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Women Rise

Women Rise

By Rebecca Shambaugh
New from internationally recognized leadership expert, author, and keynote speaker Rebecca Shambaugh comes the Women Rise podcast, which features exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most inspiring business leaders who share and discuss how women professionals can reimagine their greatness, especially during these challenging times when a renewal of leadership skills is critical.
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A Conversation with Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, Hint, Inc.

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A Conversation with Chic Thompson, Executive Director, WagiLabs
Chic Thompson is the Executive Director of WagiLabs, a nonprofit organization that helps inspiring executives, MBA students, and children to be curious first and critical second while problem solving. He is a Fellow at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School and adjunct faculty at the Brookings Institute. In this episode, he discusses how executives can leverage their strategic curiosity as a path to innovation.
18:49
November 22, 2021
A Conversation with Kimber Maderazzo, Chairman of the Board, C200
Kimber Maderazzo is the Chairman of the Board of C200, a peer community of female CEOs whose purpose is to advance women in business leadership. Kimber also serves on the Board of Directors of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and was previously an Executive Vice President & General Manager at The Proactiv Company. In this episode, she discusses how C200 teaches women to be in P&L roles and how its members work with each other to advance each other. She also highlights her five principles of leadership advancement for female executives.
18:46
November 22, 2021
A Conversation with Stacey Stewart, President & CEO, March of Dimes
Stacey Stewart is the President & CEO of March of Dimes, responsible for all aspects of the organization's strategy, vision, and operations. She was previously the U.S. President of United Way, the nation's largest nonprofit organization, and was the Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving at Fannie Mae, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation. In this episode, she discusses the gender wage gap, encouraging women to place greater value on their capabilities at the outset of taking on a new role and how senior women can use their position on boards to make a difference. She also highlights the importance of refraining from the mindset of perfectionism and how to be valued in the workplace without needing to "check every box."
31:22
November 22, 2021
A Conversation with Caroline Feeney, CEO, US Insurance & Retirement Businesses, Prudential
Caroline Feeney is the CEO of US Insurance & Retirement Businesses at Prudential. She has held progressively more senior roles during her 27-year career at Prudential, including as CEO of Individual Solutions, president of Prudential Advisors, and president of Individual Life Insurance. She also leads the company's Women Empowered business resource group and champions women's financial issues, diversity, and professional development both within and outside Prudential. In this episode, she discusses her passion for actively sponsoring, coaching, and mentoring future women leaders, how organizations can be more deliberate about finding opportunities for women who show potential, and the importance of taking on stretch roles and "jumping into the proverbial cold pot."
26:14
October 25, 2021
A Conversation with Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, Hint, Inc.
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc. and the author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters (Harper Leadership). She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune's Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink and Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. In this episode, she offers prescriptive advice for entrepreneurial-minded professionals who are looking to take smart risks and create their own success, highlights her own journey to becoming an entrepreneur and changing careers at age 36, and shares an inspiring story of how Hint raised two years worth of capital during the pandemic.
29:36
October 05, 2021
A Conversation with Nadja West, Retired US Army Lieutenant General, 44th Surgeon General of the US Army, and Former Commanding General of the US Army Medical Command
Lieutenant General (Retired) Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of the US Army Medical Command. In 2015, she became the first African-American three-star General in the Army's history and is currently the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point. In this episode, she provides valuable advice about mentorship, including the various categories of mentors and how to seek out and structure a real mentoring connection, offers her thoughts on how to create an inclusive culture where everyone is respected, and shares how partnership and reflection has helped her and her husband raise resilient children.
36:22
September 20, 2021
A Conversation with Brandon Barnholt, President & CEO, KeHE Distributors
Brandon Barnholt is the President and CEO of KeHE Distributors. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a Midwest specialty food distributor to one of the leading Natural & Organic, Specialty, and Fresh Food distributors in North America. In this episode, Brandon discusses the importance of being a purposeful organization, KeHE's commitment as a B Corp, and how gender equity and advancing women in all roles has made the company better.
26:43
September 14, 2021
A Conversation with Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard
Ann Cairns is the Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard, representing the company and brand around the world. As a senior ambassador and executive leader, she brings inclusion, diversity, and innovation to the forefront not just within Mastercard, but around the world. She is also the Global Chair of the 30% Club, a global campaign to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. In this episode, she discusses why companies with higher gender and ethnic diversity are outperforming the market, what becoming the first woman in British gas offshore taught her about having the confidence to ask for what you want, and more. 
26:51
July 30, 2021
A Conversation with Toni Townes-Whitley, President, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft
Toni Townes-Whitley leads Microsoft's US sales for Regulated Industries. She is one of the leading women at Microsoft and in the technology industry. Her teams drive digital transformation across national industries and focus on inclusion, equity, and access in the emerging digital economy.  In this episode, she offers insights into how an organization can achieve purposeful social impact, the power of her life mantra: "love fiercely, live fearlessly, and learn forgiveness", the importance of authentic allyship in diversity, and more.
37:28
July 26, 2021
A Conversation with Meg Crofton, former President, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, U.S. and France
Meg Crofton is a 35-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company. She retired from her position as President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S. and France in 2015 and currently mentors and speaks on a wide range of leadership issues while serving on multiple boards. In this episode, she reminds leaders about the importance of focusing on self-care, instilling realistic optimism in their teams, and reaching hearts and minds across a now dispersed workforce. She also provides insights into how she recalibrates and re-centers herself daily and offers five pieces of advice for how leaders can thrive in a post-COVID world.
25:03
June 04, 2021