I love talking to people who are navigating big transitions because it's time when trust and identity are really called into question. How someone navigates that space says a lot about them and of course, it's a ripe time for life lessons. At the time of our interview today's guest Emily Greener, co-founder and former executive director of I AM THAT GIRL was still pretty fresh into a big transition and she was awesome enough to share some of the experience with us along with her valuable perspectives. In this interview we talk about not depriving yourself of the full range of human emotions, creating openings for yourself in life, the relationship between anger, the ego and blame, what happens when your identity is wrapped up in a job title and more. And we also went on a cool tangent about Christianity, Judaism and "the real" Jesus Christ. Enjoy!
About Emily Greener:
Emily Greener has an unparalleled ability to give companies the heart beat and soul that allows them to authentically connect with consumers, make an impact, and enrich the human experience from the inside out. She builds and executes strategies that help create systemic improvement for company culture and diversity, internal and external communications, cause integration and marketing, content and campaigns, and business development and partnerships. Her willingness to lead with vulnerability and her genuine passion for people makes her a trusted influence in the business of changing the world and shifting culture. She specializes in generation Y and Z, empowerment, and girls and women.
In 2008, Emily Greener and her Co-Founder launched I AM THAT GIRL, a movement inspiring girls to LOVE, EXPRESS, and BE who they are. As CEO, Greener built a meaningful brand and developed the strategy, content, programming, and support that inspires a community of over 1 million girls daily online and over 250 local chapters across the globe.
Greener’s work has been acknowledged at the prestigious DVF Awards where she won The People’s Voice Award and Oprah named Emily on her very first SuperSoul 100 list.
In this episode, Emily shares:
1. How to translate and interpret wisdom
2. Permission to feel all your emotions and what happens when you don't
3. Navigating big transitions
I met today's guests at a conference in January and practically tackled them during the next break to get them on the podcast to talk about a topic that is fascinating, necessary, and not something we've discussed in depth on the show before - disrupting the education system. Gordy Bal and Philip Moore (who was mentored by Buckminster Fuller!!!), are collaborating to create Xploration Centre, a "wild school" that promotes loved based education. Now before you go rolling your eyes, listen to the show. They share how the current education is setting up children to be ill equipped to exist and thrive in a world where technology is developing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Phil schools us on "neoteny" and what that has to do with quality education and development for humans, to be unique, to help them learn and live in questions rather than trying to adhere to curriculums, exactness, and systems that are very exclusive to learning and personality styles. We talk about synergy, what it means to be a global citizen, and more. I don't know that I've ever been more excited about an interview. Enjoy!
About Gordy Bal and Phillip Moore:
Gordy Bal - Alchemist and Visionary
The Xploration Centre is what Gordy has been dreaming of for his own three sons. An education model that connects our children back to nature and prepares them for Xponential times. An education model that embraces entrepreneurial learning and sustainability in a natural environment. A space where young minds can discover their purpose and passion through Xploration and share their superpowers with the world to make it a better place.
Phillip Moore - Synergistic Guide and Educational Innovator
Mentored by Buckminster Fuller, Phillip began teaching at Upland Hills Farm School in 1971. He was asked to become the director of the school in February of 1972 and served until June of 2013. During this 40-year period, Phil developed teams on the staff and board level to grow a learning community.
In this episode, Gordy and Phil share:
1. What it means to be a global citizen
2. What is "eros" and what does it have to do with modern education?
3. Culturing our youth through synergy and consciousness
4. Getting away from trying to "control" children through behavior modification and recognizing all we can stand to learn from them as adults
Money is always a hot topic that stirs up lots of post-show conversation when we get into it with guests so today I've got Jennifer Love, founder of One More Woman and mentor to entrepreneurs at all levels. Collectively, she has been involved in the raising of over $100+ million and over the past 20 years has built several successful companies from the ground up. This woman knows money. In our conversation we cover money as a currency tool to create impact, dealing with money shame, and my favorite part - how to put on your scientist cap to learn, discover, have fun with, and treat money as information. Enjoy!
About Jennifer Love:
Jennifer Love is the Chief Executive Navigator of One More Woman – a fast-track, high-performance educational and advisory company that helps entrepreneurs take the stress out of the money equation so they can effectively raise, make, manage, and give money.
She is a nationally-acclaimed mentor, international business strategist, speaker, and successful leader who has guided thousands of entrepreneurs to position their businesses for long-term, sustainable growth.
Jennifer ignites and charges the GPS system of every entrepreneur by showing them how to believe in themselves and by giving them the tools, support, and advice they need to get out there and make it happen. That makes all the difference – and is what truly sets her apart.
A Serial Entrepreneur…
Jennifer combines 17+ years’ experience building and working with consumer (CPG) brands. Collectively, she has raised, participated in, or advised in the raising of over $100+ million for her and her clients’ ventures.
Under Jennifer’s leadership as a co-founder and former CEO, NibMor went from a kitchen concept to an award-winning wholesale chocolate company, with its products distributed in thousands of locations within five years. NibMor’s impressive growth was acknowledged by The Wall Street Journal and found its way onto two of Oprah’s famed lists, among many others.
Jennifer’s ‘Sweet Success’ was featured on the cover of Small Business Digest in July 2014. In 2015, Jennifer helped one of the brands she advises get funded on Shark Tank, successfully closing out a $1.1M funding round.
Jennifer is a motivating force with an uncanny ability to simplify complicated concepts with her own unique brand of pizazz and sense of humor. Audiences walk away empowered with a newfound enthusiasm and willingness to go beyond what they had ever thought possible.
People often describe Jennifer as brilliant, charismatic, passionate, articulate, resilient, and resourceful. She prides herself on delivering respectful, honest, and direct communication – mixed in with a little spunk!
She is beloved by clients because she gets results. As one client once said, “With Jennifer, the only possible outcome is success.”
On a given day, Jennifer may be found serving as a judge for events like Startup Weekend, on stage speaking to a variety of audiences, advising and educating communities of entrepreneurs on and off-line, advising a client behind the scenes of Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis, meeting with community leaders and government officials, negotiating with investors, or training entrepreneurs on both mindset and tactical skills.
Jennifer is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post focusing on entrepreneurship, fundraising, and gender disparity in the investment community. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and is a Certified Health Coach.
An eternal optimist who is also grounded in hard analytics, Jennifer adamantly believes that the future will be led by entrepreneurs that place as much importance on social impact as they do on financial health.
She lives in NYC with her adorable dog, Maggie, who also serves as the company mascot at One More Woman.
In this episode, Jennifer shares:
1. How our relationship to ourself will always reflect our relationship to money and vice versa
2. Closing deals
3. Radical reciprocity
4. Charging and asking for what you're worth
Back in 2012 when I was still in fitness, a friend recommended that I follow JJ Virgin because she was up to "big things" in the industry. It was only a month or so after I did that her son was in an awful hit and run accident. I followed her posts and updates over the ensuing weeks and months to see how it would unfold and was amazed and delighted to see that against major odds, he pulled through and was able to not only live, but recover beyond anyone's wildest imagining - except hers. JJ was pulling for him to be 110% the whole time. In this interview we talk about how she made it through those difficult times, and is still doing so. And my favorite part is this - during a time when a lot of people would have totally excused it if she dropped everything, her healthy habits and self-care, her business, and any other obligations, she doubled down on all of it. She shares her reason why in today's interview and it's so so good. Enjoy!
About JJ Virgin:
Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to lose weight and master their mindset so they can lead bigger, better lives. She is author of 4 NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her memoir Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, & Life’s Hardest Lessons explores the powerful lessons in strength and positivity that she learned after her son Grant was the victim of a brutal hit-and-run accident. JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, and other major blogs and magazines. She’s also a frequent guest on TV and radio and speaks at major events. In addition to her work with nutrition and fitness, JJ is also a business coach and founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit. Find articles, recipes, helpful online programs, and more at www.jjvirgin.com.
In this episode, JJ shares:
1. The toughest times are the most important to step up your focus, mindset, and practices
2. Habits are lifetime things
3. Have hacks in place for when negative stuff comes up
4. Your white knight is you
Today's conversation is a deep one about sex with Layla Martin (pun intended...I couldn't help myself!). Called "The Headmistress of Pleasure" by Women's Health Magazine, Layla spent years studying sexuality at both Stanford University & in the jungles of Asia with Tantric masters. We explored all the things in this chat. From sensuality, play and energetic fullness, to different types of orgasms, better understanding female anatomy, and sexual shame. Related to shame and all the emotions and triggers surrounding sex, we also discussed how our bodies are designed to heal and how sex is not just a pleasure path but a healing one as well. Listen to this one a few times, especially if any of these threads strike a cord for you and of course, let me know what you think!
About Layla Martin:
Layla Martin is the golden standard of holistic sexuality of the millennial generation -- teaching highly intelligent, successful and conscious audiences how to have epic sex and totally incredible relationships through a new approach to the body and intimacy. Her mission is healing and evolving people's conceptions of what sex and relationships truly are. Layla studied human sexuality at Stanford University and then moved to Asia where she worked extensively with Tantric masters for over seven years, mostly in the jungle. All in all, she’s done over ten thousand hours of training in Tantra and sacred sexuality. Her approach is to take this deep wisdom, which is often overlooked because it is cloaked in overly hippy or new-agey language and design and make it highly accessible to young, modern, amazing people by making it entertaining and super fun. Layla brings her knowledge of ancient teachings, and seven years of extensive work with Tantric masters in Asia combined with her foundational education studying human sexuality at Stanford University to hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from an approach to sex and relationships that has been shaped by hundreds and even thousands of years of old religious and social taboos around these topics that are no longer fully relevant to modern society and yet still play a large role in influencing how we approach love, sex and relationships.
In this episode, Layla shares:
1. Sex education for adults
2. Why cervical orgasms are Layla's favorite
3. How to navigate crying during sex from both partners' perspectives
4. Sexual shame for men and women