Category Archives: reinvention

Cathy O’Dowd: Climbing Everest, Team Dynamics, and Leadership

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“Then I’ve been parachuted in as the token woman who got added at the last minute by the newspaper sponsor to kind of sex up the coverage. So I’m in a desperately awkward position, trying to prove that I’m good enough to be on this mountain. And I was—but I hadn’t come on the team in a way that made that at all clear.”

Cathy O’Dowd was not a fan of sport until she discovered climbing in college.

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Lisa Marie Platske: Design Your Destiny

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Women in male-dominated industries like tech, finance and law enforcement may feel like it’s unacceptable to reveal any vulnerability at work. This leads to compartmentalization, having a ‘work self’ that’s different from the real person on the inside. But this simply isn’t working. Not only does this approach make us seem unapproachable, it leads to burnout and perpetuates the myth that we have to behave a certain way in order to lead.

Lisa Marie Platske had a ten-year career as a Federal law enforcement officer,

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Elizabeth McCourt: How Spilling Your Secrets Can Give You The Right Mindset For Your Business

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We all have days when we think that we are not going to succeed in our goals in life and business. While it may be difficult to shift this mindset into something more productive, TEDx speaker, executive coach and sponsored triathlete Elizabeth McCourt shows you how an endurance athlete’s perspective can provide you the right mental training that is guaranteed to have maximum impact on your success.

In today’s podcast,

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Maria Kim: Working to Turn Homelessness and Poverty Into A Powerful Workforce

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Have you ever heard of a nonprofit that develops workers from poverty to those that have a higher than average job retention rate? And, an organization that focuses their workplace job training based on motivation, love, and forgiveness?

In today’s podcast, listen to how Maria Kim, CEO of The Cara Program and board member of several social purpose organizations, has managed to do this with Cara, a nonprofit focused on providing sustainable workforce development for men and women affected by homelessness and poverty in Chicago.

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Dorri McWhorter: Remember the YWCA? An Innovative Transformation for Women Empowerment

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The YWCA has had a long legacy for providing social services to a number of different communities. Learn more about its journey of transformation from a 140-year-old social service agency to a twenty-first century social enterprise in today’s interview with Dorri McWhorter, the current CEO of YWCA Chicago and one of the top women innovators listed in Chicago’s #TheBlueNetwork.

Dorri tells the story of how her experience in a number of corporate positions gave her the perspective to find new solutions for the YWCA’s transformation.

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