the Working Mother’s Mentor: Inspiring Leaders Share Their Best Advice
By Julie Finn: Business Strategist I Career Coach I Entrepreneur I Keynote Speaker
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Julie Finn chats with inspiring and successful leaders like John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, Tiffany Dufu, author of Drop the Ball, and Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Best-Selling author of How to Raise an Adult. Executives from Square, Disney, Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and successful entrepreneurs from What’s Up Moms, UrbanSitter, and Fairygodboss, just to name a few, give you concrete, actionable advice, their secrets to how they built their careers and businesses, and how they handle work life balance.
||CleanTai Beauchamp, internationally recognized style influencer, TV host, and entrepreneur, shares candidly on living life in the spotlight and wrestling with tough decisions: TWMM 048||Fresh off of the stage at Essence Fest, TV host, producer, and founder of Tai Life media company, Tai Beauchamp, takes us behind the scenes to understand the hard work, personal sacrifices, and triumphs of her glamorous, jet-set life.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow did she build a 7-figure business and land on the cover of Fortune magazine using skills from her life experience? Stacy Blackman tells us how: TWMM 047||Stacy Blackman describes in detail the steps she took to create a side business that wasn’t based the skills outlined on her resume, but from her lived experience. We discover how she began the company while working a job in corporate...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs This A Mid-Life Crisis?: TWMM 046||Julie discusses the many questions you may be asking yourself about your life and career and provides a heart-felt lesson on the power and wisdom of betting on yourself||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Lee Dumas, host of one of the most successful business podcasts of all time, Entrepreneurs on Fire, on leaving corporate, building a wildly successful business, and giving back: TWMM 045||John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast shares great advice on pursuing your dreams. He takes us into the thought process that led him to leave a corporate job and create his first podcast. He discusses the critical systems he put...||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExecutive Producer and Showrunner for Marvel’s Luke Cage, Cheo Hodari Coker, shares great advice about working in the entertainment industry, how he built his career, and juggling it all with a full family life: TWMM 044||Cheo provides a behind the scenes view into his amazing career and gives us practical advice about pursuing your dreams, building a career on your own terms, and integrating it with parenthood.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCEO of the Third-Largest Art Center in the US, the Woodruff Arts Center, and founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Doug Shipman: TWMM 043||Doug shares personal insights into how he built his amazing career, his role in the development of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and how he and his wife balance big careers with family life.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom CNN to entrepreneur, media maven Alicia Stewart on re-inventing yourself, finding your voice, and following your own path: TWMM 042||Alicia provides a masterclass on re-writing your own story and making small decisions that add up to building a life you love.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChief Executive Officer of UnboundEd, Kate Gerson, on attachment parenting, adopting cross-racially, and creating education access for all: TWMM 041||Kate sheds light on how attachment parenting affects her relationship with her kids, the responsibilities involved with adopting across racial lines, and the effects of unconscious bias in the delivery of education.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a career dedicated to impact, with the COO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Heidi Brooks: TWMM 040||Heidi provides insight into her high-power career in the non-profit sector, her optimistic outlook on life, and her global adventures that have led her to over 80 countries and counting||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEveryone Should Be an Entrepreneur...or At Least Think Like One : TWMM 039||Julie details four important things that entrepreneurs do well that you can start doing today to help you build your career or your business.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSquare CFO Sarah Friar with concrete advice on building a big career, being a great leader, and integrating your life: TWMM 038||Sarah provides lots of great, concrete tips and strategies for being a great leader, finding mentors, learning from failure, and juggling family life.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo you have a goal or a dream you’d like to pursue? You may need to give yourself permission before you can move forward: TWMM 037||Julie discusses the 6 types of permission you may need to give yourself in order to move with confidence toward your goals and dreams.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEver wonder how a podcast is made? We go behind the scenes of the making the Working Mother’s Mentor: TWMM 036||Julie shares surprising details about the making of the Working Mother’s Mentor podcast as she walks us through her 6-step process for creating the episodes.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom a high school teacher to a CMO, Deloitte’s fmr Chief Content Officer on managing pivots and building a successful career: TWMM 035||Jonathan Copulsky, Northwestern lecturer and former Chief Content Officer for Deloitte, shares great, concrete advice about building your career and navigating change, all while being authentic.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo you feel like you do the lion’s share of kid and home related work for your family? Learn more about the mental load and its impact on working women with Bright Horizons, VP (Horizons Workforce Consulting) Jennifer Vena: TWMM 034||Jennifer and I discuss the never-ending list of things to manage a family, the “mental load”, so many working moms carry. Jennifer shares surprising research about who carries the load and advice on how to decrease its impact.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn how an influencer built her career − Forrester Research VP and Principal Researcher Sucharita Kodali: TWMM 033||Sucharita shares tips for building a fantastic professional network and discusses how she became one of the country’s leading retail industry experts.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew York Times Best Selling Author Julie Lythcott-Haims provides a masterclass on parenting and dives deeper into her personal journey of self-acceptance: TWMM 032||Julie discusses the dangers of helicopter parenting and provides concrete strategies for raising self-aware, productive kids. We then switch gears and talk about how growing up Black bi-racial in America informed her life choices and how she...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorking abroad, finding a great workplace culture, and making big career pivots—Chief Commercial Officer of SEEK Australia, Kendra Banks: TWMM 031||Kendra shares her experiences living and working in many countries outside of the US and growing her career through multiple pivots, all while raising 3 kids.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat does it take to become a CEO? Kim Powell, author of the CEO Next Door teaches us surprising lessons in leadership: TWMM 030||Kim shares the career and leadership lessons she’s learned through the extensive study of and work with CEO’s across the country.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn how to launch a successful online course and to discover your true path, with Jeanine Blackwell, Founder and CEO of Create Six Figure Courses and the Launch Lab: TWMM 029||Jeanine shares her strategies for helping professionals leverage their experience and expertise to create successful knowledge-based businesses.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreatSchools Founder and Former CEO, Bill Jackson, on finding the right school for your kids and concrete advice to would-be entrepreneurs: TWMM 028||Bill shares robust advice on choosing the best school environment for your family and leadership strategies from his years a CEO.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeth Neumann, President and CEO of Starboard Cruise Services, on how she made it to the C-Suite and what she learned along the way: TWMM 027||Beth discusses the multiple career pivots that led her to the CEO role, and how she juggles raising 3 young sons while also leading a global retail company.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTiffany Dufu, Author of Drop the Ball, on how to create balance in your homelife and how freeing more of your capacity at home affects your ability to do big things in the world: TWMM 026||Tiffany shares her experiences as a launch team member of Lean In, the leader of the White House Project, and the new chapter in her life as a best-selling author.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJanet Feldstein McKillop, J. Paul Getty Trust Head of Development, on her building a successful career in development, managing a heavy travel load while raising small children, and why she loves walking up steep hills: TWMM 025||Janet shares her winding career journey that has led her to running development for the J. Paul Getty Trust, juggling her hectic work schedule with being present for her kids, and how she takes care of herself in the midst of it all.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorgene Huang, CEO and Co-Founder, Fairygodboss, on having access to great information when considering career decisions, making career changes while pregnant, and having an impact: TWMM 024||Georgene talks about the hustle it takes be the CEO of a fast-growing company, her mission to make workplaces a great place for both men and women, and how she handles it all as the mom of 2 young children and a new baby.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGemma Hartley, Author of the wildly popular Harper’s Bazaar article about Emotional Labor, on her path back to writing after the birth of her children, finding work-life balance, and how to divide responsibilities at home: TWMM 023||Gemma provides her expertise on the subject of Emotional Labor, addresses the resentment that often arises around the unpaid work done to sustain a family, and gives great examples and advice on how to share responsibilities at home.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJessica Jensen, Facebook Head of Products, Platforms, and Insights, Business Marketing, on working in Silicon Valley, a non-linear career journey, and fresh starts: TWMMP 022||Jessica shares her journey that led her to Facebook, what it’s like to be a woman working in Silicon Valley, her fertility struggle, and how she finds balance.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Noel, Principal, Foreside Strategies, on working in the White House, decelerating her career, and juggling life with four kids: TWMM 021||Kate shares how she pivoted from the White House to corporate, how she made the decision to leave corporate, and how she found peace in forging her own path.||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClaudia McKay, The World Bank, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, on transitioning from corporate to non-profit, being a young leader, and raising her children overseas: TWMM 020||Claudia shares the triumphs and struggles of leading high impact work at a young age, following her passion, and raising small kids on a different continent.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlisa Lewis, eBay HR Director, on her entrepreneurial roots, a non-linear path, and owning your career: TWMM 019||Alisa shares insights about how to have successful career pivots, being intentional about managing your career, and making a work culture great for working moms.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWaidehi Gokhale, CEO of Soliya, on leading mission-driven work, developing grit as a family, and returning to center when finding yourself depleted: TWMM 018||Waidehi discusses her global role at Soliya and how she and her family manage her busy travel schedule, how they each adapted when she took on the CEO role, and how she recalibrated when she found herself way off balance.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLynn Perkins, Co-Founder and CEO of UrbanSitter, on leading a start-up, securing $40 million in venture capital, and raising 3 kids: TWMM 017||Lynn gives us great advice—from tips on raising money from venture capitalists, to finding a good mentor, and best practices in hiring childcare.||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVickie Whatley PART 2, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Operations at Shout! Factory, on managing metastatic breast cancer while juggling a big job and life with a young son. TWMM 016||Vickie shares how she found her own breast cancer despite annual mammograms and how she takes care of her health while being a hands-on mom and a corporate executive.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVickie Whatley PART 1, Vickie Whatley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Operations at Shout! Factory, on her journey from Art History to becoming an executive in an entertainment company: TWMM 015||Vickie takes us on a journey to becoming an HR exec and gives us concrete advice about returning to work after maternity leave and making a work environment a great place for working women.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeighann Lord, Stand-Up Comedian, Author, Keynote Speaker, Co-Host on StarTalk Radio on being a caregiver, building the career meant for you, and working with Neil Degrasse Tyson: TWMMP 014||Leighann tells us how she left a corporate job, created her multi-faceted career, and juggles it all with caring for aging parents.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichelle Russell, Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group, on making company cultures great for working parents and how to successfully navigate an intense job while raising a family: TWMMP 013||Michelle gives us insight into the steps the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) took to make their culture great for working mothers and concrete advice she would give to women on building their careers while maintaining a full, integrated life.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity International on balancing a life of service requiring a lot of international travel while raising two small boys: TWMM 012||Tjada shares the struggles and triumphs of having a big job dedicated to serving others while also working hard to be an active and involved parent.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeg Resnikoff: What’s Up Moms co-founder on building a wildly successful media business while juggling life with 3 kids: TWMM 011||Meg tells us more about her journey to creating the #1 Parenting channel on Youtube while being a hands-on mom to three small kids.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLibby Wright, Coca-Cola Company VP of Strategy, on starting a job while pregnant, the beauty having a relative care for your child, and the importance of community: TWMM 010||Libby helps us understand that it does indeed take a village and how she balances work, family, and community service.||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeirion Gaylor Baird, Councilwoman, City Council of Lincoln, NE on the decision to be a stay-at-home mom, stepping into the public arena and juggling life with three kids: TWMM 009||Leirion shares the thought process she went through in deciding to take a break from the workforce, and then how she decided to take her commitment to public service to the political arena.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNdidi Nwuneli, Founder of AACE foods, on following the call on your life and living a life of purpose: TWMM 008||Ndidi provides concrete advice on becoming an entrepreneur, responding to the call on your life, and being a change agent on a global scale.||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbby Davisson, Gap Foundation Director, on social impact, changing jobs on maternity leave, and being prepared for working motherhood: TWMM 007||Abby shares insights on creating social impact, how business school prepared her for marriage, and finding the job of her dreams.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTam Edwards, News Anchor, 6 ABC in Philadelphia, on unique career paths, tough schedules, and finding fulfillment: TWMM 006||Tam shares her love of media journalism, the challenges of working unusual hours, and how to be content with your life.||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSherice Torres, Google Marketing Director, on career advice for ambitious working moms, the importance of self-care, and what to do when life throws you a curve ball: TWMM 005||Sherice shares her career pivots, the experiences surrounding giving birth prematurely, and sage advice on learning to let go.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLin-Hua Wu, Dropbox VP of Communications, on career transitions and life as the mom of four kids: TWMM 004||Lin-Hua discusses her unique and exciting career journey after law school and how to be bold in managing your family life.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNneka Rimmer, SVP Corporate Strategy and Development, McCormick and Company, on single motherhood by choice and work life balance as a senior executive: TWMM 003||Nneka Rimmer gives us great insight into how self-awareness and ingenuity can help you craft the work and family life you desire.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJenny Cohen, Head of Brand for the Walt Disney Company, on work life balance as a senior executive: TWMM 002||Jenny Cohen provides great advice on managing a high-profile career while having a family life you love.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulie Finn, Chief Mentor, the Working Mother’s Mentor on the mission of the company, the goals of the podcast, and her personal journey: TWMM 001||Julie shares more about why she started the Working Mother’s Mentor, the ups and downs in her life to date, and why she’s on this mission.||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful, Helpful… and Therapeutic!
As a parent and a professional I found the “Working Mother’s Mentor Podcast” both helpful and reassuring. I have to admit, I’m actually not a mom… I’m a dad and proud partner of a woman with a professional career, and together we’re a team raising 4 amazing daughters. Julie does a great job of facilitating a discussion that extracts real tips and experience from successful mentor figures. Her first guest, Jenny Cohen, shared outstanding advice and funny stories that apply to moms (and dads) who work and are committed to successful professionally while also being awesome parents. Give it a listen!
Real and Inspiring
Love this podcast. Real people, real tactics. Enjoyable to listen to and always a good take-away.
Thanks for sharing these incredible stories and women!
I love the authentic conversations that take place in these podcasts about women and what it's like to be a working mother. There's an abundance of wonderful insight and advice in these podcasts! As a working mother, I understand the challenges of doing it all and trying to do any of it well. It's great to have a resource and a mentor for working women today!