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Today is our 50th episode! I am also SO pleased that for this milestone I’m joined by a woman that I am honoured to call a friend, someone that I’ve known for a very long time and whose career has […]
Imagine if your Instagram bio read, “First of her name, smasher of the patriarchy, mother of sons, leader of committees, warrior for social justice, dweller by the water, knitter of hats, Master of Religious Studies”. WHAT AN INTRO!  Today we’re […]
We’re back on career skills this week, and today we are talking about NETWORKING.  Love it or loathe it, building your network is key to building your career. For most of us, the word networking brings to mind excruciating post-work […]
The sound of a child’s laughter, the waves crashing on the shore, the birds in the trees in the morning – there are so many sounds in our every day lives that we take completely for granted.  We go to […]
Gloria Mitchell is an audacious woman. From bluntly telling the owner of a night school that she was homeless and needed help, to going on her first business trip in a limousine whilst living in her own car, Gloria’s story […]
Josephine Anselin has a true spirit of adventure. After a childhood spent in multiple countries, her adult life has taken her from her home in Luxembourg to the oil rigs of the North Sea, the wilds of New Zealand and […]
We are BACK for Season 2! Welcome to a new series of Smashing The Ceiling, where today we are looking forwards by looking back, and kicking off the season with an episode on self-reflection.  It’s easy to scoff at the […]
The eagle-eared amongst you may have noticed that the podcast has been on a little summer holiday…but put it in your diaries, we will be back on Sunday 1st September! #podcast #shepodcasts #summerholiday #weareback #backinthegame
Jen Kneale has an affinity with the sea that stems from a lifetime spent on the ocean. It’s no exaggeration to say that a love of the sea runs in her veins: like her father and grandfather before her she […]
My guest today is Madeleine Black, a true survivor, whose story offers hope to those who have also suffered at the hands of others. We are not, she says, defined by what knocks us down – we are instead defined […]
Ash Fox is someone with a rare joie de vivre and enthusiasm for life, whose joy is infectious and whose presence makes you feel good. She is also a grafter, and today tells me the story of how she became […]
Today we’re kicking on with the third episode of our series on career skills for the workplace, which are being slotted around our fabulous guests in 2019. I thought it would be useful to look at a few different areas […]
Jane Green is someone with many a story to tell, from being head-hunted to the Foreign Office aged 18, to spending years on the high seas in the merchant Navy, to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and prominent […]
My guest this week, Goli Kalkhoran, was one of those people with what looked like the ‘perfect’ career path: excellent grades at school and university, a smooth path to law school, a great first job in a corporate law firm […]
Freda Yuan lives for coffee: the aroma, the taste, the experience and the benefits it brings in life. Her job title is ‘Head of Coffee’ at Origin Coffee Roasters, day-to-day she oversees procurement of coffee – including green coffee – […]
For most of us, our experience of FBI agents comes only through box sets and movies, and we have no idea what life is really like on the inside of one of the world’s most famous government agencies. One person […]
This week’s episode is about taking on adventures in life, whether personal or professional, & how to achieve your goals. It doesn’t really matter what your ‘Thing’ is, but if there’s a goal you want to achieve or a challenge […]
Imagine trying to live your life with the person you dislike the most standing at your shoulder the whole time. Imagine the cruellest things they ever said to you, the way it made you feel, and how the stress associated […]
Today we’re into the second episode of our new series on career skills to help you in the workplace. These podcasts are here to help you progress your career, and will be periodically slotted in between our fantastic guests over […]
Kate Healy has, she says, always been interested in money: how people use it, why some people squander it, why others are obsessed with it and how some use a little to produce a lot. Money still carries a stigma, […]

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