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.
April 17th, 2020 | 39 mins 28 secs
alaina talks therapy, can’t do it all workshop, stress and anxiety, values, workshop recap
In early March, we attended the “Can’t Do It All Workshop” hosted by licensed marriage and family therapist, Alaina Brubaker at Rochester Brainery. Since many of us feel trapped by pressure and expectation to do more, we're recapping her tips to organize our lives according to our values and priorities.
April 10th, 2020 | 33 mins 45 secs
farnoosh torabi, so money podcast, witqs, women inspiring #teamqs
In this month’s Women Inspiring #TeamQS episode, we wanted to highlight someone we admire, but one who’s also been getting us through these uncertain times as we deal with quarantine and a rapidly shifting economy. Here’s to Farnoosh Torabi, her podcast, So Money, and all the things we can learn from her.
April 3rd, 2020 | 41 mins 38 secs
giving back, how to, managing anxiety, support in uncertain times, support local
There’s a lot going on for everyone right now — uncertainty with work, how we live, how we connect, and how we take care of ourselves. With a lot of things up in the air, we wanted to talk about how we can take extra steps to take care of ourselves mentally and physically when we’re inundated with unsettling news about the effects of COVID-19.
March 27th, 2020 | 45 mins 24 secs
wfh, work from home, work from home routine, work from home tips
With the precautionary measures in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many companies have instituted work from home policies. We wanted to take the time to talk through remote work tips and best practices.
March 20th, 2020 | 43 mins 38 secs
beauty faves, skincare, skincare routines
We’re sharing our favorite beauty products from skincare to haircare, new finds and extra special additions.
*Note: We recorded this ahead of the COVID-19 quarantine. Please enjoy some lighthearted content in the face of a tough time for us all. Stay tuned for episodes on work from home tips and how we're coping in these uncertain times coming soon!
March 13th, 2020 | 40 mins 55 secs
tracee ellis ross, witqs, women inspiring #teamqs, women’s history month
We’re doing a Women’s History Month debrief, then introducing this month’s feature: Tracee Ellis Ross!
March 6th, 2020 | 40 mins 46 secs
self care, self care routine
Today’s episode is all about a fresh perspective on self care. We’re going to dig into what self care means for us and how you can find a routine for yourself.
February 28th, 2020 | 41 mins 29 secs
communication, communication and relationships, communication techniques, communication tips, workplace communication
We’re diving into the different ways we succeed and fail at communication, and how to be better communicators in the workplace and in personal relationships.
February 21st, 2020 | 31 mins 30 secs
community, friendship, how to, mentorship, networking
Today, we’re revisiting mentorship after reading a recent Quartzy newsletter. We’ve both experienced a fair amount of changes since 2018, so we thought it was time to look at what’s changed since that first conversation, and how we approach this still hard-to-identify challenge to find, be, and have a mentor.
February 14th, 2020 | 29 mins 47 secs
deb perelman, smitten kitchen, women inspiring #teamqs
In this month’s Women Inspiring #TeamQS episode, we’re giving a nod to one of our fave bloggers, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. She taught us cooking basics and makes adventurous, but approachable recipes — as she calls them “unfussy” — plus more on what we can learn from her.
February 7th, 2020 | 38 mins 45 secs
adam grant, communication, how to, personal user manual, professional development
Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and author, has talked about the value of creating a personal user manual to communicate your work style to your manager or your teammates. We loved this idea and wanted to dig into why it makes sense, what to include, and how to present it to your teammates.
January 31st, 2020 | 31 mins 24 secs
how to, imposter syndrome, mostly fine decision, perfection
We wanted to dig into exploring how to break the perfection streak and aim for what NYTimes Smarter Living has referred to as a “Mostly Fine Decision.” Let’s get comfortable with mini mistakes and failures, which surprisingly helps us to be more successful in the work we do.
January 24th, 2020 | 35 mins 7 secs
breaking habits, building habits, habits, routines
This week’s episode is inspired by a Hidden Brain podcast episode, “Creatures Of Habit: How Habits Shape Who We Are — And Who We Become.” We share what stood out to us the most in the episode, how we’re making their tips actionable, and what we’re doing to build or break habits.
January 17th, 2020 | 54 mins 59 secs
brand loyalty, how to, local businesses, marketing
Today, we’re getting into what makes us loyal to a brand, what we pay attention to, and the impact of marketing. We also shout out a few of our favorite brands, including some local love.
January 10th, 2020 | 32 mins 11 secs
golden globes 2020, hot take on tv
Following the 2020 Golden Globes, it’s time for another hot take on TV. We’re sharing shows worth watching according to us.
January 3rd, 2020 | 40 mins 11 secs
golden globes, meryl streep, oscars, women inspiring #teamqs
We’re kicking off 2020 with this month’s Women Inspiring #TeamQS and giving a nod to the GOAT, our Queen — Meryl Streep and talking through what we can learn from her (hint: everything!).