From Nonprofit Leader to Consultant and One Woman’s Journey to Career Fulfillment

In this episode of the Legacy Podcast, Paul Dio interviews Teresa Rand, a distinguished businesswoman and mentor, delving into the importance of self-awareness in personal and professional development. With a rich background transitioning from a long-held CEO position to establishing her consulting business, Teresa brings a wealth of experience to the conversation. Emphasizing the pivotal role of self-awareness in leveraging strengths and adapting communication styles for enhanced teamwork and individual success, she offers practical insights and actionable advice. Teresa’s recommendations of two insightful books further enrich the discussion, providing valuable resources for developing the right mindset and improving digital communication skills in today’s workplace. Her relatable approach and expertise make this episode essential listening for professionals seeking personal and career growth, offering valuable insights for improved self-awareness and professional success.


Topics covered in this Episode:

  • Uncover the secrets to effective communication in a hybrid workforce for smoother collaboration.
  • Cultivate the mindset essential for achieving unstoppable success.
  • Mastering self-awareness boosts personal and professional growth to new heights.
  • Learn how to develop the right mindset essential for professional success.


Books mentioned in the episode:
Harness Your Inner CEO: Rise Into Passion, Prosperity, and Empowerment

Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance

Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Divisive Issues


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About Teresa:

Teresa Rand, former President and CEO of the YMCA and founder of Teresa Rand Consulting, is an expert on teaching work-life balance, how to maneuver the shifts we experience in life, and helping organizations develop better leadership and communication skills. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jacksonville University and years of experience as a former CEO, Teresa understands the challenges of being in business and is passionate about helping employees achieve their dreams of climbing the career ladder, earning their seat in the C-suite, and working in an inclusive organization.As a certified Gallup Strengths and DISC coach, and a National Speakers Academy Graduate and Member, Teresa is an expert in inspiring individuals to be their best selves and surround themselves with other successful people. In addition, Teresa is also a certificate holder in Women’s Leadership from E-Cornell University and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. She is the founder of the Boss Lady Community and the Boss Lady Podcast which focuses on women’s empowerment, gender equality, and women’s issues.Teresa is a big believer in work-life balance, working as a team to accomplish goals, and speaking about the growth of women in the workforce. She has taken the lessons she has learned over the last 29 years in her career to teach others how to avoid mistakes along the way and how to propel themselves towards the career of their dreams. | | Provide a summary of your company: Focusing on growing business by providing strategies on employees including: employee retention, fostering new talent, developing better teams, positive management and employee relationships, DISC skills assessment, and company culture. I also provide strategies for career changes and transitions to individuals. I have a community of women called “The Boss Lady Community” where women can uplift one another and help each other through change and career growth

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Timestamped summary of this episode:
00:00:00 – Introduction
The host, Paul Dio, introduces the podcast and Guest.

00:01:31 – Transitioning to Entrepreneurship
Teresa Rand discusses her transition from a 30-year career in a nonprofit to running her own consulting business. She emphasizes the importance of self-awareness in pursuing a new career path.

00:06:32 – Adapting to Post-Covid Work Environment
Teresa talks about the impact of remote work and the challenges faced by organizations with multi-generational workforce. She highlights the need for building a culture of inclusion and connectedness in the hybrid work model.

00:10:06 – Guiding Career Transitions
Teresa shares insights on helping individuals navigate career transitions, especially those who have been laid off or are seeking a change. She emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and mindset in finding fulfilling employment.

00:15:30 – Leaving a Legacy of Support
Teresa expresses her commitment to supporting women in their careers and advocates for women empowerment. She discusses her passion for leaving a legacy of women supporting and uplifting each other in the professional sphere.

00:16:09 – Surrounding Yourself with Smart People and Giving Back
Teresa emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with smart individuals and giving back by sharing personal mistakes to help others avoid the same pitfalls.

00:17:00 – The Power of Showing Up
Teresa’s advice from her mentors is to show up, do the work, and be consistent, even on days when it’s challenging. Showing up consistently is crucial for success in various areas, including education and fitness.

00:17:52 – The Value of Persistence
Teresa shares her experience of completing eleven marathons by consistently showing up and putting in the effort every day. She emphasizes the underestimated value of showing up and giving it your best.

00:18:21 – Recommended Books for Mindset and Communication
Teresa recommends “Harness Your Inner CEO” by Rebecca Powers and “Digital Body Language” by Erica Dewan, which offer valuable insights on mindset and effective communication in the digital age.

00:19:55 – Connecting with Teresa Rand
Listeners can find more about Teresa and her work at, where she shares her expertise and experience.

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