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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    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.

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    035: Unraveling & Releasing: How I Learned to Define my Internal Compass

    December 28th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  21 mins 21 secs
    faith, mental health, wellness

    At the beginning of 2020, I started to let go of things that didn't serve me only to have to pile it back on with the killings of unarmed Black people and Covid-19. I sought help, learned to clarify my expectations and allowed 2020 work in my favor.

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    034: Aquila Farrell: On Her Greatest Pivot, the Trampoline Effect & Making Friends

    December 21st, 2020  |  Season 4  |  27 mins 35 secs

    Aquila is back! In this episode, she shares how she bounced back from her lowest point this year to find success in her business. And for Aquila, success starts with family. The biochemist turned blogger shares a heartfelt moment about visiting her family in the midst of a pandemic.

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    033: Gisset Renteria: On Being a Working Mamacita, Balancing Therapy with Culture & Spending the Day with Snoop Dogg

    December 14th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 20 secs
    family, mamacita, working mom

    Gisset has used 2020 as a time to do those things that mattered to her most. She launched her blog, started therapy and is getting better with working through mommy guilt.

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    032: Asia Nelson: On Borrowing Worries, the Moment of Decision & WKRP in Cincinnati

    December 7th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  32 mins 13 secs
    mental health, transition, wellness

    Asia is a no-nonsense teacher and entrepreneur who had to refund $50k to her clients when Covid hit. How did she recover her peace and her business? Find out in this week's episode.

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    031: Elise Beckles: On Being Worthy, Her Celebrity Crush & Business Growth

    November 30th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  23 mins 19 secs
    black woman, entrepreneurship, personal development

    Elise is back! Since her guest spot on Season 2 of the podcast, Elise has been blessed beyond measure in her personal growth and business endeavors. Find out how she was able to finally break through to the many possibilities of 2020.

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    030: Shawna Bator: On Answering Hard Knocks, Amish Country & Rebirth

    November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 14 secs

    Shawna Bator has embraced the constant metamorphosis of her life. From growing up in public housing, to fighting for survival while living on the streets, getting pregnant at a young age...to losing her mother to breast cancer and learning of her daughter's autism diagnosis...she has found resolve and is grateful for the hardships. Don't miss this powerful episode.

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    029: Robin Walton: On a Mother's Love, Clarity During Covid & Trusting God

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  40 mins 52 secs
    faith, family, motherhood

    Robin Walton has learned to make room for the critical needs in her life - faith and family. Losing both parents and one sibling has taught her so much about faith, legacy and hard work. Even in the midst of a breakdown or emotional moment, Robin's resolve is steady and endearing. Those lessons guide her as a wife, a mother to two sons, and a busy professional who knows that she is enough.