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The Speak Easy Podcast

By Jen Estill and Karen Stefl — creative studio entrepreneurs, brand and video experts, boss ladies, moms

Hi. Jen Estill and Karen Stefl here. In The Speak Easy Podcast, we share years of expertise in marketing, branding, video production, strategy—not to mention management, employee development, mentoring, sales, creativity, maintaining life balance, managing money, and.. you get the idea. It takes a lot to keep a couple of creative studios thriving. We developed this podcast after years of "how do you..." boss lady conversations. It was clear that if we were both in such similar places with regard to business growth, and personal growth, and work/life/motherhood/bossland balance, then other women may be, too. We'd been sharing confessions over cocktails for quite a while—solving problems, asking for advice, and whispering the secret fears and disappointments that successful women are never supposed to have. (You've had those, right? It's not just us?) Thus, Speak Easy was born. Our goal and our promise is to speak with honesty about the challenges that experienced women in the creative industry face. To create a community where we can support one another and abandon the mantra that we put on a good face and make it look like we have it all together, even when we don't. You can expect honesty, complete vulnerability and even a good laugh. And cocktails. You can expect cocktails.

  1. 1.
    84: Innovation and Changes In Nonprofits – Featuring Guest Joan Gustafson10/20/2020
    36:15
  2. 2.
    Strategy Series 09: Cleaning Up Your Brand Language10/13/2020
    11:15
  3. 3.
    83: Back To Basics: B2B vs. B2C Communication10/06/2020
    12:11
  4. 4.
    Strategy Series 08: Growing Your Nonprofit With Video09/29/2020
    4:48
  5. 5.
    82: Quitting While You're Ahead: Knowing When To Stay Or Walk Away09/22/2020
    15:08
  6. 6.
    Strategy Series 07: Effective Outreach Through Marketing And Branding09/15/2020
    6:31
  7. 7.
    81: Waste Not, Want Not: How To Be Our Most Efficient And Effective Selves09/08/2020
    18:39
  8. 8.
    Strategy Series 06: Building Trust In Video09/01/2020
    7:06
  1. 9.
    80: Audiences, Flexibility, And The Future Of Public Broadcasting – Featuring Guest Susi Elkins08/25/2020
    43:03
  2. 10.
    Strategy Series 05: Defining Target Markets08/18/2020
    5:48
  3. 11.
    79: Lessons From A Global Pandemic08/11/2020
    16:58
  4. 12.
    Strategy Series 04: The Art Of Virtual Video Events08/04/2020
    6:03
  5. 13.
    78: Wanderlust, Our Wildest Dreams, and Why We Do What We Do07/28/2020
    20:54
  6. 14.
    Strategy Series 03: Leveraging Your Brand Values07/21/2020
    7:19
  7. 15.
    77: Fuck It, I'm Going For It Anyway07/14/2020
    21:24
  8. 16.
    Strategy Series 02: New Rules for Filming07/07/2020
    7:13
  9. 17.
    76: Fighting For What Matters Most — Featuring Guest Paula Herbart06/30/2020
    40:49
  10. 18.
    Strategy Series 01: Learn From This Crisis To Prepare For The Next06/23/2020
    7:24
  11. 19.
    75: Working With Guilt: Why We Feel It And How To Manage It06/16/2020
    34:26
  12. 20.
    74: Breaking Up And Moving On: The Life Cycle Of Client Relationships06/02/2020
    24:22
  13. 21.
    73: Adapting To Change And Evolving Your Business05/19/2020
    26:03
  14. 22.
    72: Creating A Legacy Of Service—Featuring Guest Rachel Willis05/05/2020
    36:06
  15. 23.
    71: Catching Curiosity: How Asking 'Why' Can Model Empathy And Innovation04/21/2020
    16:09
  16. 24.
    70: Bad Manners In The Workplace: How To Avoid Them And How To Address Them04/07/2020
    22:36
  17. 25.
    69: What Do We Do Now?—Leadership During Crises03/24/2020
    19:19
  18. 26.
    68: Fueling Your Fire And Finding Your ‘Why'–Featuring Guest Tammy Hannah03/10/2020
    37:01
  19. 27.
    67: Finding And Using Your Voice: The Art Of Advocacy02/25/2020
    22:51
  20. 28.
    66: The Games We Play Beyond The Board02/11/2020
    19:03
  21. 29.
    65: The Power Of 'Yes': How We Can Break The Routine Of 'No'01/28/2020
    17:46
  22. 30.
    64: What Romance Novels Teach Us About Feminism and Change—Featuring Guest Lyssa Kay Adams01/15/2020
    53:39
  23. 31.
    63: Getting Back To Basics, Avoiding Shiny Objects And Decluttering Our Minds01/06/2020
    16:59
  24. 32.
    62: The Most Important Things We Do Each Year12/17/2019
    18:41
  25. 33.
    61: How The 80/20 Rule Can Help Us Get Our Priorities Straight12/03/2019
    20:39
  26. 34.
    60: Granting Yourself Permission To Be Creative11/19/2019
    19:25
  27. 35.
    59: How To Face Big, Scary, Intentional Changes11/05/2019
    17:18
  28. 36.
    58: Learning New Things, Failing At Them, And Coming Out On Top10/23/2019
    20:13
  29. 37.
    57: What Keeps You Up At Night?10/08/2019
    19:10
  30. 38.
    56: Navigating Pricing While Knowing Your Worth09/24/2019
    29:47
  31. 39.
    55: Building Community - Live at Bad Annie's, Featuring Guests Meghan Martin and Summer Schriner09/10/2019
    41:31
  32. 40.
    54: Changing Careers And Running The Show–Featuring Guest Lis Weston08/27/2019
    29:39
  33. 41.
    53: How To Stop Dreading Employee Reviews08/13/2019
    19:08
  34. 42.
    52: Brown Suits And Watered-Down Whiskey: Why We Shouldn't Settle For Average07/30/2019
    16:08
  35. 43.
    51: What To Do When You're Burnt Out, Exhausted And Ready For A Giant Nap07/16/2019
    21:39
  36. 44.
    50: Random (And Surprisingly Relevant) Thoughts From A Word Generator07/02/2019
    20:39
  37. 45.
    49: Relevance And The Mid-Career-ness Of It All06/18/2019
    21:09
  38. 46.
    48: Recognizing Our Faults (Almost To A Fault)06/04/2019
    16:58
  39. 47.
    47: The Fine Line Between Critique And Criticism05/21/2019
    21:27
  40. 48.
    46: Entrepreneurial Hindsight is 20/20–Featuring Guest Kelly Rossman-McKinney05/07/2019
    39:34
  41. 49.
    45: Change Is Always In Season04/23/2019
    17:17
  42. 50.
    44: Defining Success And Getting Our Priorities Straight04/09/2019
    17:37
  43. 51.
    43: Hitting Reset After Hitting The Brink03/26/2019
    18:39
  44. 52.
    42: Making And Breaking The Rules03/12/2019
    19:43
  45. 53.
    41: Show Up, Follow Through And Don't Be A Dick02/26/2019
    19:35
  46. 54.
    40: Is 'Fake It Till You Make It' Bullsh*t?02/12/2019
    13:35
  47. 55.
    39: Why ‘Entrepreneurial Rigor’ Isn’t An Oxymoron01/29/2019
    16:46
  48. 56.
    38: Plans, Endgames And Questions We Didn't Know Existed—Featuring Special Guest Gabrielle Lawrence01/15/2019
    29:41
  49. 57.
    37: Creative Muscles Need Training, Too01/04/2019
    18:13
  50. 58.
    36: Resilience12/18/2018
    15:22
  51. 59.
    35: Maintaining Virtual Relationships12/04/2018
    19:59
  52. 60.
    34: When Things Go Wrong11/20/2018
    17:09
  53. 61.
    33: Following Creative Trends11/06/2018
    15:16
  54. 62.
    32: The Inevitability of Busy10/23/2018
    15:28
  55. 63.
    31: Vulnerability in Leadership10/09/2018
    16:39
  56. 64.
    30: Who Left Me In Charge?—Featuring Special Guest Sarah Anthony09/25/2018
    26:39
  57. 65.
    29: Difficult Decisions09/12/2018
    16:05
  58. 66.
    28: Impatience is a Virtue08/28/2018
    18:16
  59. 67.
    27: We Hate Sales and Prospecting, Too.08/14/2018
    15:33
  60. 68.
    26: Staying Organized and Keeping Our S*** Together07/31/2018
    16:50
  61. 69.
    Bloopers: Our Birthday Gift to You07/24/2018
    6:39
  62. 70.
    25: When Employees Lie, Cheat and Steal07/18/2018
    26:51
  63. 71.
    24: Transparency07/02/2018
    22:06
  64. 72.
    23: I Need an Assistant06/19/2018
    19:05
  65. 73.
    22: What Makes a Great Partnership—Featuring Special Guests Robin and Betsy Miner-Swartz06/05/2018
    30:12
  66. 74.
    Rebroadcast: Life Balance is a Fucking Lie05/30/2018
    15:28
  67. 75.
    21: Keep Hiring05/16/2018
    22:47
  68. 76.
    20: What Are You Worth?05/01/2018
    25:33
  69. 77.
    19: Comparison04/17/2018
    14:09
  70. 78.
    18: Disintegration of Boundaries04/03/2018
    14:27
  71. 79.
    17: Life Balance Is a Fucking Lie03/20/2018
    14:28
  72. 80.
    16: Professionalism Is Dead03/06/2018
    19:47
  73. 81.
    15: Does Creative Drive Die?02/20/2018
    15:54
  74. 82.
    14: What Our Kids Have Taught Us About Clients02/06/2018
    20:31
  75. 83.
    13: Who Do You Give Your Baggage To?01/23/2018
    16:53
  76. 84.
    12: Crying at the Office01/09/2018
    22:16
  77. 85.
    11: Letting Go12/19/2017
    16:05
  78. 86.
    10: Cautionary Tales12/05/2017
    20:28
  79. 87.
    9: Language. And not in the fun f-bomb kind of way11/07/2017
    22:12
  80. 88.
    8: What's the big idea? (You know you've got one in you...)10/24/2017
    22:55
  81. 89.
    7: Human Resources is Dark and Terrible and Hard to Navigate10/10/2017
    20:56
  82. 90.
    6: Rebranding09/27/2017
    23:49
  83. 91.
    5: Change + Growth09/12/2017
    18:44
  84. 92.
    4: Recognition08/29/2017
    20:28
  85. 93.
    3: What Do You Do When Everything Is a Priority?08/15/2017
    10:43
  86. 94.
    2: Are We Still Entrepreneurs?08/01/2017
    11:18
  87. 95.
    1: It’s Hard to be Honest07/17/2017
    12:28

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