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Lean Out Your Business Podcast

Jun 28, 2022

In May of 2022, Michelle  Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker, and Crista were roommates at a retreat on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island paradise in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean where flamingos and iguanas keep you company while you eat your breakfast. 

One week away changed Michelle and Crista and made a lasting impression that they both believe will stay with them forever. In Part 1 of this 2-part series Crista and Michelle shared some key takeaways from their interactions with speakers like Sarah Blondin and Azure Antoinette.

In today’s episode Crista and Michelle are sharing the lasting lessons they learned from Cathy Burke (an executive coach and former CEO of The Hunger Project Australia), Gabby Bernstein (an international speaker and author of Happy Days) and Sir Richard Branson himself, Founder of The Virgin Group and owner of Necker Island. 

Listen in to hear about the personal interactions and intimate dinners they had with these incredible people as well as how Crista and Michelle plan on keeping these memories and lessons alive in their day to day lives now that they are back to “real life.”

Show topics include:

1:43 the role Cathy Burke played on the Necker Island

3:04 Crista’s favorite moment with Cathy

5:08 one of the best things about being in a group retreat

5:29 an introduction to Gabby Bernstein - when Crista and Michelle first met her

5:56 Michelle’s biggest takeaways from Gabby

7:21 the shared experience that helped Michelle connect more with Gabby

7:48 Gabby’s Book Happy Days

8:25 what it means to say every group has their “own through line”

10:00 Crista’s most eye opening experience on the island

10:53 Sir Richard Branson’s Book Losing my Virginity

12:11 Sir Richard Branson’s money philosophy

13:37 why you need to make things as simple as possible

14:38 Crista’s three biggest takeaways from Sir Richard Branson

17:07 the real reason why generating true wealth is important

18:56 the moment that Sir Richard Branson knew he could change the world

19:54 what is performative allyship 

22:52 the different types of resources we have available to us 

23:00 why 6-degrees of separation is getting smaller

27:00 what Michelle is doing to keep the Necker Island experience alive now that she is back home

28:31 how Crista has changed her daily routine based on her experience at Necker Island

30:24 learning to appreciate the beauty around us

Links from Today’s Episode:

Want more behind the scenes looks at Michelle and Crista’s experience on Necker Island? You can watch the videos they recorded daily on their trip at

Want to know how to pitch yourself as a guest on podcasts? Connect with Michelle at

Get more behind the scenes into the daily lives of Michelle and Crista when you follow them on Instagram. 

You can find Michelle @michelleglogovac

You can find Crista @cristagrasso

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