162. What happens after we quit our jobs: An interview with Sara McElroy, Wall-Street Journal’s poster girl for the Great Resignation.

career change wellbeing women's career Nov 28, 2022
Sara got the job of her dreams. Then, she quit.

Sara McElroy was burned out, overworked, sick, and running on empty. She joined the Great Resignation not once but twice. Now, Sara is writing the stories of dozens of professional women who quit their jobs during the pandemic. This podcast episode will be a great listen if you are:

  • Feeling burned out and stressed, even if you love your job.
  • Looking for work opportunities that allow you the flexibility you have been craving, such as working from home, working remotely, or having a better schedule.
  • Interested to know what it would look like to work for yourself.
  • Curious to know what happened to professionals who quit their jobs.

About our guest:

Sara McElroy is a two-time member of the Great Resignation: class of 2021 and 2022. A former Chief Marketing Officer, she now finds herself in the company of millions of other professionals who also set unfulfilling jobs ablaze during the Great Resignation. So, she returned to her journalism roots and began to explore the stories, breaking points, and defining moments that led women to seek greater opportunities mid-pandemic. These conversations became the genesis of Raze to Rise – an organization created to amplify women's voices from the Great Resignation and inspire others to blaze new trails in their own careers.


04:22 - Sara McElroy's career story

05:02 - Sara McElroy's burnout story

09:53 - Sara McElroy's business journey

12:09 - Building Reputation

15:59 - Nurturing and serving a community

18:19 - Industrial revolution

20:49 - Sara McElroy's key strengths that have helped her throughout her career 

24:00 - So many professionals are burned out: How Sara McElroy is helping her community

27:32 - The impact of personal stories on Sara McElroy's life and business

31:04 - Sara McElroy's connection with employers

36:36 - What's wrong with Elon Musk's employee form

37:19 - Working from home

41:40 - Toxic workplaces

44:07 - Interesting things Sarah McElroy has learned about women at work

48:33 - What is intuition

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