BOLDLY SPOKEN

WITH JESSICA CASUCCI

Looking for reinvention, real life stories of women, and inspiration?

The “Boldly Spoken” Podcast celebrates women making extraordinary strides in their careers and lives, from overcoming corporate challenges to navigating the world of politics to showing up as the brave, outspoken, and powerful human beings that we are.

When you need a pick me up or a big dose of inspiration, these are the women that will inspire you to be a little less fearful to take action for yourself, and will leave you with the real life stories of how they got the wins that so few people hear about. And couldn’t we all use a little more “good news” in the world?

Our intention is not to whitewash or “light-wash” what’s going on in this world, but to give you hope. We have a diverse mix of women sharing their stories in their voice, in a no BS, first amendment friendly way.

And every episode is an opportunity to support a charity that’s doing groundbreaking and necessary work for women, girls, or the community at large. So we encourage you to listen, share and support in any way you can.

EPISODE 40

This is a quick episode to thank everyone for listening in on Season Two.  I loved hearing everyone’s stories and am excited for the promise of 2021. I just wanted to let everyone know we’ll be taking a hiatus from November 2 until February of next year.  I’ve loved every minute of this show and hope to continue it in one form or the other but I’m taking a few months off to focus on my family and friends and to re-configure my personal activism at a more grassroots level.  I’m recording this prior to the US election and no matter what happens I promise to keep fighting the good fight, sharing women’s stories that need to be told, and celebrating the bold, brave and badass women all around me. 

I’m dedicating this season to my friend Lydia, who in the last few months has been braver and stronger than I could ever imagine. And since we both love  another bold, brave and badass woman, Madonna, here’s a favorite video of ours : Take A Bow from the album, Bedtime Stories.

Madonna – Take A Bow (Official Music Video)

Until next time, GO BOLDLY!

ABOUT JESSICA

A pint- sized powerhouse from The Bronx, Jessica Casucci is the founder and CEO of Mt. Olympus Performance Group, a firm that provides high-impact science and research-based executive and performance coaching to women.   With 18+ years’ experience as a corporate attorney, she formed her own company in 2019 with the goal of helping women aspire to big things and achieve them. In addition to coaching, she also can be found sharing inspirational stories of every day women doing bold, brave and badass things on her podcast, Boldly Spoken.  When she isn’t making playlists filled with deep house, 90’s hip hop and a bit of David Bowie for good measure, she’s hiking, playing with her rescue pets Orion, Finn & Nyx and cooking family style meals for the people she loves.

CHARITABLE HIGHLIGHT:
VETERANS YOGA PROJECT

Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans’ organizations, and other non-profit organizations, VYP-trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families. By providing support to all veterans, whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms, or they are focused on increasing resilience and giving back to others, Veterans Yoga Project is doing its part to serve those who have served.

 Veterans Yoga Project

ALL EPISODES

Episode 40: Take A Bow: My Goodbye To Season Two

This is a quick episode to thank everyone for listening in on Season Two. I loved hearing everyone’s stories and am excited for the promise of 2021. I just wanted to let everyone know we’ll be taking a hiatus from November 2 until February of next year. I’ve loved every minute of this show and hope to continue it in one form or the other but I’m taking a few months off to focus on my family and friends and to re-configure my personal activism at a more grassroots level. I’m recording this prior to the US election and no matter what happens I promise to keep fighting the good fight, sharing women’s stories that need to be told, and celebrating the bold, brave and badass women all around me.

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Episode 39 #VetGratiude, Recovery & Resiliency with Deb Jeanette of Veterans Yoga Project

Our last special episode on philanthropy is in honor of Veterans Day. Over 2 million American Veterans suffer from PTSD and we lose over 20 A DAY from suicide. That number is staggering and so I’m willing to do whatever I can to help those who have given so much for our freedoms. And that’s why I wanted to interview today’s guest Deb Jeanette. Deb is the President of the Board of Directors of Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) and mom of a marine helicopter pilot. Deb took a leap of faith and left the comfort of corporate life to teach yoga for veterans full time, and so we talk about her path to helping our underserved veterans in the mental health space, providing them tools for mindful resilience, overcoming PTSD and integrating back into civilian life. We also talk about how important it is to have peer to peer support in the veteran community, how VYP works with the VA and individual donors, and how they have helped thousands of veterans to undo the underlying nervous system dysfunctions that underlie most stress-related conditions. We also get into the unique needs of creating a safe space to serve the unique brotherhood of the military community and where she is seeing a tremendous positive with veterans teaching veterans and showing how trauma-informed yoga has changed their lives. We also talk about the five self-regulation tools that VYP teaches that can be utilized by anyone who has experienced trauma in their lives, and their specific VYP methodology for training trauma informed yoga teachers and healthcare workers. Lastly, Deb shares some powerful experiences of veterans who have participated in the program.

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Episode 38: It Never Occurred to Me That I Couldn’t Do It: Taking a Can-Do Attitude from the Farmhouse to the Boardroom with SL Gillespie, Founder of Profits for Pets

Sindee Lee, SL for short, is a self-described farm girl from Canada turned serial entrepreneur. We talked about how she got her entrepreneurial spirit from her grandfather growing up on the farm, and how she discovered her passion for business building at a very early age with her first lemonade stand. Then we talked about how you discern the difference between failing and pivoting as feedback versus failure, as well as defining who you are by experiencing people who you are not, including her experiences bumping against the status quo in the oil and gas industry. After that we get into her big pivot and how she used her “can-do” spirit and experiences as a pet foster mom, as well as her passion for animals, to inspire her to create Profits For Pets, a platform that allows animal charities to focus on helping animals versus fundraising. And lastly, she shared her five rules for living her life out loud. As SL puts it, “it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it” and I hope this episode inspires you to feel the same way.

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“When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we re enforce the notion that lies are better.”

– Bell Hooks

“A woman with a voice, is by definition, a strong woman”

– melinda gates

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”

– Oprah winfrey

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.

– diane von furstenberg

“Women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen.”

– meghan markle

contact us

Questions, comments, requests for guests on the show? Drop us a line below or email us at boldlyspoken@mtolympusperformancegroup.com.

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