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MADE To Be is an exploration into the surprising professional paths of extraordinary women in business achieving their goals, making a difference, and enjoying the climb even when things get tough. Join Kristen Berman, co-founder and CEO of philly MADE creative, as she facilitates a powerful conversation with women who are masters of their crafts. Learn about their journeys and just what it took to become who they were made to be.



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Host/Producer: Kristen Berman
Producer/Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman
Produced by: philly MADE creative

madetobe@phillymadecreative.com
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When Sacha Connor asked her CMO at The Clorox Company to work remote from Philadelphia even though the headquarters was in Oakland, California, "remote work" was virtually unheard of. In 2020, everybody became very familiar with working from home. That actually became the norm for a lot of people. But after Sacha Connor spent parts of her career fighting against distance bias, she built a business around supporting companies manage the balance of employing remote workers. Her journey began some time after she, for the first time in her career, found herself without a voice after being identified as not showing leadership. Sacha's competitive edge drove her to start a business that would show the world that remote workers are equally as valuable as their in-house counterparts. Ironically, she was actually a pioneer in this realm, and now she has helped very large brands understand and utilize remote workers effectively. Now the norm, Sacha's business mentality was actually ahead of her time. Find out this episode how she was MADE To Be a remote working warrior woman! What we cover: How Sacha Proved Herself To Be A Leader What It Was Like To Be A Remote Worker In 2010 When Sacha Found Her Voice Again The Benefits Of Remote Work In 2020 & Beyond About Sacha Sacha is the CEO of Virtual Work Insider, a consultancy that provides training on how toe lead, communicate, and collaborate across distance. Virtual Work Insider specializes in training remote and hybrid teams within companies and agencies. She has 18 years of business leadership experience in marketing, sales, and new product innovation roles. As one of the first remote marketing directors, she led brands worth over $250,000,000 and was the first fully remote member of the leadership team for a $1,000,000,000 division at The Clorox Company. Connect with Sacha Connor on LinkedIn Learn more about Virtual Work Insider 
When fear clouds your judgement, sometimes hope (and an affirmation or ten) is the only remedy. Business owners all want to grow, especially early on. However, it can be overwhelming to try to tackle every single task that's necessary to do that. Enter Emily Morgan, and her company Delegate Solutions. They offer strategic support in the form of virtual assistants, to help entrepreneurs and business owners with some tasks so their clients can focus on higher impact activities. Over 10 years ago when Emily first started this company, the idea of a "virtual assistant" was foreign to many people. These days with the various COVID-19 restrictions, "work from home" has transformed how people think about virtual or remote work. In many ways, Emily was ahead of the curve when she started her business over a decade ago. Launched with nothing but a laptop, the necessity to provide a life for her son, and her drive to seize an opportunity, Emily has built Delegate to a team of over 35 people helping entrepreneurs all over the country succeed in their dreams. What We Cover: Balancing Motherhood & Business Ownership Launching A New Business With Only A Laptop Emily's "Formula" For Success = Tenacity + Vision + Support What It's Like Trying To Trust New People How Hope Can Help Overcome Fear Abundance Mindset To Attract Money Episode Page: https://www.phillymadecreative.com/made-to-be-podcast/ep-09-emily-morgan . . . . SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when new episodes are published. ________ // credits Produced by: Philly Made Creative Host/Producer/Editor/Artwork: Kristen Berman Producer/Assistant Editor/Copywriter: Matt Berman Music Licensed from Epidemic Sound
Everybody gets knocked down in life. Sometimes our little pit stops along the journey are the places we get the most knowledge and experience.  You don’t always know how experiences are going to lead to the next opportunity in your future. That is evident in the story of Cate Heaman the CEO of Prelude Solutions. She is the kind of person who doesn’t just take the bull by the horns she tames that bull and rides like a champion. Her tenacity is evident in any conversation you have with her. But Cate also knows that sometimes we all get lucky. Whether reclaiming her job after getting fired or re-building her business after a bad professional break-up, Cate Heaman is a fighter. On today’s episode you’ll learn what it took for her to become who she was MADE To Be. What we cover: Sometimes You Get A Little Lucky Growing a Company to 45 Employees and $12 Million Getting Over A Bad Business Break-Up Taking Responsibility for Business Results Overcoming Daily Self-Doubt Rebuilding Teenage Life After Parental Divorce Racing Mountain Bikes & Running Marathons The Immeasurable Value of Being Certified Women-Owned Episode Page: https://www.phillymadecreative.com/made-to-be-podcast/ep-08-cate-heaman/ . . . . SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when new episodes are published. ________ // credits Produced by: Philly Made Creative Host/Producer/Editor/Assistant Sound Engineer/Artwork: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Assistant Editor: Matt Berman Music Licensed from Epidemic Sound
From 1500 external agencies to a team of 85 employees and ~30 freelancers When her mom wanted her to become a doctor, her art teacher had other advice. Teresa knew at a young age that she felt creativity in her bones. How would she mend the two futures? She went on to study medical illustration, and through a series of career stepping stones, carved her path to leading one of the world's premier in-house agencies. What we cover: Robot Bees...with backpacks? 11th hour change in creative with Lady Gaga at the Grammys Emboldened to be a voice for the LGBTQ community Responsible Diversity & Inclusion In-House vs. External, it's about the best talent . . . . SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when new episodes are published. ________ // credits Produced by: Philly Made Creative Host/Producer/Editor/Assistant Sound Engineer/Artwork: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Assistant Editor: Matt Berman
After surviving years of domestic violence, she knew she needed to do something to help victims be heard. On this episode of MADE To Be, you’ll hear from Sheri Kurdakul, CEO and founder of VictimsVoice, a legally admissible way to document instances of abuse in a way that is safe, secure, and private. Sheri shares openly about her past and how that led her to transmuting her pain into developing a tool that gives victims a voice. She recreates memories filled with courage, success, and inspiration. Find out how Sheri broke through her own personal limitations, and discovered who she was MADE To Be. . . . . SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when new episodes are published. ________ // credits Produced by: Philly Made Creative Host/Producer/Editor/Assistant Sound Engineer/Artwork: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Assistant Editor: Matt Berman
Part of what makes life so exciting are the twists and turns. Things never seem to work out exactly how we plan. There are so many unforeseen challenges and rewards when we allow ourselves to be ourselves without judgement and discover life in the process. My conversation with Emily Giffin was illuminating.  From the time Emily was in 1st grade, growing up in Chicago, she knew she wanted to be an author. However, that's not how her professional career started. Her journey includes practical decisions, crushing defeat, and never letting go of her life long dream. In 2001, Emily retired from the legal profession and moved to London to pursue her dreams where she wrote the first of her nine #1 New York Times bestsellers, Something Borrowed. Her other novels include: Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, First Comes Love, and All We Ever Wanted. Join me on this episode as Emily shares about transitioning from the miserable life of corporate law to being one of the biggest selling women's fiction authors writing today and how she became who she was MADE To Be. You can visit her at: www.EmilyGiffin.com Facebook: facebook.com/emilygiffinfans Twitter: @emilygiffin Instagram: @emilygiffinauthor . . . . . . SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when new episodes are published. // credits Produced by: Philly Made Creative Host/Producer/Editor/Artwork: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman Portrait Photographer: Emmanuelle Choussy
Camp is a special place for those that were fortunate to be able to go to one. While each camp has its own special qualities, there is something common about all of them. It is an opportunity to explore, and to learn about yourself. The experience creates a lasting bond between people. For our host, and producer Kristen Berman, her camp experience at YMCA Camp Huckins was profound and has carried over into her career. There was a lot Kristen learned at  Huckins about responsibility, leadership, and creating a community. Learn how Jody Skelton went from being a camper to now Executive Director as she heads into her 50th year at camp. She has seen thousands of young girls transform and grow into powerful women over that time. Jody loves the great outdoors. She is full of life and love, and has a tremendous commitment to bringing the magic of camp to each new generation. ________ SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when  episodes are published. --- Produced by: philly MADE creative Host/Producer: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman #madetobe #podcasts #podcast #phillymadecreative #womeninbusiness #womenintechnology #womenintech #education #tradeschool #designthinking
How do you prepare a generation for the unexpected? Explore that concept as I interview Sister Rosemary Herron and Catherine Glatts, of Mercy Career & Technical High School. Learn how these two women arrived at this school and what drives their entrepreneurial spirit. Hear Catherine share about her past experience in various engineering departments at companies like Lockheed Martin and GE and where Sister Rosemary got the inspiration to become one of the Sisters of Mercy. Throughout their careers at Mercy, both Sister Rosemary and Catherine have been challenged by providing a safe space for their students. They have supported introducing the design thinking methodology into their curriculum as well as supplying their students with state of the art technology to enhance learning. Sister Rosemary and Catherine have dedicated their lives to being of service to make sure that the next generation of Philadelphia’s workforce are respectful and talented. They are considerate, purpose-driven women, who are committed to giving of themselves so that others can become who they were MADE To Be. ________ SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please RATE and REVIEW it. This greatly helps others in finding the show. SIGN UP to receive emails when  episodes are published. --- Produced by: philly MADE creative Host/Producer: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman #madetobe #podcasts #podcast #phillymadecreative #womeninbusiness #womenintechnology #womenintech #education #tradeschool #designthinking
How do you bounce back after life knocks you down? Find out as I interview Rachel Roe, global marketing manager for Lincoln brand at Ford Motor Company.  Learn about how she took hold of the spirit of her upbringing. Hear her be incredibly vulnerable about her past experiences with her family and how she overcame adversity in the process.  Throughout her life, Rachel has gained a lot from turning her pain into passion. A number of sponsors/mentors also helped her in the process. She turned herself into somebody she is proud to be.  From her early years in the South, to the marketing a luxury brand in the auto industry, Rachel continues to grow as a person. She is a deeply caring, energetic woman, who shares a lot about what it took for her to become who she was MADE To Be. #madetobe #phillymadecreative #womeninbusiness ________ Produced by: philly MADE creative Host/Producer: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman
What does it take to become a VP for a worldwide food brand? Find out as I interview Roma McCaig, Vice President, Procurement Business Operations & Strategy of Campbell Soup Company.  Hear about how she learned from an early age how to stand out in a crowd by being unapologetically herself.  Over the course of her life, Roma has learned from many mentors that have taught her about patience, collaboration, and bringing about manageable business transformation.  From the advertising industry to the top of the proverbial food pyramid, Roma has always lead the way naturally. She is a generous, fun loving woman, who shares a lot about what it took for her to become who she was MADE To Be. ________ Produced by: philly MADE creative Host/Producer: Kristen Berman Producer/Sound Engineer/Music Supervisor/Editor: Matt Berman
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