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Whole Life Leadership Podcast

Whole Life Leadership Podcast

By Claudia Chan
We are truly in unprecedented times to rebuild family, culture & workplace systems that were never set up for all people to experience equity, inclusion and whole-life wellbeing. Claudia Chan, bestselling author of This Is How We Rise and creator of S.H.E. Summit—believes that to do this, people and organizations need to learn a new definition of leadership that awakens individual impact, cultivates inclusionary behavior, teaches whole-life wellbeing and enables true authenticity. She calls this framework Whole-Life Leadership and is on a mission to teach this curriculum to millions of people.
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#11 C-Suite Convo: Building Inclusive “Virtual” Culture with KPMG’s Michele Meyer-Shipp

Whole Life Leadership Podcast

#21 What is Neurodiversity with Christine Ramsay
April is World Autism Acceptance Month--join us to learn more about neurodiversity and how it can be relevant to everyone based on how our brains are wired.  Thank you to Christine Ramsay for joining me! More about Christine Ramsay:
April 16, 2021
#20 Equity for Women & Minorities through Supply Chain with guest Jean Kristensen
The fight for equity and inclusion for employees and workplace culture has existed for decades, but how about for the vendors and suppliers that businesses and institutions hire? Jean Kristensen  joins Claudia to explain how lifting women minority owned businesses is a massive way to address and close diversity gaps.   For more information about Jean and her work: 
April 8, 2021
#19: Managers - do you create safe space for your team to be really honest with you?
Given the exodus of women leaving the workplace, and how hard it is especially to retain your people-of-color talent (I’m calling it as I see it, so many get poached to better their diversity metrics), it’s more important than ever to create emotional safe space for your talent and teams. This is what the Whole-Life Leadership Method teaches
March 25, 2021
#18: On raising 2 half Chinese-American kids, #StopAsianHate and inclusion
This message is for the parents and caregivers of our youth in S.H.E. Summit community. Last week I planned on a teaching lesson on how parenting can help you practice inclusion--and what I have learned from raising toddlers and S.H.E. Summit teachers like Dr. Shefali--NY Times Bestselling Author of The Awakened Family. Then the Atlanta shooting happened which made the message so much more significant.
March 19, 2021
#17: How We Rise As A New Generation of Female Leaders
To kick off Women’s History Month—Claudia will share leadership secrets she gained over her 20-year entrepreneurial career that have helped her create 7-figure businesses, and social change through 400 private sector partnerships
March 4, 2021
#16: Heart-Led Leadership
We are truly in unprecedented times to rebuild family, culture and workplace systems that were never set up for all people to experience equity, inclusion and whole-life wellbeing. Claudia will focus on the topic of culture innovation and imagination to unleash what she knows is IN YOU. Claudia will also be joined by special guest, Jessie May Wolf, to discuss how we can include heart-led leadership to innovate around culture.
February 28, 2021
#15: Pain Seeds New Ideas
This week, Claudia will share a message that will focus on the topic of pain and vulnerability. Too often we want avoid pain and we think experiencing pain is a sign of weakness. Claudia will help you reframe around pain and use it for innovation that your workplace might need.
February 21, 2021
#14: Creating Workplaces Designed for Whole-Life Wellbeing
The year 2020 did reset the world, but instead of asking the question "When do we go back?," what we should be asking is "How do we move forward?" We are truly in unprecedented times to re-build culture systems that were never set up for all people to experience equity and whole-life wellbeing. 
February 11, 2021
(3 Min) Be Who You Really Are
As we all take time off this week for thanksgiving to be with family and friends, we will let our guards down and show up fully as who we are. We will be our “authentic selves.” Given how fast workplaces and cultures are changing—I can’t help but believe 2021 will be the year where intentional, authentic leadership will be more necessary than ever. To truly unleash innovation, creativity and solutions in a fast-changing and complex world, we can’t just rely on senior leaders to create inclusive spaces...we also need to have the courage to be fully who we are. I share more in this free 2-minute training.
February 9, 2021
(6 Mins) Influence Over Immensity
For years, December has been my most significant month of the year in helping me achieve my dreams as a wife, mother, author, and social entrepreneur impacting so many movements and lives. I share more about what I do in this 6-minute video in hopes that you join me in this exercise. I'm almost 2 weeks in and it’s incredible how much more time, nourishment and clarity it has given me.
February 9, 2021
(4 Mins) The Power of Slow
Are you always rushing and focused on what has to get done in the future - that you miss out on the present? Your future is actually created based on the quality of decisions you make in the present moment, and you can’t make quality decisions when you’re always rushing through life. Watch this 3-minute video and consider slowing down
February 9, 2021
(6 Mins) How Workplaces Can Address the Female Recession
There is a massive female recession taking place that could set us back by decades. From this article: "According to the Women in the Workplace report, one in four women are thinking of either leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers... a recent study by Qualtrics and theBoardlist found that only 9 percent of women have received a promotion while working remotely with children at home, compared to 34 percent of men. The same study found that 26 percent of men with children at home received a pay raise; only 13 percent of women with children at home reported getting a raise. In other words, the pandemic is not merely bad for women's progress — it's setting back gender equality." Here's a message for both employers and employees - we have an unprecedented opportunity to co-create a new system of working that actually makes gender equality in the workplace work. 
February 9, 2021
(4 Mins) Depression or Undisciplined
Because the term “mental health” has a stigma, many people feel it doesn’t apply to them. But just as you as have heart health, lung health or any kind of physical health, you have mental health. Everyone has health of the mind and there should be NO stigma attached to that. As many continue to adjust to new work-from-home routines since Covid-19, research has shown increased anxiety, stress and depression among workers. If you are feeling any of these emotions, I want to share this question I ask myself as a tool that I use to stay mentally healthy.
February 9, 2021
(3 Mins) How to Handle Comparison
Going to a neighbor’s home, learning the good news of a colleague or friend, seeing another parent’s distance learning/homeschool photo on Instagram, being in awe of someone else’s progress — comparison is like a mosquito bite you didn’t see coming that a takes a bite of your self esteem. Over time it unconsciously keeps you playing small and feeling never good enough. What’s scary is if you are active on social media - imagine how many times in a day or week you may be comparing yourself to others and what that is holding you back from over time? In the How We Rise “whole life leadership” program, I teach that mental health is your #1 leadership department and “comparison” is one of the big limiting barriers to name and own. Let me share a tool that I have used to combat comparison for years.
February 9, 2021
(6 Mins) Leadership Starts in the Family
Most people don’t realize that leadership starts in the family. We can show up all together or as our “best selves“ with colleagues or at that business meeting, but how are we showing up to the people we love the most behind closed family doors? What’s ironic is that our societal world is an OUTPUT of our family world - and look at the state of our society today.
February 9, 2021
(4 Mins) We Need Space to Create
I know every single one of you has a project, product or opportunity that can really make a difference for others - that needs creation. For those of you already in the process of creation - my question is - are you really giving it your heart and best work, or do you feel rushed or stuck in the process? For others who haven’t started yet, what is holding you back? Whether it’s an initiative at your company, a passion project or a new work-from-home system that can help your family thrive this fall - this message is a reminder that your workplace, community and family need the GENIUS that is inside of you to create, and the quality of what you put into your creation is how we create a better future. 
February 9, 2021
(3 Mins) How to Handle Self Criticism
It’s ironic but sometimes I think our inner critic can be loudest on the weekends because we have more time and space to notice things. I know first hand that seeing a disorganized area of my home, scrolling through social media, assessing a never-ending to-do list and the most common, everyday activities can trigger my inadequacy and inner critic. And guess what happens when we’re home a lot, not surrounded by community, colleagues and the hustle bustle of moving from one place to the next? Our thoughts get louder! Self critical thoughts are also the most detrimental because they impact what we believe about ourselves, slowing us down from realizing our true greatness.
February 9, 2021
(5 Mins) Find Pauses To Shift Into Who You Want To Become
As many people continue to work-from-home through the fall and 2021, setting boundaries for all the roles we play in the day can be very challenging. We don’t have those business trips and commutes to/from work to reset. As a result we can carry the energy of work into family time, and the personal into work time. This prevents us from being fully present in everyday life moments that we will never get back. Often, as a result, the people we love the most or the most important projects get the “left-over“ version of you. I’ve come to learn that who we become is shaped in the everyday moments of life. It is today that matters the most, and how we show up and hold our leadership roles to a higher bar matters. For example these are some of the roles I aspire to and though I always fall short, I set the intention for who I want to become: a team leader invested in building an inclusive culture, a great partner and parent invested in raising a healthy family, a professional who wants to build impactful partnerships and give my talent to my work to someone who can support my community.
February 9, 2021
#13: C-Suite Convo: Corporate Responsibility with Aflac’s Catherine Hernandez-Blades
In a time of heightened uncertainty and tragedy, companies across the world are confronted with the task of supporting the employees and the customers they serve in a primarily virtual environment. In the episode, Claudia Chan and Catherine Hernandez-Blades is Chief ESG and Communications Officer at Aflac will discuss: Hernandez-Blades’ experience shattering glass ceilings in traditionally male dominated industries  The importance of social responsibility and crisis management in corporate America Strategies for becoming engaged, inclusive, and productive corporate citizens
June 22, 2020
#12: Ask for More with Author & Law Professor Alex Carter
93% of all negotiators are failing to ask the questions that they need to get the most out of their negotiations (Professor Leigh Thompson at the Kellogg School of Management). In this episode, Claudia talks to Alexandra Carter, the author of Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything and a professor at Columbia Law School, to find out why this problem happens to most of us and to explore a whole new approach to negotiation. Through this episode, you will: Discover the fundamentals of negotiation: E.g., 5 mirror questions & 5 window questions; Understand the power of problem definition to focus on your mission to enlist support rather than to keep the sell focused on yourself; and Learn how to turn a no into a yes
June 11, 2020
#11 C-Suite Convo: Building Inclusive “Virtual” Culture with KPMG’s Michele Meyer-Shipp
With majority of global workforces working-from-home in COVID-19, we talk to Michele Meyer-Shipp, Principal, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KPMG, on how to Create Inclusive Virtual Culture. From communication tactics to unconscious bias, Michele unpacks some key skills and ideas for leaders to consider as they work on building inclusive culture: How to ensure everyone's voice is heard Minding meeting times and supporting your team's schedules and at-home demands Being consciously inclusive and seeking ideas from people with different backgrounds and experiences
June 3, 2020
#10: Rising Through the Creative Process with Alysia Reiner
As the founder of S.H.E. Summit, an award-winning conference advancing SHE, HE and EQUITY FOR ALL, Claudia Chan is hosting a series of community calls to provide a transparent space for rising leaders to connect and gain some How We Rise coaching from her and past speakers.In this episode she speaks with award-winning actress and producer Alysia Reiner. Best known for playing Natalie "Fig" Figueroa in the Netflix comedy drama series Orange Is the New Black, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award.Rising Through Creation, Alysia emphasized we prioritize self-care. Not as a buzzword, but as an investment in the body we meet every single every day. Alysia explains:We must take specific actions continually to find structure in each day: Feed your heart & soul Feed yourself as a creator Feed your mind Feeding the business
May 15, 2020
#09: Leading Energy Through Challenges
Energy is an incredibly powerful tool to manage our mental health, yet we often don’t think about how profoundly powerful it is. In this episode, Claudia Chan will cover: the two kinds of energy that we give to and receive from others — that are positive and negative energy; the types of positive and negative energy we give and receive and how to identify them; why focusing on energy management over time management is critical now more than ever; and how to manage energy so your whole-life can be uplifting. “It’s much easier to teach than it is to role-model. We need to model what we teach to lead.”
May 7, 2020
#08: Understanding Our Mental Health with Dr. Valerie Rein
Energy changes things and physically impacts those around us. Even while socially distanced, our energy is as contagious as our current global pandemic. Using our new and developing tools we can create a wildfire that goes beyond simply surviving. We thrive by creating the peace and harmony we want to see in the world. #HowWeRise
May 1, 2020
#07: How to Lead When You’re Overwhelmed
As you are at home during this time of uncertainty, you're also taking on many new roles. Working from home, teaching your kids, preparing supplies - it's no surprise you are overwhelmed. In this episode of the How We Rise podcast, Claudia talks about a few tools you can use to lead from home when you're overwhelmed.
April 23, 2020
#06: Building Community from Home
Our life has completely changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. Many of us are now working from home and are physically isolated from each other. Social isolation, a solution to combat the virus, has now brought a new challenge to our well-being — that is mental health. Whether it is a family, friends, co-workers or someone who shares common interests, we tend to have an inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than ourselves. We long a sense of belonging to a community. In this new season, Leading from Home, Claudia Chan will cast light on challenges that  people are going through and provide new perspectives on how to overcome these challenges. The second episode will cover: The steps to galvanize a community and lead change while physically apart Why your community needs to be updated — three layers of a community The relationship between vulnerability and mental health —  men vs women
April 15, 2020
#05: Managing Anxiety and Mental Health Amid COVID-19
As the impact of the coronavirus has grown, the fear of uncertainty in the future has heightened.  The fear of transmitting the disease, being unable to pay bills, losing a job or even losing someone you know has come into your day-to-day life: increasing your stress level and, oftentimes, affecting your mental health. In this new season, Leading from Home, Claudia Chan will cast light on challenges that  people are going through and provide new perspectives on how to overcome these challenges. The first episode will cover: Reframing as a tool to shift your mindset from being reactive to becoming proactive Self-reflection in times of crisis to fuel you personal growth The meaning of leadership — why it needs to be redefined “Maximizing impact requires leadership development, but maximizing leadership requires personal growth.”
April 9, 2020
#04: You Become the Sum of Your Thoughts
When it comes to rising as leaders, your thoughts can be the greatest drivers of your success or they can be the greatest barriers to your success. Yet most people don't invest the time to assess and manage the internal patterns, self talk and voices to work for you. Claudia dives deep into the power of your thoughts and steps to manage your mind to serve your visions and dreams.
April 23, 2019
#03: Great Leaders Are Inclusive Leaders
In order for all of us to bring our best selves and talents to our workplaces and communities, we need to feel not only a sense of belonging and that we can engage as our true selves, we also need to create the space for others to as well. In a world that is increasingly diverse with so many dimensions (culture, gender, generation, class etc)--cultivating an inclusive mindset is critical for all of us to rise as leaders.
April 3, 2019
#02: Leadership Redefined as "Whole Life" Leadership
In this episode, Claudia unpacks a new, more appealing and accessible definition of leadership that is essential to your potential, destiny, and for humanity.
March 20, 2019
#01: A New Perspective of Your Life
In this episode, Claudia shares 3 beliefs to reframe the meaning of your life and unlock your highest potential.
March 6, 2019