Uncharted Journey

by Cathy McKnight

Life is an adventure filled with great stories. This podcast captures and shares the adventures of amazing women, their careers, their success, and the secrets they learned along the way.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • Episode 68 – Lizz Bacon, Heartset Problem Solver

    Episode 68 – Lizz Bacon, Heartset Problem Solver

    Lizz Bacon is an innovative problem-solver. A few years after graduating Stanford with a bachelor's degree in literature, she had the epiphany that she was a designer and pursued a master's degree in the discipline. And for the 25 years since, she has been practicing at the forefront of the digital product development. While working for St. Jude Medical, she realized that she loves working on meaningful problems in the health domain. Losing her job at St. Jude’s was a pivotal moment in her career that lead to her starting her own company, Devise Consulting, at helm of which she has been pursuing her passion to help others ever since. And ironically, her first client was St. Jude’s – leadership quickely came to realise after her departure that Lizz is one-of-a-kind and couldn’t be replaced by anyone else. Most recently she is taking her passion for helping make the world a better place with compassion and empathy and writing a book about how to sustain our souls at work. In her down time, our guest enjoys writing poetry, drawing, driving cars as fast as possible, riding motorcycles through forests and mountains, drumming, and enjoying good times with beloved family and friends. Lizz's best advice is to prioritize activities that feed your soul and give you a positive emotional state. She’s found balance and peace in mediation, even when, and sometimes especially when, “monkey mind” takes over …” it’s important to be attuned to one's true self and listen to the murmurs within”. Lizz Bacon’s website Devise Consulting Devise Substack School of Possible Substack Open House March 6

  • Episode 67 – Danielle Barnes, Voice Amplifier

    Episode 67 – Danielle Barnes, Voice Amplifier

    Danielle Barnes is the CEO of Women Talk Design, where she’s on a mission to amplify the voices of women and nonbinary individuals. She’s trained hundreds of wanna-be speakers on the power of storytelling and how to become more confident public speakers. Knowing that helping to create great speakers is only half the equation, she and her team also provide resources for organizations and conference coordinators on how to create and maintain inclusive environments that makes anyone feel welcome.     A serial starter of good things, Danielle is also the co-founder of Austin Design Week, a week-long event celebrating the design community in Austin through a hundred-plus free community-hosted talks, workshops, and events that ran from 2016-2021. And prior to that, she founded and led education company General Assembly’s Austin campus, launched the San Francisco campus, and championed the first full-time User Experience Design Immersive program.   As her next new thing – she has recently co-authored a book - Present Yourself, which will drop on March 11th, 2024.   She current lives in Berkeley, California, is a mom to one, and as if she isn’t busy enough, she also finds time to volunteer with CreativeMornings Oakland, a monthly lecture series for the creative community. Which further speaks to her drive and passion creating opportunities for others and in doing so, helping them bring their vision and dreams into reality.     Danielle Barnes on LinkedIn   Women Talk Design   Book: Present Yourself   Sign up for Women Talk Design Training & Events  

  • Episode 66 – Andrea Nordgren, Compassion-centred Creative  

    Episode 66 – Andrea Nordgren, Compassion-centred Creative  

    Andrea Nordgren an extraordinary Colorado-based commercial, branded content, and film director.     Her journey in storytelling began with her nomadic childhood, which cultivated her into a highly agile creator with an insatiable curiosity about human behavior. She possesses a life-long wanderlust and is deeply passionate about championing diverse communities, cultures, and causes. With a degree in psychology and experience as a certified substance-abuse therapist, Andrea’s ability to genuinely connect with people is elevated to another level.   Known for her intimate, vibrant, and human approach, Andrea seamlessly blends her roots in docu-style storytelling with a knack for working with professional talent. Her on-set style has been described as calm, kind, inclusive, and collaborative, creating an environment where everyone can flourish and contribute their best.   Her extensive background as a graphic designer, creative director, and executive producer in various industries has shaped her into a versatile director capable of producing captivating content across sectors such as finance, hospitality, food & beverage, tech, and sports. However, this producer/director’s true expertise and passion lies in the healthcare, pharma, and wellness spaces. It's no wonder she chosen to direct celebrities and influencers like US Soccer phenoms Alex Morgan and Naomi Girma, novelist and Food Network star Katie Lee Biegel, Comedian Eric Andre, and direct the likes of sports legend Charles Barkley just to name a few.   Beyond her remarkable accomplishments, Andrea is a true ally and activist for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is dedicated to creating positive change in the media landscape, not only advocating for representation in front of and behind the lens but also serving as an industry mentor and volunteering with organizations like Medicine Horse and Denver Basic Income Project to lead storytelling strategy and marketing.   Andrea found her true destiny when she started betting and investing on herself. That attention to herself, balanced one of her favorite quotes from Ava DuVernay’s “If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.” has guided this compassionate creator to success, while building the success of others as well.  Andrea’s website – check out her amazing videos and projects.   Andrea on Instragram – where she may, or may not, spend too much time.

  • Episode 65 - Margot Bloomstein, Trust Builder

    Episode 65 - Margot Bloomstein, Trust Builder

    Margot Bloomstein is a true powerhouse in the content strategy industry. With her notable publications, including "Trustworthy: How the Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism and Bridge the Trust Gap" and "Content Strategy at Work: Real-World Stories to Strengthen Every Interactive Project," Margot has become a prominent voice in the field.   As the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a renowned brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston, Margot has worked with industry giants like Harvard University, Fidelity, Mailchimp, and Timberland, showcasing her breadth of expertise. She is known for her development of the message architecture-driven approach to content strategy and the creation of BrandSort, a widely embraced tool.   Margot's impact extends beyond her consulting work. She has been a featured speaker at prestigious events such as the Content Strategy Consortium and SXSW. She is an advisor at Women Talk Design and also teaches in the content strategy graduate program at FH Joanneum University in Austria.   But Margot's journey didn't start at the top. Hailing from a small town in New York, she pursued a BFA in Design and Anthropology at Carnegie Mellon University. Along the way, Margot gained teaching experience and established her successful content strategy consultancy.   When she's not revolutionizing the content strategy world, Margot enjoys painting, exploring museums, and hiking with her German Shepherd rescue, Rex.   Margot Bloomstein on LinkedIn   Appropriate, Inc.   Trustworthy: How The Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism And Bridge The Trust Gap

  • Episode 64 – Ann Rockley, Thriviving Revitalization Coach  

    Episode 64 – Ann Rockley, Thriviving Revitalization Coach  

    Ann Rockley is as resilient as she is innovative and tenacious. Conquering both the professional world and a chronic illness simultaneously for more than three decades, she has defied the odds while leaving an indelible mark as an internationally recognized expert in content strategy and content management. Duly dubbed the Mother of Content Strategy, for three decades Ann partnered with Fortune 100 companies across high tech, life sciences, and financial services, setting new standards for, and literally writing the book – Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy, on strategic content success. But here's where her plot thickens. In 2021, Ann embarked on an extraordinary journey of transformation. With her ever-growing pool of experience as an industry expert and consultant, with intent and a new mindset she pivoted her focus from content strategies to something closer to the heart – health and success for busy individuals. Her decades of first-hand experiences taught her what it takes to climb the ladder of success as well as the toll it takes on mental and physical well-being, and the strains it puts on personal relationships and family dynamics. Recognising the importance of sustainable success and refusing to let health take a backseat in the pursuit of professional achievements, she now shares her valuable advice and guidance to help her clients navigate the delicate balance between career aspirations and maintaining optimal health as a Revitalization Coach. Never one to back down from a challenge, or to let someone or something stand in her way, her best advice for happiness and long-term success is “Don’t let anyone or anything limit your dream”. And don’t be afraid to pivot, you never know what you’ll find down the new path. Ann Rockley on LinkedIn The Essential Mindset Show The Rockley Group