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Jess Begen Galica is a corporate speaker and private coach. She helps high-performing women transform their career trajectories to find more purpose, balance, and fulfillment.

Jess has built a highly successful business career spanning almost every kind of corporate work environment, from top companies like Apple and Siemens to various startups to management consulting at Bain & Company.

After becoming a new mom, Jess pivoted, researched, and wrote about women and careers. She soon discovered that her story is not unique — building a stellar career, doing everything “right,” but waking up lost.

She went on to study the career trajectories of more than 150 highly successful women and has become an expert on career reinvention. She is the Founder of Reclaim Your Career, where she helps women launch a career change.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Jess Begen Galica talks about how Reclaim Your Career helps women
  • The guilt successful women deal with and why they feel lost
  • Jess explains how career changes are universal and non-linear
  • The power of coaching and navigating a complicated career world
  • Lessons Jess learned while working in corporate America
  • Why feedback mechanisms are crucial — and Jess’ favorite advice to high-performing women
  • Why changing your career or turning your job in a different direction is not such a dramatic leap as you think
  • How to start a significant life-changing goal safely
  • Women Jess respects and learns from

In this episode…

To every working woman, you’re not alone in the guilt you feel when you try to reinvent yourself and make your next big career move. You think you have to climb a career ladder, hopefully punch through the glass ceiling, and keep climbing. Now you’re about to make a big career decision, but you fear that you’ll fall off the ladder if you do.

Here’s the truth: there’s no ladder. Career changes today are universal and an adventure with many twists and turns. But it requires new tools, strategies, intentions, and investments because career navigation has become more complicated. What are these tools, systems, and investments?

Listen to this episode of the Inspired Insider Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring the Founder of Reclaim Your Career, Jess Begen Galica. They discuss the guilt successful women deal with and why they feel lost, why women need feedback mechanisms to navigate their careers, how to begin significant career change safely, and more.

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz 0:19

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here Founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders today is no different. I have Jess Galica of And Jess I always like to mention other episodes people should check out of the podcast since you are an inspiring woman leader. What were some other people I’ve had, that are inspiring women leaders, I had Marcia Dawood. She helps head up the Angel Capital Association. Really cool interview there. Cheryl Contee is the chair and founder of a digital marketing agency Do Big Things and she’s doing stuff in the kind of an investor world as well. And Andrea Heuston, she’s founder of Artitudes Design, and for over 25 years, they’ve been creating visual communications for Fortune 500 companies, Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, and many more, check out more episodes at and this episode is brought to you by Rise25 at Rise25. We help businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships and just how do we do it, we help you run your podcast. You know, for me, Jess, we know each other a little bit. Now the number one thing in my life is relationships. And I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships, I have found no better way to do that. And over the past decade to profile the people and the companies and the leaders that I respect and admire and share with the world. Let other people hear about what they are working on. So if you’ve thought about podcasting, you should. If you have questions, go to You can email us [email protected]. If you have any questions, happy to answer them. Alright, today I’m excited. We have Jess Galica. She is a successful corporate leader with a career spanning almost every kind of corporate work environment, including Management Consulting at Bain, she’s worked at top companies like Apple, Siemens, and a variety of startups. And, you know, just this is probably pretty common, I imagine after becoming a new mom just pivoted, and she started researching and writing about women and career. And when she noticed she was surrounded by women, herself included, we’re building stellar careers, doing everything right. But waking up feeling lost, right. So Jess is a Corporate Speaker, Private Coach to high performing women, and upcoming author. And if you’re watching this, it’s probably already out. Reclaim Your Career published by Fast Company press. You can check her out at Jess, thanks for joining me.

Jess Begen Galica 2:48

Thanks for having me, Jeremy.

Jeremy Weisz 2:50

So tell people a little bit about what you do at reclaiming your career.

Jess Begen Galica 2:55

Yeah, so at reclaim your career, we do a few things. The first is private coaching with high performing women who are in corporate roles, who, as you described in the intro are thinking about how to level up their career or change and reinvent in new ways, and have decided that they want to really invest in turbocharge their career path and get support doing it. So we offer traditional career coaching and also strategic advisory where we can get hands on and really support women to excel and thrive in those roles. And in addition to working with women, one on one, I also do corporate speaking at companies and universities, mostly addressing women’s groups and female students. And of course, the book, right, so there is general writing, research and thought leadership that I do around this topic of women, career paths and equity at work. So the book is coming out soon. And I also am launching an upcoming podcast. So there’s a scalar