Inspiring Podcasts for Women on the Rise

Ironically, even in the age of social distancing, there has never been a better time for women to connect with the wisdom of other women, and some very smart men. Even if you work in a male-dominated environment, online learning and podcasts provide a treasure trove of practical, candid information on most any topic you need to brush up on to advance your career and manage your personal life. And they come with the added advantage of being available anywhere, anytime without budget approval and with total privacy.    
Investing one hour a day to build knowledge in your chosen field will, according to leadership experts like Brian Tracy, best-selling author of more than 70 books on success, rapidly advance you to the top of your field. “You’ve gone as far as you can with what you now know,” Tracy has famously said. Your future success depends on gaining new knowledge and adding new competencies to your skillset.
Tracy and others have long advocated one hour of professional reading a day to complete one book per week and 50 books per year. Okay, that sounds nearly impossible for women juggling remote work, various forms of caregiving, volunteer commitments and that early morning yoga routine. But the payoff for investing in yourself is too big to miss. So, hooray for podcasts and online, on-demand resources like WFF Connect, that make it more convenient, and often entertaining, to learn on the go.
Earbuds in
Monika Davis, Senior Manager of Communications for Pizza Hut, finds great life lessons and insights from the stories entrepreneurs share on How I Built This with Guy Raz on NPR. To stay in the know about current events, she turns to The Daily from The New York Times. And for advice on productivity, organization and simple steps to achieve more for herself, in her career and in her relationships, she listens to The ONE Thing.
“Podcasts help me make the most of limited time to expand my knowledge in both my personal and professional life,” Davis says.
About a decade into their development, there are now 1.5 million podcasts with 34 million episodes, according to Podcast Insights®.  Quality levels vary, of course, so it helps to get curated recommendations or tap into content from sources with well-established reputations on other platforms. Here are a few worth exploring for women leaders.
Women at Work: Hosted by Harvard Business Review editor Amy Bernstein and HBR colleagues, the focus is on where women stand today in the workplace and how to accelerate progress. Recent topics have included Too Shy to Be a Leader? And how women can ask for the help they need.
Brown Ambition: Hosted by finance experts and women of color, Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of and Tiffany Aliche, best-selling author of The One-Week Budget, the hosts answer listener questions about juggling life and career while building wealth on your own terms.
Heroine: Conversations revolve around high-profile executives, authors and artists sharing personal insights. Recent features have included guests Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook exec, and author/life coach Martha Beck. Topics are as diverse as choosing meaningful work to managing imposter syndrome.   
Women of Impact: Hosted by the co-founder of Quest Nutrition, Lisa Bilyeu, the show features women who have overcome tough times to achieve major success. Their mission is to empower women to becomes the heroes of their own lives.
The Tim Ferriss Show: Consistently one of the top-ranked business podcasts, Ferriss welcomes a broad range of guests (think Dr. Jane Goodall to Arnold Schwarzenegger) to learn what tools and tactics they use to succeed and presents listeners with ideas to adapt to their own lives. Ferriss wrote The 4-Hour Workweek.
The Growth Show: Go here for inspiration in many forms. You can meet the owner of Chicago’s only black woman-owned bookstore where Danielle Mullen is working to build community and improve literacy. Or Jerry Colonna, executive coach and founder of Reboot, who talks about mental health in the workplace.  
The Women’s Leadership Podcast: Equity, advancement, success, and the real-life opportunities and barriers women face in the workplace are discussed head on supported by data. Host Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin is the CEO of Gaia Project Consulting and Founder of the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership. 
Unlocking Us: Best-selling author, research professor and 2019 WFF Leadership Conference keynote speaker, Brené Brown, Ph.D., brings her unique brand of research-driven insights, candor and compassion to the podcast format. Her focus is the shared human experience. Recent episodes included guests Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist and Brown herself on anxiety, calm and over/under functioning.

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