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How to Drive More Revenue and Impact with Your Partners - an Interview with Autum Grimm (PartnerTap)

impact revenues worth May 22, 2024

In this Fearless Female Leader interview, I dive into inspiration, influence and self-worth with Autum Grimm, Chief Revenue Officer at PartnerTap.

Autum shares her personal inspiration drawn from influential women in her life, emphasizing the power of representation and self-worth. She advocates for emotional intelligence and mental resilience through practices like meditation and journaling.

Autum was surrounded by females growing up who were entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and leaders in their community.

One of those leaders was her Aunt, Dr Minga Guerrero who was the first Latina female chiropractor on the West Coast.

Autum witnessed a strong powerhouse show up not only in family gatherings, but in any professional setting that she saw her in. And not just be a part of the room (which was predominantly male, and white) but command and lead the room. Representation matters and seeing her aunt in this way allowed Autumn to think about the possibilities for her own future. It allowed...

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Safety Measures for Bias and AI - an Interview with Dr. Emily Barnes


I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Emily Barnes, Chief Digital Learning Officer, Lindenwood University, who discussed the critical issue of bias in artificial intelligence, particularly in academia, research, and tech.

Dr. Barnes shared her motivation for specializing in this field and explains the significance of mitigating AI bias to prevent adverse effects now and on future generations.

Real-world examples illustrate how biases in algorithms can disadvantage certain groups in ways that we may not have thought about.

Dr. Barnes also suggests strategies for companies to combat AI bias, such as creating diverse teams and demanding data transparency.

Key Takeaways:

  • The safety measures for bias and AI (00:00:01)
    Dr. Barnes shares the importance of safety measures for bias in AI and its impact on society.
  • Real-life example of bias in AI (00:06:37)
    An example of Amazon's algorithm favoring male applicants due to biased historical data is discussed.
  • Actions for...
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The Importance of Leading with Humility - an Interview with Cathie Hall

humility May 08, 2024

During this eye opening conversation with Cathie Hall, Chief Customer Officer at IFS, Cathie shares her empowering journey, the pivotal role education played in overcoming her challenging childhood, and how she learned the power of leading with humility.

She emphasizes the significance of humility in leadership, advocating for an environment that fosters creativity and embraces both successes and failures.

Cathie addresses the unique obstacles faced by female executives and rising female leaders, emphasizing resilience and the importance of breaking down challenges, discussing the societal pressures on women and the value of prioritizing personal goals.

Cathie encourages you to lead with your strengths, actively listen, and make decisions aligned with your values, rather than conforming to societal conventions.

Cathie's experiences and advice offer valuable guidance for C-level executives and anyone seeking to achieve Olympic-level focus and success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leading with...
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Save the Date 4/25/24 (Webinar) "Fearless Female Leadership: Barriers, Solutions, and Support for Your Rising Female Leaders"

webinar Apr 10, 2024
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Fearless Female Leadership: What’s Next for You? A Proven Process to Gain Clarity and Confidence


Sometimes we get that uncomfortable feeling, like it’s time to shift, make a pivot or uplevel, and we often ask ourselves, ‘What's next for me?’

It’s a bold question, often not an easy one, isn’t it?!

Do you ever get that feeling that you are being called to do more, or do something different? 

I’ve had the honor of working with some of the most prolific and influential female leaders, here in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and across the country and their teams. 

One thing they’ve  said over the years is  “I wish all the women in my organization could have the transformation that I'm having, so they can go from being possibly silenced, overlooked or disregarded to being and feeling heard, valued, respected. Like they're really an agent of change.”

And so last September, I said ‘yes!’ to a fantastic opportunity to partner with the software company and learning platform Rali to create and film...

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Pro's, Con's and Profitability of Being Virtual First - an Interview with Jessica Bacher 

It was such a joy to speak with Jessica Bacher, Chief People Officer at Prolink, who shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity in her teens and first-generation college graduate.

With the support of her parents, especially her mother's advocacy, Jessica navigated unfamiliar territory to pursue higher education. She reflects on her non-linear career path, emphasizing the value of lateral moves and project work over promotions.

Jessica also discusses Prolink's virtual-first approach, which prioritizes flexibility and work-life balance, allowing employees to work in various time zones and manage their schedules around personal commitments. This model supports the company's healthcare clients while avoiding an "always-on" culture, and it enables Prolink to tap into a broader talent pool beyond local geographies.

Key Takeaways:

  • The journey to leadership (00:00:00) Jessica shares her journey to becoming a first-generation college grad and...
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No One Succeeds Alone

community success Mar 19, 2024

In the last 5 years, my husband Scott and I have almost moved on several occasions, but then decided not to at the last minute.

This time was different. I could feel in my bones that it was time to take action and not look back. Our house is now going on the market this month, and I’ve been feeling a lot of emotions following the task of writing a love letter to my home, as requested by my realtor.

It made me realize how grateful and appreciative I am of this home. This home caught us when it was a challenging time for our family, healed us, provided a place for laughter, sometimes tears, birthday parties, dinner parties, and sitting in the hot tub in the backyard at night watching the clouds pass over the stars.

This is the home where I said ‘yes’ to my now husband and where I came up with the idea of how to scale the impact of my company.

For all of those things and many more, I am forever grateful to my home.

I’m excited to be selling our house with the...

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Creating High Performing Cultures - an Interview with Mindi Cox

culture high performance Mar 14, 2024

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Mindi Cox, Chief Marketing and People Officer at OC Tanner, who shares her insights on fostering a high-performing culture within organizations.

We discussed the importance of prioritizing employee well-being, especially during economic uncertainty.

Mindi emphasizes the need for leaders to build strong relationships and provide support, which can lead to increased loyalty and productivity. She also touches on the shift from seeing roles as transactional to viewing them as responsibilities that bring joy and connection.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mindi's Journey (00:01:09) Mindi shares her journey to leadership, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and making promises to oneself.
  • Importance of Relationships (00:12:30) Mindi emphasizes the significance of relationships and the impact on the organization's culture and long-term results.
  • Work-Life Balance and Flexibility (00:16:21) Mindi shares her personal experience with work-life balance...
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Mastering the Art of the Ask for Women in the Workplace


Growing up, I used to go with my dad to drop off and pick up the clothes at the neighborhood laundromat. Whenever he lost his ticket to claim his clothes, the laundromat owner would say: ‘No ticket, no wash.’ And she was not kidding!

When it comes to building visibility, impact, and the support from your leadership, if you don’t ask, you’re likely not going to get. 

This is a double whammy because our male counterparts tend to be 4 times more likely to make an ask for a raise or a higher salary when initially hired according to Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever.

If this sounds familiar, the good news is that you’re certainly not alone. The not so good news is that you could be losing out on $1,000,000.00 during the course of your career according to the recent UC Davis study, titled Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Great Gender Divide.

The ability to effectively make an ask is a valuable skill that can open doors, forge...

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The Experience Mindset: A New Way to Think about Growth

#mindset growth Feb 28, 2024

I had the honor of speaking with Tiffani Bova, a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, former Senior Vice President of Global Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. We dove into her career journey and the powerful concepts from her book The Experience Mindset.

Tiffani shared her perspectives on personal growth, career agility, and the importance of customer and employee experiences. Her insights are particularly valuable for female leaders looking to navigate the complexities of modern business environments with confidence and skill.

Key Takeaways:

Foundational Lessons from Sports (01:11): Tiffani attributes early life lessons from sports as key to her success. The skills of grace in victory, resilience in defeat, and being a team player have greatly influenced her professional journey.

Career Progression and Risk-Taking (03:10): Bova’s career is marked by a mix of lateral, downward, and upward moves, emphasizing the importance of taking risks and believing in...

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