in Higher Ed


Today’s Episode at a Glance [0:00] Listening is probably the most powerful tool in your leadership toolkit. If you open your mouth to speak, pause and ask yourself “Why am I Talking”? [ 2:25] The 3-part “Why Am I Talking?” framework. [5:46] Do you dread giving bad news at work? Or struggle knowing how to […]

Why Am I Talking? (and other powerful questions)

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In this episode you’ll hear… [0:08] I want you to Love Your Job Again! And I want you to help your teams love theirs. Come learn how to love your job by uncovering the secret to joy at work. Join me for the final version of Love Your Job Again this Wednesday, February 1, at […]

#35 The Secret to Joy At Work

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Listen to A Budget is a Moral Document Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts : In This Episode, You’ll Hear: A Budget is a Moral Document This idea has pervaded my life since childhood, but I hadn’t heard (or remembered) the phrase until I saw it last summer, painted starkly on a building mural near […]

#33 A Budget is a Moral Document

Listen to Lessons from my Year of Yes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts , and Google Podcasts: In this episode, you’ll hear… My Year of Yes This week I reflect on lessons from my “Year of Yes.” Shonda Rhimes coined this phrase in her 2016 book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In […]

#32 Lessons from my Year of Yes

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. 

And let’s take some cues from the book Machiavelli for Women by Stacey Vanek Smith. She identifies four archetypes of nasty female colleagues, and I suggest actionable strategies you can practice this week to protect yourself and the women around you from these types, by being a mentor and an ally.

Mentors & Allies

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.

The Role of Women Leaders in Educating for Democracy