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Women, Wine & Leadership

Women, Wine & Leadership

By Donna Carlson
Success strategists say you become like the five people you hang out with most. Join Donna Carlson, Women's Leadership & Life Strategy Coach, having a glass of wine with women like YOU talking about strategies to live the most abundant version of your whole life -- at work, at home and at play.
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Women, Wine & Leadership

#102 Rachel Braun Scherl on Orgasmic Leadership
Rachel Braun Scherl has passionately focused on driving the conversation on the business of women’s sexual and reproductive health. She spends a lot of time speaking publicly, loudly and passionately in an effort to drive the conversation around the business of female health in all of its complexity. Her bestselling book called Orgasmic Leadership reflects a wellspring of deep personal experience in pharmaceuticals, consumer products, women’s health as well as in depth interviews with leaders in the sexual wellness field.  Rachel doesn't like to drink wine, in fact her favorite beverage is Stewart's Diet Root Beer, which I believe can be consumed from a wine glass to make it more festive. I love what Rachel is doing to accelerate women's health. If you have a business that needs a spark, I hope you'll give her a call. Contact Rachel at or
August 26, 2020
#101 Debra Valentina on turning chaos to freedom and joy
Debra Valentina, founder of Creativing (Cre-A-tiving), is a holistic intuitive coach for female entrepreneurs and executives, as well as an international speaker and author. Her memoir Beyond Chaos: Journey to Freedom and Joy was published in March by Write Path Publishing. One of her greatest delights is to empower women to get beyond their doubts and fears to fully express their unique talents, experience freedom and joy, and claim their seat at the table. Debra Valentina supports high achieving female executives and entrepreneurs who look good on the outside, yet secretly struggle with overwhelm or doubt on the inside. Debra partners with these women to empower them to move forward on their journey to find freedom and joy. In her book, Beyond Chaos, Debra  vulnerably shares her journey from a chaotic, dysfunctional childhood to a thriving, satisfying life. More about Debra and her book at and
August 05, 2020
#100 Erin Ardleigh on the pandemic in Manhattan and escapes with wine
Erin Ardleigh is the founder and president of Dynama Insurance. She has worked in the insurance industry since 2002 and founded Dynama Insurance in 2014 to make the insurance planning process more transparent and more accessible for her clients. Erin personally oversees each client’s plan design and says that the best part of her job is meeting smart, successful people. She lives in Manhattan, where she tries to keep up with the city’s culinary and artistic happenings.  Erin shares in our interview a bit about her work on the Advisory Board of the World Music Institute where they continue to enjoy music through wmi+ at home. Check it out at A lifelong passion for travel has led Erin across all seven continents. She finds that traveling and running a successful business have much in common – planning well, listening, continual learning and last minute problem solving when the unexpected happens! In fact, Erin runs a weekly virtual networking group for entrepreneurs. If you want to stay in touch with her, contact Erin at or 212-933-9456. We talked a bit about the pandemic experience in New York. Where she lives in Manhattan, she has observed the pandemic up close and in living color, from the makeshift hospital in Central Park to the temporary morgue on the street below. So many of us have a limited view of the pandemic, gratefully, and it's important to make ourselves aware of what's happening globally so we can walk this out in emotional support of the world. She suggested we check out the stories in the NY TImes stories, to get a clear picture of the pandemic. On a more cheerful note, talking about getting out of our own experience to understand a bit of the world, Erin describes her experience with Susanna Balbo, the first woman winemaker in Argentina, and I am seeing myself there. Maybe a women's wine retreat in the future. Find yourself there now: Or bring the wine tasting home. Navarro winery is providing COVD-friendly wine tasting at home. I can't wait to give this a try. If you want to join this tasting event, contact and we'll put you on the list.
July 28, 2020
#99 Kristen Denzer with Tierra Encantada on early education
Kristen Denzer is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tierra Encantada, a Leader in Spanish Immersion Early Education® for children ages six weeks through six years of age, focusing on the growth of the whole child. The program utilizes proprietary language-immersion curriculum focused on teaching a respect for diversity, and includes fresh-cooked, organic meals designed to expand children’s young palates. Kristen started her first entrepreneurial endeavor in 2008 – an event rental company. She grew that company from 20 events to 500 events annually in just six years. While operating the successful event rental company, she started a second business in 2010 with a childhood friend called The Woof Room – a dog daycare and boarding facility. She managed to grow both into profitable companies serving thousands of clients annually. In 2013, while searching for quality early education for her young child, she founded Tierra Encantada’s first location in Eagan, Minnesota. She continued to operate all three businesses until 2016 when she sold her event rental company and dog daycare facility to focus solely on Tierra Encantada’s growth. In Spring of 2019, she launched Tierra Encantada’s franchising expansion to provide access to language immersion education to families across the country. Today, Tierra Encantada is an Inc 5000 company with four corporate locations in Minnesota, almost a dozen franchise centers in site development, and over 100 full-time employees. Learn more at Her choice wine comes from Croatia! Go to Stina wines, inspired by stone, here at
July 15, 2020
#98 Jacqueline Nagle on speaking-centric strategies in crisis
Everything you need to rocket out of this pandemic with success is within you. I've always talked about turning tragedy into strategy. That's exactly what Jacqueline Nagle does. She helps people craft their story into a purpose. You must listen to this conversation in creating your crisis strategy. More on Jacqueline at
July 11, 2020
#97 Karen Brown on velocity for your life and leadership
Karen Brown sat in front of the TV in 1982 in tears, jarred emotionally by the performance of a woman in the Ironman triathalon. Why the tears? "Wasted potential," she told me. She had convinced herself this level of achievement was outside of her grasp. For 28 years she repeated the same pattern, talking herself out of realizing a future that was already hers if she would just own it.  It was in a business class where she learned about human behavior patterns that the clouds parted and the angels sang. In her 40s, she learned how to transform limiting beliefs to unlimited beliefs. Our unconscious beliefs run 150,000 mph, processing 2 billion bits per day. We think that we're making sound conscious decisions, but the conscious mind contributes .006%. Karen did hire a coach and train for the Ironman at 48, then she entered the Ultraman. I asked her how much of her life she had to reorder to train for these events. "Everything," she said. Training transformed how she planned her day, how she handled e-mail, how she ran her team as a CEO. It impacted everything and she was already operating at a pretty high index. This experience led her to create a coaching experience that would add the same velocity for you and me. “On my journey to the Ironman World Championships as an amateur athlete,” explains Karen Brown, “I discovered that the key to greater performance and effectiveness lies in identifying and addressing blind spots – repeated behavioral patterns that impede success. Using a professional coach and neurolinguistics as a tool, I achieved astounding results.” The scientifically proven Velocity Power Pathways™ approach uses ground-breaking neuroscience techniques to help executives become more effective and impactful leaders, opening unconscious blocks in order to create new and lasting neural pathways to success. You can access more resources at a special page she created for you: When she's not training, she does enjoy a good red wine, especially a Barolo from Italy, but she's formed a new taste for a high quality, lower calorie tequila these days. Hey, we're all about strategies! Grab a friend and enjoy this conversation with Karen.
July 03, 2020
#98 Annie Scranton on strategies for moving from unemployed to unstoppable
It's never easy to lose your job, but for Annie Scranton it was the gateway to a totally new career. She was 28 when she lost a coveted role as a TV producer and started calling friends to see if anyone knew of any work. One offer to place a personality on a TV show, led to another and another. This year Pace Public Relations celebrates its tenth anniversary, booking geniuses and business leaders on CNBC, Fox News, HLN, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, and many other networks. One of her clients wrote a book that turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Rob Lowe. (Wish I could have been a fly on that wall. I'm not sure whether I want to quote West Wing here or Parks and Rec, so I'll just move on .... ) As a leader in her field, Annie is committed to raising up women of influence, so it isn't surprising that she was invited at the inaugural  Women Impact Tech Conference to introduce Arianna Huffington (you've heard of Huffington Post, which is affiliated with Thrive Global, where I happen to have a women's leadership column). In this interview she tells a story about her encounter with Huffington that every one of us needs to embrace. In support of women, her firm is offering a free PR consultation to any small business navigating these uncharted waters. Contact them online at or reach out to Annie directly, at Annie and her husband Michael live in Manhattan raising their adorable young daughter Rose. In her free time (which isn't much) Annie enjoys puzzles, audio books and riding her Peloton. Her favorite wine tonight is Whispering Angel Rose, in honor of her sweet daughter, but she typically goes to a buttery Chardonnay. It's clear in the white wine category we can drink together. Please grab a friend and get to know Annie with me. Look for a summary of this and a few other recent podcasts on Thrive Global.
June 24, 2020
#97 Nikki Brown, Co-Founder of Altwell CBD
Nikki began her career in 1997 with Champion Nutrition. In 1998, she joined her father  and  brother  to  add  her  expertise  to the successful start-up of CytoSport / Muscle Milk, where she  was  instrumental  in creating the  infrastructure  of  their  operation  which became a 200,000 square foot headquarters housing business operations, marketing and a  state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.  She began to direct the Brandin early 2001 and was named Chief Marketing Officer in 2009. She led all brand activity including innovation, packaging, advertising, sports marketing, collegiate programming, lifestyle marketing, national events and sampling. The  family  sold  the  award-winning business  to  Hormel  Food  Company,  where  Nikki stayed in her role. In 2016, she joined her father and brother at another startup, then fast forward to  2019, when the entrepreneurial family launched the ALTWELL line of CBD products where she again leads the brand and marketing  efforts.   Nikki lives  in Alamo  with  her  husband  and  four  children. When  not  running  from  sports  to  dance, they love to travel. Get to know more about the business at
June 13, 2020
#96 Mia Hewett on aligned intelligence, living the life you were made for
What a way to start the day! I am just blessed beyond words to meet Mia Hewett and share this conversation with you. Mia helps you to confidently create your own reality by accessing your innate power, shift your self-image, and clear the misconceptions and misunderstandings that have been getting in your way. We use all the same words about alignment of your head and heart to create synergy... but what I love most is that she uses her own story to talk about the traps in our heads that keep women from breaking the million dollar barrier in business. She talks about when she broke the million dollar barrier and asked herself, "Is this all?"  You will want her free book.  Go to Password: Freebook Learn more about Mia at
May 23, 2020
#95 Being your Best Self with Dr. Marla
Dr. Marla Richard incorporates the latest in neuroscience, evidence-based practices of psychopharmacology and western medicine, interpersonal neurobiology, and the Enneagram to help individuals, groups and professionals to become their “best self”. She's a board-certified, Stanford-trained psychiatrist with a specialization in an integrated health paradigm using, traditional psychopharmacology, equine rehabilitative therapy, and interpersonal neurobiology practices. "Integration is a key factor to health. I help balance all centers from your physical health exploring diet, exercise/movement, stress and disease management. Mental health focusing on building flexibility and mindfulness. Spiritually to honor the differences of those we love, live and work with to offer kindness and compassion. All so that we can rest peacefully, play with joy and work with gusto!" She currently practices clinical geriatric psychiatry at UC San Diego and is building a program to take her wisdom to the world. You can contact Dr. Marla at
May 22, 2020
#76 Randi McCallian on women and politics and getting stuff done
Randi McCallian never intended to run for political office. With a careerin public health, Randi's #1 concern has been for babies and mothers. It was her anger over the things that are broken in public health that moved her to say, "Wait, this is my government. I own it! I'm going to fix it." Randi is running for Colorado Senate in 2020, an uphill battle against a longtime incumbent. I don't get into politics in this podcast, but I do provide a platform for women to live their calling with confidence. You can learn more about Randi at www.randiforcolorado.comand follow @randiforco on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
May 20, 2020
#94 Sonja Wasden on life at the brink of suicide and back
Five years ago Sonja tried to end her life by taking 200 pills. "I didn't want to leave my life," Sonja told me in our interview. "I wanted to leave the pain." Suicide rates have increased 30% since 2000. I asked why. Sonja talks about the stigma, the embarrassment, being told in her own ER that she and her husband might want to seek a hospital where they won't be noticed. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world, yet there are not many groups for mental health in schools, businesses and communities. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that the FCC recommended that 988 be designated as a national crisis hotline, but 988 is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE and will not connect callers to the Lifeline. Please continue to share 800-273-TALK (8255) and our chat page with anyone wishing to connect to the Lifeline. In her book, "An Impossible Life," Wasden takes you into her story. "If you are holding this book in your hands, you are holding my life in your hands." This comes at a time when many people are at the end of their rope in a global health crisis. I hope Sonja's story brings you back to why you're here so you can design a forward-focused recovery plan. I hope you will join us for this interview and checkout for articles this month providing you strategies to navigate mental wellness.
May 14, 2020
#93 Intro to Mental Wellness Month with Simply Full
Here's a switch. I had so much fun with Heather Aardema on my podcast, I joined her podcast and NOW I want to share that with you. We had so much fun! Heather is an Aspiring Minimalist and Host of Simply Full — a Whole-Body Wellness and Weight-Loss Sisterhood. She's a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC), but don't tune out if weight loss is not your thing. We talked about whole body health, from the inside out, and strategies for turning stress into energy in these crazy times. It was a really deep conversation filled with strategies YOU need as we enter this recovery phase of COVID 19. Join us! And share it with a friend.
May 07, 2020
#92 Suzanne Carpenter on peace with food
Right now food plays an important role in our immune health. Suzanne Carpenter is an approachable, sincere, fun-loving, and passionate leader who loves to see personal improvement and transformation in those she teaches.  Through her successful ten-year nutrition career, Suzanne saw a gap in the industry and a trend in society.  Americans are more confused and overwhelmed than ever when it comes to actually losing weight and keeping it off.  She created a virtual nutrition education company called CarpenterOne80 whose mission is to provide affordable and simple programs that can clear  up food confusion so that people can win at losing weight. Suzanne  is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, the CEO and Founder of CarpenterOne80, as well as the creator of SOS (Suz On Your Shoulder), Babysit My Plate, and The Food Peace University, three different virtual bite-sized nutrition courses.  They were designed to  teach you what you need to know to create sustainable results.
April 28, 2020
#85 Dr. Gina Johnson on things you need to know about total health management in COVID 19
I met Dr. Gina Johnson at an Ellevate Network happy hour in Bellevue, Washington. We bonded over Pinot Noir before we bonded over integrative health. Gina provides personalized lifestyle / functional medicine on the phone. Her virtual telemedicine clinic and concierge service helps people optimize and manage their total health. This interview comes at a perfect time to provide strategies during the stay-home mandate.  Here's the short list: #1 Avoid the virus. Stay home. #2 Wash hands, don't touch your face. #3 Recognize the word vulnerable encompasses more than just elders Here are a few signs your immune system is not well You get sick frequently. You can say "yes" on lifestyle factors like smoking, drinking, vaping, poor diet. You have a medical condition like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, even sinus infections. Gina shares how to be the curator of your own health and what to watch for before you call the doctor during this pandemic. Most importantly, if you have symptoms, call your doc. If you have difficulty breathing, call 911. Listen for more details and Gina's own strategies for staying sane in the shut in. If you want to contact Gina, go to connect on Facebook. If you live in Bellevue and you want to support a local business, order dinner from tonight.
March 27, 2020
#86 Mikaela Kiner and her book: Female Firebrands
MIKAELA KINER is an experienced HR / People Operations professional, founder/CEO, and executive coach. In 2015, Kiner founded Reverb, creating a healthy, inclusive culture in startups and growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. In Female Firebrands, Kiner shares stories of 13 successful professional women from diverse backgrounds (including women of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+) and industries as they recount the challenges they've faced in their careers and how they have overcome bias, sexism, and the power imbalance. Chapter checklists provide invaluable to-do lists for women, men who want to be their advocates, as well as HR and business leaders. I just had to close our our March series of women making history with this podcast. We are unstoppable, ladies. Remember that.
March 27, 2020
#84 Peace in the Pandemic Special Feature: Stacy Sherman on customer experience in a pandemic
Boy, what a time in the world to talk about customer experience. I've spent hours this week cancelling flights and rental cars because of forced closures and I'm so surprised to hear the lack of human connection in the voices on the phone. I asked Stacy Sherman, a Cx (customer experience) leader to comment on why companies allow this human disconnect in the call center and what we can do about it. Stacy is a Cx leader, strategist and blogger. When she's not running Cx for Schindler Elevator Corp, she's running a blog, Doing Cx Right, all about humanizing business and leading with a heart. I can tell that comes naturally to her. When I asked how she connects with her team during this lock down, she told me that part has actually been easier than connecting with her teenagers home from college. Her approach begins with listening, connecting, being conscious of the context and intentional to connect. She's modeling what they need to do to help customers feel safe and cared for right now. I'm a big fan of inspiring more companies to train their people to lead from the inside out, care for customers from the heart and be fully present as humans in the workplace. That's why I'm so happy to share this podcast with you. You can learn more about the Vivino wine app she talked about here. If you are interested in one of the meditation apps she mentioned, here they are: Calm and Simple Habit. You can find a link to the label of her Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc on my Wine Palace.
March 27, 2020
Peace in the Pandemic Special Feature: Emilie Perz with online yoga
Emilie is a yoga instructor who, like me, started practicing yoga to cope with trauma in her life - her father's death. I love a term she used in our interview. She's tuning into radical acceptance of this current pandemic and the resulting isolation. Our response has to be radical because there's no place for this in our experience, no category in our mind's filing cabinet. That's why Emilie stayed up all night figuring out how to provide her yoga classes online, so she can create community for herself and her students. " It wasn't until I was introduced to yoga that I realized that  the only way to release fear and anxiety was to find comfort in your own company. Learning to be with myself was actually the freedom I needed to not live from a place of worry and doubt. If I could truly love my own life then I wouldn't be so fearful of what happened or didn't happen to me, but I'd be able to ride the wave gracefully." You can access her class schedule at And stay tuned to for daily strategies for your mind, heart and business.
March 19, 2020
#91 Kimberly Braun and spiritual wellness
I love the picture on her web site of Kimberly Braun sitting on a rock, laughing, arms open. That's exactly what you'll find in this podcast interview. She's a minister, a teachner, a Reike master and now… a friend. I came away from this conversation feeling more relaxed and at peace with my full life. I hope you do too. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn or on her web site:
March 18, 2020
#90 Angie Tebbe providing girl power in a jar
Self love is not the same thing as self care. We're not just about taking a bubble bath. 93% of women experienced some level of burnout this past year. Conquering the world has produced an insatiable desire to succeed but also a huge toll on body and soul. Angie Tebbe had me at, "It's the sum of all the parts." To live well spirit, soul and body, we need to curate a regimen of self love that is more grace than effort. She provides a line of  affordable, evidence-based women’s wellness products that launched online last year and in Target stores nationwide. Some of their top products include: In the Mood      Capsules: In the Mood is here with      a blend of powerful and pure adaptogenic herbs and vitamins that support      and fuel sexual well-being. Beauty Drops: These drops      pack a daily dose of pure biotin to nourish the body and promote strong      skin, nails and hair growth. Sleep Capsules: These      capsules use pure and powerful ingredients and botanicals to calm body and      mind to help you get a restful night’s sleep. I've already purchased the probiotic and a little birthday present for my husband to boost libido. Because Angie favors the cab grape, I've posted a little lesson on knowing your cabernet in my Wine Palace on Pinterest. Check it out and let us know your fave cab. Maybe pick up Angie's fave wine from the Celia Walsh collection and join the conversation. *Worth mentioning, Angie supports an organization called Girls Inc. that you might want to know about - Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. I'm the mother of three girls, so I'm a big supporter of causes like this.
March 18, 2020
#89 Jeanette Schneider and the LIV: Pocket Coach
This month is all about strategies to live your life 360º - spirit, soul and body. Jeanette Schneider delivers with LIV Media’s first app, LIV: Pocket Coach. She's a working girl from the tech world like me, using her tech expertise to dish out wellness in a mobile app for iPhone's. You can get the app through Apple Store or LIV Media’s website at “Through mindfulness and accountability offerings including lifestyle coaching; meditation; breath work, and intentional living routines and challenges, LIV provides you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.” Enjoy this conversation with my fellow Cabernet lover. Get the whole list in my Wine Palace on Pinterest. If you are interested in more than just the app, a company or a coach interested in white labeling the content, contact Jeanette at
March 17, 2020
#87 Lynda Cloud with Integrative Nutrition
Kicking off food and nutrition month, I have Lynda Cloud, CEO of Integrative Nutrition. It all started in Joshua's kitchen -- the discovery about bioindividuality. Since the month of April is dedicated to food, talking about how our bodies respond to food in a different way is important. Lynda teaches the same philosophy as Michelle May in our Mindful Eating Retreat that we need to take the rules out of food and understand what's right for MY body. Contact Lynda at or check out her Lincoln Center May 2 at Rolling Greens in LA at Integrative Nutrition. Follow @nutritionschool on Instagram or Twitter and join her conversation on Facebook. The Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat in Colorado Springs April 19-23 has been postponed, but stay in touch with me at 360º Life Strategies to find out when we'll reschedule it.
March 17, 2020
#88 Nicole Wilder, a KPWE scholar and mentor
Nicole Wilder is an unstoppable woman and a graduate from UCCS under The KPWE Scholarship program, endowed in 1998 by Karen and Jim Possehl. The program provides financial assistance and mentor support for nontraditional UCCS students who are starting or returning to college after having overcome significant personal adversity. As a single mom of three, Nicole was an ideal candidate when she interviewed for the program. With children in pre-school, first and second grade, Nicole started college at 36. She graduated in 2012 in mechanical engineering and stayed two years for a master's degree. She's now working as an engineer and serving the KPWE program as a mentor. She tells her story in full color, including the tragic loss of one child and the blessing of a new baby who's now two. Nicole is a woman of distinction and I'm so proud to have the honor of this interview. If you are interested in joining in the support of the KPWE Scholarship Program, you can purchase tickets to the Unstoppable Women's Luncheon on May 20 in Colorado Springs here.
March 17, 2020
#83 Rania Zayyat, founder of Wonder Women of Wine
Rania Zayyat is the Founder of Wonder Women of Wine (W.W.O.W.) -- a non-profit organization advocating gender equality in the wine industry. Her inspiration? Joining an all male team in her first wine job. Women in the wine industry face a lot of the same challenges we see in financial services, high-tech and other male dominated fields. The W.W.O.W.annual conference focuses on solution-based discussions, networking, and scholarship opportunities to equip women to rise in their expertise. Rania says, "We empower women to adopt leadership roles in all facets of the wine industry, and advocate men to be equal voices for, and activators of, gender equality in wine in both professional and social settings. We foster mentorship between men and women alike in order to change the status quo." Her own business as a wonder woman is called Vintel -- a multi-faceted wine education company driven by creating unique and affordable experiences for our clients through customized wine programs, package design, and focused educational classes. They provide consumers tools needed to further their wine knowledge and help businesses maximize profits in a modern marketplace; all the while, supporting quality-conscious and sustainably produced wines. Curious about the Loire Valley Gamay she talked about? Read up here. Or were you captivated by the light, pepper Spanish Barbera wines she described? Wine-Searcher.comoffers a little education for you…or for me I should say. Read up on how Rania is changing the world of wine for women in the Austin Chronicle. Naturally, the Wonder Women of Wine annual event is postponed to keep us safe from the pandemic, but stay tuned at to find out when it will happen.
March 17, 2020
#82 Sandra Thebaud on getting ahead of stress before it derails you
This gal is badass. Former Navy, former Marines, Sandra Thebaud did her time at Kaiser Permanente before she started taking stress head on. This is a great time to hear Sandra's strategies for navigating stress, burnout and resiliency. She said the three most common signs of anxiety are Sleep (not enough) Self care (like not eating or eating junk food) Physical problems, like stomach pain.  Most docs, she says, will not diagnose anxiety. They'll treat the neck pain, the headaches, the stomach aches with medication before they suggest the lifestyle changes that Sandra helps with. If you are stressed, you are depleting resources and you will hit rock bottom. Do you have a car? If you keep putting off getting gas, eventually the car will just stop running. If you are ready for some more gas in your life, contact Sandra at or
March 17, 2020
#81 Janel Dyan on what to wear to bring who you are to your brand
Executive brand strategist, speaker and author Janel Dyan is empowering women's brand authenticity by aligning their core values with how they present themselves on the outside. She has worked with an incredible group of executives including Ebony Frelix Beckwith EVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce; Board Member at Hamilton Families and Women’s Funding Network. In 2017, Dyan launched an amazing nonprofit initiative called BEYOND US, ™ providing opportunities to build confidence in women through a platform for sharing clothes with other women who are ready to take the next step in their professional lives. Janel strives to ensure that, in the eyes of her clients and Beyond Us recipients, the pieces are not viewed as charity. These are simply clothes and accessories that have served to tell one woman's story and are now being repurposed to tell a new story for a different woman because nothing is lost and so much is gained. “It’s not about the clothes, it's about the women who wear them and the stories they tell - for stories have the power to connect us, inspire us and, above all else, remind us that we are not alone,” says Janel. Grab her book on Amazon: Story .Style. Brand.: Why Corporate Results are a Matter of Personal Style. Or connect with Janel on her web site.
March 16, 2020
#80 Meghann Conter on creating a global network of six-digit dames
Meghann Conter is a powerhouse of a woman who has stepped in to fill a need that many women experience - the need for a more elevated community. After years of providing marketing services to six figure income earners to reach seven figures, Meghann created a place where women at that level can gather, laugh, share stories and not get bombarded with business cards in their face Don't get me wrong. Networking happens at The Dames, but it happens naturally, organically…in a trusted community. And the network is growing all over the world. Meghann tells the story in this interview of why she created The Dames and the critical factor that launched her into explosive growth. The year that Meghann stopped drinking alcohol was the year things took of for this venture. Sure, they serve wine at Dames events, but Meghann stopped taking anything that would impair her ability to think clearly, sleep well and be ready to greet the morning. If you listen to her story and you're curious about the books that inspired her journey, check out Quit Like a Woman, Holly Whitaker This Naked Mind, Controlling Alcohol, Annie Grace Sober Curious, Ruby Warrington
March 16, 2020
#79 Gail Flander Jones with Faith Enterprises and The Masters Program for Women
Gail Jones is a serial entrepreneur and executive coach who is passionate about kingdom leadership development and bridging the sacred-secular divide. Her firm Faith Enterprises LLC does investments, consulting and coaching with leaders, teams and organizations, and she especially loves leading The Master’s Program for Women. In addition to her extensive marketplace experience, Gail serves on several non-profit boards and advisory teams, including New Horizons Foundation, Resource Exchange International, Dream Centers of Colorado Springs, Friends of the International Executive Team of The Navigators, and World Vision’s National Leadership Council.  With four grown children and five grandchildren, Gail understands what leadership means to your whole life. With all the important roles she plays in the world, she maintains an impressive state of harmony. I love that she talks about being in the "wisdom seat" in this phase of life. If her story makes you curious about The Master's Program for Women, you can find more details here.
March 16, 2020
#78 Cindy Berry helping you recalibrate your emotions
Recalibrate? Yes. Anyone who knows me is fully aware I have a Ph.D. in feelings and I wield that superpower when I'm teaching emotional intelligence as a coach. Neuroscience research has already proven that we are not the victims of the thoughts that appear in our minds unless we decide to be. For many years I've tried many strategies for rewiring my mental maps and when I met Cindy Berry I honestly thought I was cheating. Her Emotion Code modality for recalibrating emotions involves emotional muscle testing to see where emotions have created pain or disease in our bodies. After interviewing her for this podcast, we stayed on the line and she went through 45 minutes of emotional muscle testing on me. She found incidents from ages 17, 8 and 12 (in that order) that were contributing to pain in my right knee and left shoulder. Before our session I could not sit with my right knee bent. After our session I could sit, stand and climb stairs both ways without pain. Before our session, my shoulder pain kept me from practicing any sort of push up position or bench pressing weights. After our session, I could do pushups and chaturanga without pain. I had full range of motion. Now that I have your attention, join us. Also, you might find it interested that her first session is free. Contact Cindy at or 720 935 9395.
March 16, 2020
#77 Dawn Hopkins talks about her journey getting free from rules about food
"Throw away the scale," Dawn says. Understanding your body is the key to having peace with food. After battling her own eating disorder, Dawn Hopkins learned how to make friends with food again when she attended one of D. Michelle May's first mindful eat events. She has since become a licensed instructor under Michelle's Am I Hungry™ program and teaches eating with intention and attention at her own yoga retreats.  Even though we've had to cancel the Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat in Colorado April 19-23 because of travel restrictions, I want to equip you with this powerful information for your own health and freedom. Watch for more retreats. Meanwhile Dawn is keeping busy with a May 27-31 retreat for "Yoga for Healing Trauma and PTSD" Yoga Camp Immersion Zen Yoga – A Practice for Every Season (In-Person, Online, Self-Paced) and the Spring/Summer 2020 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training Dawn was one of my yoga instructors in teacher training and she is truly gifted. If you feel inspired to pursue teacher training with all your heart, soul and mind, this is where you should be. Oh, and Dawn's fave wine is from Page Springs Cellars in Arizona. You can also find this in my Wine Palace on Pinterest.
March 13, 2020
#75 Ryhaan Williams on being mom and being awesome at work
This working girl, Ryhaan Williams, has an impressive resume and it was a privilege to interview her, which is where I found we are soul sisters. We are both working moms who are passionate in our work and passionate about our kids. She responded to my post about the naked Christmas tree in kind: I cried like someone died when I did the airport drop off yesterday. I have one home but he leaves soon. For all my success, my Sons are my greatest joy. My kryptonite. You are not alone, there are many of us out there. Growing responsible kids is one of the great joys of the workplace, but it's hard to keep all the balls in the air. That's why it's important to tell our stories. I knew we would be fast friends when she came on the zoom call opening up her bottle of wine. That's why I decided to post this sister from another mister on my birthday week. We're kindred souls, so I know you will love her too. Grab your glass of wine and enjoy!
March 11, 2020
#73 Fran Berrick, reinventing careers from the heart
Fran Berrick, global business leader, certified career coach and CEO of Spearmint Coaching is a knowledge powerhouse for just about anything related to careers and occupations, interviewing, building a brand and more. She has a proven track record helping clients map a career path that reflects their skills and strengths and delivers career results. Like me, she loves outplacement coaching - helping people celebrate the next season and discover their best path. We had a great time talking about wine and the metaphor, so make sure it's happy hour when you listen to this podcast. And if you're curious about her favorite biodynamic vineyard, meet Ceritas.
March 09, 2020
#72 Lauren Shakes giving out scholarships for UCCS
Lauren Shakes is the Scholarship Program Manager, overseeing all community funded scholarships, for UCCS. The one I love is the Karen Possehl Women's Endowment, because I was one of those young gals without a blueprint or the connections to navigate life. This program provides scholarships and mentors for non-traditional students. They help 26 women every year and ten of them will graduate this spring, which is why you need to put the 2020 Unstoppable Women's Luncheon on your calendar. Grab your glass of wine and hold it high for 10 unstoppable women as you hear more about their stories from Lauren.
March 06, 2020
#70 Daria Dmytrenko on influencer marketing
Daria joins our podcast this week representing - a secure collaboration space where influencers can grow and monetize their Instagram accounts, with security and privacy features that won’t send a red flag to Instagram’s ever evolving algorithms that aim to eradicate fake likes and followers. Daria Dmytrenko and her partner have spent the past year studying the back-end of Instagram algorithms, including their AI technology, and have developed a deep understanding for how the app is evolving to solve objectives that Instagram has quietly determined are priorities. If you want to geek out, find their report here. She shares her enthusiasm for influencer marketing on the podcast and a unique perspective on the wine metaphor we love so much. Bottom line: age is irrelevant.  Inspired? Find more at If you are interested in speaking or collaborating with the company or its founders please reach out to Jane@cmwmedia.comor call 404-954-0858.
March 02, 2020
#71 Lisa Manyon on marketing with integrity and passion
I knew we would be friends when Lisa Manyon posted on her LinkedIn profile that she's a marketing strategist focused on passion, a writer, a speaker and she loves wine. We talk about lots of things in this podcast and if you are inspired by her marketing genius, look her up at
March 02, 2020
#69 Cristine Vieira helping business owners find your influence
Our second episode of women-making-history month features a woman helping YOU make history in your business. Find Your Influence (FYI) was Co-founded by Jamie Reardon and Cristine Vieira of Phoenix, AZ, seven years ago. They have since helped major national brands like LifeLock, Ping and Pizza Hut connect with more than 100,000 influencers to create brand awareness and drive followers to engage on social media. I've asked Vieira to weigh in on the top marketing trends small businesses need to be aware of for 2020, and how new social platforms are shaping and evolving the influencer marketing space. As always, we talk about the whole life - balancing entrepreneurship with motherhood and keeping all the balls in the air. Learn more about FYI at Find Your Influence. And don't forget, our special focus this week is supporting the growth of one woman in business to help you succeed. If you want to say yes to the Women's Leadership for Life Neurosculpting® Class in Denver on March 7, sign up here and I'll see you there with some life strategies.
March 02, 2020
#68 Tasha Beckman kicking glass in the real estate industry
Tasha Beckman and I met at The Dames last year and I am not surprised that her million dollar real estate business runs on customer love. When you meet this mama bear of a team leader with her giant heart, you will know why she means business. Our special focus this week is supporting the growth of one woman in business to help you succeed. If you want to say yes to the Women's Leadership for Life Neurosculpting® Class in Denver on March 7, sign up here and I'll see you there with some life strategies.
March 01, 2020
#67 Noelle Dilts Day - a story on NeuroSculpting®
Do you ever wonder why you think like that? Or how you can control your response to stress. Noelle Dilts Day shares her NeuroSculpting® experience on this podcast. Working with Mariah Ehlert with The Rebel Brain, she set out to solve the challenge of decision making under stress and taking care of herself so she can operate well at work and at home. Noelle shares a few of the strategies she put into place to get better sleep and set limits around her work to make room for herself. If you find yourself in this picture, you might want to join the Women's Leadership for Life Neurosculpting® Class on March 7 in Denver.
February 29, 2020
#65 Mariah Ehlert overcoming trauma with NeuroSculpting(R) at The Rebel Brain
Mariah worked on Wall Street over 20 years. When she left that long career, she bought an old church and renovated it into a photography studio. Little did she anticipate how many uses that old church studio would have. Her life derailed when her father went missing in another country and was never found again. The brain's ability to deal with ambiguity led to debilitating nightmares. This is a girl who is a rebel when it comes to pain. She doesn't give up easily. She had double knee surgery in her 20s and refused to be sidelined, so she started training as a distance runner. Constantly pushing her potential, she hit a wall with the loss of sleep and that's when she found the NeuroSculpting Institute. Her short explanation is that when we calm down our stress response we have access to the higher functions, which includes creativity, compassion and all that makes us human. Her healing led her to become certified in NeuroSculpting® and she' leading a workshop celebrating the week of women on March 7. I'll be leading a Life Strategy Design introduction at the end of her session. We both hope you will come and bring a friend who needs this. Register at
February 21, 2020
#64 Chris Chapman on healing through the eyes of a horse
Chris Chapman didn't realize the effects of sexual trauma until she gave birth to her daughter. The birth process triggered her cellular memory and thus began a long road of remembering things she'd rather forget. Years pass and after surviving breast cancer and a brain injury from a horse riding accident, Chris uses her pain to heal through horses, who are "bigger than her broken heart." Now she's a certified equine gestalt coach ("gestalt" is a German word for wholeness). She's also an artist. The work she does with leather is amazing, but she also uses brokenness to create beautiful things. She brings coaching clients into her barn to smash dishes as a somatic alternative to talk therapy. With the pieces, they go back inside and create a work of art. After our interview, Chris invited me to her ranch to meet the horses and it was beautiful to watch how much they love her, how gentle they are with her, especially the paint horse who stepped on her head seven years ago! I know this is too much to take in, so you'll just have to listen. You can find more on Chris's coaching with horses at stay in touch with her on Facebook.
February 17, 2020
#63 Dr. Michelle May talking about freedom with Food
Dr. Michelle May founded a unique approach to the issues we have with food. Mindful eating—eating with intention and attention—provides a practical, universal approach to decision-making without restriction, deprivation, or guilt. Yoga is a wonderful complement to the practice of mindful eating because simply put, practicing yoga is the art of listening to yourself. This retreat weaves together the Am I Hungry? mindful eating approach with yoga techniques to give participants a greater connection to their body, mind, heart, and spirit. You're going to hear more about this fantastic resource over the next few weeks, but you can also find out more right now. If you want to register or just get more information go to
February 17, 2020
#66 Susan Golicic and Uninhibited Wellness
It's wine week at Women, Wine & Leadership...and we're talking about wellness? Yes. I met Susan Golicic at a Women of Denver event and we bonded over wellness and coaching, then I learned she's a licensed sommelier. She didn't work hard for that certification just because she runs the Belmar chapter of Women, Wine & Wellness, she got the certification because she did a research study on marketing and supply chain management in the wine industry and she wanted to speak the language. That's the heart of a true researcher. Susan puts her whole heart into all her endeavors, which, in addition to being a business professor at CSU, includes an adventure coaching business called Uninhibited Wellness. So, if you want to drink wine with Susan in Costa Rica, you might find yourself zip-lining down a canyon. It's all part of the neurological experiment to get the most out of life. Her favorite wine so far, because there are so many regions and so many wines to taste, is Quintarelli's Amarone. I looked it up and since it's $275 a bottle, I'll be waiting for a special occasion. But in the spirit of inspiration, pick up whatever wine you're with and join us for a great conversation.
February 13, 2020
#62 Melinda Poland on how to love yourself: sex, wine and sleep for women over 50
Back again to the podcast after teaching an extraordinary workshop on women's health at our Life Strategy Retreat last fall, my Valentine's gift to you: Melinda Poland on women's health. Why do we have a hard time sleeping? When do the hot flashes end? Why can't I enjoy wine anymore? How come I have to manufacture the desire for sex? Yes, we've packed a lot of good into this conversation. Are you already asking, "Where's Melinda's number?" Find more on the Strata Integrated Wellness Center here or get in touch with Melinda  on LinkedIN.
February 13, 2020
#61 Krystal Covington, Women of Denver
I was walking through Costco the other day and there it was, Krystal's favorite Meiomi Pinot Noir. Now you know where to get it. And when you listen to this podcast, you will know how one mover and shaker is making history for the Women of Denver with this amazing organization. Krystal is a dynamic working woman and a mom creating a stage for women to influence leadership in our town. There are different membership levels, so you have no excuse not to take a look at upcoming WOD events and sign up now.
February 12, 2020
#60 Special Episode on Unstoppable Women
Today's episode kicks off a special series in support of Unstoppable Women. I have Brett Garman, Asst Director of Development at Univ of Colorado at Colo Springs. This week UCCS opened registration for the Unstoppable Women's Luncheon, a celebration of scholars benefitting from the Karen Possehl Women's Endowment. This year's luncheon on May 20 features Margaret Sabin, Southern Region president for Children’s Colorado, who truly is an unstoppable woman. I can't wait to be a part of this. I'm a fan of the Unstoppable Women's luncheon and the scholar program because I was a young girl without direction in college and it was the mentors in my life who gave me direction. This program sets up women without the advantages so many of us enjoy with the connections and inner leadership to thrive. That's why I'd like to fill a table. You can buy a ticket for $65 here or you can help me fill a table and raise $2,500 for scholarships.
February 07, 2020
#59 Diana Hall on how to startup strong in your business
I first met Diana when I was a speaker coach for TEDx Colorado Springs. Her TED talk set the vision for her creation --  a replacement for itchy, unsanitary plaster casts using 3D printing. I was so proud to support her in that TED talk over five years ago. Now she provides these immobilization devices to the National Football League, Major League Baseball and she just signed a contract with Children's Hospital Denver. What will amaze you about Diana's start up path is that she is tenacious to power through risk. How? She's loving the journey! I asked her what advice she has for entrepreneurs. Create a prototype you can show and be careful who you talk to in that process. Don't share your idea or your equity. Keep the intellectual property in your name. Test the product to prove demand. Diana had her daughter wear the Active Armor to school and she created custom samples for kids to wear. That exposure with kids who break things got a lot of attention from parents, who try to bathe kids with casts on...or keep them out of the pool. Target innovators as initial customers then bring them on as advisors. This is a good time to learn about Diana's company because they are about to enter the final seed round of funding. If you are looking for an investment, it's time to jump on this bandwagon. Get more info at If you are not an investor, but you are an entrepreneur or a woman who cheers on women in business, pick up your glass of wine and enjoy.
February 04, 2020
#58 Jessica Shook with Vino Salida Winery
This year I'm introducing a new element to the podcast, interviewing women in the wine industry the fourth week of every month. Kicking off this new direction, I was inspired on a recent road trip home from Durango, Colorado, by the Vino Salida Winery perched atop a hill off of 285. Their tasting room takes you to a different world, especially when you've been driving for four hours (don't worry, I tasted very little, just enough to whet my soul). Jessica shares why she joined the wine industry and her insights as the only female member of the leadership team. Grab a friend and a glass of wine and join us.
January 29, 2020
#57 Marie-Elizabeth Mali
We noticed each other at a trade show because we both had fabulous glasses. And we were both holding a glass of wine, so we were certain we would be friends. Marie-Elizabeth Mali is a #coachlikeme and she specializes in relationships. I can attest that when my relationship are not strong, my day is not in the flow. If you find yourself there occasionally, you will love this conversation with Marie-Elizabeth and you might want this cool conversation tool we talk about - 36 Questions that Lead to Love in The New York Times. You want more of this fabulous woman? Go to
January 22, 2020
#56 Workplace Strategies with Paula Martin talking about collaboration
Founder & Chief Creative Officer of the Matrix Management Institute, Paula K. Martin wants to bring joy back into work. What's a matrix organization, you ask? Is your organization larger than 50 people? Do you need to align with your customers while optimizing your organization as a whole? If you answered yes, yours is a matrix organization. Paula and team get creative to bring interactive solutions to teams. She and I agree that the world would be a better place if every workplace had bigger minds and happier people. When everyone acts like a grown up, we get stuff done. I love the way they do it at MMI. For more information go to Learn more about Paula at
January 15, 2020
#55 Cat Campbell helping women live debt free
Cat Campbell and I met at the DECA regional conference, where she and I were both judging our nation's future leaders in business. During a break, we were shooting the breeze about kids going to college and she said something that stopped me in my tracks, "We don't allow debt in our household, not even for college." It makes sense that a financial advisor would have her act together. I wish I had met her 25 years ago!!!  I asked Cat to share the inspiration behind their debt-free decisions. Stories are the secret ingredient to provide courage for those of us without a blueprint.  I hope her story gives you hope and a bread crumb path to financial health. Seems like January is a good time to make new commitments to financial stewardship. If you think you'd like to talk to Cat about a money plan for your life or business, find her at. or give her a call at 720 772 8824.
January 07, 2020
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January 02, 2020
Episode 54: Donna Carlson talking about five indicators you are in your sweet spot
A New Year’s message from me to you talking about the five indicators that you are in the flow, and your sweet spot going into this new decade. We’re gonna rock this!
December 26, 2019
Episode 52: Heather Langton, the profit queen
Heather Langton is a local business coach, specializing in helping small businesses increase their profits. For 15 years Heather owned and ran a construction company and now she’s sharing those years of knowledge with you. You can find her at
December 18, 2019
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
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 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 04, 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 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
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 or follow her on Linkedin for free operational tips, networking and mastermind events.
November 04, 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 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 and more on our November retreat at
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
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 08, 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 or look her up on LinkedIn.
October 08, 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: [] [] []
October 03, 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 And find more business success strategies at
October 02, 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 or
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
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
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 Eager for more info on the retreat? Go to
September 09, 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
September 04, 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 ( 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
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
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
August 07, 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 and more about our wine retreats at
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 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
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
July 03, 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.
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
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 08, 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 01, 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:
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.
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 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 06, 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 06, 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