Disrupting Balance

Busting Myths & Breaking Balance

About the show

Disrupting Balance is a podcast for recovering work/life balancers finding harmony in the imbalance of work, well-being & the in between. Each episode focuses on the stories of imbalance in the lives of professional women, who learned to carve out space to find harmony in the midst of it all. From entrepreneurs and business leaders to filmmakers and creatives, there is a little bit of harmony for every woman on the journey.

Music by Solomon English


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    047: Why Representation Matters: Shaping the Conversation of Culture & Community

    May 10th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  39 mins 54 secs
    adoptee, film festival, korean-american

    Julie Young is a Korean-American adoptee, recovering lawyer and film festival founder grounding her work and mission in creating culture and community. The wife and mother of two took years to truly connect with her Korean identity; but when she began to discover her story, it revealed more than she could ever have imagined.

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    046: It's My One Year Anniversary: Lessons Learned

    April 26th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  22 mins 56 secs
    faith, productivity, wellness

    The best way to learn about yourself is to listen to other's stories. This year has taught me so much about the things I appreciate and the things I'd rather do without when it comes to my personal being. There is so much blessing in the growth process, even after just one year.

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    045: Relinquishing Control: The Lessons Learned After Three Miscarriages

    April 19th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  39 mins 58 secs
    faith, motherhood, wellness

    When you have two miscarriages in one year, how are you supposed to hold on to your faith and sanity? For Lisette Covarrubias, everything seemed to go exactly right, until it didn't. She was a first generation high school and college graduate two times over, married and faithful believer. But when faced with her own human limitations, Lisette leaned on God and the power of her grandmother's story.

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    044: Power of Process: An Immigrant's Perspective

    April 5th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  16 mins 23 secs
    growth, process

    Long division summers with my Ugandan daddy was no joke! It was there that I learned the power of process.

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    043: Understanding All of Me: Identity, Profession & Philanthropy

    March 29th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  36 mins 27 secs
    career, culture, identity

    Samantha Bobila is a self-identified woman of color (WOC) who leads the charge in the philanthropic space. As a Filipino-American and feminist, the non-profit executive, who started as an assistant to a CEO, Samantha learned and continues to learn how to navigate the nexus of power, privilege and wealth to create a space for other WOC.

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    042: God is Dope: Finding Certainty in the Crossroad of Culture and Religion

    March 15th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  14 mins 56 secs
    faith, identity

    Growing up in a Muslim and Methodist, African household in the south had its challenges and its perks. At the end of the day, I found a walk of faith that worked for me.

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    041: Knowing Who I Am: How an American-born, Caribbean-bred defined identity and relationship

    March 8th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  45 mins 10 secs
    identity, relationships, wellness

    On the surface, Shamair's story may appear to be every woman's story - the search for self and finding clarity in relationships. Digging deeper, her story is one of healing from a long journey to breast cancer and of freedom in discovering a true relationship.

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    040: Unchecking the box: How a biracial millennial reclaimed her identity and found success in corporate finance

    February 15th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  34 mins 33 secs
    career, family, identity

    Melissa Kung is a biracial Jersey girl who has a lot to say about the boxes of identity that people have tried to create for her. The Cuban Chinese-American is often asked, "What are you?" And after years of muddling through her own identity, she has found the answer that aligns with her authentic self.

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    039: Connecting the Dots: How a Data Scientist Made Sense of her Non-linear Path

    February 8th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  36 mins 23 secs
    career, identity, productivity

    Dr. Uohna Thiessen began blazing trails at an early age when she immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. Her pursuit of data science and sheer determination would lead her to finally release the shadow of imposter syndrome and set the stage for her to build a unique business.

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    038: Unstifling Her Voice: When Social Constructs Fail to Inhibit the Power of Diversity

    February 1st, 2021  |  Season 5  |  48 mins 58 secs

    Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn as an immigrant child in the 80s was no easy feat. For Nicole Smart, she found an unconventional path to find her voice and build a profession and mission to ensure that diverse voices are at the table.

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    037: Shifting Perceptions: How a Former Opera Singer is Changing the Wine Industry

    January 18th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  43 mins 57 secs
    entrepreneur, multicultural, nonprofit

    Cristie Norman is a natural born game changer. The former opera singer and body builder found her way into the wine world after taking a job as a server, which ultimately led to an opportunity to work at Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant, Spago. Since then, Cristie has set her sights on providing wine education for the everyday consumer.

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    036: Unveiling the Mask: How I Broke Free From Abuse & Used Art as my Refuge

    January 11th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  36 mins 17 secs
    identity, motherhood, relationships

    Breaking barriers while being broken is a testament to A. Decker's determination to unravel from a life that did not align with her destiny. The Canadian resident with British-Jamaican heritage speaks candidly about her desire to break the cycle of struggle.