Remarkable Women Podcast – Eileen Scully

 

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Eileen Scully is a Remarkable Woman living on the beautiful and peaceful Cape Cod, MA. She is the founder of The Rising Tides, a global consulting firm focused on making the workplace a better environment for women. She is also the publisher of 52feminists.com, a website that features first person narratives from people all over the world who identify as feminists.

We had a wonderful conversation about Eileen’s career journey and the many things she is most passionate about. She has had an extensive career in technology, research, and advisory services and has been able to channel her experience into this new business, helping organizations around the world address relationships among women and helping women accelerate each other’s careers.

There has always been an undercurrent of philanthropy in Eileen’s career, but now that her daughter is grown and flown, she has been able to spend much more time working with foundations she finds rewarding. Since 2010, she’s proudly served on the board of directors for the Get In Touch Foundation which provides free breast health education to girls around the world. This organization is now in all 50 states and growing globally! We spoke about the challenges that all non-profits face, but I was so proud to hear how this one successfully overcame a “passing-of-the-baton” in leadership and continues to thrive.

One of my favorite parts of our interview was hearing Eileen share about the difference between advocate and mentor. A slight nuance, but an entirely different mindshift. Advocates allow for a two way conversation whereas mentors are usually a one-way-street. Eileen recommends that all women seek out a team of advocates whom you trust and respect and who will be brutally honest with you and share helpful feedback. Look outside your own workplace or field. Intentionally nurture and build these relationships well.

It was this team of advocates that has proved most valuable to Eileen as she launched The Rising Tides and also the biggest piece of advice she offers as a success tip. This team can serve as a personal “board of directors.” They will likely be the ones to share new opportunities or connections before you’d hear otherwise.

52feminists.com is a resource Eileen would love to share with others. It’s an inspiring place to read the stories of feminists from all eras and walks of life. A new story is featured each week.

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Making It Happen

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I’ve talked about how opening up my mind to possibility led me on a new journey in life, and eventually to creating Remarkable Women. Not only that, it led me to create my very own “remarkable space” to nurture my new outlook.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing from that point. I knew by now that I couldn’t just sit in my space and expect good things to happen without movement on my part. Rather than staring blankly at the wall, I took action. I got to work channeling my rush of excitement and purpose into goals.

I decided to make it happen, and to accept no other outcome.

I started by seeking out capable, confident people who could be sounding boards for my ideas – “doers” rather than thinkers. I shared with them, but I also listened to their perspectives.

Secondly, I didn’t rush myself. Inspiration doesn’t happen in a day. So I gave myself the time and energy to find it. Before I began this journey, I felt like I was always getting caught up in everything except what was happening in the moment. Now, I insist on living in the moment.

Next, I made sure to constantly try new things. Whenever an opportunity presented itself – be it advice, a new experience, even something as small as trying a new food – I took it. Why? Because any one of these experiences had the ability to completely change my outlook on some aspect of my life. In turn, this helped me to fully unleash my creativity.

By the same token, I worked hard at developing good habits like determination, courage, and discipline. I also constantly reminded myself to be open no matter what. I would do daily “gut checks” to make sure I was stretching myself and committing to doing something beyond my capabilities.

Finally, one of the most important lessons I learned was that I needed to stop insisting on perfection. I had to let go. I finally concluded that “done” is better than perfect. I found that when I achieved deadlines, I actually gained more clarity. And clarity is golden when it comes to action and results!

Remarkable Women Podcast – Lori Saitz

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 11.07.35 AMlori saitzLori Saitz is a Remarkable Woman from Arlington, VA. She is a networking strategy coach and speaker, helping “quiet girls” get past their fear of networking so they can find success in their business lives. As a self-proclaimed, “Quiet Girl” herself, she can relate to the challenges and shares practical ways to overcome them. 

Lori is a very passionate and caring person. I could quickly tell that she truly enjoys helping others. One of the things she cares most about is worldwide literacy and education, having volunteered as a pre-GED teacher, adult literacy tutor and 1st grade story teller in the past. She is fueled by the idea: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” She loves helping others pursue their own journey of “coming alive.”

We spoke a lot about a few of the challenges she has been through as an entrepreneur, particularly with her first business, Zen Rabbit Baking Company. Listen as she shares how hurricanes and fatal car accidents impacted her business and life. I see how it has made her stronger and wiser. She knows that there is “no avoiding obstacles. They are just a part of life, and we have to figure out ways around and through them.”

What she learned from all those challenges is that “you just keep going. It’s not over until you say it’s over. Sometimes you need to pivot. Things won’t always go as you expect and you can still survive even when you’re forced to take a detour…or ten!” I appreciated and resonated with her perspective for sure.

It helps to have a very strong belief in what you’re doing and people around you who support you. She had a network of other entrepreneurs and a mentor who helped keep her going forward. We talked a lot about the importance of the support of friends and colleagues. It’s vital to building anything meaningful and getting through those tough times.

Resources

Lori is a reader and has many great books as resources to share with us:

Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities and Neale Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God are two of her all-time favorites.

She just finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Connect with Lori

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Taking a Leap

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If you’re new to this blog, you may not know the story behind Remarkable Women. You may not realize the full significance of what I’m doing here and why I do it.

You see, several years ago, I was at a very different stage in my life. I felt a void. I felt dissatisfied. But I couldn’t understand why. After all, I had advanced in my professional career, and I was raising a beautiful family.

After lots of reflection, I finally figured out where the emptiness came from. It was my constant searching for the next big thing – something new I could do at work, or some better position that I could go after.

I was like a one-track train without a destination. In short, I wasn’t actually getting anywhere.

And while I accomplished a lot in real estate and as a business owner for 11 years, I didn’t feel completely fulfilled, and I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, or what was even out there, because I had just stayed in my comfort zone.

So, I took a leap to allow possibility to feed my soul – and it started with something so simple: a casual meeting with a friend whose energy I loved. We met; she shared, and I listened. That one conversation opened my eyes to new possibilities, and it led me to creating a physical space – “a remarkable space” – where I could continue to explore my wants and needs (not what I should be doing, but what I actually desire to do).

Today, my remarkable space is my sanctuary. It’s adorned with the things I love, and it’s a true reflection of who I am. It’s bright, airy, and comfortable. It’s my corner of calmness when life gets crazy – the perfect setting for opening my mind to new ideas.

Little did I know, this remarkable space would be the beginning of a journey to something much bigger – and even a new life purpose.

 

Obstacles Women Face in the Workplace

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I’ll admit this up front: I’ve never really worked in a corporate environment. Before I founded Remarkable Women, I founded another small business – Old Towne Title Company, a full-service settlement company where I continue to serve as president.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to work for myself all these years. Because of that, I haven’t encountered the typical obstacles women face in the workplace – chief among these, gender bias. But not everyone has been so lucky.

Forbes contributor Bonnie Marcus writes:

I worked in corporate America for over 20 years and I personally experienced and witnessed gender bias every day. Some of it was overt, especially in the earlier years, but most of it was so subtle that it caused you to think twice about whether it was your own sensitivity to the issue. An off-color joke, exclusion from important meetings or discussions, sexual advances – these were all commonplace in the companies where I was employed.

Gender bias reveals itself in many ways, as Ms. Marcus astutely points out. And while I haven’t had direct experience with it, I’m still quite concerned that it’s even an issue in our modern world. I believe gender should not hinder us or help us in the workplace; it should just be.

According to a Rockefeller Foundation poll of 9,500 women from 19 countries (Fast Company):

  • Nearly half of the U.S. women surveyed believe men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities.
  • More than half of U.S. women see the gender wage gap as their biggest concern, with 58 percent placing it at the top of the list.
  • The U.S. ranked second highest among countries surveyed, where 37 percent of women reported being harassed in the workplace.

How can we combat these troubling statistics? The Balance advises, “Two of the most effective tools in overcoming challenges working women face include networking and finding a mentor.” These are both topics I’ve written about before related to challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and women who mentor. You can read those blogs for more in-depth information, but here’s my quick advice:

How do you find a professional network? It usually starts with locating that one person who shares your business goals or works in your niche and is enthusiastic about helping you. Ideally, this connection will open up her entire network for you.

How do you find a mentor? If a mentor doesn’t immediately come to mind, you may need to look outside your current network and meet new people. Consider professional organizations, events, and meet-up groups. Search for these opportunities on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.

I think you’ll find that searching for these types of opportunities will actually help you become more confident in your abilities (and less worried about how your gender is affecting your workplace standing, if at all). I know that when I’ve encountered a problem, I don’t even think about the fact that it might be a gender issue; I just assume it’s not and figure out a way around it.

What obstacles have you faced in the workplace? How have you overcome them?

Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs

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I founded Remarkable Women to promote and support women’s successes. I love speaking with women about how to build meaningful connections, pursue their passions, and inspire others. That’s why I do my monthly Remarkable Women podcast celebrating female entrepreneurs from around the world.

Aside from being entrepreneurs, what do these women have in common? Why do I choose to interview them? Because they are all remarkable! My definition of a “remarkable woman” is one who is an encourager – who empowers other women, who is authentic, who is a mentor, and who has the courage to take risks. Now, I don’t think you need all of these traits to be remarkable; in fact, even if you embody just one of these, I think that makes you remarkable.

Let’s revisit some of the female entrepreneurs I’ve spoken with over the past year or two. I’ve included links to their podcasts here so you can listen in and gain insight on their unique stories and careers.

My-Cherie Haley is a remarkable woman from Austin, Texas. She owns a talent consulting agency that focuses on helping children and teens enter the modeling and acting world successfully.

Stacey Podova is a remarkable woman living and working in Alexandria, Virginia. She has built a successful career in the graphic design world, working within both a large corporation and even on a Presidential campaign. She has owned her own firm, Hudson Studios, for over 15 years and has built a very loyal customer base. She has truly enjoyed her career and knows it’s a gift to do what you love.

Tammy Bjelland is a remarkable women who has made the journey from the world of academia into the entrepreneurial space. During our podcast, we talk a lot about pricing and the importance of having confidence in your monetary value. She shares some excellent success tips and sources for her own inspiration.

Angie Dunnigan is a remarkable woman whose small business and marketing is contagious. As the owner of a social media marketing agency, she enjoys helping other small business owners through workshops, services, and consults.

Jamie Jo Braner is a remarkable woman from Breckenridge, Colorado. She runs KIVU Gap Year, a program for high school to college-age students to travel the world, experience different cultures, and develop their faith. She has been married to her husband Andy for 19 years and loves being a mom to their five children, two of whom are adopted from Rwanda.

It’s easy to see now what these women have in common, right? They are strong role models. They are independent business owners pursuing what they love. They are remarkable. Most importantly, they are an inspiration to me, and I hope their stories inspire you, too.