Third Act with Liz Tinkham

The Couple of Unconventionalists with Coco Brown & Scott Smith

Liz Tinkham talks to the couple about their journey as working parents, how their careers changed when kids entered the picture, and their struggles with identity, jealousy, and guilt as each grappled with their role in the family.

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Third Act Podcast

Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Couple of Unconventionalists with Coco Brown & Scott Smith

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Coco and Scott are a couple with an unconventional approach to life, family, and career. Coco is the founder and CEO of the Athena Alliance, the sponsor of this podcast and the top digital platform for community, learning, and access to opportunity for women in business. Her husband, Scott, is a senior manager of partner enablement at Databricks, a data and AI company that combines the best of data warehouses and data lakes.

On today’s episode, Liz Tinkham talks to the couple about their journey as working parents. Coco and Scott discuss how their careers changed when kids entered the picture, and the couple opens up about their struggles with identity, jealousy, and guilt as each of them grappled with their role in the family.

With Coco feeling the pressure of being the family breadwinner, and Scott feeling isolated as a stay-at-home dad, the couple’s story takes what was then an unconventional path.

(3:06) Scott’s first act: Data analytics on a goat farm
(4:55) Coco gets her start in HR
(7:09) The couple falls in love
(10:32) Coco’s rise to president and COO at Taos
(12:52) Kids enter the conversation
(16:56) Scott talks about the stay-at-home dad scene
(19:30) Coco’s jealousy and devastating maternal draw
(23:51) The couples dynamic with a stay-at-home and a career parent
(28:02) Scott gets back in the workforce building custom furniture
(31:04) Coco turns her network into the Athena Alliance
(35:20) Parenting philosophies and how the kids have been impacted

Connect with Coco on Twitter at @CocoBrown1020, or find Coco and Scott on LinkedIn.

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