Women, Wine & Leadership

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By Donna Carlson
a mid-week paradise for women to recharge as a leader. Success strategists say you become like the five people you hang out with most. Join Life Strategist and Women's Leadership Coach Donna Carlson having a glass of wine with women like YOU doing extraordinary things. You just might find yourself in this picture, so grab a friend and come on!
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a mid-week paradise for women to recharge as a leader. Success strategists say you become like the five people you hang out with most. Join Life Strategist and Women's Leadership Coach Donna Carlson having a glass of wine with women like YOU doing extraordinary things. You just might find yourself in this picture, so grab a friend and come on!

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Episode 51: Katelyn Swiatek and Savour Clothing
This business really excites me because I love a nice outfit, almost as much as I love to save money thrift shopping. My daughters are addicted to this too. We just can’t pay full price for anything. I think this is good stewardship, especially considering the impact that textiles make on the environment. If this scratches something for you, you’ll enjoy learning about the business Katelyn Swiatek has created. Grab a glass of wine and listen in. Find Katelyn on Instagram @the_beaufleur and on Poshmark at https://poshmark.com/closet/thebeaufleur/about-me.
December 11, 2019
Episode 50: Brenda Sanchez and Life's Real Currency
Brenda and I were speaking at the same event and I took two solid pages of notes on her information about building loyal customers. The most important lesson I've learned in building a business is to cultivate strong relationships with your warm market. Brenda and her husband provide some practical resources and strategies to do that. Find more on Brenda on Facebook, LinkedIn or at https://lifesrealcurrency.com. The best way to make sure you don't miss a thing is to join our Women, Wine & Leadership Group on LinkedIn or on Facebook. We know you can't be anywhere and we also know you can't do this alone.
December 4, 2019
Episode 49: Your Clear and Specific Purpose
We just finished a Life Strategy Retreat at The Garden of the Gods Resort in Colorado Springs. There's too much to tell, so I'm going to just share a portion of one of our post-program coaching sessions on how to create a clear and specific purpose. Curious about our retreats? Check out https://360lifestrategies.com/retreats/. If you're thinking, "I sure wish I could be in a coaching program like this," good news. I have a special six week program to get your new year off to the best start. Check out more at https://360lifestrategies.com/coaching/
November 22, 2019
Episode 48: Diane Lam on business success strategies
I met this superstar through Ellevate Network in Seattle. Now that my business is 2 1/2 years old, I can see the benefit of having a chief operating officer when I first started out.  Diane brings a level of proficiency and professionalism to her work that I believe is a super power that will unlock a small business. Diane Lam is the Founder of Everything Ally Operations Management - systems, strategy, and execution for service-based businesses that want to scale with ease. For more information check out our website at https://everythingally.com/ or follow her on Linkedin for free operational tips, networking and mastermind events. https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-lam/
November 4, 2019
Episode 47: Kristen Kramer and the Resiliency Warriors
Kristen Kramer and I met at The Center for Creative Leadership, where I was in sales and she was (and is) a superstar leadership development trainer. We bonded over the desire to see our youth more resilient in the wake of our community's suicide epidemic. Their parents need the same skills. It's a huge part of the inner leadership work we do at Life Strategy Retreats, which is why Kristen is teaching a session on resiliency at our November retreat. You can find Kristen at https://www.kristenkramer.com/ or look up Resiliency Warriors on Facebook.
October 25, 2019
Episode 46: Judy Mackey, co-owner of the Garden of the Gods Resort Wellness Club
Judy Mackey and her partner Brenda Smith are the reason why we have the Garden of the Gods Resort co-located with the Strata Integrative Wellness Center. She’s sharing in the podcast the motive for this joint venture and a bit of her personal story, starting multiple businesses and learning how to develop the resiliency it takes to lead. More on the resort at https://www.gardenofthegodsclub.com and more on our November retreat at 360LifeStrategies.com/retreats.
October 19, 2019
Episode 45: with Rachel Sherburne-Mohney on how to ENLIVEN your life
If you have the words PTSD, miscarriage, or divorce in your life, you will be blessed by Rachel’s story about how to enliven your life. You can reach her at RachelSherburne.com
October 14, 2019
Episode 44: with Suzanne Faber on gut health and nutrition
Now many of you might look at the words gut health and nutrition and think, “I’m going to skip this one.” You’ll be cheating yourself if you do. Suzanne has a delightful sense of humor and she has come about her knowledge about health and nutrition through some really, really hard times and the near death of her son. She will be advising women on redesigning their food strategies at our life strategy retreat in November. We even talk a bit about how wines impact us!! To connect with Suzanne, look her up on Facebook at Suzanne Faber.
October 14, 2019
Episode 43: LeAnna Tuff on the artist inside each of us
LeAnna Tuff is a masterful portrait artist with a studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs. Not only does she create amazing portraits, she holds classes in her studio teaching people to bring out their own inner creativity. She will be teaching a painting-as-meditation class at our Life Strategy Retreat in November and this podcast tells why she finds this to be a life-giving part of living your whole life well.
October 8, 2019
Episode 42: Tiffany Cox, awesome entreprenuer with Tiffany Cox Design
Tiffany is a one stop shop for entrepreneurs who know they need to outsource the parts of building a business that are outside their super powers. Tiffany and team provide everything from logos and branding packages to websites and email marketing. I see her all over our town building her business one contact at a time. She's a great example for all of us on how to scale the growth of our business and I'll bet she'll be a great resource for many of you looking for marketing and design assistance. Learn more about TIffany and company at https://tiffanycoxdesign.com/ or look her up on LinkedIn.
October 8, 2019
Episode 41: Eileen Ystheim, storyteller and life survivor
Second in our 360º Business Strategies series is about telling your story. Eileen Ystheim is an empowerment writer, life coach, and storyteller coach. She helps women embrace and accept their story so they may take steps to transform their lives and businesses. She wholeheartedly believes that you should never under-estimate the power of a good story - by sending your unique, empowered voice out into the world, you will create a ripple-effect to empower other women in your path. You can find her many places: [https://eystheim.com/her-empowered-story/] [www.instagram.com/eileenystheim] [https://www.facebook.com/herempoweredstory]
October 3, 2019
Episode 40: Andrea Enright kicking off 360 Business Strategies from The Boot Factor
Andrea and I met an event called extraordinary women and we just hit it off because we’re both extraordinary. Your superpower is helping other entrepreneurs build a solid business and we’re gonna talk about how in this inaugural episode of 360 business strategies. Find more on Andrea at https://www.thebootfactor.com/. And find more business success strategies at Facebook.com/360LifeStrategies.
October 2, 2019
Episode 39: Samantha Sargent and the healing power of essential oils
Unbounded energy. That's what I experienced the first time I met with Samantha Sargent. She is a fireball of interest and activity. In addition to running a business helping people find healing through essential oils, Samantha connects people through events. She's in constant motion, but we're going to capture her for 20 minutes and hear her story and why she's bringing this fancy tool to the Life Strategy Retreat in November to provide us with some essential oils education. Find her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/oilseducation/ or https://www.facebook.com/samantha.sargent.1981.
September 27, 2019
Episode 38: Julia Stewart with beYOUtiful and the Emotional Freedom Technique
Julia Stewart has joined our team of experts bringing emotional freedom to our Life Strategy Retreat. She shared her story on the podcast a few months ago and came back to talk about her Emotional Freedom Technique and how she uses Reike to help women gain center and equanimity. You can reach her on Linked In or on Facebook. Or you can book a private appointment when you attend the Life Strategy Retreat in November.!
September 26, 2019
Episode 37: Rebecca Hawkins on the Unforced Rhythms in Holy Yoga
Rebecca has been a friend for almost two years and just this year she got certified to teach yoga through the same organization that certified me 10 years ago. I love the theme of her yoga practice, which talks about the unforced rhythms of grace. I believe these rhythms are transformational for all of us. I hope you find rest for your soul in this conversation. If you want to connect with Rebecca, look her up on Facebook at Rebecca Mae Hawkins.
September 25, 2019
Episode 36: Dale Falini talks shame, vulnerability why she got certified in Brené Brown The Daring Way.
Dale is on the faculty for our life strategy retreat in November. She’ll be teaching on shame at the end of the Friday morning workshop where we’re digging into the soil of our lives uncovering rocks and all kinds of root issues. Dale is a big believer with me that the world is going to be a much happier place if we can learn to live whole hearted. If you can’t wait until the retreat in November, you can find Dale at www.dalefalini.com.
September 23, 2019
Episode 35: Michelle Mras talks about building strong business strategies with the Bender Carey Group.
I met Michelle when she did her first TEDTalk a few years ago. When we saw each other again at 1,000,000 Cups after I spoke, we connected with a force. This is the most unusual podcast because she was recording it on her podcast app while I was recording it on mine, so you’re going to get it in stereo and on video. If you want to book Michelle as a speaker, go to www.MichelleMras.com.
September 18, 2019
Episode 34: Melinda Poland, women’s health specialist at Strata Wellness Center
Registered nurse practitioner, board-certified in women’s health, Melinda Poland is helping us get our lives back at the life strategy retreat in November. You can get more information on Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at strataIWS.com. Eager for more info on the retreat? Go to https://360lifestrategies.com/retreats/
September 9, 2019
Episode 33: Dr. Debra Dean
What do you think of when I talk about bringing more humanity to the workplace? Dr. Debra Dean studied spirituality in the workplace for her dissertation. I’m a living case study that most companies and most leadership development organizations get really nervous when you talk about spirituality. Dr. Dean is going to distinguish between spirituality and religion and give us the landscape of hope for work place that values people. You can find more on her work at https://drdebradean.com.
September 4, 2019
Episode 32: Maureen Kelley with MADRE
Maureen has a passion to provide financial wellbeing for women. MADRE stands for Money Assets and Durable Relationships (www.madreandfamily.com/). I've asked her to be a guest on the podcast today because August 28 is my 25th wedding anniversary. As a tribute to my husband, Jeff, I want to encourage women to push past money issues together and keep the dream alive like we have.  Maureen is one of the fabulous faculty members serving at my women's mastermind weekend retreat in November, offering private appointments to women who need a money mindset makeover. More about the retreat at https://360lifestrategies.com/retreats/.
August 28, 2019
Episode 31: Dr. Mike Barber on wine and wellness
Dr. Mike Barber is a co-owner of the Strata Integrative Wellness Center, working in partnership with the Garden of the Gods resort to provide people like you and me and the 12 women who are attending my mastermind weekend in November a comprehensive education on the role if wine in wellness. One of the best heart specialists in the world, Dr. Barber has a very extensive wine collection and has even created a custom crush. If you love wine, you’re going to love this conversation.
August 22, 2019
Episode 30: Jess Sato and Two Smart Girls
Many of us found ourselves in self-employment because of value decisions that we made in our corporate careers. Jess Sato was already in a successful freelance organizational development career when she recognized the need that launched her business. Many women focus on the great work we do, but we don’t do a good job of speaking up I’ll be half of our business. Jess is going to tell us a story about the client cancellation that launched her business. More on Jess at 2smartgirls.com.
August 14, 2019
Episode 29: Meg Martin
Meg is a powerful gal in healthcare who is running her own business now after STARTING building her family at 45. She talks about the strategies we’ve designed together in my coaching program to rock both worlds at work and home. More on her business at https://www.hcjsolution.com/.
August 7, 2019
Episode 28: Ashley Hausman with Mistral Wines
Ashley is a Master of Wine and the wine educator creating tasting retreats with 360 Life Strategies. She brings a love for literature into telling the stories of wine makers. It makes for a really rich experience. You can learn more about Ashley‘s services at www.mistralwine.com and more about our wine retreats at https://360lifestrategies.com/retreats/.
July 31, 2019
Episode 27: Jessica Sidener
Jessica gives a whole new meaning to a Night Out with the Girls. She is a breast cancer survivor who has decided to make a learning curve easier for the rest of us AND a whole lot more fun. Check out her fun web site nightoutwiththegirls.com and grab a glass of wine!
July 24, 2019
Episode 26: Nina Durfee
Have you ever wanted to write a book to better express the value proposition of your business? Nina Durfee helps business owners who don’t consider themselves to be writers put those concepts into words. She also loves to help writers polish and fine-tune their work so they can get published faster. If you find yourself interested in talking with Nina further, check out http://www.ninadurfee.com.
July 17, 2019
Episode 25: Porscha Shideler and the 2%
I met Porscha at a conference that helps women entrepreneurs bust the million dollar ceiling on their business. She and I are both frustrated with the alarming statistic that only 2% of women owned businesses have crested the million dollar mark. Since she is one of the 2%, I invited her to be a part of this conversation so we can see that 2% multiply in this decade, starting with you.
July 10, 2019
Episode 24: Michelle Hagopian
Michelle Hagopian left a successful corporate job to start a business in the health and wellness field that she has now been building for 22 years. She’s made some tremendous discoveries about her own health in the process and brings a level of energy and vitality that is contagious. Grab your glass of wine and join us. You can find more information on Michelle at https://www.arbonne.com/pws/michellehagopian/tabs/about-me.aspx
July 3, 2019
Episode 23: Dolly Ciula
Dolly Ciula and I met at a luncheon and immediately knew that we needed to know each other better because both of us are passionate about helping people to understand their place in the world and live that calling with passion and confidence. I’m so impressed with Dolly‘s personal story that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. There is absolutely nothing that can keep you from being the person you were created to be. Believe it! Now grab a glass of wine and join us.
June 26, 2019
Episode 22: Denise Davis
Denise and I sat on my back porch drinking mint water, not wine, because Denise has been free from alcohol addiction for over 30 years. The work she does as a professional organizer not only helps people remove clutter from their homes, but clutter from their minds. I left our conversation determined to go downstairs and clean out a closet or two, but don’t let that stop you from tuning into this episode today.
June 20, 2019
Episode 21: Merrily Madero, retired Air Force and a true badass
When I sat down next to Merrily Madero at a women’s leadership conference she was this petite little woman with cute flowery tennis shoes. Where I was in my best stilettos, thinking how sweet was this lady next to me. I was fascinated with her story as an engineer because my daughter has chosen that route as well. When we shared our stories, I quickly learned that Merrily Madero is a badass leader, not because she’s a woman, but because she’s a trusted leader. Listen and learn why.
June 13, 2019
Episode 20: Dr. Deb Gorton
I met Deb Gorton at an executive women’s forum last year with 4word women. She’s program director at Moody theological seminary‘s clinical mental health counseling program. We share an interest in helping women to live mentally free from the shame and stigma that binds us from being our best. Deb shares a few stories from the field and a little storytelling about how she takes care of her own inside life. www.debgorton.com
May 29, 2019
Episode 19: Elaine Humphries
Elaine is a licensed counselor who currently operates a private practice specializing in women’s issues, that’s why she’s on the faculty for my executive women’s life strategy retreat in November. Her heart for women to thrive is evident in her story. Join us.
May 22, 2019
Episode 18: Michelle Borquez and Kenny Mauck
My long time friend Michelle Borquez with Boss Publishing brings our guest, Kenny Mauck, with his new book. Leaving Your Life Imprint is about leaving a legacy in this world, which touches all of us who are creating a strategy to maximize our design to be. You can find the book on Amazon, more information at http://kennymauck.com
May 16, 2019
Episode 17: Mothers Day Episode with Caitlin Carlson
This is my first year to have a grown-up adult working daughter, so I’m happy to introduce for our Mother’s Day special, my daughter Caitlin Carlson. She will actually not walk the stage at Seattle Pacific University until June but she finished in December and had a job waiting for her in January. Caitlin is going to talk to us about her expectations going into full-time work, some of the surprises and whether we ruined her or not growing up with two working parents.
May 8, 2019
Episode 16: You, Me and Crushing by TD Jakes
I was blown away to find out that this amazing author, pastor, teacher TD Jakes got the same download on the wine metaphor that God gave me a year ago. So this week I’m going to read a bit and tell a few stories. You might see a little bit of your life in this picture and I hope you are filled with courage about your own crushing.
May 1, 2019
Episode 15: Sandy Lamb
Sandy Lamb with Altitude Business Coaching is certified in Focal Point, but the reason we connected is her desire to see women thrive. We met at a consultant's roundtable and I invited her to my Lady Boss Breakfast because she and I resonate in every way on how women can be boss. Find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/bizcoachsandy/
April 25, 2019
Episode 14: Kami Guildner
Kami and I really hit it off when we met at a leadership Pike’s Peak event. Both of us spent most of our lives in corporate America before we started coaching women and we both found our sweet spot in this place where we help others lean into what they do best. Mine involves yoga. Kami’s involves horses.
April 17, 2019
Episode 13: Julia Stewart
Today’s guest is Julia Stewart, Emotional Freedom Coach and founder of BeaYOUtiful. if you have any mental attitudes that keep you stuck or keep you believing small things about your possibilities then you need to listen to this podcast and maybe give her a call. Here’s how you can reach her on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001721446986
April 11, 2019
Episode 12: Natalie Gruenke
Natalie is building a better world one life at a time, steering her clients toward greater things. That's the name of her business and the theme of her life. Natalie is leading a workshop on developing confidence at the 360º Life Strategies wine and yoga retreat this weekend. In this podcast she talks about why so many women are lacking in confidence and why it's important this is an art we invest in.
March 27, 2019
Episode 11: Tammy and Erika Start Simply
Tammy Maltby joins us again with her friend Erika Van der Werwe to tell us about their Start Simply event benefiting Mary’s Home on April 5. You don’t want to miss this podcast and you don’t want to miss this event. Listen in for details.
March 20, 2019
Episode 10: Meredith Masse
Meredith is a career savant. She has created what I like to call a career mapping process that helps women who are saying, "How the bleep did I get here?" You can find her on howthebleep.com and right here on today's podcast.
March 14, 2019
Episode 9: Donna Carlson
My friend Yvette asked if she could interview me for my own podcast, so we decided to publish this on my birthday week. I love being interviewed. I hope you enjoy listening!!
March 6, 2019
Episode 8: Landi Spearman
Landi Spearman teaches executive women to shift. She has an amazing range of experience that helps her to speak the language of just about any industry. On top of that she’s a straight shooter and will tell you what she sees. Landi is invaluable in my life and I’m so happy to share this glimpse of her with you.
February 28, 2019
Episode 7: Debbie Balch, elevating insights and lives
My guest today is Debbie Balch, the CEO of Elevated Insights, a market research company in Colorado Springs helping clients across the country understand their customer better. The perspective she brings today as a female CEO, a wife, a mom, and a woman with her own interests exhibits the stages in life that evolve with work and family. Maybe that has inspired how she’s created a work environment that acknowledges that her employees have a life too.
February 20, 2019
Episode 6: Yvette Maher, Development Director of the Dream Center in Colorado Springs
Yvette is the kind of gal who makes the person in front her feel like the only person in the world. She makes dreams come true for women every day and also shares her story on how to make teams work. Get ready to be restored.
February 13, 2019
Episode 5: Lindsey Litton, CEO of MilHousing Network
A female CEO at 35, Lindsey shows us the beautiful balance of moxie and political savvy in leadership. She also talks about how she interprets what many call “life balance” as a mother of two.
February 6, 2019
Episode 4: Beth Weatherford, the water lady
Beth started her career as a critical care nurse, working in a mash unit in South Korea. She talks about the transitions as a working mom and what she’s doing now, taking care of peoples health from a different point of view.
January 30, 2019
Episode 3: The writing is on the sidewalk, with Kimberly Alexander
 For Kimberly Alexander, an accomplished entrepreneur, the writing was on the sidewalk. Really, the driveway. She talks about the busy life of the traveling corporate woman and the day she decided to leave corporate life to start her own business. Today, she's an example to all women on how you truly can integrate life and work into a beautiful tapestry. I had the pleasure of talking with Kimberly after an eWomen Network meeting in Denver, Colorado, drinking a divine Colombia Valley Syrah, which you can find in my Wine Palace at 360º Life Strategies on Pinterest. Now, join us in the conversation…
January 23, 2019
Episode 2: The glass half full humor of Stacy Pederson
Stacy Pederson is the funniest motivational speaker I've ever heard. Like so many others with the same gift, her humor comes from a life of deep pain and chronic illness. She's chosen to take the high road and helps professionals Discover How Humor, Grit, and Happiness Can Revitalize Your Organization.
January 16, 2019
Episode 1: Talking relationships with Tammy Maltby, author and entrepreneur
Tammy had a long, successful career in publishing and media before she started a business that busted the gates open on success and it’s all because of her art with relationships.
January 10, 2019
You’re guaranteed plan to fail
If things haven’t quite gotten your way this year, this list might help you figure out what course corrections you might need. It’s capped off with a simple plan for success that I hope makes 2019 your best year yet.
December 26, 2018
Life’s a Cabernet.
A little more detail on what to look for in 2019 and some holiday wisdom on being the leader people are lining up to work for, even at home.
December 19, 2018
Welcome to the Women, Work & Wine Wednesday podcast
I'm Donna Carlson, a Life Strategy Coach who often opens a bottle of wine early on Wednesdays as a celebration. I mean, somewhere it's 5 o'clock. Our episodes feature some amazing women, and I don't throw that term around. I've been collecting cool chicks in my portfolio for over 29 years…or whatever is the current date minus 1989, which is when I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Tell you friends about this podcast, which launches officially in January 2019. Until then, I've got your back. I'll get you through the holidays. Just hang with me, ladies.
December 19, 2018
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