Success strategists say you become like the five people you hang out with most. Join Donna Carlson, Human Capitalist & Life Strategy Coach, having a glass of wine with women like YOU talking about people strategies in business. We're all about success strategies that move women to take the reins of their potential and catalyze something bigger than any of us can do alone through personal influence and thought leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://activarmor.com.
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.
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.
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 https://memali.com/
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 https://www.matrixmanagementinstitute.com. Learn more about Paula at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-k-martin-0397a05.
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. TowerFinancialPartners.com or give her a call at 720 772 8824.
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 onpoint.coach.
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.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.!
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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/.
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/.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.