Rank #1: Episode 96: Burnout
Anyone can burn out at work, but women seem to be doing it faster and younger than men. In this show we take a closer look at what leads to burnout and how to prevent it in the first place. My guests are career and burnout coach Dana Campbell and journalist and former Buzzfeed News editor Stacy-Marie Ishmael.
Rank #2: The Broad Experience 74: On Confidence
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.
Rank #3: Episode 130: How to Make the Most of Your Time (re-release)
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.
Rank #4: Episode 99: Hate to Delegate
A lot of women admit it: we have trouble delegating. How many times have you said, "It's just easier if I do it"? But you can't pull off a senior role without giving away some of your work to other people. In this show we look at the cultural reasons why women shy away from delegation, and how we can get more comfortable with it. My guests are coach and consultant Rachael Ellison and management professor Jodi Detjen.
Rank #5: Episode 101: Your Work, Your Private Life
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.
Rank #6: The Broad Experience, episode 4: getting ahead
This week Financial Times columnist Mrs. Moneypenny and McKinsey director Joanna Barsh discuss what they think women need to do, and not do, to get to the top. McKinsey has just published new research on why women aren't reaching the C-suite. Mrs. Moneypenny firmly believes the reason comes down to one thing: women themselves.
Rank #7: The Broad Experience, episode three - women and technology
Why do so few women work in tech, despite our love of consumer technology? Gina Trapani, Vivek Wadhwa and Adda Birnir weigh in.
Rank #8: Episode 115: Putting Yourself First
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.
Rank #9: The Broad Experience 19: Women, work, and sex
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.
Rank #10: Episode 127: Resilience
"Empower yourself. You will be underestimated and misunderstood. Do it anyway." Those were some of the first words I heard Dana Canedy speak at a women's careers event earlier this year. In this show I ask Dana to expand on that advice. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She had dreamed of being a writer from childhood, and had a long career in journalism, much of it at the New York Times. But along the way she experienced terrible loss. Now she is a single mother to a 12-year-old boy and she runs the Pulitzer Prizes, the first woman and person of color to do so. In this episode she talks about resilience, handling yourself at work, and the joy of giving back.
Rank #11: Episode 120: Does Your Partner Support Your Success?
This time we're talking about couplehood and careers. My first guest is shocked that her mentees' boyfriends refuse to marry them until they - the men - are the main breadwinner. My second guest isn't surprised at all. In this episode we talk about who supports whom in heterosexual and same-sex couples, and what that support looks like. We discuss how dual-career couples can maintain partnerships where each person gets what they want and need. And we get tips on using team-building techniques to good effect at home. With Diane Reichenberger and Avivah Wittenberg-Cox.
Rank #12: Episode 86: Work and Intimacy (part 1)
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.
Rank #13: Episode 89: Inside the Beauty Business
Self-care. You hear that phrase all the time if you're a professional woman. We're all urged to care for ourselves, to take time to do yoga, go to the gym, maybe indulge ourselves with a little beauty treatment once in a while. Many of us get something done on a regular basis - from a haircut to waxing. But how often do we think about the working conditions of the women who work on us? In this show we take a look inside the beauty business - and it isn't pretty.
Rank #14: Episode 109: Ambition on Hold
In this show we reunite with Tess Vigeland, one of the guests on my most popular show to date - episode 75, Redefining Success. Within a few years Tess quit a longtime job as a national radio host, wrote a book, got divorced and set off to travel the world. She had always been fueled by ambition, and lots of it. She also valued herself mostly through her job. We talk about how her attitude to ambition, success and office politics has changed in the 18 months she's been on the road.
Rank #15: The Broad Experience 81: Money vs. Fulfillment
In this show two guests take on two listener questions. The first asks whether women have to strive so much for equality. Can't they just be happy if they enjoy their jobs...even if they know the guy before them got paid more for doing the exact same thing? Another listener says there's a huge gap between her and her husband's salaries. She likes her job, but wonders if she should give it up to stay home with her child so her Silicon Valley spouse can have what his colleagues do: a stay-at-home wife 'who makes his life happen.'
Rank #16: The Broad Experience 69: Working with Other Women
It's a cliché but it's true: many women dislike working with other women. They claim female bosses and colleagues undermine them, talk behind their backs, and generally make them miserable. But what if you're part of the problem? In this show we delve into the dynamics of female relationships, why they can be so antagonistic, and how to redress the balance.
Rank #17: Bonus episode: Femininity and Power
"When you see the countries that have been run by women, they’re not necessarily the Anglo-Saxon countries." In this extra episode we're back with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. She's fresh from 30 years of living in France, and a keen observer of how gender plays out all over the world. "Anglo-Saxon cultures do not like, embrace, or value femininity," she says. Ouch.
Rank #18: Episode 110: Stress and the Benefits of Being Outside
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.
Rank #19: The Broad Experience 67: How to Make the Most of Your Time
In this show I talk to author and journalist Laura Vanderkam about women and time management. Her latest 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.
Rank #20: Episode 126: The Hell of Networking (re-release)
All the career manuals say it: to get ahead on the work front, you have to keep expanding your network. But for a lot of women there's something cringey about networking, from walking up to strangers and introducing yourself to the feeling of fakeness networking can bring. In this show I talk to three guests about how to get over a horror of networking and why you should bother.