A Change Is Gonna Come

Today on Women Worldwide, I’d like to discuss the challenges that come from change. Change is a constant in the life of an entrepreneur, and with change comes ambiguity, surprises, personal fears—sometimes it can really feel as if you’ve been upended.

Our guest Kristina DiPalo is the founder and driving force behind Daily Work Life. Having worked in corporate America for many years, first in financial services, then in pharmaceuticals and HR, Kristina finally launched her own consulting firm, Elysian Communications, in 2011. Her firm focuses on two main objectives: helping companies deal with big change and helping leaders become better reflections of their true selves through coaching.

Follow along as Kristina shares the personal truths all entrepreneurs must understand, why we must build up women in business more than ever, and how her own personal career has been one of happy accidents.

In This Episode

  • How gender differences affect politics, company cultures, and the way we communicate
  • The dangers of supporting a business-first or business-only culture
  • Why we need to empower more women leaders
  • The unique challenges of being a solopreneur
  • Questions all entrepreneurs must ask themselves about their business

Quotes in This Episode

“There are certain social and cultural stereotypes, archetypes, that we’re all ingrained in and we all follow one way or the other. There’s a way that women are judged in political environments, in business environments, in social environments, that is different than the way that men are judged.” —Kristina DiPalo

“There’s an incredible amount of talent that’s left out of the conversation. Less than 20% of all Fortune 500 CEOs are women… Yet women are, if you look at global statistics, slightly under 50% of the global population. Half the population is really not represented, so half the ideas, half the experience, half the ability is just being left off the table. That, to me, has very broad long-term implications.” —Kristina DiPalo

“People who are entrepreneurs, or solopreneurs (to use that catchphrase): We have to give ourselves the permission to invest, even if we don’t see a direct one-to-one payoff.” —Kristina DiPalo

“With each experience that I have had, I’ve tried to go toward work that I am curious about, something where I know that I am going to be growing and learning.” —Kristina DiPalo

“There are going to be good periods. There’ll be not-so-good periods. You have to be willing to step into space that is very new and very different. It may feel kind of uncomfortable and strange at first, but also quite wonderful.” —Kristina DiPalo

Resources

Kristina DiPalo Talks Change and Women Leaders on Women WorldwideDailyWorkLife
Elysian Communications
Connect with Kristina on LinkedIn
Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works