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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features interviews with talented professionals who have achieved success in their field or industry. I ask probing questions to get them to share untold stories about their leadership journey and how they built and sustained their professional network. Put insights from me and my guests into action this week and you’ll benefit from for years to come. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Guy Raz, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Now displaying: May, 2021
May 31, 2021

Today’s guest believes that the sensible and practical side of life meshes perfectly with the woo-woo side of life.

As the Chief Technology Therapist at Sensible Woo, she teaches highly sensitive & neuro-divergent online business owners how to replace technological chaos with a harmonious technology system. Through programs like Digital Feng Shui, her clients optimize their business foundation from an emotional and intuitive perspective so that they can delegate and automate without wasting time, money, or energy.

She is an accredited librarian with a Master of Science in Information and set the foundation of her career as the first digital archivist for Disney Animation Studios. From there, she has worked with marketing agencies, entertainment technology companies, public libraries, fundraising organizations, and technology start-ups.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Williams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “True leadership is the ability to say ‘I don’t know’. Real leaders are willing to admit there are things they don’t know yet.”
  • how her librarian background is the root to how she looks at business.
  • how living overseas during her early school years changed
  • how she looked at her introverted nature.
  • how being elected as a student council president inspired
  • her to want to make a difference in the world.
  • her brief stint as a standup comic and how much that taught her about addressing her doubts.
  • her experience of being in 1st grade in Taiwan, coming back to the US for 2nd grade, and how her teacher, Ms. Harman, held space for her during that transition.
  • her move to LA and her aspiration to be an actor or comedian.
  • how much she learned about business while working at Disney and how she compares it to getting a Master’s.
  • how she sees the pandemic as a gift.
  • her experience as a long time tarot reader.
  • how the woo woo fits into her business practices.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 247.

May 21, 2021

Today’s guest helps leaders and organizations thrive with disruption as an expert on digital transformation and leadership.

For the past two decades, she has been helping people see the future. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet. She was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company.

Her work includes consulting and serving on boards, including the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs. She is a sought-after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SXSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

She’s the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, “Open Leadership” and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, “Groundswell”. Her latest book is the bestseller “The Disruption Mindset.”

Please join me in welcoming Charlene Li.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the ability to create change and bring people together to make that change.”
  • how she dropped pre-med in college to align with her desire to be a leader and make change.
  • her fearlessness in school as the only person of color instead of letting it make her a wallflower.
  • her college experience of entering Harvard as a sophomore (thanks to AP and summer credits) and declaring a major that didn’t exist (Neurobiology).
  • her exposure to racism and misogyny and how her parents tried to talk her out of going into the business world.
  • how she started her business during the recession and what her family looked like then.
  • her evaluation of the internet to determine where the change would be.
  • her reaction to being asked “How do you serve the world?”
  • how she rallied during the pandemic and how she still tried to serve others through that disruption.
  • her advice for a million dollar business.
  • how to get people that are clinging to the old idea of the world to embrace the new world idea.
  • the level of intimacy that living and working through a pandemic brought to the table.
  • her definition of success.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 246.

May 13, 2021

Today’s guest can help anyone make networking an art, not an accident.

He is a principal consultant at Contacts Count, a global training and development firm that has developed 8 specific competencies, a mix of skills, behaviors, tools, and strategies, to teach individuals and organizations the value of networking.

He has worked with individuals in almost every profession and industry to improve their ability to build mutually beneficial trust-based relationships. Relationships that can help his clients improve their performance on the job, advance their career, and add value to their organization. These skills are also critical to success when seeking new employment opportunities.

An accomplished human resources professional, he has worked for over 25 years at organizations as diverse as Dunkin Donuts and the American Chemistry Council.

Please join me in welcoming Vern Schellenger.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is servant leadership. The dignity and respect around listening to people and having empathy. There is no leadership without followers.”
  • his first experience in management while working as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts and how that led to a 25 year career with them.
  • how he discovered networking during a job search.
  • his journey through multiple job searches with resources from New Directions and learning about networking.
  • his experience of leading a group through Georgetown Law School to help the participants embrace the concept of networking.
  • how he includes networking in everyday conversations and offers to not only teach but give.
  • a quick tip to how to weave networking into everyday conversations.
  • how he made it possible for one of his colleagues to “visit Mars”.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 245.

May 11, 2021

Today’s guest helps ambitious people expand their capacity to handle more growth, wealth, and success.

For more than ten years, she has helped entrepreneurs, corporate executives, Academy Award nominees, and Nobel Prize organization candidates break through boundaries that have been holding them back from their next level. Her signature approach enables clients to reach their highest level of impact.

She has addressed thousands of people both on stage as a keynote speaker and as a podcast guest. She's also been featured on CNN, Yahoo! News, and The Huffington Post. She is the author of “Love Cartography”, a new kind of personal development book for soul leaders that uses daily rituals to reconnect you to your internal wisdom, explore the beauty within you, and remind you of who you really are.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa Fabrega.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership consists of 4 things to impact people positively, the 4 pillars of capacity; discernment, sovereignty, equanimity, and boundaries.”
  • how growing up in a dictatorship affected how she grew up mediating within her family.
  • how her excelling in school often led teachers to question her about cheating which caused a bit of anxiety around the thought of being successful.
  • the impact the pandemic had on her business and the businesses in her network.
  • her time as an actor and wanting to explore and work in a creative field.
  • her love of Oprah and her thoughts of “wanting to do something like that”.
  • how reading Tim Ferriss’ book made her realize she was undervalued at her job and lit her passion to want to change that.
  • her career starting as a health coach and how she discovered the coaching industry.
  • the memory of one client’s journey to pay for one of her early coaching programs.
  • her theory of Embodiment Capacity.
  • the first year of her business and how she was considered “high-end” at that time charging $200/month.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer levels of her network by showing up consistently by supporting and cheering people on.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 244.

May 3, 2021

Today’s guest helps entrepreneurs tell economic stories that make dollars...and sense.

After nearly a decade in investment banking and having worked with Goldman, Lehman, and CSFB on over $5 billion of transactions, she rode the high tech startup rollercoaster in Europe, complete with angels, venture capitalists, and the coveted exit to a publicly traded company.

She then founded Finance-Ability, which upends traditional capital raising methods by providing entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and self-awareness to find the right kind of funding for their business. She  has educated and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs across three continents and has helped her clients raise over $30 million dollars in early stage capital.

She is the host of “What's Your Ask?” podcast where she talks to investors and entrepreneurs about the different ways they've asked and been asked for money, references, introductions and more. She is also the author of “Funding Your Business Without Selling Your Soul”.

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Sims.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is equal parts inspiration and risks/action-taking.”
  • how a bad decision by some students in her high school led her to organize an event for her graduating class and set her on a leadership path.
  • her history of getting involved in school and using that as an opportunity to learn more.
  • her initial dream of being a doctor and how a class in her summer camp saved her 10 years of her life and changed her career trajectory.
  • her keen observation skills while choosing a path in her career.
  • how her parents selling their business opened her eyes to launching a new business.
  • her observations about how people pivot and jump on opportunities during the pandemic.
  • how she encourages people to shift their mindset from “I’m going to take a risk” to “I’m going to run an experiment”.
  • how having multiple revenue streams serves entrepreneurs.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 243.

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