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How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers

We have all had a difficult coworker in our career.  Whether it’s because they don’t respond, are rude, a “know it all” or just hard to work with, one thing is for sure, difficult coworkers can make your work day stressful, inefficient, and even make you dislike your job. Don’t worry, this episode is going […]

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Overcome Imposter Syndrome

When you’re in a meeting with leaders, at a Town Hall, or even in a new project kick-off, do you struggle with speaking up and sharing your ideas? ​If so, you’re not alone. ​Do you question if you really belong at the leadership table or if you’re even a leader at all? ​You’re not alone. […]

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The Women in Bio Advantage

Join Melissa as she talks with Stephanie Davis, Chair of the Capital Region Women in Bio and Small Business Program Coordinator at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stephanie and Melissa discuss Women in Bio and how Stephanie’s leadership and volunteer efforts have contributed to success in […]

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Next Level Leadership with Ellen Lawrence, Senior Director Analytical Development, Emergent BioSolutions

On this episode of the podcast, Melissa welcomes back Ellen Lawrence, her wife, and Senior Director of Analytical Development for Emergent BioSolutions. In the last year and a half since Ellen was on the podcast, she has been promoted to Senior Director, led her team through the pandemic and has started reporting to a new […]

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Career Fulfillment Mindset

On this week’s episode I am sharing the tell-tale signs that you are not fulfilled in your current role and the cycle you put yourself in that keeps you stuck and unhappy. You’re also going to learn the outcome from not figuring out what you want and the steps to take to reach career fulfillment. […]

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Career Stress Responses

This week we are going to talk about career pain tolerance and settling for career mediocrity. How you feel about your career and respond to the stress of it correlates to your success and what you ultimately end up achieving in your career or your life.  There are specific ways that people deal or cope […]

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The Power of Career Confidence

In this episode, I am breaking down a recent employee survey on career confidence and how it impacts overall career performance, happiness, and your ability to get to the next level in your career. Spoiler alert – confidence in what you do and confidence in your potential and what you can achieve are two different […]

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Career Planning Mistakes

There are specific strategies you can use that will set your career plan up for success.  Through my years of helping pharma/biotech professionals create development plans that get them to the next level there are also some mistakes to avoid.  Whether it’s a promotion or continuous growth, avoid these career plan mistakes and instead follow […]

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Why You Don’t Know What You Want

On this episode of the podcast, I am solving the mystery of why you don’t know what you want in your career.  I get asked all the time – how can you know what I want if I don’t? In this episode, I’m sharing the simple steps to get to your next level and some […]

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Get Your Voice Heard at Work

Being in a meeting, ready to share the expertise you were hired for and then feeling like you weren’t heard, can have you jumping on the next struggle bus wondering what went wrong. On this week’s episode of Navigating Your Career, I’m going to share my fail-proof framework for getting your voice heard and expertise […]

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Manifest a Change in Your Career

Everywhere you look there is talk of manifestation. But what does it mean to manifest something and is this just The Secret of this decade? In this episode, I’m breaking down what manifestation is and how you can leverage it, with some strategy, to create a positive change in your career. There is more to […]

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Creating Belief in Yourself

Creating belief in yourself isn’t cheesy – it’s critical to your success. In this episode, I’m peeling back the curtain to what it takes to believe in yourself, in your ability to create any goal, and in your ability to make any goal happen. It isn’t as easy as confidence and motivation. It isn’t as […]

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How To Prepare For Your Interview

Interviewing for a new job whether it is internal or external can be stressful. In this episode, Melissa is breaking down how to prepare for your interview so that you are calm, confident, and the interview is a breeze. There are specific questions you can ask that will tell you if the role is a […]

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Tips to Overcome Burnout

When you give your all to your work and you find yourself in a culture where being short-staffed is the norm, it’s easy to get burnt out quickly.  You need more than a weekend off or a vacation to rebound. Maybe you’re a leader who is having a hard time managing your team engagement when […]

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How to Stop Needing Validation

You’re a high achiever and you want your effort to speak for itself.  You know you’re a great asset, so why do you want others to validate you and your work? When you reach a milestone, accomplish a big deliverable, or crush that presentation, it’s not that you need a standing ovation, but you want […]

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Transferable Skills with Nick Droste

On this episode, I’m talking with Nick Droste from Emergent BioSolutions. Nick is retired from the army and now works as a Supervisor in biotech manufacturing. Nick also volunteers with Vets2Industry a a service for Veterans that provides knowledge, connections, opportunities and, more importantly, HOPE, helping Veterans transfer into civilian jobs. This episode not only […]

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Getting to the Next Level with Jon Mason

You are in for a treat with this episode. This week I have a special guest: Jon Mason. Jon is the Global Learning and Talent Management Leader for the Corporate Functions of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a top 10 pharma company. Jon has worked in learning and talent development for almost 30 years with half of that […]

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Navigating Your Career Path

If you’re not sure what your ideal career path is, this episode is for you. This week Melissa is sharing two specific ways you can go from feeling like you’re unsure of the next best step to knowing exactly what you want in your career. It’s easy to get caught up in work politics and […]

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Sabotaging Your Career

In this first episode of 2022, I’m talking about career self-sabotage and the sneaky ways you may be holding yourself back and sabotaging the success you’re really capable of. To make your 2022 career goals inevitable, you have to build some awareness to how you might be sabotaging your career and learn how to stop. […]

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What to Consider Before Quitting

Last quarter, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.4 million people quit their jobs, 4.4 million. And for six straight months, the number of people quitting their jobs is higher than it was pre pandemic. So it can be tempting to see what’s out there, how much more money you could make if you […]

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Career Path Success Stories

This week’s episode is going to be a big hit of dopamine. Learn why it’s so important to celebrate your wins and successes and how it positively changes your brain for the better. Hear 5 different career path success stories of real clients who found their ideal career path.  Learn how you can use their […]

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How to Disconnect from Work

Whether it’s holidays or an upcoming vacation, you may struggle with completely disconnecting from work. I’m not talking just leaving the physical space and shutting down your laptop but mentally and emotionally disconnecting from work. So that you can be present and enjoy your time away from work without guilt, listen to this episode on […]

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Owning Your Career and Leading L&D with Sarah Cannistra

Join Melissa with a special guest Sarah Cannistra.  Sarah is a L&D Career and Executive Coach who has led the Learning & Development (L&D) function in corporate and now helps people transition into L&D or take their career to the next level within this space. Sarah is sharing some invaluable tips like: How to own […]

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Starting a New Leadership Role

Are you in a new leadership role? Maybe you’re struggling with being effective in your current leadership position? I have 6 tips that will have you saying goodbye to stressful transitions in leadership where you wonder: Does my team like me? I want to make some changes, how can I do this and keep engagement […]

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Episode 61 Emotions Acceptance Meditation

Emotions Acceptance Meditation

This is day 3 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we’re diving into the most important piece of creating your unique blueprint and discovering what your ideal career is…

Your mindset.

If you’re ready to create your blueprint and take action on your dreams, this is the episode for you!

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Using Meditation to Advance Your Career

This is day 3 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we’re diving into the most important piece of creating your unique blueprint and discovering what your ideal career is…

Your mindset.

If you’re ready to create your blueprint and take action on your dreams, this is the episode for you!

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Ep 59 The Science Behind Changing Thoughts

The Science Behind Changing Thoughts

This is day 3 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we’re diving into the most important piece of creating your unique blueprint and discovering what your ideal career is…

Your mindset.

If you’re ready to create your blueprint and take action on your dreams, this is the episode for you!

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Episode 58 How to Give and Receive Feedback

How to Give and Receive Feedback

This is day 3 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we’re diving into the most important piece of creating your unique blueprint and discovering what your ideal career is…

Your mindset.

If you’re ready to create your blueprint and take action on your dreams, this is the episode for you!

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Ep 58 How to Give and Receive Feedback

Career Passion Blueprint – Day 3

This is day 3 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we’re diving into the most important piece of creating your unique blueprint and discovering what your ideal career is…

Your mindset.

If you’re ready to create your blueprint and take action on your dreams, this is the episode for you!

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Ep 56 Career Passion Blueprint Day 2

Career Passion Blueprint – Day 2

This is day 2 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

I’m sharing my own 4 step framework for understanding where you are now, who you really are (deep down), looking at patterns and options and making a decision and a plan for where you go next.

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Ep 55 Career Passion Blueprint Day 1

Career Passion Blueprint – Day 1

This is day 1 of my 3-day Career Passion Blueprint masterclass series.

In this episode, we are going to dive into what is possible for you. You are going to create a vision and I’m guiding you through an exercise that will help you determine what your next step should be.

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Ep 54 The Importance of Curiosity

The Importance of Curiosity

You know you want something different but you aren’t sure what it is.

You’ve tried a lot of things but nothing seems to work.

Well, there is one thing you can do that can help you right now.

From managing relationships with challenging colleagues, discovering what you really love (or don’t love) to do in your job and making your days more enjoyable from beginning to end, curiosity can help you get there.

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Ep 53 The Secret to Better Work Life Balance

The Secret to Better Work Life Balance

I’ve got the secret to better work life balance (but you might not like what you have to do to get it).

There will always be people that make their life their career and work all the time. 

But if you don’t want that to be you, you don’t have to just because others are. 

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Ep 52 The One Where I Get Interviewed

The One Where I Get Interviewed

This is a very special episode.  I can’t believe it but it has already been one year of the Navigating Your Career podcast. 

For this anniversary episode, I decided to let my children run the show.

My son and daughter will be calling the shots and putting me in the hot seat.

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Ep 51 How to Stop Overthinking

How to Stop Overthinking

You know when you need to make a decision and you just can’t decide? 

It’s like you almost get analysis paralysis with all of the different options. 

Overthinking relationships, career choices, who you are, what you can have in your life, what you did or didn’t do… it’s not helping you. 

But you can break the cycle and become a master at living in the moment and quick decisions.

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Ep 50 How to Find Your Perfect Career

How to Find Your Perfect Career

The biggest question I get asked is: How do I find my perfect career?

In this episode of the podcast, I am answering this question and more.

The impact you want to have, the lifestyle you want to live, the type of work you want to do – it is all possible.

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Ep 49 Signs You're in a Toxic Work Culture

Signs You’re in a Toxic Work Culture

You know when you’re at work and then an email crosses your desk and you think “Wow, I can’t believe they just said that!” or you’re in a meeting and you know there is a better way but it just isn’t comfortable to speak up?

You might wonder if it’s just you……or could it be the company culture?

If you’ve been feeling like something isn’t quite right in your workplace, this episode will help you understand what the real problem is and get some ideas on how to make it better.

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Ep 48 The 1 Mindset Trick You Need

The 1 Mindset Trick You Need

Need a little pick me up? I’ve got just the thing…

I teach you how to feel good while you work towards those big goals you have and in this episode of the podcast, you can start with a simple trick.

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Ep 47 4 Ways to Stop Boredom and be Challenged at Work

4 Ways to Stop Boredom and be Challenged at Work

If you’re bored with your job and miss feeling challenged at work, you’re not alone.

In this episode, I’m sharing some quick ways that you can start right away to help you stop feeling bored and bring back some zest or challenge to your work days.

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Ep 46 How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

How would your life change if you could stop comparing yourself to others and if you believed you are perfect just as you are?

When you stop the “compare and despair” you can start making decisions for yourself that you truly want.

Once you let go of the comparison game you can just be (and celebrate!) you.

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Ep 45 Mistakes You Make When You Don't Like Your Job

Mistakes You Make When You Don’t Like Your Job

Not in love with your job, but right now isn’t the right time to make a move?

In this episode, I’m sharing 5 mistakes you could be making right now that can sabotage you and your future career potential.

I’m going to let you in on a secret to help you make the most of it and even advance your career while you are there.

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Episode 44 Biohack Your Brain

Biohack Your Brain with Tanessa Shears

Did you know there is a thing called Biohacking that actually helps you optimize your brain function for reduced stress, improved memory, productivity, and health?

This week I have my friend and health consultant/biohacking expert Tanessa Shears on the podcast.

We are talking about the science behind biohacking and how high performers like you can use these strategies to optimize your work performance, brain and your wellbeing.

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Podcast episode 43

How To Be an Awesome Boss

You know that your boss makes a big difference in how happy you are at work.

So, why in a recent study did half of managers feel they weren’t prepared to take on their role?

I know you want to be the best leader for your team.

In this episode, I’m sharing lessons, common mistakes and tips so you can learn how to be an awesome boss.

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Podcast episode 42

The Perfect 1-1 Framework

I hear time and time again from individual contributors and managers alike: My 1-1 is not a good use of time (if they are happening at all).

I’m telling you exactly what the agenda should look like for your 1-1s.

I’m also telling you how to “manage up” to start using this framework with your boss.

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Podcast Episode 41

When and How to Speak Up to Your Boss

When should you speak up with your boss and if you do, how do you do it?

You’ll learn:
– 3 specific circumstances when you should always speak up
– My strategy for how to speak up in a way that is going to get you the outcome you want
– 1 simple thing you can do today that will help you get more comfortable with speaking up and advocating for yourself.

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Why Gender Issues Still Exist in Pharma/Biotech

Gender issues still exist in pharma/biotech.

But why? These companies are innovative.  They have some of the most talented people.  It is a diverse workforce.

In this episode, I’m sharing why gender issues still exist, why the well-intended solutions at the top just aren’t good enough and what we need to do instead.

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Grow Your Career in Biotech with Chris Frew

In this episode, my special guest, Chris Frew, and I are talking about how to grow your career in biotech, particularly related to challenges related to inclusion. Chris is CEO of Workforce Genetics, a life science talent solutions company. The company operates a recruiting division, along with BioBuzz, which provides a community for the network […]

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4 Mistakes People Make When Trying to Get Promoted

If you have ever wanted to be promoted and find yourself stuck, not making progress, and seeing your colleagues pass you by, this episode is for you. With various promotion policies in place, it can be competitive and difficult to advance. The days of automatic promotions every 2 years with consistent performance are long gone. […]

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7 Signs You’re in the Right Job

I talk a lot about the signs that you’re ready for a career change. I even have a quiz that will tell you if your career is a good fit. But in today’s episode of the podcast, we are flipping that script. I am telling you 7 sure-fire signs that you are actually in the […]

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Boundaries and Work Life Balance

I know that being overworked, having to constantly be “on” and having that worry that you’ll miss out if you don’t check your work email is a real thing. Most of my clients struggle with creating boundaries at work and having the work and life balance that they want. It can be hard to decide […]

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