Your Favorite Episodes of The Power of Charms (So Far!)
In 2020, we began The Power of Charms interview series as a way to share inspiring stories of incredible women doing things in their community. Whether they are executive directors of charities, business owners, or leaders sharing unique ways of uniting the world behind important causes, we felt their stories could be a bright spot during an uncertain time. As time went on, a common thread developed that reinforced what we had known for awhile: Charms have the power to unite us. Hearing about the charms and symbols that inspire someone of the greatest women we have come to meet gave this podcast a whole new life. It has since grown to nearly 50 episodes, a book, and a sterling silver jewelry line that encourages women to collect the symbols that are meaningful to them.
As we head into 2022, we have more inspiring interviews to come, but we wanted to share your favorites so far! Keep scrolling to see (and listen to) your favorites! If you missed any of the others click here to catch up. Don’t forget to subscribe on Youtube and Spotify to be notified of new episodes as they arrive!
The Importance of Women As Leaders with Gloria Feldt
Kay chats with Take the Lead’s Gloria Feldt about their breakthrough training, mentoring, coaching, an the immediately actionable 9 Leadership Power Tools available through Take the Lead Women. They also chat about Gloria’s commitment to helping women define heir power and thrive in the world as it is while working to change the world around them.
The Importance of Women’s Corporate Communities with Lisa Wester
Lisa Wester is a Senior Marketing Executive at LabCorp. She is passionate and a dynamic, innovative, and strategic business development leader with a career spanning over 35 years. Kay chatted with Lisa about the Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) within Labcorp, how it’s making a difference in the lives of women across the globe, and the special bracelets Charity Charms and Lisa designed to unite their community.
Defining Your Design Style with Barbara Kaplan
Barbara Kaplan, the founder of Design Dimensions and Barbara’s Picks, is an accomplished interior designer who understands the power of interior design. She designs for the person living in the space so they can fully express themselves. Join Kay and Barbara as they discuss The Bajaro Method, her tips for developing healing spaces, Barbara’s picks, defining your personal style, and more!
The Exhilaration of a Career Pivot with Becky Jackson
Becky Jackson’s mix of experience, leadership, and wisdom comes from her one-of-a-kind career as a bank president and the CEO of a chamber of commerce and 3 nonprofits. She is a strong and decisive leader who prides herself on bringing organizations and individuals together. Kay spoke with Becky on the Power of Charms podcast about her triad of talents, her new consulting business, and her view on the importance of collaboration among other things.
Meet Mom, My Hero, My Heart with Sydna Mersereau
Sydna Mersereau has lived a fulfilled and interesting life. At 80+ she is the epitome of health and balance….and happens to be Kay’s mom. Kay spoke with her mom on the Power of Charms for a special Mother’s Day episode about her guiding principles to life, sharing the wisdom she’s learned along the way, and just what makes Sydna who she is.
Charms With Heart with Celina Gorre
Celina Gorre is the CEO of WomenHeart in Washington, D.C. She has a long history of working in nonprofits and helping better the health of others. She was Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases in London, founding Managing Director of the Foundation for the UN Global Compact, and worked in the field with UNFPA and UNICEF in Angola. Kay spoke with Celina about common myths surrounding heart disease, her efforts to improve the health of others worldwide, the loss of her mother at a young age, the challenges women of color may face, and much more.
Love for Her Brother Inspires Autism Enterprise with Mary Ann LaRoche
Mary Ann LaRoche began SEEDs for Autism in her backyard as a pilot program back in 2010. After years of watching her own brother Paul struggle with a lack of educational services post-graduation, she knew there had to be a way to develop both social and vocational training. Kay spoke with Mary Ann on the Power of Charms about Autism Awareness Month, Seeds for Autism, how they pivoted through COVID, and the future of their organization!
The Richness of Giving: Interview with Sharon Lechter
Sharon Lechter is internationally recognized as a financial literacy expert, keynote speaker, and business mentor. She is a New York Times bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, has enjoyed a 35-year career as a licensed CPA, and advised 2 US Presidents on the topic of financial literacy. Join Kay and Sharon as they discuss her philosophy of philanthropy, her Play Big movement, how she manages all the fascinating elements of her career and even her ranch!
Meet Carol Cone: The Queen of Purpose
Carol Cone is internationally recognized for her work in purpose, CSR, and corporate citizenship. For more than 35 years, she has embraced a steadfast commitment to leading the purpose movement executing over 200 purpose programs involving everything from cause branding to nonprofit positioning and stakeholder engagement. Kay spoke with Carol about her long career in purpose-driven marketing, how companies can successfully leverage their purpose, her advice for nonprofits and businesses alike, and a dream project of hers!
Embracing Your Higher Calling with Skye Steele
Skye Steele is the CEO of StreetLightUSA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. In 2009 she joined the anti-trafficking movement and founded Phoenix Dream Center’s Human Trafficking Program in addition to the Clinical Services Department, Women’s Development, and Youth Development Programs. Kay spoke with Skye about StreetLightUSA, their programs, sex trafficking education and prevention, and more.