Sara Boone on Teamwork, Vulnerability in Leadership, and Showing Up

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In The Interview: Episode #22, Ciara Pressler interviews Sara Boone, Fire Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue. Sara and Ciara talk about… The unique challenges and opportunities of leadership during Covid Her vision for a more equitable fire department Social change Working with Pregame to sharpen her executive leadership The intricacies of fire emergencies Showing up as a leader while making space for vulnerability and compassion Sara Boone became Portland’s fire chief in 2019, 24 years after she joined the bureau. Born in California, Sara Boone was adopted by a couple from Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High with a […]

Michael Roderick on Becoming a Stronger Connector and Building Trust

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In The Interview: Episode #21, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Roderick, the ultimate people connector. Michael and Ciara talk about: His thoughts on the ‘return back to normal’ Creating strong and memorable ideas as a thought leader Staying relevant in the digital space Driving referrals through brand and relationships Michael Roderick is the CEO of Small Pond Enterprises which helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders by making their brands referable, their messaging memorable, and their ideas unforgettable. He is also the host of the podcast Access to Anyone which shows how you can get to know anyone you want in business […]

Tales from the Script

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When I was a kid I used to stay up late to watch the show Tales From The Crypt.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a series on cable hosted by a character named The Crypt Keeper who looked like a cross between Skeletor and David Spade in the movie Joe Dirt and featured many well-known actors. Every episode was a different story that focused on the idea of twist endings which I really loved and most of the time the story involved a character who thought they were getting one over on someone or something (the show […]

Lora DiCarlo on Sex Tech and Fighting Double Standards with Success

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In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate. Lora and Ciara talk about… Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle Fighting back against gender discrimination How having a purpose can help improve profits   Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops […]

Jelani Memory on Using Books to Have Difficult Conversations With Kids

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In The Interview: Episode #13, Ciara Pressler interviews Jelani Memory, author, publisher, and startup founder with a successful exit. Jelani and Ciara talk about… His company A Kids Book About How books can help give kids permission to have difficult but necessary conversations Being a creative story teller Making mistakes in building a company Self selection in publishing How his books allow children the dignity of having complicated lives and real fears Jelani Memory is an author, publisher, and co-founder of A Kids Book About, a collection of children’s books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and […]

My Career Story: Heidi Busche, Relationship Coach

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Name: Heidi Busche Current Job: Speaker, Author, Relationship Expert.  Founder of Heidi B Coaching. Current Place: Portland, OR by way of Iowa, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Ireland. Hometown: Bettendorf, IA Age: 40 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Madonna – I can remember being like, I want to major in music with a minor in Madonna. College degree: Bachelor of Science (BS); Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.  Masters of Science (MS); Political Science, Portland State University What do you love about what you do? I love all of the PR that comes with owning a business and marketing […]

Karla Starr on Resilience, The Nature of Luck, and Trusting Your Abilities

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In The Interview: Episode #08, Ciara Pressler interviews Karla Starr, author, health and behavioral science fanatic, and freelance journalist. Karla and Ciara talk about… Redefining relationships with uncertainty and focusing what we can control Human psychology and how it applies to properties of stress and resilience How we can apply insights of human psychology to making decisions in business Her upcoming book about how we can make progress despite immense uncertainty Her extensive research on the nature of luck Trusting your own abilities Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles […]

I Need A Hug… A Single Extrovert’s Worst Nightmare

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Here we are, through March 2020, where most of us probably feel like February was four years ago instead of four weeks. Our lives have been turned upside down, and let me tell you, this weekend was one of the hardest times of my entire life. I don’t think I’ve experienced sadness or anxiety like I have since I was a little girl trying to figure out my childhood that forced me to grow up and take care of myself much faster than any five year old should. Saturday I took a 48-mile bike ride just to wear out some […]

Love and Lessons

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I’m not going to make up statistics, but it seems like most people become parents on accident and then improvise as needed, accepting their new role, as humans do, fairly easily. I think I may have a skewed view of that, and the ‘accidents’ just stick with my memory better, but it does seem that more times than not, it’s either a true accident or something along the lines of “well, we weren’t NOT trying.” I love that one. Nothing like a double negative to soften a vulnerable position. When I decided at 39 to get pregnant, I had my […]

The Pursuit of Immeasurable Impact

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“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams I began my first career as a high school English teacher, full of idealism about the impact I would have on my students. The reason I went into teaching (aside from being completely clueless about what else I might do with my life), was because I wanted to have a positive impact on kids. Yet, I don’t know what impact, good and bad, I had on my students. I know some of the impact I had on some students. If the reason I went into […]