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 38

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.

 

Additional Resources:

Profits for Pets – Putting the Fun in Fundraising!

Ig: https://www.instagram.com/profitsforpets/

ABOUT SINDEE LEE " SL"

SL (Sindee Lee) Gillespie  got her first taste of entrepreneurial success when she set up a lemonade stand right next to the Tourist Information booth on the major highway that ran through the rural community where she lived. By the second day she was offering homemade lemonade, a bowl of sugar for those with a super sweet tooth to make their drink the same and baked goods.  From a very young age she recognized – literally – that even the lemons in life can turn into something good!

She has had success as a restaurateur, selling transmission line hardware to Provincial Power Utilities in Canada and introducing a new technology to the oil and gas industry in the US.  She is now living ‘happily ever after’ with the love of her life business, Profits for Pets, that she recently launched which allows her to channel all her years of business building, mentoring and passion for helping animals into one place.

CHARITABLE SPOTLIGHT:
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE US

The Humane Society of The United States | The Humane Society of the United States

We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. We rescue and care for thousands of animals every year through our Animal Rescue Team’s work and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society. 

ALL EPISODES

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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Episode 37:A Conversation with Lucy Wallace, the Founder of Dance to Be Free : Creating Mind-Body Healing for Women Behind Bars

We are starting off our Philanthropy month with Lucy Wallace, The Founder of Dance to Be Free. As a life-long dancer and student of psychology, Lucy got the idea to start teaching dance to the women’s prison population in Denver in the Spring of 2015 and was teaching inside by July 2015. We talked about the genesis of her idea and how, when she began, we was the only non-faith based volunteer group in the women’s prison system and how her experiences led her to expand her program after only 6 months to not only teach, but to teach inmates to become teachers themselves under the guise of offender-led programming. We talked about remembering the humanity in the women behind bars and her mission to help women heal from trauma through body-based healing. We also got into some personal and poignant examples of some of the women she has helped heal from both personal and ancestral trauma, finding their worthiness and innate leadership skills and empowering them to pay it forward in the prison community and beyond. As Lucy puts so well, “ It’s about catharsis and regaining control, not calories.”

We also talk about the challenges of starting and running a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the collective encouragement she has received both inside and outside the prison system, and how her self care is “coming back to the magic” of working with the women inside.

Lastly we touch upon how she is attempting to expand her focus into jails such as the infamous Rikers Island facility in New York City.

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Episode 36:Anniversary Special: Sorority, Inspiration and a Form of Salvation aka How The Show Has Changed My Life

Hi everyone! I wanted to share this special anniversary episode where I talk about what the podcast has meant for my life this year, some lessons learned and more. I also wanted to share some of my thoughts on mental health, especially in 2020, removing the stigma of asking for help and a call to action for everyone to check on their “ strong friends” as the first week in October is mental health awareness week. And as always, we remember to shout out our charity highlight of the week, The Save the Children Coronavirus Response Fund.

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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

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