The Millie Podcast

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Now, more than ever, there is a thirst for meaning and substance. People want to go beyond scrolling, scripted reality and filters and get to the heart of the story. The Millie Podcast is for women who want to rip up the script and explore new ideas, places, and possibilities. Each episode, Millie Travels creator & Millie podcast host, Chelsea Brown will introduce us to an extraordinary woman who inspires a new way of thinking and invites us to see the world in a different way. Think about it: Isn't it when we open up, get vulnerable and share our stories that we really connect, laugh, cry, and ultimately grow and expand our perspective? Together, let's uplift the conversation – and each other. Learn more @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

The Millie Podcast Launched on October 20th
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Claudia Cusano is the writer and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning NUVO Magazine. NUVO combines style and purpose, profiling people, fashion, design, travel, architecture and more. Founded by Claudia’s father in 1998, NUVO is a family enterprise. They approach luxury from a place of style and appreciation – not monetary value.After Claudia graduated from UBC with a degree in sociology, she travelled to Italy, taking time off to figure out her next steps. Her father called and asked her to run his new magazine. She promptly hung up the phone. In 1999, she relented – happily – joining her father, first as a receptionist, working her way up to where she is now: curating and writing evocative, entertaining and informative stories.Take time for yourself and do what you love – and everything will still get done. That is our biggest takeaway from this beautiful, Tuscan-infused episode. Claudia and her family are currently living the expat life in Italy, their stay extended by Covid. They’ve settled into a routine of course, but Claudia still greets each day with anticipation, always finding something to marvel at in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and modern fashion, home to gothic architecture and renowned cuisine – la vera Italia.Millie founder Chelsea and Claudia discuss some of the finer points of living in Italy (never cook with basil in November!), keeping a magazine alive through Covid, the importance of celebrating and prioritizing craftsmanship and skill, working her way up from receptionist to editor-in-chief of NUVO, and so much more.Read NUVO Magazine, Canada's authority on all thing's  exceptional and follow along Claudia's Tuscan journey @Claudia.cusano.More than a podcast, join our community Millie.ca, @Themilliecommunity.

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Apr 12

56 min 15 sec

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty, a Canadian, Indigenous-owned, cruelty-free cosmetics company. Jenn launched Cheekbone Beauty in 2016 after a series of life-changing events: this included finding sobriety and in 2015, awakening from a dream that inspired her to create a company that would help indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand. During Cheekbone’s infancy, Jenn endured a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind Cheekbone Beauty's mission to empower Indigenous youth. Jenn credits Cheekbone Beauty as being part of her healing journey and her route to finding joy, happiness and clarity.With no previous experience in the beauty space, but a strong background in marketing, Jenn researched the makeup landscape while also looking for charities to collaborate with to further Cheekbone’s mission. Cheekbone now donates 10% of its profits to Shannen’s Dream, a Canadian youth-driven movement advocating for equitable education funding for First Nations children.In this episode, Chelsea and Jenn talk about what Cheekbone Beauty is doing to help close the educational funding gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, Canada's residential school system and the generational trauma it produced, how her sobriety, and the loss of her brother, continues to fuel her mission, Jenn’s experience on Dragon's Den, and so much more. In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, Jenn strives to educate as many people as possible about the residential school system and its effects. She speaks regularly to students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. She has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada and First Nations organizations.Jenn has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry, gaining further recognition after appearing on the hit CBC show, Dragons Den. And in 2019, Chatelaine Magazine named Jenn as one of their ‘Women of the Year’.Purchase Cheekbone products and learn more about Cheekbone Beauty @cheekbonebeauty, Cheekbonebeauty.com. Follow along Jenn's journey @cheekbonewarrior.Learn more about First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and Shannen's Dream.

Mar 30

55 min 34 sec

Maria Ergül is the Founder of Vägra Väggen, a non-profit in Sweden that helps people manage stress and recognize fatigue to help avoid burnout. Vägra Väggen raises money for research; creates social impact; works to remove the stigma associated with fatigue; and distributes grants to provide opportunities for recovery. In 2019, Maria received the Everyday Hero Award for raising awareness of mental health issues in Sweden.From athletics to her career, Maria has always been a high-level performer – successful, driven and recognized for her accomplishments. The catalyst for Vägra Väggen was Maria’s own experience with a high-stress job that ultimately led to her burnout. Working 70-hour weeks, overseeing 400 employees, and operating at an intense level – something had to give. When she resigned from her job, she looked for support and assistance, but was unable to find an organization to help her recover from fatigue and manage stress. The idea for Vägra Väggen was born.Chelsea and Maria talk about what led to her burnout, her recovery, and how she now manages and transforms stress. Maria shares with us the importance of listening to our bodies, working smarter, and separating work life from personal life during lockdown.Maria is also an independent HR consultant, winning HR Profile of the Year in 2018. And this April, Maria’s first book will be released. In it, she provides concrete tools and methods to avoid burnout.Follow along Maria's journey @mariaergul, @Vagravaggen. You do not have to go through burnout alone. If you are suffering from burnout, stress or fatigue, would like to gain access to tools and resources, or to purchase Maria's book launching in April, 20201, please visit Vagravaggen.se, @Vagravaggen.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca. 

Mar 23

42 min 27 sec

Karina V is a celebrity trainer, working with actress Jessica Chastain and others, a nutritionist, yogi, and wellness warrior who is on a mission to help busy people find a balanced approach to health. Listen to Karina’s journey from stressed out paralegal, to yogi,  founding trainer at Barry’s, co-founder of Fit Escapes, and co-founder of the Nourish & Shine Collective.Through her own health and fitness journey, Karina started to see how mindset around food, exercise and mindfulness can affect anxiety and self-image. So, she started to adopt a more conscientious and compassionate approach to exercise, nutrition and mindfulness, and it became her mission to share it with others.Watching her clients struggle physically, mentally, and emotionally to fit themselves into a single definition of a healthy lifestyle, Karina was driven to find new, energizing and achievable ways to integrate a balanced approach for people on the move.Chelsea and Karina talk about this balanced approach to fitness and life, sustainable nutrition and exercise, Karina’s journey to becoming an in-demand fitness trainer, and the importance of removing the idea of perfection when working on our fitness, nutrition and mindfulness goals.A woman who believes in the importance of consistency, accountability and confidence AND creating our own definition of OK - Karina energizes and creates a feeling of ease, all at the same time. Get Karina's customized meal plan, register for Karina's programs and follow her  journey, @karinaveee, KarinaV.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, millie.ca/pages/podcast.

Mar 15

35 min 53 sec

We are excited to celebrate International Women's Day with you and #ChooseToChallenge menstrual stigma, inequality, and stereotyping! Florence Akara is a feminist, menstrual health rights advocate, women’s rights activist and Managing Director of Femme International, an NGO in East Africa that is helping to break the barriers and stigma people face as a result of menstruation.Florence grew up in Kenya, in a family with three sisters and a much younger brother. The girls weren’t limited by traditional roles, helping with yard work and changing tires and blown fuses, brought up to believe they could do anything boys could do. Florence's experience in the wider world as a young woman opened her eyes to societal expectations and limitations based on gender. It motivated her to work harder, outperform, and achieve more.Florence graduated from the University of Botswana with a degree in law, working in corporate law, and later assisting with advocacy campaigns for Chapter One Kenya. But Florence felt a pull towards a career that brought her more fulfilment and meaning. When Florence was first introduced to Femme International, she knew that the empowerment of women and girls was the answer. Florence left Kenya for Tanzania, joining Femme in 2018, first as a regional director and then as managing director.Chelsea talks with Florence about her journey to activism and Femme International, how her childhood mobilized and prepared her to challenge gender stereotypes, her work with Femme, the economic burden of menstruation, using menstrual positive language and so much more!Follow along Florence's journey at @menstrualogically_flow. Learn more about Femme International @femmeinternational, femmeinternational.org. Get involved with Femme International's Twaweza Program, which means "we can" in Swahili and their Twende Initiative, which means "lets go" in Swahili.Make a monetary donation to Femme International. More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca. 

Mar 8

41 min 56 sec

Mira Awad is a singer, songwriter, actress and artivista (activist through art). Born in Rameh village in the Galilee to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother, Mira learned how to walk the tightrope of identities from a young age: first, as girl in a male-dominated world, and then, as an Arab in Israel. Her words, music, and activism reflect this, and tell a powerful story of challenging stereotypes and public judgment, learning to embrace the fullness and entirety of her true self. Chelsea talks with Mira about growing up in a politically involved family with strong humanitarian values, finding her ‘artivist’ voice at an early age, her experience competing in the Eurovision song contest, and ‘taking the leap of faith towards yourself’. Currently based in Tel-Aviv, Mira has released two solo albums and collaborated with international artists Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli, Bobby Mc'Ferrin and more. She has performed in a number of acclaimed theatre productions and teaches stage performance for singers, actors and public speakers. Mira also gives talks and workshops, including the inspiring ‘Bahlawan’ (which means Acrobat in Arabic) TEDx talk. She is a relentless peace activist, and uses her art to advocate for human solidarity and empathy across cultures. Follow along Mira's journey at @miraawadofficial. Listen to Mira's music, watch Mira's television series, Muna and shop Mitra by Mira at Mitrabymira.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Mar 1

47 min 15 sec

Zolaykha Sherzad is the founder and creative director at Zarif Design. Zolay has been featured in Vogue Italia and The New York Times, and her work exhibited at the MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Her company, Zarif Design, is an Afghan fashion brand based in New York, Paris and Kabul whose mission is to economically and socially empower Afghan artisans, revive tradition, and shape the future. Zarif builds bridges locally and internationally and builds peace through connection and creativity.When Zolay was 11, her family fled Afghanistan, eventually moving to Switzerland after they were also forced to leave Iran. Zolay took refuge in her studies, graduating from the School of Architecture at Lausanne, practicing in Switzerland, Japan, and New York City. But her thoughts, her heart, always returned to Afghanistan. Zolay transitioned to fashion, determined to build bridges between the East and West and open people’s eyes up to the beauty of Afghanistan and its people, which has been overshadowed by media stories of an embattled, war-torn country.Chelsea talks with Zolay about her journey to Zarif, how hope lifted her up, and how ‘hardship becomes the very thing that empowers us, and fear the enemy that keeps us behind’.Learn more about Zarif Design or purchase a handmade piece from the Zarif collection at @zarifdesign, Zarifdesign.com.More than a podcast, join our community, @Themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Jan 25

35 min 39 sec

After the events of this past year, we collectively understand the importance of resilience, determination and focusing on what matters. Ready to rebuild and rebound, embracing a spirit of hope and optimism for the new year? Then join us as we kick off the very first episode of 2021 with Dubai-based Aya Sadder, founder and CEO of Bolt, an event management company that supports startups. Aya is breaking down barriers for women in tech and creating solutions for future visionaries, all while leading with kindness and eternal curiosity. Aya’s passion and excitement for the future, and her insight into visionary leadership, innovation, and progressive thinking is exactly what we need to propel us forward and motivate us in 2021.In this episode, Chelsea and Aya talk about the key characteristics of visionary leaders, how entrepreneurship can positively impact the world, the importance of female leaders in tech and beyond, how Aya became involved in STEM, the startup community in Dubai, and so much more. Believing in the power of startups and entrepreneurs to change the world for the better, Aya has helped bring companies to life. An active member of the startup community in the UAE and a certified public speaker, Aya has delivered TEDx talks in Rome and Dubai, covering topics like Society 5.0 and the role of startups in the experience economy.Follow along Aya's journey at @ayasadder. Join one of Bolt's upcoming experiential hackathons, workshops or programmes @whybolt, whybolt.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Jan 11

44 min 39 sec

Bianca Osbourne is a chef, cooking expert, cooking show presenter on CTV and host of the On My Plate podcast. Born and raised in Edmonton, Bianca is on a quest to help Canadians rise to their healthiest and highest selves. Bianca has appeared on CBC Radio, Breakfast Television, GUSTO Worldwide Media and is a regularly featured expert chef on The Marilyn Denis Show. Bianca also teaches Food Media Studies and Food Business at Centennial College in Toronto.  Just in time for the New Year, Bianca joins host Chelsea Brown on The Millie Podcast, giving listeners a taste of her unconventional, action-based approach to manifestation. Chelsea and Bianca discuss how profound personal transformation can consist of small, incremental moves; Bianca’s personal mission to mentor women; her experience as a Black woman in media; how opening up and being vulnerable is a messy, but crucial, journey and so much more.Follow along Bianca's journey @Bianca.osbourne, biancaosbourne.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca. 

Dec 2020

52 min 28 sec

Host Chelsea Brown was raised by a mother who instilled within her a passion to see the world, meet new people and be part of something bigger than herself. This episode, we get to meet her. Debi Brown is a dynamic leader who inspires excellence: Empathetic, focused on integrity, and self-described “bossy with a hug”, Debi advocates for a corporate environment with fewer bullies and more heroes.Debi has achieved major success in banking technology and operations, and is the CEO of Clarity Management Group, a company that delivers high stakes project management in the banking sector, with an average project cost of upwards of $1 billion. She is also the author of the New York Times noted book, It’s all in the Delivery: How to Move Mountains without Crushing the Villagers.Throughout her career, Debi has worked with large multinational organizations such as Santander Bank US, TD Bank, and CIBC; managing transitional change, organizational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and more. Along the way, she’s learned a lot about leadership and navigating the corporate world as a woman. She shares what she's learned with The Millie Podcast listeners.Follow along Debi's journey @thedebibrown, claritymanagementgroup.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Dec 2020

45 min 58 sec

Lina Khalifeh is the founder of SheFighter, the first self-defense studio for women in the Middle East. SheFighter, which is now in more than 35 countries, helps to empower women physically, mentally, and emotionally through self-defense training.A multiple medalist, Lina represented Jordan in competitions and championships nationally and internationally. After sustaining a career ending injury, she was forced to reexamine the direction of her life. She went to university and met a fellow student who was the survivor of a sexual assault. This clarified her purpose and she started teaching women self-defense techniques in the basement of her family home.She has personally trained hundreds of women, including actress Emma Watson, earned accolades from President Barack Obama 2019, and has received numerous awards, including the ESPN Humanitarian Award, presented by the UFC and ESPN; and in 2018, she was awarded the Economic Empowerment Award by Hillary Clinton. Lina is also the author of the book SheFighter – From Trouble Maker to Global Change Maker.Follow along Lina's journey @linakhalifeh, @shefighter.Register to become a SheFighter at SheFighter.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Nov 2020

45 min 31 sec

Sitti co-founders Noora Sharrab and Jacqueline Sofia talk to Chelsea about building a ‘partner-preneurship’ to shape social change. Sitti, which means 'my grandmother' in Arabic and operates out of Jordan's Jerash Refugee Camp, brings fair wage employment to refugees through the production of traditional olive oil soap. These two extraordinary women met while living at the camp, an experience that changed the course of both their lives.Noora, whose ancestral family is from Gaza, is also the co-founder /regional director of Hopes for Women in Education and has worked in humanitarian development with the UN. Jackie, who is also an educator and producer of US/Middle East documentary media, works with UNRWA and other partner organizations to build and implement community-based educational opportunities for the women in the camp.Jackie and Noora share openly about the passion behind the ‘why’ of Sitti, hands-on learning, earning the trust of the people of the camp, collaboration over compensation and so much more.The Sitti x Millie Gift Box is raising awareness of the importance of education for women and girls and has a goal of funding three university-level scholarships (4-year degree program) with Sitti beneficiary NGO Hopes for Women in Education. Follow along Noora and Jackie's journey @noora888, @jackiesofia.Learn more about Sitti  @sittisoap.com, @sittisoap.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Nov 2020

46 min 19 sec

Just two days before the US election we speak to Elena Christopoulos. Elena stands out for so many reasons. Elena Christopoulos is a scientist and sustainability expert with over 20 years of expertise as an energy and political consultant who “walks the talk of sustainability.” She is a Canadian who advises well-known US politicians, most recently, presidential candidate Joe Biden.She challenges the status quo across a number of male-dominated fields. Elena is also the Principal of ECMC and is on the Buzz advisory board. She implemented the first urban wind turbine in North America and is responsible for the creation of more than 500,000 green jobs. Elena was named Toronto’s Woman of the Year for her work designing and implementing wind turbines and solar arrays in Canada, Greece, Germany, England, and the US. She has managed over 40 successful political campaigns throughout the world and it is her goal to get more women into politics. Elena is a strong advocate for women as a mentor, peer, colleague and friend. She is a Board Member of the YMCA in Santa Monica, Commissioner on the Status of Women with the City of Santa Monica and the Founder and President of the Santa Monica Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA).In this episode, Elena shares stories from the environmental and political frontlines and talks about being your own superhero, childhood lessons, her unique global perspective as a Greek girl who emigrated to Canada and now lives in the USA and consults worldwide, her personal experience with the #MeToo movement and so much more. She gives women the courage to blaze their own path, take risks and go after extraordinary achievements.Follow along Elena's journey @beingelenala, Elenachristopoulos.com.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

Nov 2020

48 min 18 sec

Natasha Slater knows how to get people talking: sometimes about her, and her irreverent approach to business and life; other times, in her interviews – some famously conducted from the comfort of bed; and most recently, through The Dinner Conversations, Natasha Slater Studios, and her dispatches from Instagram.Natasha is all about women celebrating women, and she is changing the way we communicate with each other. Refreshingly frank and honest, Natasha uses her platform to share authentically: from her battle with anxiety and bulimia to her career transitions and motherhood. A visionary and entrepreneur, devoted mother, trailblazer and lover of the arts, Natasha walks her talk, most recently by helping women empower themselves through her #GoodbyeExcuses Girls Boxe, Surf and Mentorship retreats, and fundraising for women and families suffering from domestic violence during COVID-19 lockdown.Make a donation to end violence against women at dinnerconversations.co.Follow along Natasha's journey @natashaslater__, natashaslater.com. Learn more about Dinner Conversations + Dinner Conversations Retreats  and purchase Wonder Pearl @thedinnerconversations, dinnerconversations.co.More than a podcast, join our community! @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.

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Oct 2020

39 min 24 sec

The Millie Podcast debuts on October 20th. Now, more than ever, there is a thirst for meaning and substance. People want to go beyond scrolling, scripted reality and filters and get to the heart of the story. The Millie Podcast is for women who want to rip up the script and explore new ideas, places, and possibilities. Each episode, Millie Travels creator & Millie podcast host, Chelsea Brown will introduce us to an extraordinary woman who inspires a new way of thinking and invites us to see the world in a different way. Think about it: Isn't it when we open up, get vulnerable and share our stories that we really connect, laugh, cry, and ultimately grow and expand our perspective? Together, let's uplift the conversation – and each other.Join in and learn about Millie on at @themilliecommunity, Millie.ca.Learn more about Millie founder and host of The Millie Podcast Chelsea at @chelseaatmillie.

Oct 2020

2 min 40 sec