embark blog with liz solar

GENUINE STORYTELLING

Arts and Culture: What It’s Worth

Director, choreographer, and playwright Michael Bobbitt has dedicated his professional career to arts leadership. As Executive Director of the MA Cultural Council, Michael is the  highest-ranking cultural official in Massachusetts.  Before he  joined the Council last year, he served as Artistic Director of the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA, and the Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland. He has served as an Associate Professor of Theatre at both the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Howard University.. read more…

Banish Fear and Comparison, and Lead

Pauline Cheung is a confidence coach works with people to transform the fears that can hold one back to the unwavering confidence to move forward in life and career. From an early age, Pauline herself unconsciously picked on messages it was not safe to be herself. It wasn’t until after she graduated college she decided to figure out what she wanted to do and who she wanted to be. 

What she learned through her experiences, and through piecing together advice from mentors and coaches, is that the fear is normal. Fear shows up when we’re on the cusp of stepping into something big, whether it’s a stronger presence in meetings, shifting into a new role, or promoting our personal brand. The solution wasn’t to get rid of fear (which never worked for long), but transform her relationship to fear, which lead her to a successful career that includes international marketing for The Disney Companies. 

Our two-part conversation can be heard on my Embark podcast.  Many thanks to Pauline for sharing her story, and for answering these five questions. read more…

Publishing, Healthcare and Ghosts

Author Elizabeth Splaine has had several lives: hospital administrator, opera singer, vocal coach, audiobook narrator and writer. As a guest on my podcast Embark, we talked about her latest novel Devil’s Grace, the healthcare system, unexplained phenomenon and the power of forgiveness. If you’re looking for a summer read, check out Devil’s Grace. In the meantime, get to know Elizabeth a little better as I pose five questions following our recorded conversation.  read more…

Speaking Gigs, Humor and TMI

The ultimate multitasker and ‘parallel’ entrepreneur, Bobbie Carlton is an award-winning marketing and PR professional and founder of Innovation women. Often called ‘Boston’s Innovation Den Mother’ and ‘the Startup Fairy Godmother,’ Bobbie’s on a mission to introduce women speakers to more audiences and change the dynamic of the ‘manel,’ the all male speakers panel. We spoke last week on my  Embark podcast.  She graciously answered a few more questions here.  read more…

How to Make a Profit without Selling Your Soul

Ean Price Murphy is a business owner, business coach and Certified Profit First™ Professional. She enjoys sharing her perspectives on small business, bookkeeping and the strategies companies can use to better manage cash flow and maximize profit. We shared an insightful, entertaining and fun conversation last week on my Embark podcast. Here are five more questions for Ean. read more…

Gender Identity, Social Justice and the Media: Five Questions for Lyralen Kaye

Lyralen is passionate about social justice. Their work as an actor, educator, activist and writer supports the same vision: truth in storytelling and equality for all people. They are also the show runner at Another Country Productions.

One reviewer of their work says “…[Lyralen] takes up so many difficult topics with such a strong sensitivity, finesse and power and at the same time makes you want to both laugh and cry.” We spoke on my Embark podcast last week about her groundbreaking web series Assigned Female at Birth. They answer a few more questions here. read more…

Rise Above Noise: Strategic Email Marketing with Susan Finn

Susan Finn believes marketing is an act of service to those who are currently searching for exactly what you offer. She focuses on helping clients create a list growth to build and email strategy that feels generous while it attracts, nurtures and converts subscribers. Susan generously shared her wisdom and experience as a guest on my Embark podcast last week. Here are answers to five questions I posed. read more…

Five Questions about Business and Podcasts with Jack Monson, Social Geek Radio

Jack Monson is the Chief Revenue Officer at Social Joey and has been working with enterprises, multi-location brands, franchises, and small businesses in social media for over 12 years. He is also the host of the Social Geek Radio podcast. Jack lives on a small ranch far outside of Chicago with his wife, daughter, a few horses, and lots of vinyl records. On my Embark podcast, we spoke about the state of small business, broadcasting and post-Covid states of mind. Here’s a sample of our conversation. read more…

Five Questions for Rebecca Moore: Get Comfortable Being a Female Founder

Rebecca Moore, founder of InANutshell Consulting, empowers women founders to monetize their brilliance, and make a meaningful impact. She shares her take on the power of brainstorming, coaches working with coaches and women entrepreneurs reluctance to own the mantle of ‘founder.’ Enjoy our conversation on the Embark podcast here.

LS: Tell me the genesis of InANutshell Consulting. What’s up with the name? read more…

Brands Stuck in Adolescence

Evelyn Starr,  founder of E. Starr Associates helps Brands in Adolescence. Her fascination with why people buy and the problems that brands encounter as they struggle to grow give her a unique perspective helping people overcome marketing problems. The following is an excerpt from our recorded conversation on my podcast, Embark. read more…