Truth be told, I’m a wee bit of a podcast junkie. Nothing’s better for me than listening to tricks of the trade or inspiring stories from people I identify with and trust. Playing an episode gives me the feeling of being a valued member of an exclusive group. I usually indulge this mild addiction when working out or walking my dog or running errands. Uplifting and efficient, no?
A majority of the shows I support are hosted by females because, as in most media, we are seriously underrepresented. A recent article in Forbes claims, “an estimated 70 percent of podcasts are hosted by men, and the male/female disparity overall is probably even greater.” So, in an effort to level the playing field, let’s give a little love to the ladies. Consider subscribing to these 15 motivational podcasts for women who love business:
1. Lose The Cape with Alexa Bigwarfe & Aubrey Mathis
This entertaining pair makes me laugh out loud while dishing up valuable advice and business tips. The show features busy career moms sharing strategies for survival in their hectic daily lives.
Outstanding Episode: How to Not Be an Icky Salesperson
2. Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. with Tiffany Han
Tiffany is a business coach to creative entrepreneurs and she may give you a verbal kick in the pants from time to time. She uses storytelling and interviews to inform and inspire you on your professional journey.
Outstanding Episode: Michelle Bablo on Going All In
3. Systems Saved Me with Jordan Gill
As an organization and productivity geek, I am compelled to tune into this show on a regular basis. Jordan produces new content weekly to help us overwhelmed entrepreneurs find success with tried and true methods.
Outstanding Episode: The Process to Kill the Perfectionism Trap
Related reading: 7 Deadliest Sins of the Struggling Career Woman
4. The Big Payoff with Rachel Bellow & Suzanne Muchin
This dynamic duo has launched and sold six companies together while maintaining a close friendship. They are uniquely qualified to give epic career and business advice. “So get a tumbler of vodka, a cup of coffee, or juice cleanse and let’s get started.”
Outstanding Episode: Fatal Distraction
5. The Introvert Entrepreneur with Beth Buelow
This show has been named one of the “Top 25 business podcasts for entrepreneurs” by Entrepreneur.com. Beth discusses business life from an introvert’s perspective. She offers resources and advice to build self-confidence and reduce fear.
Outstanding Episode: Confessions of an Untraumatized 40-Something Happily Married Woman
6. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Although I would not consider it a business podcast, her thought-provoking show provides advice to improve your outlook and overall attitude. That’s bound to help improve your professional life. Don’t you think?
Outstanding Episode: Do what You Love, and Then Your Friends Hire You
7. Why Not Now? with Amy Jo Martin
Amy Jo interviews famous and not so famous people and asks them how they changed from a why notter to an action taker. She is no slouch in business either. She wrote the NY Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Yeah, not bad.
Outstanding Episode: Julie Foudy – Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
8. Midlife Schmidlife with Liz Applegate
Liz calls herself “your second-chance enthusiast and positive change facilitator.” I call her inspiring. She interviews women over forty who are transforming their middle years and pursuing their dreams. I can certainly relate!
Outstanding Episode: Being Brave and Learning New Things with Cathy Lawdanski
9. The Daily Meditation Podcast with Mary Meckley
I don’t know about you, but I’m more productive when I’m calm and collected. Mary helps me get there with her daily meditations. When I need a few mindful minutes, she is there to guide and enlighten me.
Outstanding Episode: Release Negative Thoughts
10. Social Sidekick Podcast with Laurie Solgon
Laurie created this show to inspire and encourage side-hustlers and fledgling entrepreneurs. In weekly interviews, she speaks with dynamic businesspeople about their strategies, successes, and how they escaped the 9 to 5 rat race.
Outstanding Episode: Jen Monks, Life Wise Lady Blog (shameless plug alert)
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11. Less Than Or Equal with Aleen Simms
Aleen celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women and minorities in technology. Her guests discuss news in S.T.E.M. as it pertains to groups who struggle to be heard and often face inequality in their fields.
Outstanding Episode: Karen Catlin – Advocacy and Mentorship in Tech
12. Jump Start Your Joy with Paula Jenkins
Paula finds guests with inspirational stories who followed their dreams. The discussions often cover the adversity these people overcame to ultimately create a joyful life.
Outstanding Episode: The Astonishing Power of Choosing Joy When You Feel Stuck
13. The CourageMakers Podcast with Meg Kissack
This show was designed to motivate creatives to pursue their passions and overcome their fears. Every Monday a new courage maker shares her experiences and offers advice on how to get beyond the things that scare you.
Outstanding Episode: Depression, Feeling Worthy, & Finding Hope with Meaghan Gallant
14. Positive Productivity with Kim Sutton
As a mompreneur of five children (whoa), Kim has learned a few things about productivity and squeezing the most out of each moment. Her guests give you tips and strategies to set and achieve goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Outstanding Episode: Oops! I Burnt MYSELF Out!
15. She Did It Her Way Podcast with Amanda Boleyn
Amanda “is on a mission to help more women succeed and break into the entrepreneurial world.” Her guests give you the woman’s perspective on what it’s like to launch and nurture a business. With a new show each Monday, topics range from product creation to online marketing to mindset training.
Outstanding Episode: Forget the Haters with Ariel Hyatt