I didn’t coin the expression Lift As You Climb but it has become the cornerstone of my thinking and how I want to show up in the world.
I believe what Robert Ingersoll said, “We Rise By Lifting Others” and this is a passion that resonates deeply.
I am so passionate about this value pillar that I was drawn to make it my purpose and share it with as many others as I could.
I dream of building a foundation that empowers young women to build their own success ladders and to reach back and lift others.
I long to give a hand up and pay forward the positive impact I received as a disenfranchised girl.
Big Hairy Audacious Goal – my BHAG – the Lift As You Climb Foundation – with footprints and alumni around the globe!
But how do I do this?
As I have done so often in my life, I looked for others that were already doing what I needed to know and I could learn from them.
Welcome to Season Three and a wonderful opportunity to learn along with me on how to create impact from our passions!
Figuring out how to translate a passion into a meaningful purpose is not often easy. I know I am not alone in my struggle to create sustainable or significant impact from an idea or life experience that we want to share to help others.
Do you have a spark of an IDEA?
Do you have a smoldering PASSION?
Do you feel a burning desire that could be your PURPOSE?
Do you need some inspiration and encouragement to FAN YOUR FLAME and get started on making a lasting difference, making sure your life mattered and impacted others positively?
Don’t let your passion cool off because you don’t know the five steps to keeping that glow alive, and live your legacy while you are able to experience it, influence it, and increase the impact that ONLY YOU can have.
Gather around our campfire in Season Three of this podcast and you’ll feel the warmth and gather the fuel to:
Be clear about your WHY, the WHO you need on your journey, WHERE you bring your vision to life, WHEN is the right time to start, scale, and step up, and HOW to plan for success.
My guests will share authentic experience and advice on topics as diverse as Service Projects and Clubs, Giving Circles, Not-For-Profits, Charities, Movements, Foundations, Endowments, Scholarships and always, and forever – Lift As You Climb.
My gratitude is boundless for our guests, and we span the globe with local, regional, national, international and global inspirations for you.
SUBSCRIBE to Season Three so you don’t miss these inspiring interviews and ignite your spark!
And while you ponder, enjoy this theme music:
What’s It All About Alfie by Dionne Warwick
About the Host:
Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst
Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander (Banerjee) cultivated an award-winning, $10+ million global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.
Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate and nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.
With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor, and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.
Lift As You Climb Movement (www.facebook.com/groups/liftasyouclimbmovement)
Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalyst.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.
Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)
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Season Number Three.Isabel:
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person I could be here on this planet.And that is:
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fortunate to have good people around me who gave me a hand up, not a hand out.And that is:
Which then led me to my current life, where...And that is:
It's my joy, my cheerleading raison d'etre...And that is:
To share what I've learned with others and lift them up...And that is:
Help them build their own success ladders.And that is:
Empowerment, Collaboration, Celebration...And that is:
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It is my passion to create the Lift As You Climb Foundation one day.And that is:
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ladders and get up to a place where they are then also lifting others.And that is:
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journey and sharing the journey of others as inspiration to you.And that is:
In season 3, we're really going to focus on what is your passion and howAnd that is:
does that translate to your purpose so that you too can make a difference andAnd that is:
that you can continue to feel like you are growing, but also that your ownAnd that is:
growth is having an impact on others.And that is:
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from ourselves, perhaps sometimes not listening to that inner voiceAnd that is:
or perhaps suppressing it or saying, "Who am I to be able to do that?"And that is:
"I don't have the resources."And that is:
"I don't know where to begin."And that is:
I want to share real examples of individuals who have been in yourAnd that is:
shoes, who had those doubts, who lacked the confidence in the beginning, butAnd that is:
started climbing and started moving forward and created their legacies.And that is:
If you've been looking at your life, looking in the mirror lately.And that is:
You may be saying...And that is:
If this is the next 30 years of my life...And that is:
Is this enough?And that is:
One of my guests asked herself that question, and fromAnd that is:
that moment of awareness...And that is:
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Even as successful as she was by all the metrics...And that is:
on what a successful life looked like...And that is:
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one connection with a little girl.And that is:
She created a national organization, and Oprah had her on herAnd that is:
program and interviewed her and created a groundswell effect.And that is:
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But when you hear how this concept began...And that is:
This now accredited foundation, and the impact they've had on overAnd that is:
seven and a half million children...And that is:
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spark of passion if acted on, of passion if acted on can grow.And that is:
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fulfill the vision that I have for that.And that is:
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people who've already done it.And that is:
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What was the motivation?And that is:
What was the spark that got them started?And that is:
The WHY is the motivation that kept them going with their vision.And that is:
We will talk with them about WHO they needed to surround themselves with...And that is:
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connections to continue to build.And that is:
We're gonna ask them very candid questions about WHEN is it the right time to start?And that is:
When is it the right time to scale, and when is time to hand the reinsAnd that is:
over to someone else and step away from that passion projectAnd that is:
and perhaps start the next one.And that is:
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my guests, who for 20 years built a phenomenal charity and then reached aAnd that is:
point where she felt she was called to go on and do something entirely different.And that is:
And then the most important thing, of course, is always, HOW did they do it?And that is:
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questions on how that they did it so that you too can create that plan,And that is:
create your Visual Encore Plan.And that is:
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exists, how to establish a foundation, how to perhaps create a scholarship oran endowment:
there are many, many ways that we can live and leave our legacy.an endowment:
By interviewing varied guests of different ages and different experiences...an endowment:
I hope to share with you the spark, the information to get started with yours.an endowment:
So please stay tuned.an endowment:
Subscribe to this podcast so that you don't miss any of the episodes.an endowment:
Starting next week, I'm going to interview everyday people that shopan endowment:
at the grocery store, that work in the office building next to yours, thatan endowment:
volunteer at a charity or fundraise...an endowment:
That play with their grandchildren, that walk their dogs.an endowment:
They're just like me and you, but they made a decision to get started.an endowment:
They got started.an endowment:
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their strengths, their talents, their resources, and they really took thatan endowment:
passion they had in themselves and found a way to create a purpose withan endowment:
it, and that's what I hope that you will glean from these conversations.an endowment:
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they are fun, they are candid.an endowment:
They're going to surprise you.an endowment:
They're going to enlighten you.an endowment:
They're going to inspire you.an endowment:
You're going to know that even YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE and YOU CANan endowment:
GET STARTED in small incremental steps, and take that spark you have,an endowment:
and fan it into a full on blaze!an endowment:
I'm going to ask for your help to make this podcast as valuable as possible.an endowment:
I would like for you to email me at Hello@TheEncoreCatalyst.coman endowment:
2 things I'm going to ask your help with...:
Refer people that you know that are already doing what I've said....:
Have they started a charity?:
Are they building a foundation?:
Are they leading, directing, managing, a foundation?:
A charity, an organization, that has far-reaching impact?:
I wanna know about the people out there that have figured out how to turn their:
lifetime of tacit knowledge and passion into lifting and climbing.:
Send me recommendations of people that I can follow, learn about, and invite:
to be a guest on a future episode.:
I would love to hear your ideas about how you might do exactly:
what my guests are doing and or perhaps you've already started and:
you're on your beginning journey and you're struggling a bit with...:
Like I said, those five areas, the why, the who, the where, the when,:
and the how of making it a reality.:
If you have any doubt about your WHY, then I'm gonna suggest that one way you:
might get started is by using one of my exercises called Write your Eulogy.:
I know it sounds a little ominous.:
Eulogy is something that's read when you're dead by someone who hopefully knows:
some good things about you and wants to share some of the positive things that:
you did while you were on this planet.:
I'm suggesting that we should write our own eulogy.:
Write it based on who we want to become, and...:
What is the impact that we wanna have?:
How do we want to be remembered.:
This is a really great exercise.:
I promise you...:
It's very uplifting and I think it can help inspire you to:
get started on your journey.You can go to:
TheEncoreCatalyst.Com website and click on the resources taband scroll down to:
Write Your EulogyOR go to:
FreeGiftFromIsabel.com and again...OR go to:
Put your email in...OR go to:
Get a free PDF...OR go to:
And please do the work...OR go to:
Tell me if you had any AHAs!...OR go to:
Any big moments of revelation about...OR go to:
WOW!OR go to:
I'm a pretty cool person, and I have a lot to offer in the world...OR go to:
And I'm gonna get busy doing it!OR go to:
So for now, thank you so much for listening in and being part ofOR go to:
this community and this movement, this groundswell that I hope we areOR go to:
creating, knowing that by doing the best that we can to rise and to liftOR go to:
ourselves up, we are able to do more and help more people up as well.OR go to:
I'll see you next week here.