Celebrating Your Vulnerability as a Leader with Emilia D’Anzica & Sabina Pons

Many people think good leadership leaves no room for vulnerability. But in reality, the right level of empathy and humanness makes a workplace safe and inclusive. In this episode,  Emilia D’Anzica and  Sabina Pons, Co-Founders of Growth Molecules, discuss the importance of nurturing our authenticity and taking care of ourselves while working in a highly competitive environment. Listen to learn how to maintain an authentically friendly but firm presence through the experiences of two successful leaders, authors, and mothers.

Guest Info

Emilia D’Anzica, Founder & Managing Partner - Growth Molecules™

Emilia D’Anzica is an author and the founder and managing partner of Growth Molecules, a management consulting firm helping clients build and optimize customer support and success programs. She is also an active contributor to the Forbes Council and serves on several advisory boards globally.

Before founding her company, Emilia was an early employee at several successful companies, including WalkMe, BrightEdge, and Jobvite.

Emilia resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, with her three children and partner. Pressing ON as a Tech Mom is her first book.


Sabina Pons, Operating Partner - Growth Molecules™

Sabina Pons is an award-winning management consultant whose focus is on driving revenue growth for technology companies. In her 20+ year career, she has led global corporate teams & managed multi-million dollar P&Ls. Sabina is passionate about igniting corporate transformational change & enabling mothers in the workplace.

She is the co-author of Pressing ON As A Tech Mom, the first book of its kind about mothers in tech, illuminating the struggles & triumphs that many women experience.

Sabina also sits on several boards, participates in a multitude of mentorship programs, & recently earned her First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.


Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Respecting boundaries is an essential step in creating an inclusive environment
  • Showing emotion is not a sign of weakness
  • Own your strengths instead of trying to be the best in everything

What to listen for:

[02:23] The importance of supporting mothers in the workforce

[07:00] Setting up boundaries

[10:35] Overcoming imposter syndrome

[16:06] Creating a safe work environment by embracing vulnerability

[25:24] Not everyone is meant to lead

[29:15] Sabina’s self-limiting story

[34:10] Emilia’s self-limiting story

[37:50] Quick questions with Emilia and Sabina

[46:04] Emilia’s and Sabina’s challenges to leaders to make a more human workplace


Guest Resources:

Learn more and buy their book, Pressing ON As a Tech Mom.

Learn more about Emilia & Sabina's company, Growth Molecules


Additional Resources:

Check out Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett

Check out Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Follow Emilia D’Anzica on Social Media

Follow Sabina Pons on Social Media

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