The Courage Effect

The Courage Effect is a show about growth and unleashing what’s possible.  Developed by our host Suzanne Weller, The Courage Effect is a place for inspiration and empowerment through conversation. Where we talk about what we’ve learned through wrangling fear, risk, and uncertainty -- no matter how big (or small) the challenge. Whether it’s a professional reinvention, standing up for what we believe in, fighting inequality, or smaller actions like speaking to a stranger – these courageous stories move us into where change happens. Follow Suzanne on Instagram at @suzannenweller.

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5 days ago

#54: Suzanne and Alicia Dara dive deep into the realities and challenges women face in the music industry and beyond, discussing the critical need for courage, solidarity, and a cultural shift. Alicia shares her personal experiences (including a physical assault in a club), touches on the importance of supportive whisper networks, and her commitment to helping women find their power voice.
 
**Content Warning** This episode contains a scene with physical assault from 10:43 to 13:50. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to, don’t be afraid to reach out to RAINN (the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization) at https://www.rainn.org/.
 
Remember, change begins with conversation, and it’s time we amplify the voices that foster real change. 
 
Additional resources and media mentioned in this episode:
Horizon Music newsletter:  https://www.herizonmusic.com/
Rolling Stone article: The Music Industry’s #MeToo Wave Is Just Getting Started - 
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/metoo-music-industry-adult-survivors-act-1234902450/
 
Alicia Dara is a nationally recognized Executive speech and presentation coach. She’s worked with an array of corporate clients, including Microsoft, Amazon, Planned Parenthood, and Carhartt. She has an extensive musical background and founded the award-winning indie folk band Diamondwolf and is the the Founder and Editor in Chief of Womancake Magazine.
 
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Use this link for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
 
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Wednesday Jun 26, 2024

#53: Suzanne invites you to join our next Courage Up! Challenge focused on curiosity. This month, step out of your comfort zone and practice asking meaningful questions in every conversation. Let's break the cycle of assuming and truly listen. Share your journey using #CourageUp and be part of the movement of spreading courageous contagion!
Referenced in this show::
The Courage Effect #52: Becky Selengut: Balancing Respect, Compassion, and Conflict
The Courage Effect #51: Erin Meyer: Bridging Cultures and Conversation for Global Impact
The Courage Effect #43: Stop Overthinking to Expand Your Creativity: Suzanne Weller
The Courage Effect
 A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
The Advice Trap by Michael Bungay Stanier
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor Armoire. Build the perfect rental wardrobe with brands that are unique, sustainably sourced and they’ll be shipped straight to your door. Visit armoire.style/thecourageeffect to get up to 50% off your first month. #sponsored
 
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Wednesday Jun 19, 2024

#52: Author, instructor, podcaster, and chef Becky Selengut shares her poignant struggles with balancing respect and empathy in contentious situations, from family disagreements on politics to broader global issues like the Middle East conflict. She talks with Suzanne about the importance of standing strong in one’s values while also expressing compassion and understanding towards those who differ.
Becky Selengut is an author, instructor, podcaster, and chef based in Seattle. Her books include: Misunderstood Vegetables, How to Taste, Shroom, Good Fish, and Not One Shrine. Selengut is the co-host of the local foods podcast Field to Fork. 
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Use this link for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
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Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

#51. Dr. Erin Meyer from the Seattle Aquarium talks with Suzanne about the nexus of courage and conservation.  Erin shares her journey from childhood visits to the aquarium to leading global conservation efforts, emphasizing the courage it takes to foster strong, respectful partnerships across cultures. We tackle the importance of vulnerability in leadership, the necessity of decolonizing conservation, and the transformative role of inclusivity in environmental advocacy. 
More information about ReShark (an international, collective effort to recover threatened sharks and rays around the world) is available on their website.
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Use this link for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
 
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Wednesday May 29, 2024

#50: Suzanne celebrates our 50th episode by kicking off the first Courageous Challenge!  In these monthly “Courage Up!” challenges, she invites us to take small, courageous steps to spark positive change in our lives and communities.  Our first challenge: Reconnect with someone meaningful we haven't spoken to in a while.  
So . . . who will you reach out to this month? 
Join The Courage Effect community, experience the ripple effect of courageous connections, and share your stories and journeys with us on social media using the hashtag #CourageUp or connect with our community via Instagram and Substack. Let's courage up together!
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Wednesday May 22, 2024

#49 | 5.22.2024: Suzanne discusses the world’s loneliness epidemic with Dr. Jeremy Nobel. They explore the types of loneliness – and the vital distinction between solitude and isolation – with Dr. Nobel sharing his insights on how engaging with the arts and community can lead us out of isolation and into connection.
 
Dr. Jeremy Nobel is a primary-care physician, public health practitioner, and award-winning poet with faculty appointments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School. He is the founder and president of The Foundation for Art & Healing, and author of the book Project Unlonely: Healing Our Crisis of Disconnection.
 
Event alert: register for Project Unlovely Films Season 8 launch even on Sunday, June 2nd here. 
 
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Use this link for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
 
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Monday May 20, 2024

#17 | 8.2.2023: In a conversation about personal safety, Barb talks through the work she does at Always Bev, an organization she founded following her sister’s death, who was tragically killed by gun violence. She and Suzanne discuss the importance of trusting our intuition, not ignoring the “yellow flags” we see (and feel) from others, and the journey Barb has taken to process her grief and take action in support of others empowering themselves.
Barb Jordan is a personal safety expert who partners with organizations and universities to educate and build awareness around ways to stay safe. Barb founded Always Bev (short for Always Be Vigilant) in honor of her sister, whose mission is to educate individuals on their personal safety at home, on campus, and in social environments. She is also the host and creator of the podcast: Always Bev: The Ripple Effect.
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Wednesday May 08, 2024

#48 | 5.8.2024: Suzanne dives deep with the incredible Kate Isler, co-founder of The WMarketplace (an innovative ecommerce accelerator and online sales channel supporting women-owned businesses) and a true trailblazer in the tech industry and beyond.  Kate speaks to her journey of breaking boundaries and empowering women entrepreneurs globally.
In addition to being the co-founder WMarketplace, Kate Isler has held executive roles in Fortune 100 companies and startups, lived and worked globally, while using her influential voice in discussions about global marketing and gender equity. Her journey is detailed in the memoir Breaking Borders. 
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Use this link for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
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Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

#47 | 4.24.2024: Rebecca Weaver talks through the wounds we collectively experienced during the pandemic (and shares a powerful personal story) through the lens of "post-traumatic growth."   She and Suzanne discuss the complexities of navigating personal and professional challenges, reframing our need to rush back to normalcy (such as returning to the office), and coming to terms with the realization that the world we used to live in – and the way we worked – no longer exists.
Rebecca Weaver is the Founder and CEO of HRuprise, an employee advocacy organization that supports companies with flexible, independent HR for the new world of work. 
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor BetterHelp.  Go to https://betterhelp.com/courage for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help #sponsored
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Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

#46 | 4.1.2024: Hey, Courage Champions! Suzanne Weller here, celebrating one transformative year of The Courage Effect. We've delved deep into tales of triumph and heartbreak, revealing how facing fear unlocks possibility and growth.  In this show, we hear my reflections on past shows, featuring the wisdom of previous guests Elsa, Susan Mann, Ruby Love, Troy Livingston, and Chezik Tsunoda.
Original episodes:
Breaking Expectations with Sports Photographer Elsa
Magic and Mayhem with Susan Mann
Stepping Out In Faith with Ruby Love
Starting Anew with Troy Livingston
The Courage of Not Looking Away with Chezik Tsunoda
Thanks to the support of our show sponsor Armoire. Build the perfect rental wardrobe with brands that are unique, sustainably sourced and they’ll be shipped straight to your door. Visit armoire.style/thecourageeffect to get up to 50% off your first month. #sponsored
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