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#23 Tackling Hard Conversations


Recorded live on 1150KKNW with special guest Kate Isler. It sometimes feels more comfortable to avoid tough topics than to approach them with an open mind and kindness. Today Kate and I talk about one of those topics – gender parity and where we are in 2020. Join us as we dig into the data and how we can begin to take action to support this meaningful cultural change.

Today’s Guest

Today’s Guest has turned her passion for supporting gender parity into a thriving business. Kate Isler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Be Bold Now. Their mission is to build a community of women and men who strive to empower each other to take action to accelerate gender parity.

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Show an act of kindness and compassion. You can start small, a smile to a stranger, buy someone coffee or flowers, send an encouraging note.
  • Even just being a witness to someone behaving rudely slows your cognitive function by 18%. Rudeness has a significant impact on us all!
  • It’s easier to be comfortable and avoid hard conversations. Approach them with an open-mind and curiosity while avoiding criticism and judgment. Purposely choose to have conversations with compassion.
  • Creating gender parity is a culture change that isn’t always comfortable.
  • The United States is rated 53 out of 153 countries in the world for gender parity measured in 4 main pillars: education, healthcare & longevity, political empowerment, and economic participation & wage factors.
  • Activism or having an opinion doesn’t have to be aggressive. It can be compassionate, but it cannot be quiet. You have to be willing to open up the dialog.
  • Inclusion is feeling like you belong and have a voice.


Be Bold Now
An excellent resource to read more stories of Bold Women, find ways to take action, read up on the Economic Forum Data, and learn more about the International Woman’s Day Celebration in Seattle.

With courage, kindness, and grace,

Love Sam

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