Shattering Glass Ceilings and Finding Inner Truth: A Conversation with Eileen Isola - Cari Kenzie

Episode #6Shattering Glass Ceilings and Finding Inner Truth: A Conversation with Eileen Isola

Cari Kenzie 14 September 2023

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Podcast Description:

If you’ve ever questioned the power of resilience and the courage to be your authentic self, you’re going to be absolutely inspired by my latest conversation with Eileen Isola on Curiosity. Clarity. Empowerment. Eileen’s life is a living testament to the strength of the human spirit, and she’s here to share her incredible journey with us.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, Eileen Isola is a warrior in every sense of the word. She’s a decorated combat veteran, a cancer survivor, and an LGBTQ advocate who has shattered glass ceilings in both the military and civilian life. And let me tell you, her story is nothing short of awe-inspiring!

Eileen’s journey began in the Air Force, where she was one of the few women pilots during the ’80s and ’90s. She faced the unique challenge of compartmentalizing her identity to fit into a world that wasn’t always accepting. But that’s not all; she also had to navigate the complexities of being a gay woman during a time when it was considered a felony in the Department of Defense. Talk about resilience!

The big takeaway for me was the concept of “unpacking the caverns” that hold us captive. Eileen and I delved into the idea that life’s adversities while challenging, can also be the catalysts for profound personal growth and self-discovery. It’s about facing your fears, breaking down barriers, and embracing your true self.

We also explored the importance of having conversations that matter. Eileen emphasized the need for women, especially, to lift each other up and create a supportive community. She shared her belief in the power of collective voices, reminding us that we all have the ability to make a significant impact, no matter how small our actions may seem at the moment.

And let’s not overlook the theme of health and well-being! Eileen is passionate about advocating for better healthcare, particularly for those dealing with cancer. Her experience has led her to become a beacon of hope and a source of invaluable information for others navigating similar challenges.

If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, I highly recommend you do so right now! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on Eileen Isola’s wisdom, courage, and indomitable spirit.



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Episode Minute By Minute Breakdown:

  • 00:10 – Meet Eileen Isola, a true warrior in every sense.
  • 02:30 – The Hidden Truth: Eileen’s struggle with identity and the law.
  • 07:00 – The Glass Ceiling: Being a woman pilot in the Air Force.
  • 12:00 – The Struggle for Identity: Compartmentalizing as a survival mechanism.
  • 17:00 – The Wake-Up Call: How breast cancer led to a journey of self-discovery.
  • 22:00 – The Need for Conversations: The importance of a supportive community.
  • 28:00 – Conclusion: Eileen’s ongoing journey and upcoming memoir.

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