Women’s History Month is a great time to not only review our fabulous past, but to also take a look at where we’re headed.
Podcasts are the perfect place to start focusing on what’s happening NOW!
They’ve taken over as the digital media resource ‘du jour’. And why not? Podcasts let you hear great perspectives on a myriad of topics while staying focused on those things you need to get done. That could be working out, driving to work, grocery shopping, or writing this blog…you get what I’m saying.
Whether you’re looking for business advice, need help destressing, or maybe just want to hear a great conversation between friends, there’s something for you!
That being said, here’s my contribution to Women’s History Month!
I’ve compiled a small list of Black women-created podcasts covering the gamut of topics from entrepreneurial encouragement to recognizing the importance of self-care in your mental health.
So, scan the list. Check out a few episodes of each one and see if you find one that makes you giggle a little or think more deeply.
Carol Sankar – The Confidence Factor
I first became aware of Carol Sankar a couple of years ago when I ran across an article she’d written for Forbes Magazine, “Why Don’t More Women Negotiate?”.
Well, that title got my attention, ‘cause honey give me my money!
I started searching out more information and began following her on a couple of platforms.
Turns out, she has a podcast called The Confidence Factor. It’s appropriately named after her company, The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership, built to educate, influence, and empower women in the c-suite.
Why this podcast? What makes Carol Sankar’s podcasts interesting are the lessons she weaves throughout her personal anecdotes. They’re loaded with thoughtful and sometimes funny stories shared of the journey building her business. In the midst of this Women’s History Month, her perspective is needed. Listen up!
Speak Easy with She` Jones
If you’re like me, you’ve received social media notifications from a family member, friend or acquaintance announcing their new podcast. Some of them are great…and this is one of them!
She`, her husband Carlos, and other guests discuss some of the same topics on her “SpeakEasy with She` Jones” podcast that you’d talk about with your own family and friends. Is social media ruining relationships? Are PWIs better than HBCUs? Why did Snoop Dogg handle the whole ‘Gayle’ thing the way he did (and why is Bill Cosby speaking on anything…from jail)?
I love the informal tone of the interactions. It makes you feel like you’re hanging out with friends or family you haven’t talked to in a while. There are truly some laugh out loud moments!
Why this podcast? It’s just a good, easy conversation that you might have with friends, sitting around and sipping wine on a Friday night. After dealing with all the things you do within a week, it’s cool to just kick back and shoot the sh** for a little while.
Sit back and have a chill conversation with She`.
Elayne Fluker – Support Is Sexy
I’m always on the search for women who make a habit of uplifting other women in business. The entrepreneurship journey is NOT easy and sometimes you just need to know that someone understands. So it’s no surprise that it was the name of her podcast that really caught my eye. Not the “sexy”, but the “support”.
If you’ve ever gone down the road of small-business ownership, no further explanation is needed.
In her Support Is Sexy podcast, Elayne interviews women whose stories cover a wide range. There’s one guest whose life experiences led her to open an international hotel, though that just didn’t seem to be her original path. She interviews another who used hard-knock life experiences to support the forward movement of other women. Then there’s a very personal episode of Elayne sitting in a room of other successful women…and that doggone self-doubt of her own value began to creep in. Ouch! Been there, done that!
UPDATE: Since I published this blog, I saw a LinkedIn post from Elayne commenting on her…UPCOMING TELEVISION SHOW! She is SHINING! Connect with her to get further details on this venture!
Why this podcast? No matter how successful your business, every female entrepreneur needs to know someone feels her pain and Elayne gets that. Sometimes, hearing incredible stories of success or insight can give you just the right amount of motivation to keep you on your own path of discovery.
Discovering Strength with Erin Myers
Self-care. It’s the buzz phrase of the day, and with good reason. We are a nation of overworked, under-rested, and just overall stressed out and ever-chasing-happy folk. Did I cover it all? Probably not, but hang with me for a moment.
Erin Myers tackles these challenges through the prism of her faith. With her Discovering Strength podcast, she uses her faith and experience with personal challenges as an inspiration to those others. She specifically talks about how her battles with abuse, divorce, childhood trauma, and “motherwounds” have taken their toll. But she uses those same battles to help others overcome and prosper.
One of my favorite episodes is part of her Reset and Refresh Series entitled, “What’s that prayer life look like?”
Why this podcast? When I need a pick-me-up, a word of encouragement, or a word from the Most High as encouragement, I can depend on Erin to shine a light in that direction.
Now, if you’re like me, you won’t have time to check them all out or listen to your favorite podcaster more than once a week. But, do yourself a favor and reap the personal benefits of taking in the light of at least one.