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This Blonde Means Business

This Blonde Means Business

By Natasha Filipov
…And my business is empowering your personal brand. By sharing career stories and highlighting entrepreneurs, I will inspire you to pursue your most authentic career aspirations, as well as share tips to help you achieve them.
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19 - Liz Cook and Gigi Kitei - Free Reign

This Blonde Means Business

19 - Liz Cook and Gigi Kitei - Free Reign

This Blonde Means Business

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SPECIAL: 21 Lessons of 2021
The new year signals a lot of reflection and change, so I figured what better time to launch my first solo podcast episode? I know you’re used to me talking business with entrepreneurs, but I also try to focus on personal development as well as professional on this platform, so I’m sharing 21 lessons I learned in 2021 in 21 minutes. Wishing you all a safe and happy new year and 2022.
21:20
December 31, 2021
34 - Shay Williams - CEO & Founder of Saint & Taurus
Ever wondered about the business behind storefront displays? Product design? Package design? Product photography visual styling? Expert merchandiser and CEO, Shay Williams, is here to talk about her merchandising business and e-commerce platform, Saint & Taurus. A young entrepreneur, Shay shares how she broke into the competitive industry and started her own company, plus advice for others who want to do the same!  Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Shay on Instagram Check out Saint & Taurus  Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Edited by Dani Roth Follow Dani on Instagram
24:29
December 13, 2021
33 - Dana Pasqualone - Personal Finance Guru
THESE blondes mean business in this episode where they share no nonsense advice on how to get a handle on your personal finances. Dana Pasqualone came ready with Excel Spreadsheets, book recommendations, and tips on how to pay less taxes without having to launder your money through the caymans. Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Dana on LinkedIn Follow Dana on Instagram Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Edited by Steven Farrell  Follow Steven on Instagram
32:30
December 02, 2021
32 - Antonio Stephens - DE&I Comms Director at Levis/Founder Twanie Fitness
Bodybuilding and bringing your entire self to work in the business world - What do these two have in common? Antonio Stephens, corporate director and entrepreneur, explains. Antonio talks about his full time career working in DE&I Communications and Employer Branding at Levi Strauss & Co and his side hustle, Twanie Fitness. Inspired by an offline conversation we had about how to bring your whole self to work, Antonio and I discuss how side hustles can actually enhance your professional reputation and make you a well rounded candidate. Listen to the full episode to hear about Antonio's commitment to health and wellness, journey switching career industries, and advice for young people.   Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Antonio on LinkedIn Follow Antonio on Instagram Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Edited by Dani Roth Follow Dani on Instagram
21:44
November 23, 2021
31 - Colin (@decadeinvestor) talks Building Long Term Wealth
Colin, founder of the platform @decadeinvestor, stops by to chat about long term wealth building, stocks, crypto, & ETFs, and the importance of starting to invest early. He also talks about when he knew it was time to quit his full-time job to take growing his platform full time creating content for Instagram and Youtube. Listen to this episode to hear what he thinks the most important thing to do is in your 20s!  Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Check out Colin's site Follow @decadeinvestor on Instagram Subscribe to @decadeinvestor on Youtube Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Edited by Dani Roth Follow Dani on Instagram
22:34
November 05, 2021
30 - Cass Foley - Content Creator (@cass_andthecity)
Cass and the City drops by the studio to talk all things events, food, travel, and her unique experiences as a business owner, content creator, NHL Cheerleader, and blogger in the city she loves...Philadelphia. This episode is for anyone who wants to learn the BUSINESS behind Content Creation. You're gonna hear some no nonsense practical advice on what you need to do to take your hobby/passion and turn it into a successful social media business like Cass has! Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Cass and the City on Instagram Follow Cass on TikTok  All of the links for Cass and the City Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram:  Recorded by Kyle Michaels Follow Kyle on Instagram Edited by Steven Farrell Follow Fishtown Creative on Instagram 
28:35
September 15, 2021
29 - Emily @fittyfreckles - Fitness Influencer and Professional YouTuber
Fitness Influencer and Professional YouTuber FittyFreckles stops by the studio to talk YouTube business, social media strategy, and how to enjoy your latte and still stay fit.    Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business  Follow us on Instagram  Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow FittyFreckles on Instagram Subscribe to FittyFreckles on YouTube  Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Produced and Recorded by Steven Farrell   Instagram
33:34
September 01, 2021
28 - Susan Magee - (Online Course Developer, Content Creator, Blogging Expert, & Communication Faculty) Shares LinkedIn Tips
Get your favorite coffee mug and power up your laptop because it's time for your LinkedIn page to level up with tips from one of my favorite people, an online course developer, content creator, blogging expert, & communication faculty, Susan Magee! Susan is a professional communicator and oh boy -- does she communicate some hard truths for us to hear on this LinkedIn optimization episode of This Blonde Means Business!    Read Susan's full blog post on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business   Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Thanks to our guest Susan Magee!   Connect with Susan on LinkedIn  Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Produced and Recorded by Steven Farrell Instagram
50:52
August 20, 2021
27 - Andrew Antar + Seany Danger Smith / Business of the Music Industry
This Blonde Means ALL KINDS of Business in this very special episode featuring founder of Tune.FM Andrew Antar and founder of many city wides Seany Danger! That's right -- it's the music industry EP. Hear about how Antar's company uses cryptocurrency to pay artists directly! From Mount Gox to a lossless online beat box that is now Tune.FM! Then, Philadelphia recording artist Seany Danger crashes the party and gives us a whole new vibe that we are still singing all the way home. Watch the full EP on Youtube Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Thanks to our guests Andrew Antar and Seany Danger!   Follow Andrew  Follow Seany Danger  Check out TUNE.FM Produced and Recorded by Steven Farrell www.stevenwfarrell.net Instagram
37:47
August 04, 2021
26 - Patrick McDevitt - Patrick to the MOON
Welcome to Crypto 101 with your tenured professor Patrick to the Moon. This episode is a great starting point for anyone who doesn't know the difference between Bitcoin and Bitcorn. What is a Dogecoin? More importantly... why is Dogecoin??? How do you have diamond hands and diamond eyes from 2021 and beyond? Patrick takes host Natasha Filipov and YOU the the freaking moon!  Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business. Watch the full EP on Youtube Follow us on Instagram  Follow us on Facebook  Read the blog ​ Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram  Thanks to our guest Patrick to the Moon!   Subscribe now for DIAMOND HANDS AND EYES! YouTube Instagram Produced and Recorded by Steven Farrell   www.stevenwfarrell.net  Instagram
38:54
July 28, 2021
25 - College Debrief with Meaghan Murphy Bollard, Tyler McDougall, Grace Petrongolo
It's time to debrief, unpack, and process what in the heck just happened over the past 5 years with my closest college confidants Grace, Meaghan, and Tyler. From Freshman year to Covid year at Drexel University we delve deep into what worked, what didn't, and what can be passed on to you, the viewer.  Like, Subscribe, turn on Notifications, and then go back to work! Because This Blonde Means Business Subscribe on Youtube Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Facebook Read the blog Follow Host Natasha Filipov on Instagram Thanks to our guests! Tyler McDougall  Meaghan Murphy Bollard  Grace Petrongolo  Produced and Recorded by Steven Farrell  www.stevenwfarrell.net 
41:00
July 21, 2021
24 - Jacqueline D’Amico - Mind Body Flow Collective (Flow Co.)
Jacqueline D’Amico who is a holistic life coach and the founder of Mind Body Flow Collective (Flow Co.), talks combating burnout, comparisonitis, and overworking. She also explains how she teaches others to master their mindset // move their body // + create a life of ease, energy, FLOW. We talk about what a holistic life coach is and Jacquie offers tips for professionals on how to elevate your business and how to create meaningful lasting change in your life. 
21:28
July 08, 2021
23 - Colleen Todd - clubgrey
Colleen Todd is “engineering” fashionable casual and cozy wear with her business, clubgrey. She also happens to be my long time friend, and a software developer at Dell. Originally from Florida, she graduated from Drexel with a degree in computer engineering and electrical engineering while working, participating in clubs, and being on a D1 dance team. She talks about napping in the dance locker room between classes, interning at iHeart radio + being the lead sound engineer for DJ Khaled, the realities of post grad life, and how to set yourself up for success at work. Colleen explains her motivation for wanting to start a business and founding a hair extensions brand plus pivoting to create clubgrey. Learn why she thinks “letting go” of ventures you aren’t passionate about is relevant. Hear the full story of her business ventures and how she manages to balance them with her corporate career in the this episode. 
29:45
June 18, 2021
22 - Haley Fogarty - Champagne Baggage/Global Traveler Magazine
Haley Fogarty, a recent @drexeluniv @drexelfhm grad, current @nba dancer, and creator of @champagnebaggage talks working in the travel industry with Global Traveler Magazine as an account executive on the sales team + the future of travel. She spills about finding her job in the middle of the pandemic last summer, post grad depression and combating unrealistic expectations, Linkedin networking with recruiters, why you should keep an open mind evaluating job opportunities, + passion projects. Plus, she shares the inspiration behind her passion project, @champagnebaggage, her platform for hotel reviews, travel adventures, recommendations, and more. As borders continue to open, we hear her expertise as an industry professional on the future of travel after COVID -19, the future of business travel, summer hotspots, trends of domestic and international travel, + traveling on a budget. 
28:56
June 09, 2021
21 - Tim Fitzpatrick - Rialto Marketing
We're simplifying Marketing with Tim Fitzpatrick @timfitzco of Rialto Marketing. Originally a math major, Tim is now the CEO of a company that helps service businesses create and implement a marketing plan to communicate the right message to the right people. We unpack what this means and how his marketing principles apply to all young professionals. We also touch on information overload, marketing channels, the importance of understanding your target market (and how to do this), creating great messaging to attract your audience, creating a focus for your marketing plan, the evolution of a new business, and more.  Check out the awesome resources Tim mentioned here: https://www.rialtomarketing.com/this-blonde-means-business/
38:40
June 04, 2021
20 - Julia Tricarico - Another Life NY
Student @fitreslife , model, influencer, now entrepreneur - Julia Tricarico (@julia.tric) gets real about changing majors, what it’s really like to be an influencer, collaborating with huge brands, + building her own brand and business, @anotherlifeny, an online boutique that sells vintage authentic preloved bags. We also hit on being her own inspiration, her authentication process, style advice, what’s trending right now, and future plans for her business. 
18:30
May 21, 2021
19 - Liz Cook and Gigi Kitei - Free Reign
Childhood friends Liz Cook and Gigi Kitei of @freereignstyle share the story of launching a business in the pandemic. The mission of their company is to create ultra-comfortable wardrobe essentials that celebrate a woman’s natural beauty, fit her active lifestyle and make her every day better. In this episode, we talk about their product, The Everyday Tank, the process to create it, marketing that helped them, e-commerce, the benefit of kickstarter campaigns, sustainability as a priority, the future of their business, and more.
32:51
March 16, 2021
18 - Lori and Jessica Gildea - ThePureBag: Germ Protection is In the Bag!
Kicking off 2021 with mother and daughter duo, Lori and Jessica Gildea of @ThePureBag. What better company to feature in the times we’re living in? ThePureBag offers one-of-a-kind (STYLISH!) bags and accessories made of silver-ion embedded fabric to help keep your world clean and germ free! That’s why “Germ protection is in the bag!” Listen to this team’s story about how a germ Lori picked up at the gym followed by illness led to the formation of this company!
29:26
January 28, 2021
17 - Discussing Politics with Janna MacPherson - PhD Candidate at Drexel University
Since it's election season, we are talking politics and communications with Janna MacPherson, a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at Drexel University’s Communication, Culture and Media Program. A former intern for US Senator Cory Booker, Janna is no stranger to the political scene and shares why discussing and caring about politics is important. Janna gives advice for those looking to break into, or work in politics and how Americans can get involved on the local level. She also discusses what it’s like to pursue her PhD immediately following her undergraduate studies, and future aspirations.
38:18
November 17, 2020
16 - Ryan Lange - GenZ
🔋🏃🏼From starting a company that compliments the lifestyles of the adventurous (@genzoutdoor), to his own adventures as an ultra marathon runner and raver, Ryan Lange (@raverunner_1 ) tells all in this interview. Hear about how he started his company in college, how he has had to pivot and adapt with COVID since the primary setting for his product, (raves/music festivals/marathons) are halted, and the future plans of his business. 
26:53
October 14, 2020
15 – What I Wish I Knew PostGrad
As I start my senior year of college, I sit down with friends, mentors, and older peers to learn what they wish they knew about postgraduate life. Angelo Nolan, Amy Nibbs, Beyant Bawa, and Cecelia Milanese share their advice and perspectives on navigating life after graduating. They discuss some of the lessons they learned after leaving college, what they wish they knew pre-postgrad, and offer tips around financial success, investment strategies, expectations for your first job, and more.
34:53
September 30, 2020
14 – Camilla Barcan – Camilla Limón
Camilla Barcan of Camilla Limón (@camillalimon.co) shares her journey of transforming a childhood hobby into a bustling fashion business. Tune into this illuminating convo with Camilla Barcan about establishing her elegant handmade jewelry brand. Hear the logistics of incubating her idea in an entrepreneurial space, being a one-woman-show, and getting her brand featured in Vogue.
29:20
September 23, 2020
13 - Marti Lieberman - Mac Mart
Philly’s own, Marti Lieberman, founder of Mac Mart (@themacmart), opens up about the journey of growing her business and becoming a staple in the Philadelphia food scene. She talks about the journey of growing her business and becoming a staple in the Philadelphia food scene, and details how her close relationship with her customers kept her afloat in the uncertainty of the pandemic. This chat with Marti is such an insightful listen about the importance of loyalty and ingenuity for a business during tough times.
34:25
September 18, 2020
12 – Emily Paulino – Bloom Customs
Emily Paulino (@emilyypaulino) talks starting her own apparel business, Bloom Customs (@bloomcustoms), dancing for the NBA, finishing up her undergraduate studies at Drexel University, and various fascinating internships (including her most recent experience at Goldman Sachs) in this episode. Emily’s internship was featured in our hottest summer internship article on the blog. If you missed it, check it out (https://www.thisblondemeansbusiness.com/blog/hottest-summer-internship-recap).  In this episode, we discuss handling change, pursuing professional and personal passions, creating your own business/re-branding and more. 
24:15
September 08, 2020
11 - A Hiring Manager’s Perspective - Aurora Davis at Comcast
To wrap up our Hottest Summer Internship series, I sat down with my prior internship manager, Aurora Davis @uhroarah, Senior Manager of Corporate Administration at #Comcast. Hear about internships from a hiring manager's perspective. Aurora talks getting hired, making the most of your internship, and even gives advice on turning your internship into a job offer. Learn how to make yourself stand out in a competitive job market and large talent pool with her tips in this discussion. 
20:48
August 29, 2020
10 – Hottest Summer Internships – Ezenzie Eze at Accenture
Next up on our Hottest Summer Internship series is Ezenezie Eze (@_itseze). As an intern for both Colgate Palmolive and Accenture, Ezenezie sits down to chat about campus life and company values, sharing his take on campus involvement, networking, diversity, and company culture. Hear his take on working for various large corporations, and his tips on how to break into the big companies you want to have on your resume prior to graduating. 
30:12
August 28, 2020
9 - Hottest Summer Internships - Avery Bailey at Boeing
Next up on our Hottest Summer Internship series is Avery Bailey (@avesbailey). As a reliability and maintainability engineer at #Boeing, learn how she landed in the spot she considers to be her "dream job" at the ripe age of 22. She  talks about the type of aircraft she works on, and what a typical day looks like for her in her remote internship. Learn about the quality of her work, how passion drives success, and the biggest takeaway of her experience through our discussion. 
19:19
August 27, 2020
8- Hottest Summer Internships - Ronak Patel at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Next up to be featured on the Hottest Summer Internships series? Ronak Patel (@ronakpatel17). From his responsibilities of aggregating data, to working with international partners, to for him working from home, Ronak  walks us through his summer internship at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He also shares his prior experience working at Estée Lauder and the journey to a "highly contested" finance Internship. Ronak offers valuable insight on how to pivot and strategically market/leverage prior experiences to land your dream job/internship. 
25:09
August 26, 2020
7 – Hottest Summer Internships – Mya Sims at NASA
Our next Hottest Summer Internships series guest is recent Temple University graduate, Mya Sims (@myassims) talking about her STELLAR internship working for NASA. She shares the ins and outs of her summer internship working in contract management which due to COVID, was abruptly taken online for the first time. From advice on landing a position to hard technical skills, Mya opens up about her undergraduate journey, her internship, and advice for the future.
29:21
August 25, 2020
6 - Hottest Summer Internships - Joseph Ucci at Amazon
We are kicking off our new Hottest Summer Internship series with Joseph Ucci (@joeyucci) who landed an amazing position at #Amazon this summer! Ever wondered what the corporate culture is like at a trillion dollar company? Looking for an opportunity to work at Amazon yourself? Joey gives some AMAZING advice on landing the job and insights on how the company works. He shares everything about his summer internship at Amazon - from the interview process, to perks of the role, to tips and tricks for landing your dream internship.  
25:33
August 24, 2020
5 - Kaitlin Marino - Kaitlin Marino Designs
Kaitlin Marino (@kaitlinnanne), owner of @kaitlinmarinodesigns talks about graduating and working for a company doing work she didn't like, taking a leap of faith to starting her own company, what has been the hardest part of starting her own company, and where she wants her business to go. She also gives advice to other entrepreneurs and artists who have aspirations to follow a similar path. 
14:42
July 30, 2020
4 - Jenny DeTore - Powerhouse Dance
Jenny DeTore (@jennydetore) of @powerhousedancesj tells her story of starting dance classes for adults in southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area. She shares her career background working for a Big 4 Accounting firm in New York, to returning to her ultimate passion dance, and filling a hole in the market by providing adult classes and growing a supportive community and brand through social media marketing. 
27:00
July 10, 2020
3 - Zoe Furman - DJ ZO Designs
I sat down with my sorority sister Zoe Furman (@thedjzo) who started her own company DJ ZO Designs. She shares her story of how designing custom sneakers out of her apartment grew to a large online business, featured on the feet of celebrities like Ben Simmons and NJ Real Housewife, Melissa Gorga. She shares the challenges that accompanied her growth and what she's working on for her business next. She also talks about DJing and how that's played a role in her sneaker biz! 
23:14
July 03, 2020
2 - Callie Kim - Tuck Barre & Yoga
Everything is business and business is everything, so why limit the conversation to what they're covering in the classroom? As I navigate my own future, career, and college experience, tune in to "This Blonde Means Business" as I explore what's really hot and happening in the job market and as I speak with entrepreneurs about their businesses and paths to being their own bosses, who also mean business.
24:24
June 19, 2020
1 - Michelle Silberman - Snackadabra
I sit down and speak with Michelle Silberman of Snackadabra about what it's like to found a company that originated when she was in elementary school and how her business has evolved over the years. She talks the logistics of a food company, and how she is creating "food magic dreams"! Home of the Cookie Cup, a sweet canvas for the dessert of your dreams, Snackadabra is expanding and Michelle explains how she is setting a new direction for the company as CEO. 
26:40
June 15, 2020
This Blonde Means Business Podcast Trailer
Everything is business and business is everything, so why limit the conversation to what they're covering in the classroom? As I navigate my own future, career, and college experience, tune in to "This Blonde Means Business" as I explore what's really hot and happening in the job market and as I speak with entrepreneurs about their businesses and paths to being their own bosses, who also mean business. 
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June 10, 2020