The LowDown Podcast
Summary: The LowDown Podcast focuses on topics like health, wellness, fraternity and sorority community, higher education and life skills that women need in all stages of their lives. Featuring experts in that field who share their insight and knowledge. Finally, hear from inspiring, empowering and ambitious Sigma Kappas. Tune in every other week for a new episode.
- Artist: Sigma Kappa Sorority
- Copyright: The contents of this podcast are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and are owned by Sigma Kappa Sorority.
We’ve heard it all before—Millennials are the worst! Well with two podcast co-hosts who fall into the Millennial generation, they can’t say they agree. Today, Alex and Sara are getting the lowdown from generational expert Kim Lear on what makes each generation unique and how Millennials, Gen Z, Baby Boomers, and Gen X can work best together in the workplace. Kim also debunks the idea that many people imagine Millennials as 12 year olds, when, at this point, they’re all at least older than 24. She also gives tips on how Millennials and Gen Z can have their voices heard at a company when the older employed generations may be a little resistant to change.
In this bonus episode, Sara and Alex talk with Julia Broglie, founder of the Broglie Box, a quarterly subscription box for mental health and stress relief, that was named in honor of her brother who died by suicide in 2014. We get the lowdown about Julia’s life, including her own mental health journey, and how she has coped with her brother’s death, and what it’s like to have founded her own company in memory of him. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or experiencing anxiety or depression and need support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) or the National Depressive/Manic-Depressive Association Hotline (1-800-826-3623).
Today, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown about anxiety. Dr. Amy Cirbus discusses several different things that occur in most every woman’s life and how these can cause or trigger anxiety. She provides practical tips and ways for you to change your mindset on these events that may be part of the reason behind anxiety you are feeling or struggling with.
This week, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown on all things feedback—why it’s important, how to do it, and how to do it well. Based on the research, virtually every employee in an organization wants feedback, or wants more of it, but isn’t receiving it—but we’re either not giving it enough or we’re doing it very well. Erin gives advice for how to begin giving feedback today and how to also be a good receiver of it. She also talks about the ways you can instantly stop a conversation on feedback whether you’re giving or receiving it.
In this bonus episode, Sara and Alex talk with Susan Willis, Sigma Kappa National Housing Corporation’s president. They get the lowdown on what it’s like being a manager in the restaurant industry having never been a server or bartender! And because many celebrities call Atlanta home, she’s met quite a few in her time. Additionally, they learn about life as an only child and how Sigma Kappa gave her the sisters she always wanted.
This week, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown of preparing for a job interview from career coach Jessica Smith. They learn about how to prepare for the who, the what, and the why, and also learn how to prepare physically and mentally. Jessica gives actionable tips that you can do today to help with any interview you have coming up. As a tech recruiter, she not only shares stories of interviews she’s had but also conducted, and you’ll finish the podcast ready to rock your next job interview.
This week, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown of navigating relationships with coworkers with career expert and HR consultant Lauren Moffatt. Lauren goes into detail describing the drama triangle and the roles of each of the participants (the victim, the rescuer and the villain).
In this bonus episode, Alex and Marlee Jones get the lowdown of the life of Olivia Carter, the newly re-established Sigma Kappa Alpha Omega Chapter president at the University of Alabama, where the average membership of the sororities on campus are more than 300 women and can be classified as mega chapters. Olivia shares why she chose not to participate in primary sorority recruitment, and even shares how she decided at the last minute to give Sigma Kappa chance—she was actually the extension team’s last personal visit (don’t worry—we talk about what a personal visit is!), and our director of collegiate services who spoke with her, left her interview saying she would be the next Alpha Omega chapter president!
In this episode, Sara and Alex talk to with Kelli Hobby Shallal, registered dietician, personal trainer and creator of the food blog Hungry Hobby to get the lowdown on healthy habits—from eating well to why you shouldn’t rely solely on counting calories when it comes to your diet. Additionally, Kelli also provides easy recipe ideas as well what she’s keeping stocked in her fridge and pantry to feed her family. Also, as an added bonus, Kelli is offering our listeners 25% off her meal plans! Use ‘LowDown25’ to receive your discount.
Today, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown about relationships and how to foster them while also taking care of yourself and your own mental health. They talk with Talkspace counselor Elizabeth Hinkle, a licensed marriage and family therapist to discuss why relationships seem harder in this day and age thanks to technology and the many dating apps out there. They also go beyond romantic relationships and how to have healthy and happy friendships. Finally, they discuss the importance of self-care, which is so much more than spending a night in with a sheet mask and a bath bomb.
In this bonus episode, Alex and Sarah Eller (she’s back!) talk with Sara Seely Chacon, business development consultant at First National Bank and Sigma Kappa’s national president. You’ll get the lowdown about the ups and downs of moving all around the country growing up, essentially having two full-time jobs at once (that’s what it’s like being the national president after all…), how Sara’s life has truly come full circle and more.
In this episode, Sara and Alex talk to with Audree López, stylist, freelance writer and editor and the girl behind the blog Simply Audree Kate to get the lowdown on wardrobe essentials every woman should have. Audree shares tips some of the absolute basics you should have in your closet, what pieces you should splurge for versus what you should save your money on, and more. Additionally, she’ll ease your mind when it comes to thrifting and shopping vintage.
Today, Sara and Alex are giving the lowdown about what they’ve learned about everyone’s favorite activity: networking. While we all probably hear how important networking is, it seems like many of don’t know how to do it, or at least don’t know how to do it well. Besides just discussing the importance of networking (did you know 85% of jobs are filled by networking?), they give you actionable ways to begin building your network today.
In this bonus episode, Sara and Alex talk with Ann O’Connell Adams, an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, Sigma Kappa’s national vice president for alumnae and avid yogi. We get the lowdown about growing up in the Chicago suburbs with parents in the airline industry (day trips to cities like Boston weren’t uncommon!), what it’s like arguing a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, that moment when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on the same day as Ann and her husband and more.
In this episode, Sara and Alex sit down with diversity and inclusion expert Amy Waninger to get the lowdown about how we can all be more inclusive and promote diversity in both our personal and professional lives. Amy provides a three-step model to overcoming our unconscious biases, provides listeners with actionable ways to be more inclusive and discusses how we can all be more vulnerable, open and authentic.