A year ago I got wore out by my morning commute. Traffic jams annoyed me. I was tired of the typical morning radio DJ antics. Then I discovered the podcast app on my iPhone. All of a sudden my morning commute didn’t seem so awful. I was learning while I was driving. I was introduced to new people and ideas. At the same time, my good friend Joy Schwartz and I decided that we would embark on our own podcasting venture as a way to collaborate and bring our practical and philosophical phone calls to a broader audience. In this blog I celebrate posting the 10th episode of The Collective Voice as well as give you information on my favorite podcasts.

Celebrating 10 Episodes of The Collective Voice

You can find all of the episodes by CLICKING HERE. The links included in the descriptions below will take you to the individual episodes. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, I invite you to pick one of these on your next commute, run, or while you are washing dishes or folding laundry. You can learn more about the nuts and bolts of the creation of The Collective Voice in my blog post titled Two Girls + Two MacBooks + 9pm Phone Calls = The Collective Voice

Joy and I talk about topics important to us:

Warming Up – Learn about how we met one another and why we decided to do this in our Intro Episode (01)

Networking – Our best advice in 23 minutes in Networking Basics (02)

Girl Talk – We discuss girl-on-girl and girl-on-self crime in an episode titled Own Worst Enemy (04)

Mentoring – We cover times mentoring has gone right and wrong in Episode 07

Calling in the experts:

In order to bridge our geographical divide, Joy and I have conducted interviews with amazing individuals in our own communities.

Kathy Cleveland-Bull – Joy and I teamed up to interview long time mentor and friend KCB in Episode 3. It is a great discussion that draws on Kathy’s career that includes her time in higher education and her current role as a professional speaker, trainer and consultant.

Nihar Chhaya – Joy interviewed executive coach Nihar Chhaya for 2 episodes. In Episode 05, Nihar is able to breakdown what coaching is and how he serves his clients. In Episode 06, Nihar and Joy have some fun with quotes and then have a thoughtful conversation about common pitfalls women face when communicating.

Dr. K Shelette Stewart – In this motivational interview, appropriately titled Connecting Profession and Purpose (Episode 08), Shelette talks about her path from her successful corporate career to authoring her first book and starting her own business.

René Delane – In Women Who Dare (Episode 09), René talks about her small town upbringing and how it has led to a deep rooted appreciation for diversity and inclusion. You can also learn more about René in this blog post.

Alise Cortez – Joy interviews Alise to round out our first 10 episodes. Alise has her own radio show, and enjoyed being on the other side of the interview as she talked about her career journey in Exploring Life and Career Transitions (Episode 10).


Natalie’s Picks: Here are the podcasts that I subscribe to. I’m always looking for others to try, so please include any suggestions you have in the comments section!

The Lively Show – This was the first podcast I listened to, and over the course of a few months listened to almost every episode in her 2-year archive. I recommend listening to her interviews as she is a great listener and asks excellent questions.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – After hearing Gretchen as a guest on The Lively Show, I started listening to her podcast, which she co-hosts with her sister. It’s fun to listen to these two sisters chat both about their daily lives and also tips to make our lives happier and more productive.

Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso – I stumbled upon this through the top charts. I’ve since read Sophia’s book, also titled Girlboss. She has some great guests and doesn’t hold any punches on her opinions. Strong language at times.

Mentoring Moments: Women You May Never Meet Will Become Your Mentors – Denise Restauri hosts this Forbes podcast. It is still relatively new, so catch up now before season 2 starts!

Here are other podcasts I listen to as topics and guests peak my interest:

Freakonomics Radio

Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo

TED Radio Hour

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

This American Life

Which podcast are your going to try next? What is your go-to show?



Small Town Leadership Founder; Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.

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