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The Real Female Entrepreneur

The Real Female Entrepreneur podcast is a 3x weekly dose of truth and inspiration for female entrepreneurs and women chasing their creative dreams. Lauren sits down with kickass women every week for real, raw, soulful conversations about the hard parts of both business and life. If you're looking for soulful conversations to inspire you throughout your week, you're in the right place. Get cozy. Grab your headphones. And stay awhile. New episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
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May 28, 2018

”It could have been the worst thing that ever happened to me to lose my job right after we bought a house. But really that mess was what allowed me to create this beautiful, amazing business that I have today.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

One morning, Mandi woke up to find an email in her inbox letting her know that her company closed overnight and just like that she was out of a job. In less than twenty-four hours, though, Mandi had launched the beginning of what is now She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency where she runs of a team of almost twenty. Love, if you’re still looking for your dream, it may just be waiting for the right moment to fall into your lap. Never doubt the possibility that arises from the rumble of a what feels like a big mess.

We talk about…

  • that inner knowing that you’re meant to own your own business without yet knowing what that is
  • the importance of having hobbies and fun things you enjoy doing outside of your business
  • how Mandi decided on her ideal client
  • having uncomfortable conversations as a leader

 

WHO IS MANDI HOLMES?

Mandi Holmes is CEO of She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency for online, service-based, female business owners.

She Can Coterie started in 2015 when Mandi was unexpectedly laid off from a job as a virtual assistant herself and is now a fully-functioning, expert team that does it all! Blogging and editorial work, social media management, customer service, technical support, inbox support, systems creation, travel and invoicing... you name it, She Can Coterie can do it! The options are truly endless. To date, SCC has helped more than 100 business owners get organized, strategize their next steps, and take action towards their biggest dreams.

Mandi believes that women should run the world, that asking for help is vital to success, and that having an iced latte in your hand makes you unstoppable. When she's not leading her team, upleveling She Can Coterie, or serving powerful women around the world you can find her with her nose in a good book, playing "bathetball" with her sweet son Henry, or binge-watching Netflix with her husband.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Jess Lively’s podcast

Tanya Geisler

www.shecancoterie.com

She Can Coterie on Instagram

May 28, 2018

”I realized that I don’t control what other people think or say about me. But I have 100% control over how I let it affect me. I get to choose my attitude.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

She went to Harvard business school, her father was the founder of Trek Bicycles, and she spent years working her way up the corporate ladder. But it was entering the race for governor of Wisconsin that helped her escape the cage of her comfort zone. And it was through losing that race that she finally found her confidence again. Mary Burke is one hell of a woman and an incredible fountain of wisdom, my love. So, hold onto your heart, this is going to get good.

We talk about:

  • How our comfort zone cages us in
  • The 3 biggest lessons she learned from losing the run for governor
  • Why Mary started “toning it down” and playing small after years of success
  • The Catalyst for launching her organizing, Building Brave

 

WHO IS MARY BURKE?

Mary founded Building Brave to create a global online community of 10 million women who are connecting, inspiring and empowering each other.  She grew up wanting to be a business person just like her dad, Dick Burke, founder of Trek Bicycles. After a successful career in the private sector and an unlikely campaign that almost made her governor of Wisconsin, she found her passion and path in empowering women.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay

www.buildingbrave.org

The Building Brave app

May 28, 2018

“In any and every moment, you can find this sense of calmness and peace and certainty that you have everything you need in this very moment. And whatever has not yet arrived, you do not yet need. Trust that it will find it’s way to you when the timing is right.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I’ve been meditating for four years now. It took awhile to find my groove and really learn to enjoy it. Guided meditations were a game-changer for me in the beginning, though. So, I’ve created this beautiful guided meditation for you business owners who are feeling that daily stress and overwhelm of trying to do it all and figure it all out. So, get cozy, hit play, and take 15 minutes for a little self-care for yourself today, my love.

May 22, 2018

”It is not your job to make people like you. It is your job to like you. And that is it.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In our conversation, Vasavi describes emotional sobriety as the ability to deal with life without having to reach for things externally to make us feel good on the inside (soo good, right?!). At the time of recording, she was five months sober and living in a sober living house. And, my love, this conversation with her is one of the greatest sermons I’ve ever heard. One year ago, Vasavi was living a double life: coach, social worker, and TV personality by day, cocaine and alcohol addict by night. And she’s sharing so much of what she’s learned in this conversation.

We talk about…

  • How she built a brand on pride and ego that ultimately led her to drugs and alcohol
  • Overcoming a cocaine and alcohol addiction
  • Life after addiction in a sober living house
  • Why the question “what’s my motive?” is one to ask yourself every day!
  • Codependency
  • What it means to be emotionally sober

 

WHO'S VASAVI KUMAR?

Vasavi Kumar is often described as "your kick-in-the-pants guide en route to your desired destination.” She is a grateful recovering addict, licensed social worker, special education teacher, and a certified coach. Vasavi holds dual Masters degrees in Special Education from Hofstra University and Social Work from Columbia University. She's a pro at attracting media and works with her clients to create and go after opportunities that are aligned with their brand values. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, was a regular on NBC’s Kansas City Live as the “Keepin’ It Real Guru.” and was on VH1’s Basketball Wives where she coached one of the main stars of the show. She truly believes that with impeccable character, work ethic, and unwavering values, you can do, be and have anything you want. Connect with her at www.VasaviKumar.com.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.vasavikumar.com

Vasavi’s Facebook group: Know Yourself. Do Anything

May 22, 2018

”We get to choose what we want to believe. And we don’t have to hold onto beliefs that are no longer serving us just because we think that our beliefs should serve others.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I know the feeling, sister. You don’t want to be the weirdo lone believer that doesn’t believe what everyone else does. Running from your beliefs doesn’t make you more happily fit in, though. It leaves you misaligned and not belonging to the one person who matters most - you. So, in this episode, I’m sharing with you one profound question that gave me the answer I’d been looking for for months. I’m also sharing with you about my journey away from religion towards spirituality and how I found myself in a past life regression therapy session visiting myself in past lives.

 

LINKS IN THIS EPISODE:

”Journey of Souls” by Dr. Michael Newton

”Destiny of Souls” by Dr. Michael Newton

Dr. Brian Weiss on The Oprah Show

May 22, 2018

“Do what you can with what you have.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Rather than pursuing the traditional (and expected) legal route after graduating from one of the top law schools in the country, Christina found herself building a business as a yoga instructor … and designing logos, trying her hand at calligraphy, learning floral design … and trying to find the one thing that would stick. She spent nearly three years in limbo not knowing where her income was going to come from, going into a ton of debt, and watching everyone else seemingly figure it out. Cut to today. Christina runs two very successful businesses, a law firm that focuses on intellectual property, and The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs. And along the way, she’s broken every mold of expectation to build a life and business that she loves.

We talk about…

  • Why Christina didn’t practice law for several years after college
  • How attending creative conferences before she had launched her business helped her figure it out
  • The pivotal conversation with Jenna Kutcher and the Rising Tide Society meeting that inspired Christina to use her legal know-how to work with creatives
  • How she’s embraced her fun + goofy side in the serious, uber-professional world of attorneys

 

WHO IS CHRISTINA SCALERA?

Christina Scalera is the attorney and founder behind The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, wedding professionals, and coaches.

Three years ago, Christina found herself dreaming of pursuing a more creative path, and she started to look for alternatives to her in-house legal job. She explored everything from teaching yoga to becoming a freelance graphic designer to opening an Etsy shop.

In the process, she ended up coming full circle by creating a business that brought the benefit of her legal training to help her fellow creatives.

When she’s not staring at a computer or awkwardly standing on cafe chairs for the perfect overhead latte photo, you can find her in the woods doing things that are sometimes dangerous but always fun, like riding horses, skiing and reluctantly camping.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

The Illume Retreat

Creative at Heart Conference

Making Things Happen

Kirstie Marie

Jenna Kutcher

www.thecontractshop.com/trfe

May 14, 2018

”The amount you’re being paid does not validate you.”

 

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Follow your passion, not the paycheck. Spoiler alert: that’s the moral of the story. It isn’t the entire story, though, and JJ Anderson’s story is one you’re going to want to listen to. It isn’t some finely tuned inspirational speech encouraging you to dig deep, pursue joy, and forget about the money. It’s a real life, raw, messy and beautiful account of one girl’s journey from dropping out of college to becoming the youngest talk show host in America at an independent sports television network to learning that the pursuit of money isn’t everything.

We talk about…

  • the unexpected life-changing advice professional boxer, Evander Holyfield gave JJ
  • starting a video production company with no video production experience
  • why making money the first priority is a mistake
  • when your business partner is also your romantic partner
  • how sitting in NA and AA meetings with her parents as a little kid taught her lessons that still drive her today

 

WHO IS JJ ANDERSON?

At the age of 21, JJ Anderson earned the title of youngest talk show host in America at an independent sports television network. During this time, she worked side by side with Mortal Kombat producer and the station’s founder Larry Kassanoff to deliver original quality programming on an international platform. Through hosting, JJ was able to discover a true passion for connecting with others and so she quickly began to take on the role of a producer in order to be more hands on with the process. Recognizing the ample opportunity and freedom in digital media- JJ helped to establish LA based media + production company HRDWRKER with the mission of creating inspirational on- demand content. Through HRDWRKER, she strives to tell captivating stories and create awareness around important social issues. Since the company’s establishment in 2014, JJ has had the amazing opportunity to create segments and series for various world-renowned media corporations and entities such as: NYLON, Juxtapoz Magazine, The California African-American Museum, Topo Chico, and Eddie Bauer.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.lynda.com

www.storyandheart.com

www.hrdwrker.com

HRDWRKER on Instagram and Facebook

HRDWRKER on Youtube

Episode 122 with Lizzy Okoro

May 14, 2018

“Honestly, I get as shocked as you do hearing my story. It does feel surreal.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

She’s a world-renowned international DJ that’s breaking barriers as one of very few south asian female DJs in a male-dominated field. And though she fully embraces her alter ego, DJ Goddess, when she’s on stage, she’s one of the most down-to-earth, wonderful human beings you’ll talk to. Oh, and spoiler alert: she wanted to become a doctor and was one of the nerdiest ones among her friends in college. Becoming a DJ was never in the plans. Loves, this is a story you've got to hear and a woman you’ve got to know. And I’m so wildly excited to introduce you to Jessica Dhillon, or as the world knows her, DJ Goddess.

We talk about…

  • How Jessica went from being on track for med school to world-renowned, international Bollywood DJ
  • How she built a thriving business as a successful DJ
  • Pushing barriers as a south asian female DJ in a male-dominated industry
  • Performing in front of 40,000+ people for her first gig
  • Dealing with pre-performance nerves
  • Embracing her alter ego when she’s on stage

 

WHO'S JESSICA DHILLON (DJ GODDESS)?

DJ Goddess aka Jessica Dhillon has been dubbed a triple threat. This beauty and brains, with a 4.0 GPA and Biology and Business Degree UBC graduate has become one of Bollywood's top  international female DJs. She spins EDM/House, Rap/Hip Hop, and Bollywood around the globe including London, Dubai, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, LA, Africa, Qatar, and many more cities around the world! She is quickly becoming a Bollywood celebrity favourite and has a series of Official Remixes (White Hill Music) to her name including NA JA (4 million), Bamb Jatt, Lahore and more.

She also had her debut feature with Speed Records on an original alongside Amrit Maan in Guerrilla War, where she sung the hook and is nearing it's way to 30 million views. Her remixes has also garnered the attention of their respective singers including Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Diljit Dosanjh and more.  One of her remixes Illegal Weapon got picked up after hitting a Million on her individual youtube channel by Garry Sandhu himself and his label. Her mashup of Guru Randhawa's Suit and High Rated Gabru recently hit 2 million views.

DJ Goddess is currently producing her own original music and started strong with an EDM style cover track on Bruno Mars "Locked Out Of Heaven" alongside Bollywood sensation Shraddha Pandit (known for Paani Wala Dance) singing.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Crown that Goddess

DJ Goddess on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

May 14, 2018

”Belonging in this space means that I have to do what is right to me, even if that means I stand alone. Even if that means that none of you are coming along on this journey with me.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

The one thing we can be sure of, in life and in business, is change. It's happening around us and to us (ohh hiiii, wrinkles!) every day, sister. So, as TRFE continues to evolve and change, I want to pull back the curtains and share with you how I'm feeling, what my fears are, and why I'm allowing the brand to evolve and change despite the foundation I’ve already built.

I share about…

  • letting my intuition guide this new phase of TRFE
  • not being able to explain decisions with logic when it just feels “right”
  • how I’ve been embracing the spiritual journey of entrepreneurship
  • how the “stupid” decisions I’ve made in the past were the best decisions I could have made

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join the Sisterhood

Episode 204: L Chat | Hi, I'm Lauren...

“Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown

What’s your decision-making superpower?

May 8, 2018

”Do it now because one day you’re going to wake up and the only thing you’re going to think about is what you didn’t do, not the mistakes that you made.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you’ve ever had the desire to travel the world while working and live the digital nomad life, I’m so excited to share this episode with you! After building her business for eight months, Anna Grymes left her Wall Street job, sold everything in her New York City apartment, and spent the next year traveling the world while continuing to run a thriving business. And I ask her ALL the questions! Starting with the really big one we’re all wondering: how did you find the courage to leave behind this career and cozy six-figure salary life you’d spent over a decade building? Her answer had me praise hands’ing all alone in my office and wanting to scream her answer from the freaking mountaintops.

So, make sure you listen all the way through for that golden life nugget. I also asked her all of the other questions we’re all wondering (especially those of us who dream of doing this one day)... how did you plan so that you’d always have internet? How did you balance work while not having a consistent routine and traveling to see all of these amazing spots? How’d you make friends and meet other people while traveling alone?

We talk about…

  • when you wake up and realize that the life you’ve been consciously working so hard towards isn’t the life you want anymore
  • what it’s like to travel the world solo
  • how to build a business that supports your digital nomad life
  • how to find, meet, and connect with other digital nomads while traveling
  • what the not-so-glamorous and unexpected parts are of the digital nomad life

 

WHO'S ANNA GRYMES?

Anna Grymes started her entrepreneurial journey in 2016 by creating a marketing services company focused on the real estate industry. Her life’s passion is travel and she built her business around doing just that. While working in the demanding finance industry on Wall Street in NYC she realized she was going to need a lot more than three weeks of vacation to see the world. So, Anna built her business around location-independent living, quit her corporate job, and can be found running her company anywhere from a hammock in Thailand to a pub in Dublin. She has recently launched a business strategy and coaching business to help other aspiring entrepreneurs find that freedom in their lives, too. Anna is a Jacksonville, Florida native and graduated with an MBA from the University of Florida.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Join The Sisterhood

Anna on Instagram and Facebook

www.annaoutofoffice.com

May 8, 2018

”Trusting ourselves is terrifying. And the only reason it’s terrifying to trust ourselves is because we don’t yet know ourselves.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Hi love. I’m glad you found your way here to this L chat, because my heart feels like you need this message today. If you’re feeling panicked about or paralyzed by all the decisions you’re trying to make in your business right now (and the overwhelming amount of options that are out there that “may” work), this episode is for YOUUUU!!! Also, so is this *hug*. You need to shut down the noise, love, listen to this episode and then go get to know this mentor. Let her guide you the rest of the way.

You’ll learn about…

  • How to stop looking for external validation for your choices
  • The one person you need to talk to before you consult with anyone else
  • 3 types of knowledge and the only one you need to be looking for right now

 

LINKS IN THIS EPISODE:

Join the Sisterhood

TED Talk: “The person you really need to marry” with Tracy McMillan

May 8, 2018

“When we own our story fully, it gives other women permission to do the same. And when that happens, we can create a ripple effect of women owning their truth and owning their story and stepping into their power. And that’s always been my purpose.”

 

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Ladies, it’s possible to beautifully and seamlessly merge motherhood and entrepreneurship. I didn’t say it was always easy. I did say it was possible. And Michelle Knight is the badass queen that’s a beautiful example of this! She’s not only figured out how to merge them beautifully while growing her coaching business from the ground up, but she’s also figured out how confidently own her story (and motherhood) in the process.

So, naturally, I had to have her back on the podcast (she first came on in episode 82; another great listen!) to dive into all of this and how she did it. Whether you’re a mama or not, I hope this story inspires you in some way, my loves.

We talk about…

  • What it means to own your story
  • Vulnerability and the fear of being seen
  • How she incorporates her son into her business (and live videos!)
  • Learning to let go

 

WHO'S MICHELLE KNIGHT?

Michelle Knight is a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. She is also a Branding and Business Coach and the founder of Brandmerry.com.

She works with female entrepreneurs who are struggling to gain visibility and traction in taking their business to the next level and supports them in tapping into their story to create a standout brand and message that positions them as an expert in their industry. In just 9 months,

Michelle launched her freedom-based business and left her 9 to 5, while raising a new baby. Just one year into her coaching business, Michelle created a 6-figure business and thriving community of women ready to share their story.

Now she spends her time supporting women to achieve time, financial and location freedom while traveling the world with her little family of three and exploring life with her son.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.brandmerry.com

Michelle on Instagram and Facebook

Michelle’s private FB community: “Authentic Brand Builders”

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Episode 82: Embracing What Makes You Different with Michelle Knight

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