About the Lean the F*ck Out podcast
How life is supposed to go is presented to us early on. You go to school, get a job, land a partner, raise some kids, move up the ladder between 9 to 5, earn the money, buy the things. You keep to the path. And do it with a clean house, stylish wardrobe, satisfied and supported partner, overachieving model children and a smile on your face. And don’t forget to lean in. If it feels off, don’t worry, dear, there’s a pill for that.
(Insert record scratch)
Whoa, hold the f*ck up.
There has to be another way.
Gretchen DeVault, a designer, musician and maker of cool sh*t living in LA, and Tera Wozniak Qualls, a social activist and purveyor of community impact living in West Michigan are forging their own paths. They’re sharing their journey—the excitement, struggles and lessons learned—with the world via the Lean the F*ck Out podcast.
Long-time friends, Gretchen and Tera talked a lot about their challenges as female entrepreneurs—the hustling for resources and difficulties finding mentors and support specific to women in business. Before long a weekly check-in call was scheduled (because they’re organized and intentional like that) and they thought ‘why not record it?’ Document the journey and share it—maybe it could help others and build community.
They now interview other kick ass fempreneurs. Each entrepreneur gets vulnerable, shares her lessons, and offers inspiration for other women and female identifying individuals to lean out and do their own thing.
Meet Gretchen and Tera
Gretchen and Tera are female entrepreneurs who are working to build the lives they want. They are leaning the f*ck out and making cool sh*t happen. Every day.
Gretchen is Co-founder + Director of Digital and Creative Services for Tiny Blue Sky, a full service marketing agency for craft beverage, specialty foods and emerging consumer goods. Outside of business, Gretchen is a rock star (literally). She’s a member of two bands and enjoys jamming out whenever possible. Gretchen is married to bandmate and college flame, Zane, who she also runs the business alongside (#relationshipgoals). They have boy-girl twins and reside in Los Angeles. Learn more about Gretchen and her business here.
Tera Wozniak Qualls
Tera is Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Realty Group. In work and in life, Tera is goddess of all planning. It is rare to find her without her trusty bullet journal where she is quietly plotting world domination. Tera is married to her best friend and master brewer, Rob, and they have two young boys. Their family lives in West Michigan. Learn more about Tera and her business here.