"What's going on with Black Sisters in STEM?" with Diana Nyamekye Wilson
In this episode, Rebecca and Nyamekye talk about: - How a traumatic journey can lead you to the right path - How sexism and racism are still very THICK in Wall Street and Big Tech industries - When to SWIPE LEFT on a dating site for a strong woman
February 01, 2023
Growth mindset is the key ingredients of positive change with Sissel Naustdal
In this episode, Rebecca and Sissel talk about 1. That it's okay to stray off the normal academic path (Sissel took a study break for 4 years!) 2. How lucky she has been, living in a society that does not see women as a second-class citizen 3. What is mindset, mindfulness, and all that jazz
January 25, 2023
Any little girls out there dream of being in HR? with Lucy Nyuke
Rebecca and Lucy talked about: 1. Switching career from customer service to human resources 2. What recruiters want to see in your application 3. How HR's ultimate question is how can I fit the hire into the current business needs
January 20, 2023
How a little island girl can break the mould of finding her own career path with Ari Krzyzek
In this episode, Rebecca Leppard and Ari Krzyzek talk about: 1. How to follow your gut despite your circumstances 2. The struggle of entrepreneurship is real but beautiful 3. How to get out of our self-limiting beliefs as a minority
January 15, 2023
That MBA was a waste of time! with Portia Obeng
We discussed about how: 1. Personal branding is more crucial than a master's degree 2. Being active Linkedin is important even when you're an employee 3. Not having a mentor is not an excuse to rise and shine
January 09, 2023
A banker turned a Youtuber turned an actor: Diptii Shah
In this episode, Diptii and Rebecca talked about: - removing ego when deciding what to do next in your career when a situation disrupt your plans, like your spouse is being relocated! - becoming an actor after a lifetime of being a banker! - choosing a spouse that will not get in the way of our ambition :)
January 02, 2023
Navigating career change after 13 years being in the same job with Ingrid Tedjakumala
Today we are talking to Ingrid Tedjakumala. Ingrid has more than 15 years of experience in the creative industries, 13 of which were with DestinAsian, the award-winning glossy travel magazine. Her remit spans from liaising with photographers, overseeing collation and the layout of all artwork, and conducting a personal press-check of the publication. After her long tenure in the publishing industry, she pursued her master’s degree in design management at Birmingham City University. She is now a doctoral candidate in communication science in Padjadjaran University. She teaches graphic design and fashion merchandising at LaSalle College Jakarta, Indonesia.
December 05, 2022
How having an MBA is not a guarantee to landing job with Steph Newton
Today, we're having a conversation with Steph Newton. Steph is co-founder at Ambr - a B2B solution to help organisations prevent workplace burnout using software. Prior to Ambr, Steph held senior strategy and operations roles at Accenture, Uber Eats and Spotify. Ambr was inspired by hers and her 2 co-founders' experiences working at Uber.
December 05, 2022
Hacking ADHD and freezing eggs with Maria Dakova
Today we are talking to Maria Dakova. Maria has more than 13 years' experience in marketing and communications and has been running her own businesses for the last five years. The saying “Jack of all trades, master of none, but better than master of one!” fits her multi-passionate entrepreneurship perfectly while also describing her super-creative ADHD brain. Maria runs a boutique communications and brand Image consultancy, and creativity and movement studio where she teaches art, yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Her passion is supporting others, so she has recently started coaching fellow ADHDers on their journey of discovering their superpowers and abandoning the mindset of having to fit in. Maria has two master’s degrees, is a certified life coach and nutritionist, and a yoga teacher and mindfulness and meditation coach, in a nutshell, she is the funny and weird nerd next door.
December 05, 2022
A former school teacher, now building a media empire for Gen Z
I am your host, Rebecca Leppard, founder of Upgrading Women. On this episode podcast we are talking to Gaby Mendes, 27-year-old Founder and CEO of leading education platform, Talk Twenties. Our aim is to disrupt the way the world sees life skills education and this means getting the biggest educators and brands in the same room as the people who need their support. With the cost of living going up and the value of each hard-earned pound going down, it's harder than ever to be a twenty-something stepping out into the big wide world of adult life right now. But Talk Twenties is about to change all that.
November 16, 2022
More women of colour in government? What a wonderful idea!
I am your host, Rebecca Leppard, the founder of Upgrading Women and today I have a fellow female founder Shilpa! Shilpa Bhim is the founder of Glowreel: a media startup dedicated to elevating the power and status of women of colour. Glowreel does this by celebrating the achievements and amplifying the stories of women of colour. Through Glowreel, Shilpa's aim is to ensure current and future generations of women of colour feel represented, empowered and inspired to blaze their own trail! Shilpa has a background in public policy, with a focus on social policy reforms and people from vulnerable and marginalised communities. She also has experience as a lifestyle and beauty journalist. Shilpa is of Indian descent and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. She currently calls London home. When she’s not researching stories for Glowreel you’ll probably find her chilling with a strong cappuccino or a rosé in hand - depending on the time of day!
October 27, 2022
How to manage multiple side hustles with Nissa Muluk
I am your host, Rebecca Leppard. On this chat we are going to answer the frequently asked questions about career that only your big sister care enough to answer. I am the founder of Upgrading Women and today I have a guest speaker, Nissa Muluk who is the queen of side hustle. From 2006 to present, she has been living her dream job as a radio broadcaster, host, and voiceover talent. In 2021, she wanted to do something more impactful on people. So she began to share her knowledge on public speaking and also her passion for parenting by speaking in several community webinars. She also started her own parenting program and public speaking class for kids and teens. She re-skilled herself and landed a job as Remote Project Manager for two different companies at the same time. Nissa is a happy-go-lucky person that would take on every challenge and conquer them no matter what.
October 25, 2022
Saying no to CV and cover letter with Tove Hernlund
I am, Rebecca Leppard, the founder of Upgrading Women and today I have a fellow female leader, Tove Hernlund, she is the Events & Community Manager at Alva Labs, a recruitment platform with the goal of making hiring better for everyone; candidates and recruiters alike. Tove has both a bachelors and masters in marketing from the US, and has worked within many different areas of sales, project management, and marketing. She has a true passion for helping others succeed, and within her current role she regularly hosts trainings and webinars on all things HR and recruitment, as well as co-hosts a podcast called How We Hire. We discussed EVERYTHING from personality test during a job recruitment, what to do and what not to do as a candidate and as a hiring manager. We also talked about how CV and cover letter should be ELIMINATED!
October 25, 2022
From corporate job to being a bootstrapping entrepreneur with Rachel Serwetz
I am the founder of Upgrading Women and today I have a fellow female founder, Rachel. She is the CEO and Founder of online career exploration platform WOKEN, helping professionals clarify their ideal direction and then to seamlessly pursue an efficient, intentional job search to land a role they will thrive in. Rachel believes that pursuing a career path that feels innately right to you will ensure that you are productive, creative, innovative, impactful, and responsible in serving the world.
October 20, 2022
How an immigrant can use personal brand to win. With Rebecca Leppard, Upgrading Women
Interview with Rebecca Leppard, founder of Upgrading Women. Rebecca Leppard is a communication strategist, a graduate from University of Indonesia who now lives and works in England. She started her career in magazine editorial desks in 2005 and even after she took up Marketing Communications as a specialty, she always freelance or volunteer for a number of magazines internationally. Rebecca has experience in handling private-sector clients in tourism, hospitality, technology and third-sector clients from Ford Foundation to the World Bank. And because her childhood dream is to become a teacher, she says YES to any lecture or speaking opportunities anywhere around the globe.
October 06, 2022
Choosing a field
In this episode we discuss that a few generations back the only options were to work in the public sector, private sector and if we have a progressive upbringing, we probably consider working in the third sector aka charity or non-profit sector. These days we have multiple and hybrid options like the private sector that does climate change or the public sector in tech and R&D, not to mention various global positions are open. Little sisters everywhere are overwhelmed with options.
October 02, 2022
How to stay motivated
Today’s question is about how to keep ourselves motivated at work. The quick answer is be mindful of 10 things that will derail you from your focus. Listen up!
September 23, 2022
School and University
Welcome to Career Sisterhood A podcast for top female talents I am your host, Rebecca, and this is the the second episode. We are going to answer the frequently asked questions about career that only your big sister care enough to answer. Question 1: What is the importance of school and university? Question 2: Rebecca, your field of work now matches what you majored in University. How did you even know how to choose your major when you were just a teenager?
August 16, 2022
Episode 1: Salary
Welcome to Career Sisterhood A podcast for top female talents I am your host, Rebecca, and this is the the first episode. We are going to answer the frequently asked questions about career that only your big sister care enough to answer. Question 1: Does a high salary really make you happy? Question 2: Is it better to have a low-paying job in a small town or a high-paying job in a big city? Question 3: What about a relatively high-paying job in a small town vs a relatively low-paying job in a big city? Many fresh grads are just another candidate in a multinational company in a big city, but can be a star in their small hometown.
August 12, 2022
Welcome to Career Sisterhood A podcast for top female talents I am your host, Rebecca, and this is the trailer. I once saw a book entitled ‘I will teach you how to be rich’. I did not read that book. I don’t have the time. I’m building my company and investing time in nurturing my new hires. But that book title did inspire me to write my own title, a proposition for my network here: ‘I will teach you how to be bankable.’ What do I mean by bankable? It means people will believe in you, your ideas, your passion, your diligence, and your expertise enough that they will give you their precious time to listen give you their connection for you to grow your network give you their money (or the company’s money) to hire you, promote you and invest in you. Stay tuned on Career Sisterhood
August 11, 2022