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Ellevate Podcast: Conversations With Women Changing the Face of Business

In the Ellevate Podcast you’ll meet real women having a real impact. Female entrepreneurs, authors, business women, and other inspiring leaders share their experience and takeaways from their careers. Ellevate Network is a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed. We use the power of community to help you take the next step in your career. Hosts Kristy Wallace and Maricella Herrera interview female leaders to showcase the immense talent these women bring to the table.
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Apr 13, 2021

This week, we sit down with Maria Eitel of the Nike Foundation and discuss the power of the pivot, taking care of yourself in stressful times, and the importance of listening. We cover her career trajectory from the White House to the Girl Effect, as well as how we can all better help girls succeed as they grow.

Apr 6, 2021
This week, we celebrate our 250th episode with Dr. Chloe Carmichael and discuss her book, Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety, as well as the process of dealing with the media while launching a book. She lays out strategies for getting in touch with anxiety and setting boundaries, and explains how anxiety is often related to biochemistry and exacerbated by societal expectations.
 

 

Mar 31, 2021

On this week’s podcast, we sit down with Kathleen Grillo, Michele Cober, and Gabrielle Kohlmeier of Verizon to discuss how they each got their start and ended up at Verizon, how they’ve dealt with the pandemic and the transition to working from home, and the importance of creating an inclusive workplace. We also dive into the history of the Verizon and Ellevate partnership and what programs are in store this year.

Mar 24, 2021
On this week’s episode, we hear from Susan McPherson and her journey through journalism and to the non-profit world, the importance of building your network to help others, and why it’s essential to nurture the relationships and connections that guide and support us through our lives. She shares tidbits from her recently released book, The Lost Art of Connecting, which dives deeper into the framework of properly building trust while becoming a reliable and dependable source for not only yourself but for others.
Mar 17, 2021

This week, we connect with Cassandra Rae Pittman. She explains how people can create the positive change we seek in the world, what power means to her, and how we can refrain from cutting ourselves off from the impact we can truly achieve. Cassandra gets into the importance of having tough, yet productive conversations about politics by leading through empathy and finding a common ground. 

Mar 9, 2021

On this week’s episode, we chat with Jennifer Bisceglie, Founder and CEO of Interos, as she takes us through her fascinating journey starting out as one of the very few women in the tech industry. She gives us a breakdown of the global supply chain industry, discusses artificial intelligence and the impact of it in the workplace, and explains how companies are in a global economy with each other’s suppliers and customers. Jennifer tells us how we can intentionally give back to our communities and in turn, give back to the world. 

Mar 2, 2021
This week, we sit down with Shibani Joshi, National Business and Technology Journalist, who shares the importance of introspection and exploration to discover your true self. Shibani talks about how to advance your skillset and dig deeper into your passions to truly advocate for yourself and explains why it's important to build a safe space to fail so you gain the confidence to experience discomfort or take risks. 
Feb 23, 2021

On this week's episode we chat with Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt, the Co-Founders of She's The First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding, funding, and supporting solutions to educate and empower girls. Tammy and Christen share their thoughts on the pandemic's effects on young girls and their education. They illustrate their journey of writing their recently published book, Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In, and what it was like to create a resource that guides readers on a journey to help them create change in a responsible, sustainable, and impactful way.

Feb 16, 2021

This week we sit down with Chana Ginelle Ewing, Founder and CEO of GEENIE and author of “An ABC of Equality.” Chana discusses how viewing business through a cultural lens has driven her to create progress and change in the community, and how business leaders can use entrepreneurship as a key to moving culture within the world forward. She shares the importance of acknowledging and reviewing structures within society then talks about the next steps on what we, as future leaders, can do to dismantle them. Looking to shop and share culture-first BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and womxn brands that mirror your beliefs? Check out the beauty community of GEENIE at https://geenie.world/

Jan 26, 2021

On this week's episode, we sit down with Megha Desai, the President of Desai Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to elevating the health and livelihood of women and children through community programs in the U.S. and India. Megha describes her inspiring story about shifting her successful career from corporate advertising to the nonprofit/impact space with an entrepreneurial focus. She talks about the challenges and rewards of working in the nonprofit industry from fundraising to building a board of directors. As she reflects on her experience over the years, she discusses how to tap in and lean into the entrepreneurial spirit along the way.

Dec 22, 2020

This week, we chat with Ahlia Tillman Kitwana, founder of Little Black Buddha. She shares her career path that led her to being a woman in tech. Ahlia describes how important the power of community is, especially as an entrepreneur. She dives deeper into her dynamic approach when it comes to helping people discover their superpowers. 

Dec 15, 2020
On this week's episode, we sit down with Michelle Westfort, the Senior Vice President at InStride. Michelle talks about her passion for education and explains what employers can do to support their workforce from now into the future. She discusses the steps on how to revolutionize roles and the importance of defining the word "opportunity" and how to properly create those opportunities for teams. She also speaks about the lessons she's learned over the past years when it comes to staying on track with short-term and long-term needs. 
 
Dec 8, 2020

On this week's episode, we sit down with Maya Goodall, Senior Director of English Language Curriculum at Rosetta Stone, and we discuss her journey of career change as a teacher, coach, start-up founder, and her senior role at one of the world's largest language learning platforms. She shares an experience that became the catalyst to ask herself to pivot into a business mindset and entrepreneurial path.

Dec 1, 2020

On this Best Of Giving Tuesday edition, Veena Jayadeva, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Guardian and Sarah Degnan Kambou, PhD, CEO & President, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), join us to talk about women's role in global development, understanding marginalized communities and how they change, as well as how you can pick philanthropic causes yourself. The powerful duo also discuss the importance of working locally, creating individual impact, activating your personal network as well as Giving Circle and the Women and Girls Fund. 

Nov 24, 2020

This week, we sit down with Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio and one of America's most renowned Latina journalists, where she shares her experiences becoming the first Latina at NPR and what it was like to be a young journalist sitting in editorial meetings. Maria also talks about the catalyst that drove her to write her recently released memoir, "Once I Was You."

Content/Trigger Warning: Please note, this episode features a survivor retelling an account of sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help, please know you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

Nov 17, 2020

On this episode, we sit down with Linda Fisk, Co-Founder of LeadHERship Global, as she discusses the important ways to lift one another up and support other businesses as leaders in the world. She shares the true power of partnership and explains how creating connections, understanding and respecting a partner's strength, and building transparency within relationships can translate into success.

Nov 10, 2020

On this week's episode, we sit down with Teresa Carlson, the Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services, and discuss her career path and journey into the tech world. She shares advice on how to best showcase your strengths to managers or potential companies, the impact of working with non-profits, and the importance of innovation when it comes to work and business. 

Oct 28, 2020

On this week's episode, we are doing another recap of one of our best segments from Mobilize Women Week! Now, more than ever, it's critical to stay educated and engage in community efforts. Our Women and Politics speakers, Aditi Juneja (Counsel at Protect Democracy), Bushra Amiwala (Youngest Muslim Elected Official in the US), Christine Hallquist (CEO of Cross Border; 2018 Vermont Democratic Governor Nominee), and Shaniqua McClendon (Political Director at Crooked Media), discuss the role that gender plays in politics, what inspired our guests to get involved, and what everyone can do to better our communities and be active allies. 

Oct 19, 2020
On this week's episode, we are highlighting one of our favorite segments from Mobilize Women Week! Paula Avila Guillen, Executive Director at Women's Equality Center, and Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network dive deep into unexpected circumstances in our lives that propel us to re-evaluate our priorities. Paula discusses how the pandemic has affected women's rights and the health resources available for women and how we can create a space for optimism for the unexpected things happening in our lives. 
Oct 13, 2020

On this week's episode, we are joined by Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer of AARP, for an important conversation on how millions of caregivers keep both our economy and our families supported and how organizations can continue to support caregivers in the workforce. This episode was sponsored by AARP Family Caregiving.

Oct 6, 2020

On this week's episode, we are highlighting one of our favorite segments from Mobilize Women Week in August 2020 to you! Wendy Gonzalez, Interim CEO of Samasource and Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network dive deep into unexpected circumstances in our lives that propel us to re-evaluate our priorities. Wendy explains the importance and impact of authenticity as a leader and how to stay purposeful when it comes to company responsibilities.

Sep 29, 2020
This week, we sit down with Michelle Shigemasa, the CEO of Murad. She takes us through her journey within the beauty industry. She gives us insight into the key principles of successful leadership and she discusses how business can truly build relationships and connect with customers by being customer-centric. 
Sep 22, 2020
On this week's episode, we sit down with Carly Fiorina, an American businesswoman who is well-known for her tenure at Hewlett-Packard. Carly, a prolific and best-selling author, discusses the experiences, challenges, and lessons learned on leadership and the importance of using our voices. She dives into the purpose of positive impact and how we can each drive progress in the world. 
Sep 15, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President, Center for Equity of Care and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Northwell Health, joins us this week in honor of Black History Month and American Heart Month for a discussion around unconscious bias in the healthcare sector, empowering women in their heart health and the elimination of disparities between men and women, as well as her new documentary Ms. Diagnosed. Dr. Mieres also shares her tips on customizing and creating inclusive health plans for heart health - one of the leading health problems in the U.S. 

Sep 8, 2020

On this episode, we sit down with Julie Holunga, Certified Professional Coach and Founder of Chinook Solutions, as well as author of "On the RIse," to discuss the paths we can take to be "Conflict Competent" and transform tough conversations into flourishing ideas. Julie also provides insight on how to negotiative for ourselves and tips on communicating effectively, especially in a virtual space. Julie talks about the power of language, how it's imperative to find the balance of using strong leadership language and determine the difference of tones.

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