Leadership Tea

Shelby Smith-Wilson and Belinda Jackson Farrier

The Leadership Tea podcast is where powerful leaders share their journeys, insights, and triumphs through informal conversations about what it takes to reach the executive level. Join us every other Wednesday to be inspired by the unvarnished stories of amazing executives who know what it's like to be "the only" at the table and who have succeeded regardless. They have proven leadership experience in their respective fields, from international affairs to the private sector to academia, and want to help others create their own success stories.
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A Cup of Curiosity: Dismantling the Achievement Addiction
6d ago
A Cup of Curiosity: Dismantling the Achievement Addiction
Send us a Text Message.Curious about how to build a team that thrives on creativity and curiosity? Join us on the Leadership Tea Podcast as we welcome Erika Bennett, founder and CEO of Conscious Culture Creative. Erika's unique leadership approach fosters deep relationships and encourages an environment where curiosity is valued. Drawing from her rich experiences, Erika shares how nurturing diverse talents can lead to substantial personal and professional growth for everyone on the team. Have you ever wondered how personal insecurities can shape leadership styles? In this episode, Erika reflects on her journey from an intern to an executive, emphasizing the significance of embracing failure and maintaining accountability. By doing so, leaders can better support their teams, fostering a more honest and productive work environment.Finally, we dive into the complex balance between professional success and personal fulfillment. Erika discusses her transition from high-profile roles to a more balanced life as an entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of mental health and personal fulfillment.  Don't forget to leave us a review and connect with us on Instagram to continue this journey of sipping wisdom and stirring success together.Learn more about Erika's professional journey here.We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Red, White, and Brew: Revolutionary Approaches to Partnerships and Careers
Jul 3 2024
Red, White, and Brew: Revolutionary Approaches to Partnerships and Careers
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how power couples juggle careers while keeping their families grounded? Join us for a compelling conversation where we share our secrets to balancing demanding jobs and family obligations. In this bonus episode, we bring our spouses into the mix, offering a unique glimpse into our lives and revealing how communication, adaptability, and mutual support help us manage it all. Our discussion likens marriage to a relay race, where the baton is passed to whoever is best positioned to move forward, highlighting the role of our partners when the woman's career takes the lead.What does it mean to be a "girl dad" in today's world? We share heartfelt stories that reveal the importance of support, bravery, and open communication. Drawing inspiration from influential figures —parents, spouses, and mentors—we showcase how these relationships shape our approach to leadership. Listen to personal anecdotes that illustrate the impact of parenthood on how we move through life, making us better partners and professionals.Self-care isn't just a luxury; it's the bedrock of success. We emphasize the interconnection of home and work life, discussing how adaptability, flexibility, and setting positive examples for our children contribute to professional achievements. We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Grounding Yourself: Leading in the Grey, Part II
Jun 26 2024
Grounding Yourself: Leading in the Grey, Part II
Send us a Text Message.Could adversity really be your greatest opportunity for growth? Discover the transformative power of reframing challenges in "Leading in the Gray, Part II," where we share vital insights from our experiences during the pandemic and beyond. Learn how maintaining a positive mindset can turn difficult situations into bursts of creativity and progress. We also highlight the necessity of self-care, emphasizing personal strategies like having a therapist and a leadership coach, embracing the courage to ask for help, and other self-care practices that keep us resilient. By prioritizing our well-being, we become more adept at guiding our teams through the storm.Ever felt overwhelmed by sudden decisions? In today's episode, we explore how taking a pause and reflecting before making choices can impact leadership efficacy. Hear about the power of "let me sleep on it," and how small but intentional actions within your sphere of influence can foster stability during crises. Finally,  we underscore the importance of seeing adversity as a growth opportunity and staying grounded through self-care. We treasure listener feedback and encourage continued engagement through various social channels, creating a community of shared wisdom and success.We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Pouring Gratitude: Leadership Through a Dad's Eyes
Jun 16 2024
Pouring Gratitude: Leadership Through a Dad's Eyes
Send us a Text Message.Listen in as we celebrate Father's Day with a heartfelt discussion with our dads. From transitioning careers to overcoming humble beginnings, we recount the stories of these incredible men and their profound impact on our perspectives of fatherhood, leadership, and the importance of being present.Our dads share their journeys, highlighting the twists and turns that required adaptability, specialization, and effective communication. We discuss how unexpected challenges have reshaped their approaches to budgeting and strategy, emphasizing the power of flexibility. Plus, we explore the balance between being a generalist and a specialist and how mastering bureaucratic processes and writing skills can give you an edge in professional settings.Finally, we delve into the essence of leadership as a practical skill. Is it something you're born with, or can it be cultivated over time? Through our fathers' career transitions and management experiences, we underscore the importance of patience, understanding human behavior, and staying true to oneself. Please tune in for invaluable career advice and express gratitude for our fathers' foundational roles in shaping our lives and leadership styles. Happy Father's Day to all the dads, mentors, and father figures out there!We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Steeping in Purpose While Cultivating Community
Jun 12 2024
Steeping in Purpose While Cultivating Community
Send us a Text Message.What if leadership was less about authority and more about generosity, empathy, and kindness? On this episode of the Leadership Tea Podcast, we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Debernee  Privott, who shares her journey from a supportive family upbringing to becoming a distinguished community leader and professor. Dr. Privott reveals how the principles of understanding, sacrifice, and inclusivity, instilled in her from a young age, have shaped her leadership style. Learn how her faith and family values guide her actions, fostering environments where collective success is the ultimate goal.Discover the transformative power of service through Dr. Privott's experiences at Spelman College and the influence of women like Marian Wright Edelman. This episode takes you through her challenges and how community support helped her build resilience and strength. Understand the importance of following one's passions for personal and professional fulfillment and how a consistent dedication to service can solidify one's purpose in life.Effective leadership requires vulnerability, vision, and perseverance; Dr. Privott exemplifies these attributes. Dr. Privott discusses her involvement in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and shares insights from her favorite book, "Better, Not Perfect," by Dr. Shai Butler,  which champions authenticity and self-acceptance. Ultimately, this episode redefines leadership as an act of love, where caring for oneself and others leads to the best in everyone.More information about Dr. Privott and her work is available here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/debernee-privott-ph-d-818302b2/We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Returning to Our Roots: High Tea with Mom
May 12 2024
Returning to Our Roots: High Tea with Mom
Send us a Text Message.Mother's Day brings varied emotions and reflections for many of us, and it takes on many different forms, as you will see reflected in the stories of today's guests. This special podcast episode takes a heartfelt look at motherhood's role in crafting leaders. We're joined by two extraordinary women, Cora and Gloria, our own mothers, who bring a rich tapestry of experiences and wisdom. Their stories demonstrate how the virtues they learned from the mothers and mother figures in their lives deeply impacted their leadership values and principles.  Many of these lessons were instilled in our childhood homes and have become the bedrock of our leadership philosophies. These include - Respecting othersGiving people around us space to grow while nurturing developmentSeeing the potential in others that they don't see in themselvesMaking calculated risksListeningAllowing and encouraging questionsHaving faithLeaning on our villagesThis list is by no means exhaustive, but it gives you a glimpse of the nuggets of wisdom you will glean from this episode.Join us for this episode, not just to hear our stories but to find echoes of your own family's legacy and, perhaps, a renewed appreciation for the matriarchs and patriarchs who have helped pave your path.We publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com
Bitter Brews and Sweet Successes:Radical Self-Reflection and Designing Your Future
Feb 7 2024
Bitter Brews and Sweet Successes:Radical Self-Reflection and Designing Your Future
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered what a year dedicated entirely to self-discovery and personal growth could do for your future? Our guest, Cathy Duffy, did just that last year. Join us as we talk to her about her year of exploration and move into her season of "getting into position".  This episode isn't just about transformation—it's a masterclass in the sacred art of self-care as a cornerstone of inspirational leadership. Cathy's journey is a testament to the power of embracing change and using it to design a life of intention and purpose. We explore how the philosophy of an overflowing cup can lead to a more generous and sustainable way of giving, both in personal life and professional spheres. You're invited to step into our space of growth and reflection, where Cathy's insights from her leadership journey inspire us all to engage, reflect, and grow toward a brighter, more intentional future.Cathy dropped countless gems of wisdom. Some of our favorites include "Aging is a privilege", "I deserve to be here. I know I am worthy", and asking "Where are my talents most needed?" She kept us engaged and inspired us from the beginning of the episode to the end and we are sure you will feel the same way.Share your favorite quote from Cathy with our community. Drop a comment @Leadership_tea. Guest: Catherine DuffyProgram Note: International Women's Forum Leadership FellowshipWe publish new episodes every other Wednesday.Follow us on Instagram @Leadership_Tea for more inspiration and insights.Learn more about us and the podcast at www.stirringsuccess.com