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Women’s experiences at work can be challenging, rewarding, and downright ugly – sometimes in the same week. The Broad Experience sparks candid conversations about women, men, careers, and success. We discuss the stuff everyone’s thinking about, but not always talking about. Leaves you feeling more enlightened, less alone. Hosted by journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte.

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Women’s experiences at work can be challenging, rewarding, and downright ugly – sometimes in the same week. The Broad Experience sparks candid conversations about women, men, careers, and success. We discuss the stuff everyone’s thinking about, but not always talking about. Leaves you feeling more enlightened, less alone. Hosted by journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte.

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Thought provoking, action inducing

By YepYepYepers - Nov 12 2019
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This podcast is EXACTLY what I needed. So glad something like this exists!! It’s given me lots to consider in the way I act in the workplace. It has made me feel more empowered to be my own advocate. No one else is! Thanks Ashley!

Glad I found this!

By MadeRefundantMom - Nov 18 2018
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So much good advice; so much to relate to and learn from. Really enjoying this!

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483 Ratings
Average Ratings
431
48
3
1
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Thought provoking, action inducing

By YepYepYepers - Nov 12 2019
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This podcast is EXACTLY what I needed. So glad something like this exists!! It’s given me lots to consider in the way I act in the workplace. It has made me feel more empowered to be my own advocate. No one else is! Thanks Ashley!

Glad I found this!

By MadeRefundantMom - Nov 18 2018
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So much good advice; so much to relate to and learn from. Really enjoying this!

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Women’s experiences at work can be challenging, rewarding, and downright ugly – sometimes in the same week. The Broad Experience sparks candid conversations about women, men, careers, and success. We discuss the stuff everyone’s thinking about, but not always talking about. Leaves you feeling more enlightened, less alone. Hosted by journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte.

The Broad Experience 48: Professional women, no kids

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More and more women are reaching their mid-forties without having children. Sometimes this is by choice, and sometimes it's not. But here's what both sets of women have in common: they're operating in a world where being a mother is still considered the default setting for women. Discussions of women in leadership usually assume every woman has to juggle her work with children. But where does that leave the rest of us? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 22 2014

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The Broad Experience 44: The motherhood factor

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For years, motherhood was considered our only job. Today, many women head back to work full-time not long after becoming parents. For some, everything goes smoothly, but for others, the return to work is challenging and confusing: they may not want the same things from their job that they did before, they crave flexibility (and can’t seem to get it), or their employer’s perception of them as a worker has changed – and not for the better.

In this show we look at the transition from worker to worker-parent, find out what companies are doing to accommodate employees, and discuss how overburdened parents can make the pitch for a saner existence. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 14 2014

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The Broad Experience 40: The hell of networking

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Ask a group of women how much they enjoy networking and most will shudder. They see it as fake, transactional, not something they want to spend time on. Research backs this up: women do not connect with other people in their industries or even within their companies as much as men do, and it's hurting their careers. In this show three guests talk about how to get over the dread of networking, why it's worth engaging with strangers on a regular basis, and why it's never too late to follow up. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 20 2014

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The Broad Experience 51: The curse of comparison

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Who hasn't compared themselves to someone else at work, envying the relationship they have with the boss, or the amount of attention they get for their work? Then there's the other side of comparison - boosting your ego by assuring yourself you're better than that woman down the hall.

The comparisons we make at work can hold us back in our careers, whether we work for a company or for ourselves. In this show Canadian leadership coaches Lauren Bacon and Tanya Geisler explain how we can overhaul this relationship and turn it into something less destructive, more constructive. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 02 2014

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The Broad Experience 57: Women, work, and stress

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Chances are you've noticed that professional women are often stressed out. In this show we aim to find out why and bring some relief. First we meet Jen Yip, a Broad Experience listener who lived a stressful existence for years, but kept going because plowing through was the only option she knew - until she started to crack.

Then we hear from therapist and corporate consultant Marjorie Hirsch, who has some advice about how to cut down on stress. This includes tackling stuff women tend to suck at, such as saying no, setting boundaries, and asking questions that'll make your life easier. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 23 2015

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The Broad Experience 38: Women, work, and sex (re-release)

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In this show, sexuality counselor and author Evelyn Resh says many busy professional women are putting their sex lives to one side as work and kids swallow their time and energy. She wants to change that. This show is about much more than women's sexuality, though - it focuses on our ability, or lack of it, to switch out of work mode and focus on life's pleasures, whatever they happen to be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 06 2014

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Episode 101: Your Work, Your Private Life

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The boundaries between work and home are fraying all the time. We spend work time doing personal stuff, and time at home working. We talk about our personal lives at work too, and vice versa. But some of us aren't comfortable sharing much about our home lives with colleagues - we like our boundaries. Yet not sharing can put us at odds with a world where everyone's connected on social media. My first guest guards her privacy, but wonders if she's hurting her career by being circumspect. My second guest has a different take on openness at work. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 10 2017

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The Broad Experience 74: On Confidence

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Study after study shows women have less confidence than men. But you hardly need a study to work that out. Just look around you - how many women do you know who exude the same self-belief as the men in your life? Confidence, or the lack of it, is a big issue in many women's careers, including my own. In this show I talk to business owner Denise Barreto, whose confidence I envy, and NPR reporter Stacey Vanek Smith, who shares a lot of my hangups. She has to psych herself up to ask for things at work, because she's not quite sure she deserves it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 03 2015

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Episode 100: Owning It - an Interview with Sallie Krawcheck

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For years Sallie Krawcheck was one of the few famous women on Wall Street. She earned millions of dollars, had a huge office, and the use of a private jet. A few years ago, all that changed when she made the switch to entrepreneurship.

In this interview we talk about the relationship between her gender and her firing from Citibank, why she won't shut up about diversity, stodgy company cultures, and handling sexism at work. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 20 2017

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The Broad Experience 56: All the right moves

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This is the second of two shows on women in their twenties. Last time we heard from two young women talking about communication problems, confidence, and the competition they're up against. This time two women in their forties look at the twenties from their perspective: Broad Experience listener and professor Dawn Edmiston, and Dr. Meg Jay, TED talker and author of The Defining Decade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 09 2015

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Episode 110: Stress and the Benefits of Being Outside

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In this show I talk to science writer Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, about how spending time outside can help lower our stress levels and allow us to gain perspective on daily problems. Most of us live and work in urban environments, spending hours a day in front of a screen. Nothing could be less natural. In this show we talk about how spending time outdoors can improve our lives in multiple ways, and how women benefit even more than men. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 02 2017

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The Broad Experience 41: Stop fixing women, start fixing companies

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On this show my guest says it's not women who need to lean in, it's companies. At a time when women are 60% of university graduates, 51% of the population and make 80% of purchasing decisions, why, she asks, do most companies still expect women to change their behavior if they're going to excel in the workplace? She says it's corporations that need to adapt to the new reality. But how long will it take? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 02 2014

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Episode 95: Better in Scandinavia

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The Nordic countries have a reputation for equality and excellent work/life balance. American women look enviously at these nations as they scrape together a short maternity leave or finish another 10-hour day.

But here's the paradox: there are just as few women in powerful roles in Scandinavia as there are in the US.

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Nov 14 2016

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Episode 115: Putting Yourself First

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For many women, looking after after ourselves in the midst of work and family life can feel like a stretch. In this show we meet two women who ignored what their bodies were telling them before switching tack and putting themselves first. I made this show because listeners wanted an episode on self-care - but only if it felt real.


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Nov 28 2017

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The Broad Experience 37: Leaning In (re-release)

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A year ago, the first rumblings were heard in the press about a business book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. No one could have predicted then that 'leaning in' would become a catchphrase, and Sandberg's book a cultural phenomenon. In this show, produced last April, I sat down in a Greenwich Village apartment with 5 women from generations X and Y to discuss Sandberg's blockbuster, 'Lean In'. At the time the book had only been out a few weeks. It's now been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 51 weeks.

Six women, wine, Middle Eastern food, and lots of opinions. Tune in. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 24 2014

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Episode 139: The Coaching Cure, part 1: The Coach

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The coaching industry has been exploding over the last several years. Life coaches, wellness coaches, career coaches, executive coaches - it can seem like everyone's hiring a coach for something. And the industry is dominated by women. This is the first of two shows in which we look at why coaching has become so popular and why women in particular want become coaches, and clients.

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Feb 04 2019

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Episode 114: My Answer is No (If That's OK With You)

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A lot of women have trouble saying no to requests at work and in the rest of life. We don't want to let people down, and many of us enjoy helping others. But too many women are withering under the weight of tasks and favors they've taken on because they couldn't bring themselves to say no. In this show I talk to psychiatrist and author Nanette Gartrell about how to set boundaries with bosses and colleagues without damaging your relationships.

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Nov 14 2017

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Episode 86: Work and Intimacy (part 1)

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Remember sexuality counselor Evelyn Resh from episode 19, Women, Work, and Sex? She's back. In this show we take another look at what our work lives do to our intimate lives, and what we can do about it. We had so much to talk about I decided to divide the conversation in two. The next one will come out next week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 17 2016

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Episode 130: How to Make the Most of Your Time (re-release)

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We say it repeatedly - that we're 'crazy busy' and 'don't have time' for various things we enjoy, or used to. The pressure of work and life is too much. Or is it?


In this show I talk to author and journalist Laura Vanderkam about women and time management. Her book is I Know How She Does It - How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. Laura says many of us buy into a negative storyline about what's (im)possible as a worker and a parent. She argues there are ways to have a senior job and a family and not lose your mind - you just have to think creatively.

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Jul 12 2018

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The Broad Experience 19: Women, work, and sex

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Ever read a book or article about a superwoman and secretly wondered about her sex life (i.e. does she have one)? This is an aspect of successful women's - and men's - lives that's rarely discussed, and certainly not openly. But for many people sex is an important part of a healthy, happy relationship. Sexuality counselor and author Evelyn Resh says many busy professional women are putting their sex lives to one side as work and kids swallow their time and energy. She wants to change that. This show is about much more than women's sexuality - it focuses on their ability, or lack of it, to switch out of work mode and focus on life's pleasures, whatever they may be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 28 2013

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Episode 149: Forgiveness at Work

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In this episode we look at forgiveness as a career tactic. A lot of us stew for weeks or months over things that have happened at work. My guest Christie Lindor decided the way to get ahead in her career was to forgive the aggressions - micro and otherwise - she was subject to at the office. She talks about how and why she chose forgiveness as a way forward, and how focusing on what you want to come out of a bad situation can help you deal with hurt, anger and resentment. If you're fuming over a work situation right now, tune in. This is the last episode you'll hear for a while as The Broad Experience goes on hiatus for a few months.

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Aug 07 2019

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Episode 148: So Many Incompetent Leaders

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Most leaders in business and politics are male, and most of us rate our leaders poorly. Would that change if more leaders were women? In this show I meet up with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of 'Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?' We discuss confidence versus competence, learning to distrust our instincts, and how bad leadership can drive a lot of us out of a job (voluntarily).

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Jul 15 2019

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Episode147: Forced Out (re-boot)

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Most of us have a bad breakup with work at some point. You don't have to be fired for things to end on a sour note, but however the end comes, leaving a job in difficult circumstances is one of the hardest experiences to go through. In this show we meet two women who know this first hand: Marion Kane, longtime food writer at some of Canada's top newspapers, and Heather McGregor, a frequent guest in this show's early years and now executive dean of the Edinburgh Business School. We hear their stories and get some advice on how to recover your confidence and your livelihood after a rocky exit.

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Jun 24 2019

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Episode 146: Ageism, or Prejudice Against Our Future Selves

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This is the second of two shows on what happens as women in the workforce get older. And a lot of it isn't good. Women can experience a double whammy of prejudice that men don't, and it's affecting our bank accounts apart from anything else. In this episode we meet women's leadership professor Terri Boyer, and founder of Magnificent Midlife Rachel Lankester. Each discusses age discrimination (which is perpetrated by both men and women) and suggests ways we can tackle it, beginning with women not buying into the narratives we've been fed over the years. OK, centuries. And we meet late-in-life lawyer Kate Wiseman, who's having a positive experience of being an 'older woman' at the office.

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Jun 06 2019

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Episode145: Working through Menopause

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You're commuting to work and you start overheating; you're suddenly feeling more anxious about everything; you can't sleep properly, and your colleagues and family are driving you nuts. Many women in their forties start feeling these signs of peri-menopause. And in the UK, some employers are actually moving to support their female staff as they go through this transition. But menopause still remains largely under-discussed, particularly in the youth-obsessed US (why would you admit you're menopausal when the workplace is already sexist and ageist?) In this show we meet a menopause coach and an employee who are both determined to bring more transparency to one of the last workplace taboos.

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May 07 2019

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Episode 144: Class and Career (re-release)

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In this show, originally released in 2016, we look at how class can play out at work. Each of my guests works in a professional setting but both grew up in blue-collar households. Each has had trouble navigating the white-collar workplace and some of its attitudes. We also meet Daniel Laurison, a sociology professor at Swarthmore. He co-authored a study on the 'class ceiling' in Britain. It showed that on average, people in high-status professions who began life in a working-class household earn less than their more privileged peers.

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Apr 23 2019

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Episode 143: True Equality: When it's OK to be Mediocre

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We all need inspiration in the form of successful women. But sometimes the pitches I get about the latest amazing, do-it-all star who's 'killing it' can make me feel tired rather than inspired. Financial Times columnist Pilita Clark is in the same boat. She argues that true equality means not having to be utterly stellar to receive recognition. In this show we discuss her theory that women should be allowed to be as mediocre as any man.

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Apr 08 2019

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Episode 142: Working Daughters: Your Career + Parent-care

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More and more working women are taking care of an ill or aging parent. And while there's plenty of discussion about working mothers and what can be done to support them, there's almost none about working daughters. This episode aims to change that. In it we meet three women who've become caregivers. Liz O'Donnell is the founder of online community Working Daughter; Maria Toropova is part of that community and was just 29 when her mother got sick; and Kate Schutt let her music career slide as she cared for her mother during the last years of her life.

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Mar 21 2019

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Episode 141: When I'm 85 - an interview with Madeleine Kunin

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A few years ago I spoke to former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin for a show called Politics is Power. When I took some of her career advice and wrote it up in a LinkedIn post, it got hundreds of (positive) comments. So when I heard she had a new memoir out about being in her eighties, I couldn't wait to talk to her again. In this show we discuss what it's like to officially be an old woman, and talk about some of the highs and lows of reaching your eighties. We discuss how she's changed as a person and go back in time to her childhood, to parts of her career, and to the time she became single again at 60 after years of marriage. She found love again at 71. Being 85, she says, 'is not what I pictured in my mind.'

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Mar 05 2019

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Episode 140: The Coaching Cure, part 2: The Coachee

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This is the second of two shows on women and the coaching industry. This time we find out about one novice coachee's first experience of leadership coaching at work. We talk to management expert Anne Libby and coach trainer Terry Maltbia about why coaching has become so popular in the last couple of decades, especially among women - and why anyone picking a coach should ask questions first. And we meet Christine Whelan, a professor of consumer science and an expert on the self-help industry.

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Feb 20 2019

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Episode 139: The Coaching Cure, part 1: The Coach

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The coaching industry has been exploding over the last several years. Life coaches, wellness coaches, career coaches, executive coaches - it can seem like everyone's hiring a coach for something. And the industry is dominated by women. This is the first of two shows in which we look at why coaching has become so popular and why women in particular want become coaches, and clients.

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Feb 04 2019

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Episode 138: Focus Amidst the Chaos

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Right now a lot of us are thinking about our intentions for the new year. Plenty of people have a side project they're hoping to get off the ground - it could be a novel, a new business, or perhaps you just want to learn to paint. Whatever it is, you have to make it happen on top of the rest of your life. Which is where the problems start. In this episode cartoonist, teacher, and author Jessica Abel talks about how to bring focus to a crowded life so you can actually turn your idea into a reality.

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Dec 28 2018

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Episode 137: Pregnancy Loss and Work

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In this show we take on a taboo topic - pregnancy loss. Around a fifth of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and many women are dealing with the after effects alone, while they're at work. Some go to work as if nothing had happened. Others (especially outside the US) take some time off. But it can be awkward when they get back. As a culture we're not great at comforting people who've been through a loss of any kind. But we can always learn. In this episode we meet three women from three different countries, each with a different experience of pregnancy loss and the workplace.

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Dec 08 2018

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Episode 136: Loyalty Has Limits

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So many women stick around in jobs they've had for years, unsure of their next step. In the first part of this episode we look at why it can be so hard to move on even when we know we should. In part two we talk about emotions in the workplace. Is it OK to cry openly (really?) or should we stick with the conventional advice to flee to the bathroom? We learn about gender and the science of tears. And we meet someone who has to watch her tone of voice and expression pretty much all the time for fear of being misunderstood.

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Nov 15 2018

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Episode 135: The Comeback

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Many women will take time out of the workforce at some point in their careers. But getting back in can be notoriously hard. In this show we meet Lisa Unwin, co-author of the book 'She's Back'. We discuss how to change your attitude to persuade an employer (and yourself) of your worth, how to frame an absence from the workforce, and why career and motherhood have a lot in common with a game of chess.

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Oct 30 2018

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Episode 134: Running for Office

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The US midterm elections are just around the corner. In this episode we meet two women running for office for the first time, Suzanna Coleman and Morgan Murtaugh - one Democrat, one Republican. They're from different generations and different parts of the country. Each hopes to unseat an incumbent who's been around for a long time.

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Oct 06 2018

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Episode 133: The Ambition Decisions

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In the early '90s Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace graduated from college with big dreams for the future. But more than 20 years later they didn't feel like success stories. Career and family life felt messy and underwhelming. But surely their friends from college had made it work - maybe they could pick up some tips? Hana and Liz set out to interview the women they'd graduated with to find out how they'd channeled their ambition over the years and what their stories can teach the rest of us.

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Sep 18 2018

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Episode 132: The Military Spouse and the Challenge of Work

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Why is it so hard to combine a career with military life? That's the question we look at in this show, brought to you by Stacy Raine, a military wife herself. Women who marry a US service member often start out with careers of their own. But as time goes by and families move around the country, military spouses find it tough to find work. This show looks at the reasons behind that, what we can do to change the status quo, and why the rest of us should care.

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Aug 20 2018

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Episode 131: Would You Work in a Women-Only Space?

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Women-only workspaces are becoming more and more popular for freelancers and entrepreneurs. One such space, The Wing, has garnered a lot of press and is opening branches in multiple US cities as well as abroad. For fans, these spaces are a haven for professional women. But others say a women-only office is no triumph for equality. 

In this show I visit the Brooklyn branch of The Wing and meet up with one of its members, podcaster Mallory Kasdan. I also talk to former TBE guest Leigh Stringer, a workplace expert, and to UK-based Amy Rowe. Amy works from a co-working space herself, but it has plenty of men - and she likes it that way. 

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Jul 29 2018

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Episode 130: How to Make the Most of Your Time (re-release)

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We say it repeatedly - that we're 'crazy busy' and 'don't have time' for various things we enjoy, or used to. The pressure of work and life is too much. Or is it?


In this show I talk to author and journalist Laura Vanderkam about women and time management. Her book is I Know How She Does It - How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. Laura says many of us buy into a negative storyline about what's (im)possible as a worker and a parent. She argues there are ways to have a senior job and a family and not lose your mind - you just have to think creatively.

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Jul 12 2018

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