Episode 112: Your Weight, Your Worth

One of the stereotypes is that if you’re overweight you’re lazy, or you’re not smart, or you’re slow. And I have learned to actively prove people wrong.
— Christine
Photo by Marie33/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Marie33/iStock / Getty Images
 Theresa Thames

Theresa Thames

Finding a weight-loss DVD in your mailbox, wondering why you didn't get that promotion, or just being told you need to lose weight 'for your health' - these are some of the things today's guests have experienced in the workplace. Amy, Christine and Theresa are or have been overweight, and each has felt judged for it while on the job. They are not alone. In this show, we look at how much being overweight affects a woman's career.  

Further reading: The Stigma of Obesity (University of Connecticut Study)

Obesity Affects Job Prospects for Women (University of Manchester Study)

The Hidden Discrimination Against Being Fat at Work (Fast Company)

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Episode 111: Hiring Hell

They are looking for more and more out of each individual person that they hire. And this is their way to manage the risk.
— Allison Hemming
 Photo:  Zipline Obstacle Course 2 by  My Photo Journeys , used with Creative Commons License.

Photo: Zipline Obstacle Course 2 by My Photo Journeys, used with Creative Commons License.

Looking for a job has always been stressful, but the process resembles an obstacle course now more than ever. The time it takes for candidates to get hired has gone up in recent years, according to this study by Glassdoor. A major reason is the many levels of screening job hunters have to go through. But at what point does the interview process become unprofessional, or even inhumane? 

In this show we meet two recent job seekers, Rachel Schallom and Kristen Shattuck, who bring us stories from the trenches, and one recruiter, Allison Hemming of The Hired Guns, who offers some perspective from the company's side of things. 

Further reading: Here's Rachel's piece on how the journalism industry can improve its hiring practices.

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Episode 110: Stress and the Benefits of Being Outside

I love that we don’t really tend to think of nature as being kind of gender neutralizing or equalizing, and it can be.
— Florence Williams
 florence williams

florence williams

In this show I talk to science writer Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, about how spending time outside can help lower our stress levels and allow us to gain perspective on daily problems. Most of us live and work in urban environments, spending hours a day in front of a screen. Nothing could be less natural. In this show we talk about how spending time outdoors can improve our lives in multiple ways, and how women can benefit even more than men.

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Episode 109: Ambition on Hold

I really have tried to stop measuring my own value from what other people think...I have come to a place where I’ve stopped feeling bad about not having ambition right now.
— Tess Vigeland
 Tess at the pinnawala elephant orphanage in sri lanka

Tess at the pinnawala elephant orphanage in sri lanka

In this show we reunite with Tess Vigeland, one of the guests on my most popular show to date - Redefining Success. Within a few years Tess quit a longtime job as a national radio host, wrote a book, got divorced and set off to travel the world.

 Tess at borobudur temple, indonesia, with local young people

Tess at borobudur temple, indonesia, with local young people

She had always been fueled by ambition, and lots of it. She also valued herself mostly through her job. We talk about how her attitude to ambition, success and office politics has changed in the 18 months she's been on the road. 

You can read more by and about Tess at her site, Tess Untethered. Her book is Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want.

Thanks to former guest and sponsor of this episode Joanna Bloor. Check out her services - and get a 10 percent discount on coaching - at JoannaBloor.com.

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Episode 108: Conservative Women Speak Up

Don’t discriminate against me in the workplace just because I’m conservative or a Christian. Get to know me and get to know my fellow conservatives.
— Jennifer Szambecki
 JenNIFER SZAMBECKI

JenNIFER SZAMBECKI

If I’m gonna work I’m gonna pursue a career and do it with everything that I am. And if I do have that opportunity to switch lanes and become a stay at home mom, I’ll pursue that with everything that I am.
— Becky Davidson
 Becky Davidson

Becky Davidson

America is politically divided, and women with different views are not talking to eachother. In this show we hear from two conservative women about their lives and views on politics, feminism, and being an out conservative in a liberal workplace.

And we meet Lauren Leader-Chivée of All In Together, a lifelong liberal who's set on getting both groups of women to enter politics for the good of democracy.

 Lauren Leader-Chivee

Lauren Leader-Chivee

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Episode 107: Expect the Unexpected

Things have just happened that have turned my life in a totally different direction than I ever planned on.
— Lauren Tucker
 Lauren Tucker

Lauren Tucker

Lauren Tucker was like a lot of other women who've been working in corporate life for years - itching to go out on her own. So she did. But things didn't turn out the way she expected. In this show we talk about dashed hopes, reinvention in a new place, why diversity in the ad business still sucks, and caring for your parents when everything around you is falling apart.  

You can also read a transcript of the show

Here you'll find the first Broad Experience episode Lauren appeared in.