Episode 039 – Melissa Urban, Author and Co-Founder, Whole30
On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, we hear from Melissa Urban, Co-Founder of Whole30 and author of The Book of Boundaries. Urban tells the story of how hitting rock bottom with her addiction led her to build the Whole30 brand and mission. Her journey taught her to honor her limits in all situations, a lesson she shares in her recent book. Enjoy this conversation with Melissa!
00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – Urban details her upbringing
03:31 – Urban talks about her hobby of rucking
05:45 – Mission of Whole30
08:30 – Urban discusses struggle with drug addiction, beginning of health and fitness journey
11:06 – Urban’s self-work practices
13:15 – Urban’s decision to hire a president for Whole30
17:25 – Championing DEI; how to adapt when you know more
20:50 – Sponsor message from Shure
21:33 – Why Urban is known as “the boundary lady”
23:45 – Summary of The Book of Boundaries
27:35 – How saying no is a kindness
29:15 – Workplace boundaries
33:15 – Personal life boundaries
36:25 – Clear expectations of favors
42:30 – Holding boundaries; not taking on others’ emotions
44:22 – Saying no and relearning healthy communication habits
46:10 – How to navigate allyship, boundaries, and family
49:47 – What Urban hopes readers remember
50:30 – Rapid fire questions
51:25 – Outro
Host: Margaret Mueller, CEO & President, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
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