We thoroughly enjoyed learning Emily's perspective on how community-building starts with a strong connection to self, and then develops as we remain open to the experiences of others. As she says during our interview, "Bridges are built from the banks of solid listening." Learn more from Emily and be prepared to be inspired in our Q+A below.
This month's theme is all about community. Tell us about how you define community, and how you stay committed to building community through your work.
Community begins with a strong connection to myself. I cannot imagine having a strong connection to myself without acknowledging and honoring a higher power, although I don't think you have to be spiritual to have a sense of self-compassion. Community arises out of the meeting of two people connected to themselves and open to the other's experience. Some of my favorite ways to build and connect with my community include: teaching outdoor Tinkergarten classes for kids, volunteering at a local charity garden and doing improv at a local theater.
At OutGrowth, we are committed to bridging gaps between communities in all that we do. What do you think we as individuals can do to begin to create more bridges, in our lives and careers?
Bridges are built from the banks of solid listening. We must listen to each other with curiosity and openness. Sometimes, if we have strong opinions or a lot of mental chatter, this can be really hard and may mean we need to spend time really listening to ourselves before listening to another. I've found it helps to listen to myself through therapy, journaling or talking with a trusted friend.
Tell us about your most significant professional moment to date.
Launching my podcast, Time to Heal, was a wonderful confluence of all my creative and professional interests and gifts to date. Most of my career has been in the project management world, and producing a podcast takes an incredible amount of organization, scheduling and project management. However, my interests lie in natural health and healing (I'm studying Ayurveda at the moment!), so the content of the podcast pulls me forward into an exciting future. Lastly, I am a creative being (as are we all) and it is an amazing gift to be able to work so hard on a creative pursuit and see it emerge into the world and stand on its own two legs.
How did this experience change the course of your life, your career or your outlook?
Through the course of interviewing various healers for the podcast, I regained a real sense of magic and wonder about the human body and its innate ability to regenerate. About halfway through the interviews for the first season, I decided to enroll in Ayurveda School to pursue my own in depth knowledge as it related to healing and health and plan to begin work as a health coach in 2022.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Pay attention. Everything - I mean everything - is teaching you.
What is your favorite quote or song lyric?
"There are no mistakes, only lessons." - Grandfather Lench Archuleta
At OutGrowth, we believe in preparing the next generation of leaders. Based on your experience to date, what are the top three career competencies that you believe are essential in 2022?
Resiliency, Innovation, Self-Compassion
What's next? What are your next steps toward growth in 2022?
I'm looking forward to launching Season 2 of Time to Heal in 2022. I am also a recent graduate as a certified Ayurvedic wellness coach. I am excited to integrate the vastness of healing knowledge that I have learned through my work on the podcast with the specific, ancient and beautiful tradition of Ayurveda to help women heal their relationships to their bodies.
Emily Iannuzzelli is a creative soul, whose most recent creation is Time to Heal, a podcast about hope and healing. Emily is a big believer in natural health and holistic healing, and will be open for business as an Ayurvedic wellness coach starting in 2022. Emily lives in Baltimore with her husband and their two children, Catie Grace (12) and Will (8) where they enjoy exploring the outdoors.