Episode 1


Episode 1

Episode 1: Let Me Introduce Myself

In this episode of Too Young to Be Old renowned entrepreneur and fashion industry veteran and podcast host Diane Gilman introduces herself and shares her perspective on embracing joyous aging. With her contagious enthusiasm and personal experiences, Diane encourages listeners to celebrate life and find fulfillment as they grow older.

Diane Gilman: A Profile of Resilience and Success

Diane Gilman is more than just a host – she’s an iconic figure in the fashion industry and a role model for women over 50. As the founder of DG2, a highly acclaimed jean brand created specifically for middle aged women, Diane has revolutionized the way women approach fashion. Her success has made her a sought-after speaker and an inspiration to many and enabled her to create a sisterhood of empowered and supportive women.

Embracing Aging with a Positive Mindset

Diane begins the podcast by sharing her personal journey as a successful businesswoman and fashion icon. With her entrepreneurial spirit, she has made a significant impact in the fashion industry, establishing DG2 as a renowned brand. Now, at 78, Diane is on a mission to reshape the narrative around aging for women.

According to Diane, the key to joyous aging is maintaining a positive mindset. She encourages listeners to embrace aging as an opportunity for growth, wisdom, and reinvention. 

Celebrating Life and Finding Healing through Laughter

Laughter has been a cornerstone of Diane’s life and success. She shares a personal anecdote about her approach to undergoing chemotherapy, where she made a commitment to laugh and smile every day as a form of healing. Diane believes that laughter and smiles are the greatest healing agents, regardless of the circumstances.

In this episode, Diane emphasizes the importance of celebrating life and finding joy in everyday moments. She invites listeners to incorporate laughter and positivity into their lives as they navigate the challenges and joys of aging.

Becoming Cheerleaders for Joyous Aging

Diane concludes the episode by inviting listeners to join her in becoming cheerleaders for joyous aging. Through her weekly podcast, Too Young to Be Old, she aims to provide a fun and informative platform where listeners can learn unique and inspiring ways to cope, prosper, and celebrate this precious time of life.

With her infectious enthusiasm and love for life, Diane is determined to empower her audience and create a supportive community that embraces the journey of aging with enthusiasm and positivity.

Episode 2

Episode 2

The Power of Sisterhood with Jan Tuckwood

Host Diane Gilman welcomes her first guest to the podcast, her co-author and best friend Jan Tuckwood. They discuss writing Diane’s book Too Young to Be Old together, how Jan supported Diane through her cancer journey and the bonds of sisterhood in Diane’s community of women.

Embracing Resilience Through Life’s Challenges:

Diane and Jan emphasize the importance of resilience, taking control of one’s narrative, and finding strength through connection.

Diane shares her personal journey, recounting her experience of being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy at the age of 73, her first encounter with hospitalization. Determined to maintain her strength and avoid pity, Diane chose to distance herself from negative influences, surrounding herself only with those who believed in her.

Act Three:

Diane and Jan delve into the concept of “Act Three” as they explore the possibilities and opportunities that come with the third phase of life. They emphasize the importance of directing and producing this phase, taking charge of your own destiny. Diane notes that the first act sets up the characters, the second act is the core of the story, and the third act intertwines the entire narrative.

The DG2 Sisterhood:

Diane’s clothes brand DG2 has become more than just a clothes brand. It has created a community of empowered women over 50. Jan shares a heartwarming story about a member of the community Paulette Moore, who found solace and support in the DG2 Facebook group during the challenging time of losing her son to COVID-19. Paulette’s experience highlights the immense strength and love shared within the sisterhood. The story emphasizes the significance of building bridges of connection and shows that a sense of family can manifest in unexpected places.

Hope and Resilience:

Diane and Jan conclude the podcast with a message of hope and resilience. They encourage listeners facing challenging situations to remember that light exists even within the darkest moments. By building bridges of love, support, and connection, individuals can navigate through hardships and shape the rest of their lives.

Episode 3

Episode 3

“Where does kindness fit into the modern world?” With kindness advocate Will Sullivan


In this episode of Too Young To Be Old podcast host Diane Gilman welcomes kindness advocate Will Sullivan. Will is a Kindness Advocate, Leadership Coach, and Podcast Host who talks about his 25+ years experience leading teams in NYC who served 150 million guests and generated over $1 billion in revenue. He attributes this success to one thing – being the leader who leads from the heart because the team should always come first. 

Diane and Will discuss the concept and place of kindness in the modern world including in corporate environments, on social media and in the rapidly evolving world of AI. 

Will’s Career Change to Kindness Advocate 

Will formerly looked after the public experience in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He discusses how COVID helped him understand the essence of what he did in his role- helping and connecting with people. He decided to do this in a different way, by becoming a kindness advocate. 

A Lack of Kindness in the Corporate World 

Diane asks Will why leaders in the corporate world use meanness to manage employees, based on her own corporate experiences. 

Will, however, believes that it isn’t meanness but more a lack of empathy as a lot of people in positions of power have never experienced working in the front lines of a company. They never had to take care of people. He talks about the importance of putting oneself in the shoes of the customer and those who are helping the customer.

Meanness and Social Media

Diane questions why social media seems to be a breeding ground for meanness. She gives an example of backlash she received on social media for complimenting Martha Stewart’s appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Will suggests that people become braver and meaner on social media because they can hide behind a device.

The Impact of AI and Perfection on Society

Diane questions whether it will become more difficult to be your authentic self as we experience more and more perfection with Photoshop and now with AI. She talks about how the brain and eyes get attuned to perfection when we are so used to seeing it in magazines. She worries about the impact of technology on reality and how it can lead to anger and meanness. 

Will, as a kindness advocate, suggests addressing these issues by leading from the heart and focusing on the importance of in-person experiences.

AI and the Definition of Love

Will and Diane talk about the impact of artificial intelligence on the definition of love. Diane wonders if the online connections we have will eventually replace in person love and connection as new tech makes our online experience more immersive. Will highlights the importance of chemistry between people and doesn’t think this will ever be replaced.

Will’s Details

Instagram: @aspiringbetterhuman

YouTube: @aspiringbetterhuman

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/will-sullivan-aspiring-better-human/

Website: aspiringbetterhuman.com

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