Speaking of Kindness
Guest: Kathleen Sarpy – Founder & CEO of Agency H5
On this episode we are speaking kindness with my friend Kathleen Sarpy, CEO of Agency H5 - a marketing communications agency that is rooted in public relations where she and her team expertly connect people, events and ideas to generate meaningful and lasting impact.
Kathleen is a brand builder, storyteller and fierce advocate for protecting kindness in the workplace. Her mantra is “always lead with kindness” and there is no one who has been kinder to me in my business than Kathleen. Join us and be inspired to spread kindness in your work community and home.
1:11 Kind people are my kind of people
2:00 Agency H5 was recognized by Crain’s Chicago as one of the best places to work
2:56 Started her business in her basement
3:20 11 is Kathleen’s lucky number – look for signs
4:16 Where were your kindness seeds planted?
4:40 Soul connections
5:30 God puts people on your path
6:14 Kathleen’s soul family
6:50 Kathleen’s parents
7:39 I am attracted to women who have strong relationships with their fathers
8:25 Kathleen lost her parents 14 weeks apart. How did kindness get you through?
10:30 “I’m happier being on the giving side.”
11:45 The Go-Giver
12:45 Showing up
13:42 Accepting a compliment
14:18 You are the company you keep
14:34 The Agency H5 team
15:26 All roads lead to Kathleen
16:11 The conversation
17:11 “I hate small talk.”
17:26 What was your talent as a young girl?
19:52 Bringing her kids on the ride with her
20:27 Divorce and seeing it as a blessing
20:54 The Chris story
21:36 Hope the puppy
21:57 “Six days into my divorce on my Amex I bought a dog.”
25:25 6 children
27:00 When shit hits the fan find your way out
27:50 More beauty from the ashes
28:10 Do you ever cry because you are so proud of your faith?
28:42 “I am able to better understand how to float.”
29:00 Kathleen’s kids
29:50 The universal truth in my story ….
30:55 Kids are better prepared
31:12 “Our agreement to always think the best of each other.”
31:41 Transformational relationships
33:06 From middle school to mid-life we still ask “Do you like me?”
35:24 Thanking her ex-husband in front of the judge
35:48 Making it a practice to be kind
36:45 It costs nothing to be kind
37:18 When you are kind to yourself that kindness multiplies
38:22 Appreciate who you are today. “I give myself a lot more grace.”
40:50 “Grateful for my body that birthed 5 kids.”
41:06 Psalm 46:5 tattoo – “God is within her. She will not be moved.”
41:46 “My 1% life.”
42:20 5 core pillars of Agency H5 – kindness, passion, creativity, integrity & hustle
44:03 Leading with kindness
45:04 If you could talk to the leaders who lead with fear what would you say to them?
47:34 The Kathleen Oprah seat filler story
50:20 “I made Jerry Seinfeld laugh.”
51:50 Show up with your feet
52:28 Writing is a gift
52:59 Advice to people who’ve lost someone they love
54:04 Love round questions
54:52 Her son John Henry walking Kathleen down the aisle
55:47 Love always wins
56:38 “Our second date was in Paris!”
56:45 Energy is the keeper of kindness
57:50 Thank you for being a champion of women and this woman!