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.
Today, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown about being a pro troublemaker from the original pro troublemaker herself, Stefanie Krievins. Stefanie is passionate about allowing her clients to realize their awesome-ness and coaches individuals and organizations on how they can get out of their own “stuck and stalled” places so they can start innovating and growing again. Being a troublemaker often has a bit of a negative connotation, but Stefanie explains that a pro troublemaker is someone who is optimistic, challenges the status quo and is growth-oriented.
In this Life LowDown, Alex and, guest co-host, Sarah Eller get the lowdown on the life of a Sigma Kappa who grew up on a farm, has been active in FFA since high school and currently works in the agriculture industry. Kellie Bray talks about growing up on her family’s farm, nerding out about parliamentary procedure and why she is so passionate about agriculture. Addtionally, they talk about growing up with an identical twin, who is also a Sigma Kappa, and how similar they are even as adults. Finally, Kelly gives her thoughts on being present in a world full of technology and how important human interaction is.
In this episode, Alex and Sara get the lowdown on all things graduate school--from simply deciding to apply, to taking the GRE or GMAT, to the differences between undergraduate and graduate school. Maggie is currently pursuing her PUT DEGREE HERE at East Tennessee State University, and has been attending a higher education institution for nine years. She and Sara, who was recently admitted into a masters of business administration program provide a look at their experiences with the application and what to expect once classes begin.
In today’s episode, Alex and Sara talk to Nicole Stephenson about the importance of women knowing how to self-promote in the workplace. There is a double standard when it comes to strong women in the workplace and Nicole gives tangible tips to help them authentically-self promote themselves. Nicole talks about her passion to expand influence of women leaders and what she does at her job to make that happen.
We all have things we’re passionate about—we just have to find them. Today, Alex and Sara are getting the lowdown from Jason Barnaby, founder of Firestarters, Inc., on why it’s so important to find your fire and what you’re passionate about in life. Jason gives steps you can take today to overcome fears that might be keeping you stuck and how to determine if you’ve found what you’re meant to do, and most importantly, what to do once you’ve found it.
In this Life LowDown, Alex and Sara are getting the lowdown on what it’s like to be an agent with Homeland Security Investigations from Colby Award winner Kelly Harrison. Kelly talks about what it’s like investigating trasnational child exploitation and human trafficking--from the highs to the lows. She discusses what she does to unwind and why her work-life balance is something she’s rather proud of, given her line of work.
Today, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown about being their most authentic selves through clothes with owner and founder of Nicole Blair Wear, Nicole Busch. Nicole is a stylist, image and wardrobe consultant, and personal shopper, and shows women how to take the pieces they already own to create stylish outfits that make them feel good about themselves. Nicole is a firm believer that we all are limited edition, so we shouldn’t try to be anyone but ourselves, and we can showcase this through our wardrobes.
Most of us hate public speaking, right? Even if we’re extroverted, speaking in front of large crowds can be a bit nerve wracking. In this episode, Alex and Sara get the lowdown from Alex Ruffato-Perry about how to feel more confident when you have to give a speech or presentation. It’s more than just being prepared, it’s about owning your presence--executive presence as Alex calls it.
This week, Alex and Sara are talking to Dr. Rebecca Edelmayer, director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association--a cause near to every Sigma Kappa, as one of our philanthropic partners. Rebecca gives an overview of the Alzheimer’s disease landscape in the U.S. And as the sixth leading cause of death, we need more research to find a way to prevent the disease, if not cure it. Rebecca also shares a new study that the Alzheimer’s Association is embarking on that they’re hopeful will provide evidence as to how lifestyle intervention can play a role in cognitive impairment...meaning how lifestyle intervention could help to prevent the disease.
In this bonus episode, Alex and guest co-host Sarah (she’s back!) get the life lowdown of Jennifer Rainey, a systems engineer, avid traveler and Sigma Kappa’s national vice president for finance. Jennifer shares stories about how she and her husband met in “Cube Land” at her first post-graduate job in Idaho, how they decided to adopt their son and how just quickly he became a part of the family (they found out they had been matched less than 24 hours before he was born!), and some of the unique places the three of them have traveled recently.
Today, Alex and Sara are getting the lowdown on the challenges that Fraternity and Sorority life still face today and how leaders can better articulate their experience on their resumes and cover letters. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes and you don’t have to be chapter president in order to be a leader. Wendi has worked her way up from a Panhellenic president to the president for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and she credits it all to others seeing something in her that she didn’t see.
Today, Sara and Alex are getting the lowdown about how to be less awkward in interviews from body language expert Lisa Mitchell. Most everyone is at least a little bit nervous in interviews, but that doesn’t mean you need to be awkward. Lisa has studied body language for years and provides tips that you can put into practice to show you are confident and poised and make the best first impression possible, as well as ways you can read the interviewer’s body language to determine if they think it is going well.
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.