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Rock your midlife


Rewrite Your Story Transform Your Life and Change the World: Annette Simmons & Jennifer Maxwell

Apr 13, 2022

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author

What’s your story?

In today’s episode we explore the stories we tell ourselves and others and why stories matter. We’ll cover: How to change your story. Powerful ways to become empowered Eating right tips for active women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s Why midlife is the time to try new things he importance of self acceptance and being truthful about your capabilities and where your body is at midlife, you’re gifted with an entire second adulthood to know and love yourself on a deeper level. To figure out who you are and what you want. To take all the mistakes you made in your first adulthood, throw them in a makeover blender, and create a smoothie of an existence. Nothing is written in stone, and anything and everything is possible. How do you start to transform so you can Rock Your Midlife? You change your stories. By changing your stories and taking action, you can become the woman you’ve always wanted to be.

Annette, Simmons, author of, “Drinking from a Different Well: How Women’s Stories Change What Power Means in Action” will discuss how women can learn to trust their instincts, tell their stories, and benefit the common good.

Then Jennifer Maxwell, co-founder of the original PowerBar energy bar, will share her amazing story of how she healed through music after the death of her husband. Plus, she’ll tell us about her new company JAMBAR and share secrets to positive aging and staying vibrant and healthy at midlife.

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More About My Guests

Annette Simmons

Annette Simmons

Annette Simmons is a keynote speaker, consultant, and author of four books, including The Story Factor, listed in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. She got her business degree from Louisiana State University in 1983, spent ten years in Australia in international business, got an M.Ed. from North Carolina State University (1994), and founded Group Process Consulting in 1996. Her new book is Drinking from a Different Well: How Women’s Stories Change What Power Means in Action. Learn more at www.differentwell.com


Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer Maxwell is the CEO and founder of JAMBAR. She founded JAMBAR with the goal of helping people feel good about the ingredients they put in their bodies, and the positive impact they can have on their local communities. As a nutritionist and food scientist, Jennifer spent four years creating a nutritious bar made with organic ingredients. The launch of JAMBAR returns Jennifer to a category she helped pioneer. Along with her late husband Brian, Jennifer created the original energy bar, PowerBar, in 1985, kicking off the entire sports and energy bar category. By the time the Maxwells sold the company to Nestle in 2000, PowerBar had upwards of $130 million in annual sales and was one of the most highly respected sports brands in the world. Lauded for her positive and innovative management style, Jennifer received the Haas Women in Leadership Cora Jane Flood Award for her outstanding support to the Haas School of Business through the establishment of the Brian Maxwell Fellows program for entrepreneurs. An active philanthropist, Jennifer works to preserve her husband’s legacy and donates to a number of causes, focusing on education and music. • A competitive runner and the mother of six children, Jennifer is also an accomplished drummer who performs in two Bay area bands. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in nutrition and food science.

About Dr. Ellen Albertson

Known as The Midlife Whisperer™ Dr. Ellen is a Psychologist, Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Self-compassion Teacher, and author.

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