Friday Feature: Lara Dalch

Our first March Friday Feature member is the amazing Lara Dalch! March is a special month for women and allies everywhere as we come together to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Lara Dalch shared with us her views on success and failure, the women she’s most inspired by and how we can continue championing women today.

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Lara joined The Riveter as a Community Member towards the end of 2017. She first heard of The Riveter when she attended our Capitol Hill launch party with Melody Biringer, founder of CRAVE and the Women in Tech Regatta (thanks, Melody!). We’ve also had the pleasure of working with Lara as an event partner since Summer 2017 and we love having her as part of The Riveter Community!

Tell us about yourself! Include 3 fun facts.

  1. I grew up in the South, and my Southern accent comes out when I talk to other Southerners… or when I’ve had a couple of drinks. ;)
  2.  My first job out of college was as a pre-school teacher.
  3. In middle school, I was obsessed with The Monkees. (Don’t judge me.)
  4. (Bonus) My favorite meal is breakfast or brunch. If you want something from me, take me somewhere fun for brunch.

Tell us what you do!

I'm a health and lifestyle coach, and I help women go from "formerly active" to confident, healthy, and powerful again.

My clients have big dreams – like thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, traveling solo to Tibet, starting their own business, running a marathon, or nailing the presentation at the corporate retreat – but they don’t feel powerful enough to make those dreams happen anymore. They feel tired for no reason, lazy, lacking in confidence… like they’ve lost touch with the confident, active, powerful woman they remember being.

Through my Vibrant Health Playbook coaching program, I help women form new habits that allow them to take back their health, happiness, and power – so they can make lasting changes and achieve their big dreams.

How can members get involved with what you do (any events)?

The best way to get involved with my work is by signing up for my free guide with tips on reactivating the healthy, confident, and powerful you. I also have a free virtual workshop coming up on March 6, where we’ll explore the unconscious stories keeping you feeling tired and lazy (and how to shift them to feel healthy and powerful instead, of course!).

What is your #1 piece of advice to women professionals / entrepreneurs.

Find your tribe! Communities like The Riveter have been absolutely critical to my business success over the years. Being an entrepreneur can feel really isolating – it’s so important to have peers to go to when you need support, ideas, or just someone to listen.

What's your perspective on success / failure?

Success for me means having the flexibility and financial security to do the things that are important to me – like travel and spending time with friends and family – while also making a positive impact on the lives of my clients and partners.  It also means working with and being around really amazing people. I want to have great conversations every day if I can. (That's a big reason why I launched my Women on the Rise podcast – so I could talk to more amazing women!)

And failure, well, it’s just part of the process of building a business (and of life, I suppose). I’ve learned to think of everything as an experiment. Create a hypothesis about what might get you to your goal. Test it. View whatever happens as information to apply to your next hypothesis.

Not surprisingly, experimenting to figure out what works for your unique body – and learning to tune into your body to understand what it’s telling you – is a big part of what I teach my clients, too!

What is your favorite book / podcast of all time?

I’m a podcast junkie, so I can’t pick just one. My current favorites (besides my own, of course) are The Sporkful, Sis & Tell, Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations, The Splendid Table, and How I Built This. (Told you I was a junkie!)

My favorite books in recent years…

  • For fun: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • For business: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
  • For psychology nerds, coaches, and therapists: Motivational Interviewing by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick

What's rocking your world this month?

Cherry blossoms and daffodils. I love Seattle in Spring!

What woman in history do you relate to / admire most?

Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Abigail Adams, and Queen Elizabeth I.

Kind of a cliche list, I suppose, but these women have the perfect combination of intelligence, soul, and self-confidence. They are/were outspoken, unafraid, and – in the case of Abigail Adams and Elizabeth I – thrived in a man’s world by insisting that their views be heard and considered.

While we champion women in history this month, what can we keep in mind moving toward the future so history doesn't continue to repeat itself?

I think women today are forced to strike a delicate balance between speaking up for themselves and collaborating with others, if they want to be effective changemakers.

Women are collaborative by nature, so that part’s easier. What can be difficult is when we don’t feel heard, get frustrated, and speak out in a way that ultimately hurts our case or alienates others who might otherwise be our advocates. (I speak from experience!)

I think it’s especially important for strong, opinionated, powerful women to learn effective communication skills – especially when advocating for ourselves and for women in general. Because perception is reality (for better or worse); and knowing your audience is a big part of creating sustainable change for women.

And I’ll give my friend Jessica Williams, founder of The Superwoman Project, a plug here – because she’s offering a free training on March 16 that’s especially relevant to this topic, called How to Advocate for Yourself at Work.” 

Stay tuned every Friday for a feature blog post on #TheRiveterMembers! We have an amazing team and members in our Capitol Hill and Fremont spaces and we're excited to share their stories. #TheRiveterCommunity