We met last September as we began our journey through Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University’s Executive MBA program. Since then, countless people have asked us why we decided to get an MBA, what our program is like, and how others might make the same decision. Today, we’re talking through both of our journeys to B-school, the reasons we’re here, and the lesson’s we’ve learned in our first 200 days at Kellogg. Whether you’re in B-school, considering B-school, or just want to relish in your own free time since we have none, listen in!
In today’s episode, we’re following up on our conversation about power for women last week. Are we more powerful than we give ourselves credit for? Then, we’re taking on a big big big topic for women everywhere – motherhood. There’s the old adage that an issue is easy to agree on when it’s like “motherhood and apple pie.” But does that adage really ring true? We don’t think so. In fact, motherhood might just be one of the more controversial topics for women today.
Eight months ago, we had the opportunity meet one of the most incredible women we’ve ever known. On this podcast, she’s going by the pseudonym “Nic” to protect her identity. She is a female pilot for a major U.S. carrier. Her journey to pilot, her life story as the mother of three boys, wife of a pilot, MBA student, and cancer survivor inspired us and we know it will inspire you too.
Women have great power. It’s inherent. Hell, we literally birth other humans! But far too often, we usurp our inherent power in small but meaningful ways. Whether in our bodies, our language, our fears or our apologies, we are the arbiters of our own power and often that means we are the destroyers of it as well. In today’s episode, we unpack the power women have in their 20s, whether we have it in our 30s and 40s, and then dig deep into the language women self-destruct with in the office.
Emotional labor (a.k.a. giving a f*ck) is the process of managing feelings and expressions as part of fulfilling the requirements of any job. Like any labor, any one individual’s ability to perform it is finite and has value (nobody has an infinite supply of f*cks to give). This week on Office Baggage, we talk about allocating our care and concern to the highest value items and avoiding low return, brand damaging, emotional labor. This includes everything from soothing bruised egos, to smiling hollowly when someone makes a worse version of a joke we told, to worrying about friends and colleagues that have gotten themselves in to charged situations.
We celebrate women who bring their whole selves to work in order to drive maximum value. . . but how much authenticity is too much? On this episode of Office Baggage, we talk about boundaries. Should Miki Agrawal have sensed that somewhere between grabbing her employee’s breasts and calling into meetings from her toilet, her actions had gone from creating a culture that destigmatizes women’s bodies to creating a hostile work environment? As we develop close relationships with colleagues and teammates, are we making the same mistakes as Miki? Read More
For women in the corporate world, our problems are real right here at home in the U.S.of.A., but things become even more complicated when you add in cultural differences. Marcy found herself in South America this week dealing with a host of hilarious foibles. This leads us to recap (better late than never) International Women’s Day, and begin to question the real differences between men and women in the working world.
Each week, we work to choose topics that are applicable to all of our friends in business, no matter their gender, but we unashamedly come at these topics from the perspective of corporate women. This week, we’re talking about some of the things women in business have to deal with that men usually (not always, but usually) don’t. What words are you being called behind your back? How do you think about sexual harassment in the office? And how do you tackle safety in general in your life? Read More
Rae and Marcy met in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program and bonded over sarcasm and raw ambition. In fact, this entire podcast was originally titled “The Fat Chick and the Token Jew.” On this first mini episode, Marcy and Rae introduce themselves and discuss their process to launch this cast. Read More
No matter your age or tenure in business, chances are, if you’re a woman in business, you’ve been “mansplained.” What is mansplaining? To mansplain, a verb, (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. Read More