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If you’ve ever wanted to learn about entrepreneurship and empowerment as a woman in business without all the frills and the lies, this podcast was created for you. Michelle and JoyGenea take off the uncomfortable heels, the lipstick, the pantyhose, the bra with the underwire poking out, and they give it to you straight. Learn everything you need to know about taking your rightful place as a woman of power and importance from two women who have experienced the ups and the downs of being a woman in business. Find your voice and gain your footing in the business world as they recount both stories of horror and of triumph over their decades of experience.

Letters to Ourselves

If you could go back and tell your pre-pandemic self something, what would it be? That’s the question that Michelle springs on JoyGenea in this episode of If These Heels Could Talk. If you could write a letter and your pre-pandemic self would read it, what would it say?  Hear about everything from...

When Business and Personal Don’t Mix

Someone has just asked you to go to something. Maybe it’s a holiday party. Maybe it’s a networking event. Maybe it’s a community service club. Maybe it’s a fundraiser. You will be representing your business at this event. And the event isn’t one that you want to go to - not because you generally...

Skimpflation the Opportunity

NPR reported economist Alan Cole’s concept of Skimpflation - the idea that consumers are receiving less value for their dollar because businesses are reducing quality of goods and services while maintaining prices. So instead of pricing going up (inflation), quality is being reduced. We can see...

100 Episodes Strong!

Listen in as Michelle and JoyGenea discuss the 100th episode of If These Heels Could Talk, where we’ve been, and what we’re planning for the future of the podcast.

Disaster Preparedness

TW: Active Shooting, Gun Violence They say that practice makes perfect. But what if practice is scary and perfect isn’t needed? Does that mean you don’t need to practice? In business, we plan for lots of things that never happen. And lots of things that do. We buy insurance against fire and data...

Hiring Different

Hiring is hard. And it’s harder when fewer people apply for an open position.  When it was an ‘employer’s market,’ tons of people would apply for job openings. Employers had their pick. Those employers in upward trending industries or with great reputations or with fantastic benefits packages tend...

When an Employee Breaks Up With You

It’s like a break up. Someone is going to want it and someone else isn’t.  As a small business owner, when you have to fire an employee, you know it’s going to be emotional and difficult. Even if the emotion is anger. But how do you handle it when someone decides to leave? Employment is a...

Swag to Remember

Swag or promotional products, can be an excellent way to extend your networking and help build your small business. But, like any other advertising options, swag needs to be executed correctly. Every real estate and insurance agent in your area will give away a calendar, or a pen, or a can cozy....

Nurturing Partnerships

You’ve networked. You’ve been introduced. Lots of people know who you are and that you’re in business. While networking is an ongoing activity, part of the process is nurturing relationships for the long-term. But how? Frankly, the same way you would nurture any relationship. Show up. Be present....

Are Consequences Inevitable?

Oh, look. You stumbled over a consequence.  Consequences of our choices and other’s choices are all around us in business and leadership. And sometimes, like children, we stamp our feet and proclaim it’s just not fair. But outcomes of our decisions are rarely all one bad or all good. In fact, we...