S3E11 – Money is Freedom to Make Your Own Choices with Kelley Long

Marcy is joined today by guest co-host Kelley Long, a Financial Wellness Coach whose practical, women-focused advice on money will give you a solid set of ideas for managing your money in 2020.

Our Guest Today:
Kelley Long, CFP®, CPA/PFS, Financial Wellness Coach

Kelley truly lives her dream of helping “everyday” people with money without having to sell them anything. She particularly enjoys working with women who are looking to learn more about money and take control of their financial futures, as well as couples who may need some third party assistance with getting on the same page about money.

After a “practice marriage” in her 20’s, Kelley is happily married to her psychiatrist husband and they reside in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago with their cats Tia and Tricky, along with the occasional foster cat guest. Due to getting married in their late 30’s, starting a family was a struggle, leading Kelley on a fertility journey including IVF, which ultimately lead to them deciding to remain childless and pursue world travel and early retirement dreams.

A little fun fact is that Kelley is a tree-hugger at heart and does anything she can to bring more “green” to the city life, including maintaining a compost bin in her home office, where she feeds the household food scraps to her colony of worms. Ever wonder how household recycling works? Ask her!

Kelley is a volunteer member of the AICPA’s Consumer Advocacy Council and is a frequent guest on WBBM Chicago’s Noon Business Hour for Personal Finance Wednesdays. She grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University.

Her life motto is “It’s never too late to be who you might’ve been.”

Connect with Kelley:

Follow Kelley on Instagram at @financialblisscoach and find her writing regularly on Medium.

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S3E10 – Bringing Your Whole Self to the Equation with Leah Marshall

Our guest today is a self-identified “human dynamics junkie” who is a true expert at integrating multiple facets of her work and personal life into her day-to-day life. From dance to a “side hustle” leading a 7,500 person Facebook discussion group, Leah’s passions extend far beyond her 9 to 5. How can we all strive to bring more of our values, passions and our whole selves to our day-to-day? Listen and learn!

Our Guest Today:
Leah Marshall, Founder, LeapCast

Professionally, Leah Marshall is the Director of Influencer Marketing at the Association of National Advertisers, overseeing all influencer marketing conferences, events, and content creation for the nation’s largest marketing association. Outside of work, she’s a human dynamics junkie who’s authored dating and relationship content for media outlets including YourTango, ManTalks, Mend, Daily Urbanista, and more. She’s also the founder and leader of the Esther Perel Discussion Group on Facebook, a community of over 7,500 members from across the globe who connect regularly to discuss relationships, intimacy, sex, desire, and infidelity.

Connect with Leah:

You can connect with Leah on Instagram at @msleahmarshall, through her YouTube channel, on her blog at https://leapcastlife.wordpress.com/, and in the Esther Perel Discussion Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/793115204193690/.

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S3E9 – Making “Offline” Connections with Camille Virginia

So much of our connectivity with others today is online – whether in personal interactions or professional. We’re all guilty of not “looking up” from our phones to truly connect with one another in person. Our guest today, Camille Virginia, has built her business around “Offline Dating” and you’re going to want to hear our conversation with her whether you’re single or in a relationship. We can all use Camille’s tips and tricks to feel more connected and confident.

Our Guest Today:
Camille Virginia, Founder, Master Offline Dating

Camille Virginia is an award-winning writer, founder of Master Offline Dating, and author of the best-selling book The Offline Dating Method. She helps single women ditch the dating apps and attract great men in the real world.

On her journey to overcome social anxiety, Camille mastered the art of meaningful connection, which led to being asked on dates by hundreds of men – with zero use of technology. She is passionate about helping people create a more fulfilling life across every aspect: friendship, career, family, and romantic.

Camille has taught more than 100 live workshops, been featured in more than 100 international media outlets (including The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, and Thrive Global), and has followers from over 100 different countries.

Connect with Camille:

Join Camille’s free Offline Dating Challenge: 3 Days to a Red-Hot Date in the Real world at www.OfflineDatingChallenge.com

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S3E8 – The Non-Resolutioner’s Guide to Setting Goals for a New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new decade, and we’re sharing with you our mindset and processes for setting goals entering a new year. Whether you’re setting goals for yourself and your team at work (Rae) or finding new ways to be accountable to yourself (Marcy), we’ll tackle the ways we’re thinking about our goals in 2020, and share our resources for success with you.

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S3E7 – Settle Smart! Tackling Work Life Integration with Dana Look-Arimoto

The concept of “settling” is a controversial one. We’ve all been told for much of our lives, “don’t settle, get what you want.” But the truth is, we all settle for something every single day. Our guest today, Dana Look-Arimoto wrote the book Stop Settling, Settle Smart: Rethinking Work-Life Balance, Redesign Your Busy Life.

Our Guest Today:
Dana Look-Arimoto, Author, Coach, Speaker

Dana Look-Arimoto is an author, coach, speaker, and founder of the leadership and executive coaching company Phoenix5 and settlesmart.com. She is also behind the mindset, method, and movement of Stop Settling®, which aims to end the myth of work-life balance by focusing on the integration of the various facets of life and conscious prioritization. With over 20 years of experience leading teams and corporations, Dana has accrued a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding how people best work together and how teams that work well together make corporations successful. She is the author of Stop Settling, Settle Smart: Rethinking Work-life Balance, Redesign Your Busy Life.

Where to find Dana online:

Website: www.settlesmart.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danatothe5th/
Instagram: @danalookarimoto
Twitter: @danatothe5th

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S3E6 – What Are You “Unqualified” For?

We all reach a place in life where we want something we feel we are “unqualified” for. Today, we’re talking about what to do in those difficult situations when you just don’t feel you have what it takes to get through. *Hint* it’s a combination of grit, persistence, and (gulp) vulnerability.

Our Guest Today:
Rachel Stewart, Author of Unqualified Success: Bridging the Gap Between Where You Are Now and Where You Want to Be to Achieve Massive Success

Rachel Stewart started as an unqualified office manager, but over the last decade became the general manager of a $22M restoration company and the CEO of a software development company focused on getting contractors the technology tools they need. Over the years, she learned that the only limitations to her success were in her own mind.

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S3E5 – Empowering Women on Both Sides of the Manicure Table

Almost 2.5 years ago, Rae and Marcy interviewed the game changing founders of Ezza Nails, Ale and Kim. They shared with us, in 2017, their goals for their business when they had yet to open their first location. Today, Ale and Kim are about to launch location #3 for Ezza, and have truly lived their mission of empowering women on both sides of the manicure table. Listen to their journey to funding, success, and a model that is focused simultaneously on ethics and excellence – or “ezzalence.”

Our Guests Today:
Ale Breuer, CEO, and Kim Marsh, COO, Ezza Nails

Ezza was founded by Ale Beuer and Kim Marsh during their final year in the MBA program at The University of Chicago Booth School. These two former Teach for America educators were fed up with the lack of choices other than expensive, time-consuming luxury salons or cheap neighborhood places that offer mediocre services and often resort to unethical employment practices.

Recognizing that a manicure is now a grooming necessity for professional women, Ale and Kim joined forces to launch Ezza Nails and opened their first salon in Chicago’s upscale Streeterville neighborhood in late 2017. The duo aim to transform the nail care industry by providing reliable, convenient, affordable nail care in a respectful, modern setting that empowers both their clients and their staff.

Visit Ezza:

Visit Ezza Nails in Chicago’s Streeterville and Loop neighborhoods. Book your manicure or pedicure online here. For those outside Chicago, follow Ezza on social media to stay in touch with these incredible feminist business mavens and their squad – on Instagram and Twitter.

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S3E4 – The Horror of Executive Job Search

Rae and Marcy are blowing the lid off of the executive job search process in today’s episode. We are sharing our own experiences (good, bad, and ugly) in the job search process post-MBA, and our tips and tricks for those who are searching at executive and all levels of the business ladder. How do you find a recruiter in your field? How do you navigate the rollercoaster of the job search rejection/acceptance process? Can you trust your gut in decision making? All this and more, stay tuned!

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S3E3 – Women Are Ready to Run for Something! A Conversation with Cassandra Gaddo

Our first guest on Season 3 of Office Baggage is a dear friend and a true feminist activist we can all learn from, Cassandra Gaddo. In today’s political climate, women running for office is both a hot topic and a lightning rod. We dive deep with Cassandra on topics like “the myth of electability,” and unpack her career transition from the Executive Director of a nonprofit to becoming Director of People & Operations at Run for Something. Cassandra shares her thoughts on interviewing, working from home, diversity, equity, inclusion, and much more.

Our Guest Today:
Cassandra Gaddo,
Director of People & Operations at Run for Something

People and operations professional, helping to empower amazing teams from the inside. Former nonprofit executive, including executive director of Step Up Chicago. Even more former journalist. Alumna of Loyola University Chicago (BA in Journalism) and Northwestern University (Masters of Public Policy and Administration). Driven by the belief that you can’t be what you can’t see. Ask me about feminism, education, or Chicago.

Learn more about Run for Something by visiting their website or connecting with them on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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S3E2 – One Rant Two Rant Don’t Fish in the Company Pool Rant

Marcy and Rae are back to their old ranting selves when addressing two key leaders who recently lost their jobs because of relationships with subordinates. Is it ever appropriate to “fish in the company pool”? And we’re bringing back “the week in mansplaining.”

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