Nerissa Naidu is head of Strategy, Chief Operating Officer and chair of the Audit Committee of subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 insurer. She speaks to us about how her life and career has been influenced by having strong, supportive, male advocates in her life, with her outlook of what is possible in life being deeply affected by Nelson Mandela, in her native South Africa.
Dawn Miller is president and CEO of AXA Insurance Company (US), based in New York. She is also a strong advocate of women’s advancement as the global lead for AXA’s Women As Entrepreneurs initiative. In this episode, she talks about the opportunity the insurance industry has to attract a diverse workforce that will frame and sustain a rapidly changing, dynamic industry.
Julie-Ann Clyma is an inspiring woman. A leadership coach and one of only 100 women out of 6000 qualified World Class Mountain Guides in the world, she has 30 years’ experience leading teams and individuals in volatile and demanding environments - some of the harshest in the world, from K2 in China to the Matterhorn. She talks of the lessons alpine mountaineering has taught her, and how they can be applied to the corporate world.
Rosanne Austin is a California-based Fertility Mindset Coach - yes, there is such a thing! As a former member of an elite team of sexual assault prosecutors, she describes her pursuit of motherhood, going from working in an intensely masculine environment to trying to do the intensely feminine act of conceiving. It’s a powerful story - with a happy ending!
Greg Zimmerman is an investment consultant, marketing manager and Mindfulness advocate. He explains Mindfulness, how we came to it, how his daily Mindfulness practice has elevated his work and personal relationships, and how to get started on your own practice.
I speak with a couple of Law Enforcement professionals about the influences women have in leadership in this traditionally masculine environment. Michael Laidler has spent a number of years in Law Enforcement in the US - police force, border patrol, and now the Bureau of Prisons where he is a lieutenant in Louisiana, and is also a leadership coach, certified trainer and keynote speaker. Julie Wilson is a communications specialist with leadership experience primarily in law enforcement and public safety communications.
Shawn Neff is a success coach, who helps transform people into CEOS, capable of running both profitable businesses and a flourishing home life. At the young age of 19, when she became the youngest female paramedic/search and rescue specialist in Northern Michigan. She applies the high intensity decision-making process she learned in her search and rescue days to her clients to use in their business and personal lives.
Anne-Marie Elder is Chief Underwriting Officer, for Marine insurance in North America for a Bermuda-based company, XL Catlin. Included in the Insurance Business America Elite Women 2016 roll of honour, she is based in Connecticut, USA, with over 25 years in the industry, and a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. She talks about how coming out about her sexuality made her a better leader with a more successful career.
An executive in the FinTech industry based in London, Gladis Sahlani has experienced success working in the Middle East and East Africa, where she was frequently the only woman in the room. She discusses how she approached this, what she learned about the power of her femininity, and the role models she had growing up in Lebanon.
Christy Venza, communications coach and founder of Inspire to Influence, describes her crippling experience of Impostor Syndrome, a condition experienced by 94% of women and men at some stage in their careers, and how she overcame daily self-doubt and her inner critic to find success.
Carolina Klint, CEO of the North West Region (Continental Europe) of Marsh, Inc discusses her jungle gym of a career path, authentic leadership, and how she achieved 50% gender representation in her leadership team within 2 - 3 years. An impactful leader and inspiring role model.
Jeannette Lichner is an accomplished corporate regulatory advisor with over 30 years’ experience leading business. She shares practical guidance about what women can do to prepare themselves for career success, including how to prepare yourself for a board position.
Gwenda Phillips is co-founder and CEO of Your Hidden Mind, as well as a leader at a global bank based in Sydney, Australia. Your Hidden Mind is a fascinating system that helps to improve your performance and release fears and intense emotional responses. This is an unplanned part 2 to the earlier session. As we kept talking about the Your Hidden Mind system, we decided to do a demonstration - and the results were amazing!
Gwenda Phillips is co-founder and CEO of Your Hidden Mind, as well as a leader at a global bank based in Sydney, Australia. Your Hidden Mind is a fascinating system that helps to improve your performance and release fears and intense emotional responses. We discuss the system, and how it has impacted our behaviour.
Kanelli Scalcoyannis is a life coach, and an ex-corporate queen, with over 20 years’ experience working in the advertising and media industry in a masculine environment. Based in Athens, Greece, She shares how her experience led her to hide her ‘femininity’ and how being out of touch with her real self led to hormonal health issues.
A special episode this week, as the host of Womanly Art of Leadership Sessions, Helen Fitness, appears as a guest on the weekly show “Happy Hour with Ollia” on French radio station Radio Enghien IDFM98 (in English). She discusses women's leadership, and in particular some of the issues that impact women in their journey to leadership, as well as some big, meaty topics like the current social environment. For rights reasons, we cannot air the music she chose for the show. For the full experience of the interview, you can search for the tracks on Youtube. They were: Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore), September (Earth, Wind & Fire), London’s Calling (The Clash), What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye).
Michelle Gyimah is a UK-based Women & Money empowerment coach. She shares her experience of the shame and guilt she suffered through crippling debt, and how she came to learn that WOMEN MUST TALK MONEY if there is to be gender parity in pay. She describes how talking money has enriched her life and her relationships. A powerful episode!
Dana Dinnawi is a health and wellness lifestyle coach based in Cairo, Egypt. She shares with us how taking charge of our food leads to a ripple effect in other areas of our lives, including career and relationships.
Alba Gomez, an Australian-based Colombian engineer turned personal brand expert talks about why personal brand is important to the success of a woman in leadership – and it’s not what you think! Alba gives practical advice about how to first define your brand, and the key ingredient to personal brand.
Carri Adcock experienced great success in a career spanning 20+ years in the technology industry in Silicon Valley – her most recent roles were created specifically for her, before she left to become a sustainable success coach. She shares how she coped with an environment that famously marginalises women, and the biggest, and longest learned lesson to her success.