THINK COURAGEOUSLY

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Join Deb Cummins Stellato for the THINK COURAGEOUSLY PODCAST, where she challenges listeners to think differently about success, pivots, and courage.  ‚Äč

Each week, Deb will share stories and insights into igniting energy from within, through conversations aimed at women looking to be the best version of themselves.

A lifelong lover of change, and a creator of opportunities, Deb will challenge you to explore your limited thinking on the “C” word … CHANGE.   View the Podcast Schedule and Archives below.

 

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episode 42, Season 1

ANXIETY, ANGER AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN 2020 WITH DEB CUMMINS STELLATO

 

It's been some time since I've done a solo show. And I was feeling like we could all use a boost of positive energy. 

On today's episode, I'm talking about one of my favorite topics.. managing our own dynamic energy. 

Coronavirus. Crazy election season. Homeschooling. Disrupted holiday plans. Zoom fatigue. Our 2020 reality.

Anxious. Angry. Overwhelmed. Depressed. Disconnected. Overworked. Depleted. All words that any of us might use right now to describe our own energy.  How is all of this catabolic energy serving you right now? What can you do to shift your energy?

 Understanding and choosing how you want to show up... in spite of the circumstances is a game-changer. 

I introduce you to the 7 levels of energy.  And I share a bit about my own daily energy dynamic practice. 

You'll also get a sneak-peak into my 5 C strategies for combatting catabolic energy:

  • controlling what you can control
  • celebrating the small stuff
  • creating contemplation time
  • community engagement
  • and commitment to connections

Think about this show as a shot of Vitamin C for your spirit.

11/18/20

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episode 41, Season 1

THE LEAP OF COURAGE WITH ANNIE SCRANTON

 

Sometimes we choose the pivot, sometimes the pivot chooses us. 

Meet Annie Scranton. 

Annie is a former TV producer working on shows on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC's Good Morning America, and NBC's TODAY Show. Now, as a PR-pro, she helps craft messages for brands like Hint Water, Fast Company, Saffron Roads, and travel darling, Away suitcases.

Over a decade ago, Annie Scranton was a producer for some of the biggest networks on TV. But when her show was canceled, she found herself an unexpected entrepreneur. Utilizing her own story as inspiration.

Our conversation focuses on Annie's rebuild after a setback in the high-pressure media industry. 

Annie shares tips and tricks on how to face your challenges head-on and turn them into your biggest successes. Including:

  •  getting blunt and honest feedback from your network of friends and families
  • getting granular about your skillset
  • your personal value proposition...what can an employer get from working with you
  • positioning yourself as an expert
  • and celebrating your successes


In this episode, we share our mutual admiration for Katie Couric,  the concept of career currency, celebrating small wins, and imposter syndrome.  

This is a great conversation into #thinkingcourageously about your career with a media maven.

11/09/20

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episode 40, Season 1

CONVERSATIONAL COURAGE IN 2020 WITH TAYLOR BUONOCORE-GUTHRIE

 

Taylor’s expertise is in inspirational leadership, talent development and facilitation. 

Taylor began her career as a consultant with Mercer Human Capital, and has since held roles with a variety of organizations around the world, including as an advisor to Rio Tinto in Mongolia and as President of the nonprofit Born Free Africa. Her experience spans North America, Africa and Asia.

Taylor, and her business partner, Mollie Khine,  are the creators of Convers(ate) ...a time-tested method for sparking conversation, rooted in the art of asking thoughtful questions. 

During this episode of the podcast, we talk about the "birth" of the Convers(ate). And what it's like to be an entrepreneur and working mom. 

Convers(ate) has three grounding principles...be present, be curious and be respectful. 

In this conversation, we talk about getting uncomfortable. Especially in the political season of 2020. 

 

How do we navigate challenging discussions with families and friends? How do we show up in a place of curiosity and growth? How do we move forward with those who have political views that don't align with ours?  What values are at the core of our differences? How do we find common ground?

 

Bottom line...we talk about the importance of trying first to understand..then be understood " Let's listen and learn before we pitch and persuade..." This episode is about the  power of courageous conversations in our lives. 

10/30/20

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episode 39, Season 1

INSPIRATION FOR A KINDER WORLD WITH KHINE ZAW

 

Academic. Student. Scientist. International Activist. Entrepreneur. Mother. 

Survivor a childhood sexual abuse, 

Khine lives her life with the hope of impacting one person at a time. 

" Basically, my own trauma allowed me to see the world with a different perspective that we all need to be kinder."

Khine was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and came to United States in 2013 with her former husband who is Allentown-native after obtaining her Ph.D in Human Security from University of Tokyo. 

During this podcast, we explore Khine's fascinating journey and stories of courage. From getting a full-scholarship to leave Myanmar to study to the incredible encounter with a young girl she met that forever changed her life. And the courage this meeting had on her ability to make the ultimate pivot. 

We explore finding your voice and the power of impacting one person at a time; throwing that small pebble into the ocean and seeing it ripple. And of course we talk about Khine's entrepreneurial journey and her business; Khineder Creations. 

Khine talks about the courage it took her to choose a different path in her traditional family. And challenges our limited beliefs on external expectations.

At 24, Khine understood that "whatever I was going to become from that point onward, I wanted it to be of service. I wanted to be of service to especially girls. And helping them was helping my own wounds."

This is a remarkable story of #thinkcourageously and #livingcourageously.

10/23/20

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episode 38, Season 1

RE-WRITING MY STORY WITH COACH KOFI WILLIAMS

 

Coach Kofi Williams is on a mission....to help 10,000 Black women live empowered. 

In 2007,  she heard 10 words that shook her world and changed everything 

“When you change your thinking, you can change your life.”

In this episode, Kofi shares her powerful journey of self-discovery. From 30 years of clinical depression, being a teenage mom and being on her own and leaving home at the age of 16 to her career in the corporate world and...

Her 2020 Pivot. 

On May 25, when she saw George Floyd, murdered on national television, it changed everything for Kofi.  She clarified her vision.  And now, she proudly says that she boldly serves black women... helping them to find their vision, their value in their voice, so that they live more and suffer less.

We talk about suffering. And the two basic reasons that we suffer in life... because number one, we don't truly understand how life works. And number two, we don't truly understand who we are. We believe that we've been that person that's been conditioned by our family. 

Coach Kofi talks about her own way of protesting through helping black women to live empowered lives. And teaching them what an empowered life looks like. And by providing the opportunity for black women to release some of that old baggage and reframe their thoughts. And in essence, reframe their whole life experience.

We talk about the duality of life. the notion that you cannot have good without bad, up without down left without right. black without white and death without birth. which means there is no place called Happyland.

And of course, we talk about courage and the everyday decisions that we get to make and how we show up. 

Join us as we #thinkcourageously with #CoachKofiUnfiltered. 

10/16/20

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episode 37, Season 1

DEB'S DARING ADVENTURE...LESSONS LEARNED FROM DARING TO LEAD

In this episode of the podcast, I am stepping into the arena and sharing my journey of Daring to Lead. 

I share my 5 "AHA" moments from my training and how they gave me powerful insight into #thinkingcourageously. 

From stepping into the arena and armoring up to lessons learned on self-compassion and self-judgment, I share this powerful experience with the hopes of inspiring courage for my listeners. 

I revisit my values reset, insights into the "F" word...feedback. 

And finally, I share a painful personal story about Learning to Rise and owning my story. And why writing my SFD (s**tty first draft) is allowing me to step up during this month of Domestic Violence Awareness. 

 

10/09/20

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episode 36, Season 1

CELEBRATING THE COURAGEOUS LIFE OF RBG WITH DR. NICHOLA GUTGOLD AND JESSICA ARMSTRONG

There's never been another like her. And when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, the outpouring of support and loss of a national treasure, was palpable. 

Like most women, I felt like I had lost a role model. A #shero. An absolutely fierce lioness who lived a life of courage. And I wanted to honor her by sharing how she lived a life of #thinkingcourageously.

So I called in members of my squad ( and beloved Inkhorn Book Club),  Dr. Nichola Gutgold and Jessica Armstrong. The authors of the children's book, "Growing Up Supremely". 

In their book, the authors share the inspiring, and hardworking lives of the four women justices— Sandra Day O’Connor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, & Sonia Sotomayor.

As we do each week, we look at the role of success, pivots and courage. And how these three words weaved into the life of #RBG.  

Nikki and Jessica share some of their favorite stories about the Justice. We talk about work/life balance, marriage, motherhood, unusual friendships, kindness and values.

It's an up-close and personal look into a woman who made us all think differently.

Jessica Armstrong serves as the Associate General Counsel at St. Luke's Health Network. Dr. Nichola Gutgold is a Professor of Communications at Penn State University-Lehigh Valley Campus.

10/02/20

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episode 28, Season 1

FEARLESS AND FABULOUS WITH CHRISTINA LANGDON

Christina is a passionate entrepreneur, mentor and coach. After 30 years running sales and marketing teams at big name media brands including Martha Stewart Living and Fast Company, she now helps people and businesses achieve more than they thought possible.

In this episode, we learn about this pioneer's vision to claim her most prestigious role "COM-Chief of Me". We talk about courage through the lens of divorce, job change and a cancer diagnosis. Christina provides invaluable insight into redefining success on her terms and the pivots she has made to where she is today.

07/31/20

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episode 19, Season 1

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT WITH MIRIAM ILLIONS

Miriam Illions was born in Suffern, New York and at the age of 10, moved to Jerusalem with her family. She grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family where she learned about safety and "playing by the rules"  At 17, she found her courage and left all that she knew.

We talk about her childhood, her spiritual journey, shame, guilt, and, the power of unleashing your mane.

05/29/20

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episode 11, Season 1

CLAIMING YOUR COURAGE: LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Alli Hoff Kosik is a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. and my incredible daughter!

Since leaving her job in book publishing in September 2016 to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, her work has been published in outlets including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, HelloGiggles, Refinery29, The Kitchn, and more. Alli works closely with several brands and businesses on managing their blog and web content, and partners with first-time authors on developing their manuscripts...

04/03/20

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episode 1, Season 9

HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?

Ellen Oberholtzer Kalinosky is a true superhero. In this episode, Ellen shares her 30-year health journey and what she's learned.  And what it means to never give up. 

Ellen's remarkable story around faith, hope, and courage is nothing less than extraordinary. She talks about everything from her professional journey, to the "perspective meter", to her miracle baby, and the power of choice. And, the love story that weaves through all of these experiences.

03/20/20

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episode 4, Season 1

WHY COURAGE?

Persistence, Grit, Fearless, Brave...all-powerful words. So why COURAGE for this podcast?

In today's episode, you'll get insight into how I hatched this idea and why I chose this title. We'll look at why courage differs from persistence grit, fearlessness, and bravery. You'll hear stories of courage (#farrahthelioness). And, we'll talk about my observations around why courage just doesn't seem to be as visible in our female lexicon. 

02/07/20

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