The Purse Podcast
By Jana Hlistova
We are changing the conversation for women about money and investing. We focus on how women can manage and invest their money in the public and private markets and how they are the driving force behind the change we want to see in the world. We talk to change makers, financial experts, wealth managers, angel investors, entrepreneurs and fund managers, who shine a light on the key trends in money and investing. Signup: weekly newsletter for global economic, financial and investing news & trends: https://jointhepurse.substack.com
#77: Building a business and investing for profit and impact, 'the exit' and why women need to invest with Anna Sofat
Anna Sofat, known as the Voice of Women’s Wealth, is passionate about money being a force for good in business and beyond. As an award winning and highly qualified financial planner until recently, she had advised private clients for over 20 years. She is a regular contributor to national press and TV and has been a judge for various industry awards over the years. In the past she has chaired the Nucleus Financial Services Advisory Board and was non-executive director at Fair Finance, the micro finance social business. Anna is a graduate of Hull University and has a Masters from LSE. She holds the Chartered Financial Planning and Certified Financial Planner qualifications. She has been awarded the Unbiased.co.uk’s Financial Adviser of the year and was recognised as the Top female Adviser by Financial Adviser. In 2019, she was awarded the Women Financial Adviser of the Year by Professional Adviser and voted its Personality of the Year in 2020. Anna founded Addidi, a financial services boutique for women. Addidi was regularly featured as one of the Top 100 Advisory firm by the New Model Adviser and won the Money Marketing Small Adviser of the Year Award in 2018. The firm was sold to Progeny Wealth in 2019. Prior to founding Addidi, Anna was the MD at Fiona Price & Partners, providing financial advice for women by women. Having founded Addidi Angels, UK’s first women business angel, she is an angel investor in a number of businesses and an advocate for female founders. We cover the following in this conversation: How Anna started her business, Addidi How Anna grew the business Taking outside investment and finding the right investors Media's obsession with unicorns Building a business and investing for social impact (nor just financial returns) The exit: how to sell your business Women's wealth Why we need more women investing and more women investing in the startup ecosystem. ***
November 24, 2022
#76: The UK startup ecosystem, female founders, fund raising and investing in female-led innovation with Julia Elliott Brown
Julia Elliott Brown is a highly respected entrepreneurial advisor working exclusively with female founders, with a wealth of experience in inspiring, coaching and supporting high-growth potential businesses. As a serial entrepreneur working in the start-up industry for over 25 years, Julia has built, funded, and grown several successful companies from fashion-tech, consumer data, publishing, e-commerce to consultancy, and is highly experienced in raising investment finance. Julia is an advisor, mentor, workshop leader, accomplished public speaker, and a long-standing judge at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. She is the founder and CEO of Enter The Arena, providing investment expertise and business coaching for female founders, host of leading business podcast Fundraising Stories with Female Founders and author of RAISE: The Female Founder’s Guide To Securing Investment. Supporting start-ups every step of the way, Julia is committed and highly involved with her clients as they progress through their growth journey. As strategic advisor, she helps clients to navigate the scaling and investment process effectively, developing fundraising skills, leadership skills, business acumen and the confidence needed to enter the arena and smash down the barriers to success. We cover the following in this conversation: The UK startup ecosystem and startup investing since the pandemic started in 2020 Julia'a new book, Raise: The Female Founder's Guide to Securing Investment How to successfully raise as a female founder How to do due diligence on potential investors and when to walk away Female angel investors and why we need more men to invest How to encourage more women to invest. ***
November 13, 2022
#75: How volatile is the UK bond market and the problem with UK growth with Vicky Pryce
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. She was until recently on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and of the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. She is also a Patron of the charities Pro-Bono Economics and Working Chance. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland”; and “Why Women Need Quotas”. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019. She is a frequent contributor to media broadcasts and debates on the economy and on the economic rationale for gender equality. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and has been sitting on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party. *** We cover the following in our conversation: The UK bond market: what are gilts? Why are gilts so volatile at the moment? Why did the Bank of England (BoE) have to intervene after the 'mini budget' in September? What are LDI strategies and should pensions be using them? The problem with UK growth ***
November 09, 2022
#74: Women's relationship to money, budgeting vs investing and working with a financial planner with Victoria Ross
Victoria Ross is a Chartered Financial Planner for Progeny Wealth. Progeny bring together independent financial planning, asset management, tax, HR and private and corporate legal services, under one roof. Victoria has 18 years experience within financial services, during which she also completed the qualifications as a chartered financial analyst and chartered managerial accountant. As a financial planner, her key drivers are ensuring women reach out for and receive appropriate financial advice and that younger generations are financially informed. We cover the following in this conversation: Women's relationship to money Why the cost of living crisis is more of a concern for women What women can do to protect and grow their money during this time Index funds vs ETFs The new tax incentives for investing in startups and smaller companies Progeny research: women's aspirations and concerns about transferring money onto their loved ones Tips for finding a good financial planner How to start working with a financial planner. ***
October 31, 2022
#73: Building a startup in the menopause market and why we need to talk about the menopause with Sally Mueller
Sally Mueller is the Co-founder and CEO of Womaness. Womaness is a high-performance collection of modern menopause products developed for women, by women that offer solutions from head to toe (and everything in between). With community, education, and inspiration, Womaness sparks the power of menopositivity. Sally is a consummate business builder specialising in retail and brand innovation. Her trend-forecasting Midas touch has benefited companies such as Target, Who What Wear and VERSED skincare, among others. She is a seasoned executive with impeccable entrepreneurial acumen. Sally spent over two decades of her career at Target Corporation, first in Apparel Merchandising and then in Marketing, helping to build the bullseye from a regional discount retailer to one of the world's most recognized and influential global brands. She developed and implemented Target’s designer program and Design for All platform, transforming the regional discount retailer into a global phenomenon. Previously, Sally launched her own company, Whyse Branding, where she formed a licensing relationship with Who What Wear and successfully launched the consumer products line in Target stores and ultimately achieved international distribution. We cover the following in this conversation: The menopause and why is it a taboo topic? What are some of the challenges women face as a result? Reclaiming the narrative around the menopause Womaness: building a menopause startup Building a new consumer brand The importance of community How to find the right investors How to start investing ***
October 14, 2022
#72: The UK bond market, rising interest rates and will the Bank of England stop printing money with Shaun Richards
Shaun Richards is an independent economist who specialises in inflation measurement and monetary economics. This follows a career in the City of London where he specialised in derivatives (mainly options) on interest rates and bonds. Shaun has also worked in Tokyo. He is a Bank of England watcher which covers the issues of monetary policy and money printing or quantitative easing (QE). Shaun also traded as a local on the London International Financial Futures Exchange where he mostly traded futures and options on future and present UK interest rates. We cover the following in our conversation: The UK bond market (and near collapse) The Bank of England's QE intervention. And will they continue printing money? Can we have rising high interest rates and QE? The housing market What's in store for Q4 and 2023? Listen to previous interviews with Shaun Richards here: episode #68, episode #47 and episode #29. ***
October 06, 2022
#71: Investing in women's reproductive and maternal health with Ruth Shaber MD
Ruth Shaber, MD is the Founder and President of the Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being, and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs. She is also the Co-founder and Board Chair of Rhia Ventures, a group of foundations and investors that collaborate to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the United States. Ruth had a robust career as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente from 1990 to 2012. Ruth was featured in Forbes 2020 Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit—and Pushing for Change for her contributions to the field of impact investing. Ruth holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale University. We cover the following in this conversation: The women's health market in the US Why the market is underinvested and underserved Tara Health Foundation & Rhia Ventures Investing in women's reproductive and maternal health What the market will look like 50 years+ from now How more women can engage as investors. ***
October 01, 2022
#70: Cleantech, regenerative economies and investing for net positive outcomes with Anna Poberezhna
Anna Poberezhna is a sustainable development and technology entrepreneur. She is the founder for ClearHub which is reimagining resources, industrials & infrastructure to rebuild peace, security & prosperity. Anna is a mentor, published author, speaker, life-lover and daughter. She is a Fellow; part of the Sustainable Finance Live initiative, Blockchain Climate Institute; and a mentor at SWAN. *Women in Mining, Responsible materials, Minerals diplomacy, TEDx, Responsible Finance, IWWA, UN COP24 (SIF Forum), Bloomberg Environment, Global Water Intelligence, The Water Report UK and EBRD publications and discussions. * Anna is the first Ukrainian woman recognised for her exceptional digital talent by the UK Government (1 out of 3000 in 2016). We cover the following in our conversation: Cleantech and why we should care The underlying values and principles that guide the Cleantech industry How this differs to traditional business and why it matters Investors and what it's like raising money as a female founder How women as founders, investors, and stakeholders are reshaping this industry on a global scale. ***
September 16, 2022
#69: Women as decision makers and asset allocators with Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber MD
Patience Marime-Ball has more than two decades of investment experience across capital markets, including debt and equity financing, large scale infrastructure, distressed assets, as well as venture stage opportunities. Previously, Patience was Principal Investment Officer and Global Head of Banking on Women at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she developed the Banking on Women business; Patience co-developed the first-ever gender bond issued on the Uridashi market. She is the founder/CEO of Women of the World Endowment, an investment nonprofit focused on centralizing women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers while delivering market-rate, risk adjusted returns and impact at scale. Patience holds a JD from the Pritzker School of Law and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University. ** Ruth Shaber, MD is the Founder and President of the Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being, and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs. She is also the Co-founder and Board Chair of Rhia Ventures, a group of foundations and investors that collaborate to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the United States. Ruth had a robust career as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente from 1990 to 2012. Ruth was featured in Forbes 2020 Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit—and Pushing for Change for her contributions to the field of impact investing. Ruth holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale University. In this conversation we cover the following: Why women need to take centre stage in financial decision making and investing How women invest Why investing in female led innovation is key How we can put more money into the hands of women in order to drive better outcomes and create more wealth for women. ***
September 09, 2022
#68: Rising inflation and the cost of living crisis in the UK with Shaun Richards
Shaun Richards is an independent economist who specialises in inflation measurement and monetary economics. This follows a career in the City of London where he specialised in derivatives (mainly options) on interest-rates and bonds. Shaun has also worked in Tokyo. He is a Bank of England watcher which covers the issues of monetary policy and money printing or quantitative easing (QE). Shaun also traded as a local on the London International Financial Futures Exchange where he mostly traded futures and options on future and present UK interest rates. We cover the following in our conversation: Why are we seeing a surge in inflation in the UK and globally? Why is inflation data inaccurate and often misleading? What will curb inflation: monetary & fiscal policy How bad can it get? What will it take for the UK to recover from this cost of living crisis? Listen to previous interviews with Shaun Richards here: episode #47 and episode #29. ***
August 19, 2022
#67: The markets today, how to think about a difficult or bear market and what actions are European investors taking with Rebecca Chesworth
Rebecca Chesworth is an equities strategist, a thought leader and a conference speaker. She loves to share a passion for equities investment built on extensive market and client knowledge from 30 years as a fund manager, an analyst and an investment specialist. Rebecca is an advocate of active investment selection and integration of ESG principles utilising cheap, flexible instruments such as exchange traded funds (ETFs). Rebecca is a lead strategist on sectors and ESG for SPDR ETFs at State Street Global Advisors. We cover the following in our conversation: What is happening in the markets today? How to think about a difficult or a bear market? Rebecca shares her outlook for the rest of 2022 and for 2023. What actions European investors are taking? And how you should be thinking about investing at this time? ***
August 15, 2022
#66: How more women can start to invest in female-led startups with Gillian Fleming
Gillian Fleming's expertise includes Advisor, Investor and Non-Exec to start-up and spin-out companies with 20 years’ experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem advising and nurturing early-stage ideas through to company creation. Specialising in technology commercialisation her expertise covers energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, engineering, biotech and food & drink sectors. With a grounding in sales and marketing within the energy and engineering sector across Europe she progressed into the University commercialisation and has successfully developed numerous startup / spinout companies from the Universities of Strathclyde, West of Scotland, Heriot Watt and Dundee. Currently, Gillian is Founding Director and CEO of Mint Ventures (Syndicate) Ltd, an angel group focused on investing in women led and diverse teams with a social ethical or environmental purpose. She also represents Kero Developments Partners in Scotland, a private VC that invests in early-stage engineering related start-up companies. She is also Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellow, a mentor for Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) as well as being an active angel investor. We cover the following in our conversation: Female founders Why access to capital continues to be a challenge. Female investors and why more women investing into female led innovation is key. Mint Ventures: the angel syndicate and what they invest in. And how we encourage more women to invest. ***
July 26, 2022
#65: Sextech, a trillion dollar market: an update on MLNP and the female founder journey with Cindy Gallop
Cindy Gallop is the founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP) launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’. In 2013 she turned MLNP into the world’s first user-generated, human-curated social sex video-sharing platform, socialising and normalising sex in order to make it easier to talk about, to promote consent, communication, good sexual values and good sexual behaviour. MakeLoveNotPorn is spearheading the Social Sex Revolution (the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social). Given the challenges Cindy has faced finding investors, she is raising the world’s first dedicated sextech fund, All the Sky Holdings. She speaks at conferences globally and consults, describing her approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ We cover the following in our conversation: Cindy talks to us about what she's been up to since she was last on the show ie an update on MLNP and her journey as a female founder. Sextech: the trillion dollar market opportunity Building a new market and new categories The challenges in the industry Raising $20m for MLNP Female investors Cindy's view on the overturning of Roe vs Wade (US) and where do we go from here? ***
July 13, 2022
#64: The Gray Rhino, the risk fingerprint and why women are good at taking risks with Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker is a strategist, speaker, and best-selling author. She coined the term “gray rhino” as a call to take a fresh look at how we respond to obvious, probable, impactful risks. She founded the Chicago-based advisory firm Gray Rhino & Company and is a former media and think tank executive. Her four books include the influential global bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore and the recently released sequel, YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World. We cover the following in our conversation: Risk: what is it and how do we perceive it differently based on our own risk fingerprint? The gray rhino: how we can apply it to the global economy and the financial markets today? How women and men think and act on risk? Systemic risk and how women can protect themselves? Women: their finances, investing and building their net worth: what are some of the key risks? What are the gray rhinos the retail investor needs to watch out for? ***
June 30, 2022
#63: Inflation, stagflation and are we heading for a recession with Vicky Pryce
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. She was until recently on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and of the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. She is also a Patron of the charities Pro-Bono Economics and Working Chance. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland”; and “Why Women Need Quotas”. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019. She is a frequent contributor to media broadcasts and debates on the economy and on the economic rationale for gender equality. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and has been sitting on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party. *** This interview was conducted on Tuesday, 7th June 2022. Since then, the BoE has increased interest rates again by 0.25% (to 1.25%) and the US Federal Reserve has increased their base rate by 0.75%, the sharpest rise in 28 years. We cover the following in our conversation: The UK and global economy The surge in inflation-is it out of control? Will monetary policy will be effective in controlling inflation? Slower economic growth & stagflation Are we headed for a UK and global recession? ***
June 18, 2022
#62: Women's economic empowerment & financial inclusion with Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women's World Banking, a global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to financial tools and resources they need for both security and prosperity. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Mary Ellen worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. She had previously worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Mary Ellen is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, and the UN’s Business and Sustainable Development Commission. A 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow, Mary Ellen holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Most recently, she was recognized in the Forbes 50 over 50: Investment list, which highlights female investors and financial leaders. Her upcoming book, There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women: Making Finance Work for Women will be published by MIT Press in March 2022. We cover the following in our conversation: Women's lived experience as it relates to money and power Why women's property rights and building women's wealth is important Financial inclusion, how big this opportunity is Mary Ellen talks to us about her new book And how banking institutions need to change in order to serve the female customer better. ***
June 07, 2022
#61: Investing in emerging managers in venture with Sara Zulkosky
Sara Zulkosky is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Recast Capital, a 100% women-owned platform investing in and supporting emerging managers in venture, with a focus on diverse partnerships. Sara previously served as a Venture Partner at Greenspring Associates (now StepStone Group), where she was responsible for sourcing and due diligence efforts across the platform, managing and supporting evaluation committees and existing investments, and leading the firm's impact investing initiative. Prior to joining Greenspring, Sara served as a Principal with CNF Investments, a private investment firm affiliated with Clark Enterprises, Inc., focusing on fund and direct venture capital and private equity opportunities in technology, life sciences and energy. Prior to that, Sara participated in Foundation Capital's Young Entrepreneurs Program, where she helped identify promising investment opportunities in the Washington, DC area. Sara was also the Director of Product Management for SkyBuilt Power, Inc., a venture-backed clean-tech company that provided rapidly-deployable renewable energy solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Intelligence Community, and telecommunications industry. She was with the business from its inception, also supporting it as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, and its Director of Engineering. Sara received a M.B.A from Georgetown University, and a M.S. in Engineering Management and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University. Sara is also a Kauffman Fellow. We cover the following in the conversation: The emerging fund manager market Women-led funds: why are we starting to see a massive shift now? Recast Capital: investment thesis and key criteria used to invest Investing in top performing emerging fund managers How to diversify and manage risk across the portfolio Raising investment & engaging with female LPs Breaking into the VC industry 50 years from now: what will the VC industry looks like? And how will this impact the market? How do we encourage more female LPs to invest? ***
May 25, 2022
#60 Gender lens investing and the gender lens scorecard with Marypat Smucker
Marypat Smucker is a Co-Founder and Principal at Parallelle Finance, a gender lens investment research firm founded in 2019. Prior to founding Parallelle, Marypat was a consultant in investment communications and editorial services for global asset management firms. She began her consultancy following a role as Managing Editor of Institutional Investment Communications at T. Rowe Price. Before that Marypat worked in transaction services for KPMG. She started her career in finance working as an analyst at Emerging Markets Partnership, a firm which managed the first emerging markets infrastructure private equity funds. Her focus there was on Asia. With an undergraduate degree in Chinese, during her early career she spent several stints living and working in China. She holds an MA in Economics from American University and an MS in Finance from George Washington University. She is a CFA charter holder. Through Parallelle Finance, Marypat has published numerous analyses on gender lens and ESG investing. We cover the following in our conversation: Gender lens investing. The gender lens scorecard: what is it, why we need one and how investors might use this tool, including VCs. What funds and corporates need to do to close the gender equality and equity gap. ***
May 10, 2022
#59: The menopause and how the female brain gets stronger and better in midlife with Dr Louann Brizendine
Dr Louann Brizendine MD, completed her degree in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine, and did her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. She has also served on both the faculties of Harvard University and the University of California at San Francisco. She founded the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at UCSF. Her NY Times bestseller: The Female Brain and its follow-up, The Male Brain continue to be read around the world. Her new book THE UPGRADE: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond released on April 19, 2022. Now as the Lynne and Marc Benioff endowed professor of clinical psychiatry at UCSF, Dr Brizendine continues to speak, write, research, and consult. We cover the following in our conversation: The menopause What happens to the female brain as women transition in their forties, fifties, and sixties? How hormones can be a positive influence on women's cognition, memory and mood. How can women protect themselves from dementia and increased longevity? How do these changes affect a woman's financial life and financial well-being? How can women prepare for the transition so their wellbeing and finances stay on track? ***
April 30, 2022
#58: UK female entrepreneurship and The Gender Index with Jill Pay
Jill Pay is a former Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons and she was the first woman to hold this position in 600 years. Her appointment was unusual in that her predecessors all came from a military background, whereas Jill’s experience has been in business management. She retired in January 2012. Since leaving Parliament, Jill has held a number of senior roles for organisations including the children’s literacy charity Coram Beanstalk, the women’s business network Savvitas Global and the Women and Enterprise All Party Parliamentary Group chaired by Craig Tracey MP. Jill leads The Gender Index, the largest ever study into female entrepreneurship in the UK. She is a major driving force behind the growth and empowerment of female entrepreneurs. Jill is a Non-executive Director of mnAI, the data platform that powers The Gender Index. We cover the following in the conversation: Female entrepreneurship in the UK vs US The Gender Index and the story behind it The key stakeholders in the startup ecosystem and investors: who needs to do more What needs to be done differently so more female founders have access to capital and can scale their business? ***
April 23, 2022
#57: Female founders: how to generate $1m+ revenue with Kisha Mays
Kisha Mays is a successful serial entrepreneur, visionary global business development strategist, a best-selling author, an angel investor and a philanthropist. Her primary focus is on helping to scale 1 million fearless female entrepreneurs generating a minimum of $1 million in annual revenue, turning them into unicorn global businesses through the HerStory Made Angel Fund, which is a fund exclusively for female founded companies. She pays it forward by supporting nonprofits worldwide that specifically support and empower women and girls. We cover the following in the conversation: Female founders How to generate a 7 figure business Working on your mindset Just Fearless and the global $100 million initiative aimed at female founders Investing in female founders How to invest in female-led innovation Cryptocurrencies and more ***
April 10, 2022
#56: Investing in the North: female angel investing and female founders with Jordan Dargue
Jordan Dargue is a founding director, non-executive director, Women Angel of the North, investor, talent & business growth consultant supporting start up, early stage and scaling organisations to reach their potential. She is a senior business leader operating across the investment, finance and business growth landscape. Jordan is also a mentor and advisory board member, helping start-ups, early-stage and high-growth businesses across the UK connect with the right investors and then supporting those businesses with commercialisation, marketing recruitment and retention to ensure the very best strategies are implemented to and grow and scale commercially. Passionate about growing the Northern SME economy, Jordan helps the North reach its potential by supporting SME's access funding from regional and national investors. Using her innovation and enterprise expertise. Jordan has a proven ability to drive start-up and business growth through experience of taking advisory and consultant positions. She uses her experience as an entrepreneur to support them in their growth strategies, building an external marketing profile and sales plan, working efficiently, building management and leadership capacity and identifying future product opportunities. We cover the following in our conversation: The startup ecosystem for female founders in the UK and in the north of England What's changed as a result of the pandemic Fund Her North How to invest as an angel investor Why we need more female investors Advice for female founders who are about to embark on their seed fundraising journey.
March 30, 2022
#55: Investing in women in Latin America and emerging female fund managers with Anna Raptis
Anna Raptis is the Founder and CEO of Amplifica Capital. Amplifica Capital is the first female focused VC firm in Mexico. They make investments that have a positive impact on the lives of women to increase their opportunities and participation in the economy. Anna is an investor with over 25 years of experience. Her guiding principle is invest in the change you want to see. Anna’s experience includes investing across sectors and geographies in international equities, funds, energy, real estate and as an angel investor and limited partner in venture capital funds in Mexico and the United States. She was recognized as one of the top female investors by the Latin American Venture Capital Association. We cover the following in our conversation: The startup ecosystem in LATAM How the VC landscape is changing due to geopolitics Investing in female founders Emerging female fund managers Investing in startups through an ESG lens ***
March 21, 2022
#54: Investing in black female founders with Sharon Vosmek
Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia and Managing Partner of the Astia Fund. Astia is a global organisation that works to level the investment playing field for startups that include women. Ms. Vosmek developed Astia’s creative, proven approach to investment – called the Astia Expert SiftTM - that eliminates bias in the investment screening process and contributes to the success of female entrepreneurs and their ventures. Well-regarded around the globe, Ms. Vosmek is known for her opinions, research and commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation and high-performing entrepreneurial teams. She has spoken at the United Nations and given lectures at numerous universities on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems. She is an Advisory Board Member to two venture Funds, E²JDJ Venture Fund and Illuminate Ventures and serves on the Boards of Ozo Innovations and Pagedip. Ms. Vosmek lives and works in San Francisco. We cover the following in this conversation: Investing in black female founders Sharon shares her journey to changing how many black female founders the Astia fund invests in Traditional VC firms and the need for change in the industry Sharon shares a message for black female founders who are yet to embark on their fundraising journey. ****
March 11, 2022
#53: Female inheritors: redefining their relationship to wealth and money with Ella Chase Hyland
Ella Chase Hyland is the co-founder of Wellth Works, which cultivates and develops authentic feminine leaders, showing women that they create success while integrating balance and fun. Ella is a dynamic and innovative speaker, facilitator, and mentor. She is a recognised authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, and organizational turnaround. Before launching Wellth Works, Ella spent a decade in sales consulting Fortune 200 companies and private enterprises on disaster recovery and business continuity strategy via emerging technology platforms (think about the “cloud” before it was commonplace), closing over $1 Billion in sales. Ella is a certified CTI professional coach, and is a Northeastern University alumnus, having graduated summa cum laude with dual bachelor’s degrees. You can find Ella traveling the globe, exploring new cultures and adventures, especially those that involve being in, or on, water. We cover the following in this converation: The definition of wealth Female inheritors: defining women's relationship with money Key dynamics and challenges around female family inheritance and wealth Female led family offices Female inheritors vs female entrepreneurs Gender lens investing: why is this smart for the economy and business? How can we encourage more women to invest in female-led startups vs donate to charity? How can women engage much more around their money? ***
February 28, 2022
#52: Share power, the fund industry and stakeholder capitalism with Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn Somerset Webb is Editor in Chief of Moneyweek, the best selling financial magazine in the UK. She is also a contributing editor to and weekly columnist for the Financial Times. She has just published her second book, Share Power: How Ordinary People Can Change the Way That Capitalism Works - and Make Money Too. We cover the following in the conversation: How have we become a nation of share owners and what does this give us the ability to do? What are the stats on the number of women who invest in the stock market? What has been the increase in/from 2020? Share Power: can you explain the main premise of your book? Should companies have a purpose and should they have a social responsibility? The fund industry: what role does it play in the markets and in representing the share owner? Are they doing a good job? How can we judge whether they are or not? Women's wealth is growing. More women are investing in the stock market than ever before: what does this mean for businesses and institutional investors? What are the steps I need to take to become an active share owner in the companies I hold shares in? What are your final words to women investors who want to become much more active or activist even, in helping to build they world they want to see by voting with their money and exercising their vote? ***
February 14, 2022
#51: Investing in women/diverse teams and what makes 'a good investor' with Marcia Dawood
Marcia Dawood is an investor in over 200 early stage private companies. In addition to her own investing, she is a Venture Partner with Mindshift Capital and a part of the investment committee for Next Wave Impact Fund. She also serves as a board member and advisor to Zive and Misfits Bakehouse. SheEO is an organization Marcia actively supports. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Angel Capital Association (ACA). The ACA is the professional society for angel investors in the US and globally. Marcia also is a founding member and current chair of the Growing Women’s Capital group building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies. She received an MBA from the Global Executive program at UNC’s Kenan Flagler’s School of Business, OneMBA. We cover the following in our conversation: Investing in women and diverse teams Angel investing Venture capital Female investors What makes a good investor How do investors start caring about making a good return and building a better world?
February 06, 2022
#50: How women take charge of their money and invest for the long-term with Heather McGregor
Professor Heather Jane McGregor, CBE is the Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University. She is a non-executive director on several boards and received the IoD Scotland Chair’s Award in 2020. She is the author of the ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ column (Financial Times 1999-2016) and presented the Superscrimpers show on Channel 4. An earlier career in investment banking preceded 17 years as an entrepreneur. In 2008, she established the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which supports the careers of minority ethnic graduates. She was a founding member of the 30% Club in 2010. Heather is an alumnus of the London Business School (MBA) and the University of Hong Kong (PhD). She has an honorary degree from the University of East London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We cover the following in this conversation: Money and how women can build their net worth How women can take charge of their money Heather's own strategy for investing and growing her net worth Female investors Funding female founders ESG investing Heather shares her advice for women who may have suffered a (financial) loss and how to get back on track. ****
January 24, 2022
#49: Investing in a women-focused fund with Ann Badillo
Ann Badillo is a leading business strategist and advisor to executives, entrepreneurs and organizations. She incubates and accelerates startup ventures and ecosystems around the world. Her expertise helps leaders understand new innovative design and leadership frameworks for the 21st century. Ann is an investor in Portfolia (US based) which designs investment funds for women to invest in the innovative companies they want to see in the world through returns and impact. We cover the following in the conversation: How did you start your investing journey? How would you describe Portfolia to someone who is new to investing? The Femtech Fund and Rising America Fund What is the investing process and due diligence process like? Why should women invest? What can women do to start investing in female-led innovation and startups?
January 15, 2022
#48: Gender lens equity investing and women in leadership with Angela Atherton
Angela Atherton (CFA, FRM) is the Co-founder and Principal of Parallelle Finance. Her commitment to financial inclusion and impact investing began at the start of her career when she managed screening and performance analysis for two ESG indexes. She structured private equity deals at American Capital Strategies. She led risk analysis and management functions at Fannie Mae and Calvert Impact Capital, a non-profit investment firm. As the Chief Operating and Financial Officer at The Global Good Fund, a social enterprise, she ran day-to-day operations and led commercial expansion. Angela is an experienced entrepreneur, she co-founded a female-led fintech, Capital Market Exchange, and launched an independent consulting practice with a global reach, including emerging and developed markets in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We cover the following in our conversation: What is gender lens (equity) investing? How does gender lens investing relate to ESG? The business case for investing in women Gender lens equity funds performance vs traditional funds performance The challenges regarding gender lens investing How do we accelerate the pace of change? How to start investing in gender lens equity funds?
January 08, 2022
#47: Money printing, rising inflation and what this means for your money with Shaun Richards
Shaun Richards is an independent economist who specialises in inflation measurement and monetary economics. This follows a career in the City of London where he specialised in derivatives (mainly options) on interest-rates and bonds. Shaun has also worked in Tokyo. He is a Bank of England watcher which covers the issues of monetary policy and money printing or quantitative easing (QE). Shaun also traded as a local on the London International Financial Futures Exchange where he mostly traded futures and options on future and present UK interest rates. We cover the following in our conversation: An overview of the global economy: rising inflation, interest rates, slowing economic growth Why are the central banks slow to raise interest rates? How does money printing or quantitative easing (QE) affect global currency & its value? Buying assets to hedge inflation including bitcoin Can central banks ever stop printing money? What affect does an aging population, technology, indebtnesses have on the economy over the long-term? What's in store for 2022/this decade?
December 31, 2021
#46: Mobilising investment into women founded startups and why women investors are key with Shelly Porges
Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds pledged to invest in female-founded firms and Beyond the Billion, mobilising LP investors into TBDF funds. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her. Shelly is a globally recognised expert on gender-lens venture investing and a leader in fostering global entrepreneurship. She was honoured as one of the Inaugural Forbes 50 Over 50 in Investment in 2021. She served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Women’s Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Prior to that, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. We cover the following in this conversation: Female founders and access to capital How more institutional investors can start to invest with a gender lens. Why gender lens investing is smart business Female investors and why this is key How women who have access to capital can start investing.
December 18, 2021
#45: Why women need to design, build and invest in crypto and Web 3.0 with Fiona O'Donnell McCarthy
Fiona O'Donnell McCarthy is a Principal at True Ventures. For more than a decade, she has partnered with founders to drive product innovation and help them to create the futures they envision. Her experience spans product management, strategy, and business development for both consumer and B2B companies. Most recently, Fiona was the VP of product for direct-to-consumer food company Daily Harvest, where she built and led teams responsible for the digital customer experience, data products, and internal business systems. Fiona studied human biology and published research on cognitive development at Stanford University, which influenced her distinct perspective on how technology shapes human behavior and vice versa. She accredits her competitive swimming career, which led her to Olympic Trials in 2008, for igniting her curiosity around breakthroughs in human performance — and how innovation can bolster wellness. We cover the following in our conversation: How do you define the world of crypto and Web 3.0? Size of the market and potential for growth What is going on in this space right now? What are you seeing in terms of women & diversity in this space in the US/globally? How can we encourage more women in this space? Why is that important? How do you decide who to invest in and what process do you go through? How will having more female VCs change the early stage investing landscape for women? How do you invest your own money? Final message for women: how can more women get involved?
December 12, 2021
#44: How women can build a healthy relationship with money with Dr. Kate Levinson
Dr. Kate Levinson, PhD, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), is the author of Emotional Currency: A Women’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, published by Random House. Her work focuses on the emotional, psychological and symbolic nature of money. She assists others in making connections between their money behaviors and the meanings money holds for them, including the generational money beliefs, habits and racism they have inherited. Kate consults with individuals, families with adult children, and couples on money issues. In addition to her work with clients she most recently was the co-owner of Point Reyes Books, an independent community serving bookstore in Northern California. We cover the following in our conversation: What is emotional currency? The relationship women have with money Money beliefs, including the shame women feel around money Racism and impact Why understanding our history with money intimately is important And how women can breakthrough struggle and hardship around their money-especially as a result of the pandemic Kate shares a message for women who want to shift their relationship with money.
December 02, 2021
#43: Financial advice for women and how to grow your net worth with Cathy Curtis
Cathy Curtis, CFP® is the founder and CEO of Curtis Financial Planning, a full-service financial planning firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area serving clients in the US. Cathy’s mission is to be a fiduciary financial partner for independent women, so they can feel confident about their finances while pursuing what they love and do best. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and member of CNBC’s Financial Advisor Council, Cathy is a frequently sought-after author and contributor. For more than a decade, she’s shared her unique financial planning insights via her award-winning blog, Of Independent Means, and widely followed Twitter feed (@CathyCurtis). In 2020, Cathy launched the Financial Finesse podcast to showcase successful, interesting women and provide actionable advice for her listeners. For the last five years, Cathy has been named an Investopedia 100 Top Financial Advisors. Investment News also recognized Cathy as one of its 2020 Women to Watch for her contributions to the profession and financial literacy, and support of women inside and outside the industry. We cover the following in our conversation: Financial advice for women Common money mistakes The pandemic: how women manage and invest their money Why women are the driving force behind ESG investing Cryptocurrencies and how to invest Investing in female-led startups The superstar Wall Street investor, Cathy Wood Advice for women who want to engage much more around the money and investing.
November 26, 2021
#42: Gender lens investing, women's access to finance in emerging markets and measuring impact with Christina (CJ) Juhasz
Christina (CJ) Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of WWB Asset Management (WAM,) a subsidiary of Women’s World Banking, responsible for raising and investing private equity funds with a gender lens. Prior to joining Women's World Banking, CJ served in increasing positions of responsibility in Deutsche Bank’s fixed income group in New York and London and Merrill Lynch’s capital markets group in New York. CJ began her career as a military police platoon leader in the United States Army, serving in Germany and the US. CJ holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Stanford University. She is a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow. To date, WAM has $125M in asset under management through two private equity funds -WWB Capital Partners, LP and WWB Capital Partners II, LP –that provide growth capital, and research-driven market and organizational solutions to guide portfolio companies in reaching more women as customers and workforce assets. WAM leverages its influence as an investor to encourage its portfolio companies to increase women’s access to financial services and to increase the recruitment, advancement and equal pay of women as staff and leaders of those companies. These are winning strategies for gaining market share and the upper hand in the war for talent. The funds have invested in 13 portfolio companies covering Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South-and South-east Asia. The companies offer financial products and services to under-served populations, especially women, including micro-enterprise, small business, agriculture and affordable housing loans; savings and payments services and micro-insurance products. Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking designs and invests in the financial solutions, institutions, and policy environments in emerging markets to create greater economic stability and prosperity for women, their families and their communities. They work with 56 institutions in 31 countries to reach more low-income women with financial services. We cover the following in our conversation: Impact investing Why invest in women, how big is this opportunity? WWB Asset management: their investment thesis and how they choose to invest What is gender lens investing and why should we care? Measuring social impact Why transparency is important And how we can encourage more investors to allocate their capital for impact?
November 15, 2021
#41: Women's health, closing the gender data gap and healthtech with Helene Guillaume
Helene Guillaume is the founder and CEO of WILD.AI. She studied mathematics and financial risks, she was a quant in a hedge fund and management consultant to Fortune500 companies in AI. She's an ultra-marathon runner, a triathlete, and a surfer. Her favourite combined skillset is vitality+brains. We cover the following in our conversation: Women's health The gender data gap Helene's startup Wild AI and the technology that underpins it Helene's fundraising journey and her experience with investors Female investors Where women's health will be 50 years from now.
October 28, 2021
#40: Female led fintech innovation: why social impact and profitability go hand-in-hand with Isabel Oriol Bastos
Isabel Oriol Bastos is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Business Development at ADA Impacto, a female-founded fintech startup. Isabel spent 10 years in the social impact sector. She started her career in Brazil and Chile, working at the UN and social startups. After studying a Masters in International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE), she founded Ánima Soluciones, a consultancy for social entrepreneurs from which she spent 5 years actively involved in the micro-finance sector in Latin America. At ADA Impacto, women at the bottom of the pyramid get control over their microcredit. They do this through an AI Chatbot via WhatsApp, where women apply, receive and repay their loan, while partaking in a mentorship program for their business. ADA launched in Mexico this year and aims to expand across Latin America. They have recently won the Fintech Innovation Challenge Female Founder Award from the Women's World Banking Organisation. We cover the following in our conversation: Female entrepreneurship Social impact startups The startup: ADA Impacto Engaging with micro-lending institutions in the emerging markets Why providing financial education and emotional support to women around their finances is important And Isabel shares a message to investors who are new to social impact startups or indeed to gender lens investing.
October 21, 2021
#39: Rising inflation, slower economic growth and why UK investment is key with Vicky Pryce
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019. She is a frequent contributor to media broadcasts and debates on the economy and on the economic rationale for gender equality. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and has been sitting on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party. We cover the following in our conversation: The global economy from a macro perspective The narrative from the central banks and the UK government Money printing and what this means for the global currency Are we headed for a market crash? The impact of Brexit Should we be worried about stagflation? Why investing in startups and especially climate change innovation is so crucial And why investing and female led startups can help drive the very economic growth we need What is the light at the end of the tunnel?
October 16, 2021
#38: Emerging female fund manager: how to launch a VC fund with Paulina Tenner
Paulina Tenner is an entrepreneur, an angel investor, an author, a TEDx speaker and a founder of GrantTree, which started with a purpose to help tech startups navigate the complex world of government funding. Since 2010 the team grew organically from 2 to 50 and raised over £200M for more than 600 technology startups and scaleups using solely government funding schemes such as R&D tax credits and Innovate UK grants. GrantTree is also an open culture company which pioneered a self set salary scheme, and an empowering culture governed by holacracy. Paulina is also a seed investor, a startup mentor and an author of 'Laid Bare: what the business leader learnt from the stripper' describing leadership lessons she learnt as a burlesque dancer. Pre-order: http://www.paulinatenner.com/book We cover the following in our conversation: The world of startups How to launch a venture fund Engaging with investors The startups she is likely to invest in Investing for social impact Paulina's journey as an angel investor How she personally invests her money (outside of angel investing) Advice for women who want to become an angel investor or a fund manager
September 28, 2021
#37: Marriage and divorce: how to manage your money with Mary Waring
Mary Waring is the founder of Wealth for Women Ltd, an award winning financial advisory firm, working with midlife women to help them leap into the next stage of their life: whether that be moving on from divorce, reducing working hours to enjoy more free time, or starting a new business. She uses her coaching skills to help clients determine what they want the next stage of their life to look like and her financial planning skills to determine whether they have sufficient assets to fund the desired lifestyle. Her aim is to help you find true abundance, which is so much more than just money! As Coco Chanel said: “There are people who have money, and people who are rich” We covering the following in our conversation: The common mistakes women make when it comes to their money Knowing the difference between your income and your net worth How to think about your money, if you're getting married and what women need to watch out for, if getting divorced Financial advisors, how they can help and how to find the right financial advisor for you How women are managing and investing their money Advice for women who want to engage much more around their money and investing
September 18, 2021
#36: Women, money and power with Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership with frontline leadership experience, a bestselling author, and in-demand keynote speaker. She is co-founder and President of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership. She is the bestselling author of four books; No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, plus her own real world experience, forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs. Gloria's forthcoming book Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics and How Women Will Take The Lead is available by September 28, 2021. She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Women Economic Forum Circle of Light award, Texas Monthly’s Texas 20, Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, and Forbes 40 Over 40. She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Feldt has been widely quoted and published, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Fast Company, Time, Huffington Post, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show, and an infinite number of podcasts. Her own podcast is “Power TO You.” We cover the following in our conversation: Women and power What does 'intentioning' have to do with power? What has been women's experience during the pandemic? And what has it taught us? Women's relationship to money: what does power have to do with it? Women investors: how critical are they to the future we want to see? How do we encourage more women to invest? Gender parity and women in leadership: what would you do to affect change immediately? What message do you have for women of today about stepping into their power? And stepping into power with money?
September 09, 2021
#35: How a one-woman startup became a global publishing brand with Judy Piatkus
Judy Piatkus is an entrepreneur, publisher and business coach specialising in conscious leadership. She founded Piatkus when she was in her 20s and grew the company to become an international brand, before selling it in 2007, just before the global financial crash that she had shrewdly foreseen. She is now a keynote speaker, an angel investor, and a coach and mentor to start-ups. In 2011 she founded Conscious Café, a network that brings people together for connection and discussion. Find out more at: judypiatkus.com We cover the following in our conversation: How Judy built her publishing business from the ground up Self-funding a business to growth Women's relationship with money Financial independence Angel investing Investing in female led innovation Building wealth Conscious leadership And Judy's book: Ahead of Her Time: how a one-woman startup became a global publishing brand
August 31, 2021
#34: Women and risk with Barbara Stewart
Barbara Stewart is a Chartered Financial Analyst with 28 years of investment industry experience; five years as a foreign currency trader and then more than two decades as a portfolio manager investing on behalf of high net worth entrepreneurs. For the past five years she has been on the Advisory Board of Kensington Capital Partners. 12 years ago Barbara saw a need to challenge outdated financial industry stereotypes and share positive messages about women and money. Today, Barbara is recognised worldwide as one of the leading researchers in women and finance. Her Rich Thinking® global research papers quote smart women from all ages, professions and countries and are released annually on International Women’s Day, March 8. Barbara is a columnist for CFA Institute, Canadian Money Saver, and Golden Girl Finance. Barbara is a keynote speaker for CFA Societies, banks and stock exchanges around the world, and conducts interview driven research for financial institutions in Canada and globally. We cover the following in our conversation: Key data points and research on women and money (since the pandemic) Women and ESG investing Why are women risk aware vs risk averse?
August 11, 2021
#33: Longevity, mission-driven investing and how to live to 200 with Sergey Young
Sergey Young is a longevity investor and visionary with a mission to extend healthy lifespans of one billion people. To do that, Sergey founded the Longevity Vision Fund to accelerate life extension technological breakthroughs and to make longevity affordable and accessible to all. Sergey is on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR) and the Development Sponsor of AGE REVERSAL XPRIZE global competition designed to cure aging. Sergey is also a Top-100 Longevity Leader, who is transforming the world, one workplace at a time, with Longevity@Work – the first non-profit corporate longevity program of its kind. Sergey Young has been featured as a top longevity expert and contributor on CNN, Fox News, and Forbes. As the author of books such as ‘The Science and Technology of Growing Young’ and the mastermind behind the online life extension platform SergeyYoung.com, Sergey is passionate about sharing news from the exciting world of longevity. We cover the following topics: Why invest as a VC? The definition of longevity Is there a difference in how men and women think about longevity? Women's health: an underserved market Gender-lens investing and female investors The Longevity Visionary Fund: Sergey's investment thesis Why invest in disruptive businesses? How is data and technology enabling this disruption? How to diversify risk in a fund Investing for impact and the collaborative vs competitive mindset What makes a good investor? Sergey's personal plan to living until 200 years of age 2050: what is possible as a result of Sergey's work and investments?
July 29, 2021
#32: The menopause, Gen M and how businesses drive change with Heather Jackson
Heather Jackson is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for social movement and extensive experience in the field of diversity and talent management. The former CEO and founder of An Inspirational Journey, Heather has supported more than 150 organisations, with over 15,000 women influenced by her programmes and initiatives. An active media advocate, Heather is a regular keynote speaker and contributor to regional and national media. She is also Chair of The Hundred’s Northern Superchargers. Heather is perimenopausal as diagnosed by her co-founder and good friend Sam Simister. We cover the following in our conversation: What is perimenopause and the menopause? How big is this market? And why is it underserved? What are the 48 symptoms of menopause? Gen M: the menopause partner connecting brands and organisations What can businesses and employers do to support women going through this transition? What is the opportunity for businesses? Heather's approach to starting her business and investment. Advice for women and how their loved ones can support them.
July 14, 2021
#31: Blockchain, crypto, DeFi and how women are innovating with Bridget Greenwood
Bridget Greenwood is the founder of The Bigger Pie, an organisation focused on supporting women in blockchain and emerging tech. As women represent less than 10% of those involved in this sector, The Bigger Pie focus their efforts on supporting the incredibly talented and pioneering #womeninblockchain. Bridget is a firm believer in having more women involved with the design, development and deployment and decommissioning of tech solutions. Bridget has worked with different actors in the blockchain economy since 2017, both retail facing and servicing institutional clients, gaining an insight into the market place, challenges, pitfalls, regulation and breadth of projects and businesses in this rapidly evolving space. She is also co-founder with Dr Amber Ghaddar at The 200bn Club, an accelerator programme to help female led start ups match successfully with investors. We cover the following in our conversation: What is blockchain and DeFi (decentralised finance)? Why is this space so hot right now? Women and crypto Gender diversity: why it is crucial to building new technology and solutions Blockchain projects led by women from The Bigger Pie Community The 200bn Club: matching female-led starts with investors Connect with Bridget here: email@example.com www.thebiggerpie.io LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bridgetgreenwood/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bridget_TBP
July 08, 2021
#30: Family offices: adapting to change, women's wealth and ESG investing with Angelo Robles
Angelo Robles is the Founder and CEO of the Family Office Association (US/global). He helps the world’s most successful families create modern, multi-generationally dynamic, international family offices, that are digitally savvy, identify exponential opportunities and hazards in becoming truly anti-fragile. We cover the following in our conversation: What is a single family office? The definition of wealth Women's wealth and the effect on wealth management and the world of investing Investing trends family offices are tracking right now How engaged are female family members in making financial and investing decisions? How do women think about money and investing? Gender-balance in decision-making ESG and gender-lens investing How do we encourage more women to invest in female-led startups and female innovation? How should investors think about allocating their capital so they help to build a better world?
July 01, 2021
#29: The pandemic & the impact on the global, US and UK economy with Shaun Richards
Shaun Richards is an independent economist who specialises in inflation measurement and monetary economics. This follows a career in the City of London where he specialised in derivatives (mainly options) on interest-rates and bonds. He has also worked in Tokyo. He is a Bank of England (BoE) watcher which covers the issues of monetary policy and quantitative easing (QE). Shaun has also traded as a local on the London International Financial Futures Exchange where he mostly traded futures and options on future and present UK interest rates. We cover the following topics in this conversation: What has happened to the global/US and UK economy as a result of the pandemic? What is money printing and what is the impact on the economy? Should we be worried about the rising level of global and UK government debt? We're hearing a lot about UK inflation: can you explain what inflation is? What is driving inflation? What is the rate of inflation and looking ahead to H2 and 2022/23? Interest rates: what do we expect to see in the US/UK in 2021/22/23? Unemployment & productivity: what are we seeing in the UK? What's ahead? (eg structural changes) What is the economic outlook for the global/UK economy? Ray Dalio, the billionaire and hedge fund manager, says that he'd rather buy bitcoin than a bond. Do you agree?
June 25, 2021
#28: How to negotiate: a job offer, with your male partner and as a female founder with Victoria Pynchon
Victoria Pynchon is the co-founder of She Negotiates, a consulting firm and training workshop for women that nests today’s most effective negotiation strategies in the gender culture in which women do business. Although Victoria's focus is now on closing the wage and income gap for women, she has been training lawyers and business people of both genders in mutual benefit negotiation strategies since 2005. The work of She Negotiates has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of smaller news outlets. As a lawyer, mediator and author, Victoria turns 25 years of commercial litigation into the collaborative possibilities of interest-based negotiation. Since earning her legal masters degree in dispute resolution, she has published two books, The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict Resolution and Success as a Mediator for Dummies. We cover the following in our conversation: What is negotiation? What is the cost of women not negotiating? Why is negotiation more challenging for women (or is it)? How do women negotiate: a) a job offer b) with their male partner regarding money c) as a female founder How do women overcome systemic bias in a negotiation? What books or blogs about negotiation do you recommend?
June 14, 2021
#27: Report: Women in crypto with Marina Spindler
Marina Spindler is a Business Strategy and Communications Consultant. She worked at the oldest American think tank founded by Andrew Carnegie, and reported directly to the editor of the award-winning Foreign Policy Magazine. Her role was business development, not writing. But she received her Masters in Public Policy from NYU when she was 40 and all these experiences taught her to ask deeper questions. In this case, is crypto just about the money? And why were most surveys so narrow and short sighted, focussed mostly on the US and the UK market when crypto is a global revolution. So she teamed up with a financial inclusion expert from Mexico and interviewed one-on-one 60 women from 31 countries with diverse education and socioeconomic backgrounds. We cover the following in our conversation: What is crypto and is this the future of money? We discuss the key findings in the report about women in crypto Why are these women changing the status quo and seeking financial freedom? Why is self-directed learning in blockchain and crypto so key? How does Marina invest? And how can you start investing in crypto?
June 04, 2021
#26: How female entrepreneurs can raise millions: the power of story, mindset & prep with Donna Griffit
Donna Griffit is a corporate storyteller. She has worked globally for over 16 years with Fortune 500 companies, startups and investors in a wide variety of industries. She has consulted and trained clients in over 30 countries, helping them create, edit and deliver verbal and written presentations, pitches and messages. Donna has the ability to magically spin raw data into compelling stories that captivate audiences and drive to results. Through her guidance clients have raised over $1bn. We cover the following in our conversation: Why is having a story crucial as an entrepreneur? What are the key components of a good pitch? How do you build the right mindset? How can female entrepreneurs overcome gender bias in the fundraising process? Female investors & how can women engage much more in the startup ecosystem?
May 24, 2021
#25: The equities market: exchange traded funds (ETFs), sectors, cyclical vs value stocks and responsible investing with Rebecca Chesworth
Rebecca Chesworth is an equities strategist, a thought leader and a conference speaker. She loves to share a passion for equities investment built on extensive market and client knowledge from 30 years as a fund manager, an analyst and an investment specialist. Rebecca is an advocate of active investment selection and integration of ESG principles utilising cheap, flexible instruments such as exchange traded funds (ETFs). Rebecca is a lead strategist on sectors and ESG for SPDR ETFs at State Street Global Advisors. We cover the following in our conversation: Exchange traded funds (ETFs) & ESG ETFs What are sectors and why invest based on sectors Cyclical vs value stocks (vs growth stocks) Should we be worried about inflation? Why is a higher percentage of women and millennials investing responsibly? How can women engage much more around their money and investing?
May 14, 2021
#24: 2X Challenge, gender lens investing and female investors with Jessica Espinoza
Jessica Espinoza is Vice President at DEG, the German Development Finance Institution (KfW Group) and the Chair of the 2X Challenge, a global initiative that has mobilised over $4.5 billion of gender lens investments since its launch at the G7 Summit in 2018. Jessica has extensive experience sourcing, structuring and executing debt, mezzanine and equity deals in emerging markets with a strong focus on social impact. She serves on the Board of Directors of AlphaMundi Foundation and of the Mexican financial institution Mega as well as on the Advisory Board of several private equity funds. She is the Founder of the edtech venture Xoco, empowering adolescent girls in the Global South to leapfrog to digital jobs of the future. As a mentor for Endeavor, she supports high impact companies as they scale up. Jessica is a PhD candidate at University of Siegen, researching the transformative potential of gender lens investing. Prior to joining DEG, Jessica was a Member of the Management Board at ProCredit Bank Nicaragua and part of the Group Funding team at ProCredit Holding. She managed the Africa Regional Office of MicroFinance Transparency in Ghana and led a flagship program to promote responsible finance across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. We cover the following in our conversation: Gender lens investing and why is more capital flowing into this area? Why should we invest in women & women entrepreneurs? What is the 2X Challenge is and why is your work important? What tools do you make available to make it easier for organisations to invest through a gender lens? What is the investment criteria? How do you measure the gender impact of investments? How can investors including VCs and angel investors apply this approach to the startup ecosystem? What are your views on how 'impact conscious' investors are becoming or need to become in order to address some of the world's biggest problems or challenges? How are women the driving force behind impact investing? What are the key takeaways for folks who want to start investing through a gender lens?
May 04, 2021
#23: Building an impact startup and how to invest with Wai Foong Ng
Foong Ng is the founder and CEO of impact startup, Matchable. Foong was previously a Director at PwC advising on structuring M&A deals for Private Equity and Real Estate Funds. She also founded Suit & Pie, a blog and community for and about inspiring women (and men!) inspired by the Lean In / Sheryl Sandberg movement, and the Suits & Startups community, bringing together City workers and entrepreneurs. She read Law with French Law at Cambridge University before becoming the accountant her parents always wanted her to be. In 2019, she left accounting to become the founder of Matchable. She would do most things for cake and coffee, and when not working she can usually be found double-timing to big beat drops on a spin bike or treadmill! We cover the following topics in the podcast: The impact startup Matchable: what is the pitch? What were the early days like? Fundraising: what was it like as a female founder and as a female founder for an impact startup? Have investors changed their approach to investing for impact (as a result of the pandemic)? Female investors vs male investors How do we encourage more women to invest? ***
April 23, 2021
#22: Gender lens investing in the developing world with Ulla Huotari
Ulla Huotari is an Investment Manager at Finnfund, a Finnish development financier and professional impact investor. Ulla focuses on origination and execution of Financial Sector investments and projects with gender initiatives. Ulla has been one of the driving forces of Finnfund’s Gender Strategy and Finnfund has since April 2019 invested over €121 million in companies that promote women’s empowerment in developing countries. Ulla’s background is in asset management with a special focus on micro-finance. She has also been responsible for Finnfund’s treasury. Prior to joining Finnfund in 2012, Ulla worked as a treasury professional at a global company Kemira Plc and in different roles in commercial banks. Ulla holds an MSc in Accounting from Helsinki School of Economics. We cover the following in our conversation: What are some of the key problems or challenges in the developing world? Gender equality and how big an opportunity this is in the developing world? FinnFund and what is the key criteria used to invest? Measuring impact. Gender lens investing and what this looks like on a practical level. Female entrepreneurship. What will the future look like 10 to 15 years from now in the developing world? And how can women can engage much more as impact investors?
April 04, 2021
#21: Closing the gender equity gap with Katica Roy
Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce's AppExchange. The Pipeline platform was named one of TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company's 2020 World's Most Innovative Companies. Katica was named the 2020 Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2017, Katica was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology Association, in 2018 a Colorado Governors' Fellow, in 2019 a Top 25 Most Powerful Woman in Business and a Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year, Gold Award. She is also an industry entrepreneur, thought-leader and frequent editorial contributor and speaker. Katica’s articles have been published by World Economic Forum, NBC, Fast Company, Fortune, Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Salesforce, and Morning Consult. In 2020, her articles garnered over 1 billion impressions. We cover the following in our conversation: Definition: the gender equity gap Why should organisations care more about closing the gender equity gap? Intersectional gender equity How does the Pipeline platform help organisations close the intersectional gender equity gap in the US & globally? How has the pandemic changed the landscape for female founders? The investment allocation problem for female founders and how can we solve this problem? Why government policy is crucial and the role female investors play in closing the funding gap (for women) What needs to change to close the gender equity gap by 2030?
March 14, 2021
#20: Rewire for wealth: how to change your relationship with money with Barbara Huson
Barbara Huson (previously known as Barbara Stanny), is the leading authority on women, wealth and power. As a bestselling author, financial therapist, teacher & wealth coach, Barbara has helped millions take charge of their finances and their lives. Barbara's background in business, her years as a journalist, her Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology, her extensive research, and her personal experience with money give her a unique perspective and makes her the foremost expert on empowering women to live up to their financial and personal potential. Barbara is the author of 6 books and her 7th book, Rewire for Wealth has recently been published. We cover the following in our conversation: The key steps to women changing their relationship with money How to deal with shame around money Why we need to get used to being uncomfortable for financial growth Why understanding risk is what makes you wealthy Impact investing and ESG How to manage your money.
March 07, 2021
#19: Bitcoin, ethereum and decentralised finance (DeFi): what every investor needs to know with Diana Biggs
Diana Biggs is CEO of Valour, the issuer of exchange-traded products providing investors with exposure to innovations such as digital assets. Their first product, Bitcoin Zero, is listed on the Nordic Growth Market stock exchange in Sweden. In additional to her role at Valour, Diana is an Associate Fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford and a Board Member for the World Economic Forum Digital Leaders of Europe initiative. We cover the following in our conversation: What is bitcoin? And why do we need to understand bitcoin as a technology as well as a digital monetary system? What are the key events or markers (if you like) in the last 3-6months, which have accelerated not just the bitcoin price, but the adoption of bitcoin? How has the pandemic and the global economic crisis around the world played into the growing adoption of bitcoin, crypto & digital assets? And why is this important? Speculators see an inevitable bubble bursting. Others regard long-term interest from investors as evidence that the asset is durable ie bitcoin is here to stay. What's your view? What is decentralised finance? What is ethereum and how does it enable DeFi? Why have DeFi projects exploded recently? What are exchange-traded products? What's ahead for Valour? How do we encourage more women to invest in crypto & digital assets? What does the world look like in 2050 and what's happened to the global monetary system? What's your take on Dogecoin?
February 22, 2021
#18: Investing in the transformation of health with Julia Angeles
Julia Angeles joined Baillie Gifford in 2008 and is the Portfolio Manager of the Health Innovation Strategy. Prior to Baillie Gifford, Julia worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co advising firms in Denmark, Russia and Hungary. Since joining Baillie Gifford Julia has worked on a number of regional and global investment strategies. Julia has a passion for the transformation taking place in healthcare, and it was this passion which led to the establishment of the strategy. She believes that over the next 10 years healthcare systems around the world will experience a monumental change and we will witness a move away from reactive medicine to a world where prevention and cure will become an integral part of healthcare driven by technology. Julia is also a member of the International Growth portfolio construction group. Julia obtained a BSc, MSc and PhD in Economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark and speaks fluent Russian and Danish. We cover the following in our conversation: How do you define biotech and healthcare? How are we on the cusp of a revolution in healthcare? Moderna Inc: investing in the biotech firm which developed the first COVID-19 vaccine. How do you think about the companies you invest in and what is the key criteria you use? Why do you identify disruptive businesses in the healthcare sector and why is this important? Being part of an all-female team, how might your approach in how you invest differ (to say an all-male team of fund managers in the same industry)? As more women lead investment funds and drive investing decisions at the institutional level, how do you think this will shape the market on a global scale? 'The nature of asymmetry is such that investment returns are driven by a few big winners...The main constraint to us appreciating that potential is our imagination': can you elaborate what you mean by that? What would you advise women who want to become investors?
February 09, 2021
#17: Brexit & Covid-19: the impact on women with Vicky Pryce
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. She was until recently on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and of the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. She is also a Patron of the charities Pro-Bono Economics and Working Chance. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland”; and “Why Women Need Quotas”. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019.. She is a frequent contributor to media broadcasts and debates on the economy and on the economic rationale for gender equality. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility, is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, was the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and has been sitting on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party. We cover the following in our conversation: What does the field of economics help us to understand? Why can't women 'have it all' in a free-market economy? What is the fallout of the pandemic on women? How is Brexit in the UK adding to this negative and detrimental impact on women? According to research, an estimated 22% of employed women in the United Kingdom could find their jobs displaced by automation by 2030. What needs to happen to ensure that these women don't get left behind? What role do you see female entrepreneurs play in driving more growth, prosperity and innovation in our economy in the UK, US and globally? We are in the midst of a massive transfer to wealth globally to women. What impact will this have on the world we live in? What needs to change to ensure we reverse these negative trends on women and accelerate change for the better? If we had more women sitting at the table, for example, making decisions in government, how much more likely is it that we would see change happen a lot more quickly? What message do you have for government and policy-makers out there in order to help correct the market failure and gender inequalities we have talked about? And what would you say to women, right now, who are having to deal with so much and are simply not getting the support they need? What should they think about?
January 27, 2021
#16: Sextech: why the next big thing in tech is disrupting sex with Cindy Gallop
Cindy Gallop is the founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’. In 2013 she turned MakeLoveNotPorn into the world’s first user-generated, human-curated social sex video-sharing platform, socialising and normalising sex in order to make it easier to talk about, to promote consent, communication, good sexual values and good sexual behaviour. MakeLoveNotPorn is spearheading the Social Sex Revolution (the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social). Given the challenges Cindy has faced finding investors, she is raising the world’s first dedicated sextech fund, All the Sky Holdings. She speaks at conferences globally and consults, describing her approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ We cover the following in our conversation: Cindy talks to us about MakeLoveNotPorn and the journey she's been on as a female founder in an entirely new category. Why the next big thing in tech is disrupting sex. Why founders from underrepresented groups are uniquely able to design and build safe spaces on the web. Cindy's experience in fundraising for her startup. What she looks for in her investors. Why we need more women to back female and underrepresented founders. And Cindy talks to us about her vision for creating and launching her $200 million sextech fund.
January 16, 2021
#15: Feminist economics, measuring 'women's work' and women's innovation with Katrine Marcal
Katrine Marçal is an award-winning author, journalist and keynote speaker. Her first book “Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner” has been translated into more than 20 languages and was hailed by Margaret Atwood as “a smart, funny, readable book on economics, money and women”. It was named one of The Guardian’s Books of the Year in 2015. Katrine works for Dagens Nyheter, the largest broadsheet newspaper in Sweden and she was one of only a handful of European journalists to get an exclusive interview with Michelle Obama before the publication of the Former First Lady’s memoir Becoming in 2018. In her role as a financial journalist Katrine has interviewed many of the world’s most respected economic thinkers like Nouriel Roubini, Nassim Taleb and Yanis Varoufakis. Her book “Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Build For Men” became a bestseller in Sweden in 2020 and will be published in English in 2021. We cover the following in our conversation: What is feminist economics? How has modern economics failed us and what needs to change? How do we value women's work? Women's innovation and why it has been largely ignored? Why investing in women and the female market will drive innovation.
January 10, 2021
#14: Why women investing will change the world (and how they will do it) with Heather Ettinger
Heather Ettinger is the CEO and Founder of Luma Wealth Advisors (US). As a champion for women and girls for over 30 years, Heather Ettinger is widely recognised for her unique experience and dedication to helping women build their financial acumen and wealth, culminating in the founding of Luma Wealth Advisors in 2017. She specialises in helping clients and their families create strategic financial plans to guide them through life transitions, such as the loss of a spouse, divorce and job changes and to align their resources around family values and impact in their communities. Heather has a bestselling book entitled, Lumination: Shining a Light on A Woman’s Journey to Financial Wellness and she has co-authored two research studies about women and wealth. Heather has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and Bloomberg. She has served on numerous non-profit and private company boards across a wide range of industries including technology, financial services and healthcare. Heather considers raising her three children with her husband, Jeff to be her greatest and most rewarding accomplishment. Her favourite activities include playing ice hockey, skiing and hiking. We cover the following in our conversation: What is financial wellness? What role do emotions play in how we manage our money? How do we move from the 'fear zone' to the 'confidence zone'? ESG & impact investing. Why invest in female-led start-ups? How does the financial services industry to change? And what will the world look like in 2075 when women own the majority of private wealth globally (& women make the majority investing decisions?)
December 23, 2020
#13: How female angels invest and why female founders are shaking things up in retail with Eva Pascoe
Eva is a digital leader who has pioneered the Internet, e-payments, e-commerce fashion solutions and e-CRM. Eva co-founded the world's first Internet cafe in 1994. And she developed fashion web shops for (including) Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Racing Green and Burton. After a successful Crowdcube fundraising campaign in January 2017, Eva joined Bluebella as a non-executive director, overseeing the brand's digital acquisition and international ecommerce strategy. Since 2013 her ecommerce consultancy The Retail Practice has been advising the largest pan-European lingerie brand Hunkemoller. In her role as Charity Trustee for Trading Group, Eva has also advised one of the largest UK military charities, Help4Heroes, supporting the charity team since 2013 in their online trading activities on digital acquisition, CRM and transition to new e-commerce platform. She has recently co-authored digital retail policy papers on Re-imagining The High Street and a new policy for West End of London in her “Surf and Turf” contribution to a recent publication commissioned by the Centre for London and New West End Company. She regularly speaks at key retail industry events run by the Retail Institute and runs a weekly digital innovations blog The Retail Bytes. Eva is also an active angel investor with a focus on female founders. We cover the following in our conversation: Can you talk to us about the time you set up the world's first internet cafe? How has being an entrepreneur shaped how you choose to invest in early stage businesses? How do you decide what startup businesses to invest in? What are some of the differences in what women and men choose to invest in and how they invest? What role do networks play in how you invest? What are you excited about in terms of investing in 2021? What advice do you have for women who want to engage much more around their money and invest?
December 13, 2020
#12: How to manage your money with Tina Weeks
Tina Weeks is the founder of Serenity Financial Planning, a unique financial planning company that aims to deliver Financial Life Planning to as many people as possible in the UK. Tina has been a financial adviser since 1996 and specialises in Financial Life Planning. This is a new technique that encourages and inspires clients to identify what is most important to them and what they really want to do in their life. She then works with them over the long term to ensure they have enough money to do it and are confident about their financial planning. She advises her clients on pensions, investments, insurance, estate planning and every other aspect of their financial planning. In addition, Tina will help clients get a clearer understanding of their relationship with money and teach them tools to better manage their finances on a day to day basis. We cover the following in our conversation: Can you think back to a pivotal moment or experience growing up, which has had a profound impact on your relationship with money? What's your view on the global & UK economy right now and the fact that there is a stock market/economy disconnect? Tina, you're a financial life planner: can you explain what you do and how it differs from financial advice? You work with female clients, do you see any differences in how women choose to manage and invest their money compared to men? The gender pension gap: how should women think about their pension to ensure they have saved enough for retirement? What do you think needs to change in the financial services industry to be more inclusive of women? A lot of people are feeling very uneasy about their money. Women in particular have been hard hit during the pandemic ie reduced hours, job loss as they struggle with more childcare and homeschooling responsibilities. What would your advice be to women who are feeling very uncertain about their money right now? What would you advise women who are keen to engage around their money and investing, but are short on time?
November 12, 2020
#11: How to invest in startups through an angel syndicate with Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford has worked with startups since 2010 and is the co-founder of 9others, a global entrepreneurs network, and Dot Matrix Group, an angel investment syndicate. 9others was established in 2011 and is now a global network of 4,000+ entrepreneurs in 45+ cities who meet over dinner to help each other solve the challenges of business and life. Established in 2016 Dot Matrix Group is an angel syndicate that invests in seed stage technology startups in the UK. Matthew is a patient investor and typically gets to know and contributes to entrepreneurs over many months and even years before investing. Before all that, Matthew worked in technology for RBS, The Bank of New York and others, studied Computer Science at Durham University and has an MBA from Imperial College Business School. We cover the following in our conversation: How did you get started as an angel investor? What is an angel syndicate? What's the criteria and process for an angel investor joining? How do you decide what startups to invest in? How do we get more women and underrepresented groups more involved in angel investing? What do you say to people who assume that because startup investing is risky, they shouldn't go anywhere near it?
October 13, 2020
#10: Closing the gender pay gap: how to negotiate more pay and what this means for your money with Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan is one of the leading pay-equity experts and advocates in the US. She innovated and authored the widely praised and quickly adopted restrictions on the common question of salary history in hiring and compensation decisions. In doing so, she proved the processes are biased. Katie's innovation has led to 34 laws and executive orders within four years to be passed on the state and local levels. And more importantly for women to earn starting salaries that are 8% higher and Black job changes to earn starting salaries that are 13% higher where such restrictions exist. Since 2011, Katie has been consulting with individuals on negotiating their pay and on changing the processes within their organisations through her firm Equal Pay Negotiations. Katie's roles in the fight for pay equity have included founding member of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Coalition and advising pay-equity advocates on strategy, tactics, and testimony throughout the country. Katie has spoken and conducted workshops on equal pay, salary negotiations, and unintended biases in hiring at hundreds of venues including Harvard Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the NASDAQ. She is a sought-after commentator on pay equity and women in business including the BBC and CNN. We cover the following in our conversation: Why are you so passionate about this topic? What are some of the challenges or difficulties women and minorities face when it comes to negotiating a fair salary or a fair package? Systemic bias: what is it and how is this holding women back? What are the implications for women and their net worth? What is negotiation and why is it important? How can women prepare for a salary package negotiation? What are the key steps they need to take to be ready? If you experience discrimination or unconscious bias when you're negotiating your salary or package-what can you do? What is the gender equity gap and what can women do to close it? What can employers do and who is getting this right?
September 19, 2020
#9: Radical generosity and the women working on the world's to-do list with Vicki Saunders
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of #radical generosity and SheEO, a global community of radically generous women supporting women-led Ventures working on the World’s To Do List. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki was named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”. In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. We cover the following in our conversation: What does radical generosity mean to you and why is it important? Why should women invest; why is it important? And why should women fund female founders? Why do we need to build new systems for change? Can you talk to us about SheEO and the unique business model? What are you excited about in the world of investing? What advice do you have for female founders raising during the pandemic? And how can women become activators?
August 01, 2020
#8: How women are powering the next generation of female (and diverse) founders and why investing for impact makes sense with Shelley Kuipers
Shelley Kuipers is building the world she wants to live in. As an activist in business, entrepreneurship and investment, she is hell bent on defeating the status quo one project at a time, and replacing it with options that are more equitable, feminist and ecologically sustainable; revolutionary options that drive greater value for both business and consumer. Shelley is a co-founder of IOVIA and Adventure Capital. She previously founded crowd-sourcing company, Chaordix and was a founding member of Stormworks. She is also co-founder of financial feminist platform, The51 and sustainable direct to consumer clothing brand Harris Kuipers, all in addition to championing the entrepreneurs she has chosen to invest in. Shelley loves to travel for business and adventure but also questions the sustainability of it all - in fact she knows it isn't. When on a break Shelley finds herself revelling in nature with family and friends in Canada. We cover the following topics in this podcast interview: How you got started on the journey as an investor and why you have decided to focus on the female market? What trends are you seeing now with regards to female wealth and women investing? Why do you think women tend to be more interested in investing for social good or impact? We know that women's wealth is on the rise: how do you think we can encourage more women to invest? What would you say to female founders who are raising capital right now? What advice would you have for women who want to engage much more around their money & investing but are short on time and/or money right now?
July 26, 2020
#7: Female entrepreneurship, how to raise funding, why crowdfunding makes sense and how women can invest with Julia Elliott Brown
Julia Elliott Brown, CEO and Founder of Enter The Arena, is the UK's leading fundraising and growth advisor working exclusively with women entrepreneurs. With 20+ years commercial experience developing, building and funding high-growth start-ups, including the award-winning online shoe design brand Upper Street, and internet pioneer UpMyStreet.com, Julia's mission and passion is to bring her wealth of expertise to support women entrepreneurs on their own journeys to raising finance and scaling their businesses. Alongside her coaching and advisory work, Julia mentors female founders at Natwest Entrepreneurial Spark and Virgin Startup. She is a judge at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and also hosts the ground-breaking podcast Fundraising Stories with Women Entrepreneurs. We cover the following topics in the podcast: What were some of biggest lessons from running your start-up and raising capital? How would you describe the landscape for female entrepreneurs raising capital-what are some of the challenges and how can female entrepreneurs overcome them? How has this changed for female entrepreneurs since pandemic? What's your view on the Future Fund? What are some of the way female entrepreneurs can raise funding today? Have you noticed any differences how women and men invest in start-ups? And how might female entrepreneurs apply that in how they raise funding? What are you excited about in the world of investing in 2020 and beyond? What would you advise women who want to engage more around money and investing-but don't have time?
July 18, 2020
#6: How technology can help women and Gen Z become frequent investors with Lauren Winfield
Lauren Winfield is the founder and CEO of Signum City, a mobile app that illuminates the power of money through gamifying the stock market. She aims to democratise investing and financial literacy, especially for Gen Z. After watching herself and her peers struggle to find their footing financially, she knows firsthand the perils and power of money. She graduated from Belmont University with a BBA in Music Business and International Business and completed a thesis on the trend of Social Capitalism. With over 10 years of immersing herself in SMBs in Austin, TX, Lauren is passionate about pushing Signum City forward with her strategic leadership and keen skills in Operations and Marketing. She completed the SputnikATX accelerator program for Signum City in 2019, and she's excited to continue to illuminate the power of money for the next generation. We cover the following topics in the podcast: How would you describe the market for women investors today? What are some of the challenges women face in becoming more engaged and frequent investors? How does learning and investing within a community help? How can technology help women and Gen Z invest? Why is mental health key to investing well? How did you become a long term investor? Do you have any tips for female founders running a start-up at this time?
July 08, 2020
#5: Female-led venture capital (VC): why women investing can change the fundraising landscape for female founders- with Gail Wong
Gail Wong is the General Partner for Her Capital: a venture capital fund with a laser focus on female founders. They believe in the strength, drive and potential of female entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia, the world’s largest emerging market. Gail is also a certified coach enabling abundance for women; a SheEO activator and gender-lens investor. She describes herself as a whole-brained multi-hyphenate who defies easy definition: she is an investor, coach, a cappella performer, yogi, empath, global citizen. We cover the following topics in the podcast: How do you raise a venture capital fund? Why have you decided to focus on female entrepreneurs? How has Covid-19 impacted the fundraising and entrepreneurial landscape in South East Asia? Is there a difference in how men and women invest? What are you excited about in the world of investing in 2020? How do you personally invest your money? What advice do you have for women who want to start investing in startups? And what would you say to women who want to engage much more around their money and investing? Connect with Gail Wong and Her Capital here.
June 24, 2020
#4: The future of money: how women can start investing in digital assets with Veronica Mihai Das
Veronica Mihai Das is one the of founding partners at Bloomwater Capital, a hedge fund based in the British Virgin Islands that employs quantitative algorithmic trading strategies for traditional cryptocurrency markets. With over 15 years experience in management consulting for enterprise programmes in non-for-profit organisations, private corporations and the public sector in the UK and Europe, Veronica now concentrates her skills and knowledge in the blockchain space. She has invested in blockchain and women-led start-ups and has owned an enterprise grade cryptocurrency mining farm. She believes in inclusion, diversity and gender equity in the blockchain space, technology and beyond and works to build a future world that her children will thrive in. Bloomwater Capital offers the opportunity for professional investors to diversify their portfolio whilst adhering to traditional business principles of regulation, transparency and trust. We cover the following topics in the podcast (60mins)-recorded 21 March & 10 May 2020 Why are you interested in blockchain and the crypto market? As a founder & investor in the blockchain & crypto industry, why did you decide to build a start-up in this industry? For those of us who are new to the space: can you explain what the blockchain is and what crypto is? How would you describe the crypto marketplace? Investors such Warren Buffet criticise cryptocurrencies and warn against investing in them. Why is that? And could Warren Buffet be wrong? For women who are new to crypto but want to invest, what is the best way to get started today? In order to become long term investors, how can women think about investing in crypto or digital assets? Additional interview about bitcoin halving which took place May 11, 2020: What is Bitcoin halving? Why is it important and how should we think about it?
May 16, 2020
#3: Financial planning & wealth management: how women can grow their wealth with Anna Sofat
Anna Sofat is the founder of Addidi, a financial services boutique for women. Anna sold the business to the Progeny Group who are spearheading a move to bring all your wealth, tax and legal advisers into one room. Prior to founding Addidi, Anna was the managing director at Fiona Price & Partners, the first business set up specifically to provide financial advice for women by women. She graduated from Hull University and has a Masters from the London School of Economics. She is a chartered financial planner, won Unbiased’s financial adviser award in 2014, and was ranked No 1 female adviser by Financial Adviser in 2015. Anna was also awarded the Woman IFA of the year in 2019. Away from work, she is married and a mother of two girls. She has served as councillor on Rochester City Council, her local parish council and was a non-executive director for the social enterprise, Fair Finance from its inception in 2005 to 2014. We cover the following topics in the podcast: How are you 'the voice of women's wealth'? What was your experience of money and investing growing up? Why do we need the wealth management industry to change and how does the industry need to change? How does Addidi/the Progeny Group differ in the market? What do financial planners do and how can working with one help make a difference to your financial future? How can women invest for social impact? What are you excited about in the world of investing in 2020? How do women become more engaged around their money & investing?
May 03, 2020
#2: Angel investing: how more women can invest in start-ups with Sarah Turner
Sarah is a technologist, entrepreneur and angel investor. In 2014 she co-founded the fast-growing and award-winning angel network, Angel Academe. Their mission is to introduce more women to angel investing and to invest in women founded and co-founded technology startups with high growth potential. Investments include: Provenance, which uses the blockchain to provide supply chain transparency; Raremark which uses AI to help patients with rare diseases make informed choices about treatment; and Fiskl, a fintech for micro-businesses. Sarah is also on the board of the UK Business Angels Association. We cover the following questions in the podcast: What sparked the idea to start an angel network aimed at women? Why do we need angel networks aimed at women, like Angel Academe? What makes Angel Academe a unique proposition in the market? What is an angel investor? How do you become an angel investor? What is the criteria & where do you start? What is the process for investing in a start-up and what does an angel investor have to do? At a very high level, how does the maths work? What is Sarah excited about in the world of investing? How do we encourage more women to become angel investors?
April 05, 2020
#1: Women, money & investing: why there has never been a better time for women investors with Barbara Stewart
Barbara Stewart is a Chartered Financial Analyst with 28 years in the investment management industry, five years as a foreign currency trader and then two decades as a portfolio manager investing on behalf of high net worth entrepreneurs. Ten years ago Barbara saw a need to challenge outdated financial industry stereotypes and share positive messages about women and money. Today, Barbara is recognised worldwide as one of the leading researchers in women and finance. Her Rich Thinking® global research papers quote smart women from all ages, professions and industry. Barbara is a keynote speaker for CFA Societies, banks and stock exchanges around the world, and conducts interview driven research for financial institutions in Canada and globally. The key topics we discuss in the podcast include: Why is the world waking up to women investors now? What does the financial services industry need to do differently in order to engage more women? Why are women 'risk aware' as opposed to 'risk averse'? How do women invest differently to men? How can more women engage around their money & investing? This podcast was recorded on 8 February 2020.
February 28, 2020