Women Lead

The Digital Distillery

Join Nadia Koski, a digital media industry leader and creator, in authentic and empowering - also occasionally hilarious - conversations on Women Lead.
Women Lead is a podcast dedicated to the important leadership topics, challenges, and achievements that professionals, particularly women, experience in the workplace. Through in-depth discussions with guests, Nadia explores what it takes to build your career, lead with empathy, and help the next generation of young leaders rise to take the reins in their industries.
Based in Florence Italy, Nadia Koski brings more than sixteen years of experience as a team leader and global content director at an international digital media and ad tech organization, as well as a background in fashion and artist management, publishing, and digital startups. The podcast explores unique insights from all voices in the global media space, in a refreshing format meant to inform, inspire, and make you laugh.

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Learn From Six Top Leaders in Media on Combatting Gender Bias and Promoting Inclusion
Mar 20 2024
Learn From Six Top Leaders in Media on Combatting Gender Bias and Promoting Inclusion
In this special episode of Women Lead, host Nadia Koski grabs all the best content from her recent International Women's Day webinar, which explored the vital topic of inclusion and gender bias in the workplace. The insightful discussion with her six stellar female leaders and panelists was rich with takeaways and "a-ha" moments.Franziska Brückner, Group Lead Digital Media & Tech, VodafoneLena Schütze, Team Lead Client Services & Consulting, DouglasLaura Alexander, Head of Pan Regional, GroupM NexusDaniela Grilnberger, Group Head Communications Design (Client: LEGO Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Initiative Media GmbH Dr.-Ing. Mira Vasic, Co-owner and Senior Partner, InTouch Female Leadership & Career Academy Katja Brandt, CEO DACH MindshareYou will learn:How to ask for what you're worth and obtain it.Actionable solutions to address the gender pay gap in our professional careers.How to create more inclusive teams by helping women and minority groups in their career advancement.How to create change today in your company by addressing career advancement for women.FURTHER DEVELOPMENTEurostat statistics indicate that women's gross hourly earnings were on average 12.7 % below those of men in the European Union (EU) and 13.6 % in the euro area.The European Commission's Welfare Development Plan for 2023-2030 Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.More info on gender data US from Pew ResearchWorld Economic Forum’s 2023 Global Gender Gap ReportBOOKS & PODCASTSInvisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez / Podcast "Visible Women"F*ck Being Humble Community / BookProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
The Mental Load Women Carry with Arianna Brown
Feb 21 2024
The Mental Load Women Carry with Arianna Brown
In this episode of Women Lead, Nadia interviews Arianna Brown, a senior sales leader and advertising growth expert. From her global adventures to thought-provoking discussions, they explore topics like cultivating a positive mindset, embracing change, and the persistent issue of the mental load carried by women.They also delve into the impact of legislation on families, the media's influence on gender roles, and the progress we're making in reshaping societal norms. Arianna shares her insights on building self-confidence and the importance of sharing experiences. "Confidence comes from believing in yourself and validating your own thoughts and opinions."They also touch on the influence of Disney movies growing up and how those storylines have evolved in 2024 with new heroines, but most importantly, how those narratives have reinforced certain gender norms for young girls. Arianna provides some stellar recommendations for inspiring resources.3 Big Takeaways“People will essentially reciprocate the energy you put out into the world” - Arianna BrownNo one is immune to insecurity. It’s how you approach it and keep putting yourself out there. Keep trying. Keep throwing yourself into the ring!Legislation needs to support women by allowing for adequate maternity AND paternity leave, and childcare aid and support. Companies also have to recognize that more flexibility for parents can be life-changing, and ultimately help each employee be more productive.Inspirational Listens:Alicia Keys and Brené on More MyselfShe’s on the Money This is work__Connect with Arianna Brown on LinkedInProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Leading Intergenerational Teams: How to Establish Authority & Open Communication with Beth Freedman
Jan 10 2024
Leading Intergenerational Teams: How to Establish Authority & Open Communication with Beth Freedman
Women Lead is starting 2024 off with a bang! Tune into this dynamic episode where host, Nadia Koski, dives into some of leadership’s learning curves for young managers with special guest, Beth Freedman, CEO dentsuX, UK.Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, offering invaluable advice for young leaders who find themselves managing seasoned teams and striving to establish their authority.One of the unique challenges many young leaders face today is managing intergenerational teams. Beth shares her insight on bridging the generation gap, fostering collaboration, and leveraging the diverse strengths and perspectives that each team member brings to the table. Discover strategies to create a harmonious and productive work environment where different age groups thrive together.Nadia and Beth also share their experiences as expats growing their careers on new continents that they now call home. They share the sometimes hilarious situations where they found themselves in a faux pas, and how they worked through it and learned from it.Join Nadia in this enlightening episode exploring the nuances of leading across generations and continents and uncover how to gain the confidence and skills to excel as a young leader in today's ever-evolving workplace.[Links and recs]Connect with Beth Freedman on LinkedInWACLWomen in Advertising and Communications, Leadership (WACL) is a membership organisation whose purpose is to accelerate gender equality in the advertising and communications industries. Founded in 1923, our membership currently comprises nearly 300 senior women drawn from client organisations, agencies, media owners and trade bodies.The 50% CEO Playbook: Getting to proportionate representation in the top job and why it matters.Listen to Beth’s interview with Connie Steele on her podcast “Strategic Momentum” Ep 137 Leading by Listening: Navigating Workplace TransitionsProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Embracing Entrepreneurial Thinking: A Journey to Intrapreneurship with Stephanie Scheller
Dec 6 2023
Embracing Entrepreneurial Thinking: A Journey to Intrapreneurship with Stephanie Scheller
In this episode of Women Lead, Nadia Koski discusses embracing change with Stephanie Scheller, Managing Partner Sustainable Solutions at Omnicom Media Group.What does it mean to be an intrapreneur? Stephanie sheds light on what it means to embrace entrepreneurial thinking within a corporate environment and the impact it can have on driving change and sparking innovation. She discusses the pivotal moment when she realized she wanted to pursue something different in her current role and shares her journey of organizing and implementing the necessary steps to make it happen, showcasing the power of diverse perspectives and collaboration.They delve into reflections on the start-up world, discussing the unique challenges and benefits it brings to professional development and mindset within the industry.Unpacking the phrase "Change will come once you embrace it," Stephanie shares her interpretation of this motto and how it has guided her mindset and actions throughout her career, encouraging listeners to embrace change as a catalyst for growth and progress.Offering advice to young leaders aspiring to promote change within their companies, Stephanie provides practical insights and strategies for navigating and effecting meaningful transformation.Tune in to this captivating episode as Stephanie Scheller shares her inspiring story, insights, and advice on empowering change, fostering innovation, and leading with purpose. Get ready to be motivated and equipped with actionable strategies to make a positive impact in your own career and organization.LINKS & RECSConnect with Stephanie Scheller on LinkedInStephanie’s recs:Book: “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy” by Mo GawdatBlinkist - app that offers key insights from top nonfiction in a made-for-mobile formatProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Balancing Career and Family: Navigating Challenges, Emotions, and Success with Ali Teeman and Sarah Leccacorvi
Nov 22 2023
Balancing Career and Family: Navigating Challenges, Emotions, and Success with Ali Teeman and Sarah Leccacorvi
In this insightful episode of Women Lead, Nadia Koski dives deep into the topic of balancing career and family, exploring the challenges, emotions, and strategies for success with two remarkable guests, Ali Teeman, Director, Global Digital Partnerships at Warner Bros. Discovery, and Sarah Leccacorvi, Head of Content and Creative at Havas Play.Ali and Sarah share their invaluable insights, experiences, and wisdom on navigating work-life complexities and breaking down the eternal question: How do we balance it all? Is there even such a thing?Discover practical tips and personal anecdotes that shed light on finding harmony between career aspirations and family responsibilities. The conversation explores the delicate balance of emotional expression in the workplace and how it impacts relationships, team dynamics, and professional growth. Ali and Sarah also share their perspectives on when and how to request a pause, ensuring well-being and maintaining productivity.The conversation delves into effective coping mechanisms, strategies for maintaining focus, and finding the resilience needed to excel professionally during challenging personal and professional times.Our guests share practical advice and mindset shifts to empower listeners who may be feeling overwhelmed, helping them regain balance and thrive in their personal and professional lives.Download our Top 10 Tips to Beat Overwhelm and Thrive as a Parent and LeaderMentions:Bruce Daisley from EatSleepRepeat Podcast interviews Liverpool FC’s Jurgen KloppA CLOSER LOOK AT LIVERPOOL FC’S TEAM CULTURE UNDER KLOPPSarah’s Recs:Mel Robbins - “Let Them Theory”Ali’s Podcast Recs:Today ExplainedThe Therapy Crouch PodcastProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Empowering Leadership: Unleashing Your Marketing Potential with Lisa Gøttler
Nov 8 2023
Empowering Leadership: Unleashing Your Marketing Potential with Lisa Gøttler
In this episode of Women Lead, Nadia Koski delves into the world of leadership and marketing with our esteemed guest, Chief Marketing & Product Officer at Kvik, based in Denmark. Join us as we explore the transformative journey of finding your way in the dynamic field of marketing, focusing on crucial aspects such as self-confidence, challenging the status quo, listening to your inner voice, and taking risks.Tune in as Lisa shares her journey, wisdom, and valuable advice for professionals seeking growth and success in their careers. She specifically dives into the importance of embracing new opportunities and the criteria she used to select a company and product that excited her.As a woman in a predominantly male field, Lisa touches on her unique viewpoint and work ethic which have given her an advantage in leading her teams.When asked about the best advice she could give - take risks and don’t be afraid to dive in and try new things - Lisa explained how this motto has influenced her personal and professional career.To young professionals looking to advance their careers, Lisa advises them to be open to new experiences and seek out companies that align with their values. She believes that everyone has a unique superpower, and hers lies in her ability to tap into emotion, recognize great leaders, and craft a customer journey that establishes a story that hits home to all clients.LINKS AND RECSLisa’s recs: The Sociable Kitchen PodcastConnect with Lisa on LinkedIn Explore all the lovely Danish pieces at Kvik.comProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Growing Diverse Teams, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Embracing the Present with Raquel Baranda
Oct 25 2023
Growing Diverse Teams, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Embracing the Present with Raquel Baranda
In this insightful episode of "Women Lead," I had the privilege of speaking with Regional Director Hispanic Latam at Showheroes Group, Raquel Baranda. Raquel has had an impressive career journey that spans various roles and continents. Starting as the Vice President of Platforms and Formats at IAB Mexico, Raquel's career led her to smartclip Spain, then smartclip LATAM, where she climbed the ranks to the prestigious title of "Directora General" (General Director) before moving into her current role at ShowHeroes.Some key takeaways from this episode:Stay Present: Raquel advises focusing on immediate tasks and taking them one step at a time. By living in the present and not getting overwhelmed by future concerns, you can handle daily challenges effectively.Connectivity Across Borders: Managing a team across different countries requires strong connectivity. After the pandemic, her team relies on video conferencing, WhatsApp, and internal chats to maintain close relationships and ensure effective communication.Cultural Awareness: Recognize and respect the diverse cultures in Latin America. Understanding that each country has unique traditions and ways of doing business is crucial for success.Trust Your Team: Avoid micromanagement when managing a diverse team. Trust your team members as experts in their fields, allowing them to communicate and share their insights without needing to know every detail.These key takeaways emphasize the importance of staying in the moment, fostering strong communication across borders, understanding cultural nuances, and trusting your team for success in a global and diverse work environment.Raquel’s recs:Encuentra tu persona vitamina by Marian Rojas Estapé Connect with Raquel on LinkedInProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Championing Diversity and Community: Leadership Lessons from the Gaming World with Anika Howard
Sep 26 2023
Championing Diversity and Community: Leadership Lessons from the Gaming World with Anika Howard
Welcome back to Women Lead's second season!For our second episode, Nadia's sitting down with Anika Howard, CEO of the online gaming entertainment company WONDR NATION.Not only does she have fifteen years' experience in the online gaming industry, Howard is also co-founder and co-chair of African Americans in Gaming and is on the Board of Directors for Global Gaming Women (GGW) where she serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee.Howard is brimming with insights into leadership, diversity, and technology.Three big takeaways:If you’re more of an introvert, be a “situational extrovert” and put yourself out there! Take advantage of the communities and groups that you have in your industry to network and connect.Recognize those immediate connections you have with others, grow them, ask for help, and take some risks. This is how career opportunities will emerge.Share your knowledge. A true leader shares their knowledge to empower others. Sharing insight will NEVER take away your power, only pass it on to others who can thrive with it.f you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform!Produced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
How To Deal With People and Resolve Conflict with Business Coach Liz Kislik
Sep 13 2023
How To Deal With People and Resolve Conflict with Business Coach Liz Kislik
Welcome back to Women Lead for the first episode of Season 2. If you’re new here and just discovering us, go back and check out all the great interviews and discussions with successful professional women in Season 1 of the show.In this episode, Nadia welcomes Liz Kislik, a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience as a management consultant, business coach, and prolific contributor.Liz delves into her experiences in conflict management and resolution and explores the dual aspects of conflicts: interpersonal feelings and structural or procedural underpinnings within organizations.Nadia shares how understanding individual team members' learning styles and preferences improves productivity and communication and learns a few tips about keeping a team in harmony.Key Takeaways:Stay Curious. Being curious to understand more about people and clarity in communication is crucial.Build Trust. Understanding team members' individual strengths, weaknesses, and preferences enhances communication and productivity.You can’t force anyone to do anything. Finding a common goal will help align people when there is conflict and allow your team to move forward together.If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe, rate, and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform!Links and RecsWatch Liz’s TEDx Talk, “Why There’s So Much Conflict at Work and What You Can Do to Fix It”Liz’s book rec: The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin ZanderConnect with Liz:Website: https://lizkislik.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizkislikFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizkislikTwitter: https://twitter.com/lizkislikAbout Lis Klisikhttps://lizkislik.com/mediaDiscover Liz's free ebook: Workplace Wisdom: How to Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts in the WorkplaceLiz Kislik is a management consultant and executive coach, and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Her TEDx “Why There’s So Much Conflict at Work and What You Can Do to Fix It” has received almost half a million views. She specializes in developing high-performing leaders and workforces, and for 30 years has helped family-run businesses, national nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies like American Express, Girl Scouts, Staples, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Highlights for Children solve their thorniest problems.Produced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
That’s a Wrap! Discover the Highlights from the First Season of Women Lead
Aug 23 2023
That’s a Wrap! Discover the Highlights from the First Season of Women Lead
We're very proud and excited to say we've wrapped up our very first full season of Women Lead!In this season wrap-up, Nadia addresses some of the highlights of these past 13 episodes including:Learning about Tiana Madera's and our guest, Caroline Mastromauro’s personal journey with career shifts and new job opportunities.How Ursula Ringham keeps her team motivated and creative.Michelle Sarpong’s drive and ambition with establishing the DE&I structure within her company and leading some amazing initiatives to promote diversity in the industry.Lauren Palmer’s no-holds-bar dedication to encouraging self-promotion and branding, speaking out, and recognizing your professional accomplishments.Dishing with Stefanie Leonardi on empowering teams and the differences between managing and leading.We're on a short break and will be back in September to kick off Season 2 of Women Lead.  Rest assured it will be jam-packed with even more powerful conversations and group discussions with experienced professionals in the media, advertising, gaming, and coaching fields.Now is the perfect time to check out any of the episodes you may have missed these past 6 months.If you want to get in touch with us, be a guest on our show, or just provide your feedback, reach out at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.com.If you want to hear about all things new in our Podcast Network, head over to our site and sign up for our newsletter: https://the-digital-distillery.com/If you have enjoyed any or all of our episodes, we would love it if you could leave us a review on Spotify or Apply podcasts. It would be greatly appreciated!Produced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
Time Management Hacks, Tips, and Why Multitasking is Killing Your Brain
Aug 4 2023
Time Management Hacks, Tips, and Why Multitasking is Killing Your Brain
Welcome back to Women Lead! We’re wrapping up this first full season of Women Lead with, as our copywriter Chris Kanski says, “a real banger” of a final ep!Nadia and Tiana delve into the intricacies of effective time management,  the pitfalls of multitasking, and the strategies they employ to maintain productivity. They talk all about the hacks and techniques you can use, and pitfalls to avoid, when managing time in your personal and professional life. They introduce the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method involving short focused work intervals followed by breaks stress, and discuss the significance of blocking out time in the calendar, ensuring flexibility to rearrange tasks as needed. Breaking down tasks into smaller sections and dedicating specific time slots for each part helps prevent feeling overwhelmed and maintains concentration.They explore the strategy of "eating the frog," inspired by the book of the same name, which encourages tackling the most challenging task of the day first, and Tiana reveals her extensive time management plan....which is quite different from Nadia's.Enjoy the episode!Key Takeaways:1. Multitasking may feel productive, but research reveals that the brain can truly focus on only one task at a time. Attempting to multitask can lead to mistakes, decreased attentiveness, and lower life satisfaction.2. Try the Pomodoro Technique which involves concentrated work intervals followed by breaks, aids in enhancing focus and reducing distractions. 3. 'Eating the Frog' is when you take on the most challenging task early in the day. It fosters a sense of accomplishment and paves the way for e rest of your day to be more productive.4. Effective time management involves strategic planning, categorization, and setting priorities for tasks and goals. Planning the night before and adapting to changing circumstances is crucial to maintaining a productive routine.Links and Recommended Reading:Nadia’s recs:TED Talk by Dr. Lindsay Blooms, “Multitasking is the Mindkiller”Off Topic: the best natural skincare company and products, run by talented female squad: Sulina Shop - shout out to Susan and Shelena!Tiana recs:Decision Fatigue and How Multi-tasking Drains Your BrainThe Pomodoro Method: Timer, The Pomodoro Timer Chrome AppEat the Frog - Book by Brian TracyTiana’s Priority Map - including “clean bathtub” ;)If you’re interested in being a guest on the pod, getProduced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram
How to lead and empower your team to success with Stefanie Leonardi
Jul 26 2023
How to lead and empower your team to success with Stefanie Leonardi
How to Empower and Develop Your Team to Become the Best Versions of ThemselvesIn this episode of Women Lead, Nadia and Stefanie discuss the importance of empowering and developing your team to become the best versions of themselves. They share practical tips and strategies that leaders can use to create an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their ideas and strengths, identify their blind spots, and develop new skills.One of the key takeaways from this episode is that self-promotion is an important part of the empowerment process. However, it's important to do it in a way that feels natural and authentic. Stefanie shares some specific tips on how to do this, such as starting by testing out self-promotion within a circle of trust and then gradually expanding your reach.Another key takeaway is that leaders need to create an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their ideas and strengths. This means creating a culture of open communication and feedback, and providing opportunities for people to learn and grow.If you're a leader looking to empower your team, this episode is a must-listen. Stefanie's practical tips and strategies will help you create an environment where your team can thrive.Here are some additional thoughts on how to empower and develop your team:Set clear expectations and goals. When people know what's expected of them, they're more likely to be motivated to achieve their goals.Provide regular feedback. Feedback is essential for helping people grow and develop. Make sure to give feedback that is specific, timely, and constructive.Offer opportunities for learning and development. Help people develop their skills and knowledge by providing them with opportunities to take classes, attend workshops, or read books.Celebrate successes. When people achieve their goals, be sure to celebrate their successes. This will help them feel valued and appreciated.Produced and Hosted by Nadia KoskiEngineered by Phil McDowellProject Lead Dennis KirschnerYou can contact the show at womenleadpodcast@the-digital-distillery.comor go to the website.Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram