The Ambition Theory Podcast

The Ambition Theory Podcast

By Andrea Janzen
The Ambition Theory Podcast focuses on strategies and thought leadership around creating a workplace where everyone is welcome and everybody can thrive and we’re not going to shy away from the difficult conversations.
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19. How Fathers Can Give their Daughters a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future with Michelle Travis

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4. How to motivate your employees with a simple question
Why are my employees not taking initiative right now? Why are they not stepping up to the plate? Why are they not motivated? On this episode of the Ambition Theory Podcast I talk about my Forbes article where we discuss motvation and how to unlock your employee's hidden potential. The article mentioned in this episode was originally published on Forbes.com. You can read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2020/07/01/how-to-motivate-your-employees-with-a-simple-question/#5d0ab38865ba  Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
07:29
August 6, 2020
3. How to capitalize on social capital with Amelia Merrick
Amelia Merrick is studying for her PhD at the University of Toronto. In her research, she is looking to answer these big questions: “How do we support young people’s transition into life-giving work?” “How do we learn to think critically about and for our work?” “What is the role of the workplace?” “What is the role of post-secondary institutions?” “What do we do to make it more likely that work enables us to do and be what we have reasons to value?” In our conversation we discussed how social capital can give you opportunities others may not have access to, how to recognize your privilege, and how to create trust and pass on knowledge in your organization. Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
34:05
July 30, 2020
2. How to bridge the education gap with Charles Milton, CEO of Bursity.org
I met Charles Milton about a year ago, and the thing that stood out to me about him was this desire that he has to help people. He wants other people to succeed, and to help them overcome whatever barriers are in the way of them moving forward in creating the success that they want. I am so honoured to consider him one of my friends and that he came on the podcast to share his story with you. He is the founder and CEO of Bursity, which is a company that is bridging the education gap, and getting more students the money they need to pursue higher learning. Charles Milton is the founder of Bursity.org, and is a community advocate and social entrepreneur dedicated to helping marginalized demographics improve access to post secondary education. A recent graduate of Nova Scotia Community College, in the Data Analytics and Information Technology, he is the recipient of the 2019 Business Innovation, and Alumni Rising Star awards. He landed on the idea of Bursity, North America’s largest database of financial awards exclusively for marginalized students, when he realized he had the skills and life experience to address such a big problem. Listen to Sylvia's interview here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1-how-to-have-open-honest-conversation-around-blacklivesmatter/id1455263707?i=1000485213957 Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
38:12
July 23, 2020
1. How to have an open and honest conversation around the #blacklivesmatter movement with Sylvia Parris-Drumond
In the inaugural episode of the Ambition Theory Podcast, I sit down with Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of Delmore "Buddy Daye" Learning Institute. I am very grateful to have people like her in my life, as we had an open and honest conversation about the #blacklivesmatter movement and learned about the black community in Nova Scotia. Previously the Diversity at Work Podcast, the Ambition Theory Podcast focuses on strategies and thought leadership around creating a workplace where everyone is welcome and everybody can thrive and we’re not going to shy away from the difficult conversations. The rebranding of the podcast reflects the rebranding of my company, which was previously Andrea Janzen Professional Coaching, and is now Ambition Theory. To learn more about Sylvia's work and for resources: https://dbdli.ca/ Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
43:44
July 16, 2020
19. How Fathers Can Give their Daughters a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future with Michelle Travis
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, we are sharing a special episode in honor of Father's Day. I sat down and talked with Michelle Travis, who is a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and the authour of the book, Dads for Daughters. In this interview we talked about practical things that fathers of daughters can do today to make the workplace better for women, so that when their daughters get to the workplace their daughters can thrive and can more easily get into a leadership postition if that's what they want.  Unfortunately, today in the workplace the gender gap is real, and the progress that we're making is very slow, and if we don't speed things up, things are not going to be different for the next generation. Today, even if you tell your daughter she can be anything she wants when she grows up, the truth is it will be harder for her, especially if she wants to be in a leadership role.  The reason I'm sharing this today is to give fathers very practical tools to take to their workplace right now and implement them in order to have an impact and create a place where everyone can thrive, including their daughters.  Learn more about Michelle's book: https://michelletravis.net/dads-for-daughters/ Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-a-travis/ Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
43:42
June 18, 2020
18. How to prepare for a job interview
In this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, we are talking about preparing for a job interview. I actually started out as a career coach – I could see all of these amazing skills that they had, but they couldn’t see it for themselves let alone convince someone else in a job search process that they were capable of doing the job. A lot of the interview prep I saw online was very scripted. But when you’re rehearsed and just saying a script you can’t connect authentically with people. And let’s be honest that connection during an interview is what gets you the job. People decide based on feelings and then they justify their decision based on qualifications. The other problem was – no matter how many potential questions we brainstormed, there was always one that we never thought of that would stump someone. Listen to this weeks epiosde to find out how to make yourself stand out from other candidates in an interview. If you want more resources or coaching contact me on our website: https://ambitiontheory.ca/contact/ Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/ Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
21:49
June 16, 2020
17. What to do now if you lost your job
In this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, we're talking about building your resume and LinkedIn profile to help you get a new job, especially if you have been laid off during the pandemic.  So many people have gotten laid off that the unemployment rate in April in Canada was 13%. That means a LOT of people lost their jobs. And I know the ripple effects are not over. This is a REAL Problem. And it affects everyone. Even if you’re listening to this and have a job right now it doesn’t mean that you’re going to have one in 6 months. Unfortunately this is the reality we are facing today. I started out as a career coach – The crazy part was is that people had very high success rates. They’d get the job. And they’d get jobs really fast. The challenge is these clients wouldn’t actually like their jobs. Because I didn’t ask the fundamental question: "What do you really want?" I realize now in hindsight that it’s because I missed the fundamental question: "What do you really want? What drives your ambition? What are you striving for?" I went back and found my resume building template and have shared them in this episode. This actually got people the interview. But it also built confidence so that when they got an interview the wowed the interviewer and got the job. It also built up their confidence to negotiate a salary. And all those amazing things. If you want more resources or coaching contact me on our website: https://ambitiontheory.ca/contact/ Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/  Or on Instagram: @andreajanzen or @ambition.theory  Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/
18:38
June 4, 2020
16. What is the meaning of Ambition Theory?
We recently re-branded the company! What does ambition theory mean? In a nutshell, it's Motivation + Strategy, it's the sweet spot between personal development and tactical strategies so that you can actually implement what you're learning. The first question we ask all of our clients is 'What drives your ambition?'. The answer isn't always straightforward, but once you can answer this the path forward becomes clear. In this episode I'm sharing what it is and how I figured this out. Buy an Ambitious Every Day Journal Here: https://ambitiontheory.ca/product/ambitious-every-day-journal/ Send me your feedback here https://ambitiontheory.ca/contact/ Connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreajanzen/
19:26
May 28, 2020
15. Why you still need to have goals and ambition right now
You had all these grand plans for 2020, you were going to get that promotion, you were going to get new clients, you were going to make more money and you were going to be an amazing role model. But now things are different, and maybe you're wondering if it's still OK to have these goals. Today I'm sharing why being ambitious is more important than ever especially for women who are in leadership positions. I'm sharing one simple tool that you can implement right now that will help you to move your goals forward, contribute to your community and be a role model for others.  Sign up to get your FREE PDF copy of the Ambitious Every Day Journal here: ambitiontheory.ca/journal Sign up for the webinar here ambitiontheory.ca/webinar 
26:09
May 21, 2020
14. How I got out of my comfort zone with Trudy Dyer of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
This episode of the Diversity at Work podcast is a bit different - I invited Trudy Dyer, Executive Director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on the podcast – but we’re not talking about her, we’re actually talking about me, and how she saw this potential in me that I did not see in myself. She offered me an opportunity, and immediately my reaction was to say no, and thoughts of imposter syndrome filed my head. I wanted to bring her on the podcast to really share how she stepped up to the plate, how she was able to get my thoughts in check, and allow me to see this opportunity for what it really was – a way for me to get out of my comfort zone and get into that zone where the magic happens. Check out our campaign here: tinyurl.com/cancerisntcancelled Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
23:18
May 8, 2020
13. The importantce of investing in yourself in uncertain times with Andrea Janzen
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, we are talking about why you need to invest in yourself right now. The reasons why it is the best time today to spend time, money and energy on your professional development.  Today I’ll be sharing strategies you can implement right now, and these are things that my clients have implemented in the past month to help them get new clients, get new jobs, and position themselves to be ready for a promotion and a raise. To make more money, have more influence, step into that leadership role, and be a role model for other people. Grab a FREE copy of the Ambitious Every Day Journal HERE put this link: andreajanzen.com/journal Book a Complimentary call with Andrea HERE. https://calendly.com/andreajanzen/30min?back=1&month=2020-04 https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/09/09/women-stop-asking-for-career-advice-and-do-this-instead/#bab56717c8b4
30:14
April 29, 2020
12. How to lead in times of uncertainty with David Hudock
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I interviewed David Hudock, who spent 32 years in senior leadership positions in the Canadian Navy. I sat down with him to talk about what it’s like to lead in crisis situations, as we are currently navigating uncertain times. I wanted to learn from someone who has experience leading big teams during really challenging times. I was looking for a perspective that is different from the typical business books on how to step up, how to be there for your team, and what it looks like to be a leader today. Grab a FREE copy of the Ambitious Every Day Journal HERE  Book a Complimentary call with Andrea HERE. 
32:20
April 23, 2020
11. How ambitious women thrive in uncertain times
The world is a crazy place right now. I'm pulling back the curtain and sharing what I've learned one month into the Covid-19 pandemic and how I'm applying it to my life and my business. I'm talking about: - Mindset hacks that can keep you positive so that you can use your creativity to find opportunities to move forward and take action.  - Why I'm investing in professional development right now and how it's helping me to move my career forward.  - How to reframe any fear or anxiety by asking one simple question.  - What I'm doing to fuel my ambition personally and professionally so that I can stay motivated.  Grab a FREE copy of the Ambitious Every Day Journal HERE  Book a Complimentary call with Andrea HERE. 
24:04
April 19, 2020
10. How to thrive as a couple during times of crisis with author Jennifer Petriglieri
In this interview, I got to connect with Jennifer Petriglieri, the author of Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work. I read her book in the fall, and when I was reading it, I have to say it was like Jennifer was in my head observing my life, and how my partner and I have made decisions about our careers and our relationship. If you haven’t had a conversation with your partner about what ambitions you have from a family perspective and a career perspective, the best time to have that conversation is NOW! In this episode we talked about how to have that conversation, how to really thrive in difficult times, and make decisions so that you can be successful in love and in your career. Get Jennifers book here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MWDNZD3/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
41:19
April 9, 2020
9. How to persist through adversity with Dr. Vanessa Sweet
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I sat down with Dr. Vanessa Sweet. She is preparing for the biggest challenge of her career, which is being on the front lines during the covid-19 pandemic. In this conversation we talked about how training your mindset has been a crucial part of her medical training. How to thrive in times of crisis and how imposter syndrome is showing up for her and the other doctors that she works with right now, and how they're overcoming it.  Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
42:04
April 3, 2020
8. Live episode: Why networking and leveraging relationships is the only way to move your career forward with Jodi Millen and Lindsay Reynolds 
This episode of the Diversity at Work podcast is a very special episode. It is our first LIVE podcast recording that we did on March 4th to acknowledge International Women's Day. It was at an event called Celebrating Ambition, for diversity champions in the construction industry in Toronto. This event started because I was frustrated navigating the construction industry by myself. I met Jodi Millen back in January, and Lindsay Reynolds jumped on board soon after. We realized that trying to do something by ourselves was going to be hard and wee would have a bigger impact if we created something together. In this interview we talked about how to network, why leveraging relationships is the only way to move your career forward, and how to look at relationships in a positive way, and why you need to look for abundance instead of competing.  Thank you to our sponsors PCL Construction, Platform Insurance, Hancock & MacArthur and The Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association. Check out Jodi's company here: https://meilimarketing.com/ Check out Lindsay's company here: http://hancockmacarthur.com/ Get a FREE PDF copy of Ambitious Every Day here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
35:55
April 3, 2020
7. What's happening in Italy, from a Canadian in Rome, with Tonia Szkurhan
Have you ever heard that saying "When you’re looking for a leader, all you need is to find someone who is one chapter ahead of you"? On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I interview Tonia Szkurhan, who is a Canadian living in Rome, right now, in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic. We talked about how Tonia is pivoting her singing career, what its really like to be on lockdown for 18 days, and why Tonia was so disapointed when Candians turned up at the grocery stores hoarding toilet paper.   Tonia Szkurhan is a Canadian singer based in Rome. She has an impressive repertoire of musical theatre, jazz, pop, and rock music. Tonia has sung in many high profile clubs, theatres and events in Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom.  If you would like to learn more about Tonia or listen to her music, please visit her website or YouTube channel and follow her on Instagram and Facebook: Website: www.toniasings.com Instagram: @toniasings8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toniasings YouTube: Tonia Szkurhan Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
18:29
April 1, 2020
6. How to cope with fear and anxiety with Olethea Pimenta, Registered Therapist
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I got to talk to Olethea Pimenta, a registered therapist who is the most innovative therapist I have ever met. We talked about fear in uncertain times and how the fear you are experiencing right now might be something you've already gone through before. She gave me a bunch of techniques to help reframe what is happening with your fear and anxiety so that you can move forward, stay positive, and see opportunities to really thrive in this time of uncertainty, Olethea is a registered psychotherapist with a completely online practice. Her clients refer to her as their coach, performance coach or career coach! She works to take clients from panic to peak performance, helping clients struggling with anxiety and relationships level up in all areas of their life. Her services can be covered under most extended health plans or professional development budgets!  Book a consult here: https://calendly.com/oletheap/consult Visit her website here: https://opimenta.ca/ Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
37:52
March 31, 2020
5. How to stay connected with each other through food with Jamie Deveaux, food blogger and celebrity chef
In this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I got to interview Jamie Deveaux, who is a chef and was recently on the Food Network show, Wall of Chefs which he won! We talked about food, and how slowing down in times like these is a great way to ground yourself and connect with your family. We also discussed how foodis such a good way that humans connect with each other through, and when we are in this state of isolating ourselves, how we can actulally use food to keep our relationships going and find a bit of positivity in these times. Jamie is a recipe blogger, reality cooking show winner, and upcoming personal chef/small event caterer. He has a passion for slow cooking and mindful food practices, including promotion of local food initiatives, food security, and a healthy, deliciously feed, community.  Check out his blog here: https://theslowbraise.com/ Find him on Instagram and Facebook: @theslowbraise  Spaghetti on the Ready This pasta might seem complicated but I am confident even a novice cook can have it on the table, impressing their nearest and dearest (or just their isolated selves) within half an hour. This is a good time to learn the joys of "mise en place" which means "everything in its place". This is the concept of doing all of your cutting, trimming, measuring, pantry digging for that one ingredient that you know is there but doesn't want to be found, before you start to cook. it eliminates so much stress and frustration and will afford you the time to enjoy the process. Ingredients: 1 box dry pasta (spaghetti, linguine, spaghettini) 3 vine tomatoes, medium dice 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 onion, small dice 2 cloves garlic, minced (we use 4 or 5!) 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained (canned works) 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1/2 cup red wine (plus more for drinking) 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup torn fresh basil 2-3 large handfuls arugula or baby spinach 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg lots of fresh cracked black pepper optional toppings: parmigiano reggiano chopped fresh parsley Instructions: 1. Put a large pot of well salted water on to boil. This should be salty like seawater. Don't worry, most of the salt gets drained off. 2. In a large medium-hot skillet, add your olive oil, onions, and garlic and cook until translucent and aromatic, about 2 minutes. 3. Add tomato paste, lots of black pepper, nutmeg, and chickpeas. Cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. It is perfectly find for things to be sticking to the pan at this point. The browning adds a lot of flavor. 4. Pour orange juice and half cup of wine into pan and use a wooden spoon to loosen and lift up all of the cooked on pieces from the pan. 5. When wine and juice have reduced and started to look like a thin syrup, add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. 6. Toss pasta into the pot of boiling salt water and set a timer for one minute less than cooking time listed on the box. 7. While pasta is cooking, toss basil and arugula into your sauce and continue to reduce over medium-high heat. It should start looking too thick by the time the pasta is cooked but not sticking to the pan. Trust the process. 8. When pasta is cooked, using tongs, lift noodles from the boiling water directly into the pan of sauce. add 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water, this is absolute liquid gold for pasta dishes. 9. Stir everything together until the sauce is thickened again and the pasta is well coated. 10. Remove from heat, top with tons of fresh parsley, grated parm, plack pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. 11. Serve directly to the table in the skillet
27:19
March 30, 2020
4. Strategies to successfully work from home with Pat Sweet
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I sat down with Pat Sweet from the Engineering and Leadership blog to talk about strategies around working from home. We talked about productivity methods and how to stay connected with people when you're working remotely. We also talked about stategies for both leaders and team members on how to show up for the people they work with and how to best support them where they need it right now. Pat also works at LockheedMartin, as a systems defense engineer and loves to work at the intersection between business and technology. Read Pat's blog here: https://www.engineeringandleadership.com/ Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Ambitious Everyday Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
29:25
March 27, 2020
3. How to have a conversation about the gender gap during self-isolation with Ashley Maria and Lea-Ann Woodward Berst
On this episode of the Diversity at Work podcast, I sat down with Ashley Maria and Lea-Ann Woodward Berst, a mother and daughter team who produced and directed the documentary Pioneers in Skirts. In this movie, they talk about women's ambition and the reasons why the gender gap really exists. If you've listened to my podcast for a while, you probably know that the gender gap is not a women's issue, it's a cultural issue. So if you want to have a conversation with your daughter, with your partner, with your coworkers of any gender, this is the movie that explains it. In this interview we talk about what you can do as a parent to promote gender equality for the next generation. How you can have conversations with both men and women and how you can have a conversation with your family. Watch the movie and get started to take action and figure out what your part can be in closing the gender gap.  To learn more about the Pioneers in Skirts documentary: https://www.pioneersinskirts.com/ Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal Join the Ambitious Everyday Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
41:39
March 26, 2020
2. How to communicate with employees and customers in times of crisis
On this episode I interviewed Natasha Compton, who is a PR expert and owner of Be Curious PR. She and I talked about strategies to communicate with your customers and your employees during times of crisis. Natasha shared some examples of what you can do if you want your customers to be excited and keep buying things from you during this time of uncertainty.  We also talked about how to communicate internally and what to do if your employees are actually not on board with the decision that has been made at the senior level. If you are an employee at a big company, if you own your own business or if you just want to communicate with your family and your community, sit back, relax and enjoy this episode, and learn strategies that can help you to be that leader and be the best role model that you can be during these uncertain times.  Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: http://andreajanzen.com/journal  Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
17:07
March 25, 2020
1) How to cope in times of crisis with Andrea Janzen
Welcome to the Diversity at Work podcast Season 2! Today we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming and are launching a special season on thriving in times of uncertainty. It is March 23rd today and we are right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a leadership coach, I have a ton of resources that can help people get through difficult times. People are working from home, people are losing their jobs. Things are pretty crazy right now. And I wanted to use the next couple of weeks to bring some guests on, share strategies on how to see opportunities, and how to stay positive in this time, where to be honest, there's a lot of fear and anxiety happening. Today, I'm going to give you one tool that you can start with right now to feel grounded, not to set big goals, not to feel very ambitious, but so that you can start to try to be positive, start to see opportunities and really be in a place where you can serve others. You can be that role model, you can step up and be that leader in your family, with your coworkers, and in your community.  Sign up to get your gratitude journal here: https://mailchi.mp/f228d708410b/gratitude?fbclid=IwAR1j5v0uOvUSj908aR-yzRDNNiuPfRXZz_fFH8QwsrqRV98fhr2var8gii4  Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Find us on Instagram: @ambitiontheory or @andreajanzen
16:31
March 24, 2020
50. Opening doors for women in trades with Reva Bond Ramsden (repeat episode)
It's been a year since the Diversity at Work Podcast started, and to celebrate we're re-releasing our favourite and most popular episodes as we gear up for Season Two coming soon!!! Reva Bond Ramsden is the Dean of Construction for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). After learning that females represented only 2% of the student population in the School of Manufacturing, she got really curious about the the gender gap. This curiosity led Reva to become a trailblazer and advocate for getting more women into construction, trades and technology. Through the group called Women in Trades and Technology she is working to create role models for women interested in non-traditional careers. Her philosophy "Where you are in life, there's always someone ahead of you, and there's always someone behind you." She believes that you don't have to wait to be a role model and we all have the opportunity to be a role model for the next generation.  In this episode, Reva also shares a story about what happened when there were 3 women in a 4th year auto body class (this had never happened before). Both genders shared their stories and the men in the class decided to take action about gender equality in the workplace. When women are included, amazing things really do happen. You don't want to miss this episode! You can learn more about Women in Trades and Technology here.  You can learn about SAIT here.  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal
38:49
March 19, 2020
49. How to negotiate and get what you want with Fotini Iconomopoulos (repeat episode)
It's been a year since the Diversity at Work Podcast started, and to celebrate we're re-releasing our favourite and most popular episodes as we gear up for Season Two coming soon!!!  In this episode I chat with Fotini Iconomopoulos, who shares negotiation strategies that you can implement right away to get what you want at work. Fotini is an MBA professor, a keynote speaker, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and soon to be published author. We talked about the gender pay gap and how important it is for women to negotiate and advocate for themselves at work. So many women avoid negotiating, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be that way. There are proven strategies that you can implement today to become a more confident negotiator. Fotini shares why hearing the word ‘NO’ is actually a good thing, because it’s actually the start of the negotiation process. If you’re looking to understand more about the gender pay gap, if you want to get promoted or are looking for a raise, this episode is for you. Find her on Instagram: @fotiniicon Connect with her on LinkedIn: Fotini Iconomopoulos Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal
39:11
March 12, 2020
48. The science behind the Ambitious Every Day Journal with Darren Steeves
In this episode, I chat with Darren Steeves owner of Vendura Wellness. With a multifaceted background in exercise physiology with athletes and health consulting in organizations, Darren's focus is on resiliency and building mental strength whether you are an Olympic level high-performance athlete or just a regular human.  Vendura Wellness utilizes evidence based best practices within Multi-Disciplinary Total Health Teams to deliver unique strategic planning for your organization. This collaboration of health professionals working within all all aspects of health enables the Vendura team to maximize employee total health and performance.  To listen to Darren's TED Talk, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs_J9rK7oUQ To learn about Vendura Wellness check out: http://vendurawellness.com/ OR Follow Vendura Wellness on Twitter: @vendurawellness Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: Duckish Natural Skincare https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
39:26
March 5, 2020
47. Discussing diversity in the African-Nova Scotian community with Sylvia Parris-Drumond, CEO of Delmore "Buddy Daye" Learning Institute
In this episode I sat down and chatted with Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of Delmore "Buddy Daye" Learning Institute. In this conversation we discussed how to best facilitate diversity and learning both in the workplace and in schools, and how to create a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations in these places. Through her I learned about the details of the African-Nova Scotian experience and how the repercussions of the colonial experience affect people in her community today. Sylvia's work in education and the community is rooted in core Africentric Principles. She has a successful history of collaboration with the communities and stakeholders with whom she has worked. Through her extensive public sector involvement, Sylvia has gained a deep understanding and appreciation for what it takes to conduct policy analysis, oversee publishing projects, and develop and implement education, multicultural and diversity programs. To learn more about Sylvia's work and for resources: https://dbdli.ca/ Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: Duckish Natural Skincare https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
1:02:33
February 27, 2020
46. Flexible work increases productivity and bridges the talent gap with Jennifer Hargreaves
In this episode I sit down to chat with Jenifer Hargreaves, CEO and founder of Tellent, an organization that brings together experienced female professionals who have evolved beyond the 9 – 5 work model to connect, network and find meaningful and financially rewarding work so that they can lead, live and earn on their own terms.  Jennifer is a business owner and master problem solver committed to connecting and bridging work opportunities for professional women in the new economy. In this conversation I learned how having flexible working conditions can lead to increased productivity while keeping workers happy, a value I am passionate about maintaining in my own company.  If you would like to join the tellent Community with a 10% discount, check out the links below: For flexible job-seekers and freelancers - https://community.wearetellent.com/plans/37165?bundle_token=eb831e3846b9438b19d4d92531fce280&utm_source=manual For talent seekers and entrepreneurs - https://community.wearetellent.com/plans/37164?bundle_token=592dc2f4c2831c0ab08f2c0bbb5486ce&utm_source=manual Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: Duckish Natural Skincare https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
42:39
February 20, 2020
45. Championing diversity in the pre-fabrication industry with CEO Amy Marks
In this episode I sit down and chat with Amy Marks, CEO of XSite Modular, one of the leading companies in prefabricated modular building and consulting. Amy created the position of prefabrication consultant,  defining the language and concepts used throughout the industry. Amy is a thought leader in both domestic and international circles, and has served on many boards and been a keynote speaker at industry events. In all these opportunities, Amy has championed diversity in the prefabrication and construction industries. Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: Duckish Natural Skincare https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
50:33
February 13, 2020
44. Leveraging relationships and embracing sponsorship was the strategy that got my company big corporate clients.
On this episode we're pulling back the curtain and sharing how the concept of sponsorship is showing up in our company. I'm sharing the reasons why so many people said no to me in the early days of my business and the only way that I was able to land big corporate clients is by leveraging relationships.  A lot of people hate the word networking, and feel uncomfortable using the word sponsorship. It often brings up feelings of being inauthentic. The truth is, it's actually a lot of fun and one of the easiest ways to accelerate women and people with diverse backgrounds into leadership positions.  I'm also sharing how you can embrace this concept as an entrepreneur or a small business.  I've recently partnered with two women entrepreneurs in Toronto to better understand how the construction industry works and I'm sharing the behind the scenes on how it happened.  Get tickets to the LIVE POCAST RECORDING in Toronto on March 4, 2020.   You can read the Forbes article here  Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group Here.  Sponsor: Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal Here. 
33:49
February 6, 2020
43. Gender diversity from a masculine perspective with Jake Stika Executive Director of Next Gen Men
There are a lot of women who talk about gender and diversity in the workplace, but not a lot of men. Here's the truth about gender equality: it isn't about men vs. women. It's actually about creating workplaces where everyone can thrive and that means it's better for men too. Jake Stika AKA 'The guy that talks about gender' is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Next Gen Men. They create brave spaces to engage, educate, & empower men and boys on gender & equality. I found this conversation very informative and I learned a lot from his perspective. I'm really excited to be able to share this with you.   To learn more about Jake's work check out https://www.nextgenmen.ca/ You can also follow Next Gen Men on Instagram and Twitter:  @nextgenmen Some resources mentioned:  https://modernmanhood.org/ http://www.equityleaders.org/ https://www.ted.com/speakers/tony_porter http://breakingtheboycode.com/ Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: Duckish Natural Skincare   https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
48:21
February 2, 2020
42. How to begin implementing sponsorship at your company
Sponsorship sounds amazing, but how do you actually implement it? How do you take this concept that nobody really talks about and use it as a tool to close the gender gap in the workplace? In this episode I’m talking about how you can get started and why the best place to start is at the top of the organization. The article mentioned in this episode was originally published on Forbes.com. You can read the full article here https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/12/19/how-to-begin-implementing-sponsorship-at-your-company/#2b1bb6087e72 Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
09:55
January 23, 2020
41. Why women love working in the trades with Lorien Barlow, director Hard Hatted Woman.
Lorien Barlow began developing the documentary Hard Hatted Woman in 2013 and has since then interviewed dozens of tradeswomen from all over the US. The film is currently in post production and will be making it’s debut later in 2020. In this interview we talked about what motivated Lorien to take on this project and what she learned filming women on construction sites all across the US. Her biggest ‘aha’ moment was when she started to explore the reasons why women go into the trades, because it’s not what you think. Working in the trades is a really great job, but today there are still very few women in the profession, and the numbers aren’t really changing. Lorien is going to leverage this film to change the narrative and start a different conversation about the trades. You can learn more about hard hatted women here http://www.hardhattedwoman.com/  Follow the film’s progress on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hardhattedwoman/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HardHattedWoman  Twitter https://twitter.com/HardHattedWoman Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
56:28
January 16, 2020
40. Shifting your mindset from surviving to thriving makes the workplace better for everybody with Steve Foran
Steve Foran is the grateful CEO of Gratitude at Work, a happiness company he founded in 2006. Steve has been on the leading edge of gratitude based research, writing and teaching for more than 15 years. He is the author of the book Surviving to Thriving: The 10 laws of Grateful Leadership. In this conversation, we talk about mindset. It’s our default to see our situation from a place of scarcity with a survival mindset. If we really want to thrive we need to shift to a thriving mindset which takes us to a place of abundance. The simple way to do this, practice gratitude every day. We also talk about how most organizations approach their diversity and inclusions strategies from a place of scarcity and a survival mindset. This approach invokes fear and resistance to change. It’s the idea that promoting diversity in the workplace will give opportunities to some, while taking away opportunities from others. If we can approach diversity and inclusion from a place of abundance, we can create better opportunities for everybody and a workplace where everybody has the opportunity to thrive. Can can learn more about Steve and Gratitude at Work here https://www.gratitudeatwork.ca/ You can order Steve’s book here http://store.gratitudeatwork.ca/ . Use promo code Andrea to save 20%. Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/ Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
49:44
January 9, 2020
39. Do this before you set your 2020 goals.
Happy New Year! It's the start of a new decade, and everyone is talking about goals .The sad thing about this, is that most people won't actually achieve the goals the set for themselves this January.  Did you know that most people give up on their fitness resolutions by January 12? And 80% of people give up on their non fitness resolutions by mid February.  I don't want this to be you.  In this episode I walk you through the steps you can take so that you can achieve your goals this year.  The first thing you need to do is answer the question: What drives your ambition?  I help you figure out what ambition means to you. I also walk you through how to face goal setting with abundance and positivity and why you need to write your goals down.  Get your Ambitious Every Day Journal here http://andreajanzen.com/  Join the Ambitious Every Day Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/592214311302369/ You can learn more about how Strava tracked people's fitness goals here  https://nypost.com/2018/12/21/new-years-resolutions-last-exactly-this-long/ You can learn more about the 80% of people who give up on their resolutions by mid February  https://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/why-set-yourself-up-for-failure-ditch-new-years-resolution-do-this-instead.html Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
35:44
January 3, 2020
38. Diversity and Inclusion in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry with Danielle Civitillo
Danielle shares how she started a Diversity and Inclusion initiative at VHB. Danielle works in the AEC industry which stands for Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Danielle and I talk about what it takes to get a Diversity and Inclusion initiative off the ground in a traditionally male dominated industry. Danielle was really open about how change is happening slowly. The truth is, when you're the one doing the work it's hard to see progress. The truth is in 18 short months they've gotten almost 70% of their employees engaged in Pride initiatives, the existence of their diversity and inclusion Employee Resource Group helped VHB to attract a star employee and conversations are happening at the C level. You can learn about VHB here http://www.vhb.com/ You can take the Harvard Implicit Association Test here https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/canada/takeatest.html Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal here https://go.andreajanzen.com/standalone-sales-page-ambitious-everyday-journal
1:06:41
December 20, 2019
37. Curiosity is the Secret Weapon for Closing the Gender Gap
The gender gap can be overwhelming. It's hard to know even where to get started. In this episode I'm reading my latest Forbes article explaining why not knowing the answer might be the best approach. The article was originally published in Forbes on October 11, 2019 You can read the article here https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/10/11/curiosity-is-the-secret-weapon-for-closing-the-gender-gap/#3fbfbd554e5b You can see the Catalyst pyramid here https://www.catalyst.org/research/women-in-sp-500-companies Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal here https://go.andreajanzen.com/standalone-sales-page-ambitious-everyday-journal
09:53
December 12, 2019
36. Asking different questions and redefining your strengths with Don Bureaux President and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College
Don Bureaux is the President and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College. He successfully created a diverse leadership team by reframing one simple question. Instead of asking 'Do you have what it takes to be a leader at this organization?' He asked 'What kind of leader do you want to be?' This opened up new opportunities for people to play into their strengths, become better leaders and build a high performing team.  Don believes that your strengths are not the things you are good at, but instead the things that get you excited. In this interview we talked about celebrating diversity and how the college is preparing the next generation for the fourth industrial revolution.  You can find Don on linked in here. https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-bureaux-2043211a/ You can learn more about Marcus Buckingham here https://www.marcusbuckingham.com/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
53:13
December 6, 2019
35. Authentic Leadership with Jenn Wicks
On today's podcast, I chat with Jenn Wicks of Jenn WIcks Coaching about her work overseas and her path to becoming an authentic leader, and how she shares her knowledge with others. Jenn works closely with senior leaders and technical experts in mature organizations who want to lead with greater impact, drive innovation, and foster healthy communication. One-on-one, she works with clients to identify their strengths so they can show up authentically and ethically, in alignment with their core values and the values of the organization. Jenn works together with clients to identify blind spots and opportunities, ask tough questions and build the relationships needed to support change and growth. Check out Jenn's work here: https://www.jennwicks.com/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
1:00:37
November 28, 2019
34. Being more creative with Melissa Lloyd of Doodle Lovely
Did you know doodling could help you retain information while on a phone call, or jog your memory for important tasks? In this episode I chat with Melissa Lloyd, a Senior Brand & Graphic Designer, at Lovely Studio, and founder of Doodle Lovely, a journalling and doodling tool designed to help you focus. Melissa and I chat about how doodling helps you focus, and how she helps corporate employees reconnect with their creative sides and become more productive in the process. She is dedicated to helping individuals, companies and organizations connect to the heart of ‘who’ they are, and combines her creative experience to grow businesses to influence personal, societal and global change.  Check out Melissa's work here: https://doodlelovely.com/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
35:13
November 21, 2019
33. Why women don’t support other women
It’s unfortunate but true. Women don’t always support other women. In this episode I’m unpacking what the evidence says about this. I’m also sharing a story of when I fell into the trap of not supporting another woman’s success. This issue comes up a lot, and it’s easy for us to point the finger and blame others. The truth is, if we really want things to change, we need to start with ourselves. You can read about the research here https://journals.aom.org/doi/10.5465/amj.2014.0538 You can read my first Forbes article here https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/09/09/women-stop-asking-for-career-advice-and-do-this-instead/#bd0906817c8b You can read Natalie Doyle Oldfield’s first Forbes article here  https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/08/21/10-steps-to-winning-customer-trust/#47e1551cf98e Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
19:37
November 14, 2019
32. How to be a better ally with Karen Catlin
We know that in order to create a workplace that truly supports diversity, women and minorities can’t take this on alone. Karen Catlin is a former Vice President at Adobe, author, keynote speaker and leadership coach. She coaches women to be stronger leaders and men to be better allies. Her client roster includes Airbnb, DoorDash, eBay, and Intuit, as well as entrepreneurs and individuals. This conversation is about how you can be a better ally in your workplace to women and minorities. You can learn about Karen here https://karencatlin.com/ Learn about and purchase "Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces" https://betterallies.com/ Subscribe to Karen's weekly newsletter "5 Ally Actions" https://betterallies.com/more-content/ Follow @betterallies on Twitter and Instagram Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
1:02:43
November 7, 2019
31. EY’s women’s leadership training mistakes
The curriculum from EY’s women’s leadership training has been all over the news this week. A training program called Power Presence Purpose, pretty much reinforced every single gender stereotype that exists in the workplace. Many people are shocked, myself included. I actually thought it was fake news. In this episode I talk about what we can learn from this and why it’s time to stop trying to change women’s behaviours and look at organizational culture instead. You can read the article here https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/women-ernst-young-how-to-dress-act-around-men_n_5da721eee4b002e33e78606a?ri18n=true Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
19:32
October 31, 2019
30. How to create opportunities for yourself with Gail Banack, Chief Kids Officer at Indigo
Gail Banack is the Vice President Kids AKA Chief Kids Officer at Indigo. I had the pleasure of working with Gail many years ago at Canadian Tire. The thing I admire about Gail the most is her ability to create opportunities for herself. She takes ownership of her own career, seizes every opportunity to move herself forward and also holds the door open for others. In this conversation we talk about risk and how sometimes career moves don’t always work out. Gail was a part of Target’s entry and exit from Canada, she also took a job and realized within the first week that the organization wasn’t a fit for her. She is on the board of Lean In Canada, a mother of 3 and a role model to many. I learned so much from this conversation and am excited to share it with you. You can learn about Lean In Canada here http://leanincanada.com/ You can shop Indigo here: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/ You can connect with Gail on linked in here https://www.linkedin.com/in/gailbanack/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
46:04
October 25, 2019
29. Women: Stop Asking For Career Advice And Do This Instead
The article mentioned in this episode was originally published on forbes.com on September 9, 2019. You can read the full article here.  Asking for career advice just isn't enough. Asking for an opportunity where you can learn as you go is what it's really going to take to move you forward. This is the power of sponsorship. In this episode I'm reading my very first Forbes article explaining the concept of sponsorship.  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
10:33
October 18, 2019
28. How the City of Toronto is using procurement to support diversity with Mike Pacholok
Toronto is the most diverse city in Canada, but the city’s supply chain didn’t reflect this. In this conversation with Mike Pacholok we talk about how the City of Toronto is using their procurement spending to support diversely owned businesses. We talked about: - How curiosity is the best approach to tackling diversity and inclusion strategies. - Why change needs to come from the top. - Why questioning assumptions can lead to better solutions. - The ripple effects they are seeing across the city form this initiative. - How you can get involved in supply chain diversity as a diversely owned business. - How you can influence the procurement spending in your organization. Learn more about WBE https://wbecanada.ca/ Learn more about CAMSC https://www.camsc.ca/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
1:04:35
October 11, 2019
27. Why it's time for men to stand up with Jeffery Tobias Halter
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant. He is the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. He is the country’s leading male expert on advancing women and engaging men.  In this episode we cover the things that you've probably thought about, but were too afraid to say out loud. We unpack the myth of meritocracy and we talk about unconscious bias. We even talk about the four barriers to getting men on board as diversity champions which are empathy, apathy, accountability and fear.  This interview offers some very practical tips on how to get men on board as diversity champions.  You can find Jeffery on linked in here https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefferyhalter/ You can visit Jefferey's website here https://ywomen.biz/ Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
1:04:35
October 1, 2019
26. Accountability with Matt Wheaton from the Greatness Everyday Podcast
This interview originally appeared on the Greatness Everyday Podcast. I'm being interviewed by my friend Matt Wheaton on the topic of accountability. We talk about what it's like to have an accountability partner who looks different than you do and why it's important to surround yourself with people who are going to push you forward and hold you to a higher standard.  You can listen to the Greatness Everyday Podcast here on Anchor https://anchor.fm/gr8nesseveryday .  You can visit Matt Wheaton's website here https://www.greatnesseveryday.online/  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
19:22
September 23, 2019
25. What the clean energy sector is doing to close the gender gap with Natalie Irwin
Natalie is the Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Efficiency Canada and a champion for equality. Natalie's career has been accelerating rapidly over the past few years, but this wasn't always the case. In this conversation we talk about how advocating for yourself can bring you tremendous career growth. And more importantly, it opens the door for others and accelerates progress towards closing the gender gap.  We also talk about Equal by 30. The Equal by 30 Campaign is part of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition, and close the gender gap. We talk about what Efficiency Canada is doing as part of this initiative and how other organizations can join. Today, women represent 25% of the clean energy workforce in Canada, and these numbers get smaller when you consider leadership roles. In the rest of the world, women represent 35% of the clean energy workforce, so Canada has some catching up to do.  Learn more about Equal by 30 here https://www.equalby30.org/en Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
48:16
September 15, 2019
Having goals makes you more strategic, increases your influence and helps you attract the right sponsor.
In this episode I unpack why setting clear goals is the key to being more influential in your organization. It's also the best way that you can do your part to close the gender gap in the workplace, be a role model for others and also attract the opportunities that are going to get you ahead.  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
31:44
September 5, 2019
23. How to set goals
Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to actually do this? I'm going to show you how you can figure out what your goals are simply by writing them down. The truth is, writing down the wrong goals, simply getting them out of your head and onto a piece of paper will help you to figure out what the right goals are. I'm going to walk you through a process to help you figure out your goals and use them to move yourself forward. Having clear goals can help you feel less overwhelmed, more productive, get you ahead and experience more joy and fulfilment.  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
30:08
August 29, 2019
22. How I made journaling a habit and how you can too!
I'd be inspired at a book store and pick up a cute little journal, or I'd read an article about the benefits of journaling and order a gorgeous one online. I'd write it in for a few days and then it would sit on a shelf. I'd get motivated again and repeat. It got to the point where I had a stack of about 10 different journals sitting on a shelf in my office. Each one had only 1-2 pages filled out.  Does this sound like you? Well this was me for many years until 2019 when I full on embraced journaling. Today I'm sharing how I finally made journaling a habit and how you can too!  Get your Ambitious Everyday Journal for FREE here http://andreajanzen.com/journal Sponsor: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada.
30:43
August 22, 2019
21. How to reset your mindset and build resilience with Raiyan Abu.
Raiyan Abu is one of the most positive people I've ever met. She recently moved to Halifax from Nigeria, started a seafood exporting business and is a mindset reset coach. Her focus is helping women become leaders in business and in their careers. Raiyan hasn't had an easy life.  She's used every single challenge as an opportunity to build resilience, move forward and create bigger opportunities for herself.  She shares how you can do this by resetting your mindset.  We also chatted about motherhood and Raiyan's perspective is not one I've heard very often in Canada. She believes in building a career for your family and she's built her business around this concept. She never feels like she has to choose work over family because of this perspective. This mindset reset was refreshing and one that all working mothers need to hear.  You can follow Raiyan on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/raiyan_inspires/ If you're ready to take action and get clear on what drives your ambition download your FREE Ambitious Everyday Journal at http://andreajanzen.com/journal  Sponsors: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada. 
47:12
August 16, 2019
20. What it feels like to get professional coaching with Elyse MacDonald
On this episode you get a taste of what it's like to work with a professional coach. Elyse MacDonald was one of my clients in the Re-ignite Your Ambition coaching program. She shares what the experience was like to work with a coach 1:1 and in a group setting.  Elyse was the inspiration for the brand new Ambitious Everyday Journal. We talk about how this happened and how the process of journaling is an ongoing tool to focus, take action and move forward. In this episode we talk about: - The process of goal setting  - Why you need to get out of your comfort zone and try new things  - What results you can expect from coaching  If you're ready to take action you can download your FREE Ambitious Everyday Journal at http://andreajanzen.com/journal  Sponsors: https://www.duckish.ca/discount/DIVERSITYATWORK Enter promo code diversityatwork to get 15% off of your order. Duckish ships to the US and Canada. 
29:52
August 8, 2019
19. Building Radical Conviction to scale your business with Eleanor Beaton
The gender gap is big deal in the corporate world, women make less money and rise to leadership at a lesser rate than men. For entrepreneurs it isn't much different. The amount of women starting businesses each year is growing exponentially, however from a revenue and job creation perspective, the impact is lagging.  On this episode Eleanor Beaton shares how the gender gap shows up for entrepreneurs and what you can do about it.  Eleanor and I talk about:  How to build radical conviction which is the next level of confidence that will push you and your career forward.  Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and collecting failures, so that you learn as quickly as possible.   The personal groundwork that you need to do in order to shift your mindset from business owner to CEO. How to open doors for women led businesses so that we can accelerate change.  Eleanor is the host of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast: The success podcast for ambitious women. She's an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker and women's leadership development expert.  Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast: http://www.eleanorbeatonpodcast.com/ Eleanor's website: https://eleanorbeaton.com/ 
58:23
July 31, 2019
18. How to negotiate and get what you want with Fotini Iconomopoulos
Fotini Iconomopoulos shares negotiation strategies that you can implement right away to get what you want at work. Fotini is an MBA professor, a keynote speaker, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and soon to be published author. We talked about the gender pay gap and how important it is for women to negotiate and advocate for themselves at work.  So many women avoid negotiating, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be that way. There are proven strategies that you can implement today to become a more confident negotiator. Fotini shares why hearing the word ‘NO’ is actually a good thing, because it’s actually the start of the negotiation process. If you’re looking to understand more about the gender pay gap, if you want to get promoted or are looking for a raise, this episode is for you.  Follow Fotini on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fotiniicon/ Connect with Fotini on linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/fotiniiconomopoulos/  Register for her Toronto workshop here https://forwardfocusing.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/19-06-negotiation-workshop-oct-24-feature.pdf
37:29
July 18, 2019
17. Unpacking unconscious bias with Brian Duggan
Brian Duggan is an executive coach who is passionate about diversity in the workplace. He is on a mission to start conversations about how unconscious bias shows up. In this episode I asked Brian some pretty loaded questions about unconscious bias. The truth is, we all have bias and the best way to get started is to hold up the mirror and start with ourselves. If we truly want to embrace diversity in the workplace we need to get curious and create space for conversations to happen. It sounds overly simple, but the best place to start is to listen, get curious and start a conversation. Listen in to find out how you can get started.  Brian's website is https://www.brianduggancoach.com/ You can get Brian's brand new book Coaching from the inside out here 
28:49
July 10, 2019
16. Why we need to set targets and track diversity initiatives
When it comes to gender diversity initiatives, the idea of setting goals or targets makes everybody really uncomfortable. We get images in our heads of people getting put into positions that they aren’t ready for, or of people getting jobs just because they are a woman. In reality, this just isn't the case. Think about it this way, having a goal gives you the opportunity to create a plan. It helps you to get curious and figure out how to achieve the goal. When you don't have a plan, you won't get results. This is one reason why progress towards gender equality in the workplace to date has been slow. Companies have been taking action, but many haven't been tracking the results of their initiatives. In this episode I explain why setting goals is crucial to the success of any gender diversity initiative and how to get the conversation started in your organization.  You can read the Women in the Workplace report here: https://womenintheworkplace.com/ You can read the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report here: https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-gender-gap-report-2018 
19:55
June 30, 2019
15. Building resilience in the next generation with Love Powered Co.
In this episode I interviewed Lindy Sood and Anna Lozano, the founders of Love Powered Co. We talk about self-confidence, self care and most importantly how to model these practices for the next generation. We all want our kids to be resilient and self-confident. It's easy to tell your kids to believe in themselves, but how do you actually model the way and show them how to do it? Lindy and Anna created a practical solution in the form of beautiful family friendly affirmation cards. This practice is so simple, my 5 year old daughter Kaia even joins in for a few minutes to demonstrate. This practice has helped me to stay grounded in difficult situations and come up with creative solutions when things aren't going well for me at work. If you're looking for a way to be more optimistic, stay positive and model these behaviours for others this is the episode for you.  You can learn more about Love Powered Co. here https://lovepoweredco.ca/  You can follow Love Powered Co. on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/lovepoweredco/ 
21:29
June 21, 2019
14. The Power of the pack: Leveraging other peoples motivation to help you achieve your goals.
Have you ever heard the quote "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with"? I recently ran a 10km road race, and I really felt the impact of this. During the race, I was in a pack of people all striving to achieve a goal. The fact that everyone around me was putting in their best effort and was striving to achieve something brought out the best in me. It allowed me to run faster than I normally do because their motivation is contagious, the people ahead of me inspired me to run faster, and I hope that I was able to inspire the people behind me push through to the finish line. In this episode I share my journey in finding a pack of people to support me in my business. People who inspire me and can push me to the next level as an entrepreneur. You'll get a peak into what motivates me, and you can take this away and apply it to yourself as you create your own pack of people to support you in achieving your goals. 
20:00
June 11, 2019
Opening doors for women in trades with Reva Bond Ramsden
Reva Bond Ramsden is the Dean of Construction for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). After learning that females represented only 2% of the student population in the School of Manufacturing, she got really curious about the the gender gap. This curiosity led Reva to become a trailblazer and advocate for getting more women into construction, trades and technology. Through the group called Women in Trades and Technology she is working to create role models for women interested in non-traditional careers. Her philosophy "Where you are in life, there's always someone ahead of you, and there's always someone behind you." She believes that you don't have to wait to be a role model and we all have the opportunity to be a role model for the next generation.  In this episode, Reva also shares a story about what happened when there were 3 women in a 4th year auto body class (this had never happened before). Both genders shared their stories and the men in the class decided to take action about gender equality in the workplace. When women are included, amazing things really do happen. You don't want to miss this episode!  You can learn more about Women in Trades and Technology here.  You can learn about SAIT here. 
38:35
June 4, 2019
12. How apologies kill confidence with Professor Maja
Professor Maja Jovanovic is an author, TEDx speaker sociologist and apology-hater. Apologies are confidence killers. So, why are women apologizing all the time? Apologies matter, and with every unnecessary apology we give, we chip away at our confidence. In this episode I talk to Professor Maja about why women apologize all the time and what this does to our confidence and how other people perceive us. She shares strategies to help women to stop apologizing.  Watch the TEDx Talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8sYv_6uyss&t=342s Buy her book here and the workbook here.  Follow her on instagram @professormaja 
53:02
May 24, 2019
Social capital: Why hard work alone won't get you ahead
One reason why women rise to leadership at a slower rate than men, is their lack of social capital. In this episode I explain why putting your head down and working hard just isn't enough to get ahead. What you really need to do is to understand the value of relationships in moving things forward. We talk about what the evidence says about social capital and what you can do to start leveraging yours. 
18:21
May 16, 2019
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Mary Bicknell
Mary Bicknell helps women to regret proof their lives. She helps women to take chances and create opportunities for themselves. What she really wants is for women to be able to enjoy their success. She is sick and tired of women feeling like they aren't good enough or they don't deserve what they have. In this episode, we have a conversation about why imposter syndrome exists and what you can do to overcome it. The tools Mary shares will increase your confidence so that you can stop feeling like a fraud or an imposter.  Visit Mary's website here https://www.marybicknell.com/ Join Mary's Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BOLDBRAVEWOMANreadytomakeshithappen/
35:33
May 10, 2019
The more you pay, the more you pay attention. Why I spent big bucks to gain access to a role model.
One reason why there are fewer women in leadership positions is a lack of available role models. If you don't see someone like you already doing the job, you don't consider it a possibility for yourself. You may not even realize that you think this way, but it's the truth (and researchers have backed this up).  On this episode I'm having a conversation with one of my role models Madelaine Corke. We are both entrepreneurs and when we met neither of us had role models to look up to in business in our local community. Our solution was to become our own role models. Madelaine taught me what she knew, and I taught her what I knew. This was OK for a while, but then we faced a problem. We could only take each other so far, and we were feeling a bit stagnant.  To overcome this obstacle, we made the decision to pay for a role model. We invested in VIP tickets to Rachel Hollis' Rise conference. The conference is happening in June 2019. We talked about how investing in your own development always pays off, and how the investment in ourselves has already paid back - and we haven't gone to the conference yet. They say the more you pay, the more you pay attention and it's totally true.  Madelaine's Website is https://madelainecorke.com/ 
16:25
May 2, 2019
Embracing an abundance mindset with Debra Kasowski
Debra Kasowski is an Executive Coach, Consultant, 3x Bestselling author and host of the Millionaire Woman Show Podcast. In this episode we talk about abundance mindset and how it is the key to unlocking your personal and professional potential. As women (myself included) we don't always support other women's success. Sometimes without even knowing it we adopt a scarcity mindset and we see other women's success as a threat to our own.  In this episode Debra and I talked about how to stop doing this by embracing an abundance mindset and creating opportunities for yourself.  You can find Debra online here.  You can get her latest book here.  You can listen to her podcast here. 
52:46
April 25, 2019
Embracing your personal brand
Just be yourself. That's what everyone tells you to do, so why is it so hard? When you look around and see that people are different than you, is it your instinct to try to become more like them? When your path is different than everybody else's do you try to compensate to fit in? I spent 15 years as a marketing manager and know the power of branding, yet I still resisted the idea of embracing my own personal brand. I had believed that I needed to be like everybody else in order to be successful. The truth: the fact that I was a bit different made people want to work with me. On this episode I share my story. 
22:32
April 15, 2019
When Lori took action, she got a trip to Costa Rica.
It's nice to dream about opportunities to take your career to the next level. The thing is, so many people get stuck in the dreaming phase. People get frustrated because things just don't seem to happen. Lori Cadelli committed to one simple action:  talking to her boss about how she appreciates their team meetings. That's it. In this episode, Lori shares how simply connecting with her boss led her to gain more exposure in her company and ultimately being selected to attend an exclusive invite only corporate trip to Costa Rica. 
19:10
April 8, 2019
Finding your Genius Zone with Margo Jay. Part 2
Margo Jay had an amazing career as a marketer in the consumer packaged goods industry. She held Vice President level positions and later went on to start her own consumer insights and strategy consulting firm called 365 Integrated. She is a consultant to some of the largest brands like Weight Watchers, Maple Leaf, Kruger, Cara Foods, and The Source. In this episode we talk about how Margo was able to find her genius zone early in her career and leverage it to climb the corporate ladder. She later honed in on this zone and built a successful business by leveraging her genius to help make brands more profitable. We also talk about how she is able to sell her services to some of the largest companies in Canada and the US.  You can find Margo on linked in here. You can learn more about 365 Integrated here. 
32:34
April 2, 2019
What sponsorship really looks like with Margo Jay. Part 1
In my very first job, I was very fortunate to have a sponsor. Margo Jay advocated for me, she saw my potential and got me my first promotion. In this episode Margo Jay and I talk about the importance of building and maintaining relationships in the corporate world. Margo Jay is the President of 365 Integrated a marketing and consumer insights company that works with some of the largest consumer brands in North America and around the world. She's held senior level marketing positions in many consumer packaged goods companies. She also successfully interviewed for and got a Vice President role at Mars Canada while 8 months pregnant. In this episode we look back at the importance of building and maintaining relationships at work while being authentic and true to yourself.  You can find Margo on Linked in here .  You can learn more about 365 Integrated here. 
22:27
March 26, 2019
What’s in it for you: Why men should be on board with gender diversity.
I’ve read a lot of studies on gender and the workplace recently and they all seem to have one thing in common. In order for things to truly get better for women in the workplace, men need to get involved. A lot of companies are talking about gender diversity, and they want to make the workplace better for women, but, they don’t really know how to engage men. I know this, because most companies have an employee resource group for women, a lot of companies bring in a speaker for International Women’s Day and have women’s mentorship programs. Not a lot of companies have a gender diversity strategy that comes from the top that engages both genders. In this episode I'm talking about what's in it for men.  You can see the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report here. https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-gender-gap-report-2018  You can read my Medium article on this topic here. https://medium.com/@andrea_90330/whats-in-it-for-you-why-men-should-be-on-board-with-gender-diversity-290d0e271dba
14:23
March 22, 2019
Why are most companies buying their women's leadership initiatives from men?
Last week I was reading the 2018 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report. If we continue to make progress at the same pace, the gap for economic opportunity (i.e. gender parity in the workplace) will close in 167 years in Canada and the US. For the world as a whole it’s 202 years. Yikes! That’s a LONG time. When I first started learning about this I was overwhelmed, I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t think I could make a difference. I got curious and started to learn more about the reasons why progress is happening so slowly. I believe that knowledge is power. You need to know where you are before you can actually do something about it. You need to understand the baseline before you can really change anything.  HERE’S THE BAD NEWS  Less than 1% of corporate procurement goes to women-led businesses. This stat is from SheEO, if you haven’t already heard about them, you should. They are an amazing organization that is making the world a better place by investing in women led businesses. Corporate training and consulting is considered procurement – it’s a business buying services from another business. I am a very small business, but I do sell my services to large companies, so this is my playground. This also means that 99% of the available work in my industry is being done by male-led businesses.  On today's episode, I’m sharing my observations of my own industry which is coaching, corporate training and consulting. I'm also sharing some ideas on what you can do about this, regardless of your gender. 
14:56
March 4, 2019
Women’s leadership programs aren’t actually making the workplace better for women.
In the summer of 2017, I read an article about women's ambition and it wasn't pretty. It said that 83% of women were somewhat or not really ambitious and 2/3 of these women ages 35–45 wouldn’t take their bosses job even if it was offered to them. It was like looking in the mirror, I was a living breathing example of these statistics. The woman who has lost her ambition and has given up on the idea of a fulfilling career. I decided to take action and started a women's leadership program so that I could do my part to close the gender gap in the workplace. I got clients and speaking engagements and one day I realized my approach was completely wrong.  In this episode I'm sharing the limitations of women's only leadership programs and what companies can do instead.  Here is the Chatelaine article that inspired me to take action.  Here is the World Economic Forum gender gap calculator.  You can join my newsletter here. 
14:39
March 3, 2019