Welcome back to le salon, friends! This week, I want you to meet Sara Cantor Aye.
One thing first, remember Patti Wilson from episode 31. I got to meet her IRL during the Professional Women Controllers 40th(!) conference. It was a beyond amazing experience - one in which I talked so much about self-care with all the type-A women there that my voice was a little shredded in this episode. Fear not! That didn’t stop me from geeking out about design and innovation with today’s really awesome guest Sara.
Sara Cantor Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio with her husband George. Sara is a design maven, who holds a master’s in design planning from the Institute of Design at IIT and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. While in a green room together at SXSW with George, I learned about the fantastic work happening at Greater Good Studio.
In this episode, Sara talks about how she transitioned from the corporate space to Greater Good Studio, how she uses human centered design (a really powerful process for solving problems) at the Greater Good Studio, and how she applies innovative and intentional concepts like equally shared parenting at home, too.
This episode is Innovative (see that capital I) and empowering for all you frazzled femmes out there. Get out your smartphones and start listening already.
Selected link love + resources from the episode
“Can These Two ‘pissed off optimists’ fix America?” (article featuring Sara and her husband, George)
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Sara herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:23:12] There is a person you have to present to the world, and then there is the person you are at home alone with at night. There is a balance you have to continuously strive for.
[00:48:11] I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself. I like to overachieve in different ways and have learned that it’s ok not to have to do everything all the time at a certain level and to give myself a break and also allow myself to pat myself on the back when I do something I am proud of.
[00:49:45] Understanding what fear can do and how crippling it can be is a necessary construct in the exercise of humility.
[00:57:01] Anything uncomfortable is going to be something that we shy away from. What I've had to learn was that it's at that intersection of discomfort and change when really truly great things happen.
[01:00:57] I started to not just communicate with myself, but to really communicate with the people that I loved and trusted around me. Their confidence gave me confidence.
[01:22:00] Knowing who you are is incredibly important, and it’s not always easy to do.
[01:25:55] I think that the ego can be a really damaging thing, especially when you start to let your ego drive.
[01:30:58] Never losing that passion for what it is that you do and what excites you on a daily basis is really important
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