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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SEASON 2 

THINK COURAGEOUSLY PODCAST 

episode 51, Season 2

SURVIVING CANCER TWICE WITH LOVE AND LISTS FEATURING CHRISTINE CORRIGAN

Christine Corrigan is the author of "Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists:. 

A mom. wife and recovering attorney, Christine shares her fierce story of surviving cancer twice. At age 15, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. And as an adult, she battled breast cancer. 

Her book was inspired by her medical support team who thought it might be helpful if she created a list of lessons for women going through cancer.  And she carefully braids these two stories together reflecting back from the perspective of time and experience. 

Christine shares her writing journey with us.  From the fleeting idea of writing lists to the disciplined path she took to build her writing habit, this is a realistic glimpse into the rigor of writing. 

Our conversation focuses on our limiting beliefs around asking for help. The struggle of receiving support. The challenge of letting go of control. And the magic that happens when you let others bolster you up. Christine is candid about how the experience of letting others in became an ignitor for serving other women. 

And as always, In this episode, we talk about success, courage, and pivots. 

Exploring the notion of "practical realities", Christine has carefully cultivated a guide-book for others on the cancer journey. The book is available on Amazon. 

To learn more about Christine and her story, visit: 

https://christineshieldscorrigan.com/
Facebook: Christine Shields Corrigan
Twitter: @CPCorrigan2
Instagram: cpcorrigan

LinkedIn: Christine Corrigan

01/29/21

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episode 50, Season 2

EXPECTATIONS REDEFINED WITH MOLLY WATSON

Sometimes pivots come in incremental moments. Sometimes pivots are transformational. And unexpected. And challenge us to redefine expectations. 

Meet Molly Watson. Molly takes us on the extraordinary journey of her 32-year career. From the midwest to the Big Apple, Molly shares her remarkable story from media planner to Senior Vice-President and COO. 

The glamour and grind of life in the big city feels a bit like Mary Tyler Moore meets Mad Men.

We talk about climbing the corporate ladder, the power of saying “YES” and living a life without regrets.

Molly also shares the unforgettable story of her life as a mother.  And how her lifelong dream of being a mom to three children has challenged her to redefine expectations and think courageously. 

Molly generously shares the story of her 21-year-old daughter Maggie, her SHERO. Maggie was born with a missing chromosome. Maggie can't walk, talk, sit up, or feed herself. She's, non-verbal,  visually impaired and wheelchair-bound. Cognitively, she’s three months old.  

This is a story of unconditional love. A story of realigning expectations when faced with remarkable challenges. And the heart of thinking courageously.

 Today, Molly is the founder and owner of Evolution Engine Consulting.Her work helps people and businesses who may be stuck in getting to the next level of growth through an enterprise perspective. She brings everything she learned in the C-Suite to drive meaningful growth.

Learn more about  Molly at:

linkedin.com/in/mollykuehnwatson/

evolutionengineadvisors.com/about/

[email protected]

01/22/21

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episode 49, Season 2

I AM...MY LINE IN THE SAND

 

I am...a white woman with brown-eyes., Petite, with short hair. That's what you see.  

What you don't see is that I am a Jew. I am a Jersey girl. I am an advocate. I am an ally.  I am a sister, I am a step-mom, I have one daughter. I grew up in an upper-middle-class family.  I am a wife. I am an orphan. I am a pet mama. I am a survivor. I am an anti-racist. 

Our identities are complex. I am so much more than you can see. And, we rarely get a chance to share some of these details with others. 

In this episode, I draw my own line in the sand. My line around bigotry, hatred, and what my parents taught me about "never forgetting".  

And I share why I believe we are all connected by different pieces of our identity. A web of connectedness. 

It's time for all of us to #thinkcourageously about this broken world we live in. It's time to rise, speak up and make a difference.

01/15/21

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episode 48, Season 2

THE LINE IN THE SAND WITH APRIL ADAMS PERTUIS

It's a celebration! 

Today marks the one-year anniversary of The Think Courageously podcast! 

I couldn't be more excited to have my dear friend, my coach, and my mentor, April Adams Pertuis, as of today's special guest as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Think Courageously podcast. 

April Adams Pertuis is a former journalist, video producer, content creator, and founder of the Lightbeamers Facebook community. 

She is a self-proclaimed storytelling junkie who believes that when we share our stories, we shine a light.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The continuum of courage
  • Vulnerable storytelling
  • The myths of vulnerability
  • The process April used to pull the story out of me (it wasn’t easy!)
  • How I found the three pillars of the podcast
  • Igniting your own light and illuminating the way for others
  • Being in service and sharing our stories with others
  • Making life pivots and the act of decision making
  • Drawing a line in the sand, and then showing up for it.
  • The powerful public declaration that she asks each of her new members to share
  • The role courage and pivots have played in her business success and her own line in the sand moment

As always, we talk about the courage that we find in sharing our stories. The courage it takes to be open and expose ourselves to things as we navigate life.

Join us as we "thinkcourageously" with #AprilAdamsPertuis

You can find April at:
IG: @lightbeamers community
FB: LIGHTbeamers
Podcast: The Inside Story
Website: lightbeamers.com

01/08/20

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episode 47, Season 2

UNLEASH YOUR AWESOMENESS WITH ANNE ALEXANDER

New York Times best-selling author, magazine editor, yogi and podcaster, Anne Alexander is on a mission... to help others unleash their awesomeness. 

In this episode, Anne shares her journey from super-achiever to a super transformer. Through her personal awakening, she has learned how to use her media and personal voice.   

We talk about speaking up, listening deeply, healing what hurts... all in service of unleashing your brightest light.

A self-proclaimed "extraordinary disapappearer and people pleaser",  hiding has been the story of Anne’s life.  Yet, in spite of her conditioning, she found the courage to become exceptionally successful in traditional terms.    

Her past motto of  "how can I help you" has been replaced by "just be."  

 Today, we talk about:

  • Courageously redefining success. 
  • Living your life in chapters.
  • Navigating life’s external experiences, while also processing it internally.
  • Unlearning what we've learned
  • And the role of the universe and intuition play in our lives as women.

Anne shares three basic principles that she practices daily. Accepting your feelings, knowing your purpose, and doing what needs to be done.  

And, as always, we talk about courage, success, and pivots. The courage found in the everyday decisions we make. And, the courage it takes to be open and exposed ourselves to things as we navigate this thing called life.  

Join us as we “thinkcourageously” with #AnneAlexanderUnleased.

Learn more about Anne at:
https://www.soulcandy.com/ 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-alexander-666908/
https://www.facebook.com/SoulCandyFounder
https://www.instagram.com/soulcandyfounder/

01/01/21

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SEASON 1

THINK COURAGEOUSLY PODCAST

episode 46, Season 1

REFLECTIONS ON A YEAR OF THINKING COURAGEOUSLY

 

On today's show, I'm taking a little stroll down memory lane.  I'm reflecting on the lessons learned through the remarkable women who happened to share their stories during this remarkable time. 

I've been fascinated by what connects my guests. And this show tackles what I've learned this year.  The messages are powerful. And as diverse as these women are, each of their stories is connected in powerful ways. 

This show is full of wonderful nuggets about lessons in success courage and pivots. And it honors these guests who have become my tribe. Women who are willing to speak truth to triumph. 

12/18/20

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episode 45, Season 1

LISTENER'S CHOICE II

 

On today's episode of the Think Courageously Podcast, I'm taking listeners' questions about...podcasting!

From finding dynamic guests to insights into my favorite shows to the possibility of highlighting men on the show...you'll get a birdseye view into what it takes to bring this weekly show to you. 

You'll learn about my role in getting the show ready for launch, what I am seeking in guests, and why podcasting is my passion project. 

I'm also offering a #courageouschallenge to listeners. Consider your own story of courage, success, and pivots. I'm offering YOU the opportunity to be a guest on the show in 2021. 

12/11/20

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episode 44, Season 1

LISTENER'S CHOICE

In this first of three episodes, I'm taking a deep dive into listeners' questions. Some of the topics I cover today include:

  • My daily mindset and routine
  • My favorite thing...right now
  • Getting unstuck
  • What's ahead in 2021
  • My courageous inspirations
  • My superpowers
  • Confidence
  • And a peek into my wild and crazy blended family (including fur babies!)

12/04/20

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episode 43, Season 1

LETS'S FLY: OPENING YOUR COURAGEOUS PARACHUTE WITH MELANIE CURTIS

 

Melanie Curtis has jumped out of an airplane over 11,000 times. She has competed at the highest levels in the sport of skydiving, set world records, stunt doubled in commercials and has worked around the world as a headling professional skydiver.

Her collective experiences, Melanie leads and creates from her belief that courageous self-expression is one of the most powerful avenues to our deepest healing and highest contribution to others, ourselves, and the world. 

Melanie is also a life coach, speaker, author and activist. 

In our conversation, we start at the beginning...her days as a banker. We journey through topics including happiness, passion, and alignment. We talk about the limiting beliefs we have around pivots. And harnessing your greatest resources and inner passion. 

11/25/20

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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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