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GenX Women Founders - A Generation of Leaders that is Changing the World | E137

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Welcome to the first episode of the Gen-X Women Founders mini-series. In this episode of "Leadership is Feminine," host Kris Plachy delves into the distinct struggles and triumphs of the Gen-X generation. As a Gen-Xer herself, Kris identifies with the unique challenges posed by the background many people in this generation faced, which has shaped them into the resilient leaders they are today.

Through personal anecdotes and keen observations, Kris reflects on her realization that a significant portion of her clients are fellow Gen-Xers, sparking an exploration into the reasons behind this commonality, and what makes Gen-Xers such powerful leaders.

This generation, often dubbed the "lost generation," is characterized by a smaller demographic and a distinctive upbringing marked by independence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Kris draws parallels between her formative years, and those of other members of this generation—being the first latchkey kids, navigating divorce at an early age, and experiencing a unique blend of independence and responsibility.

As Gen-Xers lead in various capacities today, Kris explores how their upbringing influences their leadership styles. She suggests that they were parented to be independent and resilient and that this has played a role in how they have shown up in their lives, including, in their professional lives, creating a new generational shift.

Be sure to stay tuned for future episodes dedicated to addressing the complexities of Gen-X women in business.

Let's not blame. Let's not isolate whose fault it is. Let's just ask, why is that? I want to look at what are the unique challenges that we may all have. What are the unique skill sets and attributes that we may all share in different ways? And then what's happening right now? What's the current circumstance, and what do we do about it?

Key Takeaways from this Episode:

  1. Gen-X Women Dominate Entrepreneurship: Exploring the reasons behind why a significant portion of female entrepreneurs are from the Gen-X generation.

  2. Entrepreneurial Growth Over the Years: Looking at the growth of women-owned businesses over the past 40 years

  3. The Gen-X Approach to Entrepreneurship: Reflections on the unique challenges, strengths, and attributes of Gen-X women, and understanding the collective story and current circumstances of Gen-X female entrepreneurs in 2023.

  4. Parenting and Independence: Discussion based on the “get it done” attitude Gen-X was parented with, and connecting this upbringing to critical thinking and problem-solving skills that may influence Gen-X women in their roles as entrepreneurs.

  5. "Having It All" and its Impact: Questioning the "having it all" narrative that Gen-X women are often associated with. Looking at why, despite achieving success in careers and family life, many Gen-X women feel unhappy or face challenges, sparking curiosity about the deeper meaning of "having it all."

Why Gen X Female Founders Must Listen:

A Gen-X female founder should listen to this episode because it delves into the unique experiences, challenges, and strengths of being a Gen-X woman entrepreneur. The episode also raises thought-provoking questions about the societal shifts and cultural changes that have influenced the entrepreneurial journey of Gen-X women, providing valuable insights and prompting reflection on the collective story that has brought them to where they are today.

Contact Info and Recommended Resources

Connect with Kris Plachy

  • LEAD FOR WOMEN: LEAD FOR WOMEN is THE curated Leadership Development, Training AND Advisement program for Elite Visionary Women, including C-Suite Women, seeking to upgrade their skills leading, managing, communicating with, and inspiring the people you pay to achieve results in your business. thevisionary.ceo/lead 
  • Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! TheVisionary.ceo

Work with Kris and Her Team: 

Email: [email protected]






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