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Podcast Episode #54: "Owning Your Passion and Expertise" - an Interview with Kamil Ali-Jackson

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Owning Your Passion and Expertise

I had the honor of interviewing attorney Kamil Ali-Jackson, who co-founded Aclaris Therapeutics in 2012 and serves as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. Kamil also is an active board member of PDS Biotechnology and has earned degrees from Princeton and Harvard. Her years as a lawyer and mother have shaped Ali-Jackson’s leadership style and philosophy, which is to identify, acknowledge, and hire excellence; exemplify, encourage, and reward initiative and diversity of thought and experience; lead with empathy; and strive to empower all who work for her, including those who are typically “not in the room.”

Kamil Ali-Jackson uses a wealth of personal and professional experience to empower not only herself but others. Here are a couple of the main take-aways from our impactful conversation:

  • Don’t wait to do what you are born to do, do it before you’re pushed to do so
  • Know what your worth...
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Podcast Episode #53: "Developing the Mindset to Be a Courageous Ally" - an Interview with Melody Feinberg

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Developing the Mindset to Be a Courageous Ally

I was honored to interview Melody Feinberg, who is the Chief Risk Officer at Federal Home Loans Bank of New York. Our topic was "Building the Mindset to Be a Courageous Ally" and the key takeaways were:  

  • Melody's story and the courage of a few male allies
  • Every next level of ambition is scary (but worth it)
  • How to be a creative ally (hint... it involves taking risks)
  • How to have an allyship at your organization
  • You can have "red cards" without them being confrontational
  • Be bold

To be notified for future interviews be sure to connect with me here on LinkedIn AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our community at www.SherylKline.com. #womenwholead #bHERd #sherylkline

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3 Steps to Courageous Allyship

3 Steps to Courageous Allyship

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Often times growth, progress and change require risk. 

When an Olympic hopeful in equestrian show-jumping decides to play all out, she may decide to cut inside a jump to shave off precious time from the clock rather than choose a safer route to allow more time to get her horse balanced and straight. 

If she plays all out, she takes a big risk. 

Her horse may not be as able to clear the fence therefore taking down a rail and incur 4 or more faults. This would likely knock her out of qualifying for the Olympic team. 

Growing and progressing in her sport will require her to take these types of risks.

The reward? Clearing the jump and proving that her sex, age and experience are good enough to contribute to the Olympic team, therefore creating a ripple effect, inspiring other young riders to work hard and take strategic chances as well. 

Being a courageous ally requires risk as well. 

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Podcast Episode #52: "Empowering Women and Girls in Tech to Dream Big" - an Interview with Kim Emerson

Empowering Women and Girls in Tech to Dream Big

I had the honor of interviewing angel investor, marketing strategist, Founder, House of Thor and a champion of women and girls, Kim Emerson. Kim was inspired at a young age by her grandfather who pushed her to do well in school. After graduating from Cornell as one of 20 women in a class of 200 in the Electrical Engineering Department, Kim soon became an international influencer in the tech industry. She is also a firm supporter of the Everyone Matters Ministries (www.everyonemattersministries.com) and Girls in Tech (www.girlsintech.org).

Here are a couple of the main take-aways from our impactful conversation:

  • Have a growth mindset, so you can take criticism and learn
  • Don’t give up. Struggle is part of the process
  • By helping women in the workforce, you’re helping the potential of the company
  • Always share your gifts and help others

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YOUR Voice Matters (a Lot!)

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YOUR Voice Matters (a Lot!)

First and foremost, how are you doing? We are a community of world-class doers and change agents, but we are also human. Send me an email (I respond to all my emails myself:). Drop me a line, and let me know or just write it down in a journal. If nothing else, it will be a cathartic check-in with yourself. Be honest. No judgement. From here, we can move forward, together.

Let’s talk about YOUR voice for a moment. It matters, A LOT. Whether you consider yourself a world-class performer or not, YOU ARE. Whether you are feeling on your A-Game right now or feeling defeated, depleted and down, I’d like you to think about who needs you to step up right now. If you are able, let's dig deep for him, her, or them. If you are not able right now, know that we care about you, A LOT and we are cheering you on. 

Our cumulative voices add up to a movement that can change the world! Isn’t it time to...

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Podcast Episode #51: "Building Thought Leadership for Positive Change" - An Interview with Mel Abraham

Building Thought Leadership for Positive Change

Have you ever felt like you are being called for more or a different level of impact?

Imagine if we, and those on our team, became influential thought leaders in our area of passion and expertise to affect even more positive change…

Whether you think you are an influencer or not, you are. People are watching. Colleagues, friends, family, even strangers. Let’s take a few moments to learn from one of the best thought leadership experts on the planet, Mel Abraham. He is also passionate about helping people get started in the thought leadership space.

He’s been interviewed by Larry King, various other media outlets, so it was a real honor to sit down with Mel and receive these gems of wisdom.

Here are the main points from our interview:

  • Speak up, be heard, take action as a thought leader (even if just starting out!)
  • Don’t wait until you are ready, know more, more experience etc. Start NOW
  • Ask ‘How would I...
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A Note to Our Mental Toughness Community

A Note to Our Mental Toughness Community

It is my sincere hope that this finds you, your colleagues and family well and safe. The last two weeks have been unimaginable and horrific combined with hope. Hope that there are many allies standing in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter and hope that there is a new and better commitment to equality.

Emotions are running high and for good reason, but the march for equality must go forward, so must we if we are able. For some who have been affected personally, whose family or colleagues have been directly affected, it may not be possible now. If that is you, please accept my heartfelt prayers for healing and strength. I don’t understand completely nor will I ever, but I am committed to educating myself and my community, so we can be allies for change.

I have deep gratitude for this community of heart-centered and ambitious leaders. Your voice and vision is needed now more than ever, and I believe in our ability...

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Podcast Episode #50: "The Importance of Community and an Inclusive Culture" - An Interview with Adriana Sifakis

The Importance of Community and an Inclusive Culture

Want to transform your life experience into more impact and joy in the world? I had the honor of interviewing Ideagen Global VP, author of S.W.A.K., CEO of The Italian Place and mother of 3, Adriana Sifakis.

SO GOOD! Here Are a Couple of the Main Take-Aways:

  1. COVID-19 has been a time to slow down and put on our thinking cap in order to decide how to best change as we more forward
  2. Yes, you can create your destiny with some help and a lot of hard work
  3. Sitting on the floor and crying or wanting to give up (many times:) is normal. Get some help and push through the challenges
  4. Try to help others in which ever small or big way you are able

Be sure to check out the online goods at The Italian Place, www.theitalianplace.com! If you'd like to become part of my community and receive resources on Mental Toughness and High Performance, you can do that here, www.SherylKline.com. Also, be sure to connect with Adriana here on LinkedIn!

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Podcast Episode #49: "Strategic Communications for Women in Business" - An Interview with Nathalie Gauthier

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Strategic Communications for Women in Business

I am so excited and honored to have interviewed Nathalie Gauthier. She is an Assistant Vice President, Global Markets Technology-Proj Mgmt Office for State Street, a leading financial services firm out of Boston. Nathalie shares her tools and tips in strategic communications.

SO GOOD! Here Are a Couple of the Main Take-Aways:

  1. Take ownership... ask what is my place in this and how can I improve?
  2. Practice in a 'warm' environment... prior to a high stakes conversation, practice with family or peers.
  3. 'Warm' the room... reach out to those you will communicate with prior to meeting and run your ideas by them, allow them to 'poke holes' and also understand their perspective.
  4. Be bold and brief... ask #WWWD/S (what would a white man do/say)

If you'd like to become part of my community and receive resources on Mental Toughness and High Performance, you can do that here, www.SherylKline.com. Also, be sure to ...

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Secrets to Avoid Getting Stuck (Get Ready to Make a Shift!)

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Secrets to Avoid Getting Stuck (Get Ready to Make a Shift!)

I hope you, your loved ones and colleagues are all staying healthy!

Did you know that it will take 2-4 weeks for pipelines to fill up once we start driving and flying around more, and the demand for gasoline starts to rise? This was surprising to me when I heard last week from an industry expert.

Just like we don’t want to be stuck in our driveway with an empty tank when everyone else is starting their Summer, we don’t want to be stuck in comfort/survival mode when others are prepared for the next level of normal. 

For some, the last 8 weeks has been absolutely devastating and for others it’s been an almost welcome disruption to a pace of life that was not sustainable. Maybe it’s been somewhere in between. Safe to say for most, it’s been challenging in one way or another, and I honor YOU for doing your best.

There is still a lot of uncertainty, but here’s WHAT WE DO...

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