Chavonne Hodges is an NYC-bred Advertising professional by day and certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor/ entrepreneur by night. Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in college, Chavonne started exercising to combat her mental health disorder. As a co-creator and instructor of TrapAerobics, Chavonne strongly believes in the transformative powers of trap music and exercise.
Her love of music, fitness, and natural, good vibes inspired by her to start GrillzandGranola, her fitness/lifestyle brand, which has worked with various creative collectives, non-profits and companies like Facebook NY and Tumblr.
This episode is particularly interesting if you are starting your own fitness company and you aren’t quite sure how to go about it.
Female entrepreneurs who love something special and different, this is for you.
Building a personal brand relies on you being you.
Go do it!
You can find Chavonne at:
Janet Yassen is a psychotherapist, a feminist, a civil rights activist, and one of the founders of the first rape crisis centers in Boston in 1973.
If you knew you wanted to start an important center, how would you go about it? Would you do it like Janet did?
We talk about gender-based violence, about how group settings are extremely important, how she works to help people get in control of their minds, bodies and spirits.
Janet talks about how we need to face our own powerlessness often, and how it is possible to accomplish.
Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus is the President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and the Founder of MAZE Women’s Sexual Health.
After I rant about the injustice and disappointment I experience on Yom Kippur in Jerusalem this year, you get to hear the interview with Bat Sheva, where we cover her work as a leader of JOFA and as a Medical Sex Therapist at MAZE.
Dr. Marcus tells us some amazing stories of how her work has helped women.
We talk about Orthodox Judaism and sexual satisfaction all in the same sentence and program, which is for sure a winning way to go!
Drop me a line, say hi, let me know who you are. I’d love to meet you!
Be healthy and strong,
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (https://www.jofa.org/Who_We_Are/Leadership_and_Staff)
The Joy of Text Podcast (http://jpmedia.co/podcasts/joy-of-text/)
Shira Taylor Gura has developed a way to help you get through day-to-day situations that might make you anxious, fearful or angry, among other things.
Shira runs workshops and retreats, and is also the author of “The STUCK Method: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being”.
You can learn more about Shira and the STUCK Method here: http://thestuckmethod.com
Today’s podcast is taken directly from the Facebook Live interview I did in my office with Shira. If you’re interested in seeing that video, click here: The Strong Women's Club Facebook Page
Let me know who you are and what you think!
Be well and strong,
Rabbi Deborah Waxman teaches us about adopting “Yes, And” in Judaism
Sweet and Happy New Year!
For the podcast this week, I talk about how I organize large dinner parties at home and the tools I use to delegate to my guests some of the cooking to make things easier. They don’t always like it…
I reflect on spirituality and what it means for me, and how my daughter, Maya, influences me.
And together we learn from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, who is the head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Rabbi Waxman is the first woman to hold these positions simultaneously.
We learn what Recontructionist Judaism is and the items that Deborah feels need urgent attention. And we get our own private lesson for the new year.
You can learn more at:
Thank you to the Strong Women who listen to the podcast!
Have a healthy and strong year!
The author of “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between” (http://amzn.to/2xuukfk), Judy humorously writes about her life as the daughter of a mom who was a hoarder and mentally ill; how she met her husband, who has a surprising story; and about being a mother herself.
Judy is an author and comedienne, joining the two in her writing and her stage appearances, and here on this podcast!
You can find out more about Judy at http://judybatalion.com
Taciana Mello and Fernanda Moura from Brazil are interviewing women around the world (hey… I do that too!) about women’s empowerment, women founders and women entrepreneurs. They’re filming a documentary, gathering advice and stories from experienced female founders about their hardships, struggles and triumphs.
After they interviewed me here at WeWork Herzliya, I invited them to be on the podcast to tell their own stories. Today, we get a behind-the-scenes look into their 13 months of travel (so far), the women they’ve met and the countries they’ve been to.
How do you pack for such a long trip when most of your luggage is full of video equipment? Taciana and Fernanda tell us what they’re carrying.
What is the worse experience they’ve had on the road so far?
Listen to the show and find out!
Thank you, Taciana and Fernanda! It was great fun meeting and an honor to be part of this important project.
The Girls on the Road (https://www.facebook.com/thegirlsontheroad/)
Sally Becker is back on the podcast, talking about her current work and latest missions to Mosul. Sally’s charity Road to Peace really needs your help to pay for medical supplies for severely malnourished children in the war zone.
Sally tells about the most difficult mission she’s ever been on, the dangers she and the doctor accompanying her, Dr. Marino Andolina, face when there, and the extreme hardships the people suffer there from ISIS attacks.
If you visit Sally’s website: RoadtoPeace.org.uk (https://www.roadtopeace.org.uk) you will see photographs and videos of the children she has already helped to receive medical help in the US, and those for whom the help is too late.
CNN and the BBC have covered her work, which you can also see on her website.
I know it sounds as if I’m pushing for donations. That’s because I am. This is a cause where all of the funds you send go directly to the needy people. No middle man.
If you are inspired by her work, send Sally an email on the contact page on her website and let her know you appreciate her.
I appreciate you for caring.
Be well and safe everybody.
In today’s conversation, Karp Randel founders Robbie Karb and Jane Randel tell us about how and why they became partners, how their previous careers at Liz Claiborne LLC gave them the experience they need, and how they continue to work to make social change from inside corporations.
Jane is a co-founder in #NoMore, raising awareness about and fighting domestic violence and sexual assault.
She is also an advisor to the NFL and NASCAR regarding issues relating to domestic violence.
Robbie is on the executive board of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy organization that works to ensure that the U.S. is a global leader in human rights. She is also on the Board of Educational Alliance, an established settlement house serving the needs of the multi-generational lower Manhattan population by providing direct services around education, jobs, and overall wellbeing.
Karp Randel http://karprandel.com/
Jane Randel on the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/jane-randel
No More https://nomore.org
I met Shelli Warren in my own personal mastermind group. We are now friends, mentor each other when needed, rely on each other, and will jump to help the other figure out a sticky spot in her business, or wherever.
On today’s episode, we talk about benefits of the mastermind.
Here are a few:
• Practical goal setting and follow through
• Friendship, even global friendships
• Learn to own your strengths
• Propels you into a higher level of performance
• High level profit planning
• Investing in a mastermind allows you to take full advantage of it, you devote your time and efforts to succeeding
• Brainstorming on your business, get creative!
• Find out where your weak points are, get ideas and advice on how to strengthen them
• Reach goals that were previously unattainable!
We also hear about Shelli’s career, and how she can help you with your own ENCORE CAREER.
Thank you, Shelli! It was great to talk to you on the podcast!
I run mastermind groups, both in-person and virtually, or on-line, and I think it’s time we talked more in depth about what the benefits are, why you should definitely join a mastermind, and what goes on inside a mastermind group.
We discuss the different types of masterminds, the structure, the size, the time spent at a mastermind, how often you should meet, and if it’s necessary to pay for a mastermind for it to be effective.
I talk about the following benefits of joining a mastermind group, which include:
• Getting and giving support: usually professional support, but sometimes you might need some personal support and you’ll get it from your mastermind cohorts. You will learn about your own business by supporting others
• Accountability: Don’t underestimate the power of peer pressure, when it’s used wisely. You won’t want to let your group down by not fulfilling the goals you promised you’d meet. That accountability will move you forwards in a few months more than you’ve progressed in a year. I promise!
• Goal setting: we set reach goals each week, then meet them. We also learn to set goals that are right for us, something that we weren’t already planning on doing that week. If you don’t meet your goals, we’ll figure out why.
• New outlook on your business: your mastermind buddies will not be in the same field as you. You’ll benefit from their experiences, different to your own. And getting new eyes on your work will spark your occasionally dormant creativity.
• Your network will grow: you now, through proxy, have access to your mastermind’s network, globally. Your network just got a whole lot bigger. Use it!
• Friendship: Very quickly you will care about the other women in your group. It just happens. You are thinking about how to help them, they have helped you unconditionally, you’ve seen them struggle, they found solutions to your problems. These friendships stick even after the mastermind is over.
Listen to the podcast to hear about structure, time frames, very big and very accessible mastermind groups that you can join.
Or form one yourself!
Share this episode with a friend or two. They’ll thank you for it!
This week in Israel there was a terror attack where two Israeli policemen were killed. Both policemen were Druze, so I’m going to tell you about who the Druze are.
The Druze are not Muslims, though the religion is an outgrowth of Islam that originated in the 10th century in Egypt. It also has elements of Judaism and Christianity, influences of Greek philosophy and Asiatic thought.
Due to having relatively progressive ideas for the time, such as the abolition of slavery and the separation of church and state, they were considered to be outliers and unorthodox, and were persecuted, so they became very secretive with their religion, which is still true to this day. Even to many Druze themselves, the religion is secret and mysterious.
Only special clergy called Uqqal, can study and learn all of its aspects.
Basically, their rules are: they believe in one god, they have to reject all non-Druze tenets, and they must be very loyal to the Druze community.
You cannot convert to become a Druze. And if you marry somebody who is not Druze, then you are also no longer Druze. They believe in reincarnation, so that they believe that everybody that is alive today is a reincarnation of somebody from when the religion was revealed.
The Druze don’t have a country, but they do have a flag.
They live mainly in Israel, Lebanon and Syria, and they are very loyal to the countries that they live in. In Israel, the Druze men serve in the Israeli army (whereas the Arabs, or Palestinians, do not serve in the Israeli army).
The Druze in Israel are highly respected and integrated within several political parties, even though there are only about 150,000 Druze in Israel.
The names of the two policemen murdered this week are:
Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Hayil Satawi, 30, who was married with a 3-week-old son; and Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shnaan, 22,
May their memories be blessed.
Now we’ll tell a different kind of story:
A story about a storyteller who tells story.
Noa Baum tells her own story in a wonderful way,
She uses storytelling as an artform, as a powerful tool in education,and in business.
Noa talks about how we can use storytelling in our businesses and as leaders, to make a bigger impact and have people follow your lead.
Dr. Romy Block and Dr. Arielle Levitan are the founders of VousVitamins and the coauthors of The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health, in which they provide a common-sense, medically sound approach to using vitamins to improve your diet, exercise plan, and overall health.
Romy and Arielle look critically at the vitamin industry and commonly sold off the shelf products. They scrutinize ingredients and in clear, accessible, language, explain which vitamins and supplements can be helpful, which can be harmful, and which are altogether unnecessary; explore health topics including migraine, hair loss, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, hot flashes, and more; and address preventive care, providing insights on topics such as screening tests, weight loss, and preserving memory.
On the show, we discuss their reasons for going into the vitamin business, what’s different about VousVitamins, and how they manage to get so much done every day.
The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health
What happens when things don’t go as planned?
If there’s one thing you can always count on, is things not going as you’ve counted on them to be!
So what do you do when there are conflicts and crisis?
Problems and Perils?
Do you have a Plan B in place?
What is your backup plan, or are you hoping to figure it out as you go along?
Nope! That’s not us! Not you and not me!
We are ready! As ready as possible!!
Ok ok, so what does this even mean?
What counts as a crisis?
Anything that brings on a drastic downturn in sales, in image, in the ability to earn a living, and mainly, things that we have not predicted happening when they happen and we are not prepared for them; they’ve taken you by surprise;
And you had better react quickly, or the damage will be greater and greater.
It could be a sudden change in political situation: sanctions, terrorist activity
It could be that there’s a virus stopping you from accessing your own information on the computer
It could be that your competitor came out with an amazing product, similar, but better than yours
It could be that you fired somebody now they’re out to get you on social media
It could be a natural disaster: earthquake, hurricane, snow storm, stuff like that
It could be that you put out a faulty product and you have to recall it and explain it to the world.
Or one of your employees does something unforgivable
What if your distributor has one of these things happen to them? What are you going to do??
How do you get ready?
Have a team in place, know who they are, what their roles are, have them trained properly.
Don’t forget about your core beliefs, your mission statement, especially at the time of crisis: this will guide you, give you all the answers you need when you need them.
Try to predict the unpredictable: figure out what’s most likely to happen and how you respond, once it’s happened. See what’s happened to others in the past and how they dealt with it; learn from their mistakes and their triumphs.
Insurance: Do you have insurance? Go get it! Make sure that you’re insured well, whatever that may mean for your business. But don’t ignore insurance, however boring and confusing it may be
Do you need backup equipment? Buy it.
Make sure your plan is clear and is simple: It should be clear as to when a crisis happens, and when it’s behind you, and you’re back to business as usual. Try to make these points measurable. And your fix-it plan, make it simple. So that everybody understands who goes where and when.
Keep your Plan B up to date: take a look at it at least once a year. You’ll be surprised as what’s changed in that short period of time.
Be sure you set a good example: Let your employees know you are with them, support them, and they are with you. Make sure to keep your relationship with your team solid and reliable. They must know you have their back.
Budget: Be sure to have rainy day funds ready for when you need them, because you will.
Prioritize: What comes first? What doesn’t need attention at all?
A live, uncut podcast about what we’ve accomplished over the past 50 episodes, what went well, what can be improved and what I loved.I also talk about plans for the upcoming year, share what’s going on behind the scenes at The Strong Women’s Club, and give you a personal update as to what is going on with my family.
I hope you enjoy it!
Subscribe to the podcast, share it with a friend. You’ll be making a difference!
Thank you so much for joining me in this labor of love. I appreciate you.
Last week I mentioned two leadership styles:
Transformational and Transactional, but there are many different ways to define leadership personalities.
There is the definition by Lewin, which includes: Autocratic, Democratic and Laissez-faire.
There is the Blake-Mouton Managerial Grid (See on Amazon), which mixes a people-oriented style with a task-oriented style, depending on the job at hand.
There is the Path-Goal Theory, which weighs the ability of the employee with the ambiguity of the task at hand, then decides which approach to use.
A book called Primal Leadership (See on Amazon) by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee talked about Six Emotional Leadership Styles: Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Commanding, and how each style might affect the emotions of your team members.
And there is Authentic Leadership: people who inspire trust, are open about the problems they come across, don’t ignore or hide them, and have a high level of integrity and are consistent.
Where do you fit in? How do you lead?
How do you influence, inspire, motivate, stimulate and individualise?
In an effort to simplify and to condense:
Here are four things that you can do to begin to be an authentic transformational leader.
This is how you start:
Set an example: high standards, ethical choices, excellence in character
You will develop and communicate and exciting and ambitious vision for your group, and encourage their development towards that end
You will stimulate their intellect: Foster open discussions about the vision and how you’ll get there
You will care about your team: genuine concern
Thank you for joining me,
P.S. Next week we will talk about what to do where there are problems...
Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, et al (http://amzn.to/2sTCuMg) - Affiliate link
Blake-Mouton Managerial Grid (http://amzn.to/2sTCuMg) - Affiliate link
Dr. Nora Gold is not afraid of writing about anti-Israelism on campus, a very sensitive subject which she wrote about in her novel entitled “Fields of Exile”.
Dr. Gold also wrote “Marrow and Other Stories” which was praised by Alice Munro, and her latest novel is “The Dead Man”, which also has a deep connection to Israel.
Although a tenured professor of Social Work, Nora chose to leave academia to follow her calling as a fiction writer.
Dr. Gold is also the creator and editor of Jewish Fiction.net, an online journal that publishes Jewish-themed fiction from around the world.
We talk about how Nora chooses her subject matter and how she was able to be brave enough to leave a secure position to become an author.
You can find out more about Dr. Gold at www.noragold.com
In this 5-minute podcast episode, Edie Berg talks about two different leadership styles: Transformational Leadership and Transactional Leadership, and how entrepreneurs starting small business will be better off when adopting the Transformational Leadership style.
Resources used for this episode:
Although consistency in business is the secret to all success, so is creativity and knowing yourself and also not getting burnt out.
So when I traveled to Costa Rica on my off-the-grid one week vacation, I decided to also have a break from podcasting, and let myself cut loose of everything.
For a full week, no internet, no electricity and no hot water.
What does being off the grid mean? Technically, it means no outside infrastructural support.
So my husband and I were deep in the Costa Rican jungle, living in a tree house, hiking, watching the monkeys, insects, birds and other animals, while just staring out over the tree canopy to the ocean.
We also read a lot, hiked in the jungle and along the beach, saw many exotic animals and butterflies, which particularly made my hubby smile.
But why is it so important to have this type of getaway? Isn’t it enough to go on vacation, change your routine, and see someplace new?
I don’t think so. I think it’s vital to go somewhere where you have no access to internet, or TV, or your emails. Where nobody can call you, and you can’t call them. Really just cut away for a few days.
The effect isn’t immediate. It takes time for your mind and body to adjust to the new pace, to be able to open your inner doors of creativity and thoughts. Once you’re there, you’ll know it. You’ll feel excited and invigorated, with no external stimulations.
You’ll feel satisfied and curious, all at once.
On today’s podcast I talk about my latest off-the-grid getaway to the Osa Peninsula and how I felt when I got back to my office.
I talk about preventing burnout, recharging, explosive creativity and reconnecting with my partner.
Giving myself the gift of no hot water, no internet, no lights for a week.
Andrea Wolf shares her story about testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation at age 22 and having prophylactic mastectomies at age 30.
Andrea’s mother and grandmother both had breast cancer, and Andrea is able to use her personal and familial story to drive her work at the Brem Foundation.
The Brem Foundation, named after Andrea’s mother, Dr. Rachel Brem, is a nonprofit organization committed to breast cancer prevention through early detection.
Today’s podcast is about Andrea’s story, how and when to screen, what to expect if you decide to have prophylactic surgery, what breast density is and more.
Brem Foundation: www.bremfoundation.org
Are you one of those people who love the thought of working from home, but when you try you get too distracted?
Are you feeling burnt out from your day-to-day stress, but there seems to be no end in sight?
Dr. Michal Biron is the Head of the MBA program at the University of Haifa, and her research centers around these questions, plus other daily predicaments that career women face.
In this episode you will learn:
How to battle burn-out in your team and in yourself
How to setup a home office that you can actually work in
How gender inequality affects the pay levels of both dominant and pleasant women, but each type of woman deals with this differently
Michal’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, and International Journal of Human Resource Management, among others.
If you want to be a great manager, you need to get the job done efficiently and done well.
But how do you inspire your team members and employees to work harmoniously together, trust each other, set the right goals, and be fulfilled enough to stay with you and not move on to their next challenge?
Today’s guest has spent the better part of her career researching these questions, and we discuss the answers on the podcast.
Israel Prize Winner Professor Miriam Erez is the Chair of the Knowledge Center for Innovation in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion in Israel.
Dr. Erez’s research has evolved around three major topics:Innovation
On the podcast you will learn:
That you must create an environment that spurs creativity
How to quickly develop a trusting atmosphere
That you must promote ownership and accountability
How to provide the motivation to innovate
What type of feedback is effective and not detrimental
What shared leadership is
How you must lead people from different cultures differently
How team participation in goal setting is crucial in some cultures and weak in others
What was initially the spontaneous question of “What can I do with my old bras?” led to the creation of Support the Girls. By chance, Dana’s inquiry led to her thirst of knowledge to learn that bras and feminine hygiene products are rarely donated to those most in need: homeless women and girls.
To date, Support the Girls has donated over 90,000 bras and over 401,000 feminine hygiene products to women across the world. Dana has spearheaded the initiative, and led the charge to the creation of Support the Girls affiliates throughout the United States. The movement has tremendous momentum, and Dana’s efforts have been showcased in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Today Show, Kveller, NationSwell, and many more.
Dana knew how to take advantage of a surprising opportunity and turn it into a global social enterprise.
Takeaways and resources from this episode:
Keep an open mind and an open heart for new opportunities that can change your life
Luck comes to those who work hard
You can be an expert in a field that one year ago you knew nothing about
Dana’s company: http://www.accessibilitypartners.com
Support the Girls: http://isupportthegirls.org
Jean Trounstine is an activist and author whose 6th book is Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice (IG Publishing April, 2016). It explores the true crime story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons.
Jean worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays with prisoners. Her book about that work, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison has been featured on NPR, and now on this program too!
In addition, she has spoken around the world on women in prison, co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, an award-winning alternative sentencing program featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show, and co-authored two books about the program.
Are you a role model?
Who is your role model?
What are the characteristics you are looking for in your role model?
These are the traits I hope to have to be an inspiring and effective role model to others:
Not afraid to speak up for what you think is right
People can identify with her
Somebody you can learn from
Be able to take on new challenges
Inspire others to follow their dreams
Doesn’t care about what others think of her
Those that help you progress to the path you want