• Ep. 77 My Ghana Experience (part 1): Unpacking Change, Personal Transformation and layers of visibility.
    Oct 18 2023

    I have a secret to tell you. You can't run away from you. 

    This month I travelled miles away from Montreal for a Women's retreat in Ghana. 
    This episode is an unfiltered, unscripted (yes, yes unscripted) description of my first days there. First days which were a meeting between expectations and reality. 

    It is an exploration into the desire for change and the incremental reality of change. 
    It is a peeling away of yet unknown layers of visibility that I had to go miles away to discover. 

    Enjoy the episode

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    18 mins
  • Ep. 76 Mid-life transition and exploration through travel and mindfulness with Billy Lahr
    Oct 12 2023

    In this week’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Lahr, the podcast host of the Mindful Midlife Crisis. After binging through his episodes, Billy and I connected through Instagram (can you believe it?) and here we are! Billy shares with us his inspiring journey leaving his 20-year teaching career to travel the world and teach mindfulness. I hope you enjoy this conversation where we explored the complexities and possibilities of life’s second half.

    05:16 - Billy discusses his midlife pivot, the catalyst behind it, and how he's adapting to navigate uncertainty while reinventing himself.

    14:35 - Reframing the concept of passion as a byproduct of following one's strengths and curiosities, Billy shares how this perspective aided him during his transition.

    21:18 - Using the metaphor of stretching pizza dough, Billy illustrates a new perspective on comfort zones, advocating for expansion from within rather than simply stepping out of it.

    24:25 - Billy introduces the idea of "10 roles" we hold in life and explains how this concept humanizes podcast guests and reveals more facets of their identities.

    32:09 - We discuss the importance of maintaining fluid roles and seeking inspiration from others to broaden our life’s roles.

    38:13 - Billy defines mindfulness and provides insights into how it can be practiced in all life moments, extending beyond meditation.

    42:41 - We explore how mindfulness enables the creation of space between a trigger and a response by observing emotions and reactions.

    48:21 - Billy highlights the transformative potential of harnessing the power of the 10 roles, enabling us to break free and embark on a journey of personal development.

    Discover Billy’s courses and his podcast on his website.

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    57 mins
  • Ep. 75 What writing a book teaches you about yourself with Rachelle Houde Simard
    Oct 6 2023

    Welcome to this special episode featuring Rachelle Houde Simard, who is returning to our podcast. She was here at the beginning of the podcast, and she appears on Episode 3. This time around, we discuss her journey becoming an author and her new book Sociable (FR).

    03:37 - Rachelle shares the inspiration behind her book, drawing from her extensive experience as a community manager to address building a robust organizational culture whether hybrid, remote, or in person.

    06:59 - We explore Rachelle's journey into authorship, starting with blog posts and culminating in a pitch from an editor.

    11:02 - Rachelle opens up about facing a hypomanic state while preparing her first table of contents and how transparency with her editor led to a second chance.

    13:32 - How Rachelle manages life with bipolar disorder type 2 and the importance of recognizing its symptoms and learning self-management.

    17:38 - Rachelle provides insights into the book-writing process, comparing it to the journey of conceiving and birthing a child, from a messy first draft to the final reviewed version.

    24:52 - We explore the significant shift in Rachelle's identity, moving from a strategist in marketing and communications to an author, blending creative and strategic skills while navigating self-promotion and personal branding.

    30:41 - We delve into the challenges and risks tied to visibility and the pivotal role of a supportive community in helping individuals feel safer and more resilient.

    38:12 - Rachelle's final advice for women aspiring to become unapologetically visible authors emphasizes the power of embracing personal stories and experiences as integral elements of their message.

    You can find Rachelle on LinkedIn and get her book here.

    Are you thinking about joining Voices and Visibility? You can listen to Rohene’s testimonial here

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    43 mins
  • Ep. 74 How to leverage anger to fuel your visibility
    Sep 29 2023

    In this episode of the podcast, we dive into the topic of anger, specifically focusing on the encounter experienced by Spanish reporter Isa Balado during a live broadcast.

    We explore the complex emotions and thoughts that may have been running through her mind as she grappled with the incident.

    We discuss the societal expectations and stereotypes that surround women's anger and how they can limit its expression.

    Drawing from Soraya Chemali's book "Rage Becomes Her," we examine the social and cultural factors that shape the reception and perception of women's anger.

    We also explore the concept of anger as a force for visibility and empowerment, contrasting it with feelings of shame and the need to appease threats.

    Finally, we introduce the idea of transforming anger into "hanger," a combination of anger and hunger, as a means of harnessing this powerful emotion for positive change.

    Join us as we delve into the complexities of gendered anger and its potential for transformation.

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    35 mins
  • Ep. 73 Why being humble is not serving you and what to do instead
    Sep 13 2023

    In this episode, I discuss why humility is not a good thing for women and should not be a value you hold dear.

    Being "humble" and not wanting to "talk about myself" is something I hear from the vast majority of my clients and the women I interact with. Often it is code for something else and it does not have the positive impact we think it does.

    In today's episode we will explore what the real problem behind this belief is, the impact it has and last but not least we will talk about some ideas to reframe and change.

    This is Deepa Narayan's TED talk I mention in the episode

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    40 mins
  • Ep. 72 The art of reinventing yourself with Dorie Clark
    Sep 10 2023

    This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dorie Clark, a renowned speaker, writer, consultant, and executive coach. Dorie has been honored as one of the top 50 business thinkers globally by Thinkers 50 and shares her expertise with institutions like Columbia Business School and Harvard Business Review. Dorie played a pivotal role in shaping my perspective on visibility work, and in this episode, I'll share the story of how I successfully invited her on the podcast. Join us as we dive into the realm of personal branding, reinvention, and embracing the "long game."

    01:22 - I kick off the episode by recounting my journey to secure Dorie Clark as a guest on the podcast. It began with a less-than-ideal request but ultimately led to success through a heartfelt apology email.

    08:05 -Dorie shares her insights into how individuals react to the concept of reinvention: some embrace it as an exciting opportunity, while others view it as a daunting necessity.

    09:50 - We delve into Dorie's personal journey of reinvention, marked by a trial-and-error approach. She reflects on her initial resistance to the idea and the moment she realized reinvention was not just a choice but a necessity due to broader industry challenges.

    12:15 - Dorie emphasizes the importance of recognizing opportunities for reinvention before they become urgent necessities. She shares a personal anecdote about almost missing out on a significant career opportunity.

    16:22 - Our discussion shifts to how people seek solutions. Dorie highlights that individuals often seek guidance for specific, narrow problems rather than abstract longings.

    19:56 - I ask Dorie about her approach to choosing her areas of focus. She underlines the significance of aligning one's efforts with personal enjoyment, playing to one's strengths, and maintaining consistency to build and sustain an audience over time.

    22:06 - Dorie shares her decision to prioritize her latest book, "The Long Game," and give it the attention and time it deserves in the marketplace.

    23:28 - Our conversation shifts to the impact of age on one's perspective regarding long-term goals. Dorie shares a poignant story illustrating how self-limiting beliefs can hinder personal growth and why it's essential to challenge them.

    28:24 -In her three-minute of advice to women, Dorie encourages them not to compare themselves to the most exceptional figures in their field but to those already in the marketplace, fostering self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

    You can find Dorie, her work, and her books on her website

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    31 mins
  • Ep. 71 "I come from strength": Manifesting visibility with Rohene Bouajram
    Aug 31 2023

    Today’s episode of Speaking with Women is with Rohene Bouajram who was a participant in the summer session of Voices & Visibility. Until very recently, I never asked my clients to do case studies like this and in fact I did not even ask for testimonials!!! I thought it was me being discreet, respectful or even (ugh) humble. But truly, it was another rung in my own visibility ladder that I was not ready to climb. Rohene came to the program with 20 years of experience in higher education. She wanted to figure out her next steps, and I can’t wait for you to hear from her how the program has helped bring clarity and fuelled her next steps into her journey.

    04:38 - Rohene begins the interview with a land acknowledgment, explaining its significance to her and why it might be a potential challenge for many people.

    09:11 - She delves into her impressive 20-year career in higher education, highlighting her growth, diverse experiences, leadership roles, and her exceptional ability to connect with people.

    12:38 - I ask Rohene about her career transition journey, exploring the pivotal moment when she realized it was time for a change and what fueled that desire.

    17:36 - Rohene shares the value that she received from the 5-hour strategy session that we had together, before the beginning of the program.

    19:10 - Rohene elaborates on how working with Voices and Visibility, enabled her to structure her ideas into a clear framework that she plans to use to create various products such as workshops, presentations, and keynote speeches.

    29:26 - Highlights of Rohene's positive journey with the Voices & Visibility group, emphasizing the immense value of collective learning among women and how shared perspectives have deepened her understanding.

    35:50 - Rohene shares her vision for Unspeakable Leadership, rooted in the influence of strong matriarchal figures from her upbringing. She discusses her mission to recognize and support the leadership of women of color.

    44:22 - On how Rohene overcame her initial reservations about LinkedIn by viewing it as a systematic platform aligned with her background in enhancing systems for effectiveness.

    50:04 - Rohene opens up about two key challenges in her journey: the balance between self-discipline and seeking external validation, and how a straightforward time management tip propelled her forward.

    53:14 - We discuss the importance of not being the sole source of answers but rather empowering women to take the time to find their own path and what works for them.

    58:28 - Rohene concludes the episode by unveiling her goal of launching a podcast in the fall of 2023. She also shares a concise three-minute piece of advice for women aspiring to embrace unapologetic visibility.

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    1 hr and 5 mins
  • Ep. 70 How to build a life you love by trusting your gut with Lindsay Lashell
    Aug 24 2023

    This week I have the pleasure of speaking with Lindsay Lashell, a marketing activist and founder of Open Lines Marketing. Lindsay's story is a testament to the power of resilience, the value of iteration, and the importance of clear communication. Join me this week as we explore her unique insights on delegation, empowerment, and the changing landscape of social media marketing. I had so much fun on this episode, and I hope you leave the episode feeling empowered to trust your instincts and unapologetically embrace your path to success!

    06:12 - Lindsay defines herself as a marketing activist, and explains how she uses marketing to promote justice and equity, focusing on underserved individuals and organizations.

    09:00 - She discusses her journey from being a teacher to entering the marketing world, emphasizing her tendency to follow the "next right thing."

    17:10 - Lindsay shares her framework and how her business evolved over time, from a marketing agency to a consulting model.

    20:56 - I ask her about her Intellectual Property (IP), and she explains how it began through a collaboration with another agency, and how that provided the groundwork for a restructuring.

    24:52 - Lindsay emphasizes the importance of not waiting for perfection and the significance of starting something to create momentum.

    31:43 - We discuss the importance of delegation in the context of women navigating the balance between likability and effectiveness.

    35:18 - Lindsay introduces her delegation script that prioritizes clarity in roles and expectations, whether one is the “asker” or the “doer”, highlighting its versatility in various interactions.

    39:26 - She challenges the notion that everyone must be on social media, advocating for efficiency and audience-centric strategies.

    43:47 - Lindsay shares her three-minute advice for women who want to be unapologetically visible: trust your gut, embrace your authenticity, and stop conforming to others' expectations.

    You can find Lindsay on LinkedIn, and on her website Open Lines.

    Here’s her $10 Social Media content course on how to walk away without sacrificing opportunity.

    If you loved this episode, please rate and review on iTunes!

    If you want support with your visibility head to www.thebeauvoirgroup.com

    or book a chat with me here

    I love to hear from you! Let's connect:

    www.linkedin.com/in/bibigi-haile
    Instagram @bibigihaile
    unleashed@speakeasy.work

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    49 mins