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WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk

Author: Elaine Lou Cartas

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Struggling with what to do next in your work and life? Need a podcast with honest realtalk (the good + the bad) so you know you’re not alone? And want strategies to get out of your own way?


Your host, Elaine Lou Cartas, a first-generation Filipino immigrant, is an award-winning Business and Executive Career Coach for women of color and allies. Elaine is like you - she’s been fired 3x, quit 2 jobs, changed careers 3x, and been in debt. Elaine’s success story? She’s always done what’s true to herself and wants you to know it’s possible too. She’s a former grassroots organizer, and nonprofit fundraiser.

LA Weekly awarded Elaine as the #1 Thought Leader to follow, MSN recognized her as the Best Leadership & Executive Coach, and Apple News featured her as one of the top 5 business coaches to follow. Elaine also has 2 courses with LinkedIn.


On the WOC and Allies: Business and Career Realtalk™ Podcast (formerly known as the Color Your Dreams podcast), Elaine reminds you that your definition of happiness in work and life can continuously evolve. Elaine's podcast guests include team members, clients, friends, and even family members who discuss real challenges and how they honored their own voices. As a business owner and career leader, this podcast is here to help you build a life around what you want in this current season of life. So bring your coffee, tea, or boba for some realtalk every other Thursday! @elainelou_ // www.elainelou.com


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About 7 years ago (2017), I graduated from my Masters in Leadership and Management cause I was getting ready to be an Executive Director for a nonprofit.The day I graduated for some reason I wasn’t happy or excited. It finally dawned on me,I’ve been listening to what everyone else wants, and not what I want. I’ve been people pleasing doing what others want for me, but what do I want?! And I realize, “I want a business where I can actually serve other women of color AND make a living from it.”...
Remember when millennials were called, “Lazy and entitled”?With the new “Quiet Quitting” and “Lazy Girl Job” trends, Gen Z is now getting stereotyped with the new, “Lazy and Entitled” title.I have clients who are Millennials and Gen Xers who always ask, “How do I work with Gen Z?”And I also have clients who are Gen Z who ask, “How do I communicate and work with these old paradigms of work?In my recent WOC & Allies: Business & Career Realtalk Podcast episode, I'm joined by my friend Ke...
Being a leader isn’t just about creating strategic decisions and hitting goals.It’s also about leading and managing your team, and learning how to manage up.It’s about the “soft skills” like teamwork, communication and conflict resolution. (On a side note, I hate that it’s called “soft skills” cause it’s these skills that are actually hard).This past month, I’ve been hearing from all my clients who are finding working in a team to be challenging.For example, the other day one client said, “El...
In 2017, I “failed.”I got let go from my dream job working as a Fundraiser at Pasadena City College where I raised $1.1 million in student scholarships.I was lying on my bedroom floor crying like a starfish.Unfortunately, I didn’t look as cute like Patrick from Spongebob…Despite getting let go from my dream job, it motivated me to take my part-time coaching business to full-time.To date, I’ve now worked with 2,000+ clients in 58 different countries :)I’m sure you can think of all your past fa...
So get this, I am watching The View on ABC, and I see my ex-boss, Mark Daley, talking about his book, Safe, a book about his experience becoming a foster care parent.Mark was my first boss right after college. He was a Campaign Manager for a candidate in Iowa. And I got a fellowship from Yale to work on the campaign he was managing as a Field Organizer. Mark was the former Communications Director for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 elections, has worked with 30 members of Congress, owned and sold...
I remember I used to have such a huge problem honoring what I needed, but as we get older we relearn to trust ourselves and our voice.In my latest podcast episode, I talk with Lidia Galvez, about Reiki, Somatic healing and theta healing. Lidia is a former client and friend, and she does reiki and sound bowl sessions at my retreats.What We Cover in This Episode: A somatic healing exercise you can do on yourselfUnderstanding Different Coping MechanismsExploring Personal and Professional Gr...
Some anxiety is survival, but most of my anxiety isn’t that. I have the most anxiety when I’m living a life that doesn’t align with my goals, hopes, and energy. It isn’t about what I’m doing. It’s about what I’m NOT doing.“Do you like anxiety? Cause I don’t…”I shared this with Matt Story, Visa VP when he interviewed me about how I’m always brave enough to ask for help and make tough decisions.I feel like once a decade, I go through an “identity crisis” of wanting to change my definition of su...
I had my first business from 2012 to 2016 as a Fundraising Consultant. I ended it after 4 years because I was done with the ups and downs of owning a business.Sure, there was shame, BUT my nervous system was so calm that I manifested my dream job and dream boss, with whom I am still good friends to this day.Maybe YOU are also thinking of ending your business or doing it on the side, and as someone who ended their first business, there’s NO shame in it. It’s about honoring where you’re at.I’ve...
What do people say about you when you leave a Zoom call or physical room?Why should you even care?First, you shouldn’t care what other people think.I’m not talking about being liked. I’m talking about your personal brand. And you might be thinking… Elaine, I have (or want) a full-time job. Why do I need a personal brand?Personal brands aren’t necessarily social media lifestyle shots and brand partnerships. Although, you know I would take a Target partnership in a heartbeat ;)A personal brand ...
I had just got a Director position at 24. I was doing 2 jobs and increased fundraising numbers by 500%... I knew I deserved a raise.I asked my immigrant parents, “How do you ask for a raise?”They responded, “Just work hard. You’ll get a raise.”I knew that was not how it worked, so I learned to ask for a raise using these 7 steps.And guess what!? I got my $12k raise!Even better, these steps have helped clients land anywhere from $25k salaries to a $300k job!Asking for a raise is like the DTR t...
“Elaine, back in the Philippines, as a family of 6, we had to share 1 fish.”As a first-gen immigrant, my parents always reminded me of the privilege I have to be born and raised in this country.And I agree, what a privilege it is to type on my laptop right now and email you!This privilege almost feels like a buffet - OVERWHELMING!In the past, I’ve ended up doing the most and feeling like asking for help would equal “failure.”I used to find it hard to ask for help, but when I did, great things...
Have you ever not felt safe at work?Maybe you’ve dealt with microaggressions, gaslighting, and bullying…And even if you have a senior title, you’ve also questioned yourself if you are even experiencing any of this.In my recent podcast episode, I am joined by a friend who I was honored to coach, and Starbucks’ new VP Global Chief Inclusion & Diversity Office, Chéla Gage, where we talk about how to create psychological safety so you don’t feel like this…6 years from now, 2030 will be a big ...
As the only daughter (I have 2 brothers), I find myself doing a lot of the caretaking for my parents.I’m getting ready for my dad’s knee replacement surgery next month where I’ll be with him for the first 10-days of his recovery. And I’m attending all the doctors appointments with them.I also want to share, I am choosing to do this and understand I have agency.But what’s frustrating is that THIS is the SILENT role that a lot of women take on by default -- being the “caregiver” for others whet...
Is it wise to pursue a new career in this challenging economy?When is the appropriate time?How can you stay true to your beliefs and values despite the presence of capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy, which contradict them?Damn. I know I got DEEP.Today, I am joined by my client, Dr. Luna Clara Muñoz, a TEDx speaker and career coach for academic misfits.We delve into the process of discovering a fulfilling career and how she had to unlearn many things from working in higher education, like...
Two years ago, in episode nine, I shared why I decided to end my mastermind and simplify my business.This episode was one of my top-rated podcast episodes where I shared how I was managing:5 different servicesDid 1-2 events per monthUltimately burned outHere we are 2 years later, and I’m bringing back the mastermind (but different AND better).Last month, all of January, I dedicated time to deleting and simplifying more of my business and, more importantly, figuring out how I can ensure ...
According to the Federal Reserve, we have hit our highest inflation since 1982. *big collective sigh* That's more than 40 years ago!Time is wild, and so is this economy, so it was fitting to do a podcast on making money during times like these.Side note: Anyone still feel like 1999 was just 5 years ago?Because of inflation, it has affected consumer spending habits to be more conscious spenders.And for you, maybe like me -- I’m being more conscious of ALL my spending.I’ve been cutting off cost...
Are you a parent? If so, you may have heard of the term gentle parenting. It's a different approach from how many of us millennials were raised, including myself.Instead of shaming, blaming, and punishing. Gentle parenting emphasizes empathy and communication.However, some parents take it too far and don't set boundaries for their child's behavior. So, how can we balance gentle parenting and setting boundaries? This discussion isn't limited to just parents; it applies to everyone in romantic ...
I hated my business in 2022.You may have had a similar feeling, but haven’t felt comfortable saying it. So let me tell you a story…When I started my business in 2017, I wanted time and freedom. That was my number one goal.What happened? My business SCALED AND BLEW UP FAST in 2020 & 2021 (yes, during the pandemic). That goal of “time and freedom” turned into just doing the most:Bi-weekly eventsGoing on Facebook and IG live every dayAND having meals with my phone and laptopAnd, of course, a...
Hate the job you’re at? Or even ready to change industries entirely?But you’ve been doing this for a long time…So, how do you find a new job or industry?I know a thing or 2 about hating a job:I’ve been fired 3xQuit 2 jobs without savingsAnd changed industries 2xIn this episode, I’m sharing with you all the deets of what I've done and what hundreds of clients have done in the past 6 years.What We Cover in This Episode:Job changing strategiesScriptsAnd practical tips that have proven successful...
At the start of the year, it's natural for us to want to make many decisions.And making decisions can be tiring AND emotional!It’s the 3rd week of the year, and I’ve already:Ended 2 collaborations (it was a mutual ending for both collaborations). I just got a thank you email last week from one of the VPs, and it has led me to a big contract with another company.Deleted 441 emails from my email list, which has led to a 28% email open increaseStarted waking up 1 hour earlier. Out of all 3 thing...
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