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Women Who Build Empires

Dec 3, 2021

Ellen Snee has been at the forefront of women’s leadership for more than 25 years. Dr. Snee brings strategy, research, and executive experience to global companies and their top female talent. Her original research at Harvard University on women’s experience in roles of authority formed the foundation of her consulting and coaching work with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Goodyear, Marriott, Pfizer, and Schwab.  She is also the author of Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority. 


Let’s tune in to her story!


[00:01 - 10:26] Opening Segment


  • Get to know my guest Ellen Snee
  • A Real Trailblazer: Ellen’s Story
    • How Ellen became a nun
    • Finding her place to make a difference for women
  • A Kind of Rebellious Side
  • The Reluctant Entrepreneur


[10:27 - 41:07] How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority


  • A Model for Coaching Women
    • How to Listen to Women
  • From Convent to Corporate
  • Ellen shares her life as a nun 
    • Nothing like the movies!
    • “Much more normal than most people think.”
  • Starting a Business with No Business Experience
    • What Not to Do, What to Do
  • Always Finding Ways to be Supported
    • “Know your strengths, know the things you're not good at, or you don't want to do.”
  • Ellen’s inspiration and journey for Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority
  • How to Claim Your Authority as a Woman
  • Why networking has been a hard word for women
  • Women Working with Each Other
    • Unspoken Expectations
    • A Different Mode of Communication
  • What about the Balance?


[41:08 - 45:59] Closing Segment


  • Ellen’s Three-Step Process on Claiming Authority
  • How men can support women to claim their authority step into leadership
  • Final words
  • Connect with my guest, Ellen in the links below

Tweetable Quotes


“Once I feel called for something, once I have clarity on something, nothing stops me.” – Ellen Snee


“Of course, a woman can be a leader. And of course, she can hold a role of authority.” – Ellen Snee


“Everywhere, there is an opportunity.” – Ellen Snee




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