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You Are A Lawyer is an interview podcast that promotes lawyers with fearless career changes, ambitious side hustles, and extraordinary lives. On this top-rated podcast, Kyla holds space for lawyers to be transparent and honest about their law school experiences, transitions out of the law, or the leaps they took to become a filmmaker, yogi, beauty brand founder, entrepreneur, etc. Ranked at 42 of the Top 90 Legal Podcasts, this podcast will motivate you to start that side hustle, challenge y ...
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Choose Your Next Yes! Change Careers, Midlife Woman, Empty Nester, Mindset, Life After Forty, Life After Fifty, Decision Making

Dr. Mel Vandevort - Career Coach, Midlife Mastery Coach, Woman Entrepreneur, Empowering Woman

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*Are you in a new midlife or empty nest season of your life? *Are you a professional woman searching for clarity about a career switch? *Do you need the courage to start your own business? *Are you a Christian ready to confidently follow God's plan for your life and career? Welcome to Choose Your Next Yes! Hi Kindred. I'm Mel, a professional midlife woman, mom of grown-ups, coffee, and Jesus lover. I have had a lot of big, life changes and I haven’t always been clear about God’s plan ...
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Repurpose Your Career podcast brought to you by Career Pivot is a podcast for those of us in the 2nd half of life to come together to discuss how repurpose our careers for the 21st century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers and finally get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of th ...
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Bryan Aghakhani, a partner at Borden Semmer specializing in personal injury trial cases, shares valuable insights on the importance of marketing and networking for lawyers in this episode. He emphasizes the significance of building relationships, utilizing communication skills, and maintaining a proactive approach to grow and maintain a successful …
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to another episode of Choose Your Next Yes, the podcast where we dive deep into discovering and pursuing your God-defined purpose. I'm Dr. Mel, and today we're talking about one of the most important elements in making a successful career change: confidence. Whether you're contemplating a shift to a new field, starti…
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Elizabeth Larrick, a former litigator turned focus group consultant, shares her journey of transitioning from practicing law to helping trial lawyers with focus groups, witness prep, and trial strategy. In this episode, Elizabeth discusses the evolution of her business, the importance of creativity in the legal field, and the value of utilizing vir…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of Choose Your Next Yes, I explore how podcasting can serve as a powerful stepping stone if you are looking to start a home-based business. From building a personal brand to reaching a global audience and fostering a community, podcasting offers a wealth of benefits for those embarking on their entrepreneuria…
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Whitney Harvey, a serial entrepreneur and founder of The Self-Coached Lawyer, shares her entrepreneurship journey and career pivots in this episode. From expanding her business to being recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal, Whitney discusses the importance of authenticity, self-promotion, and taking risks in craf…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, I talk about the top 5 reasons to start a home-based business, sharing my personal journey from a traditional career to entrepreneurship. Discover how merging your passions with your profession can lead to a more fulfilling life, inspired by Proverbs 16:3 and Ephesians 2:10. I'll talk about the flexibility to work fro…
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Kyla Denanyoh, host of the You Are a Lawyer podcast and owner of a podcast management company, shares her insights on the joys of being a part-time podcaster. Kyla wants you to skip the boring stuff involved in podcasting and create! From declining guests to managing burnout, Kyla discusses the importance of embracing amateur podcasting and finding…
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Send us a Text Message. Shequana Hughes, founder of The Sava Group, shares her inspiring journey from being a secretary to running a thriving virtual assistant agency. Discover the power of systems, strategies, and software in building a successful VA business. Whether you’re considering a career pivot or looking to streamline your current business…
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Holly Cope shares her journey from practicing law to helping lawyers create engaging podcasts. She discusses the importance of building a personal brand as a lawyer, documenting one's journey through law school, and overcoming limiting beliefs to excel in the legal profession. Holly's insights on leveraging a law degree for various opportunities an…
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Send us a Text Message. Join Dr. Mel Vandevort in this insightful episode of "Choose Your Next Yes" as she sits down with Esther Inman, founder of the 90 Day VA program. Esther shares her inspiring journey from being an educator to a thriving entrepreneur in the work-from-home world. With a background in teaching and a passion for travel, Esther fo…
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Elena Deutsch, a career coach on a mission to help women and non-binary lawyers find fulfillment outside of big law, shares inspiring stories of individuals who have transformed their legal careers through her program, Will. From setting boundaries to exploring new career paths, Elena's insights and guidance empower individuals to prioritize their …
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Send us a Text Message. Today's episode is a journey of rediscovery and transformation as they navigate career transitions and pursue their passions. You'll gain valuable insights and actionable steps to clarify your passions, set bold goals aligned with your purpose, embrace resilience, and seek support from a community or mentor. Each tip is pair…
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Send us a Text Message. MILEstones of Women in Education Anthology Series IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success June 6, 2024 Join Dr. Mel for an electrifying IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success Workshop! This dynamic, one-hour session is designed to guide you through her powerful IGNITE framework, helping you step into your God-defined purpose an…
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Brian Dixon, a lawyer turned digital nomad, shares his journey of transitioning from practicing law to running his own business as a copywriter while living in Bali. In this episode, Brian discusses his decision-making process, the support he received from his family, and the importance of embracing change and taking risks in one's career. Listener…
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Send us a Text Message. Join Dr. Mel as she introduces the IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success, designed to guide you through her powerful IGNITE framework. Discover how to initiate your journey, gravitate toward your passions, navigate your path, imagine your future, transform your mindset, and empower yourself to take bold action. Don't miss th…
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Misty Leon, an experienced in-house employee benefits attorney at Texas Instruments, shares her journey of how she stumbled into the world of employee benefits law and found her passion for navigating complex federal laws to ensure compliance with benefit plans. In this episode, Misty discusses the intricacies of her role, the importance of staying…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, we’re diving into something truly special. This episode is all about the power of women supporting women, especially those of you ready to take the plunge into freelancing or working from home. We’re talking about embracing your God-given talents, encouraging one another, and creating a community where we all rise tog…
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Tiffany Obeng, a lawyer specializing in employment discrimination, shares her journey of transitioning from practicing law to becoming a successful children's book author. Through her books, Tiffany aims to inspire young readers, especially Black children, to explore diverse career paths and embrace the power of literacy. Join us as Tiffany discuss…
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Send us a Text Message. Ladies, are you in a new season of your life? Feeling like you're stuck in an endless loop of searching but not quite able to make those big life decisions? Or maybe you just need that little spark of courage to chase your dreams? Well, if you're ready to get unstuck and thrive, then welcome to the Choose Your Next Yes! I'm …
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Joshua Brumley, a successful lawyer and entrepreneur, shares the story of starting his own law firm right out of law school and the importance of networking and marketing in the legal industry. He emphasizes the value of building a strong network of like-minded attorneys and continuously learning and growing in the field of law. Joshua's passion fo…
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Send us a Text Message. Ready to embrace God's plan for your path forward? Discover how to navigate change, clarify your vision, overcome obstacles, and take inspired action toward your God-given purpose. Whether you're facing a career transition or seeking direction in life, this episode will empower you to step boldly into the abundant life God h…
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Terrance Pryor shares his inspiring journey from a career in IT at General Motors to transitioning into the legal field, all while pursuing his law degree part-time. Through his determination and strategic planning, Terrance navigated through various roles in data privacy and DevOps, showcasing his ability to adapt and excel in different areas of e…
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Send us a Text Message. Grab your copy: Educator to Entrepreneur: IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success Book: Educator to Entrepreneur: IGNITE Your Path to Freelance Success Let me help you determine the next steps in your Career! Grab a complimentary Career emPOWERment Session email: melinda@empowereducator.com 💃Sisterhood of Marvelous Midlife Wom…
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Send us a Text Message. In today's episode I talk about my new book and how it can transform your career by starting a freelance company that draws on your skills, experience, interests, and passions. Ladies, are you in a new season of your life? Feeling like you're stuck in an endless loop of searching but not quite able to make those big life dec…
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Hannah Beko, a seasoned real estate lawyer and founder of Authentically Speaking, shares her journey of finding her authentic voice and helping other lawyers do the same. Through her coaching and training programs, Hannah empowers lawyers to navigate stress, burnout, and low self-esteem, encouraging them to explore diverse career paths and embrace …
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Send us a Text Message. Cheri Dixon is the owner of Cheri Dixon Consulting LLC, which she started after leaving a 28-year career in public education. Cheri loved the work she did with turnaround schools and continues to take that work into the business world, helping businesses scale their organizations to the next level. In addition, Cheri believe…
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Larry Williams II shares his journey from starting his own solo law practice straight out of law school to eventually working as a criminal defense attorney for the Harris County Public Defender's Office in Houston. Throughout the episode, Larry discusses the importance of mentorship, the value of networking, and the versatility of a law degree, en…
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Send us a Text Message. Join Dr. Mel in this insightful episode as she explores the challenge of achieving work-life balance. Whether you're navigating a career transition, seeking clarity on your next steps, or simply striving for greater harmony in your daily life, this episode is for you. Dr. Mel shares three practical tips for setting boundarie…
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Dena Lefkowitz shares her journey from starting law school without a clear direction to finding fulfillment as a career coach and author in this episode. She discusses the importance of identifying values and soft skills in one's career, emphasizing that it's never too late to make a change and pursue what truly matters to you. Through her own expe…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, I chat with Misty Laboy, founder of Beauty Inside and Out, about her transformative journey from makeup artist to self-love coach. Misty shares her personal evolution, from realizing the importance of self-acceptance to launching a coaching business focused on helping women find internal peace. Through a candid conver…
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Sara Williams shares her story of self-discovery and growth in the legal industry, emphasizing the importance of breaking free from traditional norms to find fulfillment and happiness as a lawyer. From teaching at a law school to managing a firm and ultimately branding herself within it, Sara's story highlights the value of exploring different path…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, Sarah and I move into parts 3 and 4 of the Audacity Factor. The third principle: capacity power emphasizes the importance of honoring oneself, acknowledging that everyone's time capacity varies due to individual circumstances. Sarah rejects the notion that success hinges solely on finding time, advocating instead for …
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Lauren Klein shares her journey from big law to launching a coaching program for law students and new lawyers in this episode. She discusses the importance of mindset coaching, success coaching, and mindfulness in the legal profession, emphasizing the need for balance, health, and financial well-being. Lauren's insights highlight the versatility of…
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Send us a Text Message. Today I have a conversation with Sarah Khan where we discuss her framework, "The Audacity Factor," a concept rooted in defying conventional norms and embracing one's unique approach to business. Drawing from her experience as a business process consultant, Sarah discusses the audacity required to break free from traditional …
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Samantha Divine Jallah, an experienced in-house lawyer and life coach at Radical Bench, shares valuable insights on navigating career changes and finding fulfillment in the legal profession. Having transitioned through different careers, Samantha emphasizes the importance of starting with oneself and utilizing one's skills and passions to create a …
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, I reflect on my recent trip to Las Vegas and share how the experiences translate into valuable lessons for career transitions. Join me as I explore the importance of recognizing the efforts of others, celebrating small victories, prioritizing self-care, navigating challenges, and acknowledging privilege in t…
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Michael Alder, a seasoned lawyer and mentor, shares his journey of personal growth and giving back in this episode. From navigating relationships to writing books on life skills for middle schoolers, his experiences during COVID-19 have shaped his perspective on mentorship and philanthropy. Join us as we delve into Michael’s unique approach to help…
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Send us a Text Message. In today's episode, we're diving deep into the art of intentional living, specifically focusing on how to infuse purpose into your career decisions and daily life. Drawing inspiration from John Maxwell's wisdom and biblical principles, we'll explore five main steps to help you live intentionally and make meaningful choices i…
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Alban Brooke, former attorney and technology specialist who is currently the head of marketing for a podcasting company called Buzzsprout, delves into the journey of transitioning from a career in law to content creation in this episode. From discussing the impact of perfectionism from the legal field to the challenges faced in law school, Alban sh…
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Send us a Text Message. When it comes to changing careers, or starting or building your business the most important thing you can do is to take care of your self first. Taking care of yourself first is imperative to a successful career no matter what that looks like in your journey. Today, I have 3 tips and some action steps to help you do just tha…
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Kyla Denanyoh, host of the You Are a Lawyer podcast, shares three significant leaps she has made in her journey as a business owner, mom, and wife in this special bonus episode for Leap Year 2024. From becoming a boss managing a team of four to creatively launching five new podcasts, Kyla reflects on her personal growth, including navigating mother…
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Send us a Text Message. Are you stuck because fear is the comfort zone that keeps you from moving forward? Ever wondered how many opportunities you've missed because of doubt or fear? 🤔 Don't let uncertainty hold you back from seizing the chances that come your way. Take action, even if it doesn't seem like a clear 'yes'. You never know what blessi…
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Karl Seelbach, lawyer and the founder of Skribe.ai, a legal tech company joins us for episode 129 of the You Are a Lawyer podcast. Karl explains how Skribe.ai offers attorneys a more efficient and cost-effective way to capture legal testimony, such as depositions, using AI and software solutions. The platform allows attorneys to easily access video…
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Send us a Text Message. Uncover the transformative power of purpose-driven entrepreneurship and reclaim your aspirations and talents. Today I speak to life the significance of aligning your business endeavors with your personal passions and values. We explore how purpose-driven entrepreneurship offers you a pathway to redefine your identity, contri…
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Jaya Saxena, a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) professional, shares her personal journey and experiences in this podcast episode. From her interdisciplinary education to her work in law firms and law schools, Jaya discusses the importance of DEI and how it can have a direct impact on individuals' lived experiences. She also offers valuable a…
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Send us a Text Message. Marina Carrier, sharing a compelling journey of resilience and faith. She reflects on a pivotal moment in her life when she faced betrayal, exhaustion, and a crisis of faith. Struggling to make wise decisions, she discovered the transformative power of turning to God in moments of despair. As Marina vulnerably recounts her e…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, we have the incredible Kimberley Day sharing her journey from being a financial advisor for over 13 years to becoming a successful author and business strategist. Kimberley faced the challenges of the income roller coaster and imposter syndrome, but she discovered the transformative power of writing a book. Kim is the…
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Theresa Phillips is a lawyer and artist who has found a passion for painting and creating vibrant, textured artwork. In this episode of You Are A Lawyer, Theresa shares her journey of self-discovery, from cutting her hair and embracing her artistic side to starting her own business and taking on commissioned pieces. She discusses the intersection o…
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Sheila M. Wilkinson is a lawyer, social worker, consultant, and career transition coach. Sheila also talks about her mission to help lawyers make aligned decisions, set boundaries, and focus on what they truly want to do rather than what they think they should do. She believes in reconnecting the intellectual self with the emotional self and offers…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, I'm talking all about networking. We're going to explore the importance of building those meaningful connections, seeking out opportunities for growth, sharing our own expertise, and advancing our own career or business through professional learning. 10 Tips to Network Your Way to Success Ladies, are you in a new seas…
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