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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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What do you do after you work in your family printing business for twenty years and you make it successful enough to sell? You realize you are “loosing [your]self” and you need to reinvent. Because you “love solving customer problems,” you start a digital ad agency named Rauxa. (Never mind that you have zero experience in advertising). And you fill it with 70% women (in a sector that is known for male dominance and is rife with #MeToo issues and complaints). “Being a woman is an advantage for building relationships and trust,” CEO Jill Gwaltney tells CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour. “That’s an important part of the business.” Gwaltney says she lives by the mantra her mentor father gave her: “Don’t work with a**holes.”
When (now) Broadway Producer Candy Gold (The Heidi Chronicles, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill & more) was a novice reporter in Boston flying around the country to cover everything from politics to entertainment discovered she was pregnant, she knew she’d have to cut back her crazy job. She chose the perfect “mom job”: freelance. Which worked fine until the economic downturn of 2008, when all freelance dried up. A random television ad for a local cable station inspired her to pitch (and win) a slot for a self-produced show called “Neighborhood Cooking with Candy Gold”. Ten years later she leveraged that know-how and her experience producing local children’s theater into becoming a producer on Broadway, eventually winning several Tony awards. The trick to it all, she says: “Persisting.”
“High achievers say that all they have to do is work harder or out perform everyone around them in order to succeed,” says Dr. Nayla Bahri, PCC, Leadership and Development coach, Columbia University. “But it may not be productive. [My research shows people] do best if they’re willing to do the inner work [before they] open LinkedIn and apply to 100 jobs. Burnout is why it’s not working. People are addicted to interviewing — [to the point where] they don’t want to get out of bed.” Bahri tells CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour that you must “start with a practice of reflection — journaling, walking in the words. Find out what you miss, what you’re glad is over, what brought you great joy, flow, productivity. Then divide your search into thirds: 1/3 applying to appropriate work, 1/3 strategic learning, 1/3 doing the work.” You also have to reframe how you speak. “I rarely talk about jobs,” she says. “I talk about work, which we carry with us. If the work you do in the world is yours, then you have a better chance of saying it’s about me finding a place to offer my work; it changes from a place that needs me to a place where I can add value.”
What do you do when you’ve been “Miss Singapore” and an image consultant, owned a successful cafe retail chain, and have a quarter-life crisis? If you’re Genecia Alluora, it means you decide to spend $100,000 in online courses from around the world to learn how to “function in my zone of genius.” Today Alluora runs the Soul Rich Woman, South East Asia empowerment network. She says it’s “for women who love the ‘F’ word”— “being Fabulous, having Freedom and Financial independence.” Her programs teach, support and train women in the Philippines to have “confidence, tenacity, and grit.” “My calling is to serve women” she tells CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour. “I tell them that alone you’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable.”
“For fad diets you’re relying on discipline, motivation, and willpower,” says award-winning uber fitness expert, trainer and author (“Healthy As F*ck”) Oonagh Duncan. “But that eats your energy. So you fall off the rails and fall into a f*ck-it spiral. These binge/purge relationships are corrosive to your sense of self.” Oonagh, a former “passionate smoker” and anti-sweat-er, talks to CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how to disrupt your habit loop by identifying your triggers and using your guilty pleasures to create new reward cycles (watching the Jerry Springer show got her onto the treadmill the first time.) It all begins with throwing out the clothes that don’t fit. “You think they inspire you,” she says, “but they make you feel like sh*t. You’ve gotta love yourself to get to where you want to be.”
What do you do when you’re a beautiful, high-flying, financial reporter for the top networks in the country (MSNBC, CBS, CNBC) and suddenly your segments are dropped from the air because all anyone wants to watch is Trump and politics? You fight back by creating a daily newsletter called NonPoliticalNews.com which covers — you guessed it — everything but politics! Gibbons talks with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how she downsized her apartment to pay for her launch, how she’s gathered an audience of 25,000 and how she’d be the perfect guest at Thanksgiving to sit next to anyone!