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The Women's Advocate
The Women’s Advocate is hosted by civil rights attorney Sarah Nichols where she discusses how women can negotiate and support each other to close the wage gap.
Apr 29, 2022
In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with San Francisco native, Akeisha Johnson, founder and business leadership coach at An Inspired Coaching to discuss everything from Akeisha’s inspirational career, and how she uses her skills to help women acknowledge their accomplishments to the importance of cultivating discussion and conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Akeisha also shares her advice for women dealing with multiple identities and oppression, plus how to notice and address the physical effects of being “triggered.”
Apr 8, 2022
Parental Support is More Than Ticking a Box
In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with fellow Aussie and co-founder of Circle In, Jodi Geddes, to learn how Jodi started a successful business all while on maternity leave. The two also discuss everything from running a business as working mothers, to the progression of parental leave policies, and the importance of empathetic leaders supporting their employees in the office and at home. Plus, the “taboo” topic of menopause in the workplace, and how managers can support women going through it. Jodi also emphasizes the importance of having a mentor and developing the hardest soft skill – overcoming fear.
Mar 22, 2022
Being an Authentic Leader & Taking on New Challenges
In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with the new and dynamic CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation, Sheila Warren, to discuss everything from authentic leadership as a working mother, to the importance of diverse teams and positive company culture. Plus, Sheila shares why we could all benefit from reading more fiction and the benefits of a creative mindset.
Feb 16, 2022
Speaking Out Without Blowing Up Your Career
In this week's episode, Sarah sits down with the Founder & CEO of ChairmanMe, Sarah Lacy, to discuss how women can speak up, the likability conundrum, tearing down the patriarchy, Dolly Parton and just how freaking inspiring our kids truly are.
1 hr 4 min
Dec 13, 2021
Law's Lag on Recognizing Our Multifaceted Selves
In this week's episode, Sarah sits down with Partners Felicia Medina and Shauna Madison of Medina Orthwein, LLP - a Bay Area firm specializing in discrimination law - to discuss their intersectional approach to law practice and those that are most affected by workplace/pay disparities.
Oct 20, 2021
The Women Behind the Law
In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Equal Rights Advocates’ Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy, Jessica Stender. Join us as the two cover topics from the current gender wage gap to employment law and worker protections. Jessica also discusses the process behind passing a bill in California and her current advocacy work.
Aug 17, 2021
Leading with Neurodiversity
If women are good leaders, they risk being branded “too bossy” or “too tough.” If they set boundaries, or ask for what they need to succeed, they’re “too demanding.” If they are passionate about their work, they’re “too emotional.” Every day women across the world face a barrage of double standards that men are not subjected to. As Podge Thomas says, the system wasn’t built for us or by us, so it’s up to us to continue to build a better one. In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Talent Management Specialist & Business Consultant, Podge Thomas to discuss the importance of women taking risks, speaking up, and asking for what they need. They also discuss what it means to be “neurodiverse” as well as the benefits of leveraging peoples’ differences.
Jun 10, 2021
It's OK to Demand Things
It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, whether it be professionally or personally. Many of us have gone through different lifechanging experiences - marriage, divorce, parenthood, changing careers. Through it all, you learn to pivot (albeit not always gracefully) and to make the most of new opportunities. In this week’s episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Visionary Sales & Marketing Executive, Irina Kapetanakis who discusses how her career has evolved through her own various life changes. They also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing battle for women’s voices to be heard equally in the workforce. Irina also shares the importance behind working with purpose and feeling empowered and motivated at work.
Dec 31, 2020
Being Your Authentic Self - You Don't Have to Take Feedback from A**holes
Joanna Lovering is the Founder of Copper + Rise, an executive coaching firm dedicated to helping you raise your presence and claim the room as your stage. She is also an organizational psychologist and fashion stylist who teaches women to show up and stand out. Joanna's spirited approach to coaching has left her clients filled with confidence and equipped with the skills needed to take charge of any presentation. In this episode… Joanna Lovering, Founder of Copper + Rise, knows the importance of conquering and channeling your presence into transformative energy that can sway any discussion in your favor. Her approachable method to get you talking and looking the part of a leader is one of the core principles for her executive coaching approach. In this week's episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with executive presence coach and Founder of Copper + Rise, Joanna Lovering. They discuss what it means to have an executive presence, Mirror Image Bias, and what it means to be a leader. Joanna shares her superpower and how she uses it to help others lead with passion—and take charge of their lives. She also offers tips for women on how to claim who they are and flex their persona in every situation.
Dec 24, 2020
Name Your Imposter - Don't Slay Them
Allison Davis is a Sales Trainer, Coach, and Consultant with 15 years of experience in the publishing industry and nearly 20 in sales. Allison focuses her vast experience in digital marketing, strategic partnerships, and event sponsorship on helping others gain more sales and expand their reach. She has worked with National Geography, Goldman Sachs, and many more, allowing them to fine-tune their sales channel. Allison's drive for crushing expectations, and showing her Imposter Syndrome, Patricia, who's boss, continues to propel her forward and create opportunities for her clients to land more deals. In this episode… Michael Jackson's critically-acclaimed song “Man in the Mirror”knows a thing or two about understanding yourself before trying to understand the world. Allison Davis, Sales Trainer, Coach, and Consultant, might not be the King of Pop—but she does know that you must be willing to take a more in-depth look at yourself to overcome your Imposter Syndrome. Tune in to this week's episode to find out how Lady Boss, Sales Trainer, Coach, and Consultant Allison Davis is helping small businesses and women entrepreneurs take their sales channel to the next level. Allison and host Sarah Nichols discuss the benefits of naming your imposter syndrome and the best time to learn a new sales skill. Allison shares her advice for building your sales funnel, what young women entering the workforce should know, and rethinking our networks. Keep listening!
Dec 17, 2020
Dancing with the Lady Boss of Data
Asha Saxena is a CEO Coach with CEO Coaching International and the Founder and CEO of Women Leaders In Data and AI (WLDA). She also serves on the Board of Directors for several for-profit companies, including Future Technologies, an international data management solutions firm, and Shindigz. Asha's drive to innovate has allowed her to build her own e-commerce company and serve as CEO of Future Technologies for the past 20 years. With a passion to pass on her expertise, Asha is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate students about big data and healthcare management. Asha is also the host of the Data Dives podcast, a columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine, and a keynote speaker. In this episode… If you hide your light to dim your brightness, then you have done the world—and yourself—a disservice. Unfortunately, many women, especially in data science, lower their voices because they are afraid. Asha Saxena, CEO…
Nov 19, 2020
The Kairos of Powerful Women
Michelle Markwart Deveaux is the Founder and Owner of FaithCultureKiss, a voice and business coach who takes your voice and business to the next level. She is an award-winning actor and vocalist and has hosted workshops and masterclasses on business ownership, entrepreneurship, voice work, and acting. For the past 20 years, Michelle has worked with countless entrepreneurs and business owners to realign their goals and raise their voices. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Patten University and a Master of Arts degree in Worship, Theology, and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. In this episode... Your voice starts from your toes and climbs through your diaphragm, building power and purpose before you even speak a word. It resonates in open spaces, creating a scale of understanding and reasoning—and it’s powerful. Whether you use your voice as a performer or a business owner, Michelle Markwart Deveaux, the Founder of FaithCultureKiss and the SpeakEasy C…
Nov 12, 2020
You Don’t Have to Get Old Before You Can Get Wise
Susan Freeman is a Stevie Award-winning CEO as well as the Founder of Freeman Means Business and Co-Founder of The Conscious Inclusion Company. Armed with her expertise in communication, she’s dedicated herself to helping people achieve workplace equity in professional environments. Susan is also a speaker, coach, author, and host of the podcast, Wonder Women in Business. In this episode… In today’s episode of The Women’s Advocate, Sarah sits down with Susan Freeman, public speaker, CEO, and Founder of Freeman Means Business and The Conscious Inclusion Company. Susan has made effective communication the thread that connects each step of her career. Susan helps clients understand their authentic selves and the beauty of clear and consistent communication and she has plenty of wise words to share about creative ways to tackle and talk about unconscious bias.
Nov 9, 2020
How to Bring Your A-Game
Kathryn O'Connor Gardner is the co-founder of Park Bench Capital, a financial services firm that focuses on diverse founding teams that always include at least one female leader. Prior to this, she worked as a senior vice president and corporate credit research analyst within AllianceBernstein’s high-yield research group, focusing on the energy sector. She oversaw all energy-related investments for traditional high yield portfolios with roughly 35 billion in assets under management. Kathryn is also a founding board member of the Haas Center for Gender, Equity, and Leadership, which seeks to build the economic case for supporting workplace diversity, and is a member of the Haas Dean’s Advisory Circle. She has more than 20 years of experience serving as an advisor for startups on strategy, financial analyst, and capital market transactions In this episode… Throughout her illustrious career, Kathryn O'Connor Gardner has gained valuable tips and insights on how to bring your A-game…
Oct 29, 2020
Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick
Nancie McDonnell Ruder is the President of Noetic Consultants, working with brands to define their markets, clarify their strategies, and build agency-client relationships. Before working with Noetic Consultants for the last 18 years, she started her career at the renowned Leo Burnett USA as a director before moving on to Noetic Consultants. Her past and current clients include AKQA, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Discovery Channel, General Motors, Inc CEO Project, Whirlpool, Leo Burnett Global, Nike, and many more. In this episode… While many companies have switched to remote work, staying connected with the right people has never been more critical. Nancie McDonnell Ruder, President of Noetic Consultants, works with brands to redefine their strategy, analyze their target audience, and revitalize their marketing campaigns. Sarah Nichols and Nancie McDonnell Ruder, President of Noetic Consultants, sit down to discuss personal branding and addressing social justice issues in the workplace. Nan…
Oct 22, 2020
Don't Stay in Your Lane with Cynthia Pong, Founder of Embrace Change
Cynthia Pong is a lawyer-turned-career coach, feminist career strategist, speaker, and the Founder of Embrace Change, an organization that provides mid-career women of color professionals with tailored coaching and training. Cynthia is also the author of Don't Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color. After studying law at NYU and practicing as a public defender for 6 years, Cynthia decided to change course. Now, she’s on a mission to empower women of color to get the money, power, and respect they deserve. Cynthia has been featured far and wide on Refinery29, HuffPost, Fast Company, and more. She is also a LinkedIn Top Voice for job search and career. When it comes to career strategies, she breaks it down easily and always keeps it real. In this episode… What does your career path look like in the next 6-months, year, or the next five years? No clue? No worries; there's a book for that. Cynthia Pong, career coach, ex-lawyer, and author of Don't Stay in Your…
Oct 15, 2020
You Either Win or You Learn with Cynthia Cleveland, Partner at CEO Coaching International
Cynthia Cleveland is a 5-time CEO and an expert in developing, translating, and monetizing intellectual property rights into major global consumer brands and new businesses across diverse industries. She has led companies that have generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales across consumer products, entertainment and retail and have helped countless companies build their brand and capitalize on the market to create new sales funnel and successful marketing campaigns. Cynthia is currently a Partner at CEO Coaching International, a leading coaching firm for growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs. In this episode… How do you foster resilience in your life? What mantras do you speak to yourself to keep going when times get tough? Maybe you don't think about your resilient nature, but it is one of the defining qualities of highly successful people. Cynthia Cleveland, Partner at CEO Coaching International and 5-time CEO/President, can attest to the power of resilience and its ability to…
Oct 1, 2020
Harnessing Your Emotions and Money
Jacquette Timmons is a financial behaviorist, speaker, coach, and the President and CEO of Sterling Investment Management. With her expertise, she has helped countless individuals understand their financial decisions and put them on track to financial freedom and well-being. Jacquette is the author of Financial Intimacy, a book that delves into relationship problems that may arise and how to mitigate them. She is also the More than Money podcast host, where she discusses the connection between psychology, emotions, and money. In this episode… Money is power—but you already knew this. But, did you know that understanding your motives behind using and negotiating financial situations is a much bigger indicator of your financial well-being? According to Jacquette Timmons, a financial behaviorist, money, and emotions go hand-in-hand. She has helped countless entrepreneurs, couples, and individuals clarify their goals, better understand their habits, and become financially healthy. In…
Sep 10, 2020
Sue Bunnell is the Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo as well as the President and Co-Chair of Leading Women in Technology (LWT), a women's professional development nonprofit. LWT’s mission is to help professional women develop the skills and experience they need to achieve their goals. Recently, Sue also joined the Board for the Professional BusinessWomen of California, which provides skill development, networking opportunities, and inspiration to women at all levels. In this episode… As working women, it can sometimes feel impossible to change the opinions of those who don’t respect or appreciate you. However, as women’s advocate Sue Bunnell says, you can’t tell people what to think—but you can show them why and how they need to respect you. Her advice? Work hard, show up, and find a group of women who will motivate you. Join host Sarah Nichols in this episode of The Women’s Advocate as she chats with Sue Bunnell, the President and Co-Chair of…
Sep 3, 2020
We Can't Do Everything but We Can Do Anything
Elise Holtzman is the President and Founder of The Lawyer's Edge and the host of The Lawyer's Edge Podcast. The Lawyer's Edge focuses on empowering attorneys and teaching them the tools for success that aren’t part of the law school curriculum. Her experience as a lawyer has given her expertise on where lawyers can improve their business and connect with clients. Elise has worked with practicing lawyers, professionals, and business leaders to further their business goals. In this episode… Our lives are defined by the ways we choose to build our character and the action we take to reach our goals. Each decision we make will help to define the importance we place on our lives and the relationships around us. Elise Holtzman, President and Founder of The Lawyer's Edge, takes her background in law and combines it with her coaching expertise to help companies improve their communication and achieve their goals. In this week's episode, host Sarah Nichols sits down with Elise Holtzman, t…
1 hr 2 min
Aug 27, 2020
I Just Got Fired, What Do I Do Next?
Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. She is also an author, coach, HR expert, and a public speaker with frequent speeches for private employers and associations providing managers with compliance and liability prevention training. Sarah has over 20 years in the legal field and has guided hundreds of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as they defend individual and class action claims before becoming a voice against discrimination in the workplace and closing the wage gap. Sarah is also the host of the Women’s Advocate Podcast. In this episode… What are your initial thoughts rights after you have been laid off? Surely, you’re in shock and wondering what to do next but you should also start wondering if the basis for your exit in the company was legal. If it wasn’t, what kind of claims are you eligible for and what things are you entitled to? See, most people are unaware of their rights and their thoughts often get mu…
Aug 20, 2020
Busting Imposter Syndrome
Neha Sampat is the Founder, CEO, Coach, and Consultant at GenLead | BelongLab, an agency specializing in individual and organizational leadership opportunities focused on the concept of belonging. Neha uses the power of social-science data and stories to help her clients align their personal goals with their work, amplify their unique voices, and integrate diverse backgrounds and perspectives to curate a generationally-diverse workforce. She has presented countless seminars and workshops on bridging the minority gap in the workplace, the bar exam and ADHD, and imposter syndrome. Before creating her company GenLead | BelongLab, Neha was the Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Law and Leadership at Golden Gate University, School of Law. In this episode… Throughout your life, you have been told that you are intelligent, you are brave, and audacious: a leader. Your ego swells, but one day someone asks you a question that you can not answer. Does that mean you are not as intelligent…
Aug 13, 2020
Equal Pay - What is it, What Are Your Rights, What is the Wage Gap
Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. She is also an author, coach, HR expert, and a public speaker with frequent speeches for private employers and associations providing managers with compliance and liability prevention training. Sarah has over 20 years in the legal field and has guided hundreds of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as they defend individual and class action claims before becoming a voice against discrimination in the workplace and closing the wage gap. Sarah is also the host of the Women’s Advocate Podcast. In this episode… Despite the calls for equality, the gender wage gap still persists today. Despite individual company efforts in closing the gap, it is still an issue that needs to be unanimously addressed in order to make sure that all employees get the just compensation that they deserve. This means that color, age, and gender should play no role in the compensation package that an employee is…
Aug 6, 2020
Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know
Joan Williams is an author, Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Her path-breaking work has helped to create the field of Work-Family Studies and Modern Workplace Flexibility Policies. Joan is one of the top-cited scholars in the world in her field, having written 11 books and over 100 academic articles. Her book What Works for Women at Work has been praised by TheNew York Times and critics alike as a “must-read for all women.” Her work has been covered in publications from Oprah Magazine to The Atlantic. In this episode… Women are required to prove themselves multiple times over before they are promoted, they have to walk the tightrope of being perceived as a bitch or a bimbo, they are in danger of hitting a maternal wall in their careers and have to navigate the tug of war dealing with female rivalry. Host Sarah Nichols sits down…
Jul 30, 2020
Never Apologize for Being a Strong Woman
Andrea Heuston is the Founder and CEO of Artitudes Design Inc., a full-service graphic design firm delivering award-winning design solutions. In the last 25 years, Andrea and her team have dedicated countless hours to the community, providing supplies to children in public schools and preparing meals for those who have a mental illness. Last year, she published an article, “Never Apologize for Being a Woman” on LinkedIn, which received over 1 million clicks and sparked thousands of discussions about women in leadership roles across the world. Andrea is also the host of Lead Like A Woman Podcast, focusing on empowering women leaders to strengthen others through topical discussions and interviews with prominent figures. In this episode… In a room filled with people of different strengths and weaknesses, you will notice immediately that each person has a different position of authority. Some will instantly try to control the room, while others will gravitate to the walls and obser…
Jul 21, 2020
"Hey Batta Batta Swing!"
Krista Mitzel is the Founder and Managing Partner at The Mitzel Group, LLP. The Mitzel Group is dedicated to helping you grow your business with their expertise in litigations, disputes, administrative audits, and protecting your interest with the right policies and people in the places that need it. Krista is a seasoned lawyer with almost 20 years of law practice under her belt along with 10 years as a business owner. She has extensive experience in managing cases that involve HR, trade secret protection, litigations, and risk management. Krista graduated from the University of San Francisco - School of Law and received her Bachelor's from the University of California Berkeley, where she studied English and Political Science. In this episode… What does it take to be a lady boss in today's changing economic climate? How can the lessons we learn in childhood fuel our entrepreneurial spirit? Krista Mitzel comes from a long line of phenomenal women and a strong work ethic, so when it…
Jul 21, 2020
Can I Get Fired for COVID? Your Questions about Coronavirus in the Workplace, Answered
Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. She is also an author, coach, HR expert, and a public speaker with frequent speeches for private employers and associations providing managers with compliance and liability prevention training. Sarah has over 20 years in the legal field and has guided hundreds of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as they defend individual and class action claims before becoming a voice against discrimination in the workplace and closing the wage gap. Sarah is also the host of the Women’s Advocate Podcast. In this episode… Laws are constantly changing about the rights of employees and their power to fight against unlawful severance. The world continues to exist on this plane of uncertainty as millions of people lose their jobs due to a falling economy. It can be stressful to decide between filing a claim against your employer or just letting the case go, and this is where the expertise of Sarah Ni…
Jul 21, 2020
The Likeability Competence Bind
Emily Epstein is the Founder and CEO of Oakbay Consulting and also serves as a lecturer at the University of Berkeley, School of Law. She is an expert negotiator and is dedicated to helping women find their voices in the workplace. Her firm teaches the importance of communication and how to dialogue effectively to get your point across. Emily has practiced law for more than 10 years, focusing on negotiation, facilitation, mediation, business coaching, and conflict management. Emily received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Bachelor's in English and Psychology. In this episode… When was the last time you had to negotiate a deal or a battle between your children? It can be challenging to find the right words to say, especially when there are preconceived notions about your role in the company, or even your home. Yet, it is not impossible to change the way women are treated. Emily Epstein, Founder and CEO of Oakbay Consulting teaches her clients how to ne…
Jun 4, 2020
The Inspiration Behind The Firm
Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. She is also an author, coach, HR expert, and a public speaker with frequent speeches for private employers and associations providing managers with compliance and liability prevention training. Sarah represents individuals in relation to their discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. She assists employees negotiating their exits from their employers. She is a tough and conscientious advocate for her clients and believes seeing both sides makes her a better advocate. Sarah is also the host of the Women’s Advocate Podcast. In this episode Approximately half of the world's population are women, many of whom have pursued a career where they are often paid less than their male counterparts. The gender pay gap global studies reveal a 16 to 19 percent difference between men and women with the same position and experience in their company. Sarah Nichols, a US-born, Australian-raised lawyer, is working to…