Why This Teacher & Mom of Three is Running for Office with Elizabeth Madeira

  Elizabeth Madeira never had aspirations to run for office. Her deepest desire had always been to become a mother. But as you’ll hear in our conversation, that was not an easy journey for her. And now as a teacher and mom of three, Elizabeth is running for Tennessee state representative. She is running as…

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What Death Teaches You About Life with Katie Radel

Working in the family business is a pretty standard practice if you’re the child of an entrepreneur. I grew up working on my parents’ farm, for example.  But, what if your family business is running a funeral home?  In that case, they still put you to work in the family business. That was exactly what…

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Creating Brave Spaces at Work with Brittany Cole

Everyone wants to have a good experience at their job and to work for an organization where you feel valued and can thrive. But for many people, that’s not the case. Toxic company culture can create a challenging work environment, especially for people of color. That’s something that Brittany Cole found when speaking to groups…

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From Panic Attacks to Unconventional PhD with Kirsten Lee Hill

Imagine you are making one of the most important presentations of your life and you suddenly feel like you can’t breathe. In fact, you feel like you’re going to die. Sounds really scary, right? That very scenario is exactly how Kirsten Lee Hill felt while presenting her dissertation proposal. But this wasn’t the first time.…

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Building Cross-Cultural Relationships with Chris Schirm

Building relationships with people who speak different languages and come from different places and backgrounds can be challenging, or even scary, for many people. But for today’s guest, Chris Schirm, it’s all part of his job as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department.  In this role, Chris builds relationships and communicates U.S.…

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Resilience in Work, Relationships & Finances with Serina Bird

Serina Bird is no stranger to making brave, but extremely difficult decisions. She stood up to bullying at her job. She left her abusive husband and took her two young children with her. And most recently, she left her stable public service job to focus on writing and podcasting––and this happened just a few months…

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  Welcome to the the 50th episode of Make It Brave!  A big reason I’ve made it this far is because of you. Because you’ve been showing up and listening. Because I know there is someone out there, maybe you, who needs to hear my words. So, thank you. Thank you for listening and for…

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Women are experts at juggling lots of plates––from work to childcare to household demands––just to name a few. And it can be overwhelming to manage it all.  That’s where Mridu Parikh comes in. She’s a productivity strategist who helps women overcome the overwhelm so they are not feeling so frazzled and stressed, which is especially…

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Stretching Beyond Your Own Limitations with Gina Miller

When it comes to courage and bravery, so often we view it as one big, courageous act. However, the more I interview people about this subject, I see that bravery is far more about continually pushing past our own limitations and showing up as our true, authentic selves day in and day out.  That’s definitely…

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