Month: September 2021

LOVE is a Superpower

Cathi Rodgveller

Cathi Rodgveller is the Founder and CEO of IGNITE Worldwide, which works directly with teachers during the school day to provide programming that promotes STEM education and career advancement for girls and non-binary youth from historically marginalized communities. As a longtime educator and school counselor, Cathi witnessed the systemic obstacles girls face in accessing STEM pathways, especially girls from underserved communities. She founded IGNITE Worldwide in Seattle Public Schools over 20 years ago to bridge this gap and has grown the program to reach girls in over 100 US school districts and 50 countries, inspiring 80,000 girls to date.

Cathi received the 2012 Social Impact Abie Award from the Indiana Borg Institute, and IGNITE Worldwide has been lauded by the Department of Education, Department of State, and the National Science Foundation.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • How Cathi Rodgveller’s experience as an educator inspired the founding of IGNITE Worldwide
  • What Cathi’s bold mission statement means to her
  • What is STEM education?
  • How Cathi organizes STEM events for girls and what has led to her success with IGNITE Worldwide
  • Cathi talks about her motivation for her work and the need for funding 
  • How to support IGNITE Worldwide
  • Cathi’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Although many school-going girls love STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and would love to venture into careers in these fields, few of them actually pursue those careers. The main reason behind this is that girls shy away from appearing smart in front of their peers and do not want to stand out.

This perception minimizes girls’ powers and abilities and ultimately limits their career prospects. This problem is common in many schools worldwide and not just in the US. To change the narrative, it is important to instill power, courage, and confidence in these girls at a young age. They need to know just how capable and talented they are, and receive the support they need to dream big, own their intelligence, and harness their full potential. 

Cathi Rodgveller, the Founder and CEO of IGNITE Worldwide, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about community and providing educational opportunities for girls and non-binary youth. Cathi discusses what STEM education means, explains what drove her to start IGNITE Worldwide, and talks about how she helps empower girls and achieve gender equity in STEM.

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This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Listen Twice as Much as You Talk

Megan McNally

Megan McNally is a business lawyer, angel investor, and strategic advisor to purpose-driven people and organizations. She spent more than two decades as an organizational leader, consultant, educator, and public speaker, including executive roles with NPower Network, Washington State Bar Association & Foundation, and Pacific Science Center. In 2017, she founded Diana Sports TV, a streaming service dedicated to women’s sports that failed resoundingly, and the FBomb Breakfast Club, a thriving peer support community of nearly 4,000 female founders and women business owners — which was a finalist for GeekWire’s 2018 Newcomer Award.

Megan was named one of the most influential people of 2018 by Seattle Magazine and was awarded the Female Founders Alliance inaugural Champion Advocate Award. Today, she leads Doyenne Strategy, a consulting firm with offices in Seattle, New York, and clients around the globe. She also serves as a Legal Officer with Foundry Law Group. She is an active board member, advisor, and investor, and has been featured in GeekWire, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Lawyer. She is a two-time winner of the Moth storytelling competition and frequently speaks on community, leadership, and failure. Megan is happiest riding her bike or whale watching from her deck.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • What drives Megan McNally to make a difference in the world
  • Why Megan created FBomb Breakfast Club and how its culture came about
  • Megan talks about building a diversified supportive community through her club, explains how they transitioned to online events, and talks about their paid membership program
  • Where to learn more about the FBomb Breakfast Club
  • Why Megan started Diana Sports TV, the mistakes she made, and what she learned from the experience
  • What excites Megan about angel investments — and her advice to women with great business ideas
  • The most impactful guidance Megan has ever received and her current business focus
  • Megan’s superpower and how to get in touch with her

In this episode…

In the quest to build a thriving business, many owners often find themselves making mistakes in the way they run their business, how they handle their customers, or through their products. How such mistakes or failures are handled separates the successful businesses from the non-successful ones.

Megan McNally experienced this when she started her own sports channel in 2018. She made a couple of mistakes that turned into great learning opportunities to help her build better businesses in the future. She now advises fellow women entrepreneurs to show up and build authentic businesses without the need to live up to other people’s expectations.

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Megan McNally, a strategic consultant, lawyer, and angel investor, to talk about cultivating a supportive community of female founders and learning from your failures. They also discuss the importance of creating products that meet customers’ needs, knowing who your ideal customers are, and building authentic businesses.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

You Can Make Anything Happen

Lei Wang

Lei Wang is an executive coach, speaker, and mountain climber. As the first Asian woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam, Lei has been a sought-after international motivational speaker since 2010. She has inspired people around the world to dream big and achieve a fulfilling life that is truly exciting. As a coach, Lei helps business leaders accelerate their career to exciting new heights with ease and grace, lead their organizations to make bigger impacts, and connect deeper with the communities they serve.

In 2004, Lei, who grew up as a Beijing city girl with no athletic training, set out to climb Mt. Everest. She was on a promising career track in finance with an MBA from Wharton. But she was excited about proving that an ordinary person could climb Everest. That excitement empowered her discovery, and she found that excitement is the driving force that motivates and empowers every one of us — and it’s the secret to innovation, peak performance, and extraordinary achievement. Today, as a coach, speaker, author, and adventurer, she travels the world to ascend new summits and empower individuals and organizations to dream big, take a leap of faith, and tap into the power of excitement to realize their potential and move mountains.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • What inspired Lei Wang to start a coaching business?
  • How Lei uses the power of excitement when coaching clients
  • Lei talks about her motivation for climbing Mt. Everest, how she trained for the climb, and how much it cost
  • Lei’s experience completing the Explorers Grand Slam
  • What Lei has learned about herself over the years
  • How Lei’s life lessons inspired her to write a book
  • Lei’s advice on leading like a woman and tapping into the power of excitement
  • The counsel that has had a big impact on Lei’s life
  • Lei’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Climbing to the top of the tallest mountains in each of the continents is not an easy thing to do, and very few people have succeeded in doing that. One of those people is Lei Wang, who did not even grow up with athletic training.

Some of the best life lessons Lei learned were from her experience climbing mountains — as well as from her failures and mistakes. They helped her make better decisions in both her personal life and professional life. She learned that she has the power to change her life and make things happen, and now she’s sharing these lessons with others.

In this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show, Andrea Heuston is joined by Lei Wang, an executive coach and mountain climber, to talk about ascending new summits in life and business. Lei shares her experience preparing for and climbing Mt. Everest, participating in the Explorers Grand Slam, and how she guides others to reach new heights through her coaching business. Stay tuned.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.

Ask for What You Want

Luly B.

Luly B. is a business strategist, speaker, coach, mother, and best-selling Amazon author on a mission to help women define success on their own terms. She is a feisty Cuban-American mom and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, business consulting, and leadership.

Drawing from her experience in the nonprofit, academic, and corporate sectors as well as her own entrepreneurial journey, Luly supports women who wear a ton of hats to get over the guilt, self-doubt, and fear that stops them from truly living happy lives. She helps them create businesses around their lifestyle and family priorities while making an impact on their clients and community. She is blessed to share her message of empowerment, leadership, and confidence with thousands of women all around the country, including clients and partners like Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, and Dell.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Luly B. explains why she started her own business, Luly B. Inc., and why she named the first brand Chispa Marketing
  • The success of Luly’s SPARK event
  • How Andrea and Luly met — and how they’ve been working together
  • How Luly’s core values play a role in her business and personal life
  • Luly talks about her BOOST Community, shares her experience dancing at an event, and explains how she deals with her own feelings of being too much
  • The best piece of advice Luly has received from a mentor, and her advice to women feeling lost
  • Luly’s superpower and contact details

In this episode…

Oftentimes, women fail to achieve their goals and attain the success they desire because of fear. They fear asking for what they want, going after their dreams, and facing reception from others. However, it’s vital that women remember they’re not going through the journey alone. It’s important to seek out a support group, celebrate the women inside (and outside) your circle, and acknowledge the expressions of love and appreciation around you.

But how do you fully receive the love and gratitude that’s being given? Luly B. is here to help. Luly guides women to connect with one another and build supportive communities. Through her BOOST Community, she helps women network, share their gifts, learn to be more confident, learn from one another, and create the type of business and life they desire.

Luly B., a business strategist and speaker, is Andrea Heuston’s guest in this episode of the Lead Like A Woman Show where she talks about leadership and building a community of supportive women. Luly also discusses her core values, her superpower of connection, and shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and speaker. Stay tuned.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Artitudes Design by Andrea Heuston. Artitudes Design is an award-winning creative agency that has been creating visual communication for Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. They have worked with notable companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and have also served startups and nonprofit organizations.

They specialize in connecting speakers with audiences by creating visual value with presentations and through the creation of motion graphics, video, and content.

To learn more about Artitudes Design, visit their website today. Checkout their portfolio to see their previous projects, and contact them today to find out how they can help you bring your business a cut above the rest.