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Join Lesley Jane Seymour when she interviews amazing women who have reinvented themselves in every way imaginable. These frank, fun, warm conversations unearth the tips and tricks women like you need to restart, reboot, or enhance your career or lifestyle. Learn about the #1 secret to creating your personal brand (Jennefer Witter), or how to motivate a millennial and what to do if you work for one (Ann Shoket). Would you like to reinvent yourself as a writer? Listen to women who've done it (Eva Dillon and Laura Munson) and are willing to share their secrets to getting started. Let us inspire you and inform you–so you can get on your way. Click to listen to each podcast below or subscribe to Reinvent Yourself on iTunes, Podbean, or Spotify.
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Kathryn Minshew wanted to work for the CIA. But she ended up in Rwanda working on the HPV vaccine, then consulting for McKinsey & Company. Then she got involved with tech and discovered there were no online sites with actionable tips for managing your career. That’s when The Muse, a site that now attracts 75 million users, was born. Join CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, in discussion with Kathryn Minshew who discovered that helping others reinvent, helped her reinvent herself. “Everyone has to reinvent themselves today,” Kathryn says, noting that some of the highest engagement on the site comes from “intergenerational job searches.” She also points out, that if women 40+ are often dismissed as serious entrepreneurs, women in their 30s have the same fight. “When I started the company, I’d be in a room with three women and 100 men. I was treated as a flirting target, not a founder.”
Imagine turning 40 and being afraid to drive on the highway. Being afraid of the freedom that might bring. Afraid of breaking with a strict religious tradition in which you grew up. Tova Mirvis did just that. Married at 22 to a man she dated for just 12 weeks, Mirvis knew she risked leaving everything behind — including her identity as a mother and a community member — if she walked away from her tightly knit Orthodox Jewish community. But she did it and wrote the book, The Book of Separation. Mirvis explains to CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour: “What happens when you reach a change moment — it feels like you’re jumping off a skyscraper,” she says.
Bonnie Levison was a tall, “very shy,” suburban mom. Then, after 18 years of marriage, her husband came home one day and said he wanted a divorce. After wallowing in self-pity, Levison sat down at the computer and asked herself what she really needed more of in her life. The answer: humor. She typed “comedy classes” into Google and launched a career of writing, producing, and performing stand-up comedy.
Levison started the Nantucket Comedy Festival (still going today) and now travels the world for The Moth, teaching veterans, the elderly, prisoners, public school students, and company executives how to tell their stories so they can connect better. Levison talks to CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, about her secrets to success. “In a world of perfection, lower your expectations. If you just try something, you’re a success,” she says. “It’s about the experience.”
Rachel Lightfoot was flying high at Google and YouTube where she learned digital marketing from the ground up and taught it to Nike and Coca-Cola, even to celebrities like Will Smith. “I was living this fantastic life. I was on the fast track. I had a beautiful home, a husband. Before I had kids I thought, ‘My God, I’ve done it!’”
Once her children turned one and three, however, the feeling wasn’t joy and excitement, but “deep sorrow” because Lightfoot says her mind was “always on the job and the company’s clients.” Lightfoot, the family breadwinner, “decided what I needed was a reset.”
Lightfoot speaks with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how she prepared (by saving six months of living expenses and putting a moratorium on shopping) and took the leap into Catchfoot + Run, a brand-building consulting company. One year later she is “100% more present in my life” and has “almost replaced my corporate salary.”
Lightfoot’s top inspirational tips:
She was a single mom at 14 and became the caregiver to her younger brother shortly after that when her mother passed away. Yet Tashyra Ayers managed to create a career in the health care industry and start in a radio show on the side.
At 38, she is about to be an empty nester (Davon is off to college in the fall) and so will be reinventing again. Join CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, in an incredibly honest discussion with an amazing lifelong learner who says “Reinvention takes shape over a period of time at different points in our lives.” When times are tough, sometimes you have to go through “subconscious surviving” to get to the other side. Says Tashyra: “You can’t evolve if you’re not real with yourself.”
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