Sydney as told by Breanna:
She’s a sparkle. Inside and out. Upon meeting her, she’s engaged, curious, and wants to learn who you are. Energetic, enigmatic, and exploratory. Her curious mind is full of ideas yet to be born and her honesty is refreshing. Her spirit is like a fluttering butterfly — mysterious whimsy, yet charismatic and comforting.
Syd is the creator, the idealist, the connector. Of all the things detailed in her 16personalities.com assessment as an ENFP, this best describes her: “Can’t I fly helicopters AND be an oceanographer who writes songs and cooks.” She’s one to explore whatever excites her. Get ready to be enraptured by everything she says.
Professionally, she works in development and is committed to providing more opportunities for students in higher education. Additionally, she pursues board positions and volunteer opportunities with the community organizations she supports and launched a young alumni leaders program. Next on the agenda? A Masters of Science in Human Resource Development. Now that’s a Queen!
Celebrity Spirit Queen
Tracee Ellis Ross — why? Tracee is FUNNY! She is a biracial Queen, and someone who helped me find my identity. Also, she doesn’t take herself too seriously — how can you not look up to one of two women who actually dressed the Rei Kawakubo/Commes de Garcons theme at the Met Ball in 2017?? She is a strong, vocal advocate for women’s empowerment, AND has impeccable, fun, loud style! She gives me life, and I look forward to her posts/words/next steps Every. Single. Day.
September 13th, 2019 | 29 mins 49 secs
adopting a vision, how to, joy, passion
Simon Sinek has flipped the idea of passion on its head—it isn't something we find, it's something we experience. With that in mind, we want to dig into how we perceive passion and the impact that has on us.
September 6th, 2019 | 30 mins 29 secs
identity, janet mock, lgbtq+ ally, women inspiring #teamqs
This month’s Women Inspiring #TeamQS, we’re talking about Janet Mock—a trans woman of color who is an author, writer, director, producer, advocate, and shining light in the world. We dig into identity, allyship, and the strength of community.
August 30th, 2019 | 39 mins 37 secs
confidence, how to, nominating yourself, self-nominate, speak up
This week, we’re channeling Gwendoline Christie who nominated herself for an Emmy and got it. We’re getting into why it’s confidence vs. narcissism when we self-nominate. From picking your moment to acknowledging your greatness, and asking what we can do to support ourselves or encourage the women around us to self-nominate. Think bigger and be bold!
August 23rd, 2019 | 41 mins 57 secs
how to, relaxation, sunday scaries, take the stress out of sunday
When did Sunday become such a stressful day? We’re talking about how to do more with you Sunday (hint: spend less time on chores) by mentally preparing for the week ahead and finding ways to restructure our day to enjoy both weekend days to the fullest. Sunday Scaries be gone!
August 16th, 2019 | 40 mins 25 secs
communicating our needs, how to, speaking up, the crane wife
This episode is inspired by The Crane Wife, an essay from The Paris Review. We’re talking about needs — why they matter, defining them for ourselves, and how to communicate them, even when it’s hard.
August 9th, 2019 | 36 mins 27 secs
burnout, how to, reflection, time off, vacation, you need a break
Sometimes vacation is the break we need and other times all we want is a breather from the day-to-day. We’re talking about how taking a step back from it all can help us realign with what matters most. Let’s clear our plates so we can fill them back up with things that make us most happy.
August 2nd, 2019 | 31 mins 11 secs
how to, reese witherspoon, women inspiring #teamqs
In our latest Women Inspiring #TeamQS episode, we’re gushing about Reese Witherspoon—Big Little Lies, her media company, Hello Sunshine, the value of friendship, and why having a support system can help you conquer new and challenging work that makes a lasting impact.
July 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
hobbies, how to
We talk through why it’s good for your well-being to have a hobby and what questions to ask to find one that works for you. (Originally aired on 06/01/18).
July 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
active listening, how to, leadership, management tips
Good leaders listen well, pay attention, and ask relevant questions. We talk through the ways to improve your active listening skills to help you build strong relationships. (Originally aired on 04/20/18).
July 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 36 secs
capsule wardrobe, how to
We walk through how to pare down to the essentials, mix and match, and build your capsule wardrobe. (Originally aired on 04/06/18).
July 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
how to, meal prep, recipes
If you’re asking, “Where do I begin? I don’t have time or the resources to meal prep.” We uncover helpful resources and apps to get you started on your meal prep journey. (Originally aired on 03/16/18).
June 28th, 2019 | 47 mins 18 secs
confidence, how to, imposter syndrome
Are you experiencing the Dunning-Kruger Effect—where the more experience you have, the less confident you are in the work you produce? We’re talking about the ways imposter syndrome can make you feel like a fraud, coping behaviors associated with it, and then how to break the cycle.
Update: We’re also taking a podcast vacation for the month of July—actual vacation getaways + revisiting our Queen Speaking action plan to continue bringing you great content! As we like to say, sometimes taking a break is part of the hustle. We’ll have fresh episodes for you in few weeks. See you back here in August!
June 21st, 2019 | 46 mins 33 secs
how to, manage time around your energy, productivity, time management
We're taking time management to another level! What can we do to maximize our energy—physical, mental and emotional to impact our productivity?
June 14th, 2019 | 49 mins 36 secs
building confidence, confidence, how to, self confidence
Inspired by Brittany Packnett’s TED talk about confidence coming from permission, community, and curiosity, we dive into more ways to boost your confidence and how to put these tips into practice.
June 7th, 2019 | 41 mins 17 secs
how to, kristen bell, women inspiring #teamqs
In our latest Women Inspiring #TeamQS episode, we’re talking about Kristen Bell—her acting work, business and activist efforts, and why we’re obsessed with the way she lives her most authentic life.
May 31st, 2019 | 46 mins 53 secs
belonging, belonging at work, company culture, how to
We’re sharing what it looks like to create community and belonging in the workplace. What can we do as individuals to support a culture that allows employees to bring their whole self to work by creating a safe, secure, and welcoming environment?