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The Smart Years: Savvy Women RisingAs a woman aged between 40 - 65 years old, it's time to take control of your life using astrology and technology. Tune in if you want to enhance your emotional intellingence, and integrate new technology so you can become the  Queen of Reinvention. Join Bybreen Samuels as she sheds light on astrological personal development, social media, new consumer technololgy, career advice, and start up options. The Smart Years is a home for savvy women rising who want to self-actualise in a technologically driven world.

Latest Episodes

From Life on a Whim to Tech Community Manager

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Shelly Coen.Shelly is a Freelance Community Manager living in the North West of Germany. After completing a Bachelors in English Literature, she went on to work as a kindergarten teacher in Vienna, Austria. She started learning Python, and later joined the Vienna Ruby community, Shellycompleted the RailsGirls Summer of Code Programme in 2015. After this, she turned her focus to the people side of tech, working in community management and event organisation. In her free time, Shelly enjoys reading, baking, and going on adventure to other countries.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why she left Ireland on a whimShelly's family mantra that shaped her visionWhat she learnt about herself whilst living in HungaryWhy she was intrigued by her husband's conversations about techHow Shelly taught herself to code and programmes you may followHow her work in retail, nannying and teaching prepared her for tech rolesWho Shelly needed to b...

47 MIN2018 NOV 16
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From Life on a Whim to Tech Community Manager

Create Your Tech Signature - One Byte At A Time

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Xiaochen Zhang.Xiaochen is a firecracker who flew out of her mum's womb, carrying the fire in her belly, literally in her hand!Currently, Xiaochen works on global public policy at ByteDance, a leading Chinese tech company. It's a content platform that enables audiences to enjoy content,powered by artificial intelligence. Before ByteDance, Xiaochen was a Software Engineer and Creative Technologist at Google. And she says, 'Joining Google made me strong. Leaving Google made me stronger.'Xiaochen is also a Serial Entrepreneur and TedX Sydney Speaker.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why when Xiaochen was 7 years old, she embraced a moment of shame, to shape her characterWhat the Chinese concept of Guanxi can teach you about contemporary business relationshipsHow and why she became stronger by leaving her Google careerThe importance of keeping abreast of technological developmentsHow you may be able to transition your non-techn...

62 MIN2018 OCT 21
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Create Your Tech Signature - One Byte At A Time

Grey Hair Geekettes - Tomorrow's Tech Commentators

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Carla Schroder. Carla describes herself as, "A woman with many interests that needs multiple lifetimes to do what I want to do." In this lifetime she is a Technical Writer and Author of three books, namely; Linux Cookbook, Linux Networking Cookbook and the Book of Audacity. In addition to this, Carla has written hundreds of Linux, 'how to' articles. She currently works for a major Linux company, writing product manuals for enterprise cloud products.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why Carla left behindher'phoney, people pleaser' lifestyleWho she observed to shaveoff this unattractive conditioningThe childhood attribute and behaviour she still fights off todayWhat she did to learn the meaning and power of the word, 'yes'A valuable life lesson that can resolve conflicts in healthy waysHow you can move into the world of becoming a technical writerThe implications of fake news / 'clickbait crapola'onthe tech industryThe one ma...

63 MIN2018 AUG 25
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Grey Hair Geekettes - Tomorrow's Tech Commentators

The Invisible Staircase To Discover Your Purpose

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Donna Clifford, Founder of Divine Inhale. After life in Corporate America, Donnaretrained as a,Medical Intuitive, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. She was compelled to do so as corporate life was draining her natural intuitive abilities.Donna describes this process as 'getting her Soul sucked out.' Her journey into a metaphysical life was guided by the 'Invisible Staircase'. This process enabled her to discover her purpose in life!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Importance of paying attention to aspects of your personalityFirst World problems that keep you trapped behind your maskReason why Donna had to rely on her dog to access her intuitionSuggested resignation that shredded all aspects of her confidenceLessons that came from living through her 'Dark Night of the Soul'Road to recovery and the path to the 'invisible staircase'Signs that showed life was revealing her mission and purposeAuthentic way to develop your self...

71 MIN2018 AUG 11
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The Invisible Staircase To Discover Your Purpose

Finding Your Voice

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Sarah Jones, the Founder of The Power of 50.She aims to shine the light on people who will not bow to stereotypes. Sarah is finding her voice as shetransitions towards writing a new story for her life!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Power in being a middle-aged rookiePreparatory steps for portfolio livingSecret benefit behindbuilding a life missionWays in which confidence recedes and growsPurpose of designing your personal curriculumKey question to ask if you're ready to make changes.Recommended Resource:YouTubeQuote by Anyaele Sam Chiyson"Leadership is finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs. And empowering people and executing actions that make the world a better place."

49 MIN2018 AUG 2
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Finding Your Voice

Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset

Bybreen Samuels takes you through a fundraising webinar she recently delivered to ROSA - the UK Fund for Women and Girls. Grab your pen and pad as Bybreen showsyouhow to, 'Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset.' She knows a thing or two when it comes to raising money. The largest amount sheraised in a single proposal is £895,775 from The Big Lottery, for the charity partnership, Hackney Families First.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Sources of income generationContext and climate to fundraisingKey components of a fundraising strategyThree ways in which you can build credibiitySocial inclusion policy that Tony Blair introducedMindset that non-profits and startups must adoptVarious points of view you can use to tell your storyDifference between the 'treasure' or 'explosive' backstoryRationale behind and expectationsfrom business supportOne key question that every funder / investorthinksaboutRecommended Resources:BookNon-Profit Booster: 10 steps to building a succe...

42 MIN2018 JUL 25
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Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset

Money and Mindset Matters For Your Start Up Journey

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Tracy Jenkins. an aspiring entrepreneur and motivational talk radio host. She's also amother, sister, partner and so much more. Tracypassionately believes in the human spirit.And focuses on sharing strategies and information on how we can each work towards becoming our authentic self. This means pursuing our purpose, passionately and with integrity.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Route into entrepreneurshipAndrew Carniege business frame of referenceMindset armour you need to pursue your goalsMoment you need to start marketing your businessQuestions Tracy asked to begin shifting her perspectivePreparatory steps towards a structuredbusiness modelGo to process for operationalising your business developmentLessons children can teach you to move through a 'dark night of the soul'Meaning of Uranus in Taurus and how it will affect financesand resouresImportance of understanding the link between personal and business finances...

54 MIN2018 JUL 19
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Money and Mindset Matters For Your Start Up Journey

Meet A.I. on Your Route into Tech

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Milena Milankovics. She's a Transformational Change Manager working in management and information technology. Milena sees tech as the key to change. She's dedicated to building a digital world designed for all. In particular, she wants to empower aging people to be a part of it.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Examples of non-developer rolesMeaning of artificial intelligenceResource that is fueling the information ageBusiness advantage of customer engagementReason why new technology needs older peopleCharacteristic tech newbies can rely to move into techA.I. product that will wipe out thisbusiness within 5 yearsRationale for why all businesses will become tech businessesBenefit of consulting with non-profits for product developmentHungarian and Romanian team approach to overcome unconscious biasRecommended Resources:BookTechnically Wrong - Sara Wachter-BoettcherResourceElements of A.I. - Free online training course off...

47 MIN2018 JUL 10
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Meet A.I. on Your Route into Tech

The Smart Years Personal Development For Women

Bybreen Samuels is interviewed by Brian Rose, Host of London Real TV. She sat in the 'iconic Chair' and shared the journey of The Smart Years.Tune into this episode todiscover the:Origins of Bybreen'sfull nameMotivation for launching The Smart YearsDangers of focusing on a youth centric worldOne key thing you can do to create a distinctive nicheReason why she went to China to research older peopleLessons astrology can contribute to the corporate psychePlanet people can explore to understand their unique attributesStructure that helps to integrate heridentity as a multipotentialitePromotional strategy that Bybreen used to launch The Smart YearsImportance of bringing visibility to the contributions of older women.

28 MIN2018 JUN 27
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The Smart Years Personal Development For Women

Does Your CEO Need To Hear This?

Bybreen Samuels riffs on her Building An Inclusive Company Manifesto. She first shared herunconventional approach during a tech talk she gave last year. Bybreen asserts that it's time for a new paradigm. So she has blended astrology, recruitment practices, healthy team dynamics with an anatomy for diversity and inclusion.If you want your companyto be relevant and effective in the 21st Century, then it's time to take action. Also, share this episode with decision makers, decision influencers and your CEO!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Catalyst for creating a new frameworkMeaningof building a championship team and companyReason why legislation hasn't advanced the conversationRelevance of having an Anatomy of Diversity and InclusionRole astrology can play in enhancing meaningful engagementAcronym that will help you take effective action for inclusive practicesPrinciple that couldharmonise relationships and the recruitment processLesson Bybreen learnt from goi...

40 MIN2018 JUN 20
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Does Your CEO Need To Hear This?

Latest Episodes

From Life on a Whim to Tech Community Manager

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Shelly Coen.Shelly is a Freelance Community Manager living in the North West of Germany. After completing a Bachelors in English Literature, she went on to work as a kindergarten teacher in Vienna, Austria. She started learning Python, and later joined the Vienna Ruby community, Shellycompleted the RailsGirls Summer of Code Programme in 2015. After this, she turned her focus to the people side of tech, working in community management and event organisation. In her free time, Shelly enjoys reading, baking, and going on adventure to other countries.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why she left Ireland on a whimShelly's family mantra that shaped her visionWhat she learnt about herself whilst living in HungaryWhy she was intrigued by her husband's conversations about techHow Shelly taught herself to code and programmes you may followHow her work in retail, nannying and teaching prepared her for tech rolesWho Shelly needed to b...

47 MIN2018 NOV 16
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From Life on a Whim to Tech Community Manager

Create Your Tech Signature - One Byte At A Time

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Xiaochen Zhang.Xiaochen is a firecracker who flew out of her mum's womb, carrying the fire in her belly, literally in her hand!Currently, Xiaochen works on global public policy at ByteDance, a leading Chinese tech company. It's a content platform that enables audiences to enjoy content,powered by artificial intelligence. Before ByteDance, Xiaochen was a Software Engineer and Creative Technologist at Google. And she says, 'Joining Google made me strong. Leaving Google made me stronger.'Xiaochen is also a Serial Entrepreneur and TedX Sydney Speaker.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why when Xiaochen was 7 years old, she embraced a moment of shame, to shape her characterWhat the Chinese concept of Guanxi can teach you about contemporary business relationshipsHow and why she became stronger by leaving her Google careerThe importance of keeping abreast of technological developmentsHow you may be able to transition your non-techn...

62 MIN2018 OCT 21
Comments
Create Your Tech Signature - One Byte At A Time

Grey Hair Geekettes - Tomorrow's Tech Commentators

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Carla Schroder. Carla describes herself as, "A woman with many interests that needs multiple lifetimes to do what I want to do." In this lifetime she is a Technical Writer and Author of three books, namely; Linux Cookbook, Linux Networking Cookbook and the Book of Audacity. In addition to this, Carla has written hundreds of Linux, 'how to' articles. She currently works for a major Linux company, writing product manuals for enterprise cloud products.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover:Why Carla left behindher'phoney, people pleaser' lifestyleWho she observed to shaveoff this unattractive conditioningThe childhood attribute and behaviour she still fights off todayWhat she did to learn the meaning and power of the word, 'yes'A valuable life lesson that can resolve conflicts in healthy waysHow you can move into the world of becoming a technical writerThe implications of fake news / 'clickbait crapola'onthe tech industryThe one ma...

63 MIN2018 AUG 25
Comments
Grey Hair Geekettes - Tomorrow's Tech Commentators

The Invisible Staircase To Discover Your Purpose

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Donna Clifford, Founder of Divine Inhale. After life in Corporate America, Donnaretrained as a,Medical Intuitive, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. She was compelled to do so as corporate life was draining her natural intuitive abilities.Donna describes this process as 'getting her Soul sucked out.' Her journey into a metaphysical life was guided by the 'Invisible Staircase'. This process enabled her to discover her purpose in life!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Importance of paying attention to aspects of your personalityFirst World problems that keep you trapped behind your maskReason why Donna had to rely on her dog to access her intuitionSuggested resignation that shredded all aspects of her confidenceLessons that came from living through her 'Dark Night of the Soul'Road to recovery and the path to the 'invisible staircase'Signs that showed life was revealing her mission and purposeAuthentic way to develop your self...

71 MIN2018 AUG 11
Comments
The Invisible Staircase To Discover Your Purpose

Finding Your Voice

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Sarah Jones, the Founder of The Power of 50.She aims to shine the light on people who will not bow to stereotypes. Sarah is finding her voice as shetransitions towards writing a new story for her life!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Power in being a middle-aged rookiePreparatory steps for portfolio livingSecret benefit behindbuilding a life missionWays in which confidence recedes and growsPurpose of designing your personal curriculumKey question to ask if you're ready to make changes.Recommended Resource:YouTubeQuote by Anyaele Sam Chiyson"Leadership is finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs. And empowering people and executing actions that make the world a better place."

49 MIN2018 AUG 2
Comments
Finding Your Voice

Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset

Bybreen Samuels takes you through a fundraising webinar she recently delivered to ROSA - the UK Fund for Women and Girls. Grab your pen and pad as Bybreen showsyouhow to, 'Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset.' She knows a thing or two when it comes to raising money. The largest amount sheraised in a single proposal is £895,775 from The Big Lottery, for the charity partnership, Hackney Families First.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Sources of income generationContext and climate to fundraisingKey components of a fundraising strategyThree ways in which you can build credibiitySocial inclusion policy that Tony Blair introducedMindset that non-profits and startups must adoptVarious points of view you can use to tell your storyDifference between the 'treasure' or 'explosive' backstoryRationale behind and expectationsfrom business supportOne key question that every funder / investorthinksaboutRecommended Resources:BookNon-Profit Booster: 10 steps to building a succe...

42 MIN2018 JUL 25
Comments
Adjust Your Fundraising Mindset

Money and Mindset Matters For Your Start Up Journey

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Tracy Jenkins. an aspiring entrepreneur and motivational talk radio host. She's also amother, sister, partner and so much more. Tracypassionately believes in the human spirit.And focuses on sharing strategies and information on how we can each work towards becoming our authentic self. This means pursuing our purpose, passionately and with integrity.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Route into entrepreneurshipAndrew Carniege business frame of referenceMindset armour you need to pursue your goalsMoment you need to start marketing your businessQuestions Tracy asked to begin shifting her perspectivePreparatory steps towards a structuredbusiness modelGo to process for operationalising your business developmentLessons children can teach you to move through a 'dark night of the soul'Meaning of Uranus in Taurus and how it will affect financesand resouresImportance of understanding the link between personal and business finances...

54 MIN2018 JUL 19
Comments
Money and Mindset Matters For Your Start Up Journey

Meet A.I. on Your Route into Tech

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Milena Milankovics. She's a Transformational Change Manager working in management and information technology. Milena sees tech as the key to change. She's dedicated to building a digital world designed for all. In particular, she wants to empower aging people to be a part of it.Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Examples of non-developer rolesMeaning of artificial intelligenceResource that is fueling the information ageBusiness advantage of customer engagementReason why new technology needs older peopleCharacteristic tech newbies can rely to move into techA.I. product that will wipe out thisbusiness within 5 yearsRationale for why all businesses will become tech businessesBenefit of consulting with non-profits for product developmentHungarian and Romanian team approach to overcome unconscious biasRecommended Resources:BookTechnically Wrong - Sara Wachter-BoettcherResourceElements of A.I. - Free online training course off...

47 MIN2018 JUL 10
Comments
Meet A.I. on Your Route into Tech

The Smart Years Personal Development For Women

Bybreen Samuels is interviewed by Brian Rose, Host of London Real TV. She sat in the 'iconic Chair' and shared the journey of The Smart Years.Tune into this episode todiscover the:Origins of Bybreen'sfull nameMotivation for launching The Smart YearsDangers of focusing on a youth centric worldOne key thing you can do to create a distinctive nicheReason why she went to China to research older peopleLessons astrology can contribute to the corporate psychePlanet people can explore to understand their unique attributesStructure that helps to integrate heridentity as a multipotentialitePromotional strategy that Bybreen used to launch The Smart YearsImportance of bringing visibility to the contributions of older women.

28 MIN2018 JUN 27
Comments
The Smart Years Personal Development For Women

Does Your CEO Need To Hear This?

Bybreen Samuels riffs on her Building An Inclusive Company Manifesto. She first shared herunconventional approach during a tech talk she gave last year. Bybreen asserts that it's time for a new paradigm. So she has blended astrology, recruitment practices, healthy team dynamics with an anatomy for diversity and inclusion.If you want your companyto be relevant and effective in the 21st Century, then it's time to take action. Also, share this episode with decision makers, decision influencers and your CEO!Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:Catalyst for creating a new frameworkMeaningof building a championship team and companyReason why legislation hasn't advanced the conversationRelevance of having an Anatomy of Diversity and InclusionRole astrology can play in enhancing meaningful engagementAcronym that will help you take effective action for inclusive practicesPrinciple that couldharmonise relationships and the recruitment processLesson Bybreen learnt from goi...

40 MIN2018 JUN 20
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Does Your CEO Need To Hear This?
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