Sally Ekus is a literary agent for chefs, cookbook authors, food writers, and tv/internet culinary personalities with the Lisa Ekus Group. She's also a philanthropist, a reluctant marathoner, and a dear friend. If pressed to describe her in a single phrase, I'd run some June & Johnny Cash lyrics through a Massachusetts accent generator and say she's hottah than a peppah sprout. Maybe it's because she usually has one or more hot sauces in her purse at any given time. Maybe it's her much-loved #SpiceMeSal hashtag. Or it's the radiant warmth and strength she brings to every conversation she has, including this podcast. We zig and we zag covering all sorts of topics like radical career shifts, negotiation for women, the benefits of improv, ninja networking skills, first time author advice, and more. So, do tune in!
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- Pam Victor and her Through Laughter Program
- The Happier Valley Comedy Improv School
- The Applied Improvisation Network
- Recap of the Woman of the Year fundraising event we discussed for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- A taco press
- Carl Carlton's "She's a Bad Mama Jama" on the Songs to Energize playlist
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes, questions considered + other nuggets from the episode
- Yeah, I've definitely zigged and zagged. How did Sally go from working in a locked psychiatric floor to being a literary agent in the culinary world?
- What happens when you recognize an instinct in yourself and cultivate it?
- Heart or gut: Dissecting what intuition looks and feels like in business
- Love isn't going to keep the lights on. Negotiation matters.
- What is the special sauce Sally brings to her negotiations? (Pssst, you can use this, too.)
- Where are we not stepping into the ring for ourselves?
- How to redefine failure by (literally) cheering and celebrating your own mistakes
- What activity has reshaped how she understands the world more than anything else?
- I'm standing out.
- Sally's secret for breaking the ice at conferences or networking events (even when you're terrified)
- Misconceptions about being a published author from a literary agent
- What really makes a good author?
- How a childhood cancer diagnosis shaped her view on philanthropy
- I ran the marathon; and I fucking hate running. Why did she do it?
- How does Sally think we can become unstoppable women?
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