The Power of Owning Your Career Podcast

Simone Morris is host of The Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. Every episode features a guest who is definitely demonstrating behaviors to powerfully own their careers. The intent is to provide an empowerment opportunity to learn from those mastering the skills necessary to succeed in your career. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Season 2 Episodes:

Hetal Parikh, President and Co-founder of Rangam Consultants Inc., joins the The Power of Owning Your Career podcast this week. She gives us lots of insights into her journey as a successful entrepreneur. She says her formula mix for owning her career includes passion, purpose, and hard work. She has been a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years. Listen and get inspired. Learn what really worked as a game changer for her business and how she makes it work with her partner/hubby. Connect with Hetal by following #employmentforeveryone, #empathydrivesinnovation and on LinkedIn.

Rukmini Reddy, VP of Engineering of Abstract is Episode 10’s guest for the The Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. She says the formula for owning your career is a simple one. Dream big! It’ll be hard work, but it’s absolutely worth it. Rukmini came to the United States from India in search of higher education. It was a difficult decision but one that catapulted her to the driver seat for her career. Listen to this week’s episode for your dose of career empowerment. Connect with Rukmini by following her on LinkedIn.

Ann McNeill, Master Builder and CEO, MCO Construction joins the podcast in this week’s episode. She shares her advice on winning in your career. Ann says make sure you’re clear on your purpose, and leverage mastermind groups for career success. Ann provides lots of resources that will be helpful to you. Books like Life is Tremendous by Charlie Tremendous Jones, The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach, and of course Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Connect to Ann via the International Mastermind Association.

Dr. Hume Johnson is personal branding expert. She shares her inspiring career journey that took her from Jamaica to United States to Australia to New Zealand. All in search of excellence. You don’t want to miss this inspiring interview. Learn about the pivotal piece of advice that has served her well in all career moves. Some resources shared by Hume include these books:

  • Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future by Dan Schwabel

  • Reinventing You, With a New Preface: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark

  • The Brand Called You: The Ultimate Personal Branding Handbook to Transform Anyone into an Indispensable Brand by Peter Montoya and Tim Vandehey.

  • Brand YOU! Reinvent Yourself, Redefine Your Future: A 5-Step Guide to Building Your Personal Brand by Hume Johnson

Stay connected by visiting Hume’s website.

This week's guest is The Power of Owning Your Career Podcast host Simone Morris. Listen and be inspired by this candid conversation with your host. Learn about what career moment caused her to finally take the driver seat for her career. She talks about branding, strategic partnerships, the beauty of risking rejection, and more. Listen now to get your weekly dose of career inspiration. Connect with Simone via

Bridgett McGowen, Motivational Speaker and Presentation Skills Coach is this week’s guest on the podcast. Bridgett shares her winning formula for owning your career. 1. Ask. Ask yourself if you are where you want to be, are you on the path you want to be on. 2. Breathe. Take a minute to see, feel, realize everything you have done. Everything you have experienced. 3. Call. Call on yourself to do more. To be more. To push the limits. To take the risks. Listen in and get some laughs while learning. Connect with Bridgett on her website.

Liz Dederer, CEO of Selling with Service, shares her career story on the The Power of Owning Your Career podcast. She says she’s been in the driver seat since 17 years old. She decided her path and hasn’t looked back. Her formula for owning your career includes a little bit of crazy and tenacity. According to Liz, everything is figureoutable. Connect with Liz on her website.

Tracy Imm is a communications expert whose on a mission to inspire and empower women with the tools they need to succeed. She joins the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast in this episode. Tracy is an author, podcaster, and entrepreneur. She says we all need to take responsibility in our careers. Things will happen to us that keep us stuck in a victim mentality. We need to rise up and move forward. We must boldly put ourselves out there and ask for what we want. Listen to this week’s podcast and get inspired and empowered. Reach Tracy on her website.

Tana M. Session says she went from foster care to fabulous. Listen to episode 3 where Tana discusses her journey from Admin to Executive Level. Learn how she did it and what helped her into the driver seat. Connect with Tana on her website.

Dorinda Walker, CEO, Culture Solutions Group, is interviewed in episode 3 of the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. Join the authentic real conversation where award winning Dorinda talks about the importance of a personal brand, sponsorships, and stopping the complaints with action. Get your weekly dose of solid career advice in this week’s episode. Dorinda also shares the importance of leveraging social media tools like LinkedIn for owning your career. Connect with Dorinda on her website.

Minda Harts is a career revolutionist. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Memo. She joins the podcast and shares her career journey on how she courageously got into the driver seat for her career. Minda says we must speak up. We must make way for others to join us as we move up the ranks. The conversation is filled with solid career advice. Learn more about Minda on her website.

Season 1 Episodes:

Join Host Simone Morris as she reflects on Season 1 of the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. Celebrate the journey and learn the top 3 episodes and countries listening in to the podcast. You don’t want to miss it.

Vicki Wright Hamilton is the guest for episode 17 of the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. Vicki is a former Executive in the Media and Entertainment as well as Technology space. For the last 9 years, she has been a thought partner in Change Management. She is also an author for the book, Game Face. She says her formula for owning your career includes:

  • Having a clear understanding of your target audience.

  • Have a business plan all together as to what you want to do. (Make sure you have Strategy/Goals for the year)

  • Ensure you have funds for your rainy day (Financial prep is critical).

  • Forming Partnerships. Partnerships is what makes it work. You can look bigger when you’re partnering with others.

Reach Vicki (aka Glamma Vivi) at

Shannon Malik Daniels, CEO and Founder of encaptiv is Episode 16’s guest. She says to own your career you must have:

  • A clear sense of self – who you are, what’s important to you.

  • A clear sense of purpose – why you do what you do.

  • Fearlessness – To have a career that truly fulfills you and that you feel you’re in control of, you have to be fearless.

  • Belief in yourself – If you don’t believe you can do it, nobody else will.

You can connect with Shannon at or via her website.

Futurist and Technology Strategist Crystal Washington is the guest for Episode 15 of the podcast. She shares some key lessons. Listen in on which book changed her life. What she’s doing that her parents feared she would be doing? Her formula for success includes making her missteps lessons for owning her career. She says don't make excuses, even if they are valid. She knows that she is responsible for what happens in her career and life. She says we are empowered to figure it out. The future is coming and we have to be prepared for it. Connect with Crystal on her website.

Stephanie Richmond, Founder and CEO of Stand Beside Them joins the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast for Episode 14. Stephanie shares her career journey full of twists and turns that ultimately led her to her true passion of changing lives for military veterans. Her formula for owning your career includes being very self aware. Shine on light on what you’re doing. Get clear on your strengths. Make a plan and then leverage your network to catapult your success. Connect with Stephanie on the Stand Beside Them website. Stephanie referenced some career resources in the episode. Visit this link to learn more.

Cheryl Wood is the guest for Episode 13 of the POOYC Podcast. Cheryl says her formula for owning your career includes ensuring she stays relevant, being able to reinvent herself, and staying abreast of what’s happening in her industry. These elements allow her continued success in her career as an international speaker and author. She says we must discover our lane of brilliance. Recommended resources include Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why and Stephen Covey’s classic book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. To reach Cheryl, visit her website.

Althea Bates, Womenpreneur, Author, and Coach joins the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast for Episode 12. She says her formula for owning her career includes leaping for opportunities, even when fearful. She talks about how listening deeply to her conversations with God has formed her path. Listen to her interesting story about how 2 breaks transformed her life. Reach Althea on her website.

Nicole Walker joins the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast for Episode 11. Nicole says her formula for owning your career includes being bold (taking risks), realizing that NO isn’t final, and continuing to try until you fulfill yourself. Go for it so you can grow and find out what you’re made of. You can reach Nicole on her website.

Boston Bombing Survivor, Rebekah Gregory, is the guest for episode 10 of the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. She shares her career story and how she has been able to triumph after adversity. When we say adversity, we mean triumphing and finding the driver seat post bombing and post 67 surgeries. She is just incredible. Listen to her story and how she’s been able to create a foundation to support trauma in children. According to Rebekah, the formula for owning your career includes laying out your cards on the table and looking at what you have. She says we should be appreciative of what’s in front of us. Take chances to get us to where we want to be. Believe in ourselves in the entire process. 99% of it is showing up. Showed up. Ask question. Sent email. It will never happen unless you try to make it happen. Own every part of life in general. Learn more about Rebekah on her website. You can visit her foundation website.

In episode 9, guest Kelly Hoey, author of build your dream network, says the formula for owning your career is about building your expertise, building your network and building your bank account. Check out the latest episode. You can reach Kelly at her website

Shante Roddy, CEO, of Intuitive Risk Management is the guest for Episode 8 of the Power of Owning Your Career Podcast. Shante recommends leveraging a SWOT analysis to get in tune with your vulnerable areas. She credits using her faith to lead her to her true purpose and taking advantage of resources like SBA, SBDC, Google, and more to continue her success. Reach Shante at

Esther Inman is a digital nomad who says nothing is a fail, it’s just a blip on the mountain. She says go after your risks. Invest in yourself. Be in the driver seat from wherever you define paradise to be. Connect with Esther on Instagram,, or in her Facebook group Virtual Assistant Internships.

Elaine Rau, Founder, Lady Boss Blogger joins Simone in episode 6 of the POOYC Podcast. Elaine says her formula for owning her career is about discovering what makes you tick. Know your passion! Leverage internships to continue learning. Connect with Elaine on

Episode 5 features award winning journalist Gwen Edwards. Her formula for owning your career is:

  1. Go all in. Be committed to doing what it takes to achieve your dreams.

  2. Trust your instincts.

  3. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are no dumb questions. If you don't know, then let's explore it together.

  4. Be willing to learn. 


  1. Be Flexible! Be open to opportunities that give you experiences to elevate yourself to accomplish your dreams. 

  2. Look for ways you can get to the same goal 

Connect with Gwen via email at

Get inspired in episode 4 with Becky Mollenkamp. Becky says her formula for owning her career is about courage + connection + curiosity (my values). She encourages listeners to pivot until they get it right. Here are links to bonus content on Mastermind resources.

Reasons to Join A Mastermind

How to start a Mastermind

You can reach Becky on her website.

Heneka’s Formula for Owning Your Career: 

  • Recognize what didn’t work, fix it, and move on.

  • Make sure your recipe includes your purpose (get clear on your purpose in life). Know who you should be serving and serve them well. Recognize you are not for everyone.

  • Connect with your tribe (those called specifically to work for)

  • Define your own formula for success

  • Put your blinkers on/Stay in your own lane (essentially stay focused)

  • Celebrate milestones/successes and keep going

Connect with Heneka on her website or at

Marty’s Formula for Owning Your Career: Know your why, create a vision, have a plan and work your plan. Her advice for successfully owning your career: Take small steps each day. Don’t be afraid to start. Just start. There’s power in movement.

Connect with Marty on her website or Instagram.

Introduction episode with Simone Morris. Learn how the podcast came into being.