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Path to Empowerment: Exploring Leadership and Financial Empowerment with Dr. Maria E Nemeth Ep. 123
Episode 12328th June 2023 • Fascinating Entrepreneurs • Natasha Miller
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A little background on Dr. Maria… she is:

A leading expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Inc Magazine.

Founder & Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, an internationally accredited coach training program which has trained thousands of leaders worldwide in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors.

Author of the highly-acclaimed book, The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, available in five languages, as well as its successful follow-up book, Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps for a Luminous Life at Work and Play.

A Master Certified Coach and PhD in Psychology with corporate and private clients worldwide.

A transformational seminar leader whose work has transformed thousands of lives over several decades.

A lifelong agent of social change who has coached and trained leaders and social change agents who work in areas such as civil rights, climate change, racial diversity and equity, women’s empowerment, and health & human services.

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Maria Nemeth:

Say you're a coach, one of the first things they ask is, did

Maria Nemeth:

you go to an ICF accredited school?

Maria Nemeth:

So you enter our program, you have a first course, and this course has to do

Maria Nemeth:

with you transforming your life because we cannot coach another human being.

Maria Nemeth:

Past the point, we haven't gone ourselves.

Natasha Miller:

Welcome to FASCINATING ENTREPRENEURS.

Natasha Miller:

How do people end up becoming an entrepreneur?

Natasha Miller:

How do they scale and grow their businesses?

Natasha Miller:

How do they plan for profit?

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Are they in it for life or are they building to exit these

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and a myriad of other topics?

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Will be discussed to pull back the veil on the wizardry of successful

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and FASCINATING ENTREPRENEURS.

Natasha Miller:

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You can go to TheRelentlessBook.com for more information.

Natasha Miller:

Thank you so much.

Natasha Miller:

Dr.

Natasha Miller:

Maria Nemeth is an expert in leadership excellence, personal and professional

Natasha Miller:

development and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on the

Natasha Miller:

Oprah Winfrey Show and Inc Magazine.

Natasha Miller:

We talk about what it takes to become a coach, her publishing journey, and

Natasha Miller:

why she has an interest in financial empowerment, especially for women.

Natasha Miller:

Now, let's get right into it.

Maria Nemeth:

I was a psychologist.

Maria Nemeth:

I mean, I still am.

Maria Nemeth:

I was a, a clinical psychologist, but I discovered many years ago

Maria Nemeth:

that psychotherapy wasn't for me.

Maria Nemeth:

What really I love is coaching, so I became a master certified coach with

Maria Nemeth:

the International Coach Federation, and I opened up a coach training academy,

Maria Nemeth:

the Academy for coaching excellence.

Maria Nemeth:

And yes, I love working with leaders.

Maria Nemeth:

I love working with entrepreneurs of any kind.

Natasha Miller:

And tell me more about your interest in financial

Natasha Miller:

empowerment specifically.

Maria Nemeth:

I became really interested in financial empowerment, Natasha, out

Maria Nemeth:

of a difficulty I had about 40 years ago when I loaned someone $35,000

Maria Nemeth:

on an unsecured promissory note.

Maria Nemeth:

And it was a Ponzi scheme.

Maria Nemeth:

It was a scam.

Maria Nemeth:

I lost the money and I knew I had to wake up.

Maria Nemeth:

And so I started designing courses I knew I had to take.

Maria Nemeth:

And so that's how financial empowerment for me started.

Maria Nemeth:

And I'll tell you something.

Maria Nemeth:

I love working with entrepreneurs because I think that entrepreneurs are the heroes

Maria Nemeth:

of our economy and with an entrepreneur.

Maria Nemeth:

If you want to eat a fish tonight, you have to catch it today.

Maria Nemeth:

There's no working around it and I have been with coaching with

Maria Nemeth:

entrepreneurs now for so many years.

Maria Nemeth:

I've actually been working with people, Natasha for about 52 years.

Maria Nemeth:

I tell people I was a child prodigy, but I love working with women entrepreneurs

Maria Nemeth:

because I know how difficult it is for us, to really get our businesses going.

Natasha Miller:

Well, let me ask you about that.

Natasha Miller:

This is something I wasn't gonna talk to you about, but you brought this

Natasha Miller:

up and in my mind I'm thinking why is it, I feel like I have my own answers,

Natasha Miller:

but why do you think that only 2% of women owned businesses are doing a

Natasha Miller:

million dollars in revenue or more?

Natasha Miller:

2%.

Maria Nemeth:

Well, I heard that statistic and it really astounded me.

Maria Nemeth:

As a psychologist, I could give you all kinds of reasons that we are

Maria Nemeth:

expected to have a lower ceiling, that we were taught that men are the

Maria Nemeth:

ones who handle money and not women.

Natasha Miller:

Is that still being taught?

Natasha Miller:

I think it is.

Maria Nemeth:

It is.

Maria Nemeth:

It's kind of like under the surface.

Maria Nemeth:

But you can tell it's there, and I don't think there are many women role models.

Maria Nemeth:

You know, when guys open up a business, There's so many other men

Maria Nemeth:

around that they can talk to who are earning lots of money, and they can be

Maria Nemeth:

mentored, they can be just supported.

Maria Nemeth:

You know, there's all kinds of support programs out there for people

Maria Nemeth:

to join groups where they support each other to have business and

Maria Nemeth:

make money, et cetera, et cetera.

Maria Nemeth:

And so few women are in those groups.

Natasha Miller:

Well, for instance, the group Kalika and I are in, in LA

Natasha Miller:

we actually have a high amount of women in that 30% of our chapter, I think is-

Maria Nemeth:

Oh wow!

Natasha Miller:

Women, that's still 30.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah.

Natasha Miller:

It's not quite there.

Natasha Miller:

Okay.

Natasha Miller:

Well, so we'll move off that topic, cuz that could be its own podcast.

Maria Nemeth:

I tell you it really could.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah, we could talk about it for three hours, you know?

Natasha Miller:

Yeah.

Natasha Miller:

What led you to writing the book, the Energy of Money?

Maria Nemeth:

Well, I had, by that time, led so many seminars.

Maria Nemeth:

The first ones I led were called You and Money: Would it be okay

Maria Nemeth:

with you if life got easier?

Maria Nemeth:

And I taught people how money is energy.

Maria Nemeth:

You know, Joseph Campbell money is congealed Energy.

Maria Nemeth:

You can hold it in your hands and do something with it.

Maria Nemeth:

Now, of course, nowadays we don't even hold it in our hands, do we?

Maria Nemeth:

We see it as a blip on a computer, but it's still energy.

Maria Nemeth:

And the definition of energy is the capacity to do work in physical reality.

Maria Nemeth:

And so I began working with people and I developed so many different tools and

Maria Nemeth:

processes, and I decided to put them all together in a book so that if someone

Maria Nemeth:

never could be in a seminar with me, they could have this book to guide them through

Maria Nemeth:

to their own personal transformation.

Natasha Miller:

So let's talk about the writing of the book.

Natasha Miller:

So this first edition was published in 1999.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes.

Natasha Miller:

And I'd love to know, because the publishing industry has

Natasha Miller:

changed dramatically over the course of even the last 5 years, 10 years,

Maria Nemeth:

yes

Natasha Miller:

but 1999, so, What kind support did you get from

Natasha Miller:

your publisher and did they give you like a developmental editor?

Natasha Miller:

I just wanna know what it was like.

Maria Nemeth:

Sweetheart.

Maria Nemeth:

Ok.

Maria Nemeth:

Way back then.

Maria Nemeth:

Okay.

Maria Nemeth:

I will recount for you.

Natasha Miller:

It's a completely different experience.

Maria Nemeth:

It is, it was.

Natasha Miller:

Hearing it right from you would be great.

Maria Nemeth:

Well, to make a long story longer.

Maria Nemeth:

To make a long story short, I wrote a book before The Energy of Money.

Maria Nemeth:

It was called You and Money and I self-published it.

Maria Nemeth:

One day I was talking with a woman at a conference with, Hema Cho was

Maria Nemeth:

there, I can remember, at the time.

Maria Nemeth:

And I helped her out for a couple things.

Maria Nemeth:

She said, what do you, what do you do in life?

Maria Nemeth:

I said, well, among other things, I've just written a book.

Maria Nemeth:

She said, let me see it.

Maria Nemeth:

So I gave it to her.

Maria Nemeth:

She took it to her boss, and her boss was the head of Sounds True.

Maria Nemeth:

Which is a tape publishing company.

Maria Nemeth:

At that time, she loved the book.

Maria Nemeth:

They threw me in a sound booth for three days and shoved sandwiches

Maria Nemeth:

under the door and asked me everything that I knew about money.

Natasha Miller:

It sounds like solitary confinement.

Maria Nemeth:

It was.

Maria Nemeth:

It was, but it was fun.

Maria Nemeth:

It was fun.

Maria Nemeth:

But then this woman, Lisa Simon, she had a friend who's an agent,

Maria Nemeth:

and she said to this agent, would you like to listen to the tape?

Maria Nemeth:

The tape won something called an Audi for the Best Self-Help Tape

Maria Nemeth:

for 1999, and the agent loved it.

Maria Nemeth:

Women?

Maria Nemeth:

Women, women.

Maria Nemeth:

Women.

Maria Nemeth:

And she said, I betcha we can get a book out of this.

Maria Nemeth:

I said, well, I already have a book.

Maria Nemeth:

She said, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

No, no, no.

Maria Nemeth:

Let's go to a big publishing house.

Maria Nemeth:

So, We went to a big publishing house and they loved the tape, they loved what

Maria Nemeth:

they heard, and they offered me a deal.

Maria Nemeth:

I think I got $80,000 as down payment.

Maria Nemeth:

They gave me an editor.

Maria Nemeth:

Incidentally, this editor, really interesting.

Maria Nemeth:

You know, we're doing the book, doing the book, and I'm writing and

Maria Nemeth:

writing and writing and writing, just kind of getting everything

Maria Nemeth:

out about what I knew about money.

Maria Nemeth:

She calls me one day.

Maria Nemeth:

She says, Dr.

Maria Nemeth:

Maria.

Maria Nemeth:

I said, yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

She says, I can't work on this book anymore.

Maria Nemeth:

I said, why?

Maria Nemeth:

She said, because it's making me sick.

Natasha Miller:

Okay.

Maria Nemeth:

It's making me look at my relationship with

Maria Nemeth:

money and I can't take it.

Natasha Miller:

Then that book was for her.

Maria Nemeth:

It was, and so I had to hire another editor, but we got the book out.

Maria Nemeth:

It was pretty much a hit, and I think it was a year and a half later.

Maria Nemeth:

I get a phone call from Oprah's team and they say, Dr.

Maria Nemeth:

Nemeth, we love the book.

Maria Nemeth:

We think it has a lot to offer.

Maria Nemeth:

Can you be on the Oprah Show in 72 hours?

Maria Nemeth:

And of course I said, who is this?

Maria Nemeth:

Because I thought it was a girlfriend kidding me.

Maria Nemeth:

She said, no, no, no, no, no.

Maria Nemeth:

So 72 hours later I was on the show.

Maria Nemeth:

They had taped me working with a mother and her daughters

Maria Nemeth:

getting there values together.

Maria Nemeth:

There's a values exercise that I do.

Maria Nemeth:

And they played some of it and I was on the Oprah show.

Natasha Miller:

What did that do for your business in your career at that point?

Natasha Miller:

What year was that?

Natasha Miller:

Cause that could have-

Maria Nemeth:

2001 something.

Natasha Miller:

Did they have enough books in print?

Natasha Miller:

Did you have a challenge in fulfilling?

Maria Nemeth:

No, believe it or not, there was a modest bump.

Maria Nemeth:

This was so interesting because.

Maria Nemeth:

I don't know if you've seen or read the Energy of Money book, but

Maria Nemeth:

it's considered to be a classic.

Maria Nemeth:

I mean, there are some spiritual leaders that use it in their churches, but it

Maria Nemeth:

had a hard time getting off the ground.

Maria Nemeth:

You know, the company Valentine even paid me Natasha to go around the country.

Maria Nemeth:

They flew me to Chicago.

Maria Nemeth:

They flew me to Denver to have book signings.

Natasha Miller:

Yes.

Natasha Miller:

Was it before it's time?

Natasha Miller:

Do you think it's a little too early?

Maria Nemeth:

Maybe.

Maria Nemeth:

Maybe.

Natasha Miller:

Yeah.

Natasha Miller:

And how many additions have you done to the book so far?

Natasha Miller:

There's more than one, right?

Maria Nemeth:

I think there's more than one.

Natasha Miller:

Yes.

Natasha Miller:

So I'm wondering, you know, it's a classic.

Maria Nemeth:

I mean, we've only sold, I mean only I'm grateful for this, but we've

Maria Nemeth:

only sold about a hundred thousand copies.

Natasha Miller:

I mean, that's an incredible amount, especially

Natasha Miller:

today because the publishing is, I don't know if you know this number.

Natasha Miller:

I don't know why I know all these facts, but yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

I love it.

Natasha Miller:

An author typically sells about 250 books

Natasha Miller:

in the lifetime of their book.

Natasha Miller:

The typical author.

Maria Nemeth:

What?

Natasha Miller:

These days?

Natasha Miller:

Yes.

Natasha Miller:

That is a fact.

Natasha Miller:

There are a lot more authors and it's more democratized, and people are using

Natasha Miller:

books in different ways, and they're not all coming outta traditional publishing

Natasha Miller:

houses, so there's a reason why that is.

Maria Nemeth:

Wow.

Natasha Miller:

Were you able to build a business with this book, or were you

Natasha Miller:

able to just really build up a business that had already begun at that time?

Maria Nemeth:

At that time I was simply, coaching people.

Maria Nemeth:

I had a thriving practice.

Natasha Miller:

One-on-one.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes.

Maria Nemeth:

One-on-one.

Maria Nemeth:

Sometimes I had some coaching groups.

Maria Nemeth:

I coached couples.

Maria Nemeth:

At one point I even had a wait list to get into my practice,

Maria Nemeth:

so that was just thriving.

Natasha Miller:

And was this in Sacramento?

Maria Nemeth:

Yes, in Sacramento.

Maria Nemeth:

Okay.

Maria Nemeth:

And, I flew up here and left my life down in Los Angeles.

Maria Nemeth:

I was an associate clinical professor and you know, all kinds of things.

Maria Nemeth:

But I moved up here, started the coaching practice, and about 23 years ago,

Maria Nemeth:

some colleagues came to me and said, Maria, you know a lot about coaching.

Maria Nemeth:

Why don't we start a coach training academy?

Maria Nemeth:

Now, Natasha, let me tell you something.

Maria Nemeth:

At the time, way back when all you had to do is hang out your

Maria Nemeth:

shingle saying, I am a coach.

Natasha Miller:

Sure.

Natasha Miller:

Are you a published author?

Natasha Miller:

Have you always thought you had a book inside of you?

Natasha Miller:

Have other people told you you've got to write a book?

Natasha Miller:

If so, I highly suggest you work with us at Poignant Press.

Natasha Miller:

We can help you write, figure out the best publishing path, and market

Natasha Miller:

your book to a bestseller status.

Natasha Miller:

Go to poignantpress.com.

Natasha Miller:

That's P-O-I-G-N-A-N-T-press com.

Natasha Miller:

I mean,

Maria Nemeth:

-and you have coach.

Natasha Miller:

Even today, people are saying they're a coach, even if they

Natasha Miller:

don't have the skill and the mastery.

Natasha Miller:

But I digress.

Natasha Miller:

Keep going.

Maria Nemeth:

No, no, no, no, no, no.

Maria Nemeth:

I just, well see, you and I are on the same page.

Maria Nemeth:

I saw that coaching is just as potent as psychotherapy because with psychotherapy,

Maria Nemeth:

what you're looking at is healing.

Maria Nemeth:

After you're healed, the question becomes, what am I gonna do

Maria Nemeth:

with the rest of my life?

Maria Nemeth:

And that's where coaching comes.

Maria Nemeth:

But I saw that coaches had almost no training or very,

Maria Nemeth:

very little, like two weekends.

Maria Nemeth:

And you're a coach.

Maria Nemeth:

And let answer this question, if you were to see a therapist and they

Maria Nemeth:

told you, well, I had two weekends.

Maria Nemeth:

To study.

Natasha Miller:

Moving on.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes, exactly.

Maria Nemeth:

Exactly.

Maria Nemeth:

And of course I had a lot of righteous indignation about it really?

Maria Nemeth:

So I said, we are gonna have the best academy.

Maria Nemeth:

We really have a very rigorous course of study because coaching is a profession,

Maria Nemeth:

and when you're a coach Natasha, you're holding people's lives in your hand.

Maria Nemeth:

And how they end up living their life.

Maria Nemeth:

In part has to do with how you coach them.

Maria Nemeth:

It's a big responsibility.

Maria Nemeth:

So, At our Academy, we have a wonderful and rigorous course of study.

Natasha Miller:

What's the time arc?

Natasha Miller:

So before you answer that, I'd like to ask this question.

Maria Nemeth:

Sure.

Natasha Miller:

So someone with a wealth of knowledge, 20 plus years.

Natasha Miller:

Let's just take me for example.

Natasha Miller:

I'm not a coach.

Natasha Miller:

I don't tell people I'm a coach.

Natasha Miller:

I know that there is an art and science to it that I might be almost

Natasha Miller:

getting ready to be able to consider.

Natasha Miller:

And so I have all of this knowledge in various pockets.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes.

Natasha Miller:

If I went out and did start coaching without this training,

Natasha Miller:

you know, what are the challenges that I might face, and what are the

Natasha Miller:

repercussions to the people I'm coaching?

Maria Nemeth:

You could coach a person in the wrong way.

Maria Nemeth:

They could end up being in a worse place than they were.

Maria Nemeth:

They could start crying and emoting, and you wouldn't know how to handle it.

Maria Nemeth:

We teach coaches how to work with people.

Maria Nemeth:

Even in difficult situations, you might start practicing

Maria Nemeth:

psychotherapy without a license.

Maria Nemeth:

And finally you could get sued, you know, a civil suit.

Natasha Miller:

There you go.

Natasha Miller:

And then for someone like me, let's just take me as the example.

Natasha Miller:

If I were to learn to be a coach in your program, what would that look like?

Maria Nemeth:

First of all, we are accredited through the International

Maria Nemeth:

Coaching Federation, which is a big deal.

Maria Nemeth:

It took a long time to get accredited because I want people

Maria Nemeth:

who graduate our program to be able to get the ICF certification.

Maria Nemeth:

Because that's what businesses are asking for.

Maria Nemeth:

Now, if you wanna go into a big business.

Maria Nemeth:

Say you're a coach, one of the first things they ask is, did you

Maria Nemeth:

go to an I C F accredited school?

Maria Nemeth:

So you enter our program, you have a first course, and this course has to do

Maria Nemeth:

with you transforming your life because we cannot coach another human being.

Maria Nemeth:

Past the point, we haven't gone ourselves.

Maria Nemeth:

And so we teach you some.

Maria Nemeth:

Valuable things to look at for yourself.

Maria Nemeth:

And

Natasha Miller:

This reminds me, Dr.

Natasha Miller:

Maria of 22 year olds that are trying to be life coaches.

Natasha Miller:

Maybe that's my ignorance speaking.

Natasha Miller:

You can hear in my voice, but if they haven't done that reflection.

Maria Nemeth:

No.

Natasha Miller:

Okay.

Natasha Miller:

Keep going.

Natasha Miller:

Sorry to interrupt.

Maria Nemeth:

No, no, no, no.

Maria Nemeth:

It's okay.

Maria Nemeth:

And at that point, you still don't enroll in our academy?

Maria Nemeth:

You take the first coaching course, I call it coaching "One-O-One", but

Maria Nemeth:

it's the first coaching course, and you learn some of the tools that

Maria Nemeth:

you experienced the course leaders doing with you in the course.

Maria Nemeth:

You begin to see how to do this with other people, and it's only at that

Maria Nemeth:

point that we have you consider.

Maria Nemeth:

Now, do you want to become a professional coach?

Maria Nemeth:

Because you're going to have, two more intensive seminars,

Maria Nemeth:

you know, four day seminars.

Maria Nemeth:

You're gonna be learning about coaching and ethics.

Maria Nemeth:

You're gonna be coaching observation groups where a well-trained

Maria Nemeth:

mentor is going to observe you.

Maria Nemeth:

You're gonna go through six observed coaching segments.

Maria Nemeth:

So that by the time you, we're gonna teach you how to enroll

Maria Nemeth:

people in your practice.

Maria Nemeth:

Hello.

Maria Nemeth:

That's huge.

Maria Nemeth:

So that finally, when you graduate and take a written test from ICF, you have

Maria Nemeth:

your ACC certification, which is huge.

Maria Nemeth:

And then if you wanna go on with more hours, you get your PCC.

Natasha Miller:

What do those acronyms mean?

Maria Nemeth:

Professional Certified Coach, I think the first one is

Maria Nemeth:

Associate Coach Certification.

Maria Nemeth:

I think it's like, and then if you still wanna go on, you get

Maria Nemeth:

your master coach credential, which is what I have at the time.

Maria Nemeth:

It was like 25 under hours of coaching, which was pretty much

Maria Nemeth:

what I had to do to get my PhD.

Maria Nemeth:

So there are things you can do to perfect the craft.

Natasha Miller:

I'll tell you this.

Natasha Miller:

I've learned quite a few things talking to you today, but I'm just reflecting

Natasha Miller:

back on a couple of people that have coached me and I can just tell you

Natasha Miller:

now the disappointment I had in them.

Natasha Miller:

Probably if I have to, I reflect back.

Natasha Miller:

It's on me.

Natasha Miller:

I didn't know about coaching certifications.

Natasha Miller:

I didn't ask about this coaching certifications.

Natasha Miller:

And had I known and asked, I may not have made the choices that I made

Natasha Miller:

and that I wouldn't necessarily have had the disappointment that I've had.

Natasha Miller:

So thank you.

Maria Nemeth:

Oh, I'm sorry.

Maria Nemeth:

So sorry.

Natasha Miller:

It wasn't, nothing was horrific, but I

Natasha Miller:

just looking back and thinking.

Natasha Miller:

Boy, that was a waste of time and money.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Natasha Miller:

And do you teach these coaches then how to run a business?

Natasha Miller:

Because that's a completely different skillset.

Maria Nemeth:

No, I know.

Maria Nemeth:

I know.

Maria Nemeth:

It is.

Maria Nemeth:

It is.

Maria Nemeth:

And have to say that we do not teach coaches how to run a business.

Maria Nemeth:

We teach them how to get clients.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes,-

Natasha Miller:

do you then,

Maria Nemeth:

and we teach them that they have to have insurance.

Natasha Miller:

Is it errors and admissions, general liability?

Natasha Miller:

What kind of insurance does?

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah, I think it's general.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

It's errors and admissions, general liability.

Maria Nemeth:

You can actually get it from the same place that used to license

Maria Nemeth:

me as a clinical psychologist.

Maria Nemeth:

I'll tell you, the cost for a license for a clinical psychologist has, I

Maria Nemeth:

mean, it's thousands of dollars a year.

Maria Nemeth:

Because people become so litigious and for coaches it's like $275 a year.

Natasha Miller:

Interesting.

Maria Nemeth:

But let me tell you something, I think coaching right

Maria Nemeth:

now is where psychotherapy was about 70 years ago, and it's not regulated

Maria Nemeth:

through any state or federal.

Maria Nemeth:

But Natasha, I think it will be in the future, I hope it will.

Maria Nemeth:

Because you know, we need to have.

Maria Nemeth:

Safeguards.

Maria Nemeth:

We just do, I'm, I have to put it that way.

Maria Nemeth:

It's such an intimate

Natasha Miller:

Yes.

Maria Nemeth:

Process.

Natasha Miller:

Are you going to raise your hand to be part of that

Natasha Miller:

legislature and I mean, you're right there in Sacramento, so you can just

Natasha Miller:

walk right up and make your case heard.

Maria Nemeth:

Well, if it were that easy.

Maria Nemeth:

But fortunately, I am married to a woman, her name is Rita Science, who was the

Maria Nemeth:

director of three major state agencies.

Natasha Miller:

You've got it in.

Maria Nemeth:

Yeah, exactly.

Maria Nemeth:

So she's teaching me a lot about politics.

Maria Nemeth:

Right.

Maria Nemeth:

And I've learned that it really takes a lot, to get legislation.

Natasha Miller:

Lastly, let's talk about your team at the Academy.

Natasha Miller:

Are you managing them?

Natasha Miller:

Do you have somebody in place to manage them and the business?

Natasha Miller:

How does, what does that look like?

Maria Nemeth:

Yes.

Maria Nemeth:

Yes.

Maria Nemeth:

I manage them.

Maria Nemeth:

We have a dean of students.

Maria Nemeth:

She's fabulous, fabulous woman.

Maria Nemeth:

She's a minister who left her ministry to come and work with me,

Maria Nemeth:

and she bargained for workers who, I don't know the official name, but

Maria Nemeth:

she's tough when she needs to be.

Maria Nemeth:

We have someone who's the director of admissions into the Academy.

Maria Nemeth:

We have a whole cadre of well-trained mentors and we have course leaders.

Maria Nemeth:

And we are two things.

Maria Nemeth:

We are now reaching out for fiscal sponsorship because we want to put

Maria Nemeth:

in place a coaching scholarship for women of color to become.

Natasha Miller:

Yeah.

Maria Nemeth:

Well trained coaches.

Natasha Miller:

Are you all in person or are you distributed remote?

Maria Nemeth:

We're distributed.

Maria Nemeth:

I'll tell you.

Maria Nemeth:

When we used to have a big office and a course room and but pandemic, right?

Maria Nemeth:

So within two months we had to pivot and put everything online.

Maria Nemeth:

But I'll tell you, Natasha.

Natasha Miller:

It's a blessing, right?

Maria Nemeth:

It is a blessing because I can, we can see people

Maria Nemeth:

from all over the world now.

Natasha Miller:

Yep.

Natasha Miller:

Yep.

Natasha Miller:

So my question is then, how do you keep your team engaged and bonded?

Natasha Miller:

What kind of activities or exercises or in-person meetups do you do with them?

Maria Nemeth:

We have something called a list of Shared Agreements, how we're

Maria Nemeth:

going to interact with each other and we look at that before meetings.

Maria Nemeth:

We have something, called the Coaching Arena, which is your way

Maria Nemeth:

of centering in on what you're going to contribute of value to the team.

Maria Nemeth:

And thirdly, we have something I call the Green Lens, which is a way of seeing

Maria Nemeth:

people that instantly builds trust.

Maria Nemeth:

There are just five parts of this lens.

Maria Nemeth:

The first one I'll just tell you is this person I'm talking to

Maria Nemeth:

is a hero, whole and complete.

Maria Nemeth:

They have goals and dreams and a desire to make a difference.

Maria Nemeth:

They have all of their own answers.

Maria Nemeth:

They are contributing to me right here and now, and they deserve to

Maria Nemeth:

be treated with dignity and respect.

Maria Nemeth:

And whenever you see people through that lens, you immediately

Maria Nemeth:

create a sense of trust.

Maria Nemeth:

For more information, go to the show notes.

Maria Nemeth:

We are listening to this podcast.

Maria Nemeth:

Want to know more about me, go to my website, NatashaMiller.com.

Maria Nemeth:

Thank you so much for listening.

Maria Nemeth:

I hope you loved the show.

Maria Nemeth:

If you did, please subscribe.

Maria Nemeth:

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Maria Nemeth:

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Maria Nemeth:

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Maria Nemeth:

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