I’m letting you in on some excellent podcasts for me and my audience, who are mostly introverted women with big hearts, and other sensitive souls. We want to live our truest life and make an impact without burning out.
We like authenticity over hype, calm over loud, and these shows serve up the real deal. Everyone has different tastes but maybe you’ll find something new here that you like too.
Who Made My “Best” List?
These shows are about sharing in genuine ways about real-world personal and professional insights. The hosts are mostly introverts and/or women, but not all of them. Big hearts are the main requirement.
Rest assured that I only selected shows that won’t jar your sensitive nerves with loud music or ego-driven banter. Too many podcasts are like that. I’ve been so happy to find these and to lift up some lesser heard voices.
Find one or two that speak to you and enjoy the depth and growth inside these treasure chests.
Especially for self-employed heart-centered introverts and women:
- The Gentle Business Revolution Show – Host Sarah Santacroce does such heartfelt interviews, capturing the deep story behind heart-centered entrepreneurs, including many introverts.
- Introverts Talking Business Podcast – Host Thea Orozco brings you actionable advice and useful perspectives from successful introverted entrepreneurs, including how to deal with online marketing.
- Business Tao with George Kao – George shares calm clear short messages for heart-centered solopreneurs.
- Hello Seven – Host Rachel Rodgers owns a women-run company specializing in business, marketing, financial, and legal training. She shares stories and concrete tips of how she and other women have made it. She’s on a mission to help women and people of color overcome the wealth gap.
Especially for women who care about Cultural Transformation, Nature, and Finding Our Balance:
- What Could Possibly Go Right?: Conversations with Cultural Scouts – Author, activist, and host Vicki Robin acknowledges all the mess we are in and what got us here, and asks her guests what they see going right. Sample: Juliet Schor: Flipping the Script on Work, Consumption, and Democracy (June 2021)
- Irresistible – Hosts Kate Werning and BJSTAR about the intersection of collective healing and transformation and social change. In other words, about being engaged and grounded at the same time. They explore it all with some incredible guests, such as Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage.
- Heroine – Host Majo Molfino, immigrant entrepreneur, millenial, and calm powerhouse, says “I help multi-passionate, professional women become the leaders the world needs, instead of the ‘good girls’ the world wants.” A favorite episode: Shiza Shihad: Reclaiming Multiple Identities in the Age of Extremism (Shiza is co-founder of the Malala Fund.)
- For the Wild – Amplifying grassroots voices, these are paradigm shifting conversations relevant to social and environmental justice.
- Dialogue Lab: Social Impact and All the Feels – Host Reva Patwardhan is about helping you thrive as you make an impact. She gets real about social change, paired with burnout prevention. Her work in the world inspires me! (No longer an active show but past episodes still good.)
Best podcasts for women who want to have more impact along with more ease:
- Le vital corps Salon podcast – With host Kara Martin Snyder, real women talk real world struggles and solutions. Kara says, “It’s a soul-soothing space for all of the often secret, frazzled Type-As, perfectionists, imposters, and over-scheduling addicts to make themselves cozy and recharge a little.”
- #SecuretheSeat – Host Minda Harts offers for women of color what the “Lean In” movement didn’t address. She runs a career development company for women of color, and she is leading The Women of Color Equity Initiative. Her show is useful for allies too.
- Claim the Stage – Host Angela Lussier is a paid public speaker, self-proclaimed introvert, and founder of Speaker Sisterhood. In the show, she explores the growth-filled terrain of public speaking and how to make it easier.
For anyone who enjoys the big soulful questions of life:
- On Being – This NPR show with host Krista Tippett is astounding in its depth and soulfulness, asking the big questions about life. These interviews will stay with you and may even change you. “We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.” A favorite episode: John Lewis: Love in Action. (Krista also has a show with beautiful snippets from On Being, called Becoming Wise, for when you need a brief dose of love and wisdom.)
- Code Switch – Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity, and how it affects us in every part of society including work.
- Sounds True: Insights at the Edge – Host Tami Simon interviews leading spiritual teachers and authors, like Van Jones, Kristin Neff, Clarissa Pinkola Estes. A favorite episode: Van Jones “Breaking Out of our Resistance Bubble.”
- Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations – Oprah is better than ever in these mind-blowing conversations. My soul is soothed and ignited every time I listen.
- TEDTalks: Ideas Worth Spreading – Learn about ideas making a difference, from voices all over the world. From TED conferences.
For more resources, like books and career tools, check out my Resources section.