This month on See It To Be It podcast, Melinda speaks with Bonnie Marcus, an
award winning entrepreneur, Forbes contributing writer, and executive coach. Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers. With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and other national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startups as well as Fortune 500 companies.
A certified coach, Bonnie has been honored by Global Gurus as one of the world’s top 30 coaches in 2015-2020. Her acclaimed first book, The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, was first published in 2015. Bonnie shares her message globally through speaking engagements, blogging, and her podcast, Badass Women at Any Age.
She begins the episode by discussing how she wanted to be a ballerina growing up, but people try to squash her ambitions; however, still today, she loves to dance. Bonnie started her career as a kindergarten teacher but transitioned to teaching aerobics at a cardiac rehabilitation center. She left the corporate arena in 2007 and got certified as a coach helping women advance their careers. Bonnie wanted to help women who are getting passed up for opportunities, couldn’t advocate for themselves, and struggle to get rehired after getting pushed out of their careers.
She discusses the inspiration for her book: Not Done Yet! It covers how women over 50 can regain their confidence and claim workplace power. Additionally, she covers ageism, discrimination in the workplace, even on platforms like LinkedIn. She elaborates by encouraging women not to pull themselves out of the arena, remain visible, and continue to build their network by staying marketable.
Bonnie finishes up the episode revealing the power of girlfriends and social circles. She encourages women to find like-minded women by joining organizations to bring together who have something in common and find that support. She emphasizes that your mindset is essential regardless of age.
Learn more about Bonnie: Bonniemarcusleadership.com
_5:26 “I learned business by doing it”
_5:44 “It was never my ambition to run a national company. I just said yes to a lot of opportunities that came along, I guess that's the lesson.”
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