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Sep 19, 2023

In today's world, the definition of femininity is being reshaped. Power dynamics in our relationships are shifting, and with that shift we need to reconsider how we approach women’s success and leadership.

Renowned transformational executive coach and feminine leadership advocate Ekene Onu shares that authentic femininity is not about conforming to societal expectations but about embracing one's true self. 

"Iconic womanhood" is about rising above the noise and redefining what it means to be a woman in a powerful position.

Tune in to this episode: Soft and Strong with Ekene Onu

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Successful women, especially those in male-dominated fields, often face a 'social penalty'. This makes them downplay their achievements to fit into societal norms. Rather than performative femininity, it’s time to advocate for genuine self-expression. 

✔️ Masculinity is not about diminishing or overshadowing femininity. When men understand their noble role, they uplift and empower the women around them, and vice versa.

✔️ The dangers of perceiving femininity as merely ornamental. Femininity is not about just being looked at or adored; it has depth, purpose, and strength.

✔️ Masculine and feminine energies are not strictly tied to gender. It's about how we show up. While masculine energy is often seen as a boulder (strong and focused), feminine energy is like a flowing river (creative and intuitive).

✔️ Leadership attributes often ascribed to femininity such as nurturing, creativity, and intuition are powerful tools. They can be leveraged in business scenarios like project management, innovation, and gut-based decisions.

Ekene Onu is a Transformational Executive Coach, DEI consultant and Feminine Leadership expert. Following a career of two decades in as a healthcare professional, she reinvented herself and underwent a personal revolution to reclaim her feminine power and choose to create a life of passion & purpose. She received her training from several notable institutions, such as Georgetown University and Cornell University. Her unique holistic style of executive coaching supports the whole leader and her clients increase performance and feel more connected, happy and engaged, and find deep meaning in their work. Through these initiatives, she has built a community of intentional women who are profitable and purposeful.








★★★ About Marie-Elizabeth Mali ★★★

Marie-Elizabeth is the founder of Relationship Alchemy, where she helps growth-oriented women develop clarity and alignment with themselves and their vision, so they can attract or deepen their relationship with their ideal partner and create a fulfilling life without compromising who they are.


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As a Relationship Alchemist, two-time TEDx Speaker, and host of the Relationship Alchemy podcast, Marie-Elizabeth Mali helps women communicate more effectively and transform patterns of thinking and behavior that get in the way of love, connection, and success in relationships and business. Drawing on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches women how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. She is also a published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks. Learn more at