She Lift Project Podcast

She Lift Project Podcast

Women are experiencing higher levels of career success than ever before. How did they get there? These are their stories. What do they do? What was their journey like? What challenges did they face along the way? What advice do they offer? Cynthia Kirkpatrick, a Senior Financial Advisor at Moneta Group, conducts face to face interviews with women who are at the top of their fields. They reveal the secrets of their success and share their wisdom with you. The shows contain many unexpected twists and turns, and no rise to the top is without sacrifices. Learn what these women went through and are still going through as they pursue personal and professional greatness.


June 18, 2024 88 mins

In this episode of the She Lift Project Podcast, host Cynthia Kirkpatrick sits down with Nicki Ball, the Chief Operating Officer at Mary Engelbreit, to explore the fascinating journey of her multifaceted career. From her beginnings in hospitality and wine expertise to healthcare and art licensing, Nicki shares her experiences of navigating through various industries and the lessons learned along the way.

Nicki highlights the import...

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In this episode of the She Lift Project podcast, host Cynthia Kirkpatrick sits down with Whitney Toates, a dynamic businesswoman who relocated to St. Louis and successfully established a chapter of the ACA Business Club. Whitney shares her inspiring journey of building a thriving business community amidst personal and professional challenges. From her extensive background in sales and marketing to the unique networking culture of S...

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This episode of the She Lift Project podcast features Kristin Thompson, a Financial Advisor at Renaissance Financial. Host Cynthia Kirkpatrick talks with Kristin about the intersection of her professional life and personal challenges, including motherhood and fertility struggles, shedding light on how these experiences shape women's careers.

Kristin candidly shares her experiences with fertility treatments providing listeners with ...

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In this episode of the She Lift Project Podcast, Cynthia Kirkpatrick talks with Debbie Champion, a successful litigator. They explore Debbie's journey, highlighting effective communication in litigation and trial dynamics.


Debbie's unconventional path to law, rooted in psychology and diverse education, shapes her approach to connecting with jurors authentically. She navigates trials with humor and insight, leveraging counseling b...

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"Somebody needs to hear your story," is an earnest call to action from Cathy L. Davis, an experienced book publisher and strategist. She and her authors have received countless reviews and thank you notes that express the life changing effects of the stories shared. We may not think our story matters, but Cathy says that's not true. No matter who you are, she insists that you have some sort of wisdom that needs to be shared. 

In th...

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"Don't Be A Jerk." - This is sage advice that Katherine Flett received while taking a class in law school called "Lawyering". It's proven to be practical wisdom that has come in handy for Katherine, who is a Principal and Attorney at Danna McKitrick, P.C. (

In episode 29, Cynthia and Katherine discuss various topics including their introduction, Katherine's expertise in business law and litigation, h...

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Tamara Keefe is the CEO, Founder, and Flavor Temptress of Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, an ice cream shop with eight locations in the Greater St. Louis Area that serves unique small-batch ice cream flavors, including alcoholic and vegan options. Clementine’s is one of the few Micro Creamery’s in the world, a designation that requires strict ingredients and production methods that helps them produce the best ...

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Danni Eickenhorst is a community builder actively working to make the St. Louis region a better place to live, and she is also the CEO of HuSTL Hospitality. Her restaurants include Steve's Hot Dogs, Steve's Meltdown and The Fountain on Locust.

Danni talks to Cynthia about her carnival of careers in corporate America before deciding to go all in on the hospitality industry. The only problem? She had no ex...

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Nancy L. Weaver, PhD, MPH, helps businesses, schools and communities develop and use public health programs and policies in ways that work for them.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in biostatistics and a PhD in behavioral science.

As a tenured, full professor of Behavioral Science at Saint Louis University, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health...

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Author of the highly acclaimed book, “Your Success is in YOU!: Empowering and Equipping You to Create Your Best Career Ever!”, Bernie Frazier, SPHR is an author, speaker, career coach/strategist, and talent acquisition expert whose mission is to help people overcome barriers to create greater success.

Bernie spent over 25 years leading corporate recruiting organizations, has served as keynote speaker for...

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Heather J. Crider is a keynote speaker, certified neuroperformance coach and leading expert in high-performance growth and thought transformation. She empowers overwhelmed professionals to unleash brain-powered breakthroughs, unlock unstoppable performance, boundless energy, and deeper human connections.

Having served as a CEO who collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 companies, Heather understands the ...

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Mich Hancock is the CEO of 100th Monkey, a digital marketing agency that specializes in human-to-human interactions. She is also the Co-Founder and License Holder of TEDxStLouis, an independently organized TED Event, as well as the host of her popular MichMash Podcast, which focuses on guests who are notably kind and accomplishing important work in our world.

Mich talks to Cynthia about her company 100th...

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Carolyn Mancini works in the Strategy Enablement group of one of the largest agricultural companies in the world. In her 24 years with the company, she uses her accumulated customer knowledge and insights to lead the business perspective in the development and transformation of their digital eCommerce tools. Her goal is to improve the experiences with customers, distributors and employee facing digital platforms.


She talks to Cyn...

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Tessa Greenspan is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, mentor, and leader. She is a motivating, energetic force with deep faith. She strongly believes in leading with a loving generous heart and knows that life is about being real, humble, and kind. She believes that you are Never too old to dream.  She leaves a trail of kindness through hard work and determination as she uses the power of a giving heart to create.

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Alexis Hershey serves as the Chief Digital Officer for Midwest BankCentre where she applies her digital strategy skills to transform the bank’s processes and online experiences by developing and deploying digital products and systems. She serves as executive sponsor of the bank’s Operations Enhancement Department, which leverages process improvement, efficiency initiatives, and technology to enhance customer service.


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Ida Martikainen is a Senior Consultant with Collaborative Strategies Inc. (CSI). She is a leadership coach and a strategy advisor who helps organizations and executives develop resilient strategies and robust stakeholder relations. She empowers firms and not-for-profits to navigate the challenges of transparency, collaboration, and rapid change. Ida has developed, communicated, and executed plans that create intention...

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Sheila Burkett is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spry Digital. Her company helps small to mid-size businesses design and build things for the web. She also loves to networking, teaching, mentoring, and public speaking.

She talks to Cynthia about getting started in technology back in 1985, and how that led to her becoming a General Partner at Edward Jones at the age of 33. Ultimately, she decided to leave the ...

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Jennifer Siess is a broadcaster for Audacy. She does sideline reporting and occasional color commentary for the STL City SC radio broadcast through Y98 in St. Louis, and hosts the St. Louis Soccer Report radio show on KMOX. She’s also the Founder of Mine to Define, a personal coaching program designed to teach youth athletes how to approach the mental side of sports. She works with players individually, as well as teams, and many o...

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September 19, 2023 96 mins

Kristie Jones is the Founder and Principal of Sales Acceleration Group. She is a fractional sales executive, coach, consultant, and trainer. She specializes in helping VC backed startups in the tech industry. She tells Cynthia about her path to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the sales space, a most unlikely destination. This episode is chock full of wisdom and “Kristieisms”, many from Kristie's new book SELLING YOUR WAY IN. ...

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Jennifer Bardot is the Founder of the GRIT Community which helps women gain knowledge, learn, build relationships, advance career opportunities, make a difference while engaging in an inclusive community of women. G.R.I.T. (Growth, Resilience, Intention, Tenacity) brings leaders together by providing support, professional development and inspire its members to have growth, resilience, intention and tenacity.


She talks Cynthia abo...

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