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The Women's Leadership Podcast

Brought to you by the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership, The Women's Leadership Podcast is hosted by Executive and Women's Leadership Coach Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, and features content and interviews on new paradigm women's leadership, success, advancement, and work/life alignment.
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Mar 27, 2019

There are so many changes going on for so many of us right now. In politics, in our professional and personal lives, lots of transitions are taking place.

It’s easy to decide just to cope when life’s in flux.

This week on The Women’s Leadership Podcast, Elizabeth challenges us to engage with the change.

The goal is to choose, in order to find a way through that allows us to have a conscious experience. The process of choosing how we respond can lead to the ability to create our own happiness.

Listen in on this episode of Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Choosing to Swim.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, creating safe culture in dangerous times, and building a future in alignment with our values, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Mar 7, 2019

Before we launched Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast, we asked listeners what they’d like to hear from Elizabeth.

We were surprised, and then not surprised, that many of you wanted an episode dealing with the shame that comes with an ending like divorce.

So, this week on the podcast, Elizabeth breaks down shame and the systems of oppression - both external and the ones we’ve internalized - that keep us stuck in it.

The important messages of this podcast include

  • Perfection is a tool of oppression.
  • Find a safe, loving and appropriate space to speak your shame.
  • Then, commit to the brave act of claiming your decisions and moving forward into your new future.  

It all adds up to this: You have the right to the beautiful life of love and leadership that you choose.

Listen in on this fourth episode of Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast:Shame, Grief and Speaking Your Stories.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, creating safe culture in dangerous times, and building a future in alignment with our values, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Feb 28, 2019

This week on The Women’s Leadership Podcast, we’re talking about making sure you keep learning as a leader. We are never done!

We’ve got to meet the working world exactly where it is, and then strive to move it forward. Our own learning can equip us to help our workplaces create change.

In Continuing Your Education: Intersectionality, Equity and Growth, Elizabeth discusses our responsibility as leaders to create safe space for everyone. Diversity of thought comes from diverse people. Diverse people only thrive when work environments are safe for all.

Here’s your 3-part charge for this week: Learn the language of intersectionality. Learn the language of equity. And, make a concrete decision about how you’re going to keep moving your professional development forward this year.

Enjoy this third episode of Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Continuing Your Education: Intersectionality, Equity and Growth.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, creating safe culture in dangerous times, and building a future in alignment with our values, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Feb 13, 2019

Welcome to Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast!

This week on The Women’s Leadership Podcast, we’re talking about how to advocate for change in the workplace.  

In Becoming a Change Agent at Work, Elizabeth lays out the whys and hows of helping your workplace make positive change for women. Because the kinds of policies women want and need in the workplace are good for all of us.

Here’s your 2-part charge for this week: Get familiar with the policies of your company. Then, ask yourself whether there’s one policy area you’re willing to take the lead on.

Advocating for a policy change and being willing to lead or co-lead that kind of effort not only helps you move your workplace culture forward, but can also have a significant positive impact on your own career trajectory. Win - win!

Enjoy this second episode of Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Becoming A Change Agent at Work.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, creating safe culture in dangerous times, and building a future in alignment with our values, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

 

Feb 6, 2019

Welcome to Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast!

We’re so happy to be back. And we can’t wait to share this brand new episode with you.

In Four Themes for 2019, Elizabeth gives us her take on how to approach this year. Our voices are needed now more than ever, AND we all have big work to do. So, what should we focus on as we move forward?

Listen in as Elizabeth breaks down the greatest challenges we’re facing right now in women’s leadership, which also happen to be the primary areas where we need to do our own work and step forward to lead: survival, safety, and self-care; conscious response and engagement; activism at work & using our voices; and no more settling.

If we place our primary focus on these four themes during 2019, we’ll be poised to build a future together that works for ALL of us. It’s all about the future-building.

Enjoy this first episode of the Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Four Themes for 2019.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, creating safe culture in dangerous times, and building a future in alignment with our values, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

 

Jan 11, 2019

We hope your 2019 is off to a great start.

We’re getting Season 3 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast ready for launch. We’ll be back soon, and we’re excited to share fabulous new content with you.

While you’re waiting, please enjoy this classic from Season 1, Competition and the Transformation of Envy. It’s one of our most-downloaded, most-shared, most-talked-about episodes.

It’s also one you can learn from every time you listen. Competition and the Transformation of Envy is challenging in all the best ways. We hope you love it.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values. We’ll be back with Season 3 in February 2019.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, and creating safe culture in dangerous times, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Dec 12, 2018

This week, we’re celebrating the coming of the New Year with our final episode of 2018 and the conclusion of Season 2 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast.

In this episode, Elizabeth describes the final stage in her future planning process, the vision board.

Building your vision board is a process of choosing from a place of possibility. It’s an opportunity to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone to envision the big and even impossible-seeming things you want to create in the world. Vision boarding allows you to commit to your dreams.

You’ll hear all of Elizabeth’s tips & tricks for collecting images and words that represent you as the “wonderful, intersectional, glorious being” that you are. She recommends her favorite type of sticky board for keeping your vision together throughout the year. Plus, she describes how she involves her kids in a family visioning process.

Enjoy Episode 20 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Vision Boards, Leadership and Change for the New Year. You’ll love it!

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values. We’ll be back with Season 3 in February 2019.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, and creating safe culture in dangerous times, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Dec 3, 2018

This week, Elizabeth shares with us how she creates a vision statement and goals for the coming year.

She’s coached hundreds of clients through her visioning process over the years. It gives you a product that grows and changes with you, rather than stagnating like New Year’s resolutions.

Elizabeth’s process works because once you’ve got the words on the page, you do the work to train your brain to really believe that your goals are possible.

You set intentions and you take action. Essentially, by breaking your vision down into achievable goals, you become the person you’ve envisioned. You’ll have so many reasons to celebrate!

Episode 19 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Creating Your 2019 Vision Statement is packed with visioning and manifestation goodness. You won’t want to miss it.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, and creating safe culture in dangerous times, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Nov 28, 2018

Welcome to a new episode of The Women’s Leadership Podcast. This week, we continue our discussion of clearing and visioning for 2019.

In Part II of the Cleaning the Slate series, Elizabeth invites you to consider whether there are people in your life who do not serve you, and offers her best coaching on how to let them go.

Connections are so important to our health and well-being. We need to be in relationships with people who meet our emotional needs on a regular basis.

Our need for connection is innate. Our brains require face-to-face contact. We thrive when we are witnessed and see our best selves reflected back by people we love and trust.

Take an end-of-year inventory of your relationships. Purposefully choose those that serve you. Let go of those that are toxic.

Sometimes we have to say, “This relationship has run its course.” Let Elizabeth show you how in Episode 18 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Cleaning The Slate, Part II: Eliminating Toxic Relationships.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, and creating safe culture in dangerous times, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Nov 20, 2018

This week, Elizabeth invites us to think about the kinds of change we want to create in 2019, and do some planning and visioning to make it happen.

One initial step to creating the space for change is wiping the slate clean of daily habits that no longer serve.

Think about the places in your daily life where things just aren’t flowing the way you want them to, where stress or dread crop up. Those are likely the moments in your day when you’re keeping the plates spinning, but it’s by default rather than by design.

Now, imagine how you could change up that routine to remove the stress and dread, and instead invite more flow and ease. Wipe the slate clean of all your preconceived notions about how that routine needs to go, and think creatively about how you can redesign it.

As we move toward 2019, do yourself a favor. Make a note of a moment where daily life is stressful. Then, imagine all the ways you could transform that moment so that it serves rather than depletes you.   

For more on creating routines and habits that serve, check out Episode 17 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Cleaning The Slate: Shifting Negative Daily Habits.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


And, if your organization is looking for someone to address women’s leadership challenges, including #MeToo, leveraging privilege, and creating safe culture in dangerous times, we’d love to connect with you. Reach out to our team at info@gaialeadershipproject.com to schedule a conversation.

Oct 31, 2018

This week, Elizabeth invites us to think about the coming year as an opportunity to make real change for women in our workplaces.

Believe it or not, almost 20 years into the 21st century, we still have major corporations and other organizations out there that don’t have any policies, women’s affinity groups or leadership programming for their female employees.

It’s time for that to change. And we can, as women leaders, be the catalyst for that change in the coming year.

It means learning how to ally with other women, taking small and steady steps toward our goals, and using our voices in ways that may make others uncomfortable.

You will not win everybody over. Not everyone will be happy with you. That has to be okay.

The mission and purpose of supporting women’s leadership is greater and more important than our own individual discomfort at this moment in time. It’s simply the work we have to do to make the change that’s necessary for our future.

Check out Episode 16 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Using Your Voice For Change in the Coming Year iTunes| Google Play| Stitcher

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

Oct 17, 2018

This week, Elizabeth invites us to consider the opportunity we have right now to build hope, for ourselves and others.

There’s no doubt about it - many of the women in this country have been through a horrific time in the last few weeks.

Seeing women be ignored, disregarded and silenced on the national stage has, for many of us, triggered trauma and memories of being silenced repeatedly in our own personal and professional lives.

One thing we can do right now to create hope is reach down within ourselves.

Reach down into your memories and recall the experiences and practices that anchor your values. Use those practices and experiences to find and nurture your best self. Remind yourself of your basic human dignity. And then, from that renewed place of groundedness and leadership, reach down to lift women who aren’t there yet.

This is the greatest calling in women’s leadership right now: to reach deep into ourselves to find our footing and then use that to lift others up. That’s how we’ll create hope.   

Check out Episode 15 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast Reaching Down.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And if you’re interested specifically in how you can take the lead in the last few weeks before the midterms, it’s not too late to join Flip It Blue - our activist training.

This week’s session, Using Your Voice: Awakening Your Activist Story to Facilitate Change, will be facilitated by Intuitive Life and Story Strategist and Gaia Project Certified Coach Keisha Shields. She’ll help us understand how activism can be slightly different for introverts versus extroverts, identify and leverage our own primary activist leader stories, use our voices and stories to have difficult political and life conversations amidst high-trauma and high-anxiety daily events.


Sign up for this session or purchase an all-access pass to all 8 of these online trainings.

Oct 10, 2018

This week, Elizabeth reminds us that it’s okay to give yourself permission to step back a little bit when you need to. It’s not everyday that you will take the day by the reins, but the power is in letting yourself sit back and collaborate to let others take the lead when you need to rest and refill.

The idea of collaborative efforts in teams of women is powerful. Elizabeth encourages us to create or seek out tribes of women, where you trust and are invested in the same endeavor, and can share the lead, much as geese do when they fly.  

The seat of the teacher has to rotate. This allows all of us as a collective to feed one another through learning, energy and education.

If we do not allow this, we are missing out on the bodies of knowledge that are available to us from each person.

Remember this: You can craft collaborative working circumstances where you don’t have to take the lead all the time, yet when you do, you are giving other women the chance to fall back and rest.  It’s the only way to be sustainable and avoid burnout.

Check out Episode 14 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast Keeping On, for the inspiration you need to take back your power, no matter how you choose to do that.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And if you’re interested specifically in how you can take the lead these last few weeks before the midterms, it’s not too late to join Flip It Blue - our activist training. This week’s session, Feet on the Ground will be facilitated by Allison Terracio. Allison recently took her commitment to her new community of Columbia, South Carolina to the next level when she ran for and won a seat on the Richland County Council.

Join us for this session where we’ll not only learn the practicalities of direct voter outreach, but also explore the vulnerabilities that often show up when we put ourselves out in public, practice some methods for processing those, and discover the healing that can happen personally and in the community when we start to talk with each other.

Sign up for this session or purchase an all-access pass to all 8 of these online trainings.

Sep 26, 2018

This week, Elizabeth invites you to consider the possibility and the value of living without shame.

The #metoo movement is changing the landscape of women’s leadership across the board.

As more incidents of sexual violence and harassment are being publicly uncovered or named, women are discovering just how heavy the burden of shame can be.

The impact shame has on our ability to rise as leaders is huge. It’s time for that to change.

We’ve been told that this shame is ours to hold and to bear. It’s not.

The baggage of shame around our #metoo experiences is not ours. It’s time to give it back. For the sake of our human dignity, let’s give it back.

Remember this: you are worthy beyond measure. We are all worthy beyond measure.

Check out Episode 13 of The Women’s Leadership Podcast No Shame, for the inspiration you need to take back your power, no matter how you choose to do that.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And if you are committed to growing and developing women as leaders, and are looking for a methodology that will leverage your leadership skills, experience and intuition to help you do so, we invite you to join us for our Women’s Leadership Coach Certification. Whether you work in corporate, activism, coaching, or the nonprofit world, this is a game-changing training program that will turbo-boost your impact. Join us for our next 13-week session which starts October 8th. Check it out here!

If you have questions, please join Elizabeth for a live Q&A about the program on Tuesday October 2nd at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT - register for free here!

 

Sep 13, 2018

Every day, the Universe hands us opportunities for growth. Often, those come in the form of the consequences of our choices.

When we do the thing, and it has a negative consequence, we have to step up and take responsibility for it.

If we don’t, we abdicate our power to grow, and to be the change agentin our own life. The Universe will eventually come back around with another opportunity to take responsibility, and the next one may be like a brick to the head.  

In this week’s episode, Elizabeth invites you to think about two related sets of questions.

Where in your life have you abdicated responsibility, and consequently lost an opportunity for growth and change? How can you reclaim it?

And, have you ignored a prompting to look at one of your blind spots? Can you step in and do it now?

The moment you accept responsibility creates a profound mindset shift. It’s liberating and life-changing. Give it a try.

This is a topic we know we aren’t finished with yet.

Listen to the episode to find out more on iTunes| Google Play| Stitcher

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

Or if your organization is in need of support for women leaders, whether through coaching, workshops or long term training, please email us at info@gaialeadershipproject.com and someone from our team will get right back to you.

Aug 27, 2018

Are you willing to not be liked in order to get the good work done?

The more you fight for what you believe in, the more you stand in your own integrity and work to fulfill your true purpose, the more people who will show up who just don’t like you.

When we’re fighting for what’s right, pushback can cause us anger and hurt.  It can be incredibly distracting from the purpose of our work. The question all of us need to consider right now is whether we are going to stay in the arena and fight for what’s right.  Are we willing to risk the blood, sweat, and tears to bring about the more just and equitable world we know is possible?

What we don’t have time for anymore in this great new age of women’s leadership is the fear of being despised. 

In this week’s episode, Elizabeth urges us consider that the pushback and hurt is not about us.  That if we are out there seeking to change the world in ways that benefit the whole, if we are in the game to make a difference, some people will not like it. That’s simply not something that we can allow to keep us from stepping in.  

Consider this week’s episode an invitation to you to step into the arena and fight for the greater good.

Listen to the episode to find out more on iTunes| Google Play| Stitcher

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreonwhere you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series. Although the series is now complete, you can still sign up for any of the six sessions, where we’ve covered topics ranging from limiting beliefs, career transition, and intersectionality and inclusion, all the way through to our last session on mission and legacy.

Choose the sessions that most interest you or sign up for an all-access passand advance your leadership, no matter what stage of your career you’ve reached, or whether you’re in a corporate, non-profit, entrepreneurial or activist organization.

 

Aug 21, 2018

What would it feel like to take a conscious pause to reconsider the choices you’ve made about where you invest your time & effort?

 

If you’re like many of the women leaders that we’re working with, right now it’s feeling almost impossible to handle everything that our lives throw at us.

 

We’re expected to show up ready to perform at our best at work. More than 40% of us are primary breadwinners. We’re still relied upon to manage most of the childcare and take on most of the unpaid labor to maintain our households.

 

In this week’s episode, Elizabeth urges us to pause, pull back from the day to day, and look consciously at the ways we spend our time and energy. The change of seasons is a perfect time to pull back and think through in really concrete terms, “How can I recalibrate my life to represent what I want it to look like?

Consider this week’s episode an invitation to you to contemplate whether or not the things you are doing from day to day truly are in service of the larger mission of your life. Taking the time to recalibrate can actually be critical to our future growth as women leaders.

How you spend your time is a choice. It’s your choice.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series. Although the series is now complete, you can still sign up for any of the six sessions, where we’ve covered topics ranging from limiting beliefs, career transition, and intersectionality and inclusion, all the way through to our last session on mission and legacy.

Choose the sessions that most interest you or sign up for an all-access pass and advance your leadership, no matter what stage of your career you’ve reached, or whether you’re in a corporate, non-profit, entrepreneurial or activist organization.

Aug 13, 2018

What would it look like if you could be completely yourself in every area of your life?

As women, we often feel that we need to lead segregated lives.  

It can feel like we are never really anywhere where we can be completely at ease and ourselves.  We’ve all internalized that sense of fear that if we are who we really are, we will be perceived as either “not enough” or “too much”. This is part of the experience of living in patriarchy.

And the problem is that the line is always shifting as to what’s acceptable, so that we can never meet the goals that are set out for us.

In this week’s podcast episode, Elizabeth talks about having the capacity to be completely yourself in every area of your life and every aspect of what you do, as fearlessly as possible.

The value of being comfortable with the totality of who you are is far greater than the value of other people’s approval.

If you’re feeling like you’ve been taught that you are here to make others “feel good,” that you’re meant to be “nurturing”, that you need to prioritize other people's happiness over your own, that if you’re not pleasing others, you’re not good enough, then this episode is for you.

Listen to this Episode to find out more.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series. Although the series is now complete, you can still sign up for any of the six sessions, where we’ve covered topics ranging from limiting beliefs, career transition, and intersectionality and inclusion, all the way through to our last session on mission and legacy.

Choose the sessions that most interest you or sign up for an all-access pass and advance your leadership, no matter what stage of your career you’ve reached, or whether you’re in a corporate, non-profit, entrepreneurial or activist organization.

Jul 23, 2018

Could you permit yourself to be present to your desire and longing?

One of the things that is critical for us to talk about as women leaders is the nature of our sexuality and our desire in the world for ourselves - the nature of our erotic energy.

We don’t talk about this very often, and certainly, we’ve been conditioned as women leaders rising in traditionally masculine work environments to abandon this side of ourselves for the sake of our work.

In this week’s podcast episode, Elizabeth talks about how women’s desires have been characterized historically as being too frightening, too powerful, and something that causes violence to occur against us.

It is tough for most of us to claim our sexuality and own our desire, yet so critical if we are to feel complete, aligned, authentic and present, and move more and more towards our own freedom, integral to creating the change that we want to see in the world.

Listen to the podcast episode to find out more.

Join us weekly on the podcast for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series.

This week we’ll be sharing strategies for networking, marketing and sales. Whether you’re in a formal marketing or sales role or not, increased levels of leadership often bring an expectation (or requirement) that you will bring in business. If traditional networking doesn’t appeal to you, join us to learn how you can develop relationships in a way that feel more natural to you and aligned with your values and strengths.

 

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, July 25th at 12pm EDT) for Session 4: Transforming Your Connections - Networking, Marketing and Sales, or sign up for an all-access pass to all six sessions!

Jul 16, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

Are you investing in relationships that nourish and support you?

For this week’s podcast episode, Elizabeth joins us from Seattle where she and her kids are waiting for the moving truck to show up in California from New York City! She talks about how the quote “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” from The Beatles was on her mind as she packed up to leave the city she has lived in for the last 17 years.

From a leadership perspective, this is about what we create for ourselves in our lives in the form of support, and the reason we can make powerful transitions in ways that feel smooth.

The key concept here is that what you put into your relationships in the form of love and support is what you receive back in exchange - and this applies not just in personal relationships but in professional relationships as well.

At least, this is how it should be. Unfortunately, women are often conditioned by patriarchy to give relentlessly, regardless of what we get back. We may even feel guilty or ashamed about the idea that our relationships should serve us as well as us serving them.

None of us are served as women leaders by relationships where all we do is give.

Even as mentors and sponsors, we should be able to count on the people we mentor to support us as well as vice versa.

So, how can you invest in relationships that serve you?

Elizabeth shares several strategies for realigning your relationships so you are giving to people that fully support your personal and professional growth.

Listen to the podcast episode to find out more.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series.

This week we’ll be doing a deeper dive into two particular types of professional relationships that are critical to your success - mentorship and sponsorship. Pulled directly from the work that we do inside corporations and organizations with leaders at all levels, we’ll be exploring strategies for developing strategic relationships that are also deeply authentic and aligned with your values, so that you can visualize and embrace a vision for leadership that you can get behind. We’ll be looking at it from both sides, discussing how you can offer as well as seek mentorship and sponsorship opportunities that are mutually beneficial.

Join us tomorrow (Tuesday, July 17th at 12pm EDT) for Session 3: Cultivating Support - Mentorship and Sponsorship, or sign up for an all-access pass to all six sessions!

Jul 9, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

Can you allow yourself to sit in the experience of two conflicting emotions at the same time?

After living in NYC for 17 years, and with her move to Southern California coming up in less than a week, Elizabeth reflects on the theme of two things at once in this week’s podcast episode.

This theme came up for her a couple of years ago at a workshop designed to create space for women who are divorced or in the process of divorcing to be in both gratitude and grief about the end of a marriage.

It can be tough to hold two conflicting emotions at once, but in this episode, Elizabeth explores how it is not only a sign of psychological maturity to be able to do so, but is 100% necessary in order for us to become the full expression of who we are, integrating the full range of our experiences and emotions.

Additionally, as women leaders, one of the questions we’ve been asking ourselves over the past 18 months in particular in response to what we are seeing in the world right now is - can we sit in a place of activism, of being change agents and in resistance, and also simultaneously hold a positive vision for the future that we can live into and strive towards?

Listen to the episode to find out more.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series to gain the support and tools that you need to change your professional and personal life, and help make the world a better place for all, including the most marginalized among us.

We continue with our next session on Tuesday, July 10, where we’ll be focusing on career transition and upleveling.

Whether you are looking to uplevel in your career, or to make a transition to another role, company or industry by choice or external circumstances, we invite you to join us for Session 2: Growing Big Opportunities, or sign up for an all-access pass to all six sessions!

Jul 3, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

The next installment of our Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series is coming up Tuesday, July 10, where we’ll be focusing on career transition and upleveling.

Women often start out their careers on a fast trajectory of success and then hit a wall. The glass ceiling is still all too real for many, and the danger of the narrative that it has been shattered is that we turn the blame on ourselves. We end up sticking it out in abusive work environments where we are not being supported or advanced, over-worked but not given the chance to move into the levels of leadership that we are capable of.

Whether you are looking to uplevel in your career, or to make a transition to another role, company or industry by choice or external circumstances, we invite you to join us for Session 2: Growing Big Opportunities, or sign up for an all-access pass to all six sessions!

There is never a bad time to offload all the things that are not serving you.

In this episode, Elizabeth describes several opportunities she’s had to declare her own independence, in an effort to live by the sage advice she got from her father: “It is your sacred obligation to yourself to make decisions that propel you forward.”

Sometimes declaring your independence means letting go of thought patterns that have held you back or relationships that no longer serve you. Declaring independence may mean breaking the hold of ancestral patterns in your family history that you don’t want to pass on to your children, or leaving a place or a job or a life that no longer meets your needs.

During this 4th of July week, Elizabeth invites you to consider what you might need to declare your independence from. Write it down, and then take the time to grieve it.

When we leave behind a place or relationship or pattern or life that no longer serves, we have to grieve the story of the future that might have been. We process the grief in order to get to the light. On the other side of the grief is the liberation.

All of this is also a strong metaphor for where we find ourselves right now as a nation: finally fully seeing our past, grieving what has never really been true, and moving forward into the vision we want to create.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series to gain the support and tools that you need to change your professional and personal life, and help make the world a better place for all, including the most marginalized among us.

Jun 25, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

As we announced last week, our new Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series starts tomorrow, June 26th, and we’re kicking off this series with a session on the imposter complex, self-confidence and limiting beliefs.

Every single woman we’ve ever worked with has struggled with these issues at some point, and we are finding that this topic is profoundly relevant right now as we learn to use our voices for change.

If you’ve struggled with issues of worthiness, at work, at home or in the world, in order to create the life and the world that you want to live in, please join us for the first session or sign up for an all-access pass to all six sessions!

What key strategies can help you when you are living in the house of change?

As women leaders, most of us are handling so much right now, personally, politically and emotionally - we are living through a time of tremendous rapid-fire change.

In this week’s episode of The Women’s Leadership Podcast, Elizabeth talks about the experience of what she calls “living in the house of change.”

One of the things that is important to understand is that under these circumstances, where anxiety is normal, it is ok to be scared and to feel uncertainty. Being able to recognize when you are feeling a certain way, and to give yourself permission to sit in the discomfort of it, is critical to the process of change.

Elizabeth shares five key strategies for living in the house of change - listen to the episode to find out more.

If you’re feeling stressed out, overwhelmed or disoriented by everything going on in your life and the world, please find support in Elizabeth’s words today.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series to gain the support and tools that you need to change your professional and personal life, and help make the world a better place for all, including the most marginalized among us.

Jun 18, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

What are you doing to leverage your privilege for change?

As we have been watching and addressing what is happening at the border of our country right now with regards to children being separated from their families, we at the Gaia Project are taking a moment to consider what a difference it would make in the world if we had more women in power, particularly women who historically have been most marginalized.

Our mission has always been to grow women into greater and greater positions of authority in society and at work, and after everything we’ve seen over the past weeks and months, this feels as urgent as it ever has.

To that end, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. This summer we’re offering a Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series that takes six of the most popular topics we teach when we go into corporate environments and makes them available to as many people as possible in an online format. You can register for one, several or the whole series.

Some of the topics include:

  • How to grow a new paradigm of leadership for diversity and inclusion
  • How to overcome fear and the imposter complex and grow your confidence
  • How to find and capitalize on mentors and sponsors so you can advance more rapidly

These are all challenges that almost every woman we’ve ever worked with has encountered at one point or another, and we invite you to join us.

We are more committed than ever to doing whatever we can to get more women into power, in both a time of crisis and over the long haul.

This brings us to the topic of this episode of The Women’s Leadership Podcast, in which Elizabeth talks about leveraging your privilege for change. She shares how her father, a straight white man, has always been committed to social justice and modeled a conscious awareness of privilege to her and her sister from a very young age.

She also discusses this critical turning point in the history of our country, when women of all backgrounds and diversities, including women of color, immigrants, LGBTQ women, and women of every diversity we can imagine, need to be represented on the national stage.

If you are in a position of power or privilege in any part of your life right now, what can you do to get over fear? What can we all do to get over the idea that our voices don’t matter, get past the point of allowing ourselves to be silenced, get past the point of allowing our silence to silence others and move in the direction of using our privilege for change?

Listen to the episode to find out more.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.

And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series to gain the support and tools that you need to change your professional and personal life, and help make the world a better place for all, including the most marginalized among us.

Jun 11, 2018

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the Women’s Leadership Podcast with Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Join us weekly for all things related to women’s leadership, equity, advancement, inclusion and success in alignment with your values.

How are you managing stress as a woman in leadership in our current climate?

As women in leadership, we have long had to navigate a tremendous amount of day-to-day stress. However, what we’re seeing in the current climate is that many women are reaching a breaking point handling the stress of the news and the social and political environment, on top of the day-to-day pressures we already manage..

In this episode, Elizabeth talks about always being on the search for new solutions for managing stress, and recommends an interesting book she is currently reading:

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

One of the ideas explored in the book is that when we are able to practice certain types of observation of ourselves and our thoughts, we can shift our experience in the day-to-day, and manage our stress more effectively.

And, if we can we cultivate safe spaces for ourselves, even in the smallest of ways, we can also create a bit more ease within our days.

Elizabeth offers a strategy she calls The Little Box to help you make room for self-acceptance and self-love. Using The Little Box, you can pause and get some relief, in order to move forward with the work you are doing every day.

Listen to the episode to find out more.

If you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon where you can get access to bonus content.


Also referenced on this podcast: Dr. Samantha Brody’s forthcoming book, Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out.

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