Ep. 249, Interview with Kristi Coulter, author of Nothing Good Can Come From This and Exit Interview
Please join me in welcoming Kristi Coulter to the Stop Over-Drinking and Start Living podcast.
Kristi Coulter is the author of the memoirs NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS and EXIT INTERVIEW: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MY AMBITIOUS CAREER. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, the Paris Review, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. She is a former Washington State Book Award finalist and has held residencies at Ragdale and the Mineral School. Alongside her writing, Kristi also teaches creative writing and offers editorial consulting services. She lives with her husband and dog in Seattle and Los Angeles.
I had to have Kristi on the podcast to discuss her latest book, Exit Interview, The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career.
Taken from KristiCoulter.com:
What would you sacrifice for your career? All your free time? Your sense of self-worth? Your sanity?
In 2006, Kristi Coulter left her cozy but dull job for a promising new position at the fast-growing Amazon.com, but she never expected the soul-crushing pressure that came with it.
In no time, she finds the challenge and excitement she'd been craving—along with seven-day workweeks, lifeboat exercises, widespread burnout, and a culture driven mainly by fear. But the chase, the visibility, and, let's face it, the stock options proved intoxicating, and so, for twelve years, she stayed—until she no longer recognized the face in the mirror or the mission she'd signed up for.
Unsparing, absurd, and wickedly funny, Exit Interview is a rare journey inside the crucible that is Amazon. An intimate, surprisingly relatable look at the work life of a driven woman in a world that loves the idea of female ambition but balks at the reality.
I was FIRED up reading this book because, as you can imagine, I, too, have experienced gender discrimination at work, fear that gripped my soul, as have many of my clients and colleagues.
WARNING: During this interview, we discussed very sensitive subjects, like rape, harassment, and assault, so please for adult ears only and this can be triggering for people who have experienced these traumas.
You can get both of Kristi's amazing books wherever books are sold and, of course, Amazon.
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