The Uplift Podcast

A podcast dedicated to elevating women leaders - at all levels - in higher education.

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The Uplift broadcasts the mission of The Clareo Group: to unleash the power of women’s leadership in higher ed. Each episode blends real stories, leadership philosophies, and actionable advice – all designed to help women amplify their voices and elevate their leadership. 

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After more than two decades leading transformational projects for organizations of all sizes, Barri Harris has committed herself to supporting success across intergenerational teams so that colleagues can develop meaningful trust in their leaders *and* in each other. In this episode we talk about cultural conditioning, especially related to power and gender, for folks from different generations. 

#25 Park Your Ego

Mandy Balek-Stephens leads by practicing empathy and gratitude as people explore their path — whether they’re exploring their profession, their studies, their interests and passions, and their identities.

#24 Empathy & Gratitude

Gender discrimination is real. The gendered wage gap is real. The mommy tax is real.

It’s bad for straight white women.

It’s much worse for women with brown and black skin; for lesbians and queer, bi, and trans women; for women whose first langauge is not English; for women who are entering professions as the first in their families or social circles and don’t have allies to support them.

So let’s take a lesson from Machiavelli: look the monster in the face, and determine our best course of action given the lay of the land. Let’s strategize. Not to be brutal, but to lift each other up. 

To set the groundwork for this I take a peek into Machiavelli for Women by Stacey Vanek Smith. In particular I share the four archetypes of nasty female colleagues she identifies, and suggest actionable strategies you can practice this week to protect yourself, and the women around you, by being a mentor and an ally — especially for women who inhabit less privileged positions than you do.

Then join us for the rest of the month as my guests discuss supervising and mentoring from intersectional and intergenerational perspectives. 

#23 Mentors & Allies

Joy. Activism. Feminism. Love of teaching. Optimism. Let me introduce Elise Robinson!

#22 Feminism is Optimism

As Provost and faculty member in Leadership Studies at Fort Hayes State University, Jill Arensdorf believes democracy is a creative practice that calls for situational and contextual awareness as folks move together toward a shared goal. As a leader, Jill has “a lot of faith and hope in people,” which she expresses both through her […]

#21 Democracy is A Creative Work

In this episode of The Uplift Susi tackles the “bodacious question” of whether teaching public health can model democratic citizenship. A medical anthropologist by training, Susi Keefe approaches her teaching, like her research, by focusing on people and their stories. She shares stories about her students claiming their identities while learning to advocate for community public health…and discovering themselves as leaders along the way. Susi also discusses teaching evals — and if you stick around, you can catch her rowdy dog Tater making his first podcast appearance.

#20: A Bodacious Question

“Changing the world – changing the civic existence – is completely central to what Dominican University does.”

#19: The Entanglement of All Things

Now more than ever higher ed needs to model the tenets and tensions of a liberal democracy: one that promotes fact-based debate from multiple perspectives in order to find a communal way forward. In this episode I ruminate on how I came to care about this question in the first place.

# 18: The Role of Women Leaders in Educating for Democracy

In this final episode of our “back to school” theme for September, I encourage you to take a fresh look at caring for yourself. I redefine self-care as intentional life-sustaining practices that protect well-being, enhance overall health, increase happiness, and promote empowerment, and, for women leaders in higher ed, also produce vitality by making space […]

#17: A New Kind of Self-Care

Alienation is a natural outcome of systemic accretion: the ongoing increase of small tasks and assignments that seem individually manageable but taken together become impossible. It’s easy to see how this could contribute to disengagement and burnout. Institutions that engage in habitual systemic accretion may be unintentionally “quiet firing” their people by giving them work that is designed to leave them feeling undervalued and unwanted. The solution? Leaders can rebuild the connection between people’s purpose and their work. 

#16: Humanity vs. The Economy