Category Archives for "Podcast"

a few days ago

Andrea Conner – Women Really Mean Business 025 – Key Leadership Principles From The President Of ATHENA International

Andrea Conner is President of ATHENA® International

Listen in as Andrea discusses the following:

*Why ATHENA® International helped to create this podcast.

*Every woman is on a different leadership path and ATHENA® International celebrates each unique path.

*The podcast continues to grow because of the great collaboration among Jeff Biletnikoff and ATHENA® International.

*The reach of ATHENA® International around the world.

*What led her to the President's chair of ATHENA® International.

*How an international passport changed her life.

*From selling radio advertising to helping to build a playground, Andrea has a wide range of experiences.

*She sees challenges as an opportunity and has had to remain agile - giving her a great perspective and an appreciation for diversity.

*Why being uncomfortable is important in your career.

*The 8 ATHENA® International leadership principles are very important to her and offer an essential toolkit for her that helped her navigate all sorts of environments.

*Why professional women love to learn from other professional women.

*How does ATHENA® International support growing women leaders.

*Her international travel was an eye-opening experience allowing her to see there are many creative ways to approach problems and challenges.

*Her advice for emerging women leaders.

*Why it's important to build a tribe.

*The vision for ATHENA® International International.

*In 2019 they will have recognized over 7,300 ATHENA® leaders.

*Why you need ATHENA® International in your community.

*How ATHENA® International collaborates to maximize opportunities for women.

*Find out what your passion is, live your life authentically and lean in plus keep learning.

Get more resources from Andrea below her photo.

last week

Dr. Jingze Jiang – Women Really Mean Business 024 – Perseverance Through Failure Equals Success

Dr. Jingze Jiang is an Associate Professor of Economics at Edinboro University. She received her Master in Statistics and PhD in Economics from Washington State University in 2013, and Bachelor in Finance from Shanghai University in China in 2009.

Listen in as Jingze discusses the following:

*Her journey as someone frequently published and cited in energy economics.

*What energy economics is and how it impacts a society.

*Economics is not about money - it's about how to allocate scarce resources.

*Natural resource and environmental economics is a new field that she is and this field helps governments make better decisions.

*Her view of renewable energy and how it impacts us going forward.

*She also is in the field of environmental economics and talks about the importance of this for the future.

*Her goal is to help future generations.

*She advises governments, does research and also serves her students - how does she balance it all?

*She busts a myth about energy - that clean energy will destroy the traditional energy industry and she busts a myth about the environment - that environmental economists are environmentalists which is not true - in the field of environmental economics they try to do what is best for everyone involved - industry and society.

*Why it's important to know what you're good at by the time you get to college.

*Failures she faced were important in her journey - winners are those that know how to deal with failures.

*Perseverance is an important trait to her but it differs from being stubborn and it's an important distinction that she explains. It's good to have perseverance but not good to be stubborn.

*Having perseverance + a mentor is a winning combination.

*What the ATHENA principle of "building relationships" means to her.

*It's a family tradition for her to help other people.

*How she and her husband work together to create balance for their child.

*She works hard to show her daughter that you can help the world and still be a good mother.

*Dr. Jiang loves her home country of China and still visits often but has chosen the U.S. and details why.

*The most important things in life are finding your dream and helping others.

Get more resources from Jingze below her photo.

Recommended Links From Jingze:

Her Official Site

Her Page On Edinboro University's Website


ATHENA International

Find a mentor - but be intentional about it - go to conferences for your industry and attend business events because you'll never know when you'll meet people to walk with you on your journey.

a couple of weeks ago

Kelli Casto – WRMB023 – Restoring Hope To Seniors

Kelli Casto COTA/L, BAS is the Founder of Saving Our Seniors

Listen in as Kelli discusses the following:

*Why it's so important for vulnerable seniors get durable medical equipment.

*Durable medical equipment can range from shower chairs all the way hospital beds and more.

*This non-profit is important because many seniors live on fixed incomes and can't afford something as simple as a shower chair that can actually make a big difference for them.

*People are living longer and their money is running out - Saving Our Seniors is helping fill in the gaps.

*Hear an inspirational story of how she changed one woman's life for the better - in fact this woman says she would not have been able to go out with Saving Our Seniors.

*How giving up alcohol and a conversation with her parents contributed to her starting a charity.

*Delivers 30 pieces of equipment a week and it's only getting bigger as they're in phase 1 of 4 with plans to expand as they go forward.

*Advice for what she's learned as a new non-profit owner.

*The obstacles she thought were going to be obstacles were not obstacles and vice versa - and that's been a surprise.

*Finding a board of directors aligned with her has been challenging but she's working through it.

*The things that keep her grounded as well as her why's.

*How the loss of her mom has impacted her and how her lessons influence Saving Our Seniors.

*How women can work together to really help each other.

Get more resources from Kelli below her photo.

Recommended Links From Kelli:

Saving Our Seniors

Kelli Casto on LinkedIn

3 weeks ago

Annella Metoyer – WRMB022 – Adversity Forges A True Leader

Annella Metoyer is a Keynote Speaker, Performance Improvement Coach, and Amazon Bestselling Author (Dare to Be the Change and Stronger than Fear)

Listen in as Annella discusses the following:

*Started in banking 40 years ago with various jobs and ended up as City President for one of the largest banks in Texas.

*Developed a lot of leaders from mid-level all the way up to executive.

*Quote to remember: "If you don't, who will."

*Often was first in her positions as either a person of color, a woman or both.

*She had a lot of adversity and a lot of reasons to quit - but never did - this is a story of resiliency.

*Encountered both racism and sexual harassment in her career but overcame it because she knew she had to be the change - again, if you don't, who will.

*Strong Christian beliefs and a family legacy of wanting to help others is a big part of what kept her going through a lot of challenges.

*Had to work hard to get people to see her as an individual and not being identified as the first person of color or woman in the organization. This mindset proved valuable as she was able to help others get promoted that were enduring struggles because they were not being seen as individuals either - it all was a part of making her a better and more empathetic leader.

*Made the change from banking to be a coach and her experiences have formed the basis of how she mentors other people - and she loves developing individuals.

*Remember this when you are facing adversity - you are stronger than the person that is challenging you.

*Was the President of a Chamber of Commerce in her area - the first person of color and woman to do this - and is gratified that other women and people of color have followed her into the organization with similar success.

*She loves helping people see that the strength is within.

*Through her speaking, books, mentoring and coaching she changes lives - in fact, you'll hear a very compelling story of how a family was mended after one of her speeches.

*Want to build relationships? Really get to know someone - you never know when these relationships will positively impact your career.

*Her perspective as to how women are elevating other women in business.

*Winning an ATHENA award was one of the proudest moments of her life.

*Something happened in 1988 that significantly impacted women in business - you'll hear her detail it.

Get more resources from Annella below her photo.

Recommended Links From Annella:

Annella Metoyer's Site

Dare to Be the Change ​

Stronger than Fear

Her advice? Have a love of learning - find people that inspire you in person or online and continuously learn.

last month

Payal Nanjiani – WRMB021 – Maximum Effort Does Not Mean Maximum Results

Payal Nanjiani - is a globally acclaimed motivational leadership speaker, success coach and author who is a visionary that has helped thousands of people become game-changing leaders and entrepreneurs.

Listen in as Payal discusses the following:

*Inspired to teach leadership techniques that helps people get and give their best.

*Always been fascinated by the word success.

*Maximum effort DOES NOT equal maximum results.

*There is a wide gap between people that are successful and those who aren't - bridging that gap is what drives and inspires her.

*How to shift your mindset to achieve success.

*You need techniques and conditioning to align yourself with success.

*The difference between a Maximum Effort person and a Successful person - you'll be surprised by this.

*You have to concentrate on BEING - not DOING.

*CONDITION YOURSELF FIRST - then success will follow.

*Moving from one failure to another is important because when challenges come you have the strength to meet them.

*You need to challenge yourself every single day, recognize your value and increase your value - never stop challenging yourself and get good at self-promotion.

*Two words are VERY important in business: TAKE CHARGE but it's not about taking charge of other people - you must TAKE CHARGE of you.

Get more resources from Payal below her photo.

Recommended Links From Payal:

Payal Nanjiani

She loves motivational quotes online - but suggests that you use what is best for you.

last month

Jackie Krawczak – WRMB020 – From Struggle To Success

Jackie Krawczak is the President of leadership training and consulting firm, Jackie Krawczak, LLC, and the President/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce.

Listen in as Jackie discusses the following:

*ATHENA leadership principle "Learn Constantly" from the book Becoming Athena: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership by ATHENA International Founder Martha Mertz

(Also she gave us a bonus leadership principle as well as she tackled "Live Authentically")

*Dealt with mental health issues - severe clinical depression and bulimia.

*You can overcome struggles in your life and still be successful and happy.

*You shouldn't feel embarrassment over mental health issues.

*She helped people that have similar struggles because she had the courage to share her story.

*Advice to heal:

1. Let people care about you.

2. Be kind to yourself.

3. Don't be afraid - she was afraid to give up her eating disorder and depression because she had been successful in spite of them but in a strange way she gave those two disorders misplaced credit for her success.

*What are you willing to give up to get something you never had?

*Her purpose is to help others - either one on one or with organizations to motivate and inspire them to get past hurdles to get to what is greater for them.

*Talks about what holds individuals and organizations back.

*Just because you have a title it doesn't mean you are a good leader - you really have to learn to lead, inspire and motivate.

*Why her leadership style is now more real.

*How she develops women leaders - and why women need different things than men in leadership.

*Her perspective on leadership and entrepreneurship as a someone that is both an employee and an entrepreneur herself.

*How to best manage your time and delegate.

*Why being your authentic self is so important.

Get more resources from Jackie below her photo.

Recommended Links From Jackie:

Jackie Krawczak, LLC

Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce

Brene Brown

Ted Talks

Short Leadership Clips on YouTube


Don't just read quotes - but take time to think about them and see how they will fit into your life.

last month

Ginny Tonkin – WRMB019 – A True Marketing Athlete

Ginny Tonkin, is a Product and Partner Marketer at Instapage

Listen in as Ginny covers:

*What is a well-rounded product marketing athlete? Well, that is Ginny - she wears many hats to help launch new products!

*From Erie, PA to building an international career - it's been quite a journey for Ginny.

*The characteristics of one of her favorite managers in her career and why she feels that way.

*Why she pushed herself to live overseas at a young age - she taught English in Vietnam and also lived in China as well. Ginny details what living overseas taught her and how it impacted her career.

*Her time overseas represented the highest highs and lowest lows - but that period was a cherished time in her life.

*San Francisco was a dream place for her to live - several reasons for it and how she made it happen

*She had no idea what product marketing was but that didn't stop her from forging a career in it!

*Can post-click optimization help you? Okay, once you find out what it is (Ginny will explain) your answer will be a RESOUNDING YES!

*Didn't have an intention to build a career but was intentional about doing the next thing that she was passionate about and a great career sprung out of that.

*What is the most important skill set you can have?

Get more resources from Ginny below her photo.

last month

Jessica Lewis – WRMB018 – Don’t Be Afraid To Make A Change If You’re Unhappy

Jessica Lewis is the owner of Jessica Lewis Voice

Listen in as Jessica covers:

*What is voiceover? Voiceover artists literally impact everything - radio, TV, explainer videos - it's really people reading a script giving you information.

*The heart of being an entrepreneur is using your skills and gifts to solve a problem.

*Why a summer at McDonald's started her on her entrepreneurial journey.

*Her first entrepreneurial venture was Mary Kay and while she admits she was terrible at a makeup business but the Mary Kay principles still help her today.

*Being a voiceover artist is not her first successful venture but it's has become the best business for her to achieve a work life balance and had to hit rock bottom before she could decide to make the switch.

*How you define success is important - listen to your small voice - don't get caught up in the whole "you must always hustle" mentality.

*You can pour yourself into business without having it affect family time.

*How she manages separating work time from family time since she and her husband work out of the house on their business and have three children.

*You don't have to be hard and fast with work/life balance rules but you do need a routine.

*Advice for newbie entrepreneurs.

Please scroll down for recommended links from Jessica below her photo!

a couple of months ago

Genevieve DeRose – WRMB017 – Going Off Course Is NOT A Failure

Genevieve DeRose is the Owner of Inner Balance Pilates

Listen in as she goes over the following in this immersive interview:

*Started her business at age 22 with 10 clients and within a few months had a waiting list.

*How can Pilates make you better in all areas of fitness?

*She and her team focus not only on the physical side but also the mental side - you have to know where people are coming from so you can help them be fit for life.

*Feels her biggest impact is training 20+ women as Pilates instructors - a couple have even gone on to be doctors.

*Why her mentorship started as a need but transformed into a passion - giving back as a leader and a mentor is important to Genevieve - and it is ever expanding for her.

*How ATHENA Powerlink helped her overcome her shyness in networking and gave her confidence to positively influence other entrepreneurs.

*What being invited to the prestigious Dovetail Summit gave her as far as thinking globally about her business.

*In nearly 2 decades of business she's had to overcome a lot of doubts and market changes - she offers advice for entrepreneurs including this quote for when you run into challenges: "Changes and adjustments are not failures."

*She never feels perfectly balanced with her business, mentorship, and family (she has an 8-year old son and husband) but she has been intentional in carving out time for important things, especially one family night a week.

Please scroll down for recommended links from Genevieve below her photo!

Recommended Links From Genevieve:

Inner Balance Pilates


ATHENA PowerLink®

So…What’s a GIRL BOSS anyway? Tedx Talk

Dovetail Summit

Mentors are important - everyone needs mentors and accountability

a couple of months ago

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra – WRMB016 – A Trailblazer In Business

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra is the President and CEO of Duffy Group, Inc.

Listen in as she goes over the following in this immersive interview:

*What people are looking for in today's workplace.

*Advice for new entrepreneurs.

*How she navigated few really tough times after 9/11 and in the last great recession and why she had to fundamentally change how she did business in the new economy.

*Advice she would give to herself at the beginning of her business knowing what she knows now.

*Why achieving a work life balance in 2019 is harder than ever and her take on it.

*How charity work has positively impacted her and her family - especially with her children.

*Her view that boards need to represent the populations they serve.

Please scroll down for recommended links from Kathleen below her photo!

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