By Rae Parent and Marcy Twete
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Office Baggage is a podcast that “unpacks” the week of two successful corporate women. Hosted by Rae Parent and Marcy Twete, Office Baggage tackles topics that are all too often brushed under the office rug. Unafraid to take on the taboo, Marcy and Rae discuss their most frustrating moments on the corporate ladder and the topics professionals want to discuss to get ahead, understand the corporate construct and start climbing the ladder instead of holding onto a rung for dear life. Our resident Millennial, Marcy is a “recovered entrepreneur” turned corporate responsibility and sustainability leader for one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Gen X-er Rae is an executive at a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company and brings to the table 20 years of experience in the corporate sector, most of them happy. Rae and Marcy met in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program and bonded over sarcasm and raw ambition. Originally titled “The Fat Chick and the Token Jew,” this podcast is about business – seriously, it is!
||Explicit#32 – Fearless Girl Stands Her Ground||There are fearless girls everywhere in our world – at the office, at home, on the streets where we walk every day. But do we take the time to think about them? To honor them? This week we’re talking about our fearless work,||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31 – Badass Tammies Take Over||Last year, we coined the term #BadassSallies after our dear Kellogg Dean, Sally Blount. But this week, the world was taken over by two incredible #BadassTammies. Among other things today, we are talking about Tammy Duckworth’s new baby and a major Sen||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 – Take 2 – Starting Over Again||If you listened to last week’s episode, you’ll know that our Season 2 opener was recorded in….January. So we’re doing “take 2” on our opening day, and now we’ll be back in action every week from here on out. Articles/books/etc.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 – Opening Day – Office Baggage “Season 2”||It’s “Opening Day” on Office Baggage for what we’re lovingly calling “Season 2.” The lesson for our winter was the difficulty of podcasting when we aren’t at Kellogg every other Friday. And we’ll admit it, this episode was recorded in…||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28 – The Sexy Poop Emoji||It’s Halloween, and we’re tackling the dreaded “sexy (fill in the blank)” outfits donned by women everywhere on this holiday. Have we just gone too far when there’s a “sexy poop emoji” Halloween costume. Yes, that really exists. In additio||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 – The Millennials Are Coming, The Millennials Are Coming – Part 2||Part 2 of 2: A hallmark of the Office Baggage podcast is the intersection of Marcy’s Millennial perspective and Rae’s Generation X perspective. But even as a Millennial, Marcy is what some call “old” Millennials or “cusp” Millennials. Today,||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 – The Millennials Are Coming, The Millennials Are Coming – Part 1||Part 1 of 2: A hallmark of the Office Baggage podcast is the intersection of Marcy’s Millennial perspective and Rae’s Generation X perspective. But even as a Millennial, Marcy is what some call “old” Millennials or “cusp” Millennials. Today,||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25 – Playing the Long Game||Throughout today’s podcast we ask the question, “What kind of game are you playing?” Is your corporation playing the diversity game well? Are you thinking about your career in the right ways? And seriously, Cam Newton,||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24 – Just a Chat – What’s Wrong with Prayers and Mom?||This week, the United States experienced an incredible tragedy in Las Vegas. On this week’s podcast, we start with discussing the difficulty in talking about this tragedy both online and in person. Then, Marcy and Rae chat about diversity panels that||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 – When Life Hands You Lemons, Make a Whiskey Sour||It was one hell of a week for Rae and Marcy. In the most basic of terms, life handed them both a basket full of lemons. So today, they’re unpacking how women everywhere deal with weeks being sick, having health scares,||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 – A Farewell to Our Dear #BadassSally||It was a sad week at Kellogg recently. The incomparable Dean Sally Blount announced she will leave Kellogg in 2018. Rae and Marcy unpack her announcement and her impact at Kellogg, inspired by her quote, “This is what the person I want to become would||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 – Equality. Didn’t you get the memo?||Throughout this podcast, there’s a thread of equality for women, but today we’re tackling it head on and from an early age. The media has blown up recently with stories about educators requiring different dress codes for girls than for their boy cou||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 – Finding the Path for “She-E-Os”||On this week’s Office Baggage, we’re talking about the rise of female CEOs. Is there a pipeline? Can women rise to the top? Or are we kidding ourselves. And a special bonus, the first 10 minutes, these two married ladies are talking about online dat||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 – Mini Episode – Getting Winded Eating a Cheeseburger||Rae and Marcy admit that sometimes….they get winded while eating. If that’s not a wake up call, we don’t know what is! Both Rae and Marcy are re-vamping their health and fitness regimes this summer and “getting it together” in the way of their||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 – We’re Back! Back in the Podcast Mood||Rae and Marcy took a small hiatus during summer break, but this week, we’re official back. Imagine us singing, “We’re back….back in the podcast mood.” Today, we catch up on what happened this summer, what we’re doing during a break from scho||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 – The Panel of Men, The Sequel||Back by popular demand is our “Panel of Men.” Today, Office Baggage brings to the podcast three *new* men with three new perspectives. An Army veteran turned banker, a sales expert and a tech leader, these men have truly varied backgrounds and exper||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 – Saving Energy for What Matters (#kidsarejerks)||As busy professionals, our time with our children is often constrained. We want to spend the time that we have enjoying our relationship with our children but when a child acts out, we end up using our energy to address behavior issues instead.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 – Cosby is an Uber Problem||This week, we’re revisiting a topic we discussed way back in Episode 1 – Uber. A lot has happened since the controversy around sexual harassment came to light a few months ago. We’re talking about Uber’s Board of Directors, the Holder report,||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 – Burnout and Topout – Are You Ready to Get Out?||If you are experiencing frustration at work or feeling disconnected from what you’re doing there are two common issues you may be experiencing – burnout and topout. In today’s podcast, we tackle both topics. What is burnout? What is topout?||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 – Dress for the job you want?||Today on Office Baggage, we’re addressing the difficult and sometimes controversial topic of office dress codes. Are certain things “off limits” in the workplace? Or is a dress code sexist? Rae and Marcy share their own “do’s” and “don’t||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 – BAM….Right in the White Privilege||Many of our prior episodes have explicitly or implicitly addressed male privilege. Today, we’re taking this taboo discussion another step by addressing the topic of white privilege. Privilege is a difficult and often controversial topic in today’s a||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 – Meet the Game Changers Behind ezza Salon||For professional women, looking professional is key. Every professional woman has a “bad manicure” story, and we’re just plain sick of it. Enter ezza. The incredible women behind new business venture, ezza salon,||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 – The Panel of Men||Office Baggage, every week, brings you the perspective of two corporate women. Today, however, we bring you the first of what we hope will be many versions of “the panel.” Three corporate men join Rae and Marcy to discuss topics ranging from sexual||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 – Badass Sallies||A certain someone’s famous daughter wrote a book recently on “Women Who Work,” and it sparked quite the conversation on Office Baggage this week. What does it mean to be a “woman who works” and how do we support one another without being catty||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 – So You Think You Want an MBA?||We met last September as we began our journey through Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University’s Executive MBA program. Since then, countless people have asked us why we decided to get an MBA, what our program is like,||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 – The Mother of All Taboos||In today's episode, we're following up on our conversation about power for women last week. Are we more powerful than we give ourselves credit for? Then, we're taking on a big big big topic for women everywhere - motherhood.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 – Cockpit Confessional – The Life of a Female Pilot||Eight months ago, we had the opportunity meet one of the most incredible women we’ve ever known. On this podcast, she’s going by the pseudonym “Nic” to protect her identity. She is a female pilot for a major U.S. carrier. Her journey to pilot,||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 – The Problem of Power for Women||Women have great power. It’s inherent. Hell, we literally birth other humans! But far too often, we usurp our inherent power in small but meaningful ways. Whether in our bodies, our language, our fears or our apologies,||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 – Bottomless Bucket of Fux||Emotional labor (a.k.a. giving a f*ck) is the process of managing feelings and expressions as part of fulfilling the requirements of any job. Like any labor, any one individual’s ability to perform it is finite and has value (nobody has an infinit||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 – Hey, Miki, You’re So Fired!||We celebrate women who bring their whole selves to work in order to drive maximum value. . . but how much authenticity is too much? On this episode of Office Baggage, we talk about boundaries. Should Miki Agrawal have sensed that somewhere between gra||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 – Eu Sou O Homem! (I am the man!)||For women in the corporate world, our problems are real right here at home in the U.S.of.A., but things become even more complicated when you add in cultural differences. Marcy found herself in South America this week dealing with a host of hilarious||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 – Yes All Women||Each week, we work to choose topics that are applicable to all of our friends in business, no matter their gender, but we unashamedly come at these topics from the perspective of corporate women. This week,||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini Episode 3 – The Fat Chick and the Token Jew||Rae and Marcy met in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program and bonded over sarcasm and raw ambition. In fact, this entire podcast was originally titled “The Fat Chick and the Token Jew.” On this first mini episode,||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini Episode 2 – The Truth About Mansplaining||No matter your age or tenure in business, chances are, if you’re a woman in business, you’ve been “mansplained.” What is mansplaining? To mansplain, a verb, (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman,||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMini Episode 1 – Are We Too Busy To Pee?||Welcome to our first shownotes page for the first mini episode of Office Baggage. We are so excited to launch this podcast. It’s been in the making for months and having it public now is an honor. - We are both busy, accomplished,||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Filling a Significant Void in the Podcast Market – with Humor and Empathy!
As a young woman just entering the corporate world (starting in a role where women make up only 30% of my peers!), I have been feeling out-of-place and anxious about navigating my male-dominated workspace. After scouring the internet for advice, I was thrilled to come across this podcast. I love how Marcy and Rae incorporate both high-level women's issues that are broadly being discussed today, like the Me Too movement, as well as smaller-scale issues/incidents that women encounter in the workplace everyday, like constantly being interrupted by men, that don't get as much attention in the media (side note: does anyone feel like some men have been conditioned to talk AT women, rather than WITH them?). I sincerely hope Marcy and Rae continue to air more episodes of "Office Baggage," because I have been really enjoying this podcast, and I haven't seen any other podcasters tackling the same important women-in-the-workplace issues with humor, self-awareness, and understanding!
Can’t wait for Season 2!
I just got the email that the first episode of season 2 is out! I will be listening at my desk today! I am so looking forward to hearing about all the adventures Marcy and Rae have been on. This is one of my favorite podcasts! Thanks for a great show!
Wise Career Advice and Good Humor
You get a great mix of wise career advice and lots of good humor in this show hosted by Rae Parent and Marcy Twete both of whom work for large companies in the midwest. A recent two part series about millennials offers an excellent example of what makes this podcast valuable and engaging. The conversation was fun and full of practical tips about salary negotations, promotions, and job hunting.