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Episode: Evolution & Reinvention

Evolution & Reinvention

“Midlife” is a miserable concept. It’s a thought-terminating cliché that convinces us that the finish line is near, so why even bother? Evolution and reinvention are far more interesting (and l…
Episode: Celebrating Other People’s Success

Celebrating Other People’s Success

Winning isn’t everything. It feels good and is easy to celebrate, but what happens when you don’t go home with the trophy? Learning to celebrate the success of others, including your competitors, …
Episode: A Halfway Point Goal Check In

A Halfway Point Goal Check In

We’re just about halfway through the year and, if you’re anything like us, you set pretty big goals. Sometimes we achieve them, and other times we realize that we bit off more than we can chew. Bu…
Episode: Leading with Your Personal Values

Leading with Your Personal Values

Everyone has values regardless of whether you’ve explored and articulated them or not. When we spend time with people, we can almost see their personal values come alive. They really are at the core…
Episode: I’m Not the Hot Young Thing Anymore

I’m Not the Hot Young Thing Anymore

As we sit here planning episodes, our younger, cooler staff are in the next room laughing through a video shoot of cocktails. These are the same people who know all the pop culture references and meme…
Episode: It Doesn’t Matter How You Got There

It Doesn’t Matter How You Got There

The path to becoming an entrepreneur is different for everyone. Karen knew business ownership would be in her future, while Jen did not. Yet here they are, in a very similar spot. Join us as we discus…
Episode: Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

The sooner you have that hard conversation, the better. And with kindness and clear communication, we can keep the workplace compassionate and productive.
Episode: Grief in the Workplace

Grief in the Workplace

Grief finds us all one way or another, and it ultimately touches our work. As employers, we have a responsibility to make the workplace hospitable and compassionate for our employees, especially in ti…
Episode: Fuck It, I'm Going For It Anyway

Fuck It, I'm Going For It Anyway

It seems like there are always a million reasons not to do something – but sometimes we just need to go for it anyway. What drives us to the tipping point of doing something in spite of potential ne…
Episode: Change Is Always In Season

Change Is Always In Season

Thank you Mother Nature, spring is upon us. We both love and cherish winter in Michigan, but we cherish seasons of change as well. And change brings about introspection: goal setting, possibilities, n…
Episode: Creative Muscles Need Training, Too

Creative Muscles Need Training, Too

What do you do to keep your muscles firing on all cylinders, toned and defined at all moments, ready to jump in action when you need it? We're not talking about our bodies, but about our creative musc…
Episode: Resilience


Resilience is inherent to being an entrepreneur and a creative. It's one of the things that keeps us moving forward. But what is resilience made of, and how do you get it?
Episode: Vulnerability in Leadership

Vulnerability in Leadership

Why do we treat vulnerability like it's a negative thing? Saying "I don't know" and "I need help" seems like the purview of our young kids, not grown-up women in leadership. But let's be honest: somet…
Episode: Impatience is a Virtue

Impatience is a Virtue

Genetically, we are both in the shallow end of the patience pool. As creatives we have big ideas and are driven by results, so it can be a challenge to wait for all the steps between A and Z. Are entr…
Episode: I Need An Assistant

I Need An Assistant

Not gonna lie, we all get overwhelmed sometimes. When the to-do list gets too long, all we want to do is delegate. It's really a blend of work and life that we need help with. So why don't we get it?
Episode: What are you Worth?

What are you Worth?

What are you worth? Nope, we're not talking about your bottom line. We're talking about the value of your time and your talent. Short answer? More than you're charging. And that's true even when you'r…
Episode: Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

What do you wish you would have done 10 years ago? What are your regrets? What great piece of advice would you give a friend or colleague? Well, what are you going to do about it now?
Episode: Change + Growth

Change + Growth

Recognizing change can feel like a hopeless task sometimes because we're evaluating the changes in real time. But the bottom line—we must grow.
Episode: Recognition


Recognition. As leaders, we recognize success and achievement in others as second nature. As individuals, we aren't great being on the receiving end—especially as women. But it's complicated. It is …
Episode: Are We Still Entrepreneurs?

Are We Still Entrepreneurs?

Are we still entrepreneurs? We both own established businesses–and we're successful mid-career creatives–so we don't really fit into the trendy description of a startup that seems to be all kickst…