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153: Amy Santee—How Anthropology Is Revolutionizing Design Strategy

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology is bringing you better design!

This was a wonderful interview with a fellow anthropologist. Amy Santee is a design research and strategy consultant working in product development, innovation and business strategy. Trained as an anthropologist, Amy incorporates a human-centered lens to help teams build products, services and brands through an understanding of people, context and experience. What does that mean for you? Listen to our fascinating conversation and you'll find out. Learn and share!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, women in business, anthropology

150: Rita McGrath—Don't Run From Change, Embrace It!

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 3, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how nonusers are waiting for you to fulfill their unmet needs!

I had such an amazing conversation with Dr. Rita Gunther McGrath. I have been a fan of her thinking over the past twenty years, and have read and used each of her books, The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Market Busters, Discovery Driven Growth and The End of Competitive Advantage. Her new book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, is coming out today, September 3, 2019, and is the topic of our interview.

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Topics: Igniting Change, Culture Change, women in business, women entrepreneurs

149: Sarah Soule—Busting Those Stereotypes of Women

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to completely transform how women are described!

As so often happens, I found Sarah Soule as I wandered around the internet looking for women doing amazing work trying to dismantle the stereotypes that shackle women and keep them from rising. Dr. Soule co-authored an outstanding article in the June 2019 Harvard Business Review, “The Stereotypes in MBA Case Studies,” in which she describes her research on case studies and gender stereotyping within Stanford University’s MBA program. In the study, Sarah and her co-authors examined 249 case studies used in Stanford’s MBA core curriculum from 2015-2017 and found similar trends as Symons and Ibarrain in their 2014 research, “What the Scarcity of Women in Business Case Studies Really Looks Like.” The common thread? Continual reinforcement of outdated (false) gender stereotypes. So much to learn here. Don't miss this!

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Topics: Culture Change, women in business, business culture

127: Jennifer Dawn—Finding Your Way In Business and Life

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

  Jennifer Dawn helps you find your calling and your purpose!

We present Jennifer Dawn to you because of how her clients brag about her: “Jennifer helped me to rock out my first Tame Your Mind Event with stellar results. She guided me through the process of creating a rock-solid marketing plan, tapping into my local media, and meeting my sales goals each week which produced a SOLD OUT event...the experience was PHENOMENAL!” Perhaps she has some magic we want to share with our listeners too. Listen and hear the joy! 

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, business model innovation

121: Jill Johnson—Small Business Guru and Business Plan Expert

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 Jill Johnson is helping women of color entrepreneurs succeed!

Today, in 2019, 40% of the businesses in the U.S. are owned by women. In this podcast, Jill Johnson and I discuss the challenges faced by women of color in starting a business, finding the capital to underwrite its growth, and developing the business acumen to successfully take their ideas and turn them into brilliant innovations. It is never easy. Listen in and learn how Jill did it!

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs

122: Allison De Paoli—Gaining Control Of Your Healthcare Benefits Costs

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Allison De Paoli explains how to contain benefit spending
and care for employees!

When I was first introduced to Allison De Paoli, I wondered how you, our listeners and readers, would feel about her topic: how to control employer spending on healthcare benefits for their employees. I urge you to listen in before you judge whether this is really relevant to you. In fact, this is as much about you and your needs as it is about those of your company's CEO, employee benefits officer or budget director. Maybe you and your employer can find hidden costs that are driving benefits expenses up? I guarantee you, we can all gain from what Allison has to say.

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Topics: business strategy, women in business, anthropology, business change

116: Maureen Berkner Boyt—Diversity and Inclusion: Let’s Go Beyond Hoping and Make Inclusion Really Happen

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jan 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Maureen Berkner Boyt explains how diversity and inclusion are very good for business!  

Many years ago, the founder of The Moxie Exchange, Maureen (Mo) Berkner Boyt, walked out of yet another leadership meeting where she was the only woman present and thought, “Something has got to change.” So she changed it. Since then, her company Moxie has grown into a thriving community of corporations committed to building inclusive workplaces, as well as women committed to leadership development and professional growth. Its mission? To disrupt unconscious bias and create inclusive and diverse workplaces where talent can thrive. Listen!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, women entrepreneurs, business culture

109: Lynette Guastaferro—Transforming How Teachers Teach In Over 700 Urban Schools

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Lynette Guastaferro explains how she took on failing urban education and turned it around!  

How can you truly transform an organization and what it is supposed to be achieving? That’s what I asked Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director of Teaching Matters, in our recent podcast. Teaching Matters works with urban schools and their teachers to dramatically transform the education that children are receiving. What is so exciting? It is working. You know how important change is to us at SAMC and those we work with. Lynette inspired us to want to help others do better—because they really can. And so can you! The first step is to listen to this podcast. Enjoy.

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Topics: Education, women in business

108: Diane Darling—Not Good At Networking? You Soon Will Be!

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Diane Darling teaches us how to communicate clearly and connect easily! 

Diane Darling is just darling. What a wonderful podcast conversation we had. Diane is a pioneer in social networking, and as she tells her story, you'll realize how ironic life can be. To overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and stand-up comedy classes. That out-of-the-box mindset and courage to defy the odds transformed her into the successful person she is today. Are you waiting to become the person you want to be? Listen in and start your own journey now!

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Topics: women in business, business leadership

102: Deepa Prahalad—Converting Observation Into Innovations

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 18, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Deepa Prahalad shows us how to solve complex problems innovatively!

We had the pleasure of meeting Deepa Prahalad through a chance meeting in Healdsburg, CA. Were we lucky! Not only is Deepa an internationally acclaimed consultant, innovation leader and design strategist, she co-authored the book "Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business," acclaimed by Fast Company in 2010 as one of the Best Design Books of the Year. Deepa really understands something that is very important to usnamely, how to convert observation into innovations. Design strategy is just that: a way to see things with fresh eyes. Now you understand why Deepa is right up our ally. Take a listen! 

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Topics: innovation, women in business, business innovation

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