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Brady Ware’s Anita Anand – Her Lessons from Leadership and Success

We are joined by Anita Anand, the managing director at Brady Ware. Anita discusses the challenges of balancing work and personal life, emphasizing the support she receives from her family. The conversation touches on setting healthy boundaries, appreciating unexpected support, and the ongoing process of learning and leading with grace.

Anita and Betty also talk about the importance of building strong support systems, acknowledging the impact of mentorship, and vocalizing support for one another. They explore the significance of finding support in unexpected places and the value of prioritizing tasks to avoid burnout.

“And then sometimes we can learn from other people’s, you know, mistakes and journeys and challenges, and, you know, we don’t have to necessarily reinvent the wheel ourselves, so that’s always encouraging.”

— Anita Anand

Top Takeaways

1. Building a support system is essential for navigating the challenges of work-life balance and professional growth. Anita Anand’s advocacy for support from her family and community underscores the significance of surrounding oneself with a strong network.
2. Embracing change and self-discovery is a continuous journey. Anita Anand’s career pivots and emphasis on being open to change and taking leaps of faith underscore the importance of adapting to new opportunities and experiences.
3. Setting healthy boundaries is crucial for maintaining personal well-being and managing professional responsibilities. Both Betty Collins and Anita Anand stress the importance of prioritizing tasks and commitments to avoid burnout.
4. Learning to accept failure and make mistakes is a vital aspect of personal and professional development. Acknowledging the role of failure and accepting it as part of the learning process is essential for growth and resilience.
5. Support can emerge from unexpected places and individuals. Anita Anand’s reflection on the impact of mentors like Beth Blake highlights the value of seeking and recognizing support in diverse forms.
6. Teamwork and collaboration play a significant role in business success. Anita Anand’s emphasis on the value of building a supportive team underscores the impact of collaboration and communication within professional environments.
7. Recognizing the support available and vocalizing support for others is essential, especially within the context of women empowering each other. Both Betty Collins and Anita Anand stress the importance of verbalizing and appreciating the support received and given.
8. Prioritizing tasks and commitments can guide professional decisions and personal growth. The emphasis on focusing on the 20% that will produce the 80% highlights the significance of setting clear priorities.
9. Being present in personal interactions and significant moments is crucial for fostering meaningful connections and maintaining personal well-being. Anita Anand’s reflection on the importance of being present underscores the value of cherishing significant moments.
10. Self-grace and self-care are integral for managing personal and professional challenges. Acknowledging the need for self-grace and the emphasis on self-discovery highlight the significance of prioritizing personal well-being amidst professional pursuits.

Memorable Moments

05:40 Progressed from intern to senior manager.
06:20 Continued role growth at Brady Ware firm.
10:58 Values ground and define me, shaping my identity.
14:58 Appreciate global perspective, support, and understanding.
18:57 Balancing work and personal life for success.
22:15 Balancing family and work, focusing on presence.
25:16 Natural evolution, appreciating supportive people, building support.
26:11 Building an unexpected support system brings unexpected joy.
31:46 Setting boundaries is essential for personal success.
33:53 Brady Ware announces women’s initiative

Anita Anand has dedicated over 17 years to her career in accounting, spending the first decade with a national firm before joining Brady Ware. She values learning from the experiences of others and believes in the power of sharing knowledge and lessons. In her 7 years at Brady Ware, Anita has enjoyed her time and the challenges that have come with it and looks forward to continuing her professional journey.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

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Q&A About 10 Lessons Learned From Losing An Election

In this episode of “Inspiring Women with Betty Collins,” host Betty Collins and a diverse group of guests engage in a thought-provoking discussion centered around the valuable lessons learned through political campaign experiences. The insightful dialogue covers Betty’s personal reflections, experiences, and the influential female figures in her life, along with the impact of external factors on decision-making and outcomes.

The podcast episode opens with Betty Collins reflecting on her journey of running for office and the profound lessons she gleaned from the experience. She shares the importance of authentic engagement over mere quantity and the impact of meaningful interactions within her community.

Throughout the discussion, Betty emphasizes the significance of taking responsibility and learning from experiences, attributing her resilient mindset and values to her upbringing.

The episode also delves into early career lessons, with a focus on understanding one’s purpose and motivations, and the pivotal role of strategizing for professional success. It provides a platform for guests to share their perspectives on the multifaceted nature of decision-making, resilience, and influence, particularly within the context of political campaigns and life experiences.

6 takeaways from this episode

1. Using Real Data for Understanding Voter Behavior: Betty Collins stresses the importance of using real data to understand voter behavior and the impact it has on election outcomes.
2. Authentic Engagement: Betty prefers authentic engagement and discusses impactful interactions she had in her community, highlighting the importance of genuine connections in political campaigning.
3. Taking Personal Responsibility: Betty reflects on taking personal responsibility and learning from experiences, emphasizing the need to own and control one’s life.
4. Tenacity and Perseverance: Betty discusses her tenacity in running for a position despite challenges and emphasizes the importance of resilience and determination in the face of adversity.
5. Understanding Competition: The conversation delves into understanding competition and the long-term approach to effecting political change, highlighting the importance of strategic thinking and perseverance.
6. Inspirational Impact: Betty discusses the inspirational impact of her campaign on those around her, emphasizing the ripple effect of personal actions and the ability to inspire others to positive change.

Memorable Moments

00:00 Betty Collins inspires women to achieve success.
08:26 Respect constituents’ choice despite personal preference.
22:45 Reflecting on lessons learned, overcoming challenges, and persevering.
26:52 Hesitant to ask for support, but successful.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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10 Lessons Learned From Losing An Election

In this episode, Betty shares her personal journey of running for city council in her hometown and the lessons she learned from losing the election. She points out 10 lessons learned from losing an election.

Lesson 1: Betty highlights the importance of knowing and articulating your “why” in any pursuit. Whether it’s in business, relationships, or politics, having a clear purpose and passion is key to staying focused and motivated. Finding your “why” can provide direction and strength in the face of challenges.

Lesson 2: Betty emphasizes the need to expand your network and efforts when trying to reach new audiences or clients. In the political arena, as in business, building meaningful connections and leveraging diverse networks is essential for success.

Lesson 3: Running for office humbled Betty, as she realized her small influence in a larger community. Adapting to different environments and understanding the breadth of impact is a crucial lesson in any ambitious pursuit.

Lesson 4: Betty gained a new respect for those who run for office, acknowledging the immense challenges and diverse skill set required. It’s a reminder to admire and support those who step up to serve their communities.

Lesson 5: Influence, credibility, and a supportive inner circle are essential ingredients for ambitious goals. Betty learned the power of building a strong support system for navigating the complexities of political campaigns and decision-making.

Lesson 6: Strategy and execution are paramount for success. Working hard is critical, but it’s not always enough. Betty highlights the importance of smart, strategic moves in achieving goals in politics and business.

Lesson 7: Outworking and outspending the competition can play a key role in winning elections and business battles. As Betty learned, allocating resources strategically can make a significant difference in a competitive landscape.

Lesson 8: Dealing with defeat gracefully, learning from the experience, and moving forward are vital aspects of personal and professional growth. Betty emphasizes the importance of resilience and the capacity to bounce back from setbacks.

Lesson 9: Recognizing the significance of learning and applying lessons from past experiences is crucial for growth. Betty’s candid reflection on the lessons learned from her electoral campaign underscores the importance of self-reflection and assessment.

Lesson 10: Betty Collins encourages looking back only to learn while moving forward and seizing the opportunities that come in life and career advancement. Her insightful perspective captures the essence of growth and aspiring for new heights.

Betty Collins’ experience in running for city council is a valuable source of wisdom for anyone navigating ambitious pursuits. Her story underscores the importance of strategy, tenacity, and the support of a strong inner circle.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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The Power of Planning: Unleashing the Potential of Podcasting

For five years, I have been hosting the podcast Inspiring Women with Betty Collins. In this episode, I sit down with my podcast team, Betty Clark of CPMedia and Brett Johnson of Circle270Media, to discuss the importance of having a purpose and meaningful topics for a successful podcast.

Planning out each year’s podcast schedule is crucial for success, including choosing topics and themes, batch recording, and making it fun for both the host and listener. Interviewing guests can also be a valuable way to provide different perspectives and keep the content fresh.

Through our discussion, we provide valuable insights into the world of podcasting and what it takes to create a successful show. From having a purpose and meaningful topics to promoting the podcast through social media and having a team around you, these tips can help any aspiring podcaster achieve success.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Sandy Doyle-Ahern: From Environmental Leader to Affordable Housing Advocate

I interview Sandy Doyle-Ahern, a pioneer for women in the male-dominated industry of construction and housing. From facing sexist comments to becoming the first female shareholder in her company, Sandy Doyle-Ahern shares her experiences and insights on leadership, risk-taking, and advocating for affordable housing in Central Ohio.

Through her inspiring message, women are encouraged to take small steps toward success and to make a positive impact in their communities. Listeners will be inspired to take risks, find ways to be impactful for others and strive for success in their careers while making a positive impact in their communities. This podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking for inspiration and practical advice on achieving career goals and creating change.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

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Beyond the Headlines: Unveiling the Hidden Power of Women with BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour

Suzanne Kianpour is a journalist who has covered war zones and international events for the BBC. Fluent in multiple languages, she has made it a priority to highlight the stories of women in conflict zones. Her most recent project looks at the hidden power and politics of women in the Middle East. Kianpour believes that women in the region are often underestimated and that there are lessons to be learned from them.

In this episode, Kianpour discusses her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated field. She recounts a time when a senior female correspondent got in her way, preventing her from getting a job that would have put her on the Secretary of State’s plane. But Kianpour is determined to be a woman who supports other women, not one who blocks their progress. “Somebody has to take a chance on you,” she says.

Kianpour also talks about the importance of journalism and the responsibility of journalists to hold those in power accountable. She recognizes the seductive nature of those in power and the importance of maintaining objectivity, impartiality, and integrity.

Kianpour’s work in elevating women’s voices throughout the Middle East through the Center for New American Security’s Middle East security program highlights the importance of representation and storytelling in bringing about change. She emphasizes the need for more women in positions of real power.

As Kianpour continues her work, it is clear that she is a woman who believes in the power of journalism and the importance of supporting other women. Her dedication to highlighting the stories of women in conflict zones and her commitment to holding those in power accountable make her an inspiring figure in the world of journalism.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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Marching Band, Entrepreneurship and Politics: The Inspiring Journey of Kathy Eshelman

Kathy Eshelman, a natural problem solver, collaborator, decision maker, enthusiastic team player, and an exceptional communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, is my guest on this episode. During the podcast, Eshelman shares her experience in founding Grade A Notes, a note-taking service for students, at the age of 25, with $30,000 in investments from friends and family.

The business eventually expanded to six different locations across the country and sold custom course packs to over 100 universities. Eshelman’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to be appointed by the White House to the WSBA’s National Women’s Business Council and to serve as the PTO president of Junior Achievement. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin and was the president of the Longhorn marching band for two years.

Eshelman represented the Women Presidents organization on the National Women’s Business Council, which aimed to provide information and support to women business owners. She ran for state representative in Ohio, receiving support from her Women Presidents organization and political friends, but ultimately lost by a few votes due to political maneuvering. However, Kathy encourages women to run for office and get involved in politics, as it can have a significant impact locally and nationally.

Kathy reveals her struggles with finding the courage to pursue her business dreams. She plans to relaunch her jewelry business and make it a real ongoing business.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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The 3 Cs of Collaborations: From Combative to Collaborative with Teresa Harlow

Teresa Harlow, the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Combative to Collaborative: The Co-Parenting Code, gives inspiring advice and strategies on how to transform combative relationships into collaborative ones.

Drawing from her 30 years of experience in the entrepreneurial and corporate world, Teresa shares her three C’s of collaboration – civility, communication, and caring – and discusses how to overcome the challenges of negative social media communication and nurture a respectful, collaborative relationship with others. We explore the power of collaboration and how it can open up new possibilities in our relationships.

Get ready to take away powerful advice to help transform your relationships and communication!

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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Forgiveness, Improv, and the Art of Being Present

Author Andrea Flack-Wetherald, author of “The Funny Thing About Forgiveness,” returns for the second part of this conversation. We discuss the importance of staying present to avoid shame and relapse when trying to change behavior. Andrea also emphasizes the concept of “listening hygiene” and the need to prioritize self-care.

Andrea’s online community, Mindful Improv Community, and her new YouTube series, “Bad Advice for Cool People,” promotes mindful thinking to make the world a braver, kinder place. Trust the process, prioritize self-care, and maintain a sense of humor along the way.

With humor and empathy, the episode reminds listeners to prioritize self-care and give and receive everything as a gift.

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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Forgiveness and the Art of Improv: How to Laugh and Let Go

Andrea Flack-Wetherald shares her insights on forgiveness and the importance of improv in everyday life. According to Andrea, forgiveness is often overlooked as a soft skill, but it is crucial for personal and professional growth. She explores intentional growth from pain rather than absolution, analyzing what causes pain and asking empowering questions rather than perpetuating a story of resentment and shame.

Flack-Wetherald also shares the core five principles of mindful, improv thinking: choosing curiosity instead of judgment, honoring your scene partner, staying in the present moment, listening beyond your comfort zone, and receiving everything as a gift. These principles can be applied to personal and professional relationships to improve communication and understanding.

Andreas’s message of forgiveness and improv thinking is timely and relevant in a world where fear and uncertainty seem to be increasing. By choosing curiosity, staying present, and listening beyond our comfort zones, we can improve our communication and understanding with others, and grow both personally and professionally. As Andrea states, “We are just as much a part of the world we aim to make better as anybody else is.”

Hosted by Betty Collins, CPA, and Director at Brady Ware and Company. Betty also serves as the Committee Chair for Empowering Women, and Director of the Brady Ware Women Initiative. Each episode is presented by Brady Ware and Company, committed to empowering women to go their distance in the workplace and at home.

For more information, go to the Insights page at Brady Ware and Company.

Remember to follow this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.  And forward our podcast along to other Inspiring Women in your life.

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