Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Ep 95 - Setting boundaries as a working parent with Rachel Vecht

May 23, 2022


If you’re a parent, carer or someone with a busy life, you want to make sure you’re doing your best at work, while making the most of your time outside of it.

In this week’s episode, I interview Rachel Vecht, founder of Educating Matters. Rachel works with organisations on inclusion and changing cultures to engage and support their employees, with a special focus on parents and carers.

We discuss:

  • How to set boundaries as a working parent or carer
  • How to integrate work, parenting/caring and time for yourself
  • Making sure a part-time role really is part-time
  • What it means to be a good enough parent

Rachel’s tips are helpful for anyone at work so this is worth a listen even if you’re not a parent or carer.



Rachel Vecht founded ‘Educating Matters’ in 2001 and provides guidance on inclusion, changing cultures and bespoke training. They help Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, L&D, HR teams and Employee...

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Ep 94 - What I wish every woman knew

May 16, 2022


In this episode, I’m talking about some impactful things that I wish every woman knew. If I had known these a long time ago, my leadership journey would have been easier.

As you listen, I encourage you to reflect on my words for your own life. I hope they make a transformational difference for you.

To help, I’ve noted down the key points for you to come back to or write down for yourself.

  1. You are not broken.
  2. Bias is real and it creates imposter feelings.
  3. It’s normal to have imposter feelings and a vocal inner critic.
  4. You are enough exactly as you are



As well as coaching women leaders to have more influence, make more impact and be kinder to themselves in my programme Influence & Impact, I also give keynote speeches and trainings to organisations wanting to develop women in leadership roles.

Get in touch to find out more or book a call with me.




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Ep 93 - Succeeding in a male-dominated environment with Sandra Francis

Apr 25, 2022


Are you a woman working in a technical or male-dominated environment (or both!)?  If so, this week’s episode is for you.

I talk to Sandra Francis, an accredited coach who helps technical leaders to become confident and inspiring leaders. Sandra spent 25 years working in challenging technical environments and was often the solo female voice amongst the leadership.

We discuss:

  • Sandra’s career experiences in both technical and male-dominated environments
  • How to lead and support teams and senior leadership through organisational change
  • Ways technical leaders can be more people-centric in their team management
  • Being heard, being yourself and getting support as a woman in a male-dominated workplace



Sandra is an AOEC accredited coach, her focus is in helping technical leaders get out of their comfort zone and develop their skills to become confident and inspiring leaders, enabling them to accelerate their careers.

So often the sole female...

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Ep 92 - Let's talk about confidence

Apr 18, 2022



Confidence at work is something many women struggle with. I believe that a lack of confidence is having a very tangible impact on women and that their talent is being overlooked and underappreciated because of it. I also think gender bias causes many of our confidence issues.

In this week’s episode, I share the personal insights of my Be Bolder clients on how confidence affects them at work and how you can support women in your team who struggle with confidence.

Listen for:

  • The different ways lack of confidence can show up at work
  • How more confidence creates tangible benefits for individuals and their organisations
  • Ways that you can build your confidence at work
  • What leaders can do to support, encourage and empower the women around them

If you are struggling with confidence, know that you're not alone and there is nothing wrong with you. With support, you can feel more confident and assertive at work.

You can listen to the intersectionality episode I mention...

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Ep 91 - Grief and the workplace with Lizzie Pickering

Apr 11, 2022


Grief can be felt for many reasons – death, loss of identity, the end of a relationship, a diagnosis or the loss of a job – and will affect everyone in their working life. However, it’s often still a taboo topic in the workplace. Lizzie Pickering is encouraging organisations to open the conversation and offer thoughtful grief support for their employees. 

Lizzie is a grief investigator, consultant and author and guides people in not only surviving grief, but also how to live the best possible life with grief.

We discuss:

  • Lizzie’s own experience of grief and her journey to become a grief investigator
  • How we can shift our perspective of grief, stay open to it and embrace a life with it
  • A best practice guide for organisations offering grief support to their employees
  • Things you can do and say as a manager or colleague supporting a grieving team member



Lizzie Pickering is a grief investigator, speaker, consultant and film...

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Ep 90 - The future of time with Helen Beedham

Apr 04, 2022


How we currently approach managing time isn't serving us as individuals or organisations so let’s do it differently! In Helen Beedham’s new book, The Future of Time, she challenges leaders to think differently about our organisational working habits and practices, and focus on collective time management.

Helen is a thought leader, speaker and adviser with over 25 years’ experience in corporate workplaces and professional careers. She now writes, speaks and advises on how to create more inclusive, productive workplaces where everyone can flourish.

We discuss:

  • Our current perspectives on time and why most of the working world is failing to manage time successfully
  • Why better time management matters for productivity, diversity and wellbeing
  • The aspirational traits of time focused organisations and time intelligent leaders
  • Three practical things you can do as a team leader to manage collective time better

In the episode, Helen shares two free resources...

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Ep 89 - Finding your workjoy with Beth Stallwood

Apr 02, 2022


Does your work bring you joy? For many people, the words work and joy don’t fit together but Beth Stallwood is changing that.

Beth is an executive coach, the founder of WorkJoy and wants the world to know that work doesn't have to be miserable. She helps people take small steps that make a big difference to improving how they feel about work.

We discussed:

  • Beth’s definitions of work joy and work gloom
  • Practical ways you can cultivate more work joy and reduce work gloom each day
  • The importance of knowing your values and having “micro-purposes” in your role
  • Common things blocking women leaders from experiencing work joy and Beth’s tips for overcoming them

We hope this episode empowers you to make positive changes to your current work life.



Beth Stallwood is a qualified executive coach with over 15 years’ experience. Her mission is to help people create and cultivate more WORKJoy. Beth’s coaching style balances...

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Ep 88 - Success on your own terms

Mar 21, 2022


How we define success influences how we feel about ourselves. Are you working to an old version of success or even someone else’s version?

In this week’s podcast episode, I share:

  • Why you should regularly reflect on your definition of success
  • How you can use your values to make decisions
  • Ways to work towards success on your own terms
  • A reminder to be happy in the moment and feel successful now

I hope what this episode inspires you to think about what's important to you right now and to feel confident with your own definition own of success.





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Ep 87 - Having the career conversation with your Line Manager

Mar 14, 2022


We’re continuing our career month on the podcast! In this episode, I’m sharing my tips on how to speak to your line manager about your career progression within your organisation and asking for investment in your training and development.

This is an important topic for women in leadership as research tells us that women do not get promoted as often or as quickly as men do and many of us avoid having career conversations with our managers.

Listen for:

  • How gender bias is probably holding you back in your career
  • How to prepare for a career conversation with your manager
  • Confidently talking to your manager about your aspirations
  • How to ask your organisation to invest in your development


I want this to episode to encourage you to feel empowered to ask for what you want in a way that gives you the best chance of success. 






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Ep 86 - Taking Control of Your Career

Mar 07, 2022


Whether you're happy in your role or thinking of moving on, it's a good idea to be thinking about what your next step will be and be working towards that.

Gone are the days when we could rely on our line manager to recognise our potential and plan for our career development. In fact, I think that was always a bit of a myth! It’s up to you to prioritise your career and development.

Your next step doesn’t have to be upwards - it could be a sideways move, a new sector or a new work-life balance so you can spend more time with the kids or starting your side hustle.

In this episode, I’m sharing with you why investing in your own career development is one of the best investments you'll ever make and giving you 5 practical actions you can take to prioritise yours.



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