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There is no one right way to do business, there is just a right way for YOU! And many women in business are DONE with hustle, bro-marketing culture, and business tactics that are misaligned with their values. Instead, more women are looking to build a business that honors their passion, gifts & wisdom. If you are ready for a DIFFERENT way to operate your business - one that brings ease, challenges the patriarchal status quo, and helps you make a difference in the world (with both your busine ...
 
The number one problem in the way of women creating more wealth, success, impact and freedom is the way we see ourselves. For centuries, women have seen themselves through the masculine, patriarchal lens. Everything we choose, do and strive for has been influenced by this patriarchal framework: Success. Business. Leadership. Power. Wealth. Women operate outside of their innate wisdom, strengths and worthiness trying to live up to the patriarchal status quo. The Feminine Lens is a leadership ...
 
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When it comes to relationships, women leaders are expected to be healers. We’re taught to smooth ruffled feathers, soothe old wounds, and repair breaks and tears. But that repair work takes enormous energy. If you’re wasting it on propping up relationships that no longer nourish you, what do you have left for the people who make your heart feel ful…
 
Each one of us has our own Truth. It’s the sum of our deepest needs, our dearest values, and our most strongly held beliefs. Unfortunately, women leaders are trained to hide parts of themselves, or to water them down to keep other people comfortable. This episode of Women in the Business Arena is about the power of truth-telling. Not just speaking …
 
One of the strongest barriers between us and the growth we’re seeking is internal and invisible. It’s rooted in the ways women were taught that certain parts of us are good and meant to be nurtured, while others are bad and should be rejected. We waste so much energy trying to block off or hush up feelings that we’re taught to fear. Laura and I wan…
 
When it comes to marketing, so many of us are doing Too Much. Social media, networking events, client calls, live video: the options are practically infinite. Trying to be everywhere at once is a recipe for disillusionment and burnout. Diluting ourselves doesn’t just sap our life force, it wastes our time and waters down our impact. This week, we c…
 
When you hear the word “resource,” what do you think about? If you’re like most of us, what comes to mind is external. Money, time, employees, training: they’re all things that come from outside ourselves. External resources are limited and finite. But inside each of us is an unlimited reserve of power & strength. This week, Laura and I talk about …
 
In our culture, women are expected to “keep it all together” even when the pressure is pulling us apart. We are expected to hold space for others when we don’t even have space for ourselves. We shame ourselves for feeling fear or needing comfort. And we carry these ideas into our community spaces. This week, we’re giving women (including ourselves)…
 
This episode continues to pull on the thread of growth as a removal process. When we set aside everything else, what’s left is ourselves, our values, and our breath. Listening to our bodies and focusing on simply breathing can help us remove the distractions, stress, and overwhelm we feel on a daily basis. Body and movement teacher Cass Ghiorse is …
 
This week’s episode is a throwback to my other podcast, The Feminine Lens. It’s a solo episode, where I shared my thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, and why it’s so important to identify your unique genius. So much of professional development is built on improving skills or tasks that we’re not very good at. This approach reinforces the falsehood t…
 
This week’s essential growth tip flies in the face of everything you’ve probably heard about owning your own business or stepping up in your career. The key to growing your success isn’t through doing more. ------> If you want to unlock real, sustainable growth, you need to Do Less. Laura and I share our experience working with clients and being bu…
 
Welcome back to a new season of Women in the Business Arena! I’m so excited to spend this season exploring a topic that’s extremely personal and powerful to me. As entrepreneurs, we’re taught to always be growing: growing our client base, growing our offers, growing our profits. But for so many of us, “bigger” and “better” are actually opposites! R…
 
Welcome back to a new season of Women in the Business Arena! This season is all about growing your business, but maybe not in the way that you think. Traditional, patriarchal business models train us to believe that growth is a matter of adding more: more hustle, more exposure, more offers, more of our precious time and energy. This season, we’re h…
 
We’re marking the end of our season of busting business myths with our first-ever episode recorded live! Listen as Laura Shook Guzman and I look back at a season full of myths and misconceptions. We’ll examine the themes that tie them together, and the core fallacies that keep so many business owners tied to the grind instead of focusing on their i…
 
In traditional, patriarchal business structures, there’s a one-size-fits-all prescription for success, and that size is BIG. If you’ve ever wondered whether scalability was truly the only way to have a vibrant, satisfying business, this episode is a must listen. Join me and a panel of brilliant, bad-ass business women as we bust the myth that you h…
 
As entrepreneurs, we’re told that the fastest way to build wealth is to have multiple streams of income, and diversifying our projects is the only way to achieve security. It always reminds me of the old wives tale “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. But this approach to business demands more effort, saps our energy, and keeps us from truly pu…
 
If you just get your marketing right, you are guaranteed to grow your business & your bank account, right? Wrong! So many business owners are obsessed with more marketing, and they bypass the easy steps to sales that have been there all along. Generating content, chasing after more leads, constantly fixing your brand...does NOT bring more sales. Le…
 
As business owners, we’re told that social media is THE WAY to attract and engage with clients. What if there were ways to reach people that demonstrate your actual expertise, rather than your ability to crank out content? This episode, our brilliant panelists share their strategies for reaching your ideal clients in ways that are more genuine, ful…
 
Why do so many business owners believe we have to go all out to convince potential clients to work with us? What’s behind the indoctrination that makes sales calls feel like an ethical minefield? This week we are talking about how to show up in a genuine, honest way that eliminates the need for sleazy sales tactics. Laura Shook Guzman is back to he…
 
This week, our business myth-busting series takes on a difficult but vital topic; does being an anti-racist business require perfection or empty performance? We talk to Dr. Sunshine Kamaloni about the work white business owners must do, internally and externally, to understand their role in white supremacy, and de-center whiteness in their thinking…
 
Consciously or not, too many of us are convinced that our success, and our value to the world, is directly tied to how busy we are. But that can’t be further from the truth. You are inherently valuable. You are worthy of basic human needs like lunch breaks and a normal amount of sleep. Constantly sacrificing yourself for the sake of “hard work” is …
 
I am so excited about this episode today as we are breaking down the myth that you have to be (and be seen as) an expert to succeed in business. I am honored to have Natalie Miller on as my special guest. She is an incredible mindset coach and woman activist. Together we unpack the concept of "expertise" and reframe it in a way that is more empower…
 
‍We have already busted myths this season like Business Success (or Failure) is Connected to Our Worth and You Should Always be Focused on Business Growth. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to those episodes, click on the title names that are hyperlinked and it will lead you to that episode. I am excited to have my friend Laura Shook Guzman back…
 
One of the greatest myths in business is that we should always be running after more money, more clients, more followers, and more validation. We believe that everything we do should be about growth, growth, growth! This myth not only leaves you exhausted, but is actually detrimental to your business growth. In this episode, I brought on three amaz…
 
In this season, I will be busting business myths. The very first woman who is perfect to help me myth-bust in this season's first episode: Laura Shook Guzman! Together, we break down the myth that “Business Success (or Failure) is Connected to Our Worth.” Even if we don’t consciously say it, or it doesn’t come out in that way, we women may subconsc…
 
Hey, it's Sonya Stattman, host of Women in the Business Arena! If you caught our last episode, you will have some inkling that we are shifting this podcast. I have had the honor to do all 200 of the previous episodes with my amazing co-host Laura Shook Guzman and she will continue to be a regular guest but this season we’ll be mixing it up with oth…
 
I have made a lot of changes to my business and podcasts over the past year. Some things have worked, and some things haven't worked as well as I'd like. That is just part of business! In this episode, I'm pulling back the curtain and explaining what I've learned from totally pivoting my business & podcast in 2020. Long story short, The Feminine Le…
 
While I am all for leading with our strengths, I think it is also super important to learn how to care for them, too. Just because we have a natural gift for something doesn’t mean we can ride it into the ground. We have to find ways to recharge, even when we are doing work that comes more naturally to us! To expand on a wonderful month of conversa…
 
We've got an announcement to make... Women in the Business Arena is coming back! I've made a lot of changes to my business and podcasts over the past year. Some things have worked, and some things haven't worked as well as I'd like. So in this episode, I'm pulling back the curtain and explaining what I've learned from totally pivoting my business &…
 
Are you working in your zone of excellence, or your zone of genius? With your learned skills, or your innate ones? This is a fundamental question to answer if you want a business that feels full of ease, inspiration and fulfillment rather than burnout and frustration. As part of our month on strengths & genius, I have the honor of chatting with bri…
 
Magic happens when women stop focusing on their weaknesses and start leaning all the way into their strengths instead. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even financially - this is such a game changer. This episode is all about what keeps us from living and working in our innate strengths. We’ll talk about how to turn the volume down on your i…
 
We are celebrating 200 episodes of Women in the Business Arena! Laura and I are talking about our all-time favorite episodes of the podcast, our most-downloaded episodes, and what we've learned about business in the past four years of podcasting. Find More Support for Women in Business: > You can find free gifts, opportunities to contribute & more …
 
When we lean into our natural strengths, we create businesses that feel better to run, deliver better results and build more wealth. It is a win-win-win! In this episode I am laying the groundwork for our conversations about strengths and genius, including why focusing on our weaknesses holds us back from true fulfillment, alignment and wealth. We …
 
We have been talking about embodiment all month, but this is still a challenging practice for so many of us. What can we do when being in our body feels scary, painful, or even triggering? This week our resident somatic therapist, Laura Shook-Guzman, joins us to talk about what to do when embodiment feels difficult. We discuss what we’re taught abo…
 
It is no secret that work brings all sorts of stressors with it, especially if you juggle a business with everything else life needs from you. Spending more time in your body and integrating your experiences is a great way to lessen overwhelm and anxiety - but how? In this throwback episode, Laura and I explore the power of embodiment in business. …
 
Embodiment is one of the most feminine practices we can bring into the world of business, because we are almost always encouraged to separate from our bodies throughout the workday (and beyond). I have another panel of intuitive, intelligent women joining me to talk about embodiment: Cass Ghiorse, LaQueshia Jeffries, and Kate Woolsey! We have an am…
 
I am so excited to dive into embodiment with today’s guest, because this is a conversation that can benefit everybody with a body! Janet Farnsworth, body empowerment coach and shame buster, helps women become best friends with their bodies. Janet and I talk about why we put too much stock in how our bodies look, rather than how they feel, and why w…
 
Laura and I are exploring something near and dear to both of our hearts today: community. We met in a community and have both built many over the years, but what makes a truly excellent, supportive community? How do we balance giving and receiving? And how do we find (or build) the communities that really hold and uplift us? We're talking about all…
 
I am so looking forward to exploring this month’s topic with all of you because I think it is one of the most overlooked ideas in the business world. This month our conversations all center around embodiment: what it means, how it feels, and why it is so important, especially for women in business. If this is a concept that you are not familiar wit…
 
This month is such a treat because we have a group of total powerhouse women together to dish all about wealth, worthiness, and doing business with a feminine lens! My guests are the amazing Ifeoma “Iffy” Ibekwe (@thejustincaselawyer), Jess Joswick (@backbonebusiness), and Meghan Corneal (@wildhearthfeminist). We talked about where women get their …
 
How we relate to money is intrinsically tied to how we value ourselves, our work, and our contributions to the world. In this throwback episode, Laura and I examine our relationship with money & redefine "wealth" on our own terms. This is some of the most important work we can do as business owners. Find More Support for Women in Business: > You ca…
 
I am so lucky to have Shondell Varcianna, owner of Varci Media, with me to discuss wealth, worthiness and business on this week’s podcast! Shondell is the owner of Varci Media, a content writing company that helps financial institutions save time by creating content that speaks to their target audience. In this episode Shondell shares her story inc…
 
It is common to experience shame, frustration, guilt and unworthiness when we think about or interact with money. Many of us dismiss these little-T traumas, but when we leave them unaddressed they seriously add up. Combine that with all of the messaging women receive about being “bad with money” and you can see why a lot of us never step into our f…
 
There is so much pressure to create the perfect "strategy" for your business, but often the most impactful thing we can do is create more space. Laura and I talk about why creating & guarding your space for imagination, rest & integration is some of the best time you'll ever spend on your business. Find More Support for Women in Business: > You can…
 
Time for a new monthly topic on The Feminine Lens: women, wealth & worthiness. In this week’s episode I am laying the foundation for our discussions this month. I will share some statistics that show why discussing wealth is SO important and talk about my own journey to embracing wealth as part of my vision. I will also outline why doing the worthy…
 
To talk all about core impulses and business, I am joined by the lovely Bec Ampt! Bec is the Creative Director for Conscious Creative Studio and she has been one of my clients for a while now. Bec and I chat about setting goals from desire instead of fear, creating a sense of ownership over your goals and giving yourself permission to live into you…
 
In this throwback episode, we're revisiting an episode about creating & embodying a bigger vision for your business. We take so much action in business, but to ensure we are going in the right direction, sometimes we need to slow down & reassess the vision we want to bring to life. Find More Support for Women in Business: > You can find free gifts,…
 
I’m really excited to be joined by three of my amazing clients to talk about integrating their desires and embodied experiences into their own unique visions for their lives & businesses. Merrilee, Michel, Louise and I had a really fascinating conversation about why desire can feel dangerous or unattainable for some of us and what happens to our vi…
 
Welcome back to our month all about desire + vision! This week I wanted to explore the physical aspects of desire with our resident mental health expert Laura Shook-Guzman. In this episode, we explore the physical sensations that accompany desire and why they are different for each of us. We also dive into the growing understanding in psychology of…
 
Here we are at the dawn of a new year! This month, we are diving into the relationship between desire and vision. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding around how to create a vision, and if you are someone who struggles to actually make your vision come to life, the feminine lens has a completely different perspective on vision to offer you. I…
 
I’m so honored to have the amazing Sunshine Kamaloni on The Feminine Lens™ with me this week! Sunshine is a doctor, author and racial equity consultant. We have worked together on her business, so I have had a front row seat watching her journey of learning to balance a very logical, masculine perspective with the introspection and creation of the …
 
Laura & I have had so many incredible conversations on this show over the past four years. As we transition into a new era of business, life and podcasting, we wanted to pause, say thank you to all of our wonderful listeners and remember why we started this show in the first place. In this episode we’re chatting about how we started this journey an…
 
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