Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Ep 113 - Communication that builds connection with Felicity Dwyer

Sep 26, 2022


First off, a huge thank you to everyone who supported the book launch for Closing the Influence Gap which went straight to the top spot in Leadership and Management on Amazon Kindle.

In this week’s episode, I speak with Felicity Dwyer, an independent facilitator, trainer, coach and speaker who specialises in communication and leadership skills about how we can create connection when we communicate.

We discuss:

  • How to stay calm and connected in difficult conversations
  • How to truly listen to another person
  • Why your body is important in communication



Felicity Dwyer helps individuals and teams to connect and communicate, so that people feel heard and understood.

Her clients include charities, small businesses, membership bodies, and public sector health and heritage organisations. She is the author of “Crafting Connection: Transform how you communicate with yourself and others”. The book introduces Felicity’s Connecting in 3D...

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Ep 112 - Creating effective, engaging & enjoyable meetings with Mamie Kanfer Stewart

Sep 19, 2022


Meetings are a part of every job and the higher you progress in your career, the more meetings you need to attend. But are all meetings necessary and are they achieving a specific outcome for your team, project or organisation?

In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Mamie Kanfer Stewart, a coach and consultant who trains teams and organisations to develop a healthy and productive meeting culture.

We discuss:

  • How to establish whether you need a meeting and the alternatives to holding one
  • Ways that leaders and participants can prepare for meetings effectively
  • How to chair meetings inclusively for different personalities and thinking styles 
  • Different approaches to running successful hybrid meetings

This episode is packed full of practical tips so make sure you note them down and put them into action in your team!


Mamie Kanfer Stewart learned about organizational culture and management from her family business--GOJO Industries, inventors of...

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Ep 111 - You don't need fixing

Sep 12, 2022


You don't need fixing. You're not broken. And there's nothing wrong with you.

In fact, the thoughts and feelings you're having and the challenges that you're facing at work are completely normal.

Not only do I want you to know that, I also want you to understand why you might be feeling that way.

In this week’s episode, I talk about the systemic gender bias that women face at work and how the daily experiences of being undervalued, unheard and not fitting in causes many women to doubt and criticise themselves, and question their worth.




My book - “Closing the Influence Gap: A practical guide for women leaders who want to be heard” – is launching on Monday 19 September. I would love you to be part of my Book Launch Squad,...

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Ep 110 - How to stop overthinking re-release with Tahirih McLaren-Brown

Sep 05, 2022


Are you an overthinker? Perhaps you ruminate on past situations, worry about future events or are fearful of the judgement of others?

This re-release of one of my most popular podcasts with Tahirih McLaren-Brown is for you.

Overthinking can affect both our work and personal lives as well as how we show up with confidence as a leader. Our thoughts also directly impact the levels of daily stress we experience and how quickly we can recover from it.

We discussed:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can benefit you
  • How you can have more awareness and control of your thoughts and emotions
  • What you can do if you’re feeling worried or anxious about returning to the office
  • Ways you can handle uncertainty and even embrace it
  • A quick mindfulness exercise you can do anywhere to instantly ease your stress


If you’d like to learn the Four Step Pause that Tahirih shared and get access to seven days of guided meditations for overthinkers, you can find those here.


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Ep 109 - Are you being too humble? Re-released episode featuring Stephanie Sword-Williams

Aug 29, 2022


If you are more comfortable talking about your team's achievements than your own, then this re-release of episode 28 is a must listen!

I am joined by Stef Sword-Williams, Forbes 30 under 30, TEDx speaker and author of F*ck Being Humble. Stef is on a mission to change the way the world views self-promotion and encourage people to be unapologetically proud of their achievements. 

In this episode, we talk about the fear of sounding stupid, how to get paid what you are worth and how to network in a digital world.


Stef Sword-Williams is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, community builder and the founder of F*ck Being Humble

Stef is on a mission to change the way the world views self-promotion. Originally started as a side hustle, F*ck Being Humble is now a global consultancy, online community, book and event series that teaches people how to be unapologetically proud of their achievements.

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Ep 108 - A simple mindset shift that could make you happier

Aug 22, 2022


In this week’s episode, I’m sharing a simple piece of wisdom that’s helped me to shift my mindset and be happier. This has been so valuable for many of my clients and will really help you in your career and life.


My book - “Closing the Influence Gap: A practical guide for women leaders who want to be heard” – is launching on Monday 19 September. I would love you to be part of my Book Launch Squad, get the book on the Amazon best-sellers list and get free access to my new career development community!

To join the Book Launch Squad, all you need to do is sign up at the link below and then on Monday 19 September, buy the book on Kindle for the special price of 99p and share it with as many people as possible.

Join the Book Launch Squad here



The career development community I'm creating for women is almost ready to pilot. My aim is for it to be an all-in-one...

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Ep 107 - 5 Podcasts that changed my life

Aug 15, 2022


I love listening to podcasts and find them a source of inspiration for my work and life.

This week, I'm sharing 5 of my favourite non-leadership podcasts, an impactful episode and some of the lessons I've learnt from them.


  1. Beyond Busy hosted by Graham Allcott

Episode: How To Stop Trying To Do Everything with Oliver Burkeman (7 January 21)

Listen here


  1. Feel Better, Live More hosted by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Episode 269: How To Eat Your Way To Better Health by Dr Rupy Akjila

Listen here


  1. We Can Do Hard Things hosted by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach and Amanda Doyle

Episode 94 & 95: Elizabeth Gilbert on Grief and loving an addict

Listen here


  1. Postcards from Midlife hosted by Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin

Episode: Your Midlife Brain Explained with Kate Muir

Listen here


  1.   The Greg McKeown Podcast

Episode 39: Nir Eyal on How to be Indistractable

Listen here


Other podcasts I recommend:

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Ep 106 - Speaking out about bullying & harassment with Marie Hemingway

Aug 08, 2022


Have you ever experienced workplace bullying or harassment? It happens in many organisations but is all too often ignored, dismissed or swept under the rug, with victims being silenced or leaving when they are brave enough to speak up. 

This week, I speak to Marie Hemingway, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Speak Out Revolution - a non-profit organisation with a mission to cancel the culture of silence on harassment and bullying in our workplaces.

We discuss: 

  • How Speak Out Revolution is bringing transparency and a voice to workplace bullying and harassment
  • How leaders can start to address workplace bullying and harassment in their organisation
  • Why employee experience data, allyship training and leadership development are essential for building an inclusive working environment

Speak Out Revolution have a global Speak Out Survey where you can document your experience of workplace harassment and bullying. This anonymous data is then used to provide...

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Ep 105 - Prioritising wellbeing in the workplace with Claire Warner

Aug 01, 2022


A positive workplace improves teamwork, raises morale, increases productivity, job satisfaction and performance, and reduces stress in employees. So how can organisations start to put people first over productivity?

In this episode, I speak to Claire Warner, a former charity Fundraising Director & Senior Leader, turned workplace culture and wellbeing strategist.

We discuss:

  • Claire’s story from breast cancer survivor to a workplace wellbeing advocate and consultant
  • How to instigate cultural and organisational change to better support employee wellbeing
  • Why leaders should focus on the cause of diminishing wellbeing, not just treat the symptoms
  • The importance of self-awareness, education and creating psychological safety for leaders and their teams



Claire Warner is the Founder of Claire Warner Wellbeing and the Charity Workplace Wellbeing Summit.

It was in trying to throw herself back into her beloved Fundraising Director role after 12...

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Ep 104 - Equality at home with Clare Twelvetrees

Jul 25, 2022


Are the household responsibilities shared equally in your home? Or is the majority of the emotional, mental and domestic load taken on by one person?

In this week’s episode, I speak to Clare Twelvetrees about how we can create more equality in our homes. Clare is the Chair of Equality Starts at Home (ESAH) and in our conversation, we discuss how to start a conversation about equality with your partner and share tips for workplaces and line managers on supporting equality at home.



Equality Starts at Home has come together with ThirdShift which has developed a Household Balance Calculator. Answer questions about what chores you do and how long they take you and the tool calculates what the balance is in a percentage. An objective way to start the conversation in your household!

Household Balance Calculator


Clare is a leader in the international development sector and currently Director of Strategy and...

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