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Karen Gamba: Legally Adventurous

Former Legal Professional and CMO turned Badass Entrepreneur, Karen Gamba takes us on an adventure of how she left her corporate job in law after a life changing experience in Iceland.

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  • Storytelling, Grief, and Basketball with Cindy Mich

    27:32
    To work in media, you’ve got to have a few things going for you. Confidence, connections, and creativity are fundamental. Rarely does a person have all three. And it’s even rarer to find someone who has the specific brand of raw, unfiltered confidence and multi-faceted creative energy that today’s guest exhibits… in spades. Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes Cindy Mich, a real-life creative Wonder Woman. She’s a Mom, a writer, an Award Winning Journalist and Media Personality, the  Founder, of the AIA Film Festival in New York, the CEO of Elegant Expressions Magazine & TV Show, and the host of Cin's Chat Corner. She’s also a Widow who isn’t afraid to talk about grief.You’ll hear about her creative inspirations and how she channels them into various creative pursuits. You’ll learn why it’s important to step away from work mode and clear your head on the regular. You’ll also hear candid thoughts about the grief process and how you can reach out thoughtfully to people who are in the thick of it. And, you might hear some choice words directed at a specific NBA team.What You’ll Learn:How to be disciplined when you’re self-employed (2:15)Knowing when to walk away and take breaks  (10:32)On grief and the guilt of moving forward (13:15)How to help someone who is grieving (19:33)The trials and tribulations that got her where she is today (24:07)Connect with Cindy Mich:Insta: https://www.instagram.com/officialcindymich/Cin’s Chat Corner Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/p/Cins-Chat-Corner-100063771034034/?_rdrIMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9584759/Art Is Alive Film Festival: https://artisaliveff.wixsite.com/artisaliveffConnect with Ginni:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswatiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enWebsite: www.ginnimedia.com
  • From Chronic Overwhelm to Cool and Calm with Erica Diamond

    15:56
    Have you ever found yourself snapping at someone for no real reason? Something small just agitates you and you overreact. Someone cuts you off in traffic. Or jumps the line in the grocery store.Under normal circumstances, you’d just let it go.But lately, these incidents are lighting a fire inside, taking you from 0-10 in 0.03 seconds.Deep down, you know the problem isn’t the person cutting you off on the road or at the store. The problem is that your chronic state of overwhelm is taking over your life.But it doesn’t have to stay that way.Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes self-care expert Erica Diamond. As a Certified Life and Career Coach and Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, she helps women transform their lives of overwhelm by incorporating calming lifestyle habits to create balance and harmony.  You’ll hear how Erica’s entrepreneurial success led her on the path to burnout, and how she turned it around starting with small, practical wins. You’ll learn how we’re culturally indoctrinated to accept to chronic stress, and how you can use mindfulness to unlearn behaviors and reverse the cycle. You’ll also learn a few simple exercises that will help you find calm right now, and whenever you need it in the moment. What You’ll Learn:The physical symptoms of burnout (0:53)The biggest mistake women make when it comes to overwhelm (4:15)Unlearning behaviors and focusing on small wins (5:24)How we’re shamed into self-care (9:17) Finding balance between what enriches us and what feels challenging (11:17)Connect with Erica Diamond:Website: https://ericadiamond.com/Insta: https://www.instagram.com/ericadiamond/?hl=enConnect with Ginni:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswatiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enWebsite: www.ginnimedia.com
  • Poppin’ Out with Tiffany Knighten

    30:19
    Imagine if your childhood was spent moving around every couple of years. Every friendship you cherished had an expiration date, and you never knew where you’d be going next. That kind of rootlessness can manifest in different ways. You could become someone who has trouble connecting with people. You could live your life with an insatiable curiosity, never allowing yourself to call a place “home”.Or, you could become Tiffany Knighten. Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes Tiffany Knighten, Founder of the PR company Brand Curators and the host of the podcast Main Character Energy. As a child, she grew up going back and forth from coast to coast. These experiences taught her how to fit in everywhere but do it in a way that always felt authentic to herself, which helped to build her signature brand of confidence.You’ll hear about her unique upbringing and how that has shaped the dynamic person she is today. You’ll learn how she gained that rare kind of self-confidence that has propelled her in life and in her entrepreneurial career. She also shares tips on being a better boss when you’ve only experienced the bad ones, and how mentorship helps her pay it forward.What You’ll Learn:Her secret to connecting with people as a transplant (1:39)How she schedules in creative time (6:23)The biggest entrepreneurial lie she’s ever been told (10:10)How negative corporate feedback fueled her entrepreneurial future (18:03)Going from bad bosses to mentorship (22:43)Connect with Tiffany Knighten:Website: https://www.tiffknighten.com/Brand Curators: https://www.brandcurators.co/Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/main-character-energy-with-tiff-knighten/id1670216292Insta: http://instagram.com/tiff_or_dieLinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/tiffanyknightenConnect with Ginni:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswatiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enWebsite: www.ginnimedia.com
  • Becoming Your Truest Self with Transformational Leader Coach Pinky Ghadiali

    31:19
    Isn’t it interesting how we can look back on our life and pinpoint certain times or events that shaped the person we are today, or seismically altered our life as we knew it up until that point? For all the moments we experience in life, it’s these ones that stand out the most.Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes Pinky Ghadiali. Pinky is an award-winning transformational leadership coach and the founder of Netwomen, a hub that connects women entrepreneurs, leaders, and c-suite executives looking for community, support, and guidance.In this episode, you’ll hear Pinky and Ginni discuss transformation. What drives the decisions we make in life and how do these decisions shape and reshape us? For context, Pinky shares some pivotal stories from her own life that were turning points or important moments of realization, and that altered who she was in some way.What You’ll Learn:About Pinky’s harrowing experience on her first day of “big school” at 7 years old (3:05)About the part of Pinky’s story that Ginni especially relates to (11:08)Why Pink decided to move to Edinburgh after her divorce (17:08)How Pinky would describe herself (20:01)How Pinky created her own community as an Indian woman living in the UK (28:06)Connect with Pinky Ghadiali:LinkedInInstagramMindset by PinkyNetwomenConnect with Ginni: LinkedInInstagramWebsite
  • From Hogwarts to Hollywood with Actor Paula Placido

    25:07
    If you know anything about Ginni Saraswati, you know she loves her Harry Potter. The unusual special talents, the mythical creatures, the weaving in and out of an unseen world..it’s hard not to fall under the Hogwarts spell.For one young creative, that big screen magic would one day lead her on the path to Hollywood. Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes Paula Andrea Placido. Paula is an actor, a painter, and an equally huge fan of those curiously captivating magicians from Hogwarts. With roles in binge-worthy series like Apples Never Fall, Shameless, Hacks, and The L Word: Generation Q, Paula’s star is rapidly on the rise. You’ll hear how Paula infuses her roles with authenticity based on her own life experiences as a first-generation American and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. She shares the shows that have had an impact on her life, and how she keeps her cool when working with high-caliber Hollywood stars. You’ll also hear how she stays grounded, and who she thinks is going to take home the NBA Championship title this year. What You’ll Learn:The inspiration behind her acting career (1:30)How The L Word has influenced her life and her work (6:49)Her family heritage and how the blend of cultures shows up in her life (10:02)The on-screen character who’s most like her in real life (13:53)Her biggest life lesson from Hollywood (17:43)Connect with Paula Placido:EPK link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eRimQxBCJHITBHoBN5VSAPBzNunaziQq/view?usp=sharingBreakdown resume & reels: https://resumes.breakdownexpress.com/592920-5043718-35295IMDb resume: https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm4960648/Connect with Ginni:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswatiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enWebsite: www.ginnimedia.com
  • The Power of Connection Through Travel with David Meltzer

    18:05
    There are a million reasons to travel: seeing new places, eating new foods, exploring unique landscapes and architecture, just to name a few. But often, the richest gifts we receive from visiting new places are the people we encounter on these journeys of discovery. Today, Ginni Saraswati welcomes David Meltzer. He’s a captivating Speaker, Author, Sports Executive, Investor, and Entrepreneur. His success, charisma, and wealth of knowledge were the inspiration behind Tom Cruise’s character in the movie Jerry Maguire. In this episode, you’ll hear how David incorporates so many travel opportunities into his active lifestyle, and why he loves to bring his family along for the ride. He shares the lessons travel has taught him and how those lessons helped inspire his mission in life. You’ll also hear the highly effective method he uses to foster connections with people from all walks of life and different parts of the world. What You’ll Learn:A unique destination that feels like the set of Star Wars (2:20)Why David doesn’t believe in “work” (4:47)His biggest takeaway from traveling around the world (6:55)Meltzer’s life mission to promote happiness (10:24)How he gets people to open up and create connection (12:17)Connect with David Meltzer:Website: https://dmeltzer.com/Email: david@dmeltzer.comX: https://twitter.com/davidmeltzerLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmeltzer2YouTube: @DavidMeltzerConnect with Ginni:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswatiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enWebsite: www.ginnimedia.com
  • Amy Shoenthal: When Life Gives You Lemons, Look at the Sunnyside

    24:34
    Getting unexpectedly let go at work. Struggling through a painful divorce. Losing a loved one. Reluctantly riding a roller coaster of bad luck.These are some of the most common setbacks that life sometimes dishes out… whether we want them or not. But, while it doesn’t always feel like it in the moment, these setbacks can have a brighter side. Setbacks can build resilience, strengthen our character, and become springboards for changes that redirect our lives. Often in profound ways.  Today, Ginni welcomes Amy Shoenthal. Not only is Amy a part of Ginni’s vibrant neighborhood community in New York (#sunnysideup), but she’s also an established author and a marketing pro. Her latest book, The Setback Cycle, shares real-life stories of people, including herself, who turned challenging obstacles into life-changing opportunities. You’ll learn why setbacks are such a common experience shared by people from all walks of life, and how we tend to view them when we’re in the thick of it. You’ll hear stories of big setbacks and the bravery they birthed that led to profoundly positive life changes. You’ll also score a few hot tips for your next trip to Ginni and Amy’s New York neighborhood.What You’ll Learn:Identifying the roots of your expectations when times are tough (4:10)Why setbacks are such a common shared experience (11:47)Turning your biggest setback into your greatest opportunity (14:36)The catalyst for Amy’s children's book (18:48)Why  it’s important to celebrate your local unsung heroes (21:41)Resources:Pre-Order The Setback Cycle: https://www.amyshoenthal.com/the-setback-cycleBook: The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower by Morra Aarons-Mele Book: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia CameronBook: A Magical Day in Sunnyside Written by Amy Shoenthal and Illustrated by Kate DurkinBook: Angelina Ballerina by Katherine HolabirdArtist Kate Durkin: http://www.katedurkinart.com/Connect with Amy Shoenthal:Website: https://www.amyshoenthal.com/Insta: https://www.instagram.com/amysho/?hl=enX: https://twitter.com/AmyShoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyshoenthal/Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyshoenthal/Connect with Ginni:Website: www.ginnimedia.comInsta: https://www.instagram.com/theginnishow/?hl=enYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/@ginnimediaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnisaraswati
  • Coloring Outside the Linear with Rasheeda Gray

    20:26
    In this episode of The Ginni Show, I talk with designer Rasheeda Gray about her personal journey to finding a career with purpose. Today, she’s going strong as the Founder and Lead Designer of Gray Space Interiors. But, it took her 25 years to realize that this was what she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing. Today, you’ll hear what took her so long to figure it out. She shares her ultra-relatable desire to please others before taking a chance on her own dreams, and what it feels like to carry that responsibility on your shoulders. She also talks about the importance of exposure to the arts for young people, and how a single assignment when she was in the fourth grade helped her recognize her need for creativity. She’s also got some advice to share about overcoming fear for other creatives who are looking to break out and try something on their own. What You Will Learn:Understanding the duality of a bonafide Gemini (2:14)The chance encounter that connected her to her eventual career path (4:48)How she’s paying it forward to young people of color (7:56)When her creative past caught up with her future career (11:18)Why she waited 25 years to follow her purpose (12:25)Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs (19:16)Resources from this episode:The Personality of a Gemini, Explained | AllureNot Your Parents’ Career—Or Is It? Parents Exert Significant Influence On Kids’ Career Choices | ForbesConnect with Rasheeda Gray:Gray Space InteriorsLet’s connect:Instagram: @theginnishowTwitter: @theginnishowFacebook: @theginnishowLinkedIn: Ginni SaraswatiWebsite: ginnimedia.com
  • Rasheeda Gray: Designing Duality

    02:35
    This week's guest is Interior Designer Rasheeda Gray. I first met Rasheeda over a year ago when I interviewed her for a project with Architectural Digest. Something about her “always on” business persona stuck with me. It’s clear that her work is very much a part of who she is. So, wasting no time, I started by asking her what she thought about the concept of professional and personal duality.