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A weekly podcast where we open up to discuss a range of topics that make us laugh, cry, and seriously ponder. We’re here to help you recognize all that you’ve accomplished. For all the times you were told you didn’t have what it takes or that you just aren’t ready, we know you are. Let’s uncover that skill and potential.
17 Episodes
Albert Myles is a Knowledge Program Manager in customer content services. His passion and curiosity in technology have led him to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI). Albert is eager to expand the horizons of his own understanding. His work depends on sharing knowledge driven by data! For Albert, as a knowledge Program Manager, the current path of AI has raised concerns. There are large gaps in data sources this AI depends on. With so much incomplete data, applied AI can have deadly consequences. Encouraged by the potential, Albert explains there is danger lurking if we continue on the path of unchecked AI development:The inevitability of technological unemploymentThe harm of homogenous creators: Who controls the creation of AI?  Are the creators of AI leading us toward a path of mutually assured destruction?Let's stop unthinking! How do we turn these growing pains into wins?Albert brings compelling evidence and experience to understand Artificial Intelligence. He advocates for AI when developers are creating a good tool. Myles says, "AI can do amazing things we need to find the balance before we let it go."Support the show (
Joining us on this week's podcast to discuss the many ways of failing forward is Eva Ogden!  Failure is a tool for personal success. We discuss the many ways in which we have failed. How, as leaders we can help others learn from failure. Looking at how failure plays a role in culture change. Learning to fail is not an act of bravery but rather a work of progress to build confidence to fail forward.In today's episode we are talking about:How do we handle and react to failure?Encouraging others around us to fail by showing up as our authentic selves. Supporting an environment of psychological safety that allows others to feel supported.Growing out of the discomfort of failure. Adopting a growth mindset to view shortcomings as steps that lead to achieve success.Failure as a tool to find success in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) work and efforts.How to lead culture change on your teams.Making ""failure a positive part of your identity5 Steps to make failure one of the most useful tools in your bag to find successSupport the show (
It is an honor to have Joy Spencer join us for this podcast episode. She is fresh off the stage from a Testimony before Congress and inspiring us at every turn. Joy is the Executive Director at Equity Before Birth. A non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of Black birthing people and their infants. They strive to improve health outcomes through access to critical services and support. Joy is a fierce advocate for marginalized people. She relies on her background, lived experience, and parental guidance. You can find her in community meetings and on the floor of congress advocating for others.  In today’s episode, we are looking at the state of maternal/infant healthcare and childcare as an essential service to Americans. Joy is helping us understand the disparities experienced by black birthing people. The data also points to dangerous and fatal outcomes for babies before they even arrive! The trends continue into early childhood. This is a life-and-death situation for many citizens. Our work and understanding are critical as part of building better infrastructure.Leveraging lived experience to inform better policy and recommendations to achieve better outcomes in advocacy work.How the pandemic shed a light on the disparities for marginalized communities in maternal and infant healthcare - especially for black birthing peoples.The current state and ranking of maternal and infant health and childcare in the United States.Review the statistics and data that show inequality and its dangerous outcomes in the everyday lives of birthing people, mothers, infants, and children. How do maternal, infant, and child healthcare and childcare impact our communities and workplaces?The importance of stable and robust national childcare infrastructure.The various methods and tools you can use to advocate for yourself (and marginalized birthing persons in general) when you know you are an at-risk population.Ways you, as an ally and advocate, can better support and show up for black mothers and birthing peoples in your community and workplaces. Support the show (
Shahida Shahrir Mellon, MPH and doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in the department of Health Services, joins us on the podcast to discuss science skepticism and the spread of misinformation, and how that correlates to our current Covid vaccination numbers within the United States. We discuss how personal biases affect not only how research in medicine is conducted, but how we consume research and science in our daily lives. We're looking at best practices in how we can better consume information, and diving deeper into what the role of science should ideally be in our lives, family's and community.Support the show (
Kim and Stacy are taking a look at some of the nuances around creating boundaries at work. We’ve come to realize that it’s a task much easier said than done, especially when it comes to dealing with difficult people in meetings and around the workplace. Kim and Stacy approach their work with similar drive to create success for the team, but different methods when it comes to drawing boundaries.How to manage stakeholder relationships when you have to say “no.”Building relationships on your working teams - is it politicking? Is it manipulation? Teamwork? We’re revealing some of our secrets on how we get things moving on work projects.Dealing with difficult people who are consistently trying to expand the scope of your work or create a burden for your teamsYour time is just as valuable and important as the most senior person in your company, demand that respect and respect others time equallyWhen organizational culture doesn’t align with values that offer us psychological and physical safetyCoping with the difficult people that target or single you out at workSupport the show (
There are varying degrees of interest when it comes to the British Royal family, and Meghan Markle herself. Kim and Stacy are wonderful representatives from two camps, one obsessed and the other almost completely disconnected! Both have discovered, through conversations, that they share a different perspective than peers across the pond in the United Kingdom. In today’s episode, the conversation leads them to reflect on the historical significance of colonized roles for royals, and how significant it is to see Meghan Markle break free from the expectations and step into her own light. Support the show (
As two full-time working parents in the middle of a pandemic, we have been feeling some new and unique pains in childcare over the past year. Kim and I are talking about the unprecedented year of childcare in a pandemic, the impact of the changes, and thinking about ways we can help our communities heal and grow into better opportunities.You can view all episodes and more on our website at thebossybees.comSupport the show (
On today’s podcast, we are talking with Sabrina Ribaudo. A certified Integrative Nutritionist and health coach. When the pandemic hit for Sabrina, she decided to pursue one of her passions and develop some latent and hidden skills. She discovered a path of joy to create a life of integration and balance not only for herself, but a way to coach others to well-rounded living!Sabrina’s mission to provide a roadmap for people to take control of their healthWhat it means to be kind and kind and patient with yourselfFinding joy in the everyday "boringness" or mundane routinesThe hidden pitfalls of supplements and when and why you should, or should not take themThe power of sleepWhat is “gut health” and why it’s important to consider more than just food to help it do its jobBecome a Patron of this podcast!Support the show (
We honor and acknowledge both within ourselves and with you, our listeners that this is a hard topic and we all feel, experience, and move through this life differently. No matter where we may be on our journey, there are several truths that we’ve discovered in common along the way. One of those truths is that compassion and respect must be at the center of this journey, for oneself and others.Today’s podcast will close out our short series on bias and racism. We will recap some previous episodes and highlight some key differences in the paths of action to continue pursuing action:Recap on our podcast dedicated to biasRecap on our episode about racism Diversity, Inclusion, Equality, and Antiracism do not add up to anything without JUSTICE.What is an antiracist? What is allyship and ways you can show up as an allyMalcolm X and the three pillars of actionThe importance of self-care as an activistEnjoy the fun awkwardness that is Stacy podcasting by herself!Support the show (
In this podcast we are talking about:What is anti racism and what it means to be an anti racistThe structure of racism, particularly focused on interpersonal, and how the cycle that keeps it goingDeconstructing the concept of racism, and recognizing another person’s experience -how that effects us from the moment we wake up every single dayWhat is “location” and why it’s important to understand your own intersectionalityThe antiracist mindset and some of the tools we can use to disrupt the momentum of racismSome of the resources we have found memorable in our journey of understanding An introduction and personal examples we’ve witnessed or experienced of how racism and white supremacy shows up at work and in our community (tone policing, white feminism, white privilege, white centering, microaggressions, etc.)Support the show (
The Bossy Bees have more than 40 years of experience working in a corporate work environment. In the second of a two-part series on "Business Is Personal," they continue to debunk the idea that "It's not personal, it's business" perspective as they have encountered in corporate organizations. Unlike entrepreneurship, we have a different connection to a business that is not our own. Yet, we invest so much of our time, energy, and resources into our jobs. The Bossy Bees are getting real as they unpack some of the toughest lessons learned when they chose "heart" and being personal in their corporate jobs. They'll share ways that you can continue to strive for your own excellence while maintaining the integrity of the personal touch at work.Support the show (
The Bossy Bees are tackling the famous Godfather perspective on business, “It isn’t personal, it’s business.” It’s time to debunk this harmful and detrimental approach to business!In the first of a two-part topic, we are talking about the importance of embracing being personal as an entrepreneur. We dive into some of our own personal challenges we’ve encountered along our journey as entrepreneurs. We’re also sharing why approaching business with an open-heart proves to create outcomes that have been some of our favorite aspects of choosing this path.Support the show (
Take Back Self-Care

Take Back Self-Care


The overlooked, underappreciated, and often misguided practice and application of self-care. The Bossy Bees are talking about what self-care really involves, and it doesn’t involve a manicure or pedicure. We are talking about where we’ve been misled and why artificial self-care practices cause more harm than good. Grab that coffee or tea and cozy up while we explore how we are taking back our own self-care to empower ourselves and others!Support the show (
Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers


Have you ever applied for a job and been told that “you don’t have enough experience” for that role? Kim and I are sitting down with you today to talk about some of our own similar encounters with people who have tried to knock us down. We are opening up to share what we’ve learned about our own real-world experience and the different ways we advocate for ourselves to remove barriers so you can also achieve those “stretch” goals too!Support the show (
Food is like the centerpiece of our everyday lives. In this episode, we share some of our experiences with food, customs, and celebrations growing up abroad and being raised by immigrant mothers. We touch on how we’ve lost a lot of those experiences in our current lives and how navigating it is a work in progress.Support the show (
Meet the Bees

Meet the Bees


Thank you for joining us, the Bossy Bees, as we kick off the new year with a new series. We’re focusing on what we’ve learned, what we’ve accomplished, and some of the things we are taking a second look at as we move further into motherhood, marriage, and our professional lives. Our first episode takes us a bit back in time, revisiting memories for the first days, weeks, and months this friendship and partnership collided.Support the show (
In today's episode, we will be talking about implicit bias, a hot topic that often brings uncomfortable feelings to the surface. Even for us, we know this is hard for other people too, which is why we are committed to this practice together. We often hear, especially in the workplace, the intention to “eliminate bias.” We believe this perspective is harmful and does not set us up for success. By the end of this podcast, we hope that you understand that bias is an instinct that is impossible to eliminate, and should be acknowledged for what it is. Our power to create good and bad comes from this bias, and it is also in our power to sharpen our skills to understand and then relearn bias so that we do not contribute to environments and situations that cause ourselves and others harm.Support the show (
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