Ultra You Podcast

From Radical Sabbatical to Interim Executive

Interview with Jane Hirt

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A former managing editor/vice president at the Chicago Tribune, Jane Hirt has re-emerged from a prolonged sabbatical. Her first post – interim executive at a real estate investment firm as the replacement of a friend and colleague on maternity leave!

Part 1
In Part 1 of this interview, Jane and I discuss how she came to be offered the position of interim VP of Marketing, what her orientation period was like, and how things are going thus far.

Part 2
In Part 2, Jane discusses how she is managing the stress of her interim position. She shares examples of how former women executives can help women currently holding executive positions and talks about the possibility of accepting interim positions to relieve pregnant executives in the future.

An Architect, Artist, and Minister talks about Lifestyle, Legacy, and Leading by Example

Interview with Vada Kornegay

Vada Kornegay is the owner and operator of JiLTech Architects and Technologists in Chicago. A veteran and pioneer in her industry, she has 20+ years of experience in the field of architecture, architectural technology, and construction. Vada is a mother, wife, and unapologetic Christian who is active in ministry, philanthropy, and mentoring.

Part 1
In Part 1 of our interview, Vada shares her philosophy about leadership. We discuss the difference between leading by example and consciously setting out to be seen as a leader and she explains what she sees as the potential pitfalls of the latter.

Part 2
Part 2 of this interview with Vada is all about lifestyle – how family, self-care, art, and ministry come together in her life.

Part 3
In the final segment of this three-part interview, Vada shares her thoughts about legacy. She shares how she wants to be remembered by her family and by the world and we talk about why it is important to give voice to the concept in addition to leaving a legacy through actions.

50 Rocks

Interview with Pat Roque

Interview with Pat Roque

Pat Roque, also known as The Business Boomer, loves teaching (in person and online) to empower others in her role as their executive business coach, mentor, marketing consultant, corporate trainer or university instructor. Her award-winning (yet unorthodox) career reflects her passion for connecting like-minded people who enjoy good health and growing their business together.

Part 1 – From Midlife Madness to Midlife Rebirth

In the first segment of our interview, Pat shares her personal journey of midlife rebirth and reveals the story that inspired the title of her blog and e-book, 50 Rocks – Life Lessons for Success.

Part 2 – How I Became a Rock Star Multipreneur

In Part 2 of our interview, Pat tells how she became a multipreneur and talks about each of her business activities. She also shares about her philanthropic endeavors and sets the scene for Part 3 of our chat.

Part 3 – How Golf Can Rock Your World

In this final segment of our three-part interview, Pat talks about how golf transformed her professional and personal life and shares why she considers it to be the perfect tool for advancing your business.

Clarity and Intuition

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In today’s Ultra You episode, I share my thoughts and experiences about the importance of clarity and intuition for women running solopreneur and small businesses. I talk about clarity of purpose – your BIG WHY – as well as clarity from a practical perspective. I then share why intuition – “gut feeling” – is the clearest, purest, most on-target source of information that will provide the clarity we seek. This podcast episode is full of gems and it’s less than nine minutes long. Enjoy!

Are You Ready to Redefine Success?

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Today, and perhaps for the next few weeks, I’m changing the format of the podcast to bring you some of my thoughts and plans about where Ultra You is going from here.

When I launched Ultra You, I had a specific audience in mind – an audience of compassionate, high-achieving women who want to redefine their success. I’ve had a great year on the podcast, with 55 episodes broadcast to date. I’ve brought you experts on topics as varied as the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation, how to manage a merger for your entrepreneurial business, and what “giving back” philanthropically can mean to you in terms of lifestyle, legacy, and leading by example.

Now, I need to turn my attention to seeking funding for my non-profit organization, the Wells International Foundation (WIF), with the intent to fully implement projects in all six of our strategic focus areas. One of these areas is an exclusive community for you as a member of the specific audience that I describe above. Tune in to learn more about this group and see whether you want to become a part of it!

Image and Leadership

Interview with Sylvie di Giusto

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Sylvie di Giusto is an image consultant who specializes in remaking the image of those aspiring to attain leadership positions in the corporate world.

Part 1 – The ABCDs of Image

In Part 1 of her Ultra You interview, she discusses the “ABCDs” of image – appearance, behavior, communication, and digital footprint. She makes the case that despite what you may wish to believe, the way others perceive these elements about you will almost immediately determine whether you get the position you desire.

Part 2 – Building Your Individual Image

In Part 2, Sylvie delves deeply into how she helps each individual client create or enhance the image she desires. She is adamant that there is no “one-size-fits-all” with regard to image building and she shares the challenge that she gives to all of her clients to begin the process.

Radical Sabbatical

Interview with Jane Hirt

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Jane Hirt is a former managing editor/vice president at the Chicago Tribune who recently left her position to take a 13-month sabbatical.

Part 1: How to Survive Quitting an Executive Position

In the first segment of this interview, Jane reveals the enormous amount of planning that she undertook to make her sabbatical a success and gives step-by-step instructions on how you can do the same.

Part 2: Philanthropy and the Return to Work

In Part 2, Jane talks about the philanthropic activities she engaged in during her break and discusses what she sees for herself as she plans to return to the work force.

Turning the Tables: A Look into the Life of Your Ultra You Host

Interview with Monique Y. Wells

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In this 3-part interview, guest interviewer Yolanda Robins of Paris Mac Immo turns the tables on me and interviews me so that you can hear my story!

Part 1: Who is Monique Y. Wells?

Yolanda Robins and I begin the interview with this segment, in which we talk about my background, what inspired me to settle in Paris, and the things that I love about the City of Light

Part 2: The Wells International Foundation

In this segment, Yolanda and I talk about my U.S. non-profit organization, the Wells International Foundation, and its inaugural event, the Paris art exhibition entitled Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color.

Part 3: Ultra You

In the final segment of this interview, Yolanda asks me about why I created this podcast and why my guests are so willing to share their challenges and passions with Ultra You listeners.

Can a high-powered executive really go vegan?

Interview with Dr. Anne C. Beal

Dr. Anne Beal is Chief Patient Officer at sanofi, one of the world’s largest drug companies. Despite her hugely variable schedule (including frequent travel) and the fact that she lives in Paris, France, she maintains a vegan diet.

Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interview, Anne talks about the differences between vegetarianism and veganism. She explains when and why she chose to go vegan, talks about the challenges that “making the switch” poses, and shares the effect that this life choice has had on her health and her family.

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In Part 2, Anne talks about how she integrates her commitment to veganism with her daunting schedule as a C-level executive. She shares how French gastronomic culture and mores are both a help and a hindrance to maintaining a vegan diet. Finally, she gives specific recommendations for executive level women, entrepreneurial CEOs, and other women with time-intensive work activities who want to start and maintain a vegan diet / lifestyle.

Redefining Yourself Abroad – One Woman’s Story: Lifestyle

Interview with Yolanda Robins

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Yolanda Robins was a successful global communications executive in Philadelphia prior to making a life changing decision to leave the United States and reinvent herself abroad. Over ten years ago, she relocated to Paris, France, where she now runs her own real estate business.

In this two-part episode, we explore her lifestyle in Paris.

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In Part 1 of this interview, Yolanda talks about how her lifestyle changed when she settled in Paris. She speaks frankly and openly about the cost of living in the City of Light, how her dining habits have changed, and what the dating scene is like for high-achieving single and divorced women!

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In Part 2, Yolanda shares her thoughts about the importance of citizenship in your adopted country and talks more about what she loves about Paris. She gives valuable advice about what you should do to prepare when you decide to move abroad.

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Hi. I’m Monique, the founder of Making Productivity Easy. I help business owners find peace through productivity by taming their runaway businesses so they can once again enjoy the empires they’ve created. Let’s connect: Check out my full bio, schedule a Discovery Session or join the community on Facebook.


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