I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of women in the world. Hollywood was reeling over the avalanche of harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo hashtag is near-constant in my various feeds. I am saddened. I keep asking myself, “How do I take action?” And more importantly, how to take action that reverbs beyond just Hollywood?
I see Saudi women claiming their right to drive and wanting more of the rights that we in the USA take for granted. There’s been significant action to stop child-marriage in India. Men are expressing remorse, sympathy and solidarity for the women brave enough to tell world their “Me Too”. There IS progress.
I had a conversation with Nada Nasserdeen of Rise Up For You this morning. It will be up soon. We discussed so many things and one of the things that came up was the pay gap. What Harvey Weinstein did was horrible, and once the headlines fade on this, we still have to keep pushing for economic equality. Abuse of power is intimately tied to money. Having money does not give you the right to abuse other people. One of the things that stands out about the Harvey Weinstein debacle was how he was perceived as a “golden goose” to quote Scott Rosenberg, a long-time associate. If you haven’t read Rosenberg’s comments, read it. Weinstein’s ability to make box office money left him unchecked. Considering how little progress has been made to include more women in the decision-making process of commercial film and television, it’s no wonder that he would-be-Harvey-s would feel invincible.
How do we move forward beyond this week?
- Reach out to a woman in entertainment and let her know you support her. Let her know that you care.
- Go to a play or movie directed or produced by a woman. Support women in the arts. There’s an old maxim that “You’re only as good as your last picture.” Let’s support women making art.
- Do not tolerate bad behavior, “locker room talk” or any action that demeans a woman or girl at home, work or school.
- Support women globally, especially to empower them economically. A threat to women’s freedoms anywhere compromises women’s freedom everywhere. One of my favorite ways to do this is by funding a micro-loan on Kiva.
This is about more than the transgressions of one man. There are more Harvey-s in every industry, every country. This is not just a Hollywood problem. It’s a power imbalance that manifests everywhere from gilded Hollywood to the most humble villages on earth. As long as the pay gap is tolerable to the majority, women will still be a minority, even if women outnumber men.
Ladies, do you need a reboot, a revamp or a pep talk? Do you need to level up? Do you need some girl time that feeds your mind and also energizes your spirit? Then look no further than The Spirit of Women Conference, Oct.7-8, in Atlanta.
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We’ve all had a hard time breaking the ice and the pressure at conferences and networking events to make something happen can make it even more difficult. How many times have you walked into a room for a professional event and just felt awkward? We all have.
Is there a better way, or even a strategy to making the most of a networking opportunity? Powerhouse networkers Judy Goss and Marie Fratoni have years of experience attending and putting on events. They divulge their best advice on making the most of your next networking event and Judy discusses her upcoming conference, Spirit of Women, in Atlanta, October 7 & 8.
Judy Goss, high fashion model turned lifestyle journalism mogul, wanted to create a lifestyles networking experience. Her networking group, What Women Want, now has chapters spanning the entire country.
Marie Fratoni, a master networker and founder of Get Clients Everywhere, elucidates the correlations between networking and sales. She also discusses how important setting intentions are to having success at networking events and conferences.
Listen in to the broadcast for real, actionable tips to making your next networking outing a success!
Our conversation with Jean Chatzky was right on the money! It was amazing to hear her inspiring story.
Jane Bishop, our guest on What Women Want Talk Radio, has a blog. Need a “dose of Jane”? Follow her! 🙂
In June, I had the opportunity to be interviewed live on the What Women Want LATalk Radio Show hosted by Judy Goss and co-host Kristin West. The theme was “Going After Your It!” (Listen to show here: http://latalkradio.com/content/what-women-want). It was a fun and energetic conversation with Judy and Kristin. Near the end of the interview, Kristin remarked, “you have such an infectious energy. If we need a dose of Jane, how do we find you?”
“A dose of Jane” resonated with me as it describes my approach with life in a creative way. And those who know me know I am all about thinking outside the box! If there is a skill, tool, lesson or resource in my portfolio of life experiences that can help someone achieve their objective, I want to share it. I strive to listen, learn and connect with others, so if a “dose of…
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“Getting yourself out there”—it’s advice we hear all the time, but all too often it’s nebulous. What’s out “out there” and how do we do it in a way that’s productive? On this week’s episode of What Women Want Talk Radio we discussed the branding strategies of businesses large and small with experts Pamella Horton and Susan Gunelius. Our riveting discussion unpacked more than just brand strategy. We delved into to recent campaigns from companies like Campbell’s Soup and Pepsi as well as discussed influencer and content marketing—and so much more.
When a woman I’ve met succeeds at achieving her goals, it makes me hopeful. Congratulations to Amy Newmark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment! CSSE is now trading publicly on NASDAQ. I had the honor of speaking with Amy on What Women Want Talk Radio a few months back with Judy Goss! Amy is a shining example of leadership and vision.Her entertainment company has been making headlines today and I am so happy for her success.
Check out this stellar interview with Amy Newmark here.
You have a great idea. You have a great team. You have superb processes and resources to set your business plans into motion…. but then, it’s time to discuss branding. This where many entrepreneurs with innovative ideas get stuck. Branding influences our lives as consumers of goods and services and the difference between great branding and bad branding impacts the viability of businesses. On yesterday’s What Women Want Talk Radio broadcast, we had guests Joan Pelzer and Paula Conway on to unpack how branding impacts businesses large and small.
Joan Pelzer of Joan Pelzer Media provides dynamic social media consulting in New York City. With years of experience in navigating the often-tumultuous social media landscape, Joan emphasizes communicating with authenticity—finding what’s truthful for you. Joan’s enthusiasm and passion for her work is evident and this guides her branding choices for herself and those she helps. Joan says, “I’m living my brand.” Joan, Judy and I took on the topic of live streaming video on social media, and how to leverage it to benefit your brand.
Paula Conway, head of Astonish Media Group, a strategic media company, has years of experience helping brand her clients in hyper-competitive New York City. She puts it very simply and directly, “Branding is quite literally everything.” Many smaller companies don’t understand what their own brand is and may not have invested the time or the resources to clarify their brand identity. Paula, as a branding expert, talks about how she branded her own company and how the power of the word “astonish” sets client expectations and her expectations of her employees.
I think one of the most important things that came out of this conversation is that communication happens on many levels. Branding is more than coming up with a catchy slogan. It’s more than a logo. Branding extends to how we communicate and how we meet expectations, and hopefully, exceed them.
There are so many distractions. Sometimes, in our hectic lives, we have competing priorities, which can make focusing even harder. This past week on What Women Want Talk Radio, Judy Goss and I had guests Christine Hassler and Nancy Ganzekaufer, who coached us on how to make our lives more reflective of our deeply held priorities. If you’ve been overwhelmed by your to-do list or suffering from a bad case of analysis paralysis, you’ll find the candor of Christine and Nancy refreshing.
It’s not everyday you get to have a conversation with the woman behind some of the most successful fashion & lifestyle start-ups of recent memory, but I did. Judy Goss and I had the opportunity to share an hour with the amazing, inspiring and down-to-earth Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder of Gilt and Glam Squad, to discuss her new concierge wardrobe service, Fitz.
Listen in to Alexandra’s wisdom here, discussing everything from testing ideas, to choosing team members, to naming a business for success.
If you are a working mother and need a pick-me-up, check out this week’s episode of What Women Want Talk Radio. Judy Goss and I had guests Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother and Linda Albright, founder of Women’s Wealth Revolution, on to discuss working motherhood in the US.
This conversation was lively, honest and layered. The issues around being a working mother in the US are enormous, but Judy and our guests really had an interesting perspectives. Listen all the way through and get access to a FREE webinar to help women achieve their goals and aspirations with Linda Albright.
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Happy Mother’s Day!