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Empowered Women: How to Have a Life While #WFH, a Conversation with Carolina Fowler

With COVID-19 causing a mass shift to remote working for the majority of businesses, could working from home be the future?

What was once a limitation, could render a fruitful and creatively liberating professional path. Carolina Fowler, a member of the refine+focus team for over 10 years now who has built her entire career from home, shares the benefits of working from home.

Tune into this episode of Empowered Women Series to learn how to make your work from home work life productive and without affecting the quality of your actual life. Carolina has shared tips on everything about #WFH, from family time to increased focus, learn more about how to make the most out of this time at home, or about what might be the right choice for you in the future.

Carolina is a key member in the Empowered Women Series leadership team and has been instrumental in our success; we value her opinion and experience. 

Listen to Carolina’s story and many others at our podcast, Empowered Women Series: https://www.buzzsprout.com/660247/3001705-e21-master-the-art-of-working-from-home

Empowered Women: How to Navigate the Social Impact Sector, a Conversation with Karen Ansara

Interested in the world of fundraising and philanthropy?

Now you have the opportunity to learn more from an industry expert, Karen Ansara, about the ins and outs of social justice work.

From putting yourself out there and taking advantage of every opportunity you can get your hands on, to maintaining work-life balance, to finding something you’re passionate about and running with it, Karen’s advice spans the world of philanthropy as well as applying to other career paths and aspects of life.

Listen and learn more about following your passion and keeping your creative juices flowing throughout different parts of life.

Have you ever been part of a fundraising effort? Do you have any philanthropy tips and tricks that we should know?

 

Empowered Women: Tips for Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationships

Most of us have been a mentees and some of us have been mentors, too. Mentor-mentee relationship helps us achieve our career and life goals, develop our strengths, and most importantly, the best ones create friendships that will last a lifetime. Dr. Bhakti More gives most effective tips on how we can create and maintain these relationships and have them work for us.

Dr. Bhakti More is a master at this art. She has developed a mentorship program at Manipal Academy called Manipal Beyond Gender where she has mentored hundreds of young women and men to take risks and reach their potential. Her insights are invaluable and her passion for the subject inspiring. She uses her own experiences of a mentee to tell us what it takes to be a successful mentor and what a mentee needs to do to get the most out of this relationship.

Which mentor/mentee relationship has been the most integral to your life? How has this relationship helped you the most?

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Empowered Women: Finding Story Behind the Story with Jody Seay

Most of us wish we could write well, many of us want to write a book. Not many of us know how-to and where-to start or what-to-do.

That’s why award winning author Jody Seay, awesome person that she is, shares her experience of writing. So that we can learn and may be write a book on our own. One day.

Jody credits her late mother for kindling her love for storytelling. As an accomplished author, she takes every opportunity to learn more about the people who inspire her essays and books. By taking upon a genuine interest in others and being passionate in everything she does, Jody has been awarded for a wide range of career successes.

Listen to Jody discuss how to look for the “story behind the story” and how that mindset helped her create her newest book, Almost a Murder. The less obvious story is the one that “touches people’s hearts.”

When we dig a little deeper, we often enhance our understanding of whom we are talking to, and we become better communicators. Armed with empathy, we may become stronger writers.

What story, event, or article are you going to explore more deeply today? May be even write a story about it?

 

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Empowered Women: Speaking Up as a Woman, Conversation with Annette Ballou

Sometimes you don’t have the courage to speak up and sometimes you are shut down even when you speak up. Is the solution in you building your courage or does it have to do with your organization’s culture?

How to Speak Up as a Woman, a Conversation with Annette Ballou from refine+focus on Vimeo.

 

Listen to Annette Ballou, J.D. Strategic Advisor to President’s Office at University of Massachusetts , she shares her thoughts on importance of innovation based organizational culture and how speaking up is foundation of it.

What do you think we should do so that everyone has an equal opportunity to speak up? Please tell us in the comments!

Empowered Women: Sasha Feldstein on How to Not to Invest in Invisible Emotional Labor

Being an empathic leader should make you a stronger leader, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, it only results in loads of invisible emotional labor at work and at home.

This emotional labor can and should be shared. Listen to my conversation with Sasha Feldstein of California Immigrant Policy Center to learn more.

If you’ve heard last Thursday’s interview with Sasha, skip the first minute. Leave a comment to tell us about your emotional labor.

Listen to more such interviews with Empowered Women here.

Empowered Women: Yoselin Bugallo on How to Make Others Value Your Career

Your gift for the International Women’s Day is here!

As women, we often have to convince others of the value of our careers. How do we find balance and draw boundaries in our personal and professional lives?

This episode of “Empowered Women Empower Women,” is with Yoselin Bugallo, the Director of Admissions at the NYU Stern School of Business. As a specialist in career development, Yoselin has learned a variety of lessons over the years—and one piece of advice that stood out to her was that who you choose as your life partner is one of the most important decisions you make in your career.

We’re trained to look at our life in buckets that we keep separate. Everyone has a career bucket, which we’re told shouldn’t mix with our personal bucket. But we don’t really live in buckets. What happens in our personal lives and in our support systems reflects on our career. Surrounding yourself with a support system that can pitch in when you ask for help can be the framework for a great career.

Enjoy your gift and share it with others!

Interviewed by: Purnima Thakre

Video edits by: Allison Yu

 

Empowered Women: Naheed Chowdhry Speaking about Speaking Up

Happy Women’s Day to all empowered women and the ones aspiring to be one!

Ever thought, why do so many of us find it hard to speak up? And what can we do to make our voices heard without being perceived wrongly?

The first episode of “Empowered Women Empower Women,” is with Naheed Chowdhry, the founder of iWill. With a focus on gender equality in the workplace, iWill helps augment, not reinvent, the gender-disparity policies of global leaders.

Naheed emphasizes that the best way to shift the mindsets of others is a mix of data and empathy. It’s only when something becomes personal that you can feel the impact and the desire to change your unconscious behavior. She also points to the benefits of safe spaces, where you can open up and discuss experiences without being judged.

When you have an idea, it’s important to have your voice heard. Communication is the one tool that can enable the creation of so many bridges. So talk with facts. Try to remove the opinion. If someone’s questioning what you’re saying, use data and ask for examples from them.

Celebrate this Women’s Day with listening to Naheed’s effective framework for communication and sharing that gift with women you want to empower!

Interviewed by Purnima Thakre 

Video edits by Allison Yu

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