From the Spotlight to the Heart: Leading with Authenticity, Empathy and Purpose With Erica Ehm


Tune in to this latest episode of the Leadership Standard podcast and join host Jamie Mason Cohen, as he sits down with Erica Ehm, a renowned television host and entrepreneur. Erica’s journey in the music industry began in high school, writing for her local newspaper, eventually leading to positions at CityTV and MuchMusic, where she became a prominent figure in live music television. Learn how Erica’s persistence and willingness to ask for opportunities shaped her career, leading to the founding of Yummy Mummy Club, an online platform addressing modern motherhood challenges.

Despite being an introvert, Erica’s passion for connecting with others shines through as she discusses her approach to creating meaningful content and engaging with her audience. Through authenticity and vulnerability, Erica emphasizes the importance of staying true to oneself in both personal and professional endeavors. In part two of the interview, Erica dives into her interviewing techniques, reflecting on her viral interview with Kurt Cobain and sharing insights on empathetic leadership styles.

Join Erica as she recalls memorable encounters with musicians, from positive experiences with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon to challenging interactions with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Looking ahead, Erica shares her excitement about her upcoming book, exploring themes of dystopia and technology while drawing from personal experiences and reflections on society. Don’t miss this insightful conversation on persistence, authenticity, and purpose in navigating entrepreneurship and personal growth.

About Erica Ehm

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Erica Ehm, a distinguished figure in the Canadian entertainment scene, embarked on her illustrious journey at CHOM-FM, organizing records before cementing her status as a foundational video jockey on MuchMusic. Holding a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa, Ehm’s vibrant career transcended television boundaries as she delved into entrepreneurship with the establishment of the Yummy Mummy Club, inspired by her own experiences of motherhood alongside her spouse, Terry Moshenberg.

A revered songwriter, her creative prowess has seen her compositions recorded by the likes of Van Morrison, earning her several Canadian Country Music and SOCAN Awards.

Beyond songwriting, Ehm shines as an author, with publications including the thought-provoking “She Should Talk: Conversations with Exceptional Women” and the whimsical “The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery.” Her interviews with music icons like Kurt Cobain and Joan Jett remain iconic, highlighting her enduring influence in shaping the narrative of music television.

Ehm’s story is a celebration of a trailblazer who has navigated through the realms of music, motherhood, and media, embodying authenticity, empathy, and purpose every step of the way.


1. Introduction and Background of Erica Ehm Jamie Mason Cohen introduces Erica Ehm, detailing her diverse career from a pioneering MuchMusic VJ to the host of “The Yummy Mummy.”

Erica’s First Steps into the Music Industry Erica recounts her early foray into the music business, from her teen column in a local newspaper to securing her first music industry job.

Transition to Television and Entrepreneurship The conversation shifts to how Erica transitioned from music to television and then to entrepreneurship, highlighting her initiative and determination.

Creating Yummy Mummy Club and Embracing Motherhood Erica discusses founding the Yummy Mummy Club, addressing the realities and challenges of modern motherhood and fostering a community for shared experiences.

Leadership and Personal Growth Insights into leadership, the significance of persistence, and personal growth through Erica’s entrepreneurial journey with the Yummy Mummy Club.

Interview Skills and Empathy Erica shares her approach to conducting interviews, focusing on empathy and active listening, illustrated by her notable interview with Kurt Cobain.

Facing and Overcoming Challenges A candid discussion about overcoming personal and professional hurdles, including Erica’s resilience in rebuilding and selling her company.

Future Projects and Aspirations Erica reflects on future endeavors, specifically her ambition to complete a dystopian novel exploring themes of disinformation, technology, and mental health.

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About The Leadership Standard Podcast

The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and leadership development and resilience expert, Jamie Mason Cohen, features in-depth conversations with subject matter experts all across the business spectrum.

Featuring thought leadership and actionable insights to challenge your assumptions – and inspiring stories of business triumphs, struggles, and perseverance that provide a motivational push – every episode of The Leadership Standard is a revealing discussion about the life of business and the business of life.

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