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Join Lesley Jane Seymour as she talks with 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. Interviews include: No. 1 Secret To Creating Your Personal Brand (Jennefer Witter), How to Motivate a Millennial and What To Do if You Work for One (Ann Shoket), When You Discover Your Father is a Spy (Eva Dillon), How to Find More Happiness Inside Yourself and in the World (Gretchen Rubin), How to Transform Your Body (Susan Hyatt), How to Shave Big $$$ Off Your Healthcare Bills & Reinvent Yourself, Too (Jeanne Pinder), How to Reinvent Yourself After Getting Your Boss Fired (Gretchen Carlson) and more. Click to listen to each podcast below or subscribe to Reinvent Yourself on iTunes, Podbean, or Spotify.
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“Fun and excellence are not mutually exclusive,” says Melanie Curtis, who grew up with a pilot father and sky diving hanger and “drop zone” in her back yard but did not take her first jump out of an airplane until she was 18. “I believe love and hilarity are the two most important things in life. When doing deep work, we can hold space for each other and bring lightness and humor into the work as well.” Curtis, who competed professionally, believes that people can use physical bravery as a “stepping stone into emotional bravery” or it can be an avoidance tactic. She also believes teammates and learning helps us transverse “fear and feeling paralyzed.” Find out more about her at www.TrustTheJourney.today or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathi Sharpe-Ross, CEO and President of The Sharpe Alliance, decided that it wasn’t enough to help every top brand from Coca-Cola and Mall of America to Walt Disney World create giant and inventive events, she wanted to teach others how to succeed, too. Born in Australia, but living all over the world before settling in Hollywood’s 90210 (yes, she went to Beverly Hills High!), Sharpe-Ross knew she always wanted to work for herself and opened her agency right out of school. Thirty-four years later, she’s written a book (Re:invent Your Life), to share inspiration and concrete tools for what she calls her “continuous reinvention.”
For years I’ve been saying that midlife is the same as adolescence — but in reverse. Your body is doing strange things, you can’t stop crying, you notice all your relationships are changing, you no longer know who you are or what you want, and you don’t know why. Life-stage expert, gerontologist, and author, Barbara Waxman, decided to make that observation official with her book “The Middlescence Manifesto: Igniting the Passion of Midlife.” “In 1900 life expectancy was 47,” she tells me. “Now, it’s in your 80s. The [extra] years are not at the end of life, the decrepit years, but are showing up in the middle markers. It starts at 45.” Waxman says, “women gain power in Middlescence…[have] more agency. They want to do what [they] care about and care less about what others think.” Waxman believes now is the “time to discern what you care about…so you can show up with a powerful ‘yes!’”
“My twitter handle is ‘Warrior,’” says Heidi Diamond, “You want to be in the foxhole with me.” And a foxhole is exactly where she found herself on her first day at work as President of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in August 2002. Stewart was in trouble for insider trading and the television partner wanted out. “Every day I went to the courthouse,” says Diamond of the trial. “Every evening at five it was crisis management.” By being a “good communicator” and “transparent with the team,” however, she was able to pivot the brand and save the jobs of people who depended on Stewart’s show. “There were days when my eyelashes hurt,” Diamond says. “But we rose [Martha] back up like a phoenix….She’s still relevant to popular culture today.”
“In medical school, they don’t teach you much about nutrition or lifestyle,” says Jeanne Rosner, M.D., former pediatric anesthesiologist and now founder of SOULfoodSalon.com, community-based get-togethers that teach about healthy living and eating. “But kids were receptive. That was my ah-ha moment.” Rosner says she “loved her [surgery] patients” and being a source of comfort for their parents for twenty years. But after her third child was born, the workload became “too stressful to be 100% [doctor plus] mom and wife.” When a life-coach friend asked her to put together a vision board (which she still uses for inspiration) she knew she had to create a more balanced lifestyle. Rosner began by teaching science, health, and nutrition to her son’s 5th-grade class and the rest, as they say, is her-story.
She had an engineering degree and an MBA. She had a 15-year job at Eastman Kodak that she was “passionate” about. But Candace Freedenberg also had a baby who had flown 13 times before age 1, just to keep up with her mom’s commute from Washington, DC to upstate New York where Kodak was based. When her third child was on the way, she realized, “Logistically I couldn’t do it,” she says. “My husband said, one of us has to opt-out.” And so she did. Fifteen years later she opened up Untapped Potential, Inc. to help women like herself relaunch. “Corporations, businesses, and the GDP are missing out on capital — in women!” she says. “We curate roles with corporations, startups, non-profits.” Post Covid19, Freedenburg sees opportunity: “Companies would be smarter to work with skilled, mature, flexible talent which offer a cost advantage and low risk.”