally built a portfolio career, working across corporate, agency, and academia, and how each of these opportunities built off of from one another. She emphasizes the importance of focusing on your purpose and moving towards what you want out of your career and your life, not delaying something you want to do. You don’t have to wait until you have more experience or until you feel completely ready to make a change. Tune in to hear how to have the confidence to try something new and go after what brings you joy. About Monique KelleyMonique Kelley is a purpose-driven strategic communications professional with a growth mindset. Her 20 years of experience spans across three sectors: corporate, agency and academia. Monique is the CEO and Founder of her consultancy, Monique Kelley Consulting, LLC (MKC). Through MKC, she infuses industry best practices and a customer-centric mindset gained through her roles as a pharmaceutical corporate communications senior leader and client experience leader (CXL) on the PR agency side. She is also a professor at Boston University's College of Communication and the Faculty Advisor for the University's award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter. Monique is a recipient of PRNews' Top Women in PR Award and numerous PR industry awards for her work.   Additional ResourcesLinked-In: @MoniqueKelleyGigliotti
Emily Chang: Define Your Social Legacy & Fuel Your Purpose
Aug 25 2022
Emily Chang: Define Your Social Legacy & Fuel Your Purpose
About This EpisodeTo Emily Chang, being bold stems from leaning in even when you don’t completely understand how you’re going to achieve the goal or what the desired outcome looks like. From starting in science then pursuing business and finance, Emily has worked with some of the top brands like Starbucks, Apple, and Procter&Gamble, and she is now CEO for McCann Worldgroup, China, a creative marketing agency. During this time, she and her family have opened up their spare room to those that need it. She describes the journey of how this organically came about and how social legacy has played a significant role in her life. Emily explains how the smallest spark can grow into a strong flame, noting how we can nurture our own spark and open ourselves up to possibility. From defining our offer and thinking how best we can serve others, Emily walks us through her bold journey of living an intentional life and how to find and embrace our true purpose.   About Emily ChangEmily Chang is currently the CEO for McCann Worldgroup, China, and previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Starbucks, China, and the Chief Commercial Officer for InterContinental Hotels group, Greater China. Earlier in her career, she led Retail Marketing for Apple in Asia-Pacific and began her career with eleven years at Procter & Gamble. She is an action-oriented visionary known for cross-cultural team engagement, innovative brand building, and authentic people leadership. With her husband of twenty years, eleven-year-old daughter, rescue mutt named Holly Berry, and pygmy hedgehog named Scarlett Jellybean, she has shared her spare room with sixteen young people, five dogs, one turtle, one guinea pig, and 129 snails.  Additional ResourcesWebsite: www.social-legacy.comBuy the Book: @thespareroom.emilychangFacebook: @TheSpareRoom
Claude Silver: Create a Culture of Optimism & Empathy
Aug 18 2022
Claude Silver: Create a Culture of Optimism & Empathy
About the EpisodeAs Chief Heart Officer of VaynerX, Claude Silver leads with trust and empathy. Her people-first approach prioritizes psychological safety and human connection in order to foster a sense of belonging. Throughout the conversation, Claude describes several bold moves, including the 93-day outward bound Wilderness Leadership Program she completed as a teenager, moving to London as a 40-year-old and starting over completely, and now leading with heart and emotional optimism with Gary Vaynerchuk. During her journey, she emphasizes that being bold is taking a risk knowing that you might fall, but also knowing that you have the inner strength and support to get through. As an optimistic rebel, Claude fights for what is possible and fights to bring hope to those that find themselves in the dark. She not only discusses team dynamics and the importance of being authentic to yourself, but she also describes the power of ritual and trusting from the start. Tune in for an inspiring conversation about knowing yourself, taking control, and always leading with hope.  About Claude SilverClaude Silver is VaynerX’s inaugural Chief Heart Officer, Head of the People & Experience department; a first of its kind. She understands that the key to unlocking greatness in people requires letting go of traditional HR methods and leaning into human-to-human connection. As a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies with a BA in Transpersonal Psychology & Human Development, and additional certifications in various psychology and spiritual teachings from other institutes in Northern California, Claude is equipped with a unique perspective on corporate leadership and team building techniques. At VaynerX, Claude champions empathy-driven leadership, while overseeing talent management, employee retention, learning and development, workplace culture, internal communications, and people operations for over 750 employees. Before becoming CHO at VaynerX, she held leadership positions at both JWT San Francisco and London, Publicis London, and SAYMedia, and in 2002-2005 she founded and ran a surfing and outdoor adventure company for women in the San Francisco Bay area, Her success guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, and management is driven by an abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can thrive. Her daily mission is to listen and ensure she is nurturing a workplace culture that embraces inclusivity, the uniqueness of individuals and thrives with constant collaboration.  Additional ResourcesWebsite: the Emotional Optimism Hoodie: & Twitter: @claudesilver
Jennie Byrne: How to Say Yes to Opportunity
Aug 11 2022
Jennie Byrne: How to Say Yes to Opportunity
About This EpisodeJennie Byrne has long since embraced the nonlinear path. From starting as a music performance major in university, becoming a brain and behavior specialist, and now working as a physician leader, healthcare executive, and entrepreneur, she has always been determined and independent. Her secret to success? Being open to saying yes when opportunities present themselves. In her new book, Work Smart: Use Your Brain and Behavior to Master the Future of Work, Jennie describes how the human brain and behavior work and how this plays out in business. She describes how we must understand the people side of things in order for the best changes to be made within an organization. Jennie pinpoints that the future of work will be more about being better people than about having the best technology. Particularly through the book writing process, she shares her own story of being more authentic to herself and to others, dissolving the boundary between her personal and professional being. Listen in to hear Jennie’s bold journey of saying yes to the things that inspire. About Jennie ByrneJennie Byrne, MD, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Constellation PLLC and the Chief Patient Officer at Belong Health. She has been called a “Triple Threat” because of her work as a Physician Leader, a Healthcare Executive, and as an Entrepreneur. She is a brain and behavior specialist with extensive training and experience in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Neuroscience. Dr. Byrne is also a lifelong musician—she started her university career as a music performance major on the bassoon—and decided mid-pandemic to live out a high school fantasy and play the electric bass in a rock band. She is a proud math/science nerd who loves to read across the high-low spectrum of books. She is married to a lawyer-turned-fiction-author, and she has been surprised by how much fun she is having as the parent of two teenagers. Additional ResourcesWebsite: Her New Book: @JennieByrne @ConstellationPLLC
Amelia O’Relly: Overcome Hardship & Create a Better World for Others
Aug 3 2022
Amelia O’Relly: Overcome Hardship & Create a Better World for Others
About This Episode:Defining herself as a Brave Overcomer Living Daringly (BOLD), Amelia O’Relly draws parallels between her own cancer journey and the struggles we each face, from even the smallest day-to-day setbacks, and how we can not only overcome them but turn them into something good. After an unexpected Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, Amelia ended up trying eight different treatments just to find one that worked and had to leave her long term career in HR because of the physical pain. During her experience, she identified a gap of information available between diagnosis and survivorship and a lack of easily accessible, credible resources. This led her to develop and launch how to Breast cancer, an online portal of centralized information to help anyone navigating a breast cancer journey, either as a patient, caregiver or loved one, through tools, practices, articles and other vetted resources to provide self-paced support. She took a negative and redirected it into something that helps others. Throughout the podcast, Amelia also emphasizes the importance of support and gratitude and how to focus on the big picture during a hardship. Tune in to hear an inspiring story of strength, resilience and giving back.  About Amelia O’Relly:Amelia is the founder of how to Breast cancer; an organization fully dedicated to helping breast cancer patients, their loved ones, caregivers and community by serving as a central source and a single place for helpful, easy to use tools and practices for successfully navigating the breast cancer journey. Amelia’s inspiration to create and lead how to Breast cancer began after receiving her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2019 and beginning her cancer journey- a journey that is still ongoing. Prior to founding this organization, Amelia spent the last 20 years serving in executive roles with a focus on Human Resources for several fortune 500 companies, spanning multiple industries and countries. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents and sister in 1980. Amelia grew up in the Tampa, FL, area and earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of South Florida. Amelia now spends her time focused on creating the very best tools and resources to help others successfully navigate their breast cancer journey and is the author of the upcoming book, The Breast Cancer Guide. She resides in south Florida with her life partner and their beloved dog-child. Additional Resources: Website: @OAilema @H2BreastCancerInstagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube: @howtobreastcancer
Shelley Zalis: How to Break the Pattern & Change the Narrative
Jul 28 2022
Shelley Zalis: How to Break the Pattern & Change the Narrative
About This Episode: For Shelley Zalis, being the first to break a pattern is what sets her apart from the rest. As the CEO of The Female Quotient and a champion of equality, she has continuously taken risks to pursue what she believes in. Too often, people get caught up in a pattern or routine, and they never find what they're truly passionate about, but you have to break that pattern in order to find your own rhythm. Shelley emphasizes that if you want change, you have to disrupt the status quo. You won't find what you love by repeatedly doing the same thing. It's important to be the first to break a pattern and create a new norm. This is something that Shelley has done time and time again. She didn't wait for the "right" time, but instead, she made it the right time. And you can make it the right time in your life too- tune in and find out how to break the pattern, find your passion, and make the greatest impact. About Shelley Zalis: Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, is an internationally renowned thought leader, movement maker, and champion of equality. She is a pioneer for online research, becoming the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25. Today, Zalis works with Fortune 500 companies and impact organizations to advance equality in the workplace. Through its signature pop-up experience, the Equality Lounge®, along with the Global Exchange and advisory services, The Female Quotient has created an international community of women rising up to catalyze change. A firm believer in giving back with generosity, Zalis is a proud mentor to women around the world. Additional Resources: Website: Media (Linked-In, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter): @ShelleyZalis
Michael Clinton: ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)
Jul 21 2022
Michael Clinton: ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)
About This Episode: Michael Clinton is redefining what it means to be over 50 years old. After a successful executive career in magazine publishing, Michael has dedicated his life to seeing the world and embracing what brings him the most joy. The second half of life can be a time of great opportunity. Just because you're 50 or above doesn't mean you have to slow down. In fact, 50 is the new 50. You can still pursue your dreams and live life to the fullest. Through his ROAR Framework (Reimagine yourself, Own who you are, Act on what’s next, Reassess your relationships) and his new book, ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life, Michael shares that how we define our age is up to us and it can open up new possibilities. It's never too late to start living your best life. About Michael Clinton: Michael Clinton has more than forty years of experience in magazine publishing and is currently the special media advisor to the CEO of Hearst Corporation. A member of the board of trustees of Pace University and executive vice president of the board of trustees of the International Center of Photography, he has also written for publications as varied as The New York Times, Runner's World, and many more. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA and an honorary doctorate from Pace University. Additional Resources:Website: His Book, ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life: @MichaelClintonTwitter: @maclinton
Charlene Li: Own Your Confidence to Be a Disruptive Leader
Jul 15 2022
Charlene Li: Own Your Confidence to Be a Disruptive Leader
About This Episode: As a disruptive leader, Charlene Li talks through the bold moves she made throughout her career, particularly the ones that went against the norm. She explains how most of us often delay a bold move, waiting until we feel ready- until we take another course, gain more experience in a particular role, etc. But Charlene explains how we might not ever feel ready. The key is to have confidence that you’ll be okay no matter the outcome. A 6-time author, Charlene also describes her writing process and her latest book, The Disruption Mindset. Tune in to hear key aspects of disruptive innovation and how to “disrupt” yourself and start a movement, pushing the limits and inspiring others to do the same.  About Charlene Li: For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s an expert on digital transformation, leadership, customer experience and the future of work. She’s the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book is the bestseller The Disruption Mindset. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company, Charlene is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Additional Resources: Website: www.charleneli.comInstagram & Twitter: @charleneliLinked-In: @CharleneLi
Jennie Blumenthal: How to Identify Burnout & Live Authentically
Jul 13 2022
Jennie Blumenthal: How to Identify Burnout & Live Authentically
About This Episode: Through hearing Jennie Blumenthal's bold journey from a C-suite executive in sales and marketing to the founder and CEO of her own company, Corporate Rehab, you'll learn about how to identify burnout and determine when it is the right time to transition to something new and change your path. Jennie talks about how she realized the realtionship she was neglecting the most was her relationship to herself, and she explains how she was able to find a new belonging within her career and start living as her authentic self. Her new book publishing this fall, Corporate Rehab, walks through her REHAB Framework (Recognize, Evaluate, Heal, Arise, Build) and not only describes her own journey but also shares the stories of many others overcoming challenges in the workplace and making the transition from surviving to thriving. About Jennie Blumenthal:An early wave of the Great Resignation, Jennie  Blumenthal focused her 20 years in Corporate America counseling global C-suite executives at the intersection of strategy, innovation and customer growth - specializing in Sales, Marketing, and Digital transformations. She is now the founder and CEO of Corporate Rehab, focusing on leadership coaching, speaking and workshops for female executives and companies on how to shift from surviving to thriving, retain top talent, and build a human-centered culture. Jennie is currently writing her first book on the process she took to reset her relationship with her career and do her own Corporate Rehab.  Additional Resources: Website: @JennieBlumenthalInstagram: @corporaterehabTwitter: @jennieblu
Dalia Feldheim: Embracing Opportunity to Claim Your Bold Path
Jun 30 2022
Dalia Feldheim: Embracing Opportunity to Claim Your Bold Path
About This Episode: Have you ever wondered how to get started or how to find your bold path? After spending more than two decades as a global marketing executive, Dalia Feldheim is now an Organizational Psychologist, Happiness Professor, and Leadership Coach. In this episode, she describes her big pivot moments and how she found her truest path, particularly as a passionate advocate of women and feminine leadership. Dalia explains how you don't need to have everything figured out to take the first step. It's all about staying aligned with your purpose and staying true to your heart. True boldness takes courage, and both are rooted in your heart and in your passion.About Dalia Feldheim:Dalia Feldheim spent over two decades as a C-suite global marketing executive at Procter & Gamble, where she led some of the world's most iconic ad campaigns. In 2018, she launched her own leadership consultancy, Flow Leadership Consultancy, and in 2020 she founded an EduTech Company "Uppiness-Up Your Game at Work," an online game co-created with Tal Ben-Shahar, to solve daily challenges using positive psychology interventions. Dalia is an adjunct professor at the Singapore Management University and an organizational consultant working with top tech companies on a mission to bring more purpose and joy to the workplace. Additional Resources: Order her new book, Dare to Lead Like a Girl: daliafeldheim.com & www.uppinessgame.comLinkedIn: @Dalia Feldheim & @Uppiness Pte LtdInstagram: @dalia.feldheimTwitter & Facebook: @DaliaFeldheim